Attempted cellphone robberies reported in Lower Garden District

New Orleans police officers have arrested a teenager accused of trying to steal cellphones Monday on and near Magazine Street. Police say Robert Hughes, 18, tried to take a cellphone from 28-year-old man in the 1900 block of Magazine Street as the victim was using it on Feb. 25 about 11 a.m. When the victim resisted, police said, the assailant punched him in the face and fled the scene. An officer found the assailant a few blocks away, on Constance near St. Andrew Street, where he was trying to take a cellphone from a 47-year-old man, the NOPD report states.

Magazine Street cashier thrown to ground while trying to stop shoplifters

A cashier in a Magazine Street shop was thrown to the ground last week while trying to prevent a shoplifting incident. Second District officers are searching for four unknown suspects, pictured above, after their alleged involvement in the simple robbery. The victim told police that on Feb. 12 at 2:50 p.m., she was working as a cashier at a business in the 5500 block of Magazine Street when three women and a man entered the business. Two of the women reportedly stayed at the front of the store while the man and another woman proceeded to the back of the store.

Uptown’s epic Sunday of parades: NOMTOC, Iris, Okeanos, Mid-City, Thoth and Bacchus

After Saturday’s cancellations, Uptown parade-goers were treated to a total of six parades Sunday — five in the morning, and the superkrewe Bacchus in the evening — with dense crowds along the entirety of each route. First were NOMTOC, normally a Westbank parade, and Iris, two Saturday parades added to the Sunday schedule because of rain. NOMTOC’s theme was “A Mythological Nightmare” and Iris was themed “Messenger of the Gods.” Following those were the usual Sunday morning lineup of Okeanos, Mid-City and Thoth. Okeanos’ theme was “Gone but Not Forgotten,” featuring lost local icons, Mid-City presented “Apocalypso: Party at the End of the World,” and Thoth’s theme was “Streets of New Orleans.”

Whole Foods ekes out minor concessions from City Council: 9 p.m. closing time, pumpkins on the patio

After nearly a year of discussions and negotiations with neighbors and the city, Whole Foods Arabella Station will now be able to stay open an hour later on Sundays and display plants for sale on its front patio, with the official approval Thursday of only the least controversial of its requested changes to its operating agreement with the city. Specifically, Whole Foods will now be able to stay open until 9 p.m. on Sundays — matching its closing time the rest of the week — with the condition that it finish all its exterior maintenance and cleanup by 10 p.m. nightly. The store can also display plants, flowers and pumpkins for sale along its Magazine Street side, but no more than four feet out from the front wall. The store had requested an increase in the number of 18-wheelers allowed to make deliveries per day from one to four, and an extension in the deadline for deliveries from its present cut off at 11 a.m. to a later time of 3 p.m. Those changes, the store has argued, would have the effect of decreasing the amount of deliveries from smaller trucks, as well as spreading their arrival through the day to reduce congestion. But Councilwoman Susan Guidry, whose district includes the Whole Foods store, said she found the extended loading times unnecessary, because the store already has to do most of its loading before its 9 a.m. opening to avoid shutting down parking spaces around the loading bays.

Prince of Wales to second line Sunday down Magazine, through Garden District, Irish Channel, Central City

Second-line season returns to Magazine Street on Sunday when the Prince of Wales and Lady Wales clubs put on their 83rd annual second line through the Irish Channel and Garden District. From email:

Prince of Wales/Lady Wales: 83rd Annual Second Line
Sunday, October 9, 2011
1:00pm – 5:00pm

2011 King: Thomas Harris

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