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  • Section of Morrison Road collapses after water main breakSection of Morrison Road collapses after water main break

    NEW ORLEANS – A section of Morrison Road in New Orleans East collapsed this morning after a water main broke. Eastbound lanes on Morrison are closed after the 12-inch water main broke at the intersection of Morrison and Cove Drive, according to the Sewerage and Water Board. A section of the road collapsed into the sinkhole caused by the break. Residents nearby should expect lower water pressure until the situation is resolved, according to the S&WB. Emergency crews are on the scene and working to repair the break. Stay tuned to WGNO for more information on this developing story.

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  • Incredible video: Firefighter catches child dropped from burning buildingIncredible video: Firefighter catches child dropped from burning building

    Newly released helmet-cam video shows a child being thrown from a third-story balcony and landing in the arms of a firefighter.

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  • 13 siblings found ‘starving,’ some chained inside California home: Sheriff 13 siblings found ‘starving,’ some chained inside California home: Sheriff 

    PERRIS, Calif. – Two Southern California parents are being held on $9 million bail each after a horrific discovery at a residence in Perris over the weekend – 13 malnourished siblings held captive amid dirty conditions, including some children shackled to beds, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Monday. David Allen Turpin, left, and Louise Anna Turpin, right, are seen in booking photos released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. An investigation began after a 17-year-old girl "escaped" from her home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road and called 911 early Sunday morning to report that her 12 brothers and sisters were being held captive by their parents, according to a sheriff's news release. She alleged some of her siblings were bound in padlocked chains. Responding officers initially believed the “slightly emaciated” girl was only 10 years old until she provided her age. After interviewing the teen, investigators went to the residence and contacted her parents, identified as 56-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, according to the release. Investigators discovered "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," the release said. The parents could not provide a "logical" explanation for why the kids were restrained, investigators said. Authorities located what they thought were 12 children, but were "shocked" to find out that seven of them were adults. In all, the victims are between the ages of 2 and 29, the release stated. They looked to be malnourished and filthy, authorities said. The victims were taken to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department's Perris Station for interviews; they were provided food and drink after telling investigators they were "starving," according to the release. The six children and seven adults were then transported to different hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known. Both parents were detained while child and adult protectives services responded to assist in the investigation. After being interviewed, they were each booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of torture and child endangerment, the release said. The home where the discovery was made is on a cul-de-sac in residential area of Perris, about 60 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles and 19 miles south-southeast from downtown Riverside. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is contracted to operated the Perris Police Department. Deputies assigned to both agencies responded. Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call Master Investigator Tom Salisbury at the Perris Station by calling 951-210-1000, or via email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.

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  • For New Orleans area, increased chance of snow, frigid cold: See forecast, radar, more - The AdvocateFor New Orleans area, increased chance of snow, frigid cold: See forecast, radar, more - The Advocate

    The AdvocateFor New Orleans area, increased chance of snow, frigid cold: See forecast, radar, moreThe AdvocateThe National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that will go into effect at noon. The winter weather advisory is for St. Tammany, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, upper Jefferson, Orleans, upper Plaquemines and upper St ...

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  • Officials: 4 law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina Officials: 4 law enforcement officers shot in South Carolina

    Four South Carolina law enforcement officers were shot early Tuesday morning.

    WDSU / 26 min. ago
  • Tuesday AM Forecast: Wintry mix potential, dangerous coldTuesday AM Forecast: Wintry mix potential, dangerous cold

    Winter Weather Advisory for much of the WDSU viewing area.

    WDSU / 46 min. ago
  • 3 lanes closed on I-10 eastbound due to spilled molasses 3 lanes closed on I-10 eastbound due to spilled molasses

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  • Breastfeeding mother asked to leave Chick-fil-A for not covering upBreastfeeding mother asked to leave Chick-fil-A for not covering up

    The owner of a North Dakota Chick-fil-A is apologizing after a woman claimed she was kicked out of the restaurant when she began breastfeeding her baby.

    WDSU / 1 h. 20 min. ago
  • Need help with your energy bills? Where to apply for LIHEAPNeed help with your energy bills? Where to apply for LIHEAP

    Orleans Parish residents are encouraged to apply for LIHEAP.

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  • Online and catalog shoppers in Louisiana to receive notification about taxes dueOnline and catalog shoppers in Louisiana to receive notification about taxes due

    Baton Rouge– The Louisiana Department of Revenue says that residents who made purchases from online or catalog retailers that did not collect sales tax will be receiving notifications from those retailers about taxes due on those purchases. The annual notices, to be mailed on January 31st will include: The total amount paid to the purchaser for purchases in the preceding calendar year; A list of dates and amounts of purchases, if available; An explanation of whether the property or service  is exempt from sales or use taxes; The name of the retailer The notice will include instructions for the purchaser on how to report and pay the required tax. It can be reported on the state resident or nonresident Individual Tax Return or on the Consumer use tax return, available here. The notification, sent by first class mail or certified mail, will arrive in an envelope marked “IMPORTANT TAX DOCUMENT ENCLOSED.” It may also be sent electronically if the purchaser authorized the remote retailer to do so in writing. Read Revenue Information Bulletin 18-006 for more information.

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  • Florida boy dies of rabies after sick bat scratches himFlorida boy dies of rabies after sick bat scratches him

    ORLANDO – An experimental procedure couldn’t save the life of a 6-year-old Florida boy who died Sunday after contracting rabies from a bat, his father told Today. Using the Milwaukee protocol, doctors placed Ryker Roque into a medically-induced coma in hopes that his body would fight off the deadly virus. Ryker became infected after his father, Henry Roque, found a sick bat, put it in a bucket and told his son not to touch it. “So, apparently he put his hand in there and touched it and he said it only scratched him, so I frantically googled it real quick and it says to wash his hands with soap, hot water for five minutes,” Henry Roque, told Today. Ryker Roque. Photo via GoFundMe. The family didn’t see a doctor until Ryker started having symptoms a week later – numbness in his fingers and a headache. The vaccine is effective if taken shortly after transmission, but once symptoms are present, rabies is nearly impossible to survive. The Milwaukee protocol has been credited with saving the life of a handful of infected patients. The first was a Wisconsin teenager named Jeanna Giese, whose survival without the rabies vaccine in 2004 was credited to the experimental treatment.

