Oct 192011

The NOPD Second District will hold its weekly meetings of the district’s ranking officers on Thursdays “for the foreseeable future,” according to an email alert. This week’s meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Second District station at Magazine and Napoleon.

The meetings are open to the public.

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Oct 192011

Authorities are now acknowledging more vocally that Saturday night’s killing of 61-year-old Curtis Matthews in front of the Jazz Daiquiri shop on South Claiborne may have been revenge for his brother’s recent testimony against convicted murderer Telly Hankton.

“Behind us is the scene of what I’m sure the Hankton clan thinks is a site of intimidation,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference in front of the store, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. “That is, if they spray enough bullets and they scare enough people, that the people of New Orleans are gonna walk away. Well, I’m here to tell you that we’re not.”

To leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for the $15,000 cash reward, call CrimeStoppers at (504) 822-1111 or toll free at 1 (877) 903-STOP.

Oct 192011

Green jello shots from Tracey's. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

This Friday, Oct. 21st Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar will be celebrating with a Halfway to St Patrick’s Day Party! Green jello shots, green drinks, corned beef and cabbage… Tracey’s will be in full Irish spirit with a great lineup:
Steve Reynolds the Magnificent Magician 4-6pm
Hot Club of New Orleans will play from 5-7pm
The Halfway to St Patrick’s Day Party is just one of the many fun things planned for the month of October at Tracey’s.  Continue reading to find out more October events at Tracey’s.
Oct 192011

One of the most intriguing blighted properties in the city, on Simon Bolivar Avenue (photo by Jean-Paul Villere)

Jean-Paul Villere

Two weeks ago I wrote a piece contrasting the Hornets “I’m In” campaign to the city’s “Fight the Blight” with mixed responses.  And that’s to be expected.  Along with this, recently the city facilitated yet another round of tax sales for delinquent property owners in Orleans Parish, and some of these properties are, yes, blighted.  By city ordinance, a successful bidder on a tax year for a property is entitled to a certain percentage of ownership of that tax year for that property.  Depending on the outcome and competitiveness of the bidding process some times that ownership is 100% and other times as little as 1%.  It gets more layered, so stay with me.  On paper, the goal of the tax sale is to get these properties righted on their parish debt and back into commerce, whether through a prescriptive period of delinquency and subsequent sale or the offender’s righting of their own tax debt themselves.  If the property is not deemed blighted the prescriptive period is 3 years, and if it is blighted it’s cut in half to 18 months.  This all seems relatively simple and plainly spelled out, right?  It is, kinda. Continue reading »

Oct 182011

Saints fans! Fresco Cafe is continuing its football special from September: with the purchase of any large gourmet pizza, enjoy a pitcher of Miller Lite or Abita Amber for $1 only. Yes, you read that right – a full pitcher of ice-cold beer for just one dollar. No matter which team you support, now that’s something you can really root for! Throw in the new fall special – a cranberry and walnut chicken salad, served either as a wrap or over greens for just $8.75 – for a perfect way to cheer on the black and gold.

Whether you’re looking for a place to grab lunch between classes (Fresco Cafe accepts the Tulane SplashCard and NolaBucks), or need a spot to meet clients or colleagues, Fresco Cafe is the perfect choice. Fresco Cafe is located at 7625 Maple Street, and is open from 11-10 nightly. For more information visit the Fresco Cafe website at http://www.frescocafe.us/, visit their Facebook page, or call 504-862-6363 to place an order. Online ordering is available at http://www.frescoonline.com/.

Oct 172011

It would be “irresponsible” to speculate on a motive in Saturday night’s killing of the brother of a key witness in the recently concluded murder trial of Telly Hankton, said District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, who added that his office does not protect the family members of witnesses, according to our reporting partners at WWL-TV. Meanwhile, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas sought to refocus public attention on the guilty verdict in the trial itself.

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Oct 172011

Issues regarding Finger Lick’n Wings on Jackson Street, the Precinct bar on Annunciation and the Eiffel Society are all set for discussion by the Coliseum Square Association at tonight’s meeting (Monday, Oct. 17). Continue reading »

Oct 172011

The Gem Theater (photographed by Charles L. Franck Photographers, held in the Historic New Orleans Collection, via Louisiana Digital Libraries, louislibraries.org)

The theater today (via prcno.org)

The old Gem Theater in Central City is on the city’s demolition agenda today (Monday, Oct. 17), as are a former fast-food restaurant on South Carrollton, a camelback and a double in the Freret neighborhood, and assortment of other homes in Broadmoor, Central City and Hollygrove. Continue reading »

Oct 172011

Owen Courrèges

Last week, I was waiting in line at the local corner grocery and both lanes were open.  One lane was taken up by a woman and the other by a man, who appeared to be husband and wife.  I didn’t understand why they were checking out separately until the woman whipped out her Louisiana Purchase Card. Continue reading »

Oct 162011

Firefighters battle a house fire at the corner of Dublin and Cohn streets Sunday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The lights went out in Rob Krzenski’s living room just before 9 p.m. When he saw an electrical socket glowing, he knew something was very wrong.

“I yelled at my wife to get the kids out, I banged on the door so the tenants would get out, and I grabbed the garden hose,” Krzenski said. Continue reading »

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Oct 162011

The 61-year-old man gunned down near Jazz Daiquiri on South Claiborne was a co-owner of the shop, and his brother was a key witness in the recent murder trial of Telly Hankton, our reporting partners at WWL-TV confirmed Sunday.

The victim in Sunday’s shooting is Curtis Matthews, the coroner’s office said. His brother, John Matthews, provided testimony against Hankton in a 2008 killing near the daiquiri shop, and survived being shot 17 times himself in 2010.