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  • Notification system coming to Ponchatoula

    May 14, 2016 2:44 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Ponchatoula residents will soon be able to receive notifications by phone or text when city issues arise such as brown water. The Daily Star reports the city council has unanimously agreed to contract with the Everbridge company for a year to provide a citywide notification service. Residents requested... more »
  • Police catch man stealing from cars at auto shop

    May 9, 2016 5:25 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Police arrested a man after they say they caught him burglarizing vehicles at a car shop in Ponchatoula. A passerby called police after they saw the man burglarizing the cars, our news partner Action News 17 reports . When officers arrived, they found Bradley Sharp, 22, still... more »
  • In Ponchatoula this weekend, it's a strawberry celebration

    April 8, 2016 11:29 AM

    PONCHATOULA - This quiet small town becomes one of the state's largest cities this weekend, as more than a quarter-of-a-million people converge on southern Tangipahoa Parish for the annual Strawberry Festival. Billed as the state's largest free festival, festival-goers will be welcomed with strawberries of all shapes and sizes... more »
  • Engineers to talk about U.S. 51 construction plans Tuesday

    April 4, 2016 3:42 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Traffic engineers will discuss a widening project for a busy thoroughfare that connects Ponchatoula and Hammond in southern Tangipahoa Parish Tuesday. Plans are already part of an environmental assessment. An environmental assessment is the first major step toward a construction project. The state hopes to widen... more »
  • How do they make those Gold Brick Eggs? Play Video

    March 25, 2016 6:16 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Just in time for Easter, relive the exclusive tour inside Elmer Chocolate in Tangipahoa Parish. In 2013, WBRZ got a rare opportunity to go inside the facility in downtown where candy is made and shipped. Outside of Valentine’s Day, candy for Easter is a huge seller for... more »
  • Ponchatoula residents return home, salvage what they can following historic flood Play Video

    March 15, 2016 12:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Some Tangipahoa residents returned home Monday night for the first time since historic floodwaters infiltrated their homes Friday. People in on Ponchatoula neighborhood began salvaging what they could and assessing the damage. At least half of the 70 homes in the subdivision were damaged by high water.... more »
  • 'Citizen rescue' unit dispatches to southeast Tangipahoa for flood rescues Saturday Play Video

    March 12, 2016 5:21 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Families and farm animals were rescued from rising water east of downtown by good Samaritans Saturday. Water was approaching some homes and had already inundated property along N. Thibodeaux Road. Water at the corner of N. Thibodeaux and Sibley Road, about two miles south of I-12, was... more »
  • Ponchatoula man accused of sending 2,400 files of child porn to undercover agent

    December 15, 2015 4:44 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Sheriff’s deputies reported the arrest of a man accused of distributing 2,400 images of child pornography to a Plaquemines Parish undercover detective. Stephen James Chupko, 30, was arrested Tuesday morning at his Ponchatoula home by members of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)... more »
  • Ponchatoula woman arrested after shooting boyfriend with assault rifle

    November 25, 2015 1:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Sheriff’s deputies in Tangipahoa Parish reported the arrest of a Ponchatoula woman accused of shooting her boyfriend in the stomach with an assault rifle late Tuesday afternoon. 32-year-old Winter Flowers was booked into the parish prison on one count of second degree aggravated battery. While deputies were... more »
  • No passengers hurt after train hits 18-wheeler

    November 3, 2015 5:08 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Authorities said no one was hurt after a passenger train and 18-wheeler collided Tuesday afternoon in Tangipahoa Parish. The collision happened on US 51 at I-55 around 3 p.m. according to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office. State Police are on the scene assisting the sheriff's office,... more »
  • Man arrested after leading police into Ponchatoula during high speed chase

    November 3, 2015 12:36 PM

    PONCHATOULA - State Police say they have taken a man into custody after he led troopers on a high speed chase near Ponchatoula early Tuesday. State Trooper Dustin Dwight told WWL-TV that 42-year-old Keith Wood's vehicle was disabled near the intersection of 3rd and East Pecan streets, which is... more »
  • Arrests made in connection with disappearance of Ponchatoula man