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  • 3-year-old girl attacked, killed by dog family owned just 5 days3-year-old girl attacked, killed by dog family owned just 5 days

    A 3-year-old girl in Oklahoma was attacked and killed by a dog her family owned for just a few days.

    WDSU / 2 h. 13 min. ago
  • Japanese broadcaster apologizes after false North Korea missile alertJapanese broadcaster apologizes after false North Korea missile alert

    Japanese national broadcaster NHK issued an on-air apology Tuesday after issuing an alert incorrectly claiming that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile.

    WDSU / 2 h. 16 min. ago
  • Mom convicted in daughter's drowning charged in death of second babyMom convicted in daughter's drowning charged in death of second baby

    A Michigan woman facing charges in the 2016 death of her infant daughter was convicted nearly seven years ago after another daughter died while taking a bath with her in Oklahoma.

    WDSU / 3 h. 53 min. ago
  • Ex-WWE champ Goldberg to be inducted into '2018 Hall of Fame'Ex-WWE champ Goldberg to be inducted into '2018 Hall of Fame'

    Stamford [Connecticut], Jan 16 (ANI): Retired wrestling superstar and former UGA defensive lineman Bill Goldberg will be inducted into World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Fame at the Smoothie

    Big News Network.com / 5 h. 16 min. ago
  • ​Parents charged after 13 kids found 'starving,' some chained inside California home ​Parents charged after 13 kids found 'starving,' some chained inside California home

    A couple was arrested after police discovered that their 13 children had been held captive in their California home in filthy conditions, some shackled to beds with chains and padlocks, officials said Monday.

    WDSU / 5 h. 43 min. ago
  • Warren Easton girls blow past Karr in MLK ClassicWarren Easton girls blow past Karr in MLK Classic

    Martin Luther King Jr. day is a day to celebrate the life of an American icon, and around the country students tend to get the day off of school. Monday afternoon, the starters for the Warr

    Big News Network.com / 6 h. 20 min. ago
  • Celtics fans to look longingly at Pelicans Davis in Boston visitCeltics fans to look longingly at Pelicans Davis in Boston visit

    BOSTON -- The local fans can be forgiven for doing a little dreaming when the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. You might recall last season, when the TD Garden crowd op

    Big News Network.com / 8 h. 4 min. ago
  • Shopper confrontation turns criminalShopper confrontation turns criminal

    NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police Department is looking for a shopper turned brick thrower.  The case is the latest to roll on the Wheel of Justice. According to police, the crime happened on January 5 at about 3:15 in the afternoon.  They say a man walked into the Laced Footwear and Apparel store in the 3800 block of General Degaulle Drive in Algiers. According to the owner, the man was shopping for jeans but was unhappy with the price of a pair.  The owner says the store discounted the price a little in an attempt to make the man happy. But the owner says the man grew angry and unleashed a string of expletives. Surveillance footage shows the man throw the bag containing the jeans at a store worker. Moments later, the confrontation turned criminal when the man is seen on surveillance footage removing a brick from his car and returning to the store where he throws it against a glass storefront, shattering it. To see the surveillance footage, click on the video button at the top of this page. If you know anything about the crime and can help police make an arrest, call CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111.  According to the NOPD the man is facing at least one criminal damage charge. Remember you don't have to reveal your name or testify in court to leave a tip with CrimeStoppers, and you could be eligible to receive a cash reward. So far, more than 363 people have been booked after their cases rolled on the Wheel of Justice.

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  • Parents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking TamifluParents say 6-year-old hallucinated, tried to jump from window after taking Tamiflu

    Watch Video ALLEN, Texas – Parents of a 6-year-old in Texas say their daughter had hallucinations and tried to harm herself after taking a dose of Tamiflu, according to KTVT. The little girl took the medicine to treat the flu. Her family, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they were shocked by her alleged reaction to the common medication. They said she started seeing things that weren’t there, running out of school and doing at least one thing that could have resulted in serious injury. “The second story window was open, which is in her bedroom,” said her father. “She used her desk to climb up onto it, and she was about to jump out the window when my wife came up and grabbed her.” Although rare, delusions and hallucinations are listed as side effects, and the prescribing information lists a section for neuropsychiatric events. “There have been postmarketing reports (mostly from Japan) of delirium and abnormal behavior leading to injury, and in some cases resulting in fatal outcomes,” the warning reads. Those symptoms largely affected children. “It can happen,” said emergency room physician Dr. Glenn Hardesty.  “Less than one percent is what’s listed in the data sheet. I’ve been in practice 20 years, and I haven’t seen that particular complication.” The girl’s parents are now speaking out to warn others and say they wish they had known. “I don’t think the 16 hours of symptom relief from the flu is worth the possible side effects we went through,” said the girl’s father. He urges all parents to fully read the warning before giving their children Tamiflu. “Know that side effects are there for a reason,” he said. “They’re written down for a reason. I guess they can happen, and we got the short end of the stick.” The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted this about Tamiflu: “Children and teenagers with the flu may be at a higher risk for seizures, confusion, or abnormal behavior early during their illness. These serious side effects may happen shortly after beginning Tamiflu or may happen in people when the flu is not treated. These serious side effects are not common but may result in accidental injury to the patient. People who take Tamiflu should be watched for signs of unusual behavior and a healthcare provider should be contacted right away if the patient shows any unusual behavior while taking Tamiflu.” CNN contributed to this report.

