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2 arrested on drug charges in Ascension

jeffery Ricard

Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics detectives arrested two men on cocaine and heroin dealing counts, finding a handgun and more than $4,000 in a home they searched after having it under surveillance for two months. Jeffery Ricard Jr., 23, 14514 Oak Meadow St., Gonzales, and Quanmaine Scott, 20, 10196 Burnside St., Convent,… Continue reading →

Man free on $100,000 bail in drug case arrested again

Moses Diggs

Ascension Parish sheriff’s narcotics agents arrested a Gonzales man — out of jail on bail for pending drug distribution charges and living near Gonzales Middle School and Tee-Joe Gonzales Park — on heroin distribution and other illegal drug counts after an undercover sting. Earlier this week, sheriff’s deputies purchased heroin from… Continue reading →

Man booked after fleeing from Assumption deputies in drug sting

Landon Glaviana of Donaldsonvile was arrested Oct. 27 after a 100 mph car flight and possession of marijuana.

A Donaldsonville man was arrested Monday after fleeing in his car at speeds over 100 mph from officers who had appeared as he sold synthetic marijuana in a sting by the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Landon Glaviana, 20, 2269 La. 308, was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention… Continue reading →

Rodney Rhodes, son of Assumption Parish School Board candidate, arrested in armed robbery of Napoleonville convenience store

Assumption Parish deputies arrested a Paincourtville man in the Sunday night armed robbery of a convenience store and are trying to determine whether he acted alone, the sheriff said Wednesday. Sheriff’s investigators said they believe Rodney P. Rhodes II, 21, 5974 La. 308, Paincourtville, entered Popingo’s on La. 1 in Napoleonville wearing a… Continue reading →

Ascension School Board to spend $1.5M on 11 acres in Dutchtown area; plans already set for new land

The Ascension Parish School Board voted Tuesday to buy approximately 11 acres for $1.5 million on La. 73 for the site of a future primary school in the Dutchtown area. The school, which would require funding through a new bond issue to be presented to voters, would relieve overcrowding at Dutchtown Primary and… Continue reading →

Family with 3 generations of military service to lead parade

Map of Veterans Day Parade

A Prairieville family with three generations of military service will be honored as the grand marshal family for the Ascension Veterans Association’s 2014 Veterans Day Parade and Heroes Celebration on Nov. 9. Former U.S. Army Spc. Gini Lanclos, who served as a Morse code operator from 1974-76, and three sons, also veterans,… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville High School holds fifth annual homecoming coronation

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Homecoming queen Alaina Miles, center, with her parents Angela, left, and Eric Miles, during Donaldsonville High School's fifth annual homecoming coronation, 'An Elegant Affair,' held Oct. 20, in the school's gymnasium.

Donaldsonville High School held its fifth annual homecoming coronation, ‘An Elegant Affair,’ Oct. 20. Alaina Miles was crowned homecoming queen.… Continue reading →

City Council approves building funds

City Councilmen voted Tuesday to move $44,700 in disaster relief grant funding to assist in building a new Ascension Parish Government public works complex on the west bank. The funds are part of a larger $1 million Community Development Block Grant for renovations in areas affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Oct. 30, 2014

Ascension Parish residents can drop off recyclable items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Recycling Road Show at the Wal-Mart store parking lot in Prairieville. Newspapers, magazines, milk and juice cartons, cardboard, aluminum, tin or bimetal cans and metal lids, and No. 1 through No. 7 plastic containers will be accepted.… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: Boating Safety Program shows signs of success

Advocate photo by Lyle Johnson --  The St Amant Volunteer Fire Department has a new on the water emergency response boat to help keep local waters safe.

Another boating season has come and gone. Ascension parish is blessed with lots of waterways that allow us the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in many ways. A couple of things that concern the public are boating safety and accidents. I have the opportunity to serve on the Hunting and Fishing Advisory Education Council that meets at… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish community photo gallery for Oct. 30, 2014

Photo provided by Anette Becnel -- Pumpkin day -- Dutchtown Primary School first-graders visit the New Song Church Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 10. Students participated in various activities and games which were incorporated from the curriculum. Maddie Baracco, left, and Phillip Constantin III weigh and measure their pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.

The Ascension Advocate this week includes photos from local civic, community and school groups and highlights recent events around Ascension Parish.… Continue reading →

St. Amant students use skills to help veterans

Photo provided by Melissa McCormick -- Mike McNaughton, who lost his leg in Afghanistan, speaks to St. Amant High School business English students about his experiences during and after war.

