Sep 302014
 

Rendell Brown (via opcso.org)

Rendell Brown (via opcso.org)

Shane Hughes (via opcso.org)

Shane Hughes (via opcso.org)

Shane Hughes and Rendell Brown, both 16, have been charged with first-degree murder in the Sept. 22 slaying of Domino’s Pizza driver Richard Yeager in Mid-City and face charges in the carjacking of a woman on Newcomb Boulevard, and will be tried as adults in state court after their cases were transferred out of juvenile court Monday, according to reports. Continue reading »

Sep 292014
 
Judicial candidates Marie Williams, Graham Bosworth and Byron C. Williams participate in a candidates' forum sponsored by the Home Defense Foundation of New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Judicial candidates Marie Williams, Graham Bosworth and Byron C. Williams participate in a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Home Defense Foundation of New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Prosecutors are using Louisiana’s repeat-offender laws to create potential sentences so high for criminal defendants that they have no choice but to plead guilty, potentially depriving them of the right to a fair trial, three candidates for Criminal District Court agreed Monday night. Continue reading »

Sep 262014
 
New Orleans police investigate a shooting Sunday night in front of the Church's Chicken restaurant in the 1500 block of South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police investigate a shooting Sunday night in front of the Church’s Chicken restaurant at 1600 South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

The 44-year-old woman who allegedly shot a man to death in the parking lot of a Church’s Chicken Restaurant on South Claiborne Avenue turned herself in to police immediately after the shooting, claiming justification for killing him, but “inconsistencies” in her story led to her arrest on a murder charge, investigators said this week. Continue reading »

Sep 252014
 
Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Ronnie Stevens and members of the NOPD Sixth District walk on South Saratoga Street, steps between the scenes of two fatal shootings this year. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In March, two women were caught in the crossfire of a gun battle on South Saratoga Street that left them both dead. Earlier this month, gunfire broke out again, and the victim staggered through the same Foucher Street intersection before collapsing and dying a block away.

Neighbors have long complained about the violence and lawlessness that grips the corner of Foucher and Saratoga, where five other people have also been wounded over the past year. After the most recent slaying, neighbors are banding together to look for solutions to end it by asking for more police presence, installing more anti-crime cameras, targeting blighted properties and trying to meet the health needs of people in the neighborhood.

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers surround the intersection of Foucher and South Saratoga Streets on March 14, 2014, after two women were fatally shot. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Sep 232014
 
Crime-scene investigators examine evidence cones on the sidewalk next to Church's Chicken on Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crime-scene investigators examine evidence cones on the sidewalk next to Church’s Chicken on Sunday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

Cindy Lee (via opcso.org)

The shooting that killed a 28-year-old man Sunday in the parking lot of a South Claiborne fried-chicken restaurant stemmed from an argument with a woman who was arrested Tuesday on a murder charge, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 232014
 

Richard Yeager, 35, was killed early Monday in Mid-City. (photo via NOPD)

Richard Yeager, 35, was killed early Monday in Mid-City. (photo via NOPD)

A 16-year-old arrested in connection with last weekend’s carjacking of a woman on Newcomb Boulevard was also involved in Monday’s killing of a Domino’s driver in Mid-City, New Orleans police said Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading »

Sep 222014
 
Anthony Reed installs a new LED light on a St. Charles Avenue streetlight pole. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Anthony Reed installs a new LED light on a St. Charles Avenue streetlight pole. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

All the streetlights on St. Charles Avenue from Carrollton to the Lower Garden District will be repaired and replaced with new LED lights over the next two weeks, city officials said Monday morning as the work began. Continue reading »

Sep 172014
 
Shoes and handbags among the items police are hoping to identify. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Shoes and handbags among the items police are hoping to identify. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Travis Stahlman (via NOPD)

Travis Stahlman (via NOPD)

New Orleans Police have arrested a man in connection with five residential burglaries over the past week, but they are now looking for the rightful owners of stolen items found in his possession, they said Wednesday morning. Continue reading »