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Mar 092017
 

(File photo by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Auto burglaries increased last week around Mid-City, though armed robberies slowed down a bit over Mardi Gras.

The New Orleans Police Department’s First District met Tuesday to recap crime trends around the district over the past week. Commander Hans Ganthier said that other than a few major incidents, it’s been pretty quiet around the district. Continue reading »

Feb 272017
 

On the parade route on Saturday, a driver crashed into a crowd, hitting 21 people. The event is still under investigation. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Neilson Rizzuto (via NOPD)

The 25-year-old man who allegedly drove a pickup into the crowd watching the Endymion parade on Saturday evening and injured 28 people has a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit, and he has been arrested on drunk-driving and other charges, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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 »