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  • Impairment suspected in deadly Ascension Parish motorcycle crash

    May 27, 2016 9:15 AM

    GONZALES - Troopers say a Baton Rouge man was killed in a motorcycle wreck in Ascension Parish early Friday morning. 57-year-old Brion Landry died from injuries sustained during the single-vehicle crash that happened on LA 429 (Weber City Road) near the intersection of Roddy Road at around 2 a.m.... more »
  • Deputies investigate Prairieville vehicle burglaries

    May 23, 2016 12:22 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff’s deputies in Ascension Parish took to Facebook Monday morning to look for leads in a string of vehicle burglaries that happened in Prairieville last week. Deputies say they’re searching for man who appears in surveillance footage breaking into cars in the Parker Road/Fountainbleau area of Prairieville.... more »
  • Suspected drunk driver arrested after passenger killed in crash

    May 20, 2016 3:08 PM

    ST. AMANT - A Prairieville man was arrested after a passenger in his vehicle died following an early morning crash in Ascension Parish. 27-year-old Jot Willeford was booked on charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injuring, no seat belt and operating a vehicle with an expired driver’s license. ... more »
  • Uber could come to Ascension Parish with council ordinance

    May 18, 2016 2:37 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish President says the Parish Council is to consider the introduction of an ordinance that would allow ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to operate within the boundaries of the parish. The ordinance will be discussed at a Thursday meeting of parish officials. “This... more »
  • 'I did a terrible job,' Matassa says of how he handled employee's firing

    May 17, 2016 1:18 PM

    GONZALES - In a letter emailed to WBRZ Tuesday afternoon, Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa apologized for his handling of an employee's termination recently. The firing of planning director Ricky Compton was the focus of a WBRZ Investigative Unit report last week . In a recording, land owner Dempsey... more »
  • Was a high ranking parish employee fired over campaign promise? Play Video

    May 12, 2016 4:57 PM

    GONZALES- Tonight, there are allegations the "good ole boy" network is running strong in Ascension Parish. A prominent land owner claims he brought Parish President Kenny Matassa money to fire a high ranking parish employee. That land owner donated hundreds of dollars to Kenny Matassa. What is unclear tonight was... more »
  • Ascension commission to discuss AG's opinion on subdivision denial Play Video

    May 11, 2016 12:49 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The Ascension Parish Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Wednesday night to discuss recent developments in the battle over the commission’s ability to deny subdivision development in the parish. The commission just received documentation from the Attorney General’s Office that represents an evaluation of how much discretion... more »
  • Ascension Parish breaks ground on Conway Plantation development Play Video

    May 10, 2016 7:58 PM

    ASCENSION-Ascension Parish broke ground on an upscale neighborhood development on Tuesday. The development is called the Conway Plantation and is more than 300 acres land located right off of Highway 44. It is expected to include about 1,000 single homes and 500 apartments with restaurants and shops. Mayor of Gonzales,... more »
  • Proposed Comite River Diversion Canal gets land boost

    May 10, 2016 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Officials who are trying to dig the proposed Comite River Diversion Canal have purchased more than 300 acres of wetlands to offset the ecological impact of the construction. The $1.5 million purchase last week is by far the largest land buy so far. While the deal... more »
  • New cameras catching litterbugs in Ascension Play Video

    May 4, 2016 5:32 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - Four men from Ascension Parish and a Zachary woman were ticketed for littering over the past week in three separate incidents. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office says they responded to a complaint of trash dumping at the intersection of Saint Elmo Road and Stanford Levy Road... more »
  • Ascension Parish teacher to be recognized at White House

    April 29, 2016 2:50 PM

    GONZALES - An Ascension Parish public school teacher will be recognized at the White House with the distinction of being one of the “great educators across the country.” Duplessis Primary School master teacher Shaneka Burnett will travel to Washington D.C. to attend an event at the White House recognizing the... more »
  • Deputies make 5th arrest in 2015 Donaldsonville double murder

    April 19, 2016 12:23 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff’s deputies in Ascension Parish announced the arrest of a fifth person in connection with a 2015 double murder in Donaldsonville. APSO says the arrest of Demond Foley came through a joint effort with the New Orleans Police Department and the U.S. Marshals late Friday evening at... more »
  • Man sentenced to 40 years in 1990 Ascension Parish murder case Play Video

