February 27, 2015 4:27 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said they arrested a man accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual acts with a juvenile on Wednesday.
Deputies received information stating that a 13-year-old girl was possibly being raped by Benjamin Tonguis, 37, over an undisclosed period of time.
When Tonguis... more »
February 23, 2015 3:56 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Deputies who are actively looking for a missing 26-year-old woman who went missing earlier this month in Ascension Parish asked for the public's help in locating her Monday evening.
Jessica Lynn Karasinski was reported missing on Thursday, Feb. 12 with her last known contact with a... more »
February 11, 2015 10:36 PM
ST. AMANT - Wednesday night, people unprotected from flooding learned about plans to protect them from high water since Ascension Parish is moving forward with a project approved by voters in 1983.
Already, pumping stations and a flood-wall have been built. The final piece is a 4.5 mile levee... more »
February 10, 2015 7:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - An English and creative writing teacher in Ascension Parish is being celebrated by her peers and students. Tamara Empson was named Teacher of the Year at Dutchtown High School.
"She is just so positive is someone you want to work with, you want to work around... more »
February 6, 2015 11:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit along with other agencies arrested a Baton Rouge man Thursday after they discovered he was in possession of child pornography in Ascension Parish.
Investigators arrested 24-year-old Phillip Rome and booked him into the Ascension... more »
February 4, 2015 4:44 PM
GONZALES- Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help identifying a women who stole money from a local Christian elementary school.
An unidentified female stole $100 from a purse in an Ascension Christian Elementary School classroom last month according to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.... more »
February 2, 2015 10:39 PM
ST. AMANT- Next week, parish officials will discuss a proposed levee system that would protect the area from backwater flooding.
Work is moving forward on the extension of the Laurel Ridge Levee. The levee currently ends at Gold Place Road. Engineers have plans to extend it to Wall Cemetery... more »
February 2, 2015 2:35 PM
GONZALES - Detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office arrested three people and shut down what turned out to be a mobile meth cooking operation after they pulled over a vehicle for a seat belt violation on Friday.
Detectives said they stopped a vehicle shortly after it pulled out... more »
January 30, 2015 1:17 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Two wrecks slowed traffic or shut down highways around the Baton Rouge area Friday morning.
Traffic along I-10 East into Ascension Parish remained backed up around noon after a dump truck overturned on the shoulder of the road. The truck was hauling gravel and no one was... more »
January 27, 2015 5:34 PM
GONZALES - Residents in Ascension Parish praised their sheriff's office's actions after a man wanted in Georgia broke loose from a deputy trying to arrest him last night.
Deputies re-arrested the man, Ricardo Rodriguez, Tuesday afternoon. He's wanted for sex crimes out of Georgia. The sheriff's office said Rodriguez... more »
January 27, 2015 2:50 PM
GONZALES - Deputies re-arrested a man who investigators said broke free during an arrest in Ascension Parish last night.
A department spokesperson said Ricardo Rodriguez is wanted for sex crimes out of Georgia.
An APSO deputy stopped Rodriguez Monday night in the area of Airline Highway and Highway... more »
January 21, 2015 2:43 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies released new information on the three people charged in connection with a shooting where an Ascension deputy was hit in the hand.
Deputies charged 27-year-old Chadwick Schwender of Florida, 27-year-old Jennifer McGhee and 35-year-old John Wesley McMullen with more than a dozen crimes, including attempted... more »
January 20, 2015 11:44 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Authorities from central Florida are headed to Ascension Parish where a man wanted for a violent robbery outside Tampa was arrested after a Louisiana sheriff's deputy was shot.
John McMullen, 35, was arrested after an hours-long run from the law following the altercation near downtown Donaldsonville Tuesday.... more »
January 20, 2015 3:17 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies apprehended a man involved in the shooting of a deputy earlier Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the department said John Wesley McMullen, 35, was taken into custody around 7:30 Tuesday evening. McMullen, who was only identified for most of the afternoon by a photograph... more »
January 14, 2015 2:17 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A man accused of a series of smash-and-grab burglaries in Ascension Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish is now behind bars.
