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Jefferson Parish deputies book 6 accused in scheme to make fake gas, credit and gift cards

Jesus Enrique Gonzalez Torres (Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)

Six residents of Florida caught seeking to retrieve two so-called credit card skimming devices attached to a gasoline station’s pumps near Harahan made dozens of counterfeit gasoline, credit and gift cards before Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested them over the weekend, authorities said Monday. Deputies booked five of the six on 98 counts each of… Continue reading →

Mike Yenni holds commanding lead in fundraising over Elton Lagasse as Jefferson Parish presidency race nears

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni delivered his state of the city address at the Chateau Country Club Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni amassed more than double in campaign contributions than Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse had with a little more than three months left in their race to become the next parish president. Yenni raised $182,400 to finish the three-month period ending July 16 with $212,166 in his campaign coffers,… Continue reading →

West Jefferson Medical Center’s estimated value drops by $50 million as lease negotiations continue

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

The estimated value of the public hospital in Marrero that Jefferson Parish is trying to lease to a private operator has dropped by $50 million based on new financial data, a consultant working on the deal has told parish officials. That in turn may affect how much LCMC Health is willing to pay the parish for… Continue reading →

Metairie man killed while working on dump truck in Kenner

A Metairie man was killed Thursday while working on a dump truck in Kenner, the Kenner Police Department said. Albert Brooks, 63, was working on a 1992 Peterbilt dump truck owned by Bennett Trucking Service at a work site on West 24th Street about 10:50 a.m., police said Brooks’ body was positioned between the… Continue reading →

Prosecution attacks defendant’s story in trial over 2013 double killing in Harvey

Prosecutors used cellphone tower tracking information and surveillance video Wednesday to attack Tavis Joseph’s claim that he was neither at the scene of a double murder in Harvey in August 2013 nor in the car that delivered his injured cousin to West Jefferson Medical Center. The jury also heard the woman Joseph said he was with… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish councilman defends plan to use BP money to pay for parish employees’ raises

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Ben Zahn, Jefferson Parish Councilman

Money from the recent oil spill settlement with BP could fund raises for Jefferson Parish employees almost to the end of 2019, with money left over for improvements throughout the parish, according to the parish councilman behind the plan. Councilman Ben Zahn introduced an ordinance earlier this month that would lift parish employees’ salaries by 5… Continue reading →

Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo awards ceremony reset for Aug. 13 after postponement

Advocate staff photo by John Ballance  --  Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo's 1st tarpon weighted in at 99 lbs 6ozs caught by Kurt Cheramie of  Houma Louisiana. Cheramie's son Corey caught the biggest tarpon in the 2013 Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo

After severe weather and power outages forced its postponement Saturday, the awards ceremony for this year’s International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo will be Thursday, Aug. 13, in Harvey, officials said. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the ceremony will start an hour later at Boomtown Casino, 4132 Peters Road. The awards were supposed… Continue reading →

Junior Galette booked for driving with an expired license, no brake tag in early July

Associated Press file photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- New Orleans outside linebacker Junior Galette

About three weeks before Junior Galette was released by the Saints on Friday, the embattled pass-rusher was busted for allegedly driving with an expired license and no brake tag on his car. A Causeway Police Department officer pulled over Galette’s green Mercedes-Benz at 2:49 p.m. July 7 at the corner of Jefferson Highway and… Continue reading →

Former longtime Kenner Councilwoman Sandra ‘Jeannie’ Black hit with ethics violation charge

A former Kenner City Council member faces state ethics charges for voting to give an engineering contract to a company her husband was doing work for at the time. The Louisiana Board of Ethics filed charges earlier this month against Sandra “Jeannie” Black, a Kenner councilwoman from 1994 to 2014. The Ethics Board… Continue reading →

Parish consultant, West Jefferson Medical Center officials differ over accuracy of financial statements; hospital may not have earned as much as claimed

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

A consultant advising Jefferson Parish in its efforts to lease a public hospital in Marrero to a private operator has told parish officials that the hospital has been providing numbers that were inaccurate and overly positive about its financial condition, emails obtained Monday by The New Orleans Advocate showed. West Jefferson Medical Center didn’t earn… Continue reading →

Severe weather, power outages postpone Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo awards ceremony

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- With a one pound White Trout, from left, a laughing Curtis Marcello and Jerry Ordoyne who caught the fish during the third and final day of the 2015 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

Severe weather and numerous power outages forced officials to postpone Saturday night’s International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo award ceremony. Both the ceremony and a prize drawing will be rescheduled at a later time, Jefferson Parish spokeswoman Kriss Fortunato said. She said people should stay tuned to the International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo’s… Continue reading →

Jefferson Councilman Elton Lagasse wants pay raises for parish employees — just not from using BP money, he says

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

Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse supports giving pay raises to parish government employees this year. He just doesn’t want to fund those raises with money from the recent oil spill settlement with BP, which a fellow councilman has proposed doing, Lagasse said Thursday in a statement. At a meeting Wednesday in Grand Isle, the Parish… Continue reading →

Kenner City Council approves plan to build NFL alumni-affiliated assisted living center in town

Kenner will be home to an assisted living center specializing in memory-loss treatment such as this one, shown in a rendering provided by the group Validus Senior Living out of Florida. The facility in Kenner will be among 33 being built in areas that are home to NFL teams. Validus is working with investment bank Piper Jaffray to spend $1.1 billion building the centers over the next five years. The NFL Alumni Association has struck a partnership with Validus as it erects the centers.

Kenner will become home to an expansive assisted living center that will specialize in treating memory loss and will be affiliated with a nonprofit dedicated to helping retired pro football players, the Kenner City Council has decided. At its meeting Thursday, the council unanimously approved a plan for Validus Senior Living to build a… Continue reading →

Jefferson President John Young trying to resolve financial dispute with IG’s Office

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jefferson parish Inspector General David McClintock.

At least for now, Jefferson Parish President John Young’s administration won’t take away the $40,000 it has said the parish Inspector General’s Office should pay to cover the cost of the 2011 election that led to the agency’s creation. Young told Parish Council members Wednesday that his staff and Inspector General David McClintock are… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish to use portion of BP settlement for 5 percent employee pay raises

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER --   Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse

Jefferson Parish government employees are likely to see some heftier paychecks, thanks to money from the recent oil spill settlement with BP. The Parish Council on Wednesday introduced an ordinance that would give 5 percent pay raises to almost all Jefferson government employees, retroactive to the beginning of this year. The ordinance,… Continue reading →

Old movie theatre near Esplanade Mall could become apartment complex, but some residents aren't happy about it

A Baton Rouge developer is eyeing a former movie theater property near the Esplanade Mall in Kenner for an apartment complex of three- and four-story buildings. The Gateway at Esplanade complex would have 265 one-, two- and three-bedroom units in three buildings plus 413 parking spaces, all on about nine acres, according to plans submitted to… Continue reading →

Kenner mayor: City’s financial future is healthy, thanks to BP settlement money, new airport terminal

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni delivered his state of the city address at the Chateau Country Club Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

Kenner is looking at flush times, Mayor Mike Yenni told the crowd at his annual State of the City speech on Tuesday, crediting a $9.3 million oil spill settlement with BP and a new terminal being built soon at Louis Armstrong International Airport. Yenni’s administration hasn’t outlined how it will use… Continue reading →

Inspector general knocks Jefferson Parish officials for giving away surplus vehicles

Advocate photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Jefferson Parish Inspector General David McClintock speaks before the Parish Council Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Contrary to parish policy, Jefferson Parish officials have been giving away surplus vehicles instead of trying to sell them or even appraise how much they are worth, according to a report published Tuesday by parish Inspector General David McClintock. In all, the IG found, Parish Council members approved the donation of 20 parish vehicles… Continue reading →

Pair get 28-year sentences after admitting they shot, robbed man in Metairie

From left to right, Christian Hernandez, Kevin Rivas and Leonardo Paredes Morales. Hernandez and Rivas pleaded guilty to armed robbery and attempted murder charges and were sentenced to 28 years in prison on Monday, July 20, 2015.

Two men received 28-year prison sentences Monday after admitting that they robbed and shot a man last year in Metairie, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Christian Hernandez, 21, and Kevin Rivas, 23, each pleaded guilty to charges of armed robbery and attempted second-degree murder in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna. They… Continue reading →

Kenner taking applications for first-time homebuyers assistance program

Kenner officials on Monday began accepting applications for a program designed to help first-time homebuyers with low and moderate incomes buy houses in the city. Successful applicants can win a grant of up to $35,000 to help purchase a home in Kenner with a maximum value of $180,000. Grants come in the… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish President John Young’s fundraiser draws U.S. presidential candidate Carly Fiorina

FILE - In this Saturday, April 25, 2015, file photo, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off, in Waukee, Iowa. Fiorina is set to launch her run for president on Monday, May 4, 2015, with the potential to help the Republican Party win over a more diverse group of supporters in 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Jefferson Parish President John Young on Thursday welcomed a marquee guest to a fundraiser benefitting his campaign to become Louisiana’s next lieutenant governor: U.S. presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Fiorina, a Republican and former Hewlett-Packard CEO, was primarily in New Orleans to attend a Thursday fundraiser in her benefit at the home of GOP political consultant… Continue reading →

Some residents in New Orleans, Jefferson lose power as heavy rains, thunderstorms move through area

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--The fido's fickle dilemma is that rain or shine you have to be walked as this canine and owner experience it during a jaunt down Canal Boulevard near Navarre Avenue while a storm rolls through in New Orleans, La. Monday, May 18, 2015.

Northwestern parts of both Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes are under a flood advisory until 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Doppler radar showed thunderstorms moving across those areas about 3:30 p.m., the Weather Service said. Forecasters expected the heavy rain to cause minor flooding in communities such as Harvey, Marrero, Timberlane, Avondale,… Continue reading →

Separate beautification, street repair projects about to ramp up on major Metairie thoroughfares

Photo provided by Jefferson Parish -- This location between Richland and and Cleary avenues along West Esplanade Avenue is part of the West Esplanade beautification project.

A project to beautify West Esplanade Avenue, one of Metairie’s main thoroughfares, will officially get underway Monday with a groundbreaking ceremony. Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng is spearheading the beautification project, which officials say will cost about $420,000 and should be completed in a little over three months. The project calls for lighting,… Continue reading →