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All 10 officers involved in fatal shooting of man in Slidell back on the job; names are released

The 10 police officers who shot at and killed Lucien Rolland on Interstate 10 in Slidell after a 45-minute, two-parish car chase last month have all returned to their regular duties, spokesmen for each of their agencies confirmed Thursday. Rolland led officers from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police and Slidell Police… Continue reading →

LaPlace triple-shooting suspect arrested at New Orleans airport

Derrence Greenup

A suspect in a LaPlace triple shooting that killed two people and left one wounded this week was arrested Thursday in a rental car lot near Louis Armstrong International Airport as authorities continued to search for two alleged accomplices. Derrence Greenup, 28, of Reserve, was arrested without incident about 2:30 p.m. by officers from the St.… Continue reading →

Pentecostal pastor with ties to former DA Walter Reed pleads guilty to federal financial crime

Jerry Wayne Cox

Jerry Wayne Cox, a Pentecostal pastor with ties to former 22nd Judicial District Attorney Walter Reed, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of structuring transactions to evade federal reporting requirements. U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown asked the 72-year-old Franklinton resident numerous times whether he understood the charge against him and whether he… Continue reading →

JPSO warns residents about telephone tax-payment scam

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a telephone scam in which someone purporting to be with the Sheriff’s Office called at least one woman and instructed her to pay $1,800 in back taxes using Wal-Mart gift cards. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said the woman who reported the scam received a call… Continue reading →

Harvey Hustlers gang member pleads guilty to racketeering, drug charges

Nathan Carter

The last indicted member of the Harvey Hustlers street gang to be taken into custody received a 20-year sentence Thursday in state district court in Gretna. Nathan Carter, 31, pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug charges and confessed to bringing more than 20 kilograms of powdered cocaine from Houston to Jefferson Parish every month in late… Continue reading →

Federal magistrate challenges FBI’s refusal to name agent involved in New Orleans East fatal shooting

More than two years after an FBI agent fatally shot a man in New Orleans East, a federal magistrate said Thursday he knows of “no good reason” why the agent’s identity should continue to be shielded while the government defends his actions in a related wrongful-death lawsuit. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Wilkinson Jr. summoned attorneys for the… Continue reading →

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu calls violence 'an epidemic' at violent crime summit in Washington, D.C.

. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Superintendent Michael Harrison attended a violent crime summit in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday hosted by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Lynch called the summit amid rising murder rates in cities like New Orleans. While the rates are nowhere near the cities’ 1990s peaks, they have raised alarm across… Continue reading →

Harvey man arrested on Tuesday in New Orleans rape

. New Orleans police booked a Harvey man Tuesday on counts of aggravated rape, sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Detective Nijel Baddoo wrote in a warrant that two juvenile victims told investigators that Warren Demesme, 22, sexually assaulted them. Baddoo said one victim reported that Demesme “would portray the rape as a game,… Continue reading →

Unsolved sexual assaults that shake New Orleans neighborhoods might be connected, police say

New Orleans police recently posted a video of a man trying to use a woman's card at an ATM in the 8800 block of South Claiborne Avenue shortly after robbing her in her home. (Photo from New Orleans Police Department/YouTube)

A series of unsolved sexual assaults in New Orleans has shaken residents in several downriver neighborhoods, and authorities acknowledged this week that some of the crimes bear striking similarities. Speaking at a New Orleans Police Department briefing Tuesday in the 5th District, Sgt. Gary Lacabe described the possibility of a “serial guy going around” and… Continue reading →

Judge asked to recuse herself from retrial of 1992 French Quarter kidnapping and rape

Attorneys for a man jailed for 23 years for a French Quarter kidnapping and rape on Wednesday asked the judge overseeing a potential retrial of the case to recuse herself because of her brief tenure as Orleans Parish district attorney. Innocence Project New Orleans attorneys said the move to bar Criminal District Court Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson… Continue reading →

Man sentenced to life in prison for stabbing, strangling pregnant ex-girlfriend in Terrytown last year

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Jefferson Parish authorities arrested 29-year-old Emilio Calderon in connection with the strangling of Katherine Martinez. Martinez, 23, who was found dead last summer on the kitchen floor of her apartment,  She had been stabbed three times but an autopsy found the cause of death was strangling.

