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Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
2:24 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Former Jefferson deputy booked with malfeasance

A former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been booked with malfeasance.

Officials say 56-year-old Robert Hoobler of Gretna was arrested Thursday over an incident in November in which Hoobler is accused using a stun gun against a suspect multiple times.

Col. John Fortunato says Hoobler had arrested a person wanted for a violation of a protective order, and had placed the suspect into the rear seat of his marked unit. Fortunato says while driving to the parish jail, the suspect removed his seat belt, turned sideways and began kicking the rear door of the police car.

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Community
2:20 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Nicholls to offer '1st generation' scholarships

Nicholls State University will offer 24 scholarships this fall exclusively to students who are the first in their family to attend college.

The scholarships will range from $500 to $1,250 for qualifying students. The Daily Comet reports that money for Nicholls' First-Generation Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship Program will come from Board of Regents. There will be matching funds from Thibodaux-area contributors.

Oyster Season
2:19 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Wildlife commission sets 2012-13 oyster season

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has set the 2012-13 oyster seasons based on oyster stock assessments provided by state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and the public.

Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds will open at one-half hour before sunrise on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Riverboats
12:20 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Queen of the Mississippi to launch service

A comeback for old-fashioned paddlewheel riverboat travel on the Mississippi River continues in New Orleans this weekend with the departure from New Orleans of the Queen of the Mississippi, a brand new, quintuple-decked vessel mixing 19th century trappings meant to evoke the Mark Twain era with modern amenities including internet access, satellite television, an exercise area and a putting green.

American Cruise Lines has set Saturday as the date for its first seven-night round trip to Vicksburg, Miss.

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Circle Food Store
12:16 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Aid to help Katrina-struck Circle Food Store re-open

A landmark New Orleans food store that hasn't re-opened since Hurricane Katrina hit nearly seven years ago is getting financial help as it works to make a comeback.

New Orleans officials announced Thursday that the Circle Food Store will receive a $1 million loan from the city's Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, a program started last year to expand access to healthy, affordable food in low-income areas.

The initiative is funded through federal grant money and by the nonprofit Hope Enterprise Corporation.

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Shrimp Season
12:12 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

State wildlife officials set fall shrimp season

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission says the fall inshore shrimp season will open at 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13.

The opening covers the state's inside waters from the Atchafalaya River and Atchafalaya River Ship Channel west to the Louisiana/Texas state line. The state inside waters from the Atchafalaya River east to the Mississippi/Louisiana state line will open 12 hours later, at 6 p.m.

The commission set the season Thursday.

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Attempted Carjacking
12:10 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Man tries to carjack trooper, two other officers

A man tried to carjack a Louisiana State trooper and two members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force traveling in an unmarked state police unit in downtown Shreveport.

Trooper Matt Harris, spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop G, says 25-year-old Joshua Carter, of Princeton, approached the car Wednesday about 4:30 p.m. while it was stopped at a traffic light. Harris says Carter began pulling on the car's door handle and demanding that it be opened. When he realized the vehicle was occupied by police officers, he fled.

Hubig's Pies
6:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

New Orleans Rallies to Help Hubig's Pies Return

It’s been a week since fire destroyed the historic Hubig’s pie factory in the Marigny. Owners are getting help from city officials and other businesses on rebuilding plans.

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Health Care Fraud
1:54 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Man pleads guilty in health care fraud case

Prosecutors say a Covington man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud in connection with a scheme in which he and his wife bilked a sleep clinic out of more than $800,000.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said Thursday Boyd Leahy could face up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.

Boyd Leahy's guilty plea follows a guilty plea last week by his wife to one count of health care fraud.

Hot Air Balloon Championship
1:51 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Ascension Parish balloon event moved to September

Organizers of an Ascension Parish balloon festival have moved the event date a second time in two weeks, citing conflicts with local events and a major hot air ballooning competition in Albuquerque, N.M.

Organizers tell The Advocate the Louisiana Hot Air Balloon Championship Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center near Gonzales is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 21-22.

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