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CORRECTION: DOW not correct site of Turner Industries employee’s claims

On Friday, March 27, WAFB 9News incorrectly identified the name of the plant where a man says he was terminated amid the coronavirus outbreak.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Participation in 2020 census will not affect potential coronavirus stimulus checks

Zurik: Hospitals increase capacity ahead of expected increase of COVID-19 patients

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Some question selection process amid coronavirus testing kit shortage

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

  Angola warden reinstated after no wrongdoing found after payroll investigation

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

Continued Coverage

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

  Cause of fire that killed 86-year-old still being investigated

  KIRAN: Grand jury indicts Melanie Curtin in connection with Dennis Perkins rape case; Curtin pleads not guilty

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Inmate with violent past escapes from deputies; internal investigation ongoing

Zurik: City to demote Safety and Permits Director following discrepancies by department’s inspectors

The City of New Orleans will be demoting Zachary Smith, the head of the city’s Department of Safety and Permits, the city’s chief administrative officer confirms to FOX 8 News on Monday. The move comes after discrepancies were exposed in a series of FOX 8 Investigations.

  La. judge resigns after admitting to sending racist text messages

23rd Judicial District Court Judge Jessie LeBlanc submitted her resignation Thursday, Feb. 27, levying a slew of allegations on her way out.

Zurik: St. Tammany Jail keeping inmates in holding cells for weeks, violating state’s minimum jail standards

Holding cells are meant to hold inmates for their first few days in custody. But a FOX 8 Lee Zurik Investigation found one jail was keeping people in these holding cells for weeks, against state standards.

  Gov. Edwards calls on judge who admitted to sending racist texts to resign; attorneys respond

Gov. Edwards has asked for the resignation of a judge who admitted to sending racist text messages.

Zurik: Additional discrepancies found in suspended building inspector’s past work

  NAACP cites WAFB interview in formal complaint against judge with Supreme Court

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

  Subject of 9News investigation back behind bars for alleged stabbings

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

  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

A federal lawsuit has been filed against the West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes and the sheriff’s office’s insurance company according to documents provided by Baton Rouge attorney Ron Haley.

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

The 9NEWS Investigators have obtained a copy of the home surveillance video that was a key piece of evidence in clearing an off-duty Livingston parish sheriff’s deputy in a deadly shooting case.

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

A Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot a man while off-duty will not face any criminal charges, according to the Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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

New Orleans City Hall officials are investigating whether employees signed off on inspections at the construction site of the Hard Rock Hotel without visiting the project. The site collapsed in October killing three men and leaving a scar on the city's skyline.

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

Elder abuse is an awful crime that continues to take hold of the capital area as more and more elderly people are coming under attack. Experts say most of those seniors are being abused by those meant to care for them.

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

Construction projects across the state awarded to Coastal Bridge, the company criticized for delayed and what some describe as “sloppy” work were stripped from the company after it defaulted on several contracts in early February, records show.

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

WAFB learned new information Thursday, Feb. 13 about the large fire at the Exxon facility in north Baton Rouge that broke out late Tuesday night (Feb. 11).

  LSP lieutenant demoted amid hazing scandal

Louisiana State Police Lieutenant Lenias Marie, pinpointed in an investigation into alleged hazing of LSP cadets, has been demoted to the rank of sergeant, records show.

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

Service members who cancel their car insurance to serve overseas may come back to find higher rate quotes after telling companies they didn't have coverage because of deployment.

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

Dave Davis Jr. remains on administrative leave as of Wednesday night (Feb. 12) from the Baton Rouge Police Department days after being arrested on a DWI charge.

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

Data the 9News Investigators have found available on a Watchdog group website out of Washington, D.C. reveals ExxonMobil Refinery in Baton Rouge has faced nearly a dozen violations at the facility in the last 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

Former Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) officer Yuseff Hamadeh will not be charged for his role in a 2018 shots fired incident or a 2017 fatal shooting.

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

Melanie Curtin, the third person arrested in connection to the disturbing Dennis Perkins child sex crime case, has posted bond.

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

The man accused of badly beating a 5-year-old and sending him to the ICU with internal damage will remain behind bars despite a judge setting his bond being at $7,500.

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

A protective order has been issued against Galen Marcantel, the man arrested and facing charges after an elderly woman was discovered in conditions the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office describes as “unlivable”.

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

A judge has set a $350,000 bond for the third person who was arrested in part of the investigation into former Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy, Dennis Perkins.

ITI Technical College latest victim of ransomware attacks

A ransomware attack has “hampered but not paralyzed” operations at ITI Technical College in Baton Rouge, college Vice-President Mark Worthy said Monday.

  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.