Dec 082016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Dear President-elect Trump,

Thank you for including Louisiana on your victory tour.

While the majority of Louisiana’s citizens cast their votes for you, the voters of New Orleans did not. We’re a little different because of our unique history and culture. Yet, we’ve got lots of needs we hope you will address. Continue reading »

Dec 062016
 
Suspect in Vendome Place package theft. (via NOPD)

Suspect in Vendome Place package theft. (via NOPD)

Suspect in Circle K shoplifting (via NOPD)

Suspect in Circle K shoplifting (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are hoping the public can help identify two different suspects caught on surveillance video in a rash of shoplifting cases at the Circle K on South Claiborne and a package theft on Vendome Place in Fontainebleau, authorities said.

One man is wanted in four different shoplifting cases at the Circle K store near Calhoun Street that took place on Sept. 9, Oct. 11, Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, according to the news release in that case.

“In each incident, the suspect would enter the store in the 6200 block South Claiborne Avenue between 6:15 a.m. and 7:25 a.m.,” the report states. “The suspect would then take two to three cases of Budweiser beer and flee the location.”

In the package theft, a resident of the 4000 block of Vendome Place (near Nashville Avenue) had two packages delivered and left on her front porch around 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20, according to the report in that case. When she came home, she found both packages missing, and her video security cameras showed a man taking them, the report in that case states.

Anyone who can help identify either of the men is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Dec 052016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Personally, I’ve never been one to armchair quarterback murder investigations or second-guess police when their actions could be described as “restrained.” I’m not a cop and I have no law enforcement training. My relevant expertise as an attorney is limited to simply whether police are operating within the law, and that’s a limited scope.

However, it is difficult not to look a little cock-eyed at the investigation into the killing of Joe McKnight down in Terrytown. Publicly-released information makes one wonder: Why hasn’t the perp been charged yet? Continue reading »

Dec 052016
 

Suspect in attempted burglary on Baronne Street (via NOPD)

Suspect in attempted burglary on Baronne Street (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are looking for a real-life Grinch this holiday season after a would-be burglar wearing the Christmas-stealing character on his T-shirt was caught on surveillance video last week trying to break into a Baronne Street home, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 282016
 
A fire badly burned the home at 2119 Calhoun street near Tulane and Loyola University. All of the residents were able to escape the residence without harm, but the building itself was substantially burned.

A fire badly burned the home at 2119 Calhoun street near Tulane and Loyola University. All of the residents were able to escape the residence without harm, but the building itself was substantially burned.

Around 7 PM on Monday night a fire was reported at 2119 Calhoun street near Tulane and Loyola universities. NOFD arrived on the scene, getting the fire under control by 8 pm. The home was badly burned, but all residents were able to escape without harm. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Continue reading »

Nov 282016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

Vietnam War Correspondent Peter Arnett claimed to have overheard this quote from an unnamed American major regarding the shelling of of Bến Tre city in early 1968. Its veracity is questionable, and in any event, Bến Tre was largely rubble due to attacks from the north before US artillery began its assault to rout the Vietcong.

However, that dubious quote has lingered as a paradigmatic example of a peculiar brand of cognitive dissonance: the notion that you can intentionally eradicate something in the midst of preserving it. Obviously, you can’t have it both ways, but a similar idea has come to mind in the wake of the shooting on Bourbon Street this past weekend in which one person was killed and nine others were wounded. Continue reading »

Nov 232016
 

Red Hyundai Elantra similar to the vehicle taken Wednesday morning. (image via NOPD)

Red Hyundai Elantra similar to the vehicle taken Wednesday morning. (image via NOPD)

Hours after the Second District commander of the New Orleans Police Department warned overnight drivers to be vigilant against possible carjackers, a second motorist was robbed of her car by assailants who rear-ended her before attacking her. Continue reading »

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Nov 212016
 

Two people were robbed of their vehicle at gunpoint early Sunday morning on Adams Street in Carrollton, New Orleans police said.

The victims, a 29-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were in the 2100 block of Adams Street (between Panola and Sycamore) around 5 a.m., when two men approached, according to the initial NOPD report.

“The subjects stole the victim’s keys, cell phones, wallets and drove off in their vehicle,” the report states. “The vehicle was later recovered.”

Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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