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  • Bridge closure coming to Ascension Parish Play Video

    May 10, 2018 11:44 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Road signs went up overnight this week, preparing drivers for the summer closure of a busy interstate overpass in Ascension Parish. Residents who live just west of I-10 along Bluff Road (Hwy 928) will have about a 20-minute detour added to their drive. "Predominantly 95 percent of our... more »
  • New details on I-10 widening from Highland Rd. to Hwy. 73 Play Video

    April 24, 2018 12:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Timetables and detour routes were the topics of a Monday night public meeting about the I-10 widening project between East Baton Rouge and Ascension parishes. It will take until winter 2020 to widen about seven miles of interstate from four to six lanes in between Highland Road... more »
  • UPDATE: Man wanted in connection with Ascension Parish shooting turns himself in

    April 3, 2018 5:40 PM

    UPDATE: Authorities said Eric Bennett turned himself. He will be booked into the Ascension Parish Jail. DARROW – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said a 31-year-old man is wanted for a shooting that injured someone Monday. Eric Bennett is wanted for attempted second-degree murder, possession of firearm... more »
  • Livingston Parish backs off levee lawsuit threat Play Video

    March 9, 2018 12:18 AM

    LIVINGSTON - Parish President Layton Ricks told council members his suggestion to sue Ascension Parish over the Laurel Ridge Levee extension was premature. Ricks fears the levee could flood residents in Livingston Parish. However, after speaking with Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa, he is now withholding judgment pending further... more »
  • Ascension School Board asks for community input on new colors, mascots for schools

    January 26, 2018 7:48 AM

    ASCENSION - On Tuesday, the Ascension Parish School Board's Strategic Planning Committee selected names for the new Bluff Middle School and Bullion Primary School. Now they're asking for community input on school mascots and colors. The Bluff Middle School mascot choices are the Bears, Broncos or Buccaneers and color... more »
  • Four arrested, one hospitalized after fight at local middle school

    December 13, 2017 5:32 PM

    GONZALES - Police were called to a local middle school after a fight between students got out of hand Wednesday. The Gonzales Police Department confirmed that officers were called to Gonzales Middle School early Wednesday afternoon in response to a fight involving several students. Police say all involved were... more »
  • Traffic concerns at new Ascension school sites Play Video

    November 7, 2017 11:47 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish School Board approved traffic studies Tuesday night for its four new school sites. "They'll help to make recommendations to us that would help improve traffic and flow," said Chad Lynch, Director of Planning and Building for the District. Lynch expects engineers to... more »
  • EBRSO: Elementary student arrested for bringing unloaded gun to school

    October 5, 2017 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An 11-year-old elementary school student was arrested after she brought an unloaded gun to school Thursday, authorities say. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, its school drug task force responded to La Belle Aire Elementary around 9:30 a.m. Thursday after receiving reports of a... more »
  • Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival begins this weekend Play Video

    September 22, 2017 6:53 AM

    GONZALES-The 27th Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off Friday afternoon at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The center is located at 9039 S. St. Landry Ave in Gonzales. The two-day festival will run from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. on... more »
  • New community center, substation now open in Ascension Parish Play Video

    September 16, 2017 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office unveiled a new community center and substation in Donaldsonville Saturday morning. The Ascension Parish School System donated the property to the APSO to use for residents and officers. The community center is filled with offices spaces for deputies and educational... more »
  • Geismar man arrested with 23 pounds of marijuana

    September 8, 2017 9:37 AM

    GEISMAR - Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a man caught with 23 pounds of marijuana in a plastic container. According to APSO Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, multiple agencies partnered to conduct an investigation on an unspecified residence. Authorities learned that illegal drugs were being transported from Baton Rouge... more »
  • Group wants to eliminate the Ascension Parish president position Play Video

    August 22, 2017 12:06 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A group that wants to create a "Parish Management" style of government in Ascension Parish hopes to get their proposal on the ballot next March. The group, A Better Ascension, held a public meeting Monday night in the northern part of the parish. "We're ultimately looking to... more »
  • Amid complaints over barrier walls, state will redesign feature that dammed flood water Play Video

