Oct 302014
 

Austin L. Diven (via opcso.org)

Austin L. Diven (via opcso.org)

A man threatened a crowd in Coliseum Square, then tried to break into a house on the park, only relenting when a woman at the home fired a shotgun into a nearby tree Tuesday night, witnesses said.

The man retreated into the fountain in the park before he was arrested on charges of trespassing, simple criminal damage to property and disturbing the peace, and experts say the case speaks yet again to a dangerous lack of resources in New Orleans to treat the mentally ill. Continue reading »

Oct 282014
 

jewel bush

My son was 5 years old when he made the disturbing announcement that “Cornbread” had been shot.

He told me a detailed account of Cornbread dribbling a basketball in the rain when “they” shot him — shot him in the back! Panicked at the thought that my son might have somehow witnessed a murder, I interrogated him: Who is Cornbread? Who is “they”? Where did you see Cornbread? When did you see Cornbread? Continue reading »

Oct 272014
 
Workers try to clear an overturned dump truck that crashed into a building on South Claiborne on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Workers try to clear an overturned dump truck that crashed into a building on South Claiborne on Monday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A South Claiborne Avenue pedestrian was killed Monday when a dump truck crashed into a building and turned over, and emergency workers closed the downtown-bound side of the busy street to traffic near Martin Luther King Boulevard as they worked to clear the wreckage. Continue reading »

Oct 272014
 

Owen Courreges

When it comes to Alcoholic Beverage Outlets (ABOs), the city is an irredeemable bully.  Unless Mayor Landrieu steps in, it’s likely to continue.

Case in point: The Country Club, a bar and restaurant located in the Bywater, has long been famous for amenities such as its pool and sauna.  It is also known for its freewheeling, hedonistic atmosphere particularly characterized by its “clothing optional” policy. Continue reading »

Oct 262014
 
Traffic investigators surround a Honda Civic that crashed on Magazine Street early Sunday, killing one of its occupants. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Traffic investigators surround a Honda Civic that crashed on Magazine Street early Sunday, killing one of its occupants. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Luke R. Allison (via opcso.org)

Luke R. Allison (via opcso.org)

A 25-year-old man died early Sunday morning after being thrown out of a car that hit a pole on Magazine Street, and the driver was booked on a charge of vehicular homicide, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Oct 252014
 
(image via Loyola University)

(image via Loyola University)

Loyola University will host its annual candlelight vigil and march against sexual assault this Wednesday (Oct. 29) with an estimated 600 participants. The march will start from the Marquette lawn on Loyola’s campus and move down St. Charles to Tulane’s campus, where survivors will share their stories. Continue reading »

Oct 242014
 
A NOPD tactical officer retrieves a potentially explosive object from a garage facing Pearl Street on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD tactical officer retrieves a potentially explosive object from a garage facing Pearl Street on Friday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a man found an object in the garage of a Riverbend home on Friday afternoon that resembled a World War II explosive, New Orleans police closed the surrounding streets to secure the object. Continue reading »

Oct 242014
 
Commander Doug Eckert accepts his promotion to leader of the NOPD Crime Lab on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Commander Doug Eckert accepts his promotion to leader of the NOPD Crime Lab on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The New Orleans Police lieutenant charged with leading investigations in the Uptown-based Second District was promoted this week to commander and charged with leading the city’s crime lab. Continue reading »

Oct 212014
 

jewel bush

Last week, an eighth grader at a ReNew Schools charter in New Orleans East suffered second-degree burns from having scalding water thrown on him by another student. He required skin grafts for the wounds to his legs. This wasn’t the first time this student had been attacked on campus. A few months earlier, a different student slammed his head into the concrete.  He reported that incident too.

I applaud this student for being brave enough to come forward. It takes guts to speak out against bullying.

Anyone who caught the RTA, or the “Rita” as we called it, to school in New Orleans in the 1990s or 2000s has a wild story or two to tell about extreme bullying. Continue reading »