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Arrest made in connection to Monday’s fatal shooting in Harvey

A second-degree murder warrant has been issued for Jeremy Jay Ratliff.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested one man in connection with a murder that occurred Monday evening, and the agency is searching for two other suspects in the killing who are at large. Charley George, 28, was jailed Thursday on a count of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Chad Miller,… Continue reading →

Port of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish promise more cooperation in pursuing river commerce opportunities

In response to complaints that the agency has been neglecting Jefferson Parish, the Port of New Orleans’ board of commissioners agreed Thursday to establish a task force dedicated to increasing commerce along the Mississippi River in Jefferson. Officials said they are optimistic the action will help see the parish’s vacant riverfront land transformed into… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Visitors Bureau funding mechanism to remain unchanged

The Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday turned down a proposal to have hotel tax revenue for the Jefferson Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau go directly to that entity without passing through the parish’s coffers first. The effort, which would have needed state legislation to make it happen, was requested by the bureau last month but drew… Continue reading →

National accounting firm to examine West Jefferson hospital’s books after lease deal inaccuracies surface

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

The Jefferson Parish Council is turning to a national accounting firm to figure out why West Jefferson Medical Center’s financial books contained inaccurate data when the parish leased the publicly-owned hospital to a private operator last year. The council voted Wednesday to hire Ernst & Young to review “all financial aspects” of the agreement… Continue reading →

Vote over ordinance to regulate services like Uber, Lyft postponed by Jefferson Council despite objections

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Taxi Drivers including Muracin Brivil, foreground right, leading "What do we want? Justice!" chant, protest before a Jefferson Parish Council meeting in Kenner, La.  asking for the regulation of Uber and UberX drivers similar to the regulation of taxi drivers Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015.

Over the objections of taxi drivers, the Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday deferred a vote on new regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber. The ordinance the cab drivers wanted passed Wednesday largely is the same as a previous version they opposed. That one died a year ago when the council couldn’t get either… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish Council kills $40,000 in additional parish funding for Rickey Jackson youth center

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson greets Governor-elect John Bel Edwards before a Saints game against the Carolina Panthers in the Superdome on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.

Former Saints star Rickey Jackson’s center for troubled youth in Marrero will not receive an additional $40,000 from Jefferson Parish after a recently released audit criticized the way the facility handled previous allocations, the Parish Council decided Wednesday. The council’s decision came a year after the Internal Revenue Service revoked the tax-exempt status of… Continue reading →

Ex-Jefferson School Board aide files EEOC complaint against former board president

Cedric Floyd

The Jefferson Parish public school system appears likely to face a lawsuit over allegations that former School Board President Cedric Floyd verbally harassed an assistant last year before she resigned from her job. Former School Board staff secretary Sharon Hunter this month filed a discrimination charge against the school district with the Equal Employment… Continue reading →

Harahan council promises to act quickly on sandpit operator

The Harahan City Council appears poised to toughen regulation of a privately owned sandpit operation on the Mississippi River batture, just as the operator says it’s making some changes in the face of relentless criticism from nearby residents. The council first voted Thursday to defer for two months an amendment to the zoning ordinance that would… Continue reading →

'None of this is about health care': Jefferson Parish health clinics blame eviction on politics, legal disputes

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Jefferson Community Health Care Centers CEO Shondra Williams fields texts and calls about the closing of  the facility as Kimberly Rayford, DDS, center, and dental assistant Darvell Williams provide dental care to patient Ataria Bradley in Marrero, La. Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The Jefferson Parish Council voted to end the leases of the facilities and sent a notice for the businesses to leave within 30 days. The West Bank facility has leased the site for many years.

Leaders of a network of health clinics in Jefferson Parish say they face eviction from parish-owned buildings because they ended up on the wrong end of a legal dispute with a politically connected local attorney. Officials at Jefferson Community Health Care Centers say Parish Councilman Mark Spears decided to oust them from two parish buildings… Continue reading →

Victims in fatal Metairie crash ID'd, were fleeing earlier hit-and-run accident, authorities say

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- First responders at the scene of a reported fatal accident on the I-10 service road in Metairie on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Two women fleeing a hit-and-run accident Monday morning died after striking a utility pole in Metairie, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The crash killed driver Madison Comeaux, 24, of Metairie, and Jaclyn St. Romain, 38, of Slidell. Authorities said the blue Ford Mustang convertible that Comeaux was driving had been involved in… Continue reading →

Two people killed in morning accident on I-10 Service Road in Metairie

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker -- First responders at the scene of a reported fatal accident on the I-10 service road in Metairie on Monday, May 16, 2016.

