Robert Morris

Apr 082014
 
Police speak to neighbors on Dec. 18, 2013, after a large SUV was found ditched in an Adams Street backyard following a deadly robbery at a nearby bank. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police speak to neighbors on Dec. 18, 2013, after a large SUV was found ditched in an Adams Street backyard following a deadly robbery at a nearby bank. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

DNA evidence on a screwdriver that may have been used to steal an SUV later used in the deadly armed robbery of a Carrollton bank led investigators to an arrest warrant for a suspect, according to a report by Jim Mustian of The New Orleans Advocate. Lilbear George, 24, is wanted on a charge of illegal possession of stolen things, and is believed to have fled the state after the Dec. 18 robbery at the Chase bank that killed armored-truck driver Hector Trochez, Mustian reports.

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Apr 082014
 
Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate a crash on Freret Street near Amelia after a pursuit that damaged two NOPD vehicles. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A stolen truck that led New Orleans police on chase around the Milan neighborhood on Monday and damaged two NOPD vehicles may have been involved in a shooting in the Irish Channel a week earlier, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 072014
 
The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Roly Poly location on Tchoupitoulas. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City officials approved a developer’s request Monday to tear down the Roly Poly building on Tchoupitoulas, to the dismay of the restaurant’s current employees, but the new bank intended for the site is still lacks permission to tear down an adjacent house. Continue reading »

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Apr 072014
 

Sean Wilson (via isl-edu.org)

Sean Wilson (via isl-edu.org)

Sean Wilson, who as Head of Schools presided over the International School of Louisiana’s long climb into the city’s top tier of open-enrollment charter schools, has been offered the job of leading the International High School next year, leaders there say. Continue reading »

Apr 072014
 

Owen Courreges

Twenty years.  That’s 7,300 days.  It’s over a quarter of the average American lifespan, and in Louisiana, it’s the amount of time a person can potentially serve for simple possession of marijuana.

While you’re picking your jaw up off the floor after hearing that, I should emphasize that we’re not talking about dealing.  Simple possession refers to quantities too low for distribution.  It is a misdemeanor, but only on the first offense.  A second offense graduates to a felony punishable by up to five years in jail.  After third offense, the maximum goes up to twenty years. Continue reading »

Apr 062014
 
A hand-drawn sketch of a suspect in a home invasion last week on Green Street. (via NOPD)

A hand-drawn sketch of a suspect in a home invasion last week on Green Street. (via NOPD)

Investigators have released a second sketch in an ongoing effort to identify a man who called himself “Patrick” before attacking a woman and attempting to strangle her inside a Carrollton home last week, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 042014
 
Photograph of a truck believed to have been used in Saturday's shooting in the Irish Channel, photographed at a crash scene in Broadmoor the day before. (image via NOPD)

Photograph of a truck believed to have been used in Saturday’s shooting in the Irish Channel, photographed at a crash scene in Broadmoor the day before. (image via NOPD)

Last weekend’s shooting in the Irish Channel may have involved a truck that detectives have determined was actually stolen twice — first from its original owner, and then again after it was used in a hit-and-run crash, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 032014
 

the big issueThe entrepreneurship boom in New Orleans is a real phenomenon, and a crucial factor in the city’s continued rebirth — but it must also be accompanied by more economic opportunities for the unsustainable number of jobless African-American men in the city, a panel of business leaders said Thursday evening.

“We can get there,” said Rod Miller, CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance. “We are a ‘new’ New Orleans, but we’re not our best New Orleans.” Continue reading »

Apr 032014
 

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

John Michel of Mr. Mudbug boils crawfish at Crawfest 2011 at Tulane University. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Street Festival. Fete Francaise. Crawfest. The Celtic Fest. The Mini Maker Faire. Bach around the Clock. Professional wrestling?

There’s so much happening this weekend around Uptown New Orleans, you may wish you had an interactive map to plan your attack. And, if so, Uptown Messenger has you covered. Continue reading »

Apr 022014
 
Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Pedestrians pass by the Newcomb Boulevard fence in early February. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Opponents of the controversial Newcomb Boulevard fence have won a preliminary round in the fight over the street’s future, as city planners are recommending against its sale and closure to the public. Continue reading »

Mar 312014
 
NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

NOPD Lt. Shaun Ferguson (second from right) marches in an anti-crime march through west Carrollton in September 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

New Orleans Police Lt. Shaun Ferguson — essentially second-in-command in the Uptown-based Second District — was promoted to commander of the Algiers-based Fourth District over the weekend, departmental officials said. Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 

Residents of the City Council District B — which spans most of Uptown and the Central Business District from Jefferson Avenue to Canal Street, and also includes part of Mid-City — are invited to a hospitality tent at Wednesdays at the Square this week, hosted by Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell and featuring food by John Besh’s restaurant Luke. Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 
(images via WWNlive.com)

(images via WWNlive.com)

Yes, WWE Wrestlemania XXX will be taking over the Superdome this weekend. But Uptown New Orleans will also get its dose of pro wrestling action from the World Wrestling Network, featuring six events at Tulane University that include tag-team competitions, female championship wrestling and a monster spectacle called the “Kaiju Big Battel.” Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 

Owen Courreges

This week, I spotted two pieces of news that become quite unnerving when placed together.

First, this legislative session, no fewer than four lawmakers have filed bills seeking to authorize off-duty police officers to carry firearms in bars.  The move comes in reaction to an opinion issued last summer by Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in which he advised that the practice is technically illegal under an existing Louisiana statute.

Secondly, former 6th District New Orleans police officer Desmond Pratt was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual battery and one count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Pratt owed his light sentence to the reluctance of the victims to testify, a common factor in rape and incest cases. Continue reading »