Latest News
12:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Ex-BP Engineer To Seek Judge's Recusal From Case

Lawyers for a former BP engineer convicted of trying to obstruct a probe of the company's 2010 Gulf oil spill plan to seek the disqualification of the federal judge who presided over their client's trial last month.

In an order, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval Jr. says he received correspondence Tuesday in which Kurt Mix's lawyers argue for their first time that he must disqualify himself from the case because a spill-related civil claim had been filed on his behalf last year.

Read more
Latest News
9:20 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

State Lawmakers Hear Support For Legalizing Marijuana

The Louisiana State Capitol.
Stuart Seeger Flickr

Supporters of legalized marijuana made their pitch to state lawmakers, saying it could generate tax dollars, provide a new agricultural crop, shrink the jail population and lessen pain for people with medical ailments.

State health and law enforcement officials outlined their opposition, saying marijuana users have increased risk of health conditions and describing marijuana as a "gateway drug" to more toxic substances.

The testimony Tuesday was part of a study by the House criminal justice committee, upon the request of Rep. Dalton Honoré, a Democrat from Baton Rouge.

Read more
City Murder Rate
9:09 am
Wed January 8, 2014

The New Orleans Advocate: Murder Rate Lowest In Decades

The New Orleans Advocate

New Orleans ended the year with 155 murders. And while that’s still very high for a city of our size, it’s the least number of killings here in decades. Claire  Galofaro of The New Orleans Advocate looked into this number, and what it really means for New Orleans. She talked with WWNO News Director Eve Troeh.

Read more
Latest News
10:14 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

JPSO: 2 Men Shot Dozens Of Vehicle Windows

Sheriff's detectives have charged two men with shooting out windows of at least 166 vehicles in Jefferson Parish.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says detectives on Tuesday arrested 19-year-old Christopher Flanagan and 20-year-old Dacotah Hamilton, both of Marrero, charging them with 42 counts of misdemeanor and felony criminal damage.

It's not clear if either man has a lawyer.

Read more
Latest News
12:34 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Jury Hears From Ex-Cop Charged In Katrina Shooting

A former New Orleans police officer has testified at his retrial that he thought he saw a gun in the hand of the man he shot and fatally wounded outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

David Warren's testimony Monday marks the second time he has tried to explain to a jury why he fired a shot at 31-year-old Henry Glover less than a week after the storm's landfall.

Warren says he feared for his life when he shot Glover, but prosecutors say Glover wasn't armed and didn't pose a threat.

10:10 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Storyville: Thirty

Credit Derek Bridges

I take a job during the summer as a weekend crime reporter.

The first morning nothing happens. Mostly, I bend my ear over the police radio. I’m listening for a 30 — the code for homicide — but the numbers jumble together in a messy soup of cop lingo.

I have a list of police stations and call them and ask if anything is happening.

“No, we’re quiet,” the dispatchers say.

By the afternoon, the routine has become a bore. I drift in and out of conversations about stolen Xboxes and domestic disputes.

At dusk, I pull out my list and dial again.

Read more
2:14 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

New Orleans Police Hunting For Person Of Interest Allegedly Practicing Medicine Without A License

Armani Nicole Davenport.

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Armani Nicole Davenport, an entertainer described by police as a "person of interest" in an investigation into the negligent injuring of another person, and the practice of medicine without a license.

Police also say Davenport is said to administer "silicone" injections to clients as she travels throughout the southern United States on the gay pageant circuit.

Pageants the NOPD says Devenport has participated in include:

Read more
Latest News
6:00 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Former Mayor Nagin Loses Motion To Dismiss Corruption Indictment

Judge rejects argument of prosecutorial misconduct.

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has failed in his attempt to avoid trial on corruption charges. A federal judge refused to dismiss the 21-count indictment.

Read more
Latest News
10:15 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Justice Department Appeals Danziger Ruling

Judge's ruling for new trial is being appealed.

The Justice Department is appealing a judge’s ruling that overturned convictions of five former New Orleans police officers convicted in a shooting during the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina. That shooting of unarmed civilians left two dead and four wounded.

Read more
Latest News
9:22 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Cruelty Charge Dropped Against Swamp Tour Guide

The Breaux Bridge swamp tour guide that a national animal rights group accused of cruelty to an alligator has been cleared of one charge but admitted to a misdemeanor violation of illegal possession of an alligator.

Chester Cedars, chief prosecutor in St. Martin Parish, tells The Advocate Bryan Champagne was fined $250 plus court costs for the possession charge.

The investigation of Champagne followed a YouTube video that showed him striking the head of an alligator with boat oar while members of a tour watched.

Read more