Mar 172017

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a police canine that went missing Thursday.

At about midnight, the male canine – named “Spike” – was placed in his kennel by his partner officer at the officer’s residence. When the officer returned later that morning to feed the canine, the canine was not in his kennel. The dog had pulled a portion of the kennel apart, creating a small hole that allowed the canine to exit the kennel, police said. Continue reading »

Mar 172017

A snapshot of auto burglaries around Mid-City over the past four weeks (via CrimeMapping.com)

By Claire Byun

Cheap technology used by criminals to unlock car doors – without a key – is contributing to the rash of auto burglaries around Mid-City, and several residents addressed city leaders to help stem the crimes.

City Councilmember Susan Guidry, who represents District A, held a town hall Thursday afternoon to discuss public safety and crime. Commanders from three New Orleans Police Department districts made brief presentations on crime statistics and prevention tips. About 50 people attended the meeting – held at St. Central Matthew United Church of Christ in Uptown – and could ask questions of Guidry, the police or even local court officials. Continue reading »

Mar 162017

By Claire Byun

As of right now, the Tulane Canal neighborhood doesn’t have it’s own special security patrols and is not included in the Mid-City Security District. But it could be something Tulane Canal Neighborhood Association members consider for the future.

Patrick Armstrong, with the Mid-City Neighborhood Association, wanted to float the idea of including Tulane Canal into MCSD before proposing new legislation. The special district is based on state legislation and has to go up to ballot every few years, which gives organizers the ability to modify the district’s boundaries and payment options. Continue reading »

Mar 092017

(File photo by Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Auto burglaries increased last week around Mid-City, though armed robberies slowed down a bit over Mardi Gras.

The New Orleans Police Department’s First District met Tuesday to recap crime trends around the district over the past week. Commander Hans Ganthier said that other than a few major incidents, it’s been pretty quiet around the district. Continue reading »

Feb 272017

On the parade route on Saturday, a driver crashed into a crowd, hitting 21 people. The event is still under investigation. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Neilson Rizzuto (via NOPD)

The 25-year-old man who allegedly drove a pickup into the crowd watching the Endymion parade on Saturday evening and injured 28 people has a blood-alcohol level of nearly three times the legal limit, and he has been arrested on drunk-driving and other charges, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »