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Pointe Coupee arrests 2 juvenile drive-by suspects. Between them, they're wearing 5 ankle monitors
NEW ROADS — A pair of juveniles wearing multiple ankle monitors for crimes in other parishes have been accused of a drive-by shooting in New Roads, authorities said. The names of the juveniles involved in the drive-by were not released due to their ages. Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Rene...
Group home for kids sues Pointe Coupee Parish, argues decision violates Louisiana, US discrimination laws
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A group home in New Roads is filing a lawsuit against Pointe Coupee Parish. Believe Therapeutic Group Home LLC. was created to house local children who “Louisiana has determined need intensive psychiatric or psychological treatment in a 24-hour structured environment,” according to the lawsuit.
Woman dies in hospital after paramedics found her shot at crash scene
BATON ROUGE - A woman died in a hospital less than a day after first responders found her shot inside a car that had crashed on Greenwell Street Tuesday morning. WBRZ learned early Wednesday morning that 34-year-old Yasheka McDaniel had died from her wounds. Another person who paramedics found inside the car was also taken to a hospital Tuesday with injuries caused by the wreck.
Suspects still on the run after manhunt in East Feliciana; pair accused of stealing SUV and four-wheeler
SLAUGHTER - Authorities are looking for a pair of men who crashed a stolen SUV while fleeing sheriff's deputies and then ran from the crash scene. According to East Feliciana Sheriff Jeff Travis, deputies tried to stop the vehicle, an SUV pulling an ATV on a trailer, on LA 412 around 7:45 a.m. over a traffic violation. The vehicle drove off and crashed into a ditch near the corner of LA 412 and Lemon B Road, and a pair of men jumped out and started running.
Zachary man killed after he was ejected from truck during crash
BATON ROUGE — A 66-year-old Zachary resident lost his life in a single-vehicle crash on Plank Rd. near Blount Rd. in Baton Rouge Memorial Day. Swill Charles was driving a 2020 Ford F-250 heading north on Plank Rd. around 5:30 p.m. Monday when he reportedly veered off the right side of the road and collided with an embankment, Louisiana State Police say.
Louisiana man arrested following family argument that turned violent
BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A family disagreement led to a fight that resulted in an arrest over the weekend, capital area authorities say. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, John Hyde, 51, was arrested on one charge of cruelty to the infirm on Sunday. Deputies say Hyde and his 68-year-old brother-in-law exchanged […]
Officials respond to Saturday afternoon shooting
Just like every year, residents of New Roads gathered on Sunday, May 28, for the annual Blessing of the Boats to kick off the long Memorial Day weekend. Drivers urged to practice safety during Memorial Day holiday. Updated: 16 hours ago. Law enforcement officials said the goal of the campaign...
Woman missing in boat crash on Mississippi River presumed dead, recovery efforts continue
A woman missing from a boat crash Sunday was presumed dead Monday night as search efforts transitioned to a recovery operation, the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office said. Deputies say they were notified of a crash at about 9 p.m. Sunday on the Mississippi River downstream of the St. Francisville...
Debris truck pulls down power lines, leaves part of residential road closed
BATON ROUGE - A debris truck picking up trash in a neighborhood off Bluebonnet Boulevard pulled down two telephone poles and a street line Wednesday morning. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, two poles and a street line were pulled down on Houston and Field Drives in a neighborhood off Bluebonnet Boulevard. The two roads were closed while cleanup efforts continued.
Annual Blessing of the Boats held in New Roads
NEW ROADS, La. (WAFB) - Just like every year, residents of New Roads gathered on Sunday, May 28, for the annual Blessing of the Boats to kick off the long Memorial Day weekend. The family-friendly event is an opportunity for folks to line up their boats and have them blessed...
Zachary School District announces new superintendent
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Baton Rouge school board not rushing to keep job-hunting Sito Narcisse
Even as he pursues a plum job 700-plus miles away, Sito Narcisse has kept alive the possibility of staying longer as the schools leader in Baton Rouge. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, though, has yet to bite. Narcisse supporters, notably the powerful nonprofit education group Stand For Children...
A fee on Baton Rouge phone bills will be going up — but not everybody thinks it should.
Phone bills across East Baton Rouge Parish will soon increase to fund upgrades to the parishwide 911 system, but not everyone thinks the funding increase is needed. The parish Communications District Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday afternoon to approve rate increases that will generate an estimated $2.2 million annually for new employees and maintenance and upgrades of the 911 system, communications district Director Jim Verlander said.
Mayor Darnell Waites Invites Community to Mayor's Prayer Breakfast
By Devon Payne Weekly Press Intern Writer BAKER, LA - Mayor Darnell Waites of Baker, Louisiana, is hosting the highly anticipated Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on Friday, June 30, 2023, at the Baker Municipal Center. With tickets now available for $6, residents and community members are encouraged to contact City Hall at 225.778.0300 to secure their seats for this inspirational event.
Board approves increased 911 fees for EBR; new rates take effect as soon as June
BATON ROUGE - A proposal to increase phone fees to better accommodate the cost of running East Baton Rouge's 911 services was approved Wednesday. The East Baton Rouge Communications District held a special board meeting May 31 to decide on the increase. The new rate, approved in a 5-1 vote, was set to be applied on starting June 1, though officials say it could take a bit longer to officially roll out.
Narcisse One Of Three Finalists For Florida School Superintendent Position
The current superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Public School System is one of three finalists for a similar position in Florida. Members of the Broward County School Board selected Sito Narcisse during a meeting on Tuesday. The other two finalists are Peter Licata and Luis Solano. At least a...
Opinion: Louisiana Grad Returns to Old Middle School: ‘I Wish I Had Been Taught This Way’
This is the fourth in a series of essays from a Knowledge Matters Campaign tour of school districts using high-quality science curriculum. In this piece, Robert Emery Godke, a student teacher in the West Feliciana Parish Schools in Louisiana, reflects on returning to West Feliciana Middle School after having been a student there 10 years […]
Quad Area Head Start holds graduation in Clinton and Jackson
Quad Area Head Start held 2023 graduations in Clinton on May 15 and Jackson on May 16. Parents, staff and foster grandparents welcomed upcoming kindergarten students as the procession ended. Quad Area Head Start is a free preschool program that serves preschoolers ages 3 and 4 in East Feliciana Parish....
City of Zachary honors teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week
The Teacher Appreciation Week celebration began May 15 at Rollins Place Elementary. It will continue throughout the week as fish fry crews travel from school to school in the Zachary Community School District, serving teachers and support staff fried fish dinners prepared by members of the city's administration, Police Department and Fire Department. The meal is provided by Professional Engineering Consultants and Thornton, Musso & Bellemin Company.
Needlework group at Zachary United Methodist Church donates latest round of work to nursing home
Friends and Needles group of Zachary United Methodist Church recently donated its work created from January to now. It is a mission group at ZUMC who use its talents to serve others. Carla Murray said, “We make and donate items to local nursing facilities for patient use, i.e. walker caddies,...
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