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  • Plant slapped with violations and fines following 2013 explosion check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 8, 2014 10:30 PM

    GEISMAR - Eighteen months after a chemical plant exploded it was fined $194,000 by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for violations spanning six years. The agency found Williams Olefins violated codes and regulations 29 times. The plant was fined more than all of the plants in the Greater... more »
  • Cool Schools: Spanish Lake Primary check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 25, 2014 7:47 AM

    GEISMAR - Louisiana is known for its live music. Playing instruments, signing and dancing are all part of our heritage. 5th graders at Spanish Lake Primary School in Ascension Parish are getting a head start on the tradition by learning to play ukulele. "They are in the classroom all... more »
  • 18-wheeler overturns, closes River Road

    November 5, 2014 6:10 PM

    GEISMAR - Louisiana State Police warned drivers to avoid a portion of River Road near Geismar after an 18-wheeler overturned there Wednesday evening. Authorities closed LA 73 between LA 75 and LA 3115 just before 6 p.m. Trooper Jared Sandifer said a truck hauling butane overturned after it left... more »
  • Geismar biorefinery returns to fuel production

    October 27, 2014 11:51 AM

    GEISMAR - Renewable Energy Group, Inc. announced on Monday the sale of its first commercial-scale truckloads of renewable hydrocarbon diesel produced at the company's Geismar biorefinery. The Geismar plant has been idle since the fall of 2012, but the biorefinery is back in action after it was purchased by... more »
  • Woman hit, killed crossing I-10 on foot

    October 15, 2014 12:00 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - State Police said a Geismar woman died after she was hit by an 18-wheeler while crossing I-10 East on foot early Wednesday morning. Troopers said April Tasker, 21, had stopped her vehicle and was standing on the shoulder of the highway near Highway 73 at 3 a.m.... more »
  • Geismar man killed in East Feliciana crash

    October 1, 2014 10:22 AM

    JACKSON - State police say a 43-year-old Geismar man, who was not wearing his seatbelt, died in a one car accident on U.S. Highway 61 in East Feliciana Parish. Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer says a car being driven by James Kent Jr. ran off the highway around 10 p.m.... more »
  • New home in Geismar donated to Iraq war veteran check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 17, 2014 6:15 PM

    GEISMAR - A 16-year veteran of the armed services who was is injured during a 2011 tour of duty in Iraq is the proud owner of a new home in Geismar as of Wednesday morning. Wells Fargo and the Military Warriors Foundation presented Cory Jenkins, who served in the... more »
  • Utah man accused of calling in La. bomb threat

    September 17, 2014 4:54 PM

    GEISMAR - Sheriff's deputies said a Utah man has been charged with calling in a bomb threat to an Ascension Parish chemical plant on Sept. 11. Deputies charged Terry Randall Cox, 34, with terrorizing. They said he was a contract worker at the PCS Nitrogen Plant in Geismar. ... more »
  • Driver freed from vehicle after 18-wheeler wreck

    August 21, 2014 1:02 PM

    GEISMAR - Emergency workers freed an 18-wheeler driver who became trapped Thursday afternoon when his truck ran off the road in Ascension Parish. Family members clapped for the rescuers after they cut the driver free and loaded him onto a stretcher. State Police closed the portion of River... more »
  • Man accused of multiple car break-ins

    August 19, 2014 4:44 PM

    ASCENSION - Police arrested a Baton Rouge man after they said he broke into numerous cars in the Geismar area this past July. Deputies accused Tyree Davison,18, of breaking into multiple unlocked cars in two subdivisions and stealing personal items from them. He also faces charges connected to multiple... more »
  • LSP: Driver died behind the wheel, then crashed

    July 17, 2014 4:32 PM

    GEISMAR - Authorities closed an Ascension Parish highway after a one-vehicle wreck in which State Police said the driver died while behind the wheel. The wreck happened on LA 621 near Highway 73 in Geismar, shutting down the road while State Police worked the wreck. Troopers said the... more »
  • Joint investigation continues after Westlake Chemical fire

    June 5, 2014 2:52 PM

    GEISMAR, La. - DEQ responders, State Police, and OSHA inspectors are on site today at Westlake Chemical in Geismar as a joint investigation begins following Wednesday's fire. State officials said Westlake Chemical will release a statement seven days after the accident if they exceeded a reportable quantity of regulated... more »
  • Fire breaks out at Geismar chemical plant check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 4, 2014 11:37 AM

