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  • In Marrero murder-suicide, 'picture-perfect' family of 4 dead

    11/29/2015 3:47:48 PM PST · by BBell · 19 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 11/29/15 | Danielle Dreilinger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Few imagined such a crime could happen -- a triple murder and suicide -- in a middle-class Marrero neighborhood so thick with law enforcement officers that residents call it Cop Land. It's the kind of place where everyone waves hello but no one gets in each other's business.When family gathered outside the yellow crime-scene tape Sunday (Nov. 29) in the Oak Forest subdivision, they comforted the sobbing teenager who had returned from a hunting trip to find her mother and stepfather dead in their living room at 4805 Brandi St. What she hadn't seen, when she ran out to call...
  • A NOW Word to The "TRUE" OVERCOMERS [Charismatic Caucus]

    11/20/2015 7:56:18 AM PST · by Jedediah · 3 replies
    Bible,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-20-15 | Jedediah
    Systematic changes are in effect now for all those accessing The Highway of Holiness for Truly as you meet each waypoint in Steps of Faith , your "Knowing" what has changed from where you were to where you are now shall be entrusted to you for your hands have been found clean and your hearts free from guile for this is the road for all those that "HAVE" Overcome ! 2 Peter 1:1-11 1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle (special messenger) of Jesus Christ, to those who have received (obtained an equal privilege of) like precious faith with ourselves...
  • Is Vitter on the Verge of Losing Everything?

    11/10/2015 4:01:39 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 38 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | November 10, 2015 | Nathan L. Gonzales
    Louisiana isn’t anywhere close to belonging on a list of swing states, yet Republican David Vitter is at risk of losing not only his gubernatorial race this month, but also his Senate seat next year. The Pelican State’s senior senator has struggled to unify the Republican vote after finishing second in the Oct. 24 jungle primary with just 23 percent. He trails Democrat John Bel Edwards in multiple public polls heading into the Nov. 21 runoff. Vitter’s numbers have dipped to a point where, should he lose, some Republicans will want him to drop his bid for re-election to the...
  • LA Unified teachers: Suspension ban creating unruly classes

    11/08/2015 9:28:06 AM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 7, 2015
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Teachers in the nation's second largest school district say a new policy aimed at reducing suspensions is also having another effect: More unruly students in their classrooms. Los Angeles Unified School District was the first to ban suspending students for defiance in California and began instituting restorative justice policies that emphasize counseling and conflict resolution.
  • LA resident infuriates his neighbors by using a 11.8 MILLION GALLONS of water a year...

    11/08/2015 5:49:53 AM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/08/15 | Christopher Brennan
    Who is the 'Wet Prince of Bel-Air'? LA resident infuriates his neighbors by using a 11.8 MILLION GALLONS of water a year despite the severe drought as a 'posse' sets out to identify him Residents of a posh Los Angeles neighborhood furious after their neighbor used 11.8million gallons of water while others cut back to preserve the precious resource in the middle of California's drought. Authorities have refused to identify the 'Wet Prince of Bel Air' , whose home used roughly 90 times the amount for an average household during the year that ended in April. Some more rural communities...
  • No cabbage hurling? Parade injuries prompt call for restrictions(pictures)

    11/03/2015 5:04:43 PM PST · by BBell · 12 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 11/3/15 | Diana Samuels, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Next year's St. Patrick's and Irish-Italian parades in Metairie could bring a reduced risk of being smacked in the head with a cabbage. The edibles could still be airborne, but float riders would be required to soften their touch in throwing them. A proposal coming before the Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday (Nov. 3) would require that all "fruit, vegetables, soap and other non-perishable food items" be tossed underhand at the parades. The reason: Too many people were getting hurt by flying food, said Sean Burke, the administration's director of citizen affairs. He recalled two incidents that led to a...
  • Owens Valley at mercy of LA, drought

    10/31/2015 12:35:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Manteca Bulletin ^ | October 28, 2015
    Water in the aqueduct that helped fuel Los Angeles' growth was flowing toward the city Wednesday for the first time in six months after workers removed an earthen and concrete dam that had diverted runoff to the parched Owens Valley. ... Owens Valley ranchers are .. at the mercy of Los Angeles .. LA owns most of the water rights it furtively bought in the early 1900s in a widely chronicled land grab loosely recounted in the movie Chinatown. William Mulholland conceived the gravity-fed channel to slake the growing city's thirst and famously quipped, "There it is. Take it," as...
  • Deputy Thor, heroic police dog, has his day in St. Tammany

