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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Sep 292010

Police are touting two recent drug arrests in Central City, one in which narcotics detectives confiscated a cache of illegal drugs worth about $1,400 and made two arrests within three hours of investigation, and another that took a man they say was an armed drug dealer out of a local park. Continue reading »

Sep 292010

Second District crime walk map

The New Orleans Police Department’s effort to reconnect with individual communities returns this week tonight with marches against crime around the city, including two in neighborhoods near the Uptown.

Officers with the Uptown-based Second District will march through Fontainebleau, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of State Street Drive and Walmsley Avenue. The march in the Sixth District (which covers the Garden District and Irish Channel) through Central City will begin at the same time at the Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood Center at 2504 Jackson Ave. and split into two groups, one looping down to LaSalle Street, the other heading up Josephine. Continue reading »

Sep 282010

The next planned expansions of the city’s streetcar system were decried by city council members Tuesday as shortsighted and impractical to New Orleanians, particularly commuters from Uptown neighborhoods, though administrators said it is likely too late for any changes now.

A $45 million transportation grant out of the federal stimulus program, one of the largest awarded anywhere in the country, will pay for a new streetcar line from Canal Street down Loyola Avenue to the Union Passenger Terminal, uniting the city’s buses and streetcars with Greyhound passenger liners and Amtrak trains. The Loyola Avenue project is actually the first of three downtown-area expansions; the RTA expects to hear in October whether it received another $75 million to help build a line down Rampart Street into the Marigny area and a loop around the convention center. Continue reading »

Sep 282010

Attendees gather to purchase fresh, local, healthy and affordable food at the Crescent City Farmers Market at Tulane University Square Tuesday afternoon.

The Crescent City Farmers Market took place Tuesday morning in its Uptown location as scheduled, as conversations continue with the city over the market’s permitting.

Emery Van Hook, director of markets for, described the city as “helpful and cooperative” as the process continues. Continue reading »

Sep 282010

City officials and social-aid groups both denounced the violence that took the life of 2-year-old Jeremy Galmon, caught in the crossfire between two feuding groups of young men Sunday not long after a second line had passed. Officials and second-line organizers stressed that the parades and the shootings are rooted in two separate cultures, urging the killers to turn themselves in and for people like them to stay away from the second lines.

Sep 242010

A 21-year-old man was found dead with multiple gunshout wounds Friday afternoon at a Central City intersection, police said.

Police were called out to reports of a “male down” at the intersection of Terpsichore and South Liberty streets at 12:38 p.m., and found the victim lying on the sidewalk, and paramedics who arrived pronounced him dead. His name is being withheld pending notification of his family, police said.

No information about a suspect or motive has been released. Anyone with information should call the lead investigator, Homicide Detective Kevin Burns, at 658-5300. You can also call Crimestoppers at 822-1111, where information that leads to an arrest is eligible for a $2,500 award – even if you don’t leave your name.

Sep 242010

Uptown residents fill the pews of a Carrollton church as District A City Councilwoman Susan Guidry leads a meeting about recent flooding problems.

The street flooding that Uptown residents have repeatedly suffered through of late may never completely stop, but officials pledged at least to keep it out of people’s homes and reduce the traffic problems it causes. Continue reading »

Sep 232010

Composite sketch from 1400 block of Magazine Street

As many as 10 recent burglaries in the lower Magazine Street area may be attributable to a burglar apparently more interested in filling his belly than his wallet, earning him the unofficial nickname of the “Refrigerator Bandit” to detectives. Continue reading »

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Sep 232010

Joseph Davis (via NOPD)

Police have secured arrest warrants for a man they believe to be behind dozens of purse-snatching cases around Magazine Street and downtown, they said Tuesday.

Joseph Davis, 47, is responsible for at least 11 thefts over the last several weeks in the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District, “at least that many” in the Sixth District (which covers the Garden District and Central City) and “twice that” in the French Quarter and Central Business District, said Sgt. Marc Amos of the Second District’s property crimes division.

The women also sought in the case have yet to be identified, but investigators said at their weekly meeting Wednesday that they believe Davis has multiple women who work with him. Anyone with information should call the Second District at 658-6020.

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