Deputies say Eric Glascock, of Prairieville, burglarized three different businesses in Gator Plaza on Highway 431 on Saturday. The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported... more »
January 14, 2015 12:50 PM
GONZALES - Police reported on Wednesday the arrest of a man wanted in connection with several recent vehicle burglaries in Ascension Parish after an officer on routine patrol spotted the suspect in a Gonzales hotel parking lot.
According to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Paul Anthony Grego Jr. was... more »
January 13, 2015 3:36 PM
SAINT AMANT - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish asked for the public's help in locating a suspect accused of breaking into and burglarizing several businesses in a Saint Amant strip mall on Saturday night.
Detectives said Eric Glascock, 42, is wanted for three counts of simple burglary and criminal... more »
January 1, 2015 9:45 PM
SORRENTO - A teen is still in critical condition after an ATV crash on New Year's Eve. It happened on Highway 22 in Ascension Parish.
The ATV collided with a car around 10 p.m., according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
Dakota Guedry, 18, suffered multiple injuries including... more »
December 29, 2014 10:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - A tow truck company is not saying much after it returned a car without wheels to an Ascension Parish man.
"I paid $1600 I pay for towing and storage and my vehicle doesn't have wheels on it?" Kwan Robinson asked Monday.
On Christmas Eve, Capitol... more »
December 29, 2014 11:20 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish are searching for a man accused of buying an antique sign that was stolen from a Prairieville restaurant earlier this month.
The vintage Esso sign adorned the exterior of Tommy's Fish House in Prairieville for several years until it disappeared on a... more »
December 24, 2014 10:33 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies said a man wanted in connection with an overnight homicide in Prairieville surrendered to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning.
Deputies said 23-year-old Kevin Sheppard is accused him of killing 22-year-old Lewis Sanchez of Denham Springs and wounding 18-year-old Joshua Perez of Gonzales.
... more »
December 11, 2014 4:29 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish asked for the public's help on Thursday in locating a Gonzales woman accused of cashing a stolen check at a local grocery store late in November.
Investigators said they began to investigation a forgery complaint after a woman, later identified as 29-year-old... more »
December 10, 2014 4:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - Nearly a dozen illegal immigrants spent the afternoon in Federal Court after they were caught in an SUV on I-12 in October. Most of them are being held in the Ascension Parish Jail.
WBRZ has learned the nine passengers and driver were in route from Texas... more »
December 3, 2014 1:32 PM
GONZALES - A driver died overnight after State Police said they wrecked at an Ascension Parish construction zone, the second wreck to happen there in recent days.
Troopers said Kirk Canova, 42, died after he smashed into a dump truck on Highway 30 west of I-10 near South St.... more »
December 1, 2014 5:08 PM
ST. AMANT - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish asked for the public's help identifying a man accused of stealing a golf cart from a hunting camp in St. Amant last month.
Deputies said the suspect was captured by video surveillance cameras at the camp on Poirrier Road on Thursday,... more »
December 1, 2014 10:16 AM
GONZALES - A woman was rescued by her husband and other family members after a man tried to kidnap her from her driveway, deputies in Ascension Parish said.
The incident, where the suspect was pistol-whipped by the men who knew the victim, happened Sunday. The department released the information... more »
November 26, 2014 1:43 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish are looking for information on a man accused of stealing several iPods from a Donaldsonville department store last month.
Deputies said the man was captured on security cameras as he entered the Donaldsonville Wal-Mart shortly after it opened on a morning in... more »
November 26, 2014 11:28 AM
SORRENTO - State police are investigating a single vehicle crash that killed a Baton Rouge man early Wednesday morning in Ascension Parish.
According to troopers, the crash that took the life of 27-year-old Brandon Jamal Guillory happened shortly after 5:15 a.m. when his vehicle ran off I-10 west of... more »
November 25, 2014 7:47 AM
GEISMAR - Louisiana is known for its live music. Playing instruments, signing and dancing are all part of our heritage. 5th graders at Spanish Lake Primary School in Ascension Parish are getting a head start on the tradition by learning to play ukulele.
