NOPD: Man reported missing last seen on Esplanade Avenue

Shane Gallivan. Picture courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is requesting help from the public locating a person who has been missing for nearly a week.

According to the NOPD, 59-year-old Shave Gallivan was last seen in front of a hotel in the 600 block of Esplanade Ave. at about 6:21 p.m. on August 7. Gallivan was reportedly arguing with his girlfriend in front of the hotel, the NOPD stated, and hasn’t been seen or heard from since then.

The NOPD described Gallivan as a white male standing six foot one inch tall with grey hair and weighing about 140 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Gallivan is requested to contact NOPD Eighth District detectives at 504-658-6080.

Comedian Andy Dick reportedly sucker punched outside One Eyed Jacks

Andy Dick | CC

Actor and comedian Andy Dick was sucker punched outside One Eyed Jacks on Toulouse Street Saturday morning, according to a report by The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

Dick and guitarist-singer Paris Dylan stepped outside to pose for photos with fans following the show. As Dick stepped into an Uber, he was blindsided with a punch, the newspaper reported. Dick hit his head on a parked motorcycle then struck his head on the pavement and lost consciousness for about 15 minutes, according to the newspaper. The incident reportedly happened at about 2:20 a.m. in the 600 block of Toulouse St.

The 53-year-old Dick was transported to the hospital where the was monitored for what the artist described to the newspaper as a “possible brain bleed.”

According to the newspaper, the attacker got away and hasn’t been identified. New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the NOPD at 504-658-6080 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

NOPD: Man accused of illegally carrying handgun on Bourbon Street

Photo courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) said it arrested a man for allegedly carrying an illegal concealed handgun on Bourbon Street on August 11.

According to the NOPD, city police officers and Louisiana state troopers were patrolling the 500 block of Bourbon Street at about 12:27 a.m. when they stopped 27-year-old Devante Ray, who was carrying a concealed Glock Model 22 .40-caliber handgun. The firearm was loaded with 15 bullets, according to the NOPD.

Ray was taken to NOPD’s Eighth District police station on Royal Street and transported to the Orleans Parish Justice Center where he was booked with one count of illegal carrying of a firearm.

Phase Two of Bourbon Street construction to resume August 12 at St. Ann Street

Bourbon Street construction in the 200 block in September 2017. Photo by June Collins via Facebook.

Construction of Bourbon Street is slated to resume on August 12 starting at St. Ann Street.

According to an announcement by New Orleans, daily intermittent road closures will occur at St. Ann at the 800 block of Dauphine and Bourbon streets starting at 8 a.m. until sunset to accommodate pre-construction activities for the Bourbon Phase 2 project.

It’s the latest round of the Bourbon Street renovation project, which began in the 100 block in April 2017. It’s the first major reconstruction of Bourbon Street in at least 90 years.

The block will be open to pedestrian traffic only, however the intersections of Dauphine and Bourbon at St. Ann will be open to vehicular traffic–meaning that you’ll still be able to cross Dauphine and Bourbon streets on St. Ann at night.

The 800 block itself, however, will be fenced off and cluttered with construction equipment. Bars such as The Bourbon Pub and Oz New Orleans will be affected.

Additionally, the intersection of Dumaine and Bourbon and approximately forty feet into the 900 block of Bourbon are also closed to vehicular traffic as crews work to fully reconstruct the road. The intersection and 900 block will reopen next weekend if weather allows, according to the city.

The work being done includes Entergy crews conducting utility upgrades on Monday. Hard Rock Construction, the company hired to do the job, will also begin exploratory trenching activity that’s expected to take about three days.

Work on the new sewer, water, and drainage system for this block is anticipated to begin in October, according to the city.

Construction will halt and equipment will be cleared, including fencing, from the site and trenches will get filled in once Southern Decadence festival begins on August 28, but work will resume on September 3.

According to a report by WWL-TV in August 2017, the project was originally contracted for a cost of under $3.9 million, but is expected to cost millions more. The city’s new estimated cost has reached $9.5 million.

The city is roughly 70 percent finished with the project. New “upsized” drainage, a better sewer system, new sidewalks, upgraded lighting and security, and a smoother pavement have been installed along various sections of Bourbon Street, according to the city.

Police search for missing woman last seen on Bourbon Street

Meghan McFadden. Courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is requesting information on the whereabouts of 31-year-old Meghan McFadden, who was reported missing on Sunday.

According to the NOPD, McFadden was last seen at about 4 p.m. on August 10 in the 500 block of Bourbon Street.

