Oct 042010

Caroline Fayard is congratulated by supporters after advancing to a runoff Nov. 2 with Jay Dardenne for lieutenant governor at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Saturday evening. "I think it's wonderful. She wants to be lieutenant governor. Most lieutenant governors have other political aspirations. She realizes the importance of the position and wants to pitch Louisiana to the rest of the country for what we do best," said Avery Kessler, an Uptown resident at the party who said Fayard was the first Democrat he had ever voted for. (Photo by Sabree Hill / UptownMessenger.com)

Voters in Uptown wards were instrumental in lifting two residents – lieutenant governor hopeful Caroline Fayard and judicial candidate Jennifer Eagan – from crowded fields in their respective races Saturday into the Nov. 2 runoff election, according to an analysis of precinct-by-precinct results released Sunday.

Uptown voters also would have preferred a runoff between Candice Bates-Anderson and Richard Exnicios for the juvenile court post, rather than Bates-Anderson’s outright win, the results show. Also on the ballot, support for restructuring the recreation department was even stronger in the Uptown than it was in the city as a whole. Continue reading »

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Matt Prejan ( from left), Gretchen Herring, Lindsay McCracken and Tara Mikhail dance with Tank Nasty, a pit bull wearing a Saints jersey, celebrating the Saints victory over the Carolina Panthers 16-14 on Sunday at Rendezvous at 3101 Magazine St. Sunday afternoon.

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Oct 022010

A trio of New Orleans City Council members led by Councilwoman Stacy Head pushed city officials Thursday afternoon for more citywide parking-law enforcement and the hiring of private contractors to tow illegal vehicles.

Stacy Head

After hearing during a budget committee meeting that the Nagin administration grossly overestimated the city’s likely collections from traffic fines this year – the budget reads $9 million, but only $2.7 million has been collected – Head returned to an issue she raised earlier this month: lax parking enforcement around the city.

“This, again, is a quality of life and a revenue generating opportunity that we are letting go,” Head said. Continue reading »

Oct 022010

Significant races on today’s ballot include the lieutenant governor’s race – which could choose our next governor, if Gov. Bobby Jindal pursues the national aspirations ascribed to him – and a change to the city charter to restructure the recreation department.

Voters will also choose new judges for Juvenile Court and First City Court, vote for a public service commissioner, and decide another change to the charter to tweak the membership of the city Sewarage and Water Board.

(Two Uptown residents are on the ballot, lieutenant governor candidate Caroline Fayard of Nashville Avenue, juvenile court candidate Catrice Johnson-Reid of Peniston Street and First City Court candidate Jennifer Eagan of Jefferson Avenue.)

Residents of Uptown’s Upper Hurstville neighborhood had been expected to vote on whether to renew their security district, but that election has been moved to Nov. 2. The question will still appear on today’s ballots, but any votes on the question will not be counted. (French Quarter residents are deciding whether to implement a similar measure.)

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Oct 022010

Uptown New Orleans has no shortage of offerings today. Here’s a glimpse:

  • Freret Market (12 p.m. to 5 p.m., corner of Freret and Napoleon) returns to Freret Street with live music and more than 80 vendors.
  • The Carrollton Area Network’s first Night Out Against Crime (3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Palmer Park at the corner of Carrollton and Claiborne) will feature an anti-crime march, a collection of supplies for area police and firefighters and comments from city leaders.
  • While much of Art for Art’s Sake takes place in the warehouse district, Magazine Street plans a strong showing of gallery openings and events starting at 5 p.m. with shuttle buses to help you get around.
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Sep 302010

Two criminals police believe to be committing a disproportionate number of purse-snatchings and break-ins in the lower Magazine Street area have yet to be found, police said Thursday.

Composite sketch from 2400 block of Magazine Street

A man they’ve deemed the Refrigerator Bandit because he typically eats as much as he steals may have broken into two more homes and a business last week, as well as another home so far this week, said Sgt. Sabrina Richardson of the NOPD Sixth District property-crimes division. Continue reading »

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Sep 302010

Computer-generated sketch of suspect, via NOPD

An armed robber frustrated that his victim had little to steal threw her to the ground in an unusually violent robbery attempt in the Garden District this past weekend, police said Thursday. Continue reading »

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Sep 302010

Capt. Darryl Albert and Marlyville - Fontainebleau resident Tim Garrett walk down Walmsley Avenue with officers and residents at the Second District Crime Walk. "It was a real honor to have NOPD in our neighborhood. We are normally really low-key and fly under the radar crime-wise, but lately we have had an uptick in residence burglaries and auto thefts, so I think tonight's walk helped raise consciousness," said Garrett, who designed the route.

Uniformed police descended on the Fontainebleau neighborhood on Wednesday evening, but instead of handing out citations, they were passing out their phone numbers. Officers from the NOPD Second District were joined by residents from around the Uptown in a march to show unity against crime.

Second District NOPD officers gather at State Street Drive and Walmsley Avenue for the Second District Crime Walk Wednesday evening.

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Sep 292010

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks in favor of reforms to the city's recreation department at Loyola University (photos by Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com).

The reforms to the city’s recreation system on Saturday’s ballots are a crucial part of New Orleans’ recovery and the fight against street violence, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other supporters of the plan said Wednesday night.

“We now have a level of violence on the street that’s unacceptable and unnatural,” Landrieu said at a panel discussion at Loyola University, arriving late after an anti-crime march near the Central City neighborhoods where a toddler was gunned down in crossfire this weekend. Reforming the New Orleans Recreation Department is a step toward giving other children a chance, he said.

“If the death of a 2-year-old child taking a bullet to the head does not galvanize the city of New Orleans, nothing will,” Landrieu said. Continue reading »

Sep 292010

A rash of home and car break-ins concentrated in the blocks around Magazine Street through the Uptown seems to have been slowed by a variety of stepped-up enforcement techniques, police said Wednesday at their weekly meeting. Continue reading »

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Sep 292010

A teenager carrying a stolen handgun in his waistband was arrested on the riverside end of Peniston Street last weekend, authorities said.

Dewayne Wells

Police said Dewayne Wells, 18, was walking quickly in the 700 block of Peniston on Friday when he noticed officers nearby and immediately tried to enter a house. Wells turned the door knob repeatedly but could not get in, so he began to walk away while clenching his waistband, police said.

When the officers reached him, they found the 9-mm handgun which turned out to have been stolen from Baton Rouge, police said. They booked the teenager on charges of illegal possession of a weapon and possession of stolen goods.

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