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  • All warnings have expired, thunderstorm watch in effect for eastern part of WBRZ viewing area

    May 19, 2016 11:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - All tornado and thunderstorm warnings have expired, but a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for the eastern part of the WBRZ viewing area. more »
  • Woman who threatened to burn home down with people inside arrested

    May 17, 2016 10:26 AM

    LABADIEVILLE - A woman was arrested after Assumption Parish deputies say she told them she planned to burn a house down with everyone inside. Deputies say they made contact with Ann Thibodaux at her home in Labadieville after her mom and sister reported she was making harassing phone calls.... more »
  • New sheriff takes office in Assumption Parish

    May 12, 2016 12:18 AM

    PIERRE PART- The new Assumption Parish Sheriff was sworn in at a ceremony in Pierre Part Wednesday night. Leland Falcon took the oath of office. He defeated incumbent Mike Waguespack in an election last fall, and takes over for interim Sheriff Bruce Prejean, who stepped down more than a... more »
  • Businesses in three parishes eligible for federal disaster assistance

    May 6, 2016 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted his request that three parishes qualify for disaster assistance loans as a result of tornadoes that caused swaths of damage in February. The relief aid will apply to businesses damaged by the high... more »
  • Tornado victims counting on FEMA assistance; it's not coming Play Video

    May 2, 2016 10:29 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Two months after a tornado turned lives upside down, Assumption Parish residents have been told the damage wasn't bad enough for them to receive assistance from the federal government . Construction crews are in the process of rebuilding homes, while others have been leveled. "We... more »
  • State Police looking for driver who hit cyclist

    April 28, 2016 2:03 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE - State Police are asking for help to locate the driver involved in a hit-and-run with a cyclist in Assumption Parish. The accident happened Wednesday night between 9 and 10 p.m. on LA-1 in Paincourtville. State Police say the bicycle was traveling south on LA-1 near LA-70 when... more »
  • Communities come together to help victims of Tuesday's storms Play Video

    February 24, 2016 11:57 PM

    BELLE ROSE – The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado hit Assumption Parish, and now the community is coming together to help the victims. Crews are working to clean up, but there is still a lot left to do. Many are still without power, and structures are damaged and destroyed.... more »
  • Superintendent wants to replace Napoleonville Primary Gym Play Video

    August 31, 2015 10:29 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - A smaller building could replace Napoleonville Primary's demolished gymnasium, Assumption Parish Superintendent Earl Martinez said Monday. Students have had their physical education classes in regular classrooms since the gym was condemned in 2013 because of termite damage . A wire mesh fence separates the school grounds from... more »
  • Two men arrested in Plattenville on multiple drug charges

    June 23, 2015 4:45 PM

    PLATTENVILLE - The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotics division discovered drug paraphernalia, crack cocaine, methamphetamines, heroin, synthetic marijuana and two guns during a search warrant in Plattenville Friday. Oscar Davis,38, of Plattenville and Alex Cedotal, 51 of Pierre Part were booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center Friday, according... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: Officer's body camera records heroic swamp rescue Play Video

    June 5, 2015 11:32 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Less than three months after deputies started wearing body cameras, the recording devices captured the dramatic images they were designed to record: an officer's heroic acts in a swamp. Deputy Donald Aubrey, Jr., and his partner responded to a couple who needed to be rescued from their... more »
  • Entergy customers still without power

    April 28, 2015 11:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Entergy says about 90 percent of its Louisiana customers impacted by Monday morning's bout of severe storms will have power restored by Tuesday night. Nearly all others can expect to have their electricity back on by Wednesday. Entergy spokesperson Will Johnson III says a crew of... more »
  • Assumption slammed by Monday's severe weather Play Video

    April 27, 2015 4:34 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Parish officials declared an emergency after storms uprooted trees, knocked down power lines and damaged homes in Assumption Parish Monday. The parish school system said all schools would close Tuesday because of the widespread power outages. All government offices and court cases in the parish Tuesday were... more »
  • Tornado watch issued for SE Louisiana

    April 24, 2015 4:28 PM

    GONZALES - The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch Friday evening for several parishes south and east of Baton Rouge. Forecasters said the watch covers Ascension, Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John and Terrbonne parishes until 8 p.m. A tornado watch indicates favorable conditions exist... more »
  • Assumption Parish deputies get body cameras Play Video