The NOPD described McFadden as five foot two inches tall, approximately 140 pounds with strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a red dress with flowers on it.

NOPD Eighth District detectives request anyone with information on McFadden’s whereabouts to call 504-658-6080.

Red Dress Run marks 25 years of drinking and running through the French Quarter

Anthony Posey | CC

The Red Dress Run is an event organized by the New Orleans Hash House Harriers (NOH3) on the second Saturday of August each year and thousands of men and women wearing red dresses will be running through the French Quarter on August 10 with drinks in hand.

Now in its 25th year, the purpose of the run is to raise money for local charities and nonprofits. The event is similar to Hash House Harrier events in other parts of the world, except this one is in New Orleans.

The Hash House Harriers is a worldwide social organization of people who get together for non-competitive runs and drink alcoholic beverages. Their slogan is “a drinking club with a running problem.” The term hasher refers to members of the social club.

Red Dress Run co-rganizer Bill Healy told WVUE’s Nancy Parker that the run originally began with 60 to 100 of the NOH3’s members in the first few years. Eventually, the club allowed non-members to join and let them register. All of the money for registration goes to charity, Healy said.

Now the event attracts thousands. Co-organizer Chris Vial told Parker that as many as 4,000 people could participate this year. In addition to the people who pay to register for the actual run, Vial estimated that as many as 15,000 people will just show up to the French Quarter wearing red or red dresses—meaning you don’t actually need to register to enjoy the festivities.

“It’s about that big every year,” Vial said. “We’ve grown exponentially each year in small increments. It’s New Orleans, it’s a big party.”

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at Crescent Park and the run begins somewhere along North Peters Street at 10:30 a.m. The run itself is only a short distance, but the event lasts all day. Only those who register can participate in the run.

Registration is $65, which includes free beer, lunch, live bands, and a bib with a registration number. Parking costs $20 at 450 Mandeville St. for all day. For more information, visit neworleanshash.com.

NOPD searches for burglary suspects in separate French Quarter incidents

Courtesy of the NOPD.

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for suspects who allegedly burglarized several hotels and a vehicle stemming from two separate cases that occurred in the French Quarter in late July and early August.

In the first case, according to the NOPD, a man allegedly burglarized three hotels from July 20 to August 2, two of which are located in the French Quarter or along its edge.

UPDATE: Police arrested Tramaine Williams, 33, on August 3 in connection with the alleged hotel burglaries. Williams was located by NOPD officers at a local hotel in possession with several of the stolen items, including several reportedly stolen tablet computers and smartphones, police said. Williams was booked into Orleans Parish Justice Center on suspicion of four counts of unauthorized entry of a business, four counts of illegal possession of stolen things and on drug possession charges.

Tramaine Williams. Courtesy of NOPD.

The first occurred on July 20 in the 900 block of Canal Street at approximately 4:59 a.m. and the second occurred in the 1300 block of Canal Street at approximately 10:03 p.m. on August 1. Then on August 2, a business located in the 100 block of Iberville Street was allegedly burglarized at approximately 2:24 a.m.

In all three incidents, according to the NOPD, the man entered through the hotel lobbies and forced his way into the office areas, where he took iPads, cell phones, and other items.

The NOPD released alleged surveillance camera footage of the incidents on August 2, which are pictured above.

Then on August 1, according to the NOPD, two suspects were captured on surveillance camera footage allegedly burglarizing a vehicle in the 900 block St. Louis Street at approximately 5:33 a.m.

According to the NOPD, the vehicle’s passenger side window was smashed.

NOPD described the two suspects as black males, one being approximately six foot, one inches tall, bald with a thin build, and was seen wearing a white shirt with horizontal stripes and dark colored pants.

The NOPD described the second suspect as five foot 10 inches tall wearing a tan bucket hat, white t-shirt, tan shorts, and a red drawstring backpack.

Surveillance camera footage, which is pictured above, was released by the NOPD on August 5.

The NOPD requests that anyone with information regarding the incidents or identities of the suspects to call Eight District detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.

The Old Coffee Pot returns as Cafe Beignet in the French Quarter

Cafe Beignet at the Old Coffee Pot. Picture by Marvin Smith.

The Old Coffee Pot restaurant that abruptly closed in February has reopened, but this time under a slightly different name.

The restaurant, now renamed Cafe Beignet at the Old Coffee Pot, reopened at 714 St. Peter St. It was the location the previous restaurant before it was acquired and renamed.

According to nola.com, the new restaurant is now a part of the same company that has three other locations nearby.

