New Orleans Police increase neutral ground parking enforcement near French Quarter

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Parking enforcement has increased along several neutral ground areas near the French Quarter, where New Orleans Police said drivers are parking illegally after heavy rains.

Eighth District police officers are working with city officials from the Department of Public Works’ Parking Division to enforce parking along neutral areas that also include the Central Business and Warehouse district areas.

During heavy rains, the city approves drivers parking on the neutral grounds to avoid low-lying areas that are prone to flooding, although vehicles must be removed to a legal parking location after the approval is lifted.

But drivers have been leaving their vehicles on the neutral grounds and in some residential areas after parking restriction is reinstated, leading to complaints and prompting enforcement, according to New Orleans Police.

Hundreds of citations were issued from July 2 to July 10.

The official breakdown from the New Orleans Police, which also includes 23 vehicles immobilized with boots due to unpaid fines: 90 citations on July 2, 136 on July 3, 125 on July 9 and 143 on July 10.

For more information on parking restrictions, visit nola.gov/dpw/parking.

UPDATE: Female injured in shooting near Toulouse and Bourbon streets

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A female was injured in a shooting near the intersection of Toulouse and Bourbon streets on Sunday morning.

The shooting occurred at about 4:30 a.m., according to New Orleans Police. Several gunshots were heard near the intersection.

The injured female was transported to a nearby hospital via private conveyance, according to New Orleans Police.

Police are investigating the shooting. No suspects were identified or arrested.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Eighth District station at 504-658-6080.

July 18, 2021, 7:54 p.m.: This story was updated to correct a previous version, which stated no one was injured.

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St. Mark’s church to hold meet-and-greet with NOPD 8th District Capt. Jeff Walls July 9

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St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is hosting a meet-and-greet with New Orleans Police Captain Jeff Walls, who assumed command of the Eighth District station in the French Quarter last month.

The meet-and-greet will start 6 p.m. at St. Mark’s located at 1130 N. Rampart Street on July 9.

Walls took command on June 18 when former Captain Anthony Caprera retired after 37 years of service with the NOPD. Caprera had served as the Eighth District commander since May 2020.

Walls commanded the Second District before transferring. Lt. Eric Gillard, who was second-in-command under Walls, was promoted to captain and assumed command of the Second District.

Previously, Walls was the commander of the NOPD’s Third District, oversaw the Sixth District’s homicide unit and was also the Eighth District commander once before.

He joined the department in 1997 and over is career, Walls has received several letters of commendation, a medal of achievement and two medals of commendation

Walls earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Bishop State Community College in Alabama, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Loyola University and a master’s degree in homeland security from Tulane University.

‘Quarter for the Quarter’ sales tax approved in April won’t take effect July 1

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A new sales tax approved by voters in April won’t go into effect on Thursday, because it has yet to be levied by the French Quarter Economic Development District.

Collection for the .245% sales tax, known as the “quarter for the Quarter” tax, was set to take effect on July 1, but won’t be collected until it is officially levied with official resolution by the French Quarter Economic Development District, according to LaTonya Norton, a New Orleans city spokeswoman.

French Quarter voters approved the tax in a special election on April 24 and is intended to fund public safety services in the district, including additional New Orleans Police patrols.

“The French Quarter Economic Development District (which is made up of the City Council with District C Councilmember Palmer as the authorized representative) has yet to put forth or pass a resolution to levy the tax,” said Norton in a statement issued Wednesday. “As a result, the city does not have legal authority to collect it and businesses within the French Quarter should not begin collecting the tax from their customers until the FQEDD has officially levied the tax.”

The city will notify business owners when to begin collecting the tax after it’s levied by the FQEDD, Norton added.

Person of interest wanted in connection to battery incident near Molly’s on Decatur Street

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New Orleans Police on Wednesday released a picture of a female who is wanted as a person of interest in connection to an aggravated battery incident that occurred near Molly’s at the Market on Lower Decatur Street last week.

The incident occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. on May 12 and involved two males and a female, who were not identified, who were involved in a verbal altercation that began at Molly’s and turned physical a block away at the intersection of Dumaine and Decatur streets, according to New Orleans Police.

The males fled in a blue Toyota RAV4 down Dumaine Street and toward North Rampart Street after the incident.

The Toyota RAV4 allegedly seen fleeing the May 12 incident in front of Molly’s on Decatur Street. Courtesy NOPD.

Detectives say the pictured female is not wanted on criminal charges, although they believe she knows the identity of the female suspect involved in the incident, according to New Orleans Police.

Anyone with information regarding the identity and/or whereabouts of the pictured person of interest is asked to contact Eighth District detectives. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or Crimestoppers at 877-903-7867.