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  • Increased security at Tangipahoa Parish schools after threat focused on high school

    February 19, 2018 10:34 AM

    PONCHATOULA – Heavy law enforcement was seen on the campus of the high school here Monday morning after a threat was made overnight. The threat, circulated on social media, was the second to force a scare at an area school district as school returned for the week. Also Monday,... more »
  • Strawberry farmers try to save crop amidst freezing temperatures Play Video

    January 16, 2018 12:24 AM

    PONCHATOULA - Farmer Eric Morrow is hoping for the best as temperatures drop below freezing in the coming nights. "The plants will make it but the fruit may not if temperatures go down to 19 degrees as predicted," said Morrow. If the crop is lost, prices for Louisiana... more »
  • Doctor accused of sexual misconduct won't be prosecuted, district attorney says

    December 15, 2017 12:58 PM

    PONCHATOULA – The district attorney won't take a local doctor to trial over allegations of sexual misconduct. Dr. Gregory Allen was arrested earlier in the fall on one count of sexual battery and two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. At the time, authorities only said the crimes were committed... more »
  • Two killed in early morning crash on Interstate 55

    October 18, 2017 3:04 PM

    PONCHATOULA- Two people were killed in a two vehicle crash on the elevated section of Interstate 55 early Wednesday morning. The crash claimed the lives of 78-year-old Earl J. Daigle and 73-year-old Anna Nimon. Louisiana State Troopers say, the crash occurred when Daigle was driving his 2002 Ford... more »
  • Police: Man arrested for wearing mask, carrying samurai sword in bar

    October 16, 2017 4:10 PM

    PONCHATOULA – A man was arrested for wearing a mask and holding a samurai sword in a bar after a disagreement with another patron, police said in a news release Monday. Shawn Verret was charged with illegal carrying of weapons, wearing a mask in a public place, terrorizing and... more »
  • Four teenage attempted robbery victims arrested; allegedly lied to police

    September 13, 2017 5:42 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Four teenage attempted robbery victims were arrested after allegedly lying to police about details surrounding the incidents, according to Ponchatoula Police Department officials. Ponchatoula PD officials said they responded to a call from 18-year-old Nicholas Hanford of Ponchatoula, around 9:45 p.m. on August 18. Hanford allegedly told... more »
  • Multi-agency roundup results in 20 arrests in Ponchatoula

    August 10, 2017 3:31 PM

    PONCHATOULA- As the result of a multi-agency roundup named Operation Safe City Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson announces the arrest of 20 subjects on Tuesday. Under the direction of Captain Miller and Captain McGary, officers from the Ponchatoula Police Department,as well as members of the Louisiana Probation and Parole;... more »
  • Video captures massive house fire; Neighbors start clothing drive after blaze

    July 4, 2017 11:17 AM

    PONCHATOULA – Neighbors spent the 4th of July holiday gathering items for a family who lost everything when their home was burned to a shell of brick. Fire crews worked for hours battling the blaze in the Landing neighborhood, east of the Tangipahoa River about six miles from downtown... more »
  • WANTED: Burglary circuit making its way across Hwy. 22 Play Video

    June 12, 2017 12:37 PM

    PONCHATOULA – Sheriff's deputies here are investigating a rash of at least 55 burglaries along a wide stretch of Highway 22. Burglars have hit areas on either side of I-55 since last week. Monday, sheriff's deputies released surveillance video they hope will help find the suspects. On the... more »
  • Authorities: Man accused of selling stolen laptop to deputy

    May 2, 2017 9:09 AM

    PONCHATOULA - A man has been arrested in Louisiana after authorities say he tried to sell a stolen laptop to a uniformed deputy at a gas station. News outlets report Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto said in news release that 24-year-old Shawn Landry was arrested Sunday at a... more »
  • State Police expect heavy traffic for Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival

    April 7, 2017 11:46 AM

    PONCHATOULA – The annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival this weekend is expected to bring more than 300,000 visitors to the area and Louisiana State Police are reminding drivers of alternate routes. State Police says that the increased traffic surrounding the interstate causes dangerous backups from heavily congested off-ramps and forcing... more »
  • Prison van crash closes I-55 south of Ponchatoula

    April 6, 2017 7:46 AM

    MANCHAC – I-55 southbound was closed to traffic due to a crash south of Ponchatoula Thursday morning. According to DOTD, the crash happened near mile marker 17 near Manchac just after 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Officials say traffic is being diverted onto US 51. WWLTV reports a prison... more »
  • Arrests made in 2016 murder of Ponchatoula teen

    February 24, 2017 3:23 PM

    PONCHATOULA – Arrests have been made in connection to a 2016 Ponchatoula murder case, the Louisiana Attorney General announced. Tony Johnson, 18, Dkerian Johnson, 18, and two juveniles were arrested in connection to the August 2016 murder of 19-year-old Christopher Franklin. According to the Hammond Daily Star, Franklin... more »
  • Man using stovetop for heat found dead in Ponchatoula

    December 8, 2016 7:28 PM

    PONCHATOULA – Fire investigators say a man trying to use his kitchen gas stove for heat died in a fire Thursday. Will Foster Jr., 66, was found dead in the kitchen of his West Street home around 9 a.m. Thursday, according to the state Fire Marshal's office. Fire... more »
  • Couple's daughter finds mom shot, dad dead in attempted murder-suicide

    October 28, 2016 4:32 PM

    PONCHATOULA - Police here spent Friday investigating a suspected attempted murder-suicide. Police said Jamey Edwards, 41, shot his wife before shooting himself inside their home on East I-55 Service Road. The woman, Crystal Hope Moore, survived the shooting. Jamey Edwards died, police told the Hammond newspaper, Daily Star. ... more »
  • Man saves woman, young child from submerged truck

    October 23, 2016 5:07 PM

    HAMMOND - A Ponchatoula man says he got lucky when he jumped into the water to rescue a woman and her child and that he'd do it again. The Hammond Daily Star reports Sunday that Josh Burns was traveling with his wife on I-55 Friday when they noticed a crash.... more »
  • 19-year-old found shot in the head in Ponchatoula

    August 21, 2016 2:02 PM

    PONCHATOULA - A 19-year-old was found shot in the head by family members and police are looking for leads in the case. The murder was reported Sunday, although it happened Friday, news partner ActionNews17.com posted on its website. The unidentified male was found on Methvin Drive when family members... more »
  • 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 »

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