No Thanks but Lemme Ask My Roommate

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

I was alarmed to see this report because the location is not far from our house, but the details are kind of interesting. Armed Robbery, 3900 Block of Banks Street On February 21, 2011 at approximately 10:15 AM, First District Officers responded to an armed robbery in the 3900 Block of Banks Street. The victim […]

What Happened to That Boy?

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Note: The title’s a lyrical reference to a New Orleans hip-hop track, and of course there’s a (NSFW) mix if you want some musical accompaniment to what follows. It is rare for me to remove a post from my blog but it has happened a few times over the years. The most recent case involves […]

Close Encounter

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

I had just dropped Xy & Persephone off at the house of some friends and run a few errands. I stopped back at the house to take care of a few things. I was surprised to find a cop car parked in the middle of the street and an officer standing nearby. I parked my […]

Sex Offender Notification

Friday, February 20th, 2009

We got a Sex Offender Notification in the mail, about a guy who’s living six or so blocks away. The card lists the following offense: “03/27/1995 14:81 2-Molestation of Juvenile.” There’s a mugshot, as well as his name, sex, hair and eye color, race, height, weight, age, and of course his address. It’s also got […]

Good Morning

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Woke up to the sound of screaming. Actually I was already half-awake — I slept sitting up last night cradling the girl to help with her congestion. But the screaming got my attention. Xy had just gone out the door to catch her car pool ride to work. That wasn’t her voice I was hearing […]

Dangerously Cheesy

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Here’s an excerpt from the 1st District Crime Activity Report for August 2nd-8th, 2008, reproduced verbatim and without editorial comment: Location: 400 Blk. N. Johnson St. Date/Time: Aug. 2,2008 Type: Auto Burglary Gist: The victim parked and secured her vehicle on 8-02-08 at 7;00pm, only to return at 12;30pm on 8-03-08 and discover the rear […]


Friday, August 8th, 2008

A friend of mine posted the following on our neighborhood discussion group: I was working at my other house I am renovating tonight around 8:50 pm. Rendon/Conti St. Heard four/five shots fired. Looked out the back door as the shooter sped off. Shortly after I heard the cries across the street and realized someone was […]

Around the Corner

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Here’s an excerpt from the 1st District Crime Activity Report for July 24, 2008, reproduced verbatim and without editorial comment: Type: Aggravated Assault Location: 3100 block of Bienville Gist: At 6:30pm, the victim had a verbal confrontation with her live in boyfriend over the one month old baby not being his son. After being informed […]

Puppy Theft

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

Here’s an excerpt from the 1st District Crime Activity Report for July 20, 2008, reproduced verbatim and without editorial comment: Type: Theft Location: Dumaine and North Rocheblave Gist: The victim stated that at 6:15pm, she received a response to an ad that she had in the newspaper for a puppy. The victim met an unknown […]

Shots Verified

Monday, June 30th, 2008

OK, so those were gunshots I heard Thursday morning. I got the direction wrong, though. Here’s the relevant excerpt from the 1st District Crime Activity Report for June 26, 2008, reproduced verbatim and without editorial comment: Type: Automobile Burglary Location: 3200 block of Bienville Gist: At 2:225am, the victim was awakened by loud noises outside […]

Shots Fired

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

I heard gunfire early this morning, about 2:30 AM. A dozen shots. It sounded like it was coming from around the corner, the 3100 block of Iberville. I wish I could say it was the first time I’ve ever heard such sounds in the night in our neighborhood. Unfortunately it’s a sound I hear far […]

One Year Later

Friday, January 11th, 2008

A year ago I gave a speech. Sadly enough, I could give that speech again today. Not much has changed. I would have to strike the reference to District Attorney Eddie Jordan — he’s gone. I would lose the line calling for more cops. But other than that, I stand by what I said a […]

48 Hours

Friday, October 12th, 2007

48 Hours Mystery will be running a show this weekend about Helen Hill and Dinerral Shavers and the general topic of violence in New Orleans. I spoke to the producers a couple of times. One producer told me he was disappointed by the seeming resignation of most of the people they’d interviewed. He was hoping […]


Friday, September 14th, 2007

There will be a segment about Helen Hill‘s unsolved murder case on America’s Most Wanted tomorrow night. I believe they’ll be using some video I shot of her jazz funeral. Also, Helen’s brother, Jake Hill, is in New Orleans to hold a meeting and press conference at the Sound CafĂ© (2700 Chartres) this afternoon (Sept. […]

Preliminary Findings

Monday, September 10th, 2007

One of the most interesting things I got out of the Green Party of Louisiana convention on Saturday was a press release distributed by the People’s Hurricane Relief Fund. Strangely enough I can’t find this information on their website nor on the website for the International Tribunal on Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, so I thought […]

Murder Map

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

I’ve been fiddling around with the new crime-mapping feature. It’s pretty interesting stuff. You can put in an address and see all the crime reports for the vicinity. You can specify the radius and the time frame and filter by different types of crime. So, for example, I was able to learn that so […]

Another Failed Prosecution

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Remember that retired teacher who got beat up on Bourbon Street shortly after Katrina? Sure you do, it was on television all over the world, a blatant example of police brutality and a huge embarrassment to the city of New Orleans. Well, the latest news is that the accused officer was acquitted. Some will say […]

Crime Prevention

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

I’ve been thinking a lot about crime and violence lately, because it’s clear that it’s coming back to New Orleans. This point was made in dramatic fashion Saturday morning, when five teenage boys were murdered. The story is making international news but it’s indicative of a problem that’s been plaguing urban America for decades. It’s […]

Hammer Time

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Last night we heard someone hammering nearby just around twilight, or maybe later. Xy remarked on it. I didn’t pay much attention. But this afternoon a (former) neighbor stopped by. It was Gwen, sister of dear departed Dan. She informed us that the hammering was actually a brazen burglary of their house. They forced their […]


Sunday, March 6th, 2005

Our neighbor Geraldine’s car was stolen last night — again. She suspects the people in the blue house two over from us. Everybody says they’re drug dealers, and Geraldine says she’s about ready to call the police on them, “selling drugs right out of the house like that.” Last time Geraldine’s car was stolen, Xy […]