Apr 132011

Milan residents protest against crime during a January march through the neighborhood with police.

During the most recent shootout, gunmen ran through the streets firing, darting inside one house to reload when they needed more ammunition. Residents of the Milan neighborhood took cover in their own homes, frantically calling police for help, and after the gun smoke cleared, they found 25 shell casings on the ground and pulled bullets out of five different homes.

This gun battle took place only last month, despite months of organizing, replacing broken street lights, creating phone networks among neighbors, taking action against abandoned properties and holding a very public march against crime. On Wednesday night, they gathered again, asking City Councilwoman Stacy Head and leaders of the NOPD Second District, what more do they have to do? Continue reading »

Apr 062011

Jamal W. Brown (via opcso.org)

A 19-year-old man has been arrested and charged with murder in a March shooting death in the Milan neighborhood, police said Wednesday.

Investigators identified Jamal W. Brown as the man who gunned down 27-year-old Shedrick L. Turner shortly after 4 a.m. March 11 near the intersection of Delachaise and South Liberty streets, said Sgt. Shaun Ferguson of the NOPD Second District persons-crimes unit. Continue reading »

Mar 272011

Cleveland M. Alfred (via opsco.org)

A convicted drug dealer charged but never found guilty in separate murder and attempted-murder cases in the 1990s is now back in jail after a patrol officer found him with two guns this weekend during a traffic stop in the Milan neighborhood, police said. Continue reading »

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Feb 032011

Properties around the Freret business corridor are shown on this screenshot from Whodata.org.

Whodata.org classifies property in Freret, Milan, Central City and Gentilly Terrace based on its occupancy and condition on an interactive map. A collaboration between the University of New Orleans and Neighborhood Housing Services, the site is expected to include more neighborhoods as it develops. (Via nola.com)

Jan 272011

Milan residents make a statement against crime as they walk alongside police carrying colorful posters during the Milan anti-crime walk Wednesday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A rash of recent violent crime and tragedy, coupled with the energetic organizing of a new neighborhood group, led to the largest turnout yet for a NOPD Second District anti-crime march as police and residents paraded through the streets of Milan.

“Ever since the New Year there has been this explosion of crime. Errol Meeks’ shooting,” said Veronica Sharkey of the Milan Focus Group, who helped organize the anti-crime march. “There was a drive by last Wednesday … less than a block from my house. There was the robbery at the Freret Neighborhood Center. There was another armed robbery on Freret last week. There was a drug bust on Milan,  a gun battle on Freret, all within a space of about three weeks. I don’t know what on earth is going on or why all of a sudden there is this explosion of crime, but I think we really just need to bring awareness to it.” Continue reading »

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Jan 242011

The January anti-crime march in the NOPD Second District will begin and end at the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center, 4025 S. Saratoga, pausing along the way to honor crash victim Mariah Woods.

Two Uptown neighborhoods that have suffered from fatal violence in the last month, Milan and the River Garden development, will host the New Orleans Police Department’s monthly anti-crime marches starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday. 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 »

Jan 182011

Investigators have secured video images of a suspect in Monday night’s fatal shooting on Freret Street, and should have the suspect identified soon, the commander of the NOPD’s Uptown-based Second District told community members Tuesday evening.

The victim, 19-year-old Errol Meeks, apparently knew the person who gunned him down outside Friar Tuck’s bar shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, said Capt. Darryl Albert at the district’s monthly NONPACC meeting with community members.

“This case, I feel, will be solved with a name to go along with the face that we have very shortly,” Albert said. Continue reading »

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Dec 302010

A carriage carrying the body of rapper Renetta 'Magnolia Shorty' Lowe leaves the 5th Baptist Church Thursday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Slain rapper Renetta ‘Magnolia Shorty’ Lowe was laid to rest Thursday in a funeral service and second line attended by thousands, including musical luminaries Lil Wayne and Bryan “Birdman” Williams, founder of Cash Money Records.

Lil Wayne and Bryan "Birdman" Williams, founder of Cash Money Records, at Renetta 'Magnolia Shorty' Lowe's funeral. 'Magnolia Shorty' and Ms. Tee, Trishell Williams, were the first women signed to Cash Money Records.(Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Dec 082010

An aspiring chef was stabbed just off Prytania and a bank manager was robbed in his car while driving through Fontainebleau in a wave of seemingly unconnected muggings around Uptown New Orleans over the last week, police said Wednesday.

Investigators have made arrests in several cases and have developed suspects in several others, but with no single underlying cause or pattern, the holdups are difficult to prevent, authorities said. Meanwhile, a rash of car break-ins have been reported all around Uptown, investigators said. Continue reading »

Nov 282010

The Original New Orleans Ladies, Men and Junior Buckjumpers annual second line leaves E&C Lounge and travels down Apple St. Sunday afternoon. The second line rolled through Gert Town, into Milan and finished in Central City. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

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Nov 192010

Bright lights over the courts at the Atkinson-Stern Tennis Center illuminate the surrounding streets well after dark. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

It seems like such a simple request: Shed some light on the dark, dangerous streets that criminals use as speedways through the Milan neighborhood.

Gathering for their third month, a group of Milan residents determined to retake control of their neighborhood said Thursday evening that nightfall on some unlit blocks brings a total blackout that provides cover for crime. Getting some streetlights turned on, however, has proven a more difficult task than they expected. Continue reading »

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