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  • 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 »
  • School bus driver recalls terrifying encounter with two men Play Video

    November 1, 2017 6:38 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- The driver of a school bus loaded with children said she had to think on her feet when she says two men stopped her because they thought she was speeding. The driver, Ms. Templet called the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office during the encounter Monday. One of the men was... more »
  • Armed argument with school bus driver leads to arrests Play Video

    October 31, 2017 11:44 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Two men were arrested after a dispute with a school bus driver over speeding, WBRZ learned Tuesday. The arrests were made a day earlier, on Monday, when the men approached the bus on Little Prairie Road. The men were upset over the bus driver's speed and approached... more »
  • Some evacuate to Ascension to escape Nate Play Video

    October 6, 2017 6:17 PM

    GONZALES - As people here make plans for possible impact of rain bands from Nate, some are spending the weekend in Ascension Parish having left low-lying areas of Louisiana. "Back home, the water is rising," Robert Ferrygood said Friday as he spent the afternoon fishing. He and his wife... more »
  • No indication of foul play in infant's death at unlicensed day care Play Video

    October 5, 2017 11:19 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Authorities say that no foul play was involved in the death of a 3-month-old at an unlicensed home day care earlier this week. According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the decision was based on the evidence available in regard to the infant's death. However, the sheriff's... more »
  • Sheriff orchestrates temporary closure of day care where child died Play Video

    October 4, 2017 4:27 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – The sheriff's office said it orchestrated a temporary closure Wednesday of a day care operated out of an upscale home where a child died earlier this week. The day care closed Wednesday and will be closed Thursday, too. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said it hopes to... more »
  • UPDATE: Authorities located man who failed to register as a sex offender

    September 26, 2017 9:44 AM

    UPDATE: After receiving a Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers tip, James Baloney was located and arrested by Baton Rouge Police. Baloney was transported to the parish jail, and will be moved to the Ascension Parish Jail at a later time. ASCENSION- Deputies from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office are... more »
  • St. Amant boudin business catches fire Friday Play Video

    September 22, 2017 6:43 PM

    ST. AMANT – Firefighters were on the scene of a fire at LeBlanc's Cajun Boudin earlier this evening. Numerous fire crews were dispatched on the scene to control the blaze. Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the business. According to the cheif of police, the fire took... more »
  • Attorney: Case against Matassa should be tossed due to 'candidacy law' Play Video

    September 21, 2017 12:06 PM

    GONZALES – The attorney for embattled Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa argues in newly-filed court documents, the bribery case against Matassa is unwarranted because the man he is accused of bribing not to run for office was not a real “candidate” under state law. Matassa was indicted on charges... more »
  • Ascension Parish inland waterways reopening tonight

    September 1, 2017 10:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The inland waterways in Ascension Parish will reopen Friday at midnight. Parish President Kenny Matassa says the waterways were previously closed due to high water and debris. Officials in Livingston Parish initially said their waterways would reopen Friday as well, however that decision was soon... more »
  • New flashing yellow turn signal introduced in Ascension Parish

    August 8, 2017 3:38 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- Drivers in Ascension Parish should be on the look out for a new flashing signal on traffic lights. The Louisiana Department of Transportation says it is implementing a new yellow flashing arrow signal to provide safer and more efficient left turns for local drivers. A arrow has... more »
  • Emergency crews dispatched to River Road plant

    August 7, 2017 3:05 PM

    BURNSIDE – Fire crews were dispatched to a reported fire at the old Ormet facility Monday afternoon. Emergency responders confirmed to WBRZ, there was a report of a blaze at the facility but specifics were not available. Fire crews were still headed to the scene and had not reported... more »
  • Pair arrested in traffic stop drug bust

    August 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Crack, marijuana and cocaine were found by Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies during a traffic stop recently that resulted in the arrest of two men from Donaldsonville. Johnel Peters, 43, and Todd Garnett, 36, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute various drugs. The... more »
  • Emergency response to Geismar chemical plant caused nearby road closures

    July 28, 2017 2:21 PM

    GEISMAR – Authorities closed Highway 75 at 73 in Ascension Parish around lunch due to emergency activity at a nearby plant. Authorities said they were about to release information on specific roadblocks in the area but did not provide immediate information. A spokesperson called the situation an "incident" at... more »
  • Motorcyclist killed after collision with dog

    July 9, 2017 9:52 AM

    ST. AMANT – A motorcyclist was killed late Saturday after he hit a loose dog on the highway, State Police revealed. Gary Fortney, 66, lost control after his motorcycle hit the animal on Gold Place Road east of Highway 431. The wreck happened around nine o'clock Saturday night, authorities... more »
  • Hwy. 22 closed in Ascension

    June 28, 2017 11:24 AM

    SORRENTO – A two-vehicle crash involving a gravel truck closed Hwy. 22 Wednesday morning. As of 10:30, authorities said the highway will likely be closed for “several hours” as they clean up the mess and work to fix power lines that were smashed. The wreck is at Highway 22... more »
  • Suspect known as 'Jelly Roll' rolled by police after chase Friday

    June 16, 2017 5:22 PM

    GONZALES – A teenage suspect tied to a crime spree in Ascension Parish couldn't get out of a sticky situation and got himself busted Friday. “Jelly Roll” Thompson, whose real name is Devontia, was arrested after a brief chase. “Jelly Roll” tried to hide in some woods on W... more »
  • At scene of deadly crash, authorities also find a 4th body unrelated to wreck

    May 19, 2017 11:13 AM

    SORRENTO - In a bizarre chain of events, emergency crews recovered the body of an unidentified person while working a deadly wreck overnight where three people died in a crash on Airline Highway, WBRZ learned Friday. In all, emergency workers recovered the bodies of four people - three from... more »
  • 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 »

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