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  • Travelers warned of possible measles exposure at Chicago’s O’Hare airportTravelers warned of possible measles exposure at Chicago’s O’Hare airport

    CHICAGO – A passenger arriving on an international flight at Chicago's O'Hare Airport last Wednesday may have exposed some people in the airport to measles, health officials say. While they stress there is no current risk to the public, the Illinois Department of Public Health said in a statement that anyone inside O’Hare between 6:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on January 10 may have been exposed to the measles virus. On January 10, a passenger on an international flight with a contagious case of the measles arrived in O'Hare's Terminal 5 and traveled through Terminal 1, possibly in addition to other areas of the airport, officials say. The passenger was diagnosed with measles after arriving in his home state. Soon afterwards, the Centers for Disease Control learned of the case and contacted passengers who sat next to the passenger during his journey. Health agencies are now working to inform others who were inside O'Hare on January 10 that they may have been exposed. "If you weren’t at O'Hare on January 10 there’s no concern, and even if you were the risk was very, very low, and even if you’ve been vaccinated it’s next to nothing,” said CDPH Chief Medial Officer Dr. Allison Arwady. Since the vaccine that protects people from measles is a standard childhood vaccine, travelers who received it as a child are generally protected. But if you have not been vaccinated or you were traveling with small children that day you should check in with your doctor, officials say. If you were exposed to measles, symptoms could come on as late as January 31, and include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. If you think you have it, do not go to the doctor’s office right away; call first so you don’t infect anyone else. The Chicago Department of Public Health says there is no current risk for travelers coming into or out of O'Hare and they do not expect an outbreak, but it's a good reminder to make sure you and your children have all your vaccinations.

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  • Man’s attempt to hold in sneeze lands him in hospital with ruptured throatMan’s attempt to hold in sneeze lands him in hospital with ruptured throat

    ENGLAND – If you are about to sneeze — even if you are in a quiet place — doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That’s according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title “Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck.” The report was published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports. According to the report, this “previously fit” man pinched his nose and kept his mouth closed during a “forceful” sneeze. He later told doctors he immediately felt a popping sensation in his neck. He didn’t notice any problems right away, but a couple of hours later he felt pain in his throat and neck. When it became swollen and his voice changed, he took himself to the hospital. “This 34-year-old chap said he was always trying to hold his sneeze because he thinks it is very unhygienic to sneeze into the atmosphere or into someone’s face. That means he’s been holding his sneezes for the last 30 years or so, but this time it was different,” case report author Dr. Wanding Yang said. She works in the department of ear, nose and throat at at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Initially, doctors saw swelling in his neck and when they examined the soft tissue they heard popping and crackling. Yang said that meant there were air bubbles getting into the man’s muscles and deep into his tissue. Scans confirmed the problem. The tests showed actual streaks of air in the retropharyngeal region and extensive surgical emphysema in the neck anterior to the trachea. In other words, by trying to hold in his sneeze, he actually blew a small hole in his throat. “Luckily, it was a very small perforation,” Yang said. “He didn’t need any operation.” When you sneeze, it’s your body’s protective reflex to get rid of an irritant that has gotten into your nose. With a sneeze, a significant amount of air pressure builds up in the lungs and forces its way through the nasal cavity to get rid of that irritant. A sneeze can propel mucous droplets at a rate of 100 miles an hour. If you hold a sneeze back, that pressurized air will need to go somewhere. In this case, it injured the tissue in the man’s throat. In past cases, doctors have also seen a stifled sneeze cause sinus problems, middle and inner ear damage, ear infections and a ruptured ear drum. The patient was given antibiotics and had to be fed through a tube, which was removed after seven days. His symptoms got better while he rested and gradually he was able to eat soft food. This kind of sneezing injury is unusual, according to the report. Doctors have seen patients with similar injuries after coughing heavily or after vomiting forcefully. “It is a rare injury that we would more likely see with trauma, like if someone were to be in a car accident or was injured with a gunshot or knife, or if they swallowed something sharp,” said Dr. Adam M. Klein, who did not see the British patient and was not involved in the study. Klein is the director of the Emory Voice Center and chief of the division of laryngology in the department of otolaryngology. Klein said if you are worried about spreading germs with your sneezes, rather than hold it in, the best thing to do to avoid injury is to let it out. If you don’t have a tissue, sneezing into the crook of your elbow, rather than onto your hand, is “a good practice.” The good news for this patient is that there was no permanent damage. Doctors did advise the man not to pinch his nose closed for future sneezes and they advise others to heed the same advice. “Halting sneeze via blocking nostrils and mouth is a dangerous maneuver,” the report recommended. It “should be avoided, as it may lead to numerous complications.”

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  • Young secondary doom Saints in lossYoung secondary doom Saints in loss

    METAIRIE, La. -- In the end, one of the keys to the New Orleans Saints resurgence contributed to their dramatic downfall. A young, rebuilt secondary helped rejuvenate the defense as the Saints won th

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  • NOPD: Man shot, killed in Leonidas neighborhoodNOPD: Man shot, killed in Leonidas neighborhood

    NEW ORLEANS — The NOPD is investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Monday night. A 25-year-old victim was shot multiple times in the 1800 block of Monroe Street, according to NOPD. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Details are scarce. Check back for updates on this developing story.

    WGNO / 12 h. 8 min. ago
  • Saints' Marcus Williams thankful for support day after costly play - ESPNSaints' Marcus Williams thankful for support day after costly play - ESPN

    ESPNSaints' Marcus Williams thankful for support day after costly playESPNThe New Orleans Saints rookie safety has been a magnet for both cruel criticism and overwhelming support on social media after he missed the tackle that allowed Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs to score on a historic 61-yard, walk-off touchdown catch in ...2018 NFL Playoff Picks: Vikings Vs. Saints Divisional Round Odds And PredictionsForbesSteve Gleason's joke after Vikings' miracle comeback guaranteed to make sad Saints fans smileThe AdvocateSaints vs. Vikings: How the two teams match up in the NFC divisional roundLos Angeles TimesWGNO -The Guardian (blog) -Duluth News Tribuneall 1,855 news articles »

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  • Snow, sleet possible in New Orleans on Tuesday - NOLA.comSnow, sleet possible in New Orleans on Tuesday - NOLA.com

    NOLA.comSnow, sleet possible in New Orleans on TuesdayNOLA.comNew Orleans has a 30 percent chance of snow, sleet or other wintry precipitation on Jan. 16, 2018.( Photo by Jennifer Zdon, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune archive ). Comment. By Marie Simoneaux · mariesimoneaux@nola.com,. NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ...

