Friday, April 14, 2006

I Missed The Holy Gumbo Again
By John Pope
Staff writer

Hundreds of gumbo aficionados, including some of New Orleans' most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs, gathered in the French Quarter on Thursday to prove that some traditions are too strong even for a hurricane to disrupt.
On any other Holy Thursday, those foodies would have been lunching at Dooky Chase Restaurant, savoring the thick, rich, green gumbo that Leah Chase has been preparing for more than a half-century to represent the last meat to be eaten before Easter. Ingredients have varied from year to year, but her filé always included sassafras leaves from a tree her father planted.
Hurricane Katrina killed the tree and flooded the 65-year-old Orleans Avenue restaurant, which is not expected to reopen for nearly two months. But in the past five weeks, a group led by Poppy Tooker, a self-styled culinary activist, determined that the Holy Thursday gumbo z'herbes lunch must be served and that the proceeds would help Chase, 83, renovate the establishment where she has cooked for the likes of Duke Ellington, Thurgood Marshall and Lena Horne.
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"Thanks to Katrina, I get a new stove," said Chase, who wore a bright orange chef's tunic.
Even though she was the guest of honor, Chase worked with Folse to prepare this year's gumbo, which featured collard and mustard greens, beet tops, carrot tops, Swiss chard, kale, green cabbage, peppergrass and watercress, as well as chicken, ham, stew meat and several types of sausage. Folse provided the sassafras leaves.
I'd kill go to the dentist for a quart.

Shortly before the first seating, she had to be shooed out of the kitchen and told to greet her guests. "She wanted to be back there helping," executive chef Erik Veney said. "We had to keep telling her, 'This is your event.' "
The guest list included fellow restaurateurs such as Paul Prudhomme of K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen, Susan Spicer of Bayona, Frank Brigtsen of Brigtsen's, JoAnn Clevenger of Upperline Restaurant and John Besh of Restaurant August.
"I feel like we should do 20 of these for Leah," Prudhomme said.
Colette Newman, a longtime friend, agreed. As she embraced Chase, she said, "There aren't that many of us left."
Ken Smith, Upperline's chef, was dazzled, not only by the support from Chase's friends and colleagues but also by the grit she has displayed in her determination to bring back her restaurant, which, when segregation was in force, was New Orleans' only fine-dining establishment for African-Americans.
"I think she gives a lot of young culinarians hope," Smith said. "She's rebuilding, starting over from scratch."
Chase, who is living in a FEMA trailer near her restaurant, said she was delighted -- and humbled -- by what has been done for her and the eatery, which her father-in-law founded as a sandwich shop in 1939.

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Much more at the link

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Cajun Politics I
Ray Ray Got Hima Friend
By Gordon Russelland Frank Donze

A slew of small billboards that look remarkably like those erected locally by Mayor Ray Nagin's campaign have begun springing up in and around Atlanta and Houston.
They read: "Re-elect Ray Ray Our Mayor" and feature a picture of a Hershey Kiss hizzoner above the slogan: "Let's Keep New Orleans Staggering Moving Forward."
But according to both the Nagin campaign and the buyer of the signs -- 54 of them, to be exact -- the ad blitz is a completely independent effort that has no relationship to the campaign.
As a result, the sponsor, Sewerage & Water Board member Ben Edwards, has been able to spend well over the $5,000 that any individual can normally pour into an effort to elect a candidate. In fact, Edwards -- a minister from the 9th Ward -- said he and members of his family have ponied up more than $100,000 so far, and they plan to spend more. Soon, he said, billboards and a radio ad supporting Nagin will be seen and heard in Baton Rouge and in the Memphis, Tenn., area.
The Lord's been generous with Brother Edwards.

Under state law, individuals or groups may spend as much money as they desire on "independent expenditures," defined as those not made in coordination with a political campaign. Anyone who does so is required to file reports with the state showing where the money came from and how it was spent -- a fact that came as a surprise to Edwards, who has not filed any reports.
Ima stunned.

Edwards appears to have overlooked another campaign law in donating $5,000 to Nagin's war chest recently through a another scam nonprofit he runs, Third Shiloh Housing. Such organizations, which enjoy tax-free status, are prohibited from donating to political campaigns.
Edwards said he was aware of that rule, but unaware that Third Shiloh had cut a check to Nagin, which the mayor reported on his most recent filing. "I need to find out who told what happened there," Edwards said. "That will be corrected."
Though the similarity of Edwards' billboards to those posted by Nagin might suggest a collaboration with the campaign, Edwards said he created the images he used independently by scanning one of Nagin's bumper stickers into a computer. The Nagin campaign told a similar story.
"I've never heard of him," said Nagin strategist Jim Carvin of Edwards.
Nope, a stranger, albeit a well-heeled one.

