Robert Morris

Oct 232015
 

Alvin Gentry (via opcso.org)

Alvin Gentry (via opcso.org)

A 26-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with Wednesday’s shooting on Fourth Street in Central City, and a 20-year-old man was charged with obstruction of justice in the same case, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Oct 222015
 
Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (center) and other advocates discuss contamination in the soil at the former Booker T. Washington site in front of what remains of the former school in September 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore (center) and other advocates discuss contamination in the soil at the former Booker T. Washington site in front of what remains of the former school in September 2014. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ending a plan that was controversial on numerous levels, officials announced this week that Walter L. Cohen school will be rebuilt on its traditional site in the Milan neighborhood, while control of the Booker T. Washington site will be given to the KIPP network once the campus is rebuilt. Continue reading »

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Oct 222015
 

(map by Uptown Messenger via Google Maps)

(map by Uptown Messenger via Google Maps)

Low water pressure is expected on parts of Chestnut and Felicity streets in the Lower Garden District on Friday for work in the area, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans announced.

The streets that will have low water pressure are Chestnut (from St. Andrew to Felicity and Orange) and Felicity (from Chestnut to St. Charles Avenue). The work will last from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, so that fire service to the area can be improved.

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Oct 212015
 
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Suspects in the September robbery of the gas station on South Carrollton. (images via NOPD)

Investigators have released photos of two men suspected in an armed robbery in September of a South Carrollton Avenue gas station, and detectives are looking for more surveillance video related to three other armed robberies over the last week. Continue reading »

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Oct 202015
 
1455 Arabella Street (via City of New Orleans)

1455 Arabella Street (via City of New Orleans)

Plans for the rebuilt house at 1455 Arabella Street. (Rendering by Mayo Architects, via City of New Orleans)

Plans for the rebuilt house at 1455 Arabella Street. (Rendering by Mayo Architects, via City of New Orleans)

A home on Arabella Street was approved Monday to be mostly torn down and then rebuilt, without opposition from neighbors or city officials. Continue reading »

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Oct 202015
 

SWBCamp Street near Jefferson Avenue will close this week through the end of the year as part of the ongoing installation of a drainage canal there, according to the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Oct 202015
 
(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

Investigators have obtained a surveillance photo of two people they want to speak to about an armed robbery last week on Melpomene Street in the Lower Garden District, and are hoping the public can help identify them, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Oct 182015
 
An image from the security videos at Patois. Detectives note that the infrared video changes the colors in the video, and that the turquoise clothing is actually shown as near-black in normal light. (image via NOPD)

An image from the security videos at Patois. Detectives note that the infrared video changes the colors in the video, and that the turquoise clothing is actually shown as near-black in normal light. (image via NOPD)

In the security video that shocked New Orleans, infrared distortion turns the skin of patrons at Patois a bluish-gray color, creating a visual sense of unreality that matches the confusion felt by those diners moments later when three men wearing masks and hoodies burst in, robbing the entire restaurant at gunpoint on Aug. 21. That citywide shock was only amplified in late September, when robberies took place in similar fashion at Cafe Atchafalaya in the Irish Channel and then the Monkey Hill bar, only a few blocks from Patois and Audubon Park.

The Mayor called a news conference to announce an arrest in an unrelated spree of robberies and tout the city’s crimefighting efforts, then another new conference a day later after Monkey Hill, joined by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite and pledging federal investigation and prosecution of the cases. Local news outlets “flooded the zone” with reaction and analysis pieces, while The New York Times and Washington Post brought national attention to the robbery spree. By the end of the month, the New Orleans City Council held its own hearing on “high-profile” robberies, pitching questions and suggestions to NOPD officials about how to battle the city’s feeling that control was being lost.

The entire discussion, however, provides ample opportunity for an airing of misconceptions about the city, its long battle with violent crime and its police force. While nearly every side of the discussion — frightened residents, embattled city leaders, besieged police officers, and skeptical critics — have made valid and useful points about the issue, the facts frequently get lost in the rhetoric. Continue reading »