Prosecutors say ex Jeff deputy plotted the perfect murder

Thursday, 24 July 2014 19:12
Five years before Albert Bloch went missing in 2007, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mark Hebert was chatting at Webster’s, an all-night diner in Metairie. The topic: how to get away with murder. “He said, ‘If you put the body on a fresh grave’ ” and cover it back up with the dirt, no one would ever find it, Susanne Walker testified Thursday. “I thought, ‘Wow, it probably could work.’ ” Bloch may be 4…
Gusman ignores IG’s request to open closed-door selection process
Thursday, 24 July 2014 19:12
The city’s inspector general blasted Sheriff Marlin Gusman on Thursday for conducting the public’s business behind closed doors, urging him to let outsiders observe the selection process for a multimillion-dollar contract that will be awarded to an outside firm to provide medical and mental-health care to inmates at Orleans Parish Prison. But Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux’s last-minute letter to the sheriff appeared to have no effect on a meeting held Thursday morning at Gusman’s new…
FOX 8 Defenders Investigation: Lakeview contractor arrested
Thursday, 24 July 2014 19:12
It was supposed to be Brittany Hembree and Tommy Nguyen's dream home in Lakeview. Instead, it turned into a construction nightmare. The couple signed a $480,000 contract with Steven "Hunter" Estess more than two years ago to build their home on Fleur De Lis. "We questioned him and said, 'where did the funds go? What happened to the house?' He kept saying it is going to be done soon, but as you can see the…
FOX 8 Defenders: State agency investigates limo companies FOX 8 exposed
Thursday, 24 July 2014 19:12
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The subject of our ongoing FOX 8 Defenders limo investigation has been arrested. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office tells FOX 8 that 34-year-old Sean Lewis of Marrero turned himself in on an outstanding arrest warrant for theft and forgery. From there, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's detectives confirm they arrested Lewis in connection with harassing phone calls by making threats. Lewis allegedly threatened another business owner's life. He posted bond and…
St. Mary probes prison social media
Thursday, 24 July 2014 18:16
LAFAYETTE — The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether an inmate in the parish jail has been using a cell phone to post status updates and jail cell photos on a social media site. The Facebook page of inmate Alvin Terrell Louis, 32, shows that from July 16 until Monday there were almost 100 posts written on his Facebook page, possibly composed by Louis in a jail cell at the St. Mary Parish…
Feds probe student’s complaint
Thursday, 24 July 2014 18:16
LAFAYETTE — The discipline of an Acadian Middle School student is the center of a federal investigation of a race-based complaint against the Lafayette Parish School System. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights notified Superintendent Pat Cooper last month about the complaint and requested information specific to four disciplinary incidents involving an Acadian Middle student, according to a copy of the June 12 letter obtained by The Advocate. Portions of the letter…
Doctors using genes to personalize health treatments
Thursday, 24 July 2014 18:12
Meg Farris / Eyewitness News Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @megfarriswwl LACOMBE, La. -- One-size-fits-all medicine may soon be a thing of the past. Having a bad reaction to a medication is one of the leading causes of hospitalizations and death. Now a doctor in Lacombe has a solution. Six years ago Roy Hollyfield, 68 of Mandeville, was playing golf when he became very tired. A doctor's exam to see why saved his life.
JP teacher battles cancer, insurance company
Thursday, 24 July 2014 18:12
Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | Twitter: @pmurphywwl KENNER, La. - A Jefferson Parish teacher is battling brain cancer and at the same time, her insurance company. Carin Graber is an English teacher at Bonnabel High School in Kenner. Her husband Brian Graber is a music teacher in the JP school system. Brian says after two prior surgeries, his wife's doctor at MD Anderson in Texas wanted to try an advanced type of…
$5.9M in storm loans canceled
Thursday, 24 July 2014 18:12
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina, Parish President Billy Nungesser said Thursday. That leaves the parish on the hook to repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the storm. Nungesser said he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven. Congress last year changed the formula the Federal Emergency…
IG urges Gusman to open closed-door selection process
Thursday, 24 July 2014 18:12
The city’s independent inspector general is calling on Sheriff Marlin Gusman to open up the selection process for awarding a multimillion-dollar contract to provide medical and mental-health service at the Orleans Parish Prison. Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux, who learned Wednesday that Gusman had planned on awarding the contract during a closed-door meeting, sent a letter to the sheriff Thursday morning stressing the need for transparency. “The city must fund the expenses that result from this…

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