Management District approves 6-month agreement to fund additional police patrols in the French Quarter

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French Quarter Management District officials approved a temporary plan that will fund a program that supplies off-duty New Orleans Police security details throughout the Vieux Carre during a special board of commissioners meeting Dec. 31.

Board members approved the plan, or a cooperative endeavor agreement with the city that will fund Supplemental Police Patrol Program for an additional six months, or “until the funds run out, whichever happens sooner,” said Christian Pendleton, board chairman.

The FQMD received $100,000 each month from New Orleans and Company (previously the Convention and Visitors Bureau) in a 2017 agreement for the program, the funds of which were dependent on a local tourism economy that has been wracked by months of COVID-19 related restrictions.

The fund now has nearly $161,000 left in it and the program has a spending rate of about $10,500 per week, according to Karley Frankic, FQMD’s executive director.

“I do believe that this keeps us honoring our word to the voters, that we would do everything within our power to keep these patrols moving,” Pendleton said at the Dec. 31 virtual meeting. “We are continuing to live up to our word and I think that’s very important.”

Pendleton added that the agreement is a measure to continue off-duty patrols until a ballot measure is approved.

On Dec. 5, French Quarter residents voted down a ballot measure that would have renewed a 0.2495% sales tax in the Vieux Carre for an additional five years, with the proceeds funding the program and an additional civilian patrol.

Voters originally approved the sales tax in 2015 to pay for a Louisiana State Police troop, which departed the French Quarter at the end of 2020.

Referred to as “blue light” patrols, the SPPP began about six years ago and includes off-duty NOPD officers who patrol the French Quarter on a 24-hours per day basis in Smart cars. Residents are able to submit incident reports to the police via a smartphone app, although most of the calls-for-service are self-initiated by New Orleans Police.

Last year, SPPP officers responded to more than 20,000 calls, including 18,025 calls that were self-initiated, 2,281 calls that came in through the app and 400 calls received by dispatch, according to statistics provided in a 2020 FQMD draft report.

New Orleans Police arrest ‘habitual’ suspect in connection to auto burglary near Hotel Monteleone

New Orleans Police arrested a man who is described as a “habitual” auto burglary suspect in connection to an incident near Hotel Monteleone last month.

Officers responded to a report of a simple auto burglary near the intersection of Royal and Iberville streets shortly before 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29, according to New Orleans Police.

Following the incident, police arrested 52-year-old Earl Bennett, who was booked into Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of simple auto burglary and disturbing the peace. His bail was set at $10,000.

VIDEO: drunk tourist spills drink, licks it off Bourbon Street pavement

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Bourbon Street is filled with YouTube gold, such as this Dec. 30 video appearing to show a drunk male tourist putting his bare tongue on Bourbon Street, presumably in the spot where he just spilled his fishbowl cocktail seconds earlier. The incident occurred during the evening, when the street is heavy with foot traffic.

We’re not sure what to make of this, except to say more disgusting things have happened here. Hopefully he doesn’t catch anything worse than COVID-19.

The Quarter Report!


The following is taken from the New Orleans Police calls-for-service daily log and includes incidents reported in and in the area immediately surrounding the French Quarter. The signal type may be changed or reclassified for up to 36 hours after the incident is marked up, according to the NOPD. Graphic by Eric T. Styles, photo by Dave Minsky.

Monday, Dec. 21:

Incident — At 4:03 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with a release near the intersection of Royal and Bienville streets.

Incident — At 4:04 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with a release near the intersection of Royal and Bienville streets.

Incident — At 10:21 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of St. Peter and Royal streets.

Incident — At 11:41 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of shoplifting in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 2:02 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of Canal Street and Elk Place.

Incident — At 2:55 p.m., New Orleans Police receive a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 700 block of Toulouse Street.

Incident — At 4:05 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft near the intersection of Barracks Street and French Market Place.

Incident — At 4:43 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 4:55 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats in the 700 block of Dumaine Street.

Incident — At 7:04 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 8:42 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 500 block of Port of New Orleans Place.

Tuesday, Dec. 22:

Incident — At 8:57 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket in the 100 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 10:06 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision with an injury in the 900 block of St. Louis Street.

Incident — At 10:31 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 11 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft by fraud in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 11:50 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of directed traffic enforcement near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 12:30 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of theft by fraud in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 12:33 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a business burglary in the 700 block of Bienville Street.

Incident — At 12:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a residence burglary in the 1000 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 4:02 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto theft in the 500 block of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 4:18 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of directed traffic enforcement near the intersection of Dauphine and Iberville streets.

Incident — At 4:23 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting near the intersection of Canal and Chartres streets.

Incident — At 4:33 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 1100 block of St. Louis Street.

Incident — At 5:16 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 500 block of Port of New Orleans Place.

Incident — At 7:20 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a missing adult in the 600 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 8:01 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an armed robbery with a gun in the 800 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 8:14 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a missing adult in the 300 block of Royal Street.

New Orleans Police towed five vehicles.

Wednesday, Dec. 23:

Incident — At 2:56 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 300 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 3:02 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 7:13 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a recovered reported stolen vehicle near the intersection of Canal and Dauphine streets.

Incident — At 8:44 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision near the intersection of St. Louis and Royal streets.

Incident — At 12:50 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 700 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 1:05 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 300 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 1:12 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 800 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 2:06 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 400 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 2:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket in the 100 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 2:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:31 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a pickpocket in the 200 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 2:36 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 4:17 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 800 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 4:26 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 800 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 4:27 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 900 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 4:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of criminal mischief in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 5:21 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of directed traffic enforcement near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 9:56 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Thursday, Dec. 24:

Incident — At 2:44 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 1200 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 8:09 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a prowler in the 600 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 10:12 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a business burglary in the 500 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 11:19 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:34 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a shoplifting in the 100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 12:18 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of extortion threats in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 12:37 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of simple criminal damage near the intersection of Bourbon and Governor Nicholls streets.

