Dec 032012
 

Officer Kevin Wheeler (left) receives a plaque from Second District Commander Paul Noel in July of 2012 after being named officer of the month. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

On Nov. 14, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas opened his presentation on the 2013 budget with an example of the department’s excellent everyday police work with an anecdote about Officer Kevin Wheeler.

“Just two weeks ago I was reading reports, and an officer by the name of Wheeler in the Sixth District was riding around in his car, paying very close attention, hears the description of a vehicle wanted for armed robbery and within seconds catches four people who had just committed an armed robbery at Louisiana and Magazine,” Serpas said.

Fourteen days later, the department issued a news release stating that the same officer Wheeler was being dismissed from duty for deploying his Taser on an unarmed subject and for allegedly being untruthful about his report on the incident afterward. Continue reading »

Dec 032012
 

Owen Courreges

SCENE:                  GRAND INQUISITOR’S CHAMBERS, NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (FICTIONAL)

PLAYERS:

APPLICANT:        (Proposing a gas station on an industrial road)

INQUISITOR:      (The singular embodiment of the stubborn will of an association)

(Lights rise slowly.)

(The room is dim. A single spotlight shines on the applicant. He stands flustered before the tribunal as sweat drips from his brow.) Continue reading »

Dec 012012
 

Larry J. Haynes (via NOPD)

After a shooting that killed one woman and injured three other people early Saturday morning on South Roman Street in the Hoffman Triangle area of Central City, police have identified the boyfriend of the woman who survived the shooting as the triggerman and are seeking the public’s help in looking for him. Continue reading »

Dec 012012
 

The Bridge House sign at Grace House, decked out for the holidays. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Marta Jewson)

Bridge House / Grace House is seeking volunteers and supporters for its annual Christmas Dinner for people experiencing homelessness, as well as distribute clothing and toys for children. Continue reading »

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Dec 012012
 

Craig Giesecke

I was sitting at the table last evening having supper by myself (a reasonably frequent situation, given that Kim and I don’t always get hungry at the same time and we’re hungry for different things). Anyway, I was having a typically thrown-together fave of flour tortillas, rolled around some chili, shredded cheese, chopped onion, jalapeno and hot sauce. Pretty simple stuff and very filling. Essentially, some homemade soft tacos and a beer.

This meal has been a mainstay for most of my life, and I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when all of these items weren’t available in the house. Continue reading »

Nov 302012
 

Shantell Johnson (via opcso.org)

A 28-year-old woman was arrested late Thursday in connection with a violent holdup in which a bicyclist was hit by a car from behind before being robbed at gunpoint while still on the ground, police said.

Shantell Johnson robbed the bicyclist of his cash and credit cards during the Nov. 9 incident at Chestnut and General Taylor, according to a report from NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy. Police are now investigating whether Johnson was also responsible for a similar case in the Treme area.

Johnson is charged with a single count of armed robbery, jail records show.

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Nov 302012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

With the holidays coming up, we often reflect upon our riches and give to those that are less fortunate than us. The Polar Express benefit is a concert that doubles as a toy drive for kids at Children’s Hospital and Ochsner. Attendees can either pay a $10 cover ($7 for students with college ID), or opt to bring a toy donation instead. Continue reading »

Nov 302012
 

M.S. Rau Antiques, a French Quarter landmark, has greeted its 100th year with nothing more than the best and is currently hosting its most important exhibition to date, Impressionism: Influences & Impact. The exhibit features work by such master artists as Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and even the beguiling Vincent van Gogh. Continue reading »

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Nov 302012
 

Friends:

We were overjoyed when the November 6th primary results were announced and our campaign came in first place. But our work is not finished; we have one more hill to climb together on December 8 (or early voting, which continues through Saturday, December 1), and I am humbly asking for your vote and support.

From the very beginning, our campaign has focused on the community and the positive outcomes we can achieve when we work together. When we increase economic opportunities, expand public education, eliminate blight and offer accessible and affordable health care, we are improving the quality of life and making our streets safer.  Continue reading »

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