March 6, 2014 11:29 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE, La. - State police are charging a man with negligent homicide after a fatal crash in Ascension Parish Thursday morning.
Troopers say Dalyn Melancon, 24, was driving westbound on LA Hwy. 42 and started to drift off the road to the right. He overcorrected into the eastbound lane... more »
March 5, 2014 4:34 PM
GONZALES - Investigators said they're looking for a the armed man who held up a Dollar General Store in Gonzales this week.
Deputies said the man came into the store on Highway 44 around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, and demanded money from an employee at the register.
... more »
February 28, 2014 4:21 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Ascension Parish woman and her 15-year-old son after a party where investigators said they found marijuana and alcohol.
Deputies arrested 33-year-old Allison Michel's son on Feb. 21, then arrested Michel after investigators said they found evidence she bought alcohol for the party.
... more »
February 28, 2014 3:20 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Ascension Parish man after they said he held members of his family captive at their home for five days.
Deputies said they arrested Richard Miley, 44, of Gonzales Monday and charged him with false imprisonment, domestic abuse battery, simple criminal damage to property,... more »
February 27, 2014 11:30 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Authorities in Ascension Parish said the last road blocked by backwater flooding were no open.
Johnny Richardson with the parish Department of Public Works said crews removed barricades at Summerfield South Road and Airport Drive Thursday morning.
Six roads in the northern part of the parish... 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 24, 2014 9:21 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - High amounts of rain over the weekend led to flooded streets in Ascension Parish.
Crews barricaded Idle Hour Road and Kay Street off of Highway 42 Monday. Water from the Amite River has overrun sections of the roads.
Drivers can still travel down the roads but... more »
February 21, 2014 9:06 PM
GEISMAR- The third and final person wanted in connection with a bank robbery this week turned himself in to authorities after his picture was splashed across TV and posted on the Internet.
Bryan Golden, 30, surrendered Friday night, two days after the bank robbery he is accused of executing.... more »
February 21, 2014 3:37 PM
GEISMAR - Sheriff's deputies announced two arrests Friday in a recent Ascension Parish bank robbery, but said one suspect remained at large.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said they have an arrest warrant for Bryan Golden, 30, of Gonzales whom detectives believe is responsible for robbing the Red River Bank... 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 19, 2014 1:24 PM
GEISMAR - Investigators said they're searching for an armed man in a motorcycle helmet who robbed an Ascension Parish bank Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities said the robbery happened around 12:40 p.m. at the Red River Bank in Geismar. They said the robber's helmet covered his face, but witnesses told them... more »
February 19, 2014 10:49 AM
SORRENTO - State Police says a man driving a pickup truck died in a wreck Wednesday morning in Ascension Parish.
Troopers said it happened on La. 22 near the intersection with La. 70 south of Sorrento.
The driver was not wearing seat belts and was ejected when his... more »
February 17, 2014 9:08 PM
SORRENTO - A visit to the town hall by the Louisiana Board of Ethics is not sitting well with people in Ascension Parish.
One resident said the mounting scandals in her town are hard to deal with.
"You hope that's going to be the worst," said Jenifer Tingle,... more »
February 6, 2014 8:46 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A construction company said it will go door-to-door to meet and apologize to people who saw one of its workers relieving himself in broad daylight.
The company told WBRZ News 2, executives will visit with the people on Highway 73 in Ascension Parish and plans to discipline... more »
February 5, 2014 10:51 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - People who live and work along Highway 73 in Ascension Parish are at their wits' end; they've had enough of the construction delays for work on the highway and are annoyed with construction workers who, they say, are making their neighborhood a pigsty.
One woman says she... more »
February 3, 2014 4:28 PM
ST. AMANT - Sheriff's deputies arrested three people in connection with a murder in Ascension Parish Friday night.
Deputies Barry Lee Diggs, 57, of New Orleans on suspicion of first-degree murder for the shooting of Fred Martin, Jr. Friday night in St. Amant. They also arrested Dana Milano, 45,... more »
January 24, 2014 5:56 PM
GEISMAR - School officials said icy weather forced them to cancel an SAT exam which was supposed to be administered Saturday.
Johnnie Balfantz, spokesperson for the Ascension Parish School District, said the test at Dutchtown High School (center number 19106) will be rescheduled for a later date.
Balfantz... more »
January 22, 2014 5:36 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks' State of the Parish address focused on traffic flow Wednesday.
About 200 parish business leaders came to hear the report from Ricks. Leaders in Livingston Parish say their main priority is easing traffic congestion.
