March 7, 2014 5:52 PM
GALVEZ- A stretch of LA 42 deemed dangerous by residents, won't get a traffic signal installed by the state because DOTD says the traffic count doesn't meet the standards needed for a signal.
Sheri Thompson, 56, was killed during a head on collision Thursday morning on LA 42 near... more »
March 7, 2014 12:27 PM
A Gonzales man is behind bars for holding a woman against her will, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say David Caillier, 55, assaulted the woman for several hours and threatened to kill her if she left.
When authorities arrived at the home witnesses said they... more »
February 27, 2014 10:20 PM
LIVINGSTON - There's a push to study flooding, specifically targeting levees and pumping stations in other parishes, to determine if those features contribute to flooding problems in this parish.
But, the Livingston Parish Council tabled a resolution Thursday night to begin the process. It would bring in a team... more »
February 26, 2014 2:01 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Another road in Ascension Parish has been barricaded due to backwater flooding near the Amite River and Bayou Manchac.
That's according to parish president, Tommy Martinez.
Broussard road has been added to the list of barricaded roads. Barricades remain at Airport Drive, Kay Drive, Idle Hour... more »
February 20, 2014 11:35 AM
ASCENSION PARISH - A meth lab has been taken down and seven arrests have been made after a month long investigation into illegal drug activity in Ascension Parish.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office says the arrests came from surveillance by the narcotics division of a residence they had gotten... more »
February 19, 2014 3:20 PM
SORRENTO - A teen from Livingston is dead following a single vehicle crash this morning in Ascension Parish.
State Police say around 9:15 a.m., 19 year-old Derek Boully was headed east on LA Highway 22, when he lost control and ran off the road. His vehicle rolled several times,... more »
February 18, 2014 6:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - A discrimination case filed against the Ascension Parish School Board in 2008 began Tuesday with opening statements and testimony from school board members and parents in the district.
The case stems from a move the board made in 2008 to help alleviate overcrowding at Dutchtown Middle... more »
February 17, 2014 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- A federal lawsuit first filed in 2008 claims the Ascension Parish School Board discriminated when it redrew district lines to alleviate overcrowding.
The plaintiff in the case, Darrin Kenny Lewis, claims that when Ascension went through a redistricting process the school board forced his children into East... more »
February 10, 2014 12:14 PM
HAMMOND - A bankrupt wastewater treatment company that operates in the Baton Rouge area has been given an extension to sell its 49 systems in Louisiana.
Density Utilities of Louisiana, based in Hammond, has worked out a deal to sell the systems for $1.2 million.
A bankruptcy court... more »
February 5, 2014 6:00 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- Ascension Parish Schools are one of nine districts in the state and three in our area highlighted for their use of technology in schools Wednesday.
In the past two years the state has increased technology in school districts, with 47 districts meeting the state's expectations of one computer... more »
January 29, 2014 5:56 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- After a day of being couped up inside, some folks in Ascension Parish just couldn't wait for all the roads to thaw before getting out of the house.
David Kimble spent the day fishing in the Amite River, even with some icy slush in his boat.
"Woke... more »
January 22, 2014 2:24 PM
GONZALES- Authorities in Ascension Parish have arrested seven individuals for a number of vehicle burglaries in thefts.
The thefts have happened since November in the Gonzales, Prarieville and St. Amant areas.
18 year-old Keylon Barrow, 17 year-old Christopher Heard, 17 year-old Deontre Joseph and 20 year-old Delynn Ricks,... more »
January 17, 2014 5:46 PM
SORRENTO - A lawsuit filed Friday alleges embattled Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot forced a woman in his custody to perform oral sex on him inside the police department.
The suit filed by attorney Tregg Wilson alleges Theriot initially responded to a call about an intoxicated woman on the... more »
January 15, 2014 5:48 PM
GEISMAR - A Holocaust survive shared her strength and hope for a better world with students in Ascension Parish Wednesday.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan was taken to a concentration camp when she was just four years old. She spent six years there, constantly terrified.
"The hardest thing was to... more »
January 9, 2014 2:15 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- A 61-year-old cement truck driver died after he lost control of his truck and wrecked Wednesday afternoon.
Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said Albert Rucker of Baton Rouge was crushed by the mixer when the truck crashed. The accident happened on Merritt Evans Road about 4:30 p.m.
