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Man to stand trial in 2013 Metairie carjacking

Daryle Guillot

A man with the word “REDRUM,” a variant of “murder” backward, tattooed across his forehead will stand trial in Jefferson Parish for allegedly carjacking a woman last year in Metairie. Daryle Guillot, 38, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for attempting to rob a woman in New Orleans with a knife, but he will be tried… Continue reading →

Man’s family sues Kenner police over allegedly wrongful death

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Lisa White, the sister of Don White, left, and Adrian Gaines a long time family friend of the Whites don't understand why Don White was shot by a Kenner Police Officer while talking outside his home in Gentilly Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. White later died from the shooting and was shot by a Kenner Police Officer after White allegedly began driving a stolen car towards the officer.

The family of a suspected car thief who was fatally shot by Kenner police last year has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the city and several unnamed officers. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court, claims Kenner police violated the civil rights of Don White, 24, and used excessive force in “attempting to frame… Continue reading →

Costly dispute over Gretna fence continues to drag through court

Scott Schlegel

It started with a fence that City Hall said was 2 feet too tall, but an ongoing dispute between a Gretna lawyer and the city is now known mostly for how high the legal bills have piled up after three years in court. The city reportedly has spent $200,000 on the litigation thus far, and Mark… Continue reading →

Coming soon: design guidelines for Kenner’s Rivertown district

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Kenner's Rivertown on Williams Boulevard.

Kenner may not have developers beating down its doors to build high-rise condominiums in Rivertown just yet, but the city is nonetheless taking steps to preserve the district’s charm. The Tulane Regional Urban Design Center has a $15,000 contract with the city to come up with design guidelines by the end of the year… Continue reading →

Coyote sightings on increase in Gretna

In this Oct. 6, 2014, photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, two coyote pups are seen in the tall grass at the Queens Zoo in New York. There has been an increase in sightings of coyotes in the Gretna area. (AP Photo/Wildlife Conservation Society, Julie Larsen Maher)

Gretna residents are seeing more coyotes and calling their City Council members about them, but local trapper Chuck Parker cautioned Wednesday night that the animals are not about to disappear and actually have some benefits for humans. Parker, who owns a wildlife control business, was asked to brief the Gretna council because of the… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish leaders focus on jobs, infrastructure in annual address

 Jefferson Parish President John Young

Jefferson Parish has made big strides with limited resources in recent years, but it must continue to focus on workforce and infrastructure development in order to meet the challenges of the next decade. That was the message delivered Wednesday by Jefferson Parish President John Young and Parish Council Chairman Elton Lagasse in their annual “State of… Continue reading →

Harahan police phones to be offline Thursday morning

The Harahan Police Department’s non-emergency phone lines will be down early Thursday morning while Cox Communications performs maintenance on the system, Chief Tim Walker said. Residents who need to speak with someone at the department between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday should call 911 rather than the direct line to the department, Walker said.… Continue reading →

Denapolis-Bosarge wins re-election in Jefferson School Board’s District 9 race

In a repeat of the 2010 election, Sandy Denapolis-Bosarge once again defeated Gene Katsanis in a race for the Jefferson Parish School Board’s District 9 seat Tuesday night. This year’s race was a mirror image of four years ago, when Denapolis-Bosarge challenged Katsanis, then the incumbent, for the seat. On Tuesday, Denapolis-Bosarge - a former… Continue reading →

Jeff School Board member Larry Dale wins re-election in race against union president

Incumbent Jefferson Parish School Board member Larry Dale, a member of the business backed majority that took control of the board in 2010, won his re-election bid Tuesday night, fighting off a challenge from Jefferson Federation of Teachers President Meladie Munch in a race that served as a metaphor for the larger battle between the union and the… Continue reading →

Dale maintains lead in race for re-election to Jefferson School Board District 6

Jefferson Parish School Board member Larry Dale maintained a strong lead over Meladie Munch, the president of the Jefferson Federation of Teachers, as results poured in Tuesday night. With 27 out of 30 precincts reporting, Dale had almost 56 percent of the vote. A total of 6,169 voters cast ballots for him, 1,316 votes more than Munch.… Continue reading →

Incumbent School Board member Denapolis-Bosarge takes early lead in District 9 race

Incumbent Jefferson Parish School Board member Sandy Denapolis-Bosarge maintained a lead over Gene Katsanis, the former school board member she beat for the District 9 seat four years ago, as the first precincts reported results Tuesday night. With 3 out of 22 precincts reporting, Denapolis-Bosarge had 1,259 votes, or about 53 percent of the total, while Katsanis… Continue reading →

Challenger has nearly double votes of Jefferson School Board District 8 incumbent in first precincts

Marion “Coach” Bonura, a retired teacher, had nearly twice as many votes as incumbent Jefferson Parish School Board member Mike Delesdernier as the first precincts in the District 8 race came in Tuesday night. With 7 out of 35 precincts reporting, Bonura had 1,134 votes, or about 65 percent of the total, while Delesdernier had just 35… Continue reading →

Doucet takes narrow lead over Jefferson School Board member Jacobs in District 7 race

Political newcomer Melinda Doucet had a narrow lead over Jefferson Parish School Board member Mark Jacobs as the first precincts reported results in the school board’s District 7 race Tuesday. Doucet had 2,050 votes with 14 out of 33 precincts reporting, giving her a 23-vote lead over Jacobs. Trailing both those candidates was Jo Ann Scott with… Continue reading →

Dale takes early lead in re-election bid in Jeff Parish School Board District 6 race

Incumbent Jefferson Parish School Board member Larry Dale took an early lead over Jefferson Federation of Teachers President Meladie Munch as the first returns rolled in Tuesday night. With 16 out of 30 precincts reporting, Dale - a member of the business backed majority that has controlled the school board since 2010 - had 3,071 votes, or… Continue reading →

Urban planners target Oakwood Center area on West Bank

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Oakwood Center, a shopping mall in Terrytown Thursday, October 30, 2014.

The Oakwood Center area may not be the first place that leaps to mind when you think of “smart growth” or “new urbanism,” those favorite buzzwords of planners eager to free American cities from their dependence on the automobile. It’s anchored by a mall, lies in the shadow of an elevated expressway and is dominated by… Continue reading →

Three West Bank seats on Jefferson School Board up for grabs

Rickeem Jackson, candidate for Jefferson Parish School Board

The competition for seats on the Jefferson Parish School Board has played out as a struggle between candidates backed by Jefferson business groups and those running with the support of the local teachers union, which has gotten a big financial assist from the American Federation of Teachers, its national counterpart. Voters will decide Tuesday among… Continue reading →

Four lawyers seeking open Jefferson Parish judgeship

Thomas Anzelmo

Division O is one of two open seats on the 24th Judicial District Court bench attracting the interest of several attorneys seeking to don the robe and serve on the Jefferson Parish judiciary.… Continue reading →

One Jefferson School Board member ordered to stay away from another

Michael Delesdernier

Jefferson Parish School Board member Michael Delesdernier has succeeded in securing a court order preventing board member Cedric Floyd from coming within 3 feet of him. Judge Nancy Miller, of 24th Judicial District Court, on Monday granted Delesdernier a preliminary injunction barring Floyd from approaching him. The injunction stems from a closed-door meeting held… Continue reading →

Candidates seeking Jefferson Parish judgeships

Adrian Adams

Sitting judges typically don’t draw challengers if they decide to run again, and that custom held true with one exception this year in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, where two empty seats attracted seven hopefuls and one judge drew a challenger from a case over which he recently presided. Judge Robert Pitre in… Continue reading →