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Southern University police bust a move while filming 'Lipsync Challenge' video

Southern University police bust a move while filming 'Lipsync Challenge' video

BATON ROUGE - Check out these moves!

The Southern University Police Department posted a video showing off some of their sweet dance moves.

"While the final touches are happening with our #LipsyncChallenge video we thought we should share some other fun our officers [had] during the filming process," SUPD said in a Facebook post.

Their routine was inspired by the Southern University Fabulous Dancing Dolls.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 8:49 pm


Still no leads in parish-wide cat killings

Still no leads in parish-wide cat killings

BATON ROUGE - Animal Control is investigating recent cat mutilations in East Baton Rouge Parish, but say they have no leads so far.

Eryn Lackett's beloved cat "Spike" went missing back in April. A few weeks later, she said received some very shocking news.

"I actually received a call in the morning from a person claiming to have found the remains of my cat in some woods in a remote area of Baton Rouge," Lackett said.

Lackett's cat was beheaded, identified by its owner through the rabies tag. She received pictures of her cat through text messages.

"I saw that the cat was indeed my cat," Lackett said, "and he was dead, and that he had suffered some bad things."

Over the last year, Animal Control has investigated a number of cat mutalations in the Shenandoah area. In October 2017, surveillance cameras captured a man walking on the roof of a Starring Lane shopping center dragging something. Later, someone discovered a cat handing from the back of the building.

Animal Control Director Hilton Cole said they have not closed the investigatons. They are getting assistance from city police, the District Attorney's office, and the Humane Society.

"They came up, they visited," Cole said, "they took some evidence and had it analyzed and they deduced that there was no probable cause to charge the suspect with a crime."

Animal Control tried linking the person of interest from the surveillance video of the cat hanging to other cat mutilation investigations.

"We tried to draw a link between that and what was happening in the Shenandoah area," Cole said, "and we couldn't quite get the link. It may have been a random case by another person."

The lack of answers has cat owners frustrated.

"It is very frustrating," Lackett said. "I think the person who's doing this knows how to play the system. They know how to stay under the radar and to stay undetected, and I think the community of Baton Rouge, we are more powerful than ever."

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 8:10 pm


Ticket mix-up blamed for Indiana family deaths

Ticket mix-up blamed for Indiana family deaths

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman says nine Indiana family members killed when a duck boat sank were put on the ill-fated boat because of a ticket mix-up.

Tracy Beck, of Kansas City, says she and her family were waiting in line for another boat when the Indiana family stopped talking to have a group picture taken by the tour company.

Beck says the ticket taker realized the family should have boarded at a different location in Branson.

The family had to get new tickets and was put on the boat that eventually sank. Beck said she recognized the family When pictures began circulating Friday

Beck says the water became choppy while they were on the lake and the captain decided to return to shore.

But she says she doesn’t blame the operator of the doomed boat.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 7:54 pm


Thousands lose power amid heat advisory Friday evening

Thousands lose power amid heat advisory Friday evening

BATON ROUGE - Power has been restored in much of East Baton Rouge after an outage left thousands exposed to the heat Friday evening.

According to Entergy, more than 3,300 households were left without power as of 6 p.m. Friday. A majority of the outages were reported along Corporate Boulevard and its surrounding neighborhoods.

Power has since been restored for mist households, with about 500 still affected as of 7:45 p.m.

The outage came in the midst of a heat advisory which will remain in effect through the weekend.

*HEAT ADVISORY* for the shaded area. Keep an eye on kids, pets, the elderly and check the backseat! #WBRZwx pic.twitter.com/SzI2PrOM64

— WBRZ Weather (@WBRZweather) July 20, 2018

Entergy was unable to say what caused the outage at the time of this post.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 6:28 pm


USPS investigating mail found in storm drain

USPS investigating mail found in storm drain

BATON ROUGE - A U.S. Postal Worker is accused of kicking addressed mail into a storm drain.

The alleged incident happened in the Broadmoor area of Baton Rouge near Sharp Road and Old Hammond Hwy. A resident living on Heatherview Ct. says she witnessed it happening Saturday around noon.

"I could see that he was actually putting mail into the storm drain and actually kicking some into the storm drain," she said.

The woman, who does not want to be identified, said her dog alerted her to what was happening.

"I saw the mail truck stopped at the storm drain between my neighbor's house and mine," she said. "I saw him grab stuff from inside the truck and throw it in the drain and kick it further into the drain."

The woman says the postal worker was wearing a red t-shirt. After putting the items in the drain, she says the person back into the truck and proceeded to finish the route. Once the USPS truck was out of sight, the woman went to investigate what was in the drain and found addressed mail with nearby addresses.

