Oct 192012
 

The organization surrounding alleged crime lord Telly Hankton in Central City “murdered rival drug dealers, intimidated witnesses, attempted to obstruct the state criminal justice system by having associates provide false alibi testimony in state court, and murdered a witness’ family member in an effort to obstruct justice,” writes Brendan McCarthy of our partners at WWL-TV in a report on the family’s federal indictment Friday afternoon. Members of his family, including his mother, were detained in an early morning roundup in the 1900 block of Josephine, McCarthy reports.

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Oct 192012
 

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

Everyone at some point gets that dreaded little letter in the mail, with two words stamped on the front in unmistakable red letters: JURY SUMMONS.  Having never been called to serve jury duty until this past month, a string of expletives left my mouth when I found that little love note from Orleans Parish in the mailbox. It couldn’t have come at a worse time: October is absolutely the busiest month of the year for me. There’s New Orleans Fashion Week to attend, Halloween costumes to sew, and given I work in a retail store that sells costumes, we are really damn busy. Like “curl into the fetal position under the bathroom sink after the shift” type of busy.  But instead of trying to lie and weasel my way out of it, I chalked it up to my civic duty, sucked it up, and went. Continue reading »

Oct 192012
 

The deaths this week in Gert Town of two small children allegedly at the hands of their mother, 23-year-old Chelsea Thornton, continues to reflect on the treatment of the mentally ill in New Orleans, as family members described the woman as bipolar and schizophrenic but recently off her medication, according to a report by Scott Satchfield and our partners at WWL-TV.

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Oct 192012
 

Thousands attend the First Annual Children’s Book Festival at Milton H. Latter Memorial Library in 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Uptown New Orleans festival calendar is crowded this weekend with compelling options that include the Children’s Book Festival at Latter Library, the Seventh Annual Broadmoor Festival and the annual Fall Fête at Audubon Charter School. Continue reading »

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Oct 192012
 

By Dana Kaplan

New Orleans is a unique city in many ways, one of which is the way our city government and representation is structured. Cities much smaller than New Orleans have twice as many City Council members, which allows them to specialize on different issues. The relatively small number of New Orleans City Council members requires each member to have a broad-based knowledge on nearly every issue from education to infrastructure, blight and ethics to job creation.

That’s why I’ve released a comprehensive platform on my website www.danakaplannola.com. I want voters and residents of District B to know how I intend to address the multitude of challenges and issues facing our city. Continue reading »

Oct 182012
 

Construction continues on the first floor of the Neighborhood Housing Services building on Freret Street, where the PubliQ House will open next month. (photo by Marta Jewson for UptownMessenger.com)

Article by Marta Jewson, for UptownMessenger.com

Funky Butt Jazz Club owner Shanekah Peterson will reopen her storied establishment at a new location on Freret Street at the end of this year, part of the next wave of new business openings on the corridor that also includes another cocktail bar, an upscale sandwich counter and a coffee shop. Continue reading »

Oct 182012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

With less than three weeks before the Presidential event, the voters are beginning to make a more firm decision on their choice for president. At the moment President Obama may have a slight lead over Mitt Romney but they are so close within the margin of error that either could be victorious on Election Day.

And yet they are so different on the major issues that affect every one of us every day, like the economy, for example, and health care. All indicators show that the economy is starting to rebound – slowly- but still moving in the right direction thanks to cyclical patters of business and probably not because of anything special President Obama did. Yet who among us does not know a family whose breadwinner has been laid off causing great stress and fear? Continue reading »

Oct 172012
 

Tulane sent members of the university community emails and text alerts about “reports of shots fired” and urging them to seek shelter Wednesday afternoon, but a few minutes later issued a statement that no shooting incident had taken place and that the messages were inadvertently sent during a test of a new system. Continue reading »

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Oct 172012
 

An officer emerges from the upstairs apartment where two children were found dead Wednesday evening in the 3300 block of Audubon Court. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chelsea Thornton (via opcso.org)

A 23-year-old woman shot her 3-year-old son and then drowned her 4-year-old daughter in the bathtub of a Gert Town apartment Wednesday, then took a bus to the hospital with complaints of a stomach ache, police said. Continue reading »

Oct 172012
 

Dana Kaplan is surrounded by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond and other elected officials Wednesday afternoon in a news conference announcing their endorsements. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A week after grabbing attention with the largest remaining fundraising war chest, Dana Kaplan bolstered her campaign for the open District B seat on the New Orleans City Council by announcing endorsements Wednesday from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond and five other prominent elected officials.

“I’m very excited by this broad base of support,” Kaplan said after the news conference. “I didn’t run for office knowing I would get it.” Continue reading »

Oct 172012
 

In a flurry of recent restaurant news around Uptown, the Rouses store on Tchoupitoulas has opened a sit-down restaurant, a new barbecue restaurant is going in next to Le Bon Temps Roule on Magazine, Velvet Espresso is opening a location on O.C. Haley Boulevard, and Dunbar’s is moving again. Continue reading »

Oct 172012
 

Police are searching for the silver, four-door sedan shown in this image. (via NOPD)

Two men — one wearing an ankle monitor as he awaits trial on a carjacking charge — were wounded in a drive-by shooting Tuesday afternoon in the 4300 block of Washington Avenue, and police are hoping the public can help find the car used in the attack, authorities said.

The two men were walking on Washington Avenue around 3 p.m. Tuesday when a silver, four-door sedan approached from behind, police said. The driver’s-side doors of the vehicle opened, and at least two occupants of the vehicle began shooting, then drove off, police said.

The 19-year-old victim was shot in the leg, and the 21-year-old victim was hit in the hand, police said. Neither injury is considered life-threatening.

The 21-year-old victim was Kerwinell Singleton, who was wearing an electronic ankle monitor at the time of the shooting after his arrest last September following a carjacking near Coliseum Square. Singleton’s ankle bracelet was working properly at the time of the shooting, as he was within the geographic boundaries set by the court and not out past his 6 p.m. curfew, according to a statement by Sheriff Marlin Gusman.

Singleton had actually been in court on Tuesday for a hearing and is scheduled to return for another appearance Dec. 5, Gusman notes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Warren Walker of the NOPD Second District at 658-6020, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

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Oct 172012
 

Jean-Paul Villere

“Da-aad?” called out my 3-year-old in a singsong, next-room voice as the Sunday sun crept up over the horizon, “This morning (pause) I didn’t pee in your bed.”  I respond, same singsong and with a slight smile, “O-kay, thank you.” And while I was pleased to learn for at least one night my mattress went urine-free, I had to laugh a little.  The night before, 4 hours away, and a state over, my 20-year high school reunion had taken place without me, and frankly I’m OK with that.  But after waking up before the sun and seeing the ample Facebook posts from those in attendance I quickly wondered how many therein also woke up to a urine-free slumber and based upon the pics I wouldn’t say it was a lock.  Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves, maybe some more than others, and maybe others more than some.  That said, I hope everyone made the effort enjoyed themselves responsibly, urine-free sleep and all. Continue reading »