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May 29th

HOP Fest

Cafe Istanbul, 8p.m.

Katey Red and the Honorable South headline benefit


Little Freddie King

BJ’s, 9p.m.

Bywater Bluesman at home



HOB, 9p.m.

Strange Music rapper with Chopper style


Mike Dillon

Maple Leaf, 9p.m.

Eclectic talent spans from punk to funk


Meschiya Lake, 6p.m.

Songstress sings the classics


The Seven Five

Zeitgeist, 7:30p.m.

A documentary about an extremely crooked NYC cops


Crime Bits

Jan 1- 7: Shot for Pot, Ideal Mart Robbed, Graffiti Arrest

In this week's rundown of wrongdoing, there was a shooting in the 9th Ward, a man was robbed in the Riverbend, and the Ideal Mart in Mid-City was held up. Read on for more crime bits. 

Darren Sharper Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

The sad saga of Darren Sharper continued to inch towards a conclusion on Friday (5.29) morning. The former Saint pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Alprazolam, Diazepam and Zolpidem with intent to commit rape and two counts of distributing these substances with intent to commit rape in a federal courtroom blocks from the Dome today.

Drive-By (Paintball) Shooting in Bywater

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD is investigating a different kind of shooting. The boys in blue are searching for the culprits in a Bywater paintball shooting on May 19.

NOPD Quickly ID Suspect in NOLA East Murder

On Tuesday (5.27) a 32-year-old man was killed in the East. After some quick detective work, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) ID’d 28-year-old Brian Ronald Thomas (pictured) as the primary suspect.

Crash Course: Cops Lands in Hospital After Assisting With Accident

Traffic accidents are dangerous. Sometimes, even helping out with a traffic accident can be dangerous. One New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officer is in the hospital after assisting the victims of one accident ended with him becoming the victim of a subsequent wreck on Wednesday (5.27) morning.

Quadruple Shooting Leaves Two Dead

By Lucy Leonard

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is currently investigating a shooting in the East that occurred early this morning (5.26). The gunplay left two dead and two more injured, the NOPD said. 

24-Year-Old Killed After Highway Crash

A deadly traffic accident marred Memorial Day Weekend early on Monday (5.25). The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) are investigating a fatality that came moments after one young man narrowly escaped an initial accident.

HANO Cop Murdered Uptown

Even as the City works to build something new at the Guste Homes uptown, elements of the past remain. On Sunday (5.24) morning, a Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) police officer was fatally shot while patrolling the construction site. 

Shootings Return to 3300 Block of Garden Oaks Drive

An apartment complex on the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive in Algiers was once again the scene of a fatal shooting on Saturday (5.23) afternoon.

Marigny Mugging Off of Frenchmen

It’s not just the prices on Frenchmen that have escalated in the post HBO era. The area around the Street is seeing an uptick in crime. Police say that on Friday (5.23) a man was mugged just a block off the booming entertainment strip.

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