... more »
January 8, 2014 10:22 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- Sheriff's deputies closed Merritt Evans Road late Wednesday evening after a cement truck overturned.
According to the sheriff's office website, the highway could be closed for a few hours overnight as crews investigate the crash and clear the wreckage.
Deputies have not released specifics about what happened,... more »
January 8, 2014 5:47 PM
SORRENTO - For the first time, police officers didn't patrol the streets of Sorrento.
Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies will patrol Sorrento at night, but not from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sorrento businesses are worried about not having police patrols during the day.
"If we... more »
January 7, 2014 11:59 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - An investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has led to the arrest of four people on drug charges.
Major Kevin Hanna reports the Sheriff's Office Narcotics Division followed up on information that Chrystal Carter was selling illegal drugs from her home in Prairieville.
That led... more »
December 31, 2013 1:49 PM
GONZALES- Three people are now behind bars, after detectives found a meth lab inside a home in Gonzales.
Detectives arrested Scott Roussel, Seth Finley and Kandi Pierre for manufacturing meth at the home in the 14000 block of Mire Road.
All three were booked into the Ascension Parish... more »
December 19, 2013 6:49 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- A 37-year-old accused killer's run from police ended in a dramatic takedown in Ascension Parish Thursday evening.
State Police said Antwine Smith will be booked on a homicide warrant from New Orleans and local charges related to a pursuit on I-10 that eventually moved to county roads before... more »
December 19, 2013 5:54 PM
GONZALES- The Ascension Parish council approved a move to take over the balloon festival for the 2014 year and provide money from Lamar Dixon's marketing budget to cover losses from the 2013 festival.
The council agreed to move $100,000 from Lamar Dixon to cover a portion of the nearly... more »
December 18, 2013 4:32 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- Two women and a man have been arrested and a second man is at large connected to a child prostitution bust in Ascension Parish.
Deputies said Wednesday, they arrested Lakeisha Marshall, 33, along with Wendell Walker, 46, and Trenace Tyler, 19 for being involved in selling a 14-year-old... more »
December 13, 2013 5:37 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office teamed up with Ascension Schools to initiate three surprise active shooter drills.
The drills simulated an intruder on campus and tested the readiness of teachers, students and staff.
During the drill, sheriff's deputies walked the halls to ensure every door was... more »
December 9, 2013 10:56 PM
COVINGTON- A man wanted for a series of smooth-talking heists in the Baton Rouge area was taken down in St. Tammany Parish Monday.
Deputies arrested Shane Richey, 42, of Maurepas, after a pursuit.
Before his arrest, Richey was wanted in Baton Rouge and Ascension Parish on various theft... more »
December 3, 2013 7:11 AM
DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish School Board learned over the weekend that the organizers of a potential charter school have withdrawn their application for now, leaving only one applicant to make a presentation before the board. The news came before a public hearing on charter school applications set for Tuesday at... more »
November 27, 2013 12:11 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested four people and seized thousands of dollars worth of crack cocaine during two early morning raids.
Deputies found 2.5 ounces of crack at Robert Bennett's home, about $5,000 worth of drugs, after they say he flushed the evidence down the toilet. Deputies... more »
November 25, 2013 7:37 AM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council plans to ask voters to rededicate a portion of the 5-mill East Ascension drainage tax toward major recreation improvements.
While details are still being developed, the proposed 10-year, 3-mill recreation tax would fund new park and ball field upgrades, new spray grounds, jogging... more »
November 16, 2013 12:32 PM
SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide the future of the Sorrento Police Department.
Council members tabled discussions until Nov. 19 -- the same day the police department's current liability insurance ends.
The town currently has one insurance quote on the... more »
November 14, 2013 4:24 PM
SORRENTO - The Sorrento Police Department has one offer on the table to provide insurance to keep the department open.
The town of Sorrento is currently considering the only liability insurance quote they have of $67,692. That's nearly $40,000 more than the department's current insurance, which is set to... more »
November 8, 2013 4:28 PM
GONZALES - Organizers of the Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival in Ascension Parish said they lost over $150,000 after a miscalculation in attendance.
