WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Top Story Top Story en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:09:08 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Sheriff's office investigating local case of creepy clowns http://www.wbrz.com/news/sheriff-s-office-investigating-local-case-of-creepy-clowns/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/sheriff-s-office-investigating-local-case-of-creepy-clowns/ Top Story Tue, 27 Sep 2016 9:26:00 AM Trey Schmaltz Sheriff's office investigating local case of creepy clowns

PAULINA - The St. James Parish Sheriff's Office asked people to report sightings of others dressed in scary Halloween costumes who may walk through businesses.

Monday evening the department posted a picture of two people dressed as anything but happy clowns in a grocery store. Deputies wrote the people wore masks, dark clothing - one appeared dressed in a refinery jumpsuit, and bright gloves. The masked renegades walked through the Matherne's Supermarket, likely spooking people who were shopping.

"The two individuals did not act aggressively and left the store after the manager demanded they leave," the department wrote on its social media page.

The sheriff's office asked anyone with information on the clowns to call deputies at 225-562-2200. The sheriff's office also asked people to report any similar incident.

It's not clear if a law was broken, but the clowns caused some to feel uneasy.


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Ascension works to rebury caskets and vaults following flood http://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-works-to-rebury-caskets-and-vaults-following-flood/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/ascension-works-to-rebury-caskets-and-vaults-following-flood/ Top Story Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:43:55 AM Trey Schmaltz Ascension works to rebury caskets and vaults following flood

GONZALES - Reburial of damaged or dislodged caskets and vaults will begin soon, Ascension Parish announced Tuesday.

Family members of remains already identified are in the process of being notified. Other families, though, are asked to report the conditions of family grave sites. There are a number of caskets and vaults that are unidentified following the flood in August.

"Parish officials have begun notifying families or next-of-kin for those caskets that have been positively identified, and this process make take several days," a spokesperson said in a statement.

Eight cemeteries, though, could have issues:

Community Cemetery – Sorrento, LA

Galvez Baptist Church Cemetery – 42467 LA-42, Prairieville, LA

Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery – 10587 Beco Road, St. Amant, LA

New River Methodist Cemetery – 46040 LA-22, St. Amant, LA

Shiloh Church Cemetery – 44171 LA-42, Prairieville, LA

St. Amant Baptist Cemetery – 10116 Romans Road, St. Amant, LA

United Faithful Methodist Church Cemetery – 14253 Highway 431, St. Amant, LA

United Fellowship Church Cemetery – 41527 Cemetery Road, Gonzales, LA

Government officials asked for family members to report any disturbed grave site, including if caskets or vaults are found out of place or if the lid is unsealed or displaced. Report issues to Meredith Conger in the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at 225-621-8360.

Next, families should register with FEMA. The federal government could pay or help pay for reburial costs. Only one family member should register, Ascension Parish suggested, and even clarified further that "it will be better if that family member has not already applied for individual assistance for residential home damage or rental assistance since maximum assistance amounts may apply."

A meeting will be held, Wednesday October 5th at 5:30 pm at the Ascension Parish Governmental Complex located at 1024 E Ascension Complex Blvd, Gonzales, LA 70737 for family members of those in disturbed graves to register with FEMA representatives and sign the appropriate paperwork.


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45% of inspected Denham Springs structures damaged by flood http://www.wbrz.com/news/45-of-inspected-denham-springs-structures-damaged-by-flood/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/45-of-inspected-denham-springs-structures-damaged-by-flood/ Top Story Tue, 27 Sep 2016 7:39:50 AM APNewsNow 45% of inspected Denham Springs structures damaged by flood

DENHAM SPRINGS - Denham Springs officials say about 45 percent of flooded structures in their city evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been deemed substantially damaged.

The Advocate reports Rick Foster of the Denham Spring Building Department told the city council Monday FEMA inspectors evaluated 2,729 residential and commercial structures and found 1,222 had sustained damage estimated to cost 50 percent or more of the structure's value to repair.

Foster said he asked for the FEMA inspection teams to come in because there were too many flooded structures for his four-person department to assess.

Foster said the city had received 698 permit applications, issued 453 permits and found 29 structures to be substantially damaged as of Monday. He says another 76 structures are awaiting inspection.

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Interim coach Orgeron talks game plans after Miles' firing http://www.wbrz.com/news/interim-coach-orgeron-talks-game-plans-after-miles-firing/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/interim-coach-orgeron-talks-game-plans-after-miles-firing/ Top Story Mon, 26 Sep 2016 1:44:01 PM Alicia Serrano Interim coach Orgeron talks game plans after Miles' firing

BATON ROUGE – LSU athletic director Joe Alleva officially introduced Ed Orgeron as the interim head coach of The Tigers at a Monday afternoon press conference.

Orgeron started by saying that he was honored that Alleva chose him as interim coach after the firing of Les Miles. He said that the decision was "all about the players."

Orgeron asked fans to come out to Saturday's game against the Missouri Tigers to show the players support because "they deserve the success and energy the fans bring them." He went on to announce several new coaching changes and appointments, including long-time collegiate defensive line coach Pete Jenkins. Orgeron said that the team "went crazy" when they heard the news about Jenkins' return.

"He will be my mentor and right-hand man," Orgeron said.

Orgeron also announced that Steve Ensminger will replace Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator and will also serve as the quarterback coach. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was announced at the associate head coach. While wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig was shuffled to the tight ends coach.

Orgeron said that change will be the theme as he steps up to the role of interim coach reiterating that the style of play would be different, have "freshness" and "energy."

"We want to put the ball in our play makers' hands," Orgeron said.

When asked about the weakness that he would be focusing on, Orgeron said that he does not want to talk about the past, rather move forward citing that the team is composed of a "great group of young men" that need to "feel better about the hard work they are putting in."

Orgeron said that when the team heard about the news they were "sad to see him go" but were happy to see "a familiar face."

He stated that moving forward the focus will "never be about our opponent, it will be about the LSU Tigers. Always."

Orgeron also added that he will begin to hold open practices to the media on certain days and times and will have more information on those in the coming days.

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