A homeless woman was beaten and robbed of her backpack as she walked through Central City, a bicyclist was beaten by a homeless man underneath the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass and New Orleans police are investigating a rash of recent shootings committed against homeless people around the Central Business District, in a trio of recent crimes that demonstrate the violence that can be a part of life on the streets.
Two people have been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of another teen behind an abandoned Hollygrove home earlier this month, New Orleans police said.
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.
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.
New Orleans police are still investigating two separate business burglaries in Central City, a bike theft and a pair of vehicle break-ins off Tchoupitoulas, they said this week.
A man was shot late this morning on Washington Avenue in Central City, New Orleans police said.
An alleged Central City drug dealer was indicted this month on federal cocaine charges, and New Orleans police say his arrest has quieted down the streets he used to frequent.
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.”
A man was held at gunpoint by intruders inside his Clara Street home on Monday morning, and a teen was shot Monday evening on Josephine Street in Central City, New Orleans police said.
An armored truck was robbed at gunpoint early Monday morning near Broadway Street, according to Tulane University police.
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.