Scott Walker

Scott Walker | News Anchor | WDSU-TV | New Orleans

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Fletcher Mackel reports from Saints camp on the Northshore.

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Loyola announcement that Ronal Serpas is joining its faculty

Dear Members of the Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that law enforcement leader Ronal W. Serpas, Ph.D., has accepted a faculty position with the Department of Criminal Justice at Loyola University New Orleans.

Serpas returns to Loyola’s faculty after teaching graduate and undergraduate courses from 1993 to 2001. He most recently retired as superintendent from the New Orleans Police Department, and prior to his tenure there, he served as the police chief for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. Before that, Serpas served as chief of the Washington State Patrol.

Serpas’ more than 30 years of experience will offer our students the real-world understanding needed to prepare them for careers ranging from police and correctional officers to FBI agents and U.S. Marshals. I want to extend my thanks to William Thornton, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Criminal Justice, for his efforts to facilitate Serpas joining the faculty.

This position is not new, but is a replacement position because of recent openings due to attrition in the Department of Criminal Justice. Please join me in welcoming Serpas back to Loyola.


Marc Manganaro, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Three years in a row I’ve won the social media award from the Press Club of New Orleans. Means a lot. Thanks for following along.

Three years in a row I’ve won the social media award from the Press Club of New Orleans. Means a lot. Thanks for following along.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA—Today, the NOPD announced that Detective Robert Hurst has been placed on emergency suspension without pay based on a Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) investigation into allegations of domestic abuse.

PIB launched an investigation on April 25, 2014 after receiving a complaint. The investigation is on-going.

In conjunction with the PIB investigation, today the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office filed a Bill of Information on Hurst for Criminal Charges of R.S. 14:(27) 30.1 relative to Attempted Second Degree Murder and R.S. 14: 35.3 relative to Simple Battery.

Hurst is a 10-year veteran of the NOPD and was most recently assigned to the Fifth District.

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Benefit on 7/13 for former NOPD officer with Parkinson’s. $20 admission. Rock n Bowl. Several local bands.

Benefit on 7/13 for former NOPD officer with Parkinson’s. $20 admission. Rock n Bowl. Several local bands.

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NOPD names suspect in Bourbon St. shootings



NEW ORLEANS, LA—New Orleans Police have identified 20-year-old Trung T. Le (also known as “Joe”) as a suspect in the shooting that killed Brittany Thomas and injured nine others on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in the 700 block of Bourbon Street. During the incident, Police believe at least two suspects exchanged gunfire, wounding bystanders in the crowd, before fleeing the scene. Police believe Trung T. Le fired the first shot.

Trung Le is an Asian male from Belle Chasse, Louisiana. His birthdate is August 10, 1993. A photo of Trung Le is attached.

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “Now that Trung T. Le is publicly known to be wanted for this vicious crime, let me be perfectly clear. Any individual who harbors, conceals, or gives Trung T. Le assistance will be charged with being an Accessory After the Fact and potentially Obstruction of Justice. We know who Trung T. Le’s associates are. This is not a hollow statement. We have routinely charged individuals who give aid or assistance to fugitives and we will continue to do so.”

Early Friday morning, NOPD Homicide Detective Bruce Brueggeman obtained an arrest warrant for Trung T. Le for one count of First Degree Murder in the death of Brittany Thomas, and nine counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. NOPD Homicide Detectives, Warrant Unit, members of the US Marshall’s Task Force and Deputies of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office West Bank Violent Crime Task Force have assisted the NOPD in searching for Trung Le.

Serpas added, “Our Eighth District and Homicide Detectives have worked around the clock since this shooting incident took place and I am confident we will bring all of the perpetrators in this case to justice. I am thankful to local, state and regional law enforcement agencies that have assisted the NOPD and to the community for the numerous Crimestoppers tips we have received.”

Detectives are requesting for the public’s assistance in obtaining any photos or videos taken of the incident or any photos or videos taken from the French Quarter on the night of the incident to be sent to

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Trung t. Le can call CRIMESTOPPERS at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading to the arrest and indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at