    April 8, 2015 6:11 PM

    ASSUMPTION - The Sheriff's office purchased 31 body cameras within the last six months for law enforcement, and said it's a good thing for deputies and the public. "There's nothing that this camera will delete or leave out. It captures audio, it captures video, so everything that is done... more »
  • Corrections officer accused of letting escapee buy drugs

    April 1, 2015 11:50 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Sheriff's investigators in Assumption Parish arrested an Avoyelles Parish corrections officer in connection with an inmate's escape last week, and said the officer let the inmate out to buy drugs at one point. Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Officer Michelle George, 47, was charged with assisting escape, obstruction... more »
  • Six men cited for gill net violation in Assumption

    March 21, 2015 2:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Six men have been cited for gill net violations in Assumption Parish. The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division says agents cited 62-year-old Roger Gros, 57-year-old Brent Zeller, 54-year-old Gary Cutchall, 43-year-old William Shirah, 48-year-old Ricky Daley and 43-year-old Randy Hebert all of Pierre Part,... more »
  • Man saved in Assumption Parish bayou rescue Play Video

    March 13, 2015 6:13 PM

    PIERRE PART - A man is alive today due to the heroic efforts of a pair of sheriff's deputies in Assumption Parish. Deputy Kelli Matherne was doing a routine patrol check on Lee Drive when she noticed a light shining in the bayou. The deputy said she first thought... more »
  • Man booked into jail after violent tirade

    February 2, 2015 10:31 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - A man was booked into jail Monday after a violent tirade where a deputy was injured. Chad Butler, 36, was booked on a list of charges including battery, resisting an officer with force, criminal damage to property, and reckless operation. Deputies said a woman reported Butler earlier... more »
  • Deputies bust pair for loot of drugs in bed of truck

    January 31, 2015 12:51 PM

    BERTRANDVILLE -The Assumption Parish sheriff's department arrested two men after the found drugs in the bed of a pickup truck Friday. Deputies arrested 30-year-old Brandon Harris and 26-year-old Wilbert Caldwell for having over six pounds of weed and multiple bags of other drugs including crack cocaine, ecstasy pills and... more »
  • Bayou Corne sinkhole headed to the big screen Play Video

    January 28, 2015 7:22 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - The sinkhole in Assumption Parish has been discussed in the national news and is at the center of lawsuits and environmental studies. Now it's headed to the big screen. Victoria Greene is the producer/director of a new film called "Forgotten Bayou: Life on the Sinkhole". She joined... more »
  • Deputy arrested after violent tirade

    January 27, 2015 9:46 PM

    PIERRE PART - An Assumption Parish Sheriff's deputy was arrested and fired from his job Tuesday after an altercation he had with his wife and a fellow officer. The sheriff's office said Gary Ellis, Jr, 30, was booked on charges after he come home from a day of drinking,... more »
  • Child killed, 3 injured in La. head-on crash

    October 27, 2014 7:41 AM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - State police say a head-on crash on La. Highway 1 in Assumption Parish killed a 10-year-old girl and injured 3 others. Trooper Evan Harrell says Neveah Pierson, of Gray, died when the car she was riding crossed the center line and struck another car Sunday afternoon. Harrell says... more »
  • Deputies fired for excessive force on juvenile inmate Play Video

    October 6, 2014 4:26 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE - Two deputies and a corrections office were fired in Assumption Parish for using excessive force on a juvenile inmate. The incident happened on Sept. 23 in one of the cell blocks at the parish's youth detention center in Napoleonville. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack says his department... more »
  • DHH: One death and 11 new cases of West Nile virus

    September 19, 2014 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials reports one new West Nile virus death out of 11 news cases in the state. Officials say the new cases bring this year's total to 103 cases. According to the report the death in DHH Region 3 which encompasses St. Mary, St. James,... more »
  • Bayou Corne residents get settlement for sinkhole damages Play Video

    August 14, 2014 6:40 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - People living near a 32-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish are faced with new decisions regarding their future after a federal judge granted them a $48 million settlement. More than 250 people affected by the sinkhole, will be paid for their pain and loses. They will get... more »
  • Solution to flooding cemetery where people rebury the dead Play Video