    April 18, 2016 1:05 PM

    GONZALES - A man who pleaded guilty to the rape, kidnapping and murder of his aunt in 1990 was sentenced to 40 years on a kidnapping charge in Ascension Parish Monday morning. Kenneth Lavigne was sentenced back in January to 21 years for the murder. Lavigne will serve 61... more »
  • Prairieville pilot killed in Fla. plane crash

    April 11, 2016 7:28 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A 49-year-old pilot from Ascension Parish died in a plane crash in Florida over the weekend. Additional details of the crash were released Monday. Ross Grand died in the crash at the Ocala International Airport. Authorities said his plane went down shortly after reporting an issue with... more »
  • Ascension declares April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

    April 8, 2016 3:39 PM

    ASCENSION- Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa declared April as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in the parish. Matassa presented the proclamation to Erin Mire, the advocate supervisor with Children Advocacy Services (CAS) Gonzales Regional Office, at the April 7 parish council meeting in Donaldsonville. Mire said that CAS served 70 children... more »
  • Ascension Council passes new impact fee unanimously

    April 7, 2016 7:52 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Soon it will be more expensive to buy a home in Ascension Parish. Wednesday evening, the Ascension Parish Council unanimously voted to add an "impact fee" to the cost of buying a home in the parish. This extra money, will go towards maintaining roads in the... more »
  • BREAKING: I-10 in Ascension Parish will close late Friday

    April 1, 2016 9:59 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH – Part of I-10 will close in both directions Friday night in Ascension Parish so workers can clean up storm damage and restore power. Entergy reports around 500 outages off Cornerview Road, and power lines that cross the interstate have to be repaired. According to State... more »
  • Ascension Parish to start cleaning up debris Tuesday Play Video

    March 29, 2016 7:14 AM

    GONZALES- Trucks are getting ready start picking up debris left behind by recent flooding in Ascension Parish. Parish officials are asking residents to keep a few things in mind when setting debris out on the street. The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Rick... more »
  • Ascension Parish debris cleanup to start next Tuesday

    March 24, 2016 3:43 PM

    ASCENSION - Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced that debris removal will start next week due to the recent flooding that has occurred in the area. Parish crews will begin removing debris on Tuesday, Mar. 29 Residents are asked to begin separating debris by type and move it to the... more »
  • Ascension Parish president announces top 10 projects for the year

    March 21, 2016 12:48 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced Monday that his administration will focus on ten top projects to complete this year. 1) Road projects involving the St. Landry Road/Endenborne extension and the St. Landry Road/Ashland Road connector to ease traffic congestion along Hwy. 30. 2) Two waste water... more »
  • Ascension Parish man sentenced to 50 years for child molestation

    March 18, 2016 5:27 PM

    ASCENSION - An Ascension Parish man was sentenced Friday to 50 years for child molestation in 2013, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. On Sept. 18 2015, 45-year old Henry Lewis of Prairieville, was found guilty by an Ascension Parish jury for the above charge. Two years earlier, Lewis... more »
  • Ascension, Livingston waterways to reopen Saturday

    March 18, 2016 12:37 PM

    ASCENSION - Boaters in Ascension and Livingston Parishes can return to waterways this weekend. Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced on Friday that all Ascension Parish waterways will be re-open to recreational boat traffic starting at Midnight Saturday. Waterways were closed to boaters last week after sever weather battered... more »
  • Ascension Parish added to federal disaster area Play Video

    March 17, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials announced Thursday that Ascension Parish has been added to the list of locations to receive federal disaster aid. Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Barack Obama Wednesday to consider adding Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes to areas receiving assistance. Edwards said floodwater has damaged... more »
  • Ascension Parish justice of the peace removed for misconduct

    March 16, 2016 5:19 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Supreme Court has removed Ascension Parish Justice of the Peace Leroy Laiche Jr. from office over judicial misconduct. The court also Tuesday ordered Laiche, who served in the Second Justice of the Peace Court in Prairieville, to pay back the $14,244 that it cost the state... more »
  • UPDATE: Mississippi driver dies in La. Hwy 429 crash, State Police say

    March 14, 2016 9:19 AM

    St. Amant - Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a single vehicle crash on LA 429 east of LA 431 in Ascension Parish that occurred on Sunday around 10 p.m. State Police report the crash took the life of 21-year-old Tyler Talbert of Toomsuba, MS. According to State... more »
  • Ascension OHSEP urges residents to 'stay vigilant'

