Sunday, January 4, 2009


1) New Orleans police said Saturday that a dispute about $4,000 in child support payments prompted a 22-year-old man to kill his 2-year-old son, dump his body in a playground and concoct an elaborate story about the boy's abduction. Ja'Shawn Powell's 48-pound body was discovered in a section of Van McMurray Park, behind a house in the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue.

Uncanny, macabre, totally irrational. Just what NO does best.

An update on Adolph Grimes, III:

2) Seven New Orleans police officers fired their weapons at a 22-year-old man who was killed early Thursday while sitting in a car outside his grandmother's house. Grimes was struck by 14 bullets. [Grimes] has lived in Houston [...] since Hurricane Katrina. He was in town to visit family. Riley said a gun was found on Grimes but would not specify where. Grimes' father acknowledged that his son owned a 9 mm handgun but said he had a Texas permit for it. The condition of Grimes' gun shows it was fired, Riley said, but he could not say whether any of the shell casings collected by police at the scene matched the gun. Grimes, the father of an 18-month-old son, had no criminal record. Assistant Police Superintendent Marlon Defillo said that on Saturday evening, as crime lab investigators began to "process" the car, they found an assault shotgun in the trunk along with a "high velocity" magazine clip for the 9 mm handgun and shotgun shells.


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