Aug 282015
 
A downed utility pole lays across a pickup truck that is partially atop two other vehicles in the 4500 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A downed utility pole lays across a pickup truck that is partially atop two other vehicles in the 4500 block of Tchoupitoulas Street on Friday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

More than 1,700 Uptown addresses were without power Friday evening. (map via Entergy)

More than 1,700 Uptown addresses were without power Friday evening. (map via Entergy)

A power line was knocked down, and several vehicles and a house were heavily damaged after a crash late Friday night on Tchoupitoulas Street, and more than 1,700 Uptown addresses were left without power afterward. Continue reading »

Aug 242015
 
Rosalind Peychaud, immediate past president of the Climana Neighborhood Association, holds a sign encouraging her neighbors to email photos of local quality of life problems to the association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Rosalind Peychaud, immediate past president of the Climana Neighborhood Association, holds a sign encouraging her neighbors to email photos of local quality of life problems to the association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As she recently ended her term as president of the Climana Neighborhood Association in the Milan area, Rosalind Peychaud found herself grappling with the same issue that many neighborhood leaders do: New Orleans residents are the first ones to notice street-level problems with crime, blight, and other issues, but are often frustrated with how hard it is to get something done about it.

So, Peychaud whipped up her own solution: a grassroots campaign encouraging the use of the ubiquitous cell-phone camera for something more useful than selfies, positioning the neighborhood association as the advocate for reporting the problems captured in a photo and tracking their results. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

(image via NOPD)

New Orleans Police detectives have released surveillance video and photographs of the suspects who robbed Patois restaurant and 15 to 20 patrons Thursday night at gunpoint, and announced that they recovered a car with some of the victims’ belongings in the Milan neighborhood. Continue reading »

Aug 212015
 
Police officers speak to patrons inside Patois restaurant on Laurel Street following a robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers speak to patrons inside Patois restaurant on Laurel Street following a robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A late-summer evening at Patois restaurant, with the final patrons chatting with the doors open — what should have been about as close to a perfect night in New Orleans as possible — instead turned into one of Uptown’s most brazen robberies in recent memory Thursday night when three men carrying guns barged in and took valuables from the nearly 20 people inside.

Almost simultaneously, police were pursuing suspects in a series of three carjacking incidents across the Uptown area, ultimately leading to several arrests. Continue reading »

Aug 202015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needs to do a better job of estimating the risks of flooding around the U.S. With the upcoming 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – much of whose destruction was caused by poorly engineered and maintained levees – we naturally think about the heavy losses to our region, what it has taken to rebuild, and all the people who died or have not been able to return. Continue reading »

Aug 152015
 
NOPD Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree speaks to a resident on Harmony Street after the nearby discovery of  a car believed to be stolen in a robbery. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Second District Lt. Jennifer Dupree speaks to a resident on Harmony Street after the nearby discovery of a car believed to be stolen in a robbery. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

By MATT SLEDGE | The New Orleans Advocate

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

Larry Vail (via opcso.org)

For more than a week, authorities say, Larry Vail outran the New Orleans Police Department, taking part in a string of Uptown armed robberies.

But Vail’s luck ran out Thursday night, minutes after he took part in two more stickups and then bailed out of a Honda CR-V, police said. Continue reading »

Aug 132015
 
A NOPD patrol officer confers with a detective on Joseph near Prytania following an armed robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD patrol officer confers with a detective on Joseph near Prytania following an armed robbery there Thursday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two separate robberies were reported within minutes of one another Thursday night a few blocks apart on Prytania Street and St. Charles Avenue, followed by a third case hours later on Willow Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Aug 132015
 

Police investigate the crash of a vehicle Wednesday on St. Charles Avenue, following a police chase after it was taken in a carjacking in Mid-City. (photo via our partners at WWL; click image for full photo gallery)

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Police investigate the crash of a vehicle Wednesday on St. Charles Avenue, following a police chase after it was taken in a carjacking in Mid-City. (photo via our partners at WWL; click image for full photo gallery)[/caption]

After a woman was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday evening near the Fairgrounds, New Orleans police chased the teens inside her vehicle until they crashed on St. Charles Avenue, where they were arrested, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Aug 102015
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Uptown residents were robbed at gunpoint of their belongings and in one case a vehicle in four separate incidents Saturday and Sunday on Walmsley Avenue in Fontainebleau, on Cherokee and Adams streets in Carrollton, and on Laurel Street in the Audubon area, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »