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  • Deputies seize 200 lbs. of pure cocaine with $18M estimated value

    August 28, 2015 11:20 AM

    PLAQUEMINES PARISH - Sheriff's deputies in Plaquemines Parish say they have made the largest drug seizure in parish history. The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office says narcotics agents seized nearly 200 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $18 million. Sheriff Lonnie Greco of PPSO said the... more »
  • 1 coastal Louisiana parish not settling with BP

    July 2, 2015 6:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The newly announced BP oil spill settlement covers the federal government, the five Gulf states and "the vast majority of local governmental entities" in those states. However, the government of one of Louisiana's hardest hit areas, coastal Plaquemines Parish, says it has not yet agreed to a... more »
  • State police: Speed factor in fatal motorcycle crash

    February 23, 2015 11:20 AM

    BRAITHWAITE - Authorities say a New Orleans firefighter died when he lost control of his motorcycle, hit a sign and then struck a culvert. Trooper Melissa Matey says 25 year-old Corey Smith of New Orleans died from injuries suffered in Sunday afternoon's accident on Louisiana Highway 39 in Plaquemines Parish.... more »
  • US judge: State to try suit against oil companies

    December 3, 2014 10:15 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has sent a Plaquemines Parish lawsuit against 19 oil and gas companies back to state court for trial. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey's ruling sets the stage for the return of 27 others suits to state courts in Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes. Zainey ruled... more »
  • Man killed in Plaquemines Parish hit-and-run

    August 15, 2014 10:38 AM

    EMPIRE - State police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident in Plaquemines Parish. Trooper Melissa Matey says the accident happened around 4 a.m. Friday on La. Highway 11 near Empire. Matey says 39-year-old Michael Czolowski, of Buras, walking south in the southbound lane when he was struck by a vehicle... more »
  • Small plane crashes in Braithwaite, no injuries

    August 13, 2014 1:02 PM

    BRAITHWAITE - The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office says a small seaplane crashed in Braithwaite and no one was injured. Sheriff's office spokesman, Eric Becnel, says a Cessna 206 on floats lost engine power on takeoff Wednesday morning, clipped some electrical lines and crashed into the water. He says four people... more »
  • Judge hears arguments in oil industry lawsuit

    July 2, 2014 11:40 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge in New Orleans is likely months away from deciding whether Plaquemines Parish's lawsuit against oil companies over coastal damage belongs in state or federal court. U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey heard arguments Wednesday and set a schedule for briefs and replies lasting into September.... more »
  • Plaquemines downgrades evacuation orders

    October 5, 2013 11:36 AM

    BELLE CHASSE, LA - With Tropical Storm Karen dying down, Plaquemines Parish has downgraded their evacuation orders from mandatory to voluntary. The mandatory evacuation was put in place for only some parts of the parish. Officials recommend visitng www.plaqueminesparish.com to stay up-to-date with Tropical Storm Karen. UPDATE:... more »
  • Curfew, evacuations in Plaquemines Parish

    October 4, 2013 12:16 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - Authorities in Plaquemines Parish ordered a mandatory 24-hour curfew Friday night for the eastbank of the parish. Parish officials issued a mandatory evacuation order earlier in the day for the eastbank. A voluntary evacuation is being called for the westbank of the parish from Ironton to... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish getting ready for Karen

    October 3, 2013 11:25 AM

    BELLE CHASSE - Plaquemines Parish is getting ready for Tropical Storm Karen as it moves north in the Gulf of Mexico. Parish President Billy Nungesser says residents are being asked to clear drainage basins and secure garbage cans and other loose items. Pump stations in Plaquemines are operational and crews... more »
  • Man accused of videotaping fiance's nude daughter

    October 2, 2013 9:13 AM

    BELLE CHASSE- Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies say a 34-year-old Belle Chasse man was arrested for allegedly videotaping his fiancée's 15-year-old daughter in the nude. Sheriff Lonnie Greco tells The Times-Picayune the 34-year-old man was booked Thursday with video voyeurism. Greco said the man's name is being withheld to protect the... more »
  • Former Plaquemines sheriff gets 46 months, $10K

    July 3, 2013 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former Plaquemines Parish sheriff Irvin "Jiff" Hingle must spend nearly four years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine for taking bribes from a jail construction contractor. U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance on Wednesday rejected Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Chester's request for a 31-month sentence on the... more »
  • Belle Chasse HS students face drug charges

