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Unidentified man shot in New Orleans East

. According to the New Orleans Police Department, a male victim arrived at the hospital via private conveyance suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. NOPD spokeswoman Hilal B. Williams said the location of occurrence is unknown, but believed to be in the New Orleans East area.… Continue reading →

Lacombe woman shot by ex-boyfriend drives herself to hospital

At approximately 7:30 pm this evening, a Lacombe woman drove herself to the Louisiana Heart Hospital after being shot in the head by her ex-boyfriend. The man was identified as Ronald Anthony Brown of 107 Windsong Place, Pearl River. The woman reported that when she entered her residence this evening she discovered Brown inside armed with a weapon. After a physical… Continue reading →

Suspect sought in multiple Algiers car burglaries

Car burglary suspect Gary Kelly (Photo by the NOPD)

. The NOPD has obtained an arrest warrant for 18-year-old Gary F. Kelly., in connection with multiple vehicle burglaries in the Algiers area. Based on DNA evidence left on the scenes, detectives were able to link Kelly to the following incidents: On Thursday, April 2, 2015, at or around 12:43 a.m., a black Toyota Tundra was burglarized in the 5600 block… Continue reading →

Tourist pepper-sprayed in CBD robbery

. A tourist was pepper-sprayed in an early morning robbery at Tulane Avenue and La Salle Street on April 17, police said. The victim was drunkenly trying to find his way to his hotel about 4 a.m. when an unknown woman offered to give him a ride in her red Hyundai, police said. The victim accepted… Continue reading →

St. Tammany deputy fired, arrested after dispute

. A St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who was stabbed in the back during a domestic altercation was fired Saturday after investigators decided that both husband and wife were partly responsible for the incident. Derrick Torregano, 29, and his wife, Brittany Torregano, 23, were both arrested, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. George Bonnett said in a… Continue reading →

Lighthouse, Scalise blame Obama policy for loss of jobs for disabled workers

A Louisiana nonprofit that provides jobs and resources for the blind says a federal policy encouraging suppliers to get products for U.S. bases in central Asia from nearby countries has led to major budget cuts for the local agency in recent years. It is calling on the government to increase its purchases from U.S. firms that provide jobs… Continue reading →

Falling trains, a collapsed house, a torn-off roof and affected flights: New Orleans’ stormy Monday

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Train Cargo Cars plummeted from the Huey P. Long Bridge to the ground below after high winds and severe weather in Jefferson, La. Monday, April 27, 2015.

A Union Pacific train was about to pull into a spot where it hoped to ride out severe weather passing through the New Orleans area late Monday morning when strong winds blew several of its rear cars off elevated railroad tracks in Elmwood, a Union Pacific spokesman said. Captured on video… Continue reading →

Hollywood producer, his wife and N.O. lawyer convicted in scheme to defraud La. film tax credit program

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- French Quarter Film House hosted Welcome Party for Film Makers at New Orleans Film Festival, Friday, October 11th, 2013. French Quarter Film House owners Peter and Susan Hoffman.

A federal jury in New Orleans on Monday convicted three business partners of cheating Louisiana’s oft-criticized film tax credit program, delivering U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office a victory after a two-week trial that featured reams of accounting records. The verdict marked the latest black eye for a generous subsidy program that has been repeatedly bilked by… Continue reading →

St. Charles to test warning sirens Tuesday

St. Charles Parish officials plan to test two of the parish’s emergency warning sirens on Tuesday. The siren near the pump station at 198 Kerry’s Point in Bayou Gauche will be tested from 9 a.m. to noon, parish spokeswoman Renee Allemand Simpson said. Later, the siren near the Norco Volunteer Fire Department on West B… Continue reading →

EuroChem chooses St. John the Baptist site over Iberville Parish for $1.5 billion plant

EuroChem Group AG chose Monday 915 acres in St. John the Baptist Parish for its proposed $1.5 billion ammonia and urea production plant, a spokesman said. The move means EuroChem will not retain 2,150 acres of state-owned land near Carville in Iberville Parish for the project. Russia’s largest producer of minerals fertilizer now… Continue reading →

10,000 without power in wind-ravaged Kenner

The number of Entergy customers without power in Kenner has climbed to 10,000, while the number for Jefferson Parish stands at about 26,000. Kenner Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Doug Dodt there have been no reports in Kenner of any funnel clouds. Still, the city warned there is still a chance for more severe weather with a… Continue reading →

UNO, SUNO and Delgado cancel classes because of severe weather

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--University of New Orleans students leave campus as classes are canceled after New Orleans Police and UNO Police put the school on lockdown after a police chase ended and two suspects bailed from the car in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. One suspect is in custody with one still being sought.

