Zurik: Third city inspector likely did not visit Hard Rock site when he signed off on work

A third inspector likely did not visit the Hard Rock Hotel construction site despite signing off on work at the site, according to FOX 8′s ongoing analysis of GPS data from the City of New Orleans.

  Judge sentences 3 girls to “juvenile life” for carjacking

  Zurik: FOX 8 investigation discovers additional discrepancies with more city inspectors at Hard Rock Hotel site

  Zurik: City inspector signed off on Hard Rock Hotel work without proper certification

  FOX 8 Defenders: Group of model hopefuls out thousands is far-reaching, could become criminal case

  Zurik: City inspectors approved work at the Hard Rock Hotel site, but GPS shows they were not there

Sources: FBI, Department of Defense investigating New Orleans pain management office

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  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

  Zurik: Louisiana lawmakers hope to wipe out ‘Patriot Penalty’ in upcoming session

  Judge rules hearing over Saints emails will be open

  Patriot Penalty: Deployed service members come home to find higher auto insurance rates

  Source: Times Picayune-New Orleans Advocate co-owner John Georges involved in communications related to church sex abuse scandal

  FOX 8 Defenders: Drivers fed up with potholes, flooded ditches on Old Gentilly Rd.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Jefferson Parish mom spent $15k on modeling investment

After a FOX 8 Defenders investigation, we’re learning of more consumers who say they too spent thousands of dollars hoping to launch modeling careers.

  Costly Care: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

A man noticed his insurance paid all of one medication, but then he discovered the federal government was billed hundreds more than market value.

  Zurik: Port of New Orleans decides to move mural after FOX 8 report, employees concerns

A mural that cost the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) thousands to purchase and even more to install will be coming down following employee concerns, according to a memo from the agency’s CEO obtained by FOX 8 News.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Model hopefuls out thousands of dollars after cancelled trips

Two young students, who were promised trips to help launch careers and get exposure, say they’re out thousands of dollars.

  Zurik: Mayor says liens are mostly ‘fees’ and ‘penalties,’ tax attorney disagrees

  Illegal Contact: Banned drugs found in athletic performance supplements

  Zurik: Cantrell says she should be judged on work, not back taxes

  Zurik: New Orleans Mayor, Husband owe $95,000 in unpaid taxes

  Zurik: Port of New Orleans shells out $50,000 for painting not easily accessible by the public

  ’I’ve already gotten my car stolen here, so it’s not very shocking to me:’ Students at two campuses find cars broken into

  Mayor Cantrell denies influence from Hard Rock political contributions

New details emerge about political contributions in the wake of the Hard Rock collapse. For the last several weeks FOX 8 has been looking into contributions made to a political action committee affiliated with Mayor Latoya Cantrell.

  Frustration grows over Smash and Grab incidents across city

Thieves broke into 35 vehicles overnight, breaking windows in Uptown and Irish Channel neighborhoods.

  District Attorney says “the devil is in the details,” in response to two city programs to address juvenile crime

A day after fed up neighbors protested outside City Hall calling for action to address juvenile crime. We're learning more about two programs the City says it's rolling out to combat the problem.

Former State Senator Wesley Bishop pleads guilty to federal charge, resigns from SUNO

Bishop was in Federal Court Tuesday where he changed his plea

  Victim: “I absolutely expected it to happen to me at some point,” at vehicle broken into

A row of vehicles were hit during a 'smash and grab' at Pan American Stadium.

  Air of Uncertainty: New air monitoring technology to be installed

Concerned Citizens of St. John Parish have flown to Japan, staged marches across Baton Rouge and other protests against what they believe is killing them: the chloroprene emissions put out by the nearby Denka-Dupont rubber plant.

  Recognizing Hate: FBI begins counting its own hate crime cases in federal data, inaccurate numbers remain

After years of breaking the law, the FBI has finally and quietly released its own hate crime statistics. As InvestigateTV uncovered in Measure of Hate, while the FBI published annual hate crime statistics, the agency failed to release its own numbers.

  Thieves strike again in frustrating Lakeview car burglaries

Some neighbors are starting the New Year off frustrated after thieves strike again in Lakeview. They hit car after car overnight, smashing windows.

NOPD sees drop in number of murders for third straight year

New Orleans experienced 119 murders in 2019 compared to 146 murder in 2018.

  Watching Your Wallet: Make smart money moves before 2020

From maxing out retirement contributions to checking your car insurance rates, experts say there are a few smart financial steps to take before the new year starts.

Three boys arrested in connection with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day robberies

NOPD says the three boys are ages 10, 11 and 12.

  DEA warns of highly potent drug dubbed ‘Super Meth’

Meth, an extremely dangerous and addictive drug, is something the Drug Enforcement Agency has dealt with for years.

Zurik: Father questions whether withheld video, judge’s text messages impacted ‘Stand Your Ground’ case

A father has new questions surrounding the trial for the man who killed his son and claimed self-defense. Fouad Zeton questions whether video not shown during the trial for James Nero would have rendered a verdict other than acquittal based on the state’s 'Stand Your Ground’ Law.