    March 14, 2016 8:11 AM

    ASCENSION- Leaders in Ascension Parish are urging residents to stay vigilant as the area prepares for more flood waters to move in. The Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging residents north of LA Hwy 42 to be prepared as the Amite River prepares to crest.... more »
  • Amite River crest lessened, officials still expect flooding Play Video

    March 13, 2016 3:45 PM

    GONZALES – Officials in Ascension Parish said Sunday that the Amite River crests have lessened, but residents near waterways will still be impacted early this week. “The potential for widespread flooding throughout Ascension Parish has lessened, but we still want our residents to be vigilant,” President Kenny Matassa said.... more »
  • Ascension officials to residents: Prepare for Allison-like backwater flooding

    March 11, 2016 8:26 PM

    GONZALES – Ascension Parish officials issued a warning to residents late Friday night about backwater flooding after rain storms Thursday and Friday. “ It is predicted that we will be experiencing similar flooding to that of Tropical Storm Allison in 2001,” Parish President Kenny Matassa said in a news... more »
  • Ascension Parish pumping stations ready for duty Play Video

    March 10, 2016 7:28 PM

    GONZALES - Public schools in Ascension Parish are already cancelled, and the parish has its pumps up and running as they are trying to keep the water from rising. Three different pumping stations in Ascension Parish are responsible for keeping floodwaters from sinking residents and their property. Each pump... more »
  • Schools in several parishes closed Friday

    March 10, 2016 4:17 PM

    With several roads closed due to heavy rainfall and storms still rolling through, multiple parishes have announced their public schools will be closed on Friday. St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Tangipahoa parishes have announced they'll remain closed due to flooding. Private schools... more »
  • High water leads to road closures in Ascension Parish Play Video

    March 10, 2016 3:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies say several roads are already closed due to high water that has risen as heavy rainfall began Thursday afternoon. The current closures are located in West Ascension Parish and are as follows: St. Patrick Street at Williams Street St. Patrick at the underpass Iberville... more »
  • Ascension Schools cancel Friday classes

    March 10, 2016 3:10 PM

    GONZALES – School leaders in Ascension Parish announced that all after school activities scheduled for Thursday and classes Friday will be canceled. The schoolboard’s decision to cancel activities follows Jay Dardenne’s announcement that state offices in 36 parishes will close early Thursday and remain closed Friday. This is... more »
  • Ascension Parish Public Schools to remain open despite forecasted severe weather

    March 9, 2016 5:57 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Public Schools say they’ll remain open Thursday despite a severe weather threat, but officials say they’re continuing to monitor the situation and will post updates online. A release from school administrators Wednesday afternoon said that officials continue to actively monitor weather forecasts, and they are... more »
  • In superintendent selection process, Ascension to hire search firm

    March 8, 2016 10:12 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE- Wednesday, the school board in Ascension Parish will hear from search firms hoping to get the contract to find the system's next superintendent. Earlier this year, current superintendent Patrice Pujol announced she would be retiring in the spring after working in the district for more than three decades.... more »
  • Ascension Parish readies sandbag stations ahead of possible flooding Play Video

    March 7, 2016 3:41 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa said Monday that parish drainage, public works and emergency management departments are ready and monitoring weather forecasts for the immediate area in anticipation of predicted stormy weather for later this week. “Our departments are poised and ready should the need arise," Matassa... more »
  • Deputies searching for third suspect in year-old double murder

    March 3, 2016 5:49 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - In an effort to speed up the arrest of a man who has been wanted for a double murder for the last year, deputies in Ascension Parish went on Facebook. Demond Foley is wanted on two counts of first degree murder. Deputies believe he had a role... more »
  • Donaldsonville woman wanted for failing to register as sex offender

    March 3, 2016 2:58 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff’s deputies in Ascension Parish have issued an arrest warrant for a woman who has failed to register as a sex offender in the parish. 35-year-old LaKeisha Marshall, of 1305 McKinley Street in Donaldsonville, is a Tier II Sex Offender, according to Lt. Col. Bobby Webre of... more »
  • Questions about soccer complex construction in Ascension Play Video

    March 3, 2016 12:48 PM

    GONZALES - Parents of children who play in a local soccer league are frustrated a soccer complex promised by parish officials more than a year ago is encountering too many delays. Last year, Ascension Parish approved a $4 million soccer complex at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. "There were... more »
  • Ascension residents invited to emergency preparedness meeting

    March 2, 2016 3:07 PM

    GONZALES – Ascension Parish residents are invited to an emergency preparedness meeting on March. 16. Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa will announce parish drainage, flood zone and emergency preparedness and will take questions from the public. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 at... more »
  • Gag order issued in court case over 16-year-old murder suspect Play Video

