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Feb 192017
 

One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries, while the other victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a fatal double shooting from early Sunday morning.

First District officers responded to the 1500 block of Canal St. around 3:37 a.m. Sunday to a report of two black males laying in a parking lot, police said. Both male victims suffered gunshot wounds and one was pronounced dead at the scene from his injuries, according to NOPD. Continue reading »

Feb 172017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Mid-City crime totals for January stayed the same from last year, though auto burglaries and rapes increased.

Eight auto burglaries were reported last month compared to five in January 2015, according to New Orleans Police Department records. There were two more auto thefts than the prior year as well, though the total number of crimes reported remained stable. Continue reading »

Feb 142017
 

First District officials said property crimes decreased over the last week.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Property crimes decreased last week compared to last year, which is good news leading up to one of the most crime-heavy weeks of the year.

New Orleans Police Department’s First District is readying itself for the barrage of parades and parties leading up to Fat Tuesday. Many of those crimes are property crimes involving auto burglaries and thefts, so Commander Hans Ganthier warned his troops to be ready for the Mardi Gras crowd. Continue reading »

Feb 142017
 

Surveillance video captured an unknown male stealing an iPhone 6 Plus from a man who had fallen asleep inside a hospital waiting room.

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who stole a cellphone from University Medical Center.

Surveillance video captured an unknown man stealing an iPhone 6 Plus from a man who had fallen asleep inside a hospital waiting room on Saturday around 4:42 a.m. Continue reading »

Feb 082017
 

The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is hoping to reduce the amount of crime and destruction in Fortier Park.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Faubourg St. john neighbors are teaming up to reduce the number of drunk and unruly people who gather at a local park after dark.

Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association members want to kickstart a new task force with the goal to reduce crime and lawn destruction in Alcee Fortier Park. The park – located on Esplanade Avenue and N. Rendon Street – is used by families, couples and people walking their dogs, but drunk and unruly people are causing neighbors to avoid the area altogether. Sarah Stogner, president of FSJNA, said sometimes people sleep in the park, though it’s unclear if everyone who spends the night there is homeless. Continue reading »

Feb 082017
 

Joseph Shelby was last seen on Jan. 5 (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man missing since early January.

The reporting person advised that her friend, Joseph Shelby (DOB: 10-16-1962) was last seen on Jan. 5 at their residence in the 4200 block of Buchanan Street. Shelby is known to disappear for long periods of time and suffers from multiple physical and psychological conditions, police said. Continue reading »