    10/23/2015 3:47:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/23/15 | Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    It is said that every dog has his day. Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 was Thor's. Before a large and appreciative crowd outside the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse, the Belgian Malinois police dog was hailed as a hero for saving his human partner's life during a burglary investigation this week near Mandeville. Deputy Thor, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office K-9, suffered a serious wound to the neck as he put himself between Deputy Ronald Olivier and a suspect who lunged at them with a six-inch switchblade, police said. The suspect was shot and killed by deputies. After undergoing surgery and...
  • Police: Handyman arrested in couple's killing, stole cash

    10/22/2015 3:19:01 PM PDT · by BBell · 4 replies
    A.P/http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 10/20/15 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A handyman kidnapped and strangled a couple he worked for and stole tens of thousands of dollars from a safe in their home, Baton Rouge police said Wednesday.
  • Two arrested in death of woman whose remains were found inside burned-out car(mug shot)

    10/19/2015 2:34:51 PM PDT · by BBell · 19 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/19/15 | Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The former boyfriend of a Bogalusa woman is one of two brothers that have been arrested in connection with her death and the "cold and calculated" attempted cover up of the crime, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain said Monday (Oct. 19.)The body of Nanette Me'Shell King, 41, was found inside a burned-out vehicle outside the village of Sun Oct. 11. Gary Lee Harris, 53, was booked with second-degree murder. His brother, Ray Harris, 64, was booked with accessory, the Sheriff's Office said. Gary Harris is King's former boyfriend of more than 20 years. The two have a 17-year-old daughter...
  • Famed teacher files $1B class-action suit against L.A. schools

    10/15/2015 7:01:40 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 October 2015 | Ann O'Neill
    The suit was filed Thursday on behalf of about 2,000 teachers by Rafe Esquith, 61, one of the Los Angeles Unified School District's best-known and most popular teachers. 2003 National Medal of the Arts. a Walt Disney American Teacher Award as Oustanding Teacher of the Year. a Parents Magazine "As You Grow" award. and an Oprah Winfrey $100,000 "Use Your Life" award. He's also been made an honorary member of the Order of the British Empire. Esquith and the Hobart Shakespeareans gained widespread renown several years ago after PBS aired a documentary about them. In 2012 they were featured at...
  • 45 people accused of street-level drug dealing arrested in Plaquemines Parish

    10/15/2015 5:03:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 35 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/13/15 | Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Forty-five people accused of street-level drug dealing were arrested in Plaquemines Parish as result of a yearlong undercover narcotics investigation, authorities said Tuesday (Oct. 13). Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco said during a press conference at the sheriff's office in Belle Chasse that an additional nine suspects were still at large. The investigation, called "Operation Who's Next," targeted 50 suspected dealers who Greco said were selling drugs across the parish, "from Belle Chasse to Boothville." Deputies began arresting suspects Sept. 8. The effort was likely the agency's largest-ever undercover operation, Greco said. Three high school students, including a 16-year-old, were...
  • Harvey man shot girlfriend's ex after he stormed house: JPSO

    10/14/2015 1:50:41 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 10/14/15 | Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A Harvey man shot his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend in the chest with a shotgun after the man forced his way into the couple's home on Sunday night (Oct. 11), authorities said. Douglas Moody, 31, of Belle Chasse, suffered wounds to his chest, neck and head, according to a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office arrest report. Moody's former girlfriend called 911 on Sunday about 11:15 p.m. and told operators that he had contacted her several times threatening to harm her and her new boyfriend. Moody the father of her child -- told the woman he planned to drag her out of her...
  • If You Live in These States Youll Soon Need a Passport for Domestic Flights

    09/22/2015 2:16:06 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 87 replies
    thefederalistpapers.org ^ | september 20, 2015 | brittany soares
    If you dont have a passport already, you may need to get one soon. Residents of certain states are going to need to show their passports rather than simply their IDs even if theyre only flying domestic. Yes, it will infringe upon states rights handed to them by the 10th Amendment and create unnecessary cost to taxpayers in order to implement the change, but lets be real the government doesnt care about that. FromZero Hedge: To comply with the 2005 Real ID Act, which the U.S. government has been slowly implementing for the past decade, citizens in a...
  • L.A. lawmakers to declare 'state of emergency,' commit more than $100 million to fight homelessness

