crime

NOPD
11:43 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Police arrest man in cab driver's death

New Orleans police have arrested a suspect in last month's shooting death of a cab driver.

The Times-Picayune reports Rodney Thornton was booked Thursday with second-degree murder in the slaying 44-year-old Ali Husnain. Investigators say Husnain was shot in the back of the head on July 9.

Police found Husnain slumped over the steering wheel of his cab in eastern New Orleans.

Thornton was already in prison when he was booked with the murder charge. He was arrested earlier on a burglary charge.

It was unclear whether Thornton has an attorney.

Deputy Shootings
11:14 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Sheriff: 2 wounded deputies continue to recover

A 24-year-old man accused of shooting a St. John the Baptist Parish deputy is being held without bond.

That information about Brian Lyn Smith was posted Tuesday on the sheriff's office website. Brian Smith was booked Friday with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.

He's accused of shooting 33-year-old Deputy Michael Scott Boyington, who remains hospitalized.

Sheriff Mike Tregre has said three deputies were ambushed while investigating that shooting, and two were killed.

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Child Abuse
1:37 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Cops: Dad used girl, 5, as shield from mom's knife

Kenner police say a 5-year-old girl's back was gashed and both of her ankles cut when her father used her as a shield from her mother's knife attack. According to the arrest report, the wound in her back needed 22 staples, and her ankles needed a total of 11 stitches — seven in the left and four in the right.

The Times-Picayune reports 25-year-old Kenisha Caples and 44-year-old Maurice Sparkman were arrested Sunday, a day after their fight.

Police DWI Arrest
8:28 am
Tue August 21, 2012

New Orleans police officer booked with DWI

A New Orleans Police officer has been suspended following his weekend arrest for suspicion of drunk driving.

Harahan Police arrested 57-year-old Eddie Polite early Sunday after spotting him driving the wrong way down a one-way street with no headlights.

Police chief Mac Dickinson told The Times-Picayune Polite was taken into custody after he refused to take a field sobriety or Breathalyzer test. Dickinson says investigators later obtained a warrant to draw Polite's blood. Results are pending.

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Latest News
6:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Suspects In Deputies' Shooting Linked To Domestic Terrorism

Several suspects arrested after two Louisiana sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed and two others wounded are believed to be part of a group on the FBI’s domestic terrorism watch list. The group was heavily armed.

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The Two-Way
11:33 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Two Deputies Killed, Two Wounded In Louisiana Shootings

Three days after the shooting death of a constable in College Station, Texas, there's word that two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana's St. John the Baptist Parish were killed this morning and another two were wounded in what appear to be connected shootings.

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Environment
6:33 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Pollution fine imposed following May plea deal

A Texas-based independent oil company has officially been fined $557,000 after admitting that its negligence caused three oil spills in Jefferson Parish bayous in 2008.

The fine announced Wednesday by the Justice Department in Washington had been expected. It was the result of a plea agreement reached in May between federal authorities and Cedyco Corp. of Houston.

Cedyco agreed to pay the fine and stop operating in Louisiana.

Latest News
4:04 am
Thu August 16, 2012

NOPD: Drug buy-bust leads to murder arrest

New Orleans police say a new strategy that involves undercover officers buying drugs from dealers led to the arrest of a 32-year-old murder suspect.

Police say they arrested Burnell Allen on Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder. Allen is accused of gunning down 21-year-old Lonnie Johnson on June 9.

Officers conducted a drug buy-bust on Tuesday in the same area where the murder took place. Detectives say they got enough information about Allen to arrest him after interviewing people detained in the drug buy-bust.

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Corrections
3:19 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Report: Juvenile detention population down

A report by Louisiana State University on the current status of the juvenile justice system has concluded multiple parishes have seen a decline in the number of youths detained over the past five years.

A study from the Institute for Public Health and Justice reported Tuesday some parishes have seen as much as a 45 percent decrease in the average daily detention populations since 2007.

There have also been decreases in youths on parole supervision and on local and state probation supervision.

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Latest News
10:12 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Mother, daughter accused in fire death

New Orleans police accuse a 53-year-old woman and her daughter of plotting to burn a 57-year-old woman to death.

Police say they arrested Alice Wright last week on a charge of second-degree murder, and have a warrant to arrest 23-year-old Tytesha Wright once she is out of a burn unit in Baton Rouge.

They're accused in the death of Cynthia Houston, who died in her home Aug. 3 from fourth-degree burns and smoke inhalation.

Police say Tytesha Wright helped care for Houston, who had medical problems.

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