  Zurik: Worker at Hard Rock Hotel site describes warning signs ahead of collapse, calls job ‘rushed’

A person who worked on the Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans, said the job was ‘rushed’ and there were warning signs ahead of the collapse on October 12 that killed three men and injured several more people.

  Sen. Wesley Bishop pleads not guilty to federal charge

Sen. Wesley Bishop pleaded not guilty Monday (Dec. 2) to a felony of making false statements to a federal agency.

  Porch Pirates are out this holiday season

It’s a crime that can happen within seconds.

  Medical Waste: Medicare charged hundreds more than drug’s cost at cash value

Two Louisiana men -- one a patient, and the other a pharmacist -- said they found medical waste that is costing every taxpayer in the country.

  FOX 8 Defenders: After four tragedies, homeowner scared in own living room

She's scared even in her own living room. Now after four tragedies, she's desperate for help and turned to the FOX 8 Defenders to try to get answers.

  Preying on patriotism: Sham veterans and first-responder charities ousted for deception, their professional fundraisers largely left unscathed

Sham veterans and first-responder charities have been put out of business for misusing donations but their third-party, for-profit fundraisers remain in business.

  Watching Your Wallet: Don’t break your gift budget this holiday season

Americans plan to spend an average of $825 on holiday gifts this year, according to NerdWallet. Experts give you ways to stay on budget and find the best deals.

  Cashing in on Charity: Donations meant to help sick children, wounded veterans, abused animals instead benefit for-profit fundraisers

Professional fundraisers are for-profit companies that contract with charities to solicit donations by telephone or through the mail. The industry is loosely regulated and can keep as much as 100% of donated dollars.

Crime Tracker Cold Case: The search for the killer of a New Orleans mother of three children

A plea for help to find the killer of a New Orleans mother of three kids insider her home in 1982

  FOX 8 Defenders: Dozens of old tires found spilling onto residential street

Wondering how much longer they'll have to endure what they call a health and sanitation hazard, a group of neighbors turned to the FOX 8 Defenders for help.

  Man knocked unconscious in random paintball attack

An Uptown man is recovering after someone shot him with a paintball gun while he walked home.

  ‘She didn’t deserve this:’ Mother seeks justice after daughter found fatally shot in car

Family members search for answers after 22-year-old Tyshika Lawrence was found fatally shot in her car Wednesday night.

  Zurik: JP Councilmember charges taxpayers for thousands in out-of-state travel

A Jefferson Parish Councilmember’s taxpayer-funded out-of-state travel seems to stand out when compared to his colleagues.

  FOX 8 DEFENDERS: City hasn’t enforced its own rules on emergency swimming pool

It's considered an emergency according to the City code, yet it remains a risk to health and safety. The FOX 8 Defenders have tracked a property and swimming pool now the subject of six Code Enforcement hearings in seven years that's been hit with a hefty fine, but is still considered dangerous.

State Sen. Wesley Bishop on paid leave from SUNO following federal charge

State Senator Wesley Bishop is on paid leave from his position at Southern University at New Orleans following a charge filed against him in federal court.

  Zurik: Claims made by Field of Dreams Board refuted by NFL, School Board

Board members of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams tried to explain to alumni how nearly a million dollars was spent by the group with no field to show for it. However, the claims made by the board don’t line up with responses by the National Football League and Orleans Parish School Board.

  State Senator Wesley Bishop charged with making a false statement to federal agency

State Senator Wesley Bishop has been charged by federal authorities for making a false statement to a federal agency.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bishop made a false statement to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

  Crime Tracker Cold Case: Who killed 19-year-old Vanessa Bodden?

19-year-old Vanessa Bodden vanished in December of 1989. She’d been missing for about three weeks when someone found her mutilated body inside an abandoned New Orleans building.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Relief headed to congested Jefferson neighborhood

A problem some say has plagued a Jefferson Parish neighborhood for years, may be closer to getting some relief. Sometimes trapped in their own driveways, frustrated neighbors turned to the FOX 8 Defenders to get answers.

Public warned about counterfeit prescription pills laced with fentanyl coming from Mexico

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is warning the public about mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in minute doses, being manufactured by Mexican drug cartels and distributed in North America.

  Alumni gather seeking answers from Field of Dreams Board, leave with few answers

Alumni of George Washington Carver High School gathered in New Orleans demanding answers to what happened to nearly a million dollars that was supposed to be used to build the school its own football stadium. In a series of reports entitled, Empty Field of Dreams, FOX 8 and The Athletic revealed the

Transaction History for 9th Ward Field of Dreams

Click the link to explore the transaction history of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams project from August 2009 - August 2019.

  Hidden Damage: Wrecked, flooded border patrol truck sold at dealership without damage declared

A Virginia man bought a car from a dealership. The title and history looked clear, but it turned out the truck had a dangerous history.