"It wasn't all junk mail," she said. "Some of it, you could tell, was addressed."

The incident was reported to the USPS, which is investigating what it's calling "unattended mail."

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General says it received an allegation regarding unattended mail which was found in the Baton Rouge area. Special Agents from our Baton Rouge, LA office immediately responded and an investigation was initiated. Victim notification letters will be sent and the recovered mail will be returned at the conclusion of the investigation. At this time, no additional information related to this investigation is available for public release due to Privacy Act considerations and the ongoing status of the USPS OIG’s investigation.

The USPS says this type of behavior is not tolerated and the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees, which serve the public, are honest, hardworking, and trustworthy individuals who would never consider engaging in any type of criminal behavior.

The Broadmoor resident that spoke with WBRZ says she's happy the USPS is taking her concerns seriously. She says this week she has noticed someone different was delivering her mail.

 


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 5:49 pm


Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium getting new 'Championship Plaza'

Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium getting new 'Championship Plaza'

BATON ROUGE - Expect a whole new look at Southern University's A.W. Mumford Stadium when football season begins in a few weeks.

It is called the Tony Clayton Championship Plaza. It will be a new place to gather, and officials hope it will put some money in the university's pockets as well.

This new structure will highlight the best of SU student-athletes, both past and present, and its construction is being funded by alumni.

“It's really exciting number one because it's alums doing it and stepping up to the plate and making a difference,” said Alfred Harrell, CEO of the Southern University System Foundation. “We're engaging them in a real meaningful way and making sure that they can see the impact immediately."

Alumni will soon see the fruits of some of their donations, and it's beginning right outside A.W. Mumford Stadium and field house with Championship Plaza.

“That's what it's all about. I mean Southern took me, a rock out of the back door cane fields of Louisiana and polished me into a gem. So I owe her,” said Attorney Tony Clayton, who is the principal donor for the plaza.

With construction costs covered by private donors, the SU System Foundation said they expect the plaza to bring in around $2 million in revenue.

“It’ll be perpetually hundreds of thousands of dollars that we can get off this project that will go directly toward academics and athletics and just helping kids enhance their educational experiences at Southern,” said Clayton.

Construction has also started on the $4.4 million Valdry Center for Philanthropy, the first of its kind at any HBCU. And it has all been made possible by alumni donations.

Construction on the Championship Plaza is expected to be completed by August 15.

For information on purchasing bricks or columns at the plaza, you can visit the SU System Foundation website: https://foundation.sus.edu/


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 5:37 pm


All clear after gas leak prompts evacuation of homes in Port Allen

All clear after gas leak prompts evacuation of homes in Port Allen

UPDATE: Officials say the leak has been contained and the scene is cleared.

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PORT ALLEN - At least one street is being evacuated because of a reported gas leak.

Officials with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office are evacuating Lafiton Lane in Port Allen.

Details about what caused the gas leak and what kind of gas is leaking are unavailable.

News 2 has a crew en route to the scene.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 5:05 pm


Louisiana congressional candidate arrested after qualifying for the race

Louisiana congressional candidate arrested after qualifying for the race

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A candidate who had just registered to run for one of Louisiana's congressional seats was arrested after signing up for the race.
 
Billy Burkette, an independent from Pride, qualified Friday for the 5th District congressional race representing northeast Louisiana.
 
Shortly after Burkette filed his paperwork at the secretary of state's office, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies held him onsite, arresting him and removing him in handcuffs on an outstanding warrant.
 
A spokeswoman for the secretary of state's office says Burkette is accused of falsely impersonating a police officer.
 
Burkette, who says he's the chairman of the Louisiana Band of Choctaw Indians, is one of three candidates challenging Republican incumbent Ralph Abraham. Burkette ran unsuccessfully for the office two years ago. He's reported no fundraising for the Nov. 6 election.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 4:39 pm


FBI looking for 'armed and dangerous' felon out of Lafayette

FBI looking for 'armed and dangerous' felon out of Lafayette

LAFAYETTE- Federal authorities are looking for a man indicted on drug and gun charges.

Cardel White was charged earlier this year with facilitating drug trafficking, illegally possessing a firearm and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

According to a release from the FBI, White is a black male, age 38, 6'7 height and weighs approximately 200-210 pounds.

His last recorded address is in the Brookshire Gardens South subdivision in Lafayette. White reportedly worked in a barber shop in that same area.

Authorities believe White is armed and dangerous. They ask anyone with information to please call the FBI New Orleans Field Office at 504-816-3000.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 4:25 pm


Director James Gunn fired from 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' over old tweets

Director James Gunn fired from 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' over old tweets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Gunn was fired Friday as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” because of old tweets that recently emerged where he joked about subjects like pedophilia and rape.

Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn said in a statement that the tweets are indefensible, and the studio has severed ties with Gunn.

Gunn has been writer and director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise from the start, taking an obscure Marvel Comics title about a group of misfits and turning it into two huge hits that together totaled more than $1.5 billion in global box office.

Gunn on Thursday sent several tweets saying he was sorry for trying in the past to get laughs through shock value.

His publicists did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

The “Guardians” franchise stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and features the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 4:06 pm


Seven arrested, others wanted in connection with burglary ring in southeast Louisiana

Seven arrested, others wanted in connection with burglary ring in southeast Louisiana

AMITE - Deputies have arrested seven people for their involvement in numerous burglaries that crossed parish and state lines.

According to a release from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, the burglaries happened over the past two months in Wilmer, Loranger, Kentwood, Amite, St. Helena Parish, and the Amite County Mississippi area.

As deputies were investigating the burglaries, they located one of their suspects in Independence. According to a release, 18-year-old Benjamin Warren was found near a residence burning copper. As deputies approached Warren, he fled.

While looking around the copper burn pile, deputies found multiple items that were reported stolen. Later, TPSO detectives went to a residence on Neal Road in Loranger where Benjamin is known to have associates, including 28-year-old John G. Davidson, who was also suspected in the burglaries.

At the residence, detectives say they spoke with 24-year-old Tena Warren, who denied that either of the wanted suspects were inside. 

As authorities continued to speak with Tena, she began to "anxiously" pace with a 2-year-old child in her arms. During this time Tena, was also seen whispering to an 8-year-old who immediately ran into a bedroom in the rear of the residence. Within moments, Davidson was seen trying to escape out the back window. He was quickly arrested.

Tena was also taken into custody and charged with obstruction of justice. John Davidson was arrested on multiple active warrants. Randy Davison, who also had multiple warrants for his arrest, was found found inside and arrested as well.

Later that night, TPSO detectives traveled to a home on Cooper Road in Loranger after receiving information that Benjamin Warren was hiding out there. At the scene, Benjamin was seen standing on the front porch before fleeing at the sight of deputies. He was captured shortly afterward.

Also arrested was 36-year-old Ray James, who attempted to escape through a window at that same residence.

Inside the home, deputies found numerous pieces of drug manufacturing equipment, scales, needles, narcotics, stolen property, and a firearm.

Authorities also learned that James had access to a vehicle located on the property where multiple stolen items were recovered. According to the sheriff's office, deputies found a generator and an AC unit which were reported stolen just days earlier.

Detectives with Amite County Sheriff's Office in Mississippi contacted the TPSO saying that James was a suspect in multiple burglaries in their area as well, including the theft of a $20,000 barbecue trailer.

Sarah Warren, 27, was the last suspect arrested; she was charged with theft by fraud. Authorities are still searching for three more suspects identified as 33-year-old Romer Schmidt, 17-year-old Jordan Hullet and 28-year-old Daniel Holiday. 


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 2:15 pm


Non-profit gifts Louisiana police K9 with new protective vest

Non-profit gifts Louisiana police K9 with new protective vest
YOUNGSVILLE- One furry member of the Jennings Police Department will be a little safer as he helps patrol the city. 
The department gifted their K-9 Officer Max with a bulletproof and stab-proof vest to wear on the job. Chief Danny Semmes told KATC Max is deserving of the new equipment because of everything he does for the department.
"These dogs give their heart and soul to this department," Chief Semmes said. "This is the least we could do for him, to make sure we protect him and take care of him."
Police say they purchased the vest with the help of a $1,000 grant from Vested Interest in K9s, a non-profit dedicated to keeping K9 officers safe while in the line of duty.

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Published on 20 July 2018 | 1:45 pm


Report: 27 unexpected tornados hit Iowa

Report: 27 unexpected tornados hit Iowa

IOWA-The state of Iowa is left heartbroken after 27 unexpected tornados ripped through the state Thursday night.

A report from KCCI says the twisters left people injured, buildings flattened and cars overturned in 3 cities, Marshalltown, Pella, and Bondurant.

"Devastated to see the destruction from today's severe storms & tornadoes, Praying for all Iowans impacted & for the emergency management crews responding tonight,"  Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds tweeted.

Reynolds also said in a tweet that she will be touring the damaged cities today as they begin clean-up efforts.

Gov. Reynolds & @IALtGov, along with @IowaHSEMD, will tour damage in @CityofBondurant, at @VermeerAg in @CityofPella and in Marshalltown today. #iagov https://t.co/bwCczRDpXm

— Gov. Kim Reynolds (@IAGovernor) July 20, 2018


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 1:33 pm


Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — A baby girl is guaranteed food for life — and a job — after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom.

