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Man booked with murder of Marrero child after claiming girlfiend's 2-year-old fell and hit head

Seth Redell (JPSO)

A Marerro man has been booked on second-degree murder after reporting to police his girlfiend's 2-year-old son fell and hit his head. The boy later died. According to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office release, Seth Redell, 27, reported an unresponsive child, identified as 2-year-old Hayden Umbenhower, about 8 a.m. April 24. Redell reported that… Continue reading →

$600 million question: Task Force looking at income taxes, other state budget alternatives

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. John Bel Edwards answers questions during a press conference.

The blue ribbon commission whose recommendations Gov. John Bel Edwards hopes to incorporate in the agenda for the upcoming second special session is looking at income taxes as a way to immediately fix the budget. No decisions have been made — the members are still studying alternatives — but the need to find money soon, coupled with… Continue reading →

SBA’s St. Tammany disaster loan center closing May 4

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Loan Outreach Center in the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex at 520 Old Spanish Trail in Slidell will close its at the end of the business day May 4. The center was opened to provide personalized assistance to Louisiana businesses and residents who were affected by severe storms and flooding March… Continue reading →

From ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Jon Batiste comes home

Jon Batiste performs at the 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday, June 13, 2014, in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP) ORG XMIT: INVW

When they were students at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Jon Batiste and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews formed a band called Orleans Avenue. Andrews still leads Orleans Avenue, which now fills concert venues around the globe, and will close the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s main Acura Stage on Sunday. Batiste… Continue reading →

Judge orders two youths removed from ‘unsafe,’ violent Bridge City detention center

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Bridge City Correctional Center in Westwego, La. is seen Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, after two juveniles, a 16-year-old from Iberville Parish and a 15-year-old from New Orleans, escaped early in the morning. A curved fence meant to prevent escapes was recently installed.

A judge has ordered state corrections officials to remove two youths from a troubled detention center in Jefferson Parish, declaring conditions at the Bridge City Center for Youth to be “unsafe.” Judge Mark Doherty, of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, told the state Office of Juvenile Justice to transfer the boys to another detention center because of… Continue reading →

'This is nothing short of incredible': Massive hole appears on Canal Street, could cost $3-5M to repair

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- A large sinkhole has appeared on Canal Street near Harrah's Casino in New Orleans, Friday, April 29, 2016.

The wall of a tunnel running beneath Canal Street near the French Quarter collapsed Friday afternoon, opening a massive sinkhole in the middle of the street between Harrah’s Casino and the Shops at Canal Place. Continue reading →

U.S. oil rig count drops 11; Louisiana reduced by 2

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by 11 this week to 420, again reaching an-time low amid depressed energy industry prices. A year ago, 905 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday 332 rigs sought oil and 87 explored… Continue reading →

Kenner man indicted in Jefferson Parish on counts of rape and sexual abuse of three children

Carlo Montero, Sr.

A Jefferson Parish grand jury handed up a six-count indictment this week against Carlos Montero, a Kenner man accused of sexually abusing three children. Montero, 52, was formally charged Thursday with two counts of aggravated rape of a juvenile, one count of sexual battery of a juvenile younger than 13, two counts of lewd and lascivious… Continue reading →

Lemonade Day stands going into business Saturday around Louisiana

Lemonade Day stands will be popping up all around Louisiana Saturday. More than 20,000 youth in the state are expected to participate in the sixth annual Lemonade Day, designed to teach entrepreneurship and character development among Louisiana’s youth ages 4 to 18. Young entrepreneurs were provided with a free backpack, which contained detailed materials to… Continue reading →

'She was my child': Person of interest in Jorion White death acknowledges suspicion, denies involvement

Jorion White

Daniel Beckley would not open the door. It was Sunday night, and outside, there were maybe 100 people on the lawn who had just learned that 16-year-old Jorion White was dead. Some of them were accusing Beckley of murder. “He’s inside!” they shouted, according to a police report. “He killed her!” Beckley stayed put,… Continue reading →

Grace Notes: Is it too much to ask Airbnb hosts to meet basic safety measures?

Anyone who follows politics, particularly of the conservative variety, is bound to be familiar with certain Big Government bogeymen, from the all-powerful Nanny State to bureaucrats out to regulate people’s lives. But Big Fire Marshal? Really? State Rep. Helena Moreno, a New Orleans Democrat who, like many other city officials, is trying to… Continue reading →

Grand Isle man arrested on attempted rape count after allegedly trying to buy young girl for sex

Wade Perkins III, 30

Louisiana State Police said they arrested a Grand Isle man who is a registered sex offender on counts of attempted rape and conspiracy to commit first degree rape on Thursday. Trooper First Class Jesse LaGrange, a Louisiana State Police spokesman, said LSP detectives, along with Homeland Security Investigations-Houma and the Houma Police Department, arrested Wade Perkins III,… Continue reading →

Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 23 decreased to 2,684 from the previous week’s total of 2,791. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,737, the state labor department said Friday. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,739 from… Continue reading →

Saints coach Sean Payton on Laremy Tunsil tumbling, Jaylon Smith and Myles Jack, staying put at No. 12

AP file photo: New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline against the Jacksonville Jaguars in New Orleans.

