Jul 182014
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

We all know the NOPD is the primary law enforcement agency – but not the only law enforcement agency — in New Orleans. We also have the Harbor Police, the Levee Board Police, HANO Police, the OPSB Police, police forces around the college campuses, hospitals, and the private security details that neighborhood or business associations pay.

Why can’t these individuals receive the additional training necessary to increase their skill levels and become the “first responders” within their jurisdictions? With better training, they could be the primary eyes and ears in their geographic areas easing up some of the pressure on our woefully understaffed NOPD forces. Continue reading »

Jul 162014
 
Police are searching for suspects of armed robberies that happened Monday (NOPD).

Police are searching for suspects of armed robberies that happened Monday (NOPD).

New Orleans Police Department Second District officers are seeking suspects in two armed robbery crimes that occurred same day, they said during a weekly district meeting Wednesday.

Two black males robbed a man sitting on his porch at around 4:20 a.m. on Monday, July 14, Lt. Doug Eckert said at the meeting.

The two suspects pulled up to the victim’s house, located in the 3600 block of Eagle Street, in a white car and approached him while carrying a handgun, according to Eckert. Continue reading »

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Jul 152014
 
From far left, Freret Neighbors United board members Andrew Amacker, Linda Compton and Richard Dimitry, secretary Scott Solo, president Stan Norwood, vice president Michael Collins and board member Matt. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

From far left, Freret Neighbors United board members Andrew Amacker, Linda Compton and Richard Dimitry, secretary Scott Solo, president Stan Norwood, vice president Michael Collins and board member Matt Brichetto. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A mix of longtime Freret neighborhood leaders and recent transplants to the area were chosen as the new leaders of the Neighbors United community group, and among their top priorities is creating a booster club at Evans Park, they said last week. Continue reading »

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Jul 142014
 
Operation Save America is bringing its "Gentle Revolution" to New Orleans, according to its website. (via operationsaveamerica.org)

Operation Save America is bringing its “Gentle Revolution” to New Orleans, according to its website. (via operationsaveamerica.org)

The New Orleans Police Department’s Second District is preparing for Operation Save America anti-abortion protests planned for Uptown starting this weekend, police said at a meeting in headquarters Friday.

Operation Save America, a fundamentalist Christian conservative organization that opposes abortion, has planned a series of protests from Saturday (July 19) to July 26 that they refer to as “Battle for the Heart and Soul of New Orleans.” The movement is sparked by Planned Parenthood’s designs for a new 7,000-square-foot facility on South Claiborne Avenue that would perform abortions, according to the organization’s website. Continue reading »

Jul 142014
 

Owen Courreges

Your home is not a hotel, obviously. However, an ever-growing number of New Orleans homeowners want to run a hotel-type business on the side. With tourism booming in the midst of a generally weak economy, it’s a quick way to make some extra cash.

This is the nexus of the controversy over “illegal short-term rentals” that has been permeating local political discourse in recent months. Due to zoning and licensing laws, there’s simply no way for homeowners to rent a room out as a vacation rental. Most crucial is the fact that any lease has to be for at least 30 days (or 60 days in the French Quarter). Continue reading »