Jul 312014
 
Officer Erica Whitley delivers a crime stoppers pamphlet to Ella Adams Gaynor on the porch of her mother's home on Laurel street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Officer Erica Whitley delivers a crime stoppers pamphlet to Ella Adams Gaynor on the porch of her mother’s home on Laurel street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Wednesday evening, New Orleans police officers from the department’s Sixth District joined with neighborhood residents for an anti-crime walk Uptown on Laurel, General Pershing, Constance and Delachaise streets. The officers and residents passed out CrimeStoppers pamphlets encouraging residents to report any suspicious criminal behavior. Continue reading »

Jul 302014
 

Ernest J. Gaskin Jr. (via opcso.org)

Ernest J. Gaskin Jr. (via opcso.org)

New Orleans police arrested an alleged heroin dealer with a stash of heroin valued at nearly $18,000 early Tuesday morning, on a stretch of Washington Avenue notorious to Irish Channel residents for its frequent bursts of violence, authorities said. Continue reading »

Jul 302014
 
A man who met this woman, "Ali W," on a social network earlier this month was robbed on St. Anthony Street in a case similar to Monday's carjacking on Danneel Street. (image via NOPD)

A man who met this woman, “Ali W,” on a social network earlier this month was robbed on St. Anthony Street in a case similar to Monday’s carjacking on Danneel Street. (image via NOPD)

Don’t go looking for love in all the wrong places — or at least, use some caution in arranging dates with strangers met online, New Orleans police warned on Tuesday after the carjacking of another luckless suitor in Central City. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

David Lewis (via NOPD)

David Lewis (via NOPD)

Everis Hilton (via NOPD)

Everis Hilton (via NOPD)

A 35-year-old man is wanted on a robbery charge after taking an acquaintance’s bulldog from him at gunpoint this weekend in Central City, and a teen has been identified in an armed robbery in the Irish Channel from last month, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jul 242014
 
Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free to a handful of non-smoking advocates, members of the media and smoker Elizabeth Stella (seated far right) on Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller (left) explains his experience taking his bar smoke-free to a handful of non-smoking advocates, members of the media and smoker Elizabeth Stella (seated far right) on Wednesday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

This week, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s office is launching a series of events — call it a blitz, maybe a crusade — promoting her vision of smoke-free bars across New Orleans.

Wednesday’s event at Carrollton Station was intended to be a forum for bar owners to discuss the issue. Despite personal invitations from her staff to proprietors and public announcements in a variety of media outlets, however, the only person from the public to show up was a single, angry, ardent smoker.

Why the low turnout? Carrollton Station owner Michael Miller — who took the bar smoke-free when he bought it last year — said that many of his colleagues likely see the smoke-free trend as inevitable, and may even be privately looking forward to such a ban.

“The opposition we’ve gotten has not been from bar owners,” Anna Nguyen, a Cantrell staffer, agreed afterward. “It’s been from patrons.” Continue reading »

Jul 212014
 

Owen Courreges

Keeping your eye on the road matters.  Sometimes it just prevents you from being a jerk, other times it can save somebody’s life.

Case in point: Earlier this past week I was going down Oak Street looking for a parking space on the street. When I saw one, I immediately hand signaled (my car is 63 years old and lacks turn signals) and slowed next to the spot. A white SUV was approaching behind me from the intersection, so I held the hand-signal for a few seconds, believing that the SUV would see the signal and leave me sufficient space. Continue reading »