New Orleans Police seek man wanted in connection to Canal Street death

New Orleans Police obtained an arrest warrant for a man wanted in connection to a killing on Canal Street earlier this month.

After an investigation, detectives have identified 21-year-old Anfernee Devante Steele as the perpetrator of the incident that occurred Oct. 6 in the 500 block of Canal Street, according to New Orleans Police.

Steele is wanted on suspicion of one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles.

Anyone with additional information on this incident or on Steele’s whereabouts is asked to contact Homicide Detective Barrett Morton at 504-658-5300. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 877-903-7867.


Two arrested after robbery near Harrah’s casino; NOPD seeks third suspect

A man and a woman were arrested, and a third suspect is still at large, in connection to an alleged armed robbery that occurred last week near Harrah’s casino.

Joshua Valteau, 31, and Samina Murshedi, 31, were arrested on scene following an armed robbery that occurred Oct. 6 at about 5 a.m. in the 200 block of South Peters Street, in the Central Business District, according to New Orleans Police.

Darnell Bullock, 28, was named by New Orleans Police as a third person who is wanted on suspicion of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery.

After an investigation, police learned the victim walked out of a Canal Street business and was allegedly confronted by two suspects, one of whom reportedly brandished a handgun and demanded property.

Detectives initially identified Valteau and Murshedi, who were observed leaving a local hotel, where they were arrested, according to New Orleans Police.

Valteau was allegedly found with a handgun in his possession when he was arrested.

Police searched the suspects hotel room after a search warrant was approved and discovered numerous plastic bags containing varied amounts of drugs, including crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, heroin, Xanax and quetiapine fumarate, according to New Orleans Police.

Quetiapine fumarate, also known as Seroquel, is a prescription narcotic prescribed to patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and other psychiatric disorders.

Valteau was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of illegal possession of a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery; possession of drug paraphernalia; sale, distribution or possession of a legend drug; possession of a Schedule II controlled substance with intent to distribute; possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with intent to distribute; armed robbery; and attempted armed robbery.

Murshedi was also booked into OPJC on suspicion of armed robbery.

Anyone with additional information on this incident or on Bullock’s whereabouts is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans at 504-822-1111 or toll-free 877-903-7867.

New Orleans Police identify man suspected in armed robbery near Harrah’s casino

New Orleans moves into ‘Phase 3.2’ on Oct. 17; more French Quarter bars reopen for to-go drinks

(Photo: French Quarter Fest opening second line parade, 2010 | Derek Bridges | CC Flickr)
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Thursday announced that the city will move into it’s fourth step, or “Phase 3.2,” of easing COVID-19 related restrictions on businesses Saturday.

Under the new rules, indoor and outdoor live music venues can open, but must obtain a permit from the city; fairs and festivals can take place; and second line parades are allowed.

Additionally, outdoor bar seating will be allowed to increase. Masks and social distancing rules are still in place.

Alcohol sales—including at bars, restaurants, entertainment venues and package stores in some parts of the city—are restricted between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

More French Quarter bars have reopened for to-go drinks, however, including Erin Rose, located at 811 Conti St.; Molly’s Irish Pub, located at 732 Toulouse St.; The Abbey Bar, located at 1123 Decatur St.; Golden Lantern Bar, located at 1239 Royal St.; The Chart Room, located at 300 Chartres St.; and many more.

For more information on the new rules, visit the city’s website.

Suspension on to-go alcoholic beverages in New Orleans lifted after two months
Fahy’s, Bourbon Pub Parade reopen after COVID-19 shutdown

Prytania Theatre coming to Canal Place Nov. 6

(Photo: Infrogmation | CC Flickr)
An Uptown cinema is scheduled to open in a French Quarter shopping mall next month.

Prytania Theatre, located at 5339 Prytania St., confirmed Thursday that it will be opening a second location at Canal Place on Nov. 6.

Local news organizations first reported the news on Thursday.

Opening a little more than 100 years ago, Prytania Theatre is the “longest continually operating” movie theater in the South and operated by the Brunet family for more than 25 years, according to its website.

Quarter Rat issue No. 4: a strip club power outage, crazy bartender questions

As promised, here’s next issue in our recently-obtained archive of original Quarter Rat issues.

This one is issue number four, which was published sometime in March or early April 2009 (there’s no date), which is indicated by at least one of the advertisements.

Contained in this issue is a list of questions that drive bartenders crazy, written by “Ms. Pumpkintits”; what appears to be a legitimate news story (unconfirmed) about a power outage at Lipstixx strip club; and a few person ads.

“I saw you dancing in the street, barefoot and carefree. Hand Grenade in one hand, 96oz. Beer in the other. You had a blow-up sheep attached to your waste. I followed you for hours, you only threw-up once. I gave you my number but you never called. You know who you are, I need you., JR.”

And ad space was only $40 (wow).

More issues are in the process of being scanned and edited, so stay tuned.

Quarter Rat blast from the past: original issue #1