Jun 232016
 
New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area in January 2015 following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers take a suspect into custody at the corner of Cadiz and Loyola streets during a two-hour manhunt in the area in January 2015 following a rash of Uptown robberies. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Since the federal Department of Justice enacted a sweeping blueprint for reforming the troubled New Orleans Police Department nearly four years ago, dozens of new policies have been implemented, new officers are being trained on them, and the rights of all residents now have better protection as a result, department officials said Thursday night. Continue reading »

Jun 232016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Now that Sheriff Marlin Gusman has acknowledged that he must cede day-to-day jail operations to a government-approved independent compliance director, how will the millions in reforms be paid for? The new expenses include the compliance director’s salary and benefits, other costs for new staff he or she will bring in as well as the new dollars needed to reach the federal government’s consent decree goals. It will be pricey for sure because the task is so large. Continue reading »

Jun 222016
 
Still photo of suspect, from surveillance video (via NOPD)

Still photo of armed robbery suspect taken from surveillance video (via NOPD)

The NOPD needs the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an armed robbery and aggravated assault on Constance Street.

On Friday, June 17, Sixth District officers responded to an armed robbery with a firearm in the 2700 block of Constance. The victim reported that an unknown black male grabbed her from behind while she was unloading groceries from her car. He placed the barrel of a gun to her neck and demanded her car key fob. The victim began screaming and pushed the gun aside, at which time the suspect grabbed the key fob, pushed the victim to the ground and attempted to flee in her car. Continue reading »

Jun 222016
 
Detective Claudia Bruce hands out CrimeStoppers flyers to a group of men sitting in Coliseum Square during an anti-crime march in July 2013.  (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Detective Claudia Bruce hands out CrimeStoppers flyers to a group of men sitting in Coliseum Square during an anti-crime march in July 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Members of the Coliseum Square Association floated the idea of adding a private patrol in the Lower Garden District on Monday night – a suggestion that was met with both strong support and staunch opposition from residents. Continue reading »

Jun 202016
 
Police investigate reports of gunfire in the 2200 block of Prytania Street. (photo by Owen Courreges)

Police investigate reports of gunfire in the 2200 block of Prytania Street. (photo by Owen Courreges)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

POP-POP-POP-POP-POP-POP-POP!

I awoke as the shots rang outside my bedroom window in the wee hours on Saturday. By the time I emerged from my house, wearing a garish, plaid Sears robe with my trusty shotgun in hand, there was nobody to be seen save a lone security guard. He crept forward from Eiffel Society, a venue down the street, his pistol drawn and at the ready.

The police arrived, shutting off the 2000 block of Prytania, but aside from collecting a few random shell casings there was ostensibly little investigation to be performed.

Naturally, I was unnerved by the experience. However, my fear was not turned against a mere instrumentality. Alas, the same cannot be said of the reaction of many Americans to the mass shooting that took place a week ago in Orlando. Continue reading »

Jun 162016
 

Robbery at Short and Burthe streets. The shooting in the 8400 block of Cohn did not appear on crime maps Thursday morning. (map via NOPD)

Robbery at Short and Burthe streets. The shooting in the 8400 block of Cohn did not appear on crime maps Thursday morning. (map via NOPD)

A man in his 50s was injured by crossfire Wednesday night in a shooting outside a home on Cohn Street, and another man was robbed at gunpoint on Short Street just off Carrollton Avenue a few hours later, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jun 082016
 
A police officer emerges from the side of a house on LaSalle Street after a man was shot there Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A police officer emerges from the side of a house on LaSalle Street after a man was shot there Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

David Mathis (via NOPD)

David Mathis (via NOPD)

The man injured in a shooting Wednesday morning on LaSalle Street will be charged with burglary, but no charges are being considered against the homeowner who shot him, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jun 082016
 

Ryan Davis (via NOPD)

Ryan Davis (via NOPD)

A 15-year-old has been identified in connection with six armed-robbery incidents — including two in the Uptown area — around the city in a five-day period last week involving a silver car, New Orleans police said, and he was arrested after he surrendered overnight. Continue reading »

Jun 082016
 
A crime-scene technician climbs the porch of a house in the 4300 block of LaSalle after a shooting there Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A crime-scene technician climbs the porch of a house in the 4300 block of LaSalle after a shooting there Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was injured in a shooting Wednesday morning on LaSalle Street just off Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans police said, and neighbors say a homeowner shot him while he was trying to break into the house. Continue reading »

Jun 072016
 
Two officers confer  on Dante Street near Forshey after arresting a juvenile suspect that one of them had seen with a gun on Thursday, June 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two officers confer on Dante Street near Forshey after arresting a juvenile suspect that one of them had seen with a gun on Thursday, June 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After an armed robbery spree last week began in the Carrollton area and moved through Mid-City and downtown before ending in a crash in Gentilly, New Orleans police detectives say their investigation has widened to dozens of armed robbery cases in and around the city. Continue reading »

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Jun 072016
 
Elizabeth Fried, fiancee of Thomas Rolfes, speaks to reporters at a news conference hosted by CrimeStoppers on the one-month anniversary of Rolfes' death. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Elizabeth Fried, fiancee of Thomas Rolfes, speaks to reporters at a news conference hosted by CrimeStoppers on the one-month anniversary of Rolfes’ death. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A poster announces the $30,000 reward for information relating to the May 7 shooting death of Thomas Rolfes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A poster announces the $30,000 reward for information relating to the May 7 shooting death of Thomas Rolfes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The reward for information in the fatal shooting May 7 of a Tulane graduate has been raised to $30,000 as his family members plead with the city of New Orleans to deliver the answers to the questions that keep them up at night a month after his death. Continue reading »

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