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Officer suspended for alleged solicitation, and other area crime news

John McCoy

New Orleans Police Department officer Ananie Mitchell has been placed on emergency suspension without pay after he was arrested Monday and accused of soliciting a prostitute, the NOPD said Tuesday. The NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau received a tip about Mitchell on Feb. 24 and launched an investigation.… Continue reading →

Orleans public defense investigator charged with faking credentials claims retaliation by DA’s Office

A young investigator with the Orleans Parish Public Defender’s Office who stands accused of impersonating a peace officer has lodged incendiary claims against District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and one of his top trial deputies, accusing them of devising an indictment against her in a retaliatory backhand. In a legal filing this week, Taryn Blume,… Continue reading →

Aaron Broussard’s attorney wants hearing to probe online commenting scandal at U.S. Attorney's Office under Jim Letten

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard arrives for sentencing  in federal court in New Orleans in 2013. Broussard is trying to get his guilty verdict set aside based on prosecutorial misconduct.

An attorney for jailed former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard made his case Tuesday that his client is entitled to a hearing with testimony from former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and two of his former prosecutors concerning the online-commenting scandal that overturned one verdict and torpedoed another investigation. But a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S.… Continue reading →

Prosecutor hints others may face charges in Peralta case

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta arrives at the parish courthouse Tuesday, March 3, 2015.

Embattled St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta may not be the only person facing criminal charges in a new indictment that’s likely to be handed up by a grand jury in coming weeks, a prosecutor with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office told a state judge at a hearing Tuesday. Assistant Attorney General David Weilbaecher Jr.… Continue reading →

2 suspects wanted for armed robbery, aggravated battery in Algiers

Marc Brown

The New Orleans Police Department are asking for the public's assistance in locating two male suspects wanted for armed robbery and aggravated second degree battery, according to a NOPD press release. Marc Brown, a 30-year-old white male, and a second unidentified 6' tall, 220 pound white male are suspects in an incident that took place March 1,… Continue reading →

Mother and daughter killed, another woman injured, in New Orleans East shooting

Advocate photo by Benjamin Oreskes -- New Orleans homicide detectives go door-to-door on Duane Road in New Orleans East interviewing neighbors of the victims of the Tuesday morning shooting that left a mother and daughter dead and another woman injured.

An early morning shooting Tuesday in New Orleans East left a mother and daughter dead and another woman wounded. Shortly before 1 a.m., officers found a 25-year-old woman inside her home in the 14500 block of Duane Road suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her… Continue reading →

Coroner identifies two homicide victims

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Monday released the names of two victims who died during separate shootings on Friday and Saturday. Barry Blackwell, 29, died on the South Broad Street overpass Friday afternoon in a shooting spree that left one other victim wounded. He was allegedly shot by Alvin Richardson who… Continue reading →

Sheriff: 'Violent altercation' occurred before Covington doctor Wayne Breen's wife shot him to death

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  The foggy, gravel road that leads to the Breen's house in Folsom on March 2, 2015. Kacie Breen admitted to responding deputies that she shot her husband, Covington physician Dr. Wayne Breen, after the two got into an altercation, said Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. The incident happened Sunday morning at about 3 a.m

Sometime Saturday night, physician Wayne Breen and his wife went to sleep watching television in the bedroom of their home, set on 31 picturesque acres near Folsom, a quiet area dotted with horse farms and ranches. However, the couple’s peaceful night was shattered about 2:30 a.m., when they woke up and began arguing. By… Continue reading →

Witness in New Orleans cyclist accident: 'He never stopped; he should have stopped'

Police work the scene of a fatal accident where a cyclist was struck at Canal Street and Jeff Davis Parkway  Monday, March 2, 2015.

Pamela Hawkins was driving her silver Chevy Malibu lakebound on Canal Street about 9 a.m. Monday. She had to pick up a friend and go to the hospital. But as the traffic light in front of her turned green and she began to cross Jefferson Davis Parkway, she could see a northbound bicyclist pedaling out in… Continue reading →

At Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, no haste to probe beating incident involving high school student

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Brady Becker, right, and his attorney David Belfield, speaks outside the Becker  home in Reserve. Becker still shows the bruises from his arrest by an undercover JPSO detective.

