May 23, 2013 8:40 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish is looking to hire 50 new teachers.
The school board is poised to hire the new teachers in an effort to ease staffing levels due to continued growth.
Funds needed to hire the new teachers are listed in the school district's 2013-14 budget, which... more »
May 17, 2013 5:02 PM
BATON ROUGE - The musical duo "The Thomas Brothers" stopped by the studio to talk about their community service events in Ascension Parish.
The pair was named Community Service Volunteers of the Year at Volunteer Ascension for inspiring others through their music.
The two are students at Southern... more »
May 17, 2013 11:19 AM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Prairieville man after they said they caught him with crack cocaine.
Deputies arrested 34-year-old Christopher Pointer on Tuesday, and charged him with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Investigators said they were investigating illegal drug activity on Sammy St.... more »
May 15, 2013 9:33 AM
GONZALES - An investigation into alleged drug activity landed two people in jail in Ascension Parish.
Sheriff deputies discovered marijuana, cocaine and other drug-related items upon searching a home in the 12000 block of Beartrand Babin Rd.
They later arrested 48-year-old Sherri Babin, and 52-year-old John Artigue on... more »
May 9, 2013 3:49 PM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help solving a pair of armed robberies in Ascension Parish this week.
Spokesperson Allison Hudson with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the robberies happened Wednesday on S. Sammy Avenue, one in the morning and the other that night.
Hudson... more »
May 9, 2013 11:18 AM
GONZALES - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish arrested three people after they said investigators caught them with drugs at a Gonzales apartment complex.
Chief Tony Bacala said on Tuesday deputies arrested Charles Hopp, 32; Brittney Carlson, 23, and Vanessa Via, 25, on suspicion of drug possession and other charges.... more »
May 2, 2013 4:29 PM
GONZALES - Providing quality education in Ascension Parish could come down to a property tax renewal.
Saturday residents in Ascension Parish will head to the polls to vote on renewing or ending three school taxes that help the school district survive.
All three taxes account for over $31... more »
May 1, 2013 3:39 PM
GONZALES - Deputies said a girl reported missing in Ascension Parish has been found safe.
Major Kevin Hanna said investigators located 16-year-old Allisyn Bracy today and returned her to her parents.
Deputies said Bracy was found around noon by detectives who were investigating her disappearance, and they said... more »
April 25, 2013 2:52 PM
GONZALES - Authorities arrested a former arena league football player on suspicion of drug and weapons charges after they said he was caught with marijuana in Ascension Parish. Around 3:30 p.m., Ascension Parish Sheriffs narcotics detectives, DEA agents and Baton Rouge City narcotics detectives arrested Brian Coulter, 27, in the... more »
April 3, 2013 8:12 AM
GONZALES - Three people face drug charges in Ascension Parish following a two-week investigation by the sheriff's office.
The Narcotics Division began looking into 37-year-old Robert Stafford last month for selling heroin in the parish.
On Monday, detectives say they spotted Stafford allegedly selling drugs to 29-year-old Brittany... more »
April 2, 2013 9:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state appeals court has affirmed a Prairieville man's conviction and life sentence in the May 2011 beating death of another man outside a former Ascension Parish strip club. A three-judge panel rejected Zachary Pusch's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to support a... more »
April 1, 2013 3:45 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested two people they said were involved in a large fight and shooting recently in Donaldsonville.
Investigators accused Charles Ealem, 43, of attempted second-degree murder after they said he shot someone during the fight on March 28. Deputies said the victim remains in the hospital.... more »
March 29, 2013 7:47 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies arrested one person after an Easter cookout argument escalated into a deadly shooting in Prairieville tonight.
Marjor Kevin Hanna said deputies arrested Robert Earl Cosey Jr., 45, on suspicion of killing Sheddrick Diggs, 39.
Hanna said when deputies arrived at the scene in the... more »
March 19, 2013 12:01 PM
GONZALES - State Police said a mail carrier found a bicycle rider today who'd been killed by a hit-and-run driver in Ascension Parish.
Trooper Jared Sandifer said it happened on LA 934 east of LA 44, which is north of Gonzales. Sandifer said the cyclist was going east on... more »
March 18, 2013 10:09 AM
GONZALES - On Monday, the Ascension Parish School Board and sheriff's office released details of a new school security plan.
The plan includes special training for teachers and students, new procedures that allow surveillance in all schools and more officers.
