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Deal restricting Colonial development ends, opening door to single-family homes

An agreement last year that restricted the development of 40 acres at the center of the former Colonial Golf and Country Club in Harahan has lapsed, allowing a portion set aside for green space to be developed as single-family residential lots. John Georges, who owns the property with developer Wayne Ducote, said that while his primary… Continue reading →

Kenner residents relieved latest tornado damages buildings only; twister packed 110 mph winds, was width of football field

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Kenneth Graham, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, Meteorologist-in-Charge, New Orleans, surveys the damage to the Setcom Voice and Data Networks building on Third Street and Rev. Richard Wilson Dr. in Kenner, La. Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Based on the evidence on the scene Graham said a minimum EF-1 tornado with winds around 110 mph went through the area probably starting first as a water spout on the Mississippi River behind the building before moving across the levee to the building.

Shelia and Eugene Scott never heard the “freight train” sound they expected. It was more like a shrill whistle when the tornado barreled past the side of their home on Rev. Richard Wilson Drive in Kenner in the middle of the night, lighting up the inside of their house in strange colors and shattering one of… Continue reading →

Tornado strikes Kenner Tuesday morning, knocking out power, damaging buildings

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Kenneth Graham, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service, Meteorologist-in-Charge, New Orleans, surveys the damage to the Setcom Voice and Data Networks building on Third Street and Rev. Richard Wilson Dr. in Kenner, La. Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Based on the evidence on the scene Graham said a minimum EF-1 tornado with winds around 110 mph went through the area probably starting first as a water spout on the Mississippi River behind the building before moving across the levee to the building.

A tornado struck Kenner early Tuesday morning, damaging at least four buildings around Reverend Richard Wilson Drive in the Rivertown section of Kenner. One building was completely demolished. The National Weather Service has classified the tornado that hit Kenner as an EF-1, reaching about 110 miles per hour at a size of about 75 yards wide.… Continue reading →

Metairie’s Tiffin Inn Pancake House closing after 38 years because landlord declined to renew its lease

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Chet Hingle leaves the Tiffin Inn Pancake House after dining on his favorite meal of french toast  in Metairie, La. Tuesday, May 26, 2015. Tiffin Inn will close soon after 40 years to make way for a Home Goods store. Hingle said he has eaten at the pancake house since the day it opened.

A line of people was waiting to eat brunch at his packed restaurant late Monday morning, but Tiffin Inn Pancake House owner Saleem Sabagh, sitting in the back office, hung his head and frowned. After nearly 40 years of operating at 6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd. in Metairie, Sabagh will have to close his well-known… Continue reading →

Former state Rep. John LaBruzzo has started campaigning for Metairie-based Jefferson Parish Council seat

A campaign for former state Rep. John LaBruzzo on Alan Street in Metairie on Sunday, May 24, 2015. (Advocate staff photo by Ramon Antonio Vargas)

Former state Rep. John LaBruzzo has started campaigning for the Jefferson Parish Council’s Metairie-based District 5 seat, he said in a text message on Sunday night. Blue-colored signs that had LaBruzzo’s portrait, name and the word “council” were put up in residential neighborhoods around Metairie throughout the previous week. One area where the signs… Continue reading →

Jefferson Chamber is latest group to denounce Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial executive order on religious freedom

It was no great surprise this week when Mayor Mitch Landrieu — chief executive of what is probably Louisiana’s most gay-friendly town — sought to undercut an executive order on “religious freedom” issued by Gov. Bobby Jindal. But on Friday, the Jefferson Chamber — a more conservative outfit, though one that has been… Continue reading →

Woman suspected her cousin was the killer, she tells jury in trial for 2013 Terrytown murder

Antoine Johnson

Latara Walker sat in the witness chair in a Gretna courtroom Wednesday afternoon, carefully avoiding eye contact with her cousin, Antoine Johnson, as she described the night she arrived at a Terrytown apartment complex two years ago to find her best friend, Aaron Roby, had been shot 13 times and killed. Walker, a witness for the… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies accused of using excessive force during a traffic stop in Marrero last year

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand releases information Sunday, April 26, 2015, about the arrest of two suspects in an apparently random, execution-style killing of David and Nicholas Pence in Metairie.  Normand said officials believe the suspects, Haraquon Degruy, 18, and Dexter Allen, 17, aimed to commit an armed robbery, coming in through an open side door of the home. Degruy was booked into Jefferson Parish Correctional Center with two counts of Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Murder and one count of Vehicle Burglary. Allen is in Orleans Parish Prison, with a Jefferson Parish hold on him for two counts of First Degree Murder.