    July 29, 2014 10:14 PM

    BELLE ROSE - A plan to fix a flooding issue that plagued a town's cemetery is underway. Parish leaders have acted on an idea to divert rising water to other areas. The move will protect Rosehill Baptist Cemetery. The cemetery flooded so badly on May 28, some families... more »
  • Parish plans to solve cemetery flood problem Play Video

    June 10, 2014 11:05 PM

    BELLE ROSE - At a town hall meeting Tuesday night, Assumption Parish leaders presented a plan to fix a town's flooding problem. Rosehill Baptist Cemetery flooded so badly on May 28, families of those buried there had to put sandbags on the crypts to keep them from raising and... more »
  • False River reopened, Blind River gate closed

    June 5, 2014 12:10 PM

    NEW ROADS - Parish officials reopened False River to recreational boating Thursday morning, though some other restrictions on area waterways remained in effect. The Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff's Office said the river had fallen below an acceptable level, and encouraged people to stay safe. Ascension Parish officials said... more »
  • Flood victims held captive by water Play Video

    May 30, 2014 5:14 PM

    PAINCOURTVILLE - The small community of Brusly-St. Vincent is still waiting for waters to recede after Wednesday's floods. "It came up so fast there was not much we could do, we kept trying to fight it, but as we put a row of sand the water would come over... more »
  • Assumption residents still fighting floods Play Video

    May 29, 2014 10:28 PM

    NAPOLEONVILLE- The small community of Brusly-St. Vincent is begging for help as residents continue to wade through hip-high water to get to their homes. "The bridge further down the road, they made a new bridge and put culverts instead of pylons and the water gets trapped there, it won't... more »
  • Leaking gas pipeline secured in Assumption Parish

    February 27, 2014 11:40 AM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - A pipeline valve that was leaking gas and emitting a loud noise has been secured in Assumption Parish. Acadian Gas reported the check valve on their pipeline opened Thursday morning. The noise could be heard throughout the community of Bayou Corne. Workers were able to... more »
  • One dead in Assumption Parish crash

    February 26, 2014 12:06 PM

    AMELIA - State Police said a 34-year-old man died when he crashed his vehicle early Wednesday morning in Assumption Parish, but his passenger escaped mostly unharmed. Troopers said the 2005 Nissan Titan being driven by Aurelio Montelongo-Hernandez was traveling east on LA 182 about 5:30 a.m. near Amelia when... more »
  • Air, second highway monitored after more bubbles appear in bayou Play Video

    February 25, 2014 9:31 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials say a new spot of bubbling water was discovered in Grand Bayou Monday. The site is on LA 69, a quarter mile north of the Gator Corner, and less than a mile from the sinkhole site. It is the 101st bubbling site in... more »
  • Bankrupt wastewater company given sales extension

    February 10, 2014 12:14 PM

    HAMMOND - A bankrupt wastewater treatment company that operates in the Baton Rouge area has been given an extension to sell its 49 systems in Louisiana. Density Utilities of Louisiana, based in Hammond, has worked out a deal to sell the systems for $1.2 million. A bankruptcy court... more »
  • Man arrested after SWAT team standoff in Pierre Part

    January 29, 2014 11:30 AM

    PIERRE PART - A man is in jail after a standoff with the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office SWAT team. David Hebert, 29, was arrested on charges of illegal use of weapons and resisting an officer. Assumption deputies responded to a residence on Shell Beach Road in Pierre Part... more »
  • Company: levees being repaired, more vents planned around sinkhole

    January 14, 2014 10:49 PM

    BAYOU CORNE- Texas Brine, the company blamed for a growing sinkhole in this Assumption Parish bayou community, told residents at a meeting Tuesday night, they'll discuss progress at the site more often with them. The company talked with people who are concerned about the situation during a community meeting.... more »
  • Man arrested for fight over pool game

    January 2, 2014 11:21 AM

    PIERRE PART - A 17-year-old Pierre Part man has been arrested on battery charges. The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office says Trey Hebert was arrested after a fight over a pool game early in the morning of January 1 at T-Herm's Lakeview Inn Bar. A 39-year-old man suffered a... more »
  • Chief of police says he was grazed by bullet