Four new officers will be dedicated to schools,... more »
March 13, 2013 11:10 AM
ST. AMANT - A woman in Ascension Parish was arrested on drug charges.
Miranda Argrave, 33, was arrested after deputies seized heroin, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia in her home in St. Amant, according to Lt. Col. Bobby Webre.
The arrest comes after deputies received complaints about... more »
March 6, 2013 5:29 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office recently busted two homes with active meth labs.
Maj. Kevin Hanna attributes deputy training to the high number of recent busts in the parish.
"We don't see an explosion, of meth labs, and I think that's contributed to us training... more »
March 5, 2013 7:14 AM
GONZALES - Leaders in Ascension Parish say crews will begin work to resurface Roddy Rd. Wednesday morning.
The work is taking place between La. 931 south to La. 621.
Officials say traffic will be allowed through at a reduced speed, but engineers advise drivers to take an alternate... more »
March 4, 2013 5:31 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Twice this year, Ascension Parish put in temporary pumps to flush out water from Alligator Bayou into Manchac Bayou, and on Monday, permanent pumps were at it again.
"It is about time they did it, and if it's something that will make the water go out... more »
March 2, 2013 6:05 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Firefighters in Ascension Parish went door to door with dozens of free smoke detectors in tow. Ella Emerson gladly let them in.
"Since they offered to give us this I didn't see any reason why we shouldn't," she said.
It was a relief for Emerson,... more »
February 22, 2013 7:19 PM
An Ascension Parish bridge on David Drive near Manchac Acre Road will be closed for months while crews replace it.
"If it's deemed that the bridge is unsafe then they'll shut the bridge down," Ascension Parish spokesman Lester Kenyon said. On Monday, crews will replace the 17-plank-wooden bridge with... more »
February 20, 2013 9:44 PM
PRAIREVILLE- People in Ascension Parish shared their thoughts on a parkway to connect Interstates 10 and 12. It would link Livingston and Ascension Parish but would need a new bridge across the Amite River.
Kari Millet, lives in Ascension Parish and she's one of the thousands who drives Highway... more »
February 19, 2013 8:08 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish residents could receive garbage pickup twice a week and weekly recycling services as soon as next year. The Ascension Parish Council is considering adopting mandatory guidelines for minimal services for any garbage collector who wants to work in the parish. The council's Strategic Planning Commission received... more »
February 15, 2013 4:00 PM
PORT VINCENT - Trash buildup shut down some waterways in Livingston and Ascension parishes today.
Bayou Manchac, the Amite River and the Diversion Canal closed to recreational boat traffic at noon. Emergency officials said it was due to debris like tree limbs and plastic bottles washing downstream.
People... more »
February 14, 2013 4:40 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Emergency managers in Livingston Parish said some waterways there and in Ascension Parish will be closed Friday because of debris being washed downstream.
Both the Amite River and the Diversion Canal in those parishes will close to all recreational boat traffic at noon on Feb. 15,... more »
February 14, 2013 3:22 PM
SORRENTO - A Baton Rouge man accused in connection with a murder in Ascension Parish is now behind bars.
Authorities arrested Darryl "Hoops" Jones for being connected to the killing of Gerald "Butta" Wilkins on January 12 on LV Road in Sorrento.
Wilkins was found shot to death... more »
February 11, 2013 10:21 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies have arrested a father and son, accused of intending to distribute marijuana.
Detectives found packaged marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a search of the Ficklins' home last week on Hwy 42.
45-year-old Kevin Ficklin, and his son, Koby Ficklin, 20, were booked into the... more »
February 6, 2013 4:21 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Firefighters responded to a leaking natural gas line that officials said was hit during road work.
A Prairieville Fire captain said it happened around 2 p.m., and the leak was stopped in less than an hour.
Rick Webre with Ascension Parish emergency management said a contractor... more »
February 5, 2013 2:53 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - A man accused of forcing his way into his girlfriend's home in Ascension Parish, then attacking her, is on the run this afternoon.
Deputies say Romel Julien, of Donaldsonville, got into a fight with his girlfriend when she was able to get away and dial 911.
... more »
February 3, 2013 7:42 PM
GONZALES-Dozens of signs are now up along highway 44 in Ascension Parish warning drivers about an upcoming curve.
Last week 5-year-old Makell Andrews lost his life after a wreck on the turn located between LA 941 and LA 22.
People who live nearby say there have been several... more »
January 31, 2013 5:55 PM
GONZALES - Harold Tridico, a longtime sheriff of Ascension Parish, has died according to the sheriff's office. He was 86.
According to the department's website Tridico spent was a sheriff "with an iron fist and an iron jaw." Tridico was elected in 1974 and spent 22 years in the... more »
January 29, 2013 6:16 PM
SORRENTO - Sheriff's deputies said a Baton Rouge man has been arrested in connection with a murder earlier this month in Sorrento.
Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Calvin "Dirt" Williams, 37, surrendered to U. S. Marshals in Baton Rouge. He was wanted for second-degree murder in the death... more »
January 29, 2013 3:14 PM
GEISMAR - State Police released the name of a truck driver accused of causing a chain-reaction wreck this morning which closed La. 30 in Ascension Parish for hours.
Trooper Jared Sandifer said they arrested Derrick W. Myles, 35, of Plaquemine after they said he didn't stop his tractor-trailer at... more »
January 29, 2013 12:58 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said temporary pumps meant to lower water levels after recent flooding will keep going for the next couple of weeks.
Martinez said the two pumps are draining 68,000 gallons of water per minute from the flooded Bluff Swamp Basin, through Frog Bayou... more »
January 29, 2013 10:58 AM
GEISMAR - State Police arrested a truck driver they suspect to have been impaired when they were involved in a multi-vehicle wreck this morning in Ascension Parish.
Troopers reopened La. 30 in Geismar after a six-vehicle pileup at 6:30 a.m. closed it for several hours. State Police said two... more »
January 22, 2013 3:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- A News 2 investigation uncovered that a man dubbed as a "ZIP Code Thug" by Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley was released from jail two times on previous murder and attempted murder charges.
Court documents News 2 obtained on Calvin "Dirt" Williams show he was arrested in... more »
January 21, 2013 10:49 AM
GONZALES - Authorities in Ascension and Livingston parishes announced waterways in both areas will reopen for recreational boat traffic at noon today.
The rivers closed after heavy rain and flooding swelled local waterways to unsafe levels.
Several parishes around the state delcared disasters after the flooding damaged bridges,... more »
January 18, 2013 2:30 PM
Gonzales- A week long investigation by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has landed multiple people behind bars.
During a search of Craig Encalade Jr.'s home in Gonzales, detectives placed him under arrest after they found heroin in Encalade's pocket.
Detectives also found more heroin and marijuana, along with... more »
January 17, 2013 5:17 PM
GONZALES - Parts of Ascension Parish are still dealing with flooding after recent severe weather.
Parish emergency managers said the following roads are still closed because of high water. Recreational waterways are also still closed in the parish until the rivers drop back below safe levels.
ROAD CLOSURES... more »
January 16, 2013 5:26 PM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez is presenting a new ordinance to council, asking them to say no to new parish roads unless the developer pays for it.
Martinez says it will leave the parish with the money to work on the roads they already have. He says... more »
January 15, 2013 3:36 PM
GONZALES - State Police said a distracted driver ran a stop sign and killed an Ascension Parish woman this afternoon.
Troopers charged 23-year-old Travis R. Parent, Jr. of Denham Springs with negligent homicide, reckless operation and felony running of a stop sign. They said 83-year-old Audrey Wells of Gonzales... more »
January 15, 2013 12:22 PM
GONZALES - State Police said one person died in a wreck this morning in Ascension Parish.
It happened around noon at the intersection of La. 931 and Roddy Road north of Gonzales.
Investigators said a truck heading west with two people inside didn't stop at the four-way stop,... more »
January 14, 2013 10:40 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish authorities continued to deal with swamped roads and high river levels after heavy flooding last week and more rain this past weekend.
Waterways are still closed to recreational watercraft until they drop back down to safe levels again.
Here's a list of current road... more »
January 10, 2013 5:42 PM
DARROW - The water in many Ascension Parish neighborhoods like Pelican Point has subsided enough for trucks or other large vehicles to traverse the roads. The same cannot be said for Darrow, a few miles south.
"I had a little patch of grass. Now you don't see any grass.... more »
January 9, 2013 3:37 PM
GONZALES - Authorities in Livingston and Ascension parishes announced they would close waterways to recreational boat traffic starting at 6 p.m. tonight.
The closure will last until water levels recede after last night's heavy rainfall.
