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 132011

A string of six shootings in the Broadmoor, Carrollton and Hollygrove neighborhoods over the weekend injured a total of eight people — including a woman eight months pregnant with twins — and led to two arrests, but all stem from a series of separate personal feuds, police said Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Aug 062011

After being carjacked in his driveway, a Hollygrove man jumped into the bed of his truck and dodged gunfire in an effort to thwart the teen who stole it, police said.

The 32-year-old victim had pulled into the driveway of his home in the 9100 block of Edinburgh about 9 p.m. Friday, when a teenager walked up, pointed a gun at him and demanded his keys and phone, said Lt. Mike Montalbano, interim commander of the NOPD Second District. The teen got into the red Toyota Tundra pickup and began to drive away, but the victim chased the truck and jumped into the bed of it, Montalbano said. Continue reading »

Feb 172011

This image from a security camera shows a robbery in progress on St. Mary Street. The victim was shot and his cell phone was stolen, police said.

A woman was critically wounded in a gun battle in Hollygrove and a man was shot during an apparent robbery attempt caught on video outside a Lower Garden District bar in separate incidents Tuesday night, continuing the wave of bloodshed and violence across Uptown New Orleans since the weekend. Continue reading »

Jan 192011

William Baham (via NOPD)

Investigators released the name of a suspect Wednesday in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old on Freret Street, and said the same man may have been ambushed by others shortly after the shooting on Freret.

William Baham, 25, is wanted on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Errol Meeks, who was gunned down late Monday in front of Friar Tucks bar on Freret. Continue reading »

Dec 132010

Matt McPayne picks up trash on an empty lot in Hollygrove at Fight the Blight Voluteer Day Saturday afternoon. (Sabree Hill,

The sky was streaked with dark clouds over Hollygrove’s Conrad Park on Saturday morning, but it was heavy machinery and work trucks – not thunder – rumbling in the distance, the background music to urban renewal.

As volunteers in green shirts and bright plastic gloves walked the blocks around the park carrying huge black bags of freshly gathered trash, Hollygrove resident Louella Hill arrived to help with her two grandchildren, 4-year-old Jayla Miller and 2-year-old Shamar Bridges, and her neighbor, Mildred Price. She was happy to join, she said, because the city’s “Fight the Blight” volunteer effort will do more than beautify the neighborhood – it will also make it safer from crime.

“You don’t have to worry about nobody hiding behind all that trash,” Hill said. Continue reading »

Oct 272010

The wave of burglaries across Uptown neighborhoods has hit a welcome lull of late after the arrest of a handful of repeat offenders, police said Wednesday.

What had been more than a dozen burglaries a week in September has quieted down to just two or three this week and last, statistics for NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District show. Two suspects in particular, Nathan McDaniel and Keith Warner, are each believed to have been involved in a number of break-ins, investigators said at the district’s weekly meeting Wednesday. Continue reading »