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Thursday, June 20, 2019

JPSO investigates shooting that left 1 dead and 2 injured [ Local Stories]

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

1 killed, 2 wounded in Causeway Boulevard shooting: JPSO


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A man was killed and two other people were wounded in a shooting Wednesday night (June 19) on South Causeway Boulevard in Jefferson, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

One of the surviving victims suffered life-threatening injuries in the triple shooting in the 1300 block of South Causeway (map), the JPSO said in an email alert sent about 11:15 p.m.

No further details were immediately available.

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‘It’s heartbreaking:’ New Orleans East man killed in random shooting spree described as a community anchor


Bruce Reed, 61, was shot to death June 6, 2019, by a gunman targeting victims at random, according to Jefferson Parish and Orleans Parish authorities (photo provided by family of Bruce Reed).Bruce Reed, 61, was shot to death June 6, 2019, by a gunman targeting victims at random, according to Jefferson Parish and Orleans Parish authorities (photo provided by family of Bruce Reed).Bruce Reed, 61, enjoyed fishing in New Orleans East canals, according to his sister, Biddy Reed (photo provided by family of Bruce Reed).

Residents of a New Orleans East neighborhood keep stopping by Bruce Reed’s home on MacKenzie Street, first to ask if Reed could again lend his handyman skills or lawn-care expertise—and later, as news spread of Reed’s shooting death, to express their condolences for the loss of a neighborhood mainstay.

The 61-year-old Reed, known as “Mr. Red” to his neighbors, had for decades served as informal guardian of the MacKenzie Street area, according to Reed’s sister, Biddy Reed.

A self-employed handyman and landscaper with a knack for invention, Bruce Reed could often be found outside of his home, working on projects and keeping watch.

“He was the caretaker of the street—he (was) always in his front yard,” Biddy Reed said. “He was committed to looking out for his neighbors and their property.”

Bruce Reed’s watch over the area ended June 6, when he was fatally shot a block from his home by a gunman who, according to authorities, was killing people at random.

4 dead after man picked targets ‘at random,' JPSO Sheriff says

Sean Barrette, 22, of Metairie was arrested Tuesday on murder charges following a SWAT roll at his home, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. Barrette picked his targets “at random,” as part of a “murderous rage” that left Reed and three other men dead between June 6 and June 17, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto. The other three victims were killed this week in two shootings on West Metairie Avenue.

Prior to Barrette’s arrest, Biddy Reed said she had no idea why anyone would kill her brother.

“I really don’t know,” she said last week.

Now, she and other family members are struggling to understand why someone would murder at random.

“It’s just a testament to how some people just don’t value life. I was really shocked,” Biddy Reed said Wednesday evening. “It’s heartbreaking.”

Bruce Reed’s death has left his neighborhood stunned, she said.

He was shot shortly after 9 p.m. on a Thursday, while walking to his friend’s home a block over from his on Marquis Street. Police found him wounded and unresponsive in a grassy area at Marquis Street and Hayne Boulevard, according to the NOPD.

Man killed in shooting on Hayne Boulevard in New Orleans East: NOPD

Neighbors are in disbelief, Biddy Reed said, shaken by the random, violent death of a man who made others feel safer.

“Now you’re apprehensive just to go outside your house at night. Now you don’t feel safe; it really diminishes your quality of life,” she said.

A lifelong New Orleans resident, Bruce Reed grew up in the Uptown area but moved to MacKenzie Street in the late 1980s and has lived there since—the only exception being a temporary move to Mississippi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Biddy Reed said.

He attended Alcee Fortier High School and then earned certifications in automotive work and welding. He also worked as a plumber's assistant before venturing into handyman work and landscaping, regularly helping Biddy Reed with her rental properties and helping his neighborhood’s elderly free of charge.

“Bruce was proud of being an expert lawn guy (he could make a weed eater work wonders),” his obituary reads.

He had three children and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews “to whom he frequently imparted life lessons and real-world smarts,” according to his obituary.

