The Latest: Entergy to pay $5M penalty; can build plant
A utility giant can go ahead with a planned gas-fired power plant in eastern New Orleans but will pay a $5 million penalty in the wake of a scandal involving actors who were paid to express phony support for the project in public hearings.
3 teens indicted in carjacking that killed pastor's wife
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Three teens have been indicted after a New Orleans pastor's wife was run over and killed by her own car during a carjacking. Authorities say 49-year-old Jeannot Franco Plessy was pulled from a car while stopped in front of her daughter's home Nov. 27. She was thrown to the ground and then run over as her son-in-law tried to stop the carjacking. She died that night. An Orleans Parish grand jury handed up indictments Thursday against 18-year-old Edwin Cottrell, a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old on a charge of second-degree murder of Plessy and attempted second-degree murder of a man injured at the scene.
Rex vows to continue traditional toast at St. Charles mansion despite devastating 7-alarm fire
Still reeling from the devastating loss of a St. Charles Avenue mansion that has been central to the Rex organization for generations, Rex officials say they will continue to salute the Montgomery-Grace Home on Mardi Gras Day.
Council Oks settlement, clears way for power plant project
New Orleans' City Council is hearing testimony on a settlement that would let a utility giant go ahead with a new power plant project despite a scandal arising from the use of paid actors to provide phony support for the project.
It could be days until investigators know cause of 7 alarm Garden District fire
NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Fire Department says it could be days before investigators know the cause of the fire that torched a historic house on Saint Charles Avenue earlier this week. The fire started at about 7:45 Wednesday morning at 2525 Saint Charles Avenue. The following morning firefighters were still spraying water on the home.
Rain Off & On
Fog will return Thursday night as we redevelop that onshore flow again. Keep umbrella handy again Thursday with some off and on rain and storms. Mississippi River continues high. 14.52 feet now. Forecast to crest March 9th at 16 feet, and then begin a slow drop March 17th. Right now there are 19 minor seepage points in the Metro. The Corps of Engineers will begin daily inspections of the levees when the river hits 15 feet which will be around February 25th.http://www.wdsu.com/weather
Fire engulfs 150-year-old New Orleans mansion; 3 escape
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Fire engulfed a three-story, 150-year-old mansion in New Orleans, but a 92-year-old woman and two other residents escaped unharmed. Christopher Montgomery tells the New Orleans Advocate that his brother-in-law, sister, and their 92-year-old mother got out safely after the fire broke out Wednesday. Nola.com ' The Times-Picayune reports that an elderly poodle also escaped from the home's second fire in 12 years. Authorities said the fire apparently started in the basement. The cause is unknown. The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans says the house is believed to have been renovated and expanded from one built before 1865.
Man getting 40-year sentence in Louisiana apartment shooting
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to killing a teen in Louisiana more than five years ago. News outlets reported that 23-year-old Brent Riggins pleaded guilty to manslaughter Tuesday in the 2013 shooting death of 18-year-old Jared Hester of Gretna. The Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office said Riggins will be sentenced to 40 years in prison. Riggins had been scheduled to stand trial this week on a charge of second-degree murder. Hester was found dead outside an apartment complex. Prosecutors say he had been shot 14 times. A co-defendant, 23-year-old Aaron Thibodeaux, pleaded guilty last month to an accessory charge and faces up to five years in prison.
New Orleans airport posts record-breaking passenger numbers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport says it had 13.1 million travelers pass through its facility last year, breaking its 2017 passenger record of about 12 million. The New Orleans Advocate reports the increase in passengers marks the airport's eighth straight year of growth. Director of Aviation Kevin Dolliole says the airport is working to add new flights. Airlines have added or expanded coverage on nine routes, and seven new routes are expected to start this year. New Orleans and Co. spokesman Kristian Sonnier says a report on the total number of city visitors in 2018 won't be complete until this spring. But he says the number is expected to surpass the 17.7 million people who visited in 2017.
Guilty plea connected to officer's shooting can't be undone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A man's effort to take back his guilty plea to charges related to a 2016 shooting that left a Louisiana law officer severely wounded has been denied in federal court. Jarvis Hardy had pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges. His plea deal included the dropping of an attempted murder charge and a major firearms charge in the shooting of federal task force member Stephen Arnold. Hardy's motion said he accepted the deal and a negotiated 35-year sentence because he faced a minimum 45-year sentence if convicted as charged. He asked to withdraw the plea because subsequent changes in federal law could mean a lower sentence. Prosecutors said Hardy made the deal knowingly and it should stand.
Pelicans vencen a Thunder, pero pierden a Davis por lesión
NUEVA ORLEÁNS (AP) - Anthony Davis hizo un gesto de dolor y no movió su brazo izquierdo mientras salía de la cancha al medio tiempo. Está por verse si esos fueron los últimos momentos de Davis con el uniforme de los Pelicans o si participará en el Juego de Estrellas de este fin de semana. Julius Randle coronó una actuación de 33 puntos y 11 rebotes con tres encestes en los tres minutos finales, Jrue Holiday anotó 32 unidades y le hizo una eficiente defensa a Paul George, y los Pelicans de Nueva Orleáns vencieron el jueves 131-122 al Thunder de Oklahoma City pese a perder a Davis por una lesión de hombro.
Warmer weather into the weekend
The Mississippi River continues high. It is at 13.69 feet. It is forecast to hit 15 feet by February 25th. At that time daily inspections of the levee will resume by the Corps of Engineers. The river is forecast to crest at 16 feet March 4th.http://www.wdsu.com/weather
The Latest: 10-year sentence in racial post-Katrina shooting
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on the sentencing of a man for a race-based shotgun attack on three African-Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (all times local): 2:35 p.m. A white man who spewed racial epithets before and after a shotgun attack on three black men amid the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Fifty-six-year-old Roland Bourgeois (BOOH'-jwah) Jr. was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge, resolving one of the last high-profile court cases arising from violence that followed the 2005 storm.
Louisiana teen cousin charged in 9-year-old's shooting death
HARVEY, La. (AP) - A 9-year-old boy was accidentally shot in the head and killed Wednesday night when an 18-year-old cousin tried to get his gun away from the youngster, a Louisiana sheriff said. Kamone Thomas, 18, of Marrero, has been charged with negligent homicide, obstructing justice and possessing marijuana, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said at a news conference Thursday. The victim's name has not been released yet because Lopinto said he's not sure all the relatives have been notified. But the sheriff said the victim and Thomas lived in the same home and the boy apparently found the gun in a bedroom. Lopinto did not know if the boys shared a bedroom.
Surprise proposal! Man proposes to girlfriend in classroom where they first met in 3rd grade
St. Tammany Parish-- How romantic is this? A surprise proposal that took place in the same place where a North Shore couple first met. It happened in the 3rd Grade classroom at Folsom Elementary School, where the couple met as kids. St. Tammany Parish School District posted this video to their Facebook account showing Nate Pierre popping the question to his girlfriend Darcey Crawford. He worked with his old school to make the proposal happen. Pierre was invited to the school for a career-day type presentation, and his girlfriend came to film the presentation, but then a twist of fate turned that presentation into a proposal.
Club: Mardi Gras tradition is not the same as blackface
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans' widely recognized Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club says its tradition of using black makeup for its Mardi Gras float riders is not the same as "blackface," a controversy that has embroiled officials nationwide. The club Wednesday distributed a statement in an effort to head off any criticism of its long-standing custom of parade riders blackening their faces. The statement says Zulu parade costumes bear no resemblance to those worn by "blackface" minstrel performers at the turn of the century.