A deadly pit bull attack in Houma last month triggers the call for stricter laws and better enforcement of the animals. Now, a Lafourche Parish councilman is introducing a proposal that he thinks will make the parish safer.
Lafourche Councilman John Arnold is a self-professed animal lover. Just today, Arnold says a pit bull approached him on his job site and hopped in the back of his truck. "I kinda watched the dog all day, I left it in my truck in case anybody came around looking for it, no one came around so I brought this dog home with me," Arnold said.
With Mid-City's new medical complex nearing completion, there are questions about what happens to the old hospital buildings.
The old Pan American Life building on Canal Street is now open and operating as an administrative building for the new veterans' hospital. The $2 billion project has benefited hundreds of workers as well as Mid-City property owners.
"There's a lot of property value increase," said resident Josef Wright. "I think there's a lot of mania at the moment, and should settle down once the hospital opens.
Earlier this year, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the city had surpassed one of its most ambitious goals of eliminating 10,000 blighted properties by 2014.
City administrators, however, can't say where those 10,000 properties are located.
FOX 8 took a deeper look at the city's blight strategy and the mayor's declaration of success in a joint investigation with The Lens.
City Hall vowed to answer cries of neglect back on Nov.
Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway confirmed Tuesday that his department and the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office have taken over the investigation into the June 2012 murder of Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart. Lockhart's remains washed up in Hancock County, Mississippi.
Kenner police have had some involvement in probing the case since the outset. Almost two years ago, Kenner police investigators searched a home in the 2000 Block of Connecticut Street where at least one of the suspects in Lockhart's murder lived.
As music and food lovers count down the days to Jazz Fest, people are preparing for a parking problem around the Fair Grounds.
The city warns drivers who intend to park in the mostly residential area that space is limited and parking enforcement workers will be writing tickets and writing tickets all weekend long for those who don't follow the rules.
Tow trucks are also ready to haul away any cars that block driveways or fire hydrants.
A Tulane University freshman and top football recruit was booked Tuesday with simple rape in connection with an April 14 incident.
Niguel "Teddy" Veal, 17, is jailed in Orleans Parish Prison. Bond was set at $20,000.
According to New Orleans police, the alleged victim was introduced by a female she knew to Veal and another man. The alleged victim began drinking and then went back to the men's dorm room in the 6800 block of St.
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators have refused to reduce Louisiana's criminal penalties for marijuana possession, siding with the state's district attorneys and sheriffs who opposed the proposal.
A Senate judiciary committee voted 4-3 against the bill, likely killing it for the session.
Sens. J.P. Morrell and Robert Adley sought to make simple possession of marijuana a misdemeanor no matter how many times a person is convicted of the crime. Current law toughens penalties for second and later offenses, carrying felony sentences and possibly several years in jail.
The city warns drivers who intend to park near the Fairgrounds for Jazz Fest, space is limited and parking enforcement will be watching for those who don't follow the rules.
Parking is always a challenge during the two-weekend event.
This year promises to be no different with a huge lineup and a beautiful forecast.
Parking enforcement workers will be out writing tickets all weekend long and tow trucks are ready to haul away any cars that block driveways or fire hydrants.
Pit bull owners in Lafourche Parish could soon face stricter regulations. Tuesday evening, the parish council will consider a measure that aims to crackdown on irresponsible owners.
The proposed ordinance would require pit bull owners to register their animals and get a special license.
According to Lafourche Councilman John Arnold, who drew up the measure, it would also increase fines for violations.
The discussion comes on the heels of an attack in neighboring Terrebonne Parish last month.