Fox 8 Defenders: Lakeview homeowner receiving high water bills, little assistance from SWB

A New Orleans woman has been receiving bills nearly five times higher than normal since October of 2019.

  Shooter may have shot his accomplice during Lakeview ambush

  Lakeview man believes he’s lucky to be alive after he was ambushed in his driveway

Homicide, carjacking and aggravated burglary unfolds within hours in New Orleans East

  2020 ends with a dramatic increase in homicides, shootings and carjackings in NOLA

  VIDEO: Thief steals car while owner puts air in tires

  Parents of a 14-year-old murder victim killed on Christmas want answers

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  Police investigate the city’s 200th homicide victim of 2020

  Zurik: Councilmember says city’s financial crisis will play into vote over tax exemptions

  Zurik: City investigating ‘discrepancies’ between Folgers’ city permit, state tax exemption applications

  Zurik: Newly hired RTA CEO has trail of ‘retaliation’ complaints, including a six-figure settlement to keep complaint quiet

  Crimetracker: Brazen attempted armed robbery in New Orleans East

Second battery case against OLOL doctor being investigated

  Zurik: Councilmember asks state board to deny Folgers request for retroactive tax exemptions

A New Orleans City Councilmember says a major company is using a loophole to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes owed to the city and now she wants a state board to put a stop to it.

  CRIMETRACKER: Carjackings spike in New Orleans 106 percent

According to city data, carjackings are up 106 percent this year compared to last.

  Crimetracker: Rise in violence across New Orleans

“This year, we know and acknowledge that homicides are up,” says NOPD Police Chief Shaun Ferguson.

  Victim encourages awareness after NOPD investigates purse snatching case

On a Sunday afternoon, and during the age of Covid, Hannah Perkins was just hoping to enjoy a low-risk meal, dining outside with some friends in Mid-City.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Homeowner waited months for iron fence job

  Nurse practitioner field grapples with question of whether to standardize curriculum nationwide

  FOX 8 Defenders: Illegally dumped tires in New Orleans East

  FOX 8 Defenders: I-10 lights project in N.O. East near completion

  Zurik: Employees say airport contractor forced them to commit unemployment fraud

Louisiana a ‘yellow zone’ state in latest White House report, Governor cautions testing needs to increase after Laura

Zurik: Former St. Tammany DA Walter Reed released from federal prison, will serve rest of his sentence at home

Former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed has been moved from a minimum-security prison in West Virginia and will now be serving the rest of his sentence at home in Covington.

  Zurik: Watchdog, Community members say New Orleans company owes millions on years-old improvements

Improvement projects were made at the New Orleans Folgers plant in 2017, but since that time the company has delayed a decision on a tax exemption. A watchdog group says the company should owe the city millions in taxes on the project over the years-long delay.

Zurik: Wesley Bishop’s law license suspended following sentencing in federal case

Former State Senator Wesley Bishop has been suspended from practicing law after he was sentenced in July for falsifying federal loan documents related to his rental property.

White House Task Force notes ‘stability’ in Louisiana, recommends ‘aggressive’ testing for shrimpers

The White House Coronavirus Task Force notes 'stability' in new cases and percent positivity in tests in the latest report sent to Governor John Bel Edwards on August 10.

PROTECT YOUR MONEY: That IRS identification letter might not be a scam

Some people have been getting letters from the Internal Revenue Service asking for identification verification.

  FOX 8 DEFENDERS: Appliances strewn across lawn frustrate neighbors who say homeowner was previously cited

Washer and dryers strewn across the front of a house in the 4700 block of Viola Street frustrate neighbors.

51 parishes classified in ‘Red Zone’ in latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report

In a weekly report compiled by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, 51 parishes are being classified in a so-called ‘Red Zone’, suggesting further restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Follow-up investigation into appliance repair man

Several consumers reached out to the FOX 8 Defenders during the pandemic after an essential part of their household stopped working. Now we're learning there's no record the repair business in question has the required license to do the work.

Zurik: Former state senator sentenced to probation, ordered to repay $188,000 state loan

Former State Senator Wesley Bishop was sentenced to four years of probation for providing false information to a federal housing agency relating to his rental property in New Orleans East. Bishop received a $188,000 loan to provide the property for rent to low-income tenants.

Zurik: Disciplinary Committee recommends suspension for former court clerk

A committee has recommended suspension of the law license for a former court clerk in the First City Court who had thousands in questionable spending in his last days in office.

  Zurik: People tested at state coronavirus test sites wait more than two weeks for results

One couple tested in late June at a Northshore test site are still waiting on their results 16 days after being tested.

Former State Senator asks court for lesser sentence due to COVID-19 concerns

A former state senator awaiting sentencing on a charge of making false statements to a federal agency is asking a federal judge for a lighter sentence due to COVID-19 concerns.