    09/22/2015 10:21:28 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 | Matt Hamilton
    Members of the Los Angeles City Council are expected Tuesday to declare a state of emergency on homelessness and commit $100 million toward housing and other services for homeless people.. The announcement coincides with Mayor Eric Garcettis proposal, issued late Monday, that the city devote nearly $13 million toward short-term housing initiatives paid for with projected excess funds. If approved, the pair of initiatives could significantly increase the resources dedicated to tackling homelessness in a city where the majority of the 26,000 homeless people live on the streets.
  • ISIS releases Kill List of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 173 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released Kill List, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • L.A. Touts Itself as "Northern Capital of Latin America" for 2024 Olympic Bid

    09/15/2015 7:30:56 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    hollywood reporter ^ | 9/14/2015 | Ryan Parker
    The International Olympic Committee just got an eyeful of the City of Angels. Los Angeles is amazing and diverse. That is the message in a new promotional video released Monday by Los Angeles' 2024 Olympic bid organizers. In the video, which is a little longer than a minute, L.A. is called the "western capital of the U.S., the northern capital of Latin America and the eastern capital of the Pacific Rim." All that is accompanied with visuals of some of the city's most iconic sites. "Hosting the Games in Los Angeles would give our city the chance to show the...
  • Dramatic rise in crime casts a shadow on downtown L.A.'s gentrification

    09/02/2015 7:30:00 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 13 replies
    LA Times ^ | 9/2/2015 | Ben Poston and Kate Mather
    As Lauren Mishkind was walking along 7th Street this summer in downtown Los Angeles, a man pulled a handgun and pointed it at another person standing behind her. Terrified, she hid behind a car while the assailant tackled the victim. "I was just shaking for the rest of the day," said Mishkind, who lives downtown and works at an architectural firm in the area. "You kind of assume it's par for the course living down here, which is kind of more shocking." Crime has jumped across the city this year, but nowhere has the increase been as large as in...
  • 5 states defund and 13 states investigate Planned Parenthood

    08/20/2015 5:36:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 19, 2015 | Danny Burton
    Since the release of the first incriminating Planned Parenthood video from the Center for Medical Progress, a flurry of investigations have ensued. These videos at least show evidence indicating a strong likelihood of illegal activity, and at worst show despicable, callous disregard for the law, human life, and women. Here are the ongoing official investigations and government actions taken against Planned Parenthood. As of Wednesday, five states have made moves to defund Planned Parenthood, or end participation in the funneling of federal money to the unscrupulous organization. These states are New Hampshire, Utah, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama. Thirteen states have...
  • LA 'black ball' reservoir rollout potential 'disaster' in the making, say experts

    08/19/2015 6:35:47 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 19, 2015 | Hollie McKay
    LA's scheme to cover a reservoir under 96 million "shade balls" may not be all it is touted to be, experts told FoxNews.com, with some critics going so far as to refer to the plan as a "potential disaster." *snip* "Black spheres resting in the hot sun will form a thermal blanket speeding evaporation as well as providing a huge amount of new surface area for the hot water to breed bacteria," said Matt MacLeod, founder of the California biotech firm Modern Moon Farms. "Disaster. Its going to be a bacterial nightmare.
  • Trump Street Art Rocks L.A.

    07/10/2015 4:15:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | Breitbart News
    Donald Trump has become the center of a new street art campaign, with work that can be seen all around Los Angeles. Today, Friday July 10, the Republican presidential candidate will be speaking to Hollywood conservatives at an event, and the Coalition for Humane Immigrants Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), has plans to protest.
  • No A/C for death row inmates at Angola, appeals court rules

    07/08/2015 5:15:38 PM PDT · by BBell · 58 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/8/15 | Emily Lane, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Death row inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary have lost their latest legal battle for relief from triple-digit temperatures inside their cells at Angola. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling Wednesday (July 8) concluding that the sweltering conditions on death row do not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Three death row inmates originally filed the lawsuit against the state in 2013, saying the conditions were unconstitutional. The suit alleged that heat indices, or measurements of how hot it feels, on death row had reached 172 degrees last year and 195 degrees in 2011."I feel like I'm on...
  • Gun safety instruction OK in public elementary schools, new Louisiana law says

