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Lawyers representing fired teacher challenge her conviction for tirade that went viral

Posted 7:50 PM 3/18/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - A teacher who lost her job after she was seen on video waving a bat and a firearm at a family that was driving through her flooded neighborhood (More)


'He should be in jail': Mom who lost children in crash furious as trooper who caused it gets coveted new job

Posted 3:23 PM 3/16/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - The mother of two girls who were killed when a Louisiana State Trooper slammed into their car back in October 2020 wants (More)


Despite deadly on-duty crash, ex-LSP leader's son transferring to coveted new role

Posted 4:44 PM 3/15/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - A Louisiana state trooper responsible for the deaths of two children in a car he crashed in 2020 is being transferred to the agency's intelligence (More)


State trooper implicated in doctor-shopping investigation got 270 prescription pain pills in 73 days

Posted 11:06 AM 3/12/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - During a State Police Commission hearing this week where Trooper Michael Reichardt is appealing his 720-hour suspension, it was revealed that Reichardt got caught up in a doctor-shopping investigation in north Louisiana filling prescriptions for hundreds of powerful painkillers.


Prosecutor accused of hurting kids in 2021 hit-and-run crash still awaiting trial

Posted 9:30 AM 3/9/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

NEW ROADS - A prosecutor from Lafayette who was arrested on felony hit and run charges after witnesses say he hit children with his boat on False River and fled the scene is still waiting for his case to go to trial.

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Livingston sheriff's office employee arrested for escape and DWI, resigns her post

Posted 4:42 PM 3/8/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

LIVINGSTON - An employee with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office resigned her post Tuesday as the WBRZ Investigative Unit began asking questions about her arrest.

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In rare interview, sitting judge discusses 'failure' of suspects getting multiple bonds in Baton Rouge

Posted 9:01 AM 3/7/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - In a rare interview, Chief Judge Don Johnson is addressing a concern the public has with a revolving door for alleged criminals who manage to get multiple bonds while they are awaiting trial on their pending cases.

It comes after the WBRZ Investigative Unit exposed (More)


Face of fentanyl epidemic: Mother loses three children to drug overdoses

Posted 8:38 AM 3/3/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE - She's the face of the fentanyl epidemic gripping our community and country.

Pam Rivas has lost three of her children to drug overdoses over the years. Two of her kids died two weeks apart in July 2021.

Her son Matthew McCallister died of a methadone overdose in 2006. (More)...


Angola employees given lucrative contract cutting grass at prison; legal expert calls it corruption at its finest

Posted 7:25 PM 2/24/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

ANGOLA - State ethics laws are on the books to prevent the good ol' boy network in Louisiana, but it appears a clever workaround was found for two high-ranking employees at Angola earning $1,200 per-cut to cut a small section of grass at the prison.

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'Trifling and trashy': Huge lifeboats among junk discarded in blighted lot, residents fed up

Posted 3:00 PM 2/22/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

BATON ROUGE- Residents in Baton Rouge are urging the city to do something after discarded lifeboats from an ocean vessel ended up in two empty lots in Baton Rouge that are now being used as a dumpsite.

The area in question is bordered between North Boulevard and Government Street not far (More)


Audit reveals how sheriff's office employee manipulated system, stole $150K from department

Posted 11:02 AM 2/21/2023 by Chris Nakamoto

PORT ALLEN- An audit released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor is revealing new details about a scheme that went undetected for years and allowed a West Baton Rouge sheriff's Office employee to pocket more than $150,000.

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Teacher resigned after he was reportedly caught on video 'roughing up' elementary student

Posted 7:37 PM 3/16/2023 by WBRZ Staff

UPDATE: The teacher involved in this story reached out to WBRZ via email on Mar. 10 providing documents that show he is not facing criminal charges and that the restraining order had been dismissed after his resignation. 

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