St. John the Baptist Parish

St. John the Baptist Parish code enforcement officers no longer will carry badges or drive vehicles borrowed from the Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Mike Tregre tells The Times-Picayune that he informed parish President Natalie Robottom of the decision to change a standing arrangement with the parish in a discussion earlier this week.

Nasty weather, including a chance of strong tornadoes and howling thunderstorms, is forecast on Christmas Day along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to north Florida. But officials say it will hold off long enough for Christmas Eve bonfires to light the way for Pere Noel along the Mississippi River northwest of New Orleans.

The National Weather Service says people should prepare their yards for high winds Monday, securing lawn furniture or anything that might be blown into a home or car.

In the wake of major flooding during Hurricane Isaac, the St. John the Baptist Parish president is asking the Army Corps of Engineers to speed up plans for levees.

The Times-Picayune reports that Natalie Robottom has asked the corps to fast-track a decision on an alignment for a hurricane levee to protect the east banks of St. John and St. James parishes.

She recently went to Washington to make the parish's case.

The St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's office says deputies killed a man and a woman who threatened them with weapons.

A news release says the deputies answered a report of a disturbance Tuesday evening and found the man and woman in a confrontation with a weapon.

It says both turned out to be armed and each was shot while heading toward the deputies with a weapon. Both died at River Parish Hospital.

St. John the Baptist Parish began a curfew at 6 p.m. this evening, according to the parish's website. All residents are advised to stay inside their homes, and all businesses have been ordered closed.

The curfew will continue until further notice.

St. John to offer sandbags today at 10 a.m.

Aug 27, 2012

Sandbag locations in St. John the Baptist Parish will open Monday at 10:00 a.m., the parish announced in a press release.

Sand and bags will be available at the following locations:

  • Fire Station #53 at 1703 St. Andrews Blvd. in LaPlace
  • Fire Station #94 at 1200 Hwy. 643 in Pleasure Bend
  • Fire Station #65 located at 337 Central Avenue in Reserve
  • Fire Station #71 at 418 Historic West St. in Garyville
  • Old Second Ward High School at 3671 Highway 18 in Edgard

Residents are asked to bring a shovel to fill their bags.

A 24-year-old man accused of shooting a St. John the Baptist Parish deputy is being held without bond.

That information about Brian Lyn Smith was posted Tuesday on the sheriff's office website. Brian Smith was booked Friday with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

He's accused of shooting 33-year-old Deputy Michael Scott Boyington, who remains hospitalized.

Sheriff Mike Tregre has said three deputies were ambushed while investigating that shooting, and two were killed.

Three days after the shooting death of a constable in College Station, Texas, there's word that two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish were killed this morning and another two were wounded in what appear to be connected shootings.

A St. John the Baptist Parish couple found hiding in Georgia after they failed to show up for a trial in the death of the woman's 8-year-old son are back in Louisiana.

The Times-Picayune reports ( that 46-year-old Errol Victor and 38-year-old Tonya Victor had a court hearing Monday in LaPlace.

The couple disappeared on the eve of their second-degree murder trial last August and was arrested in Tifton, Ga., on April 14, after being featured on an episode of "America's Most Wanted."

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board has appointed Assistant Superintendent Herbert Smith to the position of interim superintendent.

The Times-Picayune reports ( Smith will serve as the temporary replacement for Superintendent Courtney Millet, who announced last week that she would be retiring from her post at the end of this week.

Smith, whose appointment was approved unanimously at Monday's special meeting, has been an educator in the district for more than 40 years and assistant superintendent for about 13.