Jun 222017

Vincent Thomas (via NOPD)

Police have charged one man with second degree murder in connection to a Monday night homicide in the 1100 block of North Roman Street.

The NOPD’s Homicide Unit arrested Vincent Thomas, 27, on Tuesday.

Officers responded to shots fired in the area around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Once on scene, officers discovered a male victim inside of a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead on scene by EM, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 212017

Crime around the Mid-City Security District stayed on an even keel last month compared to the rest of 2017, though auto thefts and auto burglaries increased.

MCSD responded to 12 auto thefts last month and cleared two of those crimes, Palumbo said. One vehicle was left unlocked, two were left with left keys in the ignition and only one showed evidence of a forced entry. Continue reading »

Jun 192017

Ske’ McQuirter (via NOPD)

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a runaway 14-year-old female.

The reporting person said she last saw Ske’ McQuirter, 14, in the bedroom of her residence in the 2500 block of Palmyra Street at 10 p.m. Friday. When she went into McQuirter’s bedroom Saturday morning, McQuirter was missing and there was a note on her bed stating that she had run away, police said. Continue reading »

Jun 192017

On Thursday, June 22, LCIA is hosting a workshop for the construction industry, “Opportunities for Contractors in Stormwater Management.” The event will be co-hosted by the Urban Conservancy and StayLocal. The issue of stormwater management—what we do with rainwater when it hits the ground—is an important issue in New Orleans.

During the day-long class, attendees will learn about:

  • The history of stormwater management in New Orleans
  • The paradigm shift toward green infrastructure and new building practices
  • New city ordinances and codes that require water management to be considered on new construction
  • Available building materials and products that are used in green infrastructure
  • The increasing demand for green infrastructure

Continue reading »

Jun 142017

The Lafitte Greenway, which is used by biker, walkers, jogger, and boarders at all hours of the day, stretches 2.6 miles from Armstrong Park to City Park. (Nick Ducote).

The proposed New Orleans Capital Improvement Plan will be presented to Mayor Mitch Landrieu six months earlier than usual, though some Mid-City projects were not recommended funding.

The plan – established by the City Planning Commission every year – includes requests from city departments and agencies for projects over the next five years. After Tuesday’s approval from the CPC, the plan will be presented to the City Council and will eventually become next year’s budget. 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 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 »