Nov 042010

Two teens have been arrested in an armed robbery outside an Uptown charter high school that served as a prelude to a violent Halloween weekend around the city, police said Thursday.

In separate incidents, a man was shot in the Garden District, a woman was robbed of her luxury car in the Milan area, police found a major stash of drug money in Freret, and thefts deemed “crimes of opportunity” saw a surge around Uptown, ranking NOPD officers reported at their weekly meetings Thursday morning. Continue reading »

Oct 212010

The Original Four S&P Club will parade Sunday from Armstrong Park to Uptown, crossing through the Milan neighborhood and ending on Tchoupitoulas.

The latter portion of the parade is primarily on Louisiana Avenue. Stops along the route include the Ash Cultural Arts Center on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, Silkey’s on Magnolia Street, The Other Place on Foucher Street, LeRoux on Louisiana Avenue, ending at the Rock Bottom Lounge on Tchoupitoulas.

The second line is slated to begin at 1 p.m.

Oct 202010

Police found at least 15 spent rounds in Milan Street after a shooting Friday night. (Sabree Hill,

Tired of the fear of being caught by a stray bullet in their neighborhood, a group of Milan residents who have recently begun working together to reduce the number of shootings on their streets asked the New Orleans Police Department for more attention Tuesday night.

The neighbors feel they’ve grown apart, driven indoors by crime – and more specifically by the gunfire they hear so frequently from their homes. The newly formed group has met twice and now comprises about two dozen people, and they expect to continue growing as word gets out, said member Jennifer Holden.

At the group’s first meeting, “I was surprised how frightened and isolated people feel,” said Eva Sohl of the Freret Neighborhood Center, which has been helping the Milan residents get organized. Continue reading »

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Oct 152010

Police mark off bullet casings in the intersection of Milan and Clara streets after a Friday evening shooting. (Photos by Sabree Hill,

A man survived a burst of gunfire on Milan Street early Friday evening with only a bullet wound to the leg, police and witnesses said. Continue reading »

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Oct 132010

The group's new T-shirt (Robert Morris,

Freret Neighbors United members reaffirmed their support of a plan to make input from neighborhood groups a more formal part of city government in a wide-ranging meeting Tuesday that also included: plans for reducing blight, uniting the Milan area, founding a health clinic, enhancing street lighting, planting more trees and throwing a Halloween Party for neighborhood children. Continue reading »

Oct 062010

A string of armed robberies stretched across the city and a man survived a volley of bullets on Delachaise Street in the Milan area in a weekend that showed an unusual amount of gunplay in Uptown neighborhoods, police said Wednesday. Continue reading »

Sep 192010

The Goodfellas Fourth Annual Second Line proceeded through Central City and the Milan neighborhood on Sunday. Below are photos from near their second stop, the Turning Point bar at the corner of Washington and Baronne Streets.

Maurice Craige of Stooges Brass Band plays the trombone while marching down Washington Ave. in the Goodfellas Fourth Annual Second Line.

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Sep 012010

Uptown-area police believe they have solved one problem this week – a string of home burglaries in the area – but the area is still plagued by another recent trend, late-night bicycle-riding robbers.

The bulk of the home break-ins had taken place in the Milan area, said Capt. Darryl Albert, commander of the New Orleans Police Department’s Uptown-based Second District. Several had also taken place across Louisiana Avenue in the Garden District area of the NOPD Sixth District, leading police from both districts to collaborate on bringing the burglars in.

“These burglaries were running us crazy for a while,” Albert said at the second district’s weekly meeting Wednesday. Continue reading »

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Aug 302010

Regis Grimes

A 21-year-old with a prior felony drug conviction was charged  with possessing a gun stolen from a car in January after officers saw him trying to get rid of it last week, police said.

Regis Grimes, 21, pulled a gun from under his shirt and tossed it into an alley near an abandoned house at 3519 S. Saratoga St. in the Milan neighborhood on Monday, Aug. 23, while officers were watching, according to a New Orleans Police Department news release. When officers found the gun, they determined that it had been stolen in January in an auto burglary at A.P. Tureaud and North Tonti streets, the release states.

Grimes was arrested on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen gun and felon in possession of a firearm. He has a previous conviction for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

Grimes is being held at the Orleans Parish Jail on a combined $45,000 bond.

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Aug 252010

Late-night robberies by bike-riding men are an emerging concern in the New Orleans Police Department’s Second District, officials said Wednesday.

The Second District saw an unusually high number of “persons crimes” last week, seven, a figure well above normal, Capt. Darryl Albert told his staff at the weekly Comstat meeting. A common feature of these is that the suspects were riding bicycles along neighborhood streets between midnight and 6 a.m. Continue reading »

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