HARVEY — The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reported a man was shot dead near his home in Harvey on Saturday morning.
Deputies identified the man as Micheal Emery, 27.
Deputies said Emery was found lying face down, with multiple bullet wounds.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies said they have no suspects or possible motive.
Thibodaux probes police tire slashings
THIBODAUX — Police Chief Scott Silverii said all officers in his department have been asked to take lie-detector tests, and he’s called in outside agencies to help investigate two incidents in which a total of 54 police car tires were slashed outside Police Headquarters.
Silverii said that a man described as a promising suspect has failed three lie-detector tests, but police don’t have evidence to arrest him.
He said the man refused to answer questions during an interview, and refused to take a polygraph test with an FBI machine and analyst.
The tires were slashed May 5 in an area without security cameras and June 3 in an area with cameras — but the vandal stayed out of view.
Jury sentences man to death in slaying
SHREVEPORT — Eric Mickelson has been sentenced to death for strangling a World War II veteran whose body was dismembered and left in trash containers.
A Caddo Parish jury returned the sentence Friday night for Mickelson in the death of Charles Martin, 86.
The District Court jury convicted Mickelson of first-degree murder on Wednesday.
Prosecutors said Mickelson and Beverly Susan Arthur, who will also stand trial for first-degree murder, were accused in 2007 of breaking into Martin’s home.
Once inside, they said, Mickelson broke in Martin’s bedroom door and strangled him. Prosecutors said the defendants dismembered Martin and scattered his body parts in various trash bins behind Caddo Parish businesses.
Mickelson’s attorneys argued that he never meant to kill and was under the influence of drugs.
47 marijuana plants discovered after fire
GREENWOOD — For the second time in less than a week, a house fire in Louisiana has led to a marijuana arrest.
The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that firefighters called deputies to the site of a fire near Greenwood, where the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit found 47 marijuana plants behind the house and about 3.1 ounces of marijuana inside.
A news release said Lewis Jackson, 63, was booked Thursday on one count each of cultivating and possessing marijuana.
The Sheriff’s Office website showed he was still in jail Saturday. It was not clear whether he had an attorney.
Last Sunday, Jefferson Parish firefighters answered a report of billowing smoke in Harvey and found a back room full of potted marijuana plants.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men.
Construction of La.’s 15th casino to start
LAKE CHARLES — The company that won Louisiana’s 15th and final casino license expects to begin construction this October on its $485 million Mojito Pointe resort in Lake Charles.
Creative Casinos CEO Dan Lee has a contract with W.G. Yates and Sons Construction to build the resort.
Mayor Randy Roach said the city isn’t charging the usual negotiated fee of about $5 million to help pay for city projects needed to support the casino, but has a different arrangement.
Copper thefts rising in N.O.’s 3rd District
NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans police report copper thefts have risen in the 3rd District, which includes the Lakefront and Gentilly neighborhoods hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Because of that, police are asking residents and business owners to send addresses of unoccupied property or buildings being renovated, so patrol officers can check them.