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JPSO joins Fat City revitalization with plans for new station

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   Fat City, Edenborn Avenue at 18th Street, photographed Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Metairie.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will build a new $4.8 million district station in Fat City, a development that proponents of the neighborhood’s nascent revival hail as a validation of recent successes and a harbinger of more to come. Sheriff Newell Normand, Parish Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng and others gathered Thursday for a news conference next to… Continue reading →

Jefferson council seeking to limit IG’s access to its records

The Jefferson Parish Council is moving again to restrict Inspector General David McClintock’s access to records that could fall under the umbrella of attorney-client privilege, inflaming a long-simmering fight between the watchdog and some council members. The latest clash resurrects a dispute that dates back to last fall, though with a slightly different focus: concern by… Continue reading →

Harahan mayor disputes audit’s findings

Harahan spent more than 8 percent over its budget and bought police cars without seeking bids last year — issues that potentially violate state laws, according to an audit of the city’s finances. Harahan Mayor Vinny Mosca disputed those findings Monday even as Councilwoman Cindy Murray, one of his most vocal critics, said they were a… Continue reading →

Union fate could rest on election

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Jefferson Parish School Board candidates for District 6, Meladie Munch, right, and Larry Dale, left, take part in a debate organized by the Alliance for Good Government at the Harahan Senior Center in Harahan, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014.

For almost four years, a slim majority on the Jefferson Parish School Board, backed by business and civic groups, has been at war with the union that represents the system’s teachers. They have clashed over teacher assessments, layoffs, pay and the collective bargaining agreement that sets the terms of employment for the more than 3,000 educators… Continue reading →

Officer recovering, one suspect jailed after shooting during Gretna drug bust

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Arthur S. Lawson, Jr. Chief of Police of the City of Gretna Police Department talks discusses a surveillance video where two suspects were shot and police officer was shot in the abdomen while wearing a vest in Gretna La. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

A day after a shooting during an attempted drug bust in Gretna, an officer who was struck by a bullet was home recovering Wednesday, while one suspect remained hospitalized and another was released and booked into the Jefferson Parish jail. Meanwhile, investigators continued to try to determine whether either of the suspects, Darryl Johnson… Continue reading →

Gretna police officer, two others shot

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Gretna Police officer shot at Claire Ave and West Bank Expressway in a strip mall by a Vietnamese in Gretna, La. Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

What a group of undercover officers hoped would be a quick and routine arrest of two suspected heroin dealers Tuesday afternoon in Gretna quickly turned into a frantic effort by the men to escape. It ended with them, and one officer, leaving the scene in ambulances after being shot. The officer was not seriously wounded because… Continue reading →

Ames Boulevard, Carol Sue Avenue to get drainage work

Widening drainage project map

Contractors will begin work Tuesday on a two-year, $6.3 million street-widening and drainage project on a half-mile stretch of Ames Boulevard in Marrero. The stretch involved is a predominantly residential portion south of Barataria Boulevard. Crews with Barriere Construction Co. will replace the concrete pavement, add a center turning lane and eliminate the steep roadside… Continue reading →

Jefferson judge re-elected when opponent withdraws

Jefferson Parish Juvenile Court Judge Ann Murry Keller was automatically re-elected Thursday when her lone opponent withdrew from the race. Keller was the only one of the parish’s three Juvenile Court judges to draw an opponent in the Nov. 4 election when Jennifer Guillot Womble qualified to run for her seat. Womble, an attorney specializing… Continue reading →

Interim city attorney named in Kenner

The Kenner City Council approved Michael J. Power as interim city attorney Thursday. He will fill the post held by Louis Gruntz, who died last week. Power was a partner in Ansardi, Maxwell & Power, which worked for the city for two decades until 2006. The firm has since disbanded, and Power now has his own… Continue reading →

14-year-old Bonnabel High School student slashed in face with razor

A student at Alfred Bonnabel High School in Kenner was slashed in the face with an eyebrow razor Thursday morning by another student who told authorities her victim had bullied her. The slashing victim, a 14-year-old girl from Kenner, was taken to Ochsner Medical Center just before 9 a.m. Her injuries were not life-threatening.… Continue reading →

Jefferson School Board: Use performance to decide on teacher layoffs

The Jefferson Parish School Board is using a court ruling in California as a springboard to ask state lawmakers to support a constitutional amendment that would allow the school district to use performance, rather than seniority, when deciding which teachers to lay off. The measure, which calls for a constitutional right to an effective teacher, drew… Continue reading →

Westwego to hire expert to review City Hall plans

Westwego will hire an outside expert to review the plans for a new $3.3 million City Hall building to minimize the risk of change orders inflating the cost once construction gets underway, the City Council decided Wednesday night. At a special meeting called to discuss the project, the council unanimously approved a resolution proposed by Councilman Glenn… Continue reading →