Resources

Letter to the editor
Send a letter to the editor to voice your opinion.
East Baton Rouge Parish Homicide Map
A map listing homicides or suspected homicides in EBR Parish.
Gas Prices in BR
Current gas prices in BR area.

Gonzales man arrested, booked with cultivating marijuana in home

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office -- Deputies on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, found 100 marijuana plants growing at a Gonzales residence, along with growing equipment and chemicals relative to growing marijuana.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Gonzales man Thursday night and booked him with growing marijuana in his home. According to Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, narcotics detectives were contacted by East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office advising that an individual may be growing marijuana in his residence. On Thursday night, narcotics detectives who went to 13158… Continue reading →

Few objections lodged as Ascension adopts tax roll fattened by ‘data sweep’

Ascension Parish Assessor M.J. “Mert” Smiley Jr. said Thursday a recent data sweep of existing properties and improvements missing from the tax rolls has generated far less public consternation than expected. “It all went very, very well,” Smiley said after a Board of Review hearing Thursday night in Gonzales during which his… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville felon on probation surrenders in suspected drug deal

Jyrah Bringier

A convicted felon who authorities said fled a failed drug deal earlier this month in Donaldsonville surrendered Thursday and is a potential witness in a June 2013 slaying over another failed drug transaction in Geismar. Jyrah J. Bringier, 22, 128 Elizabeth St., Donaldsonville, also has been separately accused of bribing the victim in a March 2013… Continue reading →

Ascension deputies: Two women use forged prescription to get oxycodone

Luvada Pondexter and Bonnie Toppins

Two Baton Rouge women were arrested Wednesday after an Ascension Parish pharmacist reported that a woman had presented a forged prescription for the pain medicine oxycodone, said Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Narcotics detectives, summoned on Wednesday to the Dutchtown Pharmacy about a forged prescription, stopped Bonnie Toppins,… Continue reading →

Deputies searching for men in Prairieville burglaries

Sean Patterson

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies investigating burglaries and thefts in the Prairieville area are searching for two people. Sean Patterson, 32, 39148 Camp Drive, Prairieville is a person of interest in a number of thefts and burglaries, deputies said Tuesday. He also wanted for failing to appear in a pending animal cruelty… Continue reading →

Sorrento still struggling to find insurance for police department

Advocate photo by Kate Stevens -- Sorrento Town Council members Patti Poche, left, Marvin Martin, second from left,  Donald Schexnaydre far right, and Mayor Mike Lambert, second from right, discuss the agenda at Tuesday's council meeting.

Solar panels may cut Lamar-Dixon Expo Center’s power costs by 10 percent

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Workers with Sunora Energy Solutions prepare Monday the grid of wires and support braces to hold solar panels on the roof of Barn 4 at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center near Gonzales. Ascension Parish government, which owns the expo center, is having six solar arrays like this one installed on barn roofs under a $1.25 million mitigation project being paid for by utility NRG Energy Inc. The parish hopes the panels, which create enough juice to power 39 homes for a year, will save 10 percent of the expo center's annual electrical costs.

Horizontal electrical wires and vertical metal support braces formed two rectangular grids on Monday on the south-facing roof of a livestock barn at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Ascension Parish. The wires and braces were waiting for what sat in the big cardboard box along the edge of the barn’s roof: new Chinese-made solar… Continue reading →

Deputies search for man who flees drug deal, discards gun

Jyrah Bringier

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a convicted felon who fled from a suspected drug deal in Donaldsonville last week, leaving behind a handgun, Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said. Jyrah Bringier, 22, 128 Elizabeth St., Donaldsonville, remains at large and is wanted on counts of possession of a firearm by a… Continue reading →

Mark Peters bows out of Ascension Parish School Board race

Mark Peters, of Gonzales, one of three candidates for the District 3 seat on the Ascension Parish School Board, announced Tuesday he is withdrawing from the race. “We were unable to reach our fundraising goal and (I) will not continue to seek office,” Peters said in a statement. Peters runs a… Continue reading →

