February 24, 2015 8:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Great news for tennis enthusiasts! It's time for the annual Iberville Bank Team Tennis Challenge. Proceeds from the tournament benefit 'Support Our War Heroes".
The tournament runs Friday, March 6th - Sunday, March 8th. Organizers say 300 players are expected to participate. There's also a gala... more »
February 20, 2015 5:56 PM
ST. GABRIEL - A day after details about the double-life TV personality Scott Rogers was living came to light, more of his past unraveled Friday.
Rogers' friend, Darla O'Connor, told WBRZ in an exclusive interview, Rogers became unrecognizable.
"He became a man I did not know," she said.... more »
February 19, 2015 6:26 PM
ST. GABRIEL - Recently released case files show the magnitude of the double life local celebrity Scott Rogers was living.
The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit obtained dozens of crime scene and autopsy pictures, hours of recorded interviews with people who knew Rogers and packets of notes written by... more »
January 21, 2015 10:58 PM
GROSSE TETE - A man and woman were arrested, accused of shooting calves in a field then stealing the dead animals.
Deputies posted the booking photos of the two individuals and a graphic picture of the evidence. Investigators said after shooting the cows with a compound bow, they loaded... more »
December 11, 2014 11:19 AM
IBERVILLE - Motorists who travel eastbound on I-10 across the Whiskey Bay Bridge will want to be aware of a lane closure, scheduled for high volume morning commute hours, next week.
State traffic officials say the right lane of I-10, between mile marker 126.8 and 126.9, will be closed... more »
September 19, 2014 6:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - A judge in West Baton Rouge Parish is under fire for taking an all-expense paid trip to Texas. The judge's mode of transportation for the free trip: a private jet.
The state judiciary commission says Judge Robin Free exploited his position and recommends he be suspended... more »
September 2, 2014 6:36 AM
BATON ROUGE - An Iberville Parish deputy was hospitalized with minor injuries after an early Tuesday morning crash in Baton Rouge.
It happened just after 4:00 a.m. at the intersection of Nicholson Dr. and West Lee Dr. when the deputy was on his way to work. According to investigators,... more »
August 20, 2014 10:19 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Parish leaders met with an engineer to discuss a study that would investigate the feasibility of a new bridge across the Mississippi River Wednesday.
The bridge would connect Iberville and Ascension parishes and help ease traffic congestion on the I-10 bridge in Baton Rouge.
Tuesday, the parish... more »
August 19, 2014 9:39 PM
IBERVILLE PARISH - Two parishes have now signed a cooperative endeavor agreement to perform a study for a new Mississippi River bridge.
Iberville and Ascension Parishes have set aside a combined $300,000 for a study to assist the Department of Transportation and Development with investigating the feasibility of constructing... more »
August 12, 2014 7:00 PM
IBERVILLE - The Iberville Parish School District is suing the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for more than $3 million saying BESE is wrongfully giving district money to a charter school.
The Iberville School Board voted Monday to file suit saying state funding is being inappropriately allocated.
... more »
August 1, 2014 4:42 PM
PLAQUEMINE - A second train wreck has slowed traffic and forced emergency responders into action in our area Friday.
Witnesses told WBRZ News 2, a car and train collided in Iberville Parish near the National Guard complex. The train came to a stop near the crossing on Belleview Drive.... more »
July 25, 2014 10:08 PM
GONZALES - The Baton Rouge area is a step closer to getting a little traffic relief.
Thursday, the Ascension Parish Council approved a resolution to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Iberville Parish to share some of the cost of a traffic study.
Based on what Iberville... more »
July 25, 2014 8:04 AM
Plaquemine - According to Louisiana State Police, a Plaquemine man wasn't wearing his seatbelt when he was killed in a car crash in Iberville Parish.
64-year-old Winsley St. Pierre, Jr. was the only driver involved in the accident. Police say he was driving south on LA Hwy. 75 when... more »
July 17, 2014 6:15 PM
IBERVILLE - Construction on Iberville's $20 million emergency department is nearing completion, and hospital representatives say patients should expect to have a local health clinic by Dec. 1.
The parish has been without a hospital since 2008 when River West Medical Center was destroyed by Hurricane Gustav. Patients have... more »
June 15, 2014 7:55 PM
IBERVILLE PARISH - State police says the driver of the car in the deadly crash on the Basin Bridge is out of the hospital and in jail.
Investigators say Lois Rudd, 24, flipped her SUV over the guard rail on the Basin Bridge into the swamp below. In her... more »
May 19, 2014 4:01 PM
GROSSE TETE - With the Grosse Tete bridge now open, residents are glad they do not have to use alternatives to cross the Intracoastal Canal.
