Saturday, January 31, 2009

Txt Msg, Uncanny Edition

From: ------ Did you post anything about a mr and mrs singreen on the murder blog? Fri. Jan 30, 7:45 pm

From: NOMB


Fri. Jan 30, 7:50 pm

From: ------

Those are my old landlords

Fri. Jan 30, 7:52 pm

Not sure if that means anything to us. We generally look for a few more degrees of separation when shopping anecdotes.

The map was a mess our editors didn't know how to use. So its gone.

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Abyss Stares Back at You

Gospel of TM: Every day above ground is a good day.

1) A local man surrendered to police this afternoon following a three-hour standoff in which he barricaded himself with a shotgun inside a shed in the Sixth Ward. New Orleans Police 1st District officers spotted the man at 9 a.m. this morning outside a house in the 1900 block of Bayou Road. The man was wanted for a crime. After seeing the officers, the man ran near a house in the 1900 block of Gov. Nicholls Street. He barricaded himself inside the shed. The SWAT unit was called in and tried to negotiate with the man. Eventually, the officers used tear gas. He surrendered at about 12:40 p.m.

2) On 01-28-09 at 1245pm, the victim stated he was sleeping in his vehicle when the a/s walked up, opened the door and stabbed him in the hand and face with a screwdriver. A/S then fled. A/S apprehended by officers in the 13000 blk of Chef Menteur. Hoang Nguyen, 09-26-66, A/M, was arrested and charged in this offense.

An O. Perry Walker High School student was shot dead Thursday night in the Fisher public housing complex in Algiers. An uncle identified the victim as 18-year-old Kenneth Davis Jr. He died from a gunshot wound to the head about 7:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Vespasian Street. His body was discovered near the rear door of a two-story apartment building. The victim's distraught father pleaded with police to see his only son "before he's put in that bag." Officers explained the viewing would interfere with the investigation. The father shouted at police as his son's body was taken away in a black bag. Davis was a senior at O.Perry Walker who liked to play basketball and dominos.

He was a senior. He played basketball. His dad was there. Dress warm.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I Dare YOU to Print The Truth

Really? Like Double Dog Dare us?
From the comments page:

I dare you to print the truth.
Kyle S. Brown was drunk OUTSIDE of his car, pulled a gun on two *clearly identified* off-duty police officers after saying "I'm going to kill me some niggers." The officers shouted their identity and asked him to calm down and drop the weapon. He then pointed his gun at them and refused to lower the gun. He was convicted of Agg Assault NOT the first charge of ATTEMPTED MURDER. He was shot repeatedly because he wouldn't drop his weapon.
I've been following the case in court. Case 477-132MORAL: Don't be drunk, angry and pull a gun in NOLA. It's a recipe for tradegy.
BTW I'm white, female and previous military.

Now: For Truth that is actually relevant to this morning:

A two-day shooting spree in the Iberville public housing complex has resulted in five young men wounded by gunfire.
On Sunday afternoon, three men -- two of them 21 years old, the other 19 -- were injured in the 1600 block of Bienville Street. On Monday, shortly before 3:30 p.m., a 21-year-old man was wounded by gunfire in the 1400 block of Bienville. A little more than two hours later, another 21-year-old was shot in the same block, but at the rear of the apartments.

WE could hash out the details, but ya'll know this story, eh?

Also, We admire the 5th districts succinct writing style. Everything's a-wrapped-a-up-a

On Monday, January 26, 2009 at about 7:25am the victims were in the
3000 block of Elysian Fields when they were stabbed by the arrested

Monday, January 26, 2009

Opiate of the mass

1) On Saturday, January 24, 2009 at about 2:30am the victim was at the intersection of N. Robertson and Montegut Sts., when two unknown black males dressed in dark clothing approached and punched him several times, knocked him to the ground, poured a liquid on him (possibly gasoline) and ignited it.

The man was lit on fire. Or the liquid poured on him was. Which might have been flammable. Regardless, he got some bruises from being punched.

2) During a hearing Monday, District Judge Joy Lobrano denied bond for the Rev. Martin Denesse and his daughter. Each were booked with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrests were made after deputies pulled Denesse over for an illegal U-turn on Louisiana 23 in Belle Chasse.

Thou shalt not U-turn.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


1) On Saturday, January 24, 2009, at approximately 11:14 p.m., there was a shooting in the 2700 block of Josephine Street. Sixth District officers observed two subjects fleeing from the scene. It was discovered that [one of the subjects] sustained a gunshot wound to his face. The other subject fleeing the scene was also quickly stopped and found to be a juvenile.

