July 3, 2014 12:12 PM
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - More than $5 million in loans approved for the city of Pascagoula after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 have been forgiven by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The city was notified of the decision this week. After the storm, many businesses and services in Pascagoula shut down, causing... more »
May 29, 2014 3:06 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has approved a former New Orleans police officer's request for a transfer from a federal prison in California while he awaits a new trial in connection with fatal shootings after Hurricane Katrina. Robert Faulcon is one of five ex-police officers who face a retrial... more »
April 24, 2014 12:56 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Police say an elevator repairman found the skeletal remains of a man inside an unoccupied apartment building Thursday in the Central City neighborhood. Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reports the body was found in an elevator shaft of the three-story building on South Claiborne Avenue. Nearby residents say the building... more »
February 11, 2014 11:13 AM
BATON ROUGE - Thousands of FEMA trailers bought by the government for Hurricane Katrina continue to be auctioned off nine years after the storm, and each sale shows how much taxpayers have lost.
Mike Dupree and his friend were looking for a trailer to put on their hunting lease.... more »
February 6, 2014 3:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Two of the lawyers who sued Jefferson Parish over its disaster "doomsday plan" say they think the verdict and jurors' questions indicate confusion - and they think some of the judge's answers are grounds for a possible appeal.
A Louisiana State University administrative law professor says... more »
January 16, 2014 12:28 PM
GRETNA - A trial for claims that a suburban New Orleans parish is liable for catastrophic flood damage during Hurricane Katrina has opened with dueling explanations for the decision to evacuate drainage pump operators as the 2005 storm neared landfall.
During opening statements Thursday, a Jefferson Parish attorney said... more »
December 4, 2013 10:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Opening statements began Wednesday in the retrial of a former New Orleans policeman who shot and killed a man four days after Hurricane Katrina. David Warren is charged with violating 31-year-old Henry Glover's civil rights and with using a weapon in a violent crime. Warren was guarding... more »
October 18, 2013 6:45 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Justice Department is appealing a judge's decision to order a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Prosecutors filed a notice of appeal late Thursday, asking the 5th... more »
September 25, 2013 5:58 PM
We rewind to Saturday, Sept. 25, 2005 when Hurricane Rita made landfall at Johnson's Bayou in Cameron Parish as a Cat.3 Hurricane. With 115 m.p.h. winds Rita became the fourth most intense Atlantic hurricane. On the heels of Katrina, Rita caused damage to dual cities on each end of our... more »
September 17, 2013 10:22 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled Tuesday that the "highly unusual, extensive and truly... more »
September 13, 2013 9:05 AM
GRETNA- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is forgiving an emergency $6 million loan it provided to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office after Hurricane Katrina. Sheriff Newell Normand tells The Times-Picayune money covered two pay periods following the 2005 storm. The principal and interest were initially due at the end of... more »
August 31, 2013 10:30 AM
NEW ORLEANS - An advocacy group is making a second attempt to place a site where a levee breached during 2005's Hurricane Katrina on the National Register of Historic Places. This time the group's application is trying to get around opposition by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which built... more »
August 19, 2013 1:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Associated Press has joined a New Orleans newspaper in urging a federal judge to unseal court documents related to a Justice Department probe of alleged prosecutorial misconduct in its investigation of deadly police shootings that happened a few days after Hurricane Katrina struck. In a court... more »
March 12, 2013 4:26 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state fire marshal's office announced Tuesday that the former fire marshal who oversaw response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita passed away last week.
Henry Fry died Friday at his home in Covington, according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning.
