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Fordoche man dies in car crash

A man died early Sunday after he ran a stop sign at the intersection of U.S. 190 and La. 81 in Pointe Coupee Parish and struck an 18-wheeler. Michael J. Jarreau, 43, of Fordoche, was headed south in a Honda Civic on La. 81 shortly after 1:30 a.m. when he came to the U.S. 190 intersection and… Continue reading →

Two killed in West Baton Rouge crash early Saturday

Two people were killed early Saturday after a man State Police suspect was speeding rear-ended a tow truck, killing the driver and passenger in the car. The crash occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. on U.S. 190, west of La. 983 in West Baton Rouge Parish, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said. The 2003 Acura TL,… Continue reading →

District judge faces sanctions for trip, other alleged improprieties

Judge J. Robin Free

A state district court judge is facing a possible 30-day suspension for alleged improprieties that include accepting an all-expense-paid trip from a Texas attorney whose client was awarded a $1.2 million settlement in a personal injury lawsuit tried in the judge’s court. Eighteenth Judicial District Judge J. Robin Free also drew fire from the Louisiana Judiciary… Continue reading →

Iberville authorities arrest 31 on drug distribution counts

The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office and Plaquemine Police Department arrested 31 people Wednesday and booked them into the parish prison on various drug-related charges. Wednesday’s roundup, “Operation Prescribed Justice Refill,” comes on the heels of Sheriff Brett Stassi’s 2013 drug sting, “Operation Prescribed Justice.” “After the first roundup, I told Iberville residents that we… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Sept. 17, 2014

The annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Scott Civic Center in New Roads. The event is open to the public and tickets will be available at the door for $50 each, which includes membership to Ducks Unlimited and a rib-eye steak dinner. Ducks Unlimited is a… Continue reading →

School Board to again discuss future of Pointe Coupee Central High

Advocate  Staff Photo by  Mark Saltz   August 4, 2009  Trax # 00018156a Super Search Linda D'Amico mugshot as the Pointe Coupee School Board interviews five finalist for the Superintendent job on August 4, 2009.

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board has set a special meeting to determine the future of Pointe Coupee Central High following the school’s court-ordered closure this year at the request of the state’s Recovery School District. It’s expected the Sept. 22 special meeting will involve a proposal from Schools Superintendent Linda D’Amico, who previously suggested transforming… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Sept. 10, 2014

Iberville Parish is accepting photos of veterans through Oct. 10 for the parish’s Wall of Veterans display to be unveiled during Iberville’s Salute to Veterans on Nov. 11. Submit photos online at, at the Iberville Parish Library locations in Plaquemine, St. Gabriel and White Castle or at the Visitor’s Center in north Iberville.… Continue reading →

Audit: 20 guns missing, officers’ psychological evaluations missing from Brusly Police Department

The Brusly Police Department is now working with state and federal investigators to recover 13 missing firearms reported in an audit the Town Council received Monday night. The auditors, who reviewed the operations of the department between July 10, 2010, and June 30, 2014, said 20 guns were unaccounted for instead of… Continue reading →

Port Allen man killed after crashing into garbage truck

A 59-year-old Port Allen man died early Saturday after his vehicle struck the back of a garbage truck pulling into the median on La. 415, north of La. 76 in West Baton Rouge Parish. Frederick Brown Jr. was driving his 2014 Kia Soul north on La. 415 shortly before 6:30 a.m., when a 2006 Mack garbage… Continue reading →

Scott Rogers vetted by state to become foster parent

Scott Rogers

A state agency vetted and approved Scott Rogers to become a certified licensed foster parent in Louisiana and praised the TV personality two years ago for his efforts to promote foster care and adoption, records show. Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier said the agency wasn’t aware Rogers was an accused child… Continue reading →

Iberville files charter school funding lawsuit

The Iberville Parish School Board has asked a state district court judge to declare unconstitutional the allocation of state and dedicated local tax dollars to independently run charter schools. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, which the board had authorized last month, lawyers assert that $4 million from the state’s school funding program has been Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Sept. 3, 2014

The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Aug. 26 hired a new parish administrator in the wake of Jim Bello’s retirement. The Police Jury had nine in favor, two opposed with one abstention at its meeting last week to hire John Grezaffi as the parish’s new administrative head. Grezaffi, 62, will earn $62,661 annually.… Continue reading →

New Orleans man, 22, killed in I-10 crash near Port Allen

A New Orleans man died Sunday when the SUV he was riding in ran off Interstate 10 near La. 415 just west of Port Allen, crossed the median and rolled over several times in the opposite lanes before coming to a stop on the La. 415 entrance ramp, State Police said. The man, Reese D. Randolph, 22,… Continue reading →

Suicide note in Rogers case says ‘They broke our happy loving home’

The Iberville Parish sheriff’s office released a copy Friday of what they say was a suicide note written by Mathew Hodgkinson before he shot and killed Scott Rogers, then turned the gun on himself.

