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  • New Orleans' criminal court house closing for lead abatement

    February 26, 2017 12:16 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' criminal courthouse will be closed until March 6 as crews remove dangerous lead-based paint from the building's first floor. Judicial Administrator Robert Kazik told NOLA.com /The Times-Picayune the building was scheduled to be closed Monday through Wednesday for the Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday holidays.... more »
  • New Orleans city planners deadlock on ferry terminal demo

    February 25, 2017 1:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans City Planning Commission has deadlocked on a plan to tear down the dilapidated Canal Street ferry terminal for replacement with a glass building. News outlets report that the City Council now gets the proposal from the Regional Transit Authority and its operator, Paris-based Transdev.... more »
  • Tax filing extensions available for tornado-impacted areas

    February 20, 2017 12:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Revenue is offering tax filing and payment extensions to taxpayers impacted by severe storms and tornadoes that struck the state on Feb. 7. Tax filing and payment extensions are offered for residents whose homes, critical tax records or principal places of business... more »
  • Institute outlines challenges still facing Orleans schools

    February 15, 2017 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A think tank studying New Orleans public schools says the city's school board faces challenges as it prepares to take back governance of close to 50 schools from the state. All of those schools are now operated by independent charter organizations. And Tulane University's Cowen Institute says... more »
  • Ex-Saints WR Robert Meachem jailed for unpaid child support

    February 14, 2017 8:30 PM

    GRETNA - Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem is behind bars after failing to pay nearly $400,000 in child support and alimony. State District Judge Adrian Adams sent Meachem to jail in Jefferson Parish on Monday for 30 days. Adams said Meachem could be released once he pays... more »
  • Coast Guard removes injured woman from New Orleans cruise ship

    February 13, 2017 5:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The Louisiana Coast Guard removed an injured 71-year-old woman and her husband from a cruise ship heading down the Mississippi River to an emergency medical crew on shore. The cruise ship Norwegian Dawn called for help at 7 p.m. Sunday after the woman's shoulder was injured. It did... more »
  • GOHSEP: 28 injuries, no deaths after severe weather strikes southeast Louisiana

    February 7, 2017 9:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Crisis Action Team has been activated in order to address any requests for support from parishes and other state agencies due to today’s tornadic activity. Seven areas across southeast Louisiana sustained possible tornado damage during several rounds of... more »
  • DA charges girlfriend of man killed by Louisiana deputies

    February 1, 2017 10:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A woman who was in a car with her boyfriend when he was shot and killed by two pursuing Louisiana sheriff's deputies last year has been charged in connection with the actions authorities say the couple took that prompted the chase. Citing court records filed Thursday, news... more »
  • Sentencing for retired Saints star's killer reset for March

    January 31, 2017 12:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Sentencing for the man who fatally shot former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith has been postponed to March 27. Prosecution and defense attorneys in the Cardell Hayes case agreed Tuesday to push back a sentencing in mid-February. Smith was killed in a traffic confrontation in New... more »
  • Man already jailed, now held for triple murder in NOLA

    January 30, 2017 5:47 PM

    GRETNA - Authorities say a 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with last week's shooting deaths of three people in suburban New Orleans. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office announced Monday that Corey Woods of Metairie was already in jail on unrelated charges when three counts of first-degree murder were... more »
  • 1 dead, 2 injured in New Orleans shooting

    January 28, 2017 1:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - One woman is dead and two others wounded after a triple shooting in a New Orleans neighborhood. Police say officers responded to a call at about 11:50 p.m. Friday. When they arrived, investigators found three women with multiple gunshot wounds inside a car with Texas license plates.... more »
  • Technology part of New Orleans anti-crime, anti-terror plan

    January 23, 2017 9:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities have unveiled an extensive, $40 million program to fight crime and terrorism in New Orleans. It includes plans for round-the-clock monitoring of cameras in 20 high crime hot spots, take-home cars for police officers, high-tech imaging equipment to spot people carrying weapons and the eventual closure... more »
  • All 3 weekend triple shooting victims dead

    January 23, 2017 8:50 PM

    METAIRIE - Jefferson Parish authorities say all three people shot in a car over the weekend have died. Sheriff's spokesman John Fortunato tells local media that a 16-year-old girl died Sunday, and her 25-year-old brother and the brother's girlfriend died Monday. All three were in a 2006 Honda Accord that... more »
  • New Orleans expanding plans for new airport terminal

    January 18, 2017 2:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is expanding plans for a terminal being built to replace the international airport's current one, built in 1959. He says increased flights and passengers prompted the change in plans from 30 gates to 35. Officials say that will add... more »
  • New Orleans police chief to meet with Paul Ryan

    January 15, 2017 12:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison will meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday about new approaches police departments are taking on police training regarding de-escalation, decision-making and use of force tactics. Harrison's office, in a news release, said the meeting will take place in Janesville,... more »
  • Judge: Settlement not 'reachable' in 'debtor prison' case

