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No-knock search of Labadieville man’s home finds suspected marijuana and a gun, Assumption Sheriff’s Office reports

Kendell Jones

A narcotics probe by the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office led to the search of a Labadieville man’s home Thursday and his subsequent arrest on counts of being a felon in possession of a gun and drug possession. Sheriff’s narcotics agents and SWAT team members showed up at Kendell Jones’ home Thursday with… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish rescinds ban on animal rescue organization; group again has full access to shelter

Advocate staff file photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Parish Animal Shelter

Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension has been granted full access once again to the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter after a Thursday morning meeting between the organization and parish officials. The rescue group, which finds foster and adoptive homes for cats and dogs, had been banned from the shelter since May 18 when parish officials deemed… Continue reading →

Gonzales police seek man in check fraud scheme

Alton Francewar

Gonzales police are looking for a man who made six company checks out to himself and cashed them in different municipalities, for a total of about $9,000, Detective Sgt. Steven Nethken, of the Gonzales Police Department, said. Alton Francewar Jr., 34, whose last known address was 48414 Whiskey Lane, Tickfaw, cashed one check worth $980 in… Continue reading →

Man wanted in Ascension Parish home invasion and theft is believed to be in Tylertown, Mississippi, the Sheriff’s Office reports

Dustin Sanders

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for a suspect in a home invasion and theft who is also a convicted sex offender not living at the address he gave to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies learned at a compliance check on May 11 that Dustin Sanders, 28, wasn’t living at a residence on Lambert Road in Gonzales… Continue reading →

Donaldsonville man arrested after drugs found in unoccupied house where he was hiding, the Sheriff’s Office reports

Richard Gauthier

A Donaldsonville man was arrested Friday on several drug-related counts after Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division detectives found cocaine and hydrocodone pain pills in a home where he was hiding, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said. Detectives were patrolling in Donaldsonville when they saw Richard Gauthier, who had a bench warrant and an… Continue reading →

LSMSA inducts 17 into French Honor Society

Seventeen students were inducted April 29 into the French Honor Society at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches. The chapter is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, and the local sponsor is David Wood, principal lecturer of French at the school. Students are eligible for membership after their… Continue reading →

School names winners of Bulldog Buck Bonanza

Gonzales Middle School announced the April Bulldog Buck Bonanza winners during a May 5 ceremony. Students earn Bulldog Bucks throughout the month for academics and positive behavior, a news release said. Bulldog Bucks can be used to buy golden tickets weekly for various rewards. At the end of each month, students’ Bulldog Bucks are… Continue reading →

High schools honored at tech awards ceremony

Photo provided by Eatel Corp. -- Eatel Corp. honored six graduating seniors in April with new laptops for use in their collegiate studies. Recipients, first row from left, were East Ascension High School recipient Anastasia Britton, Donaldsonville High School recipient Dominique Thomas and Maurepas High School recipient Sarah Hess; and second row, Dutchtown High School recipient Christian Logarbo, French Settlement High School recipient Tyler McMorris and St. Amant High School recipient Joseph Baker.

Six local high school students were honored April 22 at Eatel Corp.’s annual Technology Awards Ceremony. Eatel presented one graduating senior from each high school in its service area of Ascension and Livingston parishes — Donaldsonville, Dutchtown, East Ascension, French Settlement, Maurepas and St. Amant — with a touch-screen, laptop. The ceremony was held in… Continue reading →

Southeastern students join honors society

Southeastern Louisiana University inducted nearly 60 undergraduate and graduate students and members of the faculty and alumni recently into its chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi. At the society’s annual induction banquet in May, Carley Marie Short, of Prairieville, received an award as the outstanding junior student in the College of Nursing and Health.… Continue reading →

Council on Aging for May 28-June 4, 2015

Ham with white beans, brown rice, coleslaw, mustard greens, cornbread and apple juice. PILATES: 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Gonzales Senior Center. PIYO: 9 a.m., Donaldsonville Senior Center. ZUMBA GOLD: 10:30 a.m., Gonzales. CAJUN NEEDLERS: 12:30 p.m., Gonzales. Chicken salad sandwich on whole-wheat bread, pickled beets, potato… Continue reading →

Around Ascension for May 28, 2015

The River Road African American Museum will preview of Aviva Kempner’s documentary film, “The Rosenwald Schools” on June 2 at the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge. The documentary chronicles the story of philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants and president of Sears, Roebuck & Co., and his relationship… Continue reading →

Louisiana School lauds student leaders

The Department of Student Services at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts hosted its annual leadership awards ceremony on May 12. Honored for their work as members of the Student Government Organization were Sean Hughes, a senior from Gonzales, who served as a senior senator; and Ian Sager, a sophomore from Geismar, sophomore senator.… Continue reading →

ER nurses participate in ‘Day on the Hill’

Photo provided by Jon Hirsch -- Nurses Jennifer Sing, left, and Tammy O’Connor, right, pose with Sen. David Vitter. Sing and O’Connor recently represented St. Elizabeth Hospital, of Gonzales, at the Emergency Nurses Association Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C.