Fry served as state fire... more »
January 28, 2013 5:06 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer has asked a federal judge to disqualify himself from presiding over his retrial on charges he fatally shot a man without justification in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath before the man's body was burned in a car. A court filing Monday by lawyers... more »
January 24, 2013 4:51 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Two businessmen have been charged with engaging in a kickback scheme involving a Hurricane Katrina debris removal contract administered by the Army Corps of Engineers. A one-count indictment Thursday charges 51-year-old Anthony Penn, of New Orleans, and 52-year-old Kenneth Johnson Sr., of Atlanta, with conspiring to defraud... more »
January 22, 2013 5:10 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A new trial will begin March 11 for a former New Orleans police lieutenant accused of covering up a police killing after Hurricane Katrina. The ex-officer accused of killing the man will be tried a week later. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set the dates Tuesday. David... more »
January 18, 2013 12:30 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen. The... more »
December 5, 2012 10:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has ruled in favor of a New Orleans drywall supplier that distributed the faulty Knauf-brand imported Chinese drywall in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Rick Duplantier, the lead trial lawyer for the firm, told The Times-Picayune that the trial which ended this week found... more »
October 18, 2012 2:52 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will pay as much as $90 million to get out of a troubled borrowing deal that helped upgrade the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval Thursday to a debt refinancing for the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District that will include the... more »
October 12, 2012 7:08 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Lawyers for the Orleans Parish School Board have garnered another $17 million in insurance proceeds to help cover damage done by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
District officials say the money is slated to go toward $2 billion worth of citywide school construction and renovation already... more »
September 11, 2012 3:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Army Corps of Engineers is back on trial, seven years after Hurricane Katrina's storm surge shredded New Orleans' flood protection system.
Starting Wednesday, a federal judge will hear testimony in a lawsuit by several homeowners who claim negligence by the corps and a contractor caused... more »
August 27, 2012 12:57 PM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is ready to face Tropical Storm Isaac. Noting that Isaac should arrive at the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Landrieu said Monday that officials feel very good about the ability to cope with Isaac. Landrieu, who declared a state... more »
July 23, 2012 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's property insurer of last resort has paid a $104 million judgment that will benefit more than 18,500 policyholders who sued over slow adjustment of claims after hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck in 2005. Plaintiffs' attorney Fred Herman said Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. transferred the money... more »
July 19, 2012 7:28 AM
BATON ROUGE - The state of Louisiana is accepting applications for a program offering low-interest loans of up to $5 million to businesses affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
The state Office of Community Development said in a statement that the loans are designed to address "unmet... more »
July 18, 2012 9:56 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans city councilman has been charged in federal court with plotting to steal federal funds intended to help a nonprofit group after Hurricane Katrina. A court filing Wednesday charges Jon Johnson with conspiracy to commit theft of government funds and to submit false documents. Johnson... more »
June 20, 2012 6:54 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for the case against three former New Orleans police officers convicted of charges stemming from a man's fatal shooting and burning of his body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... more »
June 12, 2012 11:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to turn over any documents that show they tried to determine whether somebody leaked confidential information about its probe of deadly police shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Attorneys for five former police officers convicted of charges... more »
June 6, 2012 6:24 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Prosecutors are urging a judge to reject defense attorneys' claims that a "secret public relations campaign" by federal authorities deprived five former police officers of a fair trial on charges stemming from deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge following Hurricane Katrina. In a court filing Tuesday,... more »
May 25, 2012 7:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing another $9.2 million to help southeast Louisiana recover from Hurricane Katrina. St. Bernard Parish is getting back $1.4 million spent to demolish and remove thousands of houses that couldn't be repaired after the 2005 storm. The largest grants are $3.3... more »
April 9, 2012 2:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down another attempt by the state's property insurer of last resort to avoid paying more than $100 million for late adjustment of hurricane damage claims in 2005. Monday's action reversed a state appeals court decision that had blocked the banker for... more »
March 11, 2012 1:05 PM
HATTIESBURG,MS - The federal government and a nonprofit organization are working to get private landowners to help restore stands of oaks, cypress and other hardwoods ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The United States Department of Agriculture says Hurricane Katrina killed or severely damaged an estimated 320 million trees in less than... more »
March 10, 2012 10:36 AM
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans officials say they are getting $68 million in new funding for street repairs to fix damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The new funding comes on the heels of other large sums for street repairs in the Lower 9th Ward and other hard-hit neighborhoods. The... more »
February 17, 2012 11:23 AM
GRETNA- Federal officials have rejected Jefferson Parish's appeal of the refusal to cancel $55 million in disaster loans the parish received after Hurricane Katrina. The Times-Picayune reports Parish President John Young says Jefferson will consider its options for further action. But the letter from Elizabeth Zimmerman, deputy associate director of... more »
January 30, 2012 12:35 PM
GRETNA - A judge has stopped attorneys trying to seize more than $100 million won for homeowners who claimed Louisiana's property insurer of last resort dragged its heels in adjusting hurricane claims in 2005. The Louisiana Supreme Court said Citizens failed to begin adjusting claims for Katrina and Rita in... more »
December 27, 2011 5:40 AM
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Lakeshore branch library reopens Tuesday to the public, with a grand opening celebration set for Jan. 7. The rebuilt 7,700-square-foot library in Metairie will house more than 28,000 new items, including books, digital video discs, magazines and reference materials. The new facility replaces the library... more »
December 8, 2011 3:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS - More roads damaged by flooding during Hurricane Katrina are going to get new paving. On Thursday, city officials announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the city $52 million to fix roads in five neighborhoods that flooded after levees broke in August 2005. The announcement... more »
November 11, 2011 3:42 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Grammy-winning jazz crooner Tony Bennett is championing a rebuilding effort to help New Orleans residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
At the site of the 101st and final house built by Project Home Again, the 85-year-old singer said Friday that bringing people home is important to protecting... more »
November 3, 2011 12:30 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - The head of the Louisiana National Guard is retiring after more than 40 years in the military and nearly 14 years as adjutant general.
