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Lawyers take potshots at one another in case of fatal shooting of Wayne Breen

Legal sniping continues apace in the death of a north shore doctor at the hands of his wife in March. On Friday, an attorney who represents two other attorneys asked a judge to sanction a fourth attorney for what he called “repetitive, frivolous pleadings ... designed to harass” Wayne Breen’s grown children into giving up their… Continue reading →

Two shot in Central City on Thursday evening

Just before she was about to play a game of cards with a friend in front of a beauty shop about 5 p.m. Thursday, a woman sitting in a chair on Magnolia Street heard a barrage of shots and took off running. “Once I heard the shots, I jumped up,” she said. The friend was shot in the ankle, while a man… Continue reading →

New Orleans-based Coast Guard officer acquitted of sexual assault charges; convicted on lesser count

A New Orleans-based Coast Guard officer has been cleared of charges he sexually assaulted two women in the service. A military judge, after a court-martial trial ending Wednesday, acquitted Petty Officer 2nd Class Gregory E. Cooper of several counts, including aggravated sexual assault, adultery, indecent conduct and dereliction of duty. However, the judge, Capt. Christine Cutter,… Continue reading →

Not a case of mistaken identity: Man arrested in Mississippi claiming to be New Orleans mayor looks nothing like Mitch Landrieu

Travis Bailey courtesy Harris County Jail

. The Biloxi Sun Herald reports that a man arrested in Harrison County, Miss. on Wednesday while driving a stolen Louisians school bus says he was "mayor of New Orleans." The only problem is that Travis Bailey, a 32-year-old New Orleans man, looks nothing like New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. And Bailey probably doesn’t even… Continue reading →

Pearl River's former town clerk pleads guilty to theft charges, gets five years’ probation

Diane Bennett Hollie

Diane Bennett Hollie, the former town clerk of tiny Pearl River in eastern St. Tammany Parish, was sentenced to five years of probation Thursday after pleading guilty to theft and other charges. Hollie, 54, answered “Yes, sir” and “No, sir” to the questions posed by 22nd Judicial District Judge Raymond Childress, who made sure Hollie understood… Continue reading →

Attorney for indicted former DA Walter Reed asks judge to dismiss half the counts against him

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.

Calling the case against Walter Reed an “Olympic-sized leap over the prudent bounds of federalism,” his attorney on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss half of the charges against the former north shore district attorney. Reed, who served as DA for St. Tammany and Washington parishes for 30 years, was indicted by a… Continue reading →

New Orleans man gets 10 years for heroin conspiracy

. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt sentenced one New Orleans man to 10 years in prison for a heroin distribution conspiracy on Wednesday as another pleaded guilty. Melvin Smith, 30, was sentenced for his part in a heroin distribution ring centered in New Orleans East that used disposable phones to communicate with heroin users and arrange… Continue reading →

New Orleans man pleads guilty to possessing child porn

. A New Orleans man faces from 10 to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Wednesday to possessing child pornography. David Morel, 32, pleaded guilty after investigators found more than 2,500 images and videos depicting sexual victimization of children on his electronic devices, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite. Morel… Continue reading →

Man gunned down in his driveway in New Orleans East

. Police said that about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, a man getting out of his vehicle in the 9700 block of West Wheaton Circle, a suburban street near the Read Boulevard exit from Interstate 10, was gunned down in his driveway. The man, 44, died at the scene. Police had no word on a suspect or a motive.… Continue reading →

St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta quickly pleads not guilty to corruption charges, but doesn't get the fast trial date he seeks

. It took less than five minutes Wednesday for St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta to plead not guilty a 22-count corruption indictment. Peralta's defense attorney Martin Regan argued for a trial before the Oct. 24 political primary, a race in which the embattled Peralta has already drawn several high-profile challengers. But Regan… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department academy graduates 29

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- NOPD celebrated the graduation of its latest recruit class at the University of New Orleans Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Bailey Fontenot straightens her husband Joshua Fontenot's  tie after pinning on his badge at the ceremony.

The 29 men and women who graduated from the New Orleans Police Department’s training academy on Wednesday were treated to an unusual keynote speaker: the federal judge who will decide if and when the department has shaped up under the terms of a court-imposed reform plan. U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan, who has rarely made public… Continue reading →

Landrieu administration issues permit it previously refused, clears way for inmates to occupy city’s new jail

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration gave the green light Wednesday for Sheriff Marlin Gusman to begin moving hundreds of inmates into the city’s new $145 million jail, apparently averting a courtroom showdown that had been scheduled for Thursday morning. After many months of construction delays, inmates are expected to be transferred into the 1,438-bed facility this month… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish deputies shot at Tuesday night in Marrero, narrowly escape being hit in chest

Photo provided by Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office -- The Jefferson Parish Street Crimes Unit investigate shooting incident on James Drive in Marrero Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2015.

An unidentified gunman fired into an unmarked Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle with a laser-sighted handgun Tuesday night in Marrero, piercing the windshield and striking the driver’s seat a moment after one of the officers moved to get out of the vehicle, a spokesman said. A second shot struck the driver’s-side door as the three officers… Continue reading →

Prosecutors: Darren Sharper paid co-defendant’s legal tab, so attorneys should be disqualified

Erik Nunez

Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to dismiss the attorneys for Erik Nunez, one of Darren Sharper’s alleged cohorts in a scheme to drug and rape women, on the grounds that lawyers Sara Johnson and Herbert Larson have a conflict because the retired Saints defensive star has paid for Nunez’s defense. Federal prosecutors claim… Continue reading →

Man shot, killed overnight in New Orleans East

. A man was shot and killed early Wednesday morning in the 9700 block of W. Wheaton Circle. The 44-year-old man was shot after exiting his vehicle in a driveway around 1:45 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said. Emergency medical paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene. The name of the victim is… Continue reading →

Metropolitan Crime Commission warns that New Orleans could have to release violent criminals, pay to house them elsewhere if new inmate facility not built

Wading into a rancorous debate that has divided City Hall and the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, a nonprofit watchdog group again is urging the city to build another inmate housing facility at Orleans Parish Prison — a proposal vigorously opposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. In a report published Wednesday, the Metropolitan Crime Commission warns that… Continue reading →

Third teen arrested in a string of nine armed robberies Uptown

. A third teenager has been arrested in a string of nine armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery in Uptown New Orleans. The 15-year-old, who has not been identified by police, was arrested Tuesday morning in the 2900 block of La Salle Street by the NOPD’s Violent Offenders Warrant Squad, who said they found a… Continue reading →

Man booked in I-10 road rage shooting incident

. A man has been arrested in a Saturday shooting on Interstate 10 that New Orleans police chalked up to road rage. Richard Davis, 23, was booked Monday on counts of aggravated battery, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, illegally carrying a weapon with a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police believe Davis… Continue reading →