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Saints Spanish radio announcer’s run may be over after nearly 20 years

Provided photo The Garcia Family-- Marco Antonio Garcia has been calling the play-by-play for Saints games in Spanish since 1996.

Most Saints fans probably have never heard veteran broadcaster Marco Antonio Garcia call a football game on the radio. But for the metro area’s growing Hispanic community, Garcia has been the lone Spanish-language gridiron chronicler for a generation, having called his first NFL season in 1996. So fans hoping to follow their beloved “Santos” through… Continue reading →

Feds charge New Orleans man with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trademark counterfeiting in Silk Road scheme

. Federal prosecutors this week charged a New Orleans man with creating and selling counterfeit coupons worth more than $1 million. Beau Wattigney, 30, was charged in a bill of information with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit trademark counterfeiting through Silk Road, an online marketplace that has since been dismantled. Wattigney… Continue reading →

Siding with sheriff, judge denies city challenge to Orleans Parish Prison health care contract

A federal judge Friday turned down a request by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration to nullify a controversial $83 million contract that Sheriff Marlin Gusman awarded last year to a third-party company to provide medical and mental health care to inmates at Orleans Parish Prison. The ruling dealt a significant blow to Landrieu’s efforts to rein in… Continue reading →

Riverfront restaurant space, known for scenic views and marriage proposals, slated to become wedding and banquet venue

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty -The French Market riverfront property now home to Galvez restaurant is slated to become a wedding and banquet venue under new operators.

A French Quarter restaurant space famous for its river views and also for the number of marriage proposals once carried out under its roof is now slated to become a dedicated venue for weddings and other banquet events. Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, the fast-growing New Orleans restaurant company, has a lease agreement with… Continue reading →

Deal restricting Colonial development ends, opening door to single-family homes

An agreement last year that restricted the development of 40 acres at the center of the former Colonial Golf and Country Club in Harahan has lapsed, allowing a portion set aside for green space to be developed as single-family residential lots. John Georges, who owns the property with developer Wayne Ducote, said that while his primary… Continue reading →

Louisiana health department seeks restoration of public health funding

Louisiana’s health department leaders asked senators Friday to restore $26 million to public health programs next year or risk shuttering safety inspections, water monitoring programs and testing for possible disease outbreaks. Those programs were among a list of health needs outlined to the Senate Finance Committee, which is combing through the House version of the state’s $24.3… Continue reading →

Creditors trying to force Thinkstream into reorganization

The Baton Rouge software company that operates a statewide law enforcement database owes $9.6 million to creditors who have asked a federal bankruptcy court judge to force the company into a reorganization. It’s the second time in the past eight months that creditors have tried to push Thinkstream into Chapter 11 under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Thinkstream… Continue reading →

U.S. oil and natural gas rig count drops by 10; Louisiana down 2

Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 10 this week to 875. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 646 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, with oil… Continue reading →

A 17-year-old man is wanted by the New Orleans Police Department in the shooting of two men in the French Quarter

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--According to the New Orleans Police Department two unidentified males were shot inside of tan Nissan Altima in the 400 block of Dauphine Street in New Orleans, La. Friday, May 29, 2015. Louisiana State Police also responded to the seen at Conti and Dauphine where a car windshield and blood was seen on the street sign for Conti.

. Update at 12:05 a.m.: the New Orleans Police Department has secured an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Jerry Harris who is wanted in connection with the non-fatal shooting. Gunfire erupted Friday afternoon in the French Quarter in a shooting incident that wounded at least two people and left police scrambling to locate surveillance video. Police… Continue reading →

Inspector General responds to complaints about Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been advised to avoid issuing some politically charged statements through his taxpayer-funded office, following complaints over a news release the governor’s press office sent out this week calling U.S. Sen. Rand Paul “unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief.” State law prohibits the use of public resources to “urge any elector… Continue reading →