Ricks says the concrete is finally... 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 10, 2014 11:23 AM
GONZALES - An ongoing investigation into prostitution has led to another arrest by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
28-year-old Gregory Hardin was booked into Ascension Parish Jail and charged with criminal conspiracy in soliciting prostitutes, committing prostitution with persons under 18, and trafficking of children for sex purposes.
... more »
January 10, 2014 11:14 AM
GEISMAR - Sheriff's deputies arrested two men after they said the pair tried to break into a home in Ascension Parish, then led authorities on a high-speed chase into Baton Rouge.
Allison Hudson with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said authorities accused Thomodrick Johnson, 21, and Alvin Lemon Jr.,... more »
January 6, 2014 6:21 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Louisiana State Police are investigating a single car crash in Ascension Parish that critically injured a two-year-old when he was thrown from the car.
Troopers say 18-year-old Jonqualya Benton was driving on US Hwy 61 when she ran off the road, hit a driveway and overturned. The... 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 27, 2013 8:07 PM
GONZALES - A proposed facility at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center could create traffic tie-ups on La. 30.
Leaders in Ascension Parish want to avoid the congestion, and they are looking at ways to alleviate traffic congestion.
Proposed plans include replacing traffic signals with roundabouts, widening St. Landry Road,... more »
December 22, 2013 2:49 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Deputies in Ascension Parish are looking for a killer after a man was murdered.
Detectives are looking into what triggered the murder of 34-year-old Quincy Nicholas.
It happened Sunday morning on First Street.
Anyone with information regarding this homicide is urged to contact the Ascension... more »
December 9, 2013 5:45 AM
GONZALES- Ascension Parish officials say they will unveil a plan later this week to spend $20 million to $25 million upgrading recreational facilities on the parish's fast-growing east bank. Projects under consideration include renovations to existing playgrounds and ball fields, adding new splash pads and walking and jogging trails and... more »
December 4, 2013 8:57 AM
DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish School Board has denied an application for a charter school by Dumaka Moultrie, of Atlanta, following the recommendation of its consultant, Kimberly Williams, of New Millennium Education. Williams said the proposed school, Life Preparatory Academy, had no board and the Atlanta group's application was weak on... more »
November 26, 2013 4:49 PM
GONZALES - The Louisiana Army Corps of Engineers has decided to go forward with a levee plan that does not include protection for Ascension Parish.
Tuesday, the Corps announced they would move forward with Alternative C, a plan which includes levee protection around St. John and populated portions of... more »
November 26, 2013 8:12 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish government may take over the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center if a plan proposed by Parish President Tommy Martinez is accepted by the parish council next month.
Council members meeting as a subcommittee Monday discussed the future of the... more »
November 23, 2013 10:24 AM
Prairieville - A passenger in the back of a pickup truck was killed after he falls from the bed on to the road and is struck by another pickup.
State police say Eric T. Martin of Gonzales was riding on the side of the truck bed with three other... more »
November 19, 2013 6:28 PM
SORRENTO - Town council members rejected an insurance proposal Tuesday night that would allow the Sorrento Police Department to continue operating, paving the way for the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to take over protection for the town.
"The sheriff saved the day," said Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert. "I did... more »
November 18, 2013 11:28 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police said an 18-wheeler overturned while trying to get onto I-10 in Ascension Parish Monday morning.
Troopers said the big rig turned over at the I-10 West entrance ramp on LA 73 just after 11 a.m.
State Police warned drivers in that area to find... more »
November 12, 2013 6:30 PM
GONZALES- A new grocery store on Airline Highway is creating a buzz in the booming suburbs of Ascension Parish.
Leblanc's Frais Marché features much more than you'll need to put dinner on the table.
"We've added a classroom event center, with a full kitchen, so we'll do cooking... 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 8, 2013 8:44 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - Parish officials are taking a hard look at the Louisiana Balloon Championship Festival, after the event took a sizeable loss on paid attendance this year.
Attendance for the three-day event in September at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center was 35,000, down from 60,000.
With $158,369 in expenses... more »
November 7, 2013 9:24 AM
GONZALES - A former law enforcement officer faces additional charges for alleged inappropriate behavior with a minor.
Authorities took Todd Tripp into custody Thursday morning for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
The arrest is Tripp's latest run-in with the law.
The 24-year-old was fired from his... more »
October 23, 2013 6:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Ascension Spartans were counted out after losing their star running back, and LSU commit Sione Palelei, to a season-ending knee injury; EA didn't notice, going 7-0 this year to start the season.
