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Apr 252017
 

The suspect was seen taking $30 from the SWEGS Kitchen tip jar (via NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a man who police say stole money out of a Mid-City business’ tip jar.

The suspect was seen on surveillance video entering SWEGS Kitchen, located at 231 N. Carrollton Ave., on Thursday. The suspect was seen taking $30 for the tip jar and fleeing the business on a bicycle, police said. Continue reading »

Apr 252017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The Mid-City Security District is considering adding a few neighborhoods to its boundaries when the state-approved statute comes up for renewal in 2019.

It’s also considering dropping a neighborhood if enough residents want out.

Jim Olsen, district commissioner, said the tax-based district is up for renewal in 2019, and it must be approved by voters to run for another four years. Continue reading »

Apr 212017
 

An overview of crime around Mid-City from the past week (via CrimeMapping.com).

Mid-City’s burglary rate took a beating last month, though the overall rate of crime remained stable.

There were nine reported incidents of burglary in the Mid-City Security District in March – an increase of six over the month before. The theft rate also increased by one report to 12 incidents, according to police statistics. Continue reading »

Apr 192017
 

A representation of some persons crime around the First District over the last week (via CrimeMapping.com)

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

New Orleans Police Department’s First District hasn’t responded to any armed robberies over the past two weeks, though persons crime has almost double over the last four weeks.

First District reported 34 incidents of persons crime – which involves homicides, armed robberies and assaults – over the last four weeks. There were only 17 persons crimes total over the previous four weeks, First District Commander Hans Ganthier said. Continue reading »

Apr 142017
 

A man was killed on the 300 block of Jane Place in Mid-City Tuesday evening.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

Personal crime incidents over the last four weeks were nearly two-thirds higher than the previous four weeks, though property crime has decreased.

New Orleans Police Department’s First District reported a total of 28 persons crime over the last four weeks. The previous month saw 18 persons crimes – which includes armed robberies, assaults and homicides – and doesn’t include the most recent homicides.

To cut down on personal crime, First District Commander Hans Ganthier is sending most of his resources to “hotspots” such as the Tulane Avenue and Ulloa Street neighborhoods. That area was the site of two murders over the last week. Continue reading »

Apr 132017
 

A man was killed on the 300 block of Jane Place in Mid-City Tuesday evening.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The New Orleans Coroner’s Office released the identity of the man killed Tuesday evening during a shooting on the 300 block of Jane Place.

Craig Bryant, 52, died from gunshot wounds, officials said.

The shooting occurred in the 300 block of Jane Place and was reported by the NOPD just before 6:30 p.m., police said. Neighbors said they heard about 15 shots. Continue reading »

Apr 122017
 

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

After a man reported his dog was stolen after leaving a local bar, police said that report may not have been entirely truthful.

Police deduced the victim – who had spent the evening at Pal’s Lounge last week – did not have his dog stolen. The dog simply ran out of the house when the victim returned from the bar, Sgt. Gary Lewis said. Continue reading »

Apr 112017
 

A man was killed on the 300 block of Jane Place in Mid-City Tuesday evening.

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

A man was killed after a shooting on the 300 block of Jane Place Tuesday evening.

The shooting occurred in the 300 block of Jane Place and was reported by the NOPD just before 6:30 p.m., police said. Neighbors said they heard about 15 shots.

Tuesday’s murder marks the second Mid-City murder in three days. A man was killed Saturday on the 600 block of South Scott Street; when police arrived around 2:30 p.m. they found the victim lying in the street. Continue reading »

Apr 112017
 

A representation of reported crimes within a quarter mile of the “hotspot.” Crimes include assault, a homicide and vandalism (via CrimeMapping.com).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

The New Orleans Police Department is working with city officials to address rising violence surrounding a Mid-City business, but officials need input from neighbors when the time comes.

NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier addressed the rising violence and drug arrests at or near Ulloa Street Playhouse – a small restaurant that’s been troubling neighbors for years. A man was killed a block from the restaurant Saturday in a hail of gunshots from at least two different weapons, Ganthier said.

Police officers responded around 2:30 p.m. and found at the man dead on the sidewalk. Ganthier said NOPD has been combatting rising violence and drug sales at that location for months.

“We have been hitting this area, but apparently that’s not been as effective as we’ve liked,” Ganthier said to the Mid-City Neighborhood Association on Monday. Continue reading »