Mar 042019

The NOPD is seeking a person of interest, seen in the photos above,  in the ongoing investigation of a homicide on Feb. 27 in front of a church in the 2900 block of Jackson Avenue.

Responding to a call at 8:20 p.m. last Wednesday, officers found a man outside the St. Thomas Baptist Missionary Church at around 8:20 a.m. on Feb. 27. He was suffering from an apparent head trauma and died at the scene.

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Feb 282019

A 61-year-old woman was robbed of her purse Thursday morning as she was leaving a store on South Claiborne Avenue.

The victim was approached by a man asking for a dollar at about 6:40 on Feb. 28, the New Orleans Police Department reported. When she opened her purse to give him money, the man knocked it the ground.

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Feb 282019
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

A substantive prisoner re-entry program that includes rehabilitation and job training is “really critical” to reducing recidivism, said Pelican Institute for Public Policy CEO Daniel Erspamer at an YLC Leadership Luncheon last week. Pelican, a nonprofit libertarian-leaning think tank that develops data-driven policy solutions, works to bring jobs and opportunities back to Louisiana by eliminating barriers to success. It also coordinates Louisiana’s Smart on Crime business-led coalition that successfully lobbied for criminal justice reform. Since 2017, the coalition has been monitoring the implementation of the new laws and planning future steps. Continue reading »

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Feb 282019

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A man died in a shooting early Thursday on a porch in the Gert Town neighborhood, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

Officers responded Feb. 28 at 12:52 a.m. to a report of gunfire in 8400 block of Oleander Street. They discovered a male victim unresponsive on the front porch of a residence suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Feb 272019

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A man was found dead outside a Central City church early Wednesday, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

Responding to a medical call on Feb. 27 at around 8:20 a.m., officers went to the St. Thomas Baptist Missionary Church at 2926 Jackson Ave.

Upon arrival, they found an unresponsive unidentified adult male down on the ground, outside the front entrance of the church, the NOPD said in news release.

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Feb 272019

New Orleans police are investigating an incident of cellphone snatching in an Uptown neighborhood.

On Feb. 20 at 7:36 p.m., a Tulane student was walking on Plum Street when she crossed Broadway and observed three male bicyclists. One of the men broke away from the group and rode up behind her. He snatched her cellphone from her hand at the intersection of Plum and Pine.

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Feb 272019

George Short, 43, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in Central City shooting death.

George Short was sentenced to 20 years last week for the killing of a man in Central City in 2014.

Short, 43, averted his scheduled murder trial and potential life sentence on Feb. 20 by entering into a plea agreement as potential jurors lined up outside the courtroom of Criminal District Judge Arthur Hunter, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office reported.

Under the terms of the agreement, Short pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter, two counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, and one count of introducing contraband into a corrections facility.

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Feb 262019


New Orleans police officers have arrested a teenager accused of trying to steal cellphones Monday on and near Magazine Street.

Police say Robert Hughes, 18, tried to take a cellphone from 28-year-old man in the 1900 block of Magazine Street as the victim was using it on Feb. 25 about 11 a.m. When the victim resisted, police said, the assailant punched him in the face and fled the scene.

An officer found the assailant a few blocks away, on Constance near St. Andrew Street, where he was trying to take a cellphone from a 47-year-old man, the NOPD report states. Continue reading »

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Feb 252019

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A boat and trailer were stolen Sunday in the Fontainebleau neighborhood, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

The incident occurred Feb. 24 at 3:53 a.m. near Fern Street and Neron Place. It was captured by a security camera and can be viewed here.

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Feb 212019

New Orleans police are investigating an armed carjacking reported Saturday at about 1 p.m. in the 1700 block of Josephine Street.

A 61-year-old woman and a 43-year-old woman were in a 2007 Silver Acura MDX on Josephine near Carondelet Street when a man pointed a gun at them. He then demanded their purses and ordered them out of the car.

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Feb 212019

A woman walking in the 1500 block of First Street on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at about 1:30 was approached by two men who tried to grab her purse, the New Orleans Police Department reported.

The victim and one the men began to fight over her purse when he punched her in the face.

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Feb 202019

McKinley “Mac” Phipps, Jr. at Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility, 2015. (Uptown Messenger file photo)

McKinley “MAC” Phipps is currently serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter, a crime for which he maintains his innocence. February 21, 2019 (this Thursday) marks 19 years he has been incarcerated behind the walls of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center.

BAR NONE, a multidisciplinary arts initiative that focuses on “transcending incarceration through the arts,” will host a community conversation about MAC, his impact, and justice for him on Thursday.

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Feb 192019

Norman Lee, 23, was arrested regarding a homicide that occurred near the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd and Freret St. on Feb. 17, 2019 (via NOPD)

On Monday (Feb. 18), New Orleans police arrested Norman Lee, 23, regarding the recent homicide near the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and Freret St.

NOPD Sixth District officers discovered a 34-year-old male victim lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the head the day prior. Continue reading »

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