    07/03/2015 3:26:13 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/1/15 | Emily Lane
    When school starts this fall, public schools in Louisiana will have the option to instruct elementary students on gun safety. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday (July 1) signed a bill into law that permits cities, parishes and local public school boards to provide students with "age and grade appropriate" firearm accident prevention and safety instruction. A suggested curriculum includes the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program, developed by the National Rifle Association.(snip)The bill received full passage by the Legislature, by a vote of 94-3 in the House and 38-1 in the Senate.
  • White people against white supremacy rally and teach-in at Lafayette Square

    06/29/2015 1:49:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 39 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/28/15 | Kathleen Flynn, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A "white people against white supremacy" rally and teach-in organized by the advocacy group European Dissent took place at Lafayette Square on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The gathering honored the nine black people who were murdered in Charleston, S.C. last week. "We stand in solidarity with black communities and other communities of color who bear the brunt of white supremacy and racism, here in New Orleans and across the world," the group said in a statement. "White supremacy is part of the fabric of America. White supremacy works through all of our systems and institutions to marginalize, silence, devalue, undermine,...
  • Confederate flag cake, no. ISIS flag cake, yes. Wal-Mart apologizes after YouTube flap(worked there)

    06/29/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/29/15 | Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A Wal-Mart store in Slidell refused a request to decorate a cake with a design featuring a Confederate flag, but agreed to decorate a cake featuring the flag of the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIS, a man says in a video posted to YouTube. Wal-Mart has apologized for selling the cake, explaining that the employee who handled the order did not recognize it as the ISIS flag. The corporation, a spokesman said, does not support ISIS. The YouTube video, posted Friday (June 26) by a man identified as Chuck Netzhammer, shows a man sitting on a motorcycle unfurl a...
  • Mentor, community leader slain in 9th Ward was 'a hell of a man,' friends say(Vet)

    06/25/2015 4:24:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/25/15 | Heather Nolan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Tim Thompson's friends all agree he was great man. He was a mentor to neighborhood youth. He knew just how to make people laugh. And he bought donuts for his girlfriend's dance class on the day of their big recital. Friends and family who gathered Tuesday night (June 24) to remember Thompson still are in shock over his violent death Sunday. Thompson, 40, was gunned down in the driveway of his girlfriend's mom's home in the Lower 9th Ward. No arrests have been made in his death. Tonja Walston, Thompson's girlfriend of four months, said whoever killed him "took away...
  • 'Police Lives Matter' - Heartwarming gesture lifts spirits of Slidell officer

    06/20/2015 5:29:56 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies
    http://www.wtoc.com ^ | 6/12/15 | Chris Finch
    SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A nine year old boy made a touching gesture to a Slidell police officer, but the officer had one regret about the chance meeting, so he reached out to the public for help. Officer Joe McMahan was driving when another person asked him to pull over. After pulling over, a woman asked if she could give something to McMahan. The nine year old, identified as Jayden Witsell, stepped out of the passenger side of the car and approached the police cruiser. The boy asked if he could give something to Witsell. "For a moment, I didn't...
  • LA City Council Adopts Minimum Wage Ordinance (cheapskates go only as high as $15/hour)

    06/10/2015 3:43:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 6/10/15
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) Members of the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years. Officials explained the minimum wage will go from $9 per hour to $10.50 an hour beginning in 2016. The rate will then jump to $12 in 2017; $13.25 in 2018; $14.25 in 2019; and $15 by 2020. We are already seeing the fruits of our labor as our own state and other cities nationwide begin exploring policies to increase their local minimum wage, said L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson.
  • LA Unions Lobby for Exemption From $15/Hr. Minimum Wage Law They Pushed

    05/28/2015 10:17:20 AM PDT · by TexasCajun · 20 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 27, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    This has to be the month's top entry in the "Just when you think you've seen it all" category and it will be more than a little interesting to see how the nation's press handles it. As the Associated Press reported a week ago, the City Council in Los Angeles, by a vote of 14-1, ordered the drafting of a law mandating a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2020, noting that "the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti virtually guarantee its eventual adoption." Now that it's almost a done deal, labor unions whose members earn less want...
  • Israeli consulate plot mastermind going to jail

