Police seek man accused of pointing gun, choking female date after Bourbon Street argument

(Picture: Jakuan Collins | NOPD)
A 27-year-old man is accused of a Saturday incident in which he pointed a gun and choked his female date following an argument on Bourbon Street, according to New Orleans Police.

New Orleans Police officials said the incident was reported shortly before 6 p.m. in the 300 block of Bourbon Street, where Jakuan Collins (pictured) was involved in a verbal argument with his date before brandishing a gun at the victim and briefly choking her.

Through an investigation, detectives identified Collins as a suspect in the incident and obtained an arrest warrant on suspicion of charges that included aggravated battery and aggravated assault of a dating partner, according to New Orleans Police.

In addition, police officials have warned the public that Collins has been known to carry a firearm.

Anyone with information or knows the whereabouts of Collins is urged to contact NOPD at 504-821-2222, or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll free 1-877-903-7867.

District launches program encouraging people to not litter in the French Quarter

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A management district last week launched a program that is designed to build awareness about sanitation through decals, magnets and local partnerships and with the goal that it will encourage people to not litter in the French Quarter.

Launched by the French Quarter Management District on May 10, the Keep the Quarter Clean campaign builds on Clean up NOLA and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards’ Keep Louisiana Beautiful program, and includes free decals and magnets that are meant to encourage residents and visitors to keep the neighborhood clean.

The intent of the program is to maintain a higher level of cleanliness, where all stakeholders feel a sense of ownership in promoting the Keep the Quarter Clean campaign and driving a greater level of litter abatement and sanitation amongst our visitors, residents, businesses, and government agencies 
providing services in the French Quarter, according to FQMD Executive Director Karley Frankic.

Lead by the district’s Livability Committee, the campaign’s is also designed to highlight laws and improve sanitation conditions in the French Quarter.

Despite efforts by local businesses and residents to keeping their property facades in orderly condition during the initial COVID-19 shutdowns in 2020, Frankic said improved sanitation is needed in the French Quarter.

“It is all of our responsibility to preserve the French Quarter. Keep the Quarter Clean will utilize a multi-pronged campaign to be rolled out in collaboration with our appointing entities, political partners, and friends throughout our community,” Frankic said.

Additionally, residents and visitors are encouraged to report “sanitation opportunities” directly to Nola 311.

The decals and magnets are available at the FQMD offices located at 400 N. Peters St., Suite 206. They were recently distributed at Cabrini Park Mother’s Day picnic on Sunday.

For more information, contact Frankic at 504-323-5801 or email at kfrankic@fqmd.org.

NOPD: man holding knife sought after French Market cutting incident

NOPD officials are seeking an unidentified man as a person of interesting a cutting incident Sunday at the French market.

New Orleans Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who they say is a person of interest in a cutting incident that occurred Sunday at French and was seen running away from the scene

The incident reported at 11:45 p.m., after an aggravated battery by cutting occurred at the French Market, according to NOPD logs.

An initial investigation revealed that a man (pictured above) was observed with a knife in his hand and fleeing the scene, according to the NOPD, adding that the individual is not wanted on suspicion of the alleged crime.

Officials said that detectives believe he may have been involved in the incident or have information pertaining to the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the person of interest is asked to contact Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

After 2 years, Mother’s Day picnic returns to Cabrini Park on Dauphine Street

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The annual Mother’s Day picnic held in Cabrini Park on Dauphine Street will be held Sunday after a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its 23rd year, the Mother’s Day Concert and Picnic, organized by the Vieux Carre, Property Owners, Residents and Associates will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the park, located at 1219 Dauphine Street in the French Quarter.

The picnic is open to the public. Additionally, the park will be closed on Sunday in order to clean and set up for the event.

Those who attended are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and their dancing shoes. The picnic also happens to coincide with International Families Day.

Festivities include American revivalist ensemble New Leviathan Oriental Foxtrot Orchestra, face painting and more. Pets are not allowed.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact VCPORA at info@vcpora.org.

Cleaning crew member arrested on suspicion of shooting co-worker near Gov. Nicholls, Decatur streets

A man hired as part of a cleaning crew team was arrested Friday and accused of shooting his co-worker after firing a gun at an unknown person near the intersection of Gov. Nicholls and Decatur streets on May 4, according to booking records.

Joshua Bass, 45, was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center at 9:46 a.m. and charged with three counts, including negligent firing, illegal use of a weapon and obstruction of justice, records show. His bail was listed at $65,000.

New Orleans Police said the shooting was reported at 5:32 a.m. near the intersection and that the victim arrived via private vehicle at a nearby hospital a short time later with a gunshot injury.

Through an investigation, Eighth District detectives determined that the victim was a member of a cleaning crew contracted to pressure wash the area and that Bass negligently shot the victim while firing his gun at an unknown person, according to the NOPD.

After identifying Bass, NOPD detectives issued a warrant for his arrest.

Anyone with additional information on this incident 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 1-877-903-7867..