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 »
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 »
February 24, 2014 4:19 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials said Monday that a new spot of bubbling water had been recently found in Grand Bayou.
The police jury said on its website that the bubbling location is on LA 69 about a quarter mile north of the Gator Corner.
Areas of... more »
January 15, 2014 10:33 PM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Two schools are under attack from a termite that has eaten nearly half a gymnasium.
The gym at Napoleonville Primary has been shut down after a colony of Formosan Subterranean Termite infested the building. The termite is known for destroying homes and eating any untreated woods in... more »
January 8, 2014 8:12 PM
PIERRE PART - Rescuers believe a man who was stranded in the Atchafalaya Basin for more than 24 hours used clever thinking to survive the elements.
"I was scared for his life," the coordinator of the Assumption Parish Search and Rescue team, Scott Domingue, said.
"It was probably... more »
December 31, 2013 5:52 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Officials in Bayou Corne voiced rising concerns today about a protection levee around the nearby sinkhole that's sunk four feet since October.
Salt water and other contaminants in the sinkhole are inches away from seeping into the freshwater bayous nearby.
Assumption Parish officials fear the... more »
December 23, 2013 10:18 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Work was stopped at the sinkhole in Assumption Parish Monday after cracks were found in the protective levee around the hole.
Cracks have been appearing on the levee recently. In October, cracks were filled.
The levee keeps the muck inside the sinkhole from escaping into nearby... more »
December 17, 2013 5:53 PM
GONZALES - Schools in Assumption Parish may pay the price for some companies not paying enough taxes.
A recent audit revealed close to $15 million in undeclared taxes, of which $5.5 million is supposed to go to schools. On Tuesday, though, the tax commission delayed a decision on whether... more »
November 19, 2013 5:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Assumption Parish believes it's getting shortchanged by millions of dollars and wants the state to help make some companies pay up.
After the Bayou Corne sinkhole opened, parish officials claimed some companies near the sinkhole were not reporting all of their taxable assets. The parish says... more »
November 13, 2013 6:16 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The sinkhole in Assumption Parish uncovered some possible tax evasion, according to the parish assessor.
An audit revealed some companies in the parish may not be reporting all the taxable assets. Parish assessor Wayne Blanchard, along with the parish, decided to audit the companies on the... more »
September 12, 2013 5:59 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The company believed to be responsible for the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish is behind thousands of dollars in bills.
According to Assumption Parish officials, the company owes the parish close to $400,000. The costs range from operating the 24-7 command post in Bayou Corne to... more »
September 11, 2013 5:23 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Traffic officials said today that the Assumption Parish sinkhole isn't the cause of an abnormality found recently along Highway 70.
The Department of Transportation and Development said the asphalt may have given way due to heat, and they'll continue to monitor the affected area of highway.... more »
September 7, 2013 4:00 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Officials in Assumption Parish announced Saturday that more land around the 26-acre sinkhole has collapsed overnight on the northern side.
According to the Parish blog , an estimated 50′ x 75′ section of trees and the north work pad was swallowed into the sinkhole. Highway 70... more »
August 22, 2013 5:17 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish swallowed several 30-foot trees within a matter of seconds this week, but some residents living nearby still say they aren't budging from their homes. A few homeowners decided to stay in the area despite buyout offers from Texas Brine, the company... more »
August 22, 2013 10:58 AM
BAYOU CORNE - There are other options on the table for property owners near the Assumption Parish sinkhole negotiating buyouts with Texas Brine.
Some homeowners who want to stay are considering releases of liability, which would allow them to stay in their homes and receive a settlement, but then... more »
August 21, 2013 3:52 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency officials in Assumption Parish said work around the Bayou Corne sinkhole was suspended this afternoon when it started "burping."
The parish police jury reported on their blog that the activity, when hydrocarbons bubble up to the surface of the sinkhole, was still going on.
... more »
August 19, 2013 10:43 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency officials in Assumption Parish said they're watching a piece of land which could disappear into the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
The police jury released a photo of trees on the eastern side of the sinkhole which they said was in danger of sloughing off into the... more »
August 3, 2013 8:59 PM
BAYOU CORNE, La. - Families gathered today in Assumption Parish for the somber reminder.
It's a year to the day since a massive sinkhole was discovered near Bayou Corne.
Homes in the area are currently in a buy-out process with the company Texas Brine.
"People are leaving... more »
August 1, 2013 5:20 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Settlement checks went to some people to escape the ever-growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Texas Brine, the company believed responsible for the sinkhole, started handing out the checks yesterday.
So far, four buyout deals are complete. Once homeowners get the check they have 30 days... more »
July 30, 2013 6:22 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Emergency officials in Assumption Parish said a water line feeding homes near Pierre Part broke this evening, and warned people to conserve water.