"They are in the classroom all... more »
November 20, 2014 5:52 PM
SORRENTO - After leaving the police department locked up for two days while she was sick, Fern Barnett was back in the office today, but wouldn't go into detail on her daily routine as the newly elected chief of police.
As a News 2 camera rolled, Barnett was asked... more »
November 12, 2014 11:56 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff Jeff Wiley announced Wednesday that their annual Christmas Crusade has begun to collect toys and donations for families in Ascension Parish.
Wiley said the program has provided thousands of children with toys for Christmas in the past 17 years. In 2013, the Christmas Crusade was able... more »
October 27, 2014 4:14 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said they defused a "Drano bomb" that was placed in the driveway of a Prairieville home on Sunday morning.
The homemade bomb, made using a plastic soda bottle, the drain cleaning product Drano and other elements, was detonated by a deputy who... more »
October 24, 2014 5:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Ascension Veterans Association is in need of some help from the public to honor veterans and individuals in active service during their November parade in Gonzales.
Brent Gautreau and David McIntyre stopped by the set of our 4 p.m. broadcast on Friday to ask people... more »
October 23, 2014 2:44 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- A man who narcotics detectives in Ascension Parish have been able to buy marijuana and cocaine from over the past four months, is now behind bars.
Just before midnight Wednesday, detectives searched the Donaldsonville home of Romel Julien and found a large quantity of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, and... more »
October 23, 2014 10:38 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - The mother of state Senator Dan Claitor has died from injuries she sustained during a wreck in Ascension Parish over the weekend, according to Louisiana State Police.
Nancy Claitor, 80, along with her husband Robert Claitor, 88, were taken to a Baton Rouge area hospital after they... more »
October 8, 2014 4:26 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said a drug arrest led them to a stash of cash recently.
Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said deputies arrested Cyril Ezumezu Jr., 26, early Wednesday morning for marijuana charges. He said deputies later found more than $11,000 in cash at his residence.... more »
September 27, 2014 2:49 PM
PAINCOURTVILLE - A warrant is out for a man responsible for stealing guns at a hardware store Friday.
Deputies say Kez Quintel Gipson, 20, stole guns at Sagona's True Value Hardware store on the 6100 block of LA hwy 1 in Paincourtville.
Detectives ask anyone with information to... more »
September 25, 2014 2:46 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off this weekend in Gonzales.
The Lamar Dixon Expo Center will soon turn into a balloon landing zone filled with carnival rides and much more. That gives national champion pilot Robert Ambeau the chance to brag about his home... more »
September 19, 2014 9:38 PM
ASCENSION - Deputies arrested a Gonzales man Friday for allegedly threatening to kill a local judge and a district attorney.
Officials arrested Paul Cleveland, 71, at his home on Cornerview Road after allegedly making threats to the judge and the district attorney working his case for his previous DWI... more »
September 19, 2014 9:49 AM
GONZALES - An Ascension Parish man was arrested after Sheriff's deputies found nearly 100 marijuana plants growing at his home.
According to APSO, they were tipped off to the plants by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. When they arrived at Ronald Fuselier, Jr.'s home, they could smell a... more »
September 17, 2014 2:10 PM
PRARIEVILLE- Detectives with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office are searching for Sean Patterson, of Prarieville.
Patterson is a "person of interest" in numerous threats and burglaries.
Patterson also has an active bench warrant for cruelty to animals.
Anyone with any information on Patterson's whereabouts, is urged to... more »
September 16, 2014 12:30 PM
GONZALES - Narcotics agents with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and Juvenile Division said they arrested four people while searching a Gonzales home rumored to be used for dealing drugs and underage sex.
Agents said two of the people arrested lived at the home, and two more arrived at... more »
September 5, 2014 2:22 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- The Ascension Parish Council has amended its animal control ordinance to better track and control dogs considered a threat to the public. Dogs declared as "dangerous" under the new ordinance's wording must now have a special tag, which comes with a $10 initial registration fee to the owner and... more »
September 1, 2014 2:34 PM
ASCENSION - A man died early this morning after his SUV rolled over on a winding road in Ascension Parish. It happened on Highway 22 in Ascension just west of Highway 16.
