Jefferson Parish

WWL-TV has reported that the Krewe of Zeus has canceled its Lundi Gras parade.

A Harvey man who served as deacon at a New Orleans church has been convicted of sexually abusing girls as young as 4 years old.

Jefferson Parish prosecutors say his victims include a woman when she was a child and her two daughters more than decade later.

The Times-Picayune reports 58-year-old Michael Videau faces mandatory life in prison when he is sentenced next month.

A jury deliberated almost four hours Thursday before convicting Videau of seven counts, involving five victims.

Work to reset concrete barrier walls along Interstate 10 in Jefferson Parish will cause periodic lane closures Sunday and Monday.

State transportation officials say the highway's left eastbound lane between the Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Clearview Parkway exits will be closed on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. and remain closed until 2 a.m. on Monday.

The highway's westbound left lane between the Clearview Parkway and Transcontinental Drive exits will be closed from 12-5:30 a.m. on Monday.

The Jefferson Parish School Board will adopt a redistricting map this week that will then be sent to the Department of Justice for approval.

After reviewing competing proposals from board members, school board president Mark Jacobs tells The Advocate a decision was made to hire an outside firm to help the board present a map that ensured all districts were within the legal requirements.

Glenn Koepp of Redistricting LLC was brought on to design and recommend a new map.

Jefferson Parish Rep. Tony Ligi has turned in his resignation letter, to take effect at the start of the new year.

Ligi, a Republican from Metairie, is leaving the state House because he is taking a new position as executive director and chief legal counsel for the Jefferson Business Council.

He told lawmakers Friday that his resignation will be effective Jan. 1, though he also told them he'll still be watching activities at the state Capitol.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley hasn't yet set a date for a special election to fill the vacant House seat.

Jefferson Parish President John Young has ordered six members of the parish housing authority board from their posts.

Young sent one-sentence letters Friday to board chairman Patrick Pierson and members Hunley Dufour Jr., William Boada Sr., Terrell Harris, Mary Snowden and Simone Scanio. Each letter accuses them of neglecting their duties.

Jefferson Parish has launched its redesigned government website.

The site,, offers new, user-friendly interactive features, new online services and a design distinct to the parish.

Authorities say the homepage links visitors directly to real-time updates on area weather and traffic reports; provides live streaming video of JPTV, the parish government access channel; and a service request section which allows residents to report issues at any time of the day or night, such as street light outages.

State police says they have arrested the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in Jefferson Parish that claimed the life of a 5-year-old boy.

Trooper Melissa Matey tells The Times-Picayune charges are pending.

The incident occurred about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday on Jefferson Highway. Matey says the child died at a near-by hospital.

She says the driver was apprehended shortly after the accident. Troopers have not released the names of the victim or the driver.

The accident remains under investigation.

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to improve drainage at the Trapp Canal on the west bank of Jefferson Parish.

Corps officials say the project, which is part of the Southeast Louisiana Urban Flood Damage Reduction Project, will reduce the risk of damage from a 1-in-10-years rainfall.

The $14.7 million contract to was awarded to Hamp's Construction LLC. Under the contract, 7,400 feet of the canal will be widened and other improvements made between Bayou Fatima and Bayou Barataria.

A business recovery center to help companies deal with the impact of Hurricane Isaac has been set up in Jefferson Parish.

The center is a joint venture of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and the Louisiana Small Business Development Centers. It is operating at JEDCO's facility in Avondale.

The center will provide a range of services and counseling.

A full list of services is available online at