Tammy O’Connor, president-elect of the Louisiana Emergency Nurses Association, and Jennifer Sing represented LENA at the National Emergency Nurses Association Day on the Hill, held April 28-29 in Washington, D.C. More than 100 emergency department nurses from across the nation attended. Delegates were advised to meet with their state’s legislators to lobby for support of… Continue reading →

Grants help Spanish Lake students plant seeds of education outdoors

Photo provided by Vicki May -- Parent volunteer Tara Gonzales, in white, and teacher Cathy Ragusa, wearing an apron, assist Spanish Lake Primary School students with a classroom garden May 1.

Students at Spanish Lake Primary School in Prairieville are harvesting the benefits of Ascension Fund grants awarded this school year. Teachers Vicki May, Loretta Moody and Catherine Ragusa were awarded grants that centered on outdoor learning. The funds were used on gardens, composters and an outdoor classroom. Step into Nature’s Classroom, a… Continue reading →

Gonzales Garden Club holds meeting, presents awards

Photo provided by Gonzales Garden Club --Gonzales Library Public Relations Representative Anita Young, left poses with Peoples Choice Award Winners of the Gonzales Garden Club's Annual Flower Show, second from left,  Conchita Rickey, second place; Janis Poche, first place; and Barbara Guillot, third place.

Gonzales Garden Club members reminisced during an end-of-season meeting May 6 in Gonzales. All 24 members and their four guests attended the meeting. At roll call, each member shared her most memorable garden club moment of the year, a news release said. Corresponding Secretary Loretta Speligene remembered Associate Member Coordinator and 2009 Circle of Roses Inductee… Continue reading →

Cub Scouts honor deceased veterans

Photo provided by Alison Duplessis -- Navy veteran Will Harryman III teaches his son, Will Harryman IV, how to recognize a veteran’s grave during a recent visit to a Gonzales cementery. Each veteran's grave has a bronze plaque listing his or her branch of service. The Harrymans are with Cub Scout Pack 399.

Pack 399 Cub Scouts and leaders gathered on Armed Forces Day, May 16, to pay tribute to deceased military members. Pack 399’s chartered organization is American Legion Post 81, of Gonzales. Every year, the American Legion purchases flags for the Cub Scouts to place on veterans’ graves. This year, the pack was… Continue reading →

FFA Alumni award scholarships to seniors

Photo provided by Mandy Savoy DeLaune  -- The St. Amant FFA Alumni awarded the Brody Johns Memorial Scholarship to Edmond Rachal, left, and the Robbie Savoy Jr. Memorial Scholarship to Corey Alleman.

The St. Amant FFA Alumni has awarded four scholarships to agriscience seniors who plan to further their education after high school. Through its 30 Days of Holiday Cash Raffle, the group was able to establish and award $2,000 in scholarships. The newly established scholarships were dedicated in honor of former FFA members… Continue reading →

Mini pots get hot in Gonzales competition

Advocate photo by Claire Salinas --  Jared Bourque of Gonzales, carefully tends to his mini pot jambalaya in the regular Mini Pot competition on Saturday. Bourque, 29, won the mini-pot Champ of Champ contest on Friday.

This year’s mini pot competition at the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival drew father-daughter, grandfather-grandson and brother-sister teams to the contest that eventually leads them to “graduating into bigger pots over open fire” in the main festival’s cooking competition, event organizer Cindy Savoy said. The event, Savoy said, raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dream Foundation.… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish calendar for May 28 - June 4, 2015

SMART START BREAKFAST: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Total Care Injury & Pain Center, 219 W. East Bank St., Gonzales. Start the morning with a hot cup of coffee and networking. TAI JI QUAN MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE:10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Gonzales branch, 708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales. RIBBON CUTTING:… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish Police Bookings for May 14-21, 2015

The following people were booked into the Ascension Parish prison from May 14-21. BILLINGSLEY, HUDSON J.: 21, 12115 Billingsley Road, St. Amant, when lighted lamps are required, felony illegal carrying of weapons, prohibited acts, drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids. BRAUD, KELSEY L.: 20, 12115 Billingsley Road, St. Amant, felony illegal… Continue reading →

Ascension Athletics for May 28, 2015

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  St. Amant's Kara Gremillion

Three-sport district MVP Kara Gremillion, of St. Amant High School, won the Girls Athlete of the Year award for the second straight year. This award was one of the highlights at The Advocate’s 30th Star of Stars/Athlete of the Year banquet held at the LHSAA office. Gremillion’s athletic prowess earned her district MVP in the three… Continue reading →

Ascension Civil Court for May 11-15, 2015

Court cases filed in Ascension Parish between May 11-15. Taylor L. Boudreaux v. Tutorship, tutorship. Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and Southeastern Louisiana University v. Ashleigh Brock Davenport and Ashleigh Brock, executory judgment. Richard Hannon v. Geico Casualty Co., Rhonda Cable and Allstate Insurance Co., damages. Tina Rouyea Gautreau… Continue reading →

Champ of Champs says it’s all about consistency

Advocate photo by Claire Salanis -- Joey Cornett prepares his winning entry in Saturday's Champ of Champs contest.

