Jan 242015
 
A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun discovered at Louis Armstrong airport in March (via tsa.gov)

A .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun discovered at Louis Armstrong airport in March (via tsa.gov)

The Transportation Security Administration confiscated 30 guns — 26 of which were loaded — from passengers’ carry-on bags at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in 2014, but they seized as much as four times more from other airports around the region, according to a series of recent reports. Continue reading »

Jan 232015
 

Sidney Williams (via opcso.org)

Sidney Williams (via opcso.org)

Reginald Wilson (via opcso.org)

Reginald Wilson (via opcso.org)

Two men arrested arrested this week separately account for 15 armed robberies at local businesses over the last month — including one man who appears to have primarily targeted eight Subway restaurants around the city, and another who hit an array of seven businesses along the South Claiborne-South Carrollton corridors, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 212015
 
Business robberies from Jan. 9-20 along South Claiborne. Wednesday's case has not yet been placed on the NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

Business robberies from Jan. 9-20 along South Claiborne. Wednesday’s case has not yet been placed on the NOPD crime maps. (map via NOPD)

The Circle K convenience store on South Claiborne Avenue in the university area was robbed at gunpoint early this morning, making the sixth business along the corridor to be struck in less than two weeks. Continue reading »

Jan 202015
 
Surveillance image from the Jan. 18 robbery of the Subway restaurant on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

Surveillance image from the Jan. 18 robbery of the Subway restaurant on South Claiborne. (via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The Subway sandwich shop on South Claiborne Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday evening and the Dollar General store a block away was robbed Monday night, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 192015
 

Owen Courreges

‘Twas a clash of titans. In this corner, Mayor Mitch “the glitch” Landrieu, the scion of a Louisiana political dynasty, who has disappointed many by presiding over a sudden spike of crime in the French Quarter and a corrupt, ineffectual NOPD.

And in the next corner, Sidney “the insufferable” Torres, part-time New Orleans resident and garbage robber baron, who is always kvetching nauseatingly about any real or perceived threat to his property values. Continue reading »

Jan 162015
 

A man in his late 60s was robbed at gunpoint of his money and medicine Thursday night on Laurel Street, shortly after a man tried to rob the Burger King on South Carrollton and two women were robbed during a home invasion on South Robertson Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 152015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Poor Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Winner of two landslide elections, seemingly one of America’s most successful and articulate mayors, architect of a New Orleans post-Katrina renaissance, he has to be wondering what hit him. It seems like his plunge from the penthouse to the outhouse took place almost overnight.

The big punch, of course, began with a sudden surge in Vieux Carre crime that quickly got completely out of control. Gangs of thugs began roaming French Quarter streets, beating people up as well as robbing them. The Vieux Carre community responded with fury, holding rallies, complaining that they were living in Landrieuville where no one is safe for even a moment. Continue reading »

Jan 132015
 
Police lead a suspect to a waiting patrol car following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday, Jan. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police lead a suspect to a waiting patrol car following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday, Jan. 12. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Brandon Hartford (via opcso.org)

Brandon Hartford (via opcso.org)

Dominick Scott (via opcso.org)

Dominick Scott (via opcso.org)

The two men arrested following a police chase and manhunt late Monday night on Broadway Street near Fontainebleau have each been charged with possession of a gun by a felon, a charge that carries with it an automatic 10-year sentence upon conviction, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 122015
 
Police take a suspect into custody following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police take a suspect into custody following a manhunt that closed several streets around Broadway and Fontainebleau on Monday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two people were arrested Monday night and two guns were found after a police chase and manhunt on Broadway Street near Fontainebleau, police and witnesses said. Continue reading »

Jan 122015
 

Owen Courreges

The NOPD is looking for a few good cops.  It just doesn’t care if they’re very smart.

In a December 29, 2014 letter to the Civil Service Commission, Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison advocated removing the requirement that police recruits obtain at least 60 higher education credits, with exceptions for those possessing prior military or law enforcement experience.

According to Harrison, all that fancy book learnin’ just ain’t necessary.  He’d prefer to emphasize “workforce training over formal classroom education.”  Furthermore, the 60-credit mandate damages “NOPD’s ability to recruit and hire qualified police officers by excluding . . . those who cannot afford a higher education.” Continue reading »

Jan 122015
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

Robberies on South Claiborne and Louisiana. The robbery on Arabella has yet to appear on NOPD crime maps.

Robberies on South Claiborne and Louisiana. The robbery on Arabella has yet to appear on NOPD crime maps.

Two people were robbed at gunpoint in separate incidents early Sunday on Louisiana Avenue and early Monday on Arabella Street, and the Subway sandwich shop on South Claiborne was also robbed on Sunday evening, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 

Two officers had already spoken to the passengers of the vehicle they stopped in Central City on Wednesday night when one man got out and fired at them while running away, New Orleans police said. One of the officers returned fire, killing the man, and the whole incident was recorded on body-worn cameras, police said Thursday. Continue reading »

Jan 082015
 
Firefighters battle a blaze in the attic of a house at 4320 Constance Street on Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters battle a blaze in the attic of a house at 4320 Constance Street on Thursday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Smoke billows from a house on Constance Street as firefighters battle a blaze there. (Reader submitted photo by Louise Fenton)

Smoke billows from a house on Constance Street as firefighters battle a blaze there. (Reader submitted photo by Louise Fenton)

A house on Constance Street that has been in the same family for a century was damaged in a fire Thursday morning, just weeks before renovations were complete and the owner had hoped to return home. Continue reading »

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