Friday, November 30, 2007

No Surprise Here

As we were saying yesterday:

A man was found shot to death in a ditch alongside a Gretna street Thursday night, Gretna police said.
The man had a gunshot wound to the face and wasn't immediately identified.


An Algiers woman was found shot to death in her home Thursday morning but her young son and daughter were unharmed, the New Orleans police said.
Angela Thomas Bryant, 41, of the 1000 block of Farragut Street, had just celebrated her birthday Wednesday, and authorities believed she was killed the same night.

Suddenly it semms the West Bank is on fire. Not too much different from its namesake elsewhere.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


No, the following is not a reprint of a story from yesterday, last weekend, or the week before. Suddenly, the West Bank and Jefferson Parish have become the hot spot to take out you rival. Probably, the low housing stock has force mid-level hustlers to relocate. You can't keep all your cash and dope in a one bedroom apartment player. You gots to spread that shit out to a three bedroom ranch home in Harvey.

This rash of JP violence seems like a direct challange to the stability of the new sheriff's regime. Taking a cue from their buddies in NOLA, the bad seeds have snatched the inievitable chaos of a administrative changeover to run wild. No?

Proximity Rating: 8 (Only one of our editors lives in the burbs)
Two teenage boys were shot Wednesday afternoon in Harvey, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office reported.
The pair, one 16 and the other 17, were in critical condition at University Hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest, the sheriff's office said.
The incident took place in the 1900 block of Estalote Avenue.

Story goes that two cars pulled up and two men got out and started shooting.

The news reported a shooting in Central City last night, but a review of all available media materials has turned up nothing. Even the WDSU Web site has no mention of it, which is odd considering they sent it out over the vacuum tubes while NOMB was getting harassed at a local bar.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Before we get in today's business, let's take a minute to review yesterday's jogger death.
Seriously folks, if you live in the city, and you know the park, you got to be asking yourself, "How rich is this guy that they didn't release his name, or for that matter, blood alcohol level?"
Come on now, driving in the park?

There is something disturbing about this obvious crime of passion
Proximity Rating: 10 (our editors have no passion in our lives)
A 60-year old widower was found stabbed to death in his Harvey home Tuesday morning, and Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies are searching for a motive and suspects in the parish's third homicide in two days.
Ray Babin was found dead with a kitchen knife in his throat about 9:35 a.m. at his home at 2124 Missile St. in the Spanish Oaks subdivision by his brother, according to Col. Robert Garner, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


It's about time we had some justifiable homicide up in this piece.
If they break into your house, shoot them:

Proximity Rating: 10 (NOMB does not work shipyards)
Jefferson Parish sheriff's detectives were trying to determine whether the fatal shooting of an apparent robbery suspect Monday night in Avondale was justified,
Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of gunfire about 7:40 p.m. and found a man lying dead in the middle of the 200 block of Travis Drive in the Kennedy Heights subdivision, Garner and residents said. The man had one or more gunshot wounds, he said.

If someone owes you money, shoot them:

Proximity Rating: 9 (Some of our editors drive trucks. How would they feel in this situation)
A three-day-old feud between two men regarding the payment for a broken pickup truck window left one of them sprawled dead in an Avondale driveway Monday and the other in jail.
Kenneth Musgrove, 24, of Ellen Street in Ama, was shot in his torso outside 173 Dialita Drive, the home of his alleged killer, Michael Glaub, 23.
The earlier shooting took place about a mile away on the other side of U.S. 90.

And for those of you who appreciate a taste of the bizzare, read on:
Proximity Rating: 7 (We don't jog, but we don't mind the fitness challage stations set up along the track!)
A New Orleans man died Monday after he was struck by an SUV that wound up on the Audubon Park jogging trail, said officer Sabrina Richardson, a spokeswoman for New Orleans police.

We're trying to get it back folks, bare (bear?) with us.

Monday, November 26, 2007

The Lights, The Pie

NOMB has been on vacation. Not locking doors and eating butter. So here's the quick and dirty. God, this project is hanging on by a string.

Two men were shot, one fatally, in Kenner on Friday night, Kenner police said.
Police responded to call that two men had been shot, and found the victims in the 2700 block of Dawson Street, said Detective Shaun Watson, a police spokesman

Eddie Spiller, 38, of New Orleans, died at about 6:45 p.m. at Urquhart and Egania streets in the Lower 9th Ward, chief coroner's investigator John Gagliano said.
Spiller suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the head

A man who was fatally shot Saturday night in Algiers was wanted on a warrant in the shooting death of a man last month, police said.
Carlos Miller, 19, of New Orleans, also was acquitted two years ago in the shooting death of a young mother on a Carnival parade route during a confrontation with street rivals in 2004

theres more but we're lost in a Monday.
Try backlater

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Not the meat of choice for the upcoming holidays. The meat of choice, however, for the culture of violence.

