A second Mississippi man is now wanted in connection with a violent Uptown New Orleans home invasion in January, and investigators continue to hold open the possibility that the duo may be behind a second, similar attack at a different home the same week.
The closure of the Iron Rail Book Collective amid a series of controversial NOPD actions in the Marigny and its subsequent reopening will be the discussion topic Saturday morning at this month’s Gillespie Memorial Community Breakfast at Uptown’s First Unitarian Universalist Church.
You’ve kicked the Kentucky Derby, polished off the Preakness Stakes, but there’s one more to go: the Belmont Stakes, the third and final event of thoroughbred racing coming up tomorrow, June 11th. There’s only one drink to have in your hand as the hooves come thundering down the track, and that’s the Belmont Breeze, the one-of-a-kind cocktail invented just for the Belmont Stakes by “King Cocktail” Dale DeGroff. A delicious combination of whiskey, sherry, fresh juices, and sodas (see the official recipe here), the Belmont Breeze is available at Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar for just $5 only on race day!
Throw in an order for the Best Roast Beef Po-Boy on Earth, and you’re holding a winning ticket. The starting pistol fires at 6pm, but Tracey’s is open at 11am daily. Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar is located in the Irish Channel at the corner of Magazine and Third. For more information, see http://traceysnola.com.
A 15-year-old was arrested Thursday evening in connection with a mugging in the Milan neighborhood, the third in a string of NOPD victories this week in battling the wave of armed robberies that swept Uptown in May.
An nearly hour-long power loss at the Sewerage and Water Board’s main power plants caused low water pressure around the city starting just before 11 a.m. Thursday, but power has been restored, pressure is returning, and the water was safe throughout the incident, according to a S&WB news release.
(Updated 2:36 p.m. Thursday)
Three teenagers arrested immediately after an armed-robbery attempt in the French Quarter on Tuesday night have also been charged in a mugging in the Irish Channel from about an hour earlier, and investigators are looking into the possibility of their involvement in more of Uptown’s armed robberies, police said.
Re-imagine Julius Caesar as an illustrious Depression-era Louisiana governor, and you have this year’s opening production in the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, which begins with a preview performance tonight.
“When I began thinking about setting this production in the 1930s, I began to realize that New Orleans’ history provides rich inspiration for Caesar in Huey Long, the popular, charismatic ruler whose opponents thought had dictatorial tendencies, and who was eventually assassinated,” director Amy Boyce Holtcamp told New Wave, the university’s online news site.
NOPD Sixth District Commander Bob Bardy will be among the speakers at tonight’s meeting of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association.
The Irish Channel has fared relatively better than some Uptown neighborhoods amid the last month’s wave of armed robberies: about three muggings have been reported in the channel, and other than those incidents, a half dozen home break-ins have been the most serious crimes reported since the beginning of May. Suspects from a shooting in the nearby St. Thomas development, however, fled into the channel before police found them.
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Two months ago, residents near the 2100 block of General Taylor in the Milan neighborhood likened it to a war zone, cowering in their homes while the latest gun battle raged in the street, then wearily emerging to pull the bullets out of their homes.
On Wednesday night, Milan residents celebrated the armistice since then with a party in that very block.
“It’s like a dream,” said nearby resident Helene Barnett. “To be perfectly honest, who would have thought that in New Orleans, the police would respond to our request? But they’re walking the beat. On a scale of one to 10, it’s gone from a one to an eight almost overnight.”
The dilapidated structure at 1026 Melpomene is now scheduled for sheriff’s sale due to the persistence of neighbors in pursuing it with the city, according to an article by Karen Gadbois of The Lens.
Two more armed robberies were reported in the Milan and Irish Channel neighborhoods Tuesday night, but investigators believe they are nearing arrests in several of the more than 30 muggings in Uptown New Orleans over the last month.
As my thoughts are wont to do, the other day my mind started musing, this time on bikes, and I began to wonder “When was the bicycle invented?” A Google search later, low and behold, turns out the pedals and cranks were first fabbed in 1861 by Ernest Michaux making this year, 2011, their sesquicentennial. Soooo, happy birthday (modern) bicycle! You’re 150 years young! Somehow I thought you would be older than that, because really you are. Dating back to Da Vinci, but then maybe not. Who can say? Nonetheless I hope Smucker’s and Willard Scott give you mad props on the Today Show real soon!
Months of organizing against the roots of violent crime in the Milan community will culminate tonight (Wednesday, June 8th) with a block party featuring food, kids’ activities and an assessment of the progress made so far.
A group of Uptown pastors and residents believe that the root of the rampant crime in New Orleans is social isolation — neighbors who don’t care for or even know their neighbors — and in search of a solution, they proposed Tuesday night a grand variation on a simple idea: the community picnic.
New Orleans’ murder rates are the highest in the nation, fueled by a kill-or-be-killed street culture in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, said attendees of the “Cops, Clergy and Community” crime-reduction meeting at St. George’s Episcopal Church on St. Charles Avenue. That same despair and disregard for life leads to crime all over the city, however, making crime anywhere in New Orleans every resident’s problem, said the Rev. James Quibley of St. George’s.
Investigators have identified a suspect in one of the first armed robberies of the wave through Uptown in May, and are seeking the public’s help finding him.
The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association quietly chose a new president and several new board members last week in an election that showed little sign of the occasionally strong disagreements within the group over the last few months.
(Updated 8:44 a.m. Tuesday)
As the pattern of Uptown muggings slows and moves slightly downriver, another robbery at gunpoint was reported Sunday evening in the Irish Channel and a carjacking was reported Monday morning in Central City.