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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Tickfaw man killed in Tangipahoa accident

    December 7, 2012 3:31 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A pedestrian was killed in a late-night accident in Tangipahoa Parish. Tangipahoa Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a news release that the accident happened around 11:45 p.m. Thursday. The victim was identified as 52-year-old Rocco Van Berge of Tickfaw. The victim was standing in the southbound lane of... more »
  • Teen busted with gun at area high school

    November 14, 2012 2:08 PM

    PONCHATOULA- The high school here was placed on lock down earlier Wednesday as law enforcement personnel searched the campus for a gun. During the search, the gun was found and a 15-year-old was arrested. The student's name was not released. A spokesperson said in an email to media... more »
  • Ponchatoula student arrested for having gun, knife

    October 19, 2012 2:54 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A junior high student in Ponchatoula has been arrested after bringing a loaded .38-caliber handgun and knife to school. Police Chief Bry Layrisson says the incident happened Friday at Ponchatoula Jr. High School after school officials notified police that someone had weapons on campus. WDSU-TV reports the 14-year-old... more »
  • Area teen gets national award for service check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 19, 2012 2:26 PM

    PONCHATOULA- A student at the public high school here got national attention for his leadership both at school and in the community. Taylor Ransom, a cadet in the Ponchatoula High School Marine Corps JROTC, received the JROTC Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement award. Ransom is one of... more »
  • Ponchatoula woman wins $740,380 Lotto prize

    September 11, 2012 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 66-year-old woman from Ponchatoula has claimed the $740,380 Louisiana Lotto jackpot from the Sept. 8 drawing. Patsy McKnight held the sole winning ticket. Lottery officials said Tuesday she picked up the prize - $518,266 after federal and state taxes were withheld - on Monday at lottery... more »
  • After controversy, planned Wal-Mart is approved

    August 14, 2012 12:32 PM

    PONCHATOULA- This city of a few thousand is getting a Super Wal-Mart. The City Council approved elements needed for the project to move forward. But, it doesn't come without controversy. Some people who live near the planned store on Hwy. 51 near the intersection with Hwy. 22 have... more »
  • Jury convicts man in rape-kidnap case

    March 22, 2012 8:41 AM

    LIVINGSTON - A Livingston Parish jury has found 25-year-old Allen Lee Martin of Ponchatoula guilty of aggravated rape and related crimes in connection with a February 2011 attack on an Albany woman. The jury of 10 women and two men also convicted Martin Wednesday on charges of aggravated burglary, second-degree... more »
  • Threats prompt extra patrols at area high school Monday

    March 11, 2012 11:34 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's deputies are expected to be on the Ponchatoula High School campus Monday. ActionNews17.com , a community news website serving Tangipahoa and the Florida Parishes, reports deputies will be "highly visible" after threats were made to the school. WDSU TV in New Orleans also reports... more »
  • Teen dies in Ponchatoula crash

    February 28, 2012 8:44 AM

    PONCHATOULA - State police say a 16-year-old boy died in a crash in front of Ponchatoula High School after he lost control of his pickup and spun into the path of a bus. Trooper First Class Nick Manale says Tyler Saizan of Ponchatoula was driving east on La. Highway 22... more »
  • Deputies: trio busted for burglaries after getting stuck in mud twice

    February 24, 2012 12:46 AM

    PONCHATOULA- Three teens were arrested, charged with a string of burglaries after their get-away vehicle got stuck in the mud. Brandon Herring, 18 and Michael Pierson and Travis Troxler- both 17- were busted and deputies say they're connected to crimes in Tangipahoa and maybe Livingston. In a news... more »
  • Shoplifter arrested after leading police on chase

    February 16, 2012 11:56 AM

    HAMMOND- A man in Tangipahoa Parish was arrested after leading police on a chase. Murray Jackson is accused of stealing from a Dollar General store in Hammond, then leading police on a chase. During the pursuit, Jackson reportedly attempted to run over Ponchatoula Police units, and fled south... more »
  • Ponchatoula teen killed in I-12 accident

    January 31, 2012 5:02 AM

    ST. TAMMANY PARISH - A car accident along Interstate 12 claimed the life of a 17-year-old from Ponchatoula and injured her two passengers Monday night. State troopers say Kristina Barnard died from injuries she suffered after her car struck a tree along the highway. Investigators say Barnard was... more »
  • Man arrested for fight with worker at convenience store

    October 28, 2011 9:58 AM

    PONCHATOULA- A man responsible for a physical fight with a convenience store worker Thursday has been arrested. The fight resulted in the worker being transported to North Oaks Medical Center to be treated for injuries sustained during the altercation. Robert Bowman Jr., was arrested and charged with second... more »
  • Police ask for help finding missing person

    August 11, 2011 2:30 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Police are asking for your help in looking for 27-year-old Kristie Woods. Kristie hasn't been seen or heard from in about two weeks. People close to her say this behavior isn't typical of Kristie. Her last known address is 20395 Esterbrook Rd. She is about... more »
  • 16-year old drowns in pond Monday