Three New Orleans universities cancelled classes Monday as severe weather made its way through New Orleans. The University of New Orleans, Southern University at New Orleans and Delgado Community College shut down classes during the day as heavy thunderstorms and high winds continued to threaten the New Orleans metro area. UNO said on its Twitter account… Continue reading →

Heavy street flooding in Plaquemines beginning to subside

Heavy street flooding some areas of upper Plaquemines Parish is beginning to subside while rain continues to pour in the lower part of the parish, officials said around 12:30 p.m. Monday. Areas in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes remain under a tornado watch until 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, although forecasters say a tornado… Continue reading →

Storm knocks out power to thousands in River Parishes

Storm-related power outages in St. John the Baptist Parish are leading to early dismissals at several public schools. The Garyville-Mt. Airy Math and Science Magnet School, the St. John Child Development Center and West St. John High School will dismiss early at 1:15 p.m., schools spokeswoman Jennifer Bouqet said. West St. John Elementary School will dismiss at… Continue reading →

Winds greater than 40 mph expected in wake of severe storm

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Train Cargo Cars plummeted from the Huey P. Long Bridge to the ground below after high winds and severe weather in Jefferson, La. Monday, April 27, 2015.

The New Orleans area remains under a high wind warning after the bulk of a storm that produced at least one tornado and knocked train cars off their tracks has passed, according to the National Weather Service. Weather Service officials urged residents to continue exercising caution after the worst of the storm passed. A high… Continue reading →

New Orleans police seek suspect in Central City attempted murder

New Orleans police are searching for 26-year-old Damond Washington on two counts of attempted second-degree murder, Officer Garry Flot said Monday. Police believe Washington shot a 33-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man in the 2000 block of Danneel Street in Central City around 2 a.m. on Friday, sending both to the hospital with non-life threatening… Continue reading →

18-year-old dies after being shot on Martin Luther King Blvd

The 18-year-old man who was shot dead in Central City late Sunday has been identified as Jermaine Martin, Officer Gary Flot said. Martin was lying on the sidewalk near the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Johnson Street suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest when emergency personnel and police reached the scene at… Continue reading →

No one knows when accused hit man Walter Porter might go to trial

In a city with a notoriously high murder rate propelled by turf skirmishes and youthful recklessness, “Urkel” was a different breed of killer, and perhaps the most efficient, cocksure triggerman in New Orleans, according to federal allegations against him. Yet it’s unclear when or even whether Walter Porter, portrayed by authorities as the go-to hit man… Continue reading →

Two Uptown New Orleans robberies reported within 10 minutes of each other

. Two armed robberies took place in an Uptown New Orleans neighborhood within 10 minutes of each other early Sunday morning, according a New Orleans Police Department report.

The robberies were reported on Hickory and Short streets and Jeannette Street, according to the report.

The police report states at 3:58 a.m. during the first robbery a woman… Continue reading →

The Who create maximum moments to close out Saturday’s Jazz Fest

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Pete Townshend, right, and Roger Daltrey perform with The Who on the Acura Stage on the second day of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 25, 2015.

