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  • Feds: Iberville Parish does not need permit for aqua dams Play Video

    April 16, 2018 6:43 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- The United States Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that Iberville Parish does not need a permit to operate aqua dams in the event of a flood because they would be placed on a parish road and not in the wetlands or a waterway. That announcement comes at... more »
  • Sludge found in pond suspected to be case of nasty illegal dumping Play Video

    March 9, 2018 12:50 PM

    MARINGOUIN – Authorities worked all Friday morning and will spend the afternoon mucking out a mess of some sludge illegally dumped into a pond. Oil, gasoline and waste water was found in the pond near the Iberville – Pointe Coupee Parish line late Thursday night. People complained about a... more »
  • Eight students given citations for lunch brawl at area high school Play Video

    February 28, 2018 6:34 PM

  • St. Gabriel plant monitoring chlorine leak; Not a public safety hazard, officials say

    February 21, 2018 3:53 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – Authorities are monitoring a chlorine gas leak inside a chemical plant in Iberville Parish. The leak was reported after 2 o'clock Wednesday inside the Olin Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyls plant on La. 75. Plant employees are monitoring the situation internally, and as of this post,... more »
  • Sheriff: Double shooting, murder was over someone 'mean muggin''

    February 10, 2018 10:22 PM

    MARINGOUIN - Two people are now in jail following an unusual, deadly shooting in this rural community earlier this month. The double shooting killed Christopher Carter, 26, and injured a second person on Church Street near Mayer Street. Larry West, 38, of Baton Rouge, was arrested and charged... more »
  • Report: $18M I-10 construction project beginning April 1

    February 1, 2018 8:49 AM

    ST. MARTIN - The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has announced an upcoming highway project with major impacts to St. Martin and Iberville Parishes. According to the DOTD, starting April 1, construction on I-10 will stretch from LA 347 to LA 77. KATC reports that the $18 million... more »
  • EBR district attorney releases statement regarding viral animal cruelty case Play Video

    January 8, 2018 11:32 AM

    UPDATE: Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi says Judge Pamela Johnson has refused to sign the arrest warrant for a juvenile allegedly involved in the viral video depicting animal cruelty. In an interview with WBRZ, Sheriff Stassi expressed his frustration over the decision. On Thursday, East Baton Rouge District Attorney... more »
  • More kids arrested after photo of student with gun is circulated with threat online

    December 21, 2017 1:34 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Additional arrests have been made related to a picture circulated on the internet that caused a panic at an area school last week. The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said two students were charged with disturbing the peace by alarming the public for their role in the scare.... more »
  • Iberville Parish School System behind on paying some bills Play Video

    December 20, 2017 6:42 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A pre Christmas scare came to numerous teachers in the Iberville Parish School System recently when they received letters that their insurance might lapse because the insurance company hadn't received payments. Today, School Superintendent Arthur Joffrion said the school system pays all of its bills and all of them... more »
  • Thieves steal expensive batteries from cranes, backhoes used to repair flooded road Play Video

    December 12, 2017 5:42 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH- Thieves stole thousands of dollars worth of batteries from heavy construction equipment parked in Iberville Parish. When work crews showed up, the power sources were missing from the cranes, back hoes, excavators, and generators. "Contractor was on the job site and every battery was missing from the machines,... more »
  • Iberville Parish spends thousands to house inmates during jail renovations Play Video

    December 11, 2017 6:44 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish Leaders are having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to house more than a hundred inmates outside the parish as the jail is fixed. The jail was closed in August due to HVAC and asbestos concerns. The renovations cost nearly $766,000. Currently, inmates are being housed... more »
  • Area sheriff's deputy suspended after pulling gun during bar fight

    October 31, 2017 11:29 AM

    PLAQUEMINE – Sheriff Brett Stassi said he quickly suspended a short-term deputy after learning of an aggressive act at a bar in downtown Baton Rouge recently. The deputy, who had only been on the force for about two-and-a-half weeks, is accused of pulling a gun during a confrontation on... more »
  • Iberville Parish to discuss strict new law protecting the American flag

