In case you missed it: Here are the big headlines from the weekend

March 26, 2023
Get caught up on some of the big news that happened over the weekend.

BRPD chopper in the air 12 minutes before crash that killed two officers

WEST BATON ROUGE – Two Baton Rouge Police officers were killed after one of the Baton Rouge Police Department helicopters crashed overnight, Unfiltered with Kiran has learned.

Sources tell UWK that the officers were assisting with a vehicle pursuit near Florida Blvd. and Airline Hwy. in Baton Rouge around 2:30 a.m. The car police were pursing, a Ford Mustang, crossed into West Baton Rouge Parish.

Data from the website Flight Aware shows that the chopper was only in the air twelve minutes. The officers took off from the Baton Rouge airport at 2:26 a.m. before crashing at 2:38 a.m. March 26.

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‘Brothers in Blue’ | Condolences pouring in following deadly BRPD chopper crash

BATON ROUGE – Police, fire and sheriff’s departments from not only south Louisiana but around the country are sending condolences to the Baton Rouge Police Department following a helicopter crash that claimed the lives of two officers.

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EBRSO arrests & fires deputy for allegedly beating inmate

BATON ROUGE – The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested one of their own on Sunday. It comes after an alleged fight at the prison.

Officials say Aaron Johnson, 26, was arrested Sunday evening following a scuffle involving an inmate and another deputy. Johnson responded to the fight but officials say, Johnson allegedly beat the inmate causing “multiple fractures” to his face. Officials say Johnson hit the inmate with a metal chair injuring the inmate.

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Shots fired at Cortana Place Walmart, suspect arrested

BATON ROUGE – Shots were fired Sunday afternoon shattering a window at the Walmart Supercenter located at Cortana Place.

An East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy working extra duty at the Walmart responded to the shooting outside of the store, an EBRSO spokesperson confirms to Unfiltered with Kiran.

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Livingston Parish voters reject tax to fund teacher pay raise

LIVINGSTON – Voters in Livingston Parish have rejected a one-cent sales tax that would have funded an historic pay raise for teachers and staff, according to complete but unofficial election returns from the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office.

Livingston Parish Parish Public Schools has been pushing for the one-cent sales tax to fund a stealthy 10% pay raise for the district’s 3,800 employees.

With all 79 precincts reporting, the parish-wide ballot item failed 54% to 46% of the vote, according to complete but unofficial election returns. Voter turnout was only 21 percent.

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Pointe Coupee Parish approves property tax to fund firefighters

POINTE COUPEE — Pointe Coupee Parish voters overwhelming passed an 11-mill property tax to help fund full-time firefighters in a growing area of the parish, according to complete but unofficial election returns.

Officials say with the millage, the Fire District 4 will be able to hire nine full-time employees to staff the Livonia, Fordoche and Lottie stations. The department would also still staff part-time firefighters.

Saturday election returns show the millage passed with 69% of the vote. 31% of voters rejected the millage increase. Only 11 percent of voters cast ballots.

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