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.
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.
Audubon Charter School’s governing board will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carrollton campus, immediately preceding the school’s Fall Fête.
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.
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.
Boo at the Zoo, the annual Halloween celebration that runs this Friday and Saturday and next weekend, will feature a replica cruise ship built from more than one thousand pumpkins carved by a local sculptor, according to this sneak preview by our partners at WWL-TV:
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.
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.
A 25-year-old woman didn’t get the job she wanted an Irish Channel dog spa last week, so she made off with a computer monitor instead, police said.
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?
A 37-year-old man was found dead Wednesday evening with an apparent stab wound to the shoulder inside a residence in the 1900 block of Josephine Street, police said.
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.
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.”
The former power plant on Market Street emerged from three years of bankruptcy Tuesday with an additional year to redevelop the property — possibly as a movie production studio or retail hub — or to sell it, reports David Hammer of our partners at WWL-TV.
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.
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.
“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.
Uptown Messenger readers,
I’m Eric Strachan, candidate for District B City Council. I was born and raised in District B, and have the best experience for the job. I would appreciate your support at the polls, but first I want to introduce myself to you directly, and talk to you about what’s important to me– safer streets, strong neighborhoods, and more effective city government.
The candidates for the District B seat on the New Orleans City Council were invited to share their visions for Central City on Tuesday night, but all four stayed close to the message they have delivered all over Uptown.