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  • MLK 50: How men of faith changed the course of the countryMLK 50: How men of faith changed the course of the country

    NEW ORLEANS -- The charge for equality behind the Civil Rights Movement of the '50s and '60s was accelerated by a powerful element -- faith. And it was men of faith who fought -- and died -- for change. In Louisiana, the Rev. A.L. Davis, named after Abraham Lincoln, was fighting injustice in New Orleans and would later become the city's first black councilman. Rev. T.J. Jemison led the nation's first bus boycott, and there were other ministers all over the South who brandished bibles to smite Jim Crow. It was time for the coming together of ministers to prepare the lists of grievances for blacks in local communities. Enter the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, better known as the SCLC. The story of Dr. Martin Luther King and the SCLC is one of many stories WGNO-News with a Twist is telling as part of MLK 50, the yearlong commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The famed civil rights leader would have been 89 years old today (Jan. 15, 2018). A teenager, Don Hubbard, later a fierce fighter for the Congress of Racial Equality, would watch the birth of the SCLC at the New Zion Baptist Church. "I grew up in a neighborhood with A.L. Davis, that was a friend of my family," Hubbard recalls. "I was always hanging around Shakespeare Park (now A.L. Davis Park) and if you wanted a cool drink of water, you would run from the park over to New Zion Baptist Church. Went over to the park one evening and they had a lot of cars parked in front of the church." Inside that church, a national organization was forming, one that would pursue liberty through nonviolent mass action. "They could do more as a cohesive unit, so therefore the call went out for ministers across the country to get together and organize," Hubbard says. "Black preachers were able to speak out because they didn't depend on the white community for their livelihood." The ministers who formed the SCLC wanted either Davis or Jemison to head the group out of Baton Rouge. But the older ministers mentioned another young boy who was just out of school and had a little church. They said, "Why don't we let him head up the organization?" That young man was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With MLK at the helm, the prayers of pastors became calls to action and a path toward the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It all started one night in New Orleans. "I didn't know what that meant," Hubbard says. "I'm in high school, 1957. I'm just sitting in there listening to preachers talk. I had no idea that I was sitting in history."

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  • Google app matches your face to a famous paintingGoogle app matches your face to a famous painting

    Are you more of a Botticelli or a Van Gogh? A new feature in the Google Arts & Culture app reveals how your selfie may resemble a historical painting. The app went viral this weekend after users discovered the entertaining feature that analyzes your face and matches it to historical artwork. The app pulls from Google’s digital collection of artworks from museums around the world. The feature rolled out to the app on iOS and Android last month. But users — even some big names such as Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, musician Pete Wentz, and actors Felicia Day and Kumail Nanjiani — shared their results on news feeds. The app became the top downloaded iPhone app over the weekend, and landed in the top 10 on Android, according to analytics firm App Annie. To find your fine art doppelganger, open the Google Arts & Culture app and scroll until you see the “Is your portrait in a museum?” feature. Tap “get started,” and you’ll be guided through the process. It’s currently only available in the U.S. Google said the experimental feature uses computer vision technology to scan facial features and extract data to match with paintings. The company said it won’t use data from photos for any other purpose but to match it with images in its catalog. It only stores selfies for the time it takes to find matches, Google said. The selfie feature is similar to other apps that use matching technology to find lookalikes. Microsoft’s What Dog app can identify and classify dogs based on photos uploaded to the app. The Google Arts & Culture app is part of the Google Cultural Institute, which provides information about artists, scientists and historical figures from 1,000 institutions worldwide.  

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  • Washington Parish, Bogalusa City schools to close early Tuesday due to winter weatherWashington Parish, Bogalusa City schools to close early Tuesday due to winter weather

    WASHINGTON PARISH, La. — Public schools in Washington Parish will close early Tuesday due to predicted winter weather. The school system announced on its website that schools will dismiss their students after lunch. Bogalusa city schools will also close at noon. Lows on Tuesday could dip into the teens, and snow flurries are possible. Check back for updates on other school closures in the area.  

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  • New Orleans rockers Dinola Unveil Up High on Saustex Records 1/19New Orleans rockers Dinola Unveil Up High on Saustex Records 1/19

    Hailing from the storied city of New Orleans come DiNOLA. This female fronted quartet re-imagine heavy British Blues in a manner that captures the rhythm and gothic voodoo of their hometown while staying true to their punk roots with terse arrangements, evocative of U.X.A. and the early recordings of Siouxsie & The Banshees.

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  • New Orleans joins the 'tiny house' trendNew Orleans joins the 'tiny house' trend

    New Orleans now has it's own "tiny house" community, a trend that has been sweeping the country as of late. The neighborhood of diminutive dwellings opened late last year in Gentilly, inside the Pontchartrain Landing Marina and RV Park, just off the Industrial Canal near Lake Ponchartrain.

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  • Children’s museum to open on North ShoreChildren’s museum to open on North Shore

    After 10 years of preparation, the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany will open to the public Saturday in Mandeville.

