Deputies search river for man after family slayings

Ronald Green Jr., left, and Dewona Wright Green

The estranged wife of a Gonzales man accused of fatally shooting her and their son before possibly jumping to his own death Thursday off a Mississippi River bridge claimed in a series of court papers — some filed days before the slayings — that she had a turbulent marriage with … Continue reading →

Church converts building for food, clothing pantry

Advocate staff photo by Darlene Denstorff -- Willie Farve prepares price tags for clothes and items sold Saturday at the Mount Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist church's clothes closet and food pantry in Geismar.

A new community clothes closet and food pantry opened its door Saturday in a historic church building. The Mount Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist Church members decided about a year ago to open the rarely used Mount Pilgrim church building, constructed in 1862, as a food pantry and small thrift store, the Rev. Irvin … Continue reading →

Nonprofit tasked to develop plan

The City Council cleared the way this week for a new land-use master plan to be developed for the city and took the next step toward finalizing its budget for the coming fiscal year. At its meeting Monday night, the council approved contracting with the nonprofit Center for Planning Excellence of Baton … Continue reading →

Around Ascension for April 17, 2014

The 2014 Miss Gonzales Jambalaya Festival queen will be crowned May 3 at the Gonzales Civic Center. Girls ages 14 to 17 are eligible to compete for the teen crown and women ages 18 to 22 can compete in the miss division, pageant organizer Elise Tureau said. Ascension Parish boys through age 4 are invited to … Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics: Pairings to be announced

State softball playoff pairings were expected to be announced Thursday, according to the Louisiana High School Athletic Association website. And Ascension Parish will feature some major players in the race to the state tournament to be held May 2-3 in Sulphur. St. Amant will be among the teams to beat in the Class 5A postseason. … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for April 17, 2014

This 4-month-old female Catahoula cur mix.

The Ascension Parish Animal Shelter, 9894 Airline Highway, 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) … Continue reading →

Gonzales man named battalion commander

Photo provided by Cdt. Leah McPeek -- Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, right, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, presents Lt. Col. William E. Haygood with the 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment colors at the official change of command ceremony on April 6 in Erath.

Lt. Col. William E. Haygood, a Gonzales resident, was named the commander of the Louisiana National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment. Haygood took the post April 6 in an official Change of Command ceremony at Erath High School. Haygood, a native of Monroe, was commissioned into the Louisiana Army National Guard as an infantry … Continue reading →

GUMBO hosts track and field games

Photo provided by Arlene Molliere -- Gathering April 5 at a GUMBO Games regional meet in Harvey are, from first row from left, Sienna Paddie and K'Von Albert and second row, Marissa Kraft, Joshua West, Shawn Alborado and Patrick Scott.

Ascension Parish athletes represented the parish at recent GUMBO Games track and field meets. Games United in Mind and Body events are held for athletes with visual or physical disabilities, Ascension Parish GUMBO Games Coordinator Arlene Molliere said. Shawn Alborado, Alise Gros, Sienna Paddie and Connor Cook represented Ascension Parish on March 15 at a regional … Continue reading →

Teen volunteers sought for summer activities

Teens looking for something to do this summer can register for Volunteer Ascension’s ConnecTEENS summer program. Registration is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 29 at the Ascension Parish Library’s Gonzales branch and from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 6 at the Donaldsonville library location. The summer volunteer program matches youths with area … Continue reading →

Lakeside Primary lists students on honor roll

Lakeside Primary School announced its honor roll for the third nine-week grading period. Students who earn a 3.51 to 4.0 grade-point average are named to the school’s principal’s list. The first-grade principal’s list included Jacob Angel, Kade Arnold, Keaton Aymond, Aliyah Bascom, Alex Bautista, Skylar Bowman, Amelia Causey, Joshua Dunaway, Alexa Foster, Mya Henderson, … Continue reading →

