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12:45 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

NOPD: DNA links rape in 2000, murder in 1992

New Orleans Police Department

New Orleans police say recently received DNA evidence links a rape in 2000 and a sexual assault and killing in 1992.

They got a description last week from the woman who was raped in 2000. A police artist used it for a computer-created composite, then sketched what the man may look like now. Police released the two drawings in hope that people can help them identify the man.

The killing was that of 20-year-old Jennifer Altemeier, who was strangled on March 3 — Mardi Gras — 1992.

NOPD Consent Decree
11:11 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Police group seeks to have say in NOPD reforms

The Fraternal Order of Police wants to have a say in an agreement New Orleans has reached with the Justice Department to overhaul the city's troubled police department.

WVUE-TV reports that the group has asked U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to allow it to intervene in the matter before the judge signs off on the agreement.

The TV station reports that the FOP has complained in the past that it was left out of the negotiations and that officers need more details about what will be expected of them.

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Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
2:24 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Former Jefferson deputy booked with malfeasance

A former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy has been booked with malfeasance.

Officials say 56-year-old Robert Hoobler of Gretna was arrested Thursday over an incident in November in which Hoobler is accused using a stun gun against a suspect multiple times.

Col. John Fortunato says Hoobler had arrested a person wanted for a violation of a protective order, and had placed the suspect into the rear seat of his marked unit. Fortunato says while driving to the parish jail, the suspect removed his seat belt, turned sideways and began kicking the rear door of the police car.

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Attempted Carjacking
12:10 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Man tries to carjack trooper, two other officers

A man tried to carjack a Louisiana State trooper and two members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force traveling in an unmarked state police unit in downtown Shreveport.

Trooper Matt Harris, spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop G, says 25-year-old Joshua Carter, of Princeton, approached the car Wednesday about 4:30 p.m. while it was stopped at a traffic light. Harris says Carter began pulling on the car's door handle and demanding that it be opened. When he realized the vehicle was occupied by police officers, he fled.

NOPD Consent Decree
2:12 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

NOPD reform agreement hearing set for Katrina anniversary

A federal judge has set an Aug. 29 hearing on an agreement the city of New Orleans reached with the Justice Department to overhaul the city's troubled police department.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan's order Tuesday also sets deadlines for those interested in the case to intervene and for the public to file comments on the proposed agreement.

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Dirty License Plates
3:09 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

State police watching for dirty license plates

Louisiana state police and local law enforcement agencies are telling motorists to clean off their dirty license plates.

State police say in a news release the motorists caught with their license plates obscured in any way, including by dirt, mud or frames that cover part of the plate, could be ticketed.

Louisiana law requires vehicle license plates be clearly displayed, as well as illuminated at night by license plate lights.

Jail Hate Crime
4:59 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Black inmate accused of hate crime against whites

HOUMA — A black jail inmate has been booked with a hate crime after allegedly saying he would squirt human waste on every white inmate in his dormitory, and then doing so.

Terrebonne Parish sheriff's Maj. Malcolm Wolfe says all seven white inmates were squirted with urine and feces from a shampoo bottle. He says the waste was on the walls and on inmates' clothes, bodies and personal property — but not on any of the three African-American inmates in the dorm with them and 41-year-old Avis James Williams of Houma.

Consent Decree
4:56 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Court meeting held on New Orleans police reforms

Attorneys for the city of New Orleans and the federal government met behind closed doors with a federal judge to discuss a new agreement to overhaul the New Orleans Police Department.

Participants in Thursday's status conference with U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan declined to go into details. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten described the meeting as productive but added that he was not at liberty to say more. It was unclear when Morgan might grant final court approval to the agreement, which was the result of long negotiations between the city and federal officials.

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NOPD Consent Decree
6:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

NOPD Reform Plan Could Be National Standard

Erin Krall WWNO

Attorney General Eric Holder has released more than 100 pages of policy changes designed to reform the New Orleans Police Department. The consent decree filed in federal court comes after a scathing assessment of the troubled police force.

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NOPD Consent Decree
6:06 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Attorney General Announces NOPD Reforms

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Attorney General Eric Holder discuss the NOPD consent decree at a July 24 news conference.
Tyler A. Gamble New Orleans Mayor's Office

Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to New Orleans to announce sweeping reforms to be implemented in the city’s troubled police department. The changes are outlined in a detailed consent decree.

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