Biddy Reed’s 26-year-old son, nicknamed “Criky,” remembers childhood trips from California to New Orleans, where he and his uncle would go catch bugs—the biggest bugs he’d ever seen.

“Uncle Bruce told me bugs only grow this big in Louisiana,” Criky remembers. “Uncle Bruce also taught me to be aware of my environment and to always make sure to watch over my mom and sister at all times.”

Bruce Reed also influenced younger residents in the neighborhood, advising them to work hard and avoid criminal activity, Biddy Reed said.

“Bruce had a quick wit that would keep you in stitches and straighten you out when you were wrong,” his obituary reads.

In his spare time, Bruce Reed liked tinkering with his car and inventing gadgets; for example, he crafted a detachable umbrella gadget to keep him cool while working outside, Biddy Reed said.

He also enjoyed fishing in New Orleans East canals and was an active member of The Men of God’s Garden, a church just blocks from his home.

“He wanted to leave a legacy of good works,” his sister said.

Bruce Reed’s funeral is set for Saturday morning at Morning Star Baptist Church in Raceland, a church founded by one of his ancestors. He will be buried in the church cemetery, among family members.

Staff Writer Emily Lane contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Swin Cash's talks to us one-on-one after joining Pelicans [ Local Stories]

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High Heat Index [ Local Stories]

We are entering a hot time. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s. We will have plenty of humidity in place, so the heat index will be around 100-106. Take breaks from the heat. Check the back seat. Hydrate. Pay attention to how you are feeling. If you feel weak, dizzy or nauseous, go inside and cool down.

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Man shot in West Lake Forest neighborhood: NOPD


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A man was wounded in the ankle Wednesday night (June 19) at the intersection of Dwyer Road and Basinview Drive, New Orleans police reported.

The shooting was reported around 9:30 p.m.

No further information was immediately available.

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Man wounded in Algiers shooting: NOPD


Police were investigating the shooting Wednesday night (June 19, 2019) in the 1900 block of West Homestead Drive.

A man was wounded in a shooting Wednesday night (June 19) in Algiers, New Orleans police reported.

Police were investigating the shooting in the 1900 block of West Homestead Drive after the victim arrived at a hospital via private vehicle, police said.

No further details were immediately available.

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Meet the new VP of Team Development for the Pelicans [ Local Stories]

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Interstate 10 in the CBD to shut down for homicide investigation


The NOPD announced the shutdown late Wednesday afternoon (June 19, 2019), saying that the closure is connected to an early Monday fatal shooting on I-10 East at Orleans Avenue. (File photo, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

An eastbound section of Interstate 10 through downtown New Orleans will be closed Wednesday night (June 19) as part of a homicide investigation, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

The closure, set to begin around 7 p.m., will include eastbound lanes of I-10, also called the Pontchartrain Expressway, from the Tchoupitoulas Street exit to the Claiborne Avenue/Slidell exit.

The NOPD will notify the public when the interstate reopens.

The department announced the shutdown late Wednesday afternoon, saying that the closure is connected to an early Monday fatal shooting on I-10 East at Orleans Avenue.

Officers responded to the killing about 2 a.m., arriving to the scene to find a man, later identified as 37-year-old Keenan Shields Jr., shot dead inside of a black vehicle.

Anyone with information on shooting is asked to call the NOPD Homicide Unit at 504-658-5300 or submit an anonymous tip by calling Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 1-877-903-7867.

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Fontainebleau High School cheerleading team wins blue ribbons at UCA camp - [www.theadvocate.com - RSS Results in new_orleans/news/communities* of type article]


The Fontainebleau High School cheerleading squad won blue superior ribbons in cheer evaluation and rally routine evaluation in June during the Universal Cheerleaders Association summer camp at The University of Southern Mississippi. The team also won first-place trophies and gold…
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NEW LEADERSHIP TEAM: Northlake Behavioral Health System in Mandeville has had a change in its leadership team. New leaders include Billie Whittington as chief executive officer; Diana Polyakof as chief operating officer; JoNell King as director of nursing; and Anna…
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PROVIDED PHOTO Members with birthdays in May and June celebrated recently with others in the Harvey Golden Age Club. From left are Barbara Bieber, Inez McNeely, Ann Badeaux and Ted Guillot.
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Metairie grandmothers gather together five generations of their family - [www.theadvocate.com - RSS Results in new_orleans/news/communities* of type article]


