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Alligator Theft
1:18 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Warrants issued for Audubon alligator theft

New Orleans police have issued arrest warrants for two men suspected of stealing a bin of baby alligators from the Audubon Zoo gift shop.

Police say Audubon Security discovered the gift shop’s doors pried open, and a broken window near the shop’s bottom door latch, around 7:30 a.m. last Wednesday, just over three hours after receiving an alarm from the location. A check of the shop revealed 10 baby alligators missing from a tank within.

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Henry Glover Trial
1:58 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Court to Review Cops' Convictions in Katrina Case

A federal appeals court has scheduled a hearing for the case against three former New Orleans police officers convicted of charges stemming from a man's fatal shooting and burning of his body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments on both sides of the case on July 11.

Police Morale
8:16 pm
Sat June 9, 2012

Union to gauge morale of New Orleans cops

The New Orleans police union is launching a study of officer morale and confidence in strategies of the department.

The Times-Picayune reports Capt. Michael Glasser, head of the Police Association of New Orleans, said the survey will highlight issues facing rank-and-file officers and help pinpoint matters that need to be addressed.

Glasser said Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and his administration have dismissed officers' concerns, ranging from rising crime and questionable practices to failing crime-fighting strategies and management deficiencies.

DWI Checkpoint
11:42 am
Thu June 7, 2012

New Orleans Police to conduct DWI checkpoint tonight

The New Orleans Police Department's traffic division will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight in the "Uptown area," the department said in a news release.

The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m., and last until about 5 a.m. Friday morning. In addition to a lack of alcohol, police are advising motorists to have proper documentation if stopped, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

"I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and use a designated driver," Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in the release.

DWI Checkpoint
1:32 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

NOPD to conduct DWI Checkpoint tonight

The New Orleans Police Department's Traffic Division will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in the Tremé, beginning at about 9 p.m. tonight and continuing until about 5 a.m. Saturday morning.

The department says motorists will experience minimal delays, and should be prepared to show proper documentation to officers if stopped, including a driver's license and proof of insurance.

"I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and to use a designated driver," said Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

New Orleans Shootings
9:31 am
Wed May 30, 2012

2 Adults, 1 Child Killed in New Orleans Shootings

A day of sporadic gun violence in New Orleans, including an evening rush-hour shooting near a major thoroughfare, has left two adults and one child dead.

The latest police report indicated the child, a girl, was 5 years old. She was among those hit in the rush hour shooting in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood. Police said a 33-year-old woman also was killed. Three others, including a 10-year-old boy and two men were hit but their injuries were not believed life threatening. At least one man was seen firing a weapon. No suspects had been arrested as of Tuesday night.

New Orleans East
2:03 pm
Mon May 28, 2012

Man falls into canal, apparently drowns

New Orleans police say a 29-year-old man died after falling into a canal near Irish Bayou in New Orleans East.

Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman, says the body of Harold Johnson of New Orleans was found Sunday afternoon, near the spot where he fell in earlier that day.

Flot says said the death will be listed as unclassified until an autopsy.

New Orleans: Six Years After
8:41 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Community Trust and the New Orleans Police Department

Janet Wilson WWNO

The public’s trust in the post-Katrina New Orleans Police Department is still a fragile commodity. But the men in blue and their leadership are attempting to re-engage the communities they serve.

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New Orleans Crime
12:56 am
Wed May 16, 2012

New Orleans murder rate plummets 27 percent

The city’s death toll has fallen dramatically over the past year, even as the number of other violent crimes has skyrocketed, according to statistics just released by the New Orleans Police Department.

The total number of murders in the first three months of the year dropped sharply, from 62 in 2011 to 45 this year, a decline of over 27 percent. The burglary rate slid over 16 percent during the same period.

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Courts
5:29 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Prosecutor seeks sanctions for Len Davis defense attorneys

 

A federal prosecutor argues two court-appointed defense attorneys should be sanctioned for challenging a former New Orleans police officer's convictions and death sentence without his authorization.

Len Davis, who was sentenced to death for arranging a woman's 1994 murder, has elected to represent himself during his post-conviction proceedings. In March, however, his standby counsel filed a petition asking U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan to overturn his death sentence or order a new trial.

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