    October 23, 2015 2:12 PM

    HAMMOND - Sheriff’s deputies in Tangipahoa Parish say two arrests have been made in the disappearance of a Ponchatoula man. WWL-TV reports 27-year-old Joshua Orso and 40-year-old Bryan Barnes have been arrested booked on one count of negligent homicide each in the apparent overdose of 29-year-old Seth Landry. ... more »
  • Alabama man killed as SUV flips into water near Ponchatoula

    October 13, 2015 7:13 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Troopers said an Alabama man died Tuesday morning after his vehicle ran off US 51 south of Ponchatoula and became partially submerged in water. According to the Louisiana State Police, 25-year-old Ryan Guidroz, of Foley, AL, was traveling southbound on US 51 in a Chevrolet Tahoe at... more »
  • Hammond man arrested in connection with Saturday shooting

    September 16, 2015 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General's Office says investigators have arrested a Hammond man in connection with a shooting that hospitalized a man last weekend. 26-year-old Lamarkcus Green was wanted by the Hammond Police Department for attempted murder and car theft. Investigators say Green is suspected of shooting... more »
  • Longtime state lawmaker Dennis Hebert dies

    September 14, 2015 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Longtime state lawmaker Rep. Dennis Paul Hebert passed away on Friday, according to his family. Hebert, who was from Ponchatoula but lived in Baton Rouge later in life, was 88 years old. Hebert served in the legislature as a Democrat for 24 years. He represented... more »
  • Report: Woman attacked because she looked happy

    July 15, 2015 11:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Deputies arrested a 16-year-old for attacking a woman while she was running on a track since she "looked happy." The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department said the woman, who was 29-years-old, was hit in the head with a tree branch while running at the Ponchatoula Area Recreational District... more »
  • Following controversial festival poster, artist paints "response"

    May 29, 2015 11:54 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The artist at the center of a recent controversy surrounding the town's Strawberry Festival poster unveiled an artistic response to the situation on his website. Kalle' Siekkinen posted he created the "response paintings" after his original work garnered lots of attention. The new works, titled "Not About... more »
  • LSP: Hammond man killed when vehicle ran off I-55 and flipped

    April 16, 2015 3:07 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Louisiana State Police say a Hammond man is dead after a single vehicle crash Thursday morning on Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula. Troopers say Nolan K. Bel, 37, was traveling southbound on US 51 and he entered the southbound on-ramp at a high rate of speed, which caused... more »
  • Weather, not controversial poster, may dampen Strawberry Festival

    April 10, 2015 10:27 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Rain may dampen the Strawberry Festival this year. A soggy forecast will drop rain on the festival grounds both Saturday and Sunday. But, locals got a bit of reprieve Friday evening. Many people braved the rain to enjoy the first night of the state's second-largest free festival.... more »
  • Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival Play Video

    April 9, 2015 7:18 AM

    PONCHATOULA- If you're in the mood for a fun weekend full of free activities, look no further. It's time for the 44th annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. "We represent Ponchatoula," said the festival's king, Buddy Pugh. "The good folks, hard-working farmers, and non-profits, that's what it's all about." ... more »
  • Mayor discusses controversial festival poster

    April 1, 2015 10:31 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The mayor of this small town that has become a hotbed of controversy surrounding the poster for its popular spring festival said in a letter posted online, he is happy with how everyone involved rectified the situation. "It is my sincere hope and expectation that all our... more »
  • Controversial poster selling, selling... gone

    March 26, 2015 10:46 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The controversial poster for the city's upcoming Strawberry Festival has sold out and 1,000 more have been ordered, WWL TV reported Thursday . WWL and WBRZ have a news-partnership. The poster incited controversy last week when it was unveiled . It features two dark figures appearing... more »
  • Strawberry Festival will not sell poster during event; offers apology Play Video

    March 25, 2015 11:49 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Following a meeting between Strawberry Festival leaders, Kiwanis Club members and NAACP members Wednesday, the festival issued a public apology for a controversial poster that caused a social media uproar among some that found the artwork offensive. Several agreements were announced at a press conference following the... more »
  • NAACP to meet with mayor over poster flap

    March 20, 2015 11:27 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The president of the Tangipahoa Parish NAACP is scheduled to meet with the mayor next week following the revealing of a controversial poster for the city's annual strawberry festival. Earlier this week, the poster was unveiled and features two black figures, what appears to be a small... more »
  • Racist? Art? Ponchatoula says it's staying Play Video

