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BR man dies following overnight crash in Ascension Parish
Louisiana State Police is investigating a single-vehicle crash that killed a Baton Rouge man late Thursday night in Ascension Parish. Officials say 26-year-old Kelvin Ortega was driving a Chevrolet sedan headed north on at a high speed on Boudreaux Road. For reasons being investigated, police say Ortega disregarded a stop...
French Settlement man held without bond after allegedly shooting at multiple, random people
FRENCH SETTLEMENT, La. — Officials say the man accused of shooting at multiple people in Livingston Parish, allegedly while wearing a ski mask and body armor, will be held without bond pending a contradictory bail hearing. Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested Douglas Maurras, 45, of French Settlement after he...
APSO warns of Phone Scam
Sheriff Bobby Webre and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to alert the public of a telephone scam where individuals are impersonating deputies with the sheriff’s office and requesting cash/electronic transfer of cash payments for arrest. Our agency will NEVER contact you and request any form of cash payment (ex: GreenDot, CashApp, Venmo, PayPal) over the phone for arrest, subpoenas, warrants, or tickets. If you receive a phone call that sounds suspicious, HANG UP!!! You can always call our main number at (225) 621-8300 if you need to contact any of our offices.
Louisiana Plant Worker Terminated, Arrested After Video Showed Him ‘Relieving Himself’ in Water Supply
A Louisiana water plant worker has been fired over a disturbing act that was caught on film at his job. 57-year-old Michael Mastin was arrested by the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and charged with two counts of contaminating water supplies and two counts of criminal damage to a critical infrastructure after he was caught urinating in the parish water supply.
Death penalty trial for man accused of killing state trooper, relative delayed to 2024
A delay has been reported in the death penalty trial of a Livingston Parish man accused of killing a Louisiana State Police Trooper and a Prairieville woman related by marriage in Ascension Parish. The Advocate reports the trial for 32-year-old Matthew Mire has been pushed to the spring of 2024.
Suspected drug dealers arrested after seizure of guns, drugs
An investigation by Louisiana State Police and the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office led to the arrests of three people accused of dealing drugs. Juan Adrian Banks, 42, Lois Johnson, 41, and William Dolly Jr., 23, were arrested for multiple felony narcotics-related charges and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on March 22.
Ascension Parish Employee Fired For Urinating Into Water Supply
An Ascension Parish government employee is out of a job after his arrest for urinating into the water supply at a Donaldsonville water plant. Ascension Parish deputies arrested 57-year-old Michael Mastin of Baton Rouge on two counts of contaminating water supplies and two counts of criminal damage to a critical infrastructure.
16-year-old nephew stabs uncle 3 times in the neck, Gonzales police say
A 40-year-old Gonzales man was stabbed three times in the neck early Monday evening by his 16-year-old nephew, city police said. The man is in critical condition at a local hospital, police said. Gonzales police officers said Tuesday the young man was upset that his mother could not take him...
23rd Judicial District Attorney reports guilty pleas for March 6-10
The 23rd Judicial District Attorney's Office, which includes the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James, reported guilty pleas during the week of March 6-10. Brian Carr, 812 Railroad Ave. Donaldsonville, LA., age 53, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 18 months with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 24 months supervised probation.
Scam alert: Sheriff's Office will never request payment over phone
The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office released a warning to alert the public about individuals impersonating deputies to request cash and electronic transfer of cash payments for arrest. According to the announcement, the agency will never contact a citizen and request any form or cash payment, such as GreenDot, CashApp,...
Lutcher uses 5-run 10th to beat Tarpons in extras
It's been the story of the last few weeks for the South Lafourche baseball team. Lutcher beat South Lafourche 8-3 in a 10-inning extra inning thriller on Thursday night, dropping the Tarpons to 8-8 on the season, giving them their 7th-straight loss. The game went to extras tied 3-all and...
Teen accused of stabbing uncle three times in neck arrested
GONZALES - A teenager accused of stabbing his uncle three times in the neck has been arrested. The Tuesday afternoon stabbing, which happened in the 1700 block of West Highway 30 left the 40-year-old man with life-threatening injuries. The 16-year-old was arrested a short time later.
Ascension Parish man found guilty of murder in retrial
LIVINGSTON, La. (BRPROUD) – A unanimous jury found Blayson Paul Fife of Gonzales guilty of second-degree murder on Thursday, March 16. This was the second time that a jury decided Fife’s fate. On Aug. 26, 2019, a jury found Fife guilty by a vote of 10-2. “The two...
Sulphur baseball team enjoying its time spent in Ascension Parish
With a bye in his district schedule this week, Sulphur baseball coach Sam Moore took his No. 5-rated team on a tour of the Ascension Parish portion of District 5-5A. The Tors followed up a decisive 11-0 victory Tuesday over St. Amant with a 7-3 triumph Wednesday against No. 6-rated Dutchtown at Griffin Park.
Gonzales Residents May Be Allowed To Drive Golf Carts In Some Parts Of Town
The Gonzales City Council is considering an ordinance to allow people to operate golf carts in certain areas within the city limits. Mayor Barney Arceneaux says the golf carts would only be allowed in what's referred to as Traditional Neighborhood Developments and Planned Unit Developments, which amounts to three different mixed-use neighborhoods that are now under construction.
St. James Parish School System hosting Health and Wellness Fair Thursday
LUTCHER - The St. James Parish School System is hosting a Health and Wellness Fair Thursday, offering several classes and information about various physical and mental health topics. The fair is being held at the St. James Public Relations Building from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will offer information...
'Cancer Alley' at center of lawsuit claiming environmental health crisis
Residents of a Louisiana community known as “Cancer Alley” filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the area's petrochemical plants are tantamount to “environmental racism.”
Police: Man stabbed by family member; teen in custody
GONZALES, La. (WAFB) - The Gonzales Police Department is investigating a stabbing Tuesday afternoon, March 22, that left a 40-year-old man in critical condition. The stabbing happened at a home on West LA 30 around 5 p.m., according to police. According to investigators, the victim was stabbed by his 16-year-old...
Caught on video: Vehicles fire off multiple shots in Ascension
PRAIRIEVILLE, La. —- Residents in the area between Highway 431 and Fred’s in Ascension Parish were disturbed by gunshots late last Wednesday night. One resident’s camera shows a couple of cars driving on the highway with gunshots ringing out between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. “I saw...
How an LSU hoodie led police to a suspect in a St. Amant High senior's murder
A gray LSU hoodie proved to be a key clue in the murder investigation of a St. Amant High senior who was shot during an argument outside a Gonzales gas station in November, court papers show. Gonzales police say they were able to link one of the four suspects, Jamal...
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