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

    April 16, 2018 6:43 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- The United States Army Corps of Engineers said Monday that Iberville Parish does not need a permit to operate aqua dams in the event of a flood because they would be placed on a parish road and not in the wetlands or a waterway. That announcement comes at... more »
  • Iberville to EBR: 'Leave the bull alone, and you won't get the horn' Play Video

    April 3, 2018 6:43 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- Hurricane season is less than two months away, and a squabble continues over plans to keep both parishes safe during a flood. Following the August of 2016 flood, Iberville Parish purchased aqua dams that would be deployed over Manchac Road. The hope is to prevent flooding from Bayou Manchac... more »
  • Contractor given 310 days to fix Manchac and Alligator Bayou Road Play Video

    August 31, 2017 5:04 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The much anticipated construction to fix a damaged section of road and add additional flood gates to Manchac Road got underway today. Iberville Parish leaders authorized engineers and contractors to begin construction which will take 310 days. The new project will add three additional flood gates to... more »
  • Inmate reportedly had gun inside area prison

    April 28, 2017 5:55 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – Sources described a shakedown of the state-run prison for men in Iberville Parish as a futile effort to find a reported, smuggled weapon. Multiple sources discussed the situation with the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit Friday but state corrections officials said no gun was found. A... more »
  • Adsorbent Solutions expansion request fails in St. Gabriel Play Video

    April 20, 2017 8:04 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The St. Gabriel City Council has voted against a zoning request by Adsorbent Solutions to expand it's facility. The council voted 4-1 against the expansion, going against the Department of Environmental Quality's decision to sign off on the project. Adsorbent Solutions is a company that recycles... more »
  • Residents fighting industrial expansion in St. Gabriel Play Video

    April 14, 2017 8:00 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Retired chemical plant worker Peter Booker believes a nearby recycling facility is the chief cause a strong smell in his neighborhood. "It's really bad sometimes," he said. The company in question, Adsorbent Solutions, sits in an industrial park about a quarter mile from Booker's house. The facility... more »
  • Land eroding around lake, no one taking responsibility Play Video

    February 27, 2017 6:06 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Some people are worried their homes are going to be washed away. Backyards are eroding into a neighborhood lake and no one is taking responsibility. Some homeowners say they bought in Spanish Lakes because it's quiet and far enough away from traffic gridlock in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • FBI opens investigation into alleged beating of Elayn Hunt inmate

    February 9, 2017 1:11 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – The FBI has opened an investigation following the alleged beating of an inmate by six corrections officers at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel. The FBI New Orleans Division released a statement about the investigation on Thursday around noon: "The New Orleans FBI... more »
  • Alligator Bayou Road to remain closed for at least a year Play Video

    December 21, 2016 6:34 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH- A road that is a popular cut through to get residents living in East Iberville Parish will remain closed for at least another year. Alligator Bayou Road sustained heavy damage during the August flooding. Now, plans are in the works to enlarge a flood gate that officials hope... more »
  • St. Gabriel women's prison evacuated as precaution

    August 16, 2016 4:31 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – Roughly 1,200 people are being evacuated from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. A spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Corrections said that the prison has not taken on water at this time, but the prisoners were evacuated as a precaution. The... more »
  • Youth football coaches become certified safety coaches

    August 7, 2016 12:03 AM

    ST GABRIEL - Youth football coaches from across the state traveled to St. Gabriel Saturday for USA Football's "Heads Up" Football Player Safety Coach clinic. "We want to take care of our kids," football safety trainer Billy Elmore said. Concussions have become a serious issues at all levels... more »
  • Youth football coaches become certified safety coaches

    August 6, 2016 11:41 PM

    ST GABRIEL - Youth football coaches from across the state traveled to St. Gabriel Saturday for USA Football's "Heads Up" Football Player Safety Coach clinic. "We want to take care of our kids," football safety trainer Billy Elmore said. Concussions have become a serious issues at all levels... more »
  • Human remains found in St. Gabriel identified

    April 21, 2016 3:14 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The human remains discovered along the levee bank in St. Gabriel last week are those of a 38-year-old woman who jumped off the Mississippi River Bridge in Baton Rouge in February. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said Thursday that the LSU FACES Lab confirmed that the woman was... more »
  • Serious crash in St. Gabriel has police reminding people to slow down Play Video

    March 31, 2016 4:53 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Five people are recovering Thursday evening after a car crash on Highway 75. A vehicle turned into oncoming traffic and was hit, police said. Earlier, sources said cars and pedestrians were involved but upon further investigation, only vehicles crashed. Injuries were described as critical. This... more »
  • Geismar plant officials say ammonia storage tank leak contained Play Video