Ascension middle school bands to attend Georgia music festival

Band students from Gonzales and Central middle schools will spend part of their Easter break performing at a Georgia music festival. The partnership was the idea of Central Middle School band director Stephanie Musso. Musso, who is retiring in May, said the trip to the Music in the Parks festival in Douglasville, Ga., will give the … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for April 3-10, 2014

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish Prison from April 3-10. April 3 Alexander, Anikko: 18, 6100 Margaret Drive, St. Gabriel, theft, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles. Cheong, Leyland Anthony: 31, 14119 Adam Arceneaux, Gonzales, theft. Davis, Carl A.: 24, 1216 S. Burnside Ave., 23, Gonzales, failure to appear in court. … Continue reading →

Students donate funds to child advocacy group

Photo provided by Jennifer Virga -- Gathering recently for a donation from East Ascension High School to Child Advocacy Services are, from left, Assistant Principal Walter Traveler; Lindsey Hepting, CAS intern and volunteer; Krisy McAdams, CASA recruiter; and teachers Emily Smith and Jamie Andrews.

East Ascension High School students recently donated $2,415.61 to Child Advocacy Services. The money was raised as part of the school’s Class War competition in which students earn points for attending various functions and the winning class gets an end-of-the year party. For the past few years, Class War competition organizer Jamie Andrews said, … Continue reading →

Child abuse prevention highlighted in April

Photo provided by Lester Kenyon -- Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez, left, presents on April 3 a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ascension Parish to Stephanie Breeden, lead advocate supervisor with Child Advocacy Services.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ascension Parish and Parish President Tommy Martinez made the announcement April 3 during the Parish Council meeting in Donaldsonville. Stephanie Breeden, lead advocate supervisor with Child Advocacy Services, accepted the proclamation. Breeden said CAS administers the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, which recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who serve … Continue reading →

Spanish Lake Primary receives $1,000 grant

Photo provided by Vicki May -- Lakeside Primary School kindergarten student Molly Kilgore plays an interactive computer game purchased with funds from The Ascension Fund.

Kindergarten students at Spanish Lake Primary are benefiting from a $1,000 Ascension Fund Grant that funded educational software. The interactive software, compatible with the school’s new Promethean Boards, allows students “to be engaged in a dynamic way with the Common Core curriculum,” teacher Vicki May said in a news release. “Students of all learning … Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for March 31-April 3, 2014.

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between March 31-April 4, 2014. Brian Scott Huguet Jr. v. Tutorship, tutorship. Antoinette Augillard v. Ascension Credit Union, Louisiana State Judicial Review Board, Office of Unemployment Security and of Louisiana Labor Department, judicial review. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. and Kim Walker v. … Continue reading →

Dutchtown High names 2014 color guard team

Dutchtown High School color guard sponsors have named the 2014 team. Selected as team leaders were Mieklan Bortnick, head captain; Emilee Hawkins and Jessie Schlaudecker, assistant captains; and Michelle Stutes, flag captain. The team includes Emily Adams, Baylea Albarado, Holli Burton, Anna Burton, Colleen Carline, Gracie Clement, Ashlyn Dufren, Abby Ellender, Gabby Garland, Sabrina Gomez, Taia … Continue reading →

Lowery students bring community together for picnic

Advocate staff photo by Darlene Denstorff -- Lowery Elementary School students, from left, Edrickneka Fowler and Alaysia Alsay, both 10, get hot dog buns from school secretary Mona Becnel, top right and guidance counselor Carla Hernandez Saturday during the school's community picnic.