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  • A dozen siblings found ‘starving,’ some chained inside California home after teen escapes: Sheriff A dozen siblings found ‘starving,’ some chained inside California home after teen escapes: Sheriff 

    PERRIS, Calif. – Two Southern California parents are being held on $9 million bail each after a horrific discovery at a residence in Perris over the weekend, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Monday. An investigation began after a 17-year-old girl "escaped" from her home in the 100 block of Muir Woods Road and called 911 early Sunday morning to report that her 12 brothers and sister were being held captive by their parents, according to a sheriff's news release. She alleged some of her siblings were bound in padlocked chains. Her call prompted a response from Perris Police Department officers and Riverside County sheriff's deputies, who believed the "slightly emaciated" girl was only 10 years old until she gave them her age. After interviewing the teen, investigators went to the residence and contacted her parents, identified as 57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin, according to the release. When investigators checked out the home, they discovered "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings," sheriff's officials said. They added that the parents could not provide a "logical" explanation for why the kids were restrained. Authorities located what they thought were 12 children, but were stunned to find out that seven of them were adults between the ages of 18 and 29, the release stated. The victims looked to be malnourished and filthy, authorities said. The 13 victims, whose ages ranged from 2 to 29, were taken to the Perris Station for interviews; the juvenile and adult children were also provided food and drink after telling investigators they were "starving," according to the release. The six children and seven adults were then transported to different hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were not immediately known. Both parents were detained while child and adult protectives services responded to assist in the investigation. After being interviewed, they were each booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center on suspicion of torture and child endangerment, the release said. Anyone with information about the investigation is urged to call Master Investigator Tom Salisbury at the Perris Station by calling 951-210-1000, or via email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.

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  • New Orleans Saints staff will coach the 2018 Pro Bowl - NewOrleansSaints.comNew Orleans Saints staff will coach the 2018 Pro Bowl - NewOrleansSaints.com

    NewOrleansSaints.comNew Orleans Saints staff will coach the 2018 Pro BowlNewOrleansSaints.comThe coaching staffs of the New Orleans Saints and Pittsburgh Steelers were selected to lead the 2018 Pro Bowl teams in Orlando, Fla. The 2018 Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan, 28, at Orlando's Camping World Stadium. Tickets to the game, which will ...and more »

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Kelly filed a motion Thursday to dismiss the indictment alleging the U.S. Attorney’s Office leaked information to WWL-TV because the station was in a position to be the first to report on the indictments. “We have the evidence. We have documented it and the U.S. Attorney’s Office has admitted that they leaked information to Channel 4 News about a grand jury proceeding,” Kelly said in an interview after Thursday’s arraignment. In his motion, Kelly claims the alleged leak is a pattern of behavior by the government, and requested a hearing in front of the judge assigned to the case, U.S. District Court Judge Jay Zainey. Both Mayfield and Markham pleaded not guilty and were ordered to turn over their passports. Bond was set at $25,000 for Mayfield, who has been declared indigent despite having recently sold his half million-dollar home in Broadmoor. Mayfield was declared indigent after informing Judge Zainey that his monthly income currently is $800 and that he no longer owns his home. The judge said Mayfield qualifies as indigent because his monthly bills exceed his monthly income. “The Government’s actions constitute outrageous misconduct that not only violated federal law, but also calls into question the legitimacy of the grand jury proceedings used by the Government for years to target and investigate Mr. Mayfield and his co-defendant, Ronald Markham,” Kelly wrote. Acting U.S. Attorney Duane Evans issued a statement late Thursday about Kelly’s claims, but because it’s an active case they won’t comment on specific details in the motion. “…[I]t would be inappropriate to confirm or deny any private communications or disclosures with members of the court, or any personnel matters potentially affecting Department of Justice employees with rights under the federal Privacy Act. We intend to respond fully to defendant’s motion at the time required under local rules of court. 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 Contributing Writer On January 13, West Africa’s unique and rich history makes its debut in the Crescent City at the Art Garage on 2231 St. Claude Avenue at 7 p.m. The festive event known as Fête d’Hiver, organized by New Orleans non-profit Les Enfants d’Abord, will showcase the upbeat Senegalese culture to the people of New Orleans. Senegal is a country located in West Africa, with French cultural ties to the city of New Orleans, with similarities among both cultures in food, music and arts. Les Enfants d’Abord was established by local resident Jaryd Kase in 2016. The organization, which includes New Orleans natives working in partnership with local residents of Senegalese background, focuses on providing supplemental education and community health programs to underrepresented children and families in Senegal. Senegal, a vibrant African country known for its’ liveliness and rich musical culture, is said to be one of West Africa’s safest states. However, organizers said this country falls short in education of the nation’s children. Having one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, Kase said that it was some of the challenges and concerns he witnessed from his visits to Senegal that inspired the fundraiser. “The school systems there are underfunded and overcrowded, our programs work to fill in that gap,” Kase said. Senegal has a population of roughly 13 million people, with a high percentage of unemployment at nearly 10 percent, according to World Bank data. Most of Senegal’s citizens reside in urban areas. Though the HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate is low in Senegal, poor sanitation, other deadly diseases and poor literacy rates are at a staggering high. Senegalese children’s lack of experience with basic school projects and being able to solve challenging tasks creatively are the primary challenges that prompted the creation of Les Enfants d’Abord, Kase explained. Low literacy rates in this country seem to have a direct link to why unemployment in Senegal is so high, the event organizers said. The less quality education children receive there, the less likely they are to improve their outcomes or in some cases hold a job in their country. “It’s really important that children, both local and international, get exposed to project-based learning so that they develop creative thinking and science skills,” Kase said. “I’ve worked in Senegal for over a year and none of the upper level management positions were filled by Senegalese people, because the school didn’t produce people who had those skills,” Kase added. Kase expressed that what he wants individuals who attend this event to take away is the importance of Senegalese children receiving an education, but a quality education that incorporates creativity and science within their curriculum. In addition, he also wants individuals to appreciate the cultural connections and history that the Senegalese and the New Orleans cultures share. Tickets to the event are $60, and are available for purchase online at www.enfants-dabord.org. The event will feature an open bar with local beer and spirits, special Senegalese hors d’oeuvres, live music from Afrissippi, a Senegalese Mbalax band from Oxford, Miss., a silent auction from locally-owned New Orleans shops, and exhibits showing the activities and results of Les Enfant d’Abord’s programs.