Proximity Rating: 4 - We were up on a roof in the 3200 block on Monday. But no one in that hood has got beef with NOMB
Second District police responded to a report about 6 p.m. of a youth down on the ground and found him lying partly on the sidewalk, partly on a patch of grass in the 3700 block of South Roman Street, between Delachaise and Gen. Taylor streets.
Andre Toussaint,17, of New Orleans had been shot several times and was pronounced dead on the scene, police said.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Sheriff's Lament

It seems like, just when Jefferson Parish was getting back in the saddle, another bloody night reminds us that the burbs are just as rough as the city. Now that the people from the city were forced into the burbs they say.

Proximity Rating: another 10 (we feel safer everyday)
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of Beechwood Drive at about 9 p.m., and found two men lying in the near a home.

One victim, identified as Carlos Lawrence, 31, was found dead from gunshot wounds to the head and shoulder, while another 32-year old man was found with two gunshot wounds to the buttocks.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Return to Form

We all hoped, down here at NOMB, that the recent lull in material was actually a fundamental shift in the fabric of NOLA's culture of violence. It all seemed so quiet. Our editors went out doors. There were 24 hour drawing marathons, thanksgiving invites, coffee without the acidic sting. Some of us took deep breaths and sat next to the train tracks. When the officers assigned to the security detail failed to show up, we laughed because, "what could go wrong now that we've seen the light?"

Saturday: Proximity rating: 10 (We don't ever go east of Dowman Rd, unless it's the state of Florida)
New Orleans police were called Saturday afternoon to the scene of the city's first shooting death in eight days. The victim was identified by chief coroner's investigator John Gagliano as Tyrone Lanaux Jr., a 31-year-old local man. He was at least the 189th person killed on the streets of New Orleans this year

Proximity rating: 7 (We like to shop at Mike's hardware)
Later Saturday, two people were shot in the Gentilly neighborhood.
The two adults were shot about 6:55 p.m. in the 1600 block of Gentilly Boulevard, a few blocks east of Esplanade Avenue. Their wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, Williams said.

Jeff Parish has a new Sheriff, who won in a 91% landslide victory. They also have a slew of killings. All of them well detailed for us this Monday morning

Proximity rating: 10 (when was the last time anyone went to the West Bank for anything but Pho?)
Three people in all were killed, including two on the West Bank and one in Metairie. The violence was compounded when deputies, responding to a stabbing at the motel, shot the suspect after he pounced at them with a knife
Deputies responded to a 911 call around 4:40 p.m. about a disturbance at the run-down motel, where most rooms are still uninhabitable because of flood damage, .
Residents said they had heard a fight about an alleged infidelity and had seen a man leave an upstairs room carrying a bloody brown-handled knife with a long silver blade.The door was cracked open, giving deputies a view of two people lying motionless on the bed, one atop the other with a towel draped over their faces, he said. Deputies believed the two were "either unconscious or had passed," he said. But when they entered the room, a man identified as Terry Robinson, 51, jumped up holding a knife. He stabbed at the woman's body on the bed and attempted to slash a deputy.
Needless to say, that shot his ass.

Proximity Rating: 10 (Refer to #1)

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies found Terry K. Ingram, 16, dead in the driveway of a Harvey apartment complex in the 3700 block of Longleaf Drive, authorities said. Ingram's address is listed in the 2200 block of Alex Kornman Boulevard.

Proximity Rating: 10 (blah blah blah)

Around 6:30 a.m., officers found the body of an unidentified woman in front of a home in the 1500 block of Haydel Drive in Marrero, authorities said. The woman died at the scene from several gunshots. She was described as being in her late teens to early 20s, about 5-foot-2 and 150 pounds with shoulder-length hair, authorities said.
The victim was wearing a MFG-brand pink pullover shirt emblazoned with a photo of herself on the back, police said.
The wording, "Can I Ball Ya'll" and "Get Money," surrounded the victim's picture with the name "Shaun AKA-Jazz" on the pullover, authorities said
. The victim wore a pair of RU-brand blue jeans with suspenders, high-top blue Converse sneakers, and carried what appeared to be a picture of herself in her pocket, deputies said.

