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December 04, 2018 - 12:00 am


Funk band buys Tipitina's, famed New Orleans music club

(Information from: The New Orleans Advocate,

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The famed New Orleans music club Tipitina's has been bought by a funk band that has performed there for more than two decades.

The New Orleans Advocate reports the five members of Galactic closed a deal Friday to buy Tipitina's from businessman and real estate developer Roland Von Kurnatowski and his wife, Mary. The purchase covers the Tipitina's business and its related trademarks, including the iconic banana-in-hand logo.

Tipitina's was founded in 1977 by 14 music fans as a home base for Professor Longhair and other local music legends. It's named for one of his songs.

Band members say they intend to keep much of the current staff in place. And they plan to start a new nonprofit foundation to benefit the next generation of New Orleans musicians.



Video uproar: Student slammed to ground at school, detained

BRUSLY, La. (AP) — Protesters are calling for accountability after a videotaped altercation showed a police officer twice slamming a 14-year-old male student to the ground at a central Louisiana middle school.

Local media report that members of the community of Brusly marched Monday to a Town Hall meeting to demand more facts.

The controversy stems from the student's detention in October at Brusly Middle School, an incident captured on a school surveillance camera and sent anonymously to local television station WAFB. The video shows the officer wrestling with a young male student before slamming him down.

Brusly Police Chief Jonathan Lefeaux asked state police to investigate. The two officers seen in the video have resigned.

Marcher Shaeeta Williams told the council that people are "disturbed and upset" by the video.


Louisiana program offers to buy out homeowners in floodways

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials say the state program helping people affected by the 2016 floods is offering buyouts to those living in especially hazardous areas.

News outlets report Restore Louisiana officials announced Monday that homeowners in floodways can receive up to $200,000 if they are willing to move out. State Community Development Office Executive Director Pat Forbes says offering the buyouts both helps relocate people from risky areas and improves water flow during a flood as potential debris is removed.

Officials say that they have identified and are contacting about 450 homeowners who meet the requirements.

Forbes says that until now, those living in the areas had not been eligible for help from the $1.3 billion Restore Louisiana program because federal money cannot be used to rehabilitate homes in floodways.


What now? Louisiana GOP loses top contender for governor

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — By sidestepping the Louisiana governor's race, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy denied Republicans a popular, high-profile candidate to pit against Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards.

Kennedy's announcement that he won't challenge Edwards also renews speculation about whether the GOP can rally around one main contender in the 2019 election.

Republicans are trying to unseat the only Democratic governor in the Deep South. Louisiana GOP Chairman Louis Gurvich says he's "not in panic mode" about Kennedy's decision.

Beyond Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, Attorney General Jeff Landry and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves have said they won't run against Edwards.

The only announced GOP contender is wealthy businessman Eddie Rispone, a first-time candidate who's willing to self-finance his campaign.

Also considering the race are U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and state Sen. Sharon Hewitt.


New Orleans official: Workers 'bailed' amid water pump issue

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans official says two high-level Sewerage and Water Board employees had "bailed" and were missing in action during issues that prompted a major boil water advisory.

News outlets quote board Executive Director Ghassan Korban as saying during a City Council meeting Monday that the employees didn't communicate and weren't responsive during a power outage last month.

The outage at the Carrollton Plant on Nov. 17 caused water pressure to drop and the advisory for the East Bank of Orleans Parish. Korban told Council members 10 people had been at the plant at the time but that the two were the only employees able to give the OK to bring on a new pump.

Korban says both employees were immediately suspended without pay. One has since resigned.


3 men arrested in sober-living housemate's overdose death

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally overdosed while staying in a Louisiana sober-living home and three of his housemates have been arrested.

News outlets cite arrest records as saying 23-year-old Dylan McClendon allegedly never used heroin before, but gave the three men $20 as they went to buy the drug for the four of them.

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested 19-year-old Baylor Johnson, 24-year-old Lambert Louviere and 24-year-old Tyler Castro. The three are accused of completing the drug deal for heroin that killed McClendon last month.

Records say the men took the drugs together and house managers couldn't revive McClendon hours later.

Castro was arrested Friday, and Louviere and Johnson on Monday. They're in custody on principal to second-degree murder charges. It's unclear if they have lawyers who could comment.


Sheriff: Man pulls gun on Popeyes worker in condiments clash

MARRERO, La. (AP) — A man is accused of pointing a gun at the manager of a Popeyes in Louisiana during a dispute over condiments. Times-Picayune reports 59-year-old Earl Jethroe of Marrero walked into the eatery Friday, ordered a meal and apparently took issue with the condiments provided by employees.

At some point, the arrest reports says, Jethroe threw his chicken across the counter, pulled a pistol from his waistband and pointed it at the manager. Jethroe didn't fire the weapon, and no one was hurt.

Authorities say deputies later found Jethroe at another restaurant, yelling. They say he smelled of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

Jethroe was arrested and charged with offenses including aggravated assault with a firearm. It's unclear if he has a lawyer who could comment.


3 teens charged in fatal carjacking of pastor's wife

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three teens have been arrested after a New Orleans pastor's wife was run over and killed by her own car during a carjacking.

Authorities say 49-year-old Jeannot Franco Plessy was pulled from a car while stopped in front of her daughter's home Nov. 27. She was thrown to the ground and then run over as her son-in-law tried to stop the carjacking. She died that night.

News outlets report the teens were arrested Saturday. According to online court records, a judge on Sunday set bail for 18-year-old Edwin Cottrell and a 17-year-old at $600,000 on charges of second-degree murder and other offenses. Another juvenile faces related charges. It's unclear whether they have lawyers.

Local news media report Plessy and her husband, David Plessy, founded Crossover Christian Fellowship.

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