    May 16, 2013 9:01 AM

    BELLE CHASSE- Plaquemines Parish sheriff's deputies say a Belle Chasse High School sophomore was booked with illegal possession of prescription pills and two other sophomores were booked with distributing pills at the school. Deputies tell The Times-Picayune the students are all 15. The sheriff's office has not publicly identified them... more »
  • Plaquemines gets Isaac FEMA grant to fix road

    February 4, 2013 5:20 PM

    POINTE A LA HACHE, La. - Plaquemines Parish will receive nearly $1.3 million from the federal government to help fix roads damaged by Hurricane Isaac. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Monday the $1,280,209 grant, is part of the $195.5 million in total public assistance recovery dollars approved for the... more »
  • Men cited for duck hunting violations

    December 19, 2012 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents have cited two men for alleged hunting and boating safety violations along Highway 23 near Triumph in Plaquemines Parish. Earlier this month, agents cited Christopher Hicks, of Boothville, and Calvin Riggs, of Buras, for hunting migratory game birds... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish allows some in to see damage

    September 3, 2012 4:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Plaquemines Parish is allowing some residents and business owners back in to the area to survey Hurricane Isaac's damage in the southern parts of the parish. But they were only allowed Monday with a police escort and only on the less heavily-damaged west bank. Parish officials say... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish officials to distribute supplies

    August 31, 2012 3:21 PM

    BELLE CHASSE- Plaquemines Parish officials will be distributing ice, water and ready-to-eat meals to victims of Hurricane Isaac beginning on Saturday. Officials said all of Plaquemines on the east bank of the Mississippi River remains closed as floodwaters slowly recede. The parish's west bank remains closed on Louisiana Highway 23... more »
  • Crews start breaching levee stressed by Isaac

    August 30, 2012 3:21 PM

    BRAITHWAITE - Crews are breaching a levee stressed by Isaac's floodwaters in southeast Louisiana's hard-hit Plaquemines Parish. At the same time, water at a dam farther north in Mississippi was released in an effort to prevent flooding there. Officials hope the Thursday breach in Plaquemines Parish will relieve pressure on... more »
  • Levee in Plaquemines Parish to be breached

    August 29, 2012 6:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state official says the levee in southeast Louisiana's Isaac-flooded Plaquemines Parish will be breached to relieve pressure on it. State Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority head Garret Graves says the levee won't be breached Wednesday because of weather conditions but it will happen as soon... more »
  • National Guard ends rescue efforts in flooded area

    August 29, 2012 6:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard says they've wrapped up rescue operations in Plaquemines Parish, which was hit hard by flooding as Isaac stormed through. National Guard spokesman Capt. Lance Cagnolatti says guardsmen are confident they've swept the thinly populated area and no one is still there. Guardsmen rescued... more »
  • New evacuations ordered as storm surge rolls in

    August 29, 2012 1:19 PM

    BELLE CHASSE- Authorities in Plaquemines Parish, where storm surge from Hurricane Isaac caused extensive flooding overnight, have ordered a mandatory evacuation for a portion of the west bank of the Mississippi River. The evacuation affects people living from Venice north to the Oakville floodgate on Louisiana Highway 23. A shelter... more »
  • Emergency called in 3 suburban NO parishes

    August 26, 2012 2:53 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Plaquemines Parish crews hustled to the levees that protect the low-lying New Orleans suburb and St. Charles Parish closed schools through Wednesday as Tropical Storm Isaac's path moved west. It's expected to become a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall somewhere from east of Morgan City to... more »
  • La. parish aims to save itself by building land

    June 28, 2012 2:39 PM

    BELLE CHASSE - With state and federal agencies moving slowly to save the 70-mile-long strip of citrus and ranch land south of New Orleans known as Plaquemines Parish, the locals here say they're going to take matters into their own hands and embark on an ambitious plan to create new... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish plantation home up for bids

    March 10, 2012 1:05 PM

    BRAITHWAITE, La. - A plantation house built nearly 200 years ago in Plaquemines Parish near the Mississippi river is going on the auction block. Saturday's noon auction of the Mary Plantation is the latest chapter in the history of the French Creole-style home. Neal Alford, president of Neal... more »
  • Biloxi police kill man suspected in Louisiana murder

