NOPD Recruits Hit the Streets Today after Graduation


March 27, 2018

NOPD Recruits Hit the Streets Today after Graduation


NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD welcomed 25 new officers yesterday to the department after each completed a total of 26 weeks of training. As of today, each recruit has been assigned to district stations across the city and are partnered with an experienced NOPD officer, known as a Field Training Officer (FTO). The FTO will mentor the recruits through 16 weeks of field training. Following field training, the recruits will become full-fledged officers.

The recruits graduated in a ceremony held at McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School. Executive Committee member of the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation and Board Vice Chairman & President of Latter & Blum, Inc, Rick Hasse, served as the keynote speaker at the ceremony, which included remarks from Superintendent Michael Harrison and Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who referenced this being his last NOPD graduation as Mayor of New Orleans.

Class #181 started training at the NOPD Academy in September 2017 where each recruit underwent training eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. This is the fifteenth recruit class to graduate from the NOPD Training Academy since 2010.

Majority of the recruits who graduated in Class #181 earned a college degree or served in the military prior to joining the police department.

Among the 25 recruits:

  • 11 recruits have military experience;
  • 10 recruits have Bachelor’s Degrees, 4 recruits have Associate’s Degrees, 1 recruit has a Master’s Degree and;
  • 14 recruits are joining the NOPD from out of state and out of the country, including recruits from North Ireland, New Jersey, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Texas and Virginia .

Class #181 recruits graduating include:

Brandon Abadie

Vanessa Adams

Kevin Begley

Morgan Bicio

Joshua Burkhart

Chad Clark

Joseph Genarelli

Kiehl Green

James Gilbert

Katie Heenan

Carina Lamothe

Brent Lowe

Patrick MacFarlane

Joseph Maher

Jesse Meyer

Kevin Mosely

Randell Palmer

Kayla Ranatza-Doyle

Scott Richardson

Derrick Rutland

Samuel Schwartz

Marcio Silveira

Joshua Thomas

Sasha Winchester

Martha Young

The following recruits were recognized for outstanding achievement in the following training areas:

  • Louis J. Sirgo Memorial Award—Recruit Jesse Meyer
  • FOP Mac Bolden Precision Shooting Award—Recruit Brandon Abadie
  • BOP Tactical Driving Award—Recruit Chad Clark
  • POWER Report Writing Award—Recruit Joshua Burkhart
  • PANO Physical Fitness Award—Recruit Joshua Burkhart
  • Scholastic Achievement Award—Recruit Joshua Burkhart
  • New Mackie Shilstone Peak Performance Award—Recruit Kayla Ranatza-Doyle

Training is already underway for Class #182, which is expected to graduate this year as one of the biggest classes to kick off 2018.

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Update on Aggravated Battery by Cutting on Decatur Street

This is a follow up to this press release

Suspect Identified in Aggravated Battery by Cutting on Decatur Street


As my followers know I have been following crime in New Orleans for some time and I pick certain stories to follow them through to the completion of the case. Unlike other cases in this one I am in touch with people on both sides of the situation. In the future I may write a blog about some of this subculture.

This situation is extremely interesting to me for numerous reasons.

Race factor everyone is white and it’s between females. So called “gutter punk” community has been a thorn in the side of New Orleans. Police search – the NOPD sent out a multitude of detectives to search for the suspect and increased patrols, a move I rarely even see for murder suspects.

Current impact on the so called “gutter punk” community in visible areas of New Orleans or lack thereof.

An arrest warrant has been issued for “Tabitha Diane Ryan”

Older Facebook page for Tabitha Ryan

Current Facebook page of  Tabitha Ryan

For many years, New Orleans has been saturated with what is known as “gutter punks”. A different term for them is travelers. These are people who appear homeless but they are different from homeless people because it is often a life they choose.

Brad Bohannan an owner of Turtle Bay on Decatur St and Spirits on Bourbon a bar featured on Bar Rescue discussed dealing with them in a 2014 interview.

Some people even locals find them very interesting and a fun addition to the culture as they often camp out trying to provide some value to passers-by in hopes to earn a donation or perhaps someone will buy them some liquor.


This situation is actively being played out currently on social media primarily Facebook.  The supposed victim Eleonora Little took to Facebook to make the below video and post multiple photo’s and comments along with many others. In the video she makes reference to a gang term of “greenlight”.



The community supporting Eleonora Little seemed largely unware of the police involvement until days after the NOPD press release.  Eleonora in Facebook statements said that she did not “rat” that the police showed up with the EMT’s and that someone else gave the police the name Tabitha Ryan.


Ellie’s  Facebook page is currently not active for some reason

Meanwhile Tabitha who is yet to be arrested for the charge seems to be claiming self defense. This story is still playing out!

