APSO Arrest Report for the Week of November 5-12

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of November 5-12: November 5 arrests: Merlin Winfrey, 27, 908 Mulberry St, Donaldsonville was charged w/ Domestic Abuse Battery, and Aggravated Assault upon Dating Partner; Jamarcus Tilford, 23, 36782 river Oak Oaks Dr, Geismar was arrested pursuant to bench warrant; Dwayne Nickens, 41, 41216 Hwy 621, Gonzales […]

Ascension notified to close bars after “exceeding 10% positivity” for two weeks

According to information received from the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, Ascension has met the benchmark required to close and cease all on-premises alcohol consumption in bars effective immediately. “In accordance with the Governor’s proclamation, any parish that opts into Phase Three but subsequently exceeds 10% positivity for two consecutive weeks, bars in […]

Six more graduates of 23rd JDC Narcotics Diversion Program announced

District Attorney Ricky Babin is pleased to announce the graduation of six adult defendants from the 23rd Judicial District Attorney Narcotics Diversion Program. These individuals were recognized for their successful completion of the program which was implemented in 2019 to target the needs of non-violent individuals who suffer from drug addiction. This program is funded […]

Stewart versus Lambert in Gonzales Council-Division C runoff

In the race for Gonzales City Council-Division C incumbent Harold Stewart got 32% of the vote in a three-horse race on Tuesday, setting up a December 5 runoff against top vote-getter, Terri Lambert (37%).  The third time was not the charm for William Robinson whose 31% performance marked the third time that Stewart has bested […]

Orgeron cannot get a quorum for his Emergency Meeting

Reminiscent of his District 4 predecessor, Councilman Corey Orgeron called an Emergency Meeting of the Utilities Committee he chairs for Wednesday and failed to garner a quorum.  What was so urgent?  The proposed agenda included: a. Discuss status of the recent boil advisory (Councilman Thomas) b. Review proposed Utilities budget (Director Dawson) c. Propose election to […]

Fingers crossed: Hwy 42 construction project completed by March (2021)

Transportation Director Joey Tureau delivered the news at this week’s meeting of Ascension Council’s Transportation Committee: Hwy 42 construction is scheduled for completion in March 2021.  That will make it seven years since Lousiana’s DOTD began “clearing and grubbing” and over $35 million having been expended (not including the millions Ascension spent to install sewer […]

23,000 residential lots approved since Ascension adopted Home Rule, more on the way

In 1994 Ascension Parish’s population was 63,925 and advocates of “maintaining rural character” could still be taken seriously.  Hamstrung by the pettiness that comes with parochial police jury politics, 64% (4166 voters out of 6523 votes cast) of the electorate opted for Home Rule as Ascension scrapped the (some said) outmoded form of governance.  1994 […]

If Planning’s attorney is correct, Antebellum Pointe suit nothing to worry about

It’s been a long time coming, a lawsuit against Ascension Planning Commission for denial of a subdivision preliminary plat. Not since the body’s denial of a plat proposed off C Braud Road in 1996 has the commission been sued even as preemptory threats of litigation have been made, a cudgel to cow commissioners into compliance.  […]

Two councilmen seek dismissal of Sorrento suit against EA Drainage (can’t even schedule Executive Session)

Sorrento’s Council agenda on Monday included Executive Session-Discussion of Litigation; Town of Sorrento vs East Ascension Drainage District.  It never happened because two of the four members present voted against having the closed door meeting.  So, what is the status of the litigation initiated by Mayor Mike Lambert? The contentious relationship between the Town of Sorrento […]

Sorrento Councilman Chris Guidry: Huge shout out to Ascension Drainage Department

Chris Guidry was elected to Sorrento’s Town Council in a Special Election held on October 12, 2019.  Like others before him, Guidry was motivated to serve because of persistent, frustrating drainage issues long bedeviling the town with no relief in sight.  He is determined to find solutions, committed to a cooperative relationship with Ascension Parish […]