But Nagin certainly has. After a more than a decade on the water board -- which earned Edwards a reputation for meddling with contractors and insisting on the hiring of disadvantaged businesses -- Nagin chose not to replace Edwards or reappoint him to a new term, but to have him serve at the mayor's pleasure.
Scales beginning to drop from ole Halfs' eyeballz.

Edwards' largesse is impressive, dwarfing even that displayed by shipping magnate Boysie Bollinger, who has funneled $45,000 to Audubon Nature Institute executive Ron Forman's campaign through a raft of companies he controls. The $108,000 Edwards said he has spent so far is about one-fifth of what Nagin reported spending on his own behalf during the first three months of the campaign.
But while Bollinger's riches are well-known, Edwards is a a slumlord minister in the devastated 9th Ward, where his church, home and other properties he controls were all trashed by Katrina, he said. Edwards said he is working to restore his properties while living in Algiers.
Although Edwards has been on the water board for well over a decade, he was never appointed by Nagin. He was first appointed by Mayor Sidney Barthelemy, and he was then reappointed by Mayor Marc Morial.
Edwards stressed that Nagin has never done him any favors, nor does he expect any in a second Nagin term. He's merely supporting a mayor he thinks has shown courage under fire.
"I think he did a superb job during the storm," Edwards said. "I think he showed leadership like I've never seen before. I'm not getting anything out of this. I just want to make sure we get the right man in office."

More high quality political doings at the link.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Cajun Coppers II
Fox Sentenced In Henhouse Caper
Associated Press

PLAQUEMINE -- The former commander of a drug task force has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in stealing money and drugs from an evidence room before trying to burn the building.
Gerald Jenkins, who was an Iberville Parish sheriff's deputy for 20 years, will have to serve at least 15 years without parole, State District Judge William Dupont said Monday.
Jenkins, 43, pleaded guilty in February to possessing more than 400 grams of cocaine, attempted simple arson and obstruction of justice.
The judge said the evidence room crimes led to the disappearance of marijuana with a street value of $130,000, cocaine with a street value of $600,000, other drugs with a street value of $3,000, $150,000 in cash, 18 guns, and more than 700 files.
Wonder how much the files were worth.

Jenkins' cousin, Joseph Jenkins, was sentenced in March to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing more than 400 grams of cocaine. Authorities said the cousins worked together on the scheme.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Rainy Day At Da Zoo
Audobon zoo 1
Audubon Zoo back in 2004

Cajun Coppers I
86 NOPD Officers Canned
WWLTV.com

The New Orleans Police Department said they have fired 86 officers during the last four months for reasons of battery, neglect of duty, or abandonment.
It’s a small percentage of officers that taint the image of the entire department,” said .Rafael Goyeneche, head of a Metropolitan Crime Commission watchdog group.
Goyeneche said despite allegations of police brutality, the NOPD and Chief Warren Riley have been making a strong effort to regain the trust of those they swore to protect.
That's not a small percentage.

“Do I want the public to have trust in us? Absolutely, positively, are we working towards that across the board, yes we are,” said Riley.
Riley said of the 86 officers fired since Hurricane Katrina, only a few were let go for criminal violations, but wouldn’t give a specific number.
“A majority of those were for abandonment and neglect of duty, a small percentage of those were for battery, I think it’s only three or four at the most,” said Riley.
After Chief Riley replaced former Superintendent Eddie Compass, he pledged to clean up the department by cracking down on misconduct. One method Riley said he relied on was the random public integrity check.
“They bring in undercover officers on loan from other police departments, putting them in situations on the street where they encounter officers, they will test the officers, they’ll have cash on them,” said Riley.
Visiting cops better wear quality armor.

The FBI said they will continue to have agents working with the department’s Public Integrity Bureau as part of an ongoing effort to monitor the NOPD.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Cajun Crime Stories VIII
Woof!

MARRERO -- State police say a Marrero mother and son have been booked on dozens of counts of dogfighting and animal cruelty after a raid at their home turned up 13 scarred and damaged pit bulls.
I thought scarred and damaged is the way pit bullz are most happy.

