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2-year-old shot while playing near French Quarter

Advocate staff photo by MATT SLEDGE: Crime scene near where a 2-year-old girl was shot while playing outside Governor Nicholls Street on Monday.

A two-year-old girl was shot in the leg while playing outside on Governor Nicholls Street just north of the French Quarter on Monday night. The toddler was outside playing with other children and adults when an unknown male approached and fired two shots before fleeing north, Officer Hilal Williams said. She was taken to the hospital.… Continue reading →

3 plead guilty in New Orleans to running violent interstate prostitution ring

Three Memphis, Tennessee, men accused of enslaving and beating prostitutes in New Orleans pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday, bringing to five the number of pimps convicted here in an interstate sex trafficking ring. Christopher “Gutter” Williams, Duane “P-Nut” Phillips and Anthony “Animal” Ellis admitted to conspiring to commit sex trafficking. They face up to life… Continue reading →

Man booked in St. Charles Parish’s first murder of the year

Sidney Smith

Twenty-two-year-old Sidney K. Smith turned himself in Sunday night and was booked on a charge of second-degree murder in St. Charles Parish’s first slaying of 2015. Witnesses told police that Smith confronted 28-year-old Warren Sanders of LaPlace around 9 p.m. over the latter’s interest in his girlfriend. Then, St. Charles Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Patrick Yoes said,… Continue reading →

Man who escaped from New Orleans Police Department custody early Sunday morning identified, but still at large

Eddie Brown

Authorities are looking for Eddie Brown, 28, who escaped from New Orleans police custody Sunday morning. Police said he escaped about 3:50 a.m. after he was transported back to Central Lock-Up from Interim LSU Hospital, where he received a cast on his right arm. He maneuvered his way out of his handcuffs and escaped through an open… Continue reading →

Car hits bicycle, kills rider in downtown New Orleans

. A 49-year-old man died Saturday after he was struck and run over in the Central Business District on his bicycle, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Saturday around 5:30 p.m. the man ran a stop sign on his bicycle at Cleveland and South Saratoga Streets, according to witnesses. A 35-year-old man driving a red… Continue reading →

New Orleans detectives investigating fatal shooting in Gentilly

Officials are investigating the fatal shooting of a man near the intersection of Allen and Pleasure Streets, according to a New Orleans Police Department press release. The 27-year-old male victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of family members, was found around 6:30 p.m. Saturday night, the press release says. The victim suffered multiple gunshot… Continue reading →

Benefit fund set up for St. Charles deputy shot by Navy veteran

This undated photo released by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office shows Cpl. Burt Hazeltine. The 36-year-old Louisiana sheriff's deputy was directing traffic in a school zone Thursday, April 16, 2015, when he was shot by a man whose motive remains a mystery, authorities said. (St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office via AP)

. A benefit fund has been set up for the St. Charles Parish deputy who authorities say was shot by a Navy veteran and former Transportation Security Administration agent while directing traffic Thursday morning in Paradis. The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the St. Charles Fraternal Order of Police No. 15 have joined to establish… Continue reading →

Man who allegedly shot St. Charles deputy was Navy veteran who left TSA on bad terms

The man who authorities say ambushed a St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who was directing traffic Thursday morning was a Navy veteran who perhaps had a grudge against his former employers at the Transportation Security Administration and whose ex-wife described him on social media as abusive and drug-addicted. A judge set bail for the 58-year-old… Continue reading →

Accountant testifies about frustrations in Esplanade Avenue studio audit

An accountant hired to audit the renovation of a post-production studio on Esplanade Avenue told jurors this week that she became increasingly skeptical of the financial records she received from two partners in the project who now stand accused of inflating its costs to fool the state into issuing film tax credits. The accountant, Katie Kuchler… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police Department arrests man for shooting woman inside a restaurant on Canal Street

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--NOPD officers work the crime scene at the China Wall restaurant where a woman was shot in the head at the intersection of Canal and Elk Streets around 4:30 pm and she was rushed to the hospital and is in critical condition in New Orleans, La. Friday, April 17, 2015. A possible suspect was taken into custody at the scene, according to police.

New Orleans police arrested 23-year-old Travone Williams on Friday for allegedly opening fire on a woman inside a restaurant on Canal Street. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition, authorities said. Gunfire erupted about 4:20 p.m. inside the China Wall restaurant, near Rampart Street. Police said Williams entered the restaurant around 4:05 p.m.… Continue reading →

NOPD fires 25-year veteran cop for punching man after 2013 fender-bender

The New Orleans Police Department on Friday fired a 25-year veteran of the force over an alleged road-rage beating in which the off-duty cop punched a driver so hard he went to the hospital following a minor collision, police said. The officer, Tracy Fulton Sr., was terminated after an internal investigation found “clear and convincing evidence”… Continue reading →

Judge sets bond for man accused of shooting St. Charles Parish deputy at $1 million

A day after he allegedly opened fire on a St. Charles Parish deputy in an apparent ambush, a judge ordered that John Paul Devillier be held in jail on attempted murder charges in lieu of a $1 million bond. Devillier’s first appearance before 29th Judicial District Judge Emile St. Pierre was brief Friday morning, with… Continue reading →

Staffing changes continue under new 22nd Judicial District Attorney

Warren Montgomery didn’t start his tenure as 22nd Judicial District Attorney by purging his predecessor’s staff, but there have been a fair number of changes since Walter Reed left office, including some that Montgomery describes as being at the “top of the food chain.” In all, six lawyers and eight investigators have left since Montgomery was sworn… Continue reading →

State troopers violated policy in arrest of N.O. parking lot attendant, records show

Two state troopers violated agency policy last year when they improperly arrested a parking lot attendant who had booted their unmarked vehicle in Uptown New Orleans. But only one of the troopers received any discipline, and his punishment was reduced from a proposed suspension to a letter of reprimand, State Police records released this week show.… Continue reading →

Lawyer says Sharper co-defendant can show he had no involvement in rape, drugging plot

Erik Nunez

Once Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office turns over the evidence it has gathered against him, Darren Sharper co-defendant Erik Nunez will have plenty of material to prove he played no part in a plot to drug and rape women that authorities say Sharper and former St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Brandon Licciardi carried… Continue reading →

St. Charles deputy ambushed by shooter in Paradis identified as Burt Hazeltine; Shooter captured, suffers from ‘mental issues,’ Sheriff says

Ultimately, it may have been a simple traffic dispute Thursday that left a St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy — a husband and father of four — with one bullet lodged behind his eye, another in his chest and a third in his arm. Authorities say 58-year-old John Paul Devillier, in town for the funeral of… Continue reading →

Two men found with multiple gunshot wounds early Thursday morning in stable condition

Officers responded to a shots fired call early Thursday morning and found two men with bullet wounds, according to a New Orleans Police Department press release. Around 1:00 a.m. NOPD responded to a call in the 1400 block of Southlawn Street. A 19-year-old male was found shot multiple times in the body, and a 22-year-old male was found with a gunshot in… Continue reading →

Judge dismisses lawsuit filed by ex-girlfriend against Plaquemines sheriff

Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco Sr.

A federal magistrate has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit filed last year by the former mistress of Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Lonnie Greco, finding no evidence the sheriff harassed the woman or orchestrated her arrest on “doctor shopping” charges after she ended their affair. Carol Ruggles, a former Sheriff’s Office employee, claimed she had been… Continue reading →