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Jan 162017
 
Keith Duncan, lead artist, explains to dozens of volunteers how to coat the Lemann Pool murals with varnish over the MLK Weekend. (Claire Byun/cbyun@nolamessenger.com)

Keith Duncan, lead artist, explains to dozens of volunteers how to coat the Lemann Pool murals with varnish over the MLK Weekend.

Dozens of community members turned out over the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend to finish a community-based art project on the Lafitte Greenway. Continue reading »

Jan 122017
 
Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks to the Greater Mid-City Business Association in April 2015. (MidCityMessenger.com file photo)

Councilwoman Susan Guidry speaks to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization in April 2015. (MidCityMessenger.com file photo)

New Orleans City Councilwoman Susan Guidry, who is term-limited in her District A seat, is considering a run for one of the council’s two At-Large seats this fall, and two attorneys from Uptown and Lakeview are planning to run for the seat she will vacate. Continue reading »

Jan 122017
 
School officials are planning to renovate the existing building on 2526 Esplanade Ave. and 2500 Barracks St. from a secondary educational facility to a primary facility.

School officials are planning to renovate the existing building on 2526 Esplanade Ave. and 2500 Barracks St. from a secondary educational facility to a primary facility.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After a unanimous vote from the New Orleans City Planning Commission, Bricolage Academy has permission to renovate the former John McDonogh School on Esplanade. Continue reading »

Jan 102017
 
NOPD officers investigate a shooting in the 2800 block of Orleans avenue. One man was shot in the incident. NOPD officials discussed how the community can better protect itself and how residents can aid police during Monday night's MCNO forum. (File photo by Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

NOPD officers investigate a shooting in the 2800 block of Orleans avenue. One man was shot in the incident. NOPD officials discussed how the community can better protect itself and how residents can aid police during Monday night’s MCNO forum. (File photo by Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

The Mid-City Neighborhood Association kicked off 2017 with a comprehensive discussion of crime prevention, the recidivism rate and funding for several public programs.

MCNO will host a community forum every month on a plethora of issues. This month’s topic: public safety. Continue reading »

Jan 092017
 
The Mid-City Neighborhood is hosting the first of many public safety meetings with the public and city officials on Monday.

The Mid-City Neighborhood is hosting the first of many public safety meetings with the public and city officials on Monday.

Mid-City residents are invited to learn more about how to prevent crime in their neighborhoods, what resources citizens can access to increase public safety and what strategies the New Orleans Police Department is using to combat criminal activity. Continue reading »

Jan 062017
 
The campus, located at 8101 Simon Street in Metairie in the former Bunche Middle School building, is chartered through June of 2017.

The campus, located at 8101 Simon Street in Metairie in the former Bunche Middle School building, is chartered through June of 2017.

The International School of Louisiana board of trustees unanimously voted to not recharter its Jefferson Parish campus, leaving hundreds of parents unsure about their children’s educational future. Continue reading »

Jan 052017
 
Hans Ganthier, 19 year veteran of the NOPD, serves as the Commander of NOPD's First District. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

Hans Ganthier, 19 year veteran of the NOPD, serves as the Commander of NOPD’s First District. (photo by Alicia Serrano, MidCityMessenger.com)

As his second year as NOPD First District Commander dawns, Hans Ganthier plans to focus on curbing the same issues his squad faced last year.

First District, which covers Mid-City and Treme, has worked to decrease armed robberies and response times over the year with its new commander. The number of armed robberies decreased by 52 incidents last year, Ganthier said, and auto burglaries and thefts are also down – even through a rash of incidents late last week.

“These armed robberies, when we put them away, it really stops our issues,” Ganthier said. “We do catch them, we’re really good about catching them.”

There were a total of 14 armed robberies around Mid-City in 2016, which is about 27 percent down from 2015, according to NOPD numbers. There were 14 simple robberies in both 2015 and 2016, but two fewer murders last year than 2015.

Residence burglaries were up by one last year but business burglaries decreased by 44 incidents, Ganthier said.

“That’s quite the difference,” he said.

Ganthier said his focus for 2017 is similar to last year: reduce response times; combat armed robbery stats; and inform and educate the community through engagement. Part of NOPD’s consent decree requires community engagement efforts from the department, and Ganthier said First District is planning events and programs for 2017.

Those programs will include youth development and engagement, Ganthier said, since many people around the district have been asking for something youth-oriented.

Ganthier replaced Otha Sandifer in the First District, who stepped up to Commander of the Compliance Division.

Ganthier has served within NOPD for 18 years, where he first started in the Eighth District and moved on to spend 11 years in the Special Operations Division. From there, he was moved to the Second District and later sent to the Fifth District as Assistant Commander.

Ganthier is also a graduate of Pratt Institute in New York and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering. He served in the Navy for five years after graduating.

Ganthier spoke to officers at the weekly First District crime meeting Tuesday afternoon where sergeants recapped the week’s activities and reminded officers about any protocol and paperwork duties. Officers discussed the city’s first homicide of the year – which occurred in Mid-City – to the dismay of Jim Olsen, chair of the Mid-City Security District.

Olsen said the First District’s misfortune in claiming the first 2017 homicide “is what it is.”

Ganthier, however, hopes for a little less luck throughout the year.

“As long as I don’t keep getting so lucky, we’ll be OK,” he said.