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Archbishop Rummel High School principal Michael Scalco to step down

Michael Scalco

The principal of Archbishop Rummel High School has tendered his resignation at the Metairie Catholic school, which has faced continued declining enrollment. Michael Scalco, who is also the school’s chief executive officer, informed the Archdiocese of New Orleans of his intention to step down after the current school year, though it’s… Continue reading →

Kenner police exercise Saturday will feature simulated gunfire, explosions

The Kenner Police Department is warning residents not to be alarmed Saturday at the sound of simulated gunfire, explosions, sirens, fire alarms and screaming that they may hear around John James Audubon Elementary School. The noises will be part of an exercise meant to test the department and other agencies on their response to “armed intruder”… Continue reading →

Harahan council rejects ordinances requiring online posting of budgets, contracts

The Harahan City Council on Thursday rejected three measures that proponents said would help increase transparency in the city’s government. A 3-2 council majority said the measures, proposed by Councilman Craig Johnston, would be either redundant or premature. The first ordinance would largely have duplicated the existing budgeting process, with the exception… Continue reading →

Plan would use up to $2 million in tax revenue for Gretna hotel site

Gretna has begun the process of creating an economic development district encompassing what is expected to become a three-hotel complex on 11 acres the city annexed from Jefferson Parish last year. Under a financing mechanism the City Council will vote on next month, three revenue streams from the development underway just north of the… Continue reading →

Kenner won’t pursue domestic violence case against Saints player Junior Galette

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) tackles Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) during the second quarter Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The misdemeanor domestic violence case against Saints pass rusher Junior Galette won’t be pursued in Kenner court, officials said Thursday night. Kenner City Attorney Michael Power said a prosecutor in his office specializing in domestic violence, Howie Peters, on Thursday morning interviewed Galette and four other people who were at Galette’s home on Jan. 5, when police… Continue reading →

Kenner officials drop case against Junior Galette; woman files suit accusing him of abusive relationship

Junior Galette

The misdemeanor domestic violence case against Saints pass rusher Junior Galette won’t be pursued in Kenner court, officials said Thursday night. That announcement came after the woman who alleged Galette attacked her at his home in Kenner last month filed a lawsuit in Jefferson Parish on Thursday that accused the Saints’ defensive co-captain in… Continue reading →

2 kicked out of Corps de Napoleon after throwing urine-specimen cups at parade

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --Confetti from the number five float, Louisiana Legends and Landmarks, fills the air during The Corps de Napoleon in Metairie on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Napoleon rolled with 26 floats and a theme of

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office stopped a Corps de Napoleon parade float on Sunday and found that two riders were throwing promotional drug-testing kits with advertising labels in violation of a parish ordinance, according to officials. Making matters worse, the promotional items were cups designed for the collection of urine samples. Deputies… Continue reading →

Gramercy man arrested in Kenner armed robbery

Darren Deroche

A 37-year-old Gramercy man was arrested Sunday evening and charged with armed robbery after a police officer saw him running from a Kenner service station. Kenner police Officer Chad Hoffmann saw the man flee the Shell Station at 2436 Williams Boulevard in a white Jeep Liberty. He followed the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop and arrested the… Continue reading →

Driver of parade tractor dies after being hit by suspected drunken driver

The driver of a tractor that was hit by an intoxicated motorist early Saturday morning following a Carnival parade died late Saturday night, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Don Dauzat, 52, of Marrero, was operating one of a group of tractors being repositioned following Friday night’s parades, said JPSO spokesman Glen T. Boyd. Dauzat… Continue reading →

Family blames jail for death of Jefferson Parish inmate

Provided by family.  --  Eric C. Suffal, Jefferson Parish inmate who died.

The family of a man who died in 2013 after a brief stay at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center claims in new court documents that authorities turned a blind eye to the inmate’s degenerating health and denied him medical treatment before he became brain dead in the jail. The inmate, Eric Suffal, 32, died at Interim… Continue reading →

Gretna to get downtown bus service, ferry study

Gretna is getting a downtown bus route for the first time since Hurricane Katrina, and parish officials have commissioned a transit study to look into bringing back ferry service connecting West Jefferson to downtown New Orleans. The two moves were part of a contract extension between Jefferson Parish and Transdev Services Inc. approved by the Parish… Continue reading →

Jury convicts Kenner man in 2010 block party shooting death

Tory Clark

A Jefferson Parish jury found Tory Clark guilty of second-degree murder Friday, handing down a verdict that will send the 20-year-old to jail for at least 35 years for the shooting death of Terrance Augustine near a Kenner block party in 2010. Clark, who was 15 at the time, could have been convicted of a lesser… Continue reading →

Kenner city offices to be without phone, computer services Monday

Several Kenner municipal offices will not have telephone or computer services Monday after a motorist on Friday night knocked down a power pole south of City Hall, officials said Sunday evening. In a news release, Kenner spokesman Bob Ross asked anyone needing to conduct municipal business on Monday to call (504) 468-7240 for temporary phone numbers… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish schools deputy superintendent applies for top job

About 30 days after the Jefferson Parish public school system began its search for a new superintendent, the outgoing superintendent’s hand-picked successor submitted the first application for the job. The system received an application from Deputy Superintendent Michelle Blouin-Williams on Wednesday evening, School Board President Cedric Floyd said. Applications must be postmarked by Thursday,… Continue reading →

Verbal agreement reached to lease West Jeff Medical Center for 45 years

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

LCMC Health and Jefferson Parish officials have verbally agreed on terms of a 45-year deal that would lease West Jefferson Medical Center to LCMC for $225 million and $340 million in capital improvements, officials said Wednesday. Jefferson Parish Council President Chris Roberts announced the agreement in principle a week after the council set a… Continue reading →

In pursuit of settlement, ex-Jefferson Parish administrator made unusual sacrifices

Heather Hilliard

While she pursued a wrongful-termination lawsuit against Jefferson Parish, emergency preparedness expert Heather Hilliard never stopped teaching a class as an adjunct professor in Tulane University’s Homeland Security Program. But to make ends meet, Hilliard also had to take a job at a retail store in Houston, six hours away by car. She would stay… Continue reading →

Jefferson council to consider legalizing ride-sharing services like UberX

Associated Press file photo by Julio Cortez -- Smartphones display Uber car availability in New York. Uber is offering car service in 250 cities in 50 countries now, up from 60 cities in 21 countries just a year ago.

When the City Council voted in September to allow the premium service known as Uber Black to operate luxury cars with professional drivers in New Orleans, many assumed it was only a matter of time before the cheaper, more widely used UberX service that involves individuals driving their own vehicles would follow. More than… Continue reading →

Ex-Jefferson School Board member: Board’s vote was meant to embarrass him

Mike Delesdernier

In December, at his last meeting as a Jefferson Parish School Board member, Michael Delesdernier voted in favor of reimbursing himself for legal fees he incurred in a case he opened against a colleague, but then he returned the check of $14,750.85 that he received as a result of the affair. A School Board… Continue reading →

Jefferson School Board rescinds check to ex-member for legal fees

Mike Delesdernier

About a month after the Jefferson Parish School Board permitted a now-ousted member to vote to reimburse himself for legal fees incurred in a case he opened against a colleague, the board decided Wednesday night to rescind a check of more than $14,000 generated by the affair. Michael Delesdernier in December voted to have taxpayers foot… Continue reading →