    GEISMAR, La. - State officials said it could be a month before they learn the exact cause of Wednesday's fire at Westlake Chemical in Geismar. The fire started just after 11 a.m. in a cooling storage area on the plant's grounds. A plant official said organic peroxide, an additive... more »
  • Holocaust survivor asks students for hope check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 15, 2014 5:48 PM

    GEISMAR - A Holocaust survive shared her strength and hope for a better world with students in Ascension Parish Wednesday. Marion Blumenthal Lazan was taken to a concentration camp when she was just four years old. She spent six years there, constantly terrified. "The hardest thing was to... more »
  • Honeywell to build new plant in Geismar check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 10, 2013 12:17 PM

    GEISMAR - Honeywell will build a new auto-refrigerant plant in Geismar. The plant is part of $300 million the company is investing to increase production of a new refrigerant for automobiles. The company says the new product's global-warming potential is 99.9 percent lower than that of the current refrigerant in... more »
  • Man found dead in his own driveway

    November 17, 2013 5:48 PM

    GEISMAR - A man was found dead in front of his home Saturday night after being shot. Major Kevin Hanna says after 11 p.m. Herman Tasker, 58, was found at 35704 River Oaks in Geismar dead in his driveway. He was pronounced dead at the crime scene. No... more »
  • Hunt Correctional employee arrested

    November 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Sheriff's deputies arrested an employee of the Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel after they said he tried to smuggle drugs into the jail. The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office accused Daron Toussant of drug charges after starting an internal investigation into his actions. Detectives got... more »
  • Vapors ignited plant explosion

    October 3, 2013 4:37 PM

    GEISMAR- Plant operators at Williams Olefins said Thursday, a vapor cloud ignited after a rupture of a reboiler on June 13 causing the blast that killed two plant workers. The plant released the information through an emailed news release and said company experts are reviewing the issues and considering... more »
  • 87-year-old killed in crash with Mack truck

    September 19, 2013 9:58 PM

    GEISMAR- An elderly woman was killed in a crash when she pulled into the path of a Mack truck Thursday. State Police said Lonie Marchand,87, pulled into the path of the large dump truck on LA 75 at Ashland Road. The truck hit the driver's side of Marchand's car.... more »
  • LSP investigating deadly crash near Geismar

    September 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police said at least one person died in a wreck this afternoon in Ascension Parish. Trooper Jared Sandifer said it happened just before 4 p.m. at Highway 75 / River Road and Ashland Road near Geismar. State Police didn't have any additional details they could... more »
  • Site of deadly explosion plans restart check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 31, 2013 4:52 PM

    GEISMAR - Operators of a chemical plant which exploded last month, killing two workers, announced plans today to reopen the facility by April 2014. On June 13 the Williams Olefins plant exploded after investigators said a catastrophic failure occurred in one of the heat exchangers associated with the propylene... more »
  • Honeywell to expand operations in Louisiana

    July 15, 2013 1:20 PM

    GONZALES - Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies announced today that it will expand its operations in Louisiana. Company President and CEO, Andreas Kramvis joined Governor Bobby Jindal to present the plan. The company says it will invest $208 million at facilities in Geismar, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. ... more »
  • Geismar plant hit with new DEQ compliance orders

    July 3, 2013 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued two new compliance orders against Williams Olefins over air and potential water releases stemming from a deadly explosion last month at its facility in Geismar. The new compliance order dealing with air quality cites the Tulsa, Okla.-based company for... more »
  • Sites of 2 deadly plant explosions remain closed

    July 1, 2013 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several weeks after deadly explosions at two southeast Louisiana chemical plants, one remains closed and the other is partly closed. Officials say it could be months before federal investigators determine what caused the fatal blasts that killed three workers and sent nearly 100 others to area hospitals... more »
  • "Catastrophic failure" cited in deadly Geismar plant explosion

    June 24, 2013 7:04 PM

    GEISMAR - Investigators claim a "catastrophic failure" in a heat exchanger and associated piping were involved in the fatal Williams Olefins plant explosion on June 13th. Monday, the Chemical Safety Board and Williams-Olefins released their initial findings. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) is also completing an investigation into... more »
  • Ascension Parish solicits input on sewer plan

