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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Hazmat fire extinguished in St. Gabriel check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 17, 2014 5:19 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - State police and hazmat crews were on the scene of a possible chemical fire in St. Gabriel Tuesday morning. Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi says the warehouse fire at Delta Chemical Service on LA-30 burned itself out, but crews are on scene to make sure that... more »
  • One third of St. Gabriel residents deliquent on sewer fees check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 21, 2014 4:46 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Hundreds of thousands of dollars are owed to the City of St. Gabriel for unpaid sewer fees. According to figures provided to the News 2 Investigative Unit, nearly one third of the residents don't pay their sewer bills. Currently there are 874 active sewer accounts in the... more »
  • LSU to investigate a pretty 'sweet' alternative fuel check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 8, 2013 10:17 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Thanks to the Audubon Sugar Institute, one day you could be filling up your with gas made from sugar. "This is a green fuel, this is something that's renewable, this is something that we can grow very readily in the southeastern part of the United States,... more »
  • Parents, leaders consider another breakaway school district

    March 1, 2013 10:40 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- There is talk of a split from the Iberville Parish School District among people who live on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Also joining the discussion, city leaders. They are looking at the possibility of forming their own municipal system. St. Gabriel Mayor Lionel... more »
  • Breakaway school district proposed in Iberville Parish

    March 1, 2013 8:20 AM

    ST. GABRIEL - Some residents and city leaders in St. Gabriel are looking to break away from the parish's school district to form their own municipal system. St. Gabriel Mayor Lionel Johnson said Thursday the community wants to opt out of the parish's school system because of "years of frustration"... more »
  • Prison officials dismissed after inmate escape

    February 12, 2013 9:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities say one prison official has been fired and another has resigned in lieu of termination in the wake of a convicted killer escaping last month from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel. Angela Whittaker, assistant to the secretary of the state Department of... more »
  • Reward increased in search for fugitive

    January 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State prison officials upped the reward today for information leading to the capture of an escaped fugitive they say should be considered armed and dangerous. The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections offered $2,500 in their search for leads to find Keana Barnes, 33, who... 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 »
  • Residents lock down while escapee still on the loose check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 1, 2013 8:57 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - Residents are locking up for the night while an escapee from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women is still on the loose. Keana Barnes escaped early Tuesday morning. She was serving a 25-year-sentence for killing her boyfriend and running from the police. Some long-time residents... more »
  • Woman who escaped prison has run before check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • Elayn Hunt Correctional Center escapee apprehended

    December 28, 2012 1:43 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A man is back behind bars after attempting to escape from the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center early Friday morning. Joshua Kelly, 38, worked as an infirmary orderly at EHCC and was working on a night cleaning crew when he escaped. Officials say Kelly overpowered a... more »
  • Two die in wreck after police chase check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 18, 2012 12:20 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A wreck at the end of a police chase this morning killed two people in the vehicle authorities were pursuing, according to State Police. Troopers said Kevdrinka Williams, 25, of Baton Rouge and Tremaine Wickem, 20, of New Orleans died in the wreck. A spokesperson... more »
  • New affordable housing in Iberville Parish

    October 26, 2012 4:45 PM

    ST. GABRIEL - A $6.1 million loan means Iberville Parish can move ahead with plans to build affordable housing. City Council approved the measure Tuesday night. The parish's loan goes to Mississippi's New Horizons Group. The loan is part of $40 million in federal grants under the Disaster... more »
  • St. Gabriel shooting blamed on jealous ex check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 19, 2012 5:10 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Two men are in jail after police say they ambushed another pair of men at their St. Gabriel home. Police arrested Keith Johnson and Gabriel King in connection with the Monday night shooting. Investigators said the men knocked on the door and then waited in some nearby... more »
  • Two injured in St. Gabriel shooting

    June 18, 2012 11:42 PM

    IBERVILLE PARISH - St. Gabriel Police say two people are recovering in a hospital Monday night after the city's first shooting in at least six years. Chief Kevin Ambeau says it happened at an apartment complex in the 3600 block of Bank Drive just before 10 p.m. Ambeau... more »
  • Judge may interview jurors in Grace trial

    March 2, 2012 7:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Judge Maurice Hicks may interview jurors in George Grace's trial about issues that have caused contempt in the deliberation room. Grace is charged with racketeering, fraud, extortion, and bribery. The feds say Grace took bribes in exchange for completing official acts as mayor. Grace said on the... more »
  • Jury has more questions in Grace trail