    January 22, 2012 5:44 PM

    BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - An armed robbery suspect shot in Biloxi by police was a person of interest in a Louisiana murder. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove identified the man as 56-year-old Carl L. Wise, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Hargrove says that Wise died in surgery from a gunshot wound to... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish sheriff indicted, resigns

    October 5, 2011 2:01 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Irvin F. "Jiff" Hingle has been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and bribery concerning a program involving federal funds. Hingle, sheriff since 1991, submitted his resignation just before Wednesday's indictment. According to court documents, in 2007 the... more »
  • Plaquemines pumping storm water off highway

    September 5, 2011 3:40 PM

    MYRTLE GROVE, La.- Plaquemines Parish authorities say temporary pumps appeared to reduce water levels Monday, and they might not need to cut a hole in a levee to drain water that Tropical Storm Lee pushed onto a main highway. No homes were expected to be affected by the actions.... more »
  • Nungesser to make political announcement today

    June 20, 2011 4:12 AM

    BELLE CHASSE- Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is expected to officially announce his run for lieutenant governor today. Nungesser considered running for the position last fall in the special election won by Jay Dardenne but decided to make another run for parish president. He won the seat with 71-percent... more »
  • Oil spotted off Plaquemines Parish Coast

    June 8, 2011 3:08 PM

    BELLE CHASSE, La. - Plaquemines Parish Billy Nungesser says oil has been spotted in the waters off the coast near Venice. Nungesser told WWL-TV that he believes the seven-mile slick is from the BP spill. He says there have been no recent reports to the Coast Guard of... more »
  • Some dispute new Gulf of Mexico study

    April 18, 2011 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than three dozen scientists say the Gulf of Mexico is near pre-BP spill health level, but also admit that it may take many years to determine the spill's overall impact to fish and wildlife. The scientists gave the Gulf a 68 out of 100 score... more »
  • Feds probe post-Katrina work in Plaquemines Parish

    March 26, 2011 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Officials say federal investigators are looking into contracts Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser approved after he took office in 2007. On Thursday, Michael L. Mullin, an assistant parish attorney, said the parish government received a subpoena seeking documents. He said the parish would cooperate with investigators, but... more »
  • Tweaks offered to LA House district plans

    March 21, 2011 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the LA House and Governmental Affairs Committee are considering tweaks to the initial house district plan. Lawmakers are considering where to redraw district lines based on the 2010 census data. Each of the 105 districts will be reworked to have about 43,000 people. ... more »
  • 2 bald eagles killed in Plaquemines Parish

    December 9, 2010 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State and federal wildlife agents are looking for whoever killed two bald eagles near the Plaquemines Parish community of Phoenix. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says agents believe both were killed Tuesday. Capt. Steve McManus says he cannot comment on how the eagles were killed,... more »
  • Meet the "Minnow Man"

    November 22, 2010 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eugene Barthelemy turns 95-year-old this year, but he doesn't let his age stop him from doing what he loves. He's been catching and selling minnows for more than 30 years in Plaquemines Parish. Each morning Barthelemy checks his minnow traps in his one-person boat, known as... more »
  • Nungesser: Fight continues with BP, Coast Guard

    October 11, 2010 5:33 PM

    Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said local officials continue to regularly fight with U.S. Coast Guard officials and BP representatives about the response to the Gulf oil spill. Nungesser said oil continues to appear in the marshland and on the shores of his parish. However, Nungesser said Monday he's concerned... more »
  • Oil still being removed in Plaquemines Parish

    October 2, 2010 10:01 AM

    Even though the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico is shut in, there's still lots of oil being recovered in Plaquemines Parish. In the past week, parish officials say about 13,000 gallons of an oily water mix have been recovered in Bay Jimmy, a spot that has been hit... more »
  • Feinberg: 4,000 form letters for grocery money

    September 29, 2010 8:44 AM

    The oil spill compensation fund's administrator says about half the households in Plaquemines Parish are using photocopied form letters without any documentation to ask for grocery money. Kenneth Feinberg says he's received 4,000 such letters. He calls it outrageous, and says he cannot pay those claims. One letter cites hardships... more »
  • LDWF checking another fish kill in Plaquemines Parish