2) On Saturday, January 24, 2009, at approximately 3:11 a.m., there was a shooting in the 700 block of 9th Street. Sixth District officers discovered two individuals suffering from gunshot wounds. One had a gunshot wound to the leg and the other had gunshot wounds to the leg and torso.

So there are the columns on, there's St. Anna's, there's Silence Is Violence, there were the two Prospect 1 installations in the Mint and NOMA, respectively, and there' Lately seems as if everyone's got murder on the mind and tongue. What shall come of it all? The reproach of the B/M, 17-20 yo, dressed in dark sweatshirt/pants? As one T-P writer mused, the doubling of Uptown property taxes? We leave it to the citizenry to decide.


We take it back, leave those taxes alone...

3) New Orleans Police today arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with the beating death of his father, 66, in an attack that also seriously injured the man's mother. Michael Singreen was arrested at the scene of the crime in the 200 block of Audubon Boulevard.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

They'll get ya...

1) The victim , age 3, and the other children were in the front bedroom asleep and the other kids were in the back bedroom getting ready for bed. He [victim's grandfather] then heard several gunshots and the kids screaming. He said they ran to the front of the house and observed his house shot up and his grandson bleeding from his back. /// The incident took place at about 11 p.m. Thursday in the 14900 block of Emory Road. [The East]

2) A 28-year-old man was shot Thursday night while driving his car on the I-10 through downtown New Orleans. About 7:12 p.m., the victim drove near the Poydras Street exit on the I-10's eastbound span when several gunshots were fired at him from a white car packed with several passengers. A bullet struck the man's upper left shoulder. He drove himself to University Hospital, and he was in good condition Thursday night.

3) A man was shot multiple times Friday night in Marrero and died from the wounds. The man, 24 years old and from Marrero, was shot shortly after 9 p.m. in the 2100 block of Caddy Drive.

4) About an hour after the first shooting, another shooting was reported in Harvey in the 2400 block of Sandoz Street. The victim was shot multiple times and found slumped over the front seat of a silver, four-door Accura. A resident in the block said a friend went outside for a smoke and overheard people arguing. Then a man started shouting: "Somebody shot my brother! Somebody shot my brother!"

...whether you east, west, or headed in either direction.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Fry Day

1) One teenager was arrested today and a second is being sought in the killing of Bobby Rae Lee, who was found with multiple gunshot wounds behind the wheel of his car Sunday night in Metairie. Authorities discovered that Lee, 24, had been shot Sunday about 11:30 p.m. after a deputy tried to stop his Ford Mustang for traveling without headlights near Airline and David drives. Lee's car continued for about two blocks before it stopped. When he opened the door, the deputy noticed that Lee was bleeding profusely from five gunshot wounds.

Also, to paraphrase the 2nd District email blast: Pregnant ladies be doin holdups on Magazine.
(we all remember the Drag Queen rampage down there after the storm right? Read and Reminisce

Thursday, January 22, 2009

What's goin on

1) The New Orleans Police Department has issued an arrest warrant for a 37-year-old New Orleans man who allegedly beat his victim with a metal pipe. The suspect, Gregory Sanders, was involved in an argument with the victim on Jan. 4 at the intersection of 7th and Danneel streets, when Sanders armed himself with the metal pipe and struck the victim several times in the head.

2) A Metairie mother was jailed Tuesday for allegedly tossing her 3-week-old son across her living room because he was crying – twice. Shannon Cooper, 21, of 3448 Edenborn Ave., was booked with two counts of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile by detective Solomon Burke with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

3) A juvenile court judge on Wednesday found that New Orleans homicide detectives had enough evidence to arrest two 15-year-olds in the fatal shooting of French Quarter bartender Wendy Byrne, effectively transferring the cases to adult court.

Another brutal beating. Another mother pushed over the edge. Another every-which-ways tragedy for the books. Try not to lose your heads.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

West Bank Inauguration

of violence...
Can't get a day of peace, even for The Doctor
1)1:40 p.m. as a large crowd gathered at Johnny Jacobs Playground, 5851 Fifth St., after a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade ended there, Fortunato said.

According to witnesses, two unidentified men were arguing when one pulled a pistol and began to chase the other, firing several rounds. The bullets struck two bystanders. The 11-year-old boy was hit in the leg, while a 28-year-old woman suffered a "superficial gunshot wound to the face,"

Well, to be fair, it's not really an inauguration. We we're just trying to drive up the site traffic.

