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Driver hits French Quarter pole that falls and kills woman

A driver slammed into a pole that fell on a woman and killed her in the French Quarter early Sunday, New Orleans Police said. The victim, who would have been 22 on Monday, was walking in the 400 block of Burgundy Street about 5:20 a.m. Sunday when an eastbound 1993 Nissan Maxima barrelled into a balcony pole.… Continue reading →

In international cocaine conspiracy, judge orders new trial after 19 years

Photo Coutesy Miami Herald-Rolando

For federal prisoners, a life sentence usually means just that: incarceration without a pauper’s prayer for parole. The chances for early release diminish with every passing month and failed appeal. Short of a presidential pardon, Rolando “Roly” Fernandez seemed certain to live out his years behind bars, where he’s been since 1995, the year a New… Continue reading →

In international cocaine conspiracy, judge orders new trial after 19 years

For federal prisoners, a life sentence usually means just that: incarceration without a pauper’s prayer for parole. Short of a presidential pardon, Rolando “Roly” Fernandez seemed certain to live out his years behind bars, where he’s been since 1995, the year a New Orleans jury convicted him in a drug-trafficking conspiracy involving the Medellín cartel of… Continue reading →

Harrison announces new appointments to NOPD leadership ranks

Commander Doug Eckert

Three days after being officially named the city’s top cop, New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison on Friday announced several appointments to the upper ranks of the Police Department. The positions are largely out of the public eye and focus on areas including recruitment and implementing the consent decree. Rannie Mushatt, a 31-year… Continue reading →

Former NOAH Director Stacey Jackson sentenced to 5 years in prison

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Stacey Jackson, a former city official accused of taking kickbacks in a blight-remediation scandal that rocked New Orleans in 2008, was sentenced in federal court Friday to five years in prison. She is pictured here in July with her lawyer, Eddie Castaing.

More than six years after she emerged from obscurity to become a central figure in a scandal that transfixed New Orleanians and badly tarnished Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration, Stacey Jackson was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison. The punishment imposed by U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon was the maximum possible sentence for… Continue reading →

Accused Mother’s Day shooters, others face still more federal charges

The two brothers accused of spraying bullets into a Mother’s Day second-line parade last year, injuring 20 people though killing none, face additional counts along with five other defendants named in a superseding indictment issued Thursday by a federal grand jury. The indictment replaces one from February that named nine people, including alleged Mother’s… Continue reading →

Inmate who claims he got inadequate medical care at OPP loses at appeals court

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman gives a tour of the new  $145 million dollar Phase II Orleans Parish jail in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

A federal appeals court has thrown out a $20,000 judgment awarded to a former inmate who claimed he received inadequate medical care while recovering from bladder cancer at Orleans Parish Prison. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a single-paragraph opinion, reversed the damages levied against Dr. Samuel Gore,… Continue reading →

Slidell man files bar complaints against Tammany sheriff’s lawyer, top deputy

Brian Trainor

A Slidell man who sued a trucking company and its insurer over an accident that pushed his vehicle off the Interstate 10 twin spans into Lake Pontchartrain has filed complaints with the state Office of Disciplinary Counsel about two lawyers involved in his case, one of whom belongs to the firm that represents the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s… Continue reading →

Deputy accused of smuggling items into Orleans prison resigns

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A deputy sheriff accused of smuggling packages of contraband into Orleans Parish Prison has resigned her position amid an internal investigation. The deputy, Evelyn Tureaud, who worked at the jail’s troubled Conchetta facility, stepped down Oct. 1, said Philip Stelly, an Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman. She had been with the Sheriff’s Office for about… Continue reading →

Teen found carrying gun on bus, and other area police news

Photo provided by the New Orleans Police Department -- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying this man wanted in connection with a robbery Oct. 9 in the 800 block of St. Phlip Street.

Police say teen found carrying gun on RTA bus A 16-year-old was arrested after he was found to be carrying a loaded gun on an RTA bus Tuesday afternoon, New Orleans police said. Someone called police about a man carrying a gun on a bus about 2 p.m. Officers boarded the bus near Orleans and… Continue reading →

Judge finds man incompetent to stand trial in parents’ fatal Uptown beating

Michael Singreen

An Orleans Parish judge on Tuesday deemed Michael Singreen incompetent to stand trial in the fatal beating of his parents in their Uptown home five years ago. Criminal District Court Judge Laurie White ordered Singreen sent to a state mental hospital after an expert testified that his treatment at Orleans Parish Prison may have made his… Continue reading →

St. Charles Parish judge revealed identity of alleged student victim in teacher sex case

Destrehan High School teachers Rachel Respess, 24, left, and Shelley Dufresne, 32, were arrested on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 on charges that they had group sex with a 16-year-old student. Dufresne is also accused of having sex with the teen at her home in Montz, LA. (AP Photo/St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office)

St. Charles Parish District Attorney Joel Chaisson II said Tuesday he was “extremely disappointed” that the identity of the high school student at the center of sex allegations against two parish teachers was disclosed in a court filing by a state judge who recused herself from the case. The filing, made last week by… Continue reading →

Landrieu names Michael Harrison permanent New Orleans police chief

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu embraces Michael Harrison after naming him police chief at a Night Out Against Crime event in Algiers.

Less than two months after Mayor Mitch Landrieu elevated 7th District Cmdr. Michael Harrison to interim New Orleans Police Department superintendent after the abrupt retirement of Ronal Serpas, the mayor announced Tuesday night that Harrison can keep the job. Landrieu removed the “interim” tag from the homespun 45-year-old career NOPD officer at… Continue reading →