Earlier this school year, business English students at St. Amant High School decided to use their classroom skills to help wounded and area veterans. They received a dose of inspiration for their project earlier this month when Mike McNaughton, who lost his leg in 2003 in Afghanistan, visited the students, teacher Melissa McCormick said. McNaughton talked… Continue reading →

Two Ascension deputies graduate training

Photo provided by ALLISON HUDSON -- Attending the Oct. 14  Capital Area Regional Training Academy graduation ceremony at the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge are, from left, Warden Paul Hall, Assistant Warden Tim Maxwell, deputy Brock Carpenter, deputy Micah Santangelo, Sheriff Jeff Wiley and Lt. Col. Bobby Webre.

Ascension Parish Deputies Micah Santangelo and Brock Carpenter graduated Oct. 14 from the Capital Area Regional Training Academy in Baton Rouge. About 30 members of law enforcement, representing 15 different agencies from across the state, graduated from the program. The graduates learned physical training, legal and report writing skills, law enforcement history and numerous other topics and… Continue reading →

Veterans group taking applications for scholarship

The Ascension Veterans Association is accepting applications for its first college scholarship program. The program is not limited to high school students and is designed to honor residents for “accomplishing exemplary civic service and patriotic ideology,” Ascension Veterans Association President Tanya Whitney said. Up to three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2014-15 academic year… Continue reading →

Sheriff’s motorcycle division shows off skills

Photo provided by Allison Hudson --  Justin Lanoux, with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, places ninth in the Division I Novice category at a recent motorcycle competition at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Motors Division won several awards in the Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills competition Oct. 7-11 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The 16th annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills competition featured more than 19 law enforcement agencies from six different states. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Division participated and placed in the following:… Continue reading →

Longtime clerk of court recognized

Photo provided by Lester Kenyon -- Gathering Oct. 16 to proclaim Kermit ‘Hart’ Bourque Day in Ascension Parish are, from left, Ascension Parish Council Chairman Randy Clouatre; Ascension Parish School Board Member A.J. Nickens; Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley; state Rep. Johnny Berthelot; Rita Bourque; state Rep. Ed Price; Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez; Bourque; District Attorney Ricky Babin and state Sen. Jody Amedee.

Longtime Ascension Parish Clerk of Court Kermit “Hart” Bourque was recognized Oct. 16 with a day in his honor. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed Oct. 16 as Kermit “Hart” Bourque Day in Ascension Parish. Martinez read the proclamation aloud during the Ascension Parish Council meeting while Bourque looked on with his wife Rita… Continue reading →

Former Tiger Thomas visits St. Amant Middle

Photo provided by Anita Cann -- St. Amant Middle student Dallas Struppeck, left, looks up as basketball player Tyrus Thomas talks during an Oct. 16 visit to the school.

Former LSU basketball player Tyrus Thomas visited St. Amant Middle School Oct. 16 to talk to eighth-graders about respect and leadership. Thomas said he was raised by his grandmother and mother and spent a lot of time alone. He said he was faced with many decisions early on, many not easy, but his decisions allowed him to… Continue reading →

Central Middle girl’s volleyball secures second parish title

Photo provided by Stacey King -- Volleyball champs named -- Celebrating a parish championship are members of the Central Middle School Lady Mustangs. The team includes, first row from left, Brooklyn Donaldson, Alynzia Morris, Brooklyn Branum, Diamond Jones, Hollie Thompson, Rhegan Duplessis and Carly Ross; second row,  Melisse Speligene, Abbie David, Maddie Gray, Lily Lambert and Chloe LeBlanc; third row, Emma Roussel, Tamia Washington, Emma Cockrum, Katelin Thorton, Nieya Jackson and John Adams; and fourth row, Jessica Branum, Robert Branum and Traci Adams.

The Central Middle School Lady Mustangs clinched their second parish championship title for volleyball, finishing an undefeated season Oct. 21. The middle school programs in Ascension Parish have continued to grow and become more competitive since being introduced to the middle school level in the past four years, a news release from Brooklyn Branum and Traci… Continue reading →

East Ascension beats Dutchtown in overtime thriller

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Dutchown's running back Fitell Bolding pushes off East Ascension's Brandon Samanie while running the ball in the District 5-5A game on Friday. The Spartans beat the Griffins in an overtime game.

East Ascension won Friday night in a district 5-5A overtime thriller. Dutchtown’s 23-point rally fell short as the Spartans clinched their first win against the Griffins in more than a decade.… Continue reading →

High schools take home honors at marching band competition

Photo provided by Dutchtown Sound -- Parkway High School, right, of Bossier City, accepts their award for grand champion, the highest award given, from the Dutchtown Sound for best in show for the  Dutchtown Marching Contest on Saturday at the Dutchtown High School stadium. Eighteen bands, including the Spirit of Northwestern Demon college band, performed during the 10th annual event.

