The Investigators

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.

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

  KIRAN: Baton Rouge attorney turns himself in on criminal charges

  KIRAN: LSP troopers identified in alleged hazing scandal

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

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

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

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

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

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

  OMV locations to remain closed until Monday

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  CAUGHT ON CAMERA: School system looks into bus driver filmed speeding down roadway

Livingston Parish Public Schools officials have “spoken with” a driver captured on video racing down a road.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Employees claim Sammy’s Grill issues bad checks amid ongoing financial issues

Sammy’s Grill is a Baton Rouge icon, long-known for serving up hearty meals, alcohol, and a family-friendly atmosphere, but some employees at the restaurant says it’s slowly becoming known for something a little less appetizing: writing back checks.

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

College graduates now owe the most money in history; experts say it's best to pay it back sooner rather than later.

  KIRAN: LSP Trooper tazed in traffic stop now fired

A Louisiana state trooper, who was tazed by a fellow trooper during a traffic stop, has been terminated.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Plaquemine business owner, mayor at odds over condition of repair shop

It’s not just the unmistakable whistle of the near-constant train making noise in Plaquemine recently, but Terry Como, owner of Como’s Motorcycle Service & Repair, is making some noise of his own that he hopes will get the city’s attention.

  Rapper Kevin Gates banned from visiting La. correctional facilities; staffers disciplined after investigation

Louisiana rapper, Kevin Gates, has been banned from visiting facilities operated by the Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC), and several staffers of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, including a deputy warden, have faced disciplinary action following the conclusion of an investigation.

  Attorney General Landry’s press secretary resigns after domestic violence arrest

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s press secretary was arrested last week on a felony charge of domestic abuse battery with strangulation and a charge of domestic abuse battery with a pregnant victim, records show. He resigned Monday afternoon

  Woman whose husband was fatally shot by EBRSO deputy files lawsuit

Since a deputy-involved shooting claimed the life of her husband in early September, Margaret Watkins has maintained her husband’s actions didn’t warrant his death.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Driver demands action after dash cam video appears to show fire chief speeding on the clock

A concerned driver is demanding action to be taken against a fire chief who he claims he caught speeding and driving dangerously while on the clock along a rural road in Innis in August. Melvin Plauche says he’s still in disbelief at the chief’s actions.

LAWSUIT: BRPD officer may have arrested alleged domestic abuse victim instead of perpetrator

A lawsuit filed Monday, Sept. 16 claims an officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department (BRPD) erroneously arrested a woman who had been abused, instead of the man accused of the September 2018 abuse.

  KIRAN: Did a local assessor value homes based on whether he liked you?

WAFB's Chief Investigator Kiran Chawla looks into allegations against tax assessor Jeff Taylor.

  Wife of man killed by EBRSO deputy says husband should not have been shot

The wife of a man killed by an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) deputy Saturday, Sept. 14. says members of law enforcement were called to escort her husband out of a party, not to kill him.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Popular movie theater confirms 'larvae’ discovered in auditorium

The parent company for the Movie Tavern Citiplace location in Baton Rouge, a popular theater known for offering full meals, now confirms larvae were discovered inside an auditorium after the 9News Investigators started asking questions.

Louisiana resident files class action lawsuit against Juul after teen became ‘addicted,’ lawsuit says

A Denham Springs resident is filing what could be a class action lawsuit on behalf of a 14-year-old she is the legal guardian of who is “addicted” to a JUUL e-cigarette product.

Attorney moves for trial in case involving same deputy who shot man in WBR motel

Settlement talks have recently broken down between the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (WBRSO), Deputy Vance Matranga, several officers from the Port Allen Police Department, and a man who claims he suffered a broken leg due to their actions.

Lawsuit states Southern University took no action after harassment allegations surfaced

The Board of Supervisors of Southern University and A&M College is named in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, Sept. 11, relating to alleged harassment by staffer, Dr. Bobby R. Phills.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Contractor faces charges, accused of making off with thousands from home build

A Port Allen man says he’s ready to move ahead with a civil lawsuit against a company after he alleges a contractor made off with thousands of dollars of his money.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Two BRPD officers undergo training after racially insensitive emails surface

Two Baton Rouge Police Department officers had to undergo sensitivity training after emails surfaced showing they both engaged in racist and expletive-filled rants in taxpayer-funded emails.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Teacher previously charged with raping student on leave amid new complaints at different school

New allegations have surfaced against a teacher at Collegiate Baton Rouge, who some parents say has been making sexual advances towards underage students.

  Louisiana congressmen give their staffers thousands of dollars in bonuses annually

All six congressmen who serve Louisiana in the House of Representatives hand out thousands of dollars in bonuses to their staffs each year, a researcher says

Zurik: Subpoena shows focus of federal investigation into retiring-State Sen. Wesley Bishop

A subpoena obtained by FOX 8 shows the focus of a federal corruption investigation into State Senator Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, and his payroll records during his primary job as Vice-Chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans.

THE INVESTIGATORS: Woman dies while in care of mental health hospital

Joy Waguespack died while in the care of a mental health facility in Baton Rouge, leaving many questions unanswered surrounding how she got access to a fatal dose of Ketamine.

