Aug 292014
 
New Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens (right) speaks to Central City resident Lisa Martin at a reception on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Newly-appointed Sixth District Commander Ronnie Stevens (right) speaks to Central City resident Lisa Martin at a reception at Ashe Cultural Arts Center on Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When New Orleans Police Commander Bob Bardy was promoted to deputy superintendent earlier this month, he left behind an eight-year stint in the Sixth District where most people knew his name and many knew his personal phone number.

When residents had problems — even problems like being charged in shootings — they knew they could call Bardy and receive a fair hearing, they said. Now that Commander Ronnie Stevens has been named to take the lead in the Sixth District, Central City residents in particular are hoping that strong relationship continues.

“We have a strong partnership with the Sixth District police,” said Barbara Lacen-Keller, a Central City activist who now works in City Hall. “We are family.” Continue reading »

Aug 252014
 
The king's throne in the Krewe of Oak parade on Saturday was stolen, krewe members say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The king’s throne in the Krewe of Oak parade on Saturday was stolen, krewe members say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of OAK’s Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade is intended to be “Outrageous and Kinky,” but not larcenous — so krewe members are genuinely outraged that the tricycle and cart with the king’s throne disappeared from in front of the Maple Leaf Bar after Saturday’s parade. Continue reading »

Aug 222014
 

Jawan Fortia (via U.S. Attorney's office)

Jawan Fortia (via U.S. Attorney’s office)

Alfred Cobbins (via U.S. Attorney's office)

Alfred Cobbins (via U.S. Attorney’s office)

Jacobi Boyd (via opcso.org)

Jacobi Boyd (via opcso.org)

Eleven alleged members of a Central City gang known as the “Young Melph Mafia” conspired to distribute crack cocaine and used guns to protect their trade, according to a federal indictment made public on Friday afternoon. Continue reading »

Aug 222014
 
NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy and Barbara Lacen-Keller speak on a Central City sidewalk Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy and Barbara Lacen-Keller speak on a Central City sidewalk Wednesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy — the longest-serving district commander in the New Orleans Police Department — was promoted Friday morning to Deputy Chief for Operations in the new administration of Superintendent Michael Harrison. Continue reading »

Aug 212014
 
Crime-scene technicians photograph evidence marked by yellow cones in the road and on the sidewalk after a shooting Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of St. Andrews and South Liberty streets in Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crime-scene technicians photograph evidence marked by yellow cones in the road and on the sidewalk after a shooting Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of St. Andrews and South Liberty streets in Central City. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was left in critical condition Wednesday after being shot several times near a Central City intersection, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Aug 202014
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks to the Coliseum Square Association at Felicity Church on Monday, Aug. 18. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks to the Coliseum Square Association at Felicity Church on Monday, Aug. 18. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After residents complained that an initial sweep of a homeless encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway simply moved the collection of tents and panhandlers from one side of St. Charles to the other, New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell is requesting city officials to return and clean out the area closer to the river as well.

Cantrell is also introducing a change to the city law that more specifically prohibits camping on public property, but said she is still looking to residents for answers to the larger question of how to get homeless people off the streets instead of moving them from one spot to another. Continue reading »

Aug 182014
 

Sweeps by New Orleans city officials of a homeless encampment under the Pontchartrain Expressway ultimately moved the collection of tents and people closer to the river on the other side of St. Charles Avenue, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. City officials called the first camp a health hazard and said they were helping the people there get into shelters, but residents say the problem merely moved: “Clearly, if the garbage and human waste is a ‘public health concern’ on one side of St. Charles, it has to be considered a ‘public health concern’ on the other side of St. Charles,” nearby resident Jeff Keiser told The Advocate. Continue reading »

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