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Pelicans offseason all about risk

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 22:45

New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps met the media Wednesday to discuss the team's disappointing 2013-2014 campaign.

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More than 100 northshore residents voiced their concerns to state leaders Wednesday night about a possible fracking site.

State Rep. Tim Burns hosted the community meeting to help residents learn more about an oil company's proposal for a tract of land in Mandeville.

Helis Oil Corp. wants to use the technique of fracking to extract the oil. Fracking involves using hydraulic pressure to crack bedrock that frees oil to rise to the surface.

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Starting immediately, traffic will be open in both directions of Lakeshore Drive every day of the week for the first time in decades.

The westbound lanes in the quarter-mile stretch between Marconi and Rail had been closed on the weekends.

"These streets should be accessible to everyone," advocate Vanessa Gueringer said Wednesday during a public comment period to the Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority.

The board heard emotional comments from those begging for Lakeshore Drive to be opened in both directions and from those pleading for it to stay closed.

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Reserve man sought in attempted kidnapping
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:14

Detectives are looking for a Reserve man who is accused of trying to kidnap a 17-year-old girl Saturday outside a business in Boutte.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 21-year-old Devin Donald on a second-degree kidnapping charge.

The girl told detectives she was waiting for a ride when Donald got out of his vehicle armed with a gun and forced her into his car. She escaped and ran to a nearby gas station.

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Darren Sharper's attorneys began Wednesday's hearing by trying to convince the Arizona judge to set a bond.

As rebuttal, a Tempe, Ariz., detective took the stand and laid out the details of the investigation that led to Sharper's indictment.

Sharper is charged with two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs. According to the Tempe police report, two women claim Sharper drugged them and sexually assaulted them after a night of partying last November.

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A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the theft of more than half a million in cash from a Bourbon Street bar.

Brandon Whitehead, 29, was booked Wednesday with simple burglary and possession of stolen property, according to New Orleans Police Department spokesman Officer Garry Flot.

Police have recovered about $130,000 of the $594,000 that was stolen. The theft was reported April 1, but investigators believe it happened March 26, when surveillance video shows a maintenance man entering the area where the bar's safe was located.

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Students at a westbank Catholic school helped launch a new federal initiative designed to keep children safe from online sexual predators.

"I do pledge after today that I will be an iGuardian on the Internet," students at St. Cletus Catholic School said in unison Wednesday afternoon as they were led by a federal law enforcement official.

"Sexual exploitation of children online is at an epidemic portion right now," said John Schmidt, Cyber Crimes Group Supervisor with ICE/Homeland Security Investigations.

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A 10-year-old boy is in custody after he allegedly brought a loaded handgun to a Thibodaux school Thursday.

According to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, administrators at Thibodaux Elementary School learned that a student was in possession of a .380 caliber automatic pistol. A school resource officer confiscated the weapon after it was found in the student's school bag.

After investigating, detectives determined that the boy brought the gun to school to show it to his friends, according to the sheriff's office.

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Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona detective says the DNA of former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them last year at a Tempe apartment.

Tempe police Detective Kevin Mace said at a hearing in Phoenix on Wednesday that Sharper's DNA was recovered from one of the women's clothing, but none of his DNA was found during an exam of the other victim.

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4 years after BP spill, oystermen struggling
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 16:50

Wednesday was a perfect day for oyster fishing in Plaquemines Parish, but no boats were moving.

As the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, some say it's still not practical to even take their boats out. They say in a region that at one time was the most productive in the world, the oysters are gone.

"Right now, we've got nothing to do with these boats," said Vlaho Mjehovich, a third-generation Croatian oysterman.

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