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  • Ascension Parish deputies host prescription drug takeback

    April 25, 2017 3:15 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Deputies in Ascension Parish are hosting an unwanted prescription drug takeback Saturday in Gonzales and Donaldsonville. The Sheriff’s office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency to provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by dropping off dangerous, unused and unwanted drugs. ... more »
  • Man turns self in after deadly hit-and-run, victim identified

    April 17, 2017 12:36 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH – A man has turned himself in after a deadly hit-and-run crash in Ascension Parish Sunday night. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office announced 26-year-old Joseph Robert Lessard was wanted for one count of negligent homicide and one count of hit-and-run around noon Monday. The sheriff's office... more »
  • Officials: Overnight release at plant was 'minor,' no off-site impact Play Video

    April 12, 2017 12:07 PM

    GEISMAR – There was a release of a substance from a plant on the Ascension-Iberville Parish line overnight, though authorities said there has been no off-site impact. As of this post, it's not clear what was released or what happened but Ascension Parish emergency officials said the release happened... more »
  • Turn lanes, wider roads coming to Ascension Parish Play Video

    March 27, 2017 11:29 AM

    GONZALES – State and local officials announced a slew of new traffic improvements moving forward in Ascension Parish this year. Parish President Kenny Matassa and DOTD Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson made the announcement Monday morning. “These projects that are on the horizon will help to alleviate congestion and... more »
  • Prairieville man dies in Ascension Parish motorcycle crash

    March 24, 2017 2:40 PM

    GEISMAR – State Police say a Prairieville man has died in a motorcycle crash in Ascension Parish Thursday afternoon. According to Louisiana State Police, the crash took the life of 56-year-old Paul Stephens around 11 p.m. Thursday. Investigators say Stephens was driving a motorcycle westbound on LA 30... more »
  • Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa indicted on bribery charges Play Video

    March 10, 2017 11:25 AM

    GONZALES – Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has been indicted by a grand jury on public bribery charges. Matassa is accused of offering a bribe to get a man running for office in Gonzales to drop out of the race. Last year, a team of investigators met with District... more »
  • PHOTOS: As school dismissed, major intersection closed due to overturned truck

    March 8, 2017 3:37 PM

    DUTCHTOWN - Sheriff's deputies asked people to avoid the area around the Highway 73/Highway 74 intersection Wednesday afternoon. An 18-wheeler flipped at the intersection. The crash blocked traffic around the time nearby Dutchtown High School was dismissing. Witnesses told WBRZ, the truck just toppled over. ... more »
  • More charges for contractor accused of scamming flood victims Play Video

    March 6, 2017 12:20 PM

    GONZALES – Deputies in Ascension Parish report that more charges were filed against a contractor accused of scamming flood victims. Authorities say 39-year-old Matthew Morris is accused of scamming at least 13 flood victims throughout the Baton Rouge area. Morris allegedly ignored multiple requests for estimates and only... more »
  • Deputies find missing Ascension Parish man

    March 3, 2017 12:56 PM

    UPDATE: Paul Ward was found safe and unharmed. PRAIRIEVILLE – Deputies in Ascension Parish are looking for a man who went missing last Friday. According to the sheriff's office, 38-year-old Paul Ward was last seen leaving a local dealership in Prairieville on Feb. 24 after purchasing a 2005... more »
  • Five wanted for not appearing in court in Ascension Parish

    March 2, 2017 2:35 PM

    GONZALES – Deputies in Ascension Parish are looking for five individuals who failed to appear in court for felony charges. According to a statement from Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, the following individuals ignored their court date and led to a bench warrant being issued for failure to appear. ... more »
  • Series of wrecks near high school in Ascension Thursday Play Video

    March 2, 2017 1:29 PM

    DUTCHTOWN – A series of wrecks injured at least two people in Ascension Parish around lunchtime Thursday. The wrecks were along Highway 73 near Dutchtown High and the parish library. Specific information about what happened has not been released. A WBRZ viewer shared video on his Facebook page... more »
  • Teen in custody related to Ascension cyberbullying investigation

    February 22, 2017 5:46 PM

    GEISMAR - A teenager was taken into custody at Dutchtown High School Wednesday related to a cyberbullying investigation. The sheriff's office handled the arrest, but could not provide the teenager's name due to their age. However, WBRZ has learned the teenager is a 16-year-old student at Dutchtown High. The... more »
  • PHOTOS: Large fire destroys Blind River Bar in Livingston Parish

