Baton Rouge

2016 Shooting Findings Released

Dec 6, 2017
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East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore released the findings in the 2016 officer-involved shooting death of 48-year-old Terrell Walker. Cops believe Walker shot and killed his girlfriend on Essen Lane, then fled. Walker was later shot and killed by deputies after an extensive manhunt. Moore played several 911 calls from the incident on Essen Lane.

 

State Seeks To Reinstate 1974 Rape Conviction Against Man

Dec 4, 2017
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Just weeks after Wilbert Jones was exonerated and released from prison after serving nearly 46 years for rape, prosecutors have asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his conviction.

Multiple media outlets report East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors Friday urged the Louisiana Supreme Court to reinstate Jones' 1974 conviction in the abduction and rape of a Baton Rouge nurse.

Jones was released on bail Nov. 15 after a judge ruled prosecutors held back evidence from the defense during the original trial.

Training to Mentor Future Teachers

Nov 28, 2017
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Starting this week, nearly 500 Louisiana educators will begin training to become mentors to future teachers.  This is the first step in a three-year effort to train at least 25-hundred public school teachers.  Assistant Superintendent for Talent Hannah Dietsch says nearly 500 veteran educators were nominated by their local school systems to participate in the mentor training program.

 

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The Louisiana Association of Non Profit Organizations will hold 24 hour campaigns in Baton Rouge and Acadiana urging people to give to their favorite non-profit organization during Giving Tuesday.  LANO’s Director of Business Development Emilie McBride says their hope is that people open their hearts and donate.

 

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Baton Rouge Police charge a 38-year-old man with cruelty to a juvenile after allegedly beating his son with a belt for getting suspended. Sgt. Don Coppola says Edward Humphrey dropped the child off at his mother’s workplace, who called police about her 11-year-old son’s injuries.

 

Coppola says earlier this month, Humphrey was sent to pick up his son from school after being suspended. He says that’s when Humphrey allegedly took the 11-year-old to the teacher’s lounge and whipped him with a belt.

 

Police: Man Whipped Son For Being Suspended From School

Nov 27, 2017
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Baton Rouge police say a 38-year-old man is accused of whipping his son with a belt in an elementary school teachers' lounge because the boy had been suspended.

The Advocate quotes a police report as saying Edward Humphrey was arrested Friday on a charge of cruelty to a juvenile.

Police say the incident allegedly happened Nov. 8 at Claiborne Elementary School, and an arrest warrant was issued Nov. 16.

5 Found Dead In 3 Separate Incidents North Of Baton Rouge

Nov 27, 2017
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Five people have been found dead following three incidents north of Baton Rouge.

Authorities did not immediately say whether they believe the slayings are connected.

News outlets report that three bodies were found Sunday evening at a house in East Feliciana Parish, near the East Baton Rouge Parish line. Earlier that morning, sheriff's deputies had found a woman's body in a wooded area in East Feliciana Parish, near Clinton. Authorities called the woman's death "suspicious" but did not release further details.

Group Could Screen Police Chief Candidates In Baton Rouge

Nov 27, 2017
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A former police department leader from one Louisiana city could help screen candidates for a chief's job in another city.

The Advocate reports that a community group called Together Baton Rouge wants to hire former New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas as a consultant.

Leaders of the nonprofit group say that questioning the top candidates in private meetings will help them gauge which are the most likely to pursue changes that the group wants the police department to make.

An Excess Number of Crashes This Week

Nov 16, 2017
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As we’ve seen an excess number of wrecks this week, the state Department of Transportation reports there were 2,423 crashes on Interstate 10 between Exit 100 in Lafayette and the Baton Rouge Mississippi River Bridge from January 1st of 2014 to the end of 2016. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson.

Of those crashes, 19 were fatal and 20 people died. Wilson says the majority of these wrecks are a result of tailgating or distracted driving.

Average US Gas Price Jumps 7 Cents To $2.58 For Regular

Nov 6, 2017
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The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 7 cents nationally over the past two weeks to $2.58.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the spike is a result of several factors, including higher oil prices.

The current price is 32 cents above where it was a year ago.

Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.25 a gallon. The

lowest was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at $2.14 a gallon.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.82, up 6 cents from two weeks ago.    

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