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Fatal Bourbon St. shooting began with fist fight, not related to Bayou Classic, NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison says

Bourbon Street shown mid-morning Saturday a block away from early morning fatal shooting. (Photo courtesy of Katy Reckdahl)

. Update, 11:15 a.m. NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison said at an 11 a.m. news conference that video surveillance shows a person approaching the victim and punching him, followed by another person walking up and shooting the victim. Harrison clarified that the incident occurred outside Prohibition Bar and Balcony and isn't related to tourism or the… Continue reading →

Prisoner allowed to leave New Orleans jail to visit girlfriend’s home; suspected of repeated ‘romantic’ visits

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sharon Richard's home in Gentilly where sources say a furloughed prisoner sometimes visited

. A state prisoner who was serving part of a 20-year sentence at Orleans Parish Prison illegally visited his girlfriend at a house several miles away from the jail — a rendezvous facilitated by a Sheriff’s Office employee who had been assigned to work alongside the convict. The security breach, discovered about two weeks before Orleans… Continue reading →

Feds want Mother’s Day melee shooters and two more brothers sentenced together

Akein Scott, Mother's Day shooting suspect

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence the two brothers who admitted spraying bullets through a Mother’s Day second-line parade in 2013 in tandem with two of their other brothers, who have been convicted of other crimes. The prosecutors argue that a combined sentencing will allow federal agents, witnesses and victims from several states to… Continue reading →

One suspect in Bunny Friend Park mass shooting ID'd, to be booked on 17 counts of attempted murder

New Orleans police say Friday that they’ve identified one of the suspects -- Joseph “Moe” Allen, 32 -- in last Sunday’s mass shooting during a block party at Bunny Friend Park.

Joseph “Moe” Allen, the man New Orleans police named Friday as the first confirmed suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at Bunny Friend Park, has ties to “more than one organization,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said, hinting at a possible gang motive for the shooting spree that left 17 people wounded as bullets sprayed through a Continue reading →

Six armed robberies in New Orleans area in 10-hour span day before Thanksgiving

. New Orleans police reports six armed robberies occurred across the city Wednesday in about a 10-hour span. Here's a summary of each incident based on preliminary NOPD information: -- Around 2 p.m., two men in their 50s in the 3300 block of Montegut Street in the Desire area were working when they both were… Continue reading →

Gretna neighbors describe father fatally stabbed, mother injured by son as friendly, nice people

Ronald Pritchett

From what Reginald McCue can tell, Renita Pritchett is a churchgoing woman. Her husband, Percival Pritchett, did not always go with her, but he always had a smile for his neighbor, McCue. He also would frequently laugh and joke with another neighbor, Arthur. The couple, really, were nice people. That’s why, when McCue heard that… Continue reading →

'Call Waiting' series on New Orleans police response times prompts NOPD to make changes

Much has been made of NOPD’s response time issues and the impact long response times have had on crimes being deemed ‘unfounded’ (UNF). NOPD Chief Michael Harrison responded bychanging NOPD’s policy so that officers arriving on a scene with no victim would mark the incident ‘Gone on Arrival’ (GOA) rather than UNF. A disposition of GOA requires more… Continue reading →

'No one feels safe': New Orleans on edge following Saturday's mass shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans officials are quite sure someone knows the identities of the shooters who opened fire on each other in a crowd of hundreds of people during a block party — and they are urging them to come forward. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says the shootout that wounded 17 people Sunday night was probably gang-related.… Continue reading →

NOPD probing fatal shooting in Central City

New Orleans police Wednesday were investigating a shooting that killed a man in Central City. It happened around the intersection of S. Liberty Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, WWL-TV reported. The 47-year-old man died at the hospital. He had been shot multiple times, authorities said.… Continue reading →

New Orleans police officer found unconscious after SUV overturns in Metairie crash

Scene of a single-vehicle New Orleans police sargeant crash Wednesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of WWL-TV)

. Update, 2:39 p.m. An off-duty NOPD officer’s SUV overturned on a street in Metairie and struck a pole around 12:35 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and he has been taken to University Medical Center in uncertain condition. Jefferson Parish Col. John Fortunato said that the single-vehicle crash involving Sgt. Mike Marziale, 62, occurred in the 2800 block… Continue reading →

Policy shift causing New Orleans police to record dramatic drop in ‘unfounded’ incidents

New Orleans police have dramatically curbed their practice of deeming a high percentage of calls for service “unfounded” if officers could not find anyone at the scene when they arrived, no matter how many hours might have passed since the call. The change followed a policy shift ordered by Superintendent Michael Harrison, an analysis shows.… Continue reading →

Krystal Burgers on South Claiborne, Discount Zone on Esplanade robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night, early Wednesday

. The Krystal Burgers on South Claiborne Avenue and the Discount Zone on Esplanade Avenue were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. According to New Orleans police, the robbery at Krystal occurred around 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 2700 block of South Claiborne. A man estimated to be about 50 years old placed… Continue reading →

Showing little emotion in court appearance, man accused of shooting Tulane medical student ordered held without bail

Euric Cain (Photo from New Orleans Police Department)

The man police accuse of shooting and attempting to murder a Tulane Medical School student who had tried to keep him from robbing a woman last week appeared in court for the first time Tuesday, looking stone-faced and impassive as a magistrate ordered that he be held without bail. Police say that Euric Cain, 21, shot and… Continue reading →

Federal judge turns back Marlin Gusman’s bid to force jail expansion; what's next?