The annual Champ of Champs contest at the Gonzales Jambalaya Festival pits jambalaya champions from previous years against each other in a three-hour competition to see who can serve up the most delectable jambalaya. Bragging rights are on the line for a title that’s hard to capture. Jambalaya Festival Association President Wally Taillon said… Continue reading →

City budget has room for raises

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt an operating budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year that aims to finish in the black by $26,621. The budget includes hefty pay raises for three positions: The project coordinator position salary will increase from a part-time position with $12,200 salary to… Continue reading →

Registration begins for football league

Registration is underway for the Dutchtown Football League’s program for players ages 5 to 12 years old. The league offers teams with a coach for every five players, a news release said. Teams are limited to 25 to 20 players. To register, visit When registering, print a copy of the health assessment to be… Continue reading →

Ascension Parish pets available for May 28, 2015

Photo provided -- This female adult catahoula mix.

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.… Continue reading →

Make your kids happy campers

Summer is camp time and Ascension Parish children have several options. Dance, cheer and soccer camps are planned in the area. Here are a few offerings: Girls ages 3 and older are invited to take part in the Spartanette Dance camp set for June 15-19 at the East Ascension High School… Continue reading →

Gonzales woman to host special prayer meeting

Gonzales resident Betty Robert is hosting “A Morning with the Blessed Mother” prayer session at 10 a.m. on June 2 at her home, 40143 Loosemore Road. For the past 15 months, Robert has hosted a prayer service in her home, with attendance ranging from 55 to 78 people each month, she said. A priest… Continue reading →

Banned animal rescue group lambasts Ascension Parish animal shelter conditions, demands access reinstatement

Advocate staff file photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Parish Animal Shelter

In a video taken secretly by a former employee of the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter, a shelter employee — chewing gum, sunglasses perched on her head — can be seen casually injecting kittens held out for her, belly up, by another employee. The employee performing the euthanasias — two kittens are… Continue reading →

Gonzales City Council, flexing its new majority on land use, rezones site once sought by Crawford Electric

Just over a week since Crawford Electric Supply opened its new 54,000-square-foot building in unincorporated Geismar, the Gonzales City Council agreed Monday to rezone the site once proposed as the home of Crawford Electric to the broad commercial zoning category company officials had once sought. The 28-acre tract in Gonzales… Continue reading →

Judge rules investigator can testify about comments made to him by now-deceased juror during 2003 murder trial

A defense team investigator can testify about a dead juror’s 2013 statements about her state of mind in Justin Granier’s high-profile Ascension Parish murder trial 10 years earlier. Judge Jessie LeBlanc of the 23rd Judicial District Court has found general prohibitions on using hearsay testimony — essentially a second-hand account — don’t… Continue reading →

Company happy to be in Geismar after it became a victim of zoning battles on former Gonzales City Council

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- In its point of sale area, Branch Manager Damain Kerek, left, talks about the new Crawford Electric Supply location that opened in Geismar on May 18.

Crawford Electric Supply, a subsidiary of the French company Sonepar, opened May 18 in its new home in Ascension Parish, a little over a year after the company became a casualty of the zoning battles on the former Gonzales City Council. In February 2014, three city councilmen, Terance Irvin, Gary Lacombe and Timothy… Continue reading →

Ascension animal shelter kerfuffle leads to renewed call for independent probe

Nearly a week after a simmering dispute between the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter and a nonprofit rescue group burst into view on social media, the disagreement has led to a renewed call for an independent probe into the shelter while parish government has also sued to set the administrative cost of public records inquiries… Continue reading →

Worker stringing cable electrocuted in Prairieville after coming into contact with overhead power lines

Updated at 5:42 p.m.A Mississippi man working in an elevated boom truck was electrocuted late Thursday morning in Ascension Parish when he apparently came into contact with overhead power lines along La. 73, authorities said. The electrocution and subsequent efforts to recover the victim’s body resulted in the shutdown of La. 73 between La. 42… Continue reading →

School Board praises Elie’s service

Ascension Parish School Board members and Superintendent Patrice Pujol on Monday praised longtime educator Jerry Elie on his many years of service as he retires as the principal of the district’s alternative school in Darrow. Elie worked in the school district as a teacher, coach and assistant high school principal before… Continue reading →

Ascension students receive LSU awards

Briana Garcia

LSU University College presented its annual Celebration of Excellence Spring Awards program on March 12 at the Club at Union Square. University College awarded $74,000 through 64 undergraduate student scholarships, seven LSU faculty teaching awards, two graduate teaching assistant awards and one LSU Advisor of the Year Award. Three Ascension Parish students were among those receiving… Continue reading →

Training aims to improve community relations

Deputies and supervisors with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office recently completed diversity training that was held at the APSO Training Center, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said in a news release. Members of the patrol division, corrections division and a few other selected employees were required to attend a four-hour session, conducted by Sissy Franks, of Organizational Development Solutions,… Continue reading →