Robert Morris

Aug 202012
 

Trent Mackey (via opcso.org)

Suspended Tulane linebacker Trent Mackey, who was arrested late last week on a robbery charge following accusations of orchestrating a July 12 home invasion on Broadway by another suspect in the case, “is confident that once the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident come to light that he will be fully exonerated,” attorneys Rick Kohnke and Rick Kelly said in a statement, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV.

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Aug 202012
 

Ray Cannata talks to film director Michael Dunaway while filming a scene for “The Man Who Ate New Orleans” at Cafe Nino on South Carrollton in October 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

“The Man Who Ate New Orleans,” a film about the quest of Uptown New Orleans pastor and (former) neighborhood association president Ray Cannata to eat at every restaurant in the city, will debut on public-television station WYES at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, according to Gwendolyn Knapp of Eater NOLA.

Aug 202012
 

In the first official week of the race for the District B seat on the City Council, Eric Strachan will be meeting tonight with a neighborhood association his parents helped found, LaToya Cantrell and Dana Kaplan are beginning to knock on doors in Uptown neighborhoods, and late entrants Buck Horton and Donald Vallee are both getting their campaigns organized. Continue reading »

Aug 182012
 

Kira Orange Jones, whose seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education represents much of Uptown New Orleans, should be considered a “branch manager” of Teach For America in her position as executive director of the New Orleans office, and thus not in conflict of interest in serving on a board that approves contracts for her employer, the Louisiana Board of Ethics ruled on Friday, according to a report by Jessica Williams of The Lens.

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Aug 182012
 

Detectives interview Tulane linebacker Trent Mackey (seen behind the investigator on the right) at the scene of a July 12 home invasion on Broadway he was originally considered one of the victims of. On Friday, Mackey was charged with robbery after one of the suspects said he “orchestrated” the crime, police said. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Trent Mackey (via Tulane official site)

A Tulane linebacker regarded as one of the best in his conference was arrested Friday on a charge of armed robbery amid accusations that he “orchestrated” a broad-daylight home invasion on Broadway in which he acted as though he was a victim, police said. Continue reading »

Aug 172012
 

What had long been considered a three-way race for the open District B seat on the City Council attracted two more candidatesin a busy last day of filing Friday — including bounce artist Marlon “10th Ward Buck” Horton — while one of Uptown’s two school board members drew an opponent, and several more candidates emerged to run for the two Congressional seats that represent New Orleans. Continue reading »

Aug 172012
 

A host of prominent New Orleans Republicans said this week that they have never heard of the lone challenger so far to U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, Josue Larose, who filed to run as a member of their party on Wednesday.

But the hard-to-find candidate shares a name and a former address with a perennial candidate in Florida the political press there dubbed “Super PAC Man,” whose thousands of alleged campaign-finance violations and hyperactive registration of odd political action committees drew the tongue-in-cheek “admiration” of political prankster Stephen Colbert. Continue reading »

Aug 162012
 

Megan Braden-Perry, creator of Gambit’s Public Transit Tuesdays column, was kind enough to invite Robert Morris of Uptown Messenger along this week for her exploration of the South Claiborne route, and together we discovered that the new building behind the former Tharp-Sontheimer funeral home is part of a new home for seniors, constructed unit-by-unit as the largest prefabricated building in the state, the architect told us. Claiborne tends to be a quick, no-nonsense bus route, so the journey featured few of the characters Braden-Perry often encounters, but did include sharing some memories at Forstall Art Supplies, plenty of food talk and a vicious caterpillar attack.

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Aug 162012
 

The locations of the May 29 slaying of 5-year-old Briana Allen and the June 9 slaying of Lonnie Johnson are about a block apart. Burnell Allen, Briana’s father, has now been charged with murder in the death of Johnson. (map via NOPD)

Burnell Allen (via opcso.org)

The father of the 5-year-old girl shot to death in front of a Central City birthday party in May has now been arrested in the killing of another man the following month, and police are touting the strategy that led to the arrest while his family is saying they have the wrong man. Continue reading »

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Aug 162012
 

Telly Hankton (via opcso.org)

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office dropped charges related to a 2009 murder at Terpsichore and LaSalle Streets against Telly Hankton and transferred evidence in the death of Jesse “TuTu” Reed to the U.S. Attorney’s office as part of the “federal investigation of the Hankton organization,” officials told John Simerman of The Times-Picayune. Charges were also dropped against a co-defendant in the case, Edward Allen, who was expected to be released in the case, and defense attorney Jason Williams suggested that the decision vindicates Allen’s claim that he was in Houston the night of the shooting, Simerman reports.

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Aug 152012
 

The former uniform store on Magazine Street near Louisiana is planned for a transformation into a new location of Dat Dog. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Dat Dog is one step closer to putting a smile on Magazine Street’s facade, after the City Planning Commission gave a positive recommendation to its request for alcohol Tuesday despite some objection by the Garden District Association. Continue reading »

Aug 152012
 

The Our Lady of Lourdes school building on Freret Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Craig Giesecke, for UptownMessenger.com

Holy Rosary School, a Catholic school for children with special needs, will open next week in the prominent Our Lady of Lourdes school building on Freret at Napoleon occupied last year by Sojourner Truth Academy, archdiocese officials told neighbors Tuesday night. Continue reading »

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Aug 152012
 

Smoke pours from the upstairs apartment of a home at Nelson and Fern on Wednesday morning. (photo by Justin Nystrom, via Twitter)

An upstairs apartment in a large Nelson Street home caught fire Wednesday morning, but the family members inside were able to escape unharmed. Continue reading »

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