The organizers of the Ascension Parish-sponsored event said they overestimated attendance from 2012, the first year of the festival. That led them to charge two dollars for... more »
November 5, 2013 10:29 PM
SORRENTO - Mayor Mike Lambert says it's up to an insurance company to accept the risk of taking on the Sorrento Police Department.
The town has two weeks to find viable insurance to back its police department before the current insurance will lapse the morning of Nov. 19.
... more »
October 29, 2013 7:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge reset the trial date in a five-year-old lawsuit over the redistricting of public school attendance zones in Ascension Parish.
On Monday, U.S. Chief District Judge Brian A. Jackson set trial for Feb. 3-7, though dueling motions for summary judgment remain on his desk... more »
October 28, 2013 11:01 PM
GONZALES- City leaders here got tough on door-to-door salespeople.
After Monday night's vote, and passing of a new law, peddlers will need a special permit. They would also need to wear identification.
People complained about solicitors and asked city leaders to do something.
However, some people are... more »
October 28, 2013 8:50 PM
ST. AMANT- Fire fighters and hazmat crews spent Monday night cleaning gasoline out of ditches near Highway 431 and Gold Place Road after a tanker truck leaked its load.
Pictures from the scene show the semi apparently hit a pole making a turn, causing the leak.
Chief James... more »
October 25, 2013 6:03 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Officials in flood-prone Ascension hope a new machine can help stop the tide.
Flooding problems are as old as the family homestead on Tullier Road in Ascension, where some have even built their own flood walls to fight back.
"It comes close to getting in... more »
October 22, 2013 11:45 PM
SORRENTO- A father was concerned for the safety of what he believed to be a hundred or more drunk teenagers when he called 911 to report an underage, wild party in Ascension Parish this weekend.
The 911 recordings were released exclusively to the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit Tuesday,... more »
October 17, 2013 6:21 PM
GALVEZ- A Californian company is getting the opportunity to study the feasibility of a toll road connecting LA 42 in Ascension and LA 16 in Livingston.
The two parishes handed over the reigns to American Transportation Partners to begin a two year study on the road.
If the... more »
October 10, 2013 5:22 PM
GONZALES- The new GW Carver Primary School on Cornerview is just days away from welcoming its first students.
The school will replace the old campus, where renovations weren't cost effective.
Today, crews worked to pack up the last of the school as students continue to learn despite the... more »
October 9, 2013 9:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Ascension Parish Transportation Committee approved plans to build a toll road connecting the Ascension and Livingston parishes.
The new road would start at the intersection of Highways 42 and 933 in Ascension, extending to Walker South Road in Livingston Parish. The tollway would cross the... more »
October 7, 2013 11:41 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - The scheduled closure of Duplessis Road at La. 73 in Ascension Parish will begin on Wednesday, October 16.
The road will re-open on Wednesday, October 30.
The road closure had previously been scheduled to begin on October 9.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development... more »
October 1, 2013 10:30 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - An educational initiative has some Louisiana parents saying they have no voice when it comes to their child's education.
"The nation itself doesn't understand our values here," said parent Crystal Matherne.
The Common Core initiative defines what students need to learn in English and mathematics.... more »
September 26, 2013 11:46 AM
GONZALES - Investigators said a tip to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office led to several drug arrests and the discovery of a meth lab in St. Amant.
Deputies said they began investigating 27-year-old Christopher Washburn, who had an outstanding warrant for aggravated battery and other charges, after receiving a... more »
September 25, 2013 6:12 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - As Ascension Parish readies itself for a $12.5 billion dollar plant deal that's in the work with Shell, homeowners in the area are already excited about what it could mean for them.
An economic impact study done by LSU shows the plant could have waves of impact,... more »
September 23, 2013 10:25 PM
GONZALES - For years, solicitors in Ascension Parish have not had guidelines for door-to-door sales. Mayor Barney Arceneaux says lately, there have been an increase in solicitors and new rules are necessary for the city of Gonzales.
At the next city council meeting, the city will propose a new... more »
September 19, 2013 9:58 PM
GEISMAR- An elderly woman was killed in a crash when she pulled into the path of a Mack truck Thursday.
State Police said Lonie Marchand,87, pulled into the path of the large dump truck on LA 75 at Ashland Road. The truck hit the driver's side of Marchand's car.... more »
September 12, 2013 5:59 PM
GONZALES - Increased tax revenue is fueling a plan to expand high schools in Ascension Parish.
