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New Orleans Police Department says dashboard video cam wasn’t working in vehicle of slain officer Daryle Holloway

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Flowers and a photograph of New Orleans Police Officer Daryle Holloway form a memorial for him atop a police cruiser Saturday, June 27, 2015, at the Fifth District Police Station. Holloway was killed  June 20, while transporting a domestic violence suspect to Orleans Parish Prisons Central Lockup. Travis Boys has been booked on multiple counts, including first-degree murder of a police officer.

The dashboard camera on slain New Orleans Police Department Officer Daryle Holloway’s new patrol SUV did not record his shooting or the struggle that police say the dying officer waged to keep Travis Boys inside the vehicle on June 20, an NOPD spokesman said Monday. Holloway was, however, wearing a working body camera, on which Boys,… Continue reading →

WWL-TV: New Orleans Police Department investigates two incidents, including one at Tulane, where intruder sneaked into a female's bedroom

. For the second time in less than a month, an Uptown woman has woken up to find an intruder in her bedroom. The latest incident involved a Tulane University student and now it has neighbors living in the Riverbend area questioning whether the two might be connected. Early Sunday morning, a Tulane student was… Continue reading →

WWL-TV: New Orleans' Orpheum Theatre nears re-opening

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Orpheum Theatre Friday, January 17, 2013.

. Just under two months before the Orpheum Theatre reopens, and it may look like a construction site, but workers are now installing the finishing touches, and the owners are thrilled. This owner is an accomplished artist, spending months painting the art deco wall designs. Right now 1,500 theater seats are being installed, designed for comfort,… Continue reading →

At a new Mid-City distillery, local market is only the start

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  Gordon Stewart, left, and Robbie Vitrano are partners in a new distillery, Bootleg Spirits, set to begin production this fall in Mid-City.

The ranks of homegrown New Orleans liquor brands are set to grow again this fall, though the latest addition already has its sights set far beyond the local market. Bootleg Spirits is slated to open a distillery in September in an industrial stretch of Mid-City, with a plan to produce a craft vodka to the tune… Continue reading →

Homeless man stabbed inside tent at Louis Armstrong Park

. A homeless man was stabbed inside his tent in Louis Armstrong Park in the early morning hours of Monday, according to a preliminary police log. Police said the victim, 38, reported being awakened by an unknown man who then stabbed him several times about 4 a.m. He was taken to a hospital.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department seeks suspect in 2014 killing

New Orleans police are looking for a suspect in the June 7, 2014, killing of a man at Washington Avenue and South Robertson Street. Police said they have obtained an arrest warrant for George Short, 39, in the shooting death of Danny Nelson, 35, about 6:40 p.m. Nelson died at a hospital June 9. Homicide Detective… Continue reading →

Officer arrested for obstructing investigation into killing of New Orleans police officer Daryle Holloway

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Travis Boys is transported to Orleans Parish Prison Tuesday, June 30, 2015 after a court appearance.

The New Orleans Police Department has arrested one of its own officers and accused him of obstructing the investigation into the June 20 death of Officer Daryle Holloway. Officer Wardell Johnson was arrested on one count of obstruction of justice, one count of malfeasance in office and one count of theft on Monday shortly after an interview with the… Continue reading →

Inspector general sides with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu against plans for larger Orleans Parish prison

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman gives a tour on how the construction of the new jail is progressing  in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 9, 2015. Sheriff Gusman sits in the common/recreation area of one of the cell housing units.

New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux is siding firmly with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council in their efforts to block Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s plans to build another new $85 million facility to house inmates with special needs. The city and the Sheriff’s Office should be working to reduce the inmate population rather than making… Continue reading →

Essence Festival draws an estimated crowd of 500,000 for four-day events in New Orleans

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Fans sing and dance as Mary J. Blige performs during the 2015 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, July 5, 2015.

. Essence magazine estimates that a half million people attended the four-day Essence Festival in New Orleans last weekend. The festival had more than 80 performing artists like comedian Kevin Hart and singers Usher and Mary J. Blige. There were more than 120 motivational speakers, authors and celebrites at the empowerment seminars. The festival… Continue reading →

Second suspect in Milan Arriola killing freed after police acknowledge bad witness ID

New Orleans Police Officer Imani Ruffins posts an open letter to her daughter's killer. Milan Arriola, 20, was shot and killed Friday night in Gentilly.

Leonard Singleton can thank the surveillance cameras at a West Bank shopping mall for his freedom. Singleton, 22, was booked early Saturday morning on a second-degree murder count in connection with the fatal shooting Friday night of Milan Arriola, the daughter of a veteran New Orleans Police Department officer and a New Orleans Fire… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police officer Imani Ruffins posts emotional open letter to her daughter's killer

New Orleans Police Officer Imani Ruffins posts an open letter to her daughter's killer. Milan Arriola, 20, was shot and killed Friday night in Gentilly.

. New Orleans Police officer Imani Ruffins grieved in an open letter to her daughter's killer to Facebook Monday. Her daughter, Milan Arriola, 20, was shot and killed Friday night in Gentilly. In the post, "A letter to my daughter's killer,' Ruffins said she felt sorry for Will Reed, the accused gunman in… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office won't file charges against Harvey woman who shot her boyfriend in self-defense on Fourth of July

A New Orleans man was shot by his girlfriend in self-defense after he strangled and beat her inside her Harvey apartment in the early morning hours of July 4, according to arrest records. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Carollo wrote that Randy Johnson had been dating the victim for 10 months when he was involved in the… Continue reading →

Accused NOPD cop killer Travis Boys pleads not guilty to first-degree murder

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Travis Boys is transported to Orleans Parish Prison Tuesday, June 30, 2015 after a court appearance.

