Second suspect sought in Christmas Day homicide

The NOPD has obtained an arrest warrant for Samuel Hunter Jr., 28, in the investigation of the Christmas Day homicide in the Leonidas area. At around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 25, NOPD Second District officers responded to a call of shots fired at Monroe and Green streets. They found the body of Anthony Bridges on the sidewalk in front of a home in the 1700 block of Monroe Street. Bridges was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ghost bike honoring unnamed cyclist is part of ‘a community effort’


Just days after the a cyclist was killed in traffic on St. Charles Avenue, a “ghost bike” was placed at the site to honor his memory. There are a number of groups that make and place these ghost bikes (not to be confused with the Germany-based bicycle company of the same name) around New Orleans. This one was made by Angie Bailleux, who has been fabricating the bikes for going on five years. Bailleux said she does not know the victim.

Iconic pavilion at The Fly is without its sail-like canopy

 Who even calls the stretch of greenspace overlooking the Mississippi River “Audubon Riverview Park”? But that is its official name. The current pavilion in the park everyone refers to as “The Fly” has a history dating back more than 25 years. 

That structure, officially named “A Stage for Viewing,” was damaged in October’s Hurricane Zeta in October, and the process of replacing its shredded roof is still in play. 

It’s this structure’s predecessor that gave the stretch of land by the river its name. Few today can remember the original building that people thought resembled a butterfly. So the park gained the nickname “The Butterfly,” which was then shortened to “The Fly.”  The building, which housed concessions and restrooms, was actually supposed to resemble gull wings.

NOPD releases photos from parking-lot vehicle thefts

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating two vehicle thefts incidents at a gas station in the 3400 block of South Carrollton Avenue. On Jan. 4 at about 12:55 a.m., the victim left his 2012 silver Infiniti QX56 running while he entered the Magnolia Discount convenience store. A 2019 blue Kia Soul bearing Louisiana license plate N543133 pulled up beside the Infinity, at which time the driver exited the Kia, entered the Infinity and drove away with the Kia following. The Kia was reported stolen during a simple robbery in the 4500 block of Walmsley Avenue earlier this month.

Police blotter: Shooting, armed robbery reported in Central City

A shooting and an armed robbery were reported Friday (Jan. 8) in Central City. A man was injured in a shooting at about 9:20 p.m., according to a New Orleans Police Department press release. Police responding to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Liberty Street found the victim on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical responders transported him to the hospital.

Traffic advisory: Lane closures for sidewalk repairs begin Monday on St. Charles, South Claiborne

From the Mayor’s Office
Beginning on Monday (Jan. 11), weather permitting, the New Orleans Department of Public Works’ contractor, Hard Rock Construction Co., will close a travel lane in the 2400 block of South Claiborne Avenue and a portion of the bike lane in the 7900 block of St. Charles Avenue to accommodate sidewalk repairs as part of a city bond-funded sidewalk improvement program. The closures will be in effect from 8 a.m. Monday through the end of the month. Residents and commuters are reminded to use caution when driving, bicycling and walking near the construction site.

Rouses and Breaux Mart respond to social media frenzy and calls for boycotts

Two local supermarket chains, Rouses Supermarkets and Breaux Mart, issued statements Thursday afternoon in response to a social media furor over their owners’ political activities. On Wednesday night, Lamar White Jr., the editor of Bayou Brief, posted a photo on Twitter of Rouses co-owner Donald Rouse Sr. and a former Rouses executive, Steve Galtier, from Galtier’s now-deleted Facebook page. It was taken at Wednesday’s pro-Trump demonstration in Washington, D.C. and originally posted to show that not everyone at the rally was maskless. The photo went viral — setting off a frenzy of tweets and calls to boycott the store. Then writer Michael Tisserand replied to a tweet that “Breaux Mart is better anyway” with examples of pro-Trump Facebook posts from Barry Breaux, the owner of Breaux Mart.

Viewpoint: It will take more than a vaccine to restore America’s spirit

Amid an Epiphany Day marred by an unanticipated insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the state’s highest COVID rates, 87-year-old Isiah Steele received his long-awaited COVID-19 vaccination at New Orleans East Hospital. “I am so blessed to have gotten this vaccine,” said Steele, before lighting a candle at the Shrine of St. Jude. “I will sleep a little easier tonight.”

Steele has been locked down in his family home since mid-March, where he has fretted about his grandson, a senior soon to graduate from LSU, and his caregiver daughter, who goes to work almost every day despite the pandemic.  “While I worry about their health and safety, I am mourning the loss of a year of my life at a time when I don’t have too many years left,” he said. 

A chronic voter, Steele is also troubled by how ugly and divisive politics have become. “I pray that our elected leaders will seek consensus, get the virus under control and everybody back working again.