    September 17, 2010 4:54 PM

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists are checking a fish kill in Plaquemines Parish. Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina says they went to Bay Joe Wise on Friday, the day the fish kill was reported. Plaquemines Parish coastal zone director P.J. Hahn said he and others found dead fish covering... more »
  • Scientists: Oil in marshes isn't new

    September 15, 2010 10:05 PM

    Oil that soaked previously untainted marshes in the Bay Jimmy area of Plaquemines Parish isn't new, according to LSU Coastal Sciences professors. National Guard members photographed the marshes Monday. That oil, according to Dr. Ed Overton with LSU, is likely muck that already washed ashore. He said he... more »
  • Coastal leaders plan for current phase of oil cleanup

    September 15, 2010 9:53 PM

    Oil berms and fish kills were part of the discussion at the State Capitol today. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana heard concerns about oil still hitting the shore. Plaquemines Parish released numbers for Sept. 7 through Sept. 14. 26,000 gallons of oil were recovered during... more »
  • LDWF: Latest fish kill also not tied to oil

    September 15, 2010 3:51 PM

    Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says low tide and high temperatures caused low oxygen levels that suffocated huge numbers of fish in Plaquemines Parish. Spokeswoman Olivia Watkins said Wednesday that department biologists found the fish kill had nothing to do with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The fish... more »
  • Allen to tour coast

    August 31, 2010 10:23 AM

    The man in charge of the BP oil spill will be touring a coastal marsh and meeting with a public official who is highly critical of federal response. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen will hold a news conference later this afternoon with Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser following... more »
  • Corps experiments with steeper sloped levee

    August 13, 2010 5:18 AM

    A new technique could help save residents' land in Plaquemines Parish in the Army Corps of Engineers plans to raise a part of the Mississippi River levee. The corps says it will use stabilized soil to build a steeper slope on 1,000 feet of river levee near Belle Chasse and... more »
  • Authorities use portable jail in Plaquemines Parish

    August 5, 2010 6:53 PM

    Justice in Plaquemines Parish is turning portable. News 2’s Stephanie Ryan got answers on why the oil spill forced the law to improvise. more »
  • Host of SuperFetch to visit Plaquemines Parish

    August 4, 2010 11:58 AM

    The host of Animal Planet's "SuperFetch" and YouTube's most subscribed dog trainer, will help animals who've fallen victims of the oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish tomorrow. Zak George is part of the Gulf Coast Companion Animal Relief Program. The program offers food and veterinary care for pets of... more »
  • Oyster beds recovering slowly

    July 30, 2010 5:59 PM

    In the weeks since oyster beds in Bay Jimmy have been sucked clean of oil with vacuums, all the harvesting areas remain closed. In Plaquemines Parish, only one of seven oyster beds is completely open. "There's no pools of oil or tar balls floating in here. All that stuff's... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish residents take control of oil clean-up

    July 29, 2010 7:05 PM

    People in Plaquemines Parish don’t wait for BP to clean their oiled marshes. News 2’s Stephanie Ryan got answers on what they’re doing. more »
  • Local governments: We want more say in oil cleanup

    July 29, 2010 5:13 AM

    Seven parish presidents and other local officials say the Coast Guard and BP are ignoring local and state authorities - and they want that to change. A statement by the leaders says state and local governments should be part of all decisions, planning and other work as cleanup and restoration... more »
  • Panel says new oil spill fight just beginning

    July 28, 2010 5:34 PM

    Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser used a meeting at the Capitol to fire his latest rounds against BP and the Coast Guard. Nungesser says the oil giant attempted to use the threat of last week's tropical weather in an attempt to leave the coast early. Nungesser and other members... more »
  • No decisions on oyster death compensation

    July 28, 2010 4:47 PM

    Oyster fishermen don't know if they'll be paid by BP for the shellfish deaths caused by opening the state's freshwater diversion structures in a bid to flush out oil encroaching on the oyster beds because of the Gulf spill. The decision to open the release valves on the Mississippi... more »
  • Pilot identified in Seaplane crash

    July 25, 2010 2:08 PM

    The pilot killed in a seaplane accident off Plaquemines Parish has been identified as 39-year-old Jeffrey Wallace Dickson of Cumming, Ga. Scott Polk, chief investigator for the Plaquemines Parish Coroner's Office, tells The Times-Picayune that Dickson worked for the U.S. Department of Interior. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Maj. John... more »
  • One dead after seaplane crash

