Jan 152019
 

NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison (left) congratulates newly-appointed Second District Commander Shaun Ferguson with a handshake during a community meeting in 2016 at Touro Infirmary. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Shaun Ferguson — who spent much of his 21-year-career in the New Orleans Police Department in leadership roles in Uptown districts — is Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s choice to be the department’s next chief. Continue reading »

Jan 102019
 

Five people were displaced after a three-apartment house on State Street caught fire overnight, New Orleans firefighters said Thursday morning. A firefighter was injured while battling the blaze.

The fire at 2433-35 State Street was reported at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, and the first firefighters arrived six minutes later to find a two-story masonry veneer multi-unit residence fully engulfed in heavy smoke and fire.

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Jan 082019
 

NOPD Chief Michael Harrison and former Mayor Mitch Landrieu speak to the media during Mardi Gras celebrations in 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Superintendent Michael Harrison is leaving the New Orleans Police Department after accepting a job as police commissioner in the city of Baltimore, he announced Tuesday morning. Continue reading »

Jan 072019
 

Jeremiah Harris, 16, has been missing since Sunday. (via NOPD)

The NOPD is seeking assistance in locating a teenage boy reported as a runaway in Central City.

On Sunday, Jan. 6, Jeremiah Harris, 16, left his guardian’s residence in the 2500 block of Erato Street without permission. He has not returned and has not been heard from by his guardian since this time.

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Jan 042019
 

Firefighters battle a two-alarm blaze in a corner store at Constance and First streets. (NOFD via Twitter)

A fire that broke out Thursday night in the Irish Channel left one man critically injured, the New Orleans Fire Department reports.

An emergency call at 8:51 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3, reported a “fire with possible persons trapped” at the corner of Constance and First streets. Dispatched at 8:52 p.m., the first New Orleans Fire Department company arrived at 2372 Constance St. at 8:56 p.m. and found a small corner grocery store already heavily involved. A second alarm was requested immediately upon arrival.

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Jan 012019
 

Zara Alexander (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department needs the public’s assistance in locating a missing person.

Zara Alexander, 21, was reportedly last seen early Tuesday, Jan. 1. She was with her friends at a bar in the 4800 block of Tchoupitoulas Street, near Bordeaux Street.

Alexander got separated from her friends and has not been seen or heard from since.

If you have any information about Zara Alexander’s whereabouts, please contact the Second District at 504-658-6020, or call the NOPD at 504-821-2222.

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Dec 282018
 

Four separate fireworks displays will light up the sky over New Orleans on New Year’s Eve. (courtesy of Mayor’s Neighborhood Engagement Office)

Fireworks will explode Uptown at 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve as part of the city’s expanded New Year’s celebration for the end of the Tricentennial year. Both Uptown and West Bank residents will be able to enjoy the display set off from barges on the Mississippi River between Jefferson Avenue and Napoleon Avenue.

Dogs frightened by loud, sudden noises may not enjoy it so much, so pet owners will also want to be aware of when their neighborhood’s fireworks will go off.

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Dec 172018
 

The monthly Central Circle networking lunch will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dryades Public Market, 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. If you plan to attend, you can RSVP here.

Robert Morris of UptownMessenger.com will speak about his work with Uptown charter schools, Marta Jewson from TheLensNOLA.org will talk about Edgar P. Harney Charter School, and Allison Cormier, the manager of the Police Community Advisory Board, will share the program’s role.

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Dec 132018
 

New Orleans police are investigating four simultaneous bomb threats made Thursday afternoon on South Claiborne Avenue and Walmsley Avenue in the Uptown areas, as well as Poydras Street downtown and Hayne Boulevard in New Orleans East, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Dec 132018
 

Tyrone Catchings (via NOPD)

A fight in a South Broad Street parking lot ended in gunfire Wednesday afternoon when one man hit another with a gun, causing an accidental discharge that grazed the victim’s ear, and New Orleans police have named a 48-year-old man as the suspect in the shooting, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Dec 092018
 

(Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com archive)

The Touro-Bouligny Security District received overwhelming support Saturday, when 91 percent of voters within the security district pressed “yes” to continue the paying the additional millage for the next eight years.

The ballot containing two runoff contests and a city referendum drew only about 14 percent of voters citywide, but 21 percent of voters in the 10 precincts making up the Touro-Bouligny Security District showed up to vote, despite the rain. Of those voters, 385 chose to continue the additional property tax and 37 wanted to end it.

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Dec 072018
 

Superintendent Michael Harrison is inviting residents to take an inside look at the New Orleans Police Department by joining the NOPD Citizens Police Academy.

Individuals interested in joining the CPA will have an opportunity to learn more about the NOPD and the criminal justice in a fun and interactive setting.

The CPA is a seven week program that will take place on Wednesdays from Jan. 9 through Feb. 20, 2019, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at various NOPD facilities.

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Dec 062018
 

Please Vote Yes on December 8th for continued security in the Touro Bouligny Neighborhood.

Did you know that the Touro Bouligny neighborhood was recently quoted as being the safest, with one factor being our Security Patrol? This safety record improves your property value and makes our area more desirable for all.

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