2)1900 block of Betty Street. Deputies dispatched to the scene found an unidentified man shot once in the stomach.The victim was alert and conscious when he was transported to University Hospital. His condition was not available Monday night.

And if you're looking for information on the Wendy Burns shooting, the Times-Picayune is reporting this morning that police have taken a 15 year-old-boy into custody. Apparently, he just walked in and confessed.
While NOMB would sure love to believe that a common morality and sense of responsibility motivated this confession, we got to say, we're pretty skeptical.

Monday, January 19, 2009


A note from O concerning MLK:

Many of you may know that we hang a photo of The Doctor on the wall of our office. He sits right next to Oretha Castle Haley, who does not have such a fancy frame. In time like these, inauguration aside, we have to think about what the Doctor might have said. A man with little political, and total social aspiration, we wish we could give the city of NO our cassette tape of his speeches. We hope the city of NO, the teachers, the leaders, the workers, and the porch chillers all take at least two seconds today to remember our boy. TO remember that we're all scared for our children's future and we all deserve safer streets.

Back to 1:

1) A local woman who was fatally shot while walking with a friend in the French Quarter on Saturday night was the victim of armed robbers. The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. at the corner of Dauphine and Gov. Nicholls streets. More than a dozen friends and colleagues identified the victim as Wendy Burns, a bartender at French Quarter lounges Aunt Tiki's and Starlight by the Park. They printed photos of Burns, a popular veteran in the local service industry, and placed them alongside flowers at the murder scene and at her workplace. Marlon Defillo, assistant superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, said the woman, a Quarter resident, was simply walking to a car with a friend.

Yesterday we threw a post up regarding this incident and then took it down a few hours later. We try to keep NOMB voice consistent, but something bout the tone didn't feel right on that one, so here's right:

A bartender working in the quarter was killed in a hustle gone wrong. It's a shame. The workers, never the fly-ins. The hours? The cash? Tourists got both. Odds? What they.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Jefferson Parish:

1)Louis Alonso George, 23, died Friday morning at the Interim LSU Public Hospital after he was shot once in the back. A 28-year-old man, also wounded in the robbery, was in critical condition. The two were victims of an armed robbery and shooting reported in the 1500 block of Kings Road on Thursday about 6 p.m.

"Hope is only a dream away." - Man in bar who was the proud raffle winner of a brand new, Miller Highlife branded, Dickies gas attendant's jacket.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


While we cannot, of course, substantiate any of the following, and acknowledge whole heartedly that it's completely hearsay, we can help but feel like passing this stuff on:

Word on the street is that all our new DA's office is in the middle of a switch up, rotating assistant DA's into different courts. As a result, most of assistant guys and gals want to try and clear their case loads and are coping deals, especially when they aren't too familiar with the case. The result? Recently a man being held on attempted murder, accused of shooting a another man numerous times (one of the bullets grazing the victims head), was given 26 months on an aggravated battery by shooting charge, 12 months of which he's served and we'll probably be released in 2.
The point? Go ahead and shoot someone in New Orleans. Chances are they won't catch you, and if they do, they'll probably fudge up the investigation, but if they do make the charges stick, they'll most likely get fed up and let you slip.

Come on. Everyone is doing it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

More and More

1) On 01-09-09 at 1:30pm, victim stated he parked in front his apartment and was unloading groceries, when he observed a red vehicle stopped next to his parked vehicle, occupied by a subject known as Wayne, who suddenly shot at the victim striking him several times in the left side and rear. [7th District, Roger and Wright].

2) On Sunday January 11, 2009, As the victim walked out of a nearby establishment an unknown perpetrator shot the victim three times. The victim later expired while in surgery. The perpetrator then fled east on Apple Street then unknown. [2nd District, Apple and Monroe].

3) On Sunday, January 11, 2009 at about 8:58pm, the victim was in the 3100 block of N. Claiborne, the victim was shot several times.

4) A St. Bernard Parish man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife and her daughter in a fit of rage early Tuesday. The daughter was killed. The daughter, 18-year-old India Mahoney, was a senior at Warren Easton Senior High School in New Orleans. Police were alerted, and authorities arrived to find Mahoney dead of a gunshot wound. A bullet, meanwhile, had hit Elizabeth "Beth Marie" Richardson in the neck and injured her. Eugene Richardson said his son [suspect Charles Richardson] had not been able to work due to kidney ailments which required dialysis.