    February 10, 2017 7:58 AM

    MAUREPAS – Firefighters say a large fire caused "substantial damage" to the Blind River Bar in Livingston Parish Friday morning. St. Amant Fire Chief James Leblanc said the fire has been extinguished and firefighters are now moving to clear up potential hotspots. Firefighters responded to the scene around 5:30... more »
  • St. Amant High School to reopen February 13

    February 9, 2017 6:38 PM

    ST. AMANT - St. Amant High School will reopen on Monday, following months of repairs after the August flood. Ascension Parish School Board officials said the move-in date comes after a successful Fire Marshal inspection, completed Monday. "We are very excited that the Gators will get back to... more »
  • Ascension Catholic HS, Ascension Head Start closed due to power outages

    February 8, 2017 8:03 AM

    ASCENSION – Two schools and the Ascension Parish School Board in Donaldsonville will be closed Wednesday due to power outages from Tuesday’s severe weather. Ascension Catholic High School and the Ascension Head Start as well as the school board office will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 8. Central office... more »
  • Crime cameras go live in Ascension Parish with plans for more Play Video

    February 6, 2017 6:52 PM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is staying one step ahead of criminals with nearly half a dozen crime cameras currently in use. Plans are in the works to increase that number to 18 by the end of the year. The sheriff's office says it's to stay on top of... 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 »
  • Woman killed in Airline Highway wreck

    January 31, 2017 10:01 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - According to Louisiana State Police, a pedestrian was struck and killed in a single vehicle crash around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. The victim has been identified as 53-year-old Tonya Gary of Baton Rouge. LSP said Gary walked in front of a 2016 Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound on... 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 »
  • New 911 center could reduce call times in Ascension Parish

    January 27, 2017 5:42 PM

    GONZALES- A multi-million dollar state-of-the-art 911 call center is set to open this year in Ascension Parish as the parish continues to see rapid growth. Last year, 911 dispatchers fielded 200,000 non-emergency calls and 50,000 emergency calls. Currently, dispatchers are working in congested and claustrophobic conditions. The recent growth has... more »
  • Gunfire outside Sorrento landfill escalates environmental fight Play Video

    January 17, 2017 12:32 AM

    SORRENTO- As workers entered the BFI Colonial Landfill on Highway 70 Monday morning, witnesses say a woman shot her gun in the air after yelling at them. A short time later Ascension Parish Sheriff deputies arrested Genie LeBlanc, 62, charging her with a misdemeanor offense. LeBlanc was on her... more »
  • Two wanted, two others arrested in 'gangsters with guns' duel in Ascension Parish

    January 10, 2017 2:34 PM

    GEISMAR – Two people have been arrested and two others are wanted after a gunfight on a street near a high school in Ascension Parish earlier this week. Kentrell Lewis, 26, and Jyvariel Harvey, 20, turned themselves in to authorities Monday evening. Police are still searching for Jonathan Darville,... more »
  • Sheriff: 'Gangsters with guns' open fire during 'duel' in Ascension Parish Play Video

    January 9, 2017 12:23 PM

    GEISMAR – The sheriff here described Monday morning violence as being caused by renegade criminals up to no good whose lawless and careless attitudes brought gunfire to a dead end street near a school. Witnesses called authorities after hearing gunfire and seeing a group of people exchanging shots at... more »
  • Ascension Parish flood debris removal to end Jan. 20

    January 7, 2017 9:48 PM

    ASCENSION – A final pass for flood debris pick up in Ascension Parish will begin on Monday, Jan. 9 and continue through Jan. 20. The final pass for pick up will only include addresses that have been entered into the Private Property Debris Removal program, according to parish officials.... more »
  • PHOTOS: Deputy saves cat stuck in garage door

    January 6, 2017 11:27 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – A daring cat rescue was a peaceful way to end 2016 for an Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputy. Details of the save were just released by the sheriff's office complete with pictures. The rescue happened on December 29. “ Never in all of my years was I... more »
  • Flood meeting Tuesday night in Gonzales

    December 20, 2016 9:53 AM

    GONZALES – People impacted by the flood in Ascension Parish will have an opportunity to meet with the governor's council that is overseeing rebuilding. The Office of Community Development will meet with Ascension residents from 5:30 to 7:00 Tuesday evening at the parish government office on Worthey Street in... more »
  • Small tornado caused damage in Ascension Monday

    December 6, 2016 6:52 PM

    GONZALES - A small tornado was responsible for damage in Ascension Parish during some severe weather Monday. An EF1 knocked down trees and power lines along a 3.5 mile path, the National Weather Service revealed Tuesday. The path and damage were confirmed after a team from the NWS toured... more »
  • Ascension drivers ticketed trying to beat traffic Play Video

    November 18, 2016 5:10 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- A dozen drivers drove off with moving violations Friday morning after they got caught using the center lane on Highway 73 to beat traffic. It comes less than 24 hours after a WBRZ report showed drivers were using the turning lane to cut ahead of others . That is... more »
  • State can't afford to keep up with Ascension Parish growth Play Video

    November 17, 2016 5:42 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Today, State Transportation leaders admitted they cannot afford to keep up with the fast pace of growth that is occurring in Ascension Parish. There simply is not enough money to expand state roads that desperately need it in the parish. The old saying, "if you build it... more »
  • Sorrento town employee among 2 dead in Tuesday crash

    November 1, 2016 12:27 PM

    SORRENTO - A town employee was among two people killed in a morning crash that involved a box truck Tuesday. Leo Scott, 59, and Jason Hoffmann, 38, died in the crash at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and Hwy. 22 in Sorrento. Hoffmann was from Covington and Scott was... more »
  • Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to host 'Boo and the Badge'

    October 26, 2016 1:17 PM

    ST AMANT – The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s office is teaming up with St. Amant Middle School and local firefighters to host “Boo and the Badge” Monday, Oct. 31. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 at St. Amant Middle School at 44317... more »
  • Grand jury to hear case against Ascension Parish president in November Play Video

    October 21, 2016 11:07 AM

    GONZALES - A grand jury will hear a case involving allegations that Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa bribed a man to not run for a seat on the Gonzales City Council. The grand jury will meet on November 15th, sources told WBRZ News 2 Friday. In September, the district... more »
  • Three in jail following Ascension Parish crime spree Play Video

    October 20, 2016 12:00 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - The last suspect wanted in connection with a rash of burglaries in Ascension Parish was arrested, the sheriff's office told WBRZ Thursday. Three suspects now face charges related to various mischievous crimes that have been more annoying than heinous. Most recently, deputies scoured the Dutchtown area near... more »
  • Residents upset with slow repairs to Alligator Bayou Road Play Video

    October 16, 2016 11:29 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Jody Braud has been living off Alligator Bayou Road for 20-years. And for those 20 years, he has kept a record of all the major floods with marks on a tree on his property. When heavy rains brought historic flooding to South Louisiana in August, Braud’s... more »
  • APSO searching for missing 47-year-old man from St. Amant

    October 13, 2016 1:37 PM

    ASCENSION – The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for a man from St. Amant that has been missing since Oct. 5. 47-year-old Dennis Kramer, Jr. was last seen driving a red 1999 Chevrolet Silverado truck with an extended cab with a Louisiana license plate: Y107566. The sheriff's... more »
  • Armed robber steals smartphones from Prairieville phone store

    October 12, 2016 3:13 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Deputies in Ascension Parish are investigating an armed robbery at a Verizon Wireless Store last week. Investigators say the crime happened on Oct. 3 around 7:39 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Store on Airline Highway. An unknown black man, armed with a handgun, entered the store and... more »
  • 7-year-old dead, four injured in Ascension Parish crash

    October 7, 2016 7:37 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE – State Police say a 7-year-old is dead and four others are injured after a single vehicle crash in Ascension Parish Friday night. According to Louisiana State Police spokesperson Bryan Lee, the single vehicle crash happened on LA 405 near LA 1. The 7-year-old, Thaddeus Johnson Jr,... more »
  • Ascension begins debris removal from behind right of way

    October 3, 2016 11:18 AM

    GONZALES – Ascension Parish is beginning debris removal from behind the parish right of way. Debris collectors will leave a note on doors of properties where debris is not curbside and on private property. Crews can only enter private property if the property owner signs a waiver. Typically, the... more »
  • Ascension to begin aerial mosquito spraying

    September 28, 2016 3:38 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish will begin spraying for mosquitoes from an airplane. Parish government announced Wednesday, aerial spraying will begin in the coming days. Flooding and subsequent rain storms have left pooling water that breed mosquitoes. The bugs are becoming a growing problem. Already, Baton Rouge has increased spraying... more »
  • Ascension works to rebury caskets and vaults following flood

    September 27, 2016 11:43 AM

    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... more »
  • State announces Ascension Parish I-10 widening project Play Video

    September 13, 2016 3:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State transit leaders announced details of a planned widening project for I-10 through parts of Ascension Parish. I-10 will be widened from Highland Road in East Baton Rouge to Highway 73 in Ascension Parish. The widening project covers about seven miles of interstate between the two... more »
  • Bluff Road fully reopens to traffic Tuesday

    September 13, 2016 3:10 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Bluff Road in Ascension Parish fully reopened in both directions Tuesday. For the first time since the August flood, Bluff Road/ La 928 will be able to support traffic in both directions. Water covered the entire highway and since September 8 , two-way traffic had to share... more »
  • Man killed in Ascension Friday night crash

    September 10, 2016 10:22 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A 43-year-old man died after being thrown from his truck during a crash Friday night. The wreck happened at the intersection of US 61 and LA 73 around 9 p.m. State Police said Robert Edwards, Gonzales, was driving a larger pickup behind a sedan when he ran... more »
  • Sources: 1 killed in crash on Airline Hwy

    September 9, 2016 11:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sources say one person was killed in a car wreck Friday night. It happened on Airline Highway near Old Jefferson around 10 p.m.It's unclear what caused the crash. Authorities have not released any information at this time. Check back for updates. more »
  • Bluff Road reopens with partial single-lane, shared traffic Play Video

    September 8, 2016 5:01 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - For the first time since flood water swamped the area around the Spanish Lake Basin, traffic returned to Bluff Road Thursday. Though, it's not an easy drive since water still covers on lane of Bluff Road. Drivers will share the southbound lane and travel be regulated by... more »
  • Ascension Parish relaxes some rebuilding guidelines Play Video

    September 2, 2016 4:47 PM

    GONZALES- Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa temporarily suspended a provision that requires all homes to be built one foot above the record inundation elevation. The hope is that will eventually allow people to get back into their homes faster. This does not apply to residents living below the base flood... more »
  • Ascension officials release web app for documenting flooding

    September 2, 2016 3:30 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials announced a dedicated photo sharing web app on Friday aimed at helping residents document damage from recent record flooding. Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced the site as part of efforts by parish officials to rebuilding the community after the historic flooding event. ... more »
  • Ascension Parish dials back estimate of house flooding

    August 26, 2016 10:08 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish government has significantly reduced its estimate of house flooding, one day after parish officials announced flooding had affected 30,000 to 40,000 homes. Officials said Thursday revised numbers suggest 16,000 to 19,000 structures were affected to some extent, similar to earlier numbers released about the flooding after... more »
  • Additional cut to be made in road to increase flood relief

    August 25, 2016 3:53 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Iberville Parish officials are preparing massive sandbags that will be dropped into a cut section of highway being used to drain Spanish Lake Basin should a tropical weather system impact south Louisiana next week. Meteorologists are closely monitoring Invest 99. Click HERE for the latest from... more »
  • Thousands remain under boil water advisory in Ascension Parish

    August 25, 2016 10:34 AM

    SORRENTO - Large swaths of Ascension Parish remain under boil advisories following recent catastrophic flooding in the region, according to the APOHSEP. Parish officials recently posted an updated list of public water systems currently under boil water advisory due to the recent floods. According to the population totals,... more »
  • Ascension Parish debris removal information released

    August 24, 2016 6:41 PM

    GONZALES – Officials in Ascension Parish say up to 40,000 homes were impacted by water in the parish. According to an estimate released Wednesday, more than 80,000 people in Ascension Parish were affected by last week’s historic flooding. Nearly 800 businesses were also flooded. Spokesperson Lester Kenyon said... more »
  • Ascension Parish releases plan to accommodate students affected by flooding

    August 24, 2016 5:23 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Ascension Parish Public Schools released their temporary education plan for schools that are currently under remediation due to flood waters so that students can continue their education at alternate locations. The plan is available in detail at www.apsb.org/page/flood-recovery-temporary-education-plan . Galvez Primary -Kindergarten, 1st &... more »
  • Debris removal coming soon to Ascension Parish Play Video

    August 21, 2016 10:50 PM

    GONZALES – Inside homes across Ascension Parish, materials and memories are being ripped from walls and thrown into the street. “It’s just like a nightmare that won’t end, can’t wake up from,” Brandon Settoon said. “It’s everything we had and bought over the last 25 years is gone.” ... more »
  • Ascension, Iberville officials devise plan to drain Spanish Lake

