Jun 232017

Via the Power Coalition

A Power Coalition of community organizations will hold a listening session in Central City about issues facing the community. The Power Coalition session will take place on Saturday, June 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ashé Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Continue reading »

Jun 192017

On Thursday, June 22, LCIA is hosting a workshop for the construction industry, “Opportunities for Contractors in Stormwater Management.” The event will be co-hosted by the Urban Conservancy and StayLocal. The issue of stormwater management—what we do with rainwater when it hits the ground—is an important issue in New Orleans.

During the day-long class, attendees will learn about:

  • The history of stormwater management in New Orleans
  • The paradigm shift toward green infrastructure and new building practices
  • New city ordinances and codes that require water management to be considered on new construction
  • Available building materials and products that are used in green infrastructure
  • The increasing demand for green infrastructure

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Jun 122017
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Tensions have been boiling over between District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

On June 7, an opinion piece ran in the New Orleans Advocate by Cannizzaro accusing Landrieu of having “repeatedly placed politics above public safety.”

“The only objective of this policy has been to create the illusion of public safety, regardless of what is actually occurring on the streets,” Cannizzaro continued. “In so doing, he has ultimately endangered the citizens of New Orleans.” Continue reading »

Jun 092017

(map via NOPD)

One victim of armed robbers scared his attackers off by screaming on Annunciation Street, and another victim outran his assailants to escape them on General Ogden Street overnight, New Orleans police said Friday morning.

Around 11:15 p.m. Thursday, June 8, a man in his 20s was in the 1400 block of Annunciation Street when he was confronted by two young assailants, according to the initial NOPD report.

“One of the juveniles pointed an unknown object at the victim and demanded he empty his pockets,” the report states. “At that time the victim started screaming very loudly and then both subjects fled on foot to a 2006 Toyota Sequoia parked on Euterpe Street.”

Around 1:30 a.m. Friday, a man in his 40s stopped at General Ogden and Edinburgh streets to remove a rock from his tire, and two men and a woman walked up, according to the report in that case. One of them put a pistol to his head, so he took off running, with one of the assailants chasing him for a block, the report states. Meanwhile, the other two took his wallet and other items out of the vehicle, and then all three attackers left, the report states.

Also on Thursday, a woman managed to fight off a group of people who tried to steal her bag on St. Charles Avenue. The victim, a woman in her 20s, was on St. Charles near Terpsichore around 8 p.m. when a group of four or five males tried to take her bag, but she struggled with them until they gave up and fled, the report in that case states.

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Jun 092017
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Another senseless, cowardly act of violence occurred last night said Police Chief Michael Harrison as he described the city’s most recent shooting in Gentilly. With 23 New Orleanians shot just since last Saturday, it’s easy to see why New Orleans has the highest shooting rate in America — over 300 already this year.

Our high crime rate might also explain why so many individuals spend time at the Orleans Justice Center. We have more crimes being committed than the national average so we may need more beds than the national average. Continue reading »

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Jun 072017

Five armed robberies between June 1 and June 4 in the NOPD Second District. (via NOPD)

Roland Fields

Rannell Fields (via opcso.org)

Four people have been arrested in a spree of five armed robberies and carjackings around the Carrollton and Fontainebleau areas over the last weekend, New Orleans police announced late Wednesday morning.

NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier (from left), Superintendent Michael Harrison, Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel and Second District Commander Shawn Ferguson hold a news conference about arrests in a spree of Uptown armed robberies and carjackings. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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