May 142018

City Councilmen Jay H. Banks (left) and Joe Giarrusso III attend their first meeting of the City Council on May 7, 2018. (Robert Morris,

Following his campaign pledge to make the ongoing problems with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans a primary focus, Councilman Joe Giarrusso and his colleagues have demanded the agency’s leaders appear before the City Council next month and answer a specific set of questions. Continue reading »

May 112018

George Paitich

Matthew Magrini

A motorcyclist who crashed into a canal near Xavier University in 2016, killing the school teacher riding as his passenger, was found guilty Thursday night of vehicular homicide, and now faces up to 10 years in prison, court officials said. Continue reading »

May 082018

Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze in a two-story garage on Cherry Street on Monday afternoon. (photo by New Orleans Fire Department photo unit)

Firefighters battle a fire in a garage on Cherry Street on Monday. (photo by New Orleans Fire Department photo unit)

A fire Monday afternoon that started at a home on Cherry Street in Hollygrove spread to a two-story garage next door, creating a blaze that took more than an hour for New Orleans firefighters to bring under control, authorities said.

The fire started at a home in the 3300 block of Cherry Street shortly before 4:45 p.m., according to the New Orleans Fire Department. Firefighters were on scene within five minutes, and “found a two-story wood-framed brick veneer duplex with heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear,” the NOFD report states. “A large two-story garage located adjacent to the fire building was also on fire upon arrival.” Continue reading »