Both parishes saw scattered flooding in towns and subdivisions after receiving several inches... more »
January 2, 2013 10:44 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A Prairieville man sought in connection with the theft of $30,000 in jewelry and guns from an Ascension Parish home has been arrested and returned to the parish from Georgia. According to the sheriff's office, 32-year-old Shane Medine surrendered to authorities in Gwinnett County, Ga., and arrived at... more »
December 27, 2012 9:39 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- A three-year-old died when he was crushed by a large motorized cart.
Remington Roussel died after he was rushed to the emergency room.
Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said the boy was on the cart with his brother and grandmother, feeding animals, when the woman had a... more »
December 24, 2012 7:52 AM
DARROW - The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating an overnight mobile home fire that claimed the lives of two brothers.
Family members identified the boys as Kevin Porter, 4, and Dimanie Elder, 6.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the boys' mother and two sisters were able... more »
December 18, 2012 5:32 PM
GONZALES - An Ascension Parish judge handed down a life sentence today for a man convicted of kidnapping and rape who was featured on "America's Most Wanted".
Bobby Weatherton acted as his own attorney in the sentencing phase of the trial. He was convicted in March of beating and... more »
December 18, 2012 11:44 AM
GONZALES - Prosecutors announced today they intend to seek the death penalty against four of the five people accused of killing an Ascension Parish couple and their son.
Prosecutors said they would not seek the death penalty for Devon James, who pleaded not guilty to the killings earlier this... more »
December 11, 2012 3:17 PM
DUTCHTOWN - Sheriff's deputies released home surveillance video of three vandals who destroyed a number of Christmas displays in Ascension Parish this weekend.
Deputies said 19 homes' light displays were destroyed in the Old Dutchtown subdivision Saturday night. One home raising money with their display for the St. Jude... more »
December 10, 2012 10:30 AM
BATON ROUGE - News 2 has received many reports of storm damage in the capital region after severe weather moved through this morning.
The entire WBRZ viewing area remained under a tornado watch until 11 a.m. today.
Parish officials reported serious damage throughout Ascension Parish. The entire front... more »
December 8, 2012 8:08 PM
ASCENSION PARISH- A Dutchtown community is rebuilding and replacing thousands of dollars worth of lights after vandals ransacked an entire neighborhood's Christmas displays.
It happened overnight Friday in the Old Dutchtown subdivision off Highway 74 in Ascension Parish.
Scott Raposo's elaborate display of 57,000 lights was hit.
... more »
December 7, 2012 9:01 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez says he will bring to the Parish Council next week plans on how to fund traffic projects in unincorporated parts of the parish.
The move comes following the overwhelming defeat of a proposed sales tax last month aimed at funding such projects.... more »
November 29, 2012 5:59 PM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is rolling out older units and making way for new ones.
Due to mileage as well as wear and tear, 20 Ford Crown Victorias will be decommissioned and sold at auction. They will be replaced with 20 new Dodge Chargers, which cost... more »
November 28, 2012 9:06 AM
DONALDSONVILLE - The Ascension Parish school district is one of 60 finalists left in the running for a prestigious Race to the Top district grant being awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Superintendent Patrice Pujol said Tuesday the district made the final paring. Ascension Parish is the only... more »
November 16, 2012 5:20 PM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish is aggressively targeting the sale of synthetic marijuana. This comes after a number of students were sent to the hospital for using the synthetic drug.
The synthetic drug is used as a marijuana-type substance, it's marketed and sold in stores as incense or potpourri.
... more »
November 12, 2012 12:05 PM
SORRENTO - Three Sorrento police officers have threatened to file suit against the town and its Police Department, alleging harassment and retaliation by Police Chief Earl Theriot. An attorney for the three officers - Catherine Gil, Tige Scott and Kermit Givens - tells The Advocate he faxed a letter to... more »
November 11, 2012 7:44 PM
ASCENSION PARISH- Ascension Parish Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a wanted fugitive they believe is responsible for breaking into a house in St. Amant. Shane Medine took off after the robbery and hasn't been seen since. Guns and jewelry were stolen.
Deputies said nearly $30,000 worth of items was... more »
November 8, 2012 2:34 PM
Gonzales- Police in Gonzales are asking for your help in finding Damon Williams.
Williams is wanted for principal to attempted second degree murder and discharge of a weapon within the city limits. This stems from an investgation into a shooting on Halloween night in the parking lot of Mike's... more »
October 31, 2012 2:31 PM
Prarieville- An illegal alien accused of raping a 72 year-old in Ascension Parish, is now behind bars.
