Oct 242016
 
The suspect in the robbery of Uptown Beauty on Friday, Oct. 21. (via NOPD)

The suspect in the robbery of Uptown Beauty on Friday, Oct. 21. (via NOPD)

Kenneth Barnes (via NOPD)

Kenneth Barnes (via NOPD)

A beauty supply store, a gas station and a sandwich shop along the Carrollton corridor were each the locations of robbery incidents over the weekend, but police have identified a wanted serial robber as a suspect in one and released a surveillance photo from another.

The first robbery took place around 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Uptown Beauty at 8200 South Claiborne Avenue, police reports show. A man with a gun walked into the store from a rear entrance, put a gun to the cashier’s abdomen, and took $600 from the register, the reports state.

The gunman — whose image was caught on security camera — was described as a thin, 5-foot-7 black man in his early 20s with a dark skin tone and a thin mustache, the report states.

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Around 8 p.m., the Shell Gas Station at 600 South Carrollton was robbed by a man wielding a box cutter, according to the report in that case. Investigators have identified the suspect as 47-year-old Kenneth Barnes, who was already wanted in four other armed robberies of businesses along the Carrollton corridor from March to September, police have said.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a man with a box cutter made another robbery attempt at the Jimmy John’s restaurant at 7600 Maple Street, police said. When he confronted the employees there, however, they all ran out of the store, and he left without getting any money, the report states.

Anyone with information in any of the three cases above is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Brandon Wilfred (via NOPD)

Brandon Wilfred (via NOPD)

Finally, police made an arrest in the Oct. 11 robbery in the 1300 block of Coliseum Street in the Lower Garden District. After investigators identified 25-year-old Brandon Wilfred as the suspect, he turned himself in at the NOPD Sixth District station on Friday, where he was booked on a charge of armed robbery, the report states.

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Oct 242016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Mayor Landrieu’s 2017 budget has been released, and true to form, Landrieu proposes to nickel and dime the citizens of New Orleans for scraps of revenue. In order to generate an additional $5 million, Landrieu plans to double the number of red light and speed cameras, adding a whopping 56 cameras around the city. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 

by Stephanie Standige

Ronald Reagan designated the month of October as the national month of remembrance of infant loss, stillborn and miscarriage. October 15th is reserved as the National Day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL). This acknowledgement aims to raise awareness of the prominence of infant death and pregnancy loss and to support those who have experienced the ultimate type of bereavement. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 

On Wednesday, October 26th, LCIA is hosting a breakfast workshop, “HR in the AM: Running Out of Time to Comply with New Overtime Rules”. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Small business attorney Terese Bennett will give a presentation outlining new overtime laws.

Significant changes to federal overtime rules take effect on December 1, 2016, raising the salary threshold for exempt workers to $913/week or $47,466 a year. Ms. Bennett will discuss the ins-and-outs of the new rules, including an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act and options for compliance. She’ll also give attendees a step-by-step checklist to help you prepare for those changes. Continue reading »

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Oct 212016
 

It’s that time again: New Orleans’ favorite food festival honoring our indigenous sandwich is back. This year, local craft breweries have joined forces with local chefs to compliment the contents of the Liedenheimers.

Poboy Fest Selection (via Instagram)

Poboy Fest Selection (via Instagram)

It all takes place on Oak Street. The old Carrollton shopping main-street of our parents and grandparent’s heyday may be gone, but there is currently a renaissance in flux. Meisel’s Fabrics and Hasse’s were some of the last holdouts of the old Oak, and Hasse’s remains, still supplying smocking and monograms to Uptown’s youngest. However, the new Oak is more about food, and the natural progression of the Oak revival as restaurant corridor has been the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. Continue reading »

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Oct 212016
 
Verret's Lounge at 1738 Washington Avenue, photographed in April 2016 (via Google)

Verret’s Lounge at 1738 Washington Avenue, photographed in April 2016 (via Google)

Powell Miller, an attorney for Verret's Lounge, questions the need for armed security guards before the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday, Oct. 18. (via City of New Orleans)

Powell Miller, an attorney for Verret’s Lounge, questions the need for armed security guards before the city Alcohol Beverage Control board on Tuesday, Oct. 18. (via City of New Orleans)

An attorney for Verret’s Lounge — the Central City bar where a man was fatally shot in January — asked the city’s alcohol board this week how long they would be required to maintain an armed security guard on the weekends. Continue reading »

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Oct 212016
 

The woman who drowned in Audubon Park had left her family behind in Massachusetts a year ago and suffered untreated mental illness, said the Orleans Parish Coroner. Meanwhile, the woman who was fatally shot last weekend on Jackson Avenue has yet to be identified, officials said. Continue reading »

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Oct 212016
 

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There’s no doubt about it: this week’s lineup is very eclectic. We’ve got BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN, GIRL ASLEEP, and DENIAL opening this week, while QUEEN OF KATWEAMERICAN HONEY, and BIRTH OF A NATION all return this week for those who missed out the first time around.

GIRL ASLEEP has been talked about in our office since the very first moment we saw the trailer. It might be unfair to label it as Australia’s answer to Napoleon Dynamite, but if you’re looking to explain to your friends what it’s like it is a good shorthand answer. Filled with amazing characters and moments of pure delight, we assure you that you will not spend one sleepy moment watching it.
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Oct 202016
 

lyceeThe Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans board met this Monday and praised the school’s athletics program for their first victory in flag football and for 5th grader Chase Duvernay winning a medal in every cross country event this fall sports season — the first student athlete to win a sports medal in the young school’s history. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 

(images via NOPD)

(images via NOPD)

New Orleans police are hoping the public can help find a suspect investigators identified in a September robbery on Adams Street, a suspect in a rash of robberies at Carrollton busiensses, and help identify a “person of interest” in last week’s robbery on Coliseum Street, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 

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Each year, the Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) hosts DANCING FOR THE ARTS, a fabulous gala featuring celebrity dancers, specialty cocktails, a silent auction, and fine fare. Modeled after the ABC Network’s popular reality television program Dancing with the Stars, our event will feature local community leaders and philanthropists competing on the dance floor with professional dancers in support of YALA’s afterschool and summer arts education programs. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 
Moderator  Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Moderator Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

There are not too many legislative initiatives that Congressman Cedric Richmond and all seven members of the City Council agree on, but the opportunity for the Office of the Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson to become more independent is one of them. Continue reading »

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Oct 192016
 
The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

The LaFon fountain in its current state. (photo by Kara Mattini, courtesy of Coliseum Square Association)

By Claire Byun

Lafon Fountain waters will hopefully flow again next year, thanks to a neighborhood organization’s fundraising efforts. Continue reading »

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