Judge Verdigets denies Matassa’s effort to dismiss bribery charge

Judge Jason Verdigets denied the Motions to Quash the indictments charging Ascension President Kenny Matassa and his co-defendant, Olin Berthelot Wednesday morning.  As you’ll read in the Minutes of this morning’s proceedings, Matassa and Berthelot have until December 11 to reach a plea agreement with Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office.  If plea negotiations bear no […]

Matassa is the real victim in Election Bribery indictment according to Unglesby

Criminal defendant, Kenny Matassa is the victim according to his latest pleadings filed at 9:31 a.m. on Tuesday, 24 hours before his Motion to Quash the Indictment against him is set for hearing.  Being charged under Louisiana Revised Statute 18: §1461.5.  Election offenses involving bribery “violates (Matassa’s) rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United […]

Absence from Council meeting Consent Agenda bodes ill for CARA’s House $$$

REGULAR MEETING OF THE ASCENSION PARISH COUNCIL October 19, 2017 – 6:00 PM ASCENSION PARISH COURTHOUSE AGENDA (1) Call To Order / Invocation and Pledge (2) Roll Call (3) Chair’s Additions (4) Public Comment Sign- In Period (5) Presentations Proclamation – Shell Chemical Geismar Day – celebrating 50 years in Ascension Parish (6) Parish President’s […]

444 days and counting; Matassa back in Court on Wednesday

On Wednesday morning it will have been 444 days since dissemination of “the Matassa Tapes” which captured Ascension President Kenny Matassa and his (alleged) partner-in-crime Olin Berthelot offer Wayne Lawson a series of inducements, also know as bribes.  All Lawson had to do was sign a pre-prepared form to withdraw from the November 8, 2016 […]

Why the secrecy, Ascension? $450 million in tax exemptions/four fictitious projects/only 32 new jobs?

October 16, 2017 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice) Only in Louisiana. A lawsuit filed in 23rd Judicial District Court in Ascension Parish challenging the legality of the proposed approval of $450 million in industrial tax exemptions raises two immediate questions: What are Projects Magnolia, Zinnia, Bagel and Sunflower/Sunflower Seed? Why is the Ascension Parish Council being so […]

“What in the hell’s going on here?”

On May 4 Drainage Director Bill Roux told East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage Commission #1 (EA Drainage Board) that $16-18 million is received in tax revenue every year, lamenting his department’s inability to maintain the parish’s roadside ditches and canals to facilitate drainage.  “Taxes coming in, we spend on operations,” he explained five months ago.  “It’s […]

1/2% Sales Tax defeated in City of Gonzales

With 15% turnout a Perpetual 1/2% Sales Tax in the City of Gonzales was rejected by voters on Saturday by a margin of 53% to 47%.  City officials estimated revenues of $3.5 million annually that was initially targeted for police and fire protection before including “a new Civic Center” and “Community Outreach Building to host […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of October 5-11

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the  week of October 5-11: October 5 arrests: Gina Sanchez, 32, 40137 Black Bayou Ext, Gonzales was charged w/ Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and arrested pursuant to a fugitive warrant; Karen Watson, 51, 15613 Chickamauga St, Baton Rouge was charged w/ Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana; […]

Ascension Delta Waterfowl Banquet scheduled for November 2 at Lamar Dixon

Delta Waterfowl is a leading conservation organization in North America, with a storied history of waterfowl and wetlands research and programs dating back to 1911. In addition to conducting critical research with wide-reaching impacts on wildlife and the environment, Delta works to produce ducks, conserve wetland habitat and secure the future of waterfowl hunting.  Delta’s […]

Romano off to “impressive start” as Recreation Director

B.J. Romano’s appointment as Recreation Director was not greeted with universal applause by the Ascension Parish Council members who sit on the committee overseeing the department.  Undeterred, and unbothered, Romano went to work four weeks ago and presented the committee with a frenetic power point presentation in keeping with his lead-from-the-front managerial style.  Romano’s hyper-kinetic […]