The break happened along Highway 70 near Texas Brine Road according to the parish police jury. People living along Highway 70 and in... more »
July 19, 2013 10:25 PM
DONALDSONVILLE- A second person was arrested for a 2012 murder in Assumption Parish.
Carl Smith was nabbed in neighboring Ascension Parish Friday. A grand jury indicted him for the murder of Tony Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was shot and his body was dumped after he was killed in December. Deputies... more »
July 19, 2013 2:10 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities in Assumption Parish reported increased activity out at the Bayou Corne sinkhole, which they said "burped" noticeably this morning.
The parish police jury said it started around 5 a.m. Friday, and caused a lot of water movement on the surface of the sinkhole. Emergency management... more »
July 15, 2013 2:26 PM
BAYOU CORNE - An official says the deepest part of the 22-acre sinkhole near Bayou Corne is at least 500 feet deep, and not between 110 to 220 feet deep that has been estimated by Texas Brine. John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security, says previous... more »
July 9, 2013 9:46 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Two teens got locked-up and the Assumption Parish Sheriff says they targeted the elderly.
"These are two knuckleheads that really deserve to stay in jail a really long time," Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. "In this situation, neighbor should be looking out for neighbors but these neighbors... more »
June 28, 2013 5:23 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Neighbors of the massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish are packing up and leaving, and parish leaders are worried about the impact it'll have.
Last year the parish lost about $40,000 after giving those forced to evacuate a 90 percent break on their property taxes. Now with... more »
June 28, 2013 10:52 AM
BAYOU CORNE - While some people living near a giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish are trying to get a fair buyout deal for their property, one concern for the parish are property taxes from that area.
People affected by the Bayou Corne sinkhole were given breaks on their property... more »
June 24, 2013 4:14 PM
BAYOU CORNE- In Assumption Parish, time is almost up for neighbors of a giant sinkhole to get a buyout settlement from Texas Brine.
A federal judge gave the company until 5:30 today to come up with settlement offers for people who don't have lawyers. As of today 92 offers... more »
June 24, 2013 10:48 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Today is the deadline for Texas Brine to make buyout offers to the residents affected by a giant sinkhole over a brine cavern in Assumption Parish.
Last week a spokesperson for Texas Brine said they had delivered 88 of the 90 offers approved by their insurance... more »
June 18, 2013 6:16 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Some homeowners are taking buyout offers from the company blamed for causing a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Some residents called the offers low, but said it's their only way out of the mess.
So far Texas Brine LLC has offered buyouts to 88 residents... more »
June 14, 2013 1:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law three bills tightening regulations on salt domes, a response to the 15-acre Assumption Parish sinkhole that caused evacuation orders for 150 homes. Stricter guidelines will be required for monitoring and assessing areas around salt domes, and stiffer penalties will be... more »
June 11, 2013 3:35 PM
LABADIEVILLE - Authorities in Assumption Parish said they found a man reported missing Monday dead just off a beach in Grand Isle.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said relatives of Michael Blanchard, 51, of Labadieville reported him missing when he didn't show up to work Monday morning. Detectives pinged his cell... more »
May 22, 2013 10:38 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities said strong storms today caused a fire at a Bayou Corne home evacuated due to the nearby sinkhole.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack posted a picture of the damaged home on social media early this morning, saying it added "insult to injury."
There were no injuries... more »
May 20, 2013 1:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The company which owns land a massive sinkhole appeared on blamed their insurance carrier today for the holdup in buyouts for nearby property.
Texas Brine, LLC released a statement which said their carrier hasn't approved any money for buyouts just yet, and they're working with the... more »
May 20, 2013 11:38 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Buyouts and outstanding costs for dealing with a sinkhole in Assumption Parish could be on Governor Bobby Jindal's agenda for a press conference scheduled for this afternoon.
The governor scheduled the event for 1:20 p.m. at the Bayou Corne Sportman's Landing on Hwy 70 South.
... more »
May 17, 2013 5:17 PM
BAYOU CORNE- In Assumption Parish, cashing in is a lot harder as parish leaders try to collect money from a company blamed for a massive sinkhole.
Parish president Martin Triche says Texas Brine owes the parish more than $130,000 for operating a command post and patrolling the evacuated area.... more »
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 »
May 10, 2013 1:12 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Assumption Parish officials reported a berm around the western side of the Bayou Corne sinkhole breached in five places during strong storms overnight.
The parish police jury reported two breaches have been repaired, but one small breach and two larger breaches have yet to be repaired.... more »
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 »
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 »
April 23, 2013 4:10 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The company which owns land a sinkhole appeared on in Assumption Parish said recent 3D imaging shows the area around the sinkhole is stable, and not in danger of forming another hole.