Facebook post on behalf of Tabitha by  Summer Pearl – jessica.stivers.7 

“On behalf of Tabitha , Ellie little is alive . She’s breathing and healing , and alive . I’m grateful that she’s well and I never wanted to hurt her.
This all needs to stop before more innocent ppl get hurt for no reason. I never wanted her to get hurt. Now there taking it too far , posting pictures of my siblings, there address and my family. And commenting on memorial post about my deceased ex which is unfair to him and his family. He had nothing to do with this, nor did my family. It all needs to stop now. I never wanted any of this to happen. I’m devastated and traumatized by this whole situation, I ran away screaming call 911 somebody help me, I need help. Everything went way to far, I did not plan to hurt her with any weapons or my fist, in fact I was admiring her for playing the washboard with bottle caps , and only wanted to make friends. Everything went to far because she decided in her drunk state she didn’t like me and now I have to live with this for the rest of my life. I never had hatred toward her and I still don’t. This needs to stop before it goes any further. Thank you family for your love and support. And anyone who I thought was my family who was slandering my name or doesn’t remember our relationship and wants to take the side of a complete stranger stay the fuck off my shit and my family’s shit. If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.”


Additional posts made by Ellie (Eleonora Little ) prior to her page being removed



These are pictures of Tabitha Ryan from her Facebook pages


These are some older photo’s before she adopted this lifestyle

Suspect Identified in Aggravated Battery by Cutting on Decatur Street


March 20, 2018

Suspect Identified in Aggravated Battery by Cutting on Decatur Street

NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD has obtained an arrest warrant for Tabitha “Tabby” Ryan (DOB unknown) in connection with an aggravated battery by cutting that occurred on March 17, 2018 in the 1000 block of Decatur Street.

At about 11:30 p.m., Ryan is believed to have been involved in a verbal altercation with the victim, at which time Ryan allegedly cut the victim on her throat with a broken beer bottle and fled the scene toward Esplanade Avenue.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Tabitha Ryan is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-STOP.

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Tabitha Ryan

NOPD Helps Texas Authorities Put Theft Ring on Ice

NOPD Helps Texas Authorities Put Theft Ring on Ice

yeti ring

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans Police helped Texas authorities put a theft ring on ice.

On March 12, 2018 Seventh District detectives received information from the Houston Police Department that individuals responsible for numerous retail thefts involving high end coolers were in the New Orleans East area.

After the alert, Seventh District detectives began searching the area. Detectives arrived at a hotel in the 8400 block of the I-10 Service Road and observed a vehicle with “Yeti” coolers stacked beside it.

As the detectives approached the vehicle they observed Demetrius Johnson holding a “Yeti” cooler and placing it into the vehicle. The vehicle was stacked with over 40 “Yeti” coolers.

Detectives continued their investigation and identified two additional subjects as being part of the elaborate theft ring.

The three subjects arrested are:

  • Demetrius Johnson (B/M DOB: 8-25-1988)
  • Anthony Jackson (B/M DOB: 11-14-1997)
  • Leon Gamble (B/M DOB: 8-19-1999)

Additional “Yeti” coolers as well as stolen “Adidas” clothing were located inside a hotel room the trio had rented.

In all the subjects were identified by Texas authorities for committing over 13 felony thefts.

As the investigation continued detectives learned that the trio was also responsible for committing two thefts in the state of Louisiana, one in Baton Rouge and one in Slidell the previous night before being apprehended.

Seventh District detectives recovered over $16,000 in stolen property. A total of 52 coolers were stolen from a sporting goods retailer.

  • 32 were stolen in Louisiana
  • 20 were stolen in Texas

The three subjects were booked into the Orleans Parish Criminal Justice Center charged with possession of stolen property.

Additional out of state warrants and charges are pending. Detectives believe the subjects were in the process of victimizing another business in the Metro New Orleans area when they were captured and arrested.

The stolen items have been accounted for and returned to the retail outlets from which they were stolen.

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Carlsel Alexander arrested for second-degree murder for New Orleans located in Houston Texas

New Orleans Police Department Public Information Office

March 2, 2018

NOPD VOWS Unit Arrests Suspect in First District Homicide

Carsel Alexander

NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD VOWS Unit and U.S. Marshals Service arrested a suspect wanted for second-degree murder.

The NOPD VOWS Unit and U.S. Marshals Service received information on the location of Carlsel Alexander, (B/M, DOB: 8/18/95), wanted for Second Degree Murder in connection with an incident that occurred in the 800 block of North Broad Street.

First District officers responded to a call reporting a fight involving a large group of people at the location with shots fired.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a male victim at the scene suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

EMS treated the victim at the scene, but he later died.

Alexander was arrested by the Marshals on March 1, 2018, at the Palace Inn Hotel in the 11000 block of Telephone Road in Houston Texas.

Alexander was wanted by Homicide Detective Robert Barrerre.

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