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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Defense motion, unopposed by government, would unseal pleadings in Danziger Bridge case

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Former New Orleans Police officer Arthur Kaufman, center, enters the Hale Boggs Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Metairie, La. Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Five officers were sentenced in the case where New Orleans Police Department officers fired at unarmed civilians on September 4, 2005, killing two people and wounding 4 others, and later tried to cover up the shooting by blaming one of the civilians.

A week after the Danziger Bridge case wrapped up with a quintet of guilty pleas, an attorney for one of the convicted former officers has filed a motion seeking to open all sealed pleadings in the case, including affidavits from senior U.S. Justice Department officials about their knowledge and handling of an online commenting scandal that… 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 →

Director of NOPD training academy loses his leadership role

Commander Richard Williams

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison sent the commander of the Police Department’s training academy packing last week, days before a scheduled recruit class graduation, as the NOPD continues to try to correct what federal monitors describe as “significant ongoing weaknesses” in its training program. Harrison ordered the transfer of Richard Williams to the Public Integrity… Continue reading →

Man described as 'mayor of this block' found dead in bag in backyard of Bywater home

The homicide victim that was found on Piety Street in New Orleans Thursday is removed. (Matt Sledge)

The body of a Bywater man known as the mayor of his block was discovered in a bag, wrapped in a blanket, in the backyard of his house on Thursday afternoon. Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

Authorities have given no information on the cause of death of a 56-year-old man, nor have they officially identified him. A man… 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 →

Slidell-area man killed in apparent lightning strike Wednesday

Wednesday’s severe storms on the north shore claimed the life of a Slidell-area man, according to St. Tammany Parish Coroner Charles Preston. Elvin Arturo Castro-Santiago, 36, was working on a construction site on East End Boulevard south of Slidell when lightning struck him, Preston said in a news release. Castro-Santiago was taken to a hospital,… 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 →

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 →

New Orleans man gets 12 years for 2012 Algiers bedroom attack; victim complains of repeated delays

Nearly four years after Gary Simmons was charged with trying to murder a young woman in her Algiers bedroom, an Orleans Parish judge sentenced him this week to a 12-year prison term but only after threatening to gag him as Simmons acted up in the courtroom while his victim prepared to address him. Criminal District Court… Continue reading →

Riverdale Middle School teacher arrested on 51 child pornography counts

Edward Crowell, a teacher at Riverdale Middle School, is accused of 51 counts of possession of child pornography. (JPSO)

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a sixth-grade teacher at Riverdale Middle School on Tuesday on 51 counts of possession of child pornography. Deputies said their investigation of Edward F. Crowell, 38, of Metairie, began after his wife discovered a video with a thumbnail that appeared to show “what she thought was an underage… Continue reading →

Few on Louisiana’s death row are ever executed, largely owing to reversals, analysis finds

Louisiana, which has led the nation in homicide rates every year since 1989, sentences plenty of murderers to death but rarely executes them, in part because a large proportion of death verdicts are reversed on appeal, according to a study to be released Thursday. The report, to be published in the Southern University Law Center’s Journal of… Continue reading →

Walter Reed’s defense team produces important letter concerning his deal with public hospital

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former St. Tammany/Washington parish DA Walter Reed arrives at federal court Wednesday where his trial is continuing.

Opening their defense of Walter Reed, his attorneys on Wednesday zeroed in on the former north shore district attorney’s relationship with St. Tammany Parish Hospital, taking aim at the government’s contention that Reed pocketed money from the hospital that was meant for his office. One of the main legs of the government’s case against Reed, presented… Continue reading →

Frail Robert Durst sentenced on gun charge in New Orleans but headed to low-security federal prison in L.A.

FILE - In this  March 17, 2015, file photo, Robert Durst is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in New Orleans. Durst, in a court filing Monday, April 25, 2016, is asking a federal judge to recommend a Los Angeles-area prison when he's sentenced on the weapons charge that's kept him in Louisiana pending his trial on a California murder charge.  Sentencing is scheduled Wednesday, April 27, for the 72-year-old real estate heir, arrested last year in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Robert Durst, the New York real-estate heir and celebrity murder suspect who twice chose New Orleans as a hideout, moved closer Wednesday to escaping another hot Louisiana summer behind bars. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt sentenced the ailing Durst, 73, to an agreed-upon 85-month prison term on a federal gun count resulting from a Continue reading →

Suit against Gretna, Redflex over traffic camera tickets seeks class-action status

Photo by James Minton on June 11, 2010, on La. 19 in Zachary for story slugged redflex.chuck for use Monday June 14. CAPTION: A Redflex Traffic Systems speed

A Monroe law firm has filed a lawsuit in state district court in Jefferson Parish seeking class-action status against the city of Gretna and Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. The suit claims the city’s use of an automated camera system to issue traffic tickets and the hearings at which cited motorists can challenge their tickets are both… Continue reading →

Ride on: Jefferson Parish judge dismisses cabbies’ lawsuit against UberX drivers

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Taxi Drivers including Muracin Brivil on the megaphone protest in front of New Orleans City Hall asking for the regulation of Uber and UberX drivers similar to the regulation of taxi drivers in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.

A Jefferson Parish judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing drivers for the ride-hailing service UberX of using unfair trade practices to compete against the parish’s taxi drivers. Judge Ellen Kovach, of 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, ruled Tuesday that the 20 plaintiffs in the case had no cause of action when they sued… Continue reading →

Judge bars Orleans prosecutor from trying false impersonation case

An Orleans Parish judge on Tuesday barred a top Orleans Parish prosecutor from trying the criminal case against a public defense investigator accused of impersonating a District Attorney’s Office staffer while she pursued evidence in a 2013 rape case. Criminal District Court Judge Tracey Flemings-Davillier recused Assistant District Attorney Jason Napoli from the criminal case against… Continue reading →

Walter Reed lied on tax returns, prosecution argues as it rests case against ex-north shore DA, his son

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Former St. Tammany DA Walter Reed enters the Hale Boggs Federal Building and United States Courthouse in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

After six days of testimony aimed at showing former north shore District Attorney Walter Reed pocketed public money and used campaign funds to entertain family, woo private law clients and financially prop up his son and co-defendant Steven Reed, federal prosecutors rested their case Tuesday afternoon. The public corruption trial, which began April 18, will resume… Continue reading →

Construction worker with unusual tattoo accused of Louis Armstrong Park rape

Jason Wiley

A homeless woman was able to identify the man who raped her in Louis Armstrong Park in part because of a distinctive tattoo on his forehead, New Orleans police said. Jason Wiley, a 28-year-old construction worker, was already facing a count of illegal possession of a stolen auto when he was rebooked Friday on first-degree rape.… Continue reading →