ZERO looting in the French Quarter: While other areas of the city have had random acts of looting since Gustav, Maj. Edwin Hosli, commander of the police district that encompasses the French Quarter, CBD, and Marigny Triangle, told NOcrimeline: "As of this date (9.8.08), we have had zero (0) reports of looting in the 8th District.
He added, "Officers assigned to the 8th District never came off the street. We continued to patrol the 8th District while the storm was making land fall. We have not stopped patrolling.
Hats off to Maj. Hosli and his troops. Now if they could just replicate that 365 days a year.
Kudos for Riley: We heard that Chief Warren Riley posted 3-man detachments of cops at each grocery store and drug store in the city. No matter who might have planned the strategy, it's a good one.
The same goes for anti-looting scheme of sending cars with flashing lights out to patrol sector by sector and for giving extended leave to officers who endured Katrina and might not psychologically be able to stand up to another storm.
Temper, temper: Maybe it was the stress of the storm, but a number of incidents seemed to involve people just loosing their cool, often becoming aggravated with someone they knew:
- Aggravated battery, Sunday (9.7.08), 1:16 a.m.: Witnesses reported they saw a white man get into an argument with a passing motorist, who stopped and got out of his car. (The 8th District police report doesn't say where this happened.) The 2 then began fighting and the motorist, a 34-year-old black man, pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the leg.
- Aggravated assault, Sunday (9.7.08), 4 p.m.: A white woman got into an argument with a male acquaintance at the corner of O'Keefe Avenue and Poydras Street. The man got in his car and pulled out a pistol, pointing it at the woman before fleeing in the car.
- Aggravated assault, Tuesday (9.9.08), 6:40 p.m.: 2 black women where standing in the 900 block of Conti Street (between Dauphine and Burgundy streets) when they were approached by another black woman they knew. Their "friend" pulled a gun, sending the 2 women scurrying up Conti toward N. Rampart Street.
An arrest warrant for aggravated assault has been issued for Tesa McNickles, 23, a black female, 5' tall, weighing 120 pounds.
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