Chasing the truth: NOcrimeline always welcomes information from its subscribers. It sometimes is ahead of the official reports and sometimes it provides details the NOPD is unwilling to. But to be useful, it has to be accurate.
I checked the police reports that the 8th District sends out and found no crime like that reported for 4.24.08, but that there was one a similar one on 4.26.08; I asked was he sure of the date?
This was too much for Maj. Hosli. He noted that, if the victim was beaten "unconscious," there must be witnesses who told him the assailant continued to beat him after he was knocked out. So Maj. Hosli sent a detective to the hospital on Thursday (5.7.08) to see if he could find the "victim"; he couldn't.
So what is our "informant" trying to pull? Trying to manufacture "proof" the police are not reporting all the crime in the French Quarter? If you know Charles "Kevin" Lenhart as well as our "informant" thinks he does, or if you have information about this incident, contact Maj. Hosli at Ehosli@cityofno.com. I think Maj. Hosli has bent over backwards to try to get to the bottom of this effort to malign his crime reporting.
Another rumor: Another NOcrimeline subscriber says she heard from 2 different sources that the kid who was arrested for all those robberies was actually 9 years old, rather than 14. Asked were she heard that, she replied:
She speculated that the police might have lied about the kid's age because there would be public outrage if the robber was as young as 9 (there's enough outrage over 14).
- Rodney Jones, 42, (pictured) black male, 5'10" tall, weighs 160 pounds: Charged with simple robbery in an assault on a white man on Wednesday (5.7.08) at 10:05 p.m. in the 1100 block of Bourbon Street.
- Kardell Smith,19, a black male, 5'11" tall, weighs 160 pounds: Charged with aggravated assault after an altercation with a white man and a black man, bouncers at a business at 227 Bourbon St. on Tuesday (5.6.08) at 1:20 a.m. Smith allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it at the bouncers when they followed him to the 100 block of Bourbon Street. Smith, though a defendant in a cocaine drug trial that's been dragging through the court since 2006, managed to make $15,000 bond and walk out of OPP in this case.
- Kenric Wilson, 21, a black male, 5'10" tall, weighing 170 pounds: is wanted on a warrant charging him with the robbery of a white woman last Saturday (5.3.08) at 4:15 a.m. at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann streets.
- Floyd Tyuse, 25, (pictured top) black male, 6' tall, 160 pounds. Arrested by 8th District Officers Brandon Ludwig and Billy Tregle for auto burglary at Burgundy and Conti streets on Thursday (5.8.08). He's being held in OPP in lieu of a $30,000 bond.
- Corey Robertson, 29, (pictured bottom) black male, 5'11" tall, weighing 175 pounds. Arrested by 8th District officers for simple burglary and damage to state property in the 1000 block of St. Philip Street on 5.1.08. He is being held on $10,500 bond.
"Turned out the 2 were from out of town, one was 22, the other underage. In addition to the black marking pen found on the one that we identified as the artist, the police also recovered a bag of marijuana and the 2 were taken away."
The good citizen who reported this laments: "Sadly, their writing is nothing like the others in the neighborhood, so overall this arrest will probably have little to no impact, but I suppose every little bit helps. No telling what all they did the night before we spotted them."
Disorder in the court: Jerome J. Dominick's case on burglary charges from late last year have been bouncing around the court for months now. The case took another bounce Thursday (5.8.08) when Dominick, 24, decided he didn't like what he was hearing in court and got up and left.
Judge Laurie A. White issued a warrant for his arrest; he'll be held without bond when apprehended. He had been out of OPP, free on his own recognizance, thanks to Judge Julian Parker.
Height of chutzpah: In the middle of JazzFest we got this email:
I'm still trying to figure out how he's so sure his car wasn't towed by the city if it was as illegally parked as he says. Obviously, he hasn't made a police report. Okay, dude, here's what you do: start obeying the laws yourself--and get that piece of junk insured.
How about this?: It would be a shame to let Jim Bernazzani get away after being ousted by the FBI as agent in charge here because he had aspirations to run for mayor in a couple of years, although it turns out he wouldn't meet the residency requirements in 2010. So how about district attorney this year?
Or, if Mayor Nagin really was committed to making New Orleans safe again--and had any testicular fortitude--he could appoint Bernazzani as Police Superintendent. Big Chief Warren Riley, bless his soul, is probably good to his mama but he's just not up to the task of ridding the city of crime.