Michael Vitale says it's like night and day now that the state reopened the Grosse Tete Bridge, which was damaged by a barge Feb.... more »
April 15, 2014 11:47 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies transferred a man into their jail Tuesday night and charged him with the murder of a man whose body was found in a sugar cane field earlier this year.
Mark Roy, 44, was arrested near Lafayette earlier in the day. He is charged with... more »
March 21, 2014 10:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A $10 million resurfacing project is in the works for a road WBRZ viewers and WBRZ.com users ranked as one of the area's worst.
LA 1 from Plaquemine to White Castle will be fixed later this year. The street is full of potholes.
"It needs a... more »
March 18, 2014 7:15 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Despite a warning from the American Civil Liberties Union about doing so, the Iberville Parish Council approved a ban on sagging pants Tuesday night.
The move outlaws pants that hang too low, revealing underwear.
"I don't think that anybody should have to go to a store,... more »
March 17, 2014 11:27 PM
PLAQUEMINE- The ACLU sent a letter to Iberville Parish leaders, warning them about a proposed law that bans sagging pants.
The ACLU said the law is unconstitutional and urged the parish council to veto the proposition. It is expected to be discussed Tuesday.
"It makes a criminal of... more »
March 6, 2014 12:17 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish leaders have started work on a plan to get people across the Intracoastal Canal while the Grosse Tete bridge remains closed.
News 2 was shown the plan Thursday near Plaquemine.
Crews are working on platforms and ramps on each side of the canal and... more »
March 3, 2014 5:29 PM
GROSSE TETE - Iberville Parish leaders said Monday they're making travel across the Intracoastal Canal their top priority.
The heavily traveled bridge can no longer safely support vehicles after a barge struck it Friday night. A typically 20-minute drive into Plaquemine now takes some people more than an hour.... more »
February 28, 2014 11:26 PM
GROSSE TETE- A back-country route out of lower Iberville Parish is shutdown due to a boat's collision with the bridge over the Intracoastal Canal Friday.
Sheriff Brett Stassi said no one was injured, but the swing mechanism on the bridge that connects Bayou Jacob Road to Highway 77 was... more »
February 18, 2014 10:38 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders overwhelming supported introducing an ordinance to ban sagging pants across the parish.
The proposed law was only mentioned Tuesday, per procedure, and will be voted on next month. If it is passed, people could be fined $50 for a first violation, $100 for a second... more »
February 17, 2014 10:21 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Tuesday, Iberville Parish leaders will begin a discussion about if they want to ban sagging pants from the entire parish.
It is been a trend in local governments for the past few years, and is on the books in places In Louisiana such as Washington, Terrebone, Acadia... more »
February 7, 2014 10:52 PM
GROSSE TETE- Sheriff's deputies in Iberville Parish arrested a man driving an RV through the region loaded with marijuana.
A spokesperson said the man was from California and carrying 100 pounds of high grade, hydroponic weed.
He was pulled over around midnight on I-10 early Friday morning. A... more »
January 25, 2014 6:53 PM
IBERVILLE PARISH - The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Department says a body was found this afternoon by two outdoorsmen.
The body of a black male was discovered in a cane field off Sidney road in Rosedale.
The Iberville Parish Sherif's Department is working with West Baton Rouge. Foul play... more »
January 21, 2014 11:34 AM
IBERVILLE PARISH - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Warden of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center alleging a prisoner was being wrongfully held.
The lawsuit claimed Darrin Schaubhut Jr. was being held in Iberville Parish by the State Department of Corrections despite two court orders for his... more »
December 18, 2013 10:29 PM
PLAQUEMINE- There is a push to light a dark stretch of LA 1 through the Iberville Parish town.
People believe part of the highway, from the American Legion to the Plaquemine Truck Stop is too dark and dangerous for drivers.
"Having more street lights out here couldn't hurt... more »
November 25, 2013 9:57 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Deputies in Iberville Parish booked a man on rape charges, twenty years after the attack Monday night.
Bernie Metrejean was booked in to jail after he was arrested in St. Martin Parish on drug charges. His DNA matched the rape case.
Investigators believe Metrejean picked up a... more »
September 3, 2013 10:25 PM
ST. GABRIEL- A stretch of levee just north of town, continuing across the Iberville-East Baton Rouge Parish line, is being "lifted" and fortified to protect people from the roaring Mississippi River.
Dirt is being added to the top of the levee to raise it a few feet. The project... more »
August 2, 2013 3:08 PM
PORT ALLEN - Sheriff's deputies in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes announced a recent drug bust netted $1.4 million in synthetic marijuana.
