Two shot in Algiers early Thursday
Officers found two men with bullet wounds about 1 a.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of Southlawn Boulevard in Algiers.
A 19-year-old man was shot multiple times in the body; a 22-year-old man was shot in the leg.
Both were taken to a hospital in stable condition, police said.
Three arrests made in human trafficking case
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested three people accused of forcing a Florida woman into prostitution and beating her when she tried to escape.
Willard Anthony threatened to kill the woman with a handgun unless she worked for him as a prostitute, authorities said.
The woman first encountered Anthony in a Florida hotel, where she was drugged and taken to Louisiana, the Sheriff’s Office said.
After the woman asked a customer to help her escape from the Sun Suites in Harvey on April 12, Anthony chased after them and wielded a handgun to force her to return, authorities said. Anthony also is accused of beating the woman unconscious with a handgun, wooden chair, belt and fists, with the help of two women named Nadia Lee and Brittany Grisby, according to authorities.
The Sheriff’s Office said undercover vice investigators took the woman to the hospital.
Anthony was booked on counts of aggravated rape, aggravated battery and human trafficking. Grisby was booked on human trafficking and second-degree battery. Lee was booked on second-degree battery.
State Police: Trooper struck by drunk driver
State Police arrested a 35-year-old Lafitte man accused of hitting a police vehicle with its overhead lights on.
Troopers were in the midst of creating a diagram of a fatal crash when Curt Goodin hit one of their vehicles, sending the officer inside to the hospital with injuries, State Police said. They said Goodin had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol on his breath.
After going to the hospital himself, Goodin was booked on counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, vehicular negligent injuring, reckless operation of a vehicle and driving on a suspended license.
Man gets 20 years for Tammany crimes
A Baton Rouge man was sentenced to 20 years in prison in a St. Tammany Parish courtroom Wednesday for drug charges and an elaborate credit card and check-cashing scheme that unfolded last summer.
Judge Scott Gardner found Eddie Matthews III, 46, guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession and 10 conspiracy and bank fraud charges. A jury found him guilty of two felony drug charges last month, including possession of methamphetamines.
The 20-year sentence was for the meth possession charge. Matthews received lesser sentences on the other charges, with the time to run concurrently.
Matthews’ schemes came to light in August after he tried to use fraudulent debit cards to buy merchandise and put hundreds of dollars on gift cards at a Dollar General Store in Slidell. A clerk alerted police.
Officers found 15 debit or credit cards and three prepaid cards on Matthews. When officers searched his vehicle, they located one Viagra pill with no prescription, two methamphetamine pills and two clear baggies of marijuana.
Matthews was tied to a separate scheme when investigators traced the theft of five stolen checks that then were altered and cashed to a woman named Dominique Gilliam. She admitted being recruited by Matthews.
Matthews and Gilliam intercepted checks that had been written by others, changed the amount and the name on the checks and cashed them.
Man shot in foot in Lower 9th Ward
A 31-year-old victim told investigators he was shot in the foot near Flood and Urquhart streets about 4 p.m. Thursday.
He drove himself to a hospital, police said.
Unlicensed locksmiths cited in sting
The state Fire Marshal’s Office has issued citations to five men accused of providing locksmith services without a license in the New Orleans area.
The undercover operation, which began as a result of complaints from licensed locksmiths, targeted Internet advertisements that connected customers to a call center that would dispatch unlicensed locksmiths.
“None of the companies identified during the operation are currently licensed through the state Fire Marshal’s Office,” the agency said in a news release.
Cited in the operation were Clifford R. Johnson, of Chalmette; Don G. Saracino, of Slidell; Bryan and David Dowell, of Mandeville; Robert B. Grant, of Ontario, Canada; and Alvin Silva, of Jacksonville, Florida.
Businesses cited in the case were 24 Hour Locksmith, Zippy Locksmith and the Lock Clinic.