Jun 082018

Garrett James Ward (via Orleans Parish Jail)

A real-estate agent from Baton Rouge was indicted Thursday on a murder charge in the beating death of a 60-year-old man on St. Charles Avenue, Orleans Parish prosecutors said. Continue reading »

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May 112018

George Paitich

Matthew Magrini

A motorcyclist who crashed into a canal near Xavier University in 2016, killing the school teacher riding as his passenger, was found guilty Thursday night of vehicular homicide, and now faces up to 10 years in prison, court officials said. Continue reading »

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May 012018

Jason Adams (via Orleans jail)

The man who drove a Lamborghini at speeds well over 100 mph through Uptown New Orleans before crashing into floodwall and killing his passenger two years ago pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide on Monday, and may now face a decade or more in prison. Continue reading »

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Apr 202018

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro Jr. will wait until he receives an official ruling on Sandy Kaynor’s cause of death before considering whether to retry his attackers on murder charges, he said. Continue reading »

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Mar 262018

Peter Curtis (via NOPD)

A graduate of the Isidore Newman School has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from multiple vandalism incidents in 2016 — including a threat to “kill you all” at his alma mater and an anti-religious message at St. George’s school — and will be sentenced to probation and restitution of nearly $5,000, prosecutors announced. Continue reading »

Mar 092018

Alleged “Byrd gang” members Randy Calvin (from left), Chance Skipper and James Alexander. (via NOPD)

Alleged Calliope gang member Denzel Lee (via NOPD)

A total of 10 members of three violent Central City street gangs — the Byrd gang, the 3NG gang and the Calliope gang — have all been indicted on variety of gun and drug charges, as well as new charges in the murder of 1-year-old Keira Holmes in 2011. Continue reading »

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Mar 072018

Rendell Brown (via Orleans Parish jail)

A teenager pleaded guilty on Tuesday to killing a Domino’s Pizza driver in Mid-City and robbing a woman in a Newcomb Boulevard driveway the previous day in 2014, and he has been sentenced to 40 years in prison, prosecutors announced. Continue reading »

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Feb 022018

Isaac Fields (via Orleans Parish District Attorney)

A man nicknamed the “Ring Robber” by police during a spree of attacks on women in the Uptown, Irish Channel and Lakeview areas in the late 1990s and early 2000s was indicted this week on rape and kidnapping charges in connection with two incidents more than 17 years ago, Orleans Parish prosecutors said. Continue reading »

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Jan 262018

Johntrell Washington (via opcso.org upon arrest in 2014)

A 21-year-old man was found guilty by a New Orleans jury on Thursday of killing one woman in Central City in 2014, then plotting to kill another woman he erroneously thought was a witness a year later, according to Orleans Parish prosecutors. Continue reading »

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Jan 042018

Judicial candidates (top from left) Richard Perque, Ellen Hazeur and (bottom left) Taetrece Harrison qualified by Thursday morning, and Richard Duplantier was expected to do so soon. (photos by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

New Orleans attorney and former judicial candidate Richard Perque was waiting in the cold yesterday with his family to be the first candidate to qualify for Civil District Court Division A. The seat was formerly held by Tiffany Chase who was recently elected to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed longtime civil rights activist Henry Julien, husband of CDC Judge Ethel Julien, to sit ad hoc. Continue reading »

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Nov 232017

Newly elected Judge Nicole Sheppard and supporters. (submitted photo)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Newly elected judge Nicole Sheppard, Civil District Court Division J, has the common touch. In a relatively low budget campaign with few paid consultants, Sheppard coasted to a very comfortable victory over attorney Omar Mason by conducting an old-fashioned grassroots campaign in the churches and the streets.

“We definitely worked hard. The voters believed in me, my sincerity and my independence. They could feel my passion to serve the people,” Sheppard reflected yesterday. The CDC vacancy occurred due to the election of Judge Paula Brown to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal. Continue reading »

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Oct 062017

Attorney Mike Whitaker (left) speaks to mayoral candidate Troy Henry in the Leche family kitchen about damage to the home during the drainage canal construction outside on Jefferson Avenue. A crack is visible in the wall behind Whitaker. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A group of mayoral and City Council candidates promised Friday morning to try to find out if the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans still has the $115 million reserve fund intended to pay damages from its major Uptown drainage-canal construction projects, as well as to try to push the entity toward mediation of their claims rather than continuing in a costly legal fight against them. Continue reading »

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Jun 122017
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Tensions have been boiling over between District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

On June 7, an opinion piece ran in the New Orleans Advocate by Cannizzaro accusing Landrieu of having “repeatedly placed politics above public safety.”

“The only objective of this policy has been to create the illusion of public safety, regardless of what is actually occurring on the streets,” Cannizzaro continued. “In so doing, he has ultimately endangered the citizens of New Orleans.” Continue reading »