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  • Iberville sheriff says teen's shooting death was case of self-defense Play Video

    February 4, 2018 9:30 PM

    UPDATE: The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said Sunday night's shooting that left 17-year-old DeShannon Woods dead in Plaquemine was a case of self-defense. Authorities say a group of six or seven people were playing dice on a front porch Sunday night when two armed robbers approached them. The two... more »
  • Warrant out for Baton Rouge man in animal cruelty case Play Video

    January 29, 2018 6:30 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A warrant for arrest is out Monday night for a Baton Rouge man believed to be involved in an animal cruelty case in Iberville Parish. Authorities found one horse dead, and two others in bad condition on a pasture in Plaquemine. It was a neighbor who first... more »
  • Residents asked to conserve water in Plaquemine

    January 18, 2018 11:21 AM

    PLAQUEMINE- The Plaquemine Utilities Department is asking residents to stop dripping faucets as soon as the temperatures hit freezing, which should happen around mid-day. The area has maintained water pressure through the freezing weather, but one tower is getting low, authorities said. By minimizing the use of water today,... more »
  • Former New Roads mayor avoids jail time but gets probation, fines Play Video

    January 9, 2018 9:26 AM

    NEW ROADS – Robert Myer, the former mayor, avoided jail time in sentencing Tuesday morning related to his October no contest plea on malfeasance in office charges. "We made the best decision for the City of New Roads to move forward," Myer said as he left court. "I feel... 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 »
  • Powerful company counter sues family over historic cemetery Play Video

    July 3, 2017 5:38 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A family fighting against a powerful chemical company over a historic cemetery was slapped with a shock in court. The family accuses Axiall of limiting access to the cemetery and taking a public road. Axiall is now suing the family, and their attorney called those actions outrageous. The plaintiffs... more »
  • Public input wanted for proposed Plaquemine Riverfront Recreational Trail

    June 19, 2017 2:35 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Officials are looking for public input on the proposed master plan for the Plaquemine Riverfront Recreational Trail. Two possible plans for the trail landing and river overlook will be shown for public input. The plans also include a stage, terraced seating and other amenities. Plans also... more »
  • Public meeting scheduled to discuss possible railroad crossing closures in Plaquemine

    June 9, 2017 2:00 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A public meeting will be held in Plaquemine to discuss the possible closures of some railroad crossings in the area. Currently, between 20 to 30 trains pass through Plaquemine on a daily basis and each must blow their whistles as they pass through the city's railroad crossings,... more »
  • Abandoned well destorying woman's yard

    June 1, 2017 6:15 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - For weeks a Plaquemine woman has been dealing with a neighbor's well that's flooding her backyard. Gilda Coffee lives on Foundry street and says the well on the other side of her fence, is spewing water nonstop. "It's still running, this is 24-seven," she said. ... more »
  • Plaquemine Police Department to hold event for prescription drug disposal

    April 24, 2017 11:55 AM

    PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting an event for residents to bring in their expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs. The event will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can bring their pills for... more »
  • Plaquemine shopping center evacuated due to bomb threat

    April 3, 2017 2:57 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Police say a shopping center in Plaquemine has been evacuated after a bomb threat was made Monday afternoon. According to Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne, the threat was made after 1 p.m. to the Little Caesar’s Pizza on Belleview Drive. Police have evacuated the shopping center as... more »
  • Flaring activity at Dow plant in Plaquemine

    March 17, 2017 4:49 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – The Dow plant in Plaquemine has flaring activity taking place on Friday afternoon, officials announced. The issue at the plant that caused the flaring has been resolved and Dow is currently in the process of restarting the plant's production unit. Flaring is the controlled burning of... more »
  • Deputy-involved shooting in Plaquemine following attempted traffic stop Play Video

    March 10, 2017 4:24 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Crews are on the scene of a deputy-involved shooting on LA 1 and Government Street that occurred around 2:30 p.m. on Friday. According to the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, a deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop when a car tried to drive through a road block.... more »
  • Entergy work to cause outages in Plaquemine

