News Around Ascension

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Gonzales Police searching for suspects

GONZALES -At approximately 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, July 14, four armed suspects entered Roussel's in Gonzales under the ruse of having a medallion worked on by the staff jeweler.

The foursome waited until all customers had left the establishment before drawing pistols and ordering the four employees on duty to get on the ground.

An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen from both the register and the safe, as well as diamond jewelry held within a display cabinet.

The suspects are described as African American, with at least one suspected to be a woman.

They left the scene in an unidentified vehicle, heading in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the City of Gonzales Police Department at (225) 647-9536, or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

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Residents Opposed to Property Annexation

GONZALES — Property owner Dempsey Pendarvis is asking the city to annex three acres of undeveloped land at the corner of La. 44 and La. 941, across from the 340-acre site that will be developed into a mixed-use community in Gonzales called Conway Plantation. If annexed into the city, the property would be zoned for the city’s largest residential lot size, with 15,000-square-foot lots. Three residents who attended the July 13 City Council meeting opposed the annexation – property owners were not present.

Eatel lights up GIG internet speed for Ascension and Livingston Parishes

GONZALES – Eatel announced on July 14 it is bringing communities ‘out of this world’ Internet speeds with its new GIG Internet service. Leveraging its 100% fiber optic network connectivity, EATEL is offering speeds 10 times faster than standard high-speed Internet connections to Ascension and Livingston Parish area residents.

Crimestoppers tip leads to an arrest

DONALDSONVILLE –Morris Miles, 22, of 502 Front Street, was arrested on July 10, after deputies received a crime stoppers tip that he was at a residence in Donaldsonville shortly before 11 a.m. He was charged with home invasion and second-degree kidnapping, and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.

Miles is one of five suspects in the crime. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identities of the four men who were with Miles on July 7. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636, text 847411 or call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Ascension school board looks to April date for bond election

DONALDSONVILLE – The Ascension Parish School Board is looking at an election date of April 2, 2016, to bring a bond proposal to voters. The amount of funding and projects have yet to be determined. Robyn Penn Daelaney (District 1) said at the July 7 meeting that she would like to see a new primary school building constructed in Donaldsonville rather than renovating the existing primary school. Delaney continued that the current Donaldsonville Primary School was built too close to CF Industries upon its construction, 28 years ago.

Stray Intakes and Owner Surrenders Halted

PRAIRIEVILLE – According to a Facebook posting by Lost Pets of Ascension Parish, the volunteer-run shelter is discouraging owner surrenders and stray intakes after serveral dogs were found dead on July 13. Parvo virus had been ruled out as a possible cause and an investigative team from LSU was asked to look into the matter. While the post states that findings were inconclusive, a later update confirmed coccidia to be part of the issue.

School Uniform Drive Gets Ascension Parish Location

New or used school uniforms may be dropped off at Kean’s The Cleaners, 17188 Airline Highway, Prairieville and in Gonzales, 311 S. Burnside Ave. and 14505 La. 44, Suite 104.

New Technology Improvements Planned for Ascension

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley and the Department of Public Safety have come to a cooperative endeavor agreement regarding the purchase of new technology improvements for a future 911 communications center.  Wiley said the grant will be used to buy equipment for the center, which will break ground in 2016 on Airline Highway in Gonzales.


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