Feb 282013

A Sixth District task force sergeant stands outside the crime scene marked off at the corner of Camp and Delachaise streets, where a resident was shot in the chest during a carjacking Oct. 2, 2012. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Robert Morris)

Byron J. Johnson (via opcso.org)

After a nearly five-month investigation, police have arrested a 20-year-old “possible career criminal” on attempted murder and robbery charges in the October shooting and carjacking of a well-known attorney who lived on the edge of the Garden District, authorities said Thursday afternoon.

Byron Johnson is accused of being one of three people who shot Sandy Kaynor in his driveway near Camp and Delachaise streets, stole several belongings from inside the home while his wife and daughter were inside, and finally stole his SUV, according to a NOPD news release. Forensic analysis of physical evidence was central to the investigation, police said, and the arrests of Johnson’s alleged accomplices are “imminent.” Continue reading »

Feb 282013

Willis L. Turner (via opcso.org)

Detectives have not been able to ascertain any direct connection among three shootings — injuring four people and killing one — around a small area of Audubon Street in the Fontainebleau and Gert Town this month, but police are increasing patrols there until the violence subsides, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Feb 282013

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

New Orleans will end the first quarter of 2013 on a wonderful roll. In addition to the tens of millions of dollars spent in the local economy during the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras celebrations, the city reaped bushels of positive free publicity that could not have been bought at any price. Continue reading »

Feb 282013

The city official who approved the fence closing Newcomb Boulevard at Freret Street lacked authority to do so, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday, according to a post by Karen Gadbois of The Lens. If the state Supreme Court chooses not to hear the case, then the Newcomb Boulevard Association will likely need the City Council’s approval to keep the fence up, Gadbois writes.

Feb 272013

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell smiles as she takes notes on an issue raised by a member of the Bouligny Improvement Association on Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The use of public space on the Mardi Gras parade routes improved slightly this year, City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said Wednesday night, but the city laws need to be reviewed starting now to make sure that less of the sidewalks and neutral grounds are unfairly co-opted by furniture, ropes and improperly-placed ladders. Continue reading »

Feb 272013

The 111-year-old jail on St. Phillip Street. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

Two days ago via Twitter New Orleans’ own PRC posted a link detailing a list of city owned property likely to soon be available at auction.  The Crescent City remains riddled with blight, therefore the city must own some of it, right?  Right!  My personal favorite on the list happens to be the old jail erected in 1902 at 2552 St. Philip in Treme.  It’s a gorgeous old brick and mortar bunker of a building; today’s new construction absolutely pales in comparison to this craftsmanship.  Unfortunately due to the city’s neglect this sweet corner piece has fallen well beyond disrepair, but fortunately not so far that it can’t be brought back. Continue reading »

Feb 272013

Silver plate with image of a bull’s head by Pablo Picasso, cast by Francois and Peter Hugo.

A silver plate showing an image of a bull’s head by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso (Sp./Fr., 1881-1973), cast by Francois and Peter Hugo of Paris in the mid-1950s, is the anticipated top lot of a massive multi-estate sale planned for March 2-3 by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in the firm’s new gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue.

The plate, numbered 6 of 20 and titled Tete de Taureau (“Head of Bull”), is expected to bring $30,000-$50,000. It is verso stamped “Picasso” and the rim carries the Hugo mark. It is 16 ½ inches in diameter. In all nearly 1,500 quality lots will change hands in a variety of categories: fine art, Asian objects, silver, jewelry, furniture, gold coins, clocks, chandeliers, rugs and more. Continue reading »

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Feb 262013

The section of Jefferson known as Phase II will begin construction in the coming months, followed shortly afterward by Phase I. (image via swbnosela.com)

Following work that has already begun on South Claiborne and Napoleon avenues, contractors will embark on a project in the next few months to install a new box canal under the neutral ground on Jefferson Avenue — with a fourth project on Louisiana Avenue in the foreseeable future.

“By this time next year, Louisiana, Napoleon and Jefferson will all be under construction,” Col. Ed Fleming of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told an audience of 150 Uptown residents Tuesday night. “If you’re going to try to get from Claiborne to Tchoupitoulas, it’s going to be a little difficult.” Continue reading »

Feb 262013

“[Richard] Hamilton is the essence of what I’m looking for,” NOPD Commander Paul Noel said of his 58-year-old rookie in the Uptown-based Second District, in the following report by Mike Hoss of our partners at WWL-TV. “When you see him out in the street, you know he not only walks the beat and talks to people, but you can tell he genuinely cares.”

Feb 262013

Wyatt Silverman and Jules Staib, both 20, were arrested on a variety of drug charges after allegedly accepting a delivery of a package with illegal drugs inside at the Kappa Sigma house on Broadway Street, and a search of their rooms afterward turned up more psychedelics for a total street value of $10,000, according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV.

Feb 262013

jewel bush

As a graduate of Xavier University Preparatory School, I long dreamed that if I ever had a daughter she would attend “The Prep” like I did. This will likely never happen.

Last week, the Sisters of Blessed Sacrament, a Pennsylvania-based religious order, announced that my alma mater would close at the end of the school year. “The figures do not reflect that the future of the Prep will be financially sustainable,” stated a letter I received in the mail on Monday, February 25. Continue reading »

Feb 262013

Veteran Democratic strategist and New Orleans native Donna Brazile is the featured speaker for the Institute of Politics at Loyola University New Orleans March 5 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The CNN and ABC political commentator and vice chair for voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Convention will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the top political issues of the day in “Stirring the Political Pot with CNN’s Donna Brazile.” Continue reading »

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Feb 252013

City Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks at a town hall meeting Monday night at Lafayette Academy in Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The prolonged stretches of darkness that have regularly fallen over Carrollton Avenue after sunset will soon be a thing of the past, City Councilwoman Susan Guidry told residents Monday night, reporting that the city plans to have all of the thoroughfare’s streetlights repaired within 90 days. Continue reading »