Unity-1 Salon gets $10,000 donation to help rebuild

The Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show came to New Orleans last weekend, and it didn’t leave without supporting a local shop after tragedy. According to reports, the show director James Bronner and CEO of Kalaidescope Hair, Jesseca Dupart, raised $10,000 for Unity-1 Beauty Supply and Hair Salon. The Broadmoor shop was the site of a car crash and three-alarm fire on March 20 which caused several fatalities, injuries and extensive property damage. Unity-1 has asked for support and have been raising funds to help them rebuild. According to WDSU, Bronner and Dupart both raised $5,000 each for John and Dr. Beverly Smith, the owners of Unity-1. “The Bronner Brothers are a perfect example of what it looks like when community and philanthropy come together,” said the Broadmoor Improvement Association in a newsletter.

Police seeking suspects in car burglaries

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking assistance in locating and identifying subjects linked to separate vehicle burglary incidents in Uptown locations. The first incident took place in Broadmoor on Oct. 31. On Nov. 1, multiple car burglaries were reported in the Sixth and Second districts.

‘Metamorphosis’ celebrates Broadmoor’s community transformation for fourth year

Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) will host its 4th
Annual Metamorphosis Fundraiser this Friday, November 3 at the Rosa F. Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad Street. The community fundraiser takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. with a patron party starting featuring live music by Phil Melancon at 6 p.m. Local sponsors include Bayou Hot Wings, Inspire Charter Schools, Roulaison Distilling Company, Midway Pizza, and more. General admission tickets start at $75, and 100% of the funds raised from Metamorphosis will benefit initiatives led by the BIA Arts and Wellness Center. See the full press release from BIA below:
Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) will host its 4th Annual Fundraiser Metamorphosis Friday, November 3rd, 5-8pm at the Rosa F. Keller Library, 4300 South Broad Street New Orleans Louisiana. The community fundraiser will have a patron party starting at 6:00pm with live music by Phil Melancon.

Broadmoor withdraws support from effort to strengthen noise ordinance

The Broadmoor Improvement Association is withdrawing its name from a list of groups supporting an effort to strengthen the city’s noise ordinance, because its original inclusion was the result of a misunderstanding, an association official said. Broadmoor was originally listed among the four Uptown groups out of 13 citywide in support of “seven essential items to make the noise ordinance work,” but association spokesman David Winkler-Schmit said that was based on a conversation between an individual Broadmoor board member and an organizer for the noise-ordinance effort. That was a misunderstanding, Winkler-Schmit said, but the board hasn’t voted, and so the association is not taking a position. “We always try to build consensus in the neighborhood, and we never take a position without a vote of the board,” Winkler-Schmit said.

Broadmoor to detail plans neighborhood anti-crime cameras

The Broadmoor Improvement Association will present its plans for a network of surveillance cameras to aid police in making arrests and prevent crime at a meeting tonight. For details on the meeting, see the following announcement by association member David Winkler-Schmidt:

As evidenced by recent news stories, crime cameras capture the act and that can lead to arrests and convictions. The BIA Crime Watch committee has been working on its own crime camera project and plans to unveil it at Monday’s General Meeting (7pm, May 20 at Wilson School, 3617 General Pershing Street). BIA commissioner and committee chair, Jeff Gardner, says that residents should consider buying their own camera(s) because the cameras are a one-time cost, considerably increasing home security and peace of mind. Gardner speaks from experience–a thief recently stole a headlamp from a car parked in his driveway–and there have been at least three other incidents near Gardner’s South Prieur Street home in the past three months.

Robbery, carjacking reported Thursday evening in Broadmoor

An armed robbery and a carjacking were reported three blocks away from one another in a 10-minute time span Thursday night in Broadmoor, according to initial police reports. In the first case, reported at 8:17 p.m., a man was getting something out of his vehicle in the 5500 block of South Rocheblave when he was approached by an armed robber who demanded his keys and cell phone, the report states. The second case was reported at 8:27 p.m., when a woman parking her car in the 3700 block of Cadiz was approached by two armed men who demanded her keys, police said. Investigators believe the two robberies were committed by the same suspects, said NOPD Second District Commander Paul Noel. A rash of carjacking attempts were also reported in a similar area in early May, but Noel said Thursday’s attacks do not appear to be related to any earlier set.

Police make arrests in Broadmoor carjacking, Gert Town shooting

Investigators from the Uptown-based NOPD Second District made two arrests Monday in violent crimes reported last week, a carjacking in the Broadmoor neighborhood and a shooting in Gert Town. In the carjacking — in which a man who pulled over near General Taylor and South Rocheblave had his car taken at gunpoint Thursday evening by a group of people he knew — police identified 20-year-old Carl Tate Jr. as “the suspect believed to be responsible,” according to a news release issued Wednesday. Tate was arrested on a charge of carjacking (which carries a mandatory sentence of two to 20 years) as well as two outstanding warrants and a parole violation, jail records show. The shooting, which also took place Tuesday during the day, involved two men in their 20s being shot in the legs from a white vehicle in the 8000 block of Olive Street, according to the original police report. Michael Nickerson, 37, was identified as a suspect in the case and arrested on charges of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated battery and illegal use of a weapon, according to jail records.

General Pershing Street in Broadmoor to get new sidewalks, repaved road

New, wider sidewalks with handicapped ramps at the corners and a resurfaced road with better crosswalk markings are all headed to a four-block stretch of General Pershing Street through Broadmoor in a $250,000 project that broke ground this week, city officials said. The project, which runs from Andrew Wilson Charter School to Broad Street, is estimated to be finished this winter. For details about the project, see the city’s official news release:

This week, the City of New Orleans broke ground the Broadmoor Streetscape Project that will enhance the street and surrounding roadway along General Pershing Street from South Broad Street to South Miro Street in the Broadmoor neighborhood. This project will create a more pedestrian-friendly neighborhood and help create additional and continued private investment. There are a total of 24 streetscape projects currently underway or planned by the City of New Orleans.

Uptown robbery surge brings ill tidings for holiday season

Two robberies at gunpoint were reported within minutes in the Carrollton area Wednesday night, following an armed robbery on Magazine Street in the Garden District and a carjacking in Broadmoor the previous night and a carefully planned business holdup earlier this week, a crime spree that investigators say often intensifies as the holidays approach. The most recent robberies were reported at 12:05 a.m. and 12:14 a.m. Thursday in the Carrollton area. In the first case, two victims on Cherokee Street just off Freret were approached by a man with a silver semiautomatic who demanded their property, then left in a red truck, said Sgt. Chris Billiot of the NOPD Second District persons-crimes division. In the second case, a victim standing at the intersection of Spruce and Broadway streets was robbed by a man with a black handgun, who then left on foot, Billiot said.

Six weekend shootings around Uptown wound eight victims, all following separate personal feuds, police say

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. Broadmoor| Two shootings were reported this weekend — Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon — near the same intersection, Louisiana Avenue Parkway and South Roman. In the Friday afternoon incident, a 17-year-old was found with a gunshot wound to the right arm, and said he was shot by a stranger while walking near that intersection, police said. In Sunday’s case, a 37-year-old victim was found with a gunshot wound to the leg, police said. He told police that his son and another man, both in their early 20s, got into an argument, and that he broke it up but was shot while trying to get his son back home.