Man arrested following shooting at hotel on Rieger Road, authorities say
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A man was arrested following a shooting at a hotel on Saturday, September 23, that left one person injured, authorities said. Sheik Blount, 34, is charged with attempted second-degree murder and possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies, according to an arrest report.
Toddler’s family outraged over GPS monitoring company’s failure to track suspect linked to murder case
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Devin Page Jr. was just three years old when he was shot and killed in his crib. Sept. 21 was the day the family started reliving everything that happened. Furious over who they thought failed to track the suspect, Johnny Brown. “And to listen...
EBR Sheriff's Office honors K-9 who passed after illness
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office is remembering a member of its K-9 team who passed away earlier this month. "Kane" was a 7-year-old German Shepherd wo served for four years with the department. Kane and his partner, Cpl. Cody David, were involved during that time in...
Woman arrested for attempted first-degree murder after drive-by shooting
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A woman has been arrested after a drive by shooting following a dispute with another person, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. Aarinesha Augustus, 32, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, assault by drive-by shooting, and aggravated criminal damage to property.
Father arrested for threatening daughter's teacher
BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested Wednesday for threats he made to an elementary school teacher in April. According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Harold Knox went into his daughter's classroom at Westminster Elementary on April 19, 2023 and threatened a teacher before being escorted off of school property.
EBRSO motorman injured on I-10 near Bluebonnet
BATON ROUGE — An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office motorman was injured Saturday on I-10 near Bluebonnet Blvd. Officials tell UWK that two motormen were going to pickup an escort for the LSU football game when a driver cut them off. One of the motormen crashed. The...
Clemency Denied for Convicted Killer in 1986 Drug Informant Assassination
Luis Carlos Quintero-Cruz, a convicted killer involved in the infamous 1986 assassination of drug trafficker turned DEA informant, Barry Seal, has lost his plea for clemency. Quintero-Cruz and two other Colombian co-defendants were convicted for Seal's murder nearly forty years ago in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Parents, students sue EBR School Board after they say job fair was actually church service
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Members of the East Baton Rouge School Board and a religious group were named in a civil lawsuit related to a Day of Hope in September 2022. Last September, EBR Schools hosted Day of Hope, a career fair created to help students explore options after high school. Other issues — such as sex, religion, and suicide — also were discussed.
East Baton Rouge School Board looking for new member to fill seat Katie Kennison resigned
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is looking for an applicant to fill the seat vacated when Katharine “Katie” Kennison suddenly resigned. Applications for an interim member are due soon, and an election will be held next year. Kennison’s resignation from...
Could the former Earl K. Long site be redeveloped soon?
After a decade of sitting vacant, local developers are looking to bring new life to the former Earl K. Long Hospital site. Developers Partners Southeast and the Banyan Foundation this week submitted plans to the East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission for a proposed multiuse community that will feature multifamily housing and retail.
Deputies name suspect allegedly involved in multi-parish chase
WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A suspect has been identified after a woman being held against her will led to a multi-parish chase involving law enforcement early Tuesday, Sept. 19. Kendrick Smith, 37, is charged with second degree kidnapping, aggravated assault with motor vehicle, aggravated flight, resisting an...
District attorneys file injunctions against capital clemency hearings
BATON ROUGE — Wednesday, district attorneys in other parishes have joined the fight against capital clemency hearings. A week after East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore filed an injunction to stop clemency hearings involving three cases, DAs in Natchitoches, Desoto, Caddo, and Rapides parishes filed injunctions Wednesday.
Major retailer opens another location in Louisiana
A large retail chain recently opened another new store location in Louisiana this week. Read on to learn more. On Sunday, September 17, 2023, the popular off-price clothing and accessories chain T.J. Maxx celebrated the grand opening of its newest Louisiana location in East Baton Rouge Parish, according to a store opening announcement that was posted on the company's website.
EBR Schools , others sued for Day of Hope event
BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, and others are being sued by parents for a Day of Hope event that happened in September of 2022. The Day of Hope event was advertised as a career fair for students, but attendees say other topics were covered including suicide, sex, and religion.
Federal lawsuit filed over EBR's controversial 'Day of Hope' school trip - Read it here
BATON ROUGE - Attorneys representing students who say they were traumatized by a school-sponsored event have filed a federal lawsuit targeting the East Baton Rouge School System and its leaders. The suit, which comes a year after the trip took place, names not only Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse but also...
Suspected kidnapper led police on high-speed chase down I-10; woman rescued after car crashed
BATON ROUGE - Deputies took part in a high-speed chase across West and East Baton Rouge Parishes early Tuesday morning when a woman called 911 and said her friend was being held against her will. The chase started in West Baton Rouge Parish and started as a service call from...
Tuesday AM Forecast: Air quality alert for sensitive groups
Expect a very similar day to yesterday, weather-wise. Rain chances remain very unlikely over the next week which will not help our current drought status. Humidity also remains low which pushes a conditional concern for fire danger as we experience the very dry conditions over the next few days. An...