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Man arrested after exposing himself at a Gonzales yogurt shop

Jack Vincent

Police arrested a Napoleonville man Tuesday after he was linked by DNA to an incident in August when a man masturbated in front of a female employee at a yogurt shop, the Gonzales police said Tuesday. Jack Ryan Vincent, 34, 110 Bertie St., Napoleonville, was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison on… Continue reading →

Postcards from France: A new day in the French countryside

Advocate photo by Von de Leigh Hatcher -- Karen Hatcher and Carol Frederic, from left, are excited Friday afternoon to get new tickets for their trip to Meylan, France. The women are part of a 20-member delegation traveling as part of a cultural exchange program that has been going on for more than 25 years. A fire at a Chicago airport early Friday delayed their trip, causing the group to miss connecting flights.

Editors note: Von de Leigh Hatcher, a member of the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs, is sharing her experiences while traveling to Meylan, France with the group. MONDAY, 5:25 P.M. The sun gleamed gloriously over the mountains in Meylan as we each awoke to a fresh, new day in… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville men arrested in store burglary; no stolen guns recovered

Jeremiah White

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Donaldsonville men in the Sept. 20 burglary of a Paincourtville hardware store where more than 25 handguns were stolen. But the semi-automatic pistols and few revolvers taken from Sagona’s True Value Hardware store on La. 1 in Assumption have not been found, and the case remains under investigation.… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man accused of lewd acts with teenage girl

Albert Fleming

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested early Saturday morning a registered sex offender accused of inappropriate acts with a 14-year-old girl. Deputies responded to a Donaldsonville home after witnesses said they saw Albert Fleming, 30, committing the lewd acts with a teen girl who had fallen asleep on the Donaldsonville home’s living room floor, said Chief Deputy… Continue reading →

Warrant issued for Donaldsonville man in theft of guns

Kez Gipson

The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant Friday for a 20-year-old man they suspect broke into a Paincourtville hardware store on Sept. 21 and stole more than 25 handguns. Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Saturday that authorities are searching for Kez Quintel Gipson, 509 Catadonna St., Donaldsonville, as a suspect in the burglary… Continue reading →

Low chlorine levels at Ascension’s west bank water system raises risk of deadly amoeba

Ascension Parish government’s west bank water system has repeatedly violated an emergency chlorine standard this summer aimed at preventing a rare, brain-eating amoeba from infiltrating the water supply, state health records say. Parish officials say the system serving nearly 2,150 people on the rural outskirts of Donaldsonville does not have the amoeba,… Continue reading →

Pair arrested in burglary of Domino’s Pizza in Donaldsonville

Karnell Williams, left, and Devin Herbert

An employee of Domino’s Pizza in Donaldsonville and his cousin were arrested early Friday in connection with a burglary of the business, said Chief Tony Bacala with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Karnell Williams, 21, and Devin Herbert, 19, were detained shortly after midnight during a traffic stop… Continue reading →

After last year’s financial losses, Balloon Festival returns to Ascension Parish — with funding

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN OUBRE

More than 30 balloons will fill the early morning skies of Ascension Parish this weekend with bright purples, reds, oranges and yellows as pilots compete in a target competition over Central Primary School. The hot-air balloonists are returning for a third year to Ascension Parish as part of the annual balloon festival at… Continue reading →

Gonzales councilman protests police chief’s remarks over need for police cars

Councilman Gary Lacombe called a special Gonzales City Council meeting on Wednesday where he expressed his outrage over comments Police Chief Sherman Jackson recently made to a Baton Rouge TV station about the poor condition of some of his department’s police cars. “This is the first time I’ve heard as a councilman that… Continue reading →

Gonzales police arrest two following violent weekend fight

Photo provided by Gonzales Police Department -- Childhood friends got into an argument that nearly turned deadly Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Palms Apartments on North Coon Trap Road in Gonzales, city police said. One man was stabbed multiple times with life-threatening wounds while the other man, who lives in the Palms and is accused in the stabbing, had broken bones in his face. Both men were arrested after they were released from the hospital, one of them on a attempted second-degree murder count of his friend, police said.

City police said they arrested childhood friends over a weekend fight that sent both men to the hospital, one with life-threatening stab wounds from a large survival knife. The violent fistfight in the parking lot of the Palms Apartments on North Coontrap Road started at 12:30 a.m. Sunday as an argument between… Continue reading →

City, parish renew rec partnership

Special needs playground comes together

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Volunteers work together to build playground equipment during a Project Kidz Kove community build day on Friday in Gonzales at Kidz Kove Discovery Park.

The brand-new slides, ramps and other playground features are nearly all set up but the fact that Kidz Kove Discovery Park is finally coming together after four years of fundraising won’t be real until children can actually play there. “The real day will… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Sept. 25, 2014

More than 30 hot air balloons are set to fly over Ascension Parish starting Friday evening as the Ascension Parish Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Admission to the festival is $2, and other games, carnival rides and attractions will have fees. The carnival rides are a feature of this… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: Week 3 parish football roundup

Photo provided by Chuck Montero -- Ascension Catholic's James Martin sprints for a touchdown Friday during the school's 23-12 victory over Christian Life Academy.