    October 6, 2017 4:32 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Parish leaders are set to discuss a strict new law that would ban anyone from damaging or defacing an American flag. The proposal would also cover the parish's flag along with the Louisiana state flag. Penalties range from a six-month stay in jail to a $1,000 fine.... more »
  • Miles of aqua dams on standby in case of flooding threat in Iberville Parish Play Video

    August 25, 2017 5:21 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Three miles of aqua dams are on standby and ready to be deployed if excessive rainfall creates a need for them, according to Iberville Parish leaders. The aqua dams were ordered following the August floods after floodwaters swamped homes in St. Gabriel, Prairieville and some parts of Geismar.... more »
  • Iberville Parish Jail to close for two month renovation Play Video

    August 15, 2017 5:04 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Jail will close for a two month renovation of the facility's air conditioning system. According to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi, the HVAC swap will begin on Friday, August 18. Male inmates will be transferred to two state correctional facilities. Those who were... more »
  • Specialized temporary dam could be deployed this week in Iberville Parish

    June 20, 2017 12:06 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – Newly-purchased AquaDam devices could be installed to prevent backwater flooding in low-lying areas along Manchac Road, an area that had significant flooding in August. Iberville Parish announced in letters to citizens this week, it purchased the temporary dam system recently and it was designed specifically for... more »
  • Dispute between relatives, chemical plant heats up over historic slave cemetery Play Video

    May 22, 2017 5:29 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH- The dispute between the descendants of Robert Taylor, who set up a cemetery in Revilletown back in 1881, and a chemical plant controlling access to it ended up in court again Monday. Janice Dickerson claims the chemical plant has locked out her and her relatives from accessing the... more »
  • Woman hospitalized after being beaten and raped in local wooded area

    May 19, 2017 5:28 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – A man whose kidnapping and rape victim went with him to check himself into a Baton Rouge mental hospital was arrested Friday after he left the hospital, authorities said. The victim remains in intensive care with devastating injuries from the brutal attack. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi... more »
  • Descendants of slave claim chemical plant locked them out of historic cemetery Play Video

    May 17, 2017 6:55 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The descendants of a slave in Iberville Parish say money and power prevented them from paying respects to their loved one. Over the weekend, the family says they were locked out by a chemical plant that borders the cemetery property. It's a long-standing legal battle. The First Circuit Court... more »
  • Boil order issued for parts of Iberville Parish

    February 21, 2017 12:25 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH– Iberville Parish Water District No. 3 says a broken line may be causing low water pressure for some customers. The break will impact customers from Hwy. 75 from Jack Miller’s Landing south to the end of Hwy 75 in Bayou Pidgeon and all intersecting streets. Streets west... more »
  • UPDATE: Area teacher booked into jail for choking student

    January 25, 2017 11:43 AM

    PLAQUEMINE – A White Castle High School coach turned himself in to authorities and was booked into jail Wednesday. As WBRZ.com was first to report a day earlier, Edd Thomas faces a second degree battery charge for an altercation at the school earlier in the month. Thomas is accused... more »
  • Iberville Sheriff confirms bones found Monday are human remains Play Video

    October 31, 2016 4:31 PM

    GROSSE TETE - Authorities are investigating a report of a discovery of human remains in Iberville Parish. Remains were found on Highway 77 between Grosse Tete and Rosedale. The sheriff's office said someone picking up pecans on the side of the highway saw scattered skeletal remains in the area.... more »
  • Iberville Parish man charged in decades old cold case murders Play Video

    October 27, 2016 12:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Investigators in Iberville Parish say an arrest has been made Thursday in two decades old cold case murders. According to Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi, 61-year-old Tommy Francise was arrested in Lafayette around 4 a.m. Thursday. He was transported to Iberville Parish and was later booked... more »
  • Oversize load to slow traffic on the Westside for the next week

    October 25, 2016 10:29 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Westside drivers are in for some delays due to wide loads being moved through Plaquemine for the next week. Oversized vessels will be transported from a shipyard across from the Iberville Parish Multipurpose Center on Bayou Road the Shintech Plaquemine facility off Highway 1 south of the city.... more »
  • Residents upset with slow repairs to Alligator Bayou Road Play Video