    January 31, 2017 5:25 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Entergy will be performing work that will cause outages on Wednesday and Thursday in Plaquemine. The work will cause outages to all Plaquemine City Light & Water electrical customers. Electrical power will be turned off at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 for 20 minutes and again... more »
  • Parish leaders furious over lack of communication during Dow chlorine leak Play Video

    December 5, 2016 7:18 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Parish leaders in Iberville are fuming tonight over a lack of communication during the chlorine leak from the Dow property on Friday. Parish leaders said they were never notified from Dow which is against protocols. Instead, the parish had to call Dow to try and get some information... more »
  • Dow issues update, says facility is secure Play Video

    December 2, 2016 4:22 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The DOW's facility in Plaquemine is now secure, according to a statement released by DOW Saturday, Dec. 3. The full statement reads: " Dow’s facility in Plaquemine is secure after a power interruption Friday afternoon. Utilities and steam continue to come online at... more »
  • Burial denied at historic slave cemetery Play Video

    November 21, 2016 6:35 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Tonight descendants of a slave who purchased property for a cemetery for his loved ones are fighting so their relative can rest in peace. Over the weekend, the burial was blocked by the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office at a historic slave cemetery which dates back to 1881. Hazel Jones... more »
  • Plaquemine ferry reopens after shut down; services to be reduced for Thanksgiving

    November 21, 2016 12:39 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Ferry has reopened after shutting down Monday morning. The shut down was reported around 11:15 a.m. on Monday. DOTD officials announced that the ferry reopened around 2 p.m. No cause as to why the ferry shut down has been released at the time of... more »
  • Iberville Parish Schools consider updated security system Play Video

    November 14, 2016 11:32 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish School Board members considered updating the cameras and related equipment at all district campuses Monday. Officials say the current system is years overdue for an upgrade. "The resolution is poor so if you had to pull video it would be hard to make out a person,... 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 »
  • 1 shot in argument over car

    September 30, 2016 8:53 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Authorities say one man was injured in a shooting that broke out after an argument over a car. It happened on Anthony Street. Police say a man and his uncle were arguing over a car when the man pulled out a gun and shot his uncle in the... more »
  • DOTD adds permanent operation of second Plaquemine ferry

    September 29, 2016 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – DOTD announced that the department will permanently operate a second morning ferry at the Plaquemine landing. The landing was added temporarily last month following the flood to ease congestion and benefit drivers. The ferry's hours of operation will be extended a half hour each weekday. The... more »
  • Crane overturns at Dow site in Plaquemine; no injuries reported

    September 9, 2016 1:10 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – A crane overturned at the Dow Chemical site in Plaquemine Thursday afternoon. According to officials, there were no injuries and the site has been secured. The crane is owned and operated by Mammoet, a company specializing in the lifting and transporting of heavy objects. Dow... more »
  • Man injured during officer-involved shooting in Plaquemine dies

    September 7, 2016 6:16 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – A man has died after being injured during an officer-involved shooting in Plaquemine that took place on Aug. 11. According to Louisiana State Police, the man involved in the shooting was 54-year-old Tommy Seneca. Seneca was injured after deputies responded to a shots fired call at a... more »
  • 1 in critical condition in officer-involved shooting in Plaquemine

    August 11, 2016 2:23 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Sources say one person is in critical condition after being injured during an officer-involved shooting in Plaquemine on Thursday afternoon. Deputies said they responded to a shots fired call and showed up to the scene of a family fight on LA 77 between the Indian Village Bridge... more »
  • Power cut to Plaquemine overnight Thursday for repairs Play Video

    August 3, 2016 1:15 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The entire city will be without power overnight Thursday. Power will be cut to repair a switch on a substation that feeds all of Plaquemine. The outage is due to repairs being made by Entergy, the city said in a news release, trying to avoid blame for... more »
  • Child killed in crash on west side, driver charged Play Video

