Aug 282010

Thunderstorms this weekend could bring 3 to 5 inches of rain, raising the possibility of flash floods, according to the National Weather Service. “The ground is already saturated and with this additional rainfall possibly coming in a short time, some areas could quickly experience flash flooding,” forecasters wrote in an alert issued early Saturday morning.

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Aug 272010

A handful of rapes around the University district and a string of possibly-related break-ins around the Magazine Street corridor drew the attention of New Orleans Police Department officials Friday morning a department-wide meeting. Continue reading »

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Aug 272010

A jury acquitted the 19-year-old suspect in the 2009 shooting at Second Street on Thursday after his defense attorney capitalized on the involvement of former New Orleans Police Department Lt. Michael Lohman, who has pleaded guilty to helping cover up the Danziger Bridge shootings after Katrina, reports Gwen Filosa of The Times-Picayune.

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Aug 262010

Police and residents assemble to talk after walking the length of Louisiana Avenue Parkway in Broadmoor on Thursday, Aug. 26.

As the Thursday evening sun set over Louisiana Avenue Parkway, Helen Johnson was sprinkling crushed mothballs in her garden to keep neighborhood cats away when a stranger reached over her high iron fence and handed her a paper fan in the shape of a stop sign.

“Crimestoppers,” Johnson read aloud slowly, as a phalanx of uniformed police and concerned residents marched past. “This is wonderful.”

The group filing past her lavender house was the New Orleans Police Department  Second District‘s crime walk, the second such event in part of a new monthly effort to unite the police and the community. Similar walks were held Thursday evening in police districts around New Orleans. Continue reading »

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Aug 262010

In addition to the deadly shooting Tuesday on South Roman Street, officers and detectives in the New Orleans Police Department’s sixth district have been kept busy over the last week with a series of robberies and burglaries in the Magazine Street area of the Garden District and a violent feud in Central City.

The sixth district has experienced a few weeks of relative calm, but now “things are starting to spiral up” in comparison, noted Capt. Robert Bardy. Continue reading »

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Aug 252010

A woman had her car stolen at gunpoint in an early-morning carjacking at the intersection of Loyola and Louisiana avenues, and police are requesting the public’s help in the case.

The victim was driving a white 2010 Toyota Camry at the intersection about 4 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, when she was approached by a gun-wielding man who demanded she get out of the car, according to a news release from Officer Shereese Harper. When she got out, he drove away in the car, a Hertz rental with unknown Florida plates, Harper wrote.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or 877-903-STOP (7867).

Aug 252010

Burtell Thomas

Despite his pleas of self-defense, Burtell Thomas, 27, will be sentenced Oct. 5 to a mandatory life term in prison on a second-degree murder conviction for shooting 31-year-old Lashawn Butler six times on June 25, 2009, at Butler’s Cadiz Street home near Loyola Avenue, according to Gwen Filosa of the Times-Picayune.

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Aug 252010

Late-night robberies by bike-riding men are an emerging concern in the New Orleans Police Department’s Second District, officials said Wednesday.

The Second District saw an unusually high number of “persons crimes” last week, seven, a figure well above normal, Capt. Darryl Albert told his staff at the weekly Comstat meeting. A common feature of these is that the suspects were riding bicycles along neighborhood streets between midnight and 6 a.m. Continue reading »

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Aug 242010

Click in the box below to read live coverage of the panel discussion of neighborhood revitalization at the Katrina Media Center.

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Aug 242010

Monique Robinson and Anne Reily purchase produce from Gay Redler at the Uptown Farmers Market, August 24, 2010

With its fresh vegetables and baked goods undisturbed by the bureaucratic shuffle, the Crescent City Farmers Market was open and bustling at its Uptown location Tuesday morning after filing newly requested city permit paperwork, much to the relief of vendors who say who say any interruption would be a disaster.

After the New Orleans Fire Department gave the 15-year-old market a two-week deadline to begin filing for special-events permits, market organizers submitted all the paperwork as the city had requested, said Emery Van Hook, director of markets for, the nonprofit organization that runs the Uptown market and two others around the city each week. Organizers had previously estimated the city’s permitting fees would cost $10,000 annually, but Van Hook said the market has requested the city waive those fees. Continue reading »

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Aug 242010

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for an Uptown resident missing since late last week.

Yusef Aziz Ahmed, 25, went to get something out of his car in the driveway of his apartment in the 1100 block of Peniston Street about 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, but then drove away, his roommate told police. The roommate was unable to reach him by phone, and Ahmed has not been seen since, police said.

Ahmed (also known as Yusef Aziz White) is described as an African-American male, approximately 170-180 pounds and 5’10” tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He may driving a silver 2002 Chevy Malibu with a Virginia license plate.

Anyone with any information about Ahmed’s whereabouts is urged to contact NOPD headquarters at 821-8222, or the Second District at 658-6020.

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