    03/06/2009 5:37:34 PM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 511+ views
    (AFP) via YNET NEWS.com ^ | Published: 03.06.09, 23:58 / Israel News | n/a
    Israeli consulate plot mastermind going to jail Ringleader Kevin James was 'architect, mastermind of very troubling offense, judge says AFP Published: 03.06.09, 23:58 / Israel News The ringleader of a radical Islamic group that planned to bomb Israeli assets and US military facilities in California was on Friday jailed for 16 years, justice officials said. Kevin James, 32, pleaded guilty to conspiring to wage war against the United States through terror for his part in the plot, which involved three co-conspirators currently in custody. Prosecutors said the plotters were part of Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS,) which was founded by James...
  • Man Arrested in Connection With Massive Fire at Unfinished Apartment Complex in Downtown L.A

    05/27/2015 6:07:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    ktla ^ | John A. Moreno,
    Dawud Abdulwali was taken into custody Tuesday by members of the Los Angeles Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Los Angeles Fire Department, LAPD Officer Tony Im confirmed to KTLA. Abdulwali was arrested at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and was booked less than two hours later at the LAPDs 77th Street station, according to Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department online inmate records. No other details of the arrest were immediately available. The suspects bail was set at $1,036,925, according to the Sheriffs Department. Officials from the arresting agencies and the Los Angeles County district attorneys office...
  • Woman finds boyfriend with another, attacks him with baseball bat, police say

    05/18/2015 2:07:17 PM PDT · by BBell · 41 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/18/15 | Ken Daley
    A Gert Town woman is accused of taking a baseball bat to her boyfriend, his car and his eastern New Orleans house Sunday, after New Orleans police said she found the man inside his residence with another woman. Jaylen Griffith, 21, was arrested Sunday after police said they caught her fleeing the attack on the 30-year-old man shortly before 9:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of West Cavelier Drive. An arrest report said Griffith, who listed a home address in the 3200 block of South Lowerline Street, was intoxicated by alcohol at the time she was apprehended.According to police, NOPD...
  • GOP prepares list of demands if justices rule against ObamaCare

    05/01/2015 5:12:58 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/01/2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Republicans believe a Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare this summer would give them leverage to force President Obama to scrap the healthcare law's central pillars. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is leading the Senate GOPs response to King v. Burwell, said Republicans will be willing to strike a deal with Obama to ensure that the 7.5 million people who stand to lose their subsidies are protected, at least until the 2016 elections. But in return, they would demand that Obama to do something he has long resisted: nix the employer and individual mandates for insurance coverage. Is the president going...
  • LA: Neighbor Shoots Burglary Suspect, Stops Crime Spree

    04/26/2015 7:25:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 April, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On 23 April, an alert neighbor stopped an ongoing crime spree by shooting a burglary suspect in the leg, allowing police to apprehend the suspect. While the situation is still under investigation, it appears that the shooting was justified, given the facts reported. From the Lake Charles Police Facebook page: Lake Charles Police responded to a prowler call in the 3700 block of Vanderbilt Street. While on the way to that call, Officers were advised that a shot was fired at the same location. When officers arrived, they discovered that a homeowner had encountered a subject running from a...
  • Drunk driver on stolen excavator left trail of Harvey destruction

    04/24/2015 4:52:34 PM PDT · by BBell · 18 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/24/15 | Michelle Hunter
    William Strength had quite a night. Authorities say the 23-year-old Harvey resident stole an excavator and led Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies on a drunken chase through parts of the West Bank, plowing over trees and utility poles before sinking the 89-ton machine in the Harvey Canal. No one was injured during the joy ride. But it left behind a path of destruction. "I just would like someone to pay for the damage," said Albert Daigle, 69, whose business, Daigle Towing Services LLC., took the brunt of the rampage.The excavator plowed through the locked, chain-link fence on the side of...
  • National Guard Reservist Arrested In Alleged LA Subway Attack Plot

    03/17/2014 11:58:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    A National Guard reservist has been arrested at the Canadian border in Washington for allegedly trying to aid al-Qaida in a plot to attack a Southland subway. Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was charged Monday with attempting to provide material to support a foregoing terrorist organization, the U.S. District Attorneys Office said. He made his first appearance in a federal courtroom in Seattle Monday afternoon.
  • Federal complaint details Acampo mans arrest on terrorism charge