    March 19, 2015 3:51 PM

    PONCHATOULA - After an hour-long discussion Thursday, Strawberry Festival organizers decided to keep a controversial poster as the main piece of the popular festival's image campaign. The poster, by Kalle' Siekkinen , features two figures painted black. People took to social media immediately after it was unveiled Wednesday night,... more »
  • More than 2 years after closing, Swamp Walk opens again

    January 21, 2015 2:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A hidden, intimate and free pathway that provides nature lovers an up close and personal look at Louisiana's swampland has reopened, more than two years after it was closed. Located below the raised portion of I-55 south of Ponchatoula, the Joyce Wildlife Management Area Swamp Walk has... more »
  • Man killed in Ponchatoula wreck

    January 19, 2015 4:51 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Monday, sheriff's deputies released details of a deadly crash that happened over the weekend. Nat John Colona, 45, died in the single-vehicle wreck northeast of downtown Saturday night. Colona was from Hammond. Investigators said Colona lost control at a sharp, left curve where North 1st Street... more »
  • Strawberry farmers prep for freeze Play Video

    January 7, 2015 12:52 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Strawberry farmers are bracing for Wednesday night's forecasted cold snap. Wednesday morning at Fletcher Farm in Ponchatoula, workers picked the few strawberries ready for harvest. Farm owner William Fletcher says, "What we're doing right now is going in ahead of the cold weather and trying to get... more »
  • Elmer Chocolate expanding Ponchatoula plant

    December 30, 2014 1:51 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Elmer Chocolate's Ponchatoula plant will undergo a $40 million expansion. The company said Tuesday the 70,000-square-foot addition will make it more efficient, versatile and competitive in the marketplace. The latest expansion will bring its total plant size in Ponchatoula, including administrative headquarters and distribution facilities, to nearly 400,000... more »
  • Guilty plea in half-million image child porn case

    December 18, 2014 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U. S. Attorneys announced that a Ponchatoula man pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in a massive child porn network, including forcing underage children to perform sex and be recorded. Prosecutors said 52-year-old Robert Swan's guilty plea came after a January 2013 search of his home... more »
  • Rock out at the Southeast Louisiana Guitar Show Play Video

    September 22, 2014 8:18 AM

    PONCHATOULA - If you enjoy music or antiques and want a unique festival experience, check out the 3rd annual Southeast Louisiana Guitar Show in Ponchatoula this weekend. It's Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Roussel's & Co. (177 West Pine St.). For more information,... more »
  • Man, mother accused of making meth

    August 15, 2014 2:44 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Deputies arrested a man in Tangipahoa Parish and are searching for his mother after they said they discovered a meth lab at their home. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's deputies searched the home of Melody Elkins, 45, and Terry Elkins, 20, in Ponchatoula Tuesday. Investigators said they found... more »
  • TPSO deputies arrest accused crack dealer

    August 11, 2014 12:05 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish said they arrested an accused crack cocaine dealer while patrolling in a high crime area of Ponchatoula last Thursday. Deputies said they were making their rounds near N. First Street on Aug. 7 when they saw a parked vehicle speed off as... more »
  • Former LSU basketball player found dead in pool

    August 11, 2014 6:29 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Ponchatoula police are investigating the death of former LSU and University of New Orleans basketball player Matt Derenbecker. Police Chief Bry says Derenbecker was found dead Sunday morning in a pool at a friend's house. Layrisson says there appeared to be no foul play. An autopsy will be... more »
  • Body of missing La. teen found near Gulf Shores

    July 22, 2014 2:56 PM

    GULF SHORES, AL - Authorities have recovered the body of a Louisiana teen missing in dangerous surf on the Alabama coast. Gulf Shores police say a person riding a personal watercraft found the body in the water on Tuesday and brought it ashore near the public beach. Police still aren't... more »
  • Search continues off Ala. beach for missing local teen Play Video

    July 21, 2014 2:54 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. - Authorities are searching the coast for a 17-year-old from Ponchatoula who went missing after being caught in rough surf Sunday afternoon. Chaston Brown was visiting the beach after attending a track meet, friends told WBRZ News 2. Brown had played football for Ponchatoula High School... more »
  • Suspect arrested in fatal bar shooting