    October 16, 2016 11:29 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Jody Braud has been living off Alligator Bayou Road for 20-years. And for those 20 years, he has kept a record of all the major floods with marks on a tree on his property. When heavy rains brought historic flooding to South Louisiana in August, Braud’s... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Judge on suspension lands lucrative new job Play Video

    October 12, 2016 5:09 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A disgraced local judge from the 18th Judicial District who is currently on a year long unpaid suspension for wrongdoing has landed a lucrative new public job. Robin Free is now the Supervisor of General Services for Iberville Parish and is collecting a $75,000 salary per year. Iberville... more »
  • Aerial spraying scheduled for Tuesday in Iberville Parish

    September 24, 2016 8:33 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH – Officials in Iberville Parish say due to increased mosquito populations, teams will conduct a parish wide aerial spraying Tuesday. Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said the spraying will start at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 27 weather permitting. Residents with existing respiratory problems or sensitivity to... more »
  • Additional cut to be made in road to increase flood relief

    August 25, 2016 3:53 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Iberville Parish officials are preparing massive sandbags that will be dropped into a cut section of highway being used to drain Spanish Lake Basin should a tropical weather system impact south Louisiana next week. Meteorologists are closely monitoring Invest 99. Click HERE for the latest from... more »
  • Ascension, Iberville officials devise plan to drain Spanish Lake

    August 18, 2016 5:37 PM

    SPANISH LAKE - Officials in Ascension and Iberville parishes are putting a plan into motion to relieve flooding in the area around Spanish Lake. Flood water remains in communities off of Bluff Road and in St. Gabriel, and if nothing is done officials suspect that water could remain for... more »
  • Sulfuric acid leak "under control" in Geismar, authorities say

    August 13, 2016 7:37 PM

    GEISMAR - Residents near the Honeywell Plant were alerted just before 11:30 pm that the sulfuric acid leaks at the plant were "under control," according to a fax from Iberville Parish emergency authorities. Residents had been asked to shelter in place after the leak was discovered. A second leak... more »
  • Iberville board approves contract with new superintendent

    August 9, 2016 11:28 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish School Board has unanimously approved a three-year contract for the district's new superintendent, Arthur Joffrion. Joffrion is set to earn a minimum base salary of $165,250 annually starting Wednesday until Aug. 8, 2019. The board also agreed Monday night to pay him an additional... more »
  • Iberville Parish courthouse to close amid upgrades

    July 26, 2016 11:21 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The Iberville Parish Courthouse is shutting down for about 12 days beginning Tuesday as contractors make $3.1 million in upgrades to the building's air conditioning system. Parish officials have had to line up temporary quarters for several agencies now housed at the courthouse, including Parish President J. Mitchell... more »
  • Part of I-10 east to close starting Friday afternoon

    July 8, 2016 12:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Starting Friday afternoon and into the weekend, the east-bound right lane of I-10 between the east side of the Atchafalaya Bridge to the Iberville Parish line will be closed. The closure will be from Friday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. until Monday, July 11 at 6... more »
  • 75-year-old man seriously injured after boats collide in Iberville Parish

    July 2, 2016 5:41 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – The Iberville Parish Sheriff said three people, including a 75 year old man, were injured after a boating accident in Bayou Sorrel Saturday afternoon. According to Brett Stassi, the incident happened around 4 p.m. Saturday near Plaquemine. Three people were hurt after two boats collided, pushing one... more »
  • EBR Coroner: DNA results will be needed to ID body found near Grosse Tete Play Video

    June 15, 2016 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office says DNA results from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab will be needed to determine whether or not a body found near Grosse Tete belongs to missing school administrator Lyntell Washington. WATCH WBRZ NEWS 2 LIVE UPDATE ON FACEBOOK LIVE... more »
  • Motorcyclist dies after crash in Iberville Parish

    June 1, 2016 12:13 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH- A crash on LA 386 in Iberville Parish took the life of a motorcyclist. On May 30 around 2 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Troop A began investigating a single-vehicle fatality crash that occurred on LA 386 west of LA 77. The initial investigation revealed that the crash... more »
  • Impaired driver arrested after striking and killing man in car crash

