Overall crime may be lower, but council wants NOPD to bring down homicides

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer |

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas faced tough questioning this afternoon from a skeptical City Council about how his well-publicized reforms are  addressing the city’s homicide rate. The chief came armed with a sheaf of statistics to support his efforts, but council members were not receptive just two days after a bloody Halloween night in which gun violence killed two men and injured 14 people across the city, including a fatality in the French Quarter.

Judge lets stand charges against Eris revelers accused of disturbing the peace

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer |

Saying she was confused by the facts at hand, a New Orleans judge today did not dismiss charges and set a trial date for two people accused of disturbing the peace at a raucous, unpermitted Eris parade in Faubourg Marigny during Carnival, which was broken up by Taser-firing police. Two of the 12 people charged in the melee have argued that the charge is vague — with eight possible actions that could fit — and wanted the District Attorney’s Office to make clear exactly what they did wrong.

Two Eris Parade arrestees ask for "vague" charges against them to be quashed

By Matt Davis, The Lens staff writer |

Two defendants accused of disturbing the peace at an unpermitted parade in the Marigny have filed motions to quash charges against them because they say the state is being too vague about what they did wrong. Ron Morrison, 24, and Jonathan Cromwell, 30, filed the motions to quash this morning, following their arrest at the Eris Parade in March.

Dragnet cast for spokesman

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas has decided to replace his top contractor for communications and chief spokesman, Bob Young.

NOPD feels love from council

The City Council focused on its public-safety budget today, scrutinizing the money it spends on its police and fire departments, ambulance, and emergency preparedness.