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.

  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

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  Uptown carjacking unfolds just after dark

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

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

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

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

  Jefferson Parish residents get opportunity to resolve water bill issues

  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

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

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

  Juveniles arrested for beating and robbing several people across New Orleans

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

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

  Air of Uncertainty: Louisiana AG clears way for federal lawsuit against Denka-Dupont plant

For years the Denka-Dupont rubber plant has been criticized because of its levels of chloroprene emissions. The EPA has labeled chloroprene as a likely carcinogen.

  NOPD data shows decrease in crime as new juvenile crime initiatives go into effect

Over a one week period, NOPD data shows overall crime across New Orleans went down 17 percent.

  Report: Drug maker files for bankruptcy to cover opioid penalties

According to the Washington Post, it’s the first time a drug maker has turned to bankruptcy court to contend with its legal expenses.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Man reaches out after falling into uncovered storm drain

Dept. of Public Works fixes uncovered storm drain after man falls in.

  Thieves smash several car windows in New Orleans East

Windows were busted out of vehicle after vehicle in the 7200 block of Queensway Drive.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Jefferson Parish declares bee-infested home a nuisance

Parish code enforcement said Wednesday it is seeking a warrant so that officials can go in and deal with a bee problem in Avondale which residents say is getting worse by the day.

  Metairie mother goes after alleged car burglars after break-in

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputies say masked suspects burglarized four cars off of West Esplanade Avenue overnight. One of the, belonged to a woman who says she got into her car and drove off after the teens after finding one in her driveway.

  Youth Empowerment Project no longer involved in city’s Evening Reporting Center

With a juvenile crime problem escalating across New Orleans, Mayor Latoya Cantrell said one way to effectively stop it would be to create Evening Reporting Centers.

  Zurik: State senator cuts check for use of sick time during legislative session

A state senator has cut a check for discrepancies raised in a FOX 8 Investigation into his pay during a recent legislative session.

  FOX 8 Defenders: City works to address ‘tremendous problem’ of illegal dumping

311 complaints for illegal dumping stretch across the city. Residents are tired of finding piles of trash appearing in their neighborhood.

  The Cost of Choice: Education board member says voucher system ‘working very well’ but needs improvement

A member of the eleven-person board overseeing educational policies in Louisiana said he supports the scholarship system and says it is ‘working very well’ despite findings to the contrary in our recent Cost of Choice investigation.

  Staff, parents protest early childhood grant pulled from school following ‘Cost of Choice’ reports

Teachers, students and parents from an early childhood program held signs in protest outside LSU Health New Orleans, opposing a decision to end a nearly million-dollar grant with the school.

  CrimeTracker Report: The state of juvenile crime in New Orleans

Multiple city leaders have called the raise in juvenile crime in New Orleans "dire," sparking new outreach and rehabilitation efforts.

  CrimeTracker Cold Case : Who killed Russell Teal?

A man's hope to start a new life in New Orleans takes a tragic turn when he is killed during Carnival Season

  Surveillance video shows grandmother violently carjacked in broad daylight

A grandmother is recovering after she was carjacked Tuesday afternoon, in broad daylight. Police reports indicate the suspects demanded her keys and threatened to kill her before one of them attacked.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Illegal dumping issues continue in New Orleans East, prompting drainage concerns

When drainage issues were getting too much for Marty Fears to handle, he took matters into his own hands. He dug out and built a makeshift drainage ditch around his property.