Bacchus 2018 celebrates a big anniversary (Photos)

The Krewe of Bacchus celebrated a major anniversary this year. They made 50, their golden anniversary. With that in mind, most of this year’s floats were gold-themed. It’s “Gold Record” float paid tribute to musicians like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Kiss and more who have been awarded a golden record for their achievements. It’s “Goldfinger” float paid tribute to the James Bond film by the same name.

Iris, Tucks to roll early Saturday because of rain threat

The krewes of Iris and Tucks will roll on the Uptown route an hour early on Saturday morning amid the threat of more rainy weather, New Orleans police said Friday morning. Iris will start at 10 a.m., and Tucks will start at 11 a.m., according to a weather update from NOPD officials. In Mid-City, Endymion is tentatively still scheduled to maintain its current start time of 4:15 p.m.

Thunderstorms are currently expected both Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service New Orleans office. “A few storms could become strong to severe on Saturday, with the main threat being damaging wind gusts,” the National Weather Service forecasters wrote in a 10:30 a.m. update Friday. “Some storms may also result in locally heavy rainfall leading to ponding of water in low lying areas and areas of poor drainage.”

Shooting of two men reported on South Claiborne Avenue, police say

Police are investigating the shooting of two men on South Claiborne Avenue late Wednesday morning, New Orleans police said. The shooting was reported around 11 a.m. on South Claiborne near Toledano Avenue, said NOPD Officer Juan Barnes. One of the men was shot in the leg, and the other suffered a graze wound to the body, Barnes said. The crime scene remains under investigation and further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Sixth District station at 658-6060 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

City officials salute the passing of Central City NOPD volunteer

After Lionel Coleman, a Central City neighborhood activist who served on the NOPD Police Community Advisory Board, recently passed away, city officials released a tribute to him Tuesday morning. Coleman will be remembered at a service Friday at New Hope Baptist Church. To read the tribute to him from Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement, see below:

Friends and family will gather on Friday, February 2, 2018 at New Hope Baptist Church for the Memorial Service to commemorate the life of Mr. Lionel Coleman, a longtime civic leader and advocate for the Central City community. Mr. Coleman’s community involvement and commitment spans over 20 years. He fervently advocated for improved quality of life on the local and state level.

Woman carjacked from driveway on Milan Street, police say

A woman who had parked in the driveway of a Milan Street home Thursday evening was carjacked by two young assailants, New Orleans police said. The victim, a woman in her 30s, had just parked her car in the 2500 block of Milan Street (just off Freret Street) around 7:40 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, when two unknown teenage boys walked up to her driver’s side window, according to the initial NOPD report. They “demanded her keys and told her to leave,” the report states, and then drove off in her car toward South Claiborne Avenue. Further details were not immediately available.

Robbery attempt reported on Carondelet Street, police say

An armed-robbery attempt was reported Friday on Carondelet Street, but was deterred when a car passed nearby, New Orleans police said. The victim, a man in his 30s, had parked his vehicle near Carondelet and Amelia streets around 11:45 a.m. when a juvenile male called out, “Say, bruh,” and demanded the keys to his vehicle, according to the initial NOPD report. “The victim refused,” the report states. “The perpetrator demanded his keys again while producing a weapon and took it off safety. Two unknown males across the street yelled out to the perpetrator, ‘Let’s roll,’ when an unknown vehicle was passing in the area.

Candidates to declare this week for Helena Moreno’s seat in state House of Representatives

The official qualifying period for candidates seeking the state in the House of Representatives to be vacated by Helena Moreno will run from Wednesday (Jan. 3) through Friday. After Moreno won election to an at-large seat on the New Orleans City Council last fall, she sent a letter to the state Speaker of the House declaring her intent to resign her District 93 legislative seat by the time the new Council is sworn in in May. That triggered a special election to replace her, which will be held March 24, with a runoff on April 28 if necessary. In order to be placed on the ballot, candidates must qualify with the Secretary of State’s office during the qualifying period, which begins Wednesday morning and runs through Friday afternoon.

Man convicted in Central City rape faces life sentence

A man convicted of kidnapping a 23-year-old woman pregnant with twins from a fast-food restaurant at gunpoint and raping her in a parking lot in November 2015 now faces a life sentence after his conviction Wednesday, authorities said. Robert E. Smith, 42, was found guilty of charges of first-degree rape, aggravated kidnapping and armed robbery with a firearm in a bench trial before Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich on Wednesday, Dec. 20, according to a news release from District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office. He faces a mandatory life sentence on the rape charge, plus up to 99 years for the armed-robbery charge and up to 40 years on the kidnapping charge, the news release states. For details, see the full news release:

Smith was found guilty of abducting a 23-year-old woman at gunpoint near a fast-food restaurant at Jackson and South Claiborne avenues in Central City.