Travis Boys, the accused killer of New Orleans Police Department Officer Daryle Holloway, pleaded not guilty Monday morning to a first-degree murder charge in the June 20 fatal shooting inside the officer’s patrol vehicle. Boys, 33, once again appeared in court under heavy security, wearing a bulletproof vest as Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department officer shot at in New Orleans East, suspects remain at large

Crime scene from where a New Orleans Police Department Officer was shot at on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (New Orleans Police Department)

A police officer was shot at in New Orleans East on Tuesday and two suspects remain at large after an extensive manhunt. It was the second dramatic incident for NOPD in as many days. New Orleans police responding to a report of a suspicious person near the area around Crowder and Curran boulevards around… Continue reading →

St. John voters back 1-mill tax renewal

St. John the Baptist Parish voters on Saturday overwhelmingly backed renewing a 1-mill property tax that pays for maintaining and operating three important parish buildings. With all 39 precincts reporting, nearly 71 percent of voters — 1,267 in all — voted in favor of renewing the millage, according to preliminary figures from the secretary of state’s office.… Continue reading →

Man shot in French Quarter early Sunday morning

. A 28-year-old man was shot in the chest in the French Quarter early Sunday morning. The shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. at the corner of Bienville and Decatur streets, according to New Orleans police, who said the victim's injury "appears to be non-life threatening." NOPD said it's questioning a man "to see if he… Continue reading →

In new court docs, Saints owner Tom Benson: Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, Renee Benson incapable of managing $1.7B empire

Associated Press photo by BILL HABER - New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson poses for a photo with his wife Gayle Benson and his granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans Sept. 21.

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson argued in a civil court filing on Tuesday that he has ample justification to make his wife Gayle the inheritor of his teams instead of relatives he had previously tapped for that role. The latest jab in Benson’s family drama came in response to a lawsuit from his daughter, Renee… Continue reading →

Tom Benson on TV: ‘There’s nothing wrong with me’

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his wife Gayle Benson give the thumbs up after a NBA game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Miami Heat at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.

Embroiled in a family feud related to who will inherit his NFL and NBA franchises as well as other properties when he dies, Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson went on television Wednesday night to bite back at allegations he’s mentally unfit to make his own business decisions and declared, “There’s nothing wrong with me.” “People (have)… Continue reading →

Travis Boys to appear in court Monday, enter murder plea in shooting death of NOPD officer Daryle Holloway

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Travis Boys is transported to Orleans Parish Prison Tuesday, June 30, 2015 after a court appearance.

. A man accused of killing a New Orleans policeman was scheduled for a Monday arraignment in the city's Criminal District Court. Online records indicate Travis Boys, 33, was to appear before Judge Karen K. Herman to enter a plea to first-degree murder, punishable only by death or by life in prison, in the death of Officer Daryle… Continue reading →

Man killed in motorcyle crash on Basin Street on Saturday

. A motorcycle crash Saturday night in the Treme neighborhood claimed the life of a 51-year-old man, New Orleans police said. The motorcyclist was traveling lakebound in the right lane of Basin Street about 8:10 p.m. when he hit a curve, lost control and struck a tree. He was ejected from the motorcycle and died at… Continue reading →

Suspect arrested in murder of Milan Arriola -- niece of Kermit Ruffins and daughter of NOPD officer, NOFD captain

Will Reed

New Orleans police have arrested a 20-year-old man accused of the fatal shooting of local musician Kermit Ruffins’ 20-year-old niece. Police arrested suspect Will Reed late Saturday during what was described as a routine traffic stop and booked him on a count of second-degree murder in the death of Milan Arriola. Reed previously had been… Continue reading →

Usher celebrates career, offers the unexpected during Essence Festival show

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Usher performs during the 2015 ESSENCE Festival presented by Coca-Cola at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 4, 2015.

Rhythm-and-blues and pop star Usher told cheering fans Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome that he wanted his Essence Festival show to be, in part, a career retrospective. “For tonight, I want to celebrate 23 years of music,” the festival headliner said. “I want to take you back,” he added, mentioning his 2004 album “Confessions,” 2001’s “8701,”… Continue reading →

Wholesale makeover of New Orleans schools after Katrina sows impressive progress, bitter recriminations

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Katina Williams teaches her kindergarten class at Arthur Ashe Charter School in New Orleans, one of many that have come on the landscape since Katrina Friday, September 6, 2013.

Georgia lawmakers must have whiplash. Back in February, Gov. Nathan Deal flew a whole delegation of them down to New Orleans with him so they could see up close how charter schools have transformed public education here, an approach the governor hopes to copy in his own state. They toured some of the best-performing charter schools… Continue reading →

Adoptions, birth certificates, successions, divorce decrees next big topics for same-sex marriage in Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Chelsea Hughes shows off her marriage certificate outside the Lafayette Parish Courthouse on Monday, June 29, 2015, in Lafayette, La.

Attorney Bernadette Lee represents a couple celebrating two major life events: the adoption of a child and their upcoming wedding. The adoption was finalized last month, before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage that will allow the two men to marry in their home state. That meant they faced a hard… Continue reading →