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  Porch Pirates are out this holiday season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Man knocked unconscious in random paintball attack

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transaction History for 9th Ward Field of Dreams

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

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

  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.

  Locked Down: Inside the prison where inmates set each other on fire and gangs have more power than guards

Widespread concern about understaffing in Mississippi's prisons has people calling for a change. They say inmates, correctional officers and surrounding communities are in danger.

Former State Police superintendent cleared of misconduct allegations

Former superintendent of Louisiana State Police, Mike Edmonson, was reportedly cleared of any wrongdoing by the Louisiana Board of Ethics.

  Zurik: State Senator Wesley Bishop under federal investigation

State Senator Wesley Bishop, who announced Aug. 3 he will not seek re-election, is the subject of a federal investigation, FOX 8 has confirmed.

Audit conducted of New Orleans non-profit at the center of a Lee Zurik investigation

The group’s former president, Toni Rice, was accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the non-profit between 2014 and 2016.

  Measure of Hate documentary explores the undercounting of crimes in America

InvestigateTV shows issues with undercounting hate crimes, including the FBI failing to meet a federal mandate to report. After months of reporting on this issue, this documentary also highlights results of the investigation, including police departments amending their records.

  Former NOPD Detective and convicted sex offender in federal custody

Stanley Burkhardt was arrested by Louisiana State Police in July after he failed to register as a sex offender in Louisiana. After his arrest, a federal warrant was issued in North Carolina for violating the conditions of his release.

FOX 8 Defenders: City says 18-wheelers did not violate parking laws in New Orleans East

The City of New Orleans said that 18-wheelers parking in a New Orleans East neighborhood are not in violation of any law.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Man fed up with 18-wheelers parking in his neighborhood

After years of dealing with 18-wheelers parking in his neighborhood, New Orleans East resident Warren Marigny said he’s had enough.

Senator Wesley Bishop announces he will not seek re-election

Bishop, who represents District Four, made the announcement in a statement Friday.

  St. John Sheriff asks second suspect in Reserve double homicide to turn himself in

Murder suspect Theron Williams is currently booked on two counts of second degree murder after Kyron Perriloux and his cousin Kerell Sanders were found dead inside a car after being shot.

Orleans DA indicts four ‘T-Blocc’ gang members on racketeering charges

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced the indictment of four individuals Thursday on racketeering charges.

  CrimeTracker Cold Case: Who killed prominent Tulane surgeon inside French Quarter home?

In 2009, a prominent Tulane University plastic surgeon was fatally stabbed inside of his French Quarter home that was then set aflame. Now, Dr. Edward Newsome's family and the NOPD plead for help to find the killer.

  Zurik: Louisianians frustrated with hours-long delays at motor vehicles facilities

State records obtained by FOX 8 News show that while staffing has remained largely unchanged at the Office of Motor Vehicles, wait times have been steadily increasing at facilities across the state.

  Cracking the Code: Two blood tests, hundreds of dollars difference

A Louisiana woman is puzzled how a bill for basic blood tests can be hundreds of dollars more than a co-worker who had the same tests performed. Kim Christina, of Hammond, said her doctor sent her to North Oaks Hospital for a routine blood test and a month later she received an ‘exorbitant bill.’

  FOX 8 Defenders: Family waits hours for paramedics to arrive

When you have an emergency, most of the time you call 911, and help arrives. But one family waited hours, and help never did show up.

  Proposed plan would eliminate money bail at Criminal District Court

Advocates say the cash bond system primarily allows wealthier people to buy their freedom while others are forced to stay in jail because they are poor.

  Fake Filters? Companies falsely claim to have prestigious water safety certification

With water quality and safety concerns across the country, many families are turning to water filters. But there are counterfeit filters and filters carrying fake certification marks.

  FOX 8 INVESTIGATION: New document that says Radium-226 still in Gert Town

A FOX 8 investigation uncovers new documents regarding the radioactive material found under a Gert Town street. One document says there is still Radium-226 and other contaminants in the ground. But, one state agency says a sweep of the neighborhood just yesterday found no issues.

  Cracking the Code: Senator’s bill looks to stop surprise medical bills

A bill in the U.S. Senate could help stop the surprise medical bills that cost Americans thousands each year.Senator Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, helped write the Stop Surprise Bills Act of 2019. A bill that has 27 co-sponsors, more than a quarter of the U.S. Senate.

  EXCLUSIVE: Gert Town residents possibly exposed to dangerous levels of radium, EPA memo shows

Gert Town residents faced exposure to high levels of radiation due to material lying underneath their street, according to an EPA memo uncovered by FOX 8.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Tips to remember when booking travel

With summer in full swing, you may be looking for a good travel deal. The Better Business Bureau suggests you do a little homework first before booking with a third party online agent.

FOX 8 Defenders: Plaquemines Parish crews fill two longtime nuisance pools

After years of creating hazardous and unsightly burdens, two nuisance pools in Braithwaite Park were finally filled.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

  NOPD: Car burglars targeting tint windows

Crime prevention district commander says the window tint "film" acts as noise reduction.

FOX 8 Defenders: Woman at center of Essence scam sentenced to 15 years

A woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from 98 out of town Essence Festival attendees pleaded guilty Wednesday.

  Opinions conflicted on health risk of Gert Town radioactive waste, documents show

The Dept. of Health received two different documents regarding the safety risk of the radioactive material. One reported it posed a hazard to the public, the other said it did not.

  Crimetracker Cold Case: Who killed Bianca Forman?

Nearly 27 years after someone shot a pregnant New Orleans mother on the Westbank, killing her and her unborn baby, detectives and the victims grown daughter plead for help.

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

A NerdWallet financial expert offers tips on saving money on car insurance and cell phone bills: Watch this and don't pay for what you don't need.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Plaquemines Parish cracks down on nuisance pool owners

The FOX 8 Defenders exposed a neighborhood of nuisance properties in February that were not only unsanitary, but dangerous. Since then, we've reported on a lot that has changed, and now Plaquemines Parish has taken steps to crack down.

  Zurik: Are a lawmaker’s actions helping his employer or constituents?

New questions surface over a New Orleans-area lawmaker who already had to cut the state a $20,000 check for working in two places at the same time.

  Racketeering indictment charges teens with crimes from car burglaries to murder

Four young men, one of them 16-years-old, are charged in a superseding indictment with racketeering.

  City Council looks for new approach to juvenile crime

City Council members are looking at crime numbers to figure out a new approach to juvenile crime.

  Cost of Choice: State Department of Education possibly breaking rules set up for voucher schools

The Louisiana Department of Education has allowed at least seven 'for-profit' schools into the state's scholarship program despite a rule saying that state and federal money cannot go to 'for-profit' schools.

  Ballistic evidence crucial in accused shooter case

Ballistic evidence from the June 18 scene of a double murder in Metairie became crucial in the investigation against accused shooter Sean Barrette.

Suspect in Metairie murders named person of interest in two New Orleans shootings

The New Orleans Police Department says a man who has been arrested in connection with three murders in Metaire is now considered a person of interest in two shootings in New Orleans East.

  Jefferson Parish Sheriff announces three more shootings linked to man accused of randomly shooting and killing four

Lopinto said projectiles from two other shooting incidents in Jefferson Parish and one in New Orleans match with weapon used by Sean Barrette.

  The Cost of Choice: Governor to push for changes to Louisiana Scholarship Program

Governor John Bel Edwards plans on pushing for more changes to the state’s program that allows children at poor-performing public schools to attend certain private schools on a voucher or scholarship.