The boost in tax money has already been promised to construction projects for the school system, and that could turn into freshman academies at East Ascension, St. Amant, and Dutchtown High Schools.
... more »
September 11, 2013 6:02 PM
GONZALES - An Ascension Parish deputy is out of a job and behind bars after deputies accused him of child pornography and indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Todd Tripp, 24, was fired and arrested Tuesday, just hours after deputies learned of the allegations.
Deputies executed a search warrant... more »
September 9, 2013 2:53 PM
GONZALES - A three-year-old died after his head got stuck in an open car window, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the child was able to climb onto the car and was trapped when he put his head through the partially open window at a house... more »
September 7, 2013 3:40 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Troopers identified a woman killed in a crash in Ascension Parish.
Troopers say the woman is Elsa Diaz, 27, of Praireville.
Diaz was traveling on Henry Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign, and Mark Heffley, who drives a Ford F-450, collided... more »
September 4, 2013 2:51 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A month-long drug investigation in Ascension Parish has landed multiple people behind bars.
During a traffic stop on Tuesday, detectives arrested Melana Vu and Patrick Morrison after they found Heroin and other drug paraphernalia in the car.
Detectives then searched a home on Liz Road and... more »
September 2, 2013 3:25 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Festivals and Cultural Council announced Monday the event schedule for the upcoming 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival.
The event will be held from Friday, September 27 until Sunday, September 29 at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center.
Activities for this year's festival include... more »
September 1, 2013 12:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police say a woman died Saturday night after crashing on Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish.
Taslein Whitney, 36, of Baton Rouge crashed her Jeep after the left tires drifted off the road causing her to overcorrect into a guard rail, according to troopers.
... more »
August 16, 2013 11:45 AM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said they're looking for a second suspect in the shooting of a pregnant woman this week.
Detectives are looking for 27-year-old Tiffany Victor as an accessory after the fact to attempted murder. Investigators said she is the girlfriend of the alleged shooter,... more »
August 11, 2013 10:13 AM
SORRENTO, La. - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating how an unfinished sewer repair project was awarded under a nearly two-year-old emergency order and partially paid for in advance in July 2012. Mayor Mike Lambert and town attorney Matthew Percy tell The Advocate that the Sheriff's Office is probing... more »
August 9, 2013 11:43 AM
GONZALES - A Gonzales Police Department officer has been arrested and charged with Domestic Abuse Battery.
34-year-old Davin Miller was arrested by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office was called in on the case by the Gonzales Police due to Miller working for the police department.... more »
August 7, 2013 6:24 PM
GEISMAR- School is back in session in Ascension Parish and some students at Dutchtown Primary are facing the music.
It's part of a grant started by Kathleen Guedry, a PE teacher at the school, that incorporates music into Phys Ed classes to help teach students math and social studies... more »
August 6, 2013 5:51 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - As students prepare to go back to school tomorrow, construction crews are scrambling to prepare the campus for nearly 900 new people at Prairieville Middle School.
The school is undergoing a $15-million dollar renovation, including a new cafeteria and new classroom building. The cafeteria is completed, but... more »
August 1, 2013 11:10 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- Property taxes will likely increase in Ascension Parish to raise money for a new juvenile detention facility .
Parish leaders approved the hike Thursday night. They are allowed to levy a one-mill tax for juvenile detention facilities without a public vote because of a law enacted by the... more »
July 30, 2013 5:55 PM
GONZALES - Raymond Perry, 21, is wanted by Ascension Parish deputies for failing to register as a sex offender after his initial registration lapsed.
He originally registered at 211 E. Freddie Street in Gonzales, but hasn't been seen there in months.
"He failed to show up in this... more »
July 18, 2013 6:24 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- A tip from neighbors led Ascension Parish deputies to seven arrests and several grams of heroin after a drug bust.
Deputies arrested Crystal Carter, 31, and Jeffrey Walker, 32, when they found drugs during a traffic stop. That arrest led investigators back to Carter's home on LA 929.... more »
July 15, 2013 6:18 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Deputies are searching for a gunman after investigators found Bryston Jasmine, 19, shot in the head.
