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Undercover drug probe yields nearly 20 arrests in Plaquemines Parish

A six-month undercover drug investigation in Plaquemines Parish has led to the arrest of nearly 20 suspected street-level drug dealers and their suspected mid-level suppliers, the Sheriff’s Office said Friday. “Operation Crackdown,” which initially focused on crack-cocaine sales, resulted in undercover agents buying illegal drugs from the suspects between February and August throughout the parish’s west… Continue reading →

St. Tammany school arrest raises more questions about dual roles of Walter Reed’s assistant

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Harry Pastuszek Jr., attorney for the St. Tammany Parish School Board

April Curran says she wasn’t the kind of teenager who was regularly hauled into the office for disciplinary issues: As a 15-year-old honor student, she spent mornings at Fontainebleau High School near Mandeville and afternoons studying creative writing and visual arts at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. But in fall 2008, Curran broke a… Continue reading →

NOPD officer denies allegations of unjustified attack on driver

New Orleans police Officer Tracy Fulton Sr. took the witness stand Thursday, demonstrating the right cross that broke Eladio Cruz’s nose following a vehicle incident last year and saying he launched the punch only after Cruz raised his fists in a “fighting stance” and kicked him in the shin. Fulton, a 24-year NOPD veteran, acknowledged pulling… Continue reading →

Experts: Chelsea Thornton legally insane when she killed her two young children in Gert Town

Chelsea Thornton

A pair of mental health experts have found that Chelsea Thornton was legally insane when she shot her 3-year-old son and drowned her 4-year-old daughter in the bathtub of their Gert Town apartment nearly two years ago. Forensic psychiatrists Dr. Sarah Deland and Dr. James McConville said Thornton knew she was breaking the law but thought… Continue reading →

FBI arrests North Carolina man accused of extorting N.O. college student

The FBI has arrested a North Carolina business executive who allegedly extorted a Tulane University student for sex, threatened to rape the woman’s sister and roommate and claimed he would “blow his brains out” on campus if his demands weren’t met. The businessman, J. Michael Fowler, is accused of posting an online advertisement on Craigslist in… Continue reading →

Ex-jailer sentenced to probation for smuggling

A former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who accepted bribes to smuggle cellphones and marijuana to federal inmates avoided prison time Wednesday, receiving three years probation instead. Tyrell Sutherland, 29, pleaded guilty in June to conspiring to provide contraband in a prison facility, a scheme that unfolded more than six years ago at Orleans Parish Prison.… Continue reading →

‘I’m ’bout to kill this cop,’ suspect reportedly said before officer was shot

Officer Jonathan Smith

Cornelius Barthelemy, laid up in a hospital bed after taking a slug to his side, looked at surveillance pictures New Orleans police showed him and acknowledged he was one of two men photographed in front of a Marigny po-boy shop early Sunday morning when Officer Jonathan Smith fired off eight rounds after someone pointed a gun… Continue reading →

Orleans Parish defendant backs out of deal to testify, pays dearly

Jaroid Washington

Cold feet proved costly for Jaroid Washington on Tuesday, when an Orleans Parish judge nearly doubled his sentence after he refused to testify at a murder trial over the 2012 killing of a Southeastern Louisiana University student in the parking lot of an Algiers strip mall. Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman sentenced the 18-year-old Washington… Continue reading →

NOPD seeks van in quintuple shooting

Photo provided by New Orleans Police Department -- Police were searching for this van, which they suspect was involved in a quintuple shooting on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in New Orleans East.

New Orleans police on Tuesday were searching for a van that was involved in a quintuple shooting a night earlier in New Orleans East. Surveillance footage police released shows a white van pull up near the corner of Dale Street and Chef Menteur Highway about 7:45 p.m. A man who carried an assault rifle got out… Continue reading →