Falon Griffin was having contractions when she and her husband stopped at the fast-food restaurant in San Antonio to drop off their daughters with a family friend. She had to use the bathroom, but the restaurant was closed.

The couple banged on the door. Store director Brenda Enriquez tells KSAT-TV she opened the door and Griffin was screaming. Enriquez grabbed some towels.

Husband Robert Griffin says he managed to unwrap the umbilical cord from the baby’s neck and deliver Gracelyn Griffin.

Mom and baby are doing fine. The company says Gracelyn will have free Chick-fil-A for life and a job when she turns 14.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 1:19 pm


Flood victims get another extension for FEMA temporary housing program

Flood victims get another extension for FEMA temporary housing program

BATON ROUGE - A request for an extension of the federal temporary housing program from August 2016 flood survivors has been approved by FEMA.

The request for the extension was made by Gov. John Bel Edwards. According to a release, the program has been extended through January 15, 2019. Edwards requested that homeowners be given additional time and the low rent for the Mobile Housing Units be retained as survivors rebuilt their homes that were either severely damaged or destroyed by the floods.

The incremental rent increase on the MHUs remains in place. FEMA has confirmed this will be the final extension of the program, according to the release.

“The number of families relying on temporary housing is declining but it still remains necessary for many families as they continue to recover," Edwards said. "We are committed to helping them work with FEMA on the incremental rent increases as well as helping them find long-term and affordable housing solutions.”

As of Thursday, there are 595 homeowners and 19 renters occupying the trailers nearly two years after the flood, according to the governor's office.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 12:19 pm


Death toll from Missouri boat capsizing rises to 17

Death toll from Missouri boat capsizing rises to 17

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say the final four people missing since a boat capsized on a lake in southern Missouri have been found, raising the death toll to 17.

The office manager at the Stone County Sheriff’s office, Wendy Doucey, confirmed the discovery Friday. The Ride the Ducks boat sank Thursday night in the Lake of the Ozarks near Branson.

The victims’ names haven’t been released.

Branson is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City and is a popular vacation spot for families and other tourists.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 11:26 am


Police: Toddler dies after 3 hours in hot day-care van

Police: Toddler dies after 3 hours in hot day-care van

HOUSTON (AP) - Police say a 3-year-old boy has died after being left in a hot day care center van for three and a half hours parked outside the center in northwest Houston.

A statement from the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office says the child was found unresponsive when his father arrived at Discovering Me Academy about 7 p.m. Thursday to pick him up. The van was parked since 3 p.m., and deputies said its interior was 113 degrees when they arrived.

The child was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital. An employee was questioned, but no charges were filed. The academy had been cited in 2015 for not reporting a wreck involving the van in a timely manner and for a driver not knowing how many children were in her group.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 11:16 am


Man steals more than $500 in drills from local Home Depot

Man steals more than $500 in drills from local Home Depot

GONZALES - Police in Gonzales are looking for a man who stole hundreds of dollars worth of drills from a hardware store.

Authorities say the man walked into the Gonzales Home Depot Monday and stole two Dewalt drills valued at $548. A surveillance camera captured a snapshot of the man as he walked out with the merchandise.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the man.

Anyone with information on the man can call the Gonzales Police Department at 225-647-9583.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 11:05 am


Century-old farmhouse to be moved this weekend

Century-old farmhouse to be moved this weekend
BATON ROUGE - In June, Councilwoman Barbara Freiberg was fielding angry calls from residents in her district. 
The homeowners were concerned about a resident trying to move a century-old farmhouse down Highland Road into University Acres. A move that would involve a lot of tree trimming. 
Since then, enough signatures have been collected to obtain the proper permits to transport the house.
On Saturday, the city will be closing down Highland at Dentation to Sunset, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to trim any branches that might get in the way. 
The official move of the home will not happen until August 1st.

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Published on 20 July 2018 | 11:00 am


Man accused of burglarizing multiple vending machines in two parishes

Man accused of burglarizing multiple vending machines in two parishes

INDEPENDENCE - Deputies arrested a man they believe is responsible for burglarizing multiple vending machines in two parishes.

On July 5, deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's office began investigating a vending machine burglary outside a Minuteman Convenience Store in Independence. From surveillance video obtained, authorities say the suspect used a drill to get into the machine and steal the money inside.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned of similar crimes that happened in Walker around the same time. In that case, the suspect was again caught on camera using a drill to get into several machines.

Detectives were able to locate the suspect and his vehicle driving on Hano Road. The suspect, identified as 39-year-old Ernest Lankford, was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary of a coin-operated machine.


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Published on 20 July 2018 | 10:30 am








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