Apr 302015
 
Police vehicles surround Dat Dog on Freret Street and neighbors and employees talk outside after a robbery attempt and shooting inside the business on Dec. 17, 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Police vehicles surround Dat Dog on Freret Street and neighbors and employees talk outside after a robbery attempt and shooting inside the business on Dec. 17, 2012. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nathaniel Jones (via opcso.org)

Nathaniel Jones (via opcso.org)

A 22-year-old man accepted a 25-year prison sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to shooting a Dat Dog employee during robbery attempt at the popular Freret Street restaurant in late 2012, court documents show. Continue reading »

Apr 302015
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

Sunday, May 3, should be a pretty good 54th birthday for U.S. Senator David Vitter, the clear frontrunner in the Louisiana’s governor’s race. Vitter has raised $1.1 million in the most recent campaign finance period which ended earlier this week and still has $4.2 million on hand, more than the other three major candidates combined. That total does not include Vitter’s SuperPac which is also sitting on millions.

While money does not always dictate the outcome of campaigns, it certainly makes it easier to spread a candidate’s message through television, direct mail, phone banks, election day activities and all those other indicators of a truly successful campaign. Continue reading »

Apr 292015
 

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell takes notes during a meeting of the Bouligny Improvement Association in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com  file photo by Robert Morris)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell takes notes during a meeting of the Bouligny Improvement Association in 2013. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

New Orleans City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell will speak to the Faubourg Avart Neighborhood Association tonight, as members discuss issues related to zoning, stormwater drainage, the proposed expansion of the city’s historic districts and other issues. Continue reading »

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Apr 282015
 
The Uptown Pharmacy at Nashville and Magazine was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Uptown Pharmacy at Nashville and Magazine was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday, police say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A pharmacy at Nashville Avenue and Magazine Street that was open in spite of the power outage following Monday’s storms in New Orleans was robbed at gunpoint of cash and painkillers by three masked men on Tuesday afternoon, police and the victims said. Continue reading »

Apr 272015
 

Cody Hunter (via opcso.org)

Cody Hunter (via opcso.org)

Jovonta Robertson (via opsco.org)

Jovonta Robertson (via opsco.org)

Joseph Morgan (via opcso.org)

Joseph Morgan (via opcso.org)

Three men opened fire on a group of four teenagers Monday night on Constance Street in the Irish Channel — critically wounding one of them in the head — but all three suspects were arrested shortly afterward on charges of attempted murder, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Apr 272015
 
A homeowner in the 1200 block of Lowerline examines a power line pulled down by a falling tree branch in his front yard during Monday morning's storms. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A homeowner in the 1200 block of Lowerline examines a power line pulled down by a falling tree branch in his front yard during Monday morning’s storms. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Outages as of 6:04 p.m. (via Entergy)

Outages as of 6:04 p.m. (via Entergy)

More than 11,000 New Orleans homes and businesses remain without power as the sun sets Monday evening, and some of those could last as long as Wednesday, though 400 more workers are en route to the city from Baton Route to aid with the recovery, Entergy officials said. Continue reading »

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Apr 272015
 

See below for live coverage via Twitter of the aftermath of Monday’s storms around Uptown New Orleans from UptownMessenger.com.

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Apr 272015
 
Three New Orleans police officers examine the crosswalk along Magazine Street where gunfire broke out on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Three New Orleans police officers examine the crosswalk along Magazine Street where gunfire broke out on Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courreges

In case of emergency, call 911. Then wait. And wait. And wait.

If you wait long enough, there’s some chance the line will just disconnect. Then you can try again. Repeat as necessary.

This was certainly the lesson learned by onlookers to a shooting this past Wednesday in the Lower Garden District on Magazine Street. The pair, two workers toiling away in an nearby office, heard the sound of gunshots and then peered out the window to view the aftermath. There, they saw some men scrambling. Thankfully, nobody was hit.

Both of the witnesses dutifully called 911. The first waited for nearly three minutes for her call to be answered. The other waited the same amount of time… only to be disconnected. Continue reading »

Apr 262015
 

A map of the Carrollton area, via NOPD. The robberies from this morning have not yet appeared on the crime maps.

A map of the Carrollton area, via NOPD. The robberies from this morning have not yet appeared on the crime maps.

Two women were each hit by armed assailants in two separate robberies overnight within minutes of each other in the Carrollton neighborhood, New Orleans Police said Sunday morning, and another woman was attacked in a home invasion on Baronne Street in Central City. Continue reading »