Oct 252016
 

The Tulane University Police Department (TUPD) and PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans (PJ’s) will to host the first “Coffee With a Cop” program at 5 p.m. on October 26. The program is an opportunity for community members to come together with the TUPD in an informal space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Continue reading »

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Oct 252016
 
Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Euric Cain (via NOPD)

Euric Cain (via NOPD)

The man charged with shooting a Tulane medical student who tried to stop him from dragging a woman off of Magazine Street pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder and multiple rapes in what prosecutors are calling “one of the most horrific crime sprees in recent memory in this city.” Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 
The suspect in the robbery of Uptown Beauty on Friday, Oct. 21. (via NOPD)

The suspect in the robbery of Uptown Beauty on Friday, Oct. 21. (via NOPD)

Kenneth Barnes (via NOPD)

Kenneth Barnes (via NOPD)

A beauty supply store, a gas station and a sandwich shop along the Carrollton corridor were each the locations of robbery incidents over the weekend, but police have identified a wanted serial robber as a suspect in one and released a surveillance photo from another.

The first robbery took place around 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Uptown Beauty at 8200 South Claiborne Avenue, police reports show. A man with a gun walked into the store from a rear entrance, put a gun to the cashier’s abdomen, and took $600 from the register, the reports state.

The gunman — whose image was caught on security camera — was described as a thin, 5-foot-7 black man in his early 20s with a dark skin tone and a thin mustache, the report states.

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Around 8 p.m., the Shell Gas Station at 600 South Carrollton was robbed by a man wielding a box cutter, according to the report in that case. Investigators have identified the suspect as 47-year-old Kenneth Barnes, who was already wanted in four other armed robberies of businesses along the Carrollton corridor from March to September, police have said.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a man with a box cutter made another robbery attempt at the Jimmy John’s restaurant at 7600 Maple Street, police said. When he confronted the employees there, however, they all ran out of the store, and he left without getting any money, the report states.

Anyone with information in any of the three cases above is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Brandon Wilfred (via NOPD)

Brandon Wilfred (via NOPD)

Finally, police made an arrest in the Oct. 11 robbery in the 1300 block of Coliseum Street in the Lower Garden District. After investigators identified 25-year-old Brandon Wilfred as the suspect, he turned himself in at the NOPD Sixth District station on Friday, where he was booked on a charge of armed robbery, the report states.

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Oct 242016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Mayor Landrieu’s 2017 budget has been released, and true to form, Landrieu proposes to nickel and dime the citizens of New Orleans for scraps of revenue. In order to generate an additional $5 million, Landrieu plans to double the number of red light and speed cameras, adding a whopping 56 cameras around the city. Continue reading »

Oct 212016
 

The woman who drowned in Audubon Park had left her family behind in Massachusetts a year ago and suffered untreated mental illness, said the Orleans Parish Coroner. Meanwhile, the woman who was fatally shot last weekend on Jackson Avenue has yet to be identified, officials said. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 
Moderator  Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Moderator Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

There are not too many legislative initiatives that Congressman Cedric Richmond and all seven members of the City Council agree on, but the opportunity for the Office of the Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson to become more independent is one of them. Continue reading »