    August 17, 2017 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The state will redesign tall, concrete barriers along newly constructed interstates in Louisiana following the August 2016 flood where people in Livingston Parish have blamed much of the disaster on barriers that dammed water on one side of I-12. The flood issue is the center of... more »
  • Plane goes nose-down in Ascension field; Everyone walks away

    August 17, 2017 10:45 AM

    GONZALES – Two people were on a plane that went down in a hayfield in Ascension Parish Thursday, but none sustained serious enough injuries to be taken to the hospital. The plane went down in a field near Pelican Point Country Club around 9:30. The plane, built in... more »
  • APSO: Missing St. Amant woman found safe

    August 11, 2017 2:56 PM

    ST. AMANT – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has located a 44-year-old woman after she had been reported missing by family for nearly a week. The sheriff's department asked for help locating Stephanie Serpas, who was reported missing for on Monday, August 7. On Friday, the sheriff's office said... more »
  • APSO: Man wanted for theft, burglary charges

    July 25, 2017 11:46 AM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a man wanted for burglary and theft charges. The man deputies are searching for is 47-year-old Roderick Thomas, who is wanted for two counts of simple burglary, theft and two counts of simple criminal damage to property.... more »
  • Millions will be spent on buyouts, drainage following August flood

    July 19, 2017 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The governor announced an expansive flood restoration program that could buyout flood-prone homes and elevate others. Area parishes will share hundreds of millions of dollars to complete projects. East Baton Rouge gets the bulk of the money, followed by Livingston and Ascension Parishes. Details of... more »
  • APSO: Women wanted for shoplifting $100 worth of items from Walgreens

    June 29, 2017 5:53 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in identifying and locating two women wanted for shoplifting. According to the sheriff's office, two women entered Walgreens located on Highway 42 on April 11 and shoplifted $100 in merchandise from the store. The women... more »
  • APSO: Woman turns self in after stealing purse from Walmart

    June 29, 2017 12:42 PM

    ASCENSION – A woman has turned herself in to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office after she was wanted for stealing a purse from Walmart. According to the sheriff's office, 47-year-old Leah Brown of Praireville turned herself in on June 27 after seeing a post on the sheriff's... more »
  • Ascension, Livingston inland waterways closed to recreational boaters at 6 p.m. Play Video

    June 22, 2017 12:22 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness announced that all Ascension and Livingston inland waterways are closed to recreational boaters starting Thursday afternoon. The closures will begin at 6 p.m. on June 22 and will continue until further notice. This post will be updated when... more »
  • Ascension Public Schools summer classes, camps canceled for Wednesday

    June 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Public Schools summer classes and camps are canceled for Wednesday, June 21 as Tropical Storm Cindy approaches. All administrative services for Ascension Public Schools shall remain open with 12-month employees reporting to work as scheduled. Any employees who feel they cannot safely travel to or... more »
  • Ascension officials prepare for heavy rain, possible flooding

    June 19, 2017 2:08 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Parish officials are preparing for heaving rain and possible flooding in the area this week. Director of the Ascension Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced the parish-wide preparation regarding Invest 93 L, a potential tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico. Invest... more »
  • Man facing contractor fraud charges in Ascension, Livingston arrested again

    June 1, 2017 5:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A man, who already faces a slew of contractor fraud charges in Livingston and Ascension Parishes , is now facing more charges in East Baton Rouge Parish. Police arrested 46-year-old Michael Simmers on charges of residential contractor fraud after receiving a complaint on March 8. The... more »
  • TRAFFIC ALERT: Heavy delays I-10 west in Ascension

    May 22, 2017 12:21 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Traffic officials say “an incident in the median” is causing heavy traffic delays on I-10 in Ascension Parish Monday morning. According to DOTD, the incident happened around 10:20 a.m. Monday morning. As of 11:10 a.m., congestion stretched for at least five miles. Traffic congestion on... more »
  • Motorcycle involved in head-on crash in St. Amant

    May 11, 2017 8:34 AM

    ST. AMANT – Medical helicopters were called to the scene of a motorcycle crash in Ascension Parish Thursday morning. According to total traffic, the head-on crash happened on Highway 22 just before LA 429. The extent of the injuries is unknown at this time. This is a developing... more »
  • Ascension to flush out water system with chlorine burn Play Video

    May 8, 2017 7:15 PM

    ASCENSION – Thousands of Ascension Parish residents could see some changes to their water as the parish is flushing out its system with chemicals. Starting on Monday, the west side of Ascension Parish could see discoloration, a possible odor or maybe even a different taste in their water. It's all... more »
  • Woman pleads guilty to meth possession in Ascension Parish

    May 4, 2017 11:15 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Prosecutors say a Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty to drug charges after she was arrested in December. District Attorney Ricky Babin’s office said Mckinsey Graham, 26, has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and suboxone Monday. Narcotics agents with the Ascension Parish... more »
  • Ascension gov't may cut flood victims some slack, amid complaints Play Video

    April 25, 2017 6:17 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Homeowners who were flooded out of their home and moved to another property may catch a break. After receiving several complaints, parish officials are considering waiving the transportation impact fee. "I just feel let down, I feel let down by the parish that they're imposting... more »
  • Investigation leads to two arrested for drug charges in Ascension

    March 31, 2017 6:32 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested a man and woman on several drug charges after a joint investigation. Detectives executed a search warrant on a home located in the 1300 block of N. Charles Street in Gonzales. During their search, detectives located heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, Xanax, crack cocaine,... more »
  • Tax assessor begins surveys of flood-damaged property in Ascension Play Video

    March 27, 2017 6:57 PM

    ASCENSION – The tax assessor is going door-to-door in Ascension Parish, surveying residents' property that were impacted by the August flood. Justin Champlin, the chief deputy tax assessor says they plan on going to more than 6,000 flood-damaged properties in the parish. "All houses are different, so each... more »
  • Man arrested for drugs, burglary and resisting arrest in Ascension

    March 27, 2017 12:35 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Police say a man faces drug and burglary charges after he was seen roaming around abandoned homes in Prairieville last week. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to Barbara Road on Mar. 24 in reference to a suspicious man roaming around abandoned homes. At the scene, deputies... more »
  • Tax break for owners of flood-damaged homes in Ascension Play Video

    March 23, 2017 7:47 PM

    ASCENSION – Homeowners in Ascension still impacted by the August flood could be in for a tax break this year. The break could be welcomed by homeowners like Richard Prince, who operates a small business that customizes in 18-wheelers. The business is located on the property where he lives.... more »
  • New road to allow additional access to Lamar Dixon Expo Center Play Video

    March 22, 2017 7:32 PM

    GONZALES – A new road is being built to provide drivers with another way in and out of the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The new road is called the Edenborne Extension and will connect Edenborne Parkway, that runs along River Parish Community College, to South Saint Landry Avenue. ... more »
  • More victims come forward, Matthew Morris case grows Play Video

    March 20, 2017 6:30 PM

    GONZALES - A hearing to revoke the bond for Matthew Morris of Complete Construction did not happen Monday, Judge Jessie LeBlanc continued the motion and it has not been rescheduled. More victims continue to come forward. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says another victim who hired Complete Construction filed... more »
  • Ascension Parish road overlay program begins

    March 16, 2017 12:20 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Parish officials announced that the parish's road overlay program has begun. The Department of Public Work's Pavement Management Division has started patching and repairing streets throughout the parish. The goal of the program is to work on smaller parish roads in rural areas and subdivision roads.... more »
  • Nine arrested for drug charges in Ascension Parish

    March 14, 2017 5:55 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested nine individuals for several drug charges. Deputies executed an arrest warrant on Monday on 31-year-old Joseph Babin, wanted for the cruelty charges. Babin was arrested at his home in Gonzales, where illegal drugs were also found. Marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and... more »
  • Five indicted in 'gangsters with guns' shooting death

