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9NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Judge Jessie LeBlanc admits to using racial slur, apologizes

“I admit that I used that word,” LeBlanc said Sunday. “I profusely apologize for that. I should have never said it. It is uncalled for. I was angry. I was upset but it’s no excuse.”

  KIRAN: Arrest warrant reveals disturbing details about Zachary school teacher’s relationship with teen

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Federal wrongful death lawsuit filed against WBR sheriff, insurance company

  KIRAN: Video shows Livingston Parish deputy’s deadly off-duty confrontation

KIRAN: LPSO deputy will not face criminal charges in off-duty fatal shooting

Zurik: City inspectors approved work at the Hard Rock Hotel site, but GPS shows they were not there

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Reports of elder abuse on the rise in Louisiana

Continued Coverage

  Sunshine Bridge reconditioning, roadwork across state defaulted on by company with history of costly delays

  First independent air quality monitor not in place until nearly an hour after ExxonMobil fire started

  LSP lieutenant demoted amid hazing scandal

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

  THE INVESTIGATORS: BRPD officer arrested on DWI charge faced prior sexual harassment allegations

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Data reveals ExxonMobil refinery has faced nearly a dozen documented violations in past two decades

  Watching Your Wallet: How to become a 401(k) millionaire

From using a specialized retirement plan to considering using a "robo advisor," experts explain how you can grow your retirement savings.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Bond increased for man accused of brutally beating 5-year-old

Judge Ron Johnson has increased the bond for Darius Lewis who is accused of brutally beating a 5-year-old boy back in October 2019.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Officials issue warning about checks after mother, daughter arrested for alleged fraud

Officials with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) are sounding the alarm, warning consumers to be careful when writing checks after a mother-daughter duo was arrested in Baker on felony fraud charges.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Former officer accused of lying, shooting at unarmed man will not be charged; can still work in law enforcement

  KIRAN: Bail bonds company puts up commercial surety to bond out Melanie Curtin

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Man accused of severely beating child to remain behind bars, has history of alleged violence

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Protective order issued against man arrested after elderly woman discovered in ‘unlivable’ conditions

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Bond set for third person arrested in Dennis Perkins case

ITI Technical College latest victim of ransomware attacks

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

Current and former NFL players say they have tested positive for drugs because of contaminated supplements. Scientists say it's a problem not just for athletes but anyone taking supplements - particularly those in performance-enhancement categories like weight loss and muscle building.

  KIRAN: LSP denies interviews with graduating troopers to avoid subject of alleged cheating, hazing scandal

The elephant in the room was the investigation into the alleged cheating scandal and possible hazing among the cadet class.

  KIRAN: Former councilman calls for EBR Clerk of Court Doug Welborn to resign

Former East Baton Rouge Parish Councilman Darrell Glasper did not hold back about East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Doug Welborn and Chief Deputy Greg Brown.

  KIRAN: Multiple former employees claim they were retaliated against for reporting sexual harassment at EBR Clerk of Court’s Office, one by clerk of court himself

A lawsuit filed in the 19th Judicial District Court claims a woman formerly employed in the office of East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court Doug Welborn was allegedly the victim of retaliation after reporting sexual harassment.

  KIRAN: Forms showing where La. judges make their income, potential conflicts of interest made available online

For the first time, forms filed by Louisiana judges that show their income from the bench as well as any side businesses will be made publicly available through an online database.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Man facing animal cruelty charges in Ascension has violent crime in his background

The 9News Investigators have learned this is not the first time deputies responded to that same home about the dogs.

Southern University grievance committee broke state law when handling grade fraud allegations, appellate court ruling affirms

An appellate court affirmed a lower court decision that Southern University’s grievance committee broke Louisiana’s open meetings law.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Pediatrician accused of exposing himself to women resigns from Denham Springs PD, also asked to resign from state boards

A pediatrician out of Livingston Parish accused of exposing himself to multiple women also previously worked with the Denham Springs Police Department, the 9News Investigators have learned.

  KIRAN: La. Supreme Court suspends BR attorney arrested on felony charges

Baton Rouge Attorney Chris Alexander has been suspended until further notice, according to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Sammy’s Grill on Highland set to close amid mounting financial trouble

Sammy’s Grill on Highland Road, the last branch of the restaurant chain, is set to close effective Friday, Jan. 10.