KIRAN: DOC explains why man sentenced to 60 years for attempted murder who walked off job site was allowed to be trustee

An inmate sentenced to a combined 60 years in prison for attempted murder and theft walked off a job site Monday, Aug. 26, and the incident has left many asking why that man was a trustee to begin with. The 9News Investigators went looking for answers.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Baker PD releases brief video related to traffic stop that sent man to the hospital

After fighting for weeks to get video of a traffic stop in Baker public, the city has now handed over a portion of what WAFB requested surrounding the incident that allegedly went off the rails.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

  KIRAN: La. Dept. of Health releases inspection results on Iberville Oaks nursing facility

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) released its latest investigative report on Iberville Oaks Nursing & Rehab.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Sheriff’s office hands over surveillance from Burbank Walmart debacle in early August

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has now handed over several clips of surveillance video it obtained from the Burbank Walmart following a reported shooting incident that sparked mass panic on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Postal worker indicted after mail found dumped in Baton Rouge area

Court documents show Judith Hughes, a city carrier assistant employed by the United State Postal Service (USPS) was indicted on an obstruction of mail charge Friday, Aug. 16.

  KIRAN: Baker officer’s employment reinstated after calling firearm law ‘B.S.’

A Baker police officer who was terminated for calling a firearm law "B.S." has won an appeal to get his job back.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Man launches excessive force lawsuit following alleged violent traffic stop in Baker

A lawsuit against the City of Baker and a detective employed by the Baker Police Department says a traffic stop turned violent when a high-ranking officer allegedly slammed a man into the side of a vehicle, tossed him into the backseat, then smashed the door on the man’s foot.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: New bus issued after mother complains about special needs bus that picks up her kids

Back to school is supposed to be an exciting time for students and parents, but Jessica Groves says the first four days back in Livingston Parish have been a bumpy ride.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Questions remain unanswered following Burbank Walmart fiasco

The absolute chaos that broke out inside the Burbank Walmart around lunchtime on Tuesday, Aug. 6 started with a 911 call.

  KIRAN: Search warrant on Josef Richardson reveals deputies were looking for drugs

The 9News Investigators have learned a search warrant for drugs was served at the Budget 7 Motel in room #5 in Port Allen on July 25 by members of the River West Narcotics Task Force.

Zurik: Louisianians frustrated with hours-long delays at motor vehicles facilities

State records obtained by FOX 8 News show that while staffing has remained largely unchanged at the Office of Motor Vehicles, wait times have been steadily increasing at facilities across the state.

  Some Louisiana state lawmakers use campaign cash to lease high-dollar cars

“This is just Louisiana politics at its worst," professor says

  Metairie resident out several hundred dollars from recent Entergy scam

Entergy Louisiana warns of scammers posing as employees demanding immediate payment for advanced meter installations.

  Cracking the Code: Two blood tests, hundreds of dollars difference

A Louisiana woman is puzzled how a bill for basic blood tests can be hundreds of dollars more than a co-worker who had the same tests performed. Kim Christina, of Hammond, said her doctor sent her to North Oaks Hospital for a routine blood test and a month later she received an ‘exorbitant bill.’

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Does BRPD track the number of non-fatal shootings in the city? Depends who you ask.

Does the Baton Rouge Police Department track the number of shootings that happen in the city? It has become the question with multiple answers. BRPD says it hasn’t always kept track, but it does now. A former statistician for the department says it does.

  DRAINAGE DILEMMA: Homeowners concerned over status of FEMA mitigation dollars promised to capital-area parishes

With more storms likely as hurricane season ramps up, some cannot help but worry about what’s next, and wonder where federal dollars promised to help keep the public safe went.

  Sadie Roberts-Joseph’s accused murderer allegedly covered her body in bleach, argues DNA was planted at crime scene

Attorneys accused investigators of using chunks of hair snatched from Bell’s head without consent to falsely link him to the crime.

Gretna Police Department fires two officers following controversial Ocasio-Cortez social media post

The Gretna Police Department fired two officers following a social media post that surfaced online over the weekend.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

FOX 8 INVESTIGATION: New document that says Radium-226 still in Gert Town

A FOX 8 investigation uncovers new documents regarding the radioactive material found under a Gert Town street. One document says there is still Radium-226 and other contaminants in the ground. But, one state agency says a sweep of the neighborhood just yesterday found no issues.

Cracking the Code: Senator’s bill looks to stop surprise medical bills

A bill in the U.S. Senate could help stop the surprise medical bills that cost Americans thousands each year.Senator Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, helped write the Stop Surprise Bills Act of 2019. A bill that has 27 co-sponsors, more than a quarter of the U.S. Senate.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Ascension leaders spend over $10k on hotels, fees for taxpayer-funded conference to Vegas, records show

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa and other leaders racked up more than $10,000 in charges for registrations fees and hotel rooms.

  EXCLUSIVE: Gert Town residents possibly exposed to dangerous levels of radium, EPA memo shows

Gert Town residents faced exposure to high levels of radiation due to material lying underneath their street, according to an EPA memo uncovered by FOX 8.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Man accused of killing Sadie Roberts-Joseph previously convicted in other heinous crime

Bell is off the streets as of Tuesday, July 16, but it’s not his first run-in with law enforcement.

  THE INVESTIGATORS: Two elected leaders defend Las Vegas business trip during Hurricane Barry

One day after declaring a state of emergency for his parish, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa was checking into a hotel in Las Vegas.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.