Major roadwork project begins in Hollygrove and Leonidas

A $15.1 million roadwork project is scheduled to begin today (Monday, April 6) in Hollygrove and Lenonidas, the Mayor’s Office announced. It’s part of a massive capital improvement program for the roads and drainage systems that the city is under a deadline to complete. The $2.2 billion citywide infrastructure program, with more than 200 individual projects, is financed through FEMA, Housing and Urban Development, the Sewerage & Water Board and city bonds. The federal funding has a time limit, city officials say. The infrastructure program is scheduled to be completed by 2023.

Fanny pack snatched from 73-year-old on Hollygrove street

A 73-year-old man was robbed in Hollygrove on Sunday, the New Orleans Police Department reported. The victim was in the 8700 block of Apricot Street on May 5 at about 1 p.m. when he was pushed to the ground by a man who grabbed his fanny pack. The victim was able to recover his property, but the assailant was not identified or located. Further details were not immediately available. Anyone with information is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 504-658-6020 to speak to a detective, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Four people sought in shoplifting incident at Earhart Boulevard store

The New Orleans Police Department is searching for four suspects, shown above, wanted for shoplifting in the Second District. The incident occurred on March 2 around 4 p.m. in the 8300 block of Earhart Boulevard. Four people entered the store together and browsed items before making a small purchase. As the group was leaving, one of them reached into a display stand and removed numerous items and left the store without paying. When confronted by a store employee, the foursome entered a silver or light-tan 2012 Nissan Rouge bearing Louisiana license plate VTE583 and to South Carrollton Avenue.

Three arrested after drugs, guns found near Dunbar Elementary

New Orleans police officers have arrested three suspects in Hollygrove for alleged involvement in drug and gun violations. On Jan. 23, with the assistance of NOPD’s Special Operations Division, Second District Task Force Officers executed a search warrant in the 3300 block of Cherry Street, near the Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School. The search yielded the arrest of Dontas Robinson, 21, Earic McDougle, 21, and Koiy Evans, 20. During the search, officers located and confiscated Ecstasy pills, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and three loaded handguns.

Man, 27, gunned down on porch of Hollygrove home

A 27-year-old man was shot to death Saturday night on the porch of a home in the Dixon area of Hollygrove, police said. The shooting was reported around 9 p.m. in the 8900 block of Marks Street, and the man was found dead with several gunshot wounds on the porch of a home there, according to a NOPD news release. Homicide Detective Wayne DeLarge is leading the investigation. Anyone with information about the case should call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Health fair and senior fest in Hollygrove on Saturday

Free barbecue, family games, a scavenger hunt and a raffle will all be part of a free Health Fair and Senior Fest on Saturday afternoon at Conrad Park in Hollygrove. For more information, see the news release below:

The Healthy Neighborhoods New Orleans (HNNO) project, a partnership between the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Neighborhoods Partnership Network, Carrollton-Hollygrove CDC, Hollygrove Seniors and Trinity Christian Community, will be hosting a community Health Fair and Senior Fest on Saturday, September 29th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at Conrad Park (3400 Hamilton st.). The purpose of the Health Fair is to increase awareness of the Healthy Neighborhoods New Orleans project, to provide area residents with information and resources to achieve good health and quality of life, and to celebrate the ongoing revitalization of Conrad Park. The Senior Fest will encourage older adults and senior citizens to access free health screenings and resources to maintain their physical, mental and social health. Residents of all ages are welcome to take-part in this event with raffle prizes, family-friendly activities, music, and free food.

Three Hollygrove homes damaged, one family displaced after early-morning fire

A fire that broke out shortly after 4 a.m. Monday at a home at 9035 Pritchard Place heavily damaged the vacant house where it started and also caused some damage to the two houses on either side of it, displacing one family but harming no one, according to a report by our partners at WWL-TV. Last week, another vacant home was damaged in a fire about a block away.

Fire guts Hollygrove home on Earhart

The one-story single-family home at the corner of Hollygrove Street and Earhart Boulevard caught fire shortly before 4 a.m., and was brought under control by 43 firefighters less than an hour later, according to our partners at WWL-TV. One firefighter injured his back but remained on duty.

Man, 19, killed in Hollygrove shooting

A 19-year-old man was killed Sunday night in a shooting in Hollygrove near the Jefferson Parish line, police said. The victim, whose name has not been released, was found in the intersection of Cherry and Apricot streets around 11 p.m. Sunday with gunshot wounds to the head and body, according to a New Orleans Police news release. Anyone with information is asked to call lead Homicide Detective Candice Preston, or to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,500. [Update, Tuesday, Sept. 11: The victim has been identified as Darren Brown, who had been recently released early from an 18-month sentence in a nonfatal shooting, according to a report by Naomi Martin of The Times Picayune.