Several more rescued from Amite River on Saturday, one week after deadly tubing accident

DENHAM SPRINGS – More people were rescued in the Amite River on Saturday, just one week after someone was killed while tubing in the waterway. The Livingston Fire Department District 5 initially reported it was called to assist more than a dozen tubers in the river due to dangerous conditions on the water. The department…

BRPD veteran passed away days after retiring

BATON ROUGE – A recently retired member of the Baton Rouge Police Department passed away suddenly Sunday.  BRPD said Lieutenant Mike Godawa, a 27-year-veteran of the police department, retired in the final days of July. He most recently served as a shift lieutenant in the Uniform Patrol Division and was also a BRPD Firearms Instructor. …

Man shot and killed by his girlfriend after he allegedly assaulted her

HOUSTON – A man was shot and killed after a fight with his girlfriend early Sunday morning. KTRK reported that Harris County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a shooting at an apartment on Bammelwood Drive around 5 a.m. on August 1. Deputies found a man dead inside of the apartment. The man’s girlfriend was…

Central Walmart shuts down over the weekend to sanitize building

BATON ROUGE – Starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, the Walmart on Sullivan Road will be closed temporarily.  Walmart said on July 31 that the closure will allow time for proper sanitization of the store.  “As you know, several areas across the country have begun seeing a renewed increase in positive COVID-19 cases, mainly in regions…

Deadly street racing crash near Trinity River kills three

DALLAS – Three people are dead and two are injured after two vehicles crashed into one another while driving over the Trinity River. WFAA reported that around 11:40 p.m. July 30, a Range Rover and Chevrolet Tahoe collided as they drove across North Westmoreland Road. Police said after colliding, the Tahoe hit a guardrail, launched…

New Louisiana abortion, policing, marijuana laws take effect

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana is ending jail time for possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana, adding new requirements for doctors administering the abortion pill and restricting when police officers can use chokehold restraints, as more than 250 new laws take effect Sunday. Roadways are receiving new names. Candidates for office are newly able to…

Three boaters killed, boat missing after incident at Toledo Bend

TOLEDO BEND – Three people died in a deadly boating incident on Toledo Bend, a popular fishing destination along the Louisiana-Texas border, Friday. Wildlife and Fisheries agents said the bodies of the three boaters have been recovered and identified them as Paul L. Murphy Jr., 46, of Opelousas, Joseph L. Sam Jr., 44, of Opelousas,…

Man with multiple gunshot wounds found in apartment complex parking lot

SLIDELL – A man with multiple gunshot wounds was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex Saturday. Slidell Police Department said around 3:20 July 31, a male victim who had been shot several times was in the parking lot of The Lofts at Canterbury apartment complex. Police said the victim was taken to…

Zydeco musician shot during concert at Louisiana Mud Fest

COLFAX – A zydeco musician and a teenager were both shot at Louisiana Mud Fest on Friday night. The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office said multiple people were shooting into the crowd. Deputies arrested two people with guns that jumped onto the running boards of a vehicle trying to leave. Zydeco musician Chris Ardoin was onstage…

Nakamoto: Racist behavior under investigation at State Police; internal documents show it dates back decades

BATON ROUGE- Internal State Police disciplinary documents obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit show Bob Brown, the former chief of staff, was disciplined for displaying a Confederate flag in his office and admitted the n-word was part of his vocabulary. Brown received discipline for violating the code of conduct and ethics and for conduct unbecoming…

Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors. The state has become the new national epicenter for the virus, accounting for around…

2-year-old found dehydrated in BR apartment days after mother died

BATON ROUGE – A child spent days inside an apartment with his dead mother’s body before both were finally discovered Friday, police said.  The body was found around 10 a.m. at an apartment building along North Boulevard near S 17th Street. Authorities confirm the 37-year-old woman was found dead in the residence along with the…

Louisiana’s historic veto session carried $76K price tag for taxpayers

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana’s two-day veto session, which saw Republicans unable to override any of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ bill rejections, cost taxpayers $76,000. Information provided in response to a request from The Associated Press showed most of the House and Senate expenses involved the $160 daily per diem given to state lawmakers and…

Nearly a year after her son’s heat-related death, Denham Springs mom on a mission to prevent similar tragedies

DENHAM SPRINGS – Ashley Roberson has felt every emotion possible in the 316 days since her son, Remy, died, days after collapsing at football practice. “I go from crying to screaming to laughing when I think about him and his memory,” Roberson said. Looking at pictures of him, they’re sad, but they’re happy because they’re…

Pest control company explains how to avoid home infestations during summer heat

BATON ROUGE – Busy is an understatement for pest control companies in the capital area like Arrow Pest Control, who are working around the clock to rid homes of bugs. “Gnats are so annoying you will never stop hearing them until they go away,” said Jacob Cohn, CEO of Arrow Pest Control and certified entomologist. …

Pair of governor’s office employees test positive for COVID

BATON ROUGE – Two staffers with Governor John Bel Edwards’ office have tested positive for the coronavirus, the state announced Friday. The governor said in a statement that both employees had been vaccinated for the virus earlier this year. Both are currently isolating at home, according to a statement released Friday afternoon. Read the full…

Man from New Orleans, teen from Lafayette win big in weekly ‘Shot At a Million’ campaign

BATON ROUGE — One man from New Orleans is $100,000 wealthier thanks to getting a COVID vaccination and a teenager from Lafayette is paving his way to the future with a bright and shiny $100,000 scholarship, all because he chose to get the vaccine.  Stephen Curry, a 57-year-old man from New Orleans and Jacob Ardoin,…

State Police: Baton Rouge man killed in Hooper Road crash

BATON ROUGE – A 29-year-old Baton Rouge man was killed in a Thursday night wreck on Hooper Road. Louisiana State Police identified Brandon Chews as the driver who lost his life. Police say it was around 9 p.m. when Chews and a passenger were in a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro and exited a driveway before attempting…

Gator stops traffic on highway, drivers stop to help it get to safety

ALEXANDRIA – A Livingston Parish family has a big alligator tale. The gator stopped traffic as it sat in the middle of I-49 Wednesday. It was that big toothy grin or maybe that long tail that Amanda Carter says was something to see. Watch video of the encounter on News 2 at 6:00 “It was…

SEC leaders vote to fold Texas, Oklahoma into conference in 2025

BATON ROUGE – As expected, the Southeastern Conference voted Thursday to formally invite the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas into the conference, effective in 2025. On Thursday the conference announced SEC Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to extend the invitation to both universities. They’re slated to join the conference effective July 1, 2025,…

Baton Rouge couple killed in New Orleans drive-by shooting

NEW ORLEANS -A Baton Rouge couple slated to leave the country for a trip to Cancun, Mexico made a stop in New Orleans and became the victims of a shocking crime. According to NOLA.com, Nadia Payne, 23, and Kevin Oliver,25, would have celebrated a significant moment in their relationship during their Cancun vacation. Oliver was…

Governor will hold COVID news briefing at 3 p.m. Friday; watch live on Ch. 2, WBRZ+

BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards will host another news conference Friday to address the state’s response to Louisiana’s newest coronavirus surge. The briefing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday. WBRZ will carry the conference live on Channel 2, WBRZ+ and WBRZ.com. Check here to stream live news coverage Read about Louisiana’s latest coronavirus…

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