Sep 292016
 

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

Austin Taets (Orleans Parish booking photo)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

(via Iowa Sex Offender Registry)

The police chase that led to lockdowns at Isidore Newman School and Lusher Charter School’s Freret campus on Thursday ended with the arrest of a wanted sex offender from Iowa who was also a suspect in a break-in earlier this week on State Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 282016
 
Jean-Paul Villere

Jean-Paul Villere

Tuesday morning I awoke abruptly just before 4 a.m. from a dream.  Convinced I was awake for the day, I decided to send a few emails.  While clacking out my correspondence in the dead silence of pre-dawn I heard in the not-too-far distance successive gunshots.  I thought it was about eight rounds.  Maybe it was seven.  But does it even matter how many there were?  I called 911.  They took my location, name, etc.  Then I went for a run.  And this is normal in New Orleans.  At least for now. Continue reading »

Sep 212016
 
Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, "Murder in the Bayou," on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Author Ethan Brown answers questions after reading from his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” on Wednesday evening at Octavia Books. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

When journalist Ethan Brown began researching the interconnected, unsolved slayings of eight women in rural Louisiana for what would become his new book, “Murder in the Bayou,” he knew he had immersed himself in a chronicle of the abuse of police power and easily discarded lives.

What Brown didn’t know until much later, however, was that a central location in those women’s lives and deaths would lead him straight to a well-known employee of U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, in a connection that is now drawing more attention than the unsolved murders themselves.

“That was a really surprising moment, to say the least,” Brown said. “I never imagined it would be someone who works for a Congressman.” Continue reading »

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Sep 192016
 
Suspect in August theft from 3600 block of Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

Suspect in August theft from 3600 block of Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

Suspect in Sept. 10 shoplifting at Whole Foods (via NOPD)

Suspect in Sept. 10 shoplifting at Whole Foods (via NOPD)

Detectives are seeking the public’s help identifying two suspects caught on surveillance camera in recent theft cases on opposite ends of Magazine Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 192016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

On Monday, Mayor Landrieu honored his vainglorious pledge made earlier this year to when he signed a new gun ordinance. The final draft of this absurd farce of legislative dreck was mercifully stripped of all provisions that completely merely mirrored existing state law. This left only three remaining restrictions. Continue reading »