    July 24, 2010 2:34 PM

    A seaplane crashed near Pointe a la Hache in Plaquemines Parish on Saturday morning, killing one person aboard and injuring another, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office said. The plane was operated by Belle Chasse-based Southern Seaplane.The company would not provide details of where it was headed. Sheriff's spokesman... more »
  • Louisiana official blasts restrictions on media

    July 8, 2010 4:08 PM

    An outspoken Louisiana official wants the Coast Guard to lift restrictions on news organizations covering the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser told The Associated Press Thursday he's drafting a letter to the Coast Guard, BP and President Obama. He opposes a recent rule... more »
  • 'Marsh' madness grows

    July 7, 2010 6:48 PM

    As anger over the growing amount of oil in the marshes mounts, so does the need for money to preserve and save those wetlands. "We're losing our future underneath our eyes every day," said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. Nungesser told state and national leaders at an emergency... more »
  • Oil vacuum teams dispatched in Plaquemines Parish

    July 5, 2010 10:46 AM

    Vacuum teams were dispatched Monday morning in Plaquemines Parish to clean up oil reported east of the South Pass of the Mississippi River. Parish officials say tar balls and a sheen were seen in Black Bay by the parish's east coast. Weather conditions there have been hampering efforts to... more »
  • Nungesser won't run for lieutenant governor

    July 1, 2010 10:52 AM

    The man widely considered the face of Louisiana in the oil spill crisis says he will not run for the position of lieutenant governor. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser says a poll was commissioned to see how much support he would get in the race, and he was overwhelmed by... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish adds jack-up support boat

    June 29, 2010 8:44 AM

    Officials say a fourth jack-up support boat and 14 additional air vacuums have been brought in to work on cleaning up oil from the BP spill in coastal Plaquemines Parish. The parish Inland Waterways Strike Force said the jack-up boat is positioned at the Robinson Canal near Lake Washington... more »
  • La. parish president is face of anger over spill

    June 29, 2010 6:40 AM

    One local politician in Louisiana hasn't been afraid of taking on everyone from big oil to big government since crude started washing ashore. Billy Nungesser, a feisty millionaire who is president of Plaquemines Parish, has been the voice of thousands of coastal residents. His sometimes unpolished demeanor captures their angst,... more »
  • Marina BP using tied to parish president

    June 18, 2010 10:03 AM

    Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who has become a national symbol of frustration over BP's and the federal government's efforts to clean up the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico, has an interest in a Port Sulphur marina that is being refurbished with oil company money. The Times... more »
  • Vacuums put to work sucking up oil in LA bay

    June 16, 2010 3:24 PM

    Oil response crews in coastal Plaquemines Parish are getting creative in trying to clean up the marshes, using shop vacuums to suck oil into 55-gallon drums. Disaster Recovery Corp. workers Jessie Shafeer and Rick Soto, paid by BP and working under the direction of parish officials, decided to try... more »
  • Saints to raffle Super Bowl ring

    June 8, 2010 1:35 PM

    The New Orleans Saints used a visit to Plaquemines Parish to raise residents' spirits and announce an effort to raise funds as well. Quarterback Drew Brees told the crowd that the team will receive their Super Bowl rings soon, and some fan will get one just before the first... more »
  • DHH Announces New Oyster Harvesting Closure

    June 6, 2010 3:06 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals today announced the closure of oyster harvesting bed Area 9 because of concerns about the oil spill in the Gulf. It's mainly an area west of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. DHH Secretary Alan Levine says the closure will take effect at... more »
  • La. AG files petition against BP

    June 4, 2010 5:47 PM

    Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed a petition for discovery and investigation against BP in Plaquemines Parish. The petition, filed in state court, said BP has failed to cooperate and share important information with the state. The petition’s purpose is to gather information about the causes of the oil spill and... more »
  • 24 Louisiana birds treated, released after rescue

    June 4, 2010 1:24 PM

    State wildlife authorities say two birds rescued from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have been cleaned and released into the wild, bringing the total treated and releaed in Louisiana to 24. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said a least bittern and a cattle egret were set free Thursday... more »
  • 14 oiled birds found in Louisiana

