Robert Morris

Jul 022013

Owen Courreges

Like Mardi Gras beads on a St. Charles crape myrtle, the debate over what to do with the New Orleans World Trade Center has lingered.  The problem is that the World Trade Center, built in 1967, is widely regarded as a landmark.  Nevertheless, its future is in peril.  The city seems determined to see it scrapped.  Others are raising their voices to have it preserved. Continue reading »

Jun 292013

Trent Mackey

Trent Mackey — who is awaiting trial on an armed robbery charge related to a home-invasion case on Broadway Street last summer — is suing the New Orleans Police Department over a second arrest, in which he was charged with burglary of a house in the same block of Broadway, according to a report by Ramon Antonio Vargas of The Times-Picayune. The burglary victim awoke to find a bald-headed man in his room and subsequently told police it might have been Mackey, but after prosecutors declined to take the case, Mackey’s attorneys argue that the arrest was wrongful and part of a scheme to discredit him, Vargas reports.

Jun 262013

Police tape notifies the public that the Second District station was closed Saturday while workers made emergency repairs to the floor in the lobby. The station has since reopened. (Robert Morris,

Private donations and emergency repairs continue extending the lengthy career of the New Orleans Police station at the corner of Magazine and Napoleon bit by bit, but the 110-year-old building may finally be in line to retire from service in the next few years.

Money is already being allocated to replace the crumbling structure, city officials said Wednesday, but before the project can move much further, a decision must first be made on where the new Second District station will be. Continue reading »

Jun 262013

The International School of Louisiana’a Camp Street campus.

Bureaucratic hoops have delayed the installation of modular classrooms at the International School of Louisiana’s Camp Street campus beyond the hope of having them in place for the start of the next school year, suggesting that some students will spend the first month or so of school traveling to the Westbank for classes, officials said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Jun 262013

(map via NOPD)

A 15-year-old boy has confessed to robbing a woman of her car at gunpoint at the corner of Fig and Cambronne streets last week, authorities said.

The boy’s name has not been released because of his age. For details of the arrest, see the NOPD news release below:

Second District officers arrested a 15-year-old gunman yesterday who admitted to pointing a gun at a woman’s head last week and then taking off in her car.

The incident happened last Wednesday just before 7pm in the 8400-block of Fig Street. The victim said she was about to get into her car when a teenager approached her, put a gun to her head and said, “Give me the keys. Don’t scream, or I’ll shoot you.” The gunman then left in the victim’s 2008 Saturn.

Two days later, the Saturn was spotted at Iberville and North Lopez Streets. Four males who were in the car fled the car at the sight of police. The car was then recovered.

Yesterday, detectives went to the corner of Fig and Cambronne Streets to follow up on a call of a suspicious person. The description of the person was similar to that of the teenager who had stolen the Saturn a week earlier. Detectives canvassed the neighborhood, describing the suspect to residents in hopes they may have seen him. Various residents told investigators they were familiar with the suspect, and were able to tell detectives where he might live. The information led detectives to the 15-year-old’s home, which was in the near vicinity. Detectives took the teen to the juvenile Bureau for questioning, and in a statement, he admitted to committing the armed robbery, and was subsequently booked with Relative to Firearm Use in a Robbery.

“Great work by our Second District team in this case. Our detectives were thorough, and left no stone unturned when trying to locate this teenager wielding a gun”, said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

“And this is another case where residents were forthcoming with our officers to tell them what they knew, because they recognize the NOPD’s ability to track down violent criminals and make our neighborhoods safer. As always, we’re incredibly grateful for the community’s help.”

Jun 262013

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell, who has been spearheading a review of the city’s Mardi Gras ordinances, said she is open to exploring the idea of changing the parade schedule to include routes other than St. Charles Avenue, according to a report by Monica Hernandez of our partners at WWL-TV.

“It’s maybe reaching out to other neighborhoods to see who is interested in taking on the load,” Cantrell said. “Again, you don’t want to make those decisions that will involve and have an impact on neighborhoods without engaging them in the discussion.”

Jun 262013

The demolition of the former New Orleans Charter Middle School building at 3801 Monroe Street in Hollygrove is set to be finished in August, Firstline Schools officials said in a recent meeting reported upon by The Lens. Firstline operates Arthur Ashe Charter School, which holds now holds the New Orleans Charter Middle School’s charter. Continue reading »

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