Lowery Elementary School students, teachers and administrators joined forces with area business and community leaders Saturday for the first Donaldsonville Community Day in Louisiana Square. Firefighters cooked hot dogs and hamburgers, teachers painted faces and played games with students, and residents stopped by to learn more about the school during the afternoon community picnic. Teacher … Continue reading →

Gonzales annual fest benefits food pantries

The doors to the Rotary Club of Gonzales’ annual Food Festival open at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Gonzales Civic Center. The event, a benefit for the St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church food pantry and other area nonprofit groups, features food from several area restaurants and caterers. Tickets are $25 and can be … Continue reading →

Ascension Parish community calendar for April 17-24, 2014

SPRING FLING EASTER PARTY: 9:30 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center, 526 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. The Ascension Council on Aging will host the annual Easter party. Contests will be held for the prettiest and most creative hats in the Easter parade with prizes given to the winners. Live music will be provided by Cliff Nickens. … Continue reading →

Efforts to revive Sorrento police appear to be floundering

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Sorento Town Hall

Efforts to revitalize the town’s Police Department seem to be stagnating while the police chief’s position sits vacant and the days pass without anyone actively seeking liability insurance for the department. Mayor Mike Lambert said Tuesday that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office is having a difficult time finding a … Continue reading →

Ascension school district employees get 3 percent raise

The Ascension Parish School Board approved a 3 percent pay raise Tuesday for all school district employees, the first permanent raise since 2008. “We have such a committed and excellent group of employees,” Superintendent Patrice Pujol said before the board voted. “It’s certainly less than they deserve, but we certainly recommend they get … Continue reading →

Parenton announces candidacy for judgeship

O'Neil Parenton Jr.

Assistant District Attorney O’Neil Parenton Jr. says his 28 years of private and public legal experience allow him to bring “fairness, integrity and compassion to the bench” if he is elected judge this fall in the 23rd Judicial District. Parenton, 58, an independent, said his decision to run for the Division A … Continue reading →

One person dies in crash in Ascension Parish

A Napoleonville man was killed Tuesday morning in Ascension Parish when his car crashed head-on with a dump truck on La. 70, State Police said. Shelby G. Johnson, 36, of Napoleonville, drove his northbound 2006 Ford Mustang into the southbound lane of La. 70 for unknown reasons shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday … Continue reading →

Sheriff: Source of synthetic marijuana not disclosed

The six men who went to the hospital Thursday night after smoking synthetic marijuana aren’t saying where they got the substance and haven’t been arrested, said Chief Tony Bacala of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. “There may not be anything to charge with this. Unless there’s a sample you can send to … Continue reading →

Woman’s body found in Mississippi River in St. James Parish

An unidentified woman’s body was found Thursday morning in the Mississippi River at the Convent Marine Terminal, authorities said. St. James Parish sheriff’s deputies searched missing persons reports but by late Thursday afternoon had not learned her identity. Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. said deputies were called about 8 a.m. Thursday … Continue reading →

Family of Gonzales man questions drowning account

Advocate staff photo by DAVID J. MITCHELL -- Baton Rouge attorney Peter John, left, looks down at Bayou Francois in Gonzales late Wednesday afternoon along with neighbors and the family of a man who drowned in the Ascension Parish bayou Tuesday night while fleeing Gonzales police officers. John said the man's family questions the official police account and wanted to measure the depth of the bayou to see if Jerrick Lane, 25, 8544 S. St. Landry Ave., Lot 49, could have drowned. Police officers are also conducting their own administrative investigation. An autopsy is planned for mid-Friday morning.

The family of a Gonzales man who drowned Tuesday night while fleeing police is questioning the account officers gave of the events leading to his death. Gonzales police reported Tuesday night that Jerrick Lane, 25, 8544 S. St. Landry Ave., Lot 49, drowned after he jumped into Bayou Francois while fleeing police. … Continue reading →

Judge grants preliminary OK in sinkhole settlement

A federal judge in New Orleans granted preliminary approval Tuesday to a $48.1 million settlement between Texas Brine Co. and the plaintiffs in class-action litigation over the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole that forced the ongoing evacuation of 350 people. Filed midday Wednesday in U.S. District Court, the preliminary order from Judge Jay C. Zainey lays … Continue reading →

Ascension woman arrested on drug charge

A Prairieville woman was arrested Wednesday on a count of attempted distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. Karen Marchand, 50, 44079 Loop Road, went to a local shopping center to deliver hydrocone pain pills, an arrangement she made with undercover narcotics detectives, the Sheriff’s Office … Continue reading →