Trapper Trooper Dwight Robinette says officers executed a search warrant at the home of 41-year-old Yolanda James and 24-year-old Mike James, and located the dogs, dogfighting paraphernalia, two handguns and several ounces of marijuana Rotties are worse they hits the crack bad
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He says ten adult pit bulls and three puppies were taken into custody by the Louisiana SPCA.
Puppies!

Yolanda James and Mike James were booked with 24 counts of dogfighting, 14 counts of animal cruelty, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of firearms and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
You get serious respect in Angola for dawgfititn.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Cajun Crime Stories VII
Inmates Take Over Zoo
Associated Press

Ten former panty sniffers baggage screeners have been charged with stealing items from luggage at New Orleans' international airport, or with possessing stolen undiesitems.
Nine have been charged with stickinessfelonies and one with a misdemeanor involving luggage checked in 2004, First Assistant District Attorney Stephen Wimberley said. The misdemeanor and eight felony charges were brought Wednesday; the ninth felony charge was brought earlier, he said.
All were among 13 Transportation Security Administration workers arrested in 2004 after an investigation at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
The nine charged Wednesday were suspended without pay when they were arrested, and were later fired, TSA spokeswoman Andrea McCauley said. She said three others resigned.
Make 'em beg they like that.

The airport investigation began after a TSA employee reported in May 2004 that she had seen thefts and watched screeners divide the stolen undies items in a parking lot, according to arrest records at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
Wimberley said there was too little evidence to bring charges against two suspects. The 13th defendant was not charged because more serious charges -- second-degree murder -- are pending against him, Wimberley said.
Hey it's New Orleans, everyone has a serious charge.

Kosher Cajun I
Death To Yankee Matzo Ballz!
By JOAN NATHANTRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

My favorite Southern story comes from journalist Carol Ann Blitzer of Baton Rouge, La. The Southern sensibilities of a 102-year-old lady were offended when Blitzer showed up to photograph her preparing matzo balls for a Passover story. To help the elderly lady with the photo, Blitzer brought with her some light fluffy matzo balls from a mix. The centenarian took one look at them and cried, "Yankee matzo balls!" She pulled out a butcher knife and began chopping scallions and sprinkling on red pepper to stud the dumplings. She then molded them into small, decidedly less bouncy balls for the photograph.


Marcie Cohen Ferris, in "Matzo Ball Gumbo, Culinary Tales of the Jewish South" (University of North Carolina Press, $29.95), does not tell tales of Jews from Baton Rouge, but she does relate hilarious and heartwarming stories about how Southern and Jewish cultures have melded at the dinner table, throughout the South.
Ferris, who is an assistant professor of American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, turned her doctoral dissertation into a readable account of how small communities of Jews throughout the South settled into the larger community and how they balanced their Southern and Jewish identities, something so many of our immigrant populations are wrestling with today.
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Go to the link and read much more about the Kosher Cajun
But first a quick look at the subject at hand.

CREOLE MATZO BALLS
Makes 12 matzo balls or 6 servings. Adapted from "Matzo Ball Gumbo," by Marcie Cohen Ferris (University of North Carolina Press, $29.95).
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 to 2-1/2 teaspoons Creole Seasoning (see Note below)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup matzo meal
Water
Kosher salt
In a small nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in parsley and Creole Seasoning to taste and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.
Scrape onion mixture into a medium bowl and let cool slightly. Add eggs and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Mix with a fork until eggs are well broken up. Add matzo meal and mix until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes or a few hours.
Meanwhile, fill a large saucepan with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Moisten your hands and form the matzo ball mixture into 12 balls, using a heaping tablespoon mixture for each.
Add a big pinch of salt to the boiling water and drop the matzo balls in. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve as a side dish or transfer with a slotted spoon to Red Soup (see preceding recipe) and serve hot.
Note: Creole Seasoning blends are available in the spice section of most supermarkets and also sold on the Web.

Da Paper Is Stayin
CHICAGO -- Advance Publications President Donald E. Newhouse said yesterday the company has no plans to close or sell The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, which is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
SND can't go a day without the Picayune.
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The Times-Picayune evacuated some 240 employees in the back of newspaper delivery trucks last August as water from a canal breach rose around the plant. Workers operated for six weeks from a temporary base in Baton Rouge before returning to New Orleans.
"The best lesson is what we already do and have done: Hire talented, tough and totally dedicated employees who will put the newspaper first at the time of major personal challenge,"
Hear! Hear!

