Jul 312014
 

Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church is asking New Orleans City Council for permission to increase parking (Google Maps).

Bibleway Missionary Baptist Church, located at 3308 Orleans Avenue on the corner of Hagan Avenue, may soon have additional parking spaces for its congregation.

Rev. Frank A. Davis, III, teacher and pastor of the church, has asked New Orleans City Council for a “special exception” from zoning rules regarding parking, since the church building doesn’t currently satisfy full off-street parking requirements for its members. Continue reading »

Jul 302014
 

A court-appointed jail monitor slammed Sheriff Marlin Gusman during a recent status conference in U.S. District court, blaming snail-like progress at Orleans Parish Prison on a “leadership issue,” according to a report by Jim Mustian for The New Orleans Advocate.

Gusman, on the other hand, has pointed blame at city officials, claiming that he hasn’t been given enough money to properly implement the court-ordered federal consent decree, according to the article.

Jul 302014
 

Third District police said a carjacking occurred on the 4800 block of Banks Street July 21 (NOPD).

Officers from The New Orleans Police Department’s Third District are currently seeking suspects involved in a car jacking of two homeless victims who were sleeping in the vehicle, police said Tuesday.

The crime occurred on the 4800 block of Banks Street on July 21st at around 2:40 a.m., said Sgt. Cyril Davillier.

According to Davillier, the two victims claimed to be veterans and were living inside of the Jeep Cherokee. Continue reading »

Jul 292014
 

A new restaurant, The Half Shell Oyster Bar and Grill, is set to open on Esplanade Avenue in the Faubourg St. John neighborhood as early as Sunday, the owner told Mid-City Messenger.

(The Half Shell Oyster Bar and Grill).

The full service eatery, which will be operated by former Cafe Negril owner Mark Johari Lawes, is taking over an empty building on 3101 Esplanade that once housed the restaurant Creole Cottage.

The Half Shell specializes in oysters, but will also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, Lawes said. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

New Orleans Police Officer Stephanie Caldwell has been placed on emergency suspension without pay after being arrested Sunday for several charges, including aggravated assault, according to police (NOPD).

New Orleans Police Officer Stephanie Caldwell has been placed on emergency suspension without pay after being arrested Sunday for several charges, including aggravated assault, the department announced Monday.

Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Caldwell was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with a 47-year-old male victim on the 1700 block of North Broad Street, near the Fair Grounds Race Course, police said in a statement.

During the incident, Caldwell, 33, attempted to hit the man with her vehicle, according to police. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

New Orleans police arrested a man suspected of stabbing another man Sunday afternoon on Gentilly Boulevard, near the Fair Grounds, according to an initial report.

Santos Paz, 34, was arrested for cutting a 29-year-old victim with a knife at about 4:15 p.m. on the 1700 block of Gentilly Blvd., police said in the report.

The victim and the arrested subject got into a physical altercation which escalated into violence, according to the report. Continue reading »

Jul 282014
 

A photo of 517 North Solomon Street from the demolition application. (via nola.gov)

A request by a Mid-City architectural salvage business to tear down a home next door for more space was deferred until late August by a city panel that wants to hear more from the business owners about their plans. Continue reading »

Jul 252014
 

Police say a transgender victim was robbed and beaten on the corner of South Broad Avenue and Poydras Street (NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department is seeking help from Puentes New Orleans, an advocacy group meant to better Latino lives in New Orleans, following the brutal beating of a transgender victim, First District police said during a meeting Thursday.

Police said they believed the victim was targeted because of sexual orientation.

“The guy realized his orientation and jumped on him,” police said. “He was beaten pretty badly.”

The victim’s purse was also taken, police said. Continue reading »