    May 9, 2016 5:57 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A fatal crash in Iberville Parish resulted in the death of a man from Plaquemine and the arrest of an impaired driver. Louisiana State Police responded to a fatal crash on LA 1 in Iberville Parish on Sunday night around 8 p.m. where they found 31-year-old Joseph Tatney of... more »
  • St. Gabriel emergency sirens malfunctioned, rang Friday morning

    April 29, 2016 11:34 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Emergency sirens malfunctioned, and rang for about twenty minutes on the eastern bank of Iberville Parish Friday. The alarm rang at the signal near the intersection of Bayou Paul Lane and Highway 30 Friday morning. Emergency officials in Iberville Parish said something was wrong with the... more »
  • Plans to drill for brine cause fears about sinkhole in Iberville Parish Play Video

    April 26, 2016 5:38 PM

    WHITE CASTLE- More than 150 residents in Iberville Parish are on edge, fearing an environmental disaster. This comes after they received letters in the mail recently saying a company is planning to drill wells for brine production. Many are having flashbacks to the Bayou Corne sinkhole that emerged not... more »
  • Investigators in Texas looking for clues in Whiskey Bay murder case Play Video

    April 25, 2016 11:14 AM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Investigators are in Humble, TX looking for more clues in connection with the murder of 28-year-old Elizabeth Ferrell who was found by a fisherman in Whiskey Bay over the weekend. As of Tuesday afternoon, investigators say that Ferrell was supposed to be at work on Friday... more »
  • Body of young woman found in Whiskey Bay

    April 23, 2016 5:35 PM

    WHISKEY BAY - An unidentified body was found in Whiskey Bay Saturday afternoon, according to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Brett Stassi confirmed deputies recovered the body of a younger woman that was dumped in the area recently. Investigators are currently treating the investigation as a homicide. ... more »
  • Human remains found in St. Gabriel identified

    April 21, 2016 3:14 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The human remains discovered along the levee bank in St. Gabriel last week are those of a 38-year-old woman who jumped off the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge in February. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said Thursday that the LSU FACES Lab confirmed that the woman was... more »
  • Boil water advisory for parts of Iberville lifted

    April 12, 2016 4:32 PM

    IBERVILLE- The boil water advisory in Iberville Parish has been lifted as of Thursday, parish officials announced. The water testing indicated no contamination and the water is safe for consumption. The parish origianlly issued a boil water advisory on Tuesday afternoon for residents and businesses on Belleview Road from... more »
  • Man ejected from car after crash with driver who feel asleep

    April 11, 2016 2:13 PM

    RAMAH- Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L are investigating a fatal car crash on Monday in Iberville Parish that took the life of 47-year-old Kenith Simpson of Jackson, MS. The accident occurred on Monday after midnight when 19-year-old Daryann Villareal, also of Jackson, was traveling westbound on I-10 in... more »
  • Man leads deputies on 32-mile high-speed chase through BR

    April 11, 2016 12:37 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Deputies say one man is in custody after he lead officers on a high speed chase for 32 miles on I-10 through Baton Rouge Sunday night. According to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, the chase ended in Denham Springs and Raymond Williams is in custody. An Iberville Parish... more »
  • LSP: 1 dead after wreck involving tow truck in Iberville Parish

    March 9, 2016 1:20 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - State Police reported a crash in Iberville Parish that left one dead after a car ran a stop sign and was hit by a tow truck. Troopers identified the victim of the wreck as 19-year-old Orthello Batiste, of White Castle. State Police say the crash... more »
  • Man dies at boat launch, sheriff reports

    March 3, 2016 5:30 PM

    RAMAH - A man died after a medical emergency at a boat launch in Iberville Parish, the sheriff's office said Thursday. The unidentified man went to retrieve something that fell off a boat and never resurfaced. Investigators believe he had a medical condition that lead to his death in... more »
  • Inmates moved out of jail during HVAC work

    February 22, 2016 12:25 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Inmates at the Iberville Parish jail were moved to various other facilities while crews upgrade the prison's HVAC system. Sunday, 91 men at the jail were moved to the correctional center in La Salle and eight women were moved to Avoyelles Parish. New bookings will be done... more »
  • Former teacher of the year enters no contest plea to student sex charges Play Video