    January 14, 2017 12:32 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Settlement discussions have failed to bring about a resolution to a federal court case accusing New Orleans criminal court judges of unconstitutionally jailing poor people who cannot afford to pay court fees. The suit was filed in 2015 by six people who said they were locked up... more »
  • New Orleans to activate new traffic cameras Monday

    January 8, 2017 1:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration says 55 new traffic cameras will begin photographing and fining speeders on Monday. The revenue from the controversial cameras will be used to help close budget gaps in 2017, although Landrieu has said that's not the point of the cameras. All... more »
  • 2 would-be robbers reject what they'd demanded

    December 27, 2016 8:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say two holdups ended with would-be robbers rejecting the belongings they had demanded. A summary emailed by police spokeswoman Dawne Massey says that about 10:20 a.m. Monday, a man with a semi-automatic handgun approached a man and woman near a store. The man ran... more »
  • LSU Health: $6.4M contract to clean vacant Charity Hospital

    December 24, 2016 11:29 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Early next year, crews will begin cleaning out the art deco public hospital abandoned after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans tells WDSU-TV (http://bit.ly/2hQRQe4 ) that it has awarded a $6.4 million contract to clean Charity Hospital. Spokeswoman Leslie... more »
  • Deliberations near in trial of ex-Saints star's killer

    December 11, 2016 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Saints star Will Smith was "executed" by an irate driver as Smith's wounded wife lay nearby during the chaos that followed an April 9 traffic accident, a prosecutor told a New Orleans jury Sunday during closing arguments in the shooter's trial. But a defense attorney said... more »
  • Shooter insists Will Smith was armed

    December 10, 2016 12:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith in April has told a jury he did so only after Smith struck him several times and grabbed a gun following a traffic crash. Prosecutors say Smith was unarmed but Cardell Hayes insisted Saturday that... more »
  • New Orleans adding 240 trees to neighborhood landscapes

    December 10, 2016 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The city of New Orleans is adding 240 trees to neighborhoods around the city this month - restoring greenery lost to hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Isaac in 2012. In a Friday news release, the city says New Orleans lost nearly 20 percent of its... more »
  • Widow testifies Will Smith wasn't aggressor

    December 6, 2016 8:46 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The second day of the Will Smith shooting death trial has ended after dramatic testimony from the widow of the retired New Orleans Saints star. Racquel Smith insisted that her husband was not the aggressor in an April 9 confrontation with 29-year-oild Cardell Hayes, who faces a... more »
  • New Orleans man arrested for production of child pornography, enticement of minors

    December 5, 2016 8:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans man was arrested and charged with production of child pornography and coercion and enticement of minors, according to the FBI. On Monday Dec. 5, The FBI New Orleans Division's Violent Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Task Fore arrested Matthew Pere, 32, in New Orleans... more »
  • Gaming Championships taking place in New Orleans

    October 17, 2015 11:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Thousands of people are converging on New Orleans this weekend for the Major League Gaming World Finals. Players from around the world are competing in such games as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Dota 2. The event started Friday and goes through Sunday at the convention... more »
  • Funeral arrangements set for Paul Prudhomme

    October 10, 2015 12:34 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Visitation and funeral arrangements for chef Paul Prudhomme have been scheduled. Visitation is scheduled between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sunday at Jacob Schoen (SHANE) & Son Funeral Home in New Orleans. Visitation will also be held Monday at 9 a.m. at St. Louis Cathedral in... more »
  • Tennessee man kills family, caught in New Orleans

    October 4, 2015 1:21 PM

    JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - A man accused of killing his parents and aunt has been captured in New Orleans. Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said deputies were alerted to search the victims' Jonesborough home by a woman in California. She called 911 early Saturday to report Daniel Lee Henry told her... more »
  • New Orleans Mid-City library has to find new home

    September 20, 2015 7:58 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Public Library's Mid-City branch has to find a new home in a hurry. The building where the branch is located won't renew its lease, which expires Oct. 31. Library board chairman Bernard Charbonnet says that the owner, ACV VI LLC of Norcross, Georgia, has... more »
  • Obama to visit New Orleans for 10th anniversary of hurricane

    August 19, 2015 11:25 AM

    EDGARTOWN - President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans next week to mark the approaching 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The powerful storm struck Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2005, causing significant damage to the Gulf Coast and forcing a storm surge that breached New Orleans' levee system and flooded large... more »
  • Report: New Orleans parking officers parked themselves in coffee shops

    July 22, 2015 3:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' inspector general has issued a report critical of the city's parking enforcement division. Wednesday's report says the head of the division took nine months to hand over documents needed for an investigation. It said some parking officers made themselves appear productive by ticketing vehicles of... more »
  • Audubon Commission considering tax increase

    July 15, 2015 11:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Audubon Commission may hang on to its 3.31-mill property tax rate despite rising land values in Orleans Parish. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the commission will vote on whether to retain its taxes at that level, technically an increase because taxpayers will have to pay more out of... more »
  • Opening of New Orleans Parish Prison postponed again