Woman kicked out of bar accused of trying to run over owner

Trenell Lewis

A Belle Rose woman was arrested Monday night after witnesses said she tried to run over a bar owner and another customer with her car after she was asked to leave, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. Trenell Lewis, 38, 164 Dupaty Lane, Belle Rose, was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center… Continue reading →

Four men arrested after tip that juveniles were being given drugs

Pictured from left, Jose Hernandez, Tevrion Carter, Adam Hopp and Simieon Hernandez

When Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies went to a Gonzales home Friday, they found marijuana, a handgun, several juveniles and four men — two of whom admitted to having sex with the juveniles, Maj. Kevin Hanna said. Officers with the sheriff’s narcotic and juvenile division went to the home of Jose Josh Hernandez,… Continue reading →

Balloon festival ready to launch in Ascension

Advocate photo by Kate Stevens -- Longtime balloon pilot Robert Ambeau prepares his balloon for the upcoming Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival. Ambeau is this year's  festival balloon flight operations director.

Get ready for the return of hot air balloons over Ascension Parish. The 2014 Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival continues its colorful competition Sept. 26-27 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. This year, the event offers more family-oriented attractions designed to attract festivalgoers of all ages. Popular events like the… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for Sept. 18, 2014

The next Ascension Parish Senior Citizen Sock Hop starts at noon Friday with lunch at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center gym. The band plays until 3 p.m. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said the event was rescheduled from its original Sept. 26 date because of the conflicting Ascension Hot Air Balloon Festival, which is Sept.… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: Week Two - From rags to riches

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Dutchtown fans celebrate a score Friday during their home game against Donaldsonville.

Ascension Christian High School coach Josh Puryear had his work cut out for him last week, preparing his Lions to face the Crescent City Christian Pioneers after a 43-0 loss at the hands of the Lafayette Christian Knights. How does a coach take this task on? Even though the Knights were heavily favored in the game, the… Continue reading →

Teachers, principals of year honored

The Ascension Parish School Board took some time out from its usual board business Tuesday to honor the school district’s teachers and principals of the year for 2015. Named principals of the year are Christy Bourgeois, of St. Amant Middle; Edith Walker, of Dutchtown High; and Marjorie Meyers, of Pecan Grove Elementary.… Continue reading →

Longtime government employee honored

Photo provided by LESTER KENYON -- Longtime Ascension Parish government employee Lyle Joseph Schexnaydre, seated, is shown with family members during a recent ceremony honoring his retirement. Gathering are, from left, Renae Schexnaydre, Terri Schexnaydre, Carmen Schexnaydre, Debbie Schexnaydre, Dayton Schexnaydre, Ione LeBlanc, Lance Schexnaydre, Parish President Tommy Martinez, Troy Schexnaydre, Frankie Schexnaydre and Clint Schexnaydre.

Longtime Ascension Parish government employee Lyle Joseph Schexnaydre was honored recently by parish officials after working at several jobs since joining the parish in 1989. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed Sept. 2 “Lyle Joseph Schexnaydre Day” in Ascension Parish in honor of Schexnaydre’s years of community service and work with the parish government. Schexnaydre recently retired,… Continue reading →

Students named national merit semifinalists

The approximately 16,000 semifinalists who will compete for about 7,600 national merit scholarships worth about $33 million were announced Sept. 11. About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 national merit scholarship program by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/national merit scholarship qualifying test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less… Continue reading →

‘Cincture’ a cinch for Rotarian spellers

A three-member Rotary team spelled the Latin word “cincture” — which means a cord or sash of cloth worn around an ecclesiastical vestment or the habit of a religious person — correctly and took home the top prize in the Rotary Club of North Ascension’s annual corporate spelling bee Aug. 27 in the Cypress Room at Frank’s Restaurant… Continue reading →

Drum majors work as a team to lead Dutchtown Sound

Photo provided by DUTCHTOWN SOUND -- The 2014-15 drum majors for the Dutchtown Sound at Dutchtown High School are, from left, drum major Julian Stanley, senior; assistant drum major Maddie Schram, junior; and assistant drum major Ryan Hoffman, senior.