    August 8, 2011 2:22 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 16-year old boy who drowned early Monday morning. The teen drowned while swimming with five of his friends in a pond in the Ponchatoula area. TPSO found the boy's body and pronounced him dead at the... more »
  • Skeletal remains identified as missing Ponchatoula man

    May 12, 2011 3:36 AM

    HAMMOND- The skeletal remains that were found last week in a shallow grave in Tangipahoa Parish have been identified as a Ponchatoula man who went missing earlier this year. According to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, the remains were identified as 82-year-old Leon Rachal. Authorities say the grave... more »
  • TPSO: Man arrested after trying to fight deputy

    April 11, 2011 1:49 PM

    HAMMOND - A man arrested in Tangipahoa Parish for trying to fight a sheriff's deputy had to be fully restrained when he began beating his head on the window of a vehicle, according to the sheriff's office. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Bryant Tanner, 21, of Ponchatoula was arrested Sunday... more »
  • Traffic advisory for Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

    April 7, 2011 2:23 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, which will take place this weekend April 8th-10th, is expected to bring over 300,000 visitors to the downtown Ponchatoula area. This increased traffic volume quickly overloads the surrounding interstate system causing dangerous backups from heavily congested off ramps. In an effort... more »
  • Tangipahoa drug bust nets guns, cash

    March 30, 2011 5:11 PM

    PONCHATOULA - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department has arrested four Ponchatoula residents on multiple drug charges and seized more than $50,000 in cash. TPSO has been conducting an on-going investigation concerning drug related activity at a esidence at 14680 Kraft Road in Ponchatoula. On Tuesday deputies investigated the home... more »
  • Man accused of kidnapping, rape pleads not guilty

    March 18, 2011 1:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON, La. - Allen Lee Martin pleaded not guilty Thursday in 21st Judicial District Court to kidnapping, raping and robbing an Albany woman in February, the District Attorney's Office reported. Assistant District Attorney Charlotte Suir said a grand jury indicted Martin on March 10 on charges of aggravated rape,aggravated... more »
  • Officials boycott high school games

    February 1, 2011 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Labor disputes have become a common problem in professional sports, but now many areas of Louisiana are dealing with one involving high school basketball. High school referees want to be paid more than the $30 to $40 a game they make now, and associations in Hammond,... more »
  • Crash on I- 55 kills 5-year-old Ponchatoula boy

    January 2, 2011 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Police say a 5-year-old from Ponchatoula was killed in one-car accident over the weekend near the interchange of Interstate 55 and Interstate 10. Louisiana State Police said 44-year-old Steven Acosta was driving south Saturday on I-55 when he lost control of his 2006 Mazda Tribute shortly before... more »
  • Louisiana man pleads guilty in storm aid fraud

    December 3, 2010 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Ponchatoula man has pleaded guilty to defrauding the American Red Cross of more than $13,000 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Juan Owens pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans after being charged with one count of... more »
  • Ponchatoula woman charged in fatal accident

    November 27, 2010 10:19 AM

    HAMMOND - State police say an 18-year-old Ponchatoula woman is facing a negligent homicide charge after she drove past a stop sign without stopping and crashed into another woman's car, killing the other driver. State police say Leanne Keen also was booked with failure to yield at a stop sign.... more »
  • Man arrested after scuffle with deputy

    November 12, 2010 10:22 AM

    PONCHATOULA- A man is arrested in Tangipahoa Parish after a violent encounter and scuffle with a deputy at Julia Weathersby. Julius Glass, 31, is charged with disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, violent battery on an officer, and resisting arrest from an officer with violence or battery. The deputy... more »
  • Four arrested for making meth

    November 9, 2010 7:52 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Tangipahoa Parish deputies arrest four people in connection with making meth at a home in Ponchatoula. Rusty Prevost, Crystal Miller, Dylan Roberts, and Christian Tullier are all charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, operation creation possession of a methamphetamine laboratory, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies... more »
  • Deputies say drunk driver also left child home alone

    October 25, 2010 2:27 PM

    A Ponchatoula resident arrested in suspicion of driving drunk told deputies he had also left his nine-year-old child home alone, according to authorities. 52-year-old Charles Baughman was arrested by Tangipahoa Sheriff’s deputies on Sunday. Investigators said he was driving recklessly on highway 442, and that he smelled strongly of alcohol.... more »
  • Pontchatoula man accused of abusing elderly father

    August 31, 2010 11:53 AM

    A Ponchatoula man has been arrested in suspicion of abusing his elderly father, according to authorities. The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office arrested 47-year-old Jack Bennett, Jr., on Monday for charges of cruelty to the infirm. Sheriff Daniel Edwards said in a press release that their investigation began when an anonymous... more »
  • TPSO deputies involved in shooting

