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Judge to hear arguments from co-defendant in Darren Sharper rape case

A judge is set to hear arguments in the case involving a co-defendant in the Darren Sharper rape case.

Former St. Bernard Parish sheriff's deputy Brandon Licciardi is accused of witness tampering, impeding a federal investigation and drug distribution.

He pleaded not guilty.

Attorneys for Licciardi say federal prosecutors have not provided enough information about witnesses and charges for them to put up a defense.

His federal trial date is set for October 13.

Licciardi also faces state charges of aggravated rape, aggravated battery and human trafficking.

Teen who alleges police brutality against JPSO due in court

The case involving a teenager caught on struggling with a Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy during Carnival is also scheduled to be in court today.

Brady Becker, 17, faces charges of battery on a police officer and possession of alcohol under age 21.

A bystander used their cell phone to record the deputy punching Becker in the face before subduing him.

The sheriff's office blames Becker for starting the fight. Becker's family is suing the sheriff's office for violating his civil rights.

MSY begins nonstop service between Panama and New Orleans

Copa Airlines has begun nonstop service between Tocumen International Airport in Panama and Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

New Orleans is the airline's 11th U.S. destination and its 71st overall.

Until now, New Orleans was one of the largest U.S. markets without nonstop service to Latin America.

Another round of summer rain expected Thursday

Showers are developing just offshore again Thursday morning. It's typical this time of year.

Look for storms to perk up in the afternoon. The North Shore will fall under a marginal risk for severe storms later in the day. This is the lowest risk category for strong storms, but a few areas will end up with the heavy rain much like Wednesday.

The rest of us end up with partly cloudy skies and hot conditions in the 90s once again. The one good thing about the rain is that it does cool us down a bit.

Search continues for missing man on Bogue Chitto River

The search continues for a 32-year-old man who disappeared while tubing on the Bogue Chitto River, according to Washington Parish deputies.

Edmund Emerson Adams, 32, went missing around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Adams, a native of Prairieville and current resident of New Orleans, was tubing with a group of friends when he disappeared under the water, deputies say.

He was last seen near the Washington Parish community of Isabel along Highway 16.

Friends of Adams tell officers he lost control of his tube and disappeared below the surface of the water.

An extensive search was executed Wednesday afternoon for Adams' body. The search was called off at dark and will resume at 6 a.m. Thursday.

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