    February 26, 2016 3:33 PM

    GONZALES - A lengthy hearing over a change of venue in a murder trial against a 16-year-old ended with no decision and no talking after court because of a gag order. Jacob Westbrook , 16, is accused of stabbing Todd Toups, 18, to death in October. Westbrook is being... more »
  • Security camera recorded tornado move across Airline Highway Tuesday Play Video

    February 25, 2016 3:22 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Captivating video shows the moment an EF-0 tornado moved across Airline Highway in Ascension Parish earlier this week. Thursday, businesses were cleaning up and shared the video with WBRZ reporter Natalia Verdina . The video shows debris flying around as the tornado moves closer to the camera.... more »
  • Pre-filled sandbags available to Ascension Parish residents

    February 23, 2016 12:30 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials announced pre-filled sandbags are available to residents at various locations across the parish Tuesday. While major flooding isn’t expected during this afternoon’s weather event, flash flooding could be possible. Over 25,000 pre-filled sandbags have been prepared and can be obtained from seagoing containers positioned... more »
  • Ascension deputies arrest man on child cruelty charge

    February 4, 2016 7:22 AM

    GONZALES- Ascension Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Gonzales man on a child cruelty count over allegations he did not care for his son's burns for two months, allowing the wound to become infected. Sheriff's Office Maj. Kevin Hanna said in a news release Wednesday deputies found 30-year-old Joseph Babin... more »
  • Ascension Parish government opens up online mapping tool to public Play Video

    February 1, 2016 12:35 PM

    GONZALES - Officials in Ascension Parish say parish government is excited to release an innovative online tool designed to allow the public to search parish maps and governmental services easily. “From realtors and engineers to citizens looking for their school or fire district, this mapping application provides an amazing... more »
  • Ascension School superintendent leaving to take national position

    January 27, 2016 1:29 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Superintedent Patrice Pujol is leaving the Ascension Parish School District this spring after working for the system for more than three decades, according to a spokesperson for the school. Jackie Tisdale said Pujol has accepted a position as President of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching,... more »
  • Ascension voters face April bond election to build 4 schools

    January 19, 2016 11:55 AM

    GONZALES - As the Ascension Parish school district looks to an April election on a bond issue, it hopes voters will approve for construction of four new schools. The school board has gone through cycles of new construction and renovation in recent years in an effort to meet population... more »
  • UPDATE - Missing Ascension senior found safe near LSU

    January 18, 2016 10:18 AM

    GONZALES - Authorities said an elderly Ascension Parish woman reported missing Sunday was found near LSU Monday afternoon. APSO deputies said 79-year-old Audrey Preston was reported missing Sunday, Jan. 17. Family members said she has a medical condition which could impair her judgement. The sheriff's office said around... more »
  • Sheriff on attack victims' arrest: 'the average individual can connect the dots'

    January 15, 2016 3:51 PM

    GONZALES - The sheriff of Ascension Parish responded Friday to concerns crime victims were arrested on drug charges after reporting a home invasion earlier this week. Clay and Dana Cowart, both 45, and their daughter, Tayler, 18, were charged with various drug offenses after Dana Cowart called for help,... more »
  • Family arrested by sheriff's deputies after reporting home invasion

    January 14, 2016 9:14 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - A family was booked into jail Wednesday after reporting they were victims of a home invasion because deputies found trace amounts of marijuana in their home. Clay and Dana Cowart, both 45, and their daughter, Tayler, 18, were charged with various drug offenses after Dana Cowart called... more »
  • Deputies searching for sex offender in Ascension Parish

    January 8, 2016 5:35 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Deputies are looking for a sex offender who failed to register in Ascension Parish. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Officer is searching for 54-year-old Kevin Jones. APSO Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said Jones is a Tier 3 sex offender who was last seen in and around the Donaldsonville... more »
  • Matassa, new Ascension Parish council sworn in

    January 4, 2016 2:50 PM

    GONZALES - Kenny Matassa has a lot to be grateful for at the beginning of 2016. Matassa was sworn in as president of Ascension Parish Monday, alongside the new and returning members of the parish council. In attendance for the swearing-in was his son Nick Matassa, who was badly... more »
  • Ascension Parish Coroner IDs body found in Gonzales last weekend