    03/18/2014 1:36:59 AM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 17, 2014 11:18pm updated 12:14am | Denny Walsh and Sam Stanton
    The FBI secretly kept tabs on Nicholas Michael Teausant for six months, having a confidential informant meet with him repeatedly in Stockton at breakfast joints, a park and a flea market as the 20-year-old student allegedly spun his vision of jihad against the United States. Federal court papers say Teausant talked for months of his desire to train fighters in Syria, to bomb the Los Angeles subway system over the New Years Day holiday and to spark a civil war that would topple the U.S. government. :snip: In Internet postings quoted in the complaint, as well as conversations Teausant had...
  • Missouri girl's card to wounded Slidell cop stirs hearts

    04/11/2015 12:48:17 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/10/15 | James Varney
    Well wishes have been pouring in to the Slidell Police Department since one of its officers was shot last Friday. But one in particular has hit the mark. On its Facebook page Friday, the department showcased a letter sent from Anderson, Missouri, by a young girl. The girl, Kaeleigh Ash, wrote by hand: "To the officer who got shot. I say a prayer every night for you to get better. Hope you feel better soon." Since the department posted the letter close to 1,100 people have "liked" the girl's heartfelt card. The reserve officer, Sgt. Cliff Laigast, an 8-year veteran...
  • Trooper injured in one of several crashes involving impaired drivers Easter morning

    04/05/2015 4:15:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    http://www.wbrz.com ^ | 4/5/15 | Caroline McDougall
    BATON ROUGE - A trooper was injured and two people died in several crashes involving impaired drivers on Easter morning. In Baton Rouge Parish, troopers say Magen Alicia Hall was nearly double the legal alcohol limit when she allegedly plowed into that back of a trooper's SUV around 2:40 a.m. Sunday. State police say the trooper was already investigating an earlier crash involving a drunk driver on the side of I-12 near LA 3245 and O'Neal lane when 24-year-old Hall crashed into his Tahoe around 2:40 a.m. Sunday. Investigators say both the trooper and the arrested driver from the previous...
  • Savage Arms Introduces Landry Signature Series Rifles -

    04/03/2015 9:06:34 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    .thefirearmblog.com ^ | 4/3/2014 | Nathan S
    Never one to bemoan an increasing amount of options in 22LR, I am pleased to see Savage releasing the Landry Signature Series Rifles. Modeled with input from Troy, Jacob, and Chase Landry (from Swamp People), the Landry series rifles feature a synthetic stock with a transferred gator camouflage pattern.
  • LA: Rare Rifle Robbery

    03/07/2015 4:16:06 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I occasionally see where rifles are used in crime. It is rare enough that it is noteworthy. The reasons are simple and easily understood. Rifles are much harder to conceal, and criminals do not like to draw attention to themselves. To rob someone, criminals want compliance; to get compliance, they need to be close. If you are close, it is much easier to disarm someone who has a rifle than it is someone who is armed with a handgun. I was taught in the Army; a rifle gives you more to grab on to, and more leverage to twist...
  • Oil production in federal Gulf of Mexico expected to continue increasing

    03/03/2015 5:29:25 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 3, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Because of the long timelines associated with Gulf of Mexico (GOM) projects, the recent downturn in oil prices is expected to have minimal direct impact on GOM crude oil production through 2016. EIA projects GOM production to reach 1.52 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2015 and 1.61 million bbl/d in 2016, or about 16% and 17% of total U.S. crude oil production in those two years, respectively. The forecasted production growth is driven both by new projects and the redevelopment and expansion of older producing fields. Five deepwater projects began in the last three months of 2014: Stone Energy-operated...
  • Five Characters in Search of a Reason for New Orleans's Smoking Ban

    02/16/2015 6:51:13 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/16/2015 | William Sullivan
    New Orleanss city council has unanimously approved a city-wide smoking ban in all bars and casinos, making it the latest big city to pass such a smoking ban without the courtesy of a popular vote. The ban itself, like the others that came in cities before it, is purported to promote the public welfare. Non-smokers, government officials argue, have the right to have their lungs be unafflicted by dangerous secondhand smoke if they choose to visit or work in any establishment. In the case of New Orleans, teary-eyed city councilman James Gray II read aloud the names of people he...
  • Does LEOSA apply to Irish Officers?

