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Unidentified driver dies in car fire

State Police have yet to identify a driver whose Pontiac Grand Prix caught fire after hitting a tree Friday night in St. John the Baptist Parish. The wreck happened about 8:00 p.m. Friday on U.S. 51, about 1.5 miles north of Interstate 10, Trooper 1st Class Melissa Matey of Troop B said Saturday in a news release.… Continue reading →

Man suspected of stealing donations for 3-year-old cancer patient, and other area police news

Kevin Toups

A Chalmette man was arrested after he allegedly stole about $100 in donations collected for a 3-year-old cancer patient. Kevin Toups, 36, is suspected of stealing the money from a donation canister on a counter at a gas station at Paris Road and Judge Perez… Continue reading →

Suspect in brutal Prytania Street killing extradited to N.O.

Travis Cochran

A man who fled the city after being named as a suspect in a brutal killing a year and a half ago has been extradited to New Orleans after being arrested this fall in Georgia. Travis Cochran, 27, is being held in Orleans Parish Prison on a charge of first-degree murder in the death… Continue reading →

Suspect in drive-by shooting that killed man, infant pleads guilty, gets 40 years

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Amy Kinard sits by a memorial to her 7-month-old son Deshawn Kinard and his father Deshawn Butler on General DeGaulle Dr underneath the Westbank Expressway in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. Where the two were murdered by gunfire Wednesday. Amy Kinard drove the car they were riding in a few yards away from General De Gaulle Dr. past the former toll booths of the Crescent City Connection bridge.

One of two men accused of killing a man and his 7-month-old son during a drive-by shooting last year in Algiers was sentenced to spend four decades in prison for his role in the crime. Isaac Pierre, 21, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He and Kevin Thomas, 24,… Continue reading →

California lawyer, visiting New Orleans, brutally beaten in CBD

Photo provided by Bill Callaham -- Bill Callaham

Bill Callaham, a seasoned trial lawyer from Sacramento, California, has visited New Orleans many times, never fearing for his safety or questioning the prudence of strolling around after dark. And so last week, after listening to some late-night music in the French Quarter, he didn’t think twice about walking back to the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Loyola Avenue.… Continue reading →

High-ranking NOPD “trailer trash” out of the park, back on the streets

Photo provided by Facebook -- A Holiday card put together by members of the Administrative Support Unit in Dec. 2013. Pictured are: In back, Capts. Bruce Adams, Michael Glasser, Joseph Waguespack and Major Raymond Burkart. In front, Capts. Heather Kouts, William Ceravolo and Frederick Morton. Once eight members strong, the group most recently included only Adams, Little, Morton, Glasser, and Burkart Jr. All have been reassigned.

Lost amid the move this week to reassign 22 New Orleans police officers to the streets from places such as Municipal Court and administrative jobs at the Police Department was this: The “trailer trash” cops are back in the game. Relegated for two years to former NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas’ doghouse — aContinue reading →

Eight people attack men walking in Quarter, and other area police and fire news

Jacob Wiltz

Eight people in a group attacked and robbed three men Wednesday night in the French Quarter, New Orleans police said. Shortly after 10 p.m., a 21-year-old man was walking in the 1000 block of Gov. Nicholls Street when the eight people approached him. One of them… Continue reading →

Revelation of 400 untested rape kits spurs new criticism of NOPD

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- The New Orleans City Council took up the issue of the NOPD's dysfunctional sex crimes unit Thursday, December 18, 2014.   Council member Jared Brossett talks with Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux before the meeting.

New Orleans Police Department Cmdr. Paul Noel, who was heralded for his work in clearing a backlog of 800 rape exam kits that had gathered dust on evidence room shelves for months or years, told a City Council committee Thursday that a backlog has arisen again since he left that work in 2011, with more than 400 rape… Continue reading →

Alleged thieves saw green in stolen Blue Dog paintings, authorities say

The Blue Dog painting that authorities say was stolen by a local man recently.

Jarred Tervalon and Jared Thomas apparently saw green when they looked at the Blue Dog. The two New Orleans men were arrested last week after they allegedly tried to sell a valuable but stolen piece of art depicting the signature blue canine with white snout and yellow eyes made famous by the late artist George Rodrigue.… Continue reading →

Group of 8 people attack, rob 3 men Wednesday night in New Orleans

Eight people in a group attacked and robbed three men on Wednesday night in New Orleans. Shortly after 10 p.m., New Orleans police report that a 21-year-old man was walking in the 1000 block of Governor Nicholls Street when a group of eight people approached him. One of the group members pulled out a gun and robbed the victim… Continue reading →

Woman killed, man wounded in Terrytown shooting, and other area police news

Byron Coleman

A woman was killed and a man was in critical condition after both were shot Tuesday night in Terrytown, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. The shooting happened in the 2100 block of Esplanade Place just after 10:30 p.m. After gunshots were reported, deputies received another… Continue reading →

Six alleged members of ‘6th Ward Wild Side’ gang accused of racketeering conspiracy

A state grand jury late Wednesday indicted six alleged members of the “6th Ward Wild Side” gang, accusing them of a racketeering conspiracy that wraps together a half-dozen murders from 2011 and 2012, along with other crimes allegedly committed to bolster a thriving heroin and cocaine business. The 15-count indictment describes a gang, also known as… Continue reading →

