Lambert (Dempsey), Clouatre, Cagnolatti go with Matassa; Joseph sits it out as Veto STANDS

On May 16 Ascension’s Council adopted momentous changes to parish development regulations; a three-feet cap on fill material on all development, parish-wide; and a requirement that buildings be constructed a foot higher than the current Base Flood Elevation, +1′.  President Kenny Matassa vetoed the ordinance which failed to garner the requisite eight votes (out of […]

Marvin Braud pumps to be activated, high tides and rainfall expected

From Parish Drainage Department: Marvin Braud Station will be activated today elevations will be drawn down due to high tides and expected rainfall.  The station will be manned through the night and the rest of the rain event.  If the Parish does not get the brunt of the rain bands the station will be opened […]

Sorrento Council issues demand letter to EA Drainage Board; meeting scheduled to resolve issues

In order to create a “justiciable” dispute, Sorrento’s Town Council resolved to make demand on East Ascension Consolidated Gravity District No. 1 (commonly referred to as East Ascension Drainage Board) on Tuesday.   The demand includes the parish’s cleaning out nearly 20 miles of roadside ditches inside the town’s corporate limits with a 90-day deadline.  A […]

Profile: Bill Dawson’s 3.5 year tenure (he won’t declare reelection plans)

Bill Dawson was a force on Ascension’s Parish Council immediately upon being inaugurated on January 4, 2016.  He had a lot to with drafting and ultimate adoption of Transportation Impact Fees imposed on every new construction (outside the limits of three municipalities) which became law on April 7, 2016.  A corporate mover and shaker, Dawson […]

Guilty Pleas for the (busy) Week of May 27-31

During the week of May 27 – May 31, 2019, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, Ascension Parish: Dennis Adams, 6018 Grant St. Paincourtville, LA., age 49, pled guilty to Simple Burglary (2 counts) and was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department […]

Gunshot victim dropped off at OLOL Ascension [GPD seeks assistance]

The Gonzales Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance with identifying a person of interest. On June 1, 2019, at approximately 2:34 P.M., the pictured male dropped off a 46 year old black male suffering from a single gunshot wound to the chest at Our Lady of the Lake Ascension Hospital in Gonzales. After rolling […]

“Uncle” Mike Jagneaux brings unique Cajun Cooking to Magnolia Assisted Living

“Uncle” Mike Jagneaux and his crew brought their one-of-a-kind Cajun Cooking to Magnolia Assisted Living in Gonzales yesterday.  One of Ascension’s great treasures, Uncle Mike’s Cajun Cooking’s infectious joie de vivre spread throughout the facility, combining big flavors (happy Magnolia residents voted unanimously to have Uncle Mike’s for supper, too) with bigger personality. It was south Louisiana […]

Former Priest of Donaldsonville Catholic Church arrested on felony theft charge

Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre reports the arrest of Father Desmond Ohankwere on felony theft in excess of $25,000 or more. In mid-February 2019, the sheriff’s office financial crimes unit began an investigation that Father Ohankwere had been utilizing funds from the church to pay his own personal accounts. The church reached out to the […]

Denham Springs man arrested for Video Voyeurism

According to Sheriff Bobby Webre, deputies, along with the assistance of Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, arrested 33-year-old Randall Tobias at his residence in Denham Springs on second-offense video voyeurism. Deputies responded to the Prairieville Wal-Mart on May 16 in reference to a male who had taken several inappropriate photographs from under and beneath the skirts […]

Profile: Councilman Oliver Joseph

NOTE:  October 12 is Election Day with qualifying set to begin in 11 weeks (August 6-8).  We begin an 11-Part weekly series profiling each Ascension Parish Council member, beginning with the representative of District 1, Oliver Joseph.  Councilman Joseph was invited to participate in this profile but has not responded. Donaldsonville’s Oliver Joseph’s tenure as […]