New Orleans musician saved from robbers by barking dog

This story was published in The Times-Picayune on December 21, 2011. 

Had it not been for the presence of his cousin’s pit bull, local musician Glen David Andrewswould have been one of the victims robbed at gunpoint outside a Capital One, one of three such armed robberies Monday morning, outside banks in Mid-City, Broadmoor and Gentilly.


It was 8:45 a.m. Monday when Andrews, his cousin and Blue, a large and rambunctious pit bull, piled into an SUV to go to the Capital One at Canal Street and South Carrollton Avenue.

Andrews, a trombone player, said he was planning to deposit $3,500 from the weekend’s work to divide among his six band members.

Around 8:50 a.m., they pulled up to the bank’s entrance on the corner where about six people, some with deposit slips in their hands, were waiting for the bank to open. Andrews said two people in the group were young men — maybe 20 or 21 — wearing black hooded sweatshirts, standing apart from each other.

As Andrews got out of the passenger side to join the group, Blue began to bark, loudly and incessantly.

A man, walking up to join the bank customers, joked to Andrews: “Hey man, you can’t shut your dog up?” Read more of this post

Suspect in toddler’s shooting arrested, ‘person of interest’ dead, Serpas says

This story was published in The Times-Picayune on December 20, 2011. 

A suspect wanted in the shooting death of a toddler who was playing Sunday afternoon in the B.W. Cooper public housing development has been arrested, and a “person of interest” in the murder was shot to death Monday, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said Tuesday.

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U.S. marshals arrested Narkee Hunter, 23, at his Terrytown home on Tuesday, Serpas said.

Police are still looking for another suspect, Terrious Owney, 24, in connection with the same shooting.

Charles Louis Anderson III, 26, whowas shot to death Monday inside a house in St. Roch, had been identified as a “person of interest” in Sunday’s shooting, Serpas said.

The Times-Picayune reported earlier today that detectives believed Anderson’s death on Monday was linked to the double shooting a day earlier, according to law enforcement sources. Read more of this post

Owner of horse that collapsed and died on Bourbon Street has been under investigation

This story was published on page A1 of The Times-Picayune on Dec. 19, 2011. 

The owner of the horse that dropped dead on Bourbon Street Sunday afternoon has been offering buggy rides to tourists in the French Quarter for months. At issue is whether he charges for them.


The city’s Taxicab Bureau has been investigating Steven Chambers, 51, of New Orleans, after complaints by carriage companies that Chambers, who is unlicensed and uninsured, was operating illegally. The companies also allege Chambers mistreated his horses and did not clean up after them. Read more of this post

French Quarter bar fight victim suffers lingering repercussions from head injuries

This story was published in The Times-Picayune on December 13, 2011. 

Two months ago in the French Quarter, two strangers got in a 30-second bar fight that will forever affect their lives. One now faces the prospect of permanent brain damage and hundreds of thousands in medical bills — without insurance. The other faces arrest for second-degree battery, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.


Their fateful meeting occurred Oct. 16, at the Jax Brewery Bistro Bar in the 600 block of Decatur Street. New Orleans police said Tuesday that Jason Samuel Lawrence, 23, of New Orleans, allegedly placed the 28-year-old victim in a headlock, choked him unconscious, then threw him down a flight of concrete stairs.

Police do not publicly identify crime victims. The victim spoke with The Times-Picayune on condition of anonymity.

“I was very, very fortunate to not have died,” he said. Due to his injuries, he does not remember what happened that night. Read more of this post

Armed robberies near Tulane and Loyola prompt changes in security efforts

This story was published in The Times-Picayune on December 8, 2011. 


John McCusker, The Times-Picayune

After a recent spike in armed robberies near Tulane University, campus police are doubling the amount of off-campus patrols in the surrounding neighborhoods and changing the way students request a shuttle bus.

Students were victims in four of the area’s seven robberies since Thanksgiving.

So far this semester, at least 23 people have been robbed while walking in the area, 14 of whom were students. Eleven of those students were held up at gunpoint. Read more of this post