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A former BP executive charged with obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has gotten a delay in his case.

David Rainey's court arraignment, originally set for this week, was re-scheduled for December 3 by a federal magistrate judge in New Orleans Thursday.

Rainey faces charges of obstruction of Congress and false statements. He currently is set for trial March 9. He has pleaded not guilty.

News reports over the weekend about rape victims in New Orleans being charged for some medical treatments are prompting a leading women’s rights organization to push for change. The group is calling on state health officials to change the rules.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter says a 14-year-old boy was brandishing a BB gun made to look like a semi-automatic pistol when he was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Relatives of other teens who were there say that's not true.

Larpenter told The Courier he believes Cameron Tillman thought he was opening the door to a buddy Tuesday evening.

Larpenter says deputies were called to a vacant house by a neighbor who said men with guns had gone in.

St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta has been indicted for stalking his ex-wife.

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Trumpeter Shamarr Allen was arrested for allegedly attacking a sheriff’s deputy moments before he was scheduled to perform Thursday night at the Jazz in the Park concert series at Armstrong Park.

News accounts report Allen was with family members who weren’t allowed backstage without proper credentials.

Authorities say Allen hit the New Orleans Parish Sheriff’s deputy, and was arrested. Allen’s mother was reportedly knocked to the ground.

The Louisiana Board of Regents unleashed a 500-plus page report earlier this week about sexual assault. The report shows wide variation in how sexual assault is dealt with on state college and university campuses. 

State Sen. JP Morrell requested the report and is now putting together a working group that may wind up crafting legislation to make campus responses to the problem more uniform.


Third Person Linked To Cop Shooting In Custody

Sep 15, 2014
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New Orleans police say a third person believed to be linked to the weekend shooting of a police officer at a sandwich shop has been taken into custody.

Police said 26-year-old James Wilson surrendered to Plaquemines Parish authorities on Monday and was transferred to New Orleans custody for questioning.

Two others who police say were suspects in the shooting were found in Gretna hours after the Sunday incident. One of them was dead. The other was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was booked with attempted first-degree murder.

New Orleans police have arrested a man suspected of being involved in the shooting of an officer early Sunday morning.

Police say 34-year-old Cornelius Barthelemy was found shot once in the torso in a Ford Expedition in Gretna about 8 a.m. yesterday, along with an unidentified dead man.

They say that while Barthelemy was being treated at a hospital, he told police he was involved in the shooting.

He says he was one of three men shown in surveillance video of the shooting of 44-year-old Officer Jonathan Smith around 1:40 a.m. Sunday at a New Orleans restaurant.

New Orleans police have arrested six people in connection with a shooting that killed an 11-year-old girl last year.

Police say all six suspects have been linked to gangs.

Arabian Gayles was shot to death when someone opened fire on her New Orleans home early on the morning of September 2 last year. Another 11-year-old girl and a 38-year-old man were wounded.

New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison and District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced the six indictments yesterday.

Key Witness Against Nagin Sentenced To A Year In Prison

Sep 11, 2014

A businessman who provided key testimony against former Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

Rodney Williams had admitted his role in a conspiracy to bribe Nagin.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan imposed the sentence yesterday.

Williams pleaded guilty in 2012. In February, he was among several witnesses who testified against Nagin.

Williams said he handed over $60,000 in payoffs to secure city contracts.

Before he was sentenced, Williams tearfully apologized to his family.

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