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May 232017
 

Two men were wounded after a shooting in a busy parking lot in Mid-City yesterday afternoon.

Police responded to the shooting around 1:45 p.m. where two men were reportedly shot in the arm. One victim was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his right arm, and the other man was taken to the hospital privately after realizing he had been shot in his left shoulder, police said. Continue reading »

May 232017
 

The body was found in a trash can in the 2100 block of St. Ann Street.

The body of a man found in a trash can on St. Ann Street yesterday has been classified as a homicide, police said.

New Orleans Police Department officers responded to a call of a male body found inside a trash container around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Sanitation workers reported finding the body when they attempted to empty the contents of the container into the trash truck. Continue reading »

May 192017
 

Mid-City crime nearly doubled last month compared to the year before, and officials are placing some of that blame on the now-dismantled Jefferson Davis monument.

The Mid-City Security District responded to 48 total crimes in April, according to New Orleans Police Department figures. The year before there were 27 reported crimes. Jim Olsen, MCSD commissioner, said the controversy surrounding the removal of the Jefferson Davis monument last week took up much of the police department’s resources. Continue reading »

May 182017
 

Ani DeFranco, folk singer and feminist icon, leads the crowd in a protest song on the steps of the Orleans Parish Criminal Courthouse (Claire Byun).

Complete with a folk singer and feminist icon, protestors called for a recall of Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro while urning people to stay active in the fight to reform New Orleans’ criminal justice system.

Ani DiFranco, New Orleans resident and folk star and feminist icon, led several dozen protestors in song Tuesday afternoon on the front steps of the Orleans Criminal District courthouse. Rally-goers focused on Cannizzaro’s use of “fake subpoenas” and material witness warrants, which have lately caused controversy that ran all the way to City Council. Continue reading »

May 092017
 

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a man who stole a bicycle and backpack full of items from a N. Salcedo Street residence.

At around 10:24 a.m. on May 3, the unknown male suspect is seen leaving the residence through a rear residential door located in the 600 block of N. Salcedo Street. The subject is then seen taking off on the victim’s bicycle with a backpack that contained several items he took while inside of the home, police said. Continue reading »

May 042017
 

A few soggy patrons get food last year at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell (Della Hasselle).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

At least two weekends every year, Fairgrounds residents have to commute in and out of police barriers, tourist traffic and street vendors during Jazz Fest. To lessen some of that burden, residents are given neighborhood access passes that allow them to park at – or at least near – their homes.

Some people have been selling those passes for profit, officials said. Continue reading »

May 022017
 

The suspect is seen taking a forklift battery from the yard (via NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man seen taking a forklift battery from Julia Street.

On April 18 around 8 p.m., an unknown man was caught on surveillance video walking into a business’ storage yard and taking a forklift battery. The unknown suspect then fled the business located on the 1700 block of Julia Street, police said. Continue reading »

Apr 282017
 

A sampling of crimes around Mid-City over the past week (via CrimeMapping.com).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

There’s been an uptick in auto thefts around the New Orleans Police Department’s First District over the last week, though officials said those crimes were spread out across the district.

First District officials reported nine auto thefts over the last week compared to seven from the week prior. Some of last week’s crime trend was probably perpetrated by the same person, police said, but this week the crimes are spread out.

Sgt. Kenny Temple, who oversees property crimes in the First District, said there were 36 reported property crimes over the last week. Seventeen of those were thefts, and two were residential burglaries. Continue reading »

Apr 272017
 

Police are searching for a black 2007 Honda motorcycle.

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a motorcycles that went missing in the 1800 block of Columbus Street.

The victim told police that at about midnight on April 22, he locked his black 2007 Honda CBR 1000RR motorcycle, bearing Louisiana license plate MC619028, behind a wooden fence. When the victim returned to the location at about 8:30 a.m., he discovered the motorcycle was gone, police said. Continue reading »

Apr 262017
 

The vehicle has a missing front bumper, headlights and damage to the hood (via NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a Ford F350 truck that was reported stolen last week.

The victim told police he last saw his vehicle parked in the 3000 block of Conti Street for repairs on Friday around 4 a.m. The victim said the next day, at approximately 3:30 p.m., he was contacted by the mechanics and advised that the chain lock to the gate had been broken and the vehicle was missing, police said. Continue reading »