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Video: Brother of Lafayette theater gunman describes estranged brother as odd, but not violent

. Rem Houser, 61, the older brother of Lafayette theatre gunman John "Rusty" Houser, talks outside his lakeside home in Hamilton, Ga. about his estranged brother, describing him as odd but never exhibiting violence. He last saw Rusty briefly a couple months ago in the wake of Rusty's foreclosure and divorce but hadn't been in close touch… Continue reading →

Video: Russell County Sheriff tells of family troubles, gun permit rejection of Lafayette theater shooter John Houser

Video still from an Advocate interview with Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor about Lafayette shooter John Houser's family background and mental illness problems.

Advocate reporter Maya Lau sat down with Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor on Friday and asked about John Houser's family background, domestic troubles and if his mental illness factored into his rejection for getting a gun permit.… Continue reading →

Video: LSU student describes how several men entered apartment, broke down roommate's door, left with several items

Advocate photo by Maya Lau  --  Anthony Jennings, Maquedius Bain and Dwayne Thomas are accused of breaking into an interior room of Apartment 403 in the West Campus Apartments at LSU on Friday, June 12, 2015.

Quarterback Anthony Jennings, cornerback Dwayne Thomas and defensive tackle Maquedius Bain were arrested and booked on unauthorized entry into a inhabited dwelling after entering the home of a fellow student, police records show. Thomas was also booked on simple burglary. On Sunday, six or seven males were able to enter the bedroom of Nicholas Anderson, destroying the… Continue reading →

Video: Pinwheels for Prevention

Blue pinwheels dot the south lawn at the Louisiana State Capitol, Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is a national movement which utilizes the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention.

Blue pinwheels dot the south lawn at the Louisiana State Capitol, Friday, Apr. 24, 2015. The Pinwheels for Prevention campaign is a national movement which utilizes the pinwheel as a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention. The pinwheel represents happy, healthy kids. Each April, during Child Abuse Prevention Month, blue pinwheels are planted throughout the nation to… Continue reading →

Video: Racial profiling rally at LSU

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On Friday, January 30th at 6:38 PM, a text was sent out to the LSU community notifying them of an armed robbery in the Kirby Smith Hall parking lot. The suspect in the crime was identified simply as “black male wearing dark hoodie”. This vague description provokes suspicions of all black males on campus in hoodies, labeling them… Continue reading →

Video: Dog Park fun

People and their pups enjoy an evening of cool, calm weather as the play at the Raising Canes Dog Park on Dalrymple Drive, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015.… Continue reading →

True BR: Tiger Stadium an iconic destination in Baton Rouge (Video)

The LSU Tiger band spells out "LSU" on the field before kickoff for the Florida game, while hundreds of fans continue to file into Tiger Stadium Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.

Ronnie Haliburton, former LSU player and now Senior Associate Athletic Director in charge of LSU facilities and grounds, shares why he believes Tiger Stadium is an iconic part of Baton Rouge. True BR is a weekly video series that will examine the sights, sounds and tastes of Baton Rouge and its surrounding areas. By looking at the… Continue reading →

Scenes from Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show

The Poche Plantation Arts and Crafts Show, Oct. 25-26, 2014, in Convent featured cooking competitions, music, a pig roast, more than 30 food choices, more than 125 arts and crafts vendors, pony rides, face painting, tours of the historic mansion and lots more. Video shows scenes from Day 1.… Continue reading →

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 →

35 recruits take first step toward becoming BR police officers

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Cadets stand at attention as Sgt. John O'Donoghue, center back, shouts instructions. The 80th Basic Training Academy of the Baton Rouge Police Department begins early Monday morning, June 30, 2014. The class consists of 35 recruits √ź 12 white males, 19 black males, 1 white female, and 3 black females. The academy is scheduled to run for 21 weeks.

The 80th Basic Training Academy of the Baton Rouge Police Department began early Monday, June 30, 2014. The class consists of 35 recruits – 31 men and 4 women. The academy is scheduled to run for 21 weeks and includes courses in law education, firearms training, defensive training and driving safety.… 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 →