Robbers hit in early a.m.: A series of robberies over the weekend--which don't seem to be related--illustrate the need for extra caution in the wee hours:
- Friday (6.5.09), 1:30 a.m.: A white man walking near St. Louis and Burgundy streets was robbed by 2 black dudes. One grabbed him while the other cleaned out his pockets. Either they didn't get much or the victim just didn't give a damn about his friends and neighbors who might wind up victims of this duo--he didn't report it to police until 12 hours later.
- Sunday (6.7.09), 3:15 a.m.: 2 white guys walking near Bourbon and Orleans streets were offered a ride by 2 black dudes. After they got in the car, the black fellas demanded their money and began to beat on them. After they surrendered their worldly goods, they were let out of the car, which sped away.
- Monday (6.8.09), 12:35 a.m.: A white woman walking near St. Philip and Dauphine streets, was robbed by 2 black chicks who came up and struck the victim while grabbing her purse from her hands.
- Thursday (6.4.09): Detectives issued an arrest warrant for Deshawn Freeman, 27, for aggravated battery after he allegedly attacked a black woman with a lamp in her hotel room in the 300 block of O'Keefe Avenue. The victim told police she was acquainted with her attacker, but didn't know his full name.
- Friday (6.5.09): Detectives arrested Amora Collins, 18, and charged her with robbing a white guy of his wallet on 5.15.09 who was at the Chase Bank ATM at Bienville and Royal streets around 10 p.m.
Still in a heap of trouble: John L. Clowney, 50, who was acquitted by a jury of attempted 1st-degree robbery but was found guilty of aggravated battery, was sentenced 5.29.09 by Judge Frank Marullo Jr. to 10 years in prison on that charge.
Lucks out, more or less: Donovan R. Taplette--or Rashawn Taplett, as he sometimes called himself--was first charged with armed robbery, but the district attorney's office decided not to prosecute that. Then the charge was reduced to 1st-degree robbery, apparently a question of whether or not he was armed. But when things finally wrapped up in court 6.1.09, Taplette was allowed to plead guilty to theft over $500.
Oops: We erred in reporting last Friday (6.5.09) that a levy funding the French Quarter-Marigny Historic Area Management District (you know, those guys who say they're going to make the Quarter safer) would be crammed down residents' throats without a vote of the people.
The bill is touted as a measure to promote "public safety, security, and crime prevention." No one disputes the need to make the Quarter safer, but the bill's proposal to add a force of rent-a-cops is an invitation for the NOPD to slough off its mandated duty to protect our neighborhoods.