Guilty Pleas for the Week of February 12-16

During the week of February 12-February 16, 2018, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, Ascension Parish: Alexander Edgerson, 1612 N Coontrap Rd. Gonzales, LA., age 30, pled guilty to Attempted Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and was sentenced to 5 years […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of February 15-22

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of February 15-22: February 15 arrests: Shannon  Cothell, 41, 11267 Creighton Dr, Greenwell Springs was charged w/ Violations of Protective Orders; Daniel L. Dobbs, 32, 606 Jake St, Patterson was charged w/ Failing to Register as Sex Offender; Adam J. Bayham, 34, 15119 Joe Sevario Rd, Prairieville was charged […]

Inter-connectivity of neighborhoods on Transportation to-do list

“I am for inter-connectivity,” declared Transportation Committee Chairman Aaron Lawler for a second time during a 4:36 meeting of Ascension’s Council last week.  “I believe it’s good for the parish as a whole.  However, I don’t believe that the parish should be in the of picking and choosing subdivisions that need to be connected.” But […]

Matassa Proclaims SACS Western Store Day

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed February 15, 2018 as SACS Western Store Day in Ascension. According to the proclamation, SACS began originally as Super Auto Clinic and Sales, a small auto shop on Burnside Avenue in Gonzales. Gayle Braud, a native of the Irish Channel in New Orleans, owned and operated several grocery stores […]

Council refers denied subdivision back to Planning for another bite at the apple (what else is new?)

Oak Grove Townhouses’ preliminary plat was denied by a 4-2 vote of Ascension’s Planning Commission on November 8, 2017 resulting in an appeal to the Parish Council, convened as the Planning Commission Appeals Board on February 15.  Several neighboring residents who had opposed the project three months earlier sat four hours, plus, through a 40-item […]

$190,000 for “Public Outreach” delayed (not dead yet)

Ascension’s Council Transportation Committee recommended spending “Not to Exceed, $190,531…Public Information & Outreach” as part of the Move Ascension Initiative to the full body where it was included on the February 15 Consent Agenda.  The item was pulled and ensuing discussion resulted its return to Transportation for another bite at the apple (an all too […]

March Standing Committee meetings moved to last week of February

Due to the NACO Legislative Conference, all March 2018 Committee Meeting Dates will move up a week. The new schedule is as follows: Finance Committee originally scheduled for Tuesday March 6th will now be Monday February 26th @ 6:00pm EA Drainage originally scheduled for Monday March 5th will now be Monday February 26th @ 6:30pm […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of February 8-15

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of February 8-15: February 8 arrests: Chris E. Altazan, 46, 38418 Charleston Rd, Prairieville was charged w/ Sexual Battery; Conrhone Wallace, 44, 40453 Sage Field Ct, Gonzales was charged w/ Domestic Abuse Battery (Strangulation), and Simple Assault; Kristen Dixon, 21, 39327 Catoire Rd, Prairieville was charged w/ Forgery, and […]

Home Rule Charter Revision Committee created by Council Resolution

With an 8-1 majority Thursday, Ascension’s governing authority established a Home Rule Charter Revision Committee, broad in theory but exact in application according to critics.  Officially the body is tasked with recommending any charter revisions deemed though two Council members focused on a single thing, A Better Ascension wants to eliminate the parish presidency in […]

CAO Ken Dawson’s blatant disregard for truth should mean his ouster

(Not that we would, but) there is no way to sugarcoat the fact that Ascension’s Chief Administrative Officer Ken Dawson intentionally misled members of the Parish Council.  While we assume that Dawson’s continual withholding of pertinent information from the governing authority is merely a case of following orders (we can discern nothing like integrity behind […]