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Inspector general: Give City Council budgetary control over New Orleans Traffic Court

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux is calling upon city leaders to seek changes to state law that would return budgetary authority over New Orleans Traffic Court to the City Council, saying that a series of legislative amendments years ago has produced a judicial body with “no fiscal oversight.” Quatrevaux, in a report published early… Continue reading →

WWL-TV: New Orleans Police Department homicide detective numbers are down while number of homicides has increased

. The New Orleans Police Department lost two active members of its homicide unit over the weekend, one because a detective shot a suspect in the 9th Ward, another when a detective was arrested for driving while intoxicated. With manpower in the NOPD at a historic, 40-year low, the families of murder victims wonder what will… Continue reading →

Federal judge: Authorities too slow to warn target of planned hit job in 2014 indictment of Tosh Toussaint

Tosh Toussaint might have appreciated a simple heads-up. Instead, he was arrested in 2013 and indicted by a federal grand jury after running from Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies who were supposed to warn Toussaint that he was the target of a hit job. An FBI agent listening on a wiretap heard Robert “Lil Rob”… Continue reading →

Appeals court drops charge, orders new sentencing for former NOPD officer who burned Henry Glover’s body in a car on the Algiers levee

Former New Orleans police Officer Gregory McRae,  (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)

A panel of federal appeals court judges on Tuesday overturned the second of four counts on which former New Orleans Police Department Officer Gregory McRae was convicted over the burning of a car containing Henry Glover’s body after a fellow officer shot Glover in the immediate wake of Hurricane Katrina. The decision sends the… Continue reading →

Man shot multiple times overnight in New Orleans

A 36-year-old man was shot multiple times just before 1 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Law and Louisa streets, New Orleans police report. The unknown gunman or gunmen were in a burgundy vehicle, police said. The victim’s condition and other details were unavailable early Tuesday. More details to come.… Continue reading →

Former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed faces state ethics charge

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  Former St. Tammany Parish District Attorney Walter Reed enters the Federal Court House to face indictments  in New Orleans, La. Monday, May 4, 2015.

Walter Reed, the former 22nd Judicial District Attorney who was indicted earlier this year for allegedly committing fraud by taking payments from a public hospital, now faces ethics charges for the same arrangement. The Louisiana Board of Ethics this month filed charges against Reed, who already faces numerous criminal allegations outlined in an 18-point federal indictment.… Continue reading →

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu urges public donations for repairs after vandals damage memorial for fallen police officers

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH--  The memorial that honors fallen police officers at the entrance of Lakelawn Metairie Funeral Home has been vandalized not long after fallen NOPD officer Vernell Brown Jr. was laid to rest Saturday in New Orleans, La. on Monday, July 27, 2015.

Vandals destroyed a part of the Louisiana Law Enforcement Officers Memorial at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery on Sunday, just a day after mourners and officials had gathered at the site to pay their last respects to New Orleans Police Officer Vernell Brown Jr. A metal urn that supports a gas-powered eternal flame atop… Continue reading →

St. Tammany Parish court affidavit recounts Kacie Breen’s killing of her husband in self defense and what led up to it

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Kacie Breen, right, leaves court with her attorney, Richard Ducote, following a succession hearing for her late husband, Dr. Wayne Breen, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center in Covington. Kacie Breen said she shot her husband March 1, after the two argued and she feared for her life. The case is under investigation by the St. Tammany Sheriffs Office.

Wayne Breen was furious, his hand pressed against his wife Kacie’s throat, her back flush against her SUV in the couple’s garage. His rage, which she had seen many times before, was volcanic. So, at least, Kacie Breen says. Moments before, he had vowed that he would never let her leave, especially not with the couple’s… Continue reading →

New Orleans cop group sues city over leapfrogging in last week’s promotions

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

The first round of New Orleans Police Department promotions made under a controversial overhaul of local civil service rules pushed through last year by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration has been met with a swift lawsuit from the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge and a pair of officers who were passed over for advancement.… Continue reading →

'The dude was wild': Neighbors say man shot by police in Lower 9th Ward had mental issues, fits of rage

Christopher Olmsted

The man fatally shot by a New Orleans police officer Saturday after taking his pickup on a rampage through the Lower 9th Ward had a lengthy history of mental illness and violent mood swings that kept his community on edge for years, according to interviews with a half-dozen neighbors. Christopher Olmstead, 60, clashed repeatedly with his… Continue reading →

Video: St. Tammany heroin investigation lands 15 suspects

Todd Blanc

A 14-month investigation into a western St. Tammany Parish heroin distribution ring culminated in the arrests of 15 people late last week, including a man whom Sheriff Jack Strain described as the “head of the snake.” Strain said Scottie Fisher, 29, had a “pretty sophisticated organization” of people in St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes selling heroin… Continue reading →

Fire destroys house in Covington late Saturday night

A house just south of Covington was destroyed by fire Saturday night, according to St. Tammany Fire District 12. Firefighters arrived at 69099 Riverbend Drive a few minutes past midnight to find the three-story structure engulfed in flames. Crews worked to protect the structures on either side of the burning house. The owners of the property… Continue reading →

Police arrest teens accused of driving stolen SUV on Saturday

New Orleans police on Saturday arrested two teenagers who police said were driving a stolen vehicle on the edge of the French Quarter. Dartania Mixon, an 18-year-old male, and a 15-year-old boy were stopped at North Rampart and Conti streets about 11 p.m. after officers saw the white Volvo SUV they were driving had a smashed-in… Continue reading →

New Orleans cop suspended after being booked on drunk driving

Thomas Ripp (courtesy NOPD)

A 31-year-old New Orleans police officer assigned to the Homicide Division was placed under emergency suspension after he was arrested on a count of drunken driving early Sunday morning, according to the New Orleans Police Department. Officer Thomas Ripp, an eight-year veteran, was off-duty and operating an unmarked NOPD vehicle about 5:40 a.m. when he lost… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department officer placed on emergency suspension after crashing unmarked car into light pole, being arrested on DWI

Thomas Ripp (courtesy NOPD)

A 31-year-old New Orleans police officer assigned to the Homicide Division was placed under emergency suspension after he was arrested on a count of drunk driving early Sunday morning, according to the New Orleans Police Department. Officer Thomas Ripp, an eight-year veteran, was off-duty and operating an unmarked NOPD vehicle about 5:40 a.m. when he lost control… Continue reading →

Debate over security at movie theaters heats up after Lafayette tragedy

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Law enforcement and other emergency personnel respond to the scene of a shooting at the Grand 16 movie theater Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Lafayette, La. Multiple injuries are reported and the shooter is presumed dead.

In the three years since the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater that left 12 people dead and 70 injured, theater owners have largely resisted pressure to increase security at their venues. But this week’s massacre at a Lafayette cineplex has reignited the debate about whether movie chains, which have emerged as ripe targets for lone shooters,… Continue reading →

Hundreds of friends, family, colleagues gathered Saturday to honor Officer Vernell Brown

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Police Department Officers line Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd by the Sixth District Police Station and salute the hearse carrying Officer Vernell Brown Jr. in New Orleans, La. Saturday, July 25, 2015. Officer Brown was a 17-year veteran of the NOPD who died tragically on July 17, 2015 from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a car while responding to another accident on Interstate-10 in the line of duty on July 12, 2015.

Although he had a degree in engineering, Vernell Brown Jr. decided to join the New Orleans Police Department 17 years ago. At his funeral Saturday, Raven Turner recalled what led to her father’s decision. A thief had broken into their home near the holidays and made off with the family’s Christmas gifts, she said.… Continue reading →