East Ascension High School’s Pride of EA won the best in class award Saturday at Dutchtown High School’s 10th annual Dutchtown Marching Band Competition. More than 3,000 people attended the competition, which featured the halftime performances of 18 bands, including the show-stopping Spirit of Northwestern Demon marching band. Ascension Parish bands earned… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for Oct. 30, 2014

This 3-year-old male Schnauzer.

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 Oct. 16-23, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from Oct. 16-23. CUCCIA, CHAD MICHAEL: 41, 1005 Ingram St., Philadelphia, Mississippi, two counts failure to appear in court, fugitive-other Louisiana jurisdiction. CULPEPPER, ROBERT MACKENZIE: 26, 39366 La. 621, Gonzales, distribution/possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids, prohibited acts;… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court from Oct. 13-17, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between Oct. 13-17. Sadie Ann Gwynn v. Tutorship, tutorship. Swantrika Villavaso v. Joshua A. Flash, Government Employees Insurance Co. and Geico, damages. Cooper Credit Corp. Inc v. Rhonda S. Chatman, executory judgment. Harrison Finance Co. v. Rodney Hawkins, executory judgment. Conn Appliances… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for Oct. 30 - Nov. 6, 2014

LAP-SIT STORYTIME: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales and Dutchtown, 13278 La. 73, Geismar. BILINGUAL STORYTIME: 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library Gonzales branch. NINJA TURTLE PROGRAM: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Dutchtown branch. ANXIETY REDUCTION GROUP: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.,… Continue reading →

Ascension Council on Aging for Oct. 30-Nov. 6, 2014

Ham and lima beans, steamed rice, seasoned turnip greens, coleslaw, cornbread, apple juice, milk. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville. CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales. HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: Spooky hot dog with chili, bumpy bun, wicked fiesta potatoes, monster coleslaw, holiday cake, milk.… Continue reading →

St. James school officials pleased with ‘B’ grade from the state

The St. James Parish school district’s B grade from the Louisiana Department of Education earlier this month has pleased local school officials. “It’s good to see our district is still a B,” School Board President Alonzo Luce said during a School Board meeting Tuesday. “Hopefully we’ll get an A next… Continue reading →

Bond set at just over $1 million for former Sorrento mayor

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Wilson Longanecker Jr.

Bail was set Friday at more than $1 million for former Sorrento mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr., who was arrested last week on 40 counts of child pornography. State District Judge Jessie LeBlanc, of the 23rd Judicial District Court, set the bail at $1,025,000. Longanecker remained in the Ascension Parish Jail… Continue reading →

Report: Judge sets bond at $1M for ex-Sorrento mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr.

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. holds up documents during Sorrento's city council meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. Longanecker was arrested Thursday morning on child pornography counts after a joint cyber-crime investigation by state and parish law enforcement officials.

A judge set bond Monday at more than $1 million for former Sorrento mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr., who was arrested last week in a multiagency child pornography sting, according to a WBRZ report. Investigators who searched Longanecker’s three-story, columned home at 7284 Main St. last Thursday found 40 pornography videos of children between the ages… Continue reading →

Profile of 23rd Judicial District: Who’s leaving, whose vying for two open seats

O'Neil Parenton Jr.

The three-parish 23rd Judicial District is losing 42 years of combined experience on the bench come Jan. 1 when Judge Ralph Tureau retires and Judge Guy Holdridge heads to the Louisiana 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge. Fixtures on the court, Tureau and Holdridge remained in office unopposed after initial election… Continue reading →

Brothers killed in single-vehicle wreck

Brothers in a speeding Corvette died early Sunday when the driver lost control, causing the car to go into a spin and strike several trees, ejecting the unrestrained men. Todd Ponville, 48, Pierre Part, and his brother, Troy, 49, Napoleonville, died at the scene of the wreck on La. 70 in Assumption Parish, State Police said… Continue reading →

‘Turnaround’ plan yielding positive results for Ascension schools

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Third grade teachers at Lowery Elementary, from lower left clockwise around table, Mark Bell, Katie Holmwood, Allison Saunders, Kaycee Smith, Samantha Waldrop, Monica Irving, Amber Landry and Katie Esteves, work together on ways to help their students better learn math, in one of the group meetings that happens daily for all the teachers at the Donaldsonville school.

