In March of this year, FOX 8 shot exclusive video of homicide detectives searching a boarded-up house in New Orleans east.
That search has now been linked to the investigation into the deaths of a Reserve couple.
A warrant obtained by FOX 8 reveals that investigators were looking for any trace of evidence linked to the murders of Kenneth and Lakeitha Joseph.
The couple disappeared on Feb. 19. Their bodies were found weeks apart in the Intracoastal Waterway.
Just before noon Thursday, St. Bernard Parish President Dave Peralta walked out of the parish jail, where he was photographed and fingerprinted one day after he was indicted on a count of sexual battery against his wife.
Peralta, through his attorney, continues to maintain his innocence.
Not long before Peralta was booked at the jail, he walked into the courthouse where on Wednesday a grand jury handed up the indictment.
Peralta did not comment to news reporters outside the jail, or as he entered the courthouse.
Three members of the St. Bernard Parish Council are calling on the parish president to resign.
Members Gay McInnis, Ray Lauga and Casey Hunnicutt sent the following statement Thursday:
"The following council members signed below agree in principal that the executive branch of St. Bernard Parish require unencumbered leadership and focus, as well as the public trust. We feel that this is vital to a successful governing authority. In our opinion, your recent personal and legal issues have overtaxed your capacity to maintain the public trust and provide fruitful and productive leadership moving St.
Henry Glover, the man who was shot by former New Orleans police officer David Warren just days after Hurricane Katrina, was simply lighting a cigarette when he was killed, a relative of the victim testified Wednesday.
Bernard Calloway said he and 31-year-old Glover intended to pick family members up from Glover's New Orleans apartment and head out of town four days after the devastating 2005 storm.
Orleans Criminal Court was evacuated for a short time Thursday after a deputy found a suspicious package inside the building and notified New Orleans police.
It was later determined that the package contained a liquid substance - likely vomit, Judicial Administrator Robert Kazik told our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
The incident began at about 2 p.m., when police were called to investigate a black bag with a note attached leaning against the main entrance doors of the building at Tulane and Broad.
Police are reaching out to the public for help finding an alleged killer whose crime put a Central City school on temporary lockdown.
The shooting happened on April 14 in the 2300 block of Josephine St. The New Orleans Police Department said Johntrell "John John" Washington, 17, fatally shot Racquel Gillard, 38, around 2:30 p.m. Officers found Gillard suffering from several gunshot wounds. She died later at an area hospital.
The school in the area was put on lockdown as a precaution.
Police say a body found in an elevator shaft Thursday morning was in an advanced stage of decomposition and likely had been there for some time.
Police made the discovery after a repairman called them to a dilapidated, three-story building in the 2600 block of Claiborne Avenue to investigate human remains.
An NOPD spokesman said there were no visible signs of trauma or foul play.
The Orleans Parish coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
A homeowner who was plowing a field Tuesday afternoon in Tangipahoa Parish called the Sheriff's Office Tuesday after finding what they believed to be human remains on the property.
Deputies and detectives arrived at the home on N. Brickyard Road in Hammond, LA and began collecting evidence and a preliminary investigation began.
The homeowner reported that they saw what looked like human skeleton bones lying on the ground.
The Louisiana State Police and the LSU Faces Laboratory are processing all evidence collected from the scene.
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St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta walked into court alone Thursday morning, not commenting on what brought him there.
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Peralta on one count of sexual battery after listening to testimony from Peralta's estranged wife and several other people.
A judge issued an arrest warrant on the count of sexual battery. Peralta's attorney, Steven London, said the parish president will be taken to jail, processed and released as soon as authorities complete the paper work.