    June 27, 2016 2:49 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – A child was killed in a car crash that injured as many as eight others near Jack Miller Landing Monday. Authorities said Asha Cooper, 9, was killed in the crash. The driver of a small SUV the child was riding in was charged with negligent homicide and... more »
  • 1 injured during possible fire in Plaquemine

    May 23, 2016 11:16 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Fire brigade crews are on the scene of a reported fire with injury at Air Liquide in Plaquemine. The industrial gas company’s building is located in the 57800 block of Evergreen Road at Highway 405. One person was transported from the scene with injuries, according to... more »
  • ATV rider killed after crash with train in Plaquemine

    May 20, 2016 5:07 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Sheriff’s deputies in Iberville Parish confirm a 24-year-old man died at the scene of a crash involving an ATV and a train Friday morning in Plaquemine. Police have yet to identify the victim of the wreck who was pronounced dead at the scene by the parish coroner.... more »
  • Plaintiffs' Attorney: Town of White Castle loses court battle over public records Play Video

    March 18, 2016 5:20 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Attorneys representing plaintiffs suing the Town of White Castle say the Town was dealt a big blow today, by an Iberville Parish Judge. Attorney Seth Dornier said a Judge ordered the Town to turn over the public records, pay the plaintiffs' attorney fees, and face a fine. Attorneys defending... more »
  • Plaquemine teacher aide accused of sexually abusing teen Play Video

    February 29, 2016 4:39 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- A teacher's aide in Plaquemine is in hot water tonight, accused of two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. That employee also helped out with the band. When allegations surfaced he was fired. Erwin Marionneaux is accused of touching a 15-year-old and sending her inappropriate text... more »
  • Board: 1 month of money for Plaquemines public defenders

    February 22, 2016 5:18 AM

    POINTE A LA HACHE- The Louisiana Public Defender Board has found money to keep the Plaquemines Parish Public Defenders office open through March. The office had begun furloughs for its two staff attorneys Wednesday, two days after legislators cut $472,000 from the state board's budget. Chief public defender Matthew Robnett... more »
  • Search warrant in Plaquemine leads to 3 arrest, seized cocaine

    January 25, 2016 5:19 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and Plaquemine Police say they seized a large quantity of cocaine, marijuana and other narcotics while executing a search warrant in Plaquemine last week. The following arrests were made following the search: 31-year-old Gregory Hardin was booked on charges of possession... more »
  • FBI investigating threat to Plaquemine High School

    January 12, 2016 10:55 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Administrators closed Plaquemine High School for the day Tuesday after the superintendent said someone phoned in a threat to the school. Iberville Schools Superintendent Ed Cancienne's office said students were sent home and buses turned around after arriving at the school out of an abundance of caution.... more »
  • Police officer accused of beating, kidnapping wife

    January 6, 2016 11:26 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Plaquemine Police officer Tuesday on charges he attacked and kidnapped his estranged wife. Deputies accused 28-year-old Justin Bush of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and malfeasance in office. Sheriff Brett Stassi said they were notified Tuesday that Bush's wife called Plaquemine... more »
  • Man who claimed self-defense pleads guilty to negligent homicide

    January 5, 2016 11:46 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Court officials said Cordias Walker pleaded guilty late Monday night to charges he shot and killed someone in Plaquemine during what investigators said was an argument over drugs. Walker, 22, entered a guilty plea to negligent homicide charges for the death of 17-year-old Wilbert Myles back in... more »
  • Plaquemine man struck, killed by pickup on Hwy 405

    December 15, 2015 1:35 PM

    PLAQUEMINE –Police say a Plaquemine man walking on LA 405 died after being struck by a pickup truck Tuesday morning. Louisiana State Police said 25-year-old Jermaine Taylor, wearing all black clothing, was walking in the northbound lane of LA 405 shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday. According to investigators,... more »
  • Man shot by police booked into jail