  Assessing the Assessors: $631 per month to insure one truck

Taxpayers are shelling out more than $600 per month to cover insurance on just one take-home vehicle in East Baton Rouge Parish.

  Assessing the Assessors: Local employees staying at BR hotel on your dime

When the Louisiana Assessor’s Association administers its certification classes, you are often paying for those taking the exam to stay multiple nights in a Baton Rouge hotel.

  Jury declines to indict officer involved in death of pedestrian struck in road

The officer remains employed with BRPD’s Street Crimes Unit, a spokesperson confirmed to WAFB Tuesday, Jan. 7.

  Coroner’s office investigator disciplined after missing bullet wound, releasing body to funeral home

A veteran investigator with the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office will be formally disciplined after missing a bullet wound on a body, then later releasing the body to a funeral home.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Leaked messages from management appear to show possible cuts to Sammy’s Grill operations, owner confirms

The 9News Investigators have obtained copies of messages between Sammy’s Grill employees, including management at the Prairieville location, that seem to show a drastic reduction in the operations of the restaurant chain.

  A look at past BRPD internal affairs investigations per year

Now that 2019 is ending, BRPD staffers will be gathering and releasing a report that details the internal investigations the department took on for the year.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: More than a dozen work release inmates walk off job in Baton Rouge area in last year

You seem to hear about it far too often: inmates walking off the job in the Baton Rouge area.

Southern University, LSU report dozens of items that went missing in recent years

As the year comes to a close, staffers at public universities around Louisiana are working to complete state-required annual inventory checks to determine how many of the school’s items can’t be located.

Issues corrected at Zachary community home where resident escaped before being shot

The Zachary community home from which a patient escaped in August before entering a nearby house and being shot by the owner is operating with a provisional license after investigators from the Louisiana Department of Health found several “deficiencies” that may have contributed to the incident.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

  9News investigations in 2019

As the new year approaches, we’re taking a look back at some of the stories the 9News Investigators completed in 2019.

La. governmental agencies point fingers over accidental $26M issued in double tax refunds

The Louisiana Department of Revenue and Division of Administration (DOA) sparred over which agency was at fault over $26M of accidentally issued tax refunds in March when responding to a report released by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA).

  Dennis Perkins, wife plead not guilty to 150 felony counts of various child sex abuse charges

A former high-ranking Livingston parish sheriff’s deputy and his wife have both entered pleas of “not guilty."

  High-ranking ex-deputy and his wife indicted on 150 counts, including sexual abuse of children, animal

A grand jury has indicted a former high-ranking deputy and his wife, who accused of sex crimes against children on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Use of force experts weigh in on deadly deputy-involved shooting in St. Helena Parish

The 9News Investigators are learning more about Monday’s deadly deputy-involved shooting in St. Helena Parish.

LAWSUIT: Teen slammed, punched in La. Youth Challenge Program; another cadet allegedly choked until unconscious

The State of Louisiana and a sergeant previously employed with the Louisiana Youth Challenge Program (YCP) are named in an excessive force lawsuit filed in the 19th Judicial District Courthouse that states a cadet was subjected to severe physical punishment while in the program.

  KIRAN: Police officer accused of double-dipping payroll hours during movie production in Clinton

A Wilson police officer has been arrested for payroll fraud after logging hours incorrectly during a movie production in Clinton.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Complaint filed against La. secretary of state amid 9News investigation

An official complaint has been submitted to the State Board of Ethics against Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, alleging he violated Louisiana Revised Statute 18:18.2.

  KIRAN: Baton Rouge attorney turns himself in on criminal charges

Baton Rouge attorney Chris Alexander is facing criminal charges.

  KIRAN: LSP troopers identified in alleged hazing scandal

The three Louisiana State Police (LSP) troopers transferred out of the LSP training academy after an alleged cadet hazing scandal in October had nearly spotless records prior to that, a review by the 9News Investigators shows.

Denham Springs man accused of coercing 9-year-old, six others to send sexual images through Facebook

Federal documents obtained by WAFB show a Louisiana resident coerced a 9-year-old Kentucky child and six others to send sexually explicit photos and videos through Facebook.

