PARISH BY PARISH: 17 people shot over 18-hours; new 'missing person's' hound; fight over CATS tax
POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 6:53pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 7:46pm
LOUISIANA (NBC33) — ORLEANS PARISH - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Police Chief Ronal Serpas at a news conference to talk about the swarm of violence that has swept the city in recent days. This week, 17 people were shot over an 18-hour period and at least two police officers were fired on. Just yesterday, the police headquarters had to be evacuated after two live hand grenades were found in a car seized after a chase. That incident also left an officer slightly wounded. The vehicle was being processed by crime lab technicians when the discovery of the explosives was made. The technicians found the live grenades in a safe located in the back of the car.
TANGIPAHOA PARISH - The sheriff's office is getting a new police dog. This four month old bloodhound is named Ginger. She comes to the office from Angola State Penitentiary. She was donated to help track down missing people. Even though she's only four, she's been training since she was just six weeks hold. The sheriff's office already calls Ginger valuable, and will be a big help in finding everyone from suspects to lost children.
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH - Mayor Kip Holden and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker once again at odds. This time, it’s over a proposed tax to keep CATS busses running. While Walker says he wants to see another route to keep busses on the road, Holden says it's one of the last options. An election is scheduled for the tax April and, if passed CATS officials say it'll bring in $18 million a year.