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Man stabs father to death, wounds mother after argument over food, JPSO reports

A 32-year-old Mississippi man fatally stabbed his father and wounded his mother Wednesday night on the West Bank after an argument over food on Thanksgiving eve, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Spokesman Col. John Fortunato said officers were dispatched about 7:20 p.m. to a stabbing in the 800 block of Bellemeade Boulevard in unincorporated Gretna.… Continue reading →

What's next? After tax hike fails, some West Bank levees won’t be elevated

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- John R. Monzon, regional director of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West, steps over a protection fence along a section of levee in Marrero which is being compromised by feral hogs rooting for food. The fenced area shows no damage from hogs that can be found on other parts of the levee.

The West Bank’s flood protection authority will have to prioritize which sections of levee to elevate in the current round of levee lifts after West Jefferson voters Saturday rejected a 5.5-mill property tax increase for flood protection. Executive Director John Monzon said the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West will make decisions based on which levee sections… Continue reading →

Several Jefferson Parish officials on list of Vitter endorsements say they should not have been

John Bel Edwards, left, and David Vitter

At least five Republican politicians who turned up on a list of about 30 elected officials endorsing U.S. Sen. David Vitter in Saturday’s gubernatorial runoff say they should not have been included. Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser on Thursday said he actually was part of a group of 25 Jefferson Parish officials who Continue reading →

Terrytown’s Boudreaux Elementary to be closed Friday due to ventilation system problem

Thanksgiving holidays will begin early for students of Geraldine Boudreaux Elementary School in Terrytown, whose campus will be closed Friday because of a ventilation system problem. A heater strip in the ventilation system malfunctioned Thursday morning, causing an odor to spread throughout the school at 950 Behrman Highway, officials said. Maintenance… Continue reading →

West Bank flood protection authority defends itself against questions about spending

With a crucial millage election coming up Saturday, the West Bank’s flood protection authority has responded to criticism about its spending practices while marshaling support from a throng of organizations for its bid for higher property taxes to help maintain levees and other flood-fighting infrastructure. The ballot measure in West Jefferson would add 5.5 mills to… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish School Board approves $50 million in repairs to more than 60 campuses

The Jefferson Parish School Board has approved more than $50 million in critical repairs or upgrades to 65 school campuses across the parish as it works to maintain an aging portfolio of buildings and catch up on some long-deferred maintenance. The top-priority repairs, mainly meant to modernize buildings and address safety issues, will be funded with the… Continue reading →

West Jefferson Medical Center recognized as Joint Commission ‘Top Performer’

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero earned recognition for excellent surgical care and treatment of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, care provided to mothers and their babies during the period around childbirth, and a disease that causes deep vein thrombosis as well as pulmonary embolism, hospital officials announced Wednesday. The hospital’s performance in those… Continue reading →

West Jefferson flood protection millage proposal attracting last-minute criticism

For months, the West Bank’s flood protection authority has been holding forums and meetings with voters, preaching a seemingly noncontroversial message about the millage proposal that will go before West Jefferson voters on Nov. 21: Flood protection is essential, and a newly beefed-up system needs a dedicated revenue source to keep it in top form.… Continue reading →

Uber, Jefferson Parish officials in talks to settle ongoing legal feud

FILE - In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Jefferson Parish officials and the popular ride-hailing service Uber were expected to fight it out in court on Thursday. Instead, they returned to the negotiating table to work on a deal that would allow Uber to operate in Jefferson legally. It’s too early to say what type of conditions Uber may be asked to… Continue reading →

Aside from employee raises, not much new in Jefferson Parish’s proposed $607 million budget for 2016

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Outgoing Jefferson Parish President John Young, pictured here in 2012.

A 5 percent cost-of-living raise for about 3,200 Jefferson Parish government employees highlights the $607 million budget that Parish President John Young’s administration is proposing for 2016. The Parish Council is expected to vote on the budget next month, which will be Young’s last as Jefferson’s president. He will be succeeded in January by… Continue reading →

East Jefferson High School to be closed Monday and Tuesday because of electrical issues

East Jefferson High School in Metairie will be closed Monday and Tuesday because of “electrical issues,” according to the Jefferson Parish public school system. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Branley said the problem is a “subsurface issue” and that neither students nor staff should report to the school on Phlox Avenue. Schools Superintendent Isaac Joseph will meet… Continue reading →

Two men found guilty on 11 counts in Harvey Hustlers trial, but jury deadlocks on murder charge

A Jefferson Parish jury of nine women and three men deadlocked Friday night on whether to convict Alcus “Bug” Smith of second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting of Donte Hall in Marrero. But while 10 of the 12 jurors couldn’t agree on that charge, they delivered guilty verdicts on the remaining 11 counts of racketeering, drug… Continue reading →

50 percent raises for Kenner mayor, police chief proposed after research shows some smaller cities pay more

