Drainage work on Louisiana Avenue to start in earnest

If you dread navigating around the drainage projects on Napoleon, Jefferson and South Claiborne avenues, get ready: Louisiana Avenue is next. The construction of an $82.6 million underground drainage canal along Louisiana from South Claiborne to Constance Street will kick off in coming weeks as trees are trimmed and construction equipment is moved in, Sewerage & … Continue reading →

Councilwoman’s view on preservation differs from her predecessors

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New District C council member Nadine Ramsey takes the oath of office Monday, May 5, 2014.

In June, shortly after taking office, Councilwoman Nadine Ramsey hinted at her position on one of the most important topics facing her district. In a move considered highly unusual for a City Council member representing many of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhoods, she overruled a recommendation from the Historic District Landmarks Commission and approved the demolition of a property … Continue reading →

As work winds down at Avondale, shipyard’s future remains cloudy

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Avondale shipyards.

Avondale Shipyard, once Louisiana’s largest private employer, is quietly winding down operations, nearly six months after Huntington Ingalls Industries brought in one of the country’s largest pipeline and terminal operators in hopes it could help transition the 76-year-old West Bank facility into a commercial manufacturer for the booming oil and gas industry. At most, only a … Continue reading →

Funeral set for Tuesday for artist Bruce Brice

Funeral arrangements have been announced for folk artist Bruce Brice, the creator of the first poster for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1970. Brice died Sept. 14 of complications from cancer. He was 72. A Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and … Continue reading →

RTA adds routes, expands other bus service

Bus riders in New Orleans will see new and expanded routes beginning Sunday, part of an effort by the Regional Transit Authority to step up transit access in underserved areas of the city. Three new lines will start running in New Orleans East, Algiers and the Carrollton area, while others will be extended or will see … Continue reading →

Buffa’s planning return to full schedule of performances

With soundproofing underway and a study in hand saying those measures will all but ensure live music at Buffa’s falls within the city’s sound ordinance, the Esplanade Avenue bar is planning to return to a full schedule of performances next month after the expiration of a 60-day agreement it signed with a neighbor who sued over Continue reading →

Undercover drug probe yields nearly 20 arrests in Plaquemines Parish

A six-month undercover drug investigation in Plaquemines Parish has led to the arrest of nearly 20 suspected street-level drug dealers and their suspected mid-level suppliers, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday. “Operation Crackdown,” which initially focused on crack-cocaine sales, resulted in undercover agents buying illegal drugs from the suspects between February and August throughout the parish’s west … Continue reading →

Rising city revenues mean more money for NOPD, others

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration is adding $7.8 million to the city’s budget for the current year, with half of the money going to the New Orleans Police Department and the rest to be used to help satisfy court orders directing the city to improve conditions at Orleans Parish Prison and to meet the city’s obligations to the Fire … Continue reading →

Mayor asks Jindal to remove all state prisoners from OPP

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER- Plaquemines Parish Detention Center, which was built 19 feet above the ground on the east bank in Pointe a la Hache, and has an operating capacity of around 870 inmates, is tentatively set to open in November of this year. Dining and sleeping quarters, in one of several

Amid mounting controversy over the size of New Orleans’ new jail, Mayor Mitch Landrieu has appealed to Gov. Bobby Jindal to remove several hundred state prisoners from Orleans Parish Prison, a move the mayor contends will save tens of millions of dollars and avert the need for the city to build additional jail space. Landrieu, in … Continue reading →

Prosecutors blame Trung Le for Bourbon Street melee

P)hoto provided by the NOPD -- Trung T. Le.

An Orleans Parish prosecutor acknowledged Friday for the first time that Trung Le, the alleged first shooter in a June 29 melee on Bourbon Street, was not the person who fatally shot 21-year-old Hammond resident Brittany Thomas and that an attempted murder charge against him relates to his firing on a second, still unidentified shooter. Assistant … Continue reading →

NOPD officer denies allegations of unjustified attack on driver

New Orleans police Officer Tracy Fulton Sr. took the witness stand Thursday, demonstrating the right cross that broke Eladio Cruz’s nose following a vehicle incident last year and saying he launched the punch only after Cruz raised his fists in a “fighting stance” and kicked him in the shin. Fulton, a 24-year NOPD veteran, acknowledged pulling … Continue reading →

South Market District adds tenant, pre-leasing

The owners of Magasin, the popular Vietnamese restaurant on Magazine Street, are opening a new restaurant in the South Market District mixed-use development. Magasin Kitchen will be in The Paramount apartment building at 611 O’Keefe Ave. The restaurant, set to open in early 2015, will have an exposed kitchen and feature dishes such as pork … Continue reading →

New Orleans casino revenue drops in August

Winnings in the New Orleans casino market dropped by 2.5 percent in August when compared with the year before, snapping a two-month string of topping 2013 numbers. The three riverboats, Harrah’s land-based casino and slots at the Fair Grounds brought in $52.9 million, according to figures released Thursday by Louisiana State Police. That compares with the $54.2 … Continue reading →

Veteran NOPD cop on trial in alleged road-rage beating

New Orleans police Officer Tracy Fulton Sr. doesn’t deny that he landed a crunching blow to the face of Eladio Cruz following a minor vehicle scrape last year as Fulton drove along Earhart Boulevard in his Lexus while off duty. Cruz suffered a broken nose, an injured jaw and a concussion when Fulton landed at least … Continue reading →

New fund aims to support riverfront development

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans mayor Mitch Landrieu greets Dubuque, Iowa mayor Roy D. Buol as twenty-five mayors from New Orleans to Minnesota met during a Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative at the Westin Hotel to discuss partnerships in funding for riverfront development projects in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014.

Cities and towns along the Mississippi River will be able to tap into a new funding source for riverfront development projects with the announcement Wednesday of the creation of the Mississippi River Sustainable Development Fund. Riverfront municipalities will be able to apply for grants through the fund to cover start-up costs for — or to put … Continue reading →

Work begins on 848-acre St. Tammany Parish mixed-use development

Work has started on a long-discussed 848-acre mixed-use development in St. Tammany Parish that will contain a technical college campus, retail town center, business offices, apartments, town and garden homes, single-family home sites and a community recreation center. Tamanend, proposed by Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Development Co., would be north of LaCombe and Interstate 12, putting it within … Continue reading →

Ex-jailer sentenced to probation for smuggling

A former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who accepted bribes to smuggle cellphones and marijuana to federal inmates avoided prison time Wednesday, receiving three years probation instead. Tyrell Sutherland, 29, pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to provide contraband in a prison facility, a scheme that unfolded more than six years ago at Orleans Parish Prison. … Continue reading →