Isolated Incidents

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Although two murders took place on Scott Street in the Mid-City area over the weekend, a neighborhood representative says the homicides are not a sign of rising crime, but rather are isolated incidents stemming from domestic disputes. Virginia Blanque, a board member of the advisory council to the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization who lives close to where the two homicides took place, says foot traffic has increased in the neighborhood and homeowners seem to have a more relaxed attitude.

“We have people who walk all over here,” Blanque says. “As a matter of fact, I had a sense things were getting better.”

As a sign of this improvement, Blanque points out the welcoming sight of furniture, plants and people on the porches of houses throughout Mid-City. If neighbors were more anxious and always on the lookout for crime, Blanque reasons, the area would have a more shuttered appearance than it does now.

“I’m seeing more accoutrements of comfort, rather than manifestations of fear,” Blanque says.

The New Orleans Police Department is on the lookout for Daniel T. Marshall, a 23-year-old New Orleans man who is wanted in connection with the Friday night murder of 24-year-old Ronald Hodges that took place in the 400 block of South Scott Street. Leonard Nellum, 32, was arrested yesterday and booked with second-degree murder after allegedly killing his mother with a piece of cement outside of a house on the 100 block of North Scott Street.

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