    August 18, 2016 5:37 PM

    SPANISH LAKE - Officials in Ascension and Iberville parishes are putting a plan into motion to relieve flooding in the area around Spanish Lake. Flood water remains in communities off of Bluff Road and in St. Gabriel, and if nothing is done officials suspect that water could remain for... more »
  • Ascension officials provide Thursday flood briefing Play Video

    August 18, 2016 9:55 AM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Ascension Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness officials released a video briefing for residents regarding flood conditions on Thursday morning. A range of relevant topics including flood status, scams, continued road closures, donation points and other topics are covered. Check out the video update... more »
  • National Guard will patrol St. Amant streets overnight

    August 17, 2016 10:45 PM

    ST. AMANT – National Guard truck with Ascension Parish deputies will be patrolling the streets of St. Amant Wednesday night. Fire Chief James LeBlanc advised residents to remain aware of people traveling around their property. Leblanc says that residents should question people, ask who they are, record numbers from... more »
  • Ascension schools will remain closed

    August 17, 2016 4:52 PM

    GONZALES - Similar to Livingston Parish , Ascension Parish Schools officials are unsure about when schools will reopen in the wake of the flooding this week. Six schools in Ascension Parish have water, officials announced in a news conference Wednesday afternoon. A number of schools were unaccessible as of... more »
  • Boil water advisory in effect for some Ascension subdivisions

    August 16, 2016 1:59 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - A boil water advisory is now in effect for some water systems in Ascension Parish. The advisory was issued by the Diversion Water Company. The following neighborhoods are affected: Bayou Estates New River River Run Cypress Lakes The company says the boil advisory was... more »
  • Voluntary evacuations spread as flood waters rise in Ascension

    August 15, 2016 11:54 PM

    SORRENTO - Ascension Parish residents are preparing for the worst on Monday night as flood water began to creep across major roadways. Parts of Airline Highway are underwater due to the heavy rains that fell across the area earlier last weekend. Parish officials are predicting that both sides... more »
  • Most people in Livingston Parish lost everything, sheriff says

    August 15, 2016 11:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Rescue efforts stretched into their fourth day on Monday as a new week began along with the first glimmerings of recovery in an area decimated by floods over the weekend. More than 15,000 people were rescued in Livingston Parish alone since Friday with those efforts remaining... more »
  • Ascension officials dispel rumors of levee breach

    August 15, 2016 4:45 AM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Parish officials provided a Sunday evening update of ongoing flood conditions in Ascension. Interactive Ascension Parish Flood Maps are available: Elevation Floodzone With water levels rising at a rapid rate, areas north of Hwy 42 and east of Hwy 421 are expected to... more »
  • Sandbags available for Ascension and West Baton Rouge Parish residents

    August 10, 2016 6:07 PM

    GONZALES – Sandbags are now available at different locations across Ascension Parish and West Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday as officials prep for rainfall over the next few days. More than 30,000 pre-filled sand bags are available for Ascension Parish residents at the following locations: Prairieville Fire Department... more »
  • Ascension Parish schools welcome students back on first day Play Video

    August 8, 2016 8:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Over 20 Ascension Parish schools welcomed 22,000 students on Monday. For Dutchtown Principal, Carli Francois, the beginning of school this year was something she has been waiting for. "I miss them terribly, the first couple of weeks, and we appreciate the quiet, while we analyze... more »
  • Second councilman calls on Ascension Pres. Matassa to resign

    August 7, 2016 10:16 PM

    GONZALES - A second Ascension Parish council member is calling for Parish President Kenny Matassa to step down after allegations of bribery surfaced last week. District 4 Council member Daniel "Doc" Satterlee released a statement Sunday afternoon saying that the people of Ascension Parish deserve better than to have... more »
  • Two councilmen question Matassa's political future

    August 4, 2016 11:08 AM

    GONZALES - There is dissension on the Ascension Parish Council amid allegations the parish president was involved in a bribe. This week, the WBRZ Investigative Unit reported audio recordings purportedly captured Parish President Kenny Matassa paying Wayne Lawson not to run for a seat on the Gonzales City Council.... more »
  • Kenny Matassa releases statement; attorney says alleged bribe was really a loan Play Video

    August 3, 2016 1:04 PM

    GONZALES - An attorney for Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa said his client will not resign. Matassa retained Lance Unglesby Tuesday following reports about allegations Matassa bribed someone to not run in a Gonzales City Council election. Monday, WBRZ.com was first to report the Ascension Parish District Attorney... more »

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