Incident — At 12:59 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a residence burglary in the 800 block of Royal Street.

Incident —At 1:04 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent 911 call in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:59 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Decatur Street.

Incident — At 3:15 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 800 block of Bienville Street.

Incident — At 7:44 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 700 block of Iberville Street.

Friday, Dec. 25:

Incident — At 10:28 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 300 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 1:47 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 2:46 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an auto collision with an injury in the 300 block of Dauphine Street.

Incident — At 3:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 3:39 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 1100 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 4:53 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with a release in the 1100 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 4:54 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with a release in the 1100 block of Ursulines Avenue.

Incident — At 10:41 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Saturday, Dec. 26:

Incident — At midnight, New Orleans Police received a report a public gathering near the intersection of Esplanade Avenue and Frenchmen Street.

Incident — At 1:44 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 1100 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:55 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of fireworks in the 900 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 7:04 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm with no response in the 600 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 10 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 1100 block of North Peters Street.

Incident — At 1:37 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a bicycle theft in the 600 block of Conti Street.

Incident — At 1:48 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 900 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 3:51 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a noise complaint in the 900 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 6:31 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 1300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 7:23 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a noise complaint in the 200 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 7:41 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a hit and run in the 900 block of Iberville Street.

Incident — At 7:52 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a silent burglar alarm in the 400 block of Decatur Street.

Incident — At 10:55 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of an aggravated battery by shooting in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 10:56 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 400 bock of Royal Street.

Incident — At 11:29 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of drug violations near the intersection of Bourbon and Canal streets.

Sunday, Dec. 27:

Incident — At 1:55 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 500 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 2:30 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of reckless driving in the 100 block of Roosevelt Way.

Incident — At 4:52 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 300 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 10 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 700 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:10 a.m., New Orleans Police received a report of simple criminal damage in the 100 block of Dorsiere Street.

Incident — At 12:57 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 500 bock of North Rampart Street.

Incident — At 1:45 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft in the 100 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 3:53 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of directed traffic enforcement near the intersection of Iberville land Dauphine streets.

Incident — At 3:53 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple domestic battery in the 900 block of Toulouse Street.

Incident — At 4:16 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a theft near the intersection of Bourbon and Dumaine streets.

Incident — At 4:33 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple vehicle burglary in the 300 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 5:40 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight in the 600 block of Canal Street.

Incident — At 6:45 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a fight near the intersection of Dumaine and Chartres streets.

Incident — At 8:16 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a simple battery in the 700 block of Royal Street.

Incident — At 9:55 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a public gathering in the 600 block of Bourbon Street.

Incident — At 11:35 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a municipal attachment near the intersection of Royal and Canal streets.

Incident — At 11:56 p.m., New Orleans Police received a report of a warrant stop with a release near the intersection of Royal and Canal streets.

Gypsy Lou Webb, French Quarter publisher of Bukowski and Kerouac, dies at 104

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Gypsy Lou Webb, publisher of a 1960s French Quarter-based literary journal that featured Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski and other contemporary writers died earlier this month. She was 104 years old.

Webb resided at Greenbrier Nursing Center in Slidell at the time of her death, which was on Dec. 13, according to Michael Patrick Welch, an New Orleans-based journalist who was the first to cover her passing.

Born Louise Dorothy Madaio on April 29, 1916 in Cleveland, Ohio, Gypsy Lou was still a high school-aged teenage when she met future husband Jon Webb, who was a next door neighbor living with his family.

Years before the two met, Webb served a three-year sentence for armed robbery at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield before he was released in 1934.

Webb allegedly robbed a Cleveland jewelry store in an attempt to get a divorce from his first wife, Opal, according to researcher Leo Weddle.

Webb and Madaio married in a 1939 civil ceremony and moved to St. Louis later that year. Penniless, the newlywed couple moved to New Orleans one month later.

By 1940, they had already begun to establish themselves as writers and were among a group of French Quarter cohorts that included Tennessee Williams and New Orleans writer E. P. O’Donnell, according to Weddle.

Lou was also a painter who sold her work along Pirate’s Alley. She earned her “gypsy” nickname following a newspaper columnist who described her as a “startling” artist wearing a “full black cape, her beret or perhaps a gold-flecked bandana, and her metallic threaded slippers,” according to Weddle.

In 2013, Welch interviewed Webb about her experience.

“You do a lot of shit when you’re selling paintings,” Webb told Welch. “You talk funny, you look funny, the whole damn thing.”

In 1960, the Webbs started Loujon Press, publisher of The Outsider literary journal. The first issue, published on an old hand press in their 638 Royal St. residence, hit the stands in 1961 and they sold lifetime subscriptions for $12.90.

Following the success of the first issue, the Webbs used the proceeds to purchase a motorized Chander and Price printing press, which they operated out of the 618 Uruslines St. home, according to Weddle.

According to Welch, who interviewed Webb in 2013, the press took up much of the space inside their residence and its operation drained the couple’s finances.

Their magazine, however, continued to be a critical success. Contributors to the Webbs’ magazine also featured poetry from Diane Wakoski; and Beat Generation writers such as William S. Burroughs, Gregory Corso and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Loujon Press ventured into book publishing, printing books by Henry Miller and Bukowski, who also accepted The Outsider’s first “Outsider of the Year” award.

The Outsider folded in 1969 after publishing four issues. Jon Webb died in 1971.

A Loujon Press collection can be found inside The Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center located at 410 Chartres St.