    02/03/2015 4:46:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    At about 5:40 a.m. on Tuesday, the 27th of January, a vacationing police officer from Limerick, Ireland, was shot during an armed robbery in New Orleans. Ireland has a low crime rate, much like most areas in the United States outside of the urban cores. New Orleans' crime rate is much higher than most of the rest of the United States, so Hanrahan may be forgiven his apparent naivet in the situation. Hanrahan met a man who said he knew where they could get a drink at that time of the morning. He went with a man he...
  • LA: Musician Beaten after Self Defense shooting; Beware Accomplices

    02/01/2015 1:22:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 February | Dean Weingarten
    Billy Gregory is a successful musician and vocalist in New Orleans. The NOPD is saying that early Friday morning, about 1:15 a.m., the 30th of January, the musician shot a man outside of a night club: From wgno.com: The NOPD is backing a musician`s claim that he shot a man outside a Marigny nightclub in self-defense. It appears that a 'gutter punk' accosted Gregory. He drew a legally carried pistol and fired one shot to the chest of one of the 'gutter punks', Nicholas Temper, 23 years of age. Temper collapsed in a nearby bar after 911 was called....
  • Manhunt through Bogue Chitto swamp ends when suspect seeks ride from deputy

    01/31/2015 4:34:02 PM PST · by BBell · 13 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/30/15 | Kim Chatelain
    A raucous manhunt through the Bogue Chitto swamp that included four law enforcement agencies involving boats, canines and officers sloshing through dense woods ended when the man being sought unwittingly knocked on the window of a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's deputy's pick up truck and asked for a ride early Wednesday (Jan. 28) morning, authorities said. The deputy immediately handcuffed Dennis O'Keefe, 31, who police say was suspected in several thefts and burglaries in St. Tammany and was under investigation by Washington Parish authorities on suspicion of manufacturing and selling methamphetamine. Two women were also arrested in the search, one...
  • Shooting on Esplanade Avenue Friday morning was self-defense, police say

    01/30/2015 12:28:05 PM PST · by BBell · 6 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/30/15 | Helen Freund
    A man was acting in self-defense when he shot a 24-year-old in the chest following a fight outside a Frenchmen Street nightclub Friday morning (Jan. 30), police said. The shooting occurred in the 500 block of Esplanade Avenue about 1:15 a.m., according to records. A 64-year-old man told detectives he was leaving a club in the 1400 block of Decatur Street when he was approached by a woman who complimented him on how he was dressed. Police said the woman's boyfriend, Nicholas Temper, 23, "became enraged," and started arguing with the man, threatening to hurt him and steal his guitar.
  • Former soldier was sane when rapper was shot dead in Harvey, doctors say

    01/28/2015 1:23:55 PM PST · by BBell · 8 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/28/15 | Paul Purpura
    Devin Bonilla, the former Louisiana Army National Guardsman who says his combat experience in Iraq caused a stress disorder, was legally sane when authorities say he killed an aspiring rapper in Harvey a year ago, court-appointed doctors have concluded. Their report, which was filed in court Wednesday, contradicts Bonilla's insanity defense and means a trial jury might be asked to sort out conflicting mental health opinions. Bonilla, a 25-year-old Harvey resident, is scheduled to stand trial April 6 on a charge of second-degree murder in the Jan. 18, 2014, killing of Bowie Richard, 21. Richard, who used the stage name...
  • Thousands march to support human dignity in downtown LA

    01/20/2015 5:18:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    angelusnews.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Kevin Mooney
    The first annual OneLife LA, heralded as a celebration of the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, drew thousands from all over Southern California to downtown Los Angeles. The Jan. 17 event began in the historic La Placita Olvera, where the rapidly growing crowd encircled the gazebo at the plazas center. After a prayer from Archbishop Jos H. Gomez, the assembled crowds began a walk through downtown. They processed along the barricaded route past the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and ended at Grand Park. OneLife LA posters depicting pregnant women, families, the elderly,...
  • Trial for man accused of beating family at gas station set for Monday (hate crime?)

    01/04/2015 9:58:08 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 34 replies
    The man accused of a gas station beating two years ago is expected in court on Monday. Donald Dickerson is facing battery charges after he allegedly beat up a family when they stopped to get gas on Plank Road in May of 2013. Police arrested Dickerson and ticketed two others. They are all accused of punching the family. Dickerson allegedly told the family they were in the "wrong neighborhood" before the attack. According to police, one of the victim suffered a broken eye socket, broken nose, and several lacerations to the face.