Apr 132015
 

Eric "King" Ross (via NOPD)

Eric “King” Ross (via NOPD)

New Orleans police detectives are asking for the public’s help finding a man they want to question about the armed robbery of a 66-year-old Domino’s driver on Foucher Street in February, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 122015
 
Two officers speak at the scene of a homicide in the 1300 block of General Ogden. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two officers speak at the scene of a homicide in the 1300 block of General Ogden. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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(map via NOPD)

The death of a 55-year-old man Friday night on General Ogden Street happened while he struggled with a neighbor trying to intervene in a domestic altercation, New Orleans police said, and the neighbor is not being charged while prosecutors determine whether to deem it a justifiable homicide. Continue reading »

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Apr 122015
 

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The 7700 block of Willow is near Adams Street, and the 2300 block of Lowerline is near Neron Place. (map via NOPD)

A pair of women were robbed at gunpoint overnight on Willow Street — with one of them hit in the face with a gun — and another woman was robbed less than 20 minutes later on Lowerline Street, New Orleans police said Sunday morning. Continue reading »

Apr 102015
 

Anthony J. Watson (via opcso.org)

Anthony J. Watson (via opcso.org)

A teenage carjacker forced his victim at gunpoint to teach him how to drive her manual-transmission vehicle, and investigators arrested him the same night after tracking the woman’s stolen iPhone, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 082015
 
The Uptown Learning Center at 1771 Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Learning Center at 1771 Nashville Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Natasha M. Burrows (via opcso.org)

Natasha M. Burrows (via opcso.org)

Two months after the Uptown Learning Center announced its possible imminent closure, its former director has been arrested on charges that she stole well over tens of thousands of dollars by taking cash payments from parents, then under-reporting the total number of students at the school, according to New Orleans police. Continue reading »

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Apr 072015
 
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An late-night armed robbery followed immediately by a carjacking in Central City last week — both involving an assailant wielding a shotgun — were the work of two teens, ages 13 and 14, who have since been arrested, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 022015
 
Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police officers examine a gun confiscated after an apprehension following a brief robbery spree along Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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(map via NOPD)

A mid-afternoon Uptown robbery spree by a preteen with a BB-gun was halted almost immediately after it started Thursday, following a swift arrest by New Orleans police officers. Continue reading »

Apr 012015
 
(Illustration by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

(Illustration by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

For more months than I care to count, and for surely as many more to come, I have been watching and experiencing firsthand the utter madness that is the ongoing construction along Napoleon Avenue.  All for the sake of what we all cross our fingers will be improved drainage.  Hold your breath, boss!  Residing where I do half a block off of the thoroughfare in the middle of the stretch just two short blocks to Freret Street, the impact has been a daily reminder to take nothing for granted and be ready for anything.  Some weeks I can cross Napoleon at my street, most I can’t.  Some days I do a U-turn at Loyola, others it’s like a whimsical journey into the unknown peppered with hungry potholes and vaporous boundaries.  But with all these catch as catch U-turns, that’s when it hit me: why isn’t the Freret intersection a rotary anyway? Continue reading »