The sun evaded the Fair Grounds on Saturday until late in the day, when the rain stopped, the clouds cleared and The Who launched into a lengthy suite from their rock opera “Tommy.” The British rock survivors steered their 50th anniversary tour toward New Orleans to headline the Acura Stage at the New Orleans… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff to hold news conference Sunday regarding arrests made in Clifford Drive double homicide case

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand will hold a news conference Sunday regarding the double murder investigation of David and Nicholas Pence, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office press release. Normand will discuss the arrests of two individuals in the case at 11 a.m. Sunday. More information will be available after… Continue reading →

Sure they're rivals, but Baton Rouge, New Orleans leaders seek to become 'single metropolitan statistical area'

New Orleans, left and  Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge and New Orleans are a classic case of frenemies, which is to say that they have a surface level friendship and a deep-seated rivalry. The two cities are 80 miles away, but sometimes feel worlds apart. New Orleans, a liberal-leaning city, is the cultural gem of Louisiana known for some of the best… Continue reading →

Jazz Fest is not just another gig for local performers

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  Lead Singer of the Tank and The Bangas, Tarriona Ball performs at the Gentilly Stage during the second day of the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, La. Saturday, on April 25, 2015.

On Saturday morning, New Orleans poet and singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball stood with her band behind the stage. Her set list was ready. Her old-school outfit was perfect. Her famous hair was twisted into two neat buns on top of her head. Then, right before she walked onstage, it happened. “I got hit with 50… Continue reading →

Liberty’s Kitchen ambitions growing along with its facilities

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Liberty Kitchen is a nonprofit teaching cafe that has opened in a new, much larger location as part of the Refresh Project including the new Mid-City Whole Foods in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. The staff have been trained through a youth development program and the kitchen doubles as a teaching environment to build job skills.

The entire first site of Liberty’s Kitchen — all 1,800 square feet of the ground floor of a raised cottage — would fit into the kitchen alone of its new 10,000-square-foot headquarters next door to the Whole Foods market on North Broad Street. But its physical growth is modest compared with the exponential way the organization’s dreams are… Continue reading →

Biotech startup’s fate to be decided

Six months after the federal government initiated a review of its main study and put a freeze on its finances, causing widespread layoffs, local business leaders expect the fate of the once-heralded biotech startup Renaissance RX to be resolved soon, according to internal emails between the company and state economic development officials. The emails, obtained by… Continue reading →

Rain hits the Fair Grounds, dampens Jazz Fest for a second day

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Keep N It Real Social Aide and Pleasure Club parades by the  Jazz and Heritage State as clouds darken on the first day of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, La. Friday, April 24, 2015.

Many patrons sought cover wherever the could find it, including the grandstands and book tent. Others stayed in the rain,… Continue reading →

Girl, 14, attacks grandparents in New Orleans; grandmother strangled, suffers heart attack; grandfather beaten

. A 14-year-old girl attacked her grandparents late Friday night, strangling her grandmother and causing her a heart attack and beating her grandfather before she fled, according to New Orleans police. The incident happpened just before midnight in the 1500 block of North Galvez Street. No names were released. The grandmother is 71 years old,… Continue reading →

Rain cuts the music short on Day 1 of Jazz Fest in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--MaryAnn Russell dances with  Doug Dirt by the Fais Do-Do Stage on the first day of Jazz Fest in New Orleans, La. Friday, April 24, 2015.

Not long into Keith Urban’s set Friday at the Acura Stage, he paused and sang, without accompaniment, the Creedence Clearwater Revival chestnut “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” Then everybody saw it. Forty-five minutes into his headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell, a thunderstorm ended the music for the… Continue reading →

Gertrude Geddes Willis Life’s policies turned over to Majestic Life

An insolvent New Orleans life insurance company cost an industry-backed guaranty fund $2.5 million and has a court-appointed receiver scrambling to recover $1 million from the sale of related funeral homes and other assets — mostly in New Orleans and Houma. In addition, the remaining life insurance policies that were held by Gertrude Geddes Willis Life Insurance… Continue reading →

Delgado Community College breaks ground on new $7 million building project

Rendering provided by Delgado Community College -- Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center. ORG XMIT: znZlr_ZbzlAQLAlTywHw

Delgado Community College broke ground Friday on a new Delgado Maritime and Industrial Training Center. The 18,750-square-foot building, designed by Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects, will replace the former facility on Old Gentilly Road, near the NASA Michoud complex. The $7 million project is being funded by state bonds. Like the existing facility, the new one… Continue reading →