Nov 192014
 
NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Commander Paul Noel — who led the NOPD Special Victims Unit prior to his appointment to the Uptown-based Second District — has been named the leader of a task force to re-investigate sex cases ignored by detectives since his departure and recommend new policies to reform the unit, officials announced Tuesday. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a $2,500 reward for information in the fire that destroyed a New Orleans political consultant’s cars and heavily damaged his home earlier this month. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 
An image from Sunday morning's armed robbery of the Family Dollar on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from Sunday morning’s armed robbery of the Family Dollar on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Two businesses on South Claiborne Avenue — a dollar store and an auto-parts store — were robbed at gunpoint Sunday, New Orleans police said, and investigators have released surveillance photos of dollar-store robbery in hopes of identifying a suspect. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 

Owen Courreges

There’s an old joke that “NOPD” stands for “Not Our Problem, Dude.”  When it comes to investigating sex crimes, alas, it’s simply the reality of the situation.

A report from the New Orleans Office of the Inspector General released this past week showed that the NOPD is essentially ignoring the vast majority of sex crimes.  The OIG report studied 1,290 sex crime incidents from 2011 to 2013 assigned to five detectives (almost a third of the 16 detectives in the Special Victims Section).  Of those, only 179, or 14%, included a supplemental report reflecting that the claim had been properly investigated. Continue reading »

Nov 132014
 
Police investigators examine the scene of the shooting on Fern Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigators examine the scene of the shooting on Fern Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bradley Parvez (via opcso.org)

Bradley Parvez (via opcso.org)

A former New Orleans Police recruit who fatally shot a man in his front yard on Fern Street on Thursday morning has been arrested on a murder charge, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 132014
 
New Orleans police set up a crime scene around a house on Fern Street where a resident fatally shot a man in his yard Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police set up a crime scene around a house on Fern Street where a resident fatally shot a man in his yard Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Fern Street resident shot and killed an apparently unarmed man in his front yard on Thursday morning, and investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shooting, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 092014
 
A suspect is arrested after trying to hide on the rooftop of a South Carrollton restaurant following a police pursuit that began in Jefferson Parish. (image via WWL-TV)

A suspect is arrested after trying to hide on the rooftop of a South Carrollton restaurant following a police pursuit that began in Jefferson Parish. (image via WWL-TV)

A man allegedly fleeing from Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies in a stolen vehicle Saturday evening crashed into two other vehicles on South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, then tried to hide on the rooftop of a nearby restaurant before he was arrested, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 072014
 
Investigators surround one of the cars that burned across the street from the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators surround one of the cars that burned across the street from the house. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A number of fundraisers have been created to help the family apparently targeted by Thursday morning’s firebombing just off Prytania Street, many of which have been organized by the many community groups they belong to. Continue reading »

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Nov 072014
 
A damaged blue Saturn sits in the 2000 block of Foucher, after a fatally wounded woman was found in a Mercedes that crashed into it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A damaged blue Saturn sits in the 2000 block of Foucher, after a fatally wounded woman was found in a Mercedes that crashed into it. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Friday morning's fatal shooting in the 2000 block of Foucher has yet to be loaded into the NOPD crime maps, but a homicide marker shows where a victim was found a block away in September. (map via NOPD)

Friday morning’s fatal shooting in the 2000 block of Foucher has yet to be loaded into the NOPD crime maps, but a homicide marker shows where a victim was found a block away in September. (map via NOPD)

One of Uptown New Orleans’ most persistently violent intersections — Foucher Street near South Saratoga — was the site of another homicide investigation overnight after a woman was found fatally shot inside a Mercedes sedan that crashed there, authorities said Friday morning. Continue reading »