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Maj. Gen. Bennett Landreneau's retirement Thursday, saying he will be replaced with Brig. Gen. Glenn Curtis, who... more »
September 16, 2011 12:53 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - State lawmakers are backing spending plans for a new $1.1 billion research and teaching hospital in New Orleans, to replace Charity Hospital.
The approval was the last significant hurdle stalling the hospital's construction.
With the support Friday of the Joint Legislative Committee on the... more »
September 12, 2011 12:59 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A former police detective who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina has started serving a three-year prison sentence.
A spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons says Jeffrey Lehrmann reported Monday to a low-security prison in... more »
August 30, 2011 11:47 AM
NEWFANE, Vt. - The impact of Hurricane Irene is going to be felt for some time along the East Coast, where more than 2.5 million people are still without power.
The storm has been blamed for at least 40 deaths in 12 states.
Some rivers in Vermont still... more »
August 29, 2011 5:40 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Six years after Hurricane Katrina forced him to evacuate, Ovide McKendall says he misses family members who decided to move back to New Orleans but doesn't plan to join them.
McKendall and dozens of other former Big Easy residents now call Livingston Parish home, and have... more »
August 12, 2011 12:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - More than any time in his five-year tenure, Tulane coach Bob Toledo contends that talk of a turnaround is realistic.
The Green Wave last appeared in a bowl game in 2002, and its 4-8 record in 2010 matched its best under Toledo, who inherited a massive... more »
August 10, 2011 9:52 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police lieutenant who pleaded guilty to helping cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle agreed this week to delay Michael Lohman's... more »
August 4, 2011 5:03 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has deliberated for a second day without reaching a verdict in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Deliberations are scheduled to resume Friday.
During Thursday's deliberations, U.S.... more »
August 3, 2011 3:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS- A federal jury is set to begin deliberating in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Jurors will begin their deliberations Wednesday after U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt reads them instructions on the law... more »
July 29, 2011 11:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt announced Friday that he expects the jury to begin... more »
July 28, 2011 4:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The defense has rested in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Jurors heard nearly five weeks of testimony by prosecution and defense witnesses before the defendants' attorneys rested their case Thursday.... more »
July 26, 2011 10:37 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Jurors for the trial of five current or former police officers charged in shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina are making an unannounced visit to the scene of the deadly incident.
State and federal law enforcement closed the Danziger Bridge on Tuesday so... more »
July 19, 2011 12:52 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - A federal audit is charging Louisiana's health department with mismanaging a $50 million post-Hurricane Katrina grant intended to restore health care access to the New Orleans region.
The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that the... more »
July 18, 2011 10:44 AM
NEW ORLEANS - One of the jurors hearing the case against five current or former police officers charged in the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina was excused Monday, more than three weeks into the trial, because she is related to the wife of one of... more »
July 13, 2011 11:49 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A firearms expert says he matched a bullet removed from the body of a teenager gunned down on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina to an assault rifle used by a police officer charged in the deadly shootings.
Patrick Lane, a government witness in the... more »
July 8, 2011 4:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A man whose mentally disabled brother was gunned down by police at the foot of a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina testified Friday that he believed teenagers were shooting at them before a truckload of officers arrived and opened fire - a recollection he now disavows.... more »
July 5, 2011 5:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana State Police trooper who witnessed part of a deadly encounter between police and residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina recalls ducking for cover because he thought he and other officers were under fire.
