Or fast, depending: Nearly one year to the date, Ronald J. Martin finally pled guilty to robbing Greg and Belinda Huber in a vicious incident 2.28.07 in the 900 block of Gov. Nicholls Street.
More to go: Just as one robber is convicted of robbery in the 900 block of Gov. Nicholls, another occurs.
The only description of the perps was that they were wearing all black.
Not all things as they seem: NOcrimeline often gets inquiries about such and such a crime that occurred and wonder why there's no mention of it in our reports. Case in point:
Now she's not the kind to entertain that sort of gentleman caller, so she called 911 and her neighbors. Both responded quickly. But when she went to the 8th District station the next day to see what had happened with this intruder, she got a bit of runaround until Maj. Edwin Hosli put her in touch with Sgt. Luther Lumpkin, who heads the 8th District's property crimes squad. He assured her that the perpetrator was charged with public drunkenness, trespassing and criminal damage to property.
Not a "burglary", but a crime resolved to the citizen's satisfaction nevertheless.
Gunshots fall on deaf ears: At least 2 NOcrimeline suscribers whose judgment I trust reported an identical incident of hearing gunshots in the early morning after Mardi Gras ended. One lives in the 1000 block of St. Peter Street and the other in the 900 block. Both reported hearing 8 to 10 gunshots shortly after 5 a.m. One reported the exact time as 5:05 a.m.
"They said they will never come back to New Orleans," the subscriber said. "You hear stories, but this happened to my company and I'm speechless. What good is a large police presence if the policemen just stand there?
Missing from Mardi Gras: A man missing after a night of partying on Mardi Gras almost sounds like a joke, a bad experience that endures after the revelry.
But in this case, the family of John Delatte, 28 and the father of 3 with another on the way, believes his disappearance was caused by someone else. Delatte brought his family from Texas to New Orleans, where they used to live, the day before Mardi Gras.
He was last seen wearing a black LSU T-shirt, dark tan khaki shorts, brown leather belt, ankle socks and blue/white/grey Nike tennis shoes.
His vehicle is also missing: a 2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer, all red/burgundy, bumpers, grill, and side step also red/burgundy with brushed nickel rims and luggage rack. Texas license plate 9VWM87.
Additional information is availble at the family's search site: www.bringjohnhome.com
You wonder how seriously the NOPD--or any police department--takes these cases. The family is under the impression the case is being investigated by Det. Jason Giroir of the 8th District. The trouble is, the Homicide Division investigates all missing persons cases, according to Maj. Hosli.