Expect the unexpected is the unofficial motto of the NFL draft. But on Thursday night, the New Orleans Saints did their part to stick to the script. Widely expected to target a defensive player, coach Sean Payton and the front office tabbed Louisiville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins with the No. 12 overall pick. Payton spoke late… Continue reading →

Ex-LSU football player Troy Hankton, cousin plead guilty in federal racketeering case

Onetime LSU defensive back Troy Hankton and a cousin, Nakia Hankton, pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday, admitting roles in a drug-dealing conspiracy allegedly headed by their notorious cousin, accused New Orleans crime leader Telly Hankton. In court documents supporting his guilty plea to a firearms conspiracy count, Troy Hankton, 31, admitted dealing… Continue reading →

Man stabbed near Armstrong Park on French Quarter Fest weekend dies

A man stabbed in the chest near Louis Armstrong Park on April 9 has died, according to the New Orleans coroner. Dr. Jeffrey Rouse said 27-year-old Geoffrey Rabsatt died Thursday of complications from stab wounds. Police said they have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Sedrick Conerly, also known as Cedric “Kat” Conerly, 25, in connection… Continue reading →

Two women robbed in Uptown New Orleans during daylight Thursday

. Two women -- ages 18 and 19 -- were robbed in Uptown New Orleans on Thursday afternoon, according to New Orleans police. The incident happened around 5 p.m. near the intersection of Freret and Cherokee streets, about three blocks from Tulane University's campus. According to preliminary police information, the two women were approached by… Continue reading →

Wild court date for Cardell Hayes: Not guilty plea; dramatic testimony linking Billy Ceravolo, gun in Will Smith's SUV

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Police Department Homicide Detective Bruce Brueggeman, right, leaves the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office with Former NOPD Capt. Billy Ceravolo, left, after an indictment was handed down on Cardell Hayes for the shooting death of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith in in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 28, 2016. Ceravolo dined with Smith before he was killed.

A frenzied display of legal brinkmanship in the Will Smith killing case ended Thursday with Cardell Hayes pleading not guilty to a four-count indictment accusing him of murdering the former Saints star and attempting to kill Smith’s wife April 9 in the Lower Garden District. An Orleans Parish prosecutor rushed the indictment into Orleans Parish Magistrate… Continue reading →

'A dream come true': Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins the big pick for Saints at No. 12

Louisville's Sheldon Rankins (98) reacts after a sack against Georgia. Rankins was selected No. 12 by the New Orleans Saints.

The New Orleans Saints had no surprises in store for their first pick of an NFL draft marked by a flurry of trades in the top 10, highly regarded players falling down the board because of character and injury concerns and a series of eye-opening picks at the top. New Orleans simply stuck to its spot at… Continue reading →

Judge delays Jerome Morgan retrial, revisits DA claim of witness coercion by Innocence Project New Orleans

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jerome Morgan took in his first 24 hours of freedom in more than two decades Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Morgan, 37, was recently released from prison after two eyewitnesses recanted and a judge vacated his murder conviction in a 1993 fatal shooting. He must wear an ankle monitor as a condition of his release.

A bid by Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office to subpoena two lawyers with Innocence Project New Orleans over their alleged coercion of two key witnesses to a 1993 murder is back on the table. Criminal District Judge Franz Zibilich on Thursday delayed a retrial for Jerome Morgan to June 13 in the killing… Continue reading →

In Walter Reed trial, former aides come to ex-DA's defense

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former St. Tammany/Washington parish District Attorney Walter Reed leaves federal court in New Orleans after being arraigned on an 18 count indictment Monday, May 4, 2015.

Walter Reed’s defense team called two of his closest aides from the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office to the stand Thursday, hoping to cast doubt on government claims that Reed funneled money from his campaign fund to his son Steven and on other arguments in the government’s 19-count cases against the former district attorney. Bart Pepperman,… Continue reading →

Audubon Commission defers action on plan for more public input, will seek to make it stronger

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Kelly Duncan leads the Audubon Commission meeting at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans, Thursday April 28, 2016. The Audubon Commission allowed the public to comment on the controversy over the fly and the denied soccer complex followed by comments on what to do next time they consider removing more than an acre of public green space.

The Audubon Commission will make a few more tweaks to a proposal aimed at ensuring it gets adequate public input on projects that would infringe on green space in Audubon Park or other Audubon facilities. After critics at a public hearing argued the first proposal would still allow too many projects to slip through the cracks,… Continue reading →

'Kids are so out of control' at Jefferson Parish youth detention center , official says

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Bridge City Center for Youth in Bridge City, La. is seen Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.

A juvenile detention center in Jefferson Parish has descended into chaos in recent weeks, with fights involving entire dormitories and with teens repeatedly kicking down doors within the facility, an Orleans Parish judge was told Thursday. Inmates increasingly have had the run of the Bridge City Center for Youth and even gained access to the roof… Continue reading →

Watch: Juvenile dolphin 'Octavius' rehabilitated and released back into wild off Louisiana coast

The juvenile dolphin 'Octavius' has been released into the wild.

After six months, Octavius is back in the sea where he belongs, with a few stories to tell. The juvenile male dolphin, the first to be rescued, rehabilitated and released back into the wild off Louisiana’s coast, was sent into Barataria Bay on Thursday. The Audubon Nature Institute and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,… Continue reading →