Man arrested for having gun on Tammany Trace, and other area police news _lowres

Phillip Picken

Lacombe man accused of having gun on Trace

A Lacombe man with a gun was arrested after trying to gain entry into a building near St. Tammany Parish government headquarters Thursday, a parish spokesman said.

Phillip Pickens, 35, was booked on several counts, including illegal carrying of a weapon, disturbing the peace, simple assault, criminal trespass, possession of a weapon with an obliterated serial number and violation of rules in connection with the Tammany Trace, according to Capt. George Bonnett of the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office.

A Tammany Trace ranger — one of a largely volunteer force that patrols the approximately 30-mile trail — originally tried to roust Pickens from a makeshift camp under the Trace’s bridge over Bayou Castine, about a mile west of Fontainebleau State Park. During the encounter, Pickens threatened the ranger, prompting him to call 911, Bonnett said.

By the time deputies arrived, Pickens had left. A subsequent search along the Trace turned up nothing until a call from the parish government headquarters on Koop Drive in Mandeville came in just before noon, Bonnett said.

Pickens, according to parish spokesman Ronnie Simpson, tried to enter the refurbished caboose that serves as headquarters for the Tammany Trace. The man “wanted to speak to someone,” Simpson said.

When deputies arrived, they found Pickens just south of the parish government headquarters, near the intersection of the Trace and Sharp Road. He had a loaded .22 handgun hidden in a bag and was wearing portions of an old protective vest, Bonnett said.

In response, the Sheriff’s Office posted two deputies at the parish government headquarters Friday morning, and a parish consultant was reviewing security arrangements at the headquarters, a spokesman said.

Pickens is being held in the St. Tammany Parish jail on $100,000 bail.

Man shot Friday in New Orleans East

A man was shot in New Orleans East early Friday afternoon, according to Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the Police Department.

Robertson said the shooting happened about 12:15 p.m. in the 9600 block of Hayne Boulevard.

The victim, 21, suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh. He was taken to a hospital.

Event raises $24,000 for wounded officer

A fundraiser held this week for New Orleans police Officer Jonathan Smith, who was shot multiple times in September, raised $24,000, according to the Police Department.

More than 300 people attend the benefit Wednesday at Generations Hall and donated money toward Smith’s medical expenses.

Smith was shot while working an off-duty detail at Gene’s Po-Boys at Elysian Fields and St. Claude avenues. He spent two weeks in the hospital.

A single father of two, he is now at home recovering from his injuries and is expected eventually to make a full recovery.

An Officer Jonathan Smith Benefit Account has been established, and donations can be made at any Gulf Coast Bank & Trust branch in southeast Louisiana. Checks also can be mailed and made payable to the New Orleans Police & Justice Foundation, with Smith’s name noted in the memo line.

Man stabbed around noon in Metairie

A man was stabbed Friday afternoon in Metairie, according to records from Jefferson Parish 911 headquarters.

The incident happened shortly after noon at Houma Boulevard and West Napoleon Avenue.

The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Metairie Subway shop robbery reported

An armed robbery was reported Friday evening at a Subway sandwich shop in Metairie, according to Jefferson Parish 911 headquarters.

The incident happened about 5:30 p.m. in the 3800 block of Veterans Boulevard.

Man robbed Friday on Labarre Road

A man was the victim of an armed robbery Friday evening in the 1000 block of Labarre Road in Metairie, Jefferson Parish 911 headquarters reported.

The incident occurred about 6 p.m.

The victim was not injured.

Dabdoub to command Reserve Division

New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison on Friday announced the appointment of former NOPD Capt. Louis Dabdoub as commander of the department’s Reserve Division.

The division includes more than 70 unpaid reserve officers who provide additional manpower support in each police district and during special events.

“Louis Dabdoub served our community with honor and professionalism for more than two decades as a member of the NOPD,” Harrison said.

Dabdoub spent 22 years in the department before retiring and joining the Reserve Division in 2005. He previously commanded the division from 2011 to 2012.

After retiring from the NOPD, Dabdoub served as a regional anti-terrorism director with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. He now works as corporate security manager for Entergy Services Inc.

Dabdoub replaces Karl Fasold, who has been commander of the Reserve Division since 2012.

Police say would-be robber shot by victim

A 28-year-old man shot an unidentified 22-year-old man in the chest after the latter robbed him of his iPhone just before 6 p.m. Friday in the 3000 block of Paris Avenue, New Orleans police said.

The wounded robber was transported to a hospital. The victim was cooperating with detectives, Officer Frank Robertson said.