Jul 302016
 
Mandisa Moore-O'Neal of Black Youth Project 100, Ursula Price of the NOPD Independent Police Monitor's office, and Marjorie Esman of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss issues of police militarization at the Green Party state convention Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Mandisa Moore-O’Neal of Black Youth Project 100, Ursula Price of the NOPD Independent Police Monitor’s office, and Marjorie Esman of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union discuss issues of police militarization at the Green Party state convention Saturday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

In contrast with high-profile incidents around the country, the New Orleans Police Department has not had a single officer-involved shooting so far in 2016, prompting civil-rights activists to suggest that the sweeping reforms of the NOPD should be expanded in other communities like Baton Rouge and applied to officers from other agencies like the Louisiana State Police or Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office who come into the city.

“NOPD has not fired their weapon at any human being this year,” said Ursula Price of the Independent Police Monitor’s office. “We are making progress.” Continue reading »

Jul 282016
 
Surveillance video shows the man who robbed the Subway on South Claiborne, police say. (image via NOPD)

Surveillance video shows the man who robbed the Subway on South Claiborne, police say. (image via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

A couple was robbed at gunpoint in the Garden District on Wednesday morning, a driver was robbed at gunpoint on Dryades Street in the afternoon and the Subway on South Claiborne was robbed Wednesday night, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
 
Firefighters battle a blaze at 1221 Magazine Street on Tuesday morning. (photo via New Orleans Fire Department)

Firefighters battle a blaze at 1221 Magazine Street on Tuesday morning. (photo via New Orleans Fire Department)

An apartment building on lower Magazine Street caught fire Tuesday morning, but the blaze was extinguished and none of the occupants were harmed, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jul 252016
 
An image of the suspect known as "Money Mantanna" (via NOPD)

An image of the suspect known as “Money Mantanna” (via NOPD)

A woman believed to be an exotic dancer known as “Money Mantanna” is wanted by police in connection with a shooting Saturday evening on General Ogden Street in Hollygrove, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Jul 252016
 
Ryan Davis (via NOPD)

Ryan Davis (via NOPD)

Kevon Williams (via NOPD)

Kevon Williams (via NOPD)

The day after their indictments on a slew of armed robbery charges around Uptown and the rest of New Orleans, two teens escaped from custody at the Youth Study Center in Gentilly and then were recaptured the following day, police said. Continue reading »

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Jul 222016
 

Just a month after contemplating the creation of a new security district, with 24-hour manned patrol cars, residents of the Lower Garden District are now exploring another way to increase safety: a widespread installment of crime cameras.

Members of the Coliseum Square Neighborhood Association took a preliminary survey at their monthly meeting this week to see how many residents would be interested in one or both measures, in order to beef up security in the area.

About a dozen people — the majority of those in attendance at the meeting — indicated they’d like to have crime cameras installed around the neighborhood. Nine raised their hands when asked if they wanted private patrol, too. Continue reading »

Jul 202016
 
Crime-scene investigators photograph what witnesses described as a human jaw bone outside a home-construction site on Zimpel Street on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crime-scene investigators photograph what witnesses described as a human jaw bone outside a home-construction site on Zimpel Street on Tuesday. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A construction worker digging under a newly built home on Zimpel Street discovered a sealed box with a velvet bag inside containing what appeared to be a human jaw bone Tuesday evening, prompting an investigation by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office. Continue reading »

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Jul 182016
 
Police gather in front of a bullet-riddled car on Delachaise and South Robertson in Central City on Monday evening. The NOPD are investigating this fatal shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Police gather in front of a bullet-riddled car on Delachaise and South Robertson in Central City on Monday evening. The NOPD are investigating this fatal shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

An unidentified man was shot to death Monday afternoon inside a vehicle on Delachaise Street in the Milan neighborhood, New Orleans police said.

A visibly distraught man is pulled from the crime scene after rushing under the tape near the sight on a fatal shooting on Delachaise and South Robertson on Monday. The NOPD is currently investigating this shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

A visibly distraught man is pulled from the crime scene after rushing under the tape near the sight on a fatal shooting on Delachaise and South Robertson on Monday. The NOPD is currently investigating this shooting. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jul 182016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

A few years ago, local NBC affiliate WDSU reported on an embarrassment familiar to all New Orleanians, namely the fact that street signs seem to be regarded as more of a luxury in this city than an obvious necessity. Particularly absent are those signs actually identifying the names of streets – you know, so you can actually find your way around.

“If you think about some of the basic things you expect a city to have, in terms of the impression of the city, if it doesn’t have a street sign it kind of lets you know they don’t have it all together,” local resident Francis James told reporters. His intersection had no signs at all. Continue reading »