Brian Ballard, 27, Paradis Paradis man charged with attempted arson
June 07, 2006 at 2:31 pm
Enraged from an altercation with his girlfriend, a Paradis man poured gasoline on his living room floor. The assailant then allegedly used a cigarette lighter to spark a small fire.

Insurance concerns huge issue for bankers Insurance concerns huge issue for bankers
June 07, 2006 at 2:08 pm
BATON ROUGE -- More than 40 bankers descended on the State Capitol last month, awaiting meetings with agency heads and filling the hallways with pinstriped power suits and scrolling through BlackBerries while sitting in committee rooms.

Thieves strike vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision Thieves strike vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision
May 31, 2006 at 2:57 pm
Residents in Willowdale Subdivision received automated messages from Sheriff Greg Champagne via phone calls after thieves struck vehicles in Willowdale Subdivision, resulting in several items reported stolen by residents.

Entergy’s nuclear plant creates 1220 Megawatts of electricity. For over 20 years, Waterford 3 has produced power for the region. Practicing for the big one
May 31, 2006 at 2:52 pm
"Listen up people, at 10:15 a.m., Waterford 3 has called a site emergency. I repeat, a site emergency," said Tab Troxler.

The problem with the giant nuclear facility was a plane had flown into the nuclear reactor.

Thankfully, it was only a drill.

Investigation of Valero explosion complete Investigation of Valero explosion complete
May 31, 2006 at 2:50 pm
Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board completed their two-day assessment of the May 20 fire at the Valero St. Charles refinery and returned Tuesday to Washington, D.C. No further CSB investigation of the incident is planned.

Seniors often target of con-artist Seniors often target of con-artist
May 31, 2006 at 2:47 pm
Studies show that fraudulent telemarketers direct 56 to 80 percent of their calls to senior citizens, the fastest-growing segment of America's population. Because senior citizens are a prime target for con artists and thieves, Sheriff Greg Champagne joined the National Crime Prevention Council in helping seniors resist home improvement scams and telemarketing fraud.

Gas truck driver robbed at gun point Gas truck driver robbed at gun point
May 31, 2006 at 2:46 pm
A LaPlace man was robbed at gun point while he attempted to deliver diesel fuel to a business location at Campus Dr., Plantation Business Park in Destrehan.

I-49 pushes on post-Katrina
May 31, 2006 at 2:37 pm
Even with two major storms, the construction of I-49 South is continuing, although it is still in the planning stage. With a connection between Raceland and the Westbank Expressway in the New Orleans metro area, the proposed highway will irrevocably alter the St. Charles Parish. The corridor will create major economic potential.

Parish overhauls hurricane communications Parish overhauls hurricane communications
May 31, 2006 at 2:36 pm
With the trials and tribulations of Katrina and Rita still fresh on the minds of parish residents, hurricane season officially arrives today. While St. Charles Parish by and large missed the brunt of two major storms last year, the parish has initiated a series of changes from lessons learned in the last storm season.

Michael J. Foster, 28, River Ridge and Brad McPhail, 19, St. Rose St. Rose man charged with attempted first-degree murder
May 31, 2006 at 2:16 pm
A St. Rose man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly shot a River Ridge man in the head during a drug transaction gone horribly wrong.

eBay squaring off in legislative dot-com battle eBay squaring off in legislative dot-com battle
May 31, 2006 at 2:15 pm
BATON ROUGE -- There are business and industry folks up at the Capitol, as well as lobbyists for health care and video poker. But very rarely do you ever see eBay’s people, as they might be called, looking out for the interests of the popular auction website.

Fatal crash mars holiday weekend Fatal crash mars holiday weekend
May 31, 2006 at 1:48 pm
Friday evening, as the Memorial Day weekend was beginning, a 3 vehicle fatality occurred on U.S. 90 in Luling.

According to Louisiana State Police reports, a preliminary investigation revealed that 1995 Dodge Dakota pick-up driven by Arvin Popham, 37, Avondale, was traveling westbound on U.S. 90, when he, for reasons unknown, lost control.

William Becknel, Robbie Wilson, Charles Cancienne, Raymond Walters and John Clark. Call to duty
May 24, 2006 at 12:27 pm
Each year millions gather on Memorial Day, barbequing and pitching horseshoes all across America. While most pass the time with ease and carefree delight, very few actually know what the holiday represents.

A photo of Pier 90 taken during Hurricane Rita. While the proposed homes would be on stilts, the photo shows how much water can inundate the area. New subdivision vetoed by Laque
May 24, 2006 at 12:25 pm
In a rare move, Parish President Albert Laque vetoed an ordinance to approve a five home subdivision in an area designated wetlands along Highway 90, citing a propensity for flooding.

As one of the largest refineries in North America, the New Sarpy plant hopes to be at full capacity by next week, assisting America’s fuel needs. A big boom at Valero
May 24, 2006 at 12:23 pm
Local residents were startled when an explosion at the 1,000 acre Valero St. Charles Refinery shook up homes for miles Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. The fire and explosion shot into the air from a unit that is used to produce diesel fuel causing flames to shoot more than 100 feet.

Four new principals appointed Four new principals appointed
May 24, 2006 at 12:17 pm
The St. Charles Parish School Board announced the names of several teachers and staff that have received new appointments for the 2006-2007 school year.

Loud music sprouts surprise Loud music sprouts surprise
May 24, 2006 at 12:16 pm
During a traffic stop by a St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputy, Gary Eugene, Jr., 25, was arrested for growing marijuana and driving with a suspended license.

Have the right answers before storm; take ‘Hurricane Quiz’ now Have the right answers before storm; take ‘Hurricane Quiz’ now
May 24, 2006 at 12:12 pm
This game of 20 questions can help you determine whether you and your family will be prepared if a hurricane comes your way, according to LSU AgCenter experts.

Housing director resigns after audit cites mismanagement
Housing director resigns after audit cites mismanagement
The director of the St. Charles Parish Housing Authority has stepped down on the heels of federal and state audits that slammed the agency for mismanagement and requested repayment of more than $600,000.