New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a photograph of a man they call a “person of interest” in Monday’s kidnapping and rape in the Garden District.
The Krewe of Ancient Druids teased a number of other parade groups with its “Phobias” theme and the Mystic Krewe of Nyx reveled in cinematic takes on “What a Girl Wants” Wednesday night, as Carnival parading on the Uptown New Orleans route resumed after its week off.
Greetings 2013 Carnival enthusiasts! The season is upon us, and in the past I’ve written some dos and don’ts in the form of top tens, a course of 101 and 201, to ensure a safe, happy, and mutually beneficial Mardi Gras experience. Black outs be damned! We have Flambeaux! Come to think of it, in 2018, having Flambeaux on standby to illuminate the game wouldn’t be the worst idea. Anyhow, enjoy the recap to follow, and for goodness sake’s take it to heart.
(1) Don’t park your car on the neutral ground. It may not be signed and everyone else may be doing it, but you – and they – will all get tickets. I see it every year. And no matter how designated your driver is, not a one of you should be behind the wheel. Ride your bike, people!
A two-block stretch of Amelia Street that neighbors say has become an out-of-control gathering place for unruly teenagers during Mardi Gras will receive increased attention this week from both police and city officials who promise to end the problem.
The problem is different from the typical Carnival-time revelry that lines the Uptown route, neighbors and officials say. Instead, a vacant lot at the corner of Baronne Street — memorable to passers-by for a lone set of stone stairs in the center of it — has become a gathering point for teens, and they form a dense throng for two blocks between there and the parade on St. Charles Avenue.
A man was shot several times in the stomach Monday afternoon on Saratoga Street in Central City, and another man was shot in the leg early Wednesday morning in a scuffle over an apparent drug purchase gone wrong, police said.
With Super Bowl craziness dying down, parade season is back in full swing! Catch all the Uptown fun at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood Co. on the streetcar line at St. Charles Ave & Milan Street. Watch the parades while enjoying our fresh, plump, salty oysters on the half shell; World Famous Thin Fried Catfish; order-at-the-counter service that’ll get your food to you faster; and family-friendly atmosphere we are known for.
“I know that there is a tremendous amount of physical evidence and scientific evidence has been collected overnight and through today and some of it will be video,” NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas told our partners at WWL-TV on Tuesday, discussing the rape and kidnapping of a Garden District woman the previous evening. “We just don’t know the quality of it yet. Our message to these perpetrators is we know a whole lot more about you than you think we know. You may want to consider your options of turning yourself in.”
WWL also confirmed that it took EMS nearly 20 minutes to respond to the victim’s call, and that by the time they arrived, she had already been taken to the hospital by a police officer.
Documents and emails surrounding the resignation of the founding principal of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle Orléans show that the charter school’s governing board, including several current members, agreed to allow her to finish the school year with full pay and benefits, contradicting an allegation in the school’s recent audit that she received nearly $30,000 after her resignation without authorization.
School leaders now call that record “ambiguous,” and that they expect the consultants currently investigating the leadership issues at the school to have recommendations to prevent similar problems in the future.
A 30-year-old New Orleans woman was kidnapped Monday evening in front of her Garden District home by three men, then beaten and raped as they drove around before letting her go and stealing her car, police and neighbors said.
Tulane University recently approved $50,000 to replace dishes and silverware in Bruff Commons, some for wear and tear but “the majority” because of theft by students, according to a report by Ashley Easterly of The Hullabaloo student newspaper. The dining director told the newspaper that the school purchased 800 mugs at the beginning of the fall semester and was down to 25 by October, for example, a significant increase in theft at the facility.
A carjacking was reported in central Carrollton and armed robberies were reported in the Broadmoor and Milan neighborhoods over the past weekend, according to initial police reports.
New Orleans is the city of the pit bull. Last year Gambit reported that New Orleans has one of the highest rates of pit bull ownership per capita in the country. It is home to the Sula Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at “fostering responsible pit bull ownership” which raises money by selling yearly calendars of the “Pit Bulls of New Orleans.” It is home to “Ban Ignorance, Not Pit Bulls,” a group established to “advocate for pit bull rights and educate the general public in a positive way that will help lessen the ignorance concerning pit bulls.”
For you TV junkies out there, the evidence is even more apparent. The Animal Planet reality series “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” which pairs ex-cons with pit bulls, aired its 2012 season in New Orleans after relocating its rescue and adoption facility to the Lower 9th Ward from Los Angeles. The show cited onerous regulations as the primary driver of the move.
A small fire broke out Sunday evening in Slim Goodies diner on Magazine Street, but firefighters said there was little structural damage to the building and the owner said she hopes to reopen quickly.