BR area briefs for Jan. 1, 2013 (No Smiley today)

Offices, courts closed for holiday

Federal, state and city-parish offices, including state and federal courts are closed Tuesday in observance of New Year's.

Garbage and recyclables will be not be collected Tuesday. The North landfill is closed Tuesday.

Post offices are closed Tuesday. Only Express Mail will be delivered.

East Baton Rouge public libraries are closed Tuesday.

The Capital Area Transit System bus service will run a Saturday schedule on Tuesday.

East Baton Rouge Parish public schools and schools of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge are closed Tuesday.

LSU, Southern University and Baton Rouge Community College are closed Tuesday.

Most banks are closed Tuesday.

2012 was busy year in La. for Red Cross

The American Red Cross had a busy year in south Louisiana in 2012 as it launched relief operations to help those affected when Hurricane Isaac struck the state in late August. The relief efforts included opening of 42 shelters providing 13,000 overnight stays, Red Cross officials said.

About 2,000 disaster relief workers — around half from Louisiana - helped with post-hurricane assistance, agency officials said in a news release. The volunteers served 475,000 meals and snacks, distributed more than 86,000 relief items and provided more than 11,000 health and mental health contacts.

"This disaster affected many people's lives here in south Louisiana," said Bruce Cuber, emergency services director.

Officials work leads in dancer's death

Investigators in Hancock County, Miss., are still following up on leads and waiting for forensics results in the death of a French Quarter dancer who was gruesomely slaughtered in June.

Jaren Lockhart went missing on June 6 after leaving work at Temptations Gentlemen's Club on Bourbon Street.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said authorities are waiting on the results from more forensics evidence handed over to the FBI in early December.

Days after Lockhart went missing, her severed body parts washed ashore in Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Two people were detained - Margaret Sanchez, 28, and Terry Speaks, 39. However, no formal charges in Lockhart's death were made against the couple.

Speaks was eventually extradited to North Carolina where he was sentenced in December to two years and eight months in prison for failure to register as a sex offender. The charge was unrelated to Lockhart's death.

Sanchez was held at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail until Aug. 10, when she was released because a prosecutor determined she could not be held on her initial charge.

"We have some more forensics evidence we submitted to the FBI lab, that's from (Speaks and Sanchez's) car," Bass said.

"We're still kind of at their mercy. ... They keep telling us they will have something for us soon. We're hoping by the first of the year, we'll start getting something back."

Compiled from Advocate staff and wire reports