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  • Recalled Gonzales councilman sits in for last meeting Play Video

    December 8, 2014 10:16 PM

    GONZALES - Two days after voters booted him from office, Timothy Vessel attended his last city council meeting on the governing body of the City of Gonzales. "I had to be here as a councilman, to stay in my seat," Vessel said about attending the meeting Monday night. "This... more »
  • Timothy Vessel forced into recall election Play Video

    October 1, 2014 6:18 PM

    GONZALES - Councilman Timothy Vessel will be forced to defend his job after 2,188 voters signed a petition demanding he leave office. Vessel is one of two councilmen, including Gary Lacombe, that face the recall, likely to be held in December, after the Save Gonzales campaign worked for months... more »
  • Gonzales recall hits magic number Play Video

    August 28, 2014 6:34 PM

    GONZALES- Organizers of a petition to recall two councilmen have reached the magic number they think will trigger a recall vote against Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel. The Save Gonzales Campaign used the past four months to collect more than 2,145 signatures to recall the two councilmen. "Five... more »
  • Gonzales recall breaks halfway mark Play Video

    June 26, 2014 6:03 PM

    GONZALES - The effort to recall two Gonzales city councilmen passed the halfway mark recently as supporters continue to search for signatures. The Save Gonzales campaign needs 2,145 signatures to trigger a recall election for both Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel. The group started going door to door early... more »
  • Save Gonzales effort ramps up for recall Play Video

    May 16, 2014 6:21 PM

    GONZALES- An effort to oust two councilmen is gaining steam as the organization, known as Save Gonzales, plans drives to collect signatures on their recall petition. The effort takes aim at councilmen Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel, who voted for a budget that many citizens thought took an axe... more »
  • Council approves attorney fees, despite recommendation Play Video

    May 2, 2014 6:38 PM

    GONZALES - A vote to pay attorney fees to a company following a lawsuit with Gonzales is raising some eyebrows. The issue stems back to a lawsuit with a contractor who was hired to build the spray pad at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The city stopped paying Quality Design... more »
  • Pilot dead in helicopter crash

    October 9, 2013 12:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The pilot of a helicopter which crashed after lifting off from a Gulf production platform died in the incident, according to the company which operates the platform. Bobbie Ireland, Director of Corporate Communications Americas for Woodgroup, said the contracted helicopter was picking up three Woodgroup employees... more »
  • Oil Spill on the Mississippi River

    September 7, 2013 4:18 PM

    CONVENT - The Coast Guard says they are working with a vessel in the Mississippi River to clean up an oil spill. Officials say the spill is coming from a vessel at Yara Terminal Mile 167 stationed in Convent. Yara operators say the crew on board the vessel is... more »
  • Gonzales Police Chief calls out councilmen Play Video

    September 4, 2013 5:37 PM

    GONZALES - The chief of Gonzales' police department recently called out members of the city council who he said were standing in the way of progress. "I don't know if they're being rebellious, I'm not sure of what direction they want to head, but I can tell you, we're... more »
  • City inspectors close case involving storage shed rental

    May 28, 2013 10:30 PM

    GONZALES- The case involving a councilman who charged a woman rent to live in a shed has been closed, authorities said Tuesday. Building inspectors cited Tim Vessel for issues and dropped their investigation after he made changes and became compliant with laws. Read more about the allegations HERE .... more »
  • Woman evicted from councilman's storage shed Play Video

    May 21, 2013 6:14 PM

    GONZALES - A woman filed a police report claiming Gonzales City Councilman Tim Vessel was stealing utilities from neighbors to power his storage shed where she lived for nearly a year. In a Gonzales Police report obtained by News 2, Debra Williams gave detectives copies of monthly rent receipts... more »
  • USCG: Oil-water mix leaking after vessel hit wellhead

    February 27, 2013 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A crewboat struck an inactive wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico overnight, causing it to spew a mixture of oil and water according to the U. S. Coast Guard. They reported the vessel hit the wellhead, which is owned by Swift Energy, around 8 p.m. Tuesday.... more »
  • Newly-elected councilman ticketed for utility theft

    January 2, 2013 4:26 PM

    GONZALES - Police ticketed a new Gonzales city councilman after they said he stole electricity from a nearby trailer park. Police issued a misdemeanor summons to Timothy Vessel on Dec. 17 for theft of utility services. According to Chief Sherman Jackson, on Nov. 30 the manager of the... more »
  • River reopens though some vessel traffic limited

    August 31, 2012 2:49 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Mississippi River has reopened to shipping from Baton Rouge to its mouth after being closed on Monday as Hurricane Isaac approached. The Coast Guard was limiting some traffic as a backlog of vessels -including a cruise ship - waited to enter the river about 90 miles southeast... more »
  • Oil-skimming ship makes Va. stop

    June 25, 2010 9:02 AM

    A ship billed as the world's largest oil-skimming vessel is making a Virginia port-of-call before heading to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil-gulping ship "A Whale" arrived at Norfolk International Terminal on Thursday, and is scheduled to sail to the Gulf Friday. Owners of... more »

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