Sonny Cranch with Texas Brine LLC said the survey showed the western side of... more »
April 3, 2013 10:54 AM
BAYOU CORNE - An unknown gas has been found under the slabs of two homes and a workshop near the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
The parish said Texas Brine contractors confirmed that gas was present under the slab of the homes on Sauce Piquante Lane north of Highway 70 in... more »
March 28, 2013 10:21 PM
BAYOU CORNE- A giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish has grown.
More tremors and movement underground halted work at the site.
The slurry grew to 13-acres after more ground and trees were swallowed-up.
The sinkhole appeared in August.
The company that operated a salt brine cavern underground,... more »
March 28, 2013 10:01 AM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Deputies in Assumption Parish discovered a kilo of cocaine during a traffic stop earlier this week.
They arrested 54-year-old Larry Woods after allegedly finding the narcotics in his car Monday along Hwy. 1.
Woods faces possession with intent to distribute charges. He remains inside the parish... more »
March 19, 2013 10:32 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Residents in Bayou Corne packed the Assumption Parish Civic Center, to hear the latest involving the massive sinkhole.
The meeting started with Texas Brine's attorney, Bradley Myers, explaining how the buyout will work.
The company is believed to be responsible for the sinkhole when its salt... more »
March 18, 2013 5:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Assumption Parish President Marty Triche says buyouts and settlements being offered by Texas Brine are not all that needs to be done.
The company operates a cavern that is believed to be the cause of a sinkhole. Evacuations in the area started last August.
Triche... more »
March 18, 2013 10:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - While they warned it's not likely, contractors showed Louisiana lawmakers details about worst-case scenarios at the Assumption Parish sinkhole today.
Experts told members of the Joint Natural Resources Committee Monday there would be months of warnings before anything like those scenarios happened.
The 9-acre sinkhole... more »
March 18, 2013 7:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz will appoint the members of a "blue ribbon commission" by the end of this week to determine when Bayou Corne residents can safely return home.
The sinkhole led to evacuation of about 150 homes in August. Patrick Courreges,... more »
March 13, 2013 3:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said today Texas Brine will buy out property owners affected by a massive sinkhole which appeared in Assumption Parish last year.
Jindal said the buyout process will begin this week, starting with property appraisals. People who volunteer to be bought out will be... more »
March 13, 2013 10:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said he plans to push for quick buyouts of property affected by the Assumption Parish sinkhole when he meets with Texas Brine officials today.
Jindal met with parish officials to discuss the sinkhole Monday. He said then he planned to push Texas Brine,... more »
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 »
March 9, 2013 7:27 PM
PIERRE PART- Erin Brockovich, the woman who became famous after a film profiled her life in the year 2000 starring Julia Roberts, visited with residents affected by the Bayou Corne sinkhole.
Brockovich helped get millions of dollars in settlement money from a company in California, after she helped prove... more »
March 8, 2013 10:22 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Preparing for a worst-case scenario is what residents are cautious of in the homes surrounding a massive sinkhole in Assumption Parish.
Residents are wondering why a remedy is taking so long and are faced with a tough reality.
The mess has already cost Texas Brine... more »
March 7, 2013 9:43 PM
BAYOU CORNE- Leaders in Assumption Parish are working on the final details to secure a meeting with Gov. Bobby Jindal.
He has not visited the site of a giant sinkhole since it developed in August, and the people who live near it want him to see it.
Leaders... more »
March 6, 2013 8:10 AM
NAPOLEONVILLE - Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and a California attorney are coming to Louisiana to discuss legal options for residents evacuated from the Bayou Corne area due to a giant sinkhole. Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Thomas V. Girardi says he and Brockovich will attend a community meeting Saturday at... more »
February 19, 2013 4:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - People evacuated 200 days ago by a sinkhole in Assumption Parish asked lawmakers today to help them get buyouts for their homes.
Residents and parish officials packed a Senate committee hearing today to tell lawmakers about what the past months have been like. They said the... more »
February 19, 2013 10:27 AM
BATON ROUGE - Spectators packed the Senate committee room at the state capitol this morning ahead of a scheduled committee meeting to discuss developments at the Assumption Parish sinkhole.
The state Senate's Natural Resources Committee scheduled two meetings, one today and another later in Assumption Parish, to get more... more »
February 12, 2013 10:35 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH- A sinkhole that has swallowed up parts of a bayou and forced more than a hundred people to evacuate grew even more Tuesday.
The swamp in Bayou Corne collapsed another 50' x 100' section. But, leaders said the growth is away from homes and a highway.
... more »
February 1, 2013 5:46 PM
NAPOLEONVILLE-52 year old Marty Jamison is in jail on 34 charges Including drunk driving. His arrest last night is his fifth DWI.