    December 3, 2015 8:30 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - State Police booked a man into jail Thursday night on charges related to a neighborhood altercation that resulted in an officer-involved shooting earlier this week. Quinton Lawrence, 53, faces two counts of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer with a firearm and... more »
  • Thanksgiving Day murder suspect says he's innocent

    December 3, 2015 4:00 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A man accused of a Thanksgiving Day murder in Plaquemine claimed his innocence as he was transferred to the Plaquemine Police Department Thursday afternoon. “I was not running because I was guilty. People are always calling my name when something happens in my neighborhood. I’m innocent though,”... more »
  • Thanksgiving Day murder suspect arrested

    December 2, 2015 10:43 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A man wanted for a Thanksgiving Day murder is in custody after being arrested on the other side of the river, authorities released late Wednesday. Jerome Gray was arrested in the Sherwood area of Baton Rouge and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail. Eventually, he'll... more »
  • Suspect shot by police after shooting neighbor in Plaquemine Play Video

    December 1, 2015 8:17 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Two people were shot in a neighborhood feud that escalated into an officer-involved shooting Tuesday evening. Police responded to a report of shots fired on Osage Avenue, a few blocks from a murder Thursday . At the scene, police found someone shot and fired at a possible... more »
  • Police continue search for Plaquemine murder suspect Play Video

    November 30, 2015 10:44 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Police said Monday, they are getting closer to tracking down the location of an accused murderer. Jerome "Dusty" Gray has been on the run since Thursday evening. Gray is wanted in connection with the murder of Derick Askins,32. Askins was gunned down Thanksgiving evening near Canal and... more »
  • Plaquemine murder suspect considered "armed and dangerous" Play Video

    November 27, 2015 11:34 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Police released the identity of a suspect in the shooting death of a Plaquemine man Thanksgiving night. Plaquemine Police Chief Kenny Payne said 32-year-old Derick Askins was found dead near the intersection of Canal and Church Streets around 8:30 p.m. Police believe he was killed by Jerome... more »
  • State gets involved in fight over historic slave cemetery Play Video

    November 23, 2015 6:31 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Tonight, the State is getting involved in a fight over a historic slave cemetery. The Attorney General's Office believes a church in town may have broken the law. It all centers around the Revilletown Cemetery. It was purchased in 1881 by a slave named Robert Taylor. Taylor's... more »
  • BR woman accused of scamming elderly Plaquemine residents

    November 11, 2015 3:27 PM

    PLAQUEMINE – Police say a Baton Rouge woman has been arrested in the city of Plaquemine for scamming elderly residents of their money. Police say Latesha Rogers, 37, called an elderly victim in Plaquemine claiming that the victim won $3 million but would have to pay taxes before getting... more »
  • Teacher accused of having sex with students due back in court Tuesday

    November 10, 2015 9:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A former teacher at Plaquemine High, accused of sleeping multiple students, is scheduled to be back to court Tuesday. Keavin Keith is due back in court for a motion hearing. The 30-year-old was indicted on 35 charges of inappropriate behavior with students earlier this year after several... more »
  • Mayor orders fire chief to park unit after WBRZ report Play Video

    November 5, 2015 4:39 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Mayor Mary Sue Gulotta ordered Plaquemine Fire Chief Mackie Guillot to stop using his city-issued vehicle for personal business on trips out of town, following a series of reports by the WBRZ Investigative Unit. It's a complete about-face from what she told us Monday. "It's not illegal,"... more »
  • Investigative Unit report catches the attention of state investigators Play Video

    November 2, 2015 6:26 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The State Legislative Auditor is worried laws may have been broken after the Investigative Unit uncovered a local fire chief is using his tax payer issued vehicle for personal business. Routinely, you'll find Chief Mackie Guillot nearly 30-40 minutes out of town on Mondays through Fridays outside... more »
  • Educators surprised with national award, $25,000 prize