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"Our readers have bonded to us as never before," he said. "They have showered us with compliments. In my 26 years as publisher, I've never seen it like this."
People who never read their local newspaper before have become faithful daily readers since the hurricane, according to Phelps.
Thanks and good luck! Much more at the link.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Cajun Crime VI
Pre-Legal Citizens Arrested For Looting Senior Citizens Home
Associated Press

Police dragged two men from a home with pockets full of jewelry and coins and booked them with felony looting, authorities said.
A pair of 82-year-old roommates shared the looted house before Hurricane Katrina, neighbors said.
Abraham Martinez, 20, and Efrian Diaz, 18, were jailed Monday. Neither could speak English and neither had identification or proof of residence, said Juan Barnes, a police spokesman. Police were trying to determine whether the two were part of a work crew gutting hurricane-damaged homes on the block, Barnes said.
Either grads of the New Orleans Skool System or not-yet-legal immigrants.

Police said a neighbor called authorities after seeing a man, through a window, going through dresser drawers. A Spanish-speaking officer was called to the scene and informed them of their rights in Spanish after police entered the home and arrested them.
You in deep do do hombre.

Attorney General Taking A Little Peeky At Car Removal Contract
Melinda Deslatte / Associated Press

BATON ROUGE-- Attorney General Charles Foti said Monday that he's holding his nose and digging into the contract to remove the abandoned cars flooded by Hurricane Katrina around New Orleans and the rest of southeastern Louisiana.

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In the past few weeks, there has been significant stink controversy in New Orleans over who should get the contract to remove the thousands of abandoned cars littering the city, many of them stripped of everything valuable that was once inside.
Statewide, an estimated 350,000 vehicles were flooded by Katrina and by Hurricane Rita, and as many as 100,000 have yet to be removed, according to state police figures.
The state Department of Environmental Quality selected a small, New Orleans-based company to do remove the abandoned cars, but questions were raised about its ability to do the work since the business was flooded itself by Katrina.
The city of New Orleans also has received scrutiny for its attempts to give a $23 million contract to a national business that would get rid of the flooded cars -- despite an offer from a car crushing company to pay the city to take the cars and use them as scrap metal.
"We just would like to know what is going on in that process," Foti said. "It's just been disturbing reading about it."
This is where the stinky part comes in - pay or be paid - what's so damn hard about this?

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Much more dirt at the link.

Marxist-Lennonism Thrives In Havana
John & Tom
Thanks to Rueful Red for that nasty piece of punnery.

Monday, April 03, 2006

More On Louisiana Slip Slidin' Away
By CAIN BURDEAU / Associated Press

Add one more possible threat to Louisiana's rebuilding: Active geologic faults that are causing levees, flood walls, bridges, homes and other structures to sink.
A new study, published in the April edition of the Geological Society of America's Geology journal, charts a major fault, the Michoud fault, that runs through eastern New Orleans.
The study argues that the fault's downward movement "set the stage for the devastation of Hurricane Katrina by lowering elevations of the land and surrounding levee defenses."
In recent years, studies of subsurface faults, salt domes and other geologic characteristics have emerged as critical in the debate over what is causing Louisiana to lose vast tracts of land. The coast has lost about 1,900 square miles of wetlands — an area roughly the size of Delaware — since the 1930s.
The slumping of the Michoud fault, the study said, has caused up to about 73 percent of the subsidence in sections of eastern New Orleans, an area that has seen some of the worst rates of land loss in south Louisiana. The land sank by as much as 1.7 inches between 1969 and 1971, Dokka said.
The study was the result of ongoing work by Roy Dokka, a Louisiana State University geologist, and the National Geodetic Survey to calculate land changes in south Louisiana using global positioning system base stations and tide gauges.
Dokka's theories on how natural tectonic fault movements cause subsidence run counter to studies that have shown oil extraction and soil compaction as main reasons why the land is sinking.

If it's not one damned thing it another - much more at the link.