    June 30, 2014 10:58 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards says a suspect has been arrested in a fatal bar room shooting Saturday night. Edwards says 45-year-old Robert Jenks, of Springfield, was taken into custody in the shooting death of 55-year-old Harold Bart Oliphant Sr. in a Ponchatoula bar on Louisiana Highway 22.... more »
  • Celebrate the Strawberry in Ponchatoula Play Video

    April 9, 2014 9:27 AM

    PONCHATOULA - The festival of the Louisiana Strawberry is this weekend in Ponchatoula. Strawberry Queen Gabrielle Palma, King Richie Howes-Juniro, President of the Ponchatoula High FFA Brook Hoover and Festival Chair Amanda Hebert dropped by WBRZ News 2 at Noon Tuesday to tell you all about the festival. ... more »
  • Man, 60, arrested 16 times Play Video

    March 31, 2014 11:23 PM

    PONCHATOULA- A 60-year-old man was arrested again by police here, marking more than a dozen times officers have had to deal with him for allegedly committing crimes. Andre Mayo was most recently arrested after he was found breaking into a semi parked at a convenience store on East Pine... more »
  • Convicted killer gets life in prison

    March 12, 2014 10:39 PM

    PONCHATOULA- A man will spend the rest of his life in prison after a violent love-fueled tirade in this quiet Tangipahoa Parish town three years ago. Gary Shurley, 40, was sentenced for the murder of Buster Lock. He also got time for other crimes connected to the incident. ... more »
  • Cold brings bittersweet news about strawberry harvest

    January 30, 2014 10:31 PM

    PONCHATOULA- The deep freeze was a double-edged sword for strawberry farmers. Eric Moreau said two spells of unusual frozen weather killed a lot of blooms but some fruit survived. "The weather whacked them pretty good," he said but is encouraged about future forecast models. He anticipates a traditional... more »
  • Man arrested for 39th time

    January 17, 2014 10:35 PM

    PONCHATOULA - One man had his 39th run-in with Ponchatoula Police after they arrested him for a vehicle burglary. According to Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson, Eljon Mosely was caught on a surveillance camera stealing two semi-automatic handguns and two knives from a car on December 12. Investigators... more »
  • Report: man accused in theft from American Legion Play Video

    November 11, 2013 10:29 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Police said a man has been stealing from a veterans group for years and was arrested after a lengthy investigation. "Randy" Baldini, 62, is accused of taking $70,000 from the American Legion in the town; siphoning money since 1999 police said. ActionNews17.com reported Baldini was cashing in certificates... more »
  • Karen becoming less of a threat Saturday

    October 5, 2013 11:57 AM

    GONZALES - A tropical storm watch remains in effect for some south Louisiana parishes, even though Karen continues to deteriorate. Winds are expected to reach 20 to 30 mph with wind gusts to 40mph. While there is concern coastal areas could be flooded with up to three feet of... more »
  • Crooks wanted after gun-toting tirade

    October 1, 2013 10:32 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Sheriff's deputies are on the hunt for two guys who walked into a store east of town with their guns drawn and held the clerk at bay while they tore up the sales counter. Their tirade was caught on security video. The video shows one man holding... more »
  • Traffic trend coming to Tangipahoa Parish

    September 20, 2013 11:13 PM

    PONCHATOULA- A new traffic trend is catching on in Tangipahoa Parish. ActionNews17.com reports traffic circles are about a year away for busy intersections. The roundabouts will be built at Highway 22 and Dunson Road near the high school. Some are planned for Hammond, too, along I-12 exits. There... more »
  • Thieves target high school in Tangipahoa Parish

    September 6, 2013 9:52 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Students and faculty returned to a Tangipahoa Parish high school Friday to find their building burglarized. School janitors notified deputies of the incident this morning at Ponchatoula High. The suspects reportedly broke through several doors and windows to enter the building. Detectives are still processing... more »
  • Teen driver killed in morning I-12 wreck

    September 4, 2013 4:59 PM

    GOODBEE, La. - State Troopers said a 19-year-old from Ponchatoula died in a wreck on I-12 this morning. Troopers said Hailey Nagim died in the wreck around 11 a.m. about two miles east of the St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parish line. Investigators said Nagim's vehicle went off the... more »
  • Ponchatoula man arrested on 3rd offense DWI