Darren Sharper admits drugging women for rape in federal guilty plea in New Orleans courtroom

FILE - In this April 18, 2014 file photo, former NFL football All-Pro safety Darren Sharper appears in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Rape charges have been filed in Las Vegas against former NFL safety Darren Sharper, who already faces sexual assault charges in Los Angeles, New Orleans and the Phoenix area. Sharpers Las Vegas attorney, David Chesnoff, appeared Friday, March 20, 2015,  before a Las Vegas judge on two sexual assault charges involving two women in January 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Darren Sharper, who won glory and a Super Bowl ring patrolling the Saints’ defensive backfield during the team’s lone championship season, admitted in federal court in New Orleans on Friday that he spent much of his early retirement drugging women with the aim of raping them. The former All-Pro safety pleaded guilty to three… Continue reading →

Sources: Armer Bright is ‘Employee A’ in Orleans Parish School Board bribery scheme

Armer Bright

The Orleans Parish School Board employee accused in court documents of helping former board member Ira Thomas arrange a kickback scheme is the official in charge of making sure that minority-owned companies get work from the board, according to sources familiar with the matter. So far identified only as “Employee A” in court filings, Armer Bright… Continue reading →

New Orleans judge refuses request to open Tom Benson case to media, public

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and Gayle Benson waves to the crowd before a preseason game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tennessee Titans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court Judge Kern Reese on Friday denied a request to open his courtroom and any records filed in the Tom Benson mental competency case to the media and public. Several news organizations covering the legal battle had called on Reese to reverse his earlier decision to seal the records and… Continue reading →

Darren Sharper in New Orleans court today, expected to change not guilty plea

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Darren Sharper ducks down as he leaves Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

Former NFL star Darren Sharper is moving closer to resolving charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in four states. Sharper faces at least nine years in prison after having pleaded guilty or no-contest to charges that he distributed drugs with the intent to commit rape in Nevada, Arizona and California. He previously pleaded not guilty in New… Continue reading →

Why Saints coach Sean Payton put a 'Compete Street' sign at practice facility

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9), center, sets up a throwing game with New Orleans Saints quarterback Ryan Griffin (4), left, and quarterback Luke McCown (7) practices at the Saints Training Facility in Metairie, La. Thursday, May 28, 2015.

The brash and bold and cocky and arrogant aren’t welcome on North Compete Street. Walk a block to South Compete Street with that same attitude and someone will tell you to get your mind right. After all the talk and hype of last season, it might come as a surprise that it’s the New Orleans Saints policing these… Continue reading →

New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell eyes tax for low-income housing problem

Photo provided by Robert Morris/ -- Vance Caucresson, owner of Vaucressons Sausage company and a residential developer in the Seventh Ward, speaks, while Flozell Daniels and UNO professor Renia Ehrenfeucht listen.

A discussion about the dilemmas posed by gentrification in New Orleans brought a standing-room-only crowd to the meeting hall at Tulane Hillel this week. And City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell arrived with a potential solution, or at least a partial one. Cantrell said New Orleans already has a tax dedicated, at least in part, to raising money… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Too bad Saints' Junior Galette was no-show for interviews Thursday; he could've addressed January arrest

New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) enters the field during pre-game introductions before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Junior Galette, a previous winner of the Jim Finks Good Guy Award from those who regularly cover the Saints, was a no-show in the locker room Thursday during the team’s first veterans’ media availability of the offseason. Which is too bad. It would have been the perfect opportunity for Galette to address his Jan. 5… Continue reading →

Man acquitted of a New Orleans murder in federal court wanted on state warrant stemming from same killing

Ryan Veazie (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office)

In a highly unusual legal action, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office has taken out a new arrest warrant for a man found not guilty of federal murder charges in a drug-related killing that happened shortly before Hurricane Katrina. Recently filed court documents show 37-year-old Ryan J. Veazie is wanted in New Orleans on one count… Continue reading →