    December 30, 2015 2:36 PM

    GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office has identified a man’s body found last weekend in Gonzales. The coroner says the body belongs to 54-year-old Jasper Morris. They also said they believe based on the autopsy performed that the case will be considered a murder. The Gonzales Police... more »
  • Ascension fireworks vendors say sales are down due to weather Play Video

    December 28, 2015 6:38 PM

    ASCENSION - Local fireworks vendors say sales are down because of recent bad weather leading up to New Year's Eve. Eric Roussel, who owns several stands in Ascension Parish, says sales have dropped 50 percent every day in comparison to last year. "Because of the weather I believe,... more »
  • Ascension Parish officials to hold Christmas tree drop-off in Gonzales

    December 28, 2015 3:44 PM

    GONZALES - Officials in Ascension Parish say the parish government will hold a Christmas tree drop-off event starting early next week. The event will be held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, located at 9039 St. Landry Road in Gonzales, from Saturday, Jan. 2 through Sunday, Jan. 10. Parish... more »
  • Ascension Parish Sheriff's lieutenant receives touching gift while on patrol

    December 23, 2015 12:50 PM

    GONZALES - An Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office lieutenant received a touching holiday gift while on patrol Monday morning. APSO’s Lt. Darryl Smith was performing his routine patrol when he was stopped by a motorist who told him he had a gift for the sheriff’s office that he wanted to... more »
  • Students evacuated after gas line ruptures at school

    December 22, 2015 3:55 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - School administrators said a gas line break at Oak Grove Primary in Prairieville forced them to shelter students for a time until they could evacuate them from the campus. The school said the break in the gas line happened during construction on the campus Tuesday afternoon. Nobody... more »
  • LSP believe biker was impaired before deadly wreck

    December 10, 2015 10:57 AM

    ST. AMANT - State Police said they believe a motorcycle operator was impaired before he crashed into a mailbox and was thrown from his bike overnight in Ascension Parish. Troopers said 43-year-old John Carrizal of Decatur, Ala. died at the scene of the wreck around 11 p.m. Wednesday. ... more »
  • District hopes to sell voters on tax renewal for school building spree

    December 1, 2015 10:05 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Voters in Ascension Parish will be asked to extend a tax to fund a huge school building spree. The tax would generate about $120 million. Officials hope to sell it by explaining it is not a new tax, but a continuation of one that is already on... more »
  • APSO releases security camera footage of Prairieville carwash burglaries Play Video

    November 24, 2015 3:16 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff’s deputies in Ascension Parish are actively looking to identify a man behind the burglary of a pair of carwashes in Prairieville. The burglaries happened at the Platinum Express and Clean Team Auto Spa carwashes located on Hwy 44. Investigators say the crimes happened on Sunday, Nov.... more »
  • No recount for Ascension Parish president's race Play Video

    November 24, 2015 10:24 AM

    GONZALES - After losing the Ascension Parish president's seat by only 115 votes over the weekend, Clint Cointment officially conceded Tuesday morning and said he will not seek a full recount of the vote. Kenny Matassa won the election for parish president Saturday night, but the margin was close... more »
  • Just over 100 votes decides Ascension Parish president

    November 21, 2015 10:52 PM

    GONZALES - For the first time in 25 years, voters elected a new president for Ascension Parish. Kenny Matassa defeated Clint Cointment by only 115 votes Saturday night -- 15,078 to 14,963. He will replace four-term President Tommy Martinez, who announced a year ago he would not run... more »
  • Ascension Parish Council approves $132 million budget

    November 20, 2015 8:42 AM

    GONZALES- The Ascension Parish Council has agreed to a $132.5 million spending plan for the new year. The council approved Thursday setting aside $38.7 million on capital improvements for roads, major drainage, new lighting at parish parks and new soccer fields at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Among the road projects,... more »
  • Livingston, Ascension parishes ready for possible flooding

    November 17, 2015 4:54 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Emergency officials in Livingston and Ascension parishes said they're getting assets ready in case of flash flooding or other sever weather tonight or tomorrow. Livingston Parish said sandbags are available in the following locations for their residents: Fire Dist 9 (23634 HWY 22) Fire Dist 8... more »
  • Developer looks to expand industrial park in Ascension

    November 16, 2015 11:24 AM

    GONZALES - A New Roads land developer's plan to expand an Ascension Parish industrial park has hit some approval snags. L.J. Grezaffi is hoping to expand into the 345-acre interior of his Ascension Commerce Center, which has become home to industrial service businesses that line Louisiana Highway 30 and... more »
  • Deputies arrest man accused of burglarizing multiple carwashes Play Video

