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Man arrested for attempted second-degree murder after shooting on Austerlitz Street

A man who allegedly suffers from a mental disorder has been arrested for attempted second-degree murder after he fired a weapon Saturday evening following a dispute with another man, police said. Officers with the New Orleans Police Department arrested 35-year-old Will Moffett following the incident, which happened just before 7 p.m. in the 800 block of Austerlitz Street, in Uptown. Police said… Continue reading →

Five armed robberies reported in New Orleans in 12 hours, police say

New Orleans police reported five armed robberies in 12 hours between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, according to a preliminary crime report. The first incident happened just before 4:20 p.m. in the 7000 block of Crowder Boulevard in New Orleans East, when two women and a man were held up at gunpoint, police said. According to the report, the first victim,… Continue reading →

Four teens shot during birthday party Saturday in Marrero; possibly multiple shooters involved, JPSO says

Update, 11 a.m. Sunday: Four teenagers were shot during a birthday party late Saturday in Marrero, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Two 16-year-olds and two 15-year-olds suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the knee, cheek, lower leg and neck, JPSO spokesman John Fortunato said Sunday morning. All of the victims were transported to University Hospital. Around 25 teenagers were attending the birthday… Continue reading →

Uber driver carjacked at gunpoint near North Tonti and Louisa streets early Sunday, police say

. An Uber driver was carjacked at gunpoint early Sunday at North Tonti and Louisa streets, New Orleans police said. The driver, a 39-year-old woman, was at the intersection around 1:53 a.m. when a Chevy Equinox blocked her, the New Orleans Police Department said in a preliminary offense log. The driver of the Equinox, wearing a black scarf… Continue reading →

Stein Mart on Tchoupitoulas robbed by armed man Saturday afternoon

Stein Mart on Tchoupitoulas Street was robbed at gunpoint Saturday afternoon. According to an initial New Orleans police report, a man entered the store in the 5300 block of Tchoupitoulas Street at 5 p.m. and took several items. A security guard at the store tried to stop the robber, who then pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the guard and fled the… Continue reading →

Mourners for Roshawn Smith, a church deacon and father of 3, wonder how such a good man met a violent end

Photo by Katy Reckdahl -- On Saturday, hundreds of mourners wore burgundy ribbons bearing the photo of Roshawn Smith, 24.

Brandon Johnson walked into the church Saturday and saw his mentor’s body in a coffin. But the tears were slow to come. “I’m still in disbelief,” the 13-year-old said, shaking his head. “It doesn’t feel like it’s him in that casket right now. I’m thinking, ‘That’s not Rody. He’s probably at work.’ ” Everyone at… Continue reading →

NOLA Beans in Lakeview robbed Friday night by armed man

. NOLA Beans, a Lakeview coffee shop, was robbed by an armed man Friday night, according to a preliminary New Orleans police report. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. in the 700 block of Harrison Avenue. NOPD said an armed man entered through the back door, demanded the employee to take him to the safe;… Continue reading →

Battle between Tom Benson, daughter Renee over Texas trust fund to be settled next week

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tom Benson leave Orleans Parish Civil District Court with his lawyer Phillip Wittman in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, June 2, 2015.

A judge in San Antonio has set a Feb. 19 court date for settling the Texas trust fund battle between Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his daughter, Renee Benson. Attorneys for both sides attended a status conference Friday in San Antonio and presented enough details of the agreement to satisfy Bexar County Probate Court… Continue reading →

Video: Dozens with 'Black Lives Matter' signs appear at New Orleans police headquarters to protest Eric Harris’ fatal shooting

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY MATT SLEDGE -- Eric Harris' family appears at a protest at New Orleans Police headquarters on Friday afternoon. Harris was fatally shot by Jefferson Parish authorities after a car chase that ended in Central City earlier this week.

