In a hearing Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell found that detectives had probable cause to charge James Johnson, 21, with aggravated rape, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and false imprisonment in connection with the April 9 attack on a woman in her Hickory Street home. Cantrell also upheld a separate set of charges of aggravated aggravated assault, armed robbery, sexual battery and simple kidnapping against Johnson in a April 1 attack on a woman outside her home on Cleveland Avenue in Mid-City, but the outcome of a third case against him — an April 4 home-invasion on Panola Street — remains pending.
You’ve seen them at many intersections and overpasses across the city.
They weave in and out of traffic at red lights, often dressed in team jerseys or uniforms, their sweet faces so hard to say no to.
They work in teams usually. There are the sign carriers. Sometimes the signs are pithy and drum up sympathy. Other times, the words on the poster boards are a scrawl so faint you can hardly decipher the exact message. One thing is unmistakable, though. They want money.
In a separate case, two men were arrested on marijuana and gun-possession charges following another drug case on Milan Street, police said.
I’ve mentioned before in this column that I grew up loving the late-1960’s run of the popular police procedural Dragnet. Jack Webb, depicting LAPD Sergeant Joe Friday, narrated the series as the most honest and dedicated police officer ever envisioned.
In most episodes, Sgt. Friday would be working in a case in a random division – homicide, robbery, bunco/frauds, etc. – and the viewer would watch as he gradually solved the case. In other episodes, however, the series dealt with less sexy matters such as police administration and internal affairs investigations. All the while, Sgt. Friday was as impassive as he was unimpeachable.
What you may not know is that Dragnet, which started as a radio program in 1949, was so popular that it spawned an series set in New Orleans.
While the Mayor is touting his successes at the Legislature, Landrieu’s only major success is getting a fall ballot initiative to increase property taxes in New Orleans. Unfortunately for Senator Mary Landrieu, it might be on the ballot at the same time as her election and could be troubling if voters strongly oppose the tax.
Just because New Orleans voters turned down the Audubon Institute’s millage doesn’t automatically mean they will oppose Mitch’s property tax increase. Everyone knows the cost of living in New Orleans has increased dramatically since Katrina. We’re just not sure voters are ready to add on another tax which would hurt property owners and renters, whose landlords would undoubtedly increase rents.
In an effort to improve safety in the neighborhood, GG’s Dine-O-Rama on Magazine Street is donating 20 percent of sales today (Thursday, June 5) at lunch and dinner to raise money for new anti-crime cameras through the ProjectNOLA nonprofit.
An Uptown resident was stunned to find an estimated $40,000 worth of marijuana in a package addressed to his home Tuesday morning, and he and his family are disturbed by the mystery of who sent it and why as they hope for answers from federal investigators, he said.
A small fire Tuesday afternoon was expected to close Vincent’s Italian Cuisine on St. Charles Avenue for the evening, but the damage was “minor” and employees hoped to see the restaurant reopen for dinner Wednesday.
New Orleans police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly broke into a home on Audubon Boulevard in the Fontainebleau neighborhood, authorities said.