    November 9, 2015 12:35 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff’s deputies in Ascension Parish said they arrested a man believed be behind the burglary of several area carwashes over the weekend. 53-year-old Hubert Bourgeois was taken into custody Sunday night after deputies responded to reports of burglary at Galvez Carwash in Ascension Parish. Deputies were... more »
  • Investigation into car burglaries leads to standoff ending in teenager's suicide

    November 5, 2015 7:16 PM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies say a Gonzales teen tragically took his own life while a St. Amant teen was arrested following an ongoing burglary investigation conducted by sheriff’s deputies in Ascension and Livingston parishes. Investigators said the incident happened shortly before midnight when deputies went to... more »
  • Ascension water system clear of deadly amoeba

    October 30, 2015 2:33 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Officials say the brain-eating amoeba found in a west Ascension Parish water system this summer has been eradicated. The announcement follows weeks of treatment involving pumping increased amounts of chlorine into water lines outside Donaldsonville. State health officials say water with the amoeba has been safe... more »
  • Ascension, Livingston waterways to remain closed to recreational boat traffic

    October 30, 2015 11:33 AM

    GONZALES – With heavy rain expected this weekend, two parishes are closing recreational boating traffic until further notice. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said Friday that Ascension and Livingston Parishes will remain closed to recreational boating until further notice. The two parishes closed the waterways to recreational boating... more »
  • 92-year-old St. Amant woman fears home may collapse into canal Play Video

    October 27, 2015 6:11 PM

    ST. AMANT - A 92-year-old woman fears her home may collapse into a nearby canal in Ascension Parish if something isn't done to save her residence soon. Her family says water being pumped through the waterway is rapidly chipping away at the land, causing the bulkhead to cave in.... more »
  • Amite River, Diversion Canal closed to recreational boat traffic Play Video

    October 26, 2015 2:54 PM

    GONZALES - Officials in Ascension Parish announced Monday that the Amite River and Diversion Canal waterways will be closed to recreational boat traffic effective immediately and will remain closed until further notice. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez signed an executive order Monday morning after officials decided to suspect recreational... more »
  • Waterways closed in Livingston, Ascension parishes due to flooding

    October 26, 2015 10:47 AM

    GONZALES - Authorities in Ascension and Liberty parishes closed waterways to recreational boaters Monday due to high water levels. Emergency managers in both parishes said the waterways would close at noon. In Ascension Parish, emergency managers said the Amite River and Diversion canal would close. The Ascension Parish... more »
  • Matassa, Cointment headed for Ascension Parish president runoff Play Video

    October 25, 2015 1:10 AM

    ASCENSION PARISH – The race for Ascension Parish president hasn’t ended just yet. Gonzales City Council member Kenny Matassa advanced to a runoff against businessman Cloint Cointment. Ascension Parish Councilman Chris Loar followed behind at 22 percent, while Ricky Diggs finished with 8 percent and Clarence Henry Jr. finished... more »
  • 16-year-old to be tried as adult for stabbing Play Video

    October 14, 2015 11:33 AM

    GONZALES - A judge ruled that an Ascension Parish teen accused of killing another teen with a steak knife will be tried for murder as an adult. Sheriff's deputies said the teen, identified today as 16-year-old Jacob Westbrook, stabbed 18-year-old Todd Toups to death while Toups was visiting a... more »
  • Ascension schools test out new math and science program

    October 9, 2015 6:26 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - It's full steam ahead for a new program that teaches math and science concepts through creative activities. The program is known as STEAM, and the first schools to try it out are Spanish Lake and Prairieville Primary. "It's hands on and it's discovery learning," said... more »
  • Owner of Gonzales bar arrested for operating without permit

    October 7, 2015 5:33 PM

    GONZALES - Alcohol and Tobacco Control agents and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man accused of operating a bar without a valid state alcohol permit. An ATC agent went to Weber City Bar, located on Weber City Road in Gonzales, after the agency received a complaint concerning... more »
  • Drone shot down in Ascension Parish feud Play Video

    October 6, 2015 3:43 PM

    GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies said they're investigating a drone shot down during a dispute between two neighbors in Ascension Parish. Aaron Hernandez said he was flying his $1,200 remote-controlled quadcopter Monday evening at his father's home when his neighbors took a shot at it. Hernandez said the quadcopter was... more »

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