    June 3, 2010 8:06 AM

    Another 14 oiled birds have been brought to the rescue station in Fort Jackson. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says state biologists rescued six oiled seagulls in Plaquemines Parish and seven oiled sanderlings and a heavily oiled tern on the eastern end of Grand Isle on Wednesday. They... more »
  • Plaquemines Parish officials say more oil in marsh

    June 1, 2010 2:44 PM

    Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser says the amount of oil that has hit his parish has been grossly underestimated by Coast Guard and BP officials. In a Tuesday news release, Nungesser said that parish employees worked through the holiday weekend to map out acres oiled in the parish and... more »
  • Helicopters ferry sandbags to barrier islands

    June 1, 2010 1:06 PM

    At a National Guard staging area in southern Plaquemines Parish, a steady line of helicopters swept across the sky Tuesday to scoop up massive sand bags being used to fill gaps in offshore barrier islands. Soldiers on the ground fastened the bags to cables hanging from the hovering aircraft. ... more »
  • State: Company suspends drilling in Plaquemines

    May 27, 2010 5:26 AM

    Drilling Operations by Swift Energy have been suspended on a rig in the Lake Washington field in Plaquemines Parish. The state Department of Natural Resources says the company suspended drilling because of concerns about a potential oil slick impacting the lake. A light sheen was recently seen in the area... more »
  • LDWF: additional closure of the territorial sea

    May 19, 2010 9:46 PM

    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the following additional closure of a portion of the territorial sea, west of the Mississippi River in lower Plaquemines Parish. LDWF Secretary Robert Barham says the area is closed to recreational and commercial fishing activities effective tomorrow, May 20, at sunrise. LDWF says... more »
  • Two oyster harvesting areas reopened

    May 14, 2010 10:49 AM

    Two oyster harvesting areas in Louisiana are back open after a precautionary closing because of the oil spill. They were reopened to give harvesters a chance to gather as many of the shellfish as possible before any potential effects are felt from the massive leak. Both of the areas,... more »
  • Tar balls found in La.'s southeastern tip

    May 12, 2010 9:25 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries confirms they have found tar balls at South Pass of the Mississippi River in the state's southeastern tip. The dark, sticky balls of oil had washed up in South Pass. An oil sheen had already made its way into the pass after the... more »
  • Fishermen fuming over BP contract

    May 6, 2010 8:21 PM

    As the clean up along the Gulf Coast continues, some fishermen in Plaquemines Parish are fuming. They say they’re ready to help, but say BP wanted them to sign a waiver, which frees the company of any liability if the fishermen get hurt on the job. News 2's Chris Nakamoto... more »
  • Animal cleanup under way in Plaquemines Parish

    May 6, 2010 11:48 AM

    Animal cleanup is underway in Port Jackson in Plaquemines parish. The animals are being washed, cleaned, tagged and rehabilitated before being released into the wild. Dozens of vets and workers from all over are helping in this process. On News 2 at 5 and 6 p.m., I'll... more »
  • Two dead seabirds found in La.

    May 6, 2010 10:30 AM

    Two dead seabirds have been found on the Grand Gosier Islands near Plaquemines Parish. The two birds were gannets, and wildlife agents say they were covered in oil. A official cause of death has not been released. A gannet is a large bird often found in the coastal... more »
  • Oil Spill: Plaquemines Parish update

    May 5, 2010 12:41 PM

    Luke Margolis is in Plaquemines Parish today. (Port Sulphur) Catholic Charities and Plaquemines Parish Government have teamed up to help unemployed fishermen as well as those volunteering their time to deploy boom in the Gulf. In the same area, the Louisiana Workforce Commission has their mobile unit deployed to... more »
  • BP: One leak capped

    May 5, 2010 7:45 AM

    Coast Guard says BP has capped 1 of 3 leaks, but it won't reduce oil flow from Gulf well. The Coast Guard says the work should reduce the number of leak points that need to be fixed on the ocean floor. BP officials have said that fewer leaks will make... more »
  • Foundation creates Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund

    May 5, 2010 5:22 AM

    The Greater New Orleans Foundation has created a fund to help the communities hit hardest by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund will help recovery in Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and lower Jefferson Parishes. It's also meant to help strengthen coastal communities against... more »
  • Oil spill info frustrates Plaquemines Parish president