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  • New Orleans is in for a freezing cold weekend. See forecasted lows. - NOLA.comNew Orleans is in for a freezing cold weekend. See forecasted lows. - NOLA.com

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  • Parents, protesters picket Einstein Charter Schools over lack of busingParents, protesters picket Einstein Charter Schools over lack of busing

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  • What to know in New Orleans this week  (Jan. 9-15, 2018)What to know in New Orleans this week (Jan. 9-15, 2018)

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  • Debtors’ court violates constitution, judge rulesDebtors’ court violates constitution, judge rules

    By Della Hasselle Contributing Writer A federal district judge has ruled that judges in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court have routinely violated the constitutional rights of Louisiana’s indigent individuals in implementing a so-called “user pay” system mandated by state law. According to U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance, the system fails to consider a person’s ability to pay court debts before jailing them. Vance also ruled that the state judges have an inherent conflict of interest in determining whether low-income defendants are able to pay fines and fees associated with proceedings, since the judges rely on those fines and fees to help bolster the court’s budget. Defendants have accused the courts of running a system equivalent to a “debtors’ prison.” “The judges’ adjudication of plaintiffs’ ability to pay those fines and fees offends due process,” Vance wrote in a 79-page ruling on Dec. 13. The lawsuit was brought before Vance in September 2015, on behalf of six plaintiffs who said they had been unconstitutionally jailed for owing court debts. A Vera Institute of Justice report found that year, 536 people had been jailed because they couldn’t pay court fines and fees or because they had missed court dates involving such payments. Attorney Celeste Brustowicz, a lawyer for the court’s 13 elected judges, argued during a federal hearing earlier in the year that the lawsuit should be quashed because the practices it named were no longer in place. The plaintiffs were no longer being jailed for not being able to pay fines and their court debts had been forgiven, Brustowicz said then. By June, the judges and their lawyers said more than 4,000 arrest warrants had been cancelled and $1 million in fees had been forgiven. Mateya Kelley, of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, argued, however, for Vance to make the law clear regarding defendants’ Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process and equal protection by issuing a judgment, according to multiple reports. While advocates have lauded Vance’s decision, the ruling could ultimately create financial turmoil for the court. The judges have in the past warned members of New Orleans City Council that the budget would be severely impacted if they lose that source of revenue, as much of it comes from those fines and fees imposed upon criminal defendants. Among those who pay the fees are people who get representation from public defenders because they’re considered to be too poor to hire private lawyers. The fines and fees “probably represents fully a fourth of the monies that we need to be operational,” Judge Franz Zibilich has said, adding that the funds will have to “come from someplace.” However, Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee, said the Louisiana system “undermines public trust and confidence in our justice system.” It also punished the poor and perpetuated an imbalance in the criminal legal system, as well disproportionately affected racial minorities, she said. “The Orleans Parish Criminal District Court epitomizes the criminalization of poverty and the corrupting effect of financial incentives on our local courts,” Clarke said. “The resurgence of debtors’ prisons across our country entraps poor people, too many of whom are African-American or minority, in a cycle of escalating debt and unnecessary incarceration.” Alec Karakatsanis, founder and executive director of Civil Rights Corps, agreed. “No human being should be put in a cage because she cannot make a monetary payment, and no local legal system should depend on convicting people and extorting money from them just to make enough money to keep the courts open,” he said. The state judges have acknowledged that 95 percent of arrestees before them cannot afford a lawyer, according to the Civil Rights Corps, meaning that a large majority of defendants are further punished simply because they cannot pay court-ordered debts. Vance did say that the conflict of interest exists “by no fault of judges themselves,” but because of the way the system was created. “It is the unfortunate result of the financing structure, established by governing law, that forces the Judges to generate revenue from the criminal defendants they sentence,” Vance said. “Of course, the Judges would not be in this predicament if the state and city adequately funded OPCDC.” The judges could appeal the ruling to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and ask the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana Legislature for more money to help fill any funding gap caused by the ruling. This article originally published in the January, 2018 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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  • Arrest made in fight involving white males and Black teensArrest made in fight involving white males and Black teens

