Oct 282011

Lorenza Conner (via opcso.org)

A 25-year-old was shot to death Thursday evening near the intersection of Philip and Magnolia streets, and police arrested an armed man fleeing the scene moments later and charged him with murder, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Oct 072011

Prince of Wales 2011 route map

Second-line season returns to Magazine Street on Sunday when the Prince of Wales and Lady Wales clubs put on their 83rd annual second line through the Irish Channel and Garden District. Continue reading »

Aug 292011

The current Orleans Parish School Board boundaries. (Click to enlarge)

Redistricting the seven-member Orleans Parish School Board could produce more dramatic changes than the recent reshuffling of the New Orleans City Council, even though the same population shifts are being accounted for, officials said Monday. Continue reading »

Aug 252011

Firefighters arrive on O.C. Haley Boulevard to extinguish a burning church van. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A Central City church lost the van it uses to transport children and seniors Thursday afternoon, when it caught fire while a church member was working on it.

The Living Witness Church of God in Christ van had been having engine trouble for several days, and Christopher Johnson was working on its carburetor around 4 p.m Thursday where it was parked on O.C. Haley Boulevard. When he tried to start it, the carburetor backfired and the whole engine caught fire, Johnson said. Continue reading »

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Jun 252011

Billed by street-culture diva Big Red Cotton as the “last second line of the season,” the Uptown Swingers will roll through Freret, Milan and Central City starting at 1 p.m. Sunday.

For turn-by-turn directions and video from 2010, see Cotton’s post at Gambit’s bestofneworleans.com.

Jun 022011

Three robberies have been reported this week, and police are continuing to investigate last week's home-invasion robbery on Annunciation as well.

Three more armed robberies have been reported in Uptown New Orleans this week, including one in which a man was shot while trying to run away from his assailants, police said. Continue reading »

Apr 152011

An excavator pulls down a blighted house at 2706 South Derbigny Street on Thursday afternoon. The blighted house was featured on a "Treme" season-one poster and DVD packaging. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The clash between neighbors’ urgent desire to rid themselves of dangerous, derelict properties and the threat of destroying the city’s character in the process played out in public on Thursday, when the city demolished a row of blighted Central City homes used in the iconic poster for the HBO series “Treme.” Continue reading »

Apr 082011

The Single Ladies Social Aid and Pleasure Club will take to the streets on Sunday in a winding path through most of Central City.

The route will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Foxx Lounge on Washington Avenue and end at Sportsman’s Corner on Dryades. For turn-by-turn directions, see Red Cotton’s post at Gambit’s Blog of New Orleans.

Apr 012011

Police interview a woman about a shooting on Louisiana Avenue Parkway on March 18. The suspect in that shooting, Jeremy Williams, may be tied to a number of shootings over the last month, police said this week. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Jeremy Williams (via NOPD)

The father of a toddler gunned down in a shootout after a Central City second-line last fall is now wanted in connection to a shooting that wounded a woman earlier this month, and police say he may have been involved in a spree of recent Uptown shootings from Gert Town to River Garden.

Jeremy “Noonie Man” Williams, 21, is wanted on a warrant as a principal to attempted second degree murder in a March 18 shooting near Louisiana Avenue Parkway and South Broad, police said Thursday. Two women were walking on the sidewalk about 7:30 p.m., when someone in a black vehicle on the street began firing in their direction, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crime unit. Continue reading »

Feb 212011

Waltdell Davis (via opcso.org)

A Central City man was left with only minor injuries from a gunshot to the mouth after his gold tooth apparently deflected the bullet, police said.

The victim was sitting in a car with his girlfriend in the 3300 block of Second Street, smoking marijuna that belonged to his 20-year-old brother, Waltdell Davis, said Sgt. Sandra Contreras of the NOPD Sixth District persons-crime division. When Waltdell Davis came home, he got angry about the marijuana, and an argument ensued, Contreras said. In an attempt to defuse the argument, the victim went inside the house, but Waltdell Davis followed him in with a gun, Contreras said. Continue reading »

Feb 172011

Cowbell on Oak Street and Pepperoni Cafe on nearby Hampson Street will be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages, the New Orleans City Council decided Thursday morning, but Bean Brothers Lounge was denied permission to reopen on Danneel Street in Central City. Continue reading »

Feb 032011

Boundaries of the liquor-license moratorium proposed for the Riverbend area run roughly along Birch Street, Broadway Avenue, along Audubon Park and the Mississippi River.

Two Uptown restaurants seeking liquor licenses – and a modified ban on new alcohol permits in the Carrollton area – will come before the New Orleans City Council at its 3 p.m. meeting today, as will the proposed Gabrielle restaurant.

Cowbell on Oak Street and Ignatius on Magazine Street both have the recommendation of the City Planning Commission for permission to sell alcohol, while the Gabrielle was denied its recommendation to convert the Uptowner banquet hall on Henry Clay Avenue into a full-time restaurant.

Meanwhile, the city council is also considering modifying its general ban on new liquor licenses in the neighborhoods around Riverbend area. Continue reading »

Jan 292011

The Lady Jetsetters parade will parade through Central City on Saturday.

Two second lines will parade through areas of Uptown New Orleans this weekend, one running the length of Central City on Saturday and another looping through the neighborhoods around Louisiana Avenue on Sunday. Continue reading »