It all started here where Highway 308 and Spur 70 meet. Just a few miles from downtown Napoleonville. A place where everyone still buzzing about last night's... more »
January 31, 2013 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - A day of searching on the Belle River ended without good news for the family of a missing Baton Rouge firefighter.
Teams from five different agencies used divers and SONAR-equipped boats in their search for Jacob Lewis, 28, who went into the river last night while... more »
January 28, 2013 7:17 AM
BATON ROUGE - The chairman of the Louisiana Senate Natural Resources Committee says he favors holding a joint legislative hearing in mid-February in Assumption Parish concerning issues raised by the Napoleonville Dome sinkhole.
State Sen. Gerald Long says parish officials had asked to have it in Assumption Parish and... more »
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 »
January 20, 2013 7:17 PM
BAYOU CORNE - The Bayou Corne sinkhole isn't showing any signs of relief. Saturday it burped up vegetation and got even bigger. More tests are being done to get answers to what caused the sinkhole and other things happening around it.
Crews are scheduled to begin work on a... more »
January 19, 2013 10:44 PM
BAYOU CORNE- State and Parish leaders are on alert in Assumption Parish after the sinkhole "burped" again today. It happened at 10am and caused heightened anxiety in an already tense area.
Parish officials said hydrocarbons and debris bubbled up to the surface and caused major cracks in a well... more »
January 14, 2013 11:25 PM
BAYOU CORNE- The company blamed for a sinkhole in Assumption Parish will perform 3D imaging on the cavern, deep underground, to get a 21st Century look at its integrity.
The state ordered Texas Brine to do the new tests, instead of drilling new test wells. The company said Monday... more »
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 »
December 13, 2012 10:56 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Health and environmental officials scheduled a community briefing tonight to for Bayou Corne residents evacuated due to a sinkhole near their homes.
DHH and DEQ, along with parish officials, said they will specifically address health concerns residents had previously brought up. They will not have information... more »
December 12, 2012 5:19 PM
BAYOU CORNE - A massive sinkhole in Bayou Corne got even bigger overnight, and there are more reports of bubbling in the bayou.
The sinkhole grew on the southwest side of the sinkhole near the Texas Brine facility. Residents in the area have been under a mandatory evacuation since... more »
December 12, 2012 11:04 AM
BELLE ROSE- Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack says detectives have arrested a 28-year-old Napoleonville man accused of shooting and killing a Thibodaux man last week during an armed robbery in Belle Rose. Waguespack said in a news release received by The Advocate Harrison Truehill was booked Tuesday night with second-degree... more »
December 6, 2012 4:51 PM
BELLE ROSE - Sheriff's deputies are still searching for answers after finding a missing shooting victim from Assumption Parish.
A fisherman found the body of 23-year-old Tony Rodriguez Jr., in an Iberville Parish canal between Donaldsonville and White Castle.
Rodriguez went missing after a shooting in Assumption Parish... more »
December 6, 2012 12:43 PM
BELLE ROSE - Fishermen found the body of a missing shooting victim last night, according to the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the body of Tony Rodriguez Jr. was found last night by fishermen in a canal off Myles Road in Iberville Parish. He appeared to... more »
December 5, 2012 4:06 PM
BELLE ROSE- Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack calls it one of the most bizarre crimes he's ever investigated.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, two men took a wrong turn on Tigerville Road and their night took a horrifying turn, according to investigators.
"Two subjects stood in front of the... more »
December 5, 2012 10:38 AM
BELLE ROSE - Sheriff's deputies asked for the public's help today finding an alleged shooting victim in Assumption Parish.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Tony Rodriguez Jr., 23, is missing after he was possibly shot during a robbery yesterday.
The sheriff said deputies were called by someone who said... more »
December 2, 2012 5:32 PM
ASSUMPTION PARISH- The company blamed for the growing sinkhole in Assumption Parish faces hefty fines from the state.
"There needs to be more urgency to get things done. It's been quite some time since the event started. ," says John Bordreaux, Director of Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security... more »
November 27, 2012 4:43 PM
BAYOU CORNE - Texas Brine removed work crews from the Bayou Corne sinkhole after they said it "burped" earlier today.
According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, gas, debris and oil bubbled up from below the sinkhole's surface around 11:30 a.m.
They said several trees from a corner... more »
November 23, 2012 10:18 AM
BAYOU CORNE - Authorities report no new problems with poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas near a large sinkhole in Assumption Parish. A relief well near the sinkhole was shut down after hydrogen sulfide emissions were detected. However, the Shaw Group reports that no similar problems have been found in testing of... more »
November 15, 2012 8:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - Permission slips being distributed to residents in Bayou Corne area will allow Texas Brine to install equipment to mitigate any dangers that might be posed by underground methane gas.
The state Office of Conservation directed the company to install methane monitors and ventilation systems to avoid... more »