    March 14, 2017 4:02 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – An Ascension Parish grand jury has indicted five individuals for a January shooting death in Geismar. District Attorney Ricky Babin says Javante Haynes, Jyvariel Harvey, Kentrell Lewis, and Jonathan Darville were indicted on second-degree murder charges. Rachel Bueche was also indicted for accessory after the fact to... more »
  • 8-year-old left on school bus for hours after falling asleep Play Video

    March 14, 2017 11:27 AM

    ASCENSION – An eight-year-old boy was left on a school bus Monday for five hours after he fell asleep on his way to school, Ascension Parish School District confirms. The child was a second grade student at Donaldsonville Primary. The boy's aunt told News 2 that she was not... more »
  • Parish councilman renews call for Matassa's resignation Play Video

    March 13, 2017 8:00 PM

    GONZALES- A stalwart opponent of Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa plans to officially call for the leader's resignation at Thursday's parish council meeting. Councilman Daniel "Doc" Satterlee had the resolution ready Monday, saying Matassa can't be an effective leader with a bribery indictment hanging over his head. "I... more »
  • Driver ejected through windshield in fatal Ascension Parish crash

    March 10, 2017 11:11 PM

    GONZALES - One person is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Ascension Parish, according to Louisiana State Police The crash occurred near LA 431, east of Airline Highway just before 10:00 p.m. Sources say the driver hit a tree and was ejected through the windshield of their vehicle.... more »
  • I-10 reopens at Sorrento; see how crews removed interstate bridge Play Video

    March 6, 2017 9:38 AM

    SORRENTO – The closed stretch of I-10 east in Ascension Parish re-opened overnight, nearly a day ahead of schedule after a weekend-long closure so crews could make repairs to a bridge section. As scheduled, both eastbound lanes of I-10 closed at the US 61 exit Friday night. The lanes... more »
  • One Ascension school returns, another moves to temporary site after flood Play Video

    March 3, 2017 4:08 PM

    ST. AMANT – Two Ascension schools displaced from the historic August flooding finally moved from their temporary sites Monday morning. Lake Elementary moved from host sites Duplessis Primary, Prarieville Middle and the old RPCC campus to temporary buildings on its home campus. St. Amant Primary moved its PreK through... more »
  • Prairieville man arrested for burglarizing 21 storage units

    March 3, 2017 1:07 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH – Deputies say a man accused of burglarizing 21 storage units located on Highway 621 in Ascension Parish has been arrested. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old Matthew Starns on 21 counts of simple burglary, possession of marijuana, felony theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving... more »
  • Two wanted for shoplifting more than $1,000 of alcohol from Walmart

    February 16, 2017 3:54 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for two suspects wanted for shoplifting more than $1,000 worth of alcohol from Walmart. The incident occurred on Jan. 1 at the Neighborhood Walmart in Prairieville. The total amount of alcohol stolen was $1,023, according to the sheriff's office. ... more »
  • Former Ascension deputy arrested for battery

    February 14, 2017 6:55 PM

    ASCENSION – A former Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputy was arrested for simple battery on Tuesday afternoon. The Gonzales Police Department reported the arrest of 34-year-old James Atkins, II for one count of simple battery. The arrest is a result of an investigation following a report taken by Gonzales... more »
  • Piglet, 2 rabbits dead in Sac's Western Store fire Play Video

    February 12, 2017 8:23 PM

    GONZALES - Some animals at a popular Gonzales store did not survive after a fire broke out Sunday evening. The Gonzales Fire Department responded to a fire at Sac's Western & Feed Store on Burnside Avenue just before 6:20 p.m. Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be... more »
  • Homeowner blames sinking driveways on parish, wants them fixed Play Video

    February 10, 2017 6:44 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A homeowner in Ascension Parish says she's fed up. Her driveway is full of cracks and it's sinking. Pamela Ortis blames the parish for the problems. "Something is wrong, it's obvious," she said. The problem dates back more than a decade. Ortis says it started... more »
  • Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office investigating fake Facebook page Play Video

    February 9, 2017 7:17 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for the individual responsible for creating a fake sheriff's office page on Facebook. The page claims to belong to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. It uses an official logo, however the page is filled with posts of false information. ... more »
  • PHOTOS: Stories of survival shared, rebuilding starts day after twister in Ascension