  Empty Field of Dreams: Fmr. Executive Director alleges reports are ‘lies’, donors from across the country want answers

The former Executive Director of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams continues to refuse to answer questions from WVUE-TV and The Athletic in response to our joint investigation, Empty Field of Dreams. Betty Washington, is, however, sounding off on social media calling the reports ‘lies.'

  Uptown carjacking unfolds just after dark

Neighbors say a woman dropping kids off on the corner of Dufossat and Baronne streets, just blocks from Newman School, became a carjacking victim.

  Fake Filters? Made-up addresses, strange receipts and copycat websites reveal knock-offs on the market

After several strange clues, a Michigan father questions whether his water filters are authentic. Experts say counterfeit filters are a growing problem in the United States.

  Empty Field of Dreams: Vendors still waiting for payment from field’s contractor

Tens of thousands of dollars are still owed to several companies who did work in the planning stages of the 9th Ward Field of Dreams, a football stadium proposed for the 9th Ward of New Orleans. To date, little to no visible work has been done on the stadium’s proposed site.

  ‘This is crazy. We’re living in fear:' Lakeview residents say vehicle break-ins are worsening

Some Lakeview residents say their neighborhoods have been targeted multiple times in recent months.

  Suspect shot by detail officer at Saks Fifth Avenue appears in court

Police say the detail officers were escorting the accused shoplifters, two women, out of the store Friday afternoon, when they jumped into a vehicle with 38-year-old Kenneth Thompson.

  Jefferson Parish residents get opportunity to resolve water bill issues

Jefferson Parish residents will be able to bring water bills to Esplanade Mall to resolve issues with Jefferson Parish Water Department personnel.

  Empty Field of Dreams: How a Westbank group’s dream field became a reality

On the Westbank, a field took shape thanks to one group's vision and fundraising efforts. They share how their project was able to be done and how some of their plans mirror those initially in place for the 9th Ward Field of Dreams.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Northshore residents troubled with brown water may soon see relief

Jaclyn Hyer and her Mandeville neighbor Lisa McCarthy say they've both been seeing brown water come through their taps sporadically for the past 15 years, with the same message all the time.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Proposal to change one word in pool ordinance

We're learning more about the effort to change one word in a New Orleans ordinance that targets nuisance swimming pools, and we've uncovered disturbing findings about a longtime dangerous pool that should have been abated months ago.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Northshore residents frustrated at continued dirty, brown water in homes

Ashlea Perry along with several of her neighbors noticed brown water in their homes after the H20- Guste Island Water System issued a boil water advisory.

  Empty Field of Dreams: Contractor questions field’s contract and invoices

A general contractor not affiliated with the 9th Ward Field of Dreams raises questions surrounding the contract and invoices for the 9th Ward Field of Dreams obtained by FOX 8 News and The Athletic.

  Police say man shoots teen after finding the juvenile inside his stolen vehicle

Monday night around 10:30 p.m., police say 45-year-old Terrance Johnson noticed his stolen car in the parking lot of a Waffle House in the 4600 block of Old Gentilly Road.

  Promises of rebirth following Katrina resulted in an Empty Field of Dreams

Following Hurricane Katrina, a story of hope emerged in the form of a football stadium for Carver High School in the city's 9th Ward. A joint investigation by FOX 8 and The Athletic found what resulted fourteen years later is simply an empty field of dreams.

  Juveniles arrested for beating and robbing several people across New Orleans

Saturday evening, police arrested three teens, a 13, 14 and 16 year old for the crimes.

  Armed robber steals cell phone and woman’s car in Gentilly

The husband of an armed robbery victim became choked up, when he told FOX 8 what happened Tuesday night just outside his home.

  Man files lawsuit against Jesuit HS accusing a former janitor’s assistant of sexually assaulting him

A New Orleans area man who grew up in the neighborhood around Jesuit High School, filed a lawsuit Friday accusing a former janitor’s assistant of sexually abusing him.

Former deacon George Brignac arrested for first-degree rape

Brignac was removed from ministry in 1988 after he was accused of sexually abusing young boys in the 1970s and 80s.

  FOX 8 DEFENDERS: From flooding to poor lighting, church volunteers frustrated

From repeated street flooding to poor lighting, some church volunteers are growing frustrated. They're concerned those issues will have an impact on their place of worship.

  Zurik: Formal charges filed against former court clerk following FOX 8 Investigation

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel with the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board filed formal charges against Timothy David Ray for three possible violations of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, a set of rules that govern how attorneys should practice.

Zurik: Subpoena shows focus of federal investigation into retiring-State Sen. Wesley Bishop

A subpoena obtained by FOX 8 shows the focus of a federal corruption investigation into State Senator Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, and his payroll records during his primary job as Vice-Chancellor at Southern University at New Orleans.

  Air of Uncertainty: Attorney critical of Denka’s request for new chloroprene emission guidelines

In 2010, the EPA labeled chloroprene as a likely carcinogen, and recommends that emissions levels not rise above that .2 micrograms per cubic meter. But now, Laplace's Denka-Dupont plant wants that number changed.