Oct 182013
 
The members of "Helping Mothers Heal" gather in a prayer circle at one of their weekly meetings on September 26, 2013. Helping Mothers Heal is a group of mothers who have lost a child to violence. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The members of “Helping Mothers Heal” gather in a prayer circle at one of their weekly meetings on September 26, 2013. Helping Mothers Heal is a group of mothers who have lost a child to violence. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The grief that follows the loss of a child to violence is one of the most unbearable burdens life can impose on a mother. It is one of life’s mysteries, then, that by gathering a dozen such heavy souls in one room, the burden on all of them becomes lighter.

“It hurts deeply to lose a kid, and you just don’t know why,” said Ann Dimes, a member of the “Helping Mothers Heal” group at the Watson Teaching Ministries on St. Charles Avenue. “So you reach out to another mother, another sister … because life is precious. Life will continue to go on.” Continue reading »

Oct 172013
 

Four armed robberies and a simple robbery over the last two weeks around the Garden District. (map via NOPD.com)

Four armed robberies and a simple robbery over the last two weeks around the Garden District. (map via NOPD.com)

Tuesday evening’s dramatic armed robbery of a Magazine Street restaurant during dinner — about which police are releasing little new information — is one of a handful of recent holdups around the Garden District area that New Orleans police are investigating, even as the overall number of robberies remains down for the year, authorities said this week. Continue reading »

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Oct 172013
 

The westbound lanes of Earhart and the side streets will be closed Thursday and Friday. (via Google maps)

The westbound lanes of Earhart and the side streets will be closed Thursday and Friday. (via Google maps)

The westbound lanes of Earhart Boulevard will be closed Thursday and Friday around the former B.W. Cooper development (now called Marrero Commons) for filming, New Orleans officials said. Continue reading »

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Oct 152013
 
The SWAT Team marches on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The NOPD SWAT Team marches on Magazine Street during a robbery investigation. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD officers closed Magazine Street for several blocks around Byblos after an armed robbery Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

NOPD officers closed Magazine Street for several blocks around Byblos after an armed robbery Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a Magazine Street restaurant was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday evening, a manhunt for the suspect put neighboring establishments on lockdown with no one allowed to enter or leave, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Oct 142013
 

Owen Courreges

Update, Oct. 25: Subsequent to writing this piece, I was notified by the mayor’s office the woman in the WWL story upon which this piece was based had rented the car she was ticketed for, and that she was thus still responsible for the ticket. While that information does change the story, it still presents some issues about the camera system, which are addressed in a postscript below.

Those traffic cameras certainly are insidious.  It was once assumed that you could avoid getting a red-light camera ticket, at the very least, by simply not owning a car.  That commonsense presumption has now been proven false. Continue reading »

Oct 132013
 

Police officers stand amid shell casings marking the scene of a fatal shooting on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Feb. 21, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Police officers stand amid shell casings marking the scene of a fatal shooting on Chippewa Street in the Irish Channel on Feb. 21, 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Investigators from the New Orleans Police Department are looking for four people for questioning in connection with an unsolved homicide in the Irish Channel from February of this year, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 132013
 

Joshua Rockwood (via opcso.org)

Joshua Rockwood (via opcso.org)

A man who was allegedly masturbating in a women’s restroom at Children’s Hospital and slid into one woman’s stall was arrested on charges of voyeurism and indecent-behavior with juveniles, according to a report by Helen Freund of The Times-Picayune. Joshua Rockwood, 20 years old and already a registered sex offender, hid in a stall when a mother brought three young children into the restroom, and then when a hospital employee came in, slid along the ground into her stall while masturbating, Freund reports.

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Oct 112013
 

Family and friends of pedestrians killed while trying to cross South Claiborne at night blame the lack of streetlights from Napoleon Avenue to Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV. City officials say they are converting lighting on the stretch to energy-efficient lights and should be finished in the coming weeks.

Oct 112013
 

Stephanie Carter (via opcso.org)

Stephanie Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter (via opcso.org)

Verquan Carter, 21, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in Sunday evening’s shooting near Jackson and South Claiborne avenues that wounded a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old, according to a report by Danielle Bell of The Times-Picayune. Carter’s mother, 48-year-old Stephanie Carter, was arrested as an alleged principal to the crime based on witness statements and a video that shows her giving her daughter a loaded gun moments before she opened fire, Bell reports.

Oct 102013
 
(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

(From left) Christopher Davis, Joseph Davis and Sheldon Jefferson (via opcso.org)

Joseph Davis, 17, pleaded guilty to four counts of forcible rape and one count each of second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison last week for his role in the the rape of a Garden District woman in February, reports Katherine Sayre of The Times-Picayune. Davis “initiated the rape and wielded a gun in the assault,” Sayre reported; 16-year-old Sheldon Jefferson had previously agreed to serve 30 years for raping the woman; and 18-year-old Christopher Davis, the driver in the incident, had previously been sentenced to 35 years.