In week two of the high school football season, the Ascension Catholic High School players were sitting in the locker room at halftime trailing the Dunham Tigers, 23-6. The team had just missed a field goal before the intermission, further frustrating players’ efforts. In the locker room at halftime, the atmosphere was tense. “We weren’t playing… Continue reading →

Gonzales OKs new basketball court project

The Gonzales City Council on Monday voted to spend approximately $21,000 to put a new, larger basketball court in Carver Park — priced at $52,000 — with the other half of that amount coming from a special grant awarded to the project. The “Hoopla” grant is given every year, through a fundraising effort… Continue reading →

No election required for sewer bond proposal

Ascension Parish residents will not vote on an up to $60 million bond issue parish government has been preparing for more than a year to build the beginnings of a regional sewer system in Prairieville. The Parish Council avoided the possibility of a required election when no one petitioned by last week’s deadline.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for Sept. 25, 2014

This male, adult Maine Coon mix domestic longhair.

The Ascension Parish Animal Shelter, 9894 Airline Highway in Sorrento, is open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for viewings and pet adoptions. Animals can be adopted for $50. Animals can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Fridays. For information, call (225) 675-6557. The… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for Sept. 11-18, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from Sept. 11-18. BAILEY, EBONY NEGERIA: 34, 426 W. Sycamore St., Gonzales, two counts failure to appear in court, fugitive-other Louisiana jurisdiction. BEAUCHAMP, MARCUS: 34, 19721 Womack Road, Baton Rouge, failure to appear in court, simple battery. BENNETT, DARREN: 19, 38324 Cedar St.,… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court from Sept. 8-12, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between Sept. 8-12. Zanaya Rodrigue v. Tutorship, tutorship. Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC v. Marcus Jackson, open account. Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC v. Sherry E. Guillory, open account. Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC v. Leah Mallu, open account. Capital One Bank USA NA v.… Continue reading →

Teachers get a sweet learning tool from sugar industry

Teachers looking for a way to educate students on Louisiana’s sugar cane crop have a new resource. The American Sugar League has published “From Louisiana’s Sugar Belt to Your Table,” a new, full-color, 16-page educational brochure designed for students of all ages, a news release from the ASCL said. Frankie Sotile, an Ascension Parish sugarcane… Continue reading →

Healthy turnout for hospital Kids Fest

Photo provided by Jon Hirsch -- Gage and Slade McDaniel, from left, bite on apples during the Sept. 13 Kid Fest at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

More than 800 children and adults attended St. Elizabeth Hospital and Physicians Kid Fest held Sept. 13 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The event featured free health screenings for children and interactive learning activities. “This year’s Kids Fest exceeded our expectations with regard to attendance both from the vendor perspective and from community participation. It was… Continue reading →

Gonzales Garden Club sets plans for new year

Photo provided by Patti Mouton -- The home of Sam and Claire Pasqua wins the Gonzales Garden Club's September Residential Yard of the Month Award. The Belle Helene Drive Gonzales home's landscape includes Loropetalum shrubs with vegetables and blueberries mixed into the beds to add interest, a news release from the club said.

The Gonzales Garden Club kicked off its service year Sept. 10 with a gathering at the home of Lorraine Gautreau. Member Conchita Richey highlighted the club’s 18 service projects described in a detailed 2014-15 handbook as “the basis for a successful year.” Gail Lonibos discussed participation at garden meetings at the district and state… Continue reading →

Rotarians learn history of Community Coffee

Photo provided by JON HIRSCH -- Girardot addresses Gonzales Rotary -- Gathered at the Sept. 9 Gonzales Rotary Club meeting, from left, are guest speaker Brian Girardot, Community Coffee; Sydney Reech, Community Coffee; Gonzales Rotarian Bobby Schexnayder; and Tim Pujol, Gonzales Rotary Club president.

Brian Girardot, of Community Coffee, gave a brief history of the Baton Rouge-based company during the Gonzales Rotary Club’s Sept. 9 meeting. Girardot told Rotarians that Community Coffee started in 1919 and is the largest family-owned brand coffee company in America, a news release from the Gonzales Rotary Club said. Community Coffee offers its products in… Continue reading →

First-graders learn how to fuel healthy bodies

Photo provided by Ashley Whitcomb -- Galvez Primary School first-grade teacher Cydney Andermann talks to her students about the importance of eating nutritious foods to keep their bodies in good shape during a recent lesson on the body.

First-graders at Galvez Primary School learned about the importance of eating nutritious foods during a recent unit on the human body, teacher Ashley Whitcom said. The students learned that the human body is a network of five systems that work together to keep it healthy and alive, Whitcomb said. The students studied the role nutritious… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for Sept. 18-Oct. 2, 2014

Hamburger on bun, lettuce/tomato/onion, baked beans and cardinal citrus mold. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center. BIRTHDAY PARTY: 9:30 a.m., Gonzales. Smothered chicken leg quarter, Normandy-blend vegetables, seasoned potatoes, bread… Continue reading →

St. James parents, teachers concerned about Common Core lessons

Reward being offered in theft of guns from firearms dealer

Federal firearms agents in New Orleans and a firearms industry trade association are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in the burglary of an undisclosed number of pistols and revolvers from an Assumption Parish hardware store. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives… Continue reading →

Candidate for Gramercy police chief arrested in domestic dispute

David Detillier

A candidate for Gramercy police chief, David Detillier, was arrested Saturday by St. James Parish sheriff’s deputies after a dispute erupted between him and his girlfriend at their home during which Detillier threatened to shoot anyone who came inside, the Sheriff’s Office said. Detillier was taken into custody after setting off two… Continue reading →

Special meeting Wednesday on purchase of Gonzales police cars

GONZALES — The three Gonzales city councilmen who cut funding for the Police Department from the city’s capital outlay budget — a budget subsequently vetoed by Mayor Barney Arceneaux — have called a special meeting for Wednesday to discuss amending a different budget, the city’s general fund budget. The special meeting was called by Councilmen… Continue reading →