Julian Stanley, Maddie Schram and Ryan Hoffman — all students with a long history of dedication to band — are leading the Dutchtown Sound as drum majors. This is Stanley’s second year as drum major at Dutchtown High School. “It is amazing to be able to wave your arms around and have a couple… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for Sept. 18, 2014

Photo provided -- Molly is a female, Labrador/beagle mix, who is about 5 years old. She is spayed.

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. 4-11, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from Sept. 4-11. ALLEMOND, JEANNE M: 28, 7401 Wales St., New Orleans, prohibited acts; drug paraphernalia, distribution/possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids BRITTON, LATANYA: 36, 629 Camelia Ave., Laplace, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling Cheong, Kenneth… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for Sept. 2-5, 2014

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between Sept. 2-5. Aiden Tanner v. Minority, minority. Green Tree Servicing LLC v. Albert E. Evans Jr. and Glenda A. Evans, executory process. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co v. Wilfred Anderson,… Continue reading →

St. Amant Wildcats make the power plays

Photo provided by Chantelle Stewart --  St. Amant Wildcats player Walter Samuels, No. 22, runs back the opening kickoff for a touchdown Saturday during a matchup against the Zachary Broncos as teammates, from left,  Landon Stewart,  Cole Hutchcraft and Brier LeBlanc defend.

The St. Amant Wildcats won two of four games played Saturday in Zachary in Southern Louisiana Youth Football Association action. The C team won, 6-20 and the B team posted a 7-20 win against the Zachary Broncos.… Continue reading →

Ascension Catholic athlete honored

Photo provided by LESTER KENYON -- Gathering Sept. 4 to honor the track accomplishment of Maerys Joseph, left, an Ascension Catholic High School student, are, from left, Maeyrs' grandmother, Jessie Joseph; Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph and Parish President Tommy Martinez.

Maerys Joseph, an Ascension Catholic High School junior, was honored Sept. 4 by Ascension Parish officials for placing 29th overall at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics Championships earlier this summer in Humble, Texas. Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez presented Joseph a parish certificate of achievement during a Parish Council meeting in Donaldsonville. Joseph,… Continue reading →

4-H shooting program trains 44 volunteers

The Ascension Parish 4-H Shooting Sports Program recently trained and certified 44 volunteers to teach several disciplines in the program, a news release from 4-H said. Volunteers from surrounding areas attended the training. The mission of the Louisiana 4-H Shooting Sports Program is to help youths in acquiring knowledge, developing life skills and forming attitudes… Continue reading →

Prairieville Middle proves it has the winning spirit

Photo provided by JOYCE LOWE -- Students at Prairieville Middle School students Donovan Coleman and Jonah Brock,  center from left, do a dance to show their school spirit and support for the Panthers Sept. 5 during a pep rally on school's football field.

Prairieville Middle School pumped up its students with a Sept. 5 pep rally on the football field. Seventh-grade student reporter Brianna Pittman said different school groups took part in the pep rally. As the students were being seated, band director William Barbay led the band. Football and volleyball players, cheerleaders, dance team members and the… Continue reading →

Ascension Catholic High honors 32 students

Photo provided by Wendy Poirrier -- Ascension Catholic High School Assistant Principal Sarah Sotile, left, and Principal Sandy Pizzolato, right, present  Jordan Zeringue with the Tulane Book Award during the school's Sept. 9 banquet. The award is given for leadership, academics and commitment to community.

Ascension Catholic High School honored 32 students Sept. 9 during its annual Academic Banquet. Students were honored for their academic achievement, earning the highest score in a single subject or for special awards such as the Shawn E. Guillot Memorial Scholarship and the Tulane Book Award. Honored were Emily Villa, Kayla Tripde, Alexis Soileau, Courtney Dazé,… Continue reading →

Coach Vice honored in Ascension Parish

Photo provided by Lester Kenyon -- Gathering Sept. 4 to honor the late Coach William ‘Bill’ Vice during an Ascension Parish Council meeting are, first row from left, Jerry Waguespack, Liam Vice, Gabriella Vice, Kacie Vice, Kitty Vice, Marci Delaune and G.J. 'Bucky' Mistretta; and second row, Paul Nizzo, Doug Moreau, Parish Councilman Oliver Joseph, Parish Councilman Kent Schexnaydre, Vincent Vice, Bill Vice, Beau Vice, Gene Harrell, Dillon Vice and Parish President Tommy Martinez.

