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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 »

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