Deputies initially responded to the D'ville Village apartments after a call about a fight, but found nothing when they arrived. A short time later, deputies were called again, when... more »
July 10, 2013 11:43 AM
ASCENSION - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office announced more warrants issued in an ongoing effort to deal with people who miss court dates called "Operation: No Show".
Deputies said the following people ignored their court date, leading to a bench warrant being issued by the court for failure to... more »
July 3, 2013 10:25 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Violet couple in two diesel thefts. Maj. Kevin Hanna says 32-year-old Brandon Angelety and 30-year-old Jairomeora Angelety are accused of stealing nearly 500 gallons of diesel on May 29 from the Purpera Super Stop gas station as well as trying to... more »
June 22, 2013 11:17 AM
GONZALES, La. - The Ascension Parish school district expects to achieve a budget surplus for the second consecutive year. The Advocate reports the School Board has approved a 2013-14 budget that projects $201 million in general fund revenue, an increase of nearly $7 million from last year. The anticipated general... more »
June 20, 2013 6:17 PM
ST. AMANT- The National Athletic Trainers' Association awarded St. Amant High School with the "1st Team recognition - Safe Sports School Award" for their work in sports medicine and managing player safety.
The award was given out to only a handful of schools across the nation and recognizes schools... more »
June 19, 2013 6:08 PM
GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council will introduce a proposal Thursday evening at their regular meeting which would levy a one mil tax on homeowners in parish to raise funds for a juvenile detention center.
The tax would raise about $900,000 a year and cost about $25 for a home... more »
June 17, 2013 8:06 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials hope to give information out and get some in return during a pair of public meetings this week regarding a proposed parish-wide sewer project. The first meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center gymnasium. A second meeting... more »
June 6, 2013 9:05 PM
SORRENTO - After multiple complaints from residents on Bertrand Street in Sorrento, city council members are taking action.
People there started noticing a sewerage type smell coming from the water pouring out of the faucet. Residents use private well water for things like bathing and laundry. They also complained... more »
June 5, 2013 10:56 PM
SORRENTO - People who live on Bertrand Street in Sorrento are complaining about a smelly situation and they are worried about their drinking water.
"It's like poop and you're smelling that in your house," said resident Cindy Luquette. "You don't want your house to smell like that."
Luquette... more »
June 4, 2013 10:27 PM
SORRENTO - Delinquent water, sewer and trash customers in Sorrento could go to jail if they don't pay what they owe.
It's the plan from the city council after discovering more than $11,000 in back bills where the people were still receiving services.
It's an issue WBRZ News... more »
May 29, 2013 10:14 PM
SORRENTO- More people have paid overdue utility payments since a WBRZ News 2 investigation into why people were not paying, yet still receiving services such as water and trash collection.
Around $1,000 has been collected in a week but somewhere around $10,000 is still owed.
A town council... more »
May 24, 2013 10:20 PM
SORRENTO- Leaders said a number of people showed-up at city hall to pay delinquent water, sewer, trash, and other city costs after a WBRZ News 2 investigation Thursday night.
The story found people were not paying and services were not being disconnected, costing the city thousands of dollars.
... more »
May 23, 2013 9:30 PM
SORRENTO - Several dozen people owe thousands of dollars to the City of Sorrento for city services like water, trash, sewer and even for the demolition of condemned properties. Some of the bills add up to more than $1,000.
"We are operating a lot in the red," said Councilman... more »
May 22, 2013 4:44 PM
GONZALES- Deputies made an arrest following a WBRZ News 2 report about a dog found taped-up and dead in a field.
Jacob Blackwell, 25, was booked on charges of cruelty to animals.
Investigators said Blackwell kicked the dog to death when it was being "uncooperative," and bound the... more »
May 22, 2013 4:42 PM
ST. AMANT- Two people face charges after deputies in Ascension Parish investigated a tip that drugs were being sold from a church parking lot.
After surveillance, deputies arrested Audie Decoteau, 51, and Mikel Arnold, 38, while they were driving a vehicle from Livingston Parish. Deputies said Arnold was driving... more »
May 20, 2013 10:35 PM
GONZALES- Most power has been restored to people after an evening of trouble in the area.
More than 20,000 Entergy customers lost their utilities Monday night. People in the Southdowns, Old Jefferson and Shenandoah areas of Baton Rouge got power restored earlier in the evening. Eventually, others in Ascension... more »