"Did our best efforts, everything we could to save the young man," said Assistant Sorrento Fire Chief... more »
August 27, 2014 5:27 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish asked for the public's help Wednesday in finding a man accused of breaking into several cars in a Prairieville subdivision earlier this month.
Deputies said Steven Vasquez, 33, was identified in surveillance video as he burglarized a vehicle on Tuesday, Aug. 19... more »
August 22, 2014 9:50 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - The sheriff's office says they've been interviewing persons of interest and have not ruled out any of the people interviewed related to the murder of a teenager last week.
"My son did not deserve what happened to him, he was only 15 years old," said the victim,... more »
August 20, 2014 8:14 PM
ASCENSION - Police are looking for a male suspect responsible for multiple car break-ins Tuesday.
Detectives in Ascension Parish say surveillance cameras show the suspect entering an unlocked car in Quail Creek subdivision in Prairieville.
Mike Hebert, who lives in Quail Creek says the suspect opened his truck... more »
August 18, 2014 9:52 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A mother in Ascension Parish asked a mysterious killer how they can live with themselves after killing her 15-year-old.
Katrina Augusta's son, Brandon, was found behind a levee in Ascension Parish last week. He was beaten so badly, investigators had to use dental records to identify him.... more »
August 18, 2014 12:03 PM
ST. AMANT - State Police said a pickup hit and killed an Ascension Parish woman who had crossed the road to check her mail Monday.
Troopers said Karen Russell, 67, of St. Amant died in the wreck shortly after 11:00 a.m.
Investigators said Russell crossed LA 431 in... more »
August 15, 2014 2:11 PM
ST. AMANT- A man from Ascension Parish, accused in a boating hit and run in Livingston Parish last month, is now behind bars.
This morning, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents arrested Thomas Amorello.
Agents say Amorello, of St. Amant, was driving his ski boat on the Amite... more »
August 12, 2014 11:42 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish are actively searching for a teen who went missing from his residence in Donaldsonville.
Deputies said 15-year-old Brandon Augusta was last seen getting into a gray car around 1 p.m. on Aug. 11.
He is described as 6'0" tall with brown... more »
August 6, 2014 10:50 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A fence, surrounding part of a graveyard, is at the center of a controversy that is headed to court in Ascension Parish.
Donaldsonville resident Gary Crochet bought land behind his house from the city, which includes ten grave sites. Crochet purchased it because he was afraid the... more »
August 6, 2014 2:52 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said they arrested a convicted felon on drug charges in Donaldsonville Tuesday night.
Detectives arrested Gregory Sharat, 33, after they searched his home on W. Hwy 18 and located pills, marijuana and a large quantity of cocaine. Detectives said they also seized... more »
July 29, 2014 5:41 PM
GONZALES - Lamar Dixon Expo Center will soon have more than 1,000 solar panels pumping energy into the facility.
The panels are part of a $1.5 million grant that will allow Ascension Parish to cut costs at the expo center.
"It's the perfect application in the perfect location,"... more »
July 27, 2014 7:11 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish sheriff's office says one of it's former deputies was killed trying to save his dog Sunday morning.
Lt. Sam Vitter, 56, drowned in the Spanish Oaks subdivision pond on Swamp Road in Prairieville.
Ascension deputies, the Prairieville fire department and the Gonzales... more »
July 25, 2014 11:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - State officials and leaders with the Stepan Company announced plans to start work on a proposed $60 to $70 million chemical plant for Ascension Parish's industrial corridor.
The company's CEO said they will complete front-end engineering and design work for the facility. They said they'll make... more »
July 21, 2014 9:56 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A six-year-old spent Monday night with family members after deputies said her father shot and killed her mother while the child was inside their home in Ascension Parish.
Hours before the child was given to relatives, detectives found Shella "Shay" Howard shot to death in her bathroom.... more »
July 21, 2014 3:48 PM
GONZALES - Authorities said they're investigating if more people helped a former parish worker to steal thousands of dollars worth of fuel from Ascension Parish.