    February 8, 2017 12:40 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – People mixed survival stories with tales of plans to rebuild as people met on the streets of this Ascension Parish community Wednesday. Hours after a twister tore through Donaldsonville, people are taking note of what's left, thankful there were no deaths and pondering their next steps. By... more »
  • Residents in Donaldsonville count their blessings after Tuesday Tornado Play Video

    February 7, 2017 11:22 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Cell phone video captured the frightening tornado that crashed through Donaldsonville Tuesday morning. Residents who saw the twister close up said it looked like a cloud of dust and fire. "It was a transformer blowing up, and when the transformer blew, it came and we ran in... more »
  • Ascension to move forward on street widening and intersection projects

    February 6, 2017 6:08 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Department of Public Works will begin prioritizing Parish President Kenny Matassa's recommendations for street widening and intersection improvements on several parish roads. The following roadways are recommended priorities: - Beco Road - C. Braud Road - Cannon Road - Duplessis Road - Germany Road... more »
  • Human skull found behind Ascension Parish home; foul play not suspected Play Video

    January 30, 2017 7:00 PM

    GONZALES- The family dog brought a human skull to the front door Monday afternoon in Ascension Parish, much to its owners' horror. "My dog was out in the back woods, my wife called for him and he came back with something in his mouth," said Gonzales homeowner John Boyden.... more »
  • Parish presidents prioritize three major construction projects at drainage summit

    January 30, 2017 6:57 PM

    ASCENSION - Five area parish presidents agreed to a unified, regional approach to gain funding and move forward with construction of three major projects at a drainage summit Monday. The summit, called by Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa, was attended by representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers, the... more »
  • State Police: Paincourtville man dies after being ejected in Ascension Parish crash

    January 28, 2017 11:58 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - A man was ejected from his vehicle and died after he crashed off the side of the road on LA 308 at LA 943 in Ascension Parish. According to State Police, the crash claimed the life of 42-year-old Louis Davis of Paincourtville. The crash occurred around... more »
  • Gonzales daycare license revoked but someone hid the notice Play Video

    January 27, 2017 6:03 PM

    GONZALES– Someone hid a public notice posted on the front door of a daycare after the state revoked its license to operate. The Adventures in Learning child care center, located at 14469 Highway 44 in Gonzales, had its license revoked Friday morning after the Louisiana Department of Education received... more »
  • Ascension residents furious over Matassa trial delay Play Video

    January 26, 2017 12:21 AM

    GONZALES - Frustrated residents met to discuss the lack of action taken against embattled Parish President Kenny Matassa. Matassa is accused of bribery , allegedly offering money to a man if he dropped out of a Gonzales council race. District Attorney Ricky Babin scheudled a grand jury for Matassa last... more »
  • Chemical leak in Ascension Parish contained Play Video

    January 18, 2017 10:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hazmart crews have contained a hydrochloric acid leak in Ascension Parish, and emergency responders have been working to neutralize the chemical. A hazmat team was called to the scene on Ashland Road near Highway 30. Someone working along the railroad reported the leak coming from a... more »
  • Two accused of raping inmate at Ascension Parish jail

    January 13, 2017 5:37 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the rape of a parish inmate that was reported on Thursday night. The inmate reported that he had been raped by another inmate on two separate occasions in the past week, officials say. Louisiana State Police detectives were asked to... more »
  • Deputies searching for suspects wanted for December vehicle burglaries in Prairieville Play Video

    January 11, 2017 6:01 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for three suspects wanted for several vehicle burglaries that occurred on Dec. 19. According to the sheriff's office, the burglaries occurred in the areas of Cherry Creek Drive and Wood Haven Drive in Prairieville. Surveillance cameras in the area... more »
  • Ascension Parish president calls for summit on regional drainage

    January 9, 2017 2:15 PM

    ASCENSION – Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa called for a summit to address regional drainage needs in an open letter to federal officials and parish presidents on Monday. The Amite River Basin and Bayou Manchac drain parts of the Capital Region and southern counties of Mississippi. Several local and... more »

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