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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.

Latest News
6:00 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Night Out Against Crime Rallies Draw Local Officials

Mayor Landrieu meets with children at a Tremé anti-crime rally.
Tyler A. Gamble Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu

The National Night Out Against Crime included more than 200 community gatherings in New Orleans. City leaders and criminal justice officials attended a kick-off rally in Tremé.

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JPSO
4:10 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

15-year-old killed in Metairie shooting

Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies say a 15-year-old New Orleans boy was shot and killed in the midst of a large crowd in Metairie.

Col. John Fortunato identified the victim of Thursday night's shooting as Joey Davis.

Fortunato says a deputy responding to a disturbance call on nearby street spotted the crowd, heard gunshots and saw the crowd scatter, leaving behind a young man lying on the ground.

The deputy chased an armed suspect who was seen running into an alleyway, but the gunman managed to get away.

Latest News
12:35 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

New Orleans man pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

A New Orleans man has pleaded guilty to charges he filed false tax returns for people without their knowledge and had tax refunds deposited into bank accounts he controlled.

Thirty-two-year-old Darvell Hall faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison following his guilty pleas Wednesday to wire fraud and making false claims to a federal agency.

Prosecutors say Hall prepared and filed bogus tax returns for roughly two dozen people between March 2009 and March 2011. Many of them were either children or people who were incarcerated.

Latest News
12:55 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

$1 million bond set for murder suspect

Bail has been set at $1 million for a 21-year-old man suspected of firing a gun through the bedroom window of an eastern New Orleans home early Monday, killing a local college freshman and badly wounding her boyfriend.

The Times-Picayune reports 21-year-old Jeffery Washington is accused of the second-degree murder of 18-year-old Marguerite Washington, and the attempted second-degree murder of 19-year-old Justin Alexander.

Police say the shooting occurred while the victims were asleep.

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