This photo sounds like the kind you can get taken of yourself at the YMOL secondline.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Where You Working.

Off Kerlerec, a man is trailing his hoe behind him. A white girl that has terrible skin, and true to form, lots of make up.

The editors of NOMB leave Lapyerouse (sic) the feeling that the house they've just left could be the death of them. The contractor who they are policing might just put a utility knife in their back.

A typical day might be:
1) A carpenter with two helpers. One a white guy with a backwards hat and tattoos on his nick. The other a young black guy with gold teeth and his boots unlaced.
2) A yellow cab with the sticker "Everyday I'm hustling" on the rear window.
3) Politcial fliers piling up in the mail box.

NOMB endorses Cythia Willard-Lewis over Jackie Clarkson. At least right now, only becuase Jackie's smear ads are on the kitchen counter next to where our editors take their lunch.

Monday, November 12, 2007


Even the best of us get behind. Such as leaving the phone at home only to realize the next day that your roomate has sent you a text message warning you of the presence of four hooded men stalking your neighborhood.

A 39-year-old resident of the homeless encampment at Duncan Plaza across the street from City Hall died in his tent Thursday morning from injuries suffered in a beating inflicted elsewhere the night before, the coroner's office said.

See, sometimes it take us a while to get the ball rolling over here at NOMB. Just like it took a while for the police to issue reports of the following shootings. Just like it took that poilce detective awhile to die after being shot in a home invasion a few weeks back.

But not with the speed that most of NOLA murder victims go.

NOMB is instituting a new PROXIMITY RATING that measure the closeness of murders to our editors at any given time. 10 being like, on the Northshore. 1 being like, at the other end of the bar.

This murder rates a 5 becasue NOMB is working a house around the corner from here:
In a Friday slaying, Jubbar Scott was shot about 11 a.m. in the 8600 block of Hickory Street, New Orleans police and the Orleans Parish coroner's office said.
Police answered a call about a man who had been shot and found Scott lying on the sidewalk between Leonidas and Monroe streets.

This shooting gets a 7 becasue we went over there the other day to pick up a table.
On Thursday night, a man and woman were shot by carjackers Uptown, New Orleans police said.
Shortly before 11 p.m., the man and woman were sitting in a vehicle in the 800 block of Burdette Street. Two men drove up and fired into the vehicle, Flot said. The carjackers shot the man in the chest and the woman in the leg. One of the gunmen got into the victims' car and drove away, between Burthe and Maple streets

That makes the beating death of the homeless man a 10 becasue that kind of stuff is another world.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Death of the Murder Blog?

It should be. Lord knows it's time.

A 29-year-old construction worker was shot to death Wednesday night in unincorporated Jefferson Parish near Gretna.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Put Your Mother on the Plane

While the "trolls" over at the forums repost the stories of bathroom muggings at seedy bars and drunk transplants getting jacked at gun point off of Frenchman St, NOMB recalls those days after the shotgun slaying on Charters when NOPD was out in force on the popular party street. Riding horses.

Anyway, it's relieving to see this kind of thing. This sort of killing smacks of personal disputes, the company you keep, and of course, your ability to ward of an attack. Not necessarily where you decide to go drinking. Although, that don;t make it any more right, just less scary.

A 46-year-old man was found bludgeoned to death in his Central City residence Tuesday night.

In the case of the wandeing toddler, NOMB is decidedly pro emancipation for all children. Let's all try to grow up faster.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Keep Your Eyes Peeled in the Parish

They're looking for 'em. The rest of us are looking for a way out. Sort of like that poor kid from John Curtis.

Deputies found Russell Beaty, 27, with a gunshot wound to the chest late Monday night at the Myrtle Grove Trailer Park in Meraux, where he resides. Investigators said Beaty was shot after a confrontation with two other people.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Breaking News: Jeff Parish Also Dangerous

A man calls NOMB as we are updating the blog yesterday.
"You know that man that was shot on Pauger," he asks.
"That's Curtis' son."

Curtis, a quiet big man with big hands, worked with one of our editors when he was doing construction after the storm. According to the man that called, Curtis had remarked only a day earlier that, "that boy wasn't going to make it to see next week."
Curtis was at work the on the day following the shooting.

New Orleans police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man in the 100 block of West Park Court shortly before 5 a.m. He was identified as Julian Mathins, 19, of New Orleans, by John Gagliano, chief investigator for the New Orleans coroner's office.

Per our headline:
In Jefferson Parish, the Sheriff's Office is investigating five non-fatal shootings, a stabbing and an armed robbery that occurred during the weekend.