Spring Morning on Chartes Street
PICT0092

Friday, March 31, 2006

It's Not The Evil Oilmens Fault?
New Orleans is at the top end of what looks like a gigantic, slow-moving landslide, according to geologists who have been carefully studying the ground movements in the area.
Amid news that rebuilding the city's levees will cost substantially more than projected, the discovery of a much wider, older cause for the area's rapid subsidence flies in the face of years of policies that have pinned the blame on human activities for most of the area's gradual sinking below sea level.
The pumping of groundwater, levee building, and oil and gas extraction have carried the blame so far, but what's being called "tectonic" subsidence appears to account for 73 percent of all sinking from 1969 to 1971 and 50 percent from 1971 to 1977.
"Not only is southern Louisiana sinking, it's sliding," said geologist Roy Dokka of Louisiana State
Ruh oh!


Like a smaller landslide on the side of a hill, the huge Southern Louisiana landslide has a "headwall" where the slide is breaking away and a "toe" out in the Gulf where the debris from the slide is piling up, Dokka explained. The only difference from a traditional landslide is that this one is far, far larger and it's buried under lots of wet sediments, so it requires very accurate survey measurements to detect it.
Dokka obtained that data by re-examining decades of geodetic survey data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the area and calibrated it with the more stable Global Positioning System.
With that he was able to detect movements in the ground that were not visible to surveyors who used less reliable benchmarks like the more changeable sea level. He also used data from some very deep wells to see how much the land has been compacting from the removal of water and petroleum a common cause of subsidence.
His conclusion was that while there are certainly local subsidence effects from the over-pumping of groundwater and the river levees keeping sediments from reaching wetlands, these things are sitting atop a much larger block of earth that's been sliding into the Gulf of Mexico for eons. Dokka published a paper on his work in the April issue of Geology.
"Here it's subsidence that's occurring deep in the Earth," said Dokka.
As a result, there are faults along which the motion is taking place. One such fault, the Michoud Fault, runs right through New Orleans and is essentially the place where the sliding section of earth is breaking away.
The huge downward slide of the Mississippi Delta is pretty much what current geological theories would predict, said geologist Art Berman, who writes about such matters for the Houston Geological Society and works as a petroleum geologist in the Gulf of Mexico.
"We're at the margin of an active basin," said Berman. "There's 50,000 feet of sediment in the Gulf of Mexico that's pretty young."
All that sediment has weighed down the crust of the Earth there and caused it to sink.
"This is probably pretty common in areas like this worldwide," Dokka said

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Cajun Crime Stories V
Crime Stoppers Head Crook Canned

The former head of the Crime Shoppers Stoppers organization in Rapides Parish has pleaded guilty to stealing from the group.
You just can't make this stuff up.

John Faglie, 55, a veteran detective who was fired from the sheriff's office following his arrest in February, was fined $500 on Wednesday and ordered to repay $4,200 to the organization. State District Judge Donald Johnson also placed him on probation for two years.
Originally charged with malfeasance, Faglie pleaded guilty to theft over $500.
Before his arrest, Faglie had been in charge of Crime Stoppers, a community program that allows the public to anonymously provide information to law enforcement. If the tip lead to arrest and conviction, then a reward of up to $1,000 can be collected by the tipster.
I wonder if he dropped a dime on hisself.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Buses Fur Sail Bi New Orleans Skool Bord
Starved for cash, the New Orleans school district is taking a long shot and hoping to sell its flooded, unsalvageable school buses on eBay.
How many were running before the flood?

Some submerged to their roofs in the black flood waters, the yellow school buses were widely photographed in the days after Hurricane Katrina and have become an icon of the city's devastated school system, then along came Hurricane Katrina.
School officials acknowledge the sale of the buses on the Internet auction site may puzzle some people used to more traditional school fundraisers like daquiri bake sales.
"There's no shame in it. Not one bit," said school board president Phyllis Landrieu. "This is a new mechanism for selling things. I think it's very upbeat what we're doing."
Only 23 of 117 Orleans Parish public schools have reopened. They face a $111 million shortfall _ about a quarter of the district's $430 million annual operating budget. The district also has $264 million in outstanding debt, carried over from before Hurricane Katrina.
A total of 85 schools flooded, and wind damaged many more. It took three months for the first public school to reopen. Now, the schools that are holding classes have around 9,500 students, about 15 percent of the 60,000 enrolled before the storm.
The school district plans to put one bus up for sale on eBay this week. If it succeeds, more of the 259 ruined buses will be offered.
You definitely want to hold out for the ultra-cool RayRay Signature Model.

"It's an example of how bad the situation is that we would have to come up with this idea," said Richard White, schools spokesman.
The district plans to contract out its student transportation.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

A Quiet Cuban Square


Just a few tourists come out in the noonday heat.

