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HAPPENING TODAY: French Quarter stabbing investigation; rain chances increase

Council to take up resolution calling for Dave Peralta's resignation

The St. Bernard Parish council will take up a resolution Tuesday calling for Parish President Dave Peralta to resign.

It's another move in the ongoing power struggle between Peralta and the council as the parish president faces criminal charges.

Councilman Ray Lauga placed the resolution on the council meeting's agenda.

According to our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune, the call for Peralta's resignation comes the same day the parish grand jury is expected to meet again to assess allegations of conspiracy against him.

St. Bernard council could also take up a controversial ordinance on whether to change the name of Colonial Blvd. in Violet to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Residents spoke out at a public hearing last week. Some called it a heated hearing with racial overtones.

In the end, a planning commission unanimously passed the motion for the name change.

"The main reason I think the commission had an obligation is because the people who live on that street, almost 80 to 90 percent signed the petition to change it and they live on that boulevard," Chairman of the Parish Planning Commission Roy Gross said.

Another public hearing on the issue is set for August 18.

Preliminary hearing Tuesday for Milan Arriola's alleged killer

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for the man accused of killing the daughter of a New Orleans police officer and a fire department captain.

Will Reed, 20, faces a second degree murder charge in the death of Milan Arriola.

Arriola, 20, was killed on July 3. She was riding in the car near the corner of Humanity and Allen streets when the incident happened. She was the passenger in a car when someone pulled up and shot several times into the vehicle. Reed was arrested in the case and booked with second degree murder.

Officers say they do not believe Arriola was not the intended target of the shooting.

"I can honestly say that my child was not involved in anything,” said Imani Ruffins, the mother of Arriola. “She did not live a questionable lifestyle and that's why when somebody posted that bullet wasn't for her, it was for her. That's what God put in his plan for her. We may not understand why she had to die that way but that's what he wanted."

Arriola was the daughter of a New Orleans police officer and a New Orleans Fire Department captain. She is also the niece of famed New Orleans musician Kermit Ruffins.

Reed was recently released from prison in February after serving time for a 2012 shooting that injured five people.

Final report expected in 2012 killing of unarmed man by NOPD officer

The New Orleans Independent Police Monitor will release the final report Tuesday on the investigation into the Wendell Allen case.

A notice from the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor's office says Susan Hutson plans to release findings in the case of Wendell Allen and make recommendations to prevent another shooting.

Allen died March 7, 2012 when New Orleans police executed a search warrant at a Gentilly home.

During the search, officer Joshua Colclough fired his gun once, killing Allen as the 20-year-old came down a flight of stairs.

Allen was unarmed.

District Attorney Leon Cannizarro said it was clear there was no justification for the shooting and in the officer's own statement to investigators, Colclough said he didn't see a weapon.

Before the officer pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges, he made an emotional apology to Allen's family.

“This has been very hard and confusing.  I'm so sorry it took so long and I'm very sorry for what I put your family through,” Colclough told Allen’s family. “I'm glad that you're finally sitting here and actually talking like this.”

“I forgave you three months ago after my son got killed,” replied Natasha Allen, the victim’s mother. “I prayed and all I want to know is what happened, but I forgave you.”

The Independent Police Monitor reviewed the case and will discuss the findings Tuesday afternoon. A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m.

French Quarter stabbing investigation continues

A man was stabbed early Tuesday morning in the French Quarter, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

The incident happened around 4:35 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Barracks and Decatur streets.

Officers arriving on the scene found a male victim stabbed. He was transported to the hospital.

The victim’s condition is unknown at this time.

Little information is known has been released. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Daily rain chances increase, muggy weather returns

After a couple of nice days with less humidity, we are back to reality for early August as the Bermuda high in the Atlantic pushes west and increases our low level warm, moist air from the Gulf.

Highs will be in the mid 90s with best rain chances from the coast to the south shore.

Wednesday and Thursday, more low level moisture pushes in with rain coverage in the 40-50 percent range.

There are signs at the end of the week and weekend that the hot dry upper high will start moving back over the area. We will continue to sweat it out through the end of the week. 

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