Man carrying a loaded firearm and a blunt was arrested on Bourbon Street, NOPD says

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A man who was illegally carrying a loaded handgun and a blunt was arrested in the 400 block of Bourbon St. on September 9, according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

Demarkius Williams, 27, was apparently celebrating his birthday with a loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber handgun and marijuana in the French Quarter when he was arrested by NOPD Eighth District Task Force officers in the 400 block of Bourbon St. at approximately 10:51 p.m.

In addition to the handgun and the weed, the NOPD said it found a magazine filled with 14 rounds of live ammunition.

Williams was transported to the Eighth District station then booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center where he is accused of allegedly carrying a concealed firearm and illegal possession of marijuana.

Suspect in alleged simple robbery in French Quarter wanted by NOPD

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a suspect in an alleged simple robbery that occurred in the block of 10 Canal St. near Harrah’s casino on September 7.

According to NOPD Eighth District detectives, the victim was approached by an unknown black male suspect (pictured above) at approximately 5:30 a.m. and the two relocated to an unknown street in the French Quarter, where the victim was assaulted by the suspect and several more unknown males.

The victim was knocked tot he ground and the suspects fled the scene with the victim’s belongings, according to the NOPD.

Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District at 504-658-6090. They can also call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or 877-903-7867

NOPD: Man accused of fraudulently using credit card at Metairie Walmart

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The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for the identity and whereabouts of a suspect who is accused of fraudulently using a government issued credit card reported missing in the 800 block of Esplanade Ave. in June.

According to the NOPD, a man reported that his debit card and government issued credit card were missing on June 8. On the same day, according to the NOPD, the missing credit card was fraudulently used at a Walmart store in Metairie located more than 10 miles away.

The NOPD released a surveillance photo of the suspect (pictured above) who allegedly used the missing credit card on August 22.

The NOPD requests that anyone with information on the suspect to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111, or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

‘Don’t follow me or I will shoot you’: NOPD searches for Burgundy Street armed robbery suspect

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The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a man suspected of committing an armed robbery with a gun in the 100 block of Burgundy St. on August 15.

According to the NOPD, the alleged incident occurred at about 7:04 a.m. when an the suspect approached a female victim from behind as she tried to enter a building, and yanked the purse from her hand.

When the victim tried to pick her purse off the ground, the suspected pointed a black firearm at her.

“Don’t follow me or I will shoot you,” the suspect allegedly told the victim, before leaving the scene down Burgundy towards Iberville Street.

NOPD described the suspect as a black male standing approximately five feet 11 inches tall with a slim build and salt and pepper hair. He was wearing a red baseball cap, black shirt, and blue jeans. NOPD released surveillance camera footage of the alleged suspect, which is shown above.

Anyone with information on this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Paul Johnson or the Eighth District at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or 877-903-7867.

NOPD: Armed robbery suspected demanded money, kiss from French Quarter cashier

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A person suspected of robbing a French Quarter business at knife point on August 15 in the 1000 block of Royal St. demanded a kiss from the cashier, according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

The NOPD said the incident occurred at about 3:05 a.m. when the suspect approached the victim with a knife in hand and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect took cash and then demanded a kiss, according to the NOPD. The suspect then fled the scene with an unspecified amount of cash. It’s not clear if the victim complied with the suspect’s demand for a smooch.

Police released a surveillance camera photo of the alleged suspect, which is pictured above.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, or the identity and whereabouts of the suspect is asked to contact NOPD Eighth District or Detective Miles Guirreri at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

Approximate location of the August 15 alleged armed robbery in the French Quarter, according to the NOPD.

Police search for three men suspected in a purse-snatching incident on Royal Street

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Three men are sought by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) for their alleged involvement in an attempted purse-snatching incident in the 700 block of Royal St. on August 11.

According to the NOPD, the alleged incident occurred at about 1 a.m. in the 700 block of Royal St. when the victim crossed paths with three unknown black males. One suspect asked the victim for a cigarette, according to the NOPD, then grabbed her purse.

The victim immediately grabbed her purse with both hands and tried to prevent it from being taken, according to the NOPD, at which point a struggle ensued. The victim fell to the ground and the man allegedly dragged the victim to the 600 block of St. Peter St., according to the NOPD.