    January 20, 2016 10:09 AM

    GEISMAR - Plant officials said an ammonia leak that started early Wednesday morning at PCS Nitrogen in Geismar has been contained with no injuries reported. State Police said HazMat crews responded to work the leak, which shut down LA 3115 between LA 30 and LA 75 as crews performed... more »
  • Authorities investigate shooting in St. Gabriel Play Video

    December 14, 2015 6:59 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Sheriff's deputies said they're assisting with a shooting investigation in the city limits of St. Gabriel Monday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office said shots were fired at two different times during the day, and St. Gabriel Police initially handled the investigation. ... more »
  • Police chief's son cleared by grand jury after deadly shooting

    December 10, 2015 4:02 PM

    PLAQUEMINE - A grand jury returned a no true bill in a case against the son of St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau – effectively clearing him of any wrongdoing. The jury met Thursday months after a parish grand jury was set and canceled after the state took control... more »
  • Controversial rezoning canceled

    October 29, 2015 4:30 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A controversial rezoning request has been taken off the table because of so much outcry from the public. Mayor Lionel Johnson tells WBRZ News 2 the property owners decided to cancel their request to rezone about 3,000 acres of land between Nicholson Drive and River Road.... more »
  • Rezoning meeting canceled, residents unable to speak on land controversy Play Video

    October 14, 2015 8:45 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A planning and zoning meeting scheduled for Wednesday night was canceled because there weren't enough board members in attendance. While there weren't enough officials, there were well over 100 Iberville and East Baton Rouge Parish residents ready to voice their opinions about a proposed land rezoning... more »
  • Iberville school board denies request for charter school

    July 14, 2015 11:13 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - After the Iberville Parish School Board denied its application to open a charter school, the group of North Iberville parents and community leaders pushing for the school will now have to appeal to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Advocate reports the board's unanimous... more »
  • Grand jury canceled, AG to handle case involving chief's son

    July 6, 2015 11:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Attorney General for the State of Louisiana will handle the progress of a case involving the son of an area police chief. Iberville Parish Sheriff's deputies believe Kevin Ambeau , Jr., shot two people after a fight in St. Gabriel but was not charged in... more »
  • Water to be cut off for residents delinquent on sewer fees Play Video

    May 28, 2015 6:27 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Residents who are delinquent on their sewer user fees will find their taps running dry on July 1. Mayor Lionel Johnson said he's given residents in the city fair warning. Over the past few years, the Investigative Unit has showed you unpaid sewer fees have accounted for... more »
  • Police chief's son posts bail following double homicide Play Video

    May 13, 2015 12:17 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The son of St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau posted a $20,000 bail Wednesday and walked out of the Iberville Parish jail. Investigators said, Ambeau Junior shot and killed two men on Mother's Day following a fight. Rove Lodge and Dominique Dunbar both died after the shooting. Wednesday,... more »
  • Police chief's son questioned in deadly shooting

    May 11, 2015 8:35 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Officials said a police chief's son in Iberville Parish shot and killed two people after a fight overnight in St. Gabriel, according to Sheriff Brett Stassi. The sheriff said Kevin Ambeau Jr., the son of St. Gabriel's police chief, shot and killed 30-year-old Rove Lodge and... more »
  • Robert Durst to be moved to jail closer to New Orleans

    April 27, 2015 6:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The real estate heir being held in Louisiana while awaiting extradition to California on murder charges is moving to a jail closer to New Orleans. U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan signed an order Monday to move Robert Durst from a prison 70 miles away from the... more »
  • Election results for four La. parishes

    March 29, 2015 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Results are in after voters went to the polls Saturday in four parishes. Here are the results. East Baton Rouge Former Metro Councilman, Darrell Ourso narrowly defeated current Metro Councilman, Buddy Amoroso for the District 66 seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives. The... more »
  • TV host won't testify in Durst's hearing, magistrate says

    March 23, 2015 6:01 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A magistrate has ruled that prosecutor-turned-TV-host Jeanine Pirro will not testify in millionaire Robert Durst's hearing involving weapons charges. The 71-year-old Durst is in court Monday for a bond hearing. He's accused of killing a female friend in California 15 years ago and is being held in... more »
  • White residents lose legal fight in federal court Play Video

    March 5, 2015 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal Judge Brian Jackson ruled against two white residents in the City of St. Gabriel who sued claiming their voting rights are being violated. The pair claimed they don't have equal representation on the city council since all five of the council members are African-American. Judge... more »
  • High profile prisoner escape plan thwarted Play Video

    February 25, 2015 5:18 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Prison leaders at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center foiled a plan that a high profile prisoner was concocting to escape. It happened after another inmate told prison guards about the plan, according to sources. Terry Smith is one of seven inmates locked up, accused in one of... more »
  • Judge to rule on white voters' claims soon