Deputies say the victim stayed overnight at a couple's home in Prarieville. The couple told investigators that an individual they only knew as "Jose" showed up to visit. The man of the... more »
October 29, 2012 5:18 PM
ST. AMANT - Authorities said a skull found in a wooded section of Ascension Parish this weekend was confirmed to be a St. Amant man reported missing in 2008.
Lt. Col. Bobby Webre with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said additional remains were found at the site today. Among... more »
October 29, 2012 11:41 AM
ST. AMANT - Sheriff's deputies confirmed today they're investigating a skull found in Ascension Parish this weekend.
Major Kevin Hanna said two men found the skull, which appeared to be human, while they were hunting near Hwy. 429 and 22 east of St. Amant.
Hanna said deputies are... more »
October 23, 2012 10:21 AM
GONZALES - Ascension Parish Council members will vote next month on a proposed $124 million budget for 2013.
The estimated total is slightly lower than the original $125.8 million figure adopted last year for the 2012 fiscal year budget.
The proposal includes total operating budget revenues of about... more »
October 22, 2012 6:31 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE- A proposal to incorporate a section of Ascension Parish into a city government could one day come to a vote.
The proposal would incorporate the Prairieville area into a city, allowing the newly formed government to collect sales taxes and millages.
"Incorporating Prairieville gives the local community... more »
October 12, 2012 10:42 AM
GONZALES - Gov. Jindal's office announced he scheduled an economic development announcement this afternoon in Gonzales.
The office would not comment on what the announcement would entail, but it's happening at Hebert Steel on Highway 74 in Gonzales.
The announcement is scheduled to take place at 1:50 p.m.... more »
October 1, 2012 4:22 PM
DONALDSONVILLE - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested a Donaldsonville couple after their 8-year-old girl was shot in the chest, and they said the mother tried to cover up what happened.
Deputies arrested Jennifer Mitchell, 31, and her husband Henry Mitchell Sr., 46, after an investigation into the shooting this... more »
September 28, 2012 3:21 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - State highway 73 in Ascension Parish re-opened this afternoon after being closed for nine hours after a three-vehicle wreck which killed a Prairieville woman.
State Police said the wreck happened around 6:30 a.m. on La. 73 north of Airline Highway. They said Carolyn Brulliette, 56, died in... more »
September 21, 2012 8:56 AM
GONZALES - The Ascension Parish Council has approved revising an incentive proposal for a $300 million chemical facility set to locate in the parish.
Canadian mineral development company Avalon Rare Metals Inc. announced last month its intention to build a 150-acre rare earth elements separation refinery in Geismar. Construction... more »
September 13, 2012 5:55 PM
GONZALES- Jurors took about an hour to find a Carville man guilty of kidnapping, rape and murder for the 1990 killing of an Ascension Parish woman.
Tolbert Morris, 56, was accused of abducting 18-year-old Tammy Bowers and raping her before killing her.
The jury returned guilty verdicts for... more »
September 13, 2012 3:45 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Department of Transportation and Development continued working to improve a seven-mile stretch of Airline Hwy today from LA-22 to LA-74.
Lane closures will continue to occur on the northbound and southbound directions while crews make way for turn lanes and pave the roadway.
The main... more »
September 13, 2012 2:39 PM
GONZALES - Jurors found a Carville man guilty of kidnapping, rape and murder for the 1990 killing of an Ascension Parish woman.
Tolbert Morris, 56, was accused of abducting 18-year-old Tammy Bowers and raping her before killing her.
The jury returned guilty verdicts for the charges of second-degree... more »
September 11, 2012 4:56 PM
BURNSIDE - More than a year after announcing plans to reopen an idled alumina plant in Ascension Parish, Ormet Corporation announced today they could layoff many of the plant's 250 workers or even close it.
Ormet said a recent Ohio public utilities ruling not to exempt the company's aluminum... more »
September 10, 2012 5:48 PM
GONZALES - Cleanup after Hurricane Isaac continues in Ascension Parish, where a few hundred homes were damaged by the storm.
Today crews were out picking up debris. Right now,they're only picking up vegetative debris such as trees and limbs.
Parish officials will notify people when they can start... more »
September 10, 2012 1:03 PM
LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders announced today waterways in Livingston and Ascension parishes closed for Hurricane Isaac will reopen tomorrow.
Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said river levels had lowered enough that it was safe to let boats back on the water.
"Please remember to watch your wakes where... more »