    August 31, 2013 5:09 PM

    BELLE RIVER- The Sorrento police chief is recovering after he was grazed by bullet in Assumption Parish Thursday. Details of the incident were released Saturday. Chief Earl Theriot told WBRZ News 2, he heard what sounded like a gun shot and felt his neck burn. His injuries are described... more »
  • Video captures moment sinkhole swallows land, trees Play Video

    August 21, 2013 10:54 PM

    BAYOU CORNE- It is probably the most shocking video released of the situation in Assumption Parish, where a sinkhole has been swallowing land. Wednesday evening, the Assumption Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness posted on its blog video of land being swallowed into the hole and water churning. It... more »
  • Bayou Corne commission seeks normalcy

    June 30, 2013 5:30 PM

    BAYOU CORNE, La. - The Blue Ribbon Commission on Bayou Corne Safety released what it thinks should be done for the community of Bayou Corne. The commission highlighted three major things that need to happen for the mandatory evacuation to be lifted: -gas pressure near the sinkhole needs to... more »
  • Bayou Corne residents taking offers

    June 20, 2013 10:07 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - The company responsible for the ever-expanding sinkhole in Assumption Parish has delivered 91 settlement offers to Bayou Corne residents. Texas Brine has reached out to homeowners in Bayou Corne to negotiate potential property buyouts. Of the 91 offers made recently, 28 were accepted by property... more »
  • Repairs waiting to begin on sinkhole berm breaches

    May 13, 2013 10:29 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Repairs to a breached berm on one side of the Assumption Parish sinkhole could begin today, according to parish authorities. Emergency managers told News 2 they were waiting for the water in the area to recede enough for work to resume on the breaches in the... more »
  • Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend

    May 7, 2013 2:42 PM

    BELLE ROSE - Authorities in Assumption Parish arrested a woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend at a home in Belle Rose. Deputies said Gwendolyn Simon got into an argument with her boyfriend on Monday, then stabbed him once in the back and once in the chest as he was... more »
  • Community meeting tonight over sinkhole tour

    May 1, 2013 6:38 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - A community meeting with members of the governor's blue ribbon commission for the Assumption Parish sinkhole is going on now. The commission has been in Bayou Corne for the past few days examining the sinkhole site. The group was formed to ensure the long-term safety of... more »
  • Code system developed, increased at sinkhole site

    April 18, 2013 3:27 PM

    BAYOU CORNE- More land fell into the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish, and leaders think movement at the site will continue in the near future. According to a blog , updated regularly by parish leaders, the sinkhole "burped" and expanded Thursday morning. Water in the hole is moving, "an... more »
  • Public discussion planned about sinkhole

    April 2, 2013 9:59 PM

    BAYOU CORNE- A special group will meet Friday to discuss public safety concerns around the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Public Safety will meet on April 5th at the LSU Energy, Coast and Environment Building in the Woods Auditorium. The meeting... more »
  • Trees, debris pop out of Bayou Corne

    March 22, 2013 9:20 PM

    BAYOU CORNE - The massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish has grown by an acre. Friday morning trees, debris and hydrocarbons popped up and alarmed emergency officials. Because of that, all activity around the sinkhole was suspended. It could resume Saturday. The sinkhole is 13 acres in size. It... more »
  • Jindal to visit sinkhole, push for buyouts Play Video

    March 11, 2013 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's office said he plans to visit the site of the Bayou Corne sinkhole next week, and push for buyouts of property affected by evacuations in the area. Jindal met today with Assumption Parish President Marty Triche and other parish leaders to discuss the... more »
  • Seismic activity rose, then dropped after 'burp'

    January 21, 2013 10:36 AM

    BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials say scientists have noticed a recent increase in seismic activity near the huge sinkhole at Bayou Corne, and worry that it might grow again. Parish emergency preparedness director John Boudreaux tells The Advocate that the increase was first noticed about two weeks ago. He... more »
  • APSO: Man tied up, robbed at his home

    January 8, 2013 4:12 PM

    BELLE ROSE - Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help today finding the people responsible for a home invasion in Belle Rose earlier this week. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said two masked men robbed a 22-year-old Belle Rose resident in his home the night of Jan. 6. ... more »

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