Ulysses Cooks, 44, was found guilty two years ago on a charge of principal to attempted murder of an alleged drug dealer in a Washington Avenue apartment in the Hoffman Triangle section of Central City, but a state appeals court ruled that the victim in that case was actually the aggressor, and that it was irrational to infer that Cooks ordered him to be shot, reports John Simerman of The Times-Picayune. After the state Supreme Court refused to reconsider the appeals court’s decision to toss Cooks’ 50-year habitual-offender sentence, Cooks received permission Thursday to leave jail.
The 610 Stompers will bring their throwback antics to bars across Uptown New Orleans on Saturday to raise money for the Roots of Music education program, but the 80s-themed fun will get an early start tonight with a registration party at Le Bon Temps Roule.
Maybe it’s because I work in retail, but every now and then I’ll hear a retail hell story that really sticks with me. Stores get shoplifted from, robbed, and occasionally employees steal from you. Customers get irate, but you have to kill them with kindness even if they aren’t right. Recently I heard a whopper that’s so juicy and far flung, it sounds like it’s straight from a daytime soap opera.
Two women were hit by gunshots in the 2000 block of Second Street on Thursday night, and a man was shot in the stomach near Willow and Third early Friday morning, according to police reports.
The New Orleans Mission, which announced earlier this week that it would be closing for lack of money, will remain open after an infusion of cash, but its directors will be stepping down, officials announced.
An appearance by Saints quarterback Drew Brees before the New Orleans City Council helped his proposed Jimmy John’s sandwich shop over the goal line Thursday afternoon, and the redevelopment of the LaSalle School that has bitterly divided one Uptown neighborhood also won approval without so much as a comment in opposition.
The political acrimony that dominated city politics during a month-long stalemate was seemingly swept aside Thursday morning, when the City Council was all smiles and roses as they welcomed Diana Bajoie to the District B seat.
“I’m excited about all the good work I know you’re going to do in District B,” said Councilwoman-at-Large Stacy Head, whose own choice for the seat was passed over by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in choosing Bajoie on Tuesday.
The NOPD will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in “the Uptown area” beginning at 9 p.m. tonight and lasting until 5 a.m., authorities announced.
The citizens of New Orleans scored a big victory yesterday when Mayor Mitch Landrieu appointed former state senator Diana Bajoie to fill the interim District B City Council seat. A skilled legislator and smart negotiator, Diana is moderate in tone and quite capable of bridging the gap between the Council’s various factions and working effectively with Mayor Landrieu.
A number of initial questions were answered and many more new ones were raised Wednesday night when Tulane University officials met with hundreds of Uptown residents about plans to build a football stadium on campus.
Several blocks of Richard, Annunciation and Constance in the Lower Garden District will be closed for filming from Thursday morning through Monday evening, city officials announced.
Tulane University is providing free parking in a lot on Claiborne Avenue for tonight’s community forum about its proposed on-campus stadium and shuttle service to the meeting location on the opposite end of campus, officials said.
“Does that include my discount?” barked the patron from across the empty room at Blue Dot Donuts in MidCity early and just after opening this past Sunday morning.
Two proposed developments — the conversion of the historic LaSalle School on Perrier Street into upscale condos and the creation of a Jimmy Johns sandwich shop on Maple Street — could receive long-awaited decisions when the City Council reconvenes Thursday after its recent hiatus.
The New Orleans Mission on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard will close Friday until mid-September for lack of money, according to our partners at WWL-TV. “The mission houses between 160 to 180 people per night, and serves roughly 12,000 meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner — per month,” the station reports.
Brianna Allen, the 5-year-old girl who was killed last week when three men opened fire on two others at a child’s birthday party on Simon Bolivar Avenue, was remembered at a Tuesday morning funeral that included Archbishop Gregory Aymond among the mourners, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has not said whom he will choose to serve in the District B seat, but he sent council members a letter Monday saying that the city attorney has determined George does not fit the legal requirements of having held a primary residence in District B for two years, and thus will not appoint him, reports Gambit’s Clancy Dubos. The person Landrieu selects will serve until this fall, when District B voters elect a representative to finish out Stacy Head’s term to 2014.
A man whose body was found in the backyard of his home in the 4100 block of Baronne Street on Sunday died of natural causes, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office told our partners at WWL-TV.