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JEUDI

May 25th

Soft Opening

Royal Brewery, 11AM

Come celebrate the opening of NOLA’s newest brewery

 

Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans

Royal Street, FQ, 11AM

Doreen Ketchens and her band

 

Jazz in the Park

New Orleans Armstrong Park, 4PM

Music by Honey Island Swamp Band + Hot 8 Brass Band

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 6PM

Featuring the funky sounds of Margie Perez

 

Conversation: On Cecilia Vicuña

Contemporary Arts Center, 7PM

Discussion on the “About to Happen” exhibition

 

JD Hill & The Jammers

Bar Redux, 8PM

R&B, rock blues, and everything in between

 

Luke Winslow King

Tipitina’s, 9PM

Support by The Washboard Rodeo

 

Dave Easley

Neutral Ground Coffeehouse, 10PM

Witness one of the city’s best guitarists

 

VENDREDI

May 26th

Bayou Country Superfest

Mercedes Benz Superdome, 11AM

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and many more

 

Magazine St. Art Market

Dat Dog, 4PM

Happy hour + local art

 

Royal Street Stroll

200-900 Blocks of Royal St, 530PM

Led by the Krewe of Cork

 

YP Family Game Night

Urban League of Greater New Orleans, 6PM

Game night for young professionals and their families

 

Toonces and Friends

Marigny Opera House, 7PM

An orchestral journey through time

 

Spektrum Fridays

Techno Club, 10PM

Featuring J.DUB’L and residents Erica and Rye

 

New Thousand + Adrian

Balcony Music Club, 11PM

Violin centered hip hop

 

Free Music Series

Fulton Ally, 10PM

Featuring Bubl Trubl


Backpage Bust: Waco-New Orleans Prostitution Ring Rooted Out in CBD


The NOPD broke up a Texas-based prostitution ring Tuesday after tracking down a woman on the classified website backpage.com, according to police reports. A man and two women from Waco, Texas, were arrested Wednesday for allegedly bringing three women to New Orleans to work for sex out of a CBD hotel. One man, 23-year-old Eddie Sowells, faces human trafficking charges in connection with the case. 

 

Detective Kurt Eischen, who works in the NOPD's Eighth District, spotted an ad on the website at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. He arranged to meet with 19-year-old Alexis Keener at a hotel room in the 100 block of St. Charles Ave. When the detective got to the room, Keener called an unnamed 19-year-old woman, and asked if she could bring condoms to her room.

 

Once the woman got to the room, Eischen and three other NOPD detectives were there to greet her. The woman admitted to her involvement in the ring, telling the detectives that the room was one of three rented for prostitution by Katrina Walls. Eventually, 24-year-old Walls also came to the hotel room, and began to talk.

 

Detectives learned Sowells picked up Keener and the 19-year-old in Waco, and drove them to New Orleans. In the arrangement, Sowells got a 50 percent cut for each trick. In addition to renting the rooms, Walls placed the ads on the Internet.

 

Detectives eventually found Sowells in a different room with 19-year-old Taylor Courtney. In addition to facing prostitution charges, Courtney turned over an unloaded handgun that she was keeping in her purse. The gun was found to be stolen.

 

The group was brought to the Eighth District police station in the French Quarter, where they were charged. Sowells faces pandering, stolen gun possession and human trafficking charges. Walls faces charges of promoting prostitution and alllowing space for prostitution. Kenner faces a prostitution charge, and Courtney faces a stolen gun possession charge. The 19-year-old woman was not booked in connection with the case.

 

“The perpetrators in human trafficking cases are reprehensible, and the people they prey on to work for them are victims who are usually struggling in life and simply looking for a way to survive”, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in a statement. 

 

Detectives frequently use backpage.com to uncover prostitution. In January, Sgt. Mark Mumme told NoDef the website accounted for 75 out of 200 prostitution leads the NOPD investigated last year.




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