    October 28, 2015 5:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three Louisiana educators have received a national award as well as checks for $25,000 for their work in their respective school districts. The Milken Family Foundation acknowledged the work of Port Allen Middle School teacher Jessica Major and Plaquemine High School Principal Chandler Smith during award... more »
  • Fugitive's capture brings closure for victim's family Play Video

    October 2, 2015 7:45 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A shooting victim's family found closure Friday when his fugitive killer was captured in Atlanta. Molly Hardin is the aunt of Cordies Gales, the 31 year old man gunned down by Benjuiel Johnson in 2010. Hardin said she was "so excited" when she heard the news. Johnson... more »
  • $2,000 total reward offered for info on killer accidentally released from jail Play Video

    September 30, 2015 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Law enforcement agencies offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of an inmate who was mistakenly released over the weekend. U.S. Marshals joined in the search for 32-year-old Benjuiel Johnson as it continued through Wednesday and into Thursday morning with the escaped man... more »
  • Late mayor's wife to serve rest of his term

    September 23, 2015 12:06 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - The late mayor's wife was appointed to serve the rest of his term Tuesday night. Mary Gulotta will be mayor through next year. Gulotta's husband, Tony, died nearly two weeks ago of a heart attack. The next mayoral election will be November 2016. ************** ... more »
  • Plaquemine mayor's funeral service set for Wednesday

    September 16, 2015 9:24 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - People are getting ready to pay their final respects to the late Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta. His body arrived Tuesday afternoon to lie in state at city hall. Groups of mourners stopped by to pay their final respects to the longest-serving mayor in the city's history. Gulotta was... more »
  • Body of Plaquemine mayor brought to lie in state

    September 15, 2015 5:14 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - The body of late Plaquemine mayor Tony Gulotta arrived Tuesday afternoon to lie in state at city hall. The casket was greeted by an honor guard and groups of mourners who stood by the pay their respects to the longest-serving mayor of Plaquemine. Gulotta's visitation at... more »
  • Funeral arrangements set for Plaquemine Mayor

    September 13, 2015 7:31 PM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. - The funeral arrangements have been set for Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta, who died on Friday. The body will lie in honor at Plaquemine City Hall for public visitation on Tuesday, September 15, from 4 until 8 p.m. Visitation will also be held at St. John the... more »
  • Plaquemine mayor dies from heart attack

    September 11, 2015 12:45 PM

    WHITE CASTLE - Plaquemine Mayor Tony Gulotta died Friday morning of an apparent heart attack, according to the Iberville Parish sheriff. Sheriff Brett Stassi said Gulotta was found unresponsive some time after 10 a.m. The parish coroner's office later confirmed Gulotta died from a heart attack, and had a... more »
  • Arrest made in boat ramp stabbing

    August 31, 2015 4:24 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Authorities in St. Landry Parish arrested a man accused of stabbing a woman in the neck at a Plaquemine boat launch Monday. Officials said Travis Howell was stopped at a roadblock and arrested. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi told News 2 they believe Howell stabbed the... more »
  • Football player accused of bringing gun to high school Play Video

    August 17, 2015 5:55 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A football player at Plaquemine High School spent the weekend locked up in juvenile detention after investigators said he brought a loaded gun to Plaquemine High School Friday. Authorities said the gun, a .22-caliber Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol, was found in an athletic locker. All of... more »
  • Suspect in machete attack arrested

    August 14, 2015 5:17 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Police said a man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend with a machete in Plaquemine was arrested Friday afternoon. Plaquemine Parish said authorities in Ascension Parish arrested 32-year-old Avis Irvin on charges of aggravated assault, stalking, domestic abuse, damaging property, unauthorized entry into a home and fleeing officers.... more »
  • Juveniles accused of stealing $100,000 in guns, watches Play Video

    August 7, 2015 4:35 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - Dive teams hit the water Friday to look for vintage guns police said were stolen from a Plaquemine home Thursday by a group of juveniles. Plaquemine Police Chief Kenneth Payne said officers arrested seven boys between the ages of 10 and 15 Thursday afternoon in connection with... more »

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