Australian tourists shot Tuesday in Algiers

Two young Australian tourists were shot early Tuesday morning after venturing to the West Bank for drugs, New Orleans police said.

The men, ages 21 and 23, took a taxi to L.B. Landry Avenue and Shepard Street about 4:15 a.m. to meet with a drug dealer, the Police Department said in a preliminary offense log. At some point during the interaction, both men were shot.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison confirmed that both men were tourists. He said one man was shot in the stomach and the other in the chest. Both were listed in stable condition at a hospital.

Police: Woman attacks City Hall employee

A woman assaulted a City Hall employee after she was unable to speak with a City Council member Monday, New Orleans police said.

Just before 2 p.m. Monday, Tamisah Bickham, 38, walked into City Hall at 1300 Perdido St. and asked to speak with a council member, police said in a preliminary offense log.

The City Hall employee, 43, told the woman that the council member was not available. When the employee turned her head, Bickham struck her with a metal coat hanger, police said.

A physical altercation ensued. The victim sustained a head contusion, neck injury and bruising, police said. Bickham injured her neck. Both were taken to a hospital.

A judge set Bickham’s bail at $25,000 on counts of aggravated battery and simple criminal damage to property, according to court records.

Kenner man booked on attempted murder

A Kenner man was arrested Sunday after police said he dragged a knife across his ex-wife’s neck in an attempt to kill her.

Kenner police said Mark Taliancich, 44, was involved in an argument with his ex-wife, with whom he lives, Saturday. He struck the woman in the face, causing her to bleed from her nose, police said. He fled after the woman called police, according to an arrest report, but warned he would kill her “next time.”

Police said that two hours later, after police had attempted to locate him, Tliancich returned. He threatened to “pulverize” and kill her, according to the arrest report.

The woman was able to call the police again in the midst of a struggle, officers said.

Police allege that Taliancich overheard his ex-wife calling for help. They said he then wrapped his arm around her neck, pulled out a kitchen knife and dragged it across the right side of her neck while stating, “I’m gonna ... kill you.”

Police said the phone was still connected to a 911 operator the entire time. When Taliancich realized this, authorities said, he fled on foot.

The victim was treated for a laceration to the left side of her neck but did not require further attention, according to the arrest report.

Taliancich was taken into custody in the 3200 block of Connecticut Avenue on Sunday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, according to booking records.

Inmate rebooked after jail attack on deputy

A man arrested last year after a shooting in the French Quarter was rebooked Sunday on an allegation that he slammed an Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy’s head into a cell wall.

Rodney Jackson, 23, was wearing handcuffs during a cell shakedown on March 30, deputies said in a booking report. But that did not prevent him from choking a deputy and then slamming his head into a wall, deputies said, in an incident that was caught on video.

Deputies said that during a “restraining process,” Jackson “remained belligerent and combative.” He was taken to a medical office for treatment of “possible injuries,” the report said, although they were not specified.

The deputy was taken to Tulane Medical Center for treatment of a cut and “possible head injuries,” according to the report, and was later released.

Jackson was booked on counts of second-degree battery and battery on a correctional facility employee.

Jackson was awaiting trial for a May 3 incident in which New Orleans police said he shot a man in the back near the corner of Bienville and Decatur streets. As with the jailhouse attack, police said, that shooting was caught on tape.

Man shot in chest Tuesday in 7th Ward

A man was shot in the chest in the 2000 block of North Dorgenois Street shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday, New Orleans police said.

The victim was taken to a hospital; police did not immediately release information on his condition.

N.O. police receive four rape reports Monday

The New Orleans Police Department said in a log of major offenses that it received four reports of rapes on Monday.

Police took reports about a 26-year-old woman being raped in the 500 block of Ursulines Avenue about 5 a.m.; a 19-year-old woman being raped in the 2600 block of Gentilly Boulevard about 10 a.m.; a 32-year-old woman being raped in New Orleans East on Saturday; and an 11-year-old girl being sexually assaulted by a relative on North Tonti Street about 8:30 p.m.

Armed robber targets Family Dollar store

An unknown man walked into a Family Dollar store in the 9700 block of Chef Menteur Highway about 9:30 a.m. Monday and implied to a cashier that he had a gun, police said.

The man was able to make off with money from the cash register.

Three cuttings reported in N. O. on Monday

Two men and a woman were cut in separate incidents Monday in New Orleans, police said.

A 24-year-old man was approached by a man who struck him with an unknown object in the 1600 block of Simon Bolivar Avenue about 10 a.m. He was taken to a hospital.

About 8:30 p.m., police said, a 32-year-old woman got into a verbal altercation with someone who cut her in the face in the 7800 block of South Coronet Court in New Orleans East.

Finally, about 10:45 p.m., a 35-year-old man was talking to a friend in the 100 block of Carondelet Street in the Central Business District. A person sleeping nearby woke up “enraged,” police said, and stabbed the man in the arm.

Police seeking 7th Ward armed robbery suspect

New Orleans police said they are looking for a man who is wanted in connection with an armed robbery in the 7th Ward on Sunday. Police said they are looking for Albert Moore, 41.

They said a man reported his phone was stolen from his vehicle. When he called the phone’s number, according to police, Moore answered and agreed to meet with him to exchange the phone for a reward.

When the victim met with Moore in the 1200 block of St. Bernard Avenue about 10:30 a.m., the victim took the phone back and then refused to give Moore the reward. At that point, police said, Moore pulled a gun and took $100.

Moore is described as a black man, about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 165 pounds.

Police asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call the 1st District investigative unit at (504) 658-6010.