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Sheriff Marlin Gusman speaks at a press conference before the first Orleans Parish Prison buses transport prisoners to the new $150 million parish prison built in part with FEMA money in New Orleans, La. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

A federal judge dealt a serious blow Tuesday to Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s bid to increase the size of the city’s new jail, declining to order city leaders to build a multimillion-dollar expansion that the sheriff has insisted is needed to keep New Orleans safe and accommodate its large inmate population. After months of negotiations… Continue reading →

Behind the numbers: Stolen cars in New Orleans are being recovered more often

This blog typically highlights negative trends in policing, so I like to take the opportunity when it’s there to evaluate a positive trend (such as falling gun violence patterns). One such trend is with the ratio of auto thefts ending in a vehicle being recovered. Auto thefts (defined here as signal 67A incidents) have occurred at relatively stable levels since… Continue reading →

Sign outside Tic Toc Cafe in Metairie: 'Peter Gold ... you saved a woman's life ... get well soon'

Tic Toc Cafe in Metairie displays a sign supporting Tulane medical student Peter Gold. (Photo courtesy of Tulane University)

. Tic Toc Cafe in Metairie is using its outdoor sign to express his support Peter Gold, a Good Samaritan who was shot last week. The sign reads... Peter Gold
Tulane Med Student
You saved a woman's lief without using a stethoscope.
You're gonna be a great doctor!
Get Well Soon! Police say that Euric Cain, 21, shot… Continue reading →

Man shot multiple times, killed Monday night in Harvey

. Update, 11 a.m. Tuesday: The man shot and killed in Harvey Monday has been identified as Bruce Lutcher, 34, of 1620 Ute Drive in Harvey, JPSO spokesman Col. John Fortunato said Tuesday morning. Original story: A 34-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed Monday night on Ute Drive in Harvey, officials said.… Continue reading →

Man killed in shooting Monday night in New Orleans East

. A 48-year-old man was shot and killed Monday night in New Orleans East, officials said. Around 8 p.m. Monday, New Orleans police found the victim fatally shot inside an apartment on the 14000 block of Peltier Drive, the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of… Continue reading →

'Will likely spend the rest of his life in jail," Mitch Landrieu says of man who shot Tulane med student

Euric Cain (Photo from New Orleans Police Department)

U.S. marshals and New Orleans SWAT team members on Monday arrested the suspect in the shooting of a Tulane University medical student who has been hailed as a good Samaritan for trying to stop an abduction. Police said the man quickly confessed to the crime. Police said they arrested Euric Cain, 21, about 11:30 a.m. Monday… Continue reading →

Witnesses describe frantic scene at Bunny Friend Park mass shooting that injured 17; see video from just before shots fired

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A police officer walks the scene of a shooting in the Upper 9th Ward that left 17 people wounded on Sunday. People fled Bunny Friend Park as over 50 shots rang out Sunday evening, leaving hats, drinks and other personal items.

Unknown attackers who fired wildly into a huge crowd at Bunny Friend Park on Sunday night left 17 people wounded, including a 10-year-old boy and one victim who may never walk again — an outburst of violence that authorities said Monday likely was gang-related. The hail of bullets started about 6:15 p.m. in the park, a… Continue reading →

Orleans judge takes no action on claim of excessive public defender workloads

After an Orleans Parish judge called a special hearing at which experts testified that the city’s Public Defenders Office is stretched so thin that it can’t do justice to its poor clients, the judge ruled Monday that he won’t do anything about it, at least for now. In a one-page ruling, Criminal District Court Judge Arthur… Continue reading →

Exclusive: Letter intercepted from Orleans Parish jail gives instructions for execution of witness in grisly murder case

Thayon Sansom

Authorities attempt on a daily basis to glean intelligence from jailhouse communications, monitoring inmates’ telephone calls and screening their mail. The eavesdropping can be a mundane task. But in one recent case, watchful eyes at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office may have saved the life of a witness in an already shocking murder case.… Continue reading →

Tulane medical student shooting suspect arrested, confesses to New Orleans police

Euric Cain (Photo from New Orleans Police Department)

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. Monday: At a 2 p.m. news conference, New Orleans police said that Euric Cain has confessed to shooting Tulane Medical School student Peter Gold. Cain was arrested Monday morning at an Uptown home. Police also said they have arrested Cain's 17-year-old girlfriend, Nictoria Washington, and booked her as an accessory after… Continue reading →

Cop can be reprimanded for failing to dial 911 caller back after one-hour wait, commission rules

A New Orleans Police Department sergeant can be reprimanded for failing to call back a woman who waited three hours for police to arrive after her dog was beaten to death, the city’s Civil Service Commission ruled this month. Sgt. Joseph Scanio was accused of a minor administrative lapse, and the only result of the disciplinary… Continue reading →