Jan 102013

Firefighter Michael Williams, right, and a city code inspector survey damage from the backyard of a house that collapsed Thursday afternoon in the 700 block of General Pershing. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An image of the house dated March 2011 from Google Maps.

A house under renovation on General Pershing Street collapsed Thursday afternoon, briefly trapping two workers until neighbors could pull them out. Continue reading »

Jan 102013

Dat Dog owner Constantine Georges speaks in favor of a proposed security district to hire private patrols in the Freret neighborhood at a neighborhood meeting Tuesday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A fee of $300 per year on properties in the Freret neighborhood could generate enough money for around-the-clock private security patrols, organizers said this week after examining a map of tax-paying parcels. Continue reading »

Jan 102013

The three Second District officers of the year, holding plaques from left, are Sgt. Jennifer Dupree, Detective Nathan McGhee and Officer Nancy Parker. They are surrounded by members of COPS 2 and Second District Commander Paul Noel at far left. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A handful of officers in the NOPD’s Second District were honored as “the best of the best” this week with awards handed out by an Uptown-based group of citizens who support the district. Continue reading »

Jan 102013

The “My Lil’ Darlin'” all-star revue at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tipitina’s will feature performances by Paul Sanchez and The Rolling Road Show, Little Freddie King, Guitar Lightin’ Lee, Robert Parker, The Pfister Sisters and Clarence “Frogman” Henry, with special appearances by, and a tribute to, Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew, according to a post at “Treme” creator David Simon’s website. It will also include appearances by the cast and crew of the show, with ticket sales supporting the Roots of Music education program in New Orleans.

Tickets are available at the Tipitina’s website.

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Jan 102013

Adam Swickle, one of the investors remaining on the Market Street Power Plant redevelopment project after others were removed in bankruptcy filings, has an unpaid $600,000 judgement against him from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission “for setting up an allegedly fake foreign exchange trading house and making off with investors’ cash,” and “claims he didn’t even know about another $144,000 in judgments against him in New York, this time for knowingly selling real estate investment shares as a part of a fraud scheme that landed three others in jail,” according to a report by David Hammer of our partners at WWL.

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Jan 092013

A home in New Orleans can fetch $1,000 or more per night during the Super Bowl, based on online ads that frequently include Uptown properties. It is illegal in New Orleans to rent out a home for less than 30 days without a permit, but Charles Maldonado of The Gambit found that “the city has issued zero administrative subpoenas in the past six months” despite new ads for rentals being listed daily.

For more, see a followup report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV:

Jan 092013

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

Friends and family of attorney Sandy Kaynor, who was critically wounded three months ago when he was shot during a carjacking attempt in his driveway at Camp and Delachaise streets, are hosting another fundraiser Thursday (Jan. 17) to help defray his ongoing medical costs, they announced. Continue reading »

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Jan 092013

Jean-Paul Villere

“Life is uncertain; eat dessert first,” was one of the standards Gail Cournoyer used to espouse any given workday, and usually a few times of day at that.  I knew Gail when we slung coffee together in a green apron in Boston’s Coolidge Corner over ten years ago.  She was a delightful sort, especially for being a native New Englander, having endured dozens of harsh winters.  Always laughing, always cheery, even during a wicked Nor’easter. Continue reading »

Jan 092013

Larry Haynes Jr. (via opcso.org)

Michael Smith (via opcso.org)

A former Lusher Charter School janitor accused of fatally shooting one woman and injured three others in Central City in December and another man wanted in a shooting death in Gert Town were both arrested on murder charges this week, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Jan 082013

The rear of the fire-damaged home, photographed Wednesday morning. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Firefighters respond to a blaze at a home in the 1400 block of Broadway Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A house in the 1400 block of Broadway Street received “extensive damage” in a fire that broke out Tuesday evening, fire officials said at the scene. Continue reading »

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Jan 082013

820 General Pershing Street, photographed in December.

A plan to tear down a home on General Pershing Street and pave it for a parking lot was rejected by a second city board Tuesday, suggesting long odds for the proposal whenever it reaches the City Council for a final decision. Continue reading »