But the trooper, Michael Baron, testified Tuesday at... more »
July 3, 2011 10:49 AM
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- The U.S. military hopes a new type of commander can avoid some of the failures that plagued the response to Hurricane Katrina.
The military is training high-ranking officers to command both active-duty and National Guard troops in a domestic emergency.
Normally they report... more »
June 23, 2011 4:12 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Twelve jurors, plus four alternates, have been picked to hear the case of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath.
The jury - seven men and five women - was... more »
June 22, 2011 12:18 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath.
Roughly 70 potential jurors were questioned Wednesday about their Katrina experiences and their knowledge of... more »
June 1, 2011 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- FEMA is asking for 10-percent of the money back that it doled out during the 2005 hurricane season. FEMA wrote checks to thousands in Louisiana after the storms in 2005.
The government organization passed out $7 billion to residents in Louisiana after the storms in 2005, and... more »
June 1, 2011 4:42 AM
NEW ORLEANS- Nearly six years after Hurricane Katrina drowned New Orleans in misery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is reminding storm victims why they cursed the agency for its sluggish response to the disaster. As a new hurricane season begins Wednesday, FEMA is working on a long-delayed push to determine... more »
May 17, 2011 2:36 AM
SIMMESPORT- A Louisiana farming community built for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina has become a haven for families driven from their homes by river flooding. Twenty-six families have moved into the enclave informally known as Canadaville because their towns were threatened by flooding from the Mississippi River and smaller rivers that... more »
May 6, 2011 8:48 PM
NEW ORLEANS- A key government witness in the trial of a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina was arrested in suspicion of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Police say Officer Keyalah Bell was suspended without pay after her arrest. She was booked into jail and... more »
April 1, 2011 1:05 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Close to 100 properties, many of them bought by the state after they were damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, are going on the auction block in New Orleans.
Saturday's auction will make available 94 properties in 27 New Orleans neighborhoods.
The New Orleans Redevelopment... more »
March 31, 2011 3:25 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison Thursday for shooting a man to death without justification after Hurricane Katrina, and his ex-colleague was given just over 17 years for burning the body.
The judge said he didn't believe... more »
March 22, 2011 1:27 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to postpone a sentencing hearing for a retired New Orleans police officer who was convicted of burning the body of a man who was shot by police in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Gregory McRae is scheduled to be sentenced on March 31... more »
March 16, 2011 4:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a former New Orleans police officer who was convicted of fatally shooting a man in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
The former officer, David Warren, was scheduled to be sentenced March 24. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk... more »
March 16, 2011 12:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state Inspector General's Office released a report today that claims a Baker church and drug treatment facility scammed the federal government out of more than $750,000.
According to the report Ricky Sinclair and the Miracle Place Church of Baker, as well its All The Way... more »
March 15, 2011 12:29 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer charged in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina is asking a judge to dismiss his indictment, claiming prosecutors tainted the case.
A defense attorney's court filing Monday says the state and federal cases against Sgt. Kenneth Bowen improperly used... more »
February 21, 2011 1:42 PM
A pilot program to remove tainted Chinese drywall from Louisiana homes is expected to begin soon.
State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says the program will include Ascension, East Baton Rouge Orleans and St. Tammany parishes.
The program only includes homes with drywall from Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT).
... more »
February 8, 2011 11:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans police officer convicted of writing a false report on a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina claims new evidence could clear him. Police Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted in December of charges he falsified a report to make it appear that Officer David Warren... more »
February 2, 2011 1:07 PM
GULFPORT, Miss. - There was a time when not even the president of the United States could get Eddie Favre to wear pants.
Favre lost everything but the clothes he was wearing - which included Bermuda shorts - when Hurricane Katrina flattened Mississippi's Gulf Coast in 2005.