    June 17, 2013 8:06 AM

    GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials hope to give information out and get some in return during a pair of public meetings this week regarding a proposed parish-wide sewer project. The first meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center gymnasium. A second meeting... more »
  • Firefighters reflect on plant explosion response check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 14, 2013 6:01 PM

    GEISMAR - Emergency responders in Ascension Parish today reflected on what happened during those first few minutes of the response to the Geismar chemical plant explosion Thursday. "People were literally running for their lives, down Highway 3115, and it was chaos at that moment," said Nathaniel Stephens, Geismar's Fire... more »
  • Plant workers watching explosion investigation check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 14, 2013 4:47 PM

    GEISMAR - Many who live and work near the Williams Olefins chemical plant have questions about the explosion there Thursday, and how it could impact them. "The area is high industrial so we're back into work mode, but the impact in the community is still there," says Melissa Hite,... more »
  • OSHA probing deadly blast at La. chemical plant

    June 14, 2013 1:16 PM

    GONZALES - Officials from the south Louisiana chemical plant where an explosion killed one worker and injured dozens of others say they still don't know the cause of the blast. Alan Armstrong, president and CEO of plant owner Williams Companies Inc., held a news conference in Gonzales on Friday. He... more »
  • Class action lawsuit filed after plant explosion

    June 14, 2013 10:51 AM

    GEISMAR - Attorneys filed a class action lawsuit today against the operator of a Geismar chemical which exploded yesterday, killing one person and injuring dozens. Attorneys with the Becnel Law Firm of LaPlace filed suit in Ascension Parish today against Williams Olefins, the company which operates the plant. ... more »
  • BRG provides update on explosion patients

    June 14, 2013 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Medical personnel at Baton Rouge General - Mid City said in a press conference Friday that they have seen a total of 19 patients since yesterday's deadly plant explosion in Geismar. Chief medical officer Dr. Flip Roberts said that four of the patients are being treated... more »
  • Friends use social media to remember plant worker killed Thursday

    June 13, 2013 11:10 PM

    HAMMOND- A plant worker, killed when the chemical facility where he works exploded Thursday, was remembered as a young man who made people laugh. Zachary Green, 29, died in the explosion at the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar. He was an operator at the facility. Green's friends and... more »
  • LSP identify man killed in chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 4:58 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police released the name of the person killed in today's chemical plant explosion in Geismar. Troopers said Zachary Green, 29, of Hammond was found dead at the Williams Olefins plant after an explosion this morning around 8:30 a.m. The state Department of Health and Hospitals... more »
  • Highways reopen after chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 4:28 PM

    GEISMAR - Authorities reopened several highways surrounding a chemical plant in Geismar which exploded earlier today. The only road still closed was LA 3115 from LA 30 to LA 75. Several sections of LA 30 and LA 3115 were closed throughout the day after the explosion at 8:30... more »
  • Center opening for blood donations after explosion

    June 13, 2013 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A blood center in Baton Rouge asked people for more donations to help local hospitals after a chemical plant explosion today in Geismar. LifeShare Blood Centers provide blood for Baton Rouge General, where several people injured and burned in the explosion at the Williams Olefin chemical... more »
  • Jindal: 10 workers still in plant safe room

    June 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    GEISMAR - Ten workers stayed behind at the Williams Olefins chemical plant after an explosion today to keep flaring operations running and shut down the plant, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal. He said during an afternoon briefing the workers were in a safe room as part of the plant's... more »
  • Red Cross volunteers assisting after explosion

    June 13, 2013 1:54 PM

    GEISMAR - The Baton Rouge chapter of the Red Cross deployed volunteers today to help people affected by this morning's explosion at the Williams Olefins chemical plant in Geismar. Volunteers are providing food, water and emotional support for workers and families with loved ones who were hurt in the... more »
  • LSP: One dead after chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 1:06 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police confirmed one person has died after a massive chemical plant explosion in Geismar this morning. They made the announcement just before 1 p.m. near the Williams Olefins plant on La. 30, where an explosion and fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. An LSP spokesperson... more »
  • EMS: 60 people injured in chemical plant explosion

    June 13, 2013 9:16 AM

    GEISMAR - Emergency responders says dozens of people have been taken to local hospitals for injuries after a chemical plant explosion this morning in Ascension Parish. Acadian Ambulance said they transported 47 patients via ambulance and buses to hospitals for treatment, and airlifted 13 to local hospitals and burn... more »
  • Five arrested, suspect sought in Geismar murder