Cajun Crime Stories IV
The Trail of Beers
Mike Gorman / Houma Courier

THIBODAUX -- Hansel and Gretel had their bread crumbs, but deputies in Lafourche Parish this week had beer bottles for a guide.At the other end of the trail, they found four Choctaw burglary suspects.Following a burglary at Delatte’s Bar at 3015 Choctaw Road Monday, deputies received an anonymous call giving them information on four possible suspects, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.During the burglary, four cases of beer, change and cigarettes had been stolen and the back door of the bar had been pried open, the bar owner told police.
One case each, some smokes, little walking around money - it's all good. But our stoooorie continues...

The deputies found a trail of broken beer bottles that led to the home of Douglas Brown, 20, and Adrienne Cortez, 18, 141 Benoit Number One Lane, Thibodaux, the report says.The pair were questioned but denied any connection to the burglary, it says.
Nope! Wasn't us!

The deputies then questioned Bernard Gaudet, 17, and Jeremy Chaisson, 20, 1525 Choctaw Road. They confessed to the burglary, the report says, and implicated Brown and Cortez. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gregory Dumas said the arrest report did not contain an address for Gaudet.When Cortez and Brown were questioned again, Cortez admitted to knowing about the burglary, the report says, but said Brown had told her to keep her mouth shut or he would kill her. Brown refused to answer any more questions, it says.
Ain't sayin' nuttin' wit out me mouthpiece!

The four were arrested Wednesday. Brown and Cortez were charged with being accessories after the fact to simple burglary. Gaudet and Chaisson were charged with simple burglary.The four were taken to the Lafourche Parish jail. Cortez was released on a $1,000 bond. Brown was being held Friday in lieu of a $1,000 bond, while Chaisson and Gaudet were being held in lieu of $2,500 bonds.
No pictures on a poster, no reward and no bail.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Who You Gonna Believe? The NOPD or Your Lyin' Eyes?
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Jarvis DeBerry


You saw what you saw. I saw what you saw. Anybody in the world who was paying attention to New Orleans in the days after Hurricane Katrina likely saw what you saw: New Orleans police officers in the Tchoupitoulas Street Wal-Mart, their arms full of merchandise they couldn't possibly have needed and obviously had not bought.
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Nevertheless, the top brass of the New Orleans Police Department recently informed us that our eyes deceived us, and that what we all perceived to be the sight of officers looting was, in fact, the sight of officers following their superiors' orders.
Earlier this month, the Police Department cleared four officers of looting the Wal-Mart, even as it punished them for letting others loot.
"It was determined that all four officers had received permission from their commanders to get clothing for their officers who were soaking wet," Police Superintendent Warren Riley said. "They did not steal anything."
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As for the officers caught by Times-Picayune photographers with armloads of DVDs, nothing will happen to them. According to Assistant Chief Marlon Defillo, commander of the Public Integrity Bureau, the department could not prove a "neglect of duty" case against them because the photograph doesn't include other people breaking the law.
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But apparently not DVDs from dry clothes and shoes. Riley's decision to give officers who stole movies the same leniency as those who may have stolen essentials reveals an instinct to circle the wagon around corrupt officers. It's an instinct this city cannot afford.

Go ye now to the link and read the whole ugly thing.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Update Dept.
ATF Can't See The Good In Abody
WWLTV

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said a convicted felon let out of jail on his own recognizance by Judge Charles Elloie was put behind bars Friday evening.
Letten said special agents with the A.T.F. picked up Brian Expose Friday afternoon on conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.
Expose was arrested earlier in the week for drugs and weapons charges and police confiscated nearly $200,000 from him.
Letten said they will request Expose be held without bond and expect a hearing Monday.
Some folks is just plain mean, don't understand how business is done.

You Just Gots To See The Good In Folks
WWLTV.com

Just a few hours after being arrested by New Orleans Police Tuesday on drugs and weapons charges, a convicted felon was released from prison on a free bond by Judge Charles Elloie.
I knew his momma, he's a good boy.

Police said they arrested 33-year-old Brian Expose on the westbank around 2 p.m. Tuesday and that he had six ounces of crack cocaine, close to $200,000 in cash and several guns, including two AK-47s.
Just your average Yat Nationals cargo.

By midnight, police said Expose had been released on his own recognizance, outraging law enforcement officials, who say that Elloie has a pattern of letting dangerous criminals back on the streets.
$200,000 you say?

More at the link