Deputies arrested Kalid J. Jaber of Chalmette for speeding around 8:40 p.m. on Aug. 1. Investigators said after they had issues with his story, they checked... more »
May 19, 2013 5:07 PM
IBERVILLE PARISH - A man who evaded Baton Rouge Police Friday was captured by Iberville Sheriff's deputies Sunday, according to BRPD Cpl. Tommy Stubbs.
The pursuit began Friday night when officers tried to stop a car. The driver, Louis Northern, failed to stop and headed west on I-10.
... more »
May 18, 2013 6:45 PM
IBERVILLE PARISH - An off-duty Lafayette Police Lieutenant died in a motorcycle crash Saturday on LA Highway 3000, according to Louisiana State Police Tpr. Stephen Hammons.
Around 2:00 p.m. 45-year-old Richard "Ricky" Rees was driving a 2013 Harley Davidson north on LA 3000. Rees was entering a sharp right... more »
April 25, 2013 11:32 PM
GROSSE TETE- A roadside truck stop tiger appears to be living in his habitat illegally, according to an appeal court.
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a district court ruling in the case over Tony, a Bengal-Siberian tiger. The court ruled the permit is not valid because the... more »
April 18, 2013 8:16 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Because the bids opened for the new Iberville Parish Ochsner Health Clinic were all higher than expected, the Parish Council delayed for at least two weeks awarding the project until further details can be worked out.
The lowest bidder was Lincoln Builders of Baton Rouge at $19.6... more »
April 2, 2013 5:44 PM
PLAQUEMINE- A man pleaded guilty to rape, attempted murder, kidnapping, battery, and prison escape Tuesday.
District Attorney Richard Ward said Stevenson Marshall was sentenced to 75 years after pleading guilty.
Marshall was arrested in May 2010, but successfully orchestrated a violent escape from the jail in Iberville Parish... more »
March 1, 2013 10:40 PM
ST. GABRIEL- There is talk of a split from the Iberville Parish School District among people who live on the east bank of the Mississippi River.
Also joining the discussion, city leaders. They are looking at the possibility of forming their own municipal system.
St. Gabriel Mayor Lionel... more »
January 21, 2013 11:38 PM
PLAQUEMINE- School resource officers will be increased at schools in Iberville Parish.
The Sheriff's Department is adding to its force in the wake of the school shooting in Connecticut.
Experienced deputies are being moved from the patrol division to schools. Additional deputies will be hired to fill the... more »
January 18, 2013 2:46 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Emergency responders flew one person to the hospital after their motorcycle wrecked in Iberville Parish today.
It happened on La. 1 near Plaquemine this afternoon just before 1 p.m. Investigators said the motorcycle struck another vehicle before sliding into the median.
The motorcycle operator suffered moderate... more »
January 15, 2013 9:02 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish School Superintendent Ed Cancienne has challenged the facts stated in a recent attorney general's opinion alleging the school district had violated state law by letting 12-month employees work "skeleton shifts" during holiday breaks. Cancienne and Brandie Blanchard, the district's personnel coordinator, told members of the Iberville... more »
January 10, 2013 1:38 PM
PLAQUEMINE - A tornado damaged an industrial chemical plant in Iberville Parish as severe weather moved through southern Louisiana this morning.
Surveillance cameras at the SNF Flopam plant caught footage of the twister as it moved through the area near the plant.
The plant was staffed as the... more »
January 3, 2013 10:23 PM
ADDIS- A 36-year-old was killed after walking into traffic on LA 1 Thursday night.
State Police said Emmanuelle Stewart was hit by a car near the Iberville/West Baton Rouge Parish line.
"Stewart was attempting to cross LA 1 when he walked directly into the vehicle's path," a State... more »
January 3, 2013 7:29 PM
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ADDIS - State Police confirmed one person died in a wreck involving a pedestrian this evening in West Baton Rouge.
A State Police spokesperson said the deadly wreck happened on La. 1 near the border between West Baton Rouge and Iberville... more »
December 5, 2012 10:03 PM
PLAQUEMINE- About two hours after a mysterious power outage, most people have had electricity restored.
Something happened at a substation, leaving thousands along LA 1 in the dark. From Plaquemine to Brusly, people didn't have power Wednesday night.
Crews were able to find the issue, and restore power... more »
December 5, 2012 7:39 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Thousands of people are without power after connectivity was lost between some power grids Wednesday night.
