Jun 022011

Three robberies have been reported this week, and police are continuing to investigate last week's home-invasion robbery on Annunciation as well.

Three more armed robberies have been reported in Uptown New Orleans this week, including one in which a man was shot while trying to run away from his assailants, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 022011

Properties around Uptown scheduled for sheriff's auction June 2.

Properties in a number of Uptown New Orleans neighborhoods will be up for sale today at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office at noon today (June 2) at the Civil District Courthouse, 421 Loyola Avenue (at Poydras Street). See below for properties included in the auction, or visit the sheriff’s website for a full list: Continue reading »

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Jun 022011

Solutions Not Shootings will be sponsoring a free, open-air showing of Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, June 2) in the park at Martin Luther King Boulevard and South Liberty. In addition to the film, the event will also feature a Michael Jackson impersonator, a moonwalking contest and free snacks and drinks.

Jun 022011

Police officers interview a man at the scene of an alleged robbery on Clara Street near Valence. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After a recent rash of violent armed robberies in Uptown New Orleans, report of another on Clara Street on Wednesday afternoon drew the rapid response of nearly a dozen officers, but the alleged victim then withdrew his account, raising investigators’ suspicions as to what actually happened in the first place. Continue reading »

Jun 012011

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas responds to concerns raised by Uptown neighborhood associations over coming changes to the city's paid detail system. (via WWL-TV)

Leaders of three neighborhoods representing thousands of Uptown New Orleans homes worry that upcoming changes intended to reduce corruption in police overtime work will weaken the protection they receive from off-duty officers, and are requesting a meeting with NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas to discuss the reforms. Continue reading »

Jun 012011

Three sex crimes have been reported to NOPD in as many days, but the cases show substantial differences. (via NOPD)

[Editor’s note: Updated at 9:18 p.m.]

The victims in two sexual assaults early Sunday morning — one on Broadway, one on Jefferson — described attackers of two different races, police said, suggesting that the attacks may be unrelated despite their close time and location. Continue reading »

Jun 012011

Memorial Day has come and with it, the full brunt of the summer heat. Is your attic getting too expensive to cool, or your air conditioning unit struggling to keep up? Contrary to popular belief, cooling issues in a home are rarely caused by lack of A/C output — instead, they’re usually due to insufficient insulation in the attic. To help you control the heat in your home, and stay cool this summer, GreenBean Insulation is offering a $200 coupon to readers of the Uptown Messenger off the cost of any insulation work this summer.

See below for more details.

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Jun 012011

Jean-Paul Villere

Today, June 1, the 2011 hurricane season officially begins again. Two words of wisdom for you: settle down. No, really. Settle. Down. Whether you realize it or not, this is one the many things in your life you simply cannot control. Put away the Xanax drip, accept it, and move on. Simple as that. Live your life. Make some groceries. Stream some Netflix. Tweet. Whatever you do, do it. Ain’t nothing you can do. Like death and taxes. So get over it. Hurricane season lives in your head because you let it. And why? I don’t know. Turn off your head. Because if you really, really, really think about hurricane season you could bruise your brain. What category, on whatever projected trajectory, and named what? Arlene? Bret? Cindy? Those are just the first three to be named this season. What a world we live in, choosing random names each year, potentially stigmatizing one’s birth name. I think I’m pretty safe in that regard. To my knowledge no hyphenated names have ever graced the list. No Hurricane Jean-Paul in anyone’s future. At least not in the Gulf. But give me a couple of shots of espresso and scatter zoom! Continue reading »

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Jun 012011

The Uptown-based NOPD Second District leadership will hold its weekly meetings at noon Wednesdays in the following locations:

  • June 1: The second-floor Octavia Room in Loyola University’s Danna Center
  • June 8 and 15: Children’s Hospital, 200 Henry Clay
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May 312011

The Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association will elect a new president and governing board during its annual meeting at 6:45 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, June 1) at Milestone Sabis Academy, 5951 Patton Street. Continue reading »

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