Apr 222013
 

The Xavier Prep community stands and cheers with the unveiling of a banner displaying the school’s new name, St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory High School. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Students, parents, alumni and supporters pack the auditorium at Xavier Prep for a meeting about the school’s future. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Nearly a century after its founding, Xavier University Prep will be reborn this fall with the name of its founder as St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory High School, a group of alumni who have agreed to purchase the building announced to a cheering auditorium Monday evening.

“Our mission is to continue to fulfill the vision and mission of St. Katharine Drexel,” said Dale Atkins, one of the alumni involved. “We accomplished this goal because the Prep family came together. The Prep family came together and attacked the challenge.” Continue reading »

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Apr 222013
 

Tyron R. Harden (via OPCSO)

A 19-year-old New Orleans East man believed to be a member of a New Orleans street gang was arrested Monday and charged with murder in the ongoing investigation of the deaths of a 5-year-old girl at a Central City birthday party and a 33-year-old woman driving nearby and caught in the gunfire last year, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Apr 222013
 

Two officers return to the NOPD bomb squad truck on Magazine Street with a suitcase that had been left unattended on the sidewalk near a blue pickup visible on the right side of the road. After a brief investigation, the suitcase was determined to be empty. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A suitcase left unattended on a Magazine Street sidewalk through the Garden District and Irish Channel caused a bomb scare that closed the street briefly on Monday morning, authorities said. Continue reading »

Apr 222013
 

Owen Courreges

The other day, I heard an anecdote about a man who parked in a gas station in Orleans Parish and wound up in a confrontation with a tow company.  Apparently, he’d pulled in to buy something from the convenience store, but first decided to check out the menu posted in the window of a restaurant next door.  When he came back less than five minutes later, a tow company was already hooking up his car and demanded $90 to release it.  The man protested and the police were called out, who promptly backed the tow company. Continue reading »

Apr 192013
 

(photo via NOPD)

A robbery suspect who plucked cash from the hand of a man who had just used a South Claiborne ATM took a moment to offer his gratitude before fleeing, but a nearby camera caught a photo of him that investigators hope will soon lead to his arrest, authorities said.

Around noon on Saturday, April 13, the victim had just used the ATM at a store in the 2300 block of South Claiborne (near First Street) when a man approached from behind, snatched the money out of his hand, said “thank you” and ran off, said NOPD Sgt. Danny Scanlan at the weekly meeting of Sixth District leadership. The victim and a witness standing nearby tried to grab the man but he got free, and they chased him up First Street and onto Rex Place where he jumped a fence and escaped, Scanlan said.

A security camera nearby captured a photo of the suspect. Anyone who can identify him is asked to call Sixth District Detective Ed Johnson at 658-6060 or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

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Apr 192013
 

This power plant on Spruce Street houses a backup turbine that is the source of gear oil in a mist-like form that has covered neighbors’ homes and cars, Sewerage and Water Board officials say. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

West Carrollton residents beset by an oily sheen over their homes, cars and gardens are bearing the brunt of providing drinking water to the rest of the city from a century-old facility hobbled by emergency measures taken after Hurricane Katrina, officials said, and it may be another year before repairs progress enough to make a difference in the problem. Continue reading »

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Apr 192013
 

Craig Giesecke

I’ll finally be getting an opportunity in the coming month or so to do what I enjoy most – coming up with menu items to pair with beer at a dinner or other special event. While I never think of myself of actually going “to work,” it is at times like these that I really feel like I’m being paid for something I’d be doing anyway. It’s one of the ways in which the culinary, art and musical worlds are very similar to each other. Continue reading »

Apr 192013
 

A 44-year-old man was shot around 9:45 p.m. Thursday in a robbery attempt under the overpass bridge near Carondelet Street, authorities said.

The victim told police he was under the bridge at Calliope and Carondelet when he was approached by a man with a gun who demanded money, according to an initial police report. He refused and heard a shot ring out, then walked to a gas station at Lee Circle where he discovered that he had been shot, the police report states.

The victim is described in the report as “extremely intoxicated and uncooperative.”

Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.

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Apr 182013
 

Children’s Hospital signed a lease in January for the former New Orleans Adolescent Hospital that required mental-health services there as a way to continue negotiating to purchase the building outright, but planned all along to keep its psychiatric services at the DePaul campus nearby, hospital officials told the New Orleans City Council on Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Apr 182013
 

Desmond A. Pratt Sr. (via opcso.org)

A New Orleans police officer assigned to the Uptown-based Sixth District has been arrested on charges of forcible rape and sexual battery, according to jail records.

Desmond A. Pratt Sr., 43, “was immediately placed on emergency suspension without pay after he was arrested at his home,” according to our partners at WWL-TV. The victim was a 15-year-old girl, according to a NOPD news release.