DA moves forward with charges against man found asleep in Governor’s Mansion

Documents show East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore moved forward with charges against Reynard Green, 34, the same man troopers found sleeping on a couch in the Governor’s Mansion in April.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Parents say son with autism slapped in face by teacher at Baton Rouge elementary school

The 9News Investigators are looking into claims of abuse at a Baton Rouge elementary school.

  Scout volunteer held on $50 million bond for pornography involving juveniles; Boy Scouts of America releases statement

A 49-year-old Boy Scout volunteer is being held on a massive bond for charges related to pornography involving juveniles.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  OMV locations to remain closed until Monday

An apparent “ransom” attack crippled much of Louisiana state government Monday, Nov. 18.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

  KIRAN: Sheriff’s office launches investigation after 9News report into fundraiser meant for St. Jude’s Hospital

The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) is leading an investigation into bank statements uncovered by the 9News Investigators appearing to show money raised for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital may have been spent for personal uses by a councilman in Fordoche, Louisiana.

  Two EBR deputies resign after controversial photo

Two East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies resigned after a controversial photograph was taken of one of them, the department announced Friday, Nov. 15.

  New Roads police captain accused of accepting money to ‘take care of’ tickets for resident, taking funds for upcoming birthday

An officer with the New Roads Police Department has been arrested for bribery, theft, and malfeasance in office.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: La. secretary of state accused of violating state law, endorsing other candidates

Less than a week before voters head to the polls for the Non. 16 runoff election, questions have now been raised over whether Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin broke the law recently in his comments at a Republican rally in Monroe on Thursday, Nov. 7.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Advocacy group, administration differ on whether state provides funding for sexual assault prevention

Now that Dennis and Cynthia Perkins are both behind bars, accused of heinous sex crimes against children, one group says their high-profile arrests are now shining a light on a dark problem in Louisiana.

EBRSO explains why several years of hate crime data was withheld from FBI

A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) explained why the agency did not report data about hate crimes investigated in the parish to the FBI for several years.

  Baton Rouge physical therapist formally charged after clients allege inappropriate behavior during appointments

Prosecutors submitted a bill of information against Baton Rouge physical therapist Philippe Veeters Thursday, Nov. 11, formally charging him in connection to incidents involving several females who alleged he was inappropriate while providing physical therapy services.

KIRAN: More than 50 children may have consumed sexually-contaminated cakes

On the same day police moved Dennis Perkins to a state prison for safety reasons, the 9News Investigators have learned officials have informed parents of disturbing new allegations in the case.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Some ticket holders upset over quality of meal want refunds following Brunchella

Many say the free concert, called Sunday Service and Brunchella, was wonderful, the music was powerful, and the experience was one-of-a-kind, but some say the extra perk of brunch beforehand, that many actually paid for, left them disappointed.

Missed Opportunity: Federal initiative meant to help poor neighborhoods benefits the rich

Neighborhoods with an average income of about six-figures are labeled “distressed” by the federal government.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: EBR Parish School System reports most weapon-related incidents statewide in 2018

After the 9News Investigators uncovered the 1,833 weapon-related incidents reported in schools statewide in 2018, new numbers requested from the state show most of those incidents were reported in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS).

  KIRAN: Thousands of dollars missing from fundraiser meant for St. Jude’s Hospital

Co-Ed’s for Corey and Cody Gueho is an annual fundraiser held in honor of twins Corey and Cody, who were diagnosed with cancer. Frederick Gueho is their father.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Surgeon accused of denying deaf patient interpreting services; doctor denies claims

Going to the doctor is supposed to be simple, but Katrina Labouliere says when her deaf father was referred for a surgery in October, he was turned away.

  Mail scattered along Bluebonnet; investigation launched

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) had a big mess on its hands in Baton Rouge Monday, Oct. 21.

  LSP responds to allegations of hazing, cheating scandal at training academy

Col. Kevin Reeves held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to address allegations of misconduct by senior staff of Cadet Class 99.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: More than 1,800 weapon-related incidents reported in 2018 in La. schools

It’s a scary situation that has become all too common. As weapons show up in schools more frequently across the country, the 9News Investigators have learned 1,833 weapon-related incidents were reported in schools across Louisiana in 2018.

  KIRAN: Legislative Auditor launches investigation into Livingston tax assessor

The 9News Investigators have confirmed the Louisiana Legislative Auditor has launched an investigation into the Livingston Parish Tax Assessor’s office after a 9News investigation.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.