Family and friends of the late coach William “Bill” Vice joined Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez on Sept. 4 as he read aloud a parish proclamation marking Sept. 6 as Coach William “Bill” Vice Day in Ascension Parish. Vice died in June. He had a 35-year career as a teacher and coach at Ascension Catholic High School… Continue reading →

Racing through the rain

Photo provided by Tanya Whitney -- St. Amant High School cross country runner Madeline Lato races to the finish line Saturday in 36th Annual Episcopal Round Table Run at Highland Park.

St. Amant High Cross Country teams participated Saturday in the 36th annual Episcopal Round Table Run at Highland Park. All the runners improved this week, completing their race under their previous week’s time, coach Tanya Whitney said. The Gators will compete Saturday at the LSU Invitational at Highland Park.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Council on Aging for Sept. 18-25, 2014

Sausage and pinto beans, steamed rice, steamed spinach, cornbread, grape juice and raisin cream pie snack cake. OUTDOOR PICNIC: 10 a.m., both centers. Celebration for Senior Center Month. Chicken chef salad over salad greens, salad dressing, fresh fruit, crackers, almond cookie. ZUMBA GOLD: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville… Continue reading →

National Weather Service issues flash flood warning in River Parishes

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Ascension, Assumption, Iberville and St. James parishes until 5:45 p.m. Tuesday due to severe thunderstorms rolling through the River Parishes region. The storm had already dropped more than 3 inches of rain near Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish by 3:48 p.m. Tuesday, according to radar, and… Continue reading →

Sheriff: Big city crime trends finding their way to Ascension Parish

Photo provided by Ascension Parish Sheriff's OfficeAscension Parish sheriff's deputies conduct a search early Wednesday of a mobile home at 128 First St., Donaldsonville, as part of investigation into the slaying of Adoriji Wilson, 37, of Donaldsonville. The home was one of four searched near where Wilson was shot on the front porch of an Elizabeth Street home on June 1.

In Ascension Parish, the most rapidly growing crime category is burglaries of unlocked vehicles, but the Sheriff’s Office is finding itself dealing with a new, more dangerous trend. The number of homicides in Ascension remains in the single digits — and the rate of murder is below the state and national averages — but authorities say… Continue reading →

Man killed in shooting in Paincourtville; suspect surrenders

Matthew Jordan III

A 33-year-old man is dead after he was shot in the parking lot of a Paincourtville bar Sunday morning, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The suspected shooter, Matthew Jordan III, 25, turned himself in to deputies several hours after the victim, Franky Joseph, 33, of Donaldsonville, died, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. The… Continue reading →

Bridge work, new jobs snarl traffic

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Vehicles travel on eastbound LA 70, crossing the Sunshine Bridge in Donaldsonville during rush hour, Friday, September 12.

Headlights on and the sun setting to the west, cars, pickups and 18-wheelers inched along La. 70, still wet from a passed rainstorm on a dreary Thursday night. The long, slow path ahead was marked by the parade of red tail lights rising up the Sunshine Bridge, covered by a gray… Continue reading →

Belle Rose man booked in stabbing injury

Skiler Rhodes

A Belle Rose man was arrested Wednesday in the stabbing of another man during a fight, Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. The victim, whose identity was not released, was transported by AirMed from Paincourtville, where the fight took place, to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton… Continue reading →

Texas Brine’s plans to discharge water into sinkhole draws concerns

Advocate graphic

Texas Brine Co.’s push for a five-year state permit to discharge salty groundwater with traces of benzene and toluene into the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole has drawn concerns from environmentalists and landowners near the swampland hole in Assumption Parish. The process has been underway for a year through short-term permits to help remove potentially… Continue reading →

H.O.P.E. grant, 4-H programs helping St. James students