Mayor Mark Gulotta said the issue is believed to be a connection problem with an Entergy line. Gulotta said crews are working to pinpoint which line is having an issue, and restore... more »
November 19, 2012 10:19 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Despite declining tax revenues, Iberville Parish's $41.6 million budget for 2013 reflects a 1.5 percent increase in spending compared to 2012. The Advocate reports nearly 30 percent of the $611,882 projected spending increase is attributed to more than $11 million in capital outlay projects reflected in the proposed... more »
October 11, 2012 4:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Joint Task Force 7 held a counterterrorism drill on the Mississippi River to test their inter-agency skills, while neutralizing a simulated terrorist threat.
The drill had sheriff's deputies from seven different agencies working together to find a mock bomb strapped to a pillar on the Mississippi... more »
September 28, 2012 12:22 PM
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested two people in connection with the murders of two men found in a sugar cane field.
Investigators arrested Harry Prater, 30, of Baton Rouge in suspicion of first-degree murder. They also arrested Brandi Singleton, 29, of Baton Rouge for obstruction of justice.... more »
September 24, 2012 8:41 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Deputies said two bodies found in a vehicle that crashed into a Plaquemine sugarcane field this morning were the victims of a shooting.
According the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Department, two men's bodies were found around 6:30 a.m. on Highway 1 south of St. Louis Rd.
They... more »
September 19, 2012 7:08 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Council has unanimously abolished Waterworks District No. 2, placing day-to-day water service operations for east Iberville residents under the jurisdiction of the parish Utility Department.
Council Chairman Matt Jewell says the parish will have to absorb the water district's outstanding debt, now amounting to... more »
September 11, 2012 1:01 PM
BAYOU SORREL - Sheriff's deputies in Iberville Parish arrested a man they said hit two children waiting for the bus this morning, then left the scene.
Deputies arrested Mark Tullier, 52, in suspicion of hit and run, as well as driving under suspension, having expired plates and no insurance.... more »
September 7, 2012 6:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - FEMA has added Iberville and St. Mary parishes to the list of Louisiana parishes approved for individual assistance grants after Hurricane Isaac. State emergency officials announced the addition Friday. Eighteen parishes are now included in the program that allows residents and business owners to apply for grants... more »
August 15, 2012 9:00 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School Board has revised the district's Zero Tolerance Violence Prevention Program.
The changes will impose stiffer penalties on students who get involved in fights on school grounds.
The original zero tolerance policy, adopted in 1996, required students caught fighting on campus to attend... more »
August 13, 2012 10:02 AM
WHITE CASTLE - Textbooks won't be the only items students in the Iberville Parish School District will be receiving during the first few weeks of school this year.
School Superintendent Ed Cancienne says more than 2,000 sixth- through 12th-graders are getting Apple Macbook Pro laptops.
Cancienne describes the... more »
August 1, 2012 9:42 PM
LAFAYETTE- Acadian Ambulance released a statement Wednesday night after a jury handed down a $117 million verdict against the company.
An Acadian ambulance was involved in a crash two years ago where a pregnant woman was paralyzed. Her baby survived, but was injured according to attorneys.
"This was... more »
August 1, 2012 7:11 PM
PLAQUEMINE- A jury decided Lafayette-based Acadian Ambulance must pay $117 million for an accident where a pregnant woman was injured two years ago.
Whitley Lacey's attorney, Tony Clayton, says she's paralyzed and doctors determined her baby was also injured in the crash when she gave birth.
Lacey was... more »
July 24, 2012 9:26 PM
PLAQUEMINE, Louisiana - The Waterworks District #2 in Iberville Parish is in hot water after two scathing audit reports.
The audits were presented to the Iberville Parish Council during a regular scheduled meeting Tuesday at the Iberville Courthouse.
The parish auditor presented council with a Comprehensive Annual Financial... more »
July 2, 2012 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE- A channel is in the works in Ascension Parish to prevent flooding. Officials say if the channel isn't built, hundreds of people could be flooded out of their homes.
The channel would connect Frog Bayou to Alligator Bayou, and then water would flow into Bayou Manchac. Some... more »
June 20, 2012 7:11 AM
PLAQUEMINE- Several members of the Iberville Parish Council have expressed displeasure over Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso's recent decision to scale back garbage collection for parish residents.
Trash pickup occurs twice a week.
Ourso informed the council he has decided to reduce that schedule to once-a-week pickup for... more »
June 18, 2012 5:07 PM
PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders are starting a campaign to stop littering in their bayous.
Leaders fear litter in the city's streets and neighborhoods is winding up in nearby bayous, and could be detrimental to tourism as well as the ecosystem.