The Old Coffee Pot was open for more than a century before it closed. The restaurant was a popular breakfast spot for bartenders, barbacks, and other service industry workers coming off the third shift—or for those who finished the second shift and stumbled into the place after several hours of drinking at Johnny White’s Bar across the street, or elsewhere.

Before it closed, the restaurant appeared on an episode of Gordon Ramsay’s reality TV show, “24 Hours to Hell and Back,” in which he scolded the staff for finding a dead mouse in a toaster.

The new restaurant’s menu includes crawfish omelettes, beignets, gumbo and calas.

Calas are a fritter similar to a beignet but made with rice. They’re sometimes described as a dumpling, a rice pastry, or cake. They’re believed to have their origins from the rice-growing regions of Western Africa and were brought to Louisiana by slaves.

Recipes vary, but typically calas are made by mixing rice with sugar, some flour and eggs, deep-frying them, and topping them with confectioners sugar. They were a specialty at the Old Coffee Pot for decades, but have been a part of New Orleans for centuries.

According to Poppy Tooker on NPR, calas vendors were a common sight on the streets of New Orleans, particularly the French Quarter. African-American slaves who sold calas used the money to buy their freedom.

Calas vendors weren’t restricted to only slaves, though. Selling them were part of the income for many families.

In her 1995 article published in Louisiana History journal titled “Lost Boundaries”: Racial Passing and Poverty in Segregated New Orleans,” author Arthé Anthony wrote:

“Lottery sellers, praline and calas vendors, seamstresses, pieceworkers, and laundresses who worked at home are examples of teh various forms of work that were available to poor colored women who were married.”

Other menu items include pecan waffles, Cajun hashbrowns, and sandwiches such as muffalettas and roast beef po-boys.

Cafe Beignet at the Old Coffee Pot, located at 714 St. Peter St. is open daily from 8 a.m to 10 p.m.


Woman reportedly upset with food order points handgun at cook, fires shot into wall inside Bourbon Street restaurant, NOPD says

The NOPD says a woman is wanted after punching a cook, then firing a gun inside a Bourbon Street restaurant after becoming upset with her food order on July 28.

A woman reportedly upset by the quality of her food fired a handgun inside a Bourbon Street restaurant on July 28, according to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD).

After becoming irate, according to the NOPD, the unknown black female punched a cook several times inside a restaurant in the 400 block of Bourbon Street, according to the NOPD. The incident occurred at approximately 2:20 a.m.

The cook stopped the fight and escorted the female out of the restaurant. The woman returned to the restaurant and pulled a handgun out of her purse, according to the NOPD, pointing it at the cook while demanding a refund.

After the woman was told to leave, according to the NOPD, she allegedly fired a shot into the back wall of the restaurant and disappeared into the crowd on Bourbon Street.

Police released a surveillance camera still to the public on July 30, which is shown above.

Surveillance camera footage of a suspected July 19 simple robbery suspect in the 900 block of St. Ann Street. Courtesy of the NOPD.

Several more alleged crimes were reported in the French Quarter between July 19 and July 27, according to local news media and the NOPD.

On July 19, the NOPD reported an alleged simple robbery that occurred at approximately 4:07 a.m. in the 900 block of St. Ann Street.

The NOPD released surveillance camera footage (pictured above) showing the alleged suspect on July 29.

Courtesy of the NOPD.

Then on July 26, the NOPD reported an alleged shoplifting incident in the 400 block of North Peters Street. A picture of the suspect (shown above) was released by the NOPD on July 30.

On morning of July 27, according to nola.com, a 43-year-old man was stabbed by an unknown man following an argument near the intersection of St. Peter and Decatur streets by Jackson Square.

The verbal altercation happened at approximately 5:30 a.m. then a man pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim several times, nola.com reported. According to the newspaper, the man was taken to the hospital. The extent of his injuries weren’t immediately known.

The NOPD requests that anyone regarding information on these incidents or the suspects to call NOPD Eighth District Detectives at 504-658-6080. Anonymous callers are encouraged to contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.



NOPD searches for man suspected of stealing Crown Royal liquor from North Rampart store

The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) is searching for a man who is suspected of stealing a liter bottle of Crown Royal whiskey from a store on the edge of the French Quarter on July 14.

According to the NOPD, the incident occurred at approximately 4:05 p.m. in the 300 block of North Rampart Street.

The NOPD described the suspect as a white male. Video surveillance footage released by the NOPD is shown above.

The NOPD requests anyone with information about this incident and identity of the suspect, and his whereabouts, to contact First District Detective Mark Miranda at 504-658-6010. Anonymous callers can contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-111 or toll-free at 877-903-7867.