Robert Morris

Dec 012012
 

Larry J. Haynes (via NOPD)

After a shooting that killed one woman and injured three other people early Saturday morning on South Roman Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, police have identified the boyfriend of the woman who survived the shooting as the triggerman and are seeking the public’s help in looking for him. Continue reading »

Nov 302012
 

Shantell Johnson (via opcso.org)

A 28-year-old woman was arrested late Thursday in connection with a violent holdup in which a bicyclist was hit by a car from behind before being robbed at gunpoint while still on the ground, police said.

Shantell Johnson robbed the bicyclist of his cash and credit cards during the Nov. 9 incident at Chestnut and General Taylor, according to a report from NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy. Police are now investigating whether Johnson was also responsible for a similar case in the Treme area.

Johnson is charged with a single count of armed robbery, jail records show.

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Nov 292012
 

A close-up of the suspects’ faces from the surveillance camera image. (via NOPD)

An unidentified man and woman passed about $1,000 in counterfeit bills at two Magazine Street boutiques recently, police say, and now that investigators have obtained images of them from surveillance cameras, they are seeking the public’s help in finding the couple. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

The former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital campus at State and Tchoupitoulas is worth $20.9 million and continuing to deteriorate, far less than the $35 million the Jindal administration budgeted for the sale to raise for health-care funds, according to a report by Michelle Millhollon of the Advocate’s Capitol Bureau. Children’s Hospital officials are continuing their negotiations with the state to acquire the site, while state Rep. Neil Abramson said he hopes it can be used to restore mental-health services to the New Orleans area.

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Nov 292012
 

NOPD officers look for evidence at the scene of a shooting Monday night at the corner of Annunciation and Washington, where about a dozen shell casings were marked on the ground. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police made a series of drug arrests near an Irish Channel corner store this week as they continue investigating the shooting of two men outside of it Monday evening, they said. Continue reading »

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Nov 292012
 

By Dana Kaplan

Friends, we are on the final leg of our campaign for City Council District B. Election Day is Saturday, December 8th, and I encourage everyone to vote and make their voice heard.

This campaign began when a group of concerned citizens, small business owners, and community leaders got together to make sure the voices of real people would be represented on the City Council. This small group convinced me to run for the recently vacated District B council seat and do what no other candidate had done in modern history—to earn my place on the ballot through a petition. Continue reading »

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Nov 282012
 

Prosecutors said that there was not enough evidence to move forward with a September burglary charge against Trent Mackey that his attorneys had vigorously criticized last month, but that they are aggressively pursuing an armed robbery charge from July, according to our partners at WWL-TV. Mackey attorney Richard Kohnke said Tuesday that the burglary arrest should never have occurred, and that any involvement by Mackey in it was “an utter fabrication” by NOPD detectives.

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Nov 282012
 

Telly Hankton refused to participate in the video teleconference, which was held because of security concerns surrounding the notorious prisoner, reports Brendan McCarthy and our partners at WWL-TV. Hankton is being held on federal racketeering charges as part of an indictment that could ultimately lead to the death penalty.

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Nov 272012
 

Former Gov. Buddy Roemer and Tulane professor Melissa Harris-Perry at the Hillel center. (photos by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)


To the casual observer, it might be surprising how often a 69-year-old banker from Shreveport who served as the Republican governor of Louisiana agreed Tuesday night with a Tulane professor of African-American studies who hosts a weekend show on the left-leaning cable news network MSNBC.

But for those familiar with the easy rapport between former Gov. Buddy Roemer and Melissa Harris-Perry and the respect each has for the other’s independence of thought, wide agreements between the two were to be expected. Instead, it was the sharp, heartfelt disagreement between the two that came as a shock — and it came on an issue both are heavily personally involved in, education in Louisiana. Continue reading »

Nov 272012
 

The red section represents the area of South Claiborne Avenue already reduced to two lanes for the next two years; the purple area will close Wednesday until spring of next year. (map by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Starting Wednesday (Nov. 28), another stretch of Claiborne Avenue in the Carrollton area will be reduced to two lanes until at least March of next year as a new underground drainage canal is built under the neutral ground, officials announced today. Continue reading »