Video: The Spirit of 45

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Auston O'Neill plays taps on the USS Kidd Tuesday during a stop in Baton Rouge with  his wife Bonnie as they tour the country in a National Spirit of '45 Unity Tour bus to bring attention to veterans and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 2015.

The Express is part of the National Spirit of ‘45 Unity Tour and organizers Auston and Bonnie O’Neill are on a mission to raise public awareness about the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII next year. The anniversary will be celebrated August 14, 2015. The event was hosted by the USS Kidd. … Continue reading →

Quilting a stand against sexual violence

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Raina Wirta, with Elevator Projects, helps Shameeka Dream, right, install her message on one of the quilts in the Monument Quilt display in downtown Town Square Tuesday. The Monument Quilt is traveling across the country to bring awareness to victims of sexual violence and help end the problem.

The Monument Quilt, which is traveling across the country to bring awareness to victims of sexual violence, was on display in Baton Rouge’s downtown Town Square on Tuesday. The quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. … Continue reading →

Accident dumps load of hay on I-10 median

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Regional Steward, left, with Road Runner Towing, and LSP Trooper Chad Chrisentery, right, look over the trailer to see how tangled it is in the cables. According to Chrisentery, a pickup truck pulling a trailer load of hay had a blowout, lost control and the trailer with hay got caught in the cables in the median of I-10 eastbound just east of Highland Road.

A pickup truck pulling a trailerload of hay in Interstate 10 had a blowout Monday afternoon and lost control, causing the trailer full of hay to get caught in the cables in the median and spill its load, according to LSP Trooper Chad Chrisentery. The accident, which occurred on I-10 eastbound just east of Highland Road, snarled traffic … Continue reading →

Video: Water quality advocates 'Flood Into Baton Rouge'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Beca Greaney, left, and Anna Dvorak, both of New Orleans, carry a banner reading 'Healthy Water Over Profit,' as they near the Governor's Mansion on a short walk where supporters of better water for Louisiana joined a few walkers who traveled over 150 miles from Grand Isle  to Baton Rouge, gathering in a lots across from the Governor's Mansion Saturday.  The group, from numerous grass roots organizations, hoped that the  'Flood Into Baton Rouge' rally would persuade Governor  Bobby Jindal to 'confront the myriad of pressing environmental issues plaguing so many communities around Louisiana. ' Some participants brought 'troubled' water'- - from the Gulf, Abita Springs, Bayou Corne, and other locations-- to pour out symbolically on the grass next to the sidewalk that runs in front of  the Governor's Mansion. About 75 people attended the rally.

Marchers finishing an eight-day, 155-mile walk from Grand Isle to the Governor’s Mansion entered the city at dusk Friday, and gathered at the Mansion on Saturday morning for ‘Flood Into Baton Rouge,’ a noon event focused on water quality issues across the state. A group of six marchers crossed the Mississippi River via the Plaquemine Ferry on … Continue reading →

Video: Baton Rouge hosts Greek Fest

Baton Rouge’s third annual Greek festival celebrated Greek culture Saturday, with a one-day event held at the Belle of Baton Rouge Atrium. Traditional Greek dancing, hair braiding, Mediterranean arts and crafts, music and food cooked Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church members, and others, helped mark the day. Mayor-President Kip Holden prclaimed Saturday ‘Greek Festival Day,’ and he and … Continue reading →

Video: Supriya Jindal prepares to rappel

Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal prepares to rappel down the side of One American Place Friday afternoon. Jindal was joined by Korie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” and both ladies rappelled 308 feet down the side of the second tallest building in Baton Rouge to help raise awareness for Louisiana Family Forum’s “Over the Edge for Adoption” campaign. The … Continue reading →

Official: Gonzales man kills wife, attempts to kill self

Advocate Staff Photo by David J. MitchellAscension Parish Sheriff's deputies say Gerardo Lua, 38, 13250 Roddy Road, Lot 11, Gonzales, shot his wife, Alejandra Orozco, 36, and then himself early Thursday in a mobile home, seen here, in Cobb's Trailer Park outside Gonzales. The couple's son found their bodies in the rear of the trailer. Lua remained in critical condition Thursday with a head wound. Orozco is dead, deputies said.

A Gonzales-area man who had been estranged from his wife fatally shot her in the head shortly after midnight Thursday in their mobile home, then turned the revolver on himself, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies reported. Gerardo Lua, 38, 13250 Roddy Road, Lot 11, Gonzales, remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon at an area … Continue reading →

Police locate 10-year-old girl, missing since Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Eriel Cottrell, 10, is reunited with her adoptive mother Angelique Cottrell, after Baton Rouge police returned the girl, who had been missing since late Tuesday after arguing with her mother about school.

The tearful embrace was instant, with the argument that tore them apart the day before having been forgotten. Angelique Cottrell bolted out of her kitchen door and grabbed her daughter, Eriel Cottrell, 10, tight, hugging her, making her promise she would never run away again after Baton Rouge missing persons detectives arrived in the Cottrell family’s … Continue reading →

Hammond girl’s bullying leads to lawsuit against school

Video screen shot of Jeanine Holmes and her attorney Felix Sternfels, left.

The parents of a 13-year-old Hammond Catholic school student say their daughter was hospitalized because of constant bullying by two classmates and the school not only failed to take proper disciplinary action against the bullies but forced their daughter to leave the school. William and Jeanine Holmes, the girl’s parents, allege … Continue reading →

Video: BRCC students work with exotic animals

Baton Rouge Community College veterinary technology students welcomed a few foreigners to class Monday. Students with the Barn Hill Preserve in Ethel showed Registered Veterinary Technician Clinical Coordinator Rebecca Wesley’s summer class a Kookaburra, a terrestrial tree kingfisher native to Australia and New Guinea, a Harlequin Macaw, a cross of the Blue and Gold Macaw with … Continue reading →

Firefighters use foam to reduce tank fire

Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK -- Louisiana State Trooper Steven Long, left, and Sidney Edmonston with Industrial Emergency Services of Baton Rouge speak at the site on Linder Road in Livingston Parish where two oil tanks owned by Denbury Offshore Resources caught fire near Denham Springs Friday.

Smoke and flames from two tanks of burning crude oil at a Denbury Resources storage facility were largely extinguished around 5 p.m. Friday, though responders continued to battle occasional flare-ups in one of the tanks. Residents who had been evacuated late Thursday night from about 30 homes within a 1-mile radius of … Continue reading →