Corey Richard, a former parish maintenance worker, is in jail and accused of stealing nearly $7,000 worth of fuel. Investigators believe Richard was using... more »
July 21, 2014 3:43 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Donaldsonville man after they said he shot and killed his wife Monday.
Deputies accused Jaris Howard, 31, of second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Shella Howard.
Investigators said they were called to the couple's home on Maginnis Street where they found... more »
July 21, 2014 5:56 AM
GONZALES - State police say a 22-year-old Gonzales man died when the car he was riding in was involved in a crash with another vehicle in Ascension Parish. Trooper Jared L. Sandifer says Patrick Breaux was a front seat passenger in a car driven by 22-year-old Sara Andrews, of Baton... more »
July 16, 2014 6:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - Volunteers helped WBRZ stuff school buses with more than $67,000 in donated school supplies Wednesday.
The buses in Baton Rouge and Gonzales were filled to nearly overflowing with paper, crayons, pencils, and more to help kids in need this coming school year.
Schools supplies were... more »
July 13, 2014 10:09 PM
DUTCHTOWN - For the Dutchtown high school football team, the challenges always begin with difficult Ascension Parish rivals, and the schedule only gets tougher from there.
Still, the Griffins have held their own against St. Amant and East Ascension, and could return another strong team after going 10-3 (4-1)... more »
July 9, 2014 9:16 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - The Ascension Parish Council deferred a resolution that recommends some utility companies in the parish not be allowed to raise rates.
Leaders delayed making a decision Wednesday night. Instead, they pushed the resolution back to the Utilities Committee for further review.
The resolution specifically refers to... more »
July 6, 2014 11:05 PM
ST. AMANT - The St. Amant football team was 8 points away from a perfect regular season in 2013: Gators head coach David Oliver is determined to cover that difference with a veteran team in 2014.
"A football game usually comes down to three plays and if you make... more »
July 6, 2014 2:18 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Deputies say one man was stabbed to death early Sunday morning, and the suspect is in jail. It happened at Susan's Place Trailer Park on Coontrap Road just outside of Gonzales.
Jesus Monterrossa turned himself in Sunday afternoon.
Officials say 24-year-old Hilario Monterrossa was killed.... more »
July 2, 2014 9:19 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies have made several arrests following an investigation into a shooting at a party in Prairieville on June 28th.
Investigators say a young woman held a party in the 15000 block of Daigle Rd. while her parents were out of town. It was supposed... more »
July 2, 2014 6:32 AM
BATON ROUGE - Company officials say air releases from an early June fire inside a refrigeration unit at Westlake Chemical Corp.'s vinyls plant in Ascension Parish did not exceed pollution limits. Greg Langley, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Quality, said Tuesday that with that information, the state's investigation... more »
July 1, 2014 10:40 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Contractors are advising drivers to avoid La. 73 in Ascension Parish at all cost due to massive repairs underway.
Drivers in Ascension Parish claim they are falling off the highway because of the road construction that started in the fall of 2011.
"I didn't have enough... more »
June 27, 2014 6:29 AM
GONZALES- Fueled by record collections of sales and property taxes buoyed by growth in the industrial sector in 2013, a newly released financial audit finds Ascension Parish government cut its debts by $10 million and boosted its net worth to $152.5 million. The costs of primary government rose $4.5 million... more »
June 25, 2014 6:16 PM
GEISMAR - A day after two children were killed while fishing with their father, family and friends in their neighborhood are grieving the loss of the kids.
Faria Lanus, 9, and her brother David Lanus, Jr., 6, were killed when an SUV careened off Bluff Road hitting the group... more »
June 24, 2014 6:13 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A sewer system that will create a state of the art way to treat waste in Ascension Parish is under construction.
The main trunk line went in today on Highway 73 while crews continue road work. The sewer system will help keep Ascension water clean.
"The... more »
June 24, 2014 5:15 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police released the names of two children, a brother and sister, who were killed when an out-of-control car ran them over earlier Tuesday.
David Lanus, 6, and Faria Lanus, 9, were killed. They were from Geismar. The pair was fishing with their father and two other... more »