Yet again, we don't have much to say on these. We expect Charles' ailment will either kill him or force him to come in. We expect not to hear much more on the others. But we've got the map, which was implemented mostly to remind ourselves to follow up on posts past. If that yields anything, mark us cynical. If not, well, you probably live here, so you know.


1) About 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Demetrius Hamilton, 26, was shot while he was in the 8600 block of Apple Street in the Hollygrove neighborhood. He died at University Hospital less than an hour later.

2) A 58-year-old man who was shot in front of his 9th Ward home Sunday night has died at University Hospital. Willie Summers was shot multiple times at about 9:25 p.m. Sunday in the 3100 block of North Claiborne Avenue.

3) Donauwx J. Clark, 68, was found dead in his apartment at the senior citizens complex at 6440 Gen. Meyer Ave. in Algiers Monday afternoon. After EMS paramedics pronounced him dead, investigators began treating it as a homicide, namely because of the suspicious gap of time between Clark's last being seen with a stranger and his death.

4) A man fired a shotgun blast at the passenger of a car driving down an Irish Channel street late Sunday and caused a wreck.The car carrying the passenger came down the 900 block of Washington Avenue about 10:22 p.m. When the car approached the corner of Washington and Constance Street, a man toting a shotgun emerged from the driver side of a silver Infiniti parked at the intersection.

Updating sunday's: Police say that hours later, [Louise Declues'] 52-year-old son Tony DeClues confessed to killing her because he was short on drug money.

3 in 2. Gettin there. What's to say, you know the drill.

Headline Irony:
Death of Man Raises Concerns

Sunday, January 11, 2009


1) A 73-year-old woman was stabbed and killed in the 1300 block of Cambronne Street in the Carrollton neighborhood.

Who knows? We'll update the map when the curtain rises. In the mean time, try not to imagine why.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


1) Monday January 5. 1800 block of Pauger St. The victim stated that he was talking with a group of females when a black male known as "Phillip" approached the group and began to disrespect the group of ladies. When the victim intervened, the perpetrator entered an unknown residence and returned to the group, armed with a hammer. The perpetrator stuck the victim on the forehead, causing a laceration just above his right eye.

2) On Thursday, January 8, 2009, at about 10:52am, the victim was at the intersection of Flood and Urquhart St., when the wanted subject shot him in the back.

3)A man was shot Friday night in the 2400 block of North Prieur Street. Shortly after 9 p.m, he was shot twice -- once in the leg and once in the stomach area.

Follow-up to Technical Difficulties:

3) A Harvey teenager who admitted to detectives that she put a baby in a clothes dryer so she could watch television without disturbance was indicted Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder.

A case moving forward usually garners quiet applause from us editors. Sometimes, though, the shoe fits too big. Everyone's had enough Law and Order forced down their eyes to appreciate how infuriating an insanity defense can be. Everyone would also do well to remember that a certain number of people really are mentally ill. This story is no less gruesome than it was back in September, but we here at the NOMB are as horrified by the why as the what.

School-to-Prison pipeline/Prison-to-NOMB pipeline:
Word flows through the different channels to tell NOMB that the body found in the 3300 blk of Clouet St. recently was dumped there.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


1) On Wednesday, January 7, 2008, at about 8:45 pm, the victim was stopped in his vehicle in the 3900 block of Hamilton St. An unknown suspect approached the victim and fired three shots, striking the victim in the chest and hip. The suspect then fled the scene. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.

2) A man being chased by law officers drove a truck into Lake Pontchartrain in Kenner this morning. Scharwath was removed from the water and taken to University Hospital in New Orleans for treatment of hypothermia. Scharwath was cited for traffic violations and resisting arrest by flight. Scharwath's father told investigators he didn't realize his son had the [his] vehicle.

So you know:

Silence is Violence, the nonprofit group that helped organize thousands in a historic anti-crime march on City Hall two years ago, has scheduled a rally across the city Friday to show that New Orleanians will not be held hostage by violence.

Check the paper for more on this:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009



2) A dog being trained to hunt rabbits last March discovered one of two dead women. Parish workers mowing the lawn near a makeshift Marrero carnival ground in August 2006 found the other. It is strange that no one has claimed their bodies if at one point they could pay or had someone pay to take care of their teeth. "They most likely belonged to a decent socioeconomic group. They weren't homeless."

Welp, there goes The Business. We'll take the homeless over carnival folk any day of the week. Except carnival day.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Roughly, 2009

1) Bracing for a $15 million federal court judgment that he inherited with the office, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro is looking at every option to avoid such a payout -- including bankruptcy.