    May 4, 2010 5:34 PM

    Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser says he's frustrated with a lack of information from the government in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. He says he's asked why the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association can't provide better information. Nungesser said he had to send parish officials by... more »
  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeal judge plans to retire

    May 4, 2010 9:09 AM

    State Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal Judge Michael E. Kirby will not seek re-election this fall to the judgeship he has held representing Plaquemines Parish since 1999. Kirby says he plans to retire when his current term is up, ending 35 years of elective service in Plaquemines. Kirby served as... more »
  • Jindal: Coast Guard approves plan

    May 1, 2010 5:24 PM

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the Coast Guard has approved one parish's plan to help contain the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser wants to set up a "jack up" boat inside the barrier islands where inflatable booms would be distributed. ... more »
  • Fishermen racing to layout booms in Plaquemines Parish

    April 30, 2010 7:45 PM

    Fisherman are racing to layout booms before the oil washes deeper into Plaquemines Parish. The oil first made landfall last night. News 2's Chris Nakamoto spoke to fishermen who are trying everything to protect their way of life. more »
  • Plaquemines Parish fishermen prepare for spill

    April 30, 2010 7:32 PM

    Fishermen on the front lines of the oil spill are gearing up for the coastal hit. In Plaquemines Parish, the fishermen are trying to stop it from fouling inland waterways. News 2's Chris Nakamoto finds out what they’re doing to prepare. more »
  • Oil Spill: Plaquemines Parish update

    April 30, 2010 1:34 PM

    We've been down to Venice and Nairn this morning/afternoon in Plaquemines Parish. I talked to a fisherman in Venice who estimates he will lose $10,000 per month while the oil spill persists. He has volunteered to take his boat out to deploy booms in the wetlands to try and... more »
  • Parish president calls response to oil spill slow

    April 29, 2010 8:09 PM

    The president of Plaquemines Parish wants more done to keep the oil spill from impacting people who depend on the coastline. News 2's Chris Nakamoto was in Plaquemines Parish today where leaders came up with their own emergency plan deal with what could be catastrophe. more »
  • Plaquemines Parish bracing for oil spill

    April 29, 2010 7:36 PM

    Fishermen in Plaquemines Parish are bracing for the oil to arrive. News 2's Chris Nakamoto spoke to city leaders who say they're angry because nothing was done sooner. more »
  • Recall of La. oysters after Miss. illnesses

    March 25, 2010 2:20 AM

    An outbreak of illnesses in Mississippi two weeks ago prompted a recall Wednesday of oysters harvested in Louisiana. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says 11 people got sick with norovirus at a seafood conference. One person was hospitalized but has since been released. The recall affects... more »
  • Sweep finds almost 500 abandoned crab traps

    March 10, 2010 5:23 AM

    Fisheries biologists, volunteers and staff from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries have collected and disposed of 477 abandoned crab traps as part of the department's annual clean-up program. The Barataria Basin Estuary was closed for nine days to the use of crab traps within portions of Lafourche, Jefferson... more »
  • 2 Plaquemines men charged with shark violations

    February 25, 2010 5:31 AM

    The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says two Plaquemines Parish men have been charged with violating laws that protect sharks. The men - 50-year-old Hoa Van Dang and 44-year-old Hung Van Nguyen, both of Boothville - were found on Feb. 19 with 84 sharks. Agents say the men did... more »
  • Dates set for derelict crab trap removal

    January 28, 2010 5:13 AM

    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says parts of the Barataria Bay estuary will be closed to crabbing for 10 days beginning Feb. 27 to remove derelict crab traps. The closure covers parts of Lafourche, Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes, from 6 a.m. Feb. 27 through 6 a.m. March 8.... more »
  • Belle Chasse minister indicted

    September 17, 2009 8:06 AM

    Plaquemines Parish deputies arrested Reverend Martin A. Denesse for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 from parish residents that paid him for the necessary hookups and insurance for FEMA trailers to be placed on their property. Denesse was already in custody on narcotics charges after he and his adult daughter... more »
  • Former judge found guilty

    September 16, 2009 4:47 AM

    Former state district judge William Roe from Plaquemines Parish has been found guilty of felony charges stemming from allegations that he pocketed about $6,500 in expense money for attending legal seminars. After a one-day trial Roe was found guilty of three counts of unauthorized use of movables. Sentencing was set... more »

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