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Girl, 17, jailed after allegedly performing sex acts with boy, 14, in Bonnabel classroom

Photo provided by Google Maps -- Alfred Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School

A 17-year-old girl was jailed Monday after she told a deputy that she and a 14-year-old boy had gone into a vacant classroom at Bonnabel Magnet Academy High School and performed sex acts on each other, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Tina Chong, a spokeswoman for the parish’s public school system, said… Continue reading →

Former State Rep. John LaBruzzo says Jefferson Parish Council may be where he attempts political comeback

Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig Former State Rep. John LaBruzzo, R-Metairie, at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La.., in June 2011.

Whenever he goes to the grocery store or brings his daughters to dance classes, former Louisiana State Rep. John LaBruzzo of Metairie says he hears the same question: When are you getting back into politics? The answer these days has been: Quite possibly for the Oct. 24 primary election for a Metairie-based seat on the Jefferson Parish… Continue reading →

High school student punched by Jefferson Parish deputy seeks more than $5 million in federal lawsuit

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Brady Becker stands with friends outside his home in Reserve. His face still carries the bruises from his arrest last Friday night by an undercover JPSO detective.

The mother of a high school student repeatedly punched in the face last month by a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy has filed a civil rights lawsuit, accusing Sheriff Newell Normand of promoting a culture in which deputies are rewarded for using excessive force. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, seeks… Continue reading →

Gretna council approves $17.6 million spending plan

The Gretna City Council unanimously approved a $17.6 million general-fund spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year at a special meeting Wednesday night. The action came with little discussion. The city projects general-fund revenue of $16.7 million, with the difference coming from revenue from Boomtown Casino. Total projected expenditures are down 5 percent… Continue reading →

Lagasse officially kicks off already-announced campaign for Jefferson president

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse in 2013.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse is through talking about the unconventional way he announced he’d run for the parish presidency this fall. Now that he has officially kicked off his campaign for the Oct. 24 primary, he’s focusing squarely on why he’s fit to become Jefferson Parish’s next chief executive — talk that invariably touches… Continue reading →

Jefferson council debates Uber ordinance but defers action

An ordinance that would govern the way companies such as Uber can operate in Jefferson Parish still isn’t ready, but discussion on the deferred item at Wednesday’s Parish Council meeting included accusations that drivers with the high-end Uber Black service are hustling work in-person in front of Louis Armstrong International Airport, which they aren’t supposed to do.… Continue reading →

Jefferson School Board selects Elmwood-based firm for $33 million in wireless technology upgrades

After debating the matter for nearly five hours, the Jefferson Parish School Board late Thursday night selected an Elmwood-based company to carry out about $33 million in upgrades meant to modernize the wireless computer system used by teachers and students in the district. Universal Data Inc. had been recommended by the board’s Executive Committee after… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish councilman endorses Kenner mayor in parish president’s race — over fellow parish councilman

Almost immediately after Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni on Wednesday officially announced he’d run to be the next president of Jefferson Parish in the Oct. 24 primary election, Parish Councilman Ben Zahn sent a statement to local reporters expressing his support for the newly-unveiled candidate. Under most circumstances, that might not raise too many eyebrows —… Continue reading →

Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni confirms he will run for Jefferson Parish president

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- Michael S. Yenni takes the oath of office for a second term as Kenner Mayor during the inauguration ceremonies at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, La. Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

Vowing to pursue improvements in the areas of economic development, education and law enforcement, Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni on Wednesday announced he will run for Jefferson Parish president this fall, ending speculation that has been surrounding him for months. Yenni, in his second term as Kenner’s mayor, has long said he wanted eventually to become… Continue reading →

Lieutenant governor’s forum recorded in Metairie to be broadcast Wednesday

Three of four candidates for lieutenant governor — including Jefferson Parish President John Young — participated in a forum recorded in Metairie last week, and residents will be able to watch it on WLAE-TV at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Organized by the Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association, the forum “offers voters the first introduction to those… Continue reading →

Former interim Jefferson councilman mulling run to represent Metairie-based district

Shortly after Jefferson Parish District 5 Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng announced she intended to run for an at-large seat in the Oct. 24 election, more than one political observer speculated that former interim Councilman Mike Thomas might try to succeed her. Thomas on Friday said he hadn’t yet made up his mind about his plans —… Continue reading →

Judge temporarily halts release of state audit of West Bank justice of the peace

A West Bank justice of the peace under investigation by the state Legislative Auditor’s Office was granted a court order Thursday temporarily blocking the release of a report that could outline alleged misuse of funds in his office. Patrick Dejean, of the Jefferson Parish 2nd Justice Court, who is being investigated along with his constable, Antoine… Continue reading →

Jefferson inspector general says parish overspends on constables, justices of the peace

Jefferson Parish’s inspector general issued a report Wednesday questioning how the parish compensates its constables and justices of the peace, some of whom report six-figure incomes from the job. It found the parish spends at least $500,000 a year more than is legally required and that it lacks a cohesive, meaningful assessment outlining the rationale for… Continue reading →

Louis Congemi, former Kenner mayor and ex-Jefferson councilman, says he’s running for a council seat

Former Kenner mayor and Jefferson Parish Councilman Louis Congemi knows he’s running for a Parish Council seat during the Oct. 24 elections. All that’s left is for him to decide whether it’ll be for one of the council’s two at-large seats or for the Metairie-based District 5 post that won’t have an incumbent defending it,… Continue reading →

Jefferson councilman Chris Roberts passes on parish president run, will seek re-election

Despite having considered a run to be the next president of Jefferson Parish, Chris Roberts said Monday he is going to seek re-election to his at-large seat on the Parish Council. Roberts’ fellow at-large councilman, Elton Lagasse, revealed Friday that he intends to run for the parish presidency in the Oct. 24 election.… Continue reading →