NOPD motorcycle cop injured escorting first lady, and other New Orleans crime news

N.O. officer escorting first lady injured

A New Orleans Police Department motorcycle officer escorting first lady Michelle Obama on a visit to a West Bank grocery store was struck by another vehicle and injured Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

In a statement, police spokesman Officer Gary Flot said the motorcycle was hit at about 2:30 p.m., shortly after the first lady addressed a National Council of La Raza gathering at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Flot said the officer was taken to a hospital but that his injuries were not serious.

The accident happened near Ames Boulevard and August Avenue in Marrero. Obama was visiting the Sterling Farms Grocery Store nearby, part of the first lady’s campaign to highlight the problem of obesity.

Teen booked with negligent homicide

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on a count of negligent homicide after he allegedly shot and killed a 20-year-old man with a gun belonging to the man’s mother, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting happened just after midnight Tuesday.

The teen suspect; the victim, Lydell Hartford; and another teen were sitting in a car in front of Hartford’s home in the 600 block of Azalea Drive in Waggaman when the suspect got Hartford’s mother’s .38-caliber handgun, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The suspect began to unload the gun, at which point Hartford asked the teen what he was doing.

“I’m unloading it,” he said.

Hartford asked the suspect to not play with the gun, Boyd said. “You’re going to hit somebody in here,” Hartford said.

The 16-year-old, however, continued to play with the gun and pulled the trigger, assuming it was unloaded, Boyd said.

The third or fourth time the suspect pulled the trigger a bullet fired and struck Hartford in the neck. He died about an hour later.

12 charged in alleged drug, firearms ring

Twelve men have been charged in a 30-count federal indictment that accuses them of running a cocaine ring in the Lincoln Manor area of Kenner.

The superseding indictment was handed up July 18, but announced by acting U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office Tuesday. Most of the men are charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and other drug-related charges; several also face firearms charges.

The men are affiliated with a gang called the “Flippa Squad,” according to Boente’s office. A news release from the office describes the organization as violent, although none of the charges allege specific acts of violence.

Those charged include Langundo “Gonzo” Flowers, 33; Odell “Tiger” Wells, 31; Dennis “D” Morgan, 27; Waltrel “Yella” Knox, 23; Jonathan “Jon Jon” Martin, 28; Joseph “Joe” Lewis, 34; Cary “Mal” Bryant, 22; Darren “Pop” Williams, 25; Richard “Lil Rich” Garrett, 25; Alcee “LC” Jones, 24; Ryan “Lil Ron” Magee, 20; and Clyde “Mule” Mitchell, 52.

The case was investigated by a raft of agencies, including the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Marshals Office, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, State Police, Kenner Police, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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