Updated at 5:15 p.m. The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office released a copy Friday of what they say was a suicide note written by Mathew Hodgkinson before he shot and killed Scott Rogers, then turned the gun on himself. The note, apparently referring to federal authorities acting to have two children removed from the… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Aug. 27, 2014

The city of Plaquemine has ramped up its efforts to curb a littering problem along Bayou Plaquemine that officials say has become incessant. The city has had an ongoing educational campaign on littering through the city newsletter, its Facebook page and media coverage, but the amount of litter collected is increasing, rather than decreasing.… Continue reading →

Former LSU tight end pleads guilty in truck stop shooting

Demetri Robinson

A former LSU football player is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted second-degree murder in a 2011 shooting at a Port Allen truck stop. Demetri Robinson, 5223 Sand Drive, Port Allen, entered his plea in the 18th Judicial District Court on Monday — a day before he… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Aug. 20, 2014

The West Baton Rouge Museum is bringing a new exhibit to the parish in the fall titled “The Sugar Mill Sessions.” The exhibit, which runs from Sept. 6 through Nov. 9, will feature three groupings of photographs focused on sugar production in southwest Louisiana. Photographer David Armentor shot the images, mostly… Continue reading →

Iberville plans suit challenging charter school funding

School board members and local education officials across the state have grumbled for years that charter schools divert money from public school systems to independently run institutions that compete with them for the best students with the most engaged parents. Now many officials in the Baton Rouge area are watching closely as Iberville Parish school officials… Continue reading →

Council names new Port Allen street after pastor

It’s now official: A newly built Port Allen street connecting Oregon Avenue to William and Lee Park has been named after a local pastor who advocates for disadvantaged children. The West Baton Rouge Parish Council voted 7-2 Wednesday to name the new street after Eddie… Continue reading →

Port Allen adopts new rules for police hires

The City Council on Wednesday night unanimously adopted an ordinance that will force recently hired police officers to reimburse the city for the money spent to train and outfit them if they leave the city’s Police Department within two years. The new measure, which was proposed by Councilman Garry Hubble, is… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children recognized the West Baton Rouge Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and 911 call center officials in New Orleans last week after they completed the necessary requirements to become a Missing Kids Readiness Project member. The parish’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and 911… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for Aug. 6, 2014

The city of Plaquemine recently was named the fourth-safest place in Louisiana by Movoto Real Estate. The real estate company’s study ranks Louisiana cities with a population of at least 7,000 residents using crime data culled from the 2012 Federal Bureau of Investigations’ Uniform Crime Report. In a news release, the company… Continue reading →

Around the Westside for July 30, 2014

SE Tylose Louisiana, along with LED FastStart and the Louisiana Workforce Commission, is hosting a job fair from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Math, Science and Arts Academy-West campus in Plaquemine. The company has positions open for process operators, laboratory technicians, electrical and instrument technicians and mechanical maintenance personnel. Candidates must… Continue reading →

DOTD promises congestion fixes along La. 1

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Drivers merge onto the Mississippi River Bridge for eastbound Interstate 10, Friday, July 25, 2014 in Baton Rouge. Traffic already on the bridge headed west is at a standstill.

As daily congestion along La. 1 and the Mississippi River bridge on Interstate 10 continues to infuriate drivers sitting in traffic, West Baton Rouge Parish officials received word recently that some relief is on the way. But it’s not necessarily the kind of big state commitment they ultimately want.… Continue reading →

Plaquemine man dies after pickup hits tree

Louisiana State Police logo

A 64-year-old Plaquemine man died late Thursday after his pickup ran off of La. 75 and hit a tree south of La. 3066 in Iberville Parish, State Police said. Winsley J. St. Pierre Jr., who was unrestrained, suffered fatal injuries, Trooper First Class Jared L. Sandifer said in a press release. Troopers began investigating shortly before… Continue reading →

Street name motion stirs strong emotions at WBR Council

PC jurors vote to investigate employee fuel charges

The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Tuesday launched a probe into its employees’ use of parish-issued fuel cards, asking the parish treasurer to obtain surveillance footage from several gas stations where employees fuel up parish vehicles. The item touched off a fiery exchange among several jurors and an attorney representing… Continue reading →