    August 26, 2010 9:13 AM

    Louisiana State Police are investigating a case involving Tangipahoa Parish deputies who shot and killed a Ponchatoula man. Tangipahoa deputies say they were executing a narcotics and weapons related search warrant at a home in Ponchatoula, when the suspect 58-year-old Charles J. Meyn aka "Booby" allegedly pointed his gun and... more »
  • $90,000 in stolen equipment found in Ponchatoula

    August 20, 2010 4:37 PM

    Authorities in Vermillion Parish have arrested a New York man after recovering stolen construction equipment worth around $90,000. The arrest was part of a multi-agency investigation including the Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Office, the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Louisiana State Police. The investigation began with NICB was contacted by... more »
  • Ponchatoula man arrested for child pornography

    June 21, 2010 9:12 AM

    Tangipahoa Parish deputies arrested a man from Ponchatoula for child pornography. Deputies searched the home of Kenneth Allen Hayes, and allegedly found child pornography pictures on electronic equipment. Detectives say some of the images / videos depicted children as young as 10-years-old engaged in sexual activity. Deputies say Hayes admitted... more »
  • Deputies arrest man for indecent behavior with a juvenile

    April 29, 2010 9:16 AM

    Tangipahoa Parish deputies arrested a man who was wanted by Ponchatoula police for indecent behavior with a juvenile and simple assault. Deputies and police found *Oric* Brown hiding under a blanket in the back bedroom of the residence on Bud James Lane in Ponchatoula Deputies also arrested Victoria Bracey... more »
  • Bell from USS Ponchatoula: dedication May 3-6

    April 26, 2010 5:27 AM

    Navy veterans who served on the USS Ponchatoula will hold a reunion in Ponchatoula May 3-6 and dedicate a bell that once hung from one of its masts. There have been two ships by that name. The bell is from the first - a tanker that served in the Pacific... more »
  • Ponchatoula man's body recovered from river

    April 22, 2010 4:54 AM

    A body recovered Tuesday afternoon from the Mississippi River has been identified as a 31-year-old Ponchatoula man who authorities say jumped into the river Saturday night from a ship. The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office says Adam Gonzales was a work-release inmate from Tangipahoa Parish whose shipmates say... more »
  • Reward offered in deadly hit and run in Ponchatoula

    April 12, 2010 12:17 PM

    Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards needs your help finding a driver who fled the scene of a deadly crash in Ponchatoula last week. Carrie and Carl Vorenkamp were hit by a black SUV on Interstate 55. Their Ford Focus was pushed off the road, flipped and hit a parked... more »
  • Strawberry Festival crucial for Louisiana berry sales

    April 9, 2010 5:45 PM

    The 39th annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival kicked off Friday, giving Louisiana berry farmers some hope for their profit margins. Cold weather prevented an earlier harvest this year and out of state berries have flooded the market. Now Louisiana berries are plentiful, but the glut of strawberries on the market has... more »
  • 39th Annual Strawberry Festival begins today

    April 9, 2010 2:05 PM

    The 39th Annual Louisiana Strawberry Festival began today in Ponchatoula. The festival is expected to draw more than 300,000 people from around the country. The event boasts the seasonal, sweet fruit prepared in many different ways, including chocolate dipped and deep-fried. Strawberry prices have drastically dropped this year in order... more »
  • Ponchatoula man arrested after threatening deputies

    March 31, 2010 7:46 AM

    Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff deputies arrested Eric Broussard after he allegedly threatened sheriff's deputies. Deputies went to a home on CC Road and Broussard allegedly became aggressive with the deputy and tried to resist arrest by pulling away and kicking. Deputies say Broussard was threatening the victim in the home and... more »
  • Woman arrested in connection with major Ponzi scheme

    March 4, 2010 10:25 PM

    Cheryl Chaucer surrendered to deputies in Tangipahoa Parish today. Investigators say Chaucer is connected with a massive Ponzi scheme that was run by her husband. William Chaucer, Jr., of Ponchatoula, was arrested three months ago. He’s accused of stealing more than $11 million from hundreds of investors. Chaucer told people... more »
  • Two killed in crash near Sorrento

    March 1, 2010 4:43 AM

    A three car crash on Highway 70, south of Sorrento, killed two people and sent four others to the hospital. It happened Sunday evening on LA 70 near LA 22. Louisiana State Police say 18-year-old Thomas Walker of Robert crossed the center line and side swiped another car before... more »
  • Ponchatoula man pleads innocent in Ponzi scam

    February 26, 2010 6:44 AM

    A 61-year-old Ponchatoula businessman accused of bilking more than 200 investors out of $11 million has pleaded not guilty to various charges related to running the alleged Ponzi scheme. William Chaucer entered his plea Thursday to one count of failing to register to sell securities and 20 counts of making... more »
  • Deadly fire in Ponchatoula

    February 22, 2010 1:56 PM

    A man is dead after a house fire in Ponchatoula early this morning. The Fire Department arrived within minutes of the 911 call, but the house was engulfed in flames. A body, believed to be Aubra Fontenot, the owner of the home, was found inside. More tests are being... more »

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