N.O man indicted in deputy’s shooting
A federal grand jury this week indicted the New Orleans man accused of shooting a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy last month during a drug raid in the Lower 9th Ward.
Jarvis Hardy, 26, faces eight counts, including attempted murder of a federal law enforcement officer and possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.
Hardy has admitted shooting the deputy, Stephen Arnold, a member of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration-led task force that raided Hardy’s home Jan. 26 in search of drugs, according to court documents. But he has maintained he did not know the armed men in his home were law enforcement officers and that he opened fire because he believed he was being robbed.
Arnold remained in critical condition Friday.
Geismar man arrested in fatal N.O. crash
New Orleans police arrested a 37-year-old man accused of causing a fatal crash this week.
Chad Vidrine, of Geismar, was booked Friday on one count of vehicular homicide. He is accused of running a red light at Calliope and Annunication streets in his pickup and crashing into another pickup about 8 p.m. Thursday.
A 35-year-old passenger in the second vehicle was ejected and died later at a hospital, authorities said. The driver of that vehicle was in critical condition.
Vidrine was not seriously injured.
Vidrine had a blood alcohol content of .121, police said. The legal limit for driving is .08.
Algiers fire destroys vacant home Friday
Firefighters extinguished a residential fire in Algiers on Friday afternoon. The home, near Mardi Gras Boulevard and Casa Calvo Street, was unoccupied, and no injuries were reported.
The structure at 20131 Caso Calvo collapsed and was totally consumed, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.
The cause of the blaze, which began about 3:30 p.m., is under investigation.
Pregnant woman one of two shot in St. Roch
A man and a 28-year-old pregnant woman were shot inside a St. Roch barbershop near Franklin Avenue and North Derbigny Street just after 5 p.m. Friday, New Orleans police said.
Both victims were taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.
Another man who was in the barbershop was being questioned. Robertson said he has not been named as a suspect.
An employee of a cellphone store around the corner said he heard five or six shots, then ducked for cover behind a counter.
Fifth District Cmdr. Christopher Goodly and a homicide detective were among those responding to the shooting.
In December, a Mardi Gras Indian big chief and his pregnant girlfriend were fatally shot in a New Orleans East apartment complex, a still-unsolved case that shocked many in the city.
Heroin trafficker sentenced in N.O.
An Ohio man convicted of distributing more than a kilogram of heroin was sentenced to nearly 12 years in federal prison this week.
Jason Payne, 37, of Youngstown, Ohio, also faces five years of supervised probation upon his release.
Payne had been charged in a New Orleans drug trafficking conspiracy and admitted buying 2 kilograms of heroin in April 2014.