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  • Two arrested in crash that killed deputy's 5-year-old child Play Video

    April 7, 2018 10:32 AM

    UPDATE: Troopers have arrested 31-year-old Angela Gaudet of Gonzales for vehicular homicide in the crash that killed Addisyn Teekell on April 7, 2018. Troopers also arrested 35-year-old Joey Gaudet of Gonzales for obstruction of justice. According to LSP, during the initial investigation, Joey Gaudet told Troopers that he was... more »
  • Students taken to hospital after bus crashes into Ascension canal Tuesday

    March 6, 2018 6:12 PM

    GONZALES – A handful of elementary school students escaped a scary situation Tuesday when their bus ended up in a canal in Ascension Parish. An eyewitness told WBRZ, the bus ran off Coon Trap Road where it becomes W New River Street along the New River. The area features... more »
  • Possible threat prompts security at area middle school Friday

    February 9, 2018 12:38 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – There was a heightened security presence at Prairieville Middle School Friday morning over concerns of a possible threat made by a student. Authorities would only confirm there was security at the school but did not provide additional information. In a note to parents, administrators said they... more »
  • Ascension Parish couple's cruise ship nightmare highlighted in report about ship medical care

    February 9, 2018 10:45 AM

    GEISMAR – An Ascension Parish couple's honeymoon turned into a medical nightmare and was highlighted by a television report in New Orleans questioning the healthcare aboard cruise ships. “It’s just unfortunate,” Brant Aymond said of he and his new wife's Thanksgiving trip after their marriage last year. Aymond was... more »
  • Ascension couple arrested on child cruelty charges

    February 9, 2018 10:30 AM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – A 19-year-old woman and her 27-year-old boyfriend were arrested on cruelty to juveniles charges after a two-year-old was hospitalized in critical condition at an area hospital. Sheriff's deputies identified the father as Jude Barrient and the woman, who they described as his girlfriend, as Rikki Dyson. Deputies... more »
  • Deputies looking for man wanted for contractor fraud

    February 5, 2018 10:00 AM

    ASCENSION PARISH- Authorities are looking for a man who is wanted for contractor fraud and exploitation of the elderly. The man as been identified as 37-year-old Naylor Cooper. Detectives received a complaint last month that Cooper made contact with an elderly resident and made an agreement to provide... more »
  • Roadway in Gonzales reopened after closure to due to chlorine leak Play Video

    February 5, 2018 9:27 AM

    ASCENSION PARISH- Authorities say a chlorine leak temporarily closed a roadway early this morning. The leak was reported on Ashland Road between Highway 30 and Highway 75 in Gonzales, just before 7:30 a.m. Drivers were asked to avoid the area. As of 8:17 a.m., the roadway was reopened.... more »
  • Accountant arrested as WBRZ files report about scheme to meet women Play Video

    February 1, 2018 5:34 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- An accountant has been arrested following a WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit report that focused on a little-known law that makes it illegal to impersonate someone on the internet. Thursday evening, Marlon Lemoine, a senior accountant at a firm on Perkins Road, was taken in handcuffs to the... more »
  • Man pleads guilty in case of 2014 sexual assault of a 14-year-old

    January 24, 2018 12:11 PM

    ASCENSION- A convicted rapist has pleaded guilty in the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, according to the district attorney's office. Albert Fleming Jr., 33, pleaded guilty to molestation of a juvenile with a mental disability. At the time of the 2014 crime, Fleming was already a registered... more »
  • Man cited in connection with school bus crash in Prairieville

    January 22, 2018 8:15 AM

    UPDATE: State police say 29-year-old Ledarrin Walker of Hammond has been cited in connection with Monday morning's school bus crash. He was cited for careless operation, driving under suspension, no insurance, no seat belt, and a fake inspection sticker. Two students were taken to the hospital with minor... more »
  • Car thief ditches car in Ascension Parish after realizing OnStar was tracking them

    January 20, 2018 9:35 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE – Car thieves ran, seeking refuge in a neighborhood this week – startling the residents there. The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said it assisted in a case involving a stolen car from Baton Rouge. The vehicle was equipped with OnStar, which helped in locating the vehicle. Multiple... more »
  • Two-dozen wrecks reported in Ascension Parish this morning

    January 17, 2018 8:26 AM

    GONZALES – Emergency officials staffed the operations center overnight and all day Wednesday as Ascension Parish dealt with the impacts of a deep freeze. As of 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, twenty-four wrecks were reported on parish highways. Authorities continued to warn drivers to stay off the roads. Also... more »
  • Officials ask residents to prepare for cold in Ascension

    January 16, 2018 11:44 AM

    ASCENSION PARISH- Water towers are full and utility crews are on "full alert" in preparation for the cold temperatures. Officials with Parish Utilities of Ascension and ACUD are urging water customers to prepare for the expected subfreezing temperatures. Low temperatures are expected to be in the 20s over... more »
  • Ascension asking residents to be ready for expected cold temperatures

    January 12, 2018 12:11 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- Water towers are full and utility crews are "on full alert" ahead of several days of sub-freezing temperatures, authorities said Friday. Last week, when the region had seven straight days with temperatures below 32 degrees, authorities had to shut down water service to Donaldsonville one night because... more »
  • Official: Donaldsonville may not see water shut off Wednesday night Play Video

    January 3, 2018 10:34 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE – Officials say workers have made significant progress in restoring water to residents in Donaldsonville. Martin McConnell with the Ascension Parish government says water pressure is still low but "adequate to serve all customers". Parish officials are cautiously optimistic that water service will not be shut off at... more »
  • Waste Pro customers in Ascension eligible for refunds Play Video

    January 2, 2018 5:16 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- A communication problem coupled with people calling out sick is being blamed on a lack of trash pickup for Waste Pro customers in Ascension Parish, and now those customers are eligible for refunds. Some residents haven't received trash service for over two weeks. "It's very upsetting," Heather Banker... more »
  • 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 »

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