1)Friday's incident was a stabbing in the 1700 block of Burnley Street in Marrero on Friday shortly after 12:30 a.m. The woman's injuries were deemed non-life-threatening

2)The first incident on Saturday occurred shortly before 12:30 a.m. when an unidentified man was found shot in the 1800 block of Stumpf Boulevard in Terrytown.

3)About an hour later, deputies were called to investigate an armed robbery and shooting at 468 Lapalco Blvd. near Gretna. A man reported being robbed and shot by unidentified individuals.

4)Saturday evening brought shootings in Terrytown and Marrero. The first occurred near the intersection of Mt. Kennedy Drive and Ames Boulevard in Marrero. Shortly before 6:40 p.m., a man reported being shot.

5)About four hours later in Terrytown, another unidentified man was found shot with non-life-threatening injuries in the 200 block of Holmes Boulevard.

It's like Harry Lee goes down and the parish goes crazy or something.


When we read things like this, we get an idea of just how ridiculous this shit get some times. NOMB seriously wonders if all this is easier than just getting a fucking job.

Calvin King, 35, was arrested Saturday night in the 4300 block of Loire Street, in Kenner. He was booked with aggravated kidnapping of Javier Sanchez, 26, aggravated burglary, and auto theft.Sanchez was kidnapped Friday night after armed men confronted his 21-year-old girlfriend at their apartment in the 1900 block of Clearview Parkway. The men confronted the woman in the parking lot and forced her into the apartment. They bound her to a bed and searched the apartment for drugs belonging to Sanchez, Fortunato said.
They were still searching when Sanchez returned home.
The men kidnapped Sanchez, placing him into his black Ford Expedition. Sanchez died of one gunshot wound, chief coroner's investigator John Gagliano said. Police said the wound was in the stomach.

This kind of whole sale gangsterism in a tad more sophisticated than Friday's slaying of a man in Treme, who, coincidental, was only one block from where a man threatened one of our editors on the job last weel. Luckily, NOMB hasn't brought the clouds on anyone's shine recently and so was probably not the intended target of the retaliatory murder that the dead man was on his way to commit.

A man carrying a sawed-off shotgun died in a hail of bullets midmorning Friday in the middle of a 7th Ward street, steps away from an elementary school in session. Police said a 20-year-old man was fatally shot several times in the head and body. He fell to the ground and never got up. He was pronounced dead at the scene, New Orleans police officer Jonette Williams said.

It didn't stop there. On Saturday, the little mini-war moved down the block:
A man was shot in the face Saturday two blocks from the site of a fatal shooting the day before near a 7th Ward school, New Orleans police said.
Saturday's shooting occurred about 3:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of Touro Street, between Urquhart and North Villere streets. Police said the victim was taken to a hospital, but they did not release his condition.

Needless to say, NOMB won't be sending any volunteers over there any time soon.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Rare Old Ones

Sometimes, we're shocked when we someone this old getting shot, like we assume they should know better or something.

A 34-year-old New Orleans man was fatally shot in the 400 block of North Tonti Street Thursday evening, police said. The victim died in front of a newly constructed shotgun-style house. The man, who declined to give his name, said the victim was a neighborhood resident and was getting ready to put the finishing touches on the house.
Standing against the yellow crime scene tape, he said the victim was around the neighborhood every day, and they had spoken a few hours earlier.
"He said he was going to be a millionaire in five years," from his real estate dealings, the man said. "He didn't make it."

Daniel Monteverde over there at the Times-Picayune is working on his literary chops apparently, what with the stage directions and scene building.
This quote, is it meant to be ironic?

Thursday, November 1, 2007

At 3 p.m., there was a report that two men took a white van from its driver at gunpoint. The carjacking occurred in the 1500 block of North Derbigny Street, about four or five blocks from the apartment building where the shooting occurred.

Add this to the fact that a New York editor and one of the editors from NOMB were chased out of a house not two blocks from this location on Tuesday @ 10:00 AM by a crack dealer who had set up shop in one of the abandoned house that NOMB works on.

Plus the recent threat issued to one of the volunteers that stemmed from the misparking of a car in front of a house ("I'm gonna put a hole in your back," was the official word on that) and what you have is a city where you shouldn't bring your mother.

NOMB drives a white van past that spot on the daily, kid.

P.S. All that hubbub at N. Claiborne and Esplanade/Gov Nicholls turned out to be a sham. Nice that they rolled SWAT out there. No really, nice.