Robert Morris

Nov 262014
 
New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman's body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police take the trash can into evidence (after the woman’s body was removed) from the alleyway where it was found. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An unidentified woman was found stabbed to death Wednesday afternoon in a garbage can in an alleyway that runs behind several homes on Danneel Street in Central City, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »

Nov 212014
 

Second District Blues festival

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Elliot Gorton, singer of Blues Frenzy, performs at the blues festival in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Construction on Napoleon Avenue may have cost Uptown’s annual blues festival both its Magazine Street location and its name this year, but the rechristened Second District Blues Fest still maintains its lineup of top local performers and its purpose of supporting Uptown police officers. Continue reading »

Nov 202014
 
Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers from Cutting Edge Renovations prepare the vacant lot at Saratoga and Foucher on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the construction of two new houses by Pentek Homes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Less than two months ago, the weeds in the vacant lot the corner of Foucher and South Saratoga Street grew as high as the shoulders of the police officers who gathered there for an anti-crime march following the second of three fatal shootings there this year.

Today, the overgrowth is gone, replaced by construction workers preparing the site for a collection of new homes that will be placed on the market early next year for approximately $2 million. The developer of the property, Bo Pennington, and the long-suffering neighbors hope for an even more dramatic transformation: that of one of Uptown New Orleans’ most violent spots into a new nexus for neighborhood revitalization. Continue reading »

Nov 192014
 
NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel speaks outside the Second District station on Magazine Street in October 2014. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

NOPD Commander Paul Noel — who led the NOPD Special Victims Unit prior to his appointment to the Uptown-based Second District — has been named the leader of a task force to re-investigate sex cases ignored by detectives since his departure and recommend new policies to reform the unit, officials announced Tuesday. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Banks McClintock and Julie Simpson plan a European-style speakeasy and wine bar at 1330 Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An intimate, European-style “speakeasy” serving wine, cocktails and a few French hors d’oeuvres is planned for a blighted building on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District, the owners told neighbors on Monday night. Continue reading »

Nov 182014
 
Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cars across the street were also set ablaze in the Nov. 6 fire that displaced two families at the corner of Prytania and Constantinople. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has announced a $2,500 reward for information in the fire that destroyed a New Orleans political consultant’s cars and heavily damaged his home earlier this month. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 
An image from Sunday morning's armed robbery of the Family Dollar on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

An image from Sunday morning’s armed robbery of the Family Dollar on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Two businesses on South Claiborne Avenue — a dollar store and an auto-parts store — were robbed at gunpoint Sunday, New Orleans police said, and investigators have released surveillance photos of dollar-store robbery in hopes of identifying a suspect. Continue reading »

Nov 172014
 

Owen Courreges

There’s an old joke that “NOPD” stands for “Not Our Problem, Dude.”  When it comes to investigating sex crimes, alas, it’s simply the reality of the situation.

A report from the New Orleans Office of the Inspector General released this past week showed that the NOPD is essentially ignoring the vast majority of sex crimes.  The OIG report studied 1,290 sex crime incidents from 2011 to 2013 assigned to five detectives (almost a third of the 16 detectives in the Special Victims Section).  Of those, only 179, or 14%, included a supplemental report reflecting that the claim had been properly investigated. Continue reading »

Nov 152014
 

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

The boundaries of the school district for kindergarten admission to Lusher Charter school. (UptownMessenger.com)

Lusher Charter School will continue to give admissions preference to incoming kindergarten students whose families live in a small district around the elementary school next year, officials announced Saturday amid concerns from some parents that that path into the school is soon to end.

“Nothing is changing as far as the process we’re going through for this year,” said school CEO Kathy Riedlinger. Continue reading »

Nov 132014
 
Police investigators examine the scene of the shooting on Fern Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigators examine the scene of the shooting on Fern Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Bradley Parvez (via opcso.org)

Bradley Parvez (via opcso.org)

A former New Orleans Police recruit who fatally shot a man in his front yard on Fern Street on Thursday morning has been arrested on a murder charge, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Nov 132014
 
New Orleans police set up a crime scene around a house on Fern Street where a resident fatally shot a man in his yard Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police set up a crime scene around a house on Fern Street where a resident fatally shot a man in his yard Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Fern Street resident shot and killed an apparently unarmed man in his front yard on Thursday morning, and investigators are still trying to determine what led to the shooting, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Nov 122014
 

Nearly one in five women experience some sort of sexual assault while in college, and their assailants in 90 percent of those cases are someone they already know, according to a Loyola University researcher.

With Greek life playing such a central role in the social culture at both Tulane and Loyola universities — even providing what officials described as the setting for some of those attacks — would shutting down the fraternity system reduce sexual assault on campus? Continue reading »