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Fired Kenner inspector can have job back, board rules

The Kenner Civil Service Board has reinstated a city employee fired in May, finding that his dismissal — officially blamed on reckless driving — was in fact “arbitrary and … without reasonable cause.” Joey Metzler, an electrical inspector with Kenner’s Code Enforcement Department who was fired on March 25, will be reinstated with back pay after… Continue reading →

Firm drops plan to add oil storage tanks at Marrero plant

A petroleum distribution company has dropped plans to add more storage tanks as part of an overhaul of its Marrero facility. Magellan Midstream will go forward with other aspects of the project but not the addition of 13 tanks to the 53 that are already on the property, company spokesman Tom Byers told the Jefferson Parish… Continue reading →

Jefferson School Board races pit candidates backed by competing groups

Gene Katsanis

Residents on Jefferson Parish’s East Bank will essentially be presented with a referendum on the parish School Board as they go to the polls on Nov. 4. The five East Bank races are primary battlegrounds in an electoral fight between board members backed by business groups — including the Jefferson Chamber and Jefferson Business Council —… Continue reading →

Plans for new Levee District building in Kenner to be restudied

Officials will re-evaluate plans for a new East Jefferson Levee District headquarters in Kenner after hearing opposition from residents worried that the project would create problems for neighbors and for mourners at nearby historic cemeteries. The new building is planned for an area of south Kenner next to two traditionally African-American burial… Continue reading →

Would you believe? Jefferson Performing Arts Center is nearly finished

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The Jefferson Performing Arts Center, is nearing completion after 7 years of work Monday, October 13, 2014.

In a development that many people in Jefferson Parish probably thought would never happen, construction teams are putting the final touches on the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Workers are installing carpeting and making other minor additions. Cleaning crews are moving through the building, wiping down the glass panels that permeate the design. On the stage, crews… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy shoots bank robbery suspect after chase

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office personnel investigate scene where a deputy chased a bank robbery suspect into the Lincolnshire subdivision in Marrero. A deputy shot the suspect in the leg after he crashed his getaway vehicle into a house in the 1200 block of Constantine St. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2014.

A suspected bank robber was shot in the leg after he leveled a gun at a Jefferson Parish deputy following a brief chase Thursday morning, the Sheriff’s Office said. Brandon Gray, 38, of Marrero, was taken to Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans for treatment before being booked, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.… Continue reading →

Kenner Housing Authority rapped in new state report

A report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office released Monday found about two dozen problems with the Kenner Housing Authority’s 2012 financial statements, including missing documentation, inadequate controls and incomplete records. The report also includes the findings of two reports from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued earlier… Continue reading →

Kenner charter revision committee sets meetings schedule

Kenner’s Charter Advisory Committee has scheduled meetings to come up with recommended changes to the city’s charter. The group — which is made up of representatives appointed by the mayor, City Council members and the chief of police — will meet in the council chambers at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month, although this… Continue reading →

Marrero man fatally shot outside Metairie apartment complex

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies and investigators survey a crime scene of a shooting death of man in the 2400 block of Pasadena Avenue in Metairie, La. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.  Sheriff Newell Normand reports around 9:40 Tuesday night residents and 4th District Officers in the area heard gunfire in the area. Once on the scene they discovered an unidentified black male lying between two apartment buildings. The man was unconscious and pronounced dead on the scene. The victim was shot multiple times as he walked to his pickup truck.

A 35-year-old Marrero man was gunned down outside a Metairie apartment complex Tuesday night, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Karlton Charles was visiting his girlfriend at the complex in the 2400 block of Pasadena Avenue before the shooting happened, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. Witnesses told detectives that Charles was walking to his… Continue reading →

JPSO investigates possible murder, suicide in Marrero

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--An ATF agent and Jefferson Parish Sheriff Deputies and Jefferson Parish Fire Department officers survey the scene at 1705 Jutland where a women was found dead by what appeared to be stab wounds and a man was found lying on a knife nearby in Marrero, La. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. The man, who was badly burned, was still alive and is now being treated at Interim LSU Hospital for slash wounds to his neck, JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a possible murder and attempted suicide on Jutland Drive in Marrero, where firemen burst through the back door of a burning house shortly after 1 p.m. Monday to find a dead woman on the floor and a man lying on top of a knife in a nearby hallway. The… Continue reading →