    March 2, 2012 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Jurors in former St. Gabriel mayor George Grace's federal corruption trial sent judge Maurice Hicks a question Friday morning at 10:07. They wanted to know if they all must agree on all paragraphs in count 8 of Grace's indictment. Grace faces 13 counts of extortion, bribery, fraud... more »
  • Prosecution begins closing arguments in Grace trial

    February 29, 2012 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Closing arguments have finally begun in the corruption trial of former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace. Prosecution brought their last rebuttal witness to the stand this morning, as visiting Judge Maurice Hicks demanded a wrap-up. Prosecution estimated their initial closing argument to take a little... more »
  • Grace takes stand last time to defend himself check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 28, 2012 5:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace took the stand one last time in federal court Tuesday to defend himself before the defense rested their case. Grace said he never exchanged his official position as mayor for bribes, something rebuttal witnesses denied. Grace is charged with racketeering, fraud,... more »
  • Jurors laugh while George Grace testifies check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 27, 2012 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Jurors laughed aloud while Grace testified in his own defense on the stand Monday morning. Grace avoided prosecutor Corey Amundson's questions over and over, but eventually testified he exchanged official acts as mayor for benefits. Amundson showed video of Grace talking with an undercover FBI operative... more »
  • Grace says he advocated for Libya's Gadhafi

    February 27, 2012 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace claimed in federal court today he visited with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi while the man was designated as a state-sponsored terrorist. Grace said he went to Africa to speak with Uganda's President about a water company Grace wanted to start.... more »
  • George Grace admits he lied to FBI agents check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 23, 2012 6:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace admitted today in federal court he lied to FBI agents and even kept things from his wife during an investigation into his activities as mayor. Grace faces extortion, fraud, racketeering and bribery charges stemming from the FBI's undercover sting, "Operation:... more »
  • Defense witnesses might as well have been prosecution's

    February 16, 2012 6:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Ever since prosecution rested their case and defense picked it up, all of the defense witnesses in the corruption trial of former mayor of St. Gabriel actually scored points for team prosecution Thursday. Defense first called in Phil Canova, city attorney for St. Gabriel. Lewis O.... more »
  • Corruption trial enters its 4th week in Fed Court

    February 13, 2012 8:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The corruption trial of former St. Gabriel Mayor George Grace starts back up today as the trial goes into its fourth week. Prosecution brought Shreveport Mayor Cedric B. Glover to the stand Thursday, testifying that Grace asked him to meet at Baton Rouge Metro Airport sometime... more »
  • Jury selected in George Grace trial

    January 25, 2012 3:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorneys selected four men and 11 women to be on the jury for former St. Gabriel mayor George Grace's corruption trial. Judge Maurice Hicks dismissed the jury after they were selected, telling them not to discuss the case with anyone or do any research on it.... more »
  • Trial to begin for former mayor of St. Gabriel

    January 23, 2012 6:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The trial of former St. Gabriel Mayor George L. Grace opens Monday with jury selection. Grace was charged in September 2010 with several charges, including racketeering, extortion, obstruction of justice, bribery, mail and wire fraud as part of the FBI's "Operation Blighted Officials" sting. Five other area... more »
  • Neighbors near St. Gabriel apartment fire upset with city leaders

    January 20, 2012 10:32 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- People who live near an under-construction apartment complex that caught fire Friday say they warned the city about dangers like this. The complex, which had five, four-plex buildings already built, started going up in the Fall. Neighbors say they asked the city to reconsider approving the project... more »
  • Mayor race in St. Gabriel a challenge for candidates

    March 31, 2011 10:21 PM

    ST. GABRIEL- Two candidates are feuding over campaign rallies and who can be the best mayor for St. Gabriel. Current Mayor George Grace is running for re-election against Lionel Johnson, Jr. Grace says he wants to keep turning cow pastures into progress like the community center. Johnson says... more »
  • "Operation Blighted Officials" agent convicted of federal crimes

    January 17, 2011 10:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One of the FBI agents involved in "Operation Blighted Officials," that led to the indictment of six area public officials, has been convicted of federal crimes. The agent, Darin Lee McAllister, committed wire and bankruptcy fraud in a personal matter in Tennessee. The investigation here focused... more »
  • Worker dies after being found in nitrogen trailer

    January 11, 2011 4:22 PM

    ST. GABRIEL – A truck worker has died after passing out in a tanker trailer that had contained nitrogen, according to city police. St. Gabriel Police had been called out around 3:45 p.m. Monday to Quality Carriers on LA Highway 30. The victim was taken to a Baton Rouge hospital... more »

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