    June 9, 2015 8:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Authorities say a new prison facility for Orleans Parish inmates will not open until mid-August at the earliest. Authorities said Monday there are complications with an electronic security system that controls everything from cell doors to videoconferencing. Officials say problems with the security system must be ironed... more »
  • East Feliciana superintendent gets top job in Orleans Parish

    January 21, 2015 12:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - East Feliciana School System superintendent Henderson Lewis was named the new superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board Tuesday night. Lewis' hiring comes more than two years after the process started. Lewis, 40, is also a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. ... more »
  • Florida corrections official to run Orleans jail

    September 8, 2013 12:44 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Orleans Parish sheriff has hired the chief of corrections for Orange County, Fla., Michael Tidwell, to run New Orleans' only jail. A federal consent agreement requires Sheriff Marlin Gusman to hire a professional corrections administrator to bring the jail up to constitutional standards. The agreement in... more »
  • Fugitive tracked down in New Orleans

    August 29, 2013 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A nearly year long fugitive hunt has come to end in New Orleans. 43-year-old Joseph Marrone was arrested Tuesday by agents with the Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension and High Technology Crime Units. Marrone was wanted by several law enforcement agencies. The Mandeville Police Department... more »
  • Former Orleans Parish sheriff employee sentenced to five years

    July 3, 2013 11:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former high-ranking employee of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has been sentenced to five years in prison for coordinating a bid-rigging and kickback scheme with contractors. Federal prosecutors say John Sens, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating in an ongoing probe of Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin... more »
  • Orleans Parish sheriff testifies about jail finances

    June 24, 2013 12:02 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The man who runs New Orleans' notoriously violent jail has begun testimony in federal court on the lockup's finances. Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman on Monday began going over ledger figures, hoping to make the case that he needs more money from the city to implement court... more »
  • Suspect faces 20 charges in Mother's Day shooting

    May 16, 2013 9:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Jail records show that the suspect in a Mother's Day parade shooting that wounded 19 people faces 20 charges of attempted second-degree murder. Nineteen-year-old Akein Scott was arrested Wednesday night in the Little Woods section of New Orleans. He was already facing a gun and drug possession charge... more »
  • Accused rapist back in jail

    April 10, 2013 11:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former male model is back in the Orleans Parish Prison after a judge found that he violated his bond by flirting with college sophomores during a Carnival parade at his parents' home. He was there on house arrest. The Times-Picayune reports Dean Kelly is charged with... more »
  • Inmates did drugs, drank beer in Orleans Parish prison

    April 2, 2013 11:38 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Video showing inmates at the New Orleans jail apparently snorting drugs, drinking beer and in possession of at least one large handgun was shown Tuesday during a hearing in U.S. District Court. The recordings, believed made by inmates, were aired during the second day of hearings on... more »
  • Ex-N.O. mayor pleads not guilty to bribery, fraud

    February 20, 2013 2:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities in exchange for helping contractors secure millions of dollars in work for the city. A 21-count indictment last month accuses Nagin of accepting more than $200,000 in... more »
  • Extension of bridge tolls upheld

    February 19, 2013 11:20 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The vote to approve a 20-year extension of the Crescent City Connection tolls has been upheld. There was a partial recount of nearly 4,000 paper ballots in Orleans Parish. The official 18-vote margin was extended by 18 votes out of more than 308,000 ballots cast... more »
  • Wrestlemania 30 coming to New Orleans in 2014

    February 18, 2013 2:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Get ready wrestling fans, Wrestlemania is coming to New Orleans. Wrestlemania XXX will be held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on April 6, 2014. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says with the city hosting some of the greatest sports and entertainment events in the world over the... more »
  • 3rd man booked in pre-Mardi Gras shooting

    February 17, 2013 3:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans police say a third man has turned himself in to face charges from a shooting on Bourbon Street three days before Mardi Gras. Officer Hilal Williams says 19-year-old Malcolm Hall was booked Saturday with four counts of attempted first-degree murder. An online jail roster indicates... more »
  • Ex-N.O. cop awaiting shooting retrial seeks bond

    February 15, 2013 3:18 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A former New Orleans police officer is asking to be freed on bond while he awaits a retrial. David Warren is charged with shooting and killing a man without justification outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath. Another officer later burned Glover's body in a... more »
  • Big parade weekend kicks off in N.O.

    February 7, 2013 3:00 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- The stars will be out for a number of parades in New Orleans this weekend. The Krewe of Endymion's "super float" rolls Saturday night, led by pop star Kelly Clarkson. Sunday's Bacchus parade will include more than two dozen child cancer patients, who will ride with Bacchus... more »
  • Man sues N.O. prosecutors over withheld evidence

    January 10, 2013 2:27 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A man whose convictions on charges he killed five people at a 1995 party were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court last year is suing the New Orleans district attorney's office. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on Juan Smith's behalf accuses prosecutors of concealing evidence from defense... more »
  • New year brings rush-hour tows to busy bridge

    January 1, 2013 10:07 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The new year is bringing free rush-hour tow trucks to help keep traffic flowing on one of the nation's busiest bridges. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development says a tow truck will be stationed on the Crescent City Connection Bridge for three hours in the morning... more »

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