A man who claims he was beaten by Jefferson Parish deputies after a traffic stop last year has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff Newell Normand. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, seeks $4 million in damages from Normand and a trio of plainclothes detectives accused of using excessive force in their arrest… Continue reading →

Kenner man will serve probation after stealing $20,000 in National Guard recruiting bonuses

After admitting that he conspired to steal about $20,000 in recruiting bonuses, a Louisiana Army National Guardsman from Kenner will serve three years of probation, a federal judge in New Orleans has determined. Ramon E. Madrid, 30, was facing up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 before U.S. District… Continue reading →

New pay plan for Jefferson Parish firefighters moves closer to implementation

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jefferson Parish Fire and Sheriff's investigators at a fatal fire in Metairie on June 10, 2014.

Although it took longer than the union that represents the fire department protecting most of Metairie and Old Jefferson would have liked, Jefferson Parish President John Young on Wednesday recommended that the Parish Council adopt a new pay plan that would result in raises for about 250 firefighters. Council members Ben Zahn, Paul Johnston… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputy kills Harvey man pointing gun at him

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--A Jefferson Parish SheriffÕs Office deputy fatally shot a man on his front driveway between two vehicles in the 3000 block of Destrehan Avenue in Harvey, La. Friday, May 8, 2015. It was the agencyÕs fifth officer-involved shooting of the year. The deputy said the suspect raised his weapon at the deputy and appeared to squeeze the trigger, though the weapon did not fire, JPSO Public Information Office Colonel John Fortunato said. The deputy then fired his weapon once.

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a man he said was pointing a gun at him Friday night. The man was identified Saturday as Dedrick Marshall, 48, of Harvey. It was the JPSO’s fifth officer-involved shooting of the year. JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said the incident began with an… Continue reading →

Black students still arrested at higher rates in Jefferson Parish, group claims

Three years after the U.S. Department of Education began investigating why a disproportionately high number of African-American students had been arrested for minor rule violations in the Jefferson Parish Public School System, the situation has gotten even worse, the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a federal complaint filed this week. The complaint supplements… Continue reading →

Kenner council paves way for new $7 million airport access road

Advocate staff photo by JOHN MCCUSKER --  Planes line up for take off at Louis Armstrong International Airport after the 2013 Super Bowl.

The Kenner City Council on Thursday cleared the way for construction of a new four-lane access road to Louis Armstrong International Airport. Crews will begin building a new $650 million terminal at the airport this summer. Associated legislation approved by the Kenner council last month calls for about $900,000 worth of improvements to Loyola… Continue reading →

Federal prosecutors say recusal by Letten’s office would not have changed facts in Broussard case

Federal prosecutors say former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard hasn’t demonstrated he would have decided to go to trial on corruption charges instead of pleading guilty three years ago had an online commenting scandal kept former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office from handling the case. Broussard, who is serving a 46-month sentence in federal prison, Continue reading →

Jefferson council District 5 in Metairie has its first official candidate: Mike Thomas

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH-- Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, right, talks with Lawyer Mike Thomas as he announces he is running for Metairie-based District 5 seat on Jefferson Parish Council at Barreca's in Metairie, La. Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

The race to succeed Cynthia Lee-Sheng as the Jefferson Parish Council’s representative for Metairie-based District 5 has its first official candidate. Lawyer Mike Thomas — a Republican who served on the parish council as an interim appointee from April 2011 to January 2012 — announced on Tuesday that he will run for the District 5… Continue reading →