    February 16, 2016 10:45 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - In a solemn manner, former teacher Keavin Keith pleaded no contest to five counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and 30 counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student Tuesday morning. #BREAKING Keith even fathered a child with one of his students.... more »
  • Shooting death investigation caused I-10 delays Wednesday

    February 10, 2016 12:26 PM

    RAMAH - A shooting death investigation closed a lane on the I-10 Basin Bridge and caused a 10-mile long traffic jam Wednesday. One lane on the westbound side just west of Ramah in Iberville Parish closed before lunch. Emergency vehicles could be seen in the state traffic camera looking... more »
  • 2 more horses rescued, vet to do health screen on starved animals

    February 2, 2016 11:32 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Tuesday, a veterinarian will conduct a health screening on horses suffering from starvation that were rescued by Iberville Parish Animal Control. Recently in separate cases, three horses starved to death and two others were found in poor health. At least three different people are facing animal cruelty... more »
  • 3 horses die of starvation, multiple owners face charges Play Video

    February 1, 2016 5:21 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Three horses are dead after parish workers said they starved to death last week across Iberville Parish. At least three different people are facing animal cruelty charges. In one case a horse was in such bad shape it had to be euthanised. In two other cases, horses... more »
  • 15-year-old accused of Plaquemine High School bomb threats arrested

    January 13, 2016 4:18 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Sheriff’s deputies in Iberville Parish say a 15-year-old student was arrested in connection with a bomb threat made earlier in the day at Plaquemine High School. Investigators said they were able to connect the individual to a similar threat received by 911 on Dec. 14, stating that... more »
  • Sheriff's office opens cold case in Discovery Channel series Play Video

    January 4, 2016 11:38 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - Hollywood could help warm-up a woman's murder since the case has gone gold. The Discovery Channel has eyes on Iberville Parish, encouraging the sheirff's office to reopen a cold case dating back 18 years. The murder of 34-year-old Eugenie Boisfontaine in 1997 was reopened August 3,... more »
  • Sugar cane tractor collides with train

    December 17, 2015 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A train collided with a sugar cane farmer's tractor in Iberville Parish Thursday, according to the sheriff's office. Sheriff Brett Stassi said nobody was hurt in the collision. The collision happened on Catherine Road at LA 1 just after 1 p.m. according to the sheriff's... more »
  • Authorities investigate shooting in St. Gabriel Play Video

    December 14, 2015 6:59 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Sheriff's deputies said they're assisting with a shooting investigation in the city limits of St. Gabriel Monday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said shots were fired at two different times during the day, and St. Gabriel Police initially handled the investigation. ... more »
  • Pipeline expansion to feed Iberville Parish industry Play Video

    December 10, 2015 7:46 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish Water Works is replacing an 18 mile pipeline so heavy industry can expand. The project will double the size of a current pipeline and raise two water towers several feet in District #3. The Department of Health and Hospitals awarded Iberville Parish an $8 million loan... more »
  • Several arrests made in Iberville Parish narcotics roundup

    December 9, 2015 7:22 PM

    [WBRZ made an editorial decision to remove the video from this story. WBRZ accompanied law enforcement on this story as they were knocking on doors of suspected drug dealers. Family members of a current home owner say portions of the video depicted in the story show deputies knocking on their... more »
  • Family assaults WBRZ photographer after murder plea deal Play Video

    December 4, 2015 6:43 PM

    IBERVILLE - Family members of a man facing murder charges took out their frustrations on a WBRZ photographer outside the Iberville Parish Courthouse Friday. Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies booked Josh Falcon and Brandon Martinez into parish jail for simple battery. The two men assaulted the photographer while he was getting... more »
  • Lafayette man killed in crash with 18-wheeler on I-10

    November 6, 2015 12:44 PM

    RAMAH - State police say a 50-year-old Lafayette man died when his small SUV crashed into the rear of an 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 in Iberville Parish. Trooper Bryan Lee says the accident happened early Friday morning just west of the Ramah exit. Lee says Alton Ortega died... more »

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