NOPD releases video of robbery, beating

The New Orleans Police Department has released video footage of the robbery and beating of a man in the 100 block of Dauphine Street in a Dec. 11 incident. The 46-year-old victim was walking along the street shortly before 8 p.m. when three assailants attacked him and knocked him to the ground, rendering him unconscious. The assailants… Continue reading →

Killer found not guilty by reason of insanity in Jefferson Parish court

Albert Green

Albert Green sat alone in the jury box in a Gretna courtroom Wednesday, listening calmly as two forensic psychologists testified about his mental state during a string of evaluations over the past two years. Now on a regimen of Klonopin, Cogentin and Abilify, the 51-year-old’s serene demeanor and trimmed, gray-flecked beard had him looking the part… Continue reading →

Judge berates lawyer in OPP case as new jail’s opening is delayed again

Advocate staff file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Marlin Gusman.

In a scalding lecture from the bench, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk on Wednesday berated a lawyer hired recently by Sheriff Marlin Gusman for filing a “self-serving” series of court documents in the middle of the night, just hours before a hearing on the status of court-ordered reforms at Orleans Parish Prison. The hearing underscored many… Continue reading →

One dead, another critically injured in Terrytown shooting

A woman is dead and a man is in critical condition after both were shot Tuesday night in Terrytown. According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, the shooting occurred in the 2100 block of Esplanade Place just after 10:30 p.m. After gunshots were reported, police received another call of a gunshot victim inside the Brothers Food Mart in the… Continue reading →

Teacher suspected of sending lewd photos to students, and other area police news

New Orleans police are trying to identify this man wanted in an armed robbery in the 2400 block of Royal Street.

A New Orleans schoolteacher was arrested Monday on suspicion that he sent lewd pictures to four students, police said. Damon Williams, 32, was booked on two counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile,… Continue reading →

Attorney denies feds offered plea deal to ex-Gretna Councilman Jonathan Bolar

The attorney who previously represented former Gretna City Councilman Jonathan Bolar on extortion charges offered a vigorous defense Tuesday of his performance in the case, denying a claim that prosecutors proposed a formal plea bargain to Bolar before he rolled the dice with a jury and received a stiff punishment. Bolar, who is serving 17 years… Continue reading →

Judge reduces bail for OPP deputy accused of aiding jail stabbing attack

John Dupart

A judge reduced the bail Tuesday for an Orleans Parish Prison deputy accused of opening the door, literally, to violence inside Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s jail in September by unlocking a gate and letting a group of men cross a tier and repeatedly stab a fellow inmate. Criminal District Court Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson lowered John… Continue reading →

Shooting, chase shut down parts of Canal Street, Tulane Avenue

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Police escort a suspect to a waiting car after a shooting and manhunt in Mid-City. The man was found behind a building near Canal and Telemachus streets late Tuesday afternoon.

Portions of Canal Street and Tulane Avenue were closed down Tuesday afternoon as police investigated a shooting scene at one intersection and searched for some of the gunmen at another site following a vehicular chase. Four people were arrested. The incident began a little after 3 p.m. when gunfire erupted near a carwash at Tulane Avenue… Continue reading →

Sophie B. Wright teacher accused of sending inappropriate pictures to students

Damon Williams

A school teacher was arrested Monday on suspicion that he sent inappropriate pictures to four students, police said. Damon Williams, 32, was booked on two counts of prohibited sexual conduct between educator and student, and two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to Orleans Parish criminal court records. Williams is a teacher at Sophie… Continue reading →

Municipal Court resumes normal operations after city sends off-duty officers

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Michael Harrison

Activity at Municipal Court returned to normal Tuesday after New Orleans police officers returned to three courtrooms from which they had been pulled a day earlier in favor of returning them to the streets as the Police Department tries to augment its depleted ranks. Chief Administrative Judge Desiree Charbonnet said Police Superintendent Michael Harrison agreed… Continue reading →

Man shot on North Galvez Street in New Orleans on Tuesday morning

An 18-year-old man was shot in New Orleans on Tuesday morning, according to the New Orleans Police Department. Police arrived at a home in the 2600 block of North Galvez Street around 6 a.m. and found the victim shot in the chest. He was taken to a local hospital. No details were provided on his condition.… Continue reading →

Co-defendant in Darren Sharper case pleads not guilty

A former St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputy charged in connection with the rape case against former New Orleans Saints football player Darren Sharper pleaded not guilty Monday to federal drug and witness-tampering charges. Brandon Licciardi, 29, entered the plea before a U.S. magistrate judge in New Orleans. Licciardi resigned from the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office after he… Continue reading →

Peralta’s ex accused of violating gag order

Photo provided by David Peralta -- Sharon and David Peralta photographed together in Orlando, Fla., in November 2013.

In a burst of courtroom drama, the former wife of David Peralta lashed out Monday at the embattled St. Bernard Parish president, exclaiming amid a contentious hearing that Peralta is “a monster who should be locked up or put down.” Sharon Schaefer, Peralta’s ex-wife, had been called to testify in 34th Judicial District Court about whether… Continue reading →