With the exception of a trio of attacks by bat-wielding teens, most of the cases do not show clear links to one another, New Orleans police officials said Wednesday. Significant evidence, such as photos or DNA, has been recovered in most of the cases, however, so the investigations are all considered active.
We are in mourning for our dear friend Hank Braden, a wonderful person, a gifted political strategist, an outstanding legislator and a visionary who put together coalitions of like-minded people from across racial lines.
A deep hole near the intersection of Coliseum and Upperline streets left for months by unfinished underground repairs has finally been filled, following a series of reports last week by Bill Capo and our partners at WWL-TV.
ENCORE Academy will grow from 205 to 315 students in 2013-14, its second year of operation, with the addition of a third section of kindergarten, a fourth and a sixth grade, according to a report by Stephen Babcock of The Lens. The school will remain at its location inside the Crocker building on Marengo Street for the coming year, but will have to find a new home for 2014-15.
As former New Orleans police officers Kevin Wheeler and Juan Vera appeal their termination from the force following their use of a Taser on an unarmed man, the case revolves largely around their assertion that they did not know the man’s weapon had been removed — despite clear evidence of that on a video from a Taser.
My late maternal grandmother was about as New Orleans as it got. Italian heritage, Bunny Bread, colloquialisms, and all. And every opportunity I have to invoke a reference to her use of language, I do. Maybe my most favorite isn’t even hers, but however I will submit it is a waning regional standard. So while most might properly refer to their brood as their children, permit me a moment to impart to you my upcoming journey to retrieve my chirren from summer camp.
A man at the edge of the Lower Garden District was forced into a luxury SUV by two women who then robbed him at gunpoint Tuesday evening, authorities said.
Hearings on pending complaints before the city Alcohol Beverage Control board against Santa Fe Tapas on St. Charles Avenue and a west-Carrollton barroom were postponed Tuesday until next month.
Deborah Cotton, a correspondent for Gambit and founder of cultural-news website New Orleans Good Good, was one of 19 people in the crossfire during a shooting at a second line in the Seventh Ward on Mother’s Day, and as she continues to recover, Gasa Gasa on Freret Street is holding a benefit July 26 to help with her medical expenses, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has rejected an Uptown neighborhood association’s request that a ladder truck in Central City be removed from service rather than the truck on Arabella Street, saying that the squad in Central City responds to fires much more frequently.
Less than a half hour after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager in self-defense, his brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr. appeared live on CNN to begin damage control.
Robert has since been making the rounds in an aggressive, vigorous push to reassert his brother’s innocence and praise the American judicial system — all the while doing the proverbial happy dance on Trayvon’s grave.
The George Zimmerman “nana-nana boo boo” media tour, led by Robert, is in full throttle.
This weekend saw the departure of the New Orleans Fire Department Ladder Truck No. 5 from the Arabella Fire Station. A final effort to save Ladder 5 came to naught when Mayor Landrieu’s office rejected an alternative plan proposed by affected Uptown residents.
The reason for the change was, of course, budgeting. The city, facing a tight budget, lost $4 million in funding to the NOFD with the lapse of the three-year federal grant. The NOFD wanted to keep all its pumper trucks, so two ladder trucks had to go. Of the ladder trucks serving the Uptown area, Ladder 5 was the most expendable.
That project will join a series of others — a similar repaving of Broadway Street, the ongoing construction of a new drainage canal under Napoleon Avenue, the recent commencement of the same project on Jefferson Avenue, the upcoming start of another canal project on Louisiana Avenue, and the year-long repairs to the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line — that place most of the major thoroughfares through the interior of Uptown New Orleans under some sort of roadwork.
On trial for criminal conspiracy to armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm, the 12-person jury unanimously ruled he was not guilty on both counts.
There was no question as to whether Mackey was at the scene of the armed robbery. He had planned to meet Megan Wales, a fellow Tulane student, at her apartment on 600 Broadway Street that day to buy marijuana from her.
The question was whether he helped orchestrate the event, which became much more than a simple drug deal when two men burst into the apartment and one pinned Wales on her apartment floor with a gun to her head.
Meanwhile, investigators are also looking for two other men caught on surveillance camera last weekend, authorities said.
Mymymy. Last week’s column kicked up a lot of dust, as I criticized what I see as the shrinking creativity of the New Orleans restaurant scene and many jumped to its defense. I stand by my opinion, but the fact I have one does not make me right. It’s an opinion and it’s good to see so many take issue. Thanks for reading and responding.
One reader made the observation I need to go out to eat more often and I certainly agree. But, as mentioned in a previous column, this is tough for us to afford these days. Perhaps the summer’s advent of various fixed-price meals will make this a more available option. I hope so.