Jan 162017
 
An automated traffic-enforcement vehicle with a ticket on the windshield. (photo by Charles Schully, reprinted with permission)

An automated traffic-enforcement vehicle with a ticket on the windshield. (photo by Charles Schully, reprinted with permission)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

If aliens ever came down to Earth, they would quickly determine that the government of the city of New Orleans is at odds with its own citizens, working ceaselessly to render their lives more grueling and costly.

The latest escalation of this ongoing fracas consists of the use of 55 new speed cameras throughout the parish to close this year’s budget gap. If these additions were simply fixed cameras, they would have garnered less attention. Instead, motorists this week were greeted with a cavalcade of unmarked vehicles equipped with speed cameras parked along major streets. Continue reading »

Jan 062017
 
New Orleans police officers confer on the scene of a robbery that involved gunfire Thursday night on Robert Street just off Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans police officers confer on the scene of a robbery that involved gunfire Thursday night on Robert Street just off Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A late-night computer sale near Magazine Street erupted into an exchange of gunfire Thursday after one group of armed men tried to rob the other, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 052017
 

A sampling of locations around the Carrollton area where residents complained via social media about hearing loud booms on Dec. 1 (in green) and on Dec. 6 (in blue). (map by UptownMessenger.com via Google)

In early December, weeks before New Year’s fireworks could be considered a culprit, a pair of massive nighttime explosion sounds rattled homes and startled residents across the Carrollton area.

The noise was loud enough that it sent New Orleans police officers searching for gunshot victims, but they turned up nothing — and a survey of other public agencies since then likewise leaves the source of the sounds a mystery. Continue reading »

Jan 022017
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

2016 is now mercifully over. Although the passage of time is normally bittersweet, this past year ranked more or less as the temporal equivalent of a swift kick to the groin. Thus, it was with some relief that New Orleans welcomed 2017 with champagne, food, revelry, and SWAT team members with M-16s placed menacingly about the French Quarter. Continue reading »

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Dec 202016
 

NOPD investigates the crime scene along Martin Luther King in the aftermath of the double shooting. The incident is under further investigation. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com

A teen was shot and a woman riding a bus nearby was injured by broken glass from a stray bullet Tuesday afternoon when gunfire broke out on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Central City, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Dec 192016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

The cutest Internet video of the week from New Orleans was, inarguably, that of “disco cop.” NOPD Sgt. L.J. Smith was providing security at the Luna Fete light/art festival as electronic dance music brayed from a nearby DJ when he began enthusiastically dancing along with the crowd.

In a city beset by violent crime that has been braced with recurring police scandals, the sight of a cop stepping side-to-side and blowing his whistle in time with the music was a welcome diversion. Continue reading »

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