Stepping up in Palelei's absence, Layne Trahan threw three touchdowns to help... more »
October 22, 2013 10:20 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Something raunchy is spewing into a creek in Ascension Parish, turning the water brown and possibly making people sick.
Neighbors near Elmo Cannon Road say livestock feces is to blame but no one can say officially.
"We can't dump raw sewer into the ditch. He shouldn't... more »
October 21, 2013 10:14 PM
GONZALES- Shell will begin a series of meetings Tuesday, introducing Ascension Parish to a possible gas-to-liquids plant along the Mississippi River.
Recently, Shell announced i t was considering a site near the river and the Sunshine Bridge. The plant would create 750 new jobs, classified as high-paying.
The... more »
October 18, 2013 3:45 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help finding a man they said broke into a still-under construction daycare near Prairieville.
Major Kevin Hanna said on Oct. 4 surveillance video showed the man climbing through a window into the unfinished Barnyard for Tots center near Highway 42.
... more »
October 17, 2013 10:21 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council approved a new tax to fund a parish juvenile detention center. In addition, a new study concerning a potential toll road is coming to Ascension.
The new tax will add about 10-20 dollars per year to property taxes in the parish. Ascension is... more »
October 10, 2013 2:54 PM
GONZALES - A former deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has been arrested for a second time.
Todd Tripp, 24, has been booked on 304 counts of child pornography.
Tripp was fired on September 10 when he was arrested on charges of child pornography and indecent behavior... 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 4, 2013 6:20 PM
BATON ROUGE - Areas of Ascension Parish prone to flooding are on alert for any rain Tropical Storm Karen may bring.
Officials there have declared a precautionary state of emergency for the parish in advance of the storm. After dealing with some flooding issues in parts of the parish,... more »
October 2, 2013 10:37 PM
GONZALES - Leaders have committed to pay $10 million for a levee around Ascension Parish if the federal government decides not to pay the bill.
The New Orleans District Army Corps of Engineers is leaning toward building a new system, classified as Alternative C, surrounding parts of St. James... more »
October 1, 2013 10:27 PM
GONZALES- The government shutdown will not cancel a planned meeting to talk about levee protection in Ascension Parish.
The Army Corps of Engineers will meet with residents Wednesday night at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. The federal delegation will discuss design plans for a new levee system.
Ascension... 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 24, 2013 3:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Shell says it has settled on Ascension Parish to possibly build a $12.5 billion natural gas to liquids plant that would create 740 jobs. No final decision has been made on whether to construct the facility. The company says it will decide after more detailed planning and... more »
September 22, 2013 11:31 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish government will apply for a $60 million loan through a fund overseen by the state Department of Environmental Quality to jump start plans to build a regional sewer system. Parish officials say the loan would pay for a phase of sewage treatment systems in a heavily... more »
September 16, 2013 4:20 PM
SORRENTO - Sheriff's deputies arrested an Ascension Parish man this weekend after they said he barricaded himself into his home and threatened them.
Deputies arrested Wesley Bowden, 33, of Sorrento after the incident Sunday night on Braud Street.
Chief Tony Bacala said it was initially reported as a... more »
September 11, 2013 2:17 PM
Gonzales- A deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, arrested for child pornography, is now out of a job.
Investigators arrested 24 year-old Todd Tripp after he reportedly exchanged inappropriate text messages and pictures with a 15 year-old in another parish.
They say Tripp did meet the teen... more »
September 9, 2013 11:04 AM
GONZALES - Parish President Tommy Martinez announced today they would hold a public auction to sell off items from the old East Ascension Parish Hospital later this month.
The parish scheduled the auction for Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. Brown's Auction Company will conduct the auction at the... 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 6, 2013 10:00 PM
ST. AMANT - The state is making more safety upgrades to a deadly road more than a year and a half after a crash killed two kids in Ascension Parish.
In February 2012, Faith Castilaw, 9 and Patience Lobell, 7, died after a car driving on Stringer Bridge Road... more »
September 5, 2013 7:30 AM
ST. AMANT - State police say a woman from Maurepas was killed in an accident on Hwy. 22 in Ascension Parish.
Troopers say 36-year-old Sheri N. Luke was a passenger in a car that ran off the highway around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday. The Lincoln Town Car entered a ditch... 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 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 29, 2013 5:32 PM
GONZALES - People in Ascension Parish who are a part of the parish sewage system could see a hike in their monthly bill.
The parish operates five sewer treatment plants and about 500 people pay $30 a month to be a part of it. $400,000 dollars comes out of... more »
August 29, 2013 9:57 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - Backers of the R. Rayborn Charter School are making a second bid to form the first charter school in Ascension Parish.
