Oct 222012
 

Police surround a yard in the 1700 block of General Ogden where a vehicle stolen in a carjacking on Willow Street was found Monday afternoon. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A gold SUV that was stolen in a Willow Street carjacking can barely be seen from the road where it was stashed behind a home on General Ogden. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman’s SUV was stolen from her at gunpoint Monday afternoon on Willow Street in Central Carrollton, but police located the vehicle shortly afterward stashed behind a home on General Ogden Street. Continue reading »

Sep 252012
 

One man was killed and another injured Monday evening in a shooting that stemmed from an argument inside a west Carrollton home, and two other people showed up at the hospital from bullet wounds apparently sustained in another shooting near South Carrollton and Washington avenues, police said. Continue reading »

Jul 302012
 

The Original Pigeon Town Steppers dance down the streets to the music of the Stooges Brass Band during the 17th annual Easter Sunday second line. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

After Broadmoor decided to “stomp” against crime in June, west Carrollton will show off its own fancy anti-crime footwork Wednesday with the help of the Pigeontown Steppers. Continue reading »

Jul 132012
 

A passenger on a South Carrollton Avenue city bus was shot in the arm late Thursday afternoon by another man who had just disembarked near Washington Avenue, about two blocks before Interstate 10. Two men were quickly arrested — the alleged shooter, Devonte Davis, 17, and an alleged accomplice, Cordero Johnson, 23 — and police recovered the gun, according to Tania Dall of our reporting partners at WWL-TV.

Jul 022012
 

The Uptown New Orleans burger scene has already improved greatly over the past year, but three more burger concepts are on the way: steamed organic burgers at Juicy D’s on Oak Street, the rapidly growing chain Smashburger in the 3300 block of Magazine, and the (literally) high-profile burger emporium Charcoal at Jackson and Magazine. The features of each are described in detail today by Brad Rhines and Mary-Devon Dupuy of NOLA Defender.

Jun 262012
 

Detectives wait for crime-scene technicians to come examine an SUV stolen in a carjacking on Dublin Street that was later found stashed in a carport behind a vacant home on Cambronne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A woman who was being robbed of her SUV just off of Oak Street was shot at by her attacker when she tried to run away, police said. The woman was not hit and her vehicle was found minutes later in a west Carrollton yard, but the gunman remains at large. Continue reading »

Jun 192012
 

The former yoga studio now slated to become a Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant on Oak Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

As Oak Street’s status among New Orleans “going out” destinations continues to rise, a number of residents’ groups have engaged a planning firm to help them ensure that the “mixed use” commercial corridor evolves into something more diverse than a strip of bars and restaurants. Continue reading »

Apr 062012
 

The Original Pigeon Town Steppers dance through the streets during their annual Easter Sunday second line in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Pigeontown Steppers’ annual Easter Sunday second line starts at 1 p.m. near the corner of Louisiana and Claiborne avenues, rolls around Broadmoor on Toledano, Washington and Earhart before passing through several neighborhoods around Carrollton Avenue — including a stop late in the afternoon at the Maple Leaf on Oak Street. Music will be provided by the Stooges Brass Band. Continue reading »

Apr 022012
 

The top map shows home burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts in the Carrollton area between Feb. 19 and March 24. The bottom map shows the same crimes since that time. (maps via NOPD.com)

A wave of rampant break-ins around the Carrollton area that began around Mardi Gras has finally come to an apparent end after dozens of burglary arrests, Uptown-based police detectives said.

“I knew we’d break this eventually, but it took a little longer than I thought it would,” said Commander Paul Noel at the most recent weekly meeting of the NOPD Second District leadership. Continue reading »

Mar 082012
 

In January, three armed robberies were committed on South Carrollton and on Panola (shown by the two red triangles). Over the weekend, a car was stolen on Joliet (marked by the blue car icon), and on Tuesday, the same car was spotted with property being dumped on the ground on Birch (where the yellow police icon is). Later Tuesday, suspects in all those cases were spotted on Jena, one was captured on Napoleon, and the other was captured on Louisiana (the three red dots, left to right). (map via google.com)

Kevin Washington (via opcso.org)

The investigation into a Carrollton-area car theft earlier this week led police to three teen suspects believed to have been responsible for a series of armed robberies in January that involved the use of pepper spray against the victims, authorities said.

With a number of recent arrests, police are hoping the rash of burglaries and thefts around the Carrollton area over the last month will finally begin to slow. Continue reading »

Jan 112012
 

Ranking officers with the NOPD Second District review a shooting that took place at the Carrollton-Claiborne intersection Wednesday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A man was shot shortly after 5 p.m. near South Claiborne and South Carrollton, one of the busiest intersections in Uptown New Orleans, leaving a sprawling crime scene that stretched from beside Palmer Park to the side yard of the Walgreens across the street. Continue reading »

Dec 022011
 

A crime-scene technician stands among the shell casings found on the scene of Wednesday's fatal shooting near James Weldon Johnson Elementary School. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The car used by several men in a fatal shooting Wednesday on Monroe Street just outside Johnson Elementary School fits the description of a car taken the previous night at gunpoint in a carjacking in Broadmoor, investigators said. Continue reading »

Nov 302011
 

Tracy Davis stands behind police tape and prays in front of James Weldon Johnson Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon. Davis was coming home from work when he saw that a man had been shot to death close to his home. "It's ridiculous," said Davis. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on Monroe Street. At least 22 bullets were found on scene. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Administrators at James Weldon Johnson Elementary School know all too well what to do when someone is killed by gunfire in the streets around the school.

First, lock down all the individual classrooms. Check the bathrooms to make sure no children are unaccounted for. Move lunch and PE inside the classrooms, and close the outdoor hallways, yards and community garden for the day.

“The students are totally resilient,” said Johnson Elementary Principal Wanda Brooks. “Unfortunately, they’ve gone through this several times before.”

The latest killing was just before noon on Wednesday, when a man was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds on the sidewalk in the 1700 block of Monroe Street, said NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams. His body lay three doors from the intersection with Hickory, and at least 22 shell casings were marked in the street alongside the students’ garden. Continue reading »

Nov 152011
 

KIPP Believe College Prep on South Carrollton is headed to a new school building in Gentilly, and Benjamin Banneker Elementary in the Riverbend is slated for a new campus in Hollygrove, according to school assignment plans being aired publicly by the Recovery School District this week. Continue reading »

Oct 202011
 

A rendering of Costco Wholesale store proposed for New Orleans by MulvannyG2 Architecture of Seattle.

Over the past six years, the Carrollton-Hollygrove Community Development Corporation has been involved in countless meetings focused on the fate of the large empty lot on South Carrollton near the interstate.

On Wednesday evening, surrounded by drawings and renderings of the Costco Wholesale store proposed for the site, CDC member Joe Sherman told store officials he has high hopes for their plans.

“You guys have addressed all of the concerns that came out,” Sherman said during a community meeting with Costco representatives and architects. “I just want to congratulate y’all on a job well done.” Continue reading »

Oct 162011
 

Firefighters battle a house fire at the corner of Dublin and Cohn streets Sunday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The lights went out in Rob Krzenski’s living room just before 9 p.m. When he saw an electrical socket glowing, he knew something was very wrong.

“I yelled at my wife to get the kids out, I banged on the door so the tenants would get out, and I grabbed the garden hose,” Krzenski said. Continue reading »