. About two dozen people, some with "black lives matter" signs, protesting the fatal shooting of Eric Harris appeared in front of New Orleans police headquarters Friday afternoon. [Click here if you're unable to see the video above.] Harris was killed by Jefferson Parish deputies earlier this week.… Continue reading →

Suspect in shooting of Jefferson Parish deputy Stephen Arnold pleads not guilty; victim still in hospital

The man accused of shooting a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy during an early-morning raid last month pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday morning. Jarvis Harvy entered a not guilty plea and said nothing beyond that during the short court appearance, WWL-TV reported. The man authorities allege that Hardy shot inside his Lower 9th… Continue reading →

Man found shot to death on America Street in New Orleans East, police say

Neighbors said they never heard a sound. But around 5 a.m. on Friday morning, police discovered the lifeless body of a man who had been shot in the head inside a car in an empty New Orleans East lot. Authorities have not identified the man, whose body was discovered inside a grey Toyota Corolla in the Continue reading →

New Orleans inmate awaiting trial in ’08 killing faces new charges in deputy attack

Dayshawn M. Celestain

A man who has been awaiting trial for more than seven years over an execution-style murder is facing new charges that he attacked a deputy at the Orleans Justice Center last week. The incident highlighted the continuing violence at the city’s new $150 million jail despite a federally supervised reform effort that has foundered amid chronic… Continue reading →

Jefferson Parish father and stepmother to be booked on murder in death of son

The father and stepmother of a Waggaman teenager who was severely beaten last week will be booked on second-degree murder charges in the wake of the boy’s death, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Jalen Daniel, 14, died Monday from injuries caused by head trauma, Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office Chief Investigator Mark Bone said. The… Continue reading →

Lawsuit: New Orleans deputies called suicidal inmate ‘rapist and pedophile,’ left him alone for hours before jailhouse hanging

Ryan Miller

A young man who hanged himself last year at Orleans Parish Prison had been called a “rapist and pedophile” by a ranking deputy at the jail and was left unsupervised for hours even after warning guards that he felt suicidal, a new lawsuit claims. The wrongful-death suit, filed this week in U.S. District Court, claims deputies… Continue reading →

Man shot in thigh, hand on Canal Street late Wednesday

An 18-year-old man was shot late Wednesday on Canal Street in the Central Business District, New Orleans police said. Around 11:47 p.m., the 18-year-old was walking in the 1000 block of Canal Street when he heard gunshots and realized that he had been shot in the thigh and hand, NOPD spokesman Juan Barnes said. The victim told officers that he walked… Continue reading →

EMT killed Wednesday after vehicle falls from lift, pinning him underneath

. An emergency medical technician at the West Jefferson Emergency Medical Services headquarters in Marrero died after a vehicle under repair dropped on him Wednesday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Col. John Fortunato, a JPSO spokesman, said a mechanic and two EMTs were working on an EMS vehicle elevated on a lift at 1225 Avenue C about 5:30… Continue reading →

Federal appeals panel vacates injunction delaying inmate’s execution

Richard Jordan

A federal appeals panel has struck down a lower court’s temporary injunction against Mississippi’s efforts to execute a man found guilty of murdering a Metairie-raised woman in 1976. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled Wednesday that a U.S. district judge in Mississippi should not have granted the plaintiffs an injunction in a case contesting… Continue reading →

Elmwood woman charged with trying to kill her boyfriend; both told deputies he fell on a pair of scissors

An Elmwood woman who allegedly stabbed her longtime boyfriend so badly that his lung collapsed was arrested for attempted murder early Monday morning, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said that Melissa Veillard, 27, and her boyfriend of seven years were involved in an incident inside their apartment in the 5100 block of Citrus Boulevard. Both… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department suspends recruit after DWI arrest

A New Orleans Police Department recruit has been suspended after being arrested early Wednesday on charges including DWI. Gerald Elwood III was pulled over before 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Interstate 10 and Louisa Street. According to the NOPD, officers had been working a traffic crash when they spotted Elwood trying to drive around a blocked-off… Continue reading →

Girlfriend disputes JPSO account of fatal shooting at end of chase across bridge

Eric Harris

Conflicting accounts emerged Wednesday of a police chase that ended fatally Monday night in Central City, with Jefferson Parish authorities defending the shooting of a young man as justified but with the man’s girlfriend accusing deputies of fabricating key details. Col. John Fortunato, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the two deputies who Continue reading →

Man arrested in Mardi Gras shooting on St. Charles Avenue

Cortrell Bryant

Police said 23-year-old Cortrell Bryant’s gun was still hot and its magazine was missing a single round shortly after two teens were hit by gunfire during Mardi Gras celebrations Tuesday on St. Charles Avenue. Neither of the two victims, males aged 17 and 18, was seriously wounded. But the shooting nevertheless recalled previous episodes of Continue reading →