Metairie woman dies in crash near Folsom
A Metairie woman died Sunday afternoon after a two-vehicle crash just north of La. 40 in Folsom, State Police said.
The victim, 74-year-old Sandra Buras, was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe southbound on La. 25 shortly before 1 p.m., according to Trooper Dustin Dwight. For unknown reasons, police said, her car crashed into the rear of a southbound GMC pickup. It then ran into a ditch embankment off the side of the road and rolled onto its side.
Buras, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police said impairment was not suspected as a factor in the crash.
Man shot to death while playing with gun
A man was shot to death Sunday night as he and his brother played with a gun, police said in a preliminary report.
The victim, 29, and his brother were playing with the weapon in the 4600 block of Charlene Drive in New Orleans East about 8:30 p.m. when it went off, police said. Investigators are treating the death as unclassified at this time.
Man is accused of distributing child porn
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said a Prairieville man was arrested Friday on allegations that he distributed child pornography to a detective over the Internet.
Justin Landry, 34, was taken into custody at his home. He confessed to having a fetish for images of infants being raped, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
Landry has been booked on 15 counts of distribution of child pornography in Ascension Parish. Authorities intend to book him on a sole count of distribution of child pornography in Plaquemines Parish.
Robbers demand drugs from Tulane students
Armed robbers broke into an off-campus apartment occupied by Tulane University students Sunday afternoon and demanded drugs while ransacking the apartment, police said.
Authorities found no evidence of drugs inside the apartment, however, and detectives are trying to determine why the robbers chose the apartment in the 800 block of Broadway.
Tulane police said the incident began about 4:30 p.m. They said a student was inside the home when two men, one of them armed with a pistol, came in and demanded drugs. The men tied the student up and began searching the residence. At that point, police said, another student entered the home. He also was tied up and asked about drugs.
The New Orleans Police Department said there were three victims, two of them 20 and one 19. After the victims were tied up with belts, according to an NOPD offense log, the suspects fled the location with several objects from the house.
“There was no evidence of drugs inside of this particular residence,” NOPD spokesman Officer Frank Robertson said. “Detectives are still trying to figure out a motive as to why the robbers chose this home.”
One robber was described as a white male in his late 20s to 30s, 6-foot-1, 160 to 170 pounds, of medium build, with low-cut black hair and a light scruffy beard, with chest tattoos and armed with a black and green pistol with a silencer.
The second robber was described as a white man between 160 and 170 pounds, wearing blue jeans and a turquoise shirt, and with a brown stocking over his head.
Victim of fatal Saturday shooting is identified
The victim of a Saturday shooting in Hollygrove has been identified by the Orleans Parish coroner. Carlos Cain, 37, died of gunshot wounds, Dr. Jeffrey Rouse said.
Police said the shooting occurred just after 2 a.m. in the 3900 block of Hamilton Street. Officers found Cain lying on the ground next to a bicycle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Homicide Detective Jana Thompson is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.
Des Allemands man dies in Boutte crash
Keith Hotard, 57, of Des Allemands, died Sunday after his Ford F-250 veered off the road while traveling west on U.S. 90 in Boutte in St. Charles Parish. It struck a parked vehicle and a utility pole in a parking lot about 4:45 p.m.
State Police said Hotard was wearing a seat belt and that impairment was not suspected as a cause of the crash. An autopsy is pending.
Woman raped in New Orleans East
A woman reported being raped in the 6000 block of Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East about 6:45 p.m. Sunday, police said in a log of major offenses. Police said the victim, 62, was sexually assaulted by a known person.
Bridge City man involved in fatal crash
State Police believe that a Bridge City man’s 2013 Chevrolet Camaro struck another man’s car and killed him Sunday.
Ernest Harris, 22, was trying to pass another car in a no-passing zone while traveling east on La. 182 in Lafourche Parish about 4 p.m., police said. He struck a 2013 Nissan Altima traveling west.
The Altima’s driver, Fred Walker, 55, of Baton Rouge, died at the scene. Harris was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from his vehicle, police said, leaving him with serious injuries. He is being treated in the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
Police said the crash remains under investigation and they do not know whether impairment was a factor.
Burglary, robbery on Chef Menteur
Two women and a gas station clerk were robbed in separate incidents Sunday in New Orleans East.
Police said Markecio Beal, 31, pushed his way inside a residence in the 6300 block of Chef Menteur Highway about 5 p.m., punched two women, ages 19 and 30, and then fled with their belongings.
In the other incident, a man walked into a store in the 5800 block of Chef Menteur Highway about 8 p.m., police said, and threatened to shoot the cashier if he did not hand over money. The victim, 20, complied, and the robber made off with $1,000.
Man robbed Monday morning in 7th Ward
A man walking in the 1500 block of Kerlerec Street was struck in the back of his head with a gun about 3 a.m. Monday and then robbed by three men, New Orleans police said.
The victim, 52, said he was robbed of $600 in cash and a backpack with his watch and cellphone.
Murder suspect is booked on obscenity
A New Orleans teenager who authorities believe killed a Metairie father and son in April has been rebooked, for the second time, on a count of obscenity in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.
Dexter Allen, 17, was seen standing in his cell stroking his genitals while looking directly at a deputy, according to an arrest statement. He was rebooked on Saturday on obscenity. Allen also had been booked Oct. 16 on a similar allegation.
Allen is in jail on two second-degree murder charges for the April 22 deaths of 56-year-old David Pence and 25-year-old Nicholas Pence. He has pleaded not guilty.