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.

Hollygrove activists host “Stop the Violence” rally at Conrad Park

A Hollygrove community group is hosting a “Stop the Violence” rally this afternoon in Conrad Park, featuring food, music, sports and motivational speaking. For more information, see the following message from neighborhood activist LaToya Bullock:

We are a group activists in the Hollygrove area, who are deeply rooted in this community and care a great deal for and about our youth. We fully understand that we are a direct influence on our children’s lives. Our group plans to start a youth mentoring program for young men and young ladies. The focus of this program will be to promote manhood, protect womenhood, and most importantly, strengthen families.

Hollygrove activists tout neighborhood’s reduction in crime at Tulane forum

From suffering though shootings on a nightly basis in years past, the Hollygrove neighborhood has evolved into a tight-knit network of neighbors whose efforts to target problem properties have made substantial progress in the fight against crime, neighborhood leaders said Thursday night. Three prominent Hollygrove residents — Joe Sherman of the Carrollton Hollygrove CDC, the Rev. Earl Williams and federal Judge Ginger Barrigan — and two supporters, Louisiana AARP director Nancy McPherson and Tulane criminologist Peter Scharf, all described Hollygrove’s success in a panel discussion hosted by the Center for Public Service at Tulane University. Sherman started the discussion by charting Hollygrove’s working-class past, followed by white flight in the 1960s, Vietnam War-era strife, the rise of crack cocaine, and the exodus of the black middle class in the 1970s. By the 1980s and 1990s, gunfire was a constant fact of Hollygrove life, the panelists said. “I would sit sometimes in my back study about 10 o’clock, and I would hear gunshots,” Barrigan said.