Kenner Councilman Keith Conley

Kenner Councilman Keith Conley knows that raising the salaries of the city’s mayor and police chief by more than half is likely to be unpopular with some residents. But he’s proposing it anyway, citing research conducted by the city that showed similar officials in nearby municipalities earn bigger salaries despite having fewer constituents. “Our duty… Continue reading →

Area residents concerned over noise, privacy, drainage issues for new apartment complex approved in Kenner

After months of negotiations among city officials, developers and neighbors, a split Kenner City Council on Thursday approved a controversial plan to build a large, upscale apartment complex on the site of a former movie theater near the Esplanade Mall. The Kenner Planning Commission had recommended in August that the council allow construction to… Continue reading →

Act of retaliation, or way to prevent conflicts of interest? Jefferson Parish Council rivals disagree on new ordinance

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts

Either it was a bare-knuckles act of retaliation against a consultant who worked for a rival politician, or it was an honest attempt to prevent conflicts of interest. Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts insists that his latest ordnance, which the council approved this week, is entirely about the latter. It bars people who work for election campaigns… Continue reading →

Convicted killer says Harvey Hustlers defendant paid him $10,000 for 2011 murder

Convicted killer Raheem Robinson took the stand in a Gretna courtroom Wednesday and testified that Robert “Lil Rob” Williams paid him $10,000 to shoot Albert Bullock in the head in front of a Waggaman daiquiri shop in January 2011. Williams is on trial in 19th Judicial District Court on racketeering, drug and gun charges along with… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish President-Elect Mike Yenni selects transition team ahead of taking office in January

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- Michael S. Yenni takes the oath of office for a second term as Kenner Mayor during an inauguration ceremony at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Yenni was elected on Saturday to become the next president of Jefferson Parish in January.

Jefferson Parish’s registrar of voters and a Kenner city councilman are among the five members of a soon-to-be-announced team that will help Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni transition into the position of Jefferson Parish president after his victory during the Oct. 24 election. The team includes Jefferson voters registrar Dennis DiMarco — who for years was… Continue reading →

Relocation of several Jefferson Parish polling places proved unpopular with some voters at Oct. 24 primary

Advocate photo by SOPHIA GERMER -- Dwayne Butler comes out of the voting booth at Baptist Seminary in Gentilly during Election day in New Orleans, Saturday October 24, 2015.

People often loathe change, and Jefferson Parish’s decision to relocate more than two dozen polling precincts ahead of the Oct. 24 primary apparently was no exception. Several residents who went to the Parish Council meeting Wednesday raised numerous complaints about the new polling sites the parish selected in response to a lawsuit alleging that… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Council votes to spend $15 million of $35 million BP settlement on coastal restoration, flood protection initiatives

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Ricky Templet

The Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to dedicate $15 million from the parish’s BP oil spill settlement to coastal restoration and flood protection initiatives and to split the remaining $20 million among four council districts. The vote was a compromise reached after about four months of debate on whether to give all… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish pays back $26,400 in federal grant money, but figure could have been $1.4 million

Although Jefferson Parish faced the possibility of having to pay back $1.4 million in federal housing and community development money it could not account for following an audit last year, the parish ultimately paid back just $26,400 after coming up with documentation supporting the way it spent most of the questioned money, officials said Tuesday.… Continue reading →

Elections of Lee-Sheng, Van Vrancken mark milestones for women in Jefferson Parish politics

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Councilwoman, District 5 in Kenner, La. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.

It has taken a long time for a woman to be elected to a major parishwide office in Jefferson Parish. So long, in fact, that by the time Cynthia Lee-Sheng won an at-large Parish Council seat recently without drawing any opposition, women holding major offices had become so commonplace elsewhere that she didn’t even realize she had made… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish prosecutors file charges against high school student punched by undercover deputy

Detective Nick Breaux of  the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office throws a punch at 17 year old Brady Becker in the Lakeside Shopping Center parking garage.

Prosecutors in Jefferson Parish have filed misdemeanor charges against Brady Becker, the high school student whose controversial arrest this year prompted a federal civil rights investigation into whether a plainclothes deputy used excessive force. The District Attorney’s Office rejected three of the counts Becker was booked on in February, including battery of a police officer and… Continue reading →

Metairie coach accused of sexually abusing boys faces new counts of producing, possessing explicit images of underage boy

James Prince

A Metairie youth sports coach suspected of sexually abusing five men when they were boys is facing more allegations after investigators discovered explicit images of a sixth boy, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Friday. It appears that James Prince, 44, took the photographs, which show a boy who was between 10 and 14 at the… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish library branch in Waggaman to close Nov. 4 for renovations

The Jefferson Parish Live Oak Library branch, 125 Acadia Drive, Waggaman, will be closed from Nov. 4 until early next year so crews can carry out $250,000 worth of renovations, officials said this week. Library patrons are asked instead to use the Edith S. Lawson branch, 635 Fourth St., Westwego, or the Rosedale branch, 4036 Jefferson… Continue reading →