Dec 182012
 

Mitchell Marks (via opcso)

Mitchell Marks, 29, initially told police he was with William Baham the night Baham shot Erroll Meeks in front of Friar Tucks bar in January 2011, that he had tried to talk Baham out of the shooting and then saw Baham running away from the crime scene moments after shots rang out, according to a report by John Simerman of the Times-Picayune. After Marks recanted his statement during Baham’s trial, prosecutors played jailhouse recordings of Marks planning to “play dumb” during the trial and secured a 10-year sentence on a perjury conviction against Marks, the report states.

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Dec 182012
 

Skip N’ Whistle announces its “End of the World” Sale that takes place this week through Friday, December 21, at their shop located at 8123 Oak Street. I mean, what else would prepare you for the end of the world?

Skip N’ Whistle offers buy one, get one 50 percent off t-shirts and sweatshirts (of equal or lesser value), a clearance rack of items starting at $5 and add an iron-on to any clearance item for only $5. Also, spend $100 or more and get a Free Custom Gildan Shirt. Remember to stop in by Friday, December 21 or before the world ends, whichever comes first. Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

The new Crocker building on Marengo Street.

ENCORE Academy, the new charter school that emphasizes music and individualized instruction, will be allowed to keep its temporary home in the Crocker building on Marengo Street even as the Recovery School District is assigning New Orleans College Prep to move in. Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

Owen Courreges

NOPD Sixth District Commander Robert Bardy found himself in a bit of a controversy this past week after an e-mail message was released in which he seemed to be urging an informal arrest quota.  WWL-TV Eyewitness News obtained the message, which was sent in response to another e-mail by a member of the second platoon requesting that select officers be provided with mountain bike training as an incentive for exceptional police work.

Personally, my reaction to this would have been: “You consider mountain bike training to be a reward? In this climate? I mean, it’s December and I’m comfortable in short sleeves.  Honestly, me –  I’d ask for a bonus or time off, but whatever floats your boat, man.” Continue reading »

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Dec 182012
 

Gary Sinise of “CSI New York,” Mariska Hargitay of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” and Trombone Shorty will join Harry Connick Jr. for the 20th anniversary ride of the Krewe of Orpheus on Lundi Gras, premiering a new song dedicated to the signature “Smokey Mary” float, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV.

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Dec 182012
 

Chelsea Thornton (via opcso.org)

Chelsea Thornton, 23, must stay at the Orleans Parish Prison until space is available for her at the state mental hospital in East Feliciana Parish, reports Claire Galofaro of the Times-Picayune. Her attorney had requested house arrest until the transfer, but Magistrate Judge Gerard Hansen said that wasn’t an option because of the first-degree murder charges Thornton faces in the deaths of her two children in a Gert Town apartment, the article states.

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Dec 172012
 

Police vehicles surround Dat Dog on Freret Street and neighbors and employees talk outside after a robbery attempt and shooting inside the business Monday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An employee of the Dat Dog on Freret Street was shot Monday morning by a masked man attempting to rob the popular restaurant before it opened, police said. Continue reading »

Dec 162012
 

Firefighters look for hot spots in the scorched entrance to a second-story apartment at the corner of Upperline and South Robertson on Saturday evening. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

To escape a burning home just off Freret Street on Saturday evening, a 13-year-old boy jumped from a high second-story window into the arms of of a neighbor below Saturday evening, and other neighbors rescued the boy’s mother through the window shortly afterward with a ladder, witnesses and officials said.

“I was pulling up and she was halfway down the ladder,” said NOFD District Chief Albert Faciane. “I’ve gotta give credit — that was a good neighborhood save.” Continue reading »

Dec 152012
 

Patrick Young and Betty DiMarco lead a neighborhood meeting about the future of Johnson Elementary on Saturday afternoon at Evening Star Baptist Church in west Carrollton. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Carrollton residents remain unclear on whether the thousands of families who live between Broadway, South Claiborne and the river could ultimately be left without a single open-admission school, after Recovery School District officials did not show up to a meeting Saturday about the future of James Weldon Johnson Elementary School. Continue reading »

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Dec 152012
 

The McDonogh No. 7 building on Milan Street in the Touro neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Audubon Charter School leaders will meet this week with Orleans Parish School Board officials to discuss the possibility of moving Audubon’s upper grade students from the Carrollton courthouse location into the McDonogh No. 7 building on Milan Street in the Touro neighborhood, they said Saturday. Continue reading »

Dec 152012
 

With presents in hand, children from Central City schools line up to receive bicycles at the NOPD Sixth District’s annual “Christmas in the Sixth” party. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Children pose for photos with Santa in the Sixth District lobby. They were also treated to a holiday meal, served by volunteers that included the Holy Cross football team. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 142012
 

As we in New Orleans grieve the tragedy unfolding today in Connecticut, please let us also bear in mind the joy that our own school children bring us — and our duty as a community to protect them.

Crocker elementary students run through the play yard in an Easter Egg hunt sponsored by the New Orleans Police Department in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A mother and son laugh together during the 2011 Fête Française at Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

KIPP Central City Academy students march in the 2012 Krewe of Pontchartrain parade. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

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Dec 142012
 

Sandy Kaynor Jr. (via joneswalker.com)

As the Jones Walker law firm prepares a fundraiser to support medical treatment for attorney Sandy Kaynor — who was critically wounded two months ago in a shooting and carjacking at Camp and Delachaise — his wife issued a statement Friday morning about what he means to her.

“What makes Sandy so beloved?” Grace Kaynor begins. “His kindness, gentleness, generosity of spirit, sense of humor and love for life.” Continue reading »

Dec 142012
 

Allan Katz and Danae Columbus

That Sheriff Marlin Gusman has entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Justice Department regarding the governance of Parish Prison is great news for those who have long been advocating for an effective, just and equitable criminal justice system for New Orleans. Continue reading »

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