“Intentionally deleting text messages and voice mails to keep them out of the hands of a federal grand jury investigation is a federal crime.” Jennifer Saulino, Justice Department prosecutor
A former BP engineer deliberately deleted text messages that would have helped the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, an FBI agent involved in the prosecution of companies responsible for the disaster testified Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans.
Special Agent Kelly Bryson was the first witness to take the stand in the obstruction-of-justice trial of Kurt Mix, 52.
Mary Marx did not say a word when she walked into her Algiers home on May 25, 2011, and found her estranged husband standing in the kitchen, covered in mud and clutching a crossbow. She just looked at him, he later told police, “like she was the devil.”
David Marx allegedly aimed his crossbow, so powerful it can launch an arrow the full length of a football field in one second, and pulled the trigger.
The first arrow severed her spinal cord, paralyzing her instantly.
Big Chief Jerod “Rody” Lewis, of the Black Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe, who had one of the most distinctive and powerful voices in New Orleans’ entire Mardi Gras Indian community, died Nov. 25 at Ochsner Medical Center of a cerebral aneurysm. He was 49.
Lewis was widely known as Big Chief Rody. Although the name was often spelled as Roddy, his family said the Rody spelling was correct. The family also said his first name was correctly spelled Jerod rather than Gerod or Gerard, as some sources had it.
In what amounted to his first stump speech since taking office in September, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite Jr. on Wednesday pledged to bring the full resources of the federal government to bear on New Orleans’ violent crime problem, without diminishing his office’s long-standing focus on public corruption.
Speaking to a crowd of several hundred people at the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Polite departed a bit from the law-and-order themes that his predecessor, longtime U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, typically struck at such events.
NEW YORK — Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday night.
Ellsbury is the second major free-agent addition in the Yankees’ offseason rebuilding after missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 years. The center fielder was to take a physical in New York on Wednesday that he must pass before the deal can be finalized, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
The Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana formalized its opposition Wednesday to a coastal-erosion lawsuit against oil and gas companies filed by a flood protection authority representing the east bank of the New Orleans area.
The association, which represents 25 levee districts around the state, asked the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East to withdraw its suit. It recommended an alternative approach focused on a “constructive dialogue” among levee boards, elected officials and the energy industry on how to deal with coastal erosion.
A suspected drug dealer who escaped from New Orleans police last week by swimming across the Industrial Canal after a chase through the Lower 9th Ward has been arrested.
Lionel Thomas, 29, was found Monday morning in New Orleans East, three days after he eluded officers.
According to court documents, officers were on patrol in the Lower 9th Ward the night of Nov. 29 when they came upon a Ford Explorer idling with its driver’s side door open on North Miro Street near Delery Street.
The St. Bernard Parish Council took a first step this week toward joining Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes in suing oil and gas companies for industry damage to coastal wetlands.
The council voted unanimously on Tuesday to hire three law firms, including the same firm representing the other parishes, Carmouche and Marcello of Baton Rouge, to investigate its options for suing oil and gas companies. The other firms include Cossich, Sumich, Parisola, & Taylor, of Belle Chasse, and Connick and Connick of Metairie.
“We’ve been concerned with the erosion and saltwater intrusion caused by the dredging of canals,” said George Cavignac, the council’s chairman.
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New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis said Wednesday it’s frustrating to be injured again, but he also looked at the bright side.
Davis, the 2012 No. 1 overall draft pick, missed 18 games with a mild concussion and shoulder and leg ailments last season, his rookie year. He will miss four to six weeks with his latest injury, a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand, which he suffered during Sunday’s victory against the Knicks in New York.
In what could be his last game at Tiger Stadium, junior receiver Jarvis Landry might have made his best catch — even if you didn’t notice.
Landry’s 32-yard, left-handed leaping reception in the fourth-quarter of the comeback win over Arkansas on Friday was more than slightly overshadowed.