    June 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    GEISMAR - Five arrests have been made and a sixth suspect is being sought in the investigation of a murder last week in Geismar. 20-year-old Bernard Solomon was found last Wednesday lying in the intersection of Ellem Road and Stevenson Road with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to... more »
  • Three arrested in Geismar murder

    June 7, 2013 3:08 PM

    GEISMAR - Three suspects accused in a murder Wednesday night in Ascension Parish, are now behind bars. It happened at the intersection of Ellem Road and Stevenson Road in Geismar. 20-year-old Bernard Solomon was found lying in the intersection with multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to the... more »
  • Warrant issued, cars sought in overnight murder

    June 6, 2013 2:23 PM

    GEISMAR - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish asked for the public's help tracking down multiple suspects in a murder last night. Detectives said just after 8 p.m. Wednesday deputies found Bernard Solomon, 20, shot in the intersection of Ellem Road and Stevenson Road off Highway 73. EMS took him... more »
  • Job fair today for positions at Geismar plant

    April 25, 2013 10:57 AM

    GEISMAR - A chemical company with expansion plans in Geismar scheduled a job fair today for potential hires. Methanex Corp. is building a new methanol production facility which will open by the end of 2014. The facility will have 135 permanent, full-time jobs in a variety of positions around... more »
  • Huntsman group expanding Geismar chemical plant

    March 21, 2013 3:02 PM

    GEISMAR - The Huntsman Corporation announced today plans to build a $78 million expansion at their Geismar chemical facility. State economic officials said the expansion will create 17 new direct jobs and 60 indirect jobs, as well as retain the 397 existing jobs at the plant. "We know... more »
  • Shell to build natural gas plant in Geismar

    March 5, 2013 3:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shell and its affiliates plan to build a small-scale, natural gas-liquefaction plant in Geismar and one in Canada that will provide fuel for commercial customers. The company said Tuesday it will install the Louisiana unit, which will supply LNG along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal... more »
  • One arrested, one sought in meth lab explosion

    February 22, 2013 12:49 PM

    GEISMAR - Deputies in Ascension Parish arrested one person and are looking for a second after a suspected meth lab exploded Thursday night. Investigators were called to 37313 LA 74, lot 181 after a witness reported hearing a loud explosion then saw flames coming from a bedroom window. ... more »
  • LSP identifies driver charged in pileup

    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 »
  • LSP: Truck driver in pileup may have been impaired

    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 »
  • Accident closes Hwy. 30 in Geismar

    January 29, 2013 7:39 AM

    GEISMAR - Hwy. 30 in Geismar remains closed after an accident earlier this morning involving four vehicles, including two dump trucks. It happened around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Hwy. 73. State police say a car hit a dump truck, causing a chain reaction crash with... more »
  • Gov. Jindal, BASF breaks ground on expansion in Geismar

    October 23, 2012 2:22 PM

    GEISMAR - Governor Bobby Jindal and BASF executives joined other officials today in breaking ground on a new formic acid production plant at the company's 2,600-acre chemical complex in Geismar. The project will be the only plant of its kind in North America, and will create 20 new direct... more »
  • Pedestrian struck, killed in Geismar

    August 9, 2012 10:46 AM

    GEISMAR- Louisiana State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving a pedestrian in Ascension Parish. The accident occurred on La. Highway 30 shortly before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. Troopers say the pedestrian, 42-year-old Mark Mata of Corpus Christi, Texas, was walking in the roadway when he was struck by a car.... more »
  • Louisiana lands $550M methanol plant, 130 jobs

    July 25, 2012 5:00 PM

    GEISMAR - Methanex Corp., a major producer of the alternative fuel methanol, is moving an idle plant in Chile to Louisiana. The Vancouver-based company announced Wednesday that it will spend $550 million to build on a 225-acre site in Ascension Parish, about 20 miles from Baton Rouge. The move will... more »
  • Fake police officer follows woman, steals purse

    May 9, 2012 2:09 PM

    GEISMAR - A man impersonating a police officer followed a woman to her home and stole her purse, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said the woman was driving home from the grocery store last night when she noticed a white van following her,... more »
  • People near plant explosion notified about danger check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 22, 2012 5:48 PM

    GEISMAR- People who live within three miles of a plant that exploded Thursday morning said they didn't know anything was wrong, despite hearing loud noises and seeing flames coming from the plant for hours before the blast. People say that's because they're used to it, and know they'll be... more »
  • Roads near Geismar plant to stay closed tonight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 22, 2012 5:03 PM