    A 21-year-old Gramercy man was arrested Thursday on a count of second-degree battery in the beating of a teen on Christmas Eve at a bonfire on the levee in Gramercy, the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Jordan Hitt was booked into the St. James Parish jail in Convent, La. late Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. The investigation into the fight that broke out between a group of white males and a group of Black youth is continuing, the Sheriff’s Office said. Earlier in the week, two African-American women told authorities in Gramercy, La. and St. James Parish that their sons were injured in what appears to be a racially motivated attack allegedly committed by several of their white classmates after a white girl was seen talking to a group of Black boys at the St. James Parish bonfire on Christmas eve. St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr. told The New Orleans Advocate that his office is still trying to gather details of the incident on the Mississippi River levee, but the mothers of the victims, who are cousins, told authorities and The New Orleans Advocate that the incident stems from the fact that some of the white students were upset about the white girl interacting with the Black teens. La’Quesha Scott, 34, of Convent, La., and Lahoma Dumas, 38, of Gonzales, La., said their sons had gone to the bonfire celebration in Gramercy with a group of friends from Ascension Parish who had never seen the bonfires, which are traditionally lit along the Mississippi River levee to “light the way for Papa Noel.” Scott told The New Orleans Advocate that the boys didn’t know anyone who was lighting a bonfire but went to watch, as many do. The annual holiday tradition with more than two centuries of history attracts thousands of visitors, many from out of town and even out of state. Scott and Dumas said a group of white males began to attack the group of Black youths after the female spoke to them. Neither mother attended the incident and said they are relying on the boys’ account. “I wasn’t there,” Dumas said, “but I’m going off what all of them told me. They all have the same story, so …” The Christmas Eve fight actually happened in the town of Gramercy but Sheriff Martin said Dec. 27 that he expected that his office, given that juveniles were part of the incident, would get involved. Martin said he heard scanner traffic about the fight early Monday morning, Dec. 25, and spoke briefly with officials but heard nothing else until a mother of one of the victims called his office on Wednesday, Dec. 27. The sheriff said he has assigned a juvenile deputy to the case and asked the officer to find out what Gramercy officers have done so far but his office is still playing catch-up. “Based on what the parents told us, we’re obviously going to take it and start digging into it,” Martin told The New Orleans Advocate. The sheriff said Gramercy officers early on told him they went to the scene of the reported fight shortly afterward but were unable to find anyone there. Scott said she believes the fight had a racial element and made similar allegations in a Facebook post Wednesday. In her post, Scott also put up pictures of Dumas’ son, 17-year-old Shannon Dumas Jr., showing severe injuries around his eyes, cheeks, scalp, as well as what appears to be a split earlobe. Scott claimed her nephew, Shannon Jr., had been hit with a Crown Royal bottle several times and knocked unconscious. Scott said that her 15-year-old son suffered a sprained knee in the incident. Scott said a Gramercy police officer took a report on the incident, which happened in the town limits, but, with the passage of a few days, she went to the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. She said authorities have been provided with the names of three of the alleged assailants. Lahoma Dumas said her son knew some of the boys from school. Lahoma Dumas said she understands it is the holidays but said she is wondering if the police are taking the incident seriously since it happened Sunday night and they have the names of some suspects. “That’s my point. Why haven’t they been arrested,” Lahoma Dumas said. Scott said Gramercy police officers told her they are still working on the case. The arrest of Jordan Hitt late Thursday afternoon came as St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin said investigators have found no evidence so far of a racial motive for the fight, which sent two Black teens to the hospital. “I don’t see anything that supports it’s a racial/hate crime,” Martin said in an interview shortly before the announcement of Hitt’s arrest. “Prior to the fight, they were all up there having a nice time.” He said investigators were still conducting interviews with the victims and witnesses on Thursday and the reason for the fight remains unclear. “We all know it was a fight between young Black men and young white men, but we don’t know if it’s over hate,” the sheriff said. “We have not determined the motive of this fight.” Sheriff Martin said he was aware of the statements the mothers have made, as well as posts on Facebook and social media saying the fight was racially driven. “If there are some facts out there that support that, give us that,” Martin said, urging those who were present and have information about the incident to come forward. The fight broke out shortly after midnight, in the first hours of Christmas Day on Monday, as the bonfires burned on the levee, Martin said. Lahoma Dumas said Thursday that her son had to get 17 stitches, in multiple places on his face and head, including stitches to repair a split earlobe. His nose was also fractured, Dumas said, and she’ll be bringing him to a primary physician, as instructed at the hospital emergency room, once the swelling goes down. There was no Christmas Day celebration at the Dumas home, she said. “We left the hospital at 5:30 on Christmas day” morning, skipping the usual family gathering at her grandmother’s home, Dumas said. Dumas, of Gonzales, said her son Shannon Jr., 17, is an 11th-grader at East Ascension High School and had previously attended Lutcher High in St. James Parish. This article originally published in the January, 2018 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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  • Xmas tree pickup schedule for coastal restoration projectXmas tree pickup schedule for coastal restoration project

    The City of New Orleans is continuing its program of recycling Christmas trees in an effort to promote the restoration of Louisiana’s wetlands and to assist in the protection of the Louisiana coastline. Orleans Parish residents, eligible for garbage collection by the City, are encouraged to recycle their Christmas trees by placing them curbside, before 5 a.m., on their regularly scheduled second collection day that occurs between Jan. 11-13, 2018 for properties served by Richard’s Disposal and Metro Services. Properties in the French Quarter or DDD, served by Empire Services, should place their trees curbside before 4 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Only natural, unflocked trees that are free of all stands and trimming can be recycled. All ornaments, tinsel, lights and tree stands must be removed before being placed curbside. Flocked, artificial trees, trees in bags or trees with trimming that have not been removed will be collected with garbage and transported to the landfill. Trees are not to be placed on neutral grounds as this delays the collection process. The City’s Department of Sanitation along with its solid waste contractors Metro Services, Richard’s Disposal and Empire Services and the Office of Resilience and Sustainability are working together to collect, sort and bundle the trees, which will be placed in selected coastal zones. Last year, more than 8,000 Christmas trees were collected in Orleans Parish after the holidays and airlifted by the Louisiana National Guard into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of a program to create new marsh habitat. Residents seeking more information should call NOLA 3-1-1. This article originally published in the January, 2018 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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  • Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson makes history, named Chief Judge at Orleans Criminal CourtJudge Keva Landrum-Johnson makes history, named Chief Judge at Orleans Criminal Court

    The Louisiana Weekly Staff Report — In a historic appointment, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson ascends to a higher role in the court. Effective Jan. 1, Landrum-Johnson will serve a two-year tenure as chief judge of criminal court, becoming the first African-American woman to serve in that office. For the past 10 years, Landrum-Johnson has presided as judge of Section E of criminal court. She was first elected to that office in 2008, and is currently serving a second term. LANDRUM-JOHNSON As chief judge, Landrum-Johnson will continue to preside over criminal trials and proceedings allotted to her section while also overseeing the administrative functions of the court and serving as an ex officio member on court committees. In Orleans Parish, criminal court has jurisdiction over all criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, and, also, administers intervention services, drug testing, collections and the jury commission. The court employs approximately 150 individuals, including 12 elected criminal court judges, one elected magistrate judge and four commissioners. Landrum-Johnson said, “Orleans Parish Criminal District Court is one of the most significant institutions in the City of New Orleans, and I am honored to have earned the trust and confidence of my colleagues to lead in this capacity. My priorities as Chief Judge are to ensure the court operates efficiently and to provide vision and leadership on behalf of the citizens of New Orleans as well as the court’s judiciary, administration and staff.” The appointment is Landrum-Johnson’s second historical accomplishment in her 20 years of practicing law and public service. In 2007, she became the first African-American woman in Louisiana to serve as District Attorney when she served as Orleans Parish District Attorney. During her tenure as district attorney, she worked to re-establish the public’s trust in the office, fought contractor fraud, and brought the first Forensic DNA summit to the city of New Orleans. Prior to that post, Landrum-Johnson spent 10 years climbing the ranks as an assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish. In that capacity, she served as a homicide and sex crimes screener, chief of the juvenile division, chief of the screening division and interim first assistant district attorney. Landrum-Johnson has also worked in private practice, public defense and is a former criminal law professor at Southern University at New Orleans. A New Orleans native, Landrum-Johnson earned a juris doctorate from Tulane Law School and a bachelor’s in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. She is also a graduate of Ursuline Academy. This article originally published in the January, 2018 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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  • Orleans Parish judge sent misleading ‘D.A. subpoenas’ when she was a prosecutorOrleans Parish judge sent misleading ‘D.A. subpoenas’ when she was a prosecutor