Emilio Calderon was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison plus 15 years for stabbing and strangling his pregnant ex-girlfriend to death in her Terrytown apartment last year. The sentence — the maximum allowed under the law — was handed down by 24th Judicial District Judge Adrian Adams, who ordered that the prison terms be served consecutively.… Continue reading →

New Orleans gang racketeering case nears end as three ‘Taliban’ members plead guilty

A state gang racketeering case against eight members of a Pigeon Town street crew known as “The Taliban” all but wrapped up on Wednesday with guilty pleas from three of the four remaining defendants. Jerome “Sookie” Toliver, Cornie “Porch” Jones and Darryl “Dino” Bannister all stood before Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Karen Herman to… Continue reading →

Inmate vandalizes sprinkler system in new $150 million Orleans Parish Prison last week

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin N. Gusman gives a tour of the new  $145 million dollar Phase II Orleans Parish jail in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014.

Bored and often angry, inmates are notorious for damaging their surroundings, from backing up toilets to sabotaging light fixtures. Those awaiting trial in New Orleans are no exception. But one recent episode of vandalism has raised questions about the sprinkler system in the city’s new $150 million jail, a facility in which, unlike the recently shuttered… Continue reading →

White pickup used in LaPlace murders Monday found torched

Photo provided by St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office -- This pickup truck, used in a triple shooting in LaPlace, was found burning in Reserve on Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, 2015.

A white pickup that was used in a triple shooting Monday that killed two LaPlace residents and wounded another was found burning Tuesday morning in Reserve, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said. A sheriff’s deputy spotted it about 5 a.m. while on patrol, Tregre said. There still are no… Continue reading →

Man robbed of his clothing, vehicle in Lower Ninth Ward Monday afternoon

. A man was robbed of his clothing and vehicle at gunpoint Monday afternoon in the Lower Ninth Ward, police said. The man was sitting on his porch in the 1400 block of Tupelo Street around 4 p.m. Monday when two men approached him and demanded his property, according to the New Orleans Police Department preliminary offense log. The suspects… Continue reading →

DEA collects about 50,000 pounds of pills as part of nation-wide effort targeting prescription pill abuse

. A recent prescription drug “take-back day” collected nearly 50,000 pounds of expired or unwanted prescription drugs, according to the New Orleans field division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The event was part of a nationwide effort targeting prescription pill abuse. “Prescription drug trafficking and abuse is our nation’s fastest-growing drug problem and destroys… Continue reading →

Third suspect arrested in shooting that killed 17-year-old, injured 4-year-old in New Orleans East

New Orleans police on Monday arrested a third suspect in the fatal shooting this summer of 17-year-old Gerald Morgan. Joseph Dixon, also known as Joseph Davis, 18, was taken into custody at a home on Coventry Street in New Orleans East. He was booked on second-degree murder and five counts of attempted second-degree murder. Morgan was gunned down July 21 in front… Continue reading →

Shootings in New Orleans dropping in 2015; see chart of gun violence by neighborhoods

There were 32 shooting incidents in September 2015, 11 of them fatal (34.3 percent). September’s total represented a rise from August’s 23 shootings, but the 32 shootings was just one below 2015’s monthly average of 33 shootings per month through September. Annualized Pace of Shootings, 2015. Source: NOPD. There have been 300 shootings (39.3 percent fatal) through September 2015, a 5.6 percent… Continue reading →

Projection: New Orleans police likely to report major crime on the rise in past 3 months, but it's not all bad news

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison and Mayor Mitch Landrieu take questions after a press conference on the department's sex crimes unit. A 9-month internal probe of the embattled Sex Crimes Unit has determined that the troubles in the detective squad werenÕt nearly as horrifying as Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux described last year in a blistering report on the output of five detectives.

I introduced a method in July of using Calls for Service data to estimate Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) numbers in near-real time. This method predicted 4,524 person and property crimes in the second quarter of 2015, good for an estimated 3.7 percent rise in UCR from the first quarter. In August, the NOPD reported4,570 such crimes over the… Continue reading →

Federal monitors find some use-of-force investigations by New Orleans Police Department ‘deficient,’ lacking in documentation

Moments after accused cop-killer Travis Boys was arrested in June, a New Orleans Police Department lieutenant got on the radio and ordered officers to check Boys for injuries and to keep their body-worn cameras rolling. “The entire city’s eyes are on us,” the lieutenant said. “Everything will be done by the book.” Those words, as… Continue reading →

Government makes last-ditch plea to restore New Orleans officers’ convictions in Danziger Bridge shootings

A pair of federal judges went off the legal reservation when they endorsed a new trial for the five New Orleans police officers convicted in the Danziger Bridge killings, government lawyers contend. The officers were accused of firing on innocent people, killing two of them, a few days after Hurricane Katrina hit the city and then… Continue reading →