Fenton, Louisiana, got 92.5% of its revenue from fines and forfeitures in a single year. The average municipality in the U.S. gets 1.7%. That means this village of 226 people has one of the highest percentages in the country.
Text messages seem to contradict the NOPD's statement on why Mayor LaToya Cantrell needed NOPD escorts for Essence Festival Weekend. Documents show several days she had more officers protecting her than were on duty in entire police districts.
St. Tammany Parish Coroner Dr. Charles Preston accuses FOX 8, a group of concerned citizens, and former employees of trying to undermine his office. The accusations came in a recent radio interview and follow a series of FOX 8 reports that raised questions about whether his office was losing money by performing autopsies for surrounding parishes.
An InvestigateTV analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission data shows that since 2000, the agency has had to re-announce the recall of at least 46 products because the original alert did not reach the ears of consumers and, in many cases, continued to cause harm.
NOPD leaders say they had to manually inspect the timesheets and detail shifts of every officer, every day, for a nine-month time period. It comes as Interim Superintendent Michelle Woodfork says a computer system that was supposed to prevent officers from double-dipping isn’t working as planned.
A new subdivision under construction on the West Bank has some neighbors worried about their health and the health of those who could soon be moving in. The state says testing shows the land is safe, but one environmental scientist has concerns about what could be in the soil.
The City of New Orleans accuses the Federal Consent Decree Monitor of political motivations, after a report from the monitor slammed the NOPD’s handing of an investigation into Officer Jeffrey Vappie, a former member of Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s executive protection team.
One Plaquemines Parish Deputy has had more than a dozen complaints filed against him in the past three years, but there’s one thing in common with every time he was exonerated. One lieutenant has investigated every case in which he was exonerated or the complaint was determined to be unfounded.
An empty tract of land, bought for $70,000 sold just two years later at nearly eight times the purchase price. Documents acquired by FOX 8 show the sale benefited the family of a Jefferson Parish politician.
Locked up for crimes they didn’t commit for years or even decades; when exonerated inmates are finally freed, they often barely recognize the world they’re released into. Louisiana has a program to compensate exonerated inmates, but in recent years, many have struggled to get the money the state says they’re owed.