    By Charles Maldonado The Lens In 2015, prosecutor Sarah Dawkins came to Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman with a request: Issue arrest warrants for two witnesses because they had disobeyed subpoenas. According to a federal civil rights suit, the subpoenas were false — part of a longstanding ruse in which prosecutors handed out phony documents to pressure witnesses to talk. The practice wouldn’t have been foreign to the judge — she had issued similar documents herself when she was a prosecutor. One defense lawyer, who worked on a case involving misleading “D.A. subpoenas,” as prosecutors called them, said he believes judges who worked as prosecutors should say whether they participated in the practice. If they have, he said, that could present a conflict when they preside over cases in which fake subpoenas were used. Criminal District Court Judge Paul Bonin, who never worked as a prosecutor, said that’s unnecessary. Since the practice became public, he said, judges agree that the documents were improper — as D.A. Leon Cannizzaro has acknowledged. Under state law, prosecutors can compel witnesses to attend private meetings, but first they must get permission from a judge. In some cases, Orleans Parish prosecutors didn’t do that. They just sent their own documents that looked real. Cannizzaro halted the practice the day The Lens reported on it. Assistant District Attorney Chris Bowman told The Lens earlier this year that these notices long predated Cannizzaro. Indeed, a defense attorney provided documents showing they had been used nearly 20 years ago. In 2001, Quincy Brown was about to go on trial for attempted murder and armed robbery, crimes he allegedly committed in 1999. His lawyers argued that some of the charges should be dropped, in part because the D.A.’s Office had sent misleading D.A. subpoenas to his alleged shooting victim. A prosecutor cited those documents when she asked a judge to have the victim arrested for refusing to cooperate. Brown was acquitted of attempted murder but convicted of armed robbery. Five years later, Brown’s appellate attorneys revealed that the armed robbery victim also had been summoned with a DA subpoena to speak to prosecutors. Herman, who was an Orleans Parish prosecutor from 1991 to 1999, signed those DA subpoenas, as well as several others in the case. She did not respond to requests for comment. Richard Bourke, who represented Brown after he was convicted, provided The Lens with a number of DA subpoenas used in that case. The notices back then were different from those used under Cannizzaro. The old forms didn’t say “SUBPOENA,” nor did they threaten jail and fines for failure to obey. But they were still problematic, Bourke said, because they looked like legally binding documents. What’s more, Herman added a handwritten note referring to the documents as “subpoenas.” A number of the judges at the courthouse were prosecutors earlier in their careers, including Robin Pittman, Camille Buras and Laurie White. Bourke said judges who sent misleading subpoenas when they worked for the D.A.’s Office can’t be trusted to treat them seriously. He said they should recuse themselves from any cases in which they come up. “There needs to be a clear declaration from all sitting judges” about whether they used the misleading documents, he said. “We need to rely on the judges to honestly reflect on their practice as prosecutors.” Though the D.A.’s Office no longer sends fake subpoenas, they may have been used in cases that are still open. Just last month, the D.A.’s Office provided two fake subpoenas related to a 2016 attempted murder conviction. The defendant’s lawyers are seeking a new trial, saying the victim was coerced into talking to police. Bonin said judges who sent the misleading notices can deal with the matter fairly. “I don’t think any judge would touch that form or enforce” it, he said. According to the lawsuit against Cannizzaro and 10 of his prosecutors, Herman signed off on arrest warrants for two women who had disobeyed fake subpoenas. It happened this spring, right before the practice was made public. The lawsuit refers to the women, who are not plaintiffs, by their initials. The Lens identified them through court records. Jeromesha Blanton and Iesha Estem were the alleged victims in an aggravated assault case. They told police that in August 2015, Wayne Kendrick pulled a gun on them during an argument. A few months later, the women approached Kendrick’s lawyer, public defender Thomas Frampton. “They told me and provided written statements that they had effectively fabricated the entire incident,” said Frampton, who has since left the Public Defender’s Office. The women wrote in their statements that they never saw Kendrick with a gun. Estem wrote that she had gone to the D.A.’s Office to recant what she had told police, but she wasn’t allowed to fill out an affidavit. Frampton sent the statements to Dawkins, the prosecutor. Her response, according to Frampton and the civil rights lawsuit: “You know how it goes in our office. Recantations mean someone goes to jail: the defendant or the victim.” “The context of the statement,” Frampton said, “was me approaching Sarah Dawkins and saying, ‘Why the hell is this case still around?’” Dawkins wasn’t willing to drop the case, he said, “until they could build a case against someone else.” The D.A.’s Office did not respond to a request for comment about the case. Soon after, according to the lawsuit, Dawkins sent fake subpoenas to the women telling them to come to the D.A.’s Office for questioning. They didn’t, according to the suit. That’s when she asked Herman to issue the arrest warrants. Dawkins’ only justification was “service to appear at the office of the district attorney,” meaning they had been summoned to the DA’s office. There’s no record of a real subpoena calling the women in for an interview, plaintiffs lawyers allege in the lawsuit. According to the suit, Blanton spent six days in jail. It does not say if Estem was arrested. The D.A.’s Office dropped the charges against Kendrick in February. The above article originally appeared on The Lens website (www.thelensnola.org). The Louisiana Weekly enjoys a partnership with The Lens. This article originally published in the January, 2018 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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