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11/23/2022

Sheriff's office employee collects nearly 3 months paid time off after admitting to stealing

Posted 9:43 PM 11/24/2022 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

PORT ALLEN- West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office employee Mandy Miller has remained on the payroll for nearly three months, as investigations remain pertaining to $150,000 that went missing. Sources said Miller confessed to stealing money from the department.

Payroll records obtained by the (More)

11/21/2022

INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Plaquemine police chief booked for malfeasance after grand jury indictment

Posted 4:49 PM 11/23/2022 by Chris Nakamoto

PLAQUEMINE - Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne turned himself in Tuesday morning after a grand jury formally charged him with five felony counts of malfeasance in office, the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported.

Jail records showed he was booked Tuesday morning and posted a $25,000 bond in (More)

11/18/2022

After flurry of WBRZ reports highlighting problems at state's juvenile jails, OJJ head resigns

After flurry of WBRZ reports highlighting problems at state's juvenile jails, OJJ head resigns

Posted 2:33 PM 11/19/2022 by WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - After a series of breakouts, riots and other problems at Louisiana's packed juvenile detention centers, the head of the Office of Juvenile Justice has (More)

11/16/2022

Sources: Nearly $150k missing at WBR Sheriff's Office; employee admits to stealing

Posted 4:41 PM 11/17/2022 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

PORT ALLEN - Sources tell the WBRZ Investigative Unit that West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office employee Mandy Miller admitted to stealing money after two different investigations began months ago tied to the allegations.

Those sources who spoke to WBRZ on condition of anonymity said at least (More)

11/14/2022

Lawmakers meet to investigate Ronald Greene's death for the first time in months

Posted 2:13 PM 11/15/2022 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - For the first time in months, a committee at the State Capitol looking into the May 2019 beating death of Ronald Greene met Monday.

During the (More)

11/11/2022

Police chief accused of misconduct rarely seen at work as grand jury looms

Posted 10:50 AM 11/12/2022 by Chris Nakamoto

PLAQUEMINE - Three months after the WBRZ Investigative Unit exposed Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne allegedly asked for sexual favors in exchange to have someone's charges dropped, sources say they rarely see him at the office.

Payne is the target of a grand jury hearing later this (More)

11/14/2022

Edwards will not testify at Ronald Greene hearing Monday

Edwards will not testify at Ronald Greene hearing Monday

Posted 5:22 AM 11/14/2022 by WBRZ staff

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards will not testify Monday before a legislative committee investigating the death of Ronald Greene.

That committee meeting is the same day a grand jury will meet in Union Parish to hear evidence that could lead (More)

11/9/2022

Governor calls infant's death 'absolute failure,' won't comment on DCFS leader after latest misstep

Posted 11:48 AM 11/10/2022 by WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - After avoiding questions for more than a week about the overdose death of another child who was under the eye of the Department of Children and Family Services (More)

11/7/2022

After latest failure involving infant's overdose death, DCFS boss still has no plans to step down

Posted 7:47 AM 11/8/2022 by WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - The head of the Department of Children and Family Services said she has no plans to resign despite mounting frustration with the agency after (More)

11/4/2022

State was warned about dangerous home days before infant's overdose death

Posted 7:38 AM 11/7/2022 by WBRZ Staff

BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family Services was warned about a 1-year-old's potentially dangerous living conditions days before the infant died from a fentanyl overdose, and now the child's father has seemingly disappeared. 

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11/2/2022

New video captures moment fire investigator shot naked man trying to break into his truck

Posted 5:08 PM 11/3/2022 by Chris Nakamoto and Erin McWilliams

BATON ROUGE - New video obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit shows the moment a Baton Rouge fire investigator shot a man who was naked and on drugs in Baton Rouge.

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10/28/2022

State Police head defends picking trooper with checkered past to lead new compliance division

State Police head defends picking trooper with checkered past to lead new compliance division

Posted 11:34 AM 10/29/2022 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police Colonel Lamar Davis defended his decision this week to place Captain Robert Burns in charge of the agency's brand-new (More)

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