Robert Morris

Jun 092017

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One victim of armed robbers scared his attackers off by screaming on Annunciation Street, and another victim outran his assailants to escape them on General Ogden Street overnight, New Orleans police said Friday morning.

Around 11:15 p.m. Thursday, June 8, a man in his 20s was in the 1400 block of Annunciation Street when he was confronted by two young assailants, according to the initial NOPD report.

“One of the juveniles pointed an unknown object at the victim and demanded he empty his pockets,” the report states. “At that time the victim started screaming very loudly and then both subjects fled on foot to a 2006 Toyota Sequoia parked on Euterpe Street.”

Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, a man in his 40s stopped at General Ogden and Edinburgh streets to remove a rock from his tire, and two men and a woman walked up, according to the report in that case. One of them put a pistol to his head, so he took off running, with one of the assailants chasing him for a block, the report states. Meanwhile, the other two took his wallet and other items out of the vehicle, and then all three attackers left, the report states.

Also on Thursday, a woman managed to fight off a group of people who tried to steal her bag on St. Charles Avenue. The victim, a woman in her 20s, was on St. Charles near Terpsichore around 8 p.m. when a group of four or five males tried to take her bag, but she struggled with them until they gave up and fled, the report in that case states.

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Jun 092017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Another senseless, cowardly act of violence occurred last night said Police Chief Michael Harrison as he described the city’s most recent shooting in Gentilly. With 23 New Orleanians shot just since last Saturday, it’s easy to see why New Orleans has the highest shooting rate in America — over 300 already this year.

Our high crime rate might also explain why so many individuals spend time at the Orleans Justice Center. We have more crimes being committed than the national average so we may need more beds than the national average. Continue reading »

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Jun 082017

Dense crowds line St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Iris parade in 2017. Officials are investigating whether artificial turf could better protect the grass along the neutral ground. (Robert Morris,

Officials in the city of New Orleans have considered installing artificial turf along parts of the St. Charles Avenue neutral ground to protect it from the wear and tear of both large crowds at Mardi Gras and even the daily activity of runners. Continue reading »

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Jun 082017

Monsignor Christopher Nalty, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and others hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for the restoration of St. Stephen’s church on Napoleon Avenue. (photo by Richard Vallon Jr., courtesy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans)

Officials from the Archdiocese of New Orleans held a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday morning to celebrate the launch of a $6.2 million renovation project at the historic St. Stephen Catholic Church on Napoleon Avenue. Continue reading »

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Jun 072017

Five armed robberies between June 1 and June 4 in the NOPD Second District. (via NOPD)

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Four people have been arrested in a spree of five armed robberies and carjackings around the Carrollton and Fontainebleau areas over the last weekend, New Orleans police announced late Wednesday morning.

NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier (from left), Superintendent Michael Harrison, Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel and Second District Commander Shawn Ferguson hold a news conference about arrests in a spree of Uptown armed robberies and carjackings. (Robert Morris,

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Jun 072017

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A half dozen generally acclaimed restaurants in Uptown neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Central City to Carrollton — Noodle & Pie, Primitivo, Mat & Naddie’s, The Irish House, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar and Three Muses on Maple– announced that they would close during the month of May. Continue reading »

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Jun 062017

Jay Banks announces his candidacy for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Tuesday morning at New Zion Baptist Church in Central City. (Robert Morris,

Citing a lineage of service and civic activism, Jay Banks launched his campaign for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council on Tuesday morning in the historic New Zion Baptist Church surrounded by supporters, pastors, Democratic party leaders and other current and former elected officials.

“My entire life has been rooted in District B,” Banks told the crowd of nearly 100 people at the church. Continue reading »

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Jun 062017

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A woman was robbed at gunpoint Monday night on Washington Avenue in the Garden District, and an employee of an Oak Street business was stabbed in a robbery shortly afterward in Carrollton, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jun 062017

The South Galvez Street detour at Martin Luther King Boulevard. (photo via City of New Orleans)

The stretch of South Galvez Street that connects Toledano Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood will be completely rebuilt and repaved in a $5.4 million project that will also reduce it from two vehicular lanes in either direction to one car lane and one bike lane on each side, New Orleans officials said. Continue reading »

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Jun 052017

Dat’s Grocery on Magazine Street (via Orleans Parish Assessor’s office)

A developer has received tentative approval to tear down the Dat’s Grocery on Magazine Street, but city officials said that actual demolition work cannot begin until he has filed development plans with the Historic District Landmarks Commission. Continue reading »

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Jun 052017

Quinnon Adams (via NOPD)

A suspect turned himself in to police following in a Saturday-night double shooting on Upperline Street in the Freret neighborhood, New Orleans police said, while the shooting of another man on South Liberty Street in Central City remains under investigation. Continue reading »

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