Apr 142014
 

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A woman riding on Washington Avenue was hit in the back of the head by a flurry of gunfire Saturday night, New Orleans police said.

The victim, a woman in her early 20s, was traveling on Washington near Dryades Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday when someone shot 12 to 15 rounds into the vehicle, according to the initial police report. She was hit in the back of the head and taken to the hospital in critical condition, the report states.

The victim, later identified as Lanisha Scott, died Sunday morning, according to a report in the Times-Picayune.

Anyone with information is urged to call NOPD Sixth District detectives at 658-6060 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Apr 122014
 

Kevin Jones (via opcso.org)

Kevin Jones (via opcso.org)

Aaron Johnson (via opcso.org)

Aaron Johnson (via opcso.org)

Solving the second of four major recent home invasion cases in the Carrollton area, investigators have charged two teens with participating in a home-invasion last week on Panola Street in which two women were tied up and robbed, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Apr 102014
 

Percy Brown (via opcso.org)

Percy Brown (via opcso.org)

A man arrested Monday after leading police on a chase through the Milan neighborhood in a stolen truck is now a suspect in a shooting in the Irish Channel on March 29, but investigators say a separate shootout that injured a man this week in the Irish Channel appears to be unrelated. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
Police investigate a home-invasion robbery reported in the 1800 block of Adams Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a home-invasion robbery reported in the 1800 block of Adams Street on Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two men were robbed at gunpoint — one of them pistol-whipped — in an Adams Street home Tuesday afternoon, New Orleans police said, the latest in a rash of attacks on residents in their homes around the Carrollton corridor in the last few days. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 
Police speak to neighbors on Dec. 18, 2013, after a large SUV was found ditched in an Adams Street backyard following a deadly robbery at a nearby bank. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police speak to neighbors on Dec. 18, 2013, after a large SUV was found ditched in an Adams Street backyard following a deadly robbery at a nearby bank. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

DNA evidence on a screwdriver that may have been used to steal an SUV later used in the deadly armed robbery of a Carrollton bank led investigators to an arrest warrant for a suspect, according to a report by Jim Mustian of The New Orleans Advocate. Lilbear George, 24, is wanted on a charge of illegal possession of stolen things, and is believed to have fled the state after the Dec. 18 robbery at the Chase bank that killed armored-truck driver Hector Trochez, Mustian reports.

Apr 082014
 
Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A stolen truck that led New Orleans police on chase around the Milan neighborhood on Monday and damaged two NOPD vehicles may have been involved in a shooting in the Irish Channel a week earlier, authorities said. Continue reading »

Apr 082014
 

jewel bush

Dianne Honoré has been a French Quarter tour guide off and on for more than 20 years; and this, she said, is the worst it’s ever been.

“My heart breaks when I walk through the French Quarter sometimes,” Honoré said sipping a coffee in Treme Café on St. Philip Street. “It disgusts me the lack of protection, the level of filth.”

Honoré is talking about the all-time high population of “gutter punks” that blanket the French Quarter. The gutter punk colonies run along the river, along Decatur Street. The 500 block of Bourbon Street is a gutter-punk haven; basically all over the French Quarter is, she said. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

Owen Courreges

Twenty years.  That’s 7,300 days.  It’s over a quarter of the average American lifespan, and in Louisiana, it’s the amount of time a person can potentially serve for simple possession of marijuana.

While you’re picking your jaw up off the floor after hearing that, I should emphasize that we’re not talking about dealing.  Simple possession refers to quantities too low for distribution.  It is a misdemeanor, but only on the first offense.  A second offense graduates to a felony punishable by up to five years in jail.  After third offense, the maximum goes up to twenty years. Continue reading »

Apr 062014
 
A hand-drawn sketch of a suspect in a home invasion last week on Green Street. (via NOPD)

A hand-drawn sketch of a suspect in a home invasion last week on Green Street. (via NOPD)

Investigators have released a second sketch in an ongoing effort to identify a man who called himself “Patrick” before attacking a woman and attempting to strangle her inside a Carrollton home last week, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »