NOPD

April Siese.

A New Orleans police officer was shot and seriously wounded this morning as he responded to a robbery at the Dollar General store in the 1100-block of Poland Avenue, near the intersection of St. Claude.

The neighborhood is currently locked down, and police have shut the St. Claude bridge in both directions. A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office helicopter is circling overhead and SWAT teams are searching the area house-by-house, according to news reports and residents who live in the area.

Residents have been advised by police to stay inside and keep their doors locked.

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting that happened earlier this afternoon in the 2800-block of Chippewa St. in the Irish Channel.

Police responded to reports of gunfire at approximately 2:30 p.m. and found an 18-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigators, lead by homicide detective Elizabeth Garcia, are in the process of gathering evidence and information leading to the identification of those responsible, according to police.

A community group in New Orleans says the city should not be allowed to get out of a court-backed agreement to reform the police department.

"Community United for Change" filed papers in federal court Wednesday opposing the city's move to vacate the agreement. Instead, the group says, the court should consider putting the New Orleans Police Department under U.S. Justice Department supervision.

A 21-year-old man was shot and killed around 3:45 p.m. this afternoon at the intersection of Monroe and Nelson Streets in Hollygrove, the New Orleans Police Department said in a press release.

The victim, who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was found in a silver Nissan Altima after crashing into a residence in the 8600-block of Nelson St., police said. He died on the scene.

Another man was shot to the body and transported to a Jefferson Parish hospital in a private vehicle, according to police. He is currently listed in stable condition.

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public's help to identify and locate a man wanted for purse-snatching in the Central Business District.

According to police, at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Feb. 13, the suspect pushed a woman to the ground in the 800-block of Lafayette St. and fled on foot with her purse.

The man is described as being a dark-complected African-American in his mid-20s with a shaved head. His is about 160-170 pounds, 5-foot-10-inches to six-feet tall, and was wearing a black hooded jacket and black pants.

A federal judge has rescheduled the retrials of two former New Orleans police officers charged in the fatal shooting of a man whose body was burned in a car in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

A retrial is scheduled to start Aug. 26 for David Warren, who shot and killed 31-year-old Henry Glover outside a strip mall less than a week after the 2005 storm.

A retrial for Travis McCabe, who is charged with writing a false report on Glover's shooting, is set to start Sept. 23.

New Orleans Police Department

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a 15-year-old boy who is missing from New Orleans East.

Carlton Morris, Jr. last spoke with his mother around 7 p.m. Tuesday night, police say. Morris, who suffers from schizophrenic disorders and is in need of his medication, contacted his mother to tell her he didn't have a ride home from school. When his mother told him that she wasn't able to pick him up he became angry and hung up the phone.

His mother has been unable to contact him since.

New Orleans police say a man who thought he was going into a motel room with two lingerie-clad women was beaten up and robbed when he tried to leave after discovering they were men.

Police say the two cross-dressers were joined by a man who had been in the bathroom of the motel room on Airline Highway in New Orleans.

Officer Garry Flot says in a news release that all three hit the man several times on the head and face, and each went through his pockets. They took his cash, cellphone and credit cards.

A man was found by a grass-cutting crew in the Lower 9th Ward around 3 p.m. today with multiple gunshot wounds, the New Orleans Police Department announced in a press release this afternoon.

The crew discovered the victim in a vacant lot at the intersection of Benton and North Miro Streets and immediately notified police, according to the NOPD. The man had been shot several times and was unresponsive when officers arrived, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Crime in New Orleans dropped nearly eight percent in the last quarter of 2012, and by one percent for the year overall, according to numbers released today by the New Orleans Police Department.

Murders and rapes dropped by 18 percent in the last quarter of 2012, armed robberies by 32 percent, auto theft by nearly 34 percent, burglaries by more than 13 percent, and simple robberies by more than two percent. however, instances of assault were up 16 percent, and thefts were up more than four percent.

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