Two people are dead following a traffic accident in Metairie on Monday morning, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. The wreck occurred in the vicinity of South Interstate 10 Service Road and Edenborn Avenue, the Sheriff’s Office said about 8:30 a.m. No other details were immediately available. Check back with The New Orleans Advocate for… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish sheriff offers new details on car theft ring, won’t name ex-politician allegedly involved

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Automobiles and parts are seen at 3030 Peoples Ave. in Gentilly in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, May 11, 2016. A Jefferson Parish grand jury indicted 13 men last week on charges of operating a massive auto theft and chop shop operation from 2009 to the present that caused more than $2.5 million in purported losses and allegedly involved an unnamed, unindicted former politician. Oliver ÔPawpawÓ Green is alleged to have operated a body shop at 3030 Peoples Avenue in Gentilly where stolen vehicles could be stripped or tagged.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Norman declined to identify a former politician allegedly involved in a massive auto theft and “chop shop” operation starting in 2009 that caused more than $2.5 million in purported losses. Norman held a news conference Friday to report new details and answer questions about the case. MORE TO COME. ---------------------------… Continue reading →

After leases for two clinics are ended, Jefferson health care provider says thousands of patients are at risk

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Jefferson Community Health Care Centers CEO Shondra Williams fields texts and calls about the closing of  the facility as Kimberly Rayford, DDS, center, and dental assistant Darvell Williams provide dental care to patient Ataria Bradley in Marrero, La. Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The Jefferson Parish Council voted to end the leases of the facilities and sent a notice for the businesses to leave within 30 days. The West Bank facility has leased the site for many years.

A health care provider said the well-being of thousands of impoverished patients could be at risk after the Jefferson Parish Council voted Wednesday to end leases letting the medical group operate clinics in a pair of parish-owned buildings, one on each side of the Mississippi River. Officials with the nonprofit Jefferson Community Health Care… Continue reading →

Former WWL-TV journalist Antwan Harris hired to be new Jefferson Parish spokesman

Antwan Harris

A four-month search for a new Jefferson Parish government public information officer ended this week when former WWL-TV news reporter and weekend anchor Antwan Harris was hired for the job. Parish President Mike Yenni announced on Monday that Harris would be the successor to former parish spokeswoman Kriss Fairbairn Fortunato, who left Jefferson in January.… Continue reading →

Will Gretna be next city to regulate Uber, Lyft within city limits?

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

The Gretna City Council may soon take up an issue that already has attracted a lot of attention from the New Orleans and Jefferson Parish councils: whether to pass an ordinance authorizing and regulating the operation of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft within the city limits. Gretna Councilman Joe Marino said he plans to… Continue reading →

Suspect in Clearview Mall armed robbery booked

Lasand Mansion

The suspect in an armed robbery late last month at Clearview Mall in Metairie has been booked, and deputies believe the holdup was not a random act. The victim and the suspect had arranged to meet in the mall parking lot for a private gun sale, using a website that has been described as Craigslist for… Continue reading →

East Jefferson General Hospital expands to St. Charles Parish, launching primary care clinic in Destrehan

Metairie’s East Jefferson General Hospital has opened the doors to a primary care clinic in St. Charles Parish that is similar to ones the publicly owned medical center runs in Kenner and Lakeview.  In a statement, hospital leaders said the new clinic at 159 Longview Drive in Destrehan is part of East Jefferson’s efforts to expand an… Continue reading →

Judge orders two youths removed from ‘unsafe,’ violent Bridge City detention center

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--The Bridge City Correctional Center in Westwego, La. is seen Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, after two juveniles, a 16-year-old from Iberville Parish and a 15-year-old from New Orleans, escaped early in the morning. A curved fence meant to prevent escapes was recently installed.

A judge has ordered state corrections officials to remove two youths from a troubled detention center in Jefferson Parish, declaring conditions at the Bridge City Center for Youth to be “unsafe.” Judge Mark Doherty, of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, told the state Office of Juvenile Justice to transfer the boys to another detention center because of… Continue reading →

'She was my child': Person of interest in Jorion White death acknowledges suspicion, denies involvement

Jorion White

Daniel Beckley would not open the door. It was Sunday night, and outside, there were maybe 100 people on the lawn who had just learned that 16-year-old Jorion White was dead. Some of them were accusing Beckley of murder. “He’s inside!” they shouted, according to a police report. “He killed her!” Beckley stayed put,… Continue reading →