The group behind the proposed K-5 visual and performing arts school submitted a required letter of intent with the Ascension Parish School Board by the Tuesday... more »
August 26, 2013 12:29 PM
GONZALES - Organizers for the 2013 Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship announced that several big names in ballooning, including the reigning world champion, will be at next month's event.
A spokesperson said John Petrehn, the reigning ballooning world champion, would be one of the pilots competing for a win... more »
August 26, 2013 10:49 AM
GONZALES - The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing a flood protection system on the west side of Lake Pontchartrain, but leaves out levee plans for Ascension Parish.
The corps proposed a plan that would provide protection for St. John the Baptist Parish, including Laplace, instead of an alternate... more »
August 21, 2013 12:05 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish School Board has voted to back Assessor M.J. Smiley Jr.'s plan using aerial imagery to find buildings and other improvements not on the tax rolls. The Advocate reports the unopposed vote on Tuesday means the school board agreed to chip in $235,000 for a $400,000... more »
August 14, 2013 5:14 PM
GONZALES - Deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he tried to kill his pregnant ex-girlfriend in Ascension Parish this morning.
Investigators arrested Cowan Collins, 27, on suspicion of attempted murder, attempted feticide, and illegal use of a weapon in the shooting of Kenyia Houston, 25, of... more »
August 13, 2013 4:01 PM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials plan to repair around 70 roads by the end of 2014.
Carla Drive off Highway 44 was slated for repair work for next year's road maintenance project, but was pushed up to this year's project after the road base failed. Ascension Parish Chief Engineer... more »
August 13, 2013 11:49 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said an undercover operation led to them taking several suspected drug dealers and others off the streets of Donaldsonville.
Chief Tony Bacala said the investigation started July 25, and led to six drug arrests. Investigators said they're also looking for an seventh... more »
August 12, 2013 9:37 PM
GONZALES - Detectives in Ascension Parish are getting tips instantly and anonymously.
"It's absolutely one hundred percent full proof anonymous," Ascension Parish Sheriff Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said.
The 'APSO Tips' app is available for all Android and iPhone users and gives residents a new way to stay... more »
August 8, 2013 10:10 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State highway officials have pushed back the completion date of a $15.5 million project to widen La. 73 in Ascension Parish to June, making it about eight months later than the original target date given when construction began in the fall of 2011. Officials said the contractor is... more »
August 7, 2013 9:01 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A $15.5 million project first slated to finish at the beginning of 2014 has an new estimated completion date because of a host of setbacks.
Highway 73 between I-10 and Airline Highway in Ascension Parish has been under construction since January 2012.
"There have been delays... more »
August 7, 2013 10:51 AM
GONZALES - Kids returned to school in Ascension Parish today, though some won't stay in their classrooms all year.
Work on the new G. W. Carver Primary School in Gonzales won't be completed until October, so students are starting the year still on the old campus.
The district... more »
July 29, 2013 4:25 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies said a sex offender who failed to register in Ascension Parish turned himself in to authorities today.
Deputies said Horace Chauvin, 34, of Prairieville did not follow through with a requirement to annually register with parish authorities. He was booked into the parish jail after... more »
July 26, 2013 8:45 AM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said they're searching for two men believed to be involved with a recent shooting.
Deputies said early Thursday morning someone fired shots into a home in Gonzales on Richard Miles Road. They said three children were inside the home at the time,... more »
July 25, 2013 6:06 PM
GONZALES - The new G.W. Carver Primary school is nearly complete, but won't be ready for the first day of school. Weather delays during construction pushed the opening date back until October.
Across town, Ascension Schools are installing new temporary classroom buildings, known as 't-buildings,' at Central Primary School.... more »
July 24, 2013 11:29 AM
DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is stepping up crime fighting efforts following a deadly shooting last week and an uptick in crime stats over the last few months.
Deputies arrested several individuals last week, after an apparent innocent bystander was shot and killed following a fight.
Now... more »
July 23, 2013 8:04 AM
GONZALES - After more than a year of studies, a plan for roundabouts on La. 30 near Interstate 10 could be coming public soon. Gonzales City Engineer Jackie Baumann says she and other local officials have worked with the state Department of Transportation and Development for months, exploring the best... more »
July 22, 2013 5:37 PM
GONZALES - Creature comforts like the buttery sizzle of charbroiled oysters or even just a warm bed can disappear in an instant when there's a hurricane bearing down on the Gulf Coast.
Wesley Robert knows better than most. He operates a few hotels and a Mike Anderson's in Gonzales.... more »