— The staff at Lowery Elementary in Donaldsonville celebrated when it learned recently the school’s score on state assessments moved up a letter grade, from an F to a D. While far from the honor roll, the achievement was a hard-won victory in a community that struggles with poverty and a history of… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man arrested after four-month undercover drug investigation

After a four-month undercover investigation, Ascension Parish deputies arrested a Donaldsonville man Thursday on multiple drug counts involving marijuana, cocaine and heroin, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala. Romel Julien, 29, 306 W. Seventh St., Donaldsonville, was the target of the undercover investigation, Bacala said. Over the course of the operation, Bacala… Continue reading →

Smoke from small fire closes Donaldsonville Primary Thursday

A small morning fire inside a classroom at Donaldsonville Primary School on Thursday forced the evacuation and closure of the Ascension Parish public school for the day, parish school officials said. Johnnie Balfantz, public school spokesman, said Thursday that 570 prekindergartners to second-graders were taken to the cafeteria at Lowery Middle School… Continue reading →

State Sen. Dan Claitor’s mother dies from injuries in Saturday car accident

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Nancy Claitor, standing rear left, watches as her son Dan Claitor, right, signs in to qualify to run for office at the Secretary of State's office in this August 2014 Advocate file photo. Nancy Claitor died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, as a result of injuries she suffered in a car crash Saturday in Ascension Parish. Her grandson Sam Claitor is also shown.

The mother of Baton Rouge state Sen. Dan Claitor died late Wednesday after she was injured in a Saturday crash on Airline Highway in Ascension Parish, State Police said Thursday. Nancy M. Claitor, 80, of Baton Rouge, died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge shortly before midnight… Continue reading →

Traffic stop turns up crystal meth, other illegal drugs.

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Gary D. Martin

Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a Bayou L’Ourse man, who was out of jail on bail, on drug distribution and weapons counts after a traffic stop turned up crystal methamphetamine and other illegal drugs. The sheriff’s narcotics agents stopped Gary D. Martin, 58, in a white Ford Focus on Honey Lane… Continue reading →

15-year-olds admit to cellphone thefts

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested two 15-year-olds after they admitted to stealing a booksack full of cellphones owned by high school football players visiting Donaldsonville for a game Friday night. The sack of 15 cellphones had been taken from a Centerville High School bus at Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium on Clay Street… Continue reading →

New Sorrento police chief misses town meeting

New Police Chief Fern Barnett could not attend Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, the last public forum before a Nov. 4 referendum that could eliminate her department, because she was busy baby-sitting. Mayor Mike Lambert read a typed letter from Barnett, who apologized for not making the meeting. “I was already committed to babysit… Continue reading →

Tax hike aims to bolster recreation

Advocate staff photo by David J. Mitchell Tyler Mercil, 11, looks on during an evening game at J. Leo Stevens Park off Cannon Road outside Gonzales Oct. 9. His team, the

On a recent October evening in what is normally football season, J. Leo Stevens Park in Ascension Parish was chock full of young baseball players and their parents, with the exception of one field, which had no working lights. In the fall baseball season put on by the Ascension Baseball Committee, no score… Continue reading →

Ascension Christian first-graders get classical training

Advocate photo by Kate Stevens -- Teacher Borislava Iltcheva-Farrell instructs Ascension Christian Elementary School students, from left, Avery Allred, Cole Vogel and Morgan Munson during a recent piano lesson.

Before actually playing the keyboards in Borislava Iltcheva-Farrell’s piano class at Ascension Christian Elementary School, three first-graders practiced their form and posture. After demonstrating they could keep their backs straight and their hands and elbows lifted off the table, students Avery Allred, Cole Vogel and Morgan Munson were ready to move… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Oct. 23, 2014

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez has set Halloween trick-or-treat hours for Halloween. Ascension Parish will observe trick-or-treat hours in unincorporated areas of the parish from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The Ascension Parish Council voted on the scheduled hours at their Sept. 4 council meeting. Officials with the city of Gonzales said their… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: Can I get a Shout Out?

Lyle Johnson

With great expectations and lots of adrenaline flowing, the 12th Spartan/Gator Tailgate Shout Out will pit the vocal cords of East Ascension and St. Amant high school fans for a Halloween week showdown. The event, a yell-fest and celebration of the long-standing cross parish rivals, starts at 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s Savoy… Continue reading →

FFA plans Boo at the Barn

A pumpkin patch, hay ride, games, a petting zoo and barnyard-themed candy stations are on tap Saturday for the St. Amant High School FFA Boo at the Barn. The Halloween event, set from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., will be held behind the high school, with visitors entering the shell parking lot on La. 431.… Continue reading →

Council on Aging to host Halloween party

Witches, goblins and ghosts are preparing for the Ascension Council on Aging’s annual Halloween Party. The party is set for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Gonzales Senior Center. The party, which features a costume contest and dancing, is open to Ascension Parish seniors age 60 and above. Prizes will… Continue reading →