2) Monday:
The shooting took place at about 10:25 p.m. at the corner of North Dupre and St. Ann streets. The victim, a 46-year-old local man whose identity has not been released, was shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

3) Saying that the police department must be purged of "trigger-happy" cops, a dozen local ministers called on Police Superintendent Warren Riley Tuesday to release the names of the nine undercover officers involved in the New Year's Day fatal shooting of 22-year-old Adolph Grimes III.

We're glad to hear the feds are involved. Really. And we're glad to hear people aren't letting this one go. They shouldn't. Still, the NOMB has grown wary of such fervor. We'll never be the ones to write justice off, but so often justice is off...

For the new year, a map. Soon, a stats box.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Begging Questions

The new year is certainly raising some. The conflicting stories for Grimes case. The changing stories in the Central City father kidnapping/murder investigation.

The coffee shop is stacking yard signs that mark crime scenes and organizing a protest. But before we get carried away, let's take a minute to remember some high profile cases from 2008:

1) Kyle Brown: The soldier shot in the motel off Airline
2) Jessica Hawk
3) The activist murdered in the ninth ward

Remember these? If you don't, it's okay. We had to Google them too. The fact is,if we've learned anything from 2008 it's that two hot button cases can start off 2009, but will probably fade from the public eye as we are submerged again in another years worth of unnecessary, unpunished, occasionally unexplainable, and more often than not, untraceable violence.


1) New Orleans police said Saturday that a dispute about $4,000 in child support payments prompted a 22-year-old man to kill his 2-year-old son, dump his body in a playground and concoct an elaborate story about the boy's abduction. Ja'Shawn Powell's 48-pound body was discovered in a section of Van McMurray Park, behind a house in the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue.

Uncanny, macabre, totally irrational. Just what NO does best.

An update on Adolph Grimes, III:

2) Seven New Orleans police officers fired their weapons at a 22-year-old man who was killed early Thursday while sitting in a car outside his grandmother's house. Grimes was struck by 14 bullets. [Grimes] has lived in Houston [...] since Hurricane Katrina. He was in town to visit family. Riley said a gun was found on Grimes but would not specify where. Grimes' father acknowledged that his son owned a 9 mm handgun but said he had a Texas permit for it. The condition of Grimes' gun shows it was fired, Riley said, but he could not say whether any of the shell casings collected by police at the scene matched the gun. Grimes, the father of an 18-month-old son, had no criminal record. Assistant Police Superintendent Marlon Defillo said that on Saturday evening, as crime lab investigators began to "process" the car, they found an assault shotgun in the trunk along with a "high velocity" magazine clip for the 9 mm handgun and shotgun shells.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Red roses, too

1) On January 1, 2009 at approximately 9:13 pm the victim was driving on Oleander. Intersection of Oleander and Joliet, green two door sport type vehicle cut in front. An unknown black male exited the vehicle and fired several shots. The victim returned fire. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to his left thigh.

2) A Metairie man who pushed his girlfriend from his pickup truck at a busy Metairie intersection, then ran over her in the street, remained in custody Friday night booked with negligent homicide.

3) A falling bullet grazed the back of a 25-year-old New Orleans man as he rang in the new year this morning, but authorities said celebratory gunfire overall appeared to continue its years-long decline.

Suppose it is time to reflect, but the work, it is unending and without pause. Respite for subjects and editors comes by way of small, fatty morsels ingurgitated with aid of watery beer. And sometimes by joy of firing one's toaster above one's head.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Psychological Landscapes

Year Two in Review:
We laughed. We cried. We outsourced.

Year Three:
How much more can we take?

Three men were shot dead in New Orleans in the first 11 hours of 2009. The dead included a man killed by police officers after he fired at them.

1)1600 block of Gov. Nicholls Street at about 3 a.m. Officers approached it when its occupant, Adolph Grimes III, 22, began firing a pistol at them.Grimes continued firing even after officers told him to stop. The officers fired at the man, who died at the scene
2)5th District officers answered a gunshot call shortly after 3 a.m. and found Aaron Myre, 18, of New Orleans on the ground in the 2800 block of Clouet Street. He had been shot several times in the head and chest
3)2400 block of Treasure Street: Officers from the 5th District were called to the scene on a report of a "man shot" and discovered Damon Barden, 32, lying in the home with multiple gunshot wounds.

Our new years resoulution, aside from updating more frequently, is to not let bullshit statistics like "15% decline in murders in NO" distract us from the facts.