Jul 042019
 

As the city and state released statements on the removal of hazardous waste from beneath the surface of a Gert Town street, WVUE Fox 8 News revealed documents indicating the Mayor’s Office and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality knew the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had detected 100 times the normal level of radium at the street surface. Continue reading »

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Jun 272019
 

A victim and a victim advocate talk with a New Orleans police officer investigating a recent crime. (Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

The police labeled it a purse snatching, but to the victim it was a crime of opportunity and much, much more.

An out-of-town businesswoman was walking through the Warehouse District around 5 p.m. on a recent Sunday afternoon when a car carrying two women stopped on the corner. One grabs the woman from behind, throwing her to the ground. While the driver of the vehicle laughed, the perpetrator repeatedly kicked the businesswoman in the face and head. Blood oozing from her mouth, the terrified victim was crying and begging for mercy as the savage assault continued. Continue reading »

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Jun 252019
 

NOPD Second District Commander Jeff Walls hands a business card to an Uptown resident at a community meeting on Tuesday night. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Residents of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District will soon have an entirely new level of access to crime information in their neighborhoods, as the district’s recently-appointed commander plans to begin broadcasting his weekly meetings using live video. Continue reading »

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Jun 162019
 

The NOPD holds a final salute for Commander Doug Eckert on Friday. (NOPD via Twitter)

The New Orleans Police Department held a final salute for retired Commander Doug Eckert on Friday in front of the Second District station. Eckert passed away June 10. Continue reading »

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Jun 122019
 

from the City of New Orleans

A home along Canal Boulevard, scarred by floodwaters. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com, 2015)

Today (June 12), the City of New Orleans announced the award of $12.5 Million in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program.

Those dollars will fund the elevation of more than 50 pre-identified homes in New Orleans that have experienced repeated and severe flooding. Twenty-two of those homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Jun 112019
 

Doug Eckert died June 10, a day after retiring as commander of the NOPD Second District.

A day after Doug Eckert retired from his position as commander of the Second District, the respected New Orleans Police Department veteran died of cancer, according to social media posts by the NOPD and other law-enforcement agencies.

“It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of Retired Commander Doug Eckert of the Second District. Commander Eckert passed away last night after a long hard battle with cancer.
Each of us not only grieves at the passing of a tremendous individual but also for the loss his family suffers,” states the NOPD Second District Facebook page on Monday morning. Continue reading »

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Jun 052019
 

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue in August 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Residents are encouraged to prepare for heavy rainfall and potential flooding through Friday, June 7.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms are expected across the New Orleans region through Friday, some of which could cause heavy rainfall leading to ponding of water in low-lying areas and areas of poor drainage. Continue reading »

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Jun 042019
 

from the City of New Orleans 

The Krewe of Nyx rolls on Magazine Street in 2019. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Nyx proposed a second parade for the summer, but Mayor LaToya Cantrell denied the request, as it would mean using major public safety resources during hurricane season. Cantrell issued the following statement regarding the proposal:

“While I have the utmost respect for what Nyx has achieved as an all-women’s Carnival krewe — and I applaud them for their commitment to our children and our community — unfortunately I cannot support the addition of a summer parade,” Cantrell said. Continue reading »

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Jun 012019
 

The city’s evacuation spots are marked with this 14-foot statue.

The city has a new evacuation plan in place for the 2019 hurricane season, which begins today and runs through Nov. 30.

For the fifth year in a row, the season got ahead of itself, however. On May 20, the first named storm of the year, Subtropical Storm Andrea, formed in the Atlantic near Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The center gives 2019 a 70% probability for nine to 15 named storms, four to eight hurricanes and two to four major hurricanes. This is in line with the long-term averages for the number of named storms, hurricanes and major hurricanes: 12, six and three, respectively.

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May 232019
 

On Tuesday, May 28, the city’s Department of Public Works’ construction contractor, Hard Rock Construction, will close the sidewalk in the 700 block of South Jefferson Davis Parkway, as well as the bikeway bridge over the Pontchartrain Expressway.

A section of the Jefferson Davis Parkway sidewalk and bike path will be closed for repairs from Tuesday through Thursday. (via city of New Orleans)

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May 122019
 

Barricades block the flooded intersection of Olive Street at South Carrollton Avenue in August 2017. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

from the City of New Orleans
Updated 11 a.m. 5/13/2019

New Orleans officials released the following information following heavy rains and thunderstorms that moved through the metro area Sunday morning. More than five inches of rain fell in parts of the city between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., with bouts of heavy rain at rates of two inches an hour and higher sparking Flash Flood Warnings. Continue reading »

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May 092019
 

Sheriff Joe Lopinto, right, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from HDF founder Mike Weinberger. (courtesy of the Home Defense Foundation)

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

With gun violence always in the spotlight, the New Orleans-based Home Defense Foundation honored Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph P. Lopinto III Tuesday night for his commitment to keeping residents and business owners safe. “The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office does not prevent crime; we solve crimes quickly to prevent the next crime,” Lopinto said.

Lopinto’s office serves over 400,000 residents, more than any other parish in Louisiana, and ranks as the 15th largest sheriff’s jurisdiction in the U.S. “We make sure to solve crimes quickly to prevent retaliation,” he said. One tool that helps Lopinto reach that goal is the JPSO’s in-house crime lab, the only facility of its kind in the region. Though the lab is expensive to operate, it provides immediate results. In just minutes, analysts “put the pieces together” that often lead to a prompt arrest.

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May 042019
 

(Sewerage & Water Board)

The Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, in consultation with the Louisiana Department of Health, has canceled the precautionary boil-water advisory for most residents and businesses in the Uptown area after bacteriological tests confirmed that water in the area was safe to drink and could be used for personal needs.

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