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10:12 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Mother, daughter accused in fire death

New Orleans police accuse a 53-year-old woman and her daughter of plotting to burn a 57-year-old woman to death.

Police say they arrested Alice Wright last week on a charge of second-degree murder, and have a warrant to arrest 23-year-old Tytesha Wright once she is out of a burn unit in Baton Rouge.

They're accused in the death of Cynthia Houston, who died in her home Aug. 3 from fourth-degree burns and smoke inhalation.

Police say Tytesha Wright helped care for Houston, who had medical problems.

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2:33 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Police: Katrina hero plotted ex-wife's murder

A Syrian-born man who became the hero-rescuer in Dave Eggers' best-selling nonfiction "Zeitoun" book, which chronicled the eerie aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the nightmarish side of the American justice system, has been accused of plotting to murder his ex-wife, her son and another man.

Abdulrahman Zeitoun, 54, faces charges of offering $20,000 to a fellow jail inmate in exchange for the killings. Zeitoun also faces a domestic abuse battery charge after he allegedly beat his wife, Kathy Zeitoun, on a New Orleans street.

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LaPlace Counterfeiting
2:25 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

LaPlace man indicted for making fake money

A federal grand jury has indicted a 40-year-old LaPlace man with one count of making counterfeit U.S. currency.

According to the indictment handed up Thursday, Michael Sly at some point before April 17, 2009, made and counterfeited obligations of the United States in the form of three $100 Federal Reserve Notes.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office says if convicted, Sly faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

DWI Checkpoint
4:25 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

NOPD to conduct Marigny DWI checkpoint tonight

The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the Faubourg Marigny area tonight, according to a department press release.

The checkpoint, manned by the NOPD's Traffic Division, will begin at approximately 9:00 p.m. tonight, and last until about 5:00 a.m. Friday morning, said department spokesperson Hilal Williams. Motorists are advised to have proper documentation, including proof of insurance and a valid driver's license, and should experience minimal delays.

Mickey Shunick
1:13 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Face expert examining remains found Tuesday night

Officials at the Lafayette Parish Coroner's office say the body believed to be Mickey Shunick is in such an advanced stage of decay they had to send it to face identification expert at Louisiana State University.

Keith Talamo, chief medicolegal investigator at the coroner's office, said Wednesday Mary Manhein at the LSU FACES Laboratory will be handling the investigation of the body. Police found it buried at a cemetery about 100 yards off of La. Highway 10.

Talamo said it will be 24-48 hours before they will be able to identify the remains.

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Latest News
12:45 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

NOPD: DNA links rape in 2000, murder in 1992

New Orleans Police Department

New Orleans police say recently received DNA evidence links a rape in 2000 and a sexual assault and killing in 1992.

They got a description last week from the woman who was raped in 2000. A police artist used it for a computer-created composite, then sketched what the man may look like now. Police released the two drawings in hope that people can help them identify the man.

The killing was that of 20-year-old Jennifer Altemeier, who was strangled on March 3 — Mardi Gras — 1992.

Latest News
11:54 am
Mon August 6, 2012

State auditor takes second look at Jefferson Parish health clinics

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor says a second review of financial records at Jefferson Community Healthcare Centers has uncovered illegal use of public money and transactions involving former Jefferson Parish Councilman Byron Lee and his family.

The auditor found that more than $200,000 in clinic funds was transferred the personal bank account of former chief financial officer Ebony Williams and that $135,000 in public money was used for unearned benefits as well as political donations, a for-profit business investment and a Christmas party.

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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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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.

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.

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