Nov 222013
 

Demetei Lewis (via opcso.org)

Demetei Lewis (via opcso.org)

A woman was badly beaten and robbed of her bag on Jeanette Street near South Carrollton early Tuesday, New Orleans police said.

In a separate case, a man accused of fighting a bicyclist last weekend in a robbery attempt on South Claiborne Avenue turned himself in after surveillance video caught an image of him, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 212013
 
Robbery and robbery attempts on Magazine and Baronne streets; incident on Third not shown. (via NOPD)

Robbery and robbery attempts on Magazine and Baronne streets; incident on Third not shown. (via NOPD)

Suspect in armed-robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Magazine. (via NOPD)

Suspect in armed-robbery attempt in the 3200 block of Magazine. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are investigating two armed robberies and two armed-robbery attempts in the last two weeks around the edges of the Garden District area, including two incidents on Magazine Street, one on Third and one on Baronne, authorities said. Continue reading »

Nov 202013
 

(image via projectnola.com)

(image via projectnola.com)

Residents around the Baronne Street corridor will soon have the opportunity to join the network of nearly 600 security cameras privately monitored by the Project NOLA nonprofit, with the cost offset by $100 per home or business contributed by the Delachaise Neighborhood Association. Continue reading »

Nov 192013
 

The French government has issued a warning to travelers visiting New Orleans to avoid leaving the Garden District for Central City or the Irish Channel, according to our partners at WWL-TV. The notice urges French travelers not to stray north of St. Charles Avenue or south of Magazine Street (“au nord de l’avenue Saint-Charles et au sud de la rue Magazine“) when they are in the Garden District. Continue reading »

Nov 192013
 

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Should applications for jobs with the City of New Orleans ask if a person has any previous felony convictions? Mayor Landrieu, to his credit, says no.

Referred to as “banning the box,” cutting this query from employment applications won’t do away with background checks. It would, however, prevent a “yes” answer from eliminating an otherwise qualified candidate from the interview process based on biases against those with criminal records. Background checks, as they should, would come down the line once that person is considered for hiring; and even then, a felony conviction won’t be an employment barrier. Continue reading »

Nov 102013
 
Cathy Rickmon (left) and Martha Bullock (right) sit on the porch where their sons Orlando “Lanny” Rickmon and Desmond O’Neal Bell were murdered on April 23, 2013. "Losing a child is like losing half a heart," said Rickmon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Cathy Rickmon (left) and Martha Bullock (right) sit on the Baudin St. porch where their sons Orlando “Lanny” Rickmon and Desmond O’Neal Bell were murdered on April 23, 2013. “Losing a child is like losing half a heart,” said Rickmon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Cathy Rickmon and Martha Bullock had been casual friends for years, but a burst of violence in Mid-City sealed their fates together forever.

“We weren’t close until the tragedy of our sons,” Rickmon said.

“We will always have a bond because someone who we loved, that we loved very dearly, was lost on the same day,” said Bullock. Continue reading »

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Nov 102013
 
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Margaret Washington sits in her daughter Marguerite LaJoy Washington’s room, while holding LaJoy’s McMain graduation gown and medal for Physics. LaJoy was shot and killed while visiting her new boyfriend’s home just months after graduating from high school. “She loved stuffed animals,” said Washington while sitting in her daughter’s pink room.  (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Marguerite LaJoy Washington came to her adoptive mother Margaret Washington at 3 months old, and from the beginning she was the family’s princess.

“She was my shadow,” said Washington, a former nursing instructor. “She grew up in my church, in my sorority, at Charity school of nursing, with my nursing alumni group. Wherever I was, she was there. It allowed her to be exposed to positive things, positive values and allowed her to get maturity much earlier then the average child.” Continue reading »