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Crime
12:21 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Police: Men Use Tow Truck to Steal Cars From Homes

A New Orleans resident has helped police catch two men suspected of using a tow truck to steal cars from homes.

Dawn Dedeaux tells WWL-TV that she caught two men trying to steal her van from a house near the Fair Grounds Race Course. Dedeaux collected enough information that New Orleans police were able to arrest two men who allegedly were towing cars and selling them for scrap in Belle Chasse.

Keith Lanne, 45, and Ruel Smith, 32, both of Gretna, were arrested on multiple counts of theft and conspiracy.

DWI Checkpoint
12:32 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

New Orleans DWI Checkpoint Tonight

New Orleans police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint "in Orleans Parish" tonight, the department said in a press release.

The NOPD Traffic Division will begin the checkpoint at approximately 9 p.m., and conclude it at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday morning, said Officer Frank Robertson, III. Drivers are advised they will experience minimal delays, and are reminded to have proper documentation on them, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

The NOPD is required to issue notifications regarding sobriety checkpoints by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Crime
3:50 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Beer Delivery Truck Stolen From French Quarter

New Orleans police detectives are searching for a beer truck that was stolen this morning in the French Quarter.

Police say the truck — emblazoned with “Miller Beer” on the sides and back — was parked in front of a business in the 600-block of Decatur St. while the driver made his deliveries around 8 a.m. this morning. The driver left the keys inside of the truck and the doors unlocked, and returned to find the vehicle missing.

Crescent Crown Distributing, the truck's owner, did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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NOPD
2:25 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

New Orleans Police Searching For Missing Officer

Bryant Louis
New Orleans Police Department

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a missing officer, and is requesting the public's assistance in the search, the department announced in a press release this afternoon.

Bryant Louis, a 47-year-old NOPD officer, was last seen leaving his home in the 6300-block of Essex Court around 4 p.m. Sunday, the department said. Louis is an African-American male, approximately 200 pounds and 5'8" tall.

Police say Louis may be in the Baton Rouge area, possibly driving a red 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck with license plate W971803.

New Orleans Police
12:03 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

NOPD’s Decision To Drop Pepper Spray In Favor Of Tasers Raises Questions About Use Of Force

The NOPD plans to expand its use of Tasers and ban pepper spray. Although the police department considers both “intermediate” uses of force, Tasers have been linked to more deaths. The department says it’s easier to track their use.

The New Orleans Police Department is expanding its use of Tasers and dropping pepper spray from its arsenal as part of a consent decree addressing complaints over police brutality, training and civil rights violations.

The department says it’s dropping pepper spray because its cops hardly ever use it — just eight times so far in 2012, compared to 140 Taser discharges. The department prefers Tasers in part because it’s easier to track their use; the devices count how many times they’re discharged and onboard cameras provide video of incidents.

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DWI Checkpoint
8:05 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Orleans Parish DWI Checkpoint Tonight

New Orleans Police will conduct a DWI checkpoint "in the Orleans Parish area" tonight, the Department said in a press release.

The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m., and conclude around 5 a.m. Friday morning, NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams said. Motorists are advised to have proof of insurance and a driver's license if requested, but should experience minimal delays.

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

NOPD
12:19 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

New Orleans police investigate fatal shooting

New Orleans police are investigating the shooting death of a 24-year-old man.

Police say the victim was shot several times just before midnight Tuesday and was pronounced dead at the scene in an apartment complex.

The victim's name has not been released.

Consent Decree
9:25 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Judge to review NOPD reform blueprints

A federal judge is set to hear a request for her to approve a court-supervised agreement to clean up the troubled New Orleans Police Department.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan scheduled a fairness hearing Friday on a federal consent decree signed in July by the Justice Department and the city.

The changes spelled out in the 124-page agreement are some of the most sweeping police reforms ever negotiated by the federal government.

DWI Checkpoint
7:15 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Orleans DWI Checkpoint on Friday

The New Orleans Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday, September 21, the department said in a press release.

The checkpoint, manned by the NOPD's Traffic Division, will take place in an undisclosed area somewhere in Orleans Parish beginning at approximately 9 p.m., and will last until about 5 a.m. Saturday morning, the department said.

Motorists should experience minimal delays, according to NOPD, and should have proper documentation if requested, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.

Central City Shooting
3:55 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Central City shooting leaves one dead, two wounded

A triple shooting in the Central City neighborhood Wednesday night left a 25-year-old man dead and two male teenagers wounded, police say.

The Times-Picayune reports the shootings happened about 8 p.m. near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Magnolia Street.

Police say an unidentified suspect in a black vehicle opened fire on the three as they stood near the entrance to a grocery store. All were shot multiple times and were taken to a local hospital, where one later died.

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