Drugs in the Quarter, police don't care: Neighbors in the Lower French Quarter have repeatedly alerted the NOPD to an alleged crackhouse at Gov. Nicholls and Bourbon streets, but their complaints have met with silence.
Marigny/Bywater in fear: Residents of Marigny and the Bywater are in fear once again as another unsolved murder haunts them.
What is known: "Dr. Bob" Shaffer, a renown artist whose studio is a few doors from Hawk's house, viewed the crime scene with detectives before the body was removed. He told neighbors Hawk's body was propped up and had suffered multiple stab wounds. The body was also nude, raising the specter of sexual assault.
You can see why residents there are fearful.
Another tactic: An anonymous spokesman for a group called "French Quarter Predator Watch" says his group has received many calls for help from the residents of Burgundy and Dauphine streets, and he posted this on a NOLA.com forum:
And he adds parenthetically: "Yes, 'open carry' is legal in Louisiana."
Word on the street: Big Chief Warren Riley, largely blamed for the inept leadership that has left the NOPD floundering, may not be around that much longer. The rumors circulating is that he only has to hold on until the end of November and he'll have 3 years in as chief, which means he can retire at his full salary ($172,000 a year).
Quiz the DA candidates: Though we've received no official notice of it, we hear there's a forum Wednesday (8.20.08) where the 4 candidates for Orleans Parish District Attorney will meet face to face in a question-and-answer session moderated by Dennis Woltering of WWL-TV.
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