Within hours of the video’s appearance online, Detective Nicholas Breaux had been tried dozens of times in the court of public opinion. Viewers’ opinions split over the cellphone footage showing Breaux punching a high school student in the face. Some registered outrage over the plainclothes deputy’s use of force, while others insisted his tactics had been… Continue reading →

Shooting victim found dead in vehicle Saturday night

A 44-year-old man was found shot to death Saturday night in a vehicle at an apartment on Coveview Court in New Orleans, New Orleans police said. Officers, responding around 10:10 p.m. to reports of a shooting at 6537 Coveview Court, found the victim inside a red four-door Chevrolet Impala in a driveway in front of the apartment.… Continue reading →

Man sought in fatal shooting near New Orleans Police headquarters arrested Saturday, called police to complain he was being followed

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Police work the scene of a murder on the Broad Street overpass near police headquarters Friday, February 27, 2015.

Authorities have arrested an apparently mentally disturbed man accused of a brazen shooting spree Friday in which he fatally shot a friend, dumped the corpse in the middle of South Broad Street, shot another man outside the Orleans Parish Criminal District Courthouse and opened fire on a third victim blocks away in what police described as a “road… Continue reading →

Report: Three months after brutal beating, California lawyer returns to 'wonderful' New Orleans

Photo provided by Bill Callaham -- California lawyer Bill Callaham reportedly returned to New Orleans on Friday night, just three months after he was brutally attacked by three men in the city.

A brutal attack by three men in New Orleans this past December can't keep California lawyer Bill Callaham away from Louisiana. According to a WWL-TV report, Callaham returned to New Orleans on Friday night for the first time since that incident to celebrate with friends and family. "So many people ask me, why would… Continue reading →

New Orleans man found guilty in fatal hit-and-run of boy

Arthur Toledano

A New Orleans hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 6-year-old boy last year in Gentilly was found guilty of manslaughter Friday in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. Arthur Toledano, 23, faces between 10 and 40 years in prison at his sentencing hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday before Judge Dennis Waldron. The judge… Continue reading →

One man killed, another injured in shootings near New Orleans Police Department headquarters

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Police work the scene of a murder on the Broad Street overpass near police headquarters Friday, February 27, 2015.

Update: New Orleans Police have made an arrest in this case. A man was shot to death Friday afternoon near the New Orleans Police Department headquarters on South Broad Street. A body could be seen lying in the middle of the Broad Street overpass as law enforcement officials rushed to the scene about 2:30 p.m. Police… Continue reading →

WWL-TV report: Former Perlis executive pleads guilty to embezzlement

A former executive with a popular Magazine Street clothing store pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling nearly $3 million from his employer over the course of almost two decades. Michael Sapera, longtime chief financial officer of Perlis Clothing on Magazine Street, pleaded guilty as charged to four felony counts, including embezzlement, identity theft and two counts of… Continue reading →

WWL-TV report: Video evidence of possible rape at Bywater club no longer exists, NOPD says

Video surveillance footage that could have offered police key evidence in a high-profile rape investigation cannot be viewed because the footage was erased and recorded over, police told WWL-TV on Thursday. The station did a series of stories last year about Maria Treme, a woman who said she was drugged and raped at the Country Club,… Continue reading →

Armed robbery results in stabbing of man, and other area crime news

Brett Flower and Krysten Verdin

A 52-year-old man was robbed by three men and stabbed Wednesday evening in the 7th Ward, New Orleans police said. The man was reported in critical condition at Interim LSU Hospital. Three men came up to the victim at North Claiborne Avenue and Annette Street about… Continue reading →

Suspect wounded during raid by 3 New Orleans law enforcement agencies

Steven Ellis

Law enforcement officers fired on a man inside his home in the 7th Ward early Thursday while executing a search warrant for drugs, according to New Orleans police. About 12:30 a.m., Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, raided the home in the 2400 block of Pauger Street.… Continue reading →