Robert Morris

Oct 312013
 

David Taylor (via NOPD)

David Taylor (via NOPD)

After a Hillary Street resident found a man inside her home claiming to be looking for work, New Orleans police arrested him and said he may be responsible for several other recent house burglaries in the university area, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 312013
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

It’s no surprise to us that the OIG and the Legislative Auditor have been bearing down on the New Orleans Police Department. Once people know you are weak, everyone comes around to take a punch. The OIG’s claim of police “marking down crimes” in the 8th District, the French Quarter, is nothing new. That kind of stuff has been going on since the 1980s. Continue reading »

Oct 302013
 

A 52-year-old man was killed while walking across Martin Luther King Boulevard by a driver who fled the scene, and New Orleans police are looking for surveillance video from the surrounding area that might help identify the vehicle, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 302013
 

The same Mazda 6 that was taken at gunpoint from a woman pumping gas on Carrollton Avenue on Monday morning was later used in a bank robbery in Harvey, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV. The case is not believe to be related to a separate carjacking nearby last week. Continue reading »

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Oct 302013
 

Michael Dabney (via opcso.org)

Michael Dabney (via opcso.org)

The 35-year-old man charged with wounding a New Orleans police officer in an exchange of gunfire Monday evening in Central City has an arrest record that murder, robbery, drug cases and several violent confrontations with police, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 292013
 

the big issueKenneth Polite, the new U.S. Attorney charged with overseeing all federal prosecutions in New Orleans, grew up in the Calliope housing projects, but along the way lost a 23-year-old brother to street violence. After his brother’s death, Polite recalls walking into his brother’s bedroom and seeing the walls lined with pinned-up programs from funerals of his brother’s friends who had already been killed.

“That’s what he woke up to each day,” Polite said. “That type of environment, where that level of criminality becomes normal, has to affect your concept of life. It has to affect your concept of how you’re going to die. This is what he expected.”

That environment of death and violence that reaches into the home on a daily basis is the root cause of the decades of staggering murder rates in New Orleans, a panel of experts agreed Tuesday evening during the Tulane University Hillel Center “The Big Issue” debate. And the key to reducing the number of murders, the panelists said, is for citizens to personally intervene in those environments through mentoring at-risk children. Continue reading »

Oct 282013
 

The brick "bumpout" corners installed last year on Freret Street will be replaced starting Nov. 4, officials said. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

The brick “bumpout” corners installed last year on Freret Street will be replaced starting Nov. 4, officials said. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Amid the unending saga of road construction on and around their commercial corridor, Freret Street business owners greeted with weary acceptance the latest promises from city officials Monday that the next round of sidewalk repairs will be finished with only a few days of disruption on each street corner.

“I want to give you what you deserve, and I know at this point that DPW does as well,” said City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell. “The goal is to get it done, in and out, and never have to come back again.” Continue reading »

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Oct 282013
 
The Freret Neighborhood Center announces Tuesday's Halloween festival. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Freret Neighborhood Center announces Tuesday’s Halloween festival. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Racks of donated costumes fill the neighborhood center waiting to be handed out Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Racks of donated costumes fill the neighborhood center waiting to be handed out Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Continuing their tradition of ensuring a properly spooky holiday for local children, the Freret Neighborhood Center will host their seventh annual Halloween festival Tuesday afternoon — this year, at a new location, the Neighborhood Housing Services parking lot next to Publiq House. Continue reading »

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Oct 282013
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, state Reps. Helena Moreno and Jared Brossett, the Red Cross and the New Orleans Police Department walked the streets of Central City on Saturday morning, personally delivering information to residents on fire safety, public health, anti-crime efforts and NOPD recruiting, all in the interest of rebuilding the community, according to a report by Antwan Harris of our partners at WWL-TV. Continue reading »