Several clusters of homes in the Milan neighborhood — including 4121 Willow, 4121 Clara, 2824 Milan, 3500 S. Robertson, 3600 S. Saratoga, 2742 Amelia — are up for demolition hearings on Tuesday’s Neighborhood Conservation District Committee agenda, as is one in the Touro neighborhood, 3822 Camp. For images of each property, see the Preservation Resource Center’s “Preservation in the Present” blog.
Billed by street-culture diva Big Red Cotton as the “last second line of the season,” the Uptown Swingers will roll through Freret, Milan and Central City starting at 1 p.m. Sunday. For turn-by-turn directions and video from 2010, see Cotton’s post at Gambit’s bestofneworleans.com.
“To be perfectly honest, who would have thought that in New Orleans, the police would respond to our request?” asked resident Helene Barnett. “But they’re walking the beat. On a scale of one to 10, it’s gone from a one to an eight almost overnight.”
Months of organizing against the roots of violent crime in the Milan community will culminate tonight (Wednesday, June 8th) with a block party featuring food, kids’ activities and an assessment of the progress made so far. From the organizers:
On behalf of the neighbors of the Milan Focus Group on Crime and Neighborhood Housing Services, I invite you to help us create a safer neighborhood by attending our first “Community without Violence” Block Party on Wednesday, June 8 from 5:30pm – 7:00 pm at the 2100 block of General Taylor. As the heat of the summer sets in and violent robberies are on the rise in the area, neighbors are uniting to celebrate the strength of our community and stand up against violent crime in our streets. We ask you to stand with us. At the block party, we will connect with each other, meet district police officers and city officials, and share resources for preventing crime on our blocks.
One weekend of suppression through heavy-saturation patrols and walking beats won’t stop the drug trade or end the gun battles, Milan residents acknowledged. But it did create a sense of safety and peace long missing from the neighborhood – and an impression that the police are listening to their concerns.
During the most recent shootout, gunmen ran through the streets firing, darting inside one house to reload when they needed more ammunition. Residents of the Milan neighborhood took cover in their own homes, frantically calling police for help, and after the gun smoke cleared, they found 25 shell casings on the ground and pulled bullets out of five different homes.
Investigators identified Jamal W. Brown as the man who gunned down 27-year-old Shedrick L. Turner shortly after 4 a.m. March 11 near the intersection of Delachaise and South Derbigny streets, a police investigator said.
A convicted drug dealer charged but never found guilty in separate murder and attempted-murder cases in the 1990s is now back in jail after a patrol officer found him with two guns this weekend during a traffic stop in the Milan neighborhood, police said. Shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, a member of the NOPD task force assigned to the Milan neighborhood stopped a vehicle at the corner of Delachaise and South Saratoga and smelled marijuana when he approached its window, said Lt. Mike Montalbano of the NOPD Second District investigative unit. When the officer asked the driver to step outside the car, the driver ran off, throwing away a gun as he ran, Montalbano said. The officer caught up to him, arrested him and then found a second gun inside the car, and the driver, identified as 35-year-old Cleveland M. Alfred, claimed ownership of both firearms, Montalbano said. Alfred is charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a stolen firearm, flight from an officer, expired license plate, suspended driver’s license and no insurance, according to booking records at the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff’s Office.
A 27-year-old man was gunned down early Friday morning in the Milan neighborhood, only six blocks away from the site of a previous shooting death earlier this week. The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was found shortly after 4 a.m. Friday lying in the road near the intersection of Delachaise and South Liberty streets, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to a NOPD news release. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. On Sunday evening, a 42-year-old man was killed and a 28-year-old was wounded in a shooting only a few blocks away in the 3700 block of Willow Street, both with multiple gunshot wounds as well. the NOPD said.