Jun 082017

NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier (from left), Superintendent Michael Harrison, Deputy Superintendent Paul Noel and Second District Commander Shawn Ferguson hold a news conference about arrests in a spree of Uptown armed robberies and carjackings. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

By Rob Morris

Four people have been arrested in a spree of five armed robberies and carjackings around the Carrollton and Fontainebleau areas over the last weekend, New Orleans police announced late Wednesday morning.

A total of nine people were arrested in connection to a string of armed robberies and carjackings over the last week. All but one are under 17, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 062017

Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks with the New Orleans Police Department’s First District after repeated violence along the Tulane corridor left several people dead (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

Tuesday’s regular crime trends meeting among New Orleans Police Department’s First District featured an unexpected guest: Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The district’s weekly meeting allows supervisors to review crime trends and pinpoint where officers are most needed. Most of the time, the meeting is led by First District Commander Hans Ganthier.

But, after the city’s most violent day of 2017 left several people dead, Landrieu took a seat at the front to ask questions on district procedures, communication and the impact of properly policing the community. Continue reading »

Jun 052017

NOPD First District Commander Hans Ganthier answers residents’ questions during a crime prevention meeting Monday (Claire Byun).

By Claire Byun

New Orleans’ most violent day so far this year started with a Mid-City shooting that left three people dead and two others wounded.

The Mid-City Tulane Banks Neighborhood Association – only a few months old – is grappling with violent crime around Tulane Avenue after repeated reports of drug deals, loud parties and a rash of shootings that have left several people dead. The association’s founders called an emergency meeting Monday to find a path forward after Saturday’s tragedies. Continue reading »

Jun 032017

NOPD officers investigate a fatal double shooting in the 3000 block of Pauger Street earlier this week.

After two men were killed during a social gathering on Tulane Avenue early Saturday, area businesses are responding with community engagement pleas and urges to keep each other safe.

Treo, located at 3835 Tulane Ave., has been a neighbor to some of the violence strewn across Tulane Avenue this year. Pauline and Stephen Patterson, who also own Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, have been key players in Tulane Avenue’s rebirth throughout the years. Treo’s Facebook posted a status encouraging residents to get involved in neighborhood groups in order to make the Tulane-Banks neighborhood safer. Continue reading »

Jun 032017

(File photo by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two men were killed in a late-night shooting on Tulane Avenue and three others injured during a “large gathering” Saturday, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

Police responded to the 3700 block of Tulane Avenue after officers heard gunshots from a social gathering in the area around 12:40 a.m., police said. Police found five total victims suffering gunshot wounds; two were taken to the hospital by EMS, while the third was taken by a private vehicle. Two men were pronounced dead on scene by EMS, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 022017

Children 16 and under will be under a citywide curfew all summer (via NOPD).

The New Orleans Police Department has set a nightly curfew for children 16 and under across the city, though hours differ in the French Quarter.

Juvenile curfew laws are typically placed at the state or local level to prohibit people 16 and under from being in public without adult supervision during certain hours, police said. The curfew is in place all summer while school is out. Continue reading »

Jun 022017

A snapshot of Mid-City crime over the past week (CrimeMapping.com).

By Claire Byun

Mid-City police are working to stem the increase of shoplifting and theft reports around the New Orleans Police Department’s First District.

Police responded to 27 thefts and 12 reports of shoplifting over the last week, which is higher than city average. Commander Hans Ganthier told First District officers theft reports increased by about 80 this year over last, which has sent the overall number of crimes sky high. Continue reading »