Jun 202015
 

The 25-year-old man fatally shot on Thursday inside a Walmsley Street home while police say his girlfriend was playing with a gun has been identified, though the coroner said he is continuing to review evidence in the case. Continue reading »

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Jun 182015
 
A NOPD officer guards a house where a man died of a gunshot that police say may have been self-inflicted. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A NOPD officer guards a house where a man died of a gunshot that police say may have been self-inflicted. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nicole Dukarm (via opcso.org)

Nicole Dukarm (via opcso.org)

A 20-year-old woman was charged with negligent homicide Thursday afternoon in the death of her boyrfriend, after she accidentally killed him while playing with a gun inside their Walmsley Avenue home, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Jun 172015
 

Shawn Pollard (via Gretna Police Department)

Shawn Pollard (via Gretna Police Department)

Carlius Jarvis (via NOPD)

Carlius Jarvis (via NOPD)

Investigators have identified a suspect in an armed robbery from May in the university area and are pursuing strong leads in the late-April robbery of a popular Uptown pharmacy, New Orleans police announced Wednesday.

Meanwhile, they are continuing to investigate the armed robbery of a woman in Broadmoor, a purse-snatching on South Carrollton Avenue, and a late-night incident where a man’s wallet was taken on Constance Street. Continue reading »

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Jun 152015
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

One of the chief headaches one gets from monitoring the news cycle relates to the fact that it isn’t self-correcting.  A tiny seed of disinformation grows to become a sturdy tree of conventional wisdom.

This is what happened with the so-called “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws following the shooting of Treyvon Martin in Florida by George Zimmerman.  Most recently, it was criticized in a recent column by Jarvis DeBerry after being invoked by Algiers Pastor W.L.T. Littleton, who is accused of shooting a fleeing copper thief in the back of the head. Continue reading »

Jun 042015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Generally speaking, we like Police Chief Michael Harrison and the NOPD. We think Chief Harrison is at least trying to do a good job within the budget and directives set by Mayor Landrieu. But there are serious neglect-of-duty and abuse-of-power issues hovering over the NOPD including yesterday’s City Council dialogue on the mishandling of sex-crime and child-abuse cases.

It is unfortunate that Chief Harrison did not address this problem before being forced to do so by a scathing report from IG Ed Quatrevaux. Even though Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook complied some frightening statistics that found wide-ranging administrative policy violations, no officer has been disciplined in the seven months since Quatrevaux’s initial report because of the prevailing good-old-boys network inside the NOPD where they protect their own. Continue reading »

Jun 032015
 
A map of the Ninemile-Napoleon transmission upgrade project path. (courtesy of Entergy)

A map of the Ninemile-Napoleon transmission upgrade project path. (courtesy of Entergy)

Acknowledging the unpredictable maze of utility work and road closures that Uptown New Orleans has become, Entergy officials say their major upcoming project to replace transmission lines along Leake Avenue, Magazine and Annunciation streets will only require the streets to be shut down for hours at a time — not the days, weeks or months associated with other projects — and power is not expected to be shut off to any individual homes. Continue reading »