    GEISMAR - State Police said La. 73 in Geismar will remain closed throughout the night due to the plant fire at the Westlake Vinyls plant earlier this morning. The highway was shut down between La. 30 and La. 75 after emergency crews responded to the fire at the chemical... more »
  • Residents living near Geismar plant told to stay inside

    March 22, 2012 9:49 AM

    GEISMAR - The State Fire Marshall is urging residents living within a one mile radius of the plant that caught fire Thursday to take shelter. Authorities want residents to stay inside their home and keep all windows and doors closed until they say otherwise. The fire at the... more »
  • Geismar warehouse recovering after fire check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 19, 2012 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Firefighter Justin Ellis' heart dropped when he got the call over the pager late Sunday night: the Scott's Warehouse in Geismar where mulch is packaged and shipped was on fire. He called for backup and ended up with four departments responding to the blaze. "You could... more »
  • Geismar man booked in injury to his child

    March 7, 2012 11:26 AM

    GEISMAR - An affidavit of probable cause called for the arrest of a 22-year-old man who deputies say shook and broke his child's leg Monday. Jude William Stewart of 12396 Dutchtown Villa, Geismar, La. was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of second-degree cruelty to... more »
  • Ascension murder arrest shocks victim's family

    February 24, 2011 6:01 PM

    GONZALES - The family of the man found shot to death in a car in a Geismar park is still reeling from the arrest of the man deputies said killed their loved one. It's a man Hall's sister said grew up with them, ate with the family, and even... more »
  • Arrest made in Geismar park murder

    February 24, 2011 11:39 AM

    GEISMAR - Authorities have arrested someone in the death of an Ascension Parish man who was found dead in a relative's car last week at Jackie Robinson Park in Geismar. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said detectives arrested 19-year-old Dominique Brown of Gonzales Wednesday night in suspicion of killing 28-year-old... more »
  • Popular hair stylist found dead in Geismar

    February 17, 2011 4:35 PM

    GEISMAR - Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies investigated their first homicide of the year this morning at Jackie Robinson Park in Geismar. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said Todd "Duke" Hall, 29, of St. Gabriel was found shot to death in the passenger seat of a gold sedan early Thursday morning.... more »
  • Police search for accused thief

    January 21, 2011 5:04 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH- The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office needs your help in finding a fugitive from Ascension Parish in connection with an armed robbery. On January 16, deputies responded to Deck Boulevard, off of Highway 74 in Geismar to investigate an armed robbery. Authorities say the victim received a... more »
  • Chemical waste ponds cleaned in Geismar

    September 9, 2010 5:32 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says it and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have certified two former waste ponds in Geismar as cleaned up and ready for reuse. The ponds covered about about 2.7 acres at the Rubicon LLC chemical plant in Geismar. Until 1988, Rubicon used them to... more »
  • Murder-Suicide in Geismar

    December 19, 2009 10:58 PM

    UPDATE: Investigators have identifed the victims in the murder-suicide. Deputies said Walter Robinson of Thibodaux, 44, shot and killed Ruth Gustave of St. Gabriel, 50, then turned the gun on himself. Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a murder-suicide in Ascension Parish. News 2 has learned a man from Thibodaux... more »
  • Geismar man found dead in ditch

    December 17, 2009 7:40 AM

    Ascension Parish detectives are investigating the death of a 62-year-old Geismar man whose body was found in a ditch along La. Highway 73 in Geismar. Deputies say a homeowner discovered a bicycle in a ditch belonging to Alva Washington Jr. When the homeowner had not heard from Washington, he began... more »
  • DNA leads to robbery arrest

    December 16, 2009 7:11 AM

    Gonzales police say a DNA match led to the arrest of a Geismar man in the Thanksgiving Day 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping of three McDonald's employees as they were trying to deposit $8,000 in store receipts. Police say 21-year-old Marquis Favre is also the boyfriend of the restaurant's assistant... more »
  • Alternative fuel project to get tax break

    October 28, 2009 9:15 AM

    Dynamic Fuels, a $150 million alternative fuel project under construction in Geismar, will get a $30 million tax break. The deal was approved by the Board of Commerce and Industry yesterday. Officials from Syntroleum Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc., made a presentation in front of the board. The two... more »

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