Beverly Frey Reuther, of Metairie, got to meet her 3-month-old great-great-granddaughter, Anne Marie Jaska, during a five-generations gathering over the Memorial Day weekend in Metairie. Reuther has four children, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
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Algiers and Marrero pastors mark church anniversaries - [www.theadvocate.com - RSS Results in new_orleans/news/communities* of type article]


CHRIST THE SAVIOR BAPTIST CHURCH: The Rev. Edward Joseph III, pastor of the St. Mary's Missionary Baptist Church of Marrero, will be the guest speaker at a service honoring the Rev. Harvey G. Johnson Sr. for completing five years of…
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Wednesday AM Videocast: Turning hotter, spotty stormshotter [ Local Stories]

Heat index temperatures will range from 99 to 105 for the remainder of the week. Spotty storms will be possible.



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Ask the Vet: Senility in Pets [ Local Stories]

Senility in our pets is something that we cannot prevent but something that we can help our senior pets through.



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Stennis to share details on what space is like for astronauts - [www.theadvocate.com - RSS Results in new_orleans/news/communities* of type article]


The St. Tammany Parish Library and the Stennis Space Center have partnered to present “NASA Living and Working in Space," a live virtual presentation about the Apollo missions and what the lives of astronauts were like.
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FRANCISCAN MISSIONARIES UNIVERSITY GRADS: Approximately 170 Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FranU) students were conferred masters, bachelors or associate degrees during the university’s commencement exercises in Baton Rouge recently. Local students included:
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Could New Orleans end money bail? Advocates say tools are in place to do so


The Vera Institute of Justice has laid out a 10-point plan recommending changes Criminal District Court could implement that would eliminate money bail in New Orleans and reduce the jail population, saving the city and taxpayers millions.

Criminal justice advocates look at New Orleans’ successful reduction in jail population -- 1,200 inmates now compared to more than 6,000 pre-Katrina -- as the first step in a movement toward reform. Now, they’re pushing for local policy changes that would eliminate money bail, a practice they say unfairly targets the poor and exacerbates poverty and racial inequality.

“We’re locking up folks just because they’re poor and that has to stop,” said Jon Wool, the director of justice policy for the Vera Institute of Justice’s New Orleans office.

In a report released last week, Vera laid out a 10-point plan, recommending changes Criminal District Court could implement that would eliminate money bail in New Orleans. Wool authored the report with Alison Shih and Melody Chang.

The city has tools in place to support the changes, Wool said, including a pretrial services program and a public safety assessment, or PSA – a risk assessment tool used by judges that makes release and detention decisions based on factors including age, criminal history and flight risk. Wool said eliminating money bail could reduce the city’s jail population even further, save taxpayers millions, and would not require any changes in state law.

How eliminating money bail could look in New Orleans

Vera’s recommendations call for people with the lowest PSA risk level, levels 1 and 2, to be released without supervision, and only receive calls or texts from pre-trial services to remind them of their next hearing – a program that’s already in place.

The lowest risk level people are “very likely” to meet their obligations, Vera said, and imposing unnecessary conditions of release increases their chances of messing up.

People with risk levels 3 and 4 should be released, but under the condition they comply with individual requirements set by the pre-trial services supervision team, or participate in a community supported release program. Vera said in its report that program is in the works but not yet running.

People who fall under the highest risk level 5 would be entitled to a hearing before a judge within three days of arrest. The judge would make a decision on whether to detain the person or release them after being presented evidence and hearing from witnesses.

Vera recommended the judge make an on-the-record finding laying out why they feel someone is a serious and imminent danger before recommending detention.

