Gonzales Council giving itself, Mayor and Police Chief raises

It has been 17 years since Gonzales’ City Council members have received a pay increase, 16 years into former Mayor Johnny Berthelot’s 24-year tenure as the city’s chief executive.  That will change effective June 1, 2018 at the start of a new fiscal year.  Gonzales’ other elected officials, Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Chief of Police […]

Matassa a No Show; Berthelot not on docket but shows up to request Trial Status

Judge Jason Verdigets’ lengthy criminal docket included Ascension President Kenny Matassa earlier this morning, but not his co-defendant, Olin Berthelot.  Curious, since Berthelot showed up for court with his attorney, and Matassa did not.  Both were scheduled for Guilty Plea Cutoff hearings this morning with trial dates looming; February 21, 2018 for Matassa, and March […]

Tuesday Finance agenda includes SSA Organization Chart and recommendations (CPEX to undertake Master Plan)

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING ASCENSION PARISH COUNCIL December 12, 2017 6:00 PM ASCENSION PARISH COURTHOUSE COURTHOUSE ANNEX – COUNCIL MEETING ROOM 828 S. Irma Blvd., 2nd Floor GONZALES, LOUISIANA 70737 AGENDA (1) Call to Order / Invocation and Pledge (2) Roll Call (3) Chair’s Additions (4) Public Comment GENERAL BUSINESS (5) Introduction of SSA’s recommended Organization […]

CONSUMER ALERT: Compensation Available to Fraud Victims Following Settlement with Western Union

BATON ROUGE, LA – If scammers had you pay them via Western Union, you may be entitled to get your money back. These potential refunds are being made available through a $586 million settlement between the Western Union Company, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, and 50 other attorneys general.  “Many in Louisiana fell victim to […]

“Merit” salary increase for Mayor/Chief of Police on Gonzales Council agenda

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEN OF THE CITY OF GONZALES, STATE OF LOUISIANA, WILL BE HELD ON, MONDAY DECEMBER 11, 2017  AT 5:30 P.M. AT CITY HALL 120 S. IRMA BLVD. AGENDA Call to Order. Invocation. Pledge of Allegiance. Roll Call. Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the Planning Commission taken, December […]

Jackson either “most corrupt” or “most incompetent” asserts federal Whistleblower lawsuit

Moses Black filed a lawsuit against Chief of Police Sherman Jackson and the City of Gonzales in the Middle District of Louisiana federal court on Monday alleging that Jackson engaged in a cover-up of police brutality; among numerous damning allegations against the third-term police chief.  According to his pleadings, which assert “civil rights violations” and […]

Judge Verdigets grants hearing to fired GPD officer; Separate lawsuit filed in federal court

Moses Black was a 20-year law enforcement veteran, 15 years with Gonzales PD, when Police Chief Sherman Jackson terminated his employment on December 2, 2016.  Black, who alleged his firing was in retaliation for his reporting an incident of police brutality, was refused a hearing when he appealed the firing when the city’s Civil Service […]

Guilty Pleas for the Week of November 27-December 1

During the week of November 27-December 1, 2017, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District-Ascension James Dixon, 108 E Railroad St. Gonzales, LA., age 46, pled guilty to DWI 4th Sentencing was deferred pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation. Elizabeth Fuentes, 1239 N Ezidore St. Gramercy, LA., age […]

Why no fill within a floodplain? Lakeside Terrace

In the aftermath of Great Flood 2016 Ascension’s Drainage Director promised East Ascension Drainage Board a Floodplain Management plan.  On October 3, 2016 Director Bill Roux said: “I think this is something critical to the parish…we really need to implement Floodplain Management.  And I’ll tell you right off the bat, once we define what is […]

Karma: Legislative Auditor’s report substantiates Edmonson rumors…and then some

December 1, 2017 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) First of all, let’s give credit where it’s due: Baton Rouge Advocate reporter Jim Mustian pulled off a major coup in securing and publishing the FINDINGS of the Legislative Auditor’s preliminary report of its audit of Louisiana State Police (LSP). The fact that the document is a draft and not the final […]