He... more »
January 21, 2011 5:40 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Companies that manufactured mobile homes for FEMA after Hurricane Katrina have agreed to pay $2.6 million to resolve thousands of claims the temporary shelters exposed Gulf Coast storm victims to potentially dangerous fumes. Attorneys for plaintiffs and roughly two dozen mobile home makers and their subsidiaries on... more »
January 11, 2011 3:50 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A lawsuit is threatening to slow down or even halt work to strengthen a canal that broke catastrophically during Hurricane Katrina. Homeowners with backyards along the 17th Street Canal filed a civil suit in state court on Jan. 5 to stop the work because they claim that... more »
January 5, 2011 1:09 PM
NEW ORLEANS – The former aviation director of New Orleans has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, after prosecutors said he used his position to hide from his insurance company that his wife’s luxury BMW wasn’t destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. As part of a plea deal Hunter admitted that he... more »
January 4, 2011 12:38 PM
Baton Rouge police officers have been cleared by the Justice Department of any wrongdoing in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
State police officers from New Mexico and Michigan alleged some Baton Rouge officers harassed African-Americans and conducted illegal searches.
Tens of thousands of evacuees from the New Orleans... more »
December 18, 2010 9:54 AM
CHALMETTE, La.- St. Bernard Parish is getting $26 million in federal hurricane aid to build a new elementary school.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the parish school board the money to build Gauthier Elementary School on the site of the old P.G.T. Beauregard Middle School, which was... more »
December 9, 2010 7:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal jury has convicted three current or former New Orleans police officers but acquitted two others in the death of a man soon after Hurricane Katrina. The jury of seven women and five men on Thursday convicted a former officer, David Warren, of manslaughter in... more »
December 8, 2010 12:39 PM
BILOXI, Miss. - Five years after wandering away in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, a gray and white cat named Scrub has been reunited with his Mississippi family.
The Humane Society of South Mississippi says Scrub was identified by an implanted microchip.
The 7-year-old cat was brought to the shelter... more »
December 7, 2010 10:13 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A jury is deliberating in the trial for five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in the death of a man who was fatally shot before his body was burned in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. The jury of five men and seven women heard 12 days... more »
December 6, 2010 3:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - When Congress set up a tax-free recovery bond program after hurricanes Katrina and Rita to help spur private business development, applications poured in and it appeared demand would far exceed Louisiana's $7.8 billion bond capacity. Now, as the Gulf Opportunity Zone bond program is weeks from expiration,... more »
December 6, 2010 11:11 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A jury will be allowed to consider whether a former New Orleans police officer committed murder or manslaughter when he fatally shot a man during Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk said Monday that he will instruct jurors they can consider the less serious charge... more »
December 6, 2010 7:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A jury is set to hear closing arguments in the trial for five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in the fatal shooting and burning of a man's body after Hurricane Katrina. Up to eight hours of closing arguments are expected Monday before jurors begin... more »
December 3, 2010 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A Ponchatoula man has pleaded guilty to defrauding the American Red Cross of more than $13,000 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Juan Owens pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans after being charged with one count of... more »
December 3, 2010 11:41 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police sergeant has denied a friend's allegation she lied to a grand jury because she held a grudge against one of the five current or former officers charged in a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina. Sgt. Erin Reilly testified Friday that she... more »
December 2, 2010 4:12 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Defense attorneys have finished calling witnesses in the trial for five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in a man's fatal shooting after Hurricane Katrina.
Lt. Travis McCabe, charged with obstructing the federal probe of Henry Glover's death, was the final defense witness to testify... more »
December 1, 2010 3:47 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans Police officer, who pleaded guilty to helping to cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison.
The sentence imposed Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance... more »
November 29, 2010 12:52 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An expert in police procedures has testified that a former New Orleans police officer was justified in shooting a man whose burned body later turned up in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Alan Baxter, a defense witness in the federal trial for five current or former officers,... more »
November 28, 2010 9:53 AM
NEW ORLEANS - After a three-day Thanksgiving break, a trial is set to resume for five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in a man's fatal shooting after Hurricane Katrina. Monday will be the eighth day of testimony in the case spawned by the death of 31-year-old Henry... more »
November 17, 2010 6:09 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A trial for five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in a man's death after Hurricane Katrina is scheduled to resume today. The trial was suspended Monday and Tuesday so U.S. District Judge Lance Africk could tend to a family medical emergency. A jury has... more »
November 15, 2010 9:15 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A trial for five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in a man's death after Hurricane Katrina is on hold for two days while the judge tends to a family medical emergency. The trial will resume Wednesday morning. A jury has heard two days of... more »
November 11, 2010 5:17 PM
NEW ORLEANS - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is forgiving $10.8 million in community disaster loans to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. New Orleans CityBusiness reports that the airport used the money for repairs after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Aviation director Iftikhar Ahmad says reducing the airport's debts... more »