"It makes the bayou look terrible and that's... more »
June 13, 2012 6:57 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School Board decided to create four new positions that will give the district a supervisor of technology and three new program directors at its two Math, Science and Arts academies. The board was divided during Monday's meeting on whether or not to approve the proposal.... more »
June 7, 2012 6:07 PM
IBERVILLE PARISH- A family asks for change after a man and his grandson died in a single car crash.
67-year-old Charles Werchan lost control while he was driving four-year-old Brennan Newman home Wednesday night on Kurt Creek Lane off Highway-77.
Neighbors say after heavy rains like last night... more »
June 7, 2012 1:32 PM
WHISKEY BAY - Volunteer firefighters along I-10 in Iberville Parish said today has been the busiest day of the year for them so far.
Chief Walter Bagot and the Blue Bayou Volunteer Fire Department responded to a large grass fire this afternoon at an exit off I-10 at the... more »
June 7, 2012 7:06 AM
IBERVILLE PARISH - Two people, including a child, are dead following a late night crash in Plaquemine.
Officials say a 67-year-old man was driving along Intracoastal Rd. near Hwy. 77 when the car suddenly went off the road into the woods, before flipping over.
He, along with his... more »
May 16, 2012 7:12 AM
PLAQUEMINE- Employees of the parish's Head Start program may reapply for their positions at an upcoming job fair. The Head Start chief administrative officer, Edwards Songy, told parish councilmen Tuesday that the event, open only to current Head Start employees, will be held May 29-30 at Nottaway Plantation. Last month,... more »
May 15, 2012 7:22 PM
Parish government worker pensions in the Baton Rouge area are in much better shape than their counterparts employed by the state. The East Baton Rouge City-Parish plan is the single largest and covers the 3,300 non police employees. Surrounding parish workers are enrolled in a statewide plan called the Parochial... more »
May 15, 2012 7:39 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish School Superintendent Ed Cancienne has proposed a plan to reverse start times of the district's elementary and high school students in the upcoming school year. The plan got a lukewarm reception from school board members Monday night. Cancienne told the board he wants to bump up... more »
May 14, 2012 11:17 AM
PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School System has opened its new $2.4 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Math learning center. Project manager Patrick Norris said the new 11,000-square-foot center took a little more than a year to construct.
Five classrooms were added to the Math, Science and Arts Academy-West... more »
March 30, 2012 8:43 AM
A man in Plaquemine is dead this morning after being shot at a motel on La. 1, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office Maj. Johnny Blanchard.
The shooting occurred in between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. at the Relax Inn.
Police say four people, including the victim, were... more »
March 27, 2012 6:31 PM
RAMAH - A man drowned while fishing in the Basin Tuesday afternoon.
Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies tell News2 Johnny Maze was found in water about a mile north of I-10.
"It has been a while since there was a drowning" a department spokesperson said.
He went on... more »
March 22, 2012 7:06 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish voters will decide Saturday whether to restore a lapsed, decades-old property tax that school system officials say is vital to pay for utilities, pest control, garbage collection and a number of other services. If the tax proposition were to fail, school Superintendent Ed Cancienne says the... more »
March 20, 2012 10:54 AM
PLAQUEMINE - A tax renewal vote in Iberville Parish for school maintenance is at the center of a controversy among residents. The tax renewal proposal issue goes before voters this Saturday, March 24th. News2's Sarah Rosario gets answers from both sides, supporters and opponents. The full story tonight on News2... more »
March 9, 2012 11:55 AM
ROSEDALE - One person was killed this morning in an accident according to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's office. Two vehicles were involved in the accident. It happened near the intersection of Highway 76 and Highway 411 in Rosedale. The Louisiana State Patrol is handling the accident. No word yet about... more »
February 27, 2012 7:16 AM
PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish government has completed the purchase of 27 acres of land as another step toward opening a new medical facility in the Plaquemine area. Parish President Mitch Ourso says the parish paid Edward J. Gay Planting and Manufacturing Co. just over $1 million dollars for the land.... more »
February 13, 2012 2:18 PM
ROSEDALE, La. - Iberville Parish sheriff's deputies say a single-car crash Monday morning, has claimed the life of a Mississippi man.
The crash happened on La. Highway 77 outside of Rosedale.
Authorities say Jeffrey Preston Jr., of Gulfport, drove his pickup head-on into a tree.
He died... more »
February 13, 2012 10:06 AM
ROSEDALE - One person died after driving their pickup head-on into a tree Monday morning, according to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office.
The wreck happened on Highway 77 outside of Rosedale. Investigators said the driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
People who lived near the wreck said... more »