Feb 152011
 

Police look for shell casings near the scene of a shooting at La Salle and Soniat streets Sunday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The man killed in a shooting Sunday night on LaSalle Street was awaiting trial for possession of guns and drugs in a house nearby, police said, prompting residents trying to revitalize the Freret neighborhood to re-examine their options to deal with problematic properties.

Donald Brown, 22, was standing near the intersection of LaSalle and Soniat streets about 11 p.m. when he was shot, and he later died at the hospital, Lt. Mike Montalbano told a group of concerned Uptown residents Tuesday evening at the NOPD Second District’s monthly community meeting. Continue reading »

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Feb 152011
 

Dean Kelly (via opcso.org)

After arresting Dean Kelly on a rape charge last week, New Orleans police said this week that he remains under investigation in more cases in the university area.

Kelly had also been using the name Tyler Durden and attempting to lure girls on campus into posing for nude photos, WWL reports. A Tulane student told WGNO that Kelly told her he worked for the Green Lantern film shooting in New Orleans and invited her to after-parties. Meanwhile, celebrity gossip site TMZ reported that Kelly once acted alongside Alicia Silverstone in a music video for the Aerosmith song “Crazy.”

Police have said the investigation into Kelly may be lengthy.

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Feb 152011
 

Although the City Council decided against allowing The Gabrielle restaurant to reopen in the Uptowner building on Henry Clay, fans of the former destination restaurant have another opportunity to enjoy some of the Sonniers’ signature dishes.

Vintage Orleans, a wine-appreciation group, will present “Gabrielle in Purgatory,” a dinner pairing five classic menu items from the restaurant each with a different wine, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at The Uptowner. Dinner is $85 per person, and reservations can be made at 525-3474. (via Blackened Out)

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Feb 142011
 

NOPD officers point at empty shell casings at the corner of Chippewa and St. James streets at the scene of a drive-by shooting Monday afternoon. One person was killed and four others, including a three-month-old baby, were injured. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

One man was killed, and three other adults and a baby were wounded, in a drive-by shooting in the River Garden development in broad daylight Monday afternoon, police said.

Three men were standing in a rear driveway in the 800 block of Felicity Street about 1:30 p.m. when an older-model Cadillac sedan approached and opened fire, police said. The ensuing volley of bullets struck all three men, as well as a 21-year-old woman and 3-month-old baby girl who were walking to a nearby store at the intersection of Chippewa and St. James, police said.

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Feb 142011
 

The NONPACC meeting for the NOPD Second District, which covers much of New Orleans Uptown starting at Louisiana Avenue, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a half hour earlier than its normal monthly time. The meeting will take place in its usual location on the second floor of Touro Hospital.

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Feb 142011
 

Police investigate the scene of an apparent shooting near La Salle and Soniat St. Sunday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Sunday night shooting on LaSalle Street critically injured a 22-year-old man and was preceded by another shooting a half hour earlier on Annunciation Street, but police have yet to determine if the two incidents are related.

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Feb 132011
 

Cree McCree helps Marcela Singleton try on a costume at Cree's Cheap Mardi Gras costume sale at McCree's home Saturday afternoon. "It's been very busy. It was crazy busy for the first half hour," said McCree. The annual Mardi Gras house sale included vintage & recycled costumes, plus an array of 2011 Cree-ations. Also included are Luchas Masqueras, wrestling masks, from McCree's recent trip to Mexico. McCree has had the sale at her home for the last 9 nine years. "I love it," said Singleton, who has come to the sale for 7 years. "It has grown over the years," said McCree, who expected about 200 people to attend the sale. The sale continues Sunday at 3728 Laurel St. from 12 pm to 5 pm. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 132011
 

Nia Weeks gets her blood pressure taken at a Community Health Fair at Redeemer Presbyterian Church put on by the Tulane Christian Medical Society Saturday afternoon. Doctors, nurses and medical students gave free blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index screenings to anyone that needed them. " A lot of the leaders sat down and we decided to just reach out to our individual churches. We sat down with our individual pastors and told them that we have the money and the manpower to do this, we just need a place to do it. Our pastors said we don't know a church that wouldn't want to do this. We are just reaching out to our neighbors," said Matt Weingard, a Tulane Christian Medical Association officer. "Anything that helps ny children understand that I am ok is a good thing," said Weeks, who is diabetic. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 122011
 

If you haven’t made a reservation for Valentine’s Day yet, Nirvana Indian Cuisine is the ideal place for a wonderful experience with your date.  Although Nirvana Indian Cuisine is usually closed on Mondays, the restaurant will be open from  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 – 10:30 p.m. for dinner this Valentine’s Day. Continue reading »

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