    January 12, 2015 10:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A federal judge will decide in the next three weeks if a group of white voters in Iberville Parish had their voting rights violated. All sides were in court Monday, as closing arguments in the contentious case were presented before Judge Brian Jackson. The group of white... more »
  • City employees among those delinquent on sewer fees Play Video

    January 12, 2015 5:17 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - City employees in St. Gabriel are among nearly 25 percent of residents who are not paying their sewer fees. Today, WBRZ learned 13 current and former employees are on a delinquent list of those who haven't paid up. "They are on a payment plan, and... more »
  • White residents sue City of St. Gabriel over voting rights Play Video

    January 7, 2015 4:48 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Two white residents in the City of St. Gabriel are suing the city claiming their voting rights have been violated by the structure of the city council. The residents want the city to take on a redistricting plan that would divide the city into sections. Currently... more »
  • 3 hospitalized following St. Gabriel Chlorine gas leak

    December 29, 2014 4:24 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Representatives from Olin Chlor Alkali confirmed an early morning leak of chlorine gas from a product storage tank at the company's St. Gabriel facility. According to the statement Olin Chlor Alkali's Tony Zagora, the release of the hazardous gas has been stopped. All employees at the... more »
  • Iberville residents welcome 24-hour paramedic coverage Play Video

    December 3, 2014 3:57 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Residents with medical emergencies on the east bank of Iberville Parish are about to experience shorter wait times to see paramedics. Parish leaders cut the ribbon on a new ambulance facility that will provide 24-hour paramedic coverage for St. Gabriel and towns nearby. Sally Gentry is... more »
  • Boil order issued for some in St. Gabriel

    October 20, 2014 5:26 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - People living along Bayou Paul Lane in St. Gabriel were cautioned to boil their water after a water line was broken in the area Monday. Baton Rouge Water Works said customers in that area should boil any water before consumption. That includes before making ice, brushing... more »
  • Rogers' second mortgage, accused killer shows signs of life Play Video

    September 2, 2014 10:11 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Documents uncovered by WBRZ show Scott Rogers obtained a second mortgage on his Daisy Avenue home soon before his murder last week. Two weeks prior to when he was shot and killed; he secured a $344,954 mortgage. Rogers' lover, Mathew Hodgkinson, and another man who lived... more »
  • Sheriff: Slain TV personality's life was a ruse Play Video

    August 28, 2014 10:41 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - The sheriff leading Scott Rogers' murder investigation said the TV personality was facing two unresolved child molestation accusations in England. Thursday, Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi's office spoke with federal agents and interviewed several key witnesses in Rogers' death. He discussed the case with WBRZ later... more »
  • Attorney: murdered TV personality worried about past Play Video

    August 27, 2014 1:31 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Wednesday ended with the man accused of murdering a local TV personality clinging to life in a hospital room, being kept alive with a ventilator. Scott Rogers, host of the Around Town TV show, was found dead in his home. Another man, Mathew Hodgkinson, is accused... more »
  • Inmates from New Orleans headed to Iberville prison

    August 13, 2014 3:19 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Inmates with mental health needs will be moved from the Orleans Parish Prison to Hunt Correctional Center in a more than half-million dollar plan to reform OPP. The Crescent City's jail is undergoing slow-moving reforms. Inmates have been held in moldy, flooded conditions. Sometimes, they have to... more »
  • Search expands to other cities for escapee

    January 2, 2013 3:16 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Authorities expanded search efforts for a woman convicted of manslaughter who escaped from a state prison in St. Gabriel. State corrections officials said they've called in U. S. Marshals to help find Keana Barnes, 33, after her escape from the La. Correctional Institute for Women early... more »
  • Woman who escaped prison has run before Play Video

    January 1, 2013 5:56 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Authorities said the woman who escaped overnight from a state prison in St. Gabriel was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter, and offered a reward for information leading to her capture. St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said 33-year-old Keana Barnes climbed over a fence at the... more »
  • Escaped prisoner was serving manslaughter sentence

    January 1, 2013 11:45 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Authorities said the woman who escaped overnight from a state prison in St. Gabriel was serving a 25-year sentence for manslaughter, and offered a reward for information leading to her capture. St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau said 33-year-old Keana Barnes climbed over a fence at... more »
  • Female prisoner escapes from St. Gabriel prison

    January 1, 2013 10:35 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - A woman escaped overnight from the Elayn Hunt Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel, according to authorities. Prison chase teams are out searching the area, but the prisoner's identity has not been released at this time. It is the second escape in less than... more »

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