In the meantime, there's been no evident improvement in the T-P's publication of crime news, so perhaps the protocol for retrieving these reports hasn't been resolved yet.
Here's what the 8th District reported:
- Armed robbery, 1000 block of Conti Street, Wednesday (5.28.08), 6:20 a.m.: 2 white men, 43 and 45, were walking on Conti when they were approached from behind by 2 black men and a black woman. One of the perpetrators pulled a handgun and demanded the victims' wallets. The victims complied and the robbers fled on foot. The gunman was described as 35 to 40 years old, 5'9" tall, weighing 160 pounds, and wearing a striped shirt. Detectives, however, smell something fishy in the victims' stories and may throw this case back.
- Robbery, St. Ann and Dauphine streets, Monday (5.26.08), 4:15 p.m.: A white man was accosted by a black man who punched him in the chest and took his wallet. The thief took the cash out of the wallet and hopped into the passenger side of a burgundy 4-door sedan, which sped off in an undetermined direction. The robber was described as 20 to 25 years old, wearing a dark-colored shirt, green pants and white sneakers. There was no description of the driver of the getaway car.
- Pursesnatching, 300 Bourbon St., Sunday (5.25.08), 5:09 a.m.: A white female was arguing with 2 men when a black guy came up and grabbed her purse off her shoulder. The perpetrator, wearing a red hat, black shirt and pants, fled down Bienville Street toward N. Rampart Street.
- Assault and battery:
- 500 block of Bourbon Street, Sunday (5.25.08), 4:31 a.m.
- 1000 block of Chartres Street, Saturday (5.24.08), 3:25 a.m.
- Julia and S. Peters streets, Saturday (5.24.08), 3:25 a.m.
- 400 block of Bourbon Street, Wednesday (5.28.08), 11:13 p.m.
False alarm: Detectives thought they had their man--actually a boy--in the "aggravated burglary" at 831 Touro St. on 5.17.08, but an arrest warrant initially issued Thursday (5.29.08) has been rescinded.
More drug arrests: We should have called Officers James Lipscomb and Kelly Morel of the 8th District Task Force a 2-OFFICER drug-wrecking crew last week since Ofc. Morel is female.
After making 9 drug arrests the week before, they made an additional 4 from 5.20.08-5.23.08, mostly for minor drug offenses:
- N. Peters Street and Elysian Fields Avenue, 5.20.08, 11:28 p.m., a black man, 21, and a white man, 29.
- N. Peters Street and Elysian Fields Avenue, 5.21.08, 10:45 p.m., a Hispanic man, 20.
- 400 block of Esplanade Avenue (between N. Peters Street and Decatur Street), 5.22.08, 12:30 a.m., a black man, 24.
- 1000 block of Bienville Street (between Burgundy and N. Rampart streets), 5.23.08, 1:25 a.m., a black man, 24.
12-hour shifts start Sunday?: The word's not official, but coinciding with the arrival of a new deputy chief of operations there's been talk of once again expanding every cop's day from 8 hours to 12. We hear that doesn't sit well with many officers.
A high-ranking officer (not Maj. Hosli), in trying to dissuade the discontent, sheds some light on the imperious reign of Big Chief Warren Riley when he says, "The fact is, the Superintendent alone decides, often without the input of his command staff or even over their objections. I don't know which, if any, of the chiefs were polled for their input on 12-hour shifts, but the Superintendent doesn't always ask for or follow their advice."