A Jefferson Parish vice detective and expert on human trafficking testified in court Thursday that texts, social media posts, online classified ads and hotel room receipts suggest that Adam Littleton was acting as Jasilas Wright’s pimp in the mont…
Thursday, July 27, 2017
In a ruling with somewhat paradoxical implications for Kenner politics, a federal judge has barred Kenner officials from enforcing a City Charter provision that forbids political activity by unclassified city employees who work at the mayor's pleasure.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Jefferson Parish jurors on Wednesday heard the anguished screams of Jasilas Wright’s mother two years ago as it dawned on her that a body found on Interstate 10 earlier that morning was likely her daughter’s.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Seven members of the infamous “39’ers” street gang, which was accused of 14 killings between 2010 and 2011, were given life sentences by a federal judge this week.
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman and Clerk of Criminal District Court Arthur Morrell were returned to office this week after their opponents in the Oct. 14 primary were disqualified by the courts.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Kendell Cagler, a 36-year-old Lacombe man, was found guilty by a jury last week of armed robbery for stealing a car from a female acquaintance, according to a spokeswoman for 22nd Judicial District Attorney Warren Montgomery.
A man and woman accused of killing a man then dumping his body in a Central City elevator shaft pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Monday.
Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman appears to be set to cruise to a fourth full term in office after a judge on Monday disqualified his sole challenger.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Sunday, July 23, 2017
A St. Charles Parish resident was found guilty of murder last week in a case stemming from a Christmas night killing in Hahnville in 2014.
After spending a half-century serving life without parole for a murder committed as a teenager, Henry Montgomery is now preparing for a parole hearing, a shot at freedom capping years of litigation over a case that stretched from a Baton Rouge dis…
Friday, July 21, 2017
A federal judge this week rejected pleas for new trials by all 10 "39'ers" gang members who were convicted in a blockbuster trial early this year, clearing the way for their sentencing next week.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
A Marrero man who subscribes to the obscure and legally futile concept of “sovereign citizenship” was sentenced this week by a Jefferson Parish judge to 17 years in prison after being convicted in June on drug and weapons charges.
A New Orleans grand jury on Thursday handed up charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the fatal stabbing of his boyfriend inside the victim's French Quarter home earlier this year.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
A veteran lawman assigned to a New Orleans-based federal drug task force pleaded guilty Thursday to pocketing thousands of dollars seized during drug raids, admitting to significantly reduced charges in a clear indication that he is cooperating wi…
A New Orleans jury on Wednesday acquitted two men charged with the 2014 slaying of a 16-year-old boy near the former Desire housing project.
Craig Taffaro, the recently retired chief deputy to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand, was charged in federal court Thursday with tax evasion and filing a false tax return.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Police found another person's DNA on Darryl Bannister's iPhone after one of two masked gunmen dropped it outside a Hollygrove gas station where rapper BTY Young'N was slain on April 29, a New Orleans homicide detective testified Wednesday.
A convicted Louisiana rapist on Texas' "Most Wanted" sex offender list pleaded guilty Wednesday in Baton Rouge federal court to failing to register and update his registration as a sex offender, acting U.S. Attorney Corey Amundson reported.
Standing outside the home where his father had been shot to death the day before, Herbert Meyers III told a wild story: Having arrived at the house to find his father shot to death, he grabbed an AK-47 that he had stashed in his truck, ran back in…
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
A defense attorney said Tuesday that his client lied when he tried to pin the fatal shooting of his father in a Lakefront home on a pair of burglars in 2015.
The swift arrest of Darryl "Dino" Bannister in an April 29 gun attack that left local rapper BTY Young'N dead outside a Hollygrove gas station came at an opportune time for the New Orleans Police Department's beleaguered homicide squad.
The key witness to the brutal slaying of a 16-year-old boy near the former Desire housing development in 2014 changed his story too many times to be credible, defense attorneys argued Tuesday.
An Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judge will allow a woman accused of killing her two children inside a dilapidated Gert Town apartment in 2012 to waive her right to a trial by jury.
Monday, July 17, 2017
After Ann Graff, a 92-year-old nursing home patient with severe dementia, ended up with a black eye and couldn't explain how she got it, her daughter asked permission to place a video camera in Graff's room — a request the nursing home denied.
The trial of a man who is accused of concocting a story about a home invasion to cover up the murder of his father began with jury selection Monday in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office has hired a longtime advocate for criminal justice defendants to oversee efforts to reduce the jail population in Orleans Parish.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Scharlette Holdman, a pioneering death penalty opponent devoted to exploring and telling the life stories of people facing execution, died Wednesday of cancer at her home in New Orleans. She was 70.
In 2014, Thayer Green faced life in prison without parole when he was sentenced as a habitual offender for a non-fatal home invasion, second-degree battery and simple robbery of the mother of his child. Green was 17 at the time of the crime.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
The dusky gopher frog is an unimpressive-looking little creature: small, shy, covered with warts and facing likely extinction unless its habitat can be expanded.
Friday, July 14, 2017
The fight over Kenner's regulations for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft appeared to be dead after the City Council passed a new law covering the companies in June, but it turns out it was just hibernating.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office refused a rape charge against a man who was arrested after his accuser came forward to the media to talk about the case on Friday.
Citing an ineffective trial lawyer, an Orleans Parish Criminal District Court judge on Friday ordered a new trial for a man convicted of second-degree murder in a 2004 shooting outside a Gentilly gas station.
A federal judge in New Orleans has sentenced a Slidell mother-and-son team to hefty prison sentences over a scheme to defraud Medicare for bogus psychological services for nursing home patients in Louisiana and three other states.
A Marrero man is under suspicion of theft and illegal weapon possession after admitting that he stole four of his grandfather's guns and pawned them to fund his heroin addiction, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said Friday.
Update, July 18, 2017: A court affidavit supporting the warrant to arrest Vickie Pryor showed she had cocaine in her system when she crashed her car in New Orleans East on Aug. 10, 2016, killing Carl LaRosa. Pryor was arrested Thursday, July 18, 2…
A Criminal District Court judge Friday denied a bid by lawyers for alleged cop killer Travis Boys to suppress evidence from his initial arrest, which came before the shooting of New Orleans Police Department Officer Daryle Holloway.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted Armande Tart on four counts of first-degree murder for a quadruple killing in a Metairie apartment complex in March.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Michael Baugh said that at first, he did not think anything of the blue lights flashing near his Central Business District barber shop. But not long afterward, he and a State Police trooper were in a hospital.
A 40-year-old man who had been an inmate at the New Orleans jail for a day and a half died after suffering a seizure at the facility Wednesday.
City prosecutors on Wednesday raised the ante in their case against businessman and mayoral candidate Frank Scurlock over an incident involving a New Orleans police officer.
A Jefferson Parish jury found Wednesday that former New Orleans Saints star pass rusher Junior Galette did not intentionally assault a woman in his Kenner home in 2015 or cause her physical and psychological injury.
A six-person jury early Wednesday convicted Kenneth Landrieu of pulling a gun on another motorist while threatening to have him arrested in a 2015 road rage incident.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that Kenneth Landrieu whipped out a handgun during a confrontation on a Lower Garden District street in September 2015. But they disagree on whether he was acting out of road rage or as a civic-minded reserv…
New Orleans police have named a "person of interest" in the April slaying of local rapper BTY Young'N, a case that already has led to the arrest of one man.
Alleged cop killer Travis Boys plans to offer a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, according to a motion his lawyers have filed in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.