Defendants wouldn’t pay for any mandatory conditions of release in Vera’s plan.

The plan is in line with a consent judgment a federal judge approved last week, in a lawsuit against Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell.

Pact OK’d to prevent jailing of New Orleans defendants too poor for bail

However, the plan also has detractors: Metropolitan Crime Commission president Rafael Goyeneche said it lacks consideration for crime victims.

“They’re advocating for the offenders that have been arrested for felony offenses, and they’re ignoring the law-abiding citizens that those offenders have victimized,” he said. “Victims of crimes are invisible and voiceless, and the villain now is the criminal justice system.”

Goyeneche also questioned where funding for supervision and other mandatory conditions described under the plan would come from.

Vera said the city now has four supervision case managers in its pre-trial services division after adding two this year. And the mayor’s office has committed funds from the Safety and Justice Challenge to develop a community-supported release program, with a goal of getting community members to help their neighbors get to court. This could include giving them a ride, watching their children or providing emotional support during a difficult period.

Risk tool is flawed, critics say

The Metropolitan Crime Commission evaluated the PSA tool’s results in the third and fourth quarters of 2018 and found 37.6% of the 962 people arrested for violent felonies in that time frame were assessed at the lowest risk level, 1, while 13.4% were assessed at the highest risk level of 5.

Specifically, 32.4% of the 34 people arrested for homicide, which includes first- and second-degree murder and manslaughter, were found to be a risk level 1, while 14.7% were a risk level 5. The Metropolitan Crime Commission’s analysis also showed 36.5% of the 52 people arrested for rape were the lowest risk level, while 7.7% were the highest risk.

“This tool is something that is flawed, and I think the judges are taking a hard look at it,” Goyeneche said. “The instrument itself is devised to facilitate the free release and unsupervised release of people that are potentially dangerous.”

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Tuesday criticized the PSA, after a man arrested in connection with an Uptown armed robbery and shooting that injured a police officer was found to be a Risk Level 1.

“The absurdity of this defendant’s risk assessment speaks volumes about what is wrong with the criminal justice system in the City of New Orleans,” Cannizzaro said. “That such an individual should be scored at the minimum risk level and be recommended for unsupervised release by this tool and the people administering it demonstrates how skewed, faulty and utterly naïve these assessments can be."

Vera said in its report they realize the PSA alone is not enough to determine risk, and said should be used in conjunction with a decision-making framework that considers risk level and failure to appear before determining release and supervision recommendations. Currently, judges and commissioners receive a copy of the risk assessment, but are ultimately advised to use their discretion when setting bonds.

According to Vera’s report, one-third of the cases closed in Orleans Criminal District Court in 2018 involved defendants who were detained from the moment of their arrest because they couldn’t afford bail, but went on to be released because their cases were refused, dismissed, they were acquitted, or they were sentenced to time served or probation.

This graphic from the Vera Institute of Justice shows the number of people who were held in jail because they couldn't afford bail, then released at the close of their case.

Matthew Dennis, a veteran bail bondsman who now runs a pre-trial monitoring company, called the risk assessment tool an “unaccountable boondoggle,” and said Vera’s plan to eliminate money bail is a plan to eliminate private citizens’ choice.

“The claim they are removing money from the process is false,” Dennis said. “They are simply smashing a private industry so as to allow their taxpayer-funded monopolies to grow.”

He referred to the case of Akein Scott, who was arrested in March 2013 and released seven weeks later after he posted a $15,000 bond for gun and drug charges.

His risk score was three, having one prior misdemeanor conviction for a municipal simple battery offense.

Almost two months after his release, Scott, then 19, was accused of being one of the gunmen in a Mother’s Day second line shooting that injured 20 people. Scott was sentenced to life in federal prison for the shootings in 2016.

Will Snowden, the director of Vera’s New Orleans office, said Scott’s case is an example of why people might be apprehensive about eliminating money bail, but further shows money does not ensure safety.

“We have the same risk with money bond,” Snowden said. “That money doesn’t do anything to ensure this person allegedly doesn’t commit another act. If we can convince people the risk is the same with or without money bail, that is a way to get (the conversation) started.”