The victim eventually let go of her purse and the suspect ran off, but dropped the purse along the way, according to the NOPD. A witness returned the purse to the victim, according to NOPD, and was transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for her injuries.

NOPD Eighth District Detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call them directly at 504-658-6080 or call Crimestoppers anonymously at 504-822-1111, or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

NOPD: Man reported missing last seen on Esplanade Avenue

Shane Gallivan. Picture courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is requesting help from the public locating a person who has been missing for nearly a week.

According to the NOPD, 59-year-old Shave Gallivan was last seen in front of a hotel in the 600 block of Esplanade Ave. at about 6:21 p.m. on August 7. Gallivan was reportedly arguing with his girlfriend in front of the hotel, the NOPD stated, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since then.

The NOPD described Gallivan as a white male standing six foot one inch tall with grey hair and weighing about 140 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gallivan is requested to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.

NOPD: Man accused of illegally carrying handgun on Bourbon Street

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The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) said it arrested a man for allegedly carrying an illegal concealed handgun on Bourbon Street on August 11.

According to the NOPD, city police officers and Louisiana state troopers were patrolling the 500 block of Bourbon Street at about 12:27 a.m. when they stopped 27-year-old Devante Ray, who was carrying a concealed Glock Model 22 .40-caliber handgun. The firearm was loaded with 15 bullets, according to the NOPD.

Ray was taken to NOPD’s Eighth District police station on Royal Street and transported to the Orleans Parish Justice Center where he was booked with one count of illegal carrying of a firearm.

Phase Two of Bourbon Street construction to resume August 12 at St. Ann Street

Bourbon Street construction in the 200 block in September 2017. Photo by June Collins via Facebook.

Construction of Bourbon Street is slated to resume on August 12 starting at St. Ann Street.

According to an announcement by New Orleans, daily intermittent road closures will occur at St. Ann at the 800 block of Dauphine and Bourbon streets starting at 8 a.m. until sunset to accommodate pre-construction activities for the Bourbon Phase 2 project.

It’s the latest round of the Bourbon Street renovation project, which began in the 100 block in April 2017. It’s the first major reconstruction of Bourbon Street in at least 90 years.

The block will be open to pedestrian traffic only, however the intersections of Dauphine and Bourbon at St. Ann will be open to vehicular traffic–meaning that you’ll still be able to cross Dauphine and Bourbon streets on St. Ann at night.

The 800 block itself, however, will be fenced off and cluttered with construction equipment. Bars such as The Bourbon Pub and Oz New Orleans will be affected.

Additionally, the intersection of Dumaine and Bourbon and approximately forty feet into the 900 block of Bourbon are also closed to vehicular traffic as crews work to fully reconstruct the road. The intersection and 900 block will reopen next weekend if weather allows, according to the city.

The work being done includes Entergy crews conducting utility upgrades on Monday. Hard Rock Construction, the company hired to do the job, will also begin exploratory trenching activity that’s expected to take about three days.

Work on the new sewer, water, and drainage system for this block is anticipated to begin in October, according to the city.

Construction will halt and equipment will be cleared, including fencing, from the site and trenches will get filled in once Southern Decadence festival begins on August 28, but work will resume on September 3.

According to a report by WWL-TV in August 2017, the project was originally contracted for a cost of under $3.9 million, but is expected to cost millions more. The city’s new estimated cost has reached $9.5 million.

The city is roughly 70 percent finished with the project. New “upsized” drainage, a better sewer system, new sidewalks, upgraded lighting and security, and a smoother pavement have been installed along various sections of Bourbon Street, according to the city.

Police search for missing woman last seen on Bourbon Street

Meghan McFadden. Courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is requesting information on the whereabouts of 31-year-old Meghan McFadden, who was reported missing on Sunday.

According to the NOPD, McFadden was last seen at about 4 p.m. on August 10 in the 500 block of Bourbon Street.

The NOPD described McFadden as five foot two inches tall, approximately 140 pounds with strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a red dress with flowers on it.

NOPD Eighth District detectives request anyone with information on McFadden’s whereabouts to call 504-658-6080.