Double shooting kills one, injures another
A 25-year-old man was killed and a 53-year-old man injured during a shooting Wednesday afternoon in Uptown, New Orleans police said.
The shooting happened a little after 4 p.m. at Amelia and South Saratoga streets, according to police.
Officers called to investigate reports of a man down in the 2000 block of Amelia Street found the 25-year-old man dead and the 53-year-old suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg. His injury was not serious, police said.
Detectives believe the man who was killed was walking in the area when the shooting happened and was not the intended target.
Homicide Detective Tindell Murdock is in charge of the investigation.
Couples arrested in maritime accident
Two couples who met on an Internet dating site ended up in jail Monday after they allegedly boarded a yacht in Madisonville and turned on the motor, causing the boat to come loose from its moorings and travel across the Tchefuncte River, striking another yacht, a small boat and a pier.
The four — Tiffany Reine, 36, of Ponchatoula; Melissa Almanza, 38, of Hammond; Charles Todd, 34, of Madison, Tennessee; and Anthony Wilson, 37, of Westwego — met on the Madisonville side of the Tchefuncte River about 1:30 p.m. Monday and visited two establishments in the area before going aboard the yacht.
The four fled from the yacht on foot, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Reine entered a house on Riverwalk Drive, fleeing after she was confronted by the residents. She then entered the garage of a second house and started up a vehicle, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies stopped her before she was able to drive away.
Almanza was caught on surveillance video walking up the stairs of a third house and breaking the front door window with a flower pot before jumping off the porch and fleeing on foot. She got into a vehicle with the two men, and they drove to Tangipahoa Parish, where Tangipahoa deputies found them at Reine’s home and took them into custody.
All four were booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail with trespassing for coming aboard the yacht.
Reine also was booked with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Almanza, 38, was additionally booked with attempted unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Wilson was additionally booked with possession of a legend drug without a prescription.
Argument ends with woman stabbed in eye
A man allegedly stabbed a woman in the eye during an argument Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans.
Keith Nero, 27, and the 25-year-old victim were arguing on the phone about 4:10 p.m. when Nero went to the victim’s home in the 2500 block of North Galvez Street, according to police.
Once at the home, Nero refused to leave. When he did eventually go, he stabbed the victim in the eye, took her cellphone and left with their children, according to a police log.
FBI searches for woman in CBD bank robbery
A woman armed with a knife robbed a Central Business District bank Wednesday morning, the FBI said.
The woman walked into the Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank, 321 St. Charles Ave., about 10:30 a.m. and pulled out a knife and demanded money, said Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s local field office.
The robber also implied she had a gun but did not show it.
She fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash, Romig said.
The robber is described as a black woman in her late 30s to mid-40s, about 5-foot-8 with acne scars and skin discoloration along her chin and jaw line.
She wore a “sweaty” gray T-shirt, a black fitted cap and dark-rimmed glasses.
Anyone with information on her identity is asked to contact the FBI at (504) 816-3000 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
OPSO deputy, woman injured in accident
An Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy and a 65-year-old woman were injured and hospitalized Wednesday morning after their vehicles collided in Gert Town, authorities said.
Deputy Jude Harris, 34, was taken to Interim LSU Hospital for injuries he suffered in the accident at Earhart Boulevard and Pine Street about 11:20 a.m., said Philip Stelly, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. The driver of the SUV, the 65-year-old woman, also was hospitalized.
Neither person’s injuries were serious, said Officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.
Harris, however, remained hospitalized Wednesday afternoon for additional tests and observation, Stelly said.
Flot said that Harris’ marked unit and the woman’s Mercedes-Benz SUV collided while Harris was headed west on Earhart and the woman was headed north on Pine.
The NOPD is in charge of the accident investigation.
One injured during Central City shooting
A man was shot early Wednesday morning in Central City, New Orleans police said.
The 24-year-old victim was in the 1900 block of Seventh Street when three men walked up to him about 1:40 a.m., according to a daily police log.
The men demanded the man’s money and then opened fire on him.
It was not clear if one man or all three fired, but the victim was hit several times, police said.
Police did not provide a description of the men.
NOPD investigates separate robberies
New Orleans police on Wednesday were investigating these armed robberies:
10:58 p.m. Tuesday, in the 200 block of South Salcedo Street, Mid-City. An unknown man walked up behind a 38-year-old woman and demanded money. The victim handed over her cash, and the robber got into a Chevrolet Camaro and fled the scene.
1 a.m. Wednesday, in the 1700 block of Gov. Nicholls Street, Treme. Two men jumped out of a car, put a gun to a man’s head and demanded his wallet. The victim handed it over and the robbers fled.
Man suspected of stealing from fund
A Carriere, Mississippi, man was booked last week on a single count of theft over $1,000 after authorities say he stole money from a scholarship account set up in memory of a deceased Slidell college student, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office.
Jonathan Lee Holcomb, who managed a sporting goods store, was booked Aug. 27 for taking $4,340.17 from a memorial scholarship fund set up in memory of Hayley Howard, whose body was found in an Irish Bayou waterway in March after a four-day search, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Suzanne Carboni said. Howard was last seen leaving the UNO campus five days before she was found. She was reportedly headed home to Slidell.
After her death, friends and family set up the scholarship fund, solicited donations and held a fundraising walk. Holcomb was “instrumental” in setting up the fund, Carboni said.
But when organizers checked the fund in June, they found that money was missing and notified the Sheriff’s Office. Holcomb admitted taking the money with checks, cash withdrawals and electronic transfers into his own account, Carboni said.