  FOX 8 EXCLUSIVE: ‘Why does this keep happening?’ A woman and 9-year-old carjacked in front of house twice in a week

New Orleans East family held at gunpoint and carjacked in front of home early Monday morning.

Gov. Edwards signs bill that eliminates auto insurance ‘Patriot Penalty’ for deployed military

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed a bill Tuesday that would end the so-called Patriot Penalty where members of the military who are deployed are charged for a lapse in coverage during their deployment. The penalty was the focus of an investigation by FOX 8 News and Investigate TV into the p

  FOX 8 Defenders: Many await indefinitely full refunds for cruise trips

Many await refunds for months as cruise lines say they're backed up from a high volume of requests.

  Wrong video conference help line routes to scammers

Incorrect tech support numbers posted on the internet lead to scammers trying to trick consumers into giving up their credit card information.

  Zurik: Airport vendor left local businesses and non-profits with reduced visibility and broken promises

When the new terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport opened it had several New Orleans features included -- but its what was missing that has some local businesses feeling left at the gate.

INTERACTIVE MAP: COVID-19 Cases in Louisiana Nursing Homes

The Louisiana Department of Health has released data about COVID-19 cases at specific nursing homes in the state. See a map that plots this data for nursing homes across the state.

  Dozens of nursing homes cited for infection-related deficiencies early this year now have COVID-19 cases

An analysis of state nursing home inspections and records of COVID-19 infections associated with nursing homes by the Washington Post reveals dozens of facilities had infection-related violations in the months before coronavirus infections.

  Watching Your Wallet: Scammers found infiltrating legitimate job posting sites

Scammers are looking to take advantage of unemployed and furloughed workers looking for job online. They're even using common job search websites to target people.

Zurik: City inspectors under investigation dodge pre-termination hearings with resignation and retirements

Three city building inspectors who are under investigation for signing off on inspections without physically being at the worksite have avoided pre-termination hearings at City Hall by submitting resignation and retirement requests.

  Zurik: State lawmakers adjourned for 49 days due to COVID-19 and were still paid

State lawmakers collected nearly $1,000,000 in per diem payments for the legislative session in March and April, even though they were never there.

  Zurik: Death toll at Lambeth House higher than initially reported by state officials

Initial reports had the death toll at the Lambeth House at 13 people, as of late March. FOX 8 reached out to the families of those who died and reviewed coroner’s documents to show that 23 residents of the Lambeth House died from COVID-19.

  Released inmates supervised on ankle monitors but their type of release could make a big difference

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the city’s jail population decreased from more than a thousand in March to just under 800 today.

  Zurik: Doctor’s drive-thru Coronavirus testing methods, use of controversial drug questioned

Testing has been at the forefront of concerns of getting a handle on the coronavirus outbreak that has sickened thousands in Louisiana and killed more than 1,500 people. But one doctor’s drive-thru testing method and use of a controversial drug has one medical expert saying it is not good medicine.

Zurik: Judge denies injunction over crowded St. Tammany Jail cells, says jail has already taken ’significant’ measures regarding Coronavirus

A federal district court judge has denied a group of attorneys’ efforts for an injunction to stop the St. Tammany Parish Jail’s crowded jail cells. The attorneys filed the request for a temporary injunction citing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana.

Attorneys ask for former DA Walter Reed’s release from jail for risk of COVID-19 threat

Walter Reed is asking to be released from jail because of health concerns and COVID-19.

Watch: Full Court Press Now Weeknights

Full Court Press Now is a new 30-minute newscast that airs every weeknight on Gray Television stations across the U.S.

Zurik: Attorneys ask judge to end St. Tammany Jail’s extended use of holding cells, citing concerns of COVID-19

Attorneys suing the St. Tammany Parish Jail over extended use of holding cells, keeping inmates there for days -- if not weeks -- are asking a judge to step in and force the jail to stop those practices amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Louisiana.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

Zurik: Attorneys request state, federal investigations into St. Tammany Jail’s cramped holding cells

Attorneys who previously filed a class-action lawsuit regarding the cramped holding cells in the St. Tammany Parish Jail are now seeking investigations into the practice on both the state and federal level.

  Zurik: Healthcare workers among the first to be tested at drive-thru sites have not received results

When drive-thru testing sites were established in New Orleans to test for COVID-19, healthcare workers and first responders were the first to get tested. But a week after those frontline workers were tested, their results are still outstanding.

Pharmacists: Doctors writing prescriptions for possible COVID-19 treatment at expense of chronically-ill patients

Lupus patients say they are unable to get refills of their hydroxychloroquine after the announcement of clinical trials to study the drug for possible coronavirus treatment. Pharmacists say some doctors are writing prescriptions for friends and family members.

Zurik: Hundreds of tests taken in the early days of Coronavirus testing are still outstanding

Testing has been a crucial focus of determining the true scope of the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, but FOX 8 has learned hundreds of tests performed at Ochsner screening sites are still outstanding more than a week after patients were tested.

  Zurik: Ventilator supply in New Orleans could run out next week, health leaders compete against other states to get more in stock

State and local leaders are very concerned that the ventilator supply for the New Orleans area may run out as soon as next week, as the state continues to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak which has sickened more than a thousand Louisianians.

Zurik: Lawsuit filed over cramped St. Tammany holding cells, lawyers concerned for social distancing amid COVID-19

A lawsuit has been filed against the St. Tammany Jail and their practice of keeping inmates in crammed holding cells for days, a practice FOX 8 first exposed in a Lee Zurik Investigation. Lawyers say the situation is especially concerning in the time of social distancing to prevent COVID-19.

  Zurik: Hospitals increase capacity ahead of expected increase of COVID-19 patients

State leaders are very concerned with hospital capacity in the New Orleans area during the novel coronavirus outbreak that is being seen across the state.

  Watching Your Wallet: Travel insurance likely won’t cover coronavirus-related cancellations

Travel insurance will cover cancellations in very limited situations, and pandemics aren't generally one of those. InvestigateTV looks at vacation refund policies.

  Zurik: New Orleans continues to be one of the nation’s COVID-19 hot spots, analysis shows

New Orleans is experiencing one of the highest numbers of cases of COVID-19 per capita, based on an analysis of data across the country by FOX 8 News.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

InvestigateTV is monitoring coronavirus COVID-19 cases around the country and updating information here frequently.

Where are the latest COVID-19 cases in Louisiana?

The latest count of cases from the Louisiana Department of Health

  Watching Your Wallet: With coronavirus causing market volatility, financial experts help you watch your nest egg

With coronavirus COVID-19 impacting the economy, financial experts give you ideas on how to focus on long-range planning.

  Sanitized: Online listings for hand sanitizer, disinfectant advertise inflated prices

InvestigateTV finds hand sanitizer and wipes with majorly inflated prices; state attorneys general ask consumers to report price gouging.

  NOPD: 14 vehicles broken into on Louisiana Ave.

The NOPD says 14 vehicles were broken into on Louisiana Avenue.

  Metairie Rd. the latest victims in vehicle smash and grabs

Several Old Metairie residents woke up to find broken glass and stolen items and many we spoke to say they were able to actually catch the suspects on their home cameras.

  Zurik: Jail numbers show crowded holding cells are isolated to St. Tammany jail

When FOX 8 took first exposed the crowded holding cells in St. Tammany Parish that kept inmates well past the 48-hour minimum jail standard, a department official said the problem was “not just in St. Tammany." However, a review of area jails paints a different picture.

  Congress takes up insurance rate discrimination

A House subcommittee is considering making changes to insurance laws to stop car insurance companies from basing rates on factors like credit scores.

  Mother, daughter recount kidnapping during carjacking

A mother says Sunday was the worst night of her life as she watched a stranger drive away with her young daughter.

  Zurik: City to demote Safety and Permits Director following discrepancies by department’s inspectors

The City of New Orleans will be demoting Zachary Smith, the head of the city’s Department of Safety and Permits, the city’s chief administrative officer confirms to FOX 8 News on Monday. The move comes after discrepancies were exposed in a series of FOX 8 Investigations.

  FOX 8 Defenders: Trash left outside home after eviction leaves Irish Channel residents frustrated

New Orleans Code Enforcement says it is aware of a pile of trash in front of an Irish Channel home.

  Zurik: St. Tammany Jail keeping inmates in holding cells for weeks, violating state’s minimum jail standards

Holding cells are meant to hold inmates for their first few days in custody. But a FOX 8 Lee Zurik Investigation found one jail was keeping people in these holding cells for weeks, against state standards.

  Shocking cell phone video catches the moment a burglar shoots man who confronts him

A terrifying scene unfolds in the 4000 block of South Derbigny as a man and his brother confronted someone breaking into their truck early Mardi Gras morning.

  Zurik: Additional discrepancies found in suspended building inspector’s past work

FOX 8 has uncovered additional discrepancies between the New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits inspection logs and GPS data from vehicles in the department.

  Gentilly family returns to find home riddled with bullets

A family in Gentilly fears for their safety after they came home to more than a dozen bullet holes in their home.

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

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.

  Two Safety and Permits Inspectors placed on emergency suspension following FOX 8 Investigation

Two inspectors with the City of New Orleans Department of Safety and Permits have been placed on emergency suspension, following a series of FOX 8 reports that revealed discrepancies between city inspection logs and GPS records of the department’s vehicles.

  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.

  Zurik: Past chancellors remain on SUNO payroll as college makes cuts amidst financial crisis

A New Orleans university continues to be plagued by a financial crisis they say is due to declining enrollment and cuts from state funding. But FOX 8 News found past chancellors are able to stay on the payroll at the institution and collect paychecks higher than what is stated in their contracts.