Sep 292016
 

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

The police chase that led to lockdowns at Isidore Newman School and Lusher Charter School’s Freret campus on Thursday ended with the arrest of a wanted sex offender from Iowa who was also a suspect in a break-in earlier this week on State Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 282016
 
(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Sean Devitt (via opsco.org)

Sean Devitt (via opsco.org)

A man caught on video wearing distinctive red sneakers as he broke into four homes on Thalia and Constance Streets — including one in which a Saints Super Bowl ring was taken — has been arrested, New Orleans police said this week. Continue reading »

Sep 282016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Tuesday morning I awoke abruptly just before 4 a.m. from a dream.  Convinced I was awake for the day, I decided to send a few emails.  While clacking out my correspondence in the dead silence of pre-dawn I heard in the not-too-far distance successive gunshots.  I thought it was about eight rounds.  Maybe it was seven.  But does it even matter how many there were?  I called 911.  They took my location, name, etc.  Then I went for a run.  And this is normal in New Orleans.  At least for now. Continue reading »

Sep 212016
 
Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, "Murder in the Bayou," on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When journalist Ethan Brown began researching the interconnected, unsolved slayings of eight women in rural Louisiana for what would become his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” he knew he had immersed himself in a chronicle of the abuse of police power and easily discarded lives.

What Brown didn’t know until much later, however, was that a central location in those women’s lives and deaths would lead him straight to a well-known employee of U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, in a connection that is now drawing more attention than the unsolved murders themselves.

“That was a really surprising moment, to say the least,” Brown said. “I never imagined it would be someone who works for a Congressman.” Continue reading »

Sep 192016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

On Monday, Mayor Landrieu honored his vainglorious pledge made earlier this year to when he signed a new gun ordinance. The final draft of this absurd farce of legislative dreck was mercifully stripped of all provisions that completely merely mirrored existing state law. This left only three remaining restrictions. Continue reading »

Sep 152016
 
Firefighters battle a blaze in the 4200 block of South Rocheblave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters battle a blaze in the 4200 block of South Rocheblave. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

New Orleans firefighters are battling a 3-alarm fire in the 4200 South Rocheblave Street in Broadmoor. The fire was first reported at 11 AM and has consumed two homes on the block.

 

 

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Sep 132016
 

(images via opcso.org)

(images via opcso.org)

A 15-year-old has been arrested, released and arrested again in the past week in connection with two robberies in the university area and is a strong suspect in a third, New Orleans police said, and three other men have been arrested in a separate armed robbery on Hampson Street amid a wave of several other unrelated robberies around the area. Continue reading »

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Sep 122016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

There is a strain of thought in some police circles that cops need the ability to charge citizens with a crime for doing nothing more than disrespecting them. In order to command respect on the streets, the trope goes, mouthing off to a cop can’t be tolerated.

This pernicious notion is the source of much police misconduct, and it persists to this day. Continue reading »

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