    July 15, 2013 11:31 AM

    HAMMOND - 28-year-old Thomas Lee Jernigan of Ponchatoula has been arrested on 3rd time DWI charges. Tangipahoa Parish deputies responded to a single vehicle crash early Sunday Morning on Pleasant Ridge Rd. in Hammond. Deputies say the vehicle was abandoned when they got there, but was registered to... more »
  • I-10, I-55 flooding prompts road raising plan

    July 2, 2013 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State transportation officials are launching a $2.8 million project to raise Interstate 10 near LaPlace and Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula to address flooding issues in those areas. The work comes about 10 months after I-10 was shut down near LaPlace because of extensive flooding from Hurricane... more »
  • Man dies in flaming feud with partner

    June 24, 2013 8:25 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Fire investigators believe a house explosion Friday was planned by one of the two men who lived at the home on Renee Drive after a fight over renovations. Elphage Joseph "Kirk" Scioneaux III, 48, died in the blast. Fire Marshal investigators are not sure if he intended to... more »
  • Man wanted for leaving work release job at candy factory

    June 17, 2013 10:25 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Deputies are searching for a man who walked away from his work release job Monday. Tederick Bessie left the Elmer's Chocolate factory about 6 a.m. deputies said. Bessie was in prison for simple robbery and is classified as a non-violent offender. He was scheduled for release in... more »
  • Suspect in Hammond bank robbery arrested

    June 17, 2013 7:51 AM

    HAMMOND - Police have arrested a suspected bank robber in Ponchatoula less than 12 hours after he allegedly walked into First Guaranty Bank in Hammond Saturday and passed a note to a teller. Hammond police say 51-year-old Edmond Nunez, of Ponchatoula, was arrested in a joint operation by officers... more »
  • Teenage girl implicated in connection with small town murder

    May 30, 2013 5:31 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Two people have been arrested, including a 16-year-old girl, for a murder in this quiet Tangipahoa Parish town. Greg McGary, 50, was shot in the face on May 23rd and died a few days later. Rashad Evans, 34, was arrested and charged with second degree murder and... more »
  • Ponchatoula man dies from gunshot injuries

    May 28, 2013 11:44 AM

    PONCHATOULA - A man who was shot last week on the east side of Ponchatoula has died of his injuries. The Daily Star of Hammond reports that 50-year-old Greg McGary, was shot in the face Thursday night near a Ponchatoula restaurant. Police are still looking for the shooter. more »
  • Wanted teen hiding under bed, shot by deputies

    April 24, 2013 4:45 PM

    PONCHATOULA- A Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff deputy shot a teenager, wanted for murder, in the upper body inside the murder victim's house Wednesday afternoon. Ryan Pourciau, 18, was inside the home of April Vanderlinden. Vanderlinden's daughter, who deputies said was connected with Pourciau, saw him inside a bedroom Wednesday while... more »
  • Sheriff: Teen accused of murder captured, injured

    April 24, 2013 4:06 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Sheriff's deputies in Tangipahoa Parish arrested a teenager wanted in connection with a murder, and said he was injured during the arrest. Deputies did not have specific details about the incident, and are planning to release more information in a 4:30 p.m. news conference. Ryan Pourciau,... more »
  • Deputies expect to return to school Wednesday, day after murder Play Video

    April 23, 2013 9:55 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Deputies will likely maintain a presence at the city's high school Wednesday, a day after a student's mother was shot and killed. Deputies said another student at the school is wanted as a person of interest in the death of April Vanderlinden, 39. Vanderlinden was shot at her... more »
  • Woman dead, school on lockdown after shooting

    April 23, 2013 1:27 PM

    PONCHATOULA- A woman was shot and killed, a teenager wanted in connection with the shooting is on the loose, and the city's high school is on lockdown because of the situation Tuesday morning. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's deputies said Ryan Pourciau, 18, is a person of interest in the death... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: 'Golden Ticket' tour of area chocolate factory Play Video

    February 11, 2013 10:37 PM

    PONCHATOULA- WBRZ News 2 got the "Golden Ticket" to go inside the Elmer's Chocolate factory in Tangipahoa Parish. The family business has been making treats since 1855. "You can't make it any better... It's as good as it is gonna get," said Lucy Prine, who works for the... more »

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