Apr 182016
 
Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Three armed robberies reported in the university area, police say. (map via NOPD)

Two men were robbed at gunpoint Saturday night just off the Tulane campus, and two delivery drivers were robbed the following night within a few blocks of the universities as well, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 162016
 

The 4100 block of Tchoupitoulas is between Marengo and Milan. (map via NOPD)

The 4100 block of Tchoupitoulas is between Marengo and Milan. (map via NOPD)

A woman asleep in her home woke up early Saturday morning to find an intruder in her home demanding her purse, but he took it and left without harming her, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 
Police investigate a fatal shooting on Monroe Street half a block from Johnson Elementary School in November 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Police investigate a fatal shooting on Monroe Street half a block from Johnson Elementary School in November 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Crime in New Orleans never ceases to become more shocking, as tragically shown again this weekend in the road-rage shooting death of beloved former Saints player Will Smith on Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District that continues to make national headlines.

But 2016 could be quietly returning the overall downward trend in murders seen in the last few years — down 33 percent from 2015 — but also slightly down from the numbers in 2014, which were touted as the lowest number of murders New Orleans had recorded in decades. Continue reading »

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Apr 152016
 
The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

The pothole on Maple Street filled with oyster shells in March. Tulane professor Richard Campanella said he believes it was an expression of frustration from a driver tired of hitting potholes. (photo submitted by Emily Branan)

Article by Emily Branan, video by Lawson Box

Richard Campanella was on his way to get his morning cup of coffee when he noticed an interesting addition to the Maple Street landscape: oyster shells.

Campanella, geographer and senior professor of practice at the Tulane School of Architecture, said he enjoys studying urban cityscapes and thought the pothole filled with oyster shells made an interesting subject to study. Continue reading »

Apr 152016
 
The weapon confiscated in the traffic stop (via NOPD)

The Glock 9-mm and 50-round magazine confiscated in the traffic stop (via NOPD)

Darnell Thomas (via NOPD)

Darnell Thomas (via NOPD)

Terrell Thompson (via NOPD)

Terrell Thompson (via NOPD)

New Orleans police confiscated a 9-mm handgun with a 50-round magazine from two men with previous felony drug convictions Monday night during a traffic stop on Danneel Street in Central City, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 132016
 
Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Seven of the bullets that killed former Saints player Will Smith on Saturday night entered through his back, and one entered through the side of his chest, Orleans Parish Coroner Jeffrey Rouse announced Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Apr 102016
 
Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators gather on Sophie Wright Place after the fatal shooting of former Saints player Will Smith. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Smith posted a photo of himself at the French Quarter Festival to his official Instagram account around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. (via Instagram)

Smith posted a photo of himself at the French Quarter Festival to his official Instagram account around 7:45 p.m. Saturday. (via Instagram)

Former Saints player Will Smith was killed and his wife was wounded in a shooting following a three-car crash that police are describing as a possible “road-rage” incident in the Lower Garden District late Saturday, New Orleans police say. Continue reading »