Police blotter: Shootings injure three men in Hollygrove, Hoffman Triangle

The New Orleans Police Department reported two overnight shootings, injuring three men, in Uptown neighborhoods. Two were injured early Tuesday (April 12) in the Hollygrove area. Police were called to the 9000 block of Edinburgh Street at 1:07 a.m. They found a 23-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. Emergency Medical Services took him to the hospital. The second victim, a 19-year-old male, arrived at the emergency room separately.

Victim in Central City double shooting dies from his injuries

One of the victims in a shooting in Central City on Friday (April 8) died of his wounds the next day, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office reported. Ronnell Owney, 31, was on South Claiborne Avenue and First Street just before 9:30 p.m. when a man opened fire. Owney was struck multiple times and was taken to the hospital, where he died on Saturday (April 9). Another man suffered a single gunshot wound in the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

Police book 18-year-old linked to 16 vehicle burglaries in Uptown neighborhoods

NOPD Second District officers arrested Mckenzie Fair, 18, on Thursday (April 7) in connection with multiple vehicle burglary incidents in Uptown neighborhoods. After developing Fair as a suspect in multiple vehicle burglary incidents, detectives obtained a search warrant for Fair’s home. During the search, detectives discovered a handgun that had been reported stolen. Fair was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for 16 counts of simple burglary, two counts of simple criminal damage to property and one count each of illegal possession of a stolen firearm, attempted simple burglary and illegal carrying of a weapon. Fair remained jailed Monday on a $39,500 bond.

Police blotter: Six men wounded in three shootings

Three shootings were reported in Uptown neighborhoods over the weekend. A double shooting Saturday evening (April 9) injured two men in the 8100 block of Palmetto Street, near the Costco. Second District officers were called to the area at 7:39 p.m. They found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. The Emergency Medical Service took them to the hospital. Police said there was a single shooter in the incident.

Viewpoint: Early childhood education, on the April 30 ballot, can prevent crime

In what is predicted to be an extremely low-turnout election on Saturday, April 30, Orleans Parish voters will have the opportunity to support a unique property tax dedicated to early childhood education. If approved, the legislation could generate about $21 million annually — creating 1,500 early childhood education seats in New Orleans. According to the legislation’s advocate Yes for NOLA Kids, the owner of a $200,000 home should expect to pay an additional $5.20 per month in property taxes. An owner of a home assessed at $1 million might pay $26 monthly. Currently more than 8,300 low-income children in New Orleans under the age of 4 are unable to access an affordable, high-quality early childhood education program. 
“When more kids are participating in preschool programs, we won’t have all the crime that we have now.” Cynthia Hedge Morrell
 “We’ve known since the days of famed researchers Jean Piaget and Maria Montessori that early childhood education has always been essential to creating thinking, caring, socialized, well-rounded children,” said long-time educator Cynthia Hedge Morrell, retired teacher and principal of McDonogh 15 Elementary School who later served on the City Council.

Police blotter: Shooting, carjacking, two robberies

A shooting, carjacking and three robberies were reported Uptown since Friday (April 1). A 49-year-old man was injured in shooting Monday afternoon (April 4). He was fighting with another man at about 3:20 p.m. in the 2100 block of Washington Avenue, near the cemeteries in Central City. The man took out a gun, shot the 49-year-old in the leg and fled. The Emergency Medical Service took the victim to the hospital.

Suspect sought in shooting death of woman in Central City

The NOPD has obtained an arrest warrant for William Powell III, 39, in the investigation of a homicide early on March 19, in the 3000 block of South Saratoga Street. At about 2:45 a.m. on March 19, NOPD Sixth District officers responded to a call of a woman down. Upon arrival, officers found Ciara Bullock lying on the sidewalk. Bullock was declared dead at the scene. She was 35.

Double shooting in Hoffman Triangle leaves one man dead

The NOPD is investigating a shooting that left one man dead and another injured early Tuesday (March 29) in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood. At 3:43 a.m., NOPD Sixth District officers responded to a report of gunfire at South Derbigny and Josephine streets. They discovered a male victim at the scene with a gunshot wound. A second male victim, who also sustained a gunshot wound, was found nearby. Both victims were transported by the Emergency Medical Service to a local hospital, where the first victim later died.

Man shot to death in Hollygrove

A man was shot to death in Hollygrove on Friday (March 25), the New Orleans Police Department reported. Second District officers responding to a report of gunfire at 7:37 p.m. found Derwin Bernard in the 3000 block of Eagle Street, near Earhart Boulevard. He was suffering from a gunshot wound. The Emergency Medical Service took him to the University Medical Center, where he died. Bernard was 32.