Read Vera’s full report here, or read a two-page summary here.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pastor's wife talks about her late husband who died while being a good Samaritan [ Local Stories]

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Less Rain means More Heat [ Local Stories]

An upper high builds over the area this weekend. That means a hot forecast. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s. High pressure just to the east means an onshore flow. We will still have plenty of humidity in place. The heat index will be around 100-105.

The Mississippi River continues high at New Orleans. Now 16.62 feet. It will stay around this level through July 2nd, and then begin a slow fall. Right now there are 32 minor seepage points in the Metro. 168 bays are open on the Spillway.

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JPSO: Suspect arrested after three people killed in two separate shootings [ Local Stories]

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Man arrested in 3 Metairie homicides following SWAT roll


The scene of a double homicide in Metairie.The scene of a double homicide in Metairie Tuesday (June 18).SWAT activity near the scene of a double . homicide in Metairie Tuesday (June 18).

A man was arrested Tuesday night (June 18), within 24 hours of a pair of Metairie shootings that left three people dead, including a man killed late Monday and two men fatally shot Tuesday afternoon.

The man, whose name was not released, surrendered peacefully just minutes after SWAT officers were called, said JPSO spokesman Capt. Jason Rivarde.

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said the agency plans to release the man’s name, along with further details on his arrest in the three homicides, during a news conference set for noon Wednesday.

The fatal shootings occurred less than 24 hours and one mile apart along West Metairie Avenue, according to the JPSO.

“We’ve had a violent day in Jefferson Parish,” Lopinto said during a news conference at the scene of Tuesday afternoon’s double homicide.

A 26-year-old man, who has not been identified, was fatally shot about 11:14 p.m. Monday at the intersection of West Metairie and Henry Landry avenues. Deputies responding to calls of gunfire found the victim conscious. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Tuesday, deputies were dispatched about 4:19 p.m. to a shooting near the intersection of West Metairie Avenue and North Upland Street. There, officers found two men fatally shot inside of a Cadillac SUV.

Both victims were pronounced dead on the scene, Lopinto said in an emailed statement. Neither victim has been publicly identified.

At the scene, two bodies were visible inside of the SUV, which was stopped in the eastbound lanes of a school zone, both its driver’s-side and passenger-side windows shattered by the gunfire.

The eastbound lanes of West Metairie Avenue were shut down and dozens of neighbors gathered to watch as investigators, including an ATF dog, examined the scene.

A distraught woman was comforted by a JPSO chaplain and then led away. As the woman sobbed on a front lawn, the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office prepared to remove one of the victims’ bodies from the driver’s seat of the SUV.

Tuesday evening, JPSO SWAT members, along with tactical vehicles, gathered in the area of Trefny Avenue in Metairie, where the homicide suspect surrendered quickly and without incident, Rivarde said.

Anyone with information on the double killing is asked to call the JPSO Homicide Section at 504-364-5300 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Staff Photographer Michael DeMocker contributed to this report.

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Harvard rejection of Parkland survivor a reminder of perils of online misbehavior


In this March 7, 2017, file photo, rowers paddle along the Charles River past the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Mass. The Ivy League university announced Monday, June 17, 2019, that it would revoke an admission offer to a survivor of the Parkland high school massacre because of racist social media posts. The decision serves as a reminder to aspiring college students and all young people that their online comments, even those considered private, can resurface and be used against them. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

The racist social-media posts were originally shared only among friends — in text messages and a Google document. But someone took screenshots, which led Harvard University to revoke an offer of admission to a Parkland high school survivor.

The decision announced Monday serves as a reminder to aspiring college students and all young people that online comments, even those considered private, can resurface and be used against them.

It's relatively unusual for colleges to rescind admission offers. When they do, it's more often for a slip in academic performance or disciplinary issues than social media posts. But experts say it's not uncommon for offers of admission to be jeopardized by the emergence of damaging communications, sometimes because of people motivated by competition or jealousy.

Parents of students rejected by a college on many occasions have reported the social-media posts of other students who were accepted, said Jeff Fuller, former admissions officer at the University of Houston and now director of college counseling at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, also in Houston.

"The unfortunate thing is that this may be your best bud, but tomorrow it might not be," Fuller said. Anything communicated in writing "is subject to somebody using it in a negative way against that individual."

Kyle Kashuv, 18, posted on Twitter that Harvard had revoked his admission over anti-Semitic language and repeated use of a slur referring to black people. He said in an apology that he made the comments when he was 16, before the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He said he made "idiotic comments" and used "callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible."

An advocate for gun rights, he said in his announcement on Twitter that political opponents had contacted Harvard and urged the school to cancel his admission over the posts.

Kashuv's posts drew mixed reactions, with some saying he deserved to be forgiven and others saying Harvard made the right decision.

Brad Shear, an attorney based in Baltimore who specializes in social media law, said Kashuv deserved a second chance at Harvard. He said teens “say and do stupid things.”

"Once your name is tied to something digitally, that information can be used against you forever," Shear said. But, for some young people, "until they touch the hot stove, they don't learn they can get burned."

In 2017, Harvard also pulled offers from 10 incoming freshmen after they reportedly made racist and sexually offensive comments in a Facebook group.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling found in 2015 that less than a third of its members at more than 1,700 colleges reported rescinding an admissions offer each year. Nearly 70% of those schools said it was because of a dishonest application, while 20% said it was over a disciplinary issue. Social media behavior was not considered a reason to drop a student.

But a 2016 Kaplan Test Prep survey found that 40% of college admissions officers browse social media profiles to learn more about admissions candidates.

"We always encourage students and adults to be careful if what you put out there regardless of what you thought because it could get out in a more formal setting that you may not be intending," said Kent Rinehart, dean of admissions of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Diana Graber, founder of Cyber Civics and Cyberwise , classes for students and parents, said she has heard of other examples of students' competitors flagging potentially damaging material online.

Graber writes in her book about an admissions officer at a California university who told her about receiving copies of posts from "fake" social media accounts showing a young woman in "half-naked selfies" and "posts strewn with foul language."

The enclosed note read: "You need to know what this girl is really like; she's not as squeaky-clean as you think."

Young people should stop and think about everything that has their name attached to it, said Laura Tierney, chief executive officer and founder of The Social Institute , based in Durham, North Carolina, which works with schools nationwide to teach students about the safe use of social media.

"Anything you click 'send' on represents your character at the end of the day," Tierney said "Anything can be screen-shotted and shared beyond the people to see it."

Haley Carter, 14, of Mission Viejo, California, has taken the Cyber Civics course for three years.

She heard about Kashuv after hearing of many others. "I understood that it really happens because people really do post things that shouldn't be on the internet, and when people post, it's there forever," she said.

Not only did she learn about real-life examples in the classroom, she also had a real-life example of the dangers of social media from her school. Parents who saw a rap video that students posted on Instagram cited inappropriate language in that video as a reason not to send their students to the school, she said.

“There are parents that are looking at everything, and there are people that are looking at everything,” she said. “It was kind of wake-up call that people are looking at things like that.”

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Rain Chances are going down [ Local Stories]

Heavy rain fell this morning especially over Pearl River County. It was 4-6 inches of rain. We had a couple of tornado warnings this morning, but no damage was reported. Winds gusted in storms. 40 mph at the Lakefront, 48 mph at Belle Chasse and 44 mph at Slidell.

The Mississippi River got up to 16.7 feet today. There are 32 minor seepage points. 168 bays remain open on the Spillway. The River at New Orleans will stay at about the same level through July 2nd, and then begin a slow fall.



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CVS police shootout suspects detained employees with zip ties, filled trash bag with pills: NOPD


An NOPD SWAT team works the scene where an officer was shot Monday (June 17, 2019) morning on Prytania Street.An NOPD SWAT team works the scene where an officer was shot Monday (June 17, 2019) morning on Prytania Street.NOPD are on the scene Monday, June 17, 2019, where an officer was shot on Prytania.An NOPD officer was shot on Prytania Monday, June 17, 2019.A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)A New Orleans police officer was shot while responding to a reported armed robbery at a CVS on Prytania Street in New Orleans, La. Monday, June 17, 2019. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Two men accused of shooting at New Orleans police after officers confronted them during an armed robbery at an Uptown drug store tied up employees with zip ties and filled a trash bag with prescription drugs, an NOPD sergeant wrote.

According to an affidavit of probable cause in one of the accused men’s case, the pair were leaving the store with a trash bag filled with pills and other “medical supplies” from the Prytania Street CVS when the officers, with guns drawn, confronted them at the front of the store.

The encounter ultimately led to an exchange of gunfire between the two men, ages 26 and 19, and the three police officers. The confrontation resulted in bullet wounds to one of the officers and both of the men. The officer was shot in the shoulder and the 26-year-old armed robbery suspect was shot in the hip, officials said. It’s unclear where the 18-year-old armed robbery suspect was struck, but NOPD said he was in stable condition when EMS took him to a hospital.

The affidavit sworn by NOPD Sgt. David Barnes states that two men entered the store about 6:06 a.m., which is two minutes before NOPD said they received a call about the armed robbery. Both men wore hooded sweatshirts with the hood over their heads, and blue medical gloves, the affidavit states.

NOLA.com | The The Times-Picayune is not immediately releasing the names of the accused men because NOPD said the publishing of their identities in media reports could compromise an ongoing and active joint NOPD and FBI investigation.

Second suspect arrested after police officer shot Uptown: NOPD

Immediately after entering the CVS, the sergeant wrote, the 26-year-old suspect removed a gun from his waistband and went behind the front counter where he “detained” a cashier “using zip-ties,” the affidavit states. He led the cashier to an office area out of the view of a camera. Meanwhile, the 18-year-old suspect went to the rear of the store, in the pharmacy area, and forced another employee onto the ground. The teen then secured the employee’s feet with zip-ties, Barnes wrote.

The 18-year-old suspect started to fill a large trash bag with “several pill bottles” he retrieved from the pharmacy’s safe. About two minutes later, the 26-year-old suspect came to the pharmacy area, “interacted” with the person whose feet the 18-year-old suspect secured, and then the 26-year-old suspect used zip-ties to secure that person’s hands. After filing the trash bag, the pair went to the front of the store, where the three officers confronted them. NOPD said police received a call about the armed robbery at 6:08 a.m., arrived at 6:10 a.m., and a revised call indicating officers needed help was issued a minute later.

According to the affidavit, the three uniformed 3rd District officers had their guns drawn and told the suspects to surrender. When the suspects saw the officers, they ran to the rear of the store, toward the pharmacy. When the pair went to the rear of the store, the affidavit states, the three officers “retreated” to the outside of the store, where they again gave commands for the men to surrender and “waited for the subjects to exit the store.”

The affidavit states the suspects again went to the front of the store “and exchanged gunfire with the officers.” The affidavit does not expressly say who fired first.

The suspects left the store, running south toward the Mississippi River, “continuing to fire their weapons towards the officers as they did,” the affidavit states. In addition to one of the officers, both of the accused men were struck by gunfire.

The 18-year-old was quickly apprehended after he collapsed in the 1300 block of Lyons Street, the affidavit states. The 26-year-old was apprehended more than two hours later, after police found him hiding in the area outside a home in the 1000 block of Upperline, near Coliseum Street. Both suspects were taken by EMS to a hospital for treatment for their gunshot wounds.

The 26-year-old’s first appearance hearing is scheduled in Orleans Parish Magistrate Tuesday morning (June 18). Records show he was booked into jail about 9:40 p.m. Monday. The 18-year-old had not been booked into jail as of Tuesday morning, and was presumably still being treated at a hospital.

Stay with NOLA.com for more on this developing story.

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