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Police chase involving kidnapping suspect led to Causeway closure, according to JPSO

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A police chase involving a kidnapping suspect led to the Causeway Bridge being temporarily closed Saturday evening. Around 7 a.m., deputies responded to a call at an apartment in the 4100 black of Hessmer Avenue in Metairie. Multiple suspects forced their way into the residence and demanded money from the people living there. One of the suspects took one of the occupants and left the location.
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Covington man with gang ties sentenced to 25 years in prison for racketeering, violence

A Covington man associated with a West 30s neighborhood street gang has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for racketeering and violent crimes. Jaydon Terry Carter pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges stemming from a large-scale investigation that culminated in 2020 with 18 people, part of a group called the Vulture Gang or Hunger Gang, accused of attempted murders, driveby shootings, armed robberies and drug distribution. At the time, District Attorney Warren Montgomery said it was largest and most comprehensive racketeering case on the north shore.

Emergency officials respond to Springfield boat fire

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Three people are being treated for burns after their boat caught fire in Springfield. According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, their deputies and first responders with the Livingston Parish Fire Protection District #2 assisted the occupants of a boat that was running rough and then caught fire on Saturday, July 2.

JPSO: Causeway reopens following police involving a kidnapping suspects

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto reports that the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a kidnapping incident that resulted in an arrest this evening on the Causeway Bridge. JPSO says around 7 this morning, deputies were called to an apartment in the 4100 block of Hessmer Avenue in Metairie. Multiple suspects...

Sipping brews for a cause in Mandeville

The ninth annual Larry Hartzog’s Twisted Brew Fest and Homebrew Competition was held at the Castine Center in Mandeville on June 25, bringing together almost 60 teams showcasing their home-brewed ale concoctions and many commercial beer vendors. The beverages included IPAs, lagers and many others with more exotic flavors, such as pineapple, hibiscus, mango habanero and raspberry wheat. Guests received their own personalized glass to taste the beverages, as well as a necklace with pretzels attached for palate cleansing between vendors. Guests vote, and the event's People’s Choice winners included Macy Hope, with Drink Like a Girl, first place; Ryan Landry, with Laughing Bayou, second; and David Mrowski. The event once again benefited the Northshore Humane Society, with many of the zythophiles bringing their own pets to the event. The Mystic Krewe of Brew is the oldest home-brew club on the north shore, and the event’s namesake, Larry Hartzog, was well known in the area for his love of jazz and animals, as well as the unique ingredients he brought to home-brewing.

Police in Louisiana say a dog off-leash led to a meth arrest

MANDEVILLE, LA (WGNO) — Saint Tammany deputies say what started as a dog off of its leash in Pelican Park led to a drug arrest. Deputies say that late this morning, two men were walking with a dog in the park and the dog was not on a leash. When a park worker told the men to put the pet on a leash, one of them became confrontational. That’s when the worker called the sheriff’s office.

Bots battle at Mandeville High

On the Mandeville High School gym floor, three competitors raced to get as many basketballs as possible through a hoop and then climb to the highest rung on a ladder. But these weren’t ordinary competitors; they were robots that blinked and spun as energetic pop music blared, the clock counted down toward two minutes and 30 seconds, and high-spirited spectators cheered them on.

Pawn Depot opens in LaPlace

LAPLACE — Now open for business at 509 W. Airline Highway, Pawn Depot of LaPlace is a one-stop shop to loan, sell, trade and purchase merchandise. The new business celebrated its soft opening on June 30. A grand opening is planned for later this summer. LaPlace marks the seventh...

Byblos brings Lebanese and Mediterranean dishes to Elmwood

Seasoned restaurateurs know that timing is everything. Byblos partners Tarek Tay, Gabriel Saliba and Hicham Khodr first looked at the Elmwood space that eventually housed Nacho Mama’s on Clearview Parkway 15 years ago and had been keeping an eye on the location ever since. “We got distracted with other...

Tangipahoa prepares to celebrate 4th of July with events Sunday, Monday

Many of Tangipahoa Parish’s traditional 4th of July festivities will be back this Independence Day weekend, with multiple community events planned Sunday and Monday. The Town of Independence will kick off their celebration this Sunday, July 3. Instead of hosting a fireworks show as they have in the past, town leaders are inviting the public to come out to Festival Square in the downtown area. From 1-4 p.m., officials will host a “4th of July Family Day” featuring music, water slides, free food and drinks. Snowballs will also be available for purchase. Mayor Jim Paine said it will be an “old-fashioned” community gathering to celebrate the 4th, and he invites everyone out to the event this Sunday.

Mandeville Safe Haven Crisis Center temporarily closed

MANDEVILLE, La. — The Safe Haven Crisis Receiving Center in Mandeville is temporarily closed starting Friday. The center receives patients suffering from a mental health crisis instead of hospitals and sheriff's offices. St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper issued a statement earlier this week explaining that the Start Corporation...