N.O. firefighter resigns after pleading guilty

A New Orleans firefighter resigned from the department Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of criminal damage and aggravated assault.

Ryan Mast, 34, was arrested Nov. 11, 2012, and suspended. The 10-year Fire Department veteran was reinstated Dec. 16, 2012, pending the outcome of his trial.

He received a two-year suspended sentence and five years of probation, according to Orleans Parish court records.

Mast was arrested after he allegedly tried to avoid paying a cab fare by pulling a gun on the driver.

Sheriff: Deputy traded sex for woman’s release

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office fired a deputy and arrested him after officials say he allowed a wanted woman to avoid jail in exchange for sex.

Col. John Fortunato, an office spokesman, said 38-year-old Brian Martin, of Hammond, was terminated Monday and booked on a count of malfeasance.

Fortunato said Martin confessed to having sex with the unidentified woman, who was wanted for theft. She reported the encounter to deputies on Saturday.

Martin was released on a $5,000 bond.

Investigators book two men in recent burglary

Two men suspected in a recent burglary in Avondale are behind bars.

Jameson Wood, 32, surrendered to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, while Michael Smith, 35, was arrested at his home, spokesman Col. John Fortunato said.

Wood is suspected of burglarizing a home on Kaity Lane on Dec. 4.

During an interview with detectives following his arrest, he allegedly admitted to the crime and identified Smith as his accomplice.

Smith also admitted his involvement in the burglary during an interview following his arrest, Fortunato said.

Wood was booked with simple burglary and theft.

Smith was booked with one count of simple burglary.

Man arrested on drug charges in Plaquemines

A Buras man was arrested over the weekend on various drug charges, his fifth such arrest since June 2012.

Isaiah James Perkins’ latest arrest stemmed from a tip that he was selling high-grade, hydroponic marijuana, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

On Dec. 5, deputies found him walking along U.S. 11 about 9:45 p.m. Deputies smelled marijuana and noticed Perkins was nervous, Becnel said.

During a pat-down search for weapons, the deputies found packages in Perkins’ pockets that he allegedly admitted were marijuana.

Perkins was carrying 25 bags at the time, Becnel said.

He was booked with possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance.

Perkins, who remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $40,000 bail, was on state probation at the time of his arrest for a prior drug conviction in Plaquemines for which he was sentenced to five years of probation.

Man gets 15 years for multiple bank robberies

A Mississippi man was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to four counts of bank robbery.

Dwayne E. Hupp, 51, of Bay St. Louis, previously admitted he robbed a Liberty Bank branch on Aug. 6, 2013, and again on Sept. 10, 2013, and a Crescent Bank and Trust branch on Sept. 4, 2013, and Sept. 19, 2013.

Hupp admitted to authorities that he was a heroin addict and would regularly travel from Bay St. Louis to New Orleans to buy heroin. He would rob banks to support his habit, he told them.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt handed down the sentence.

Reserve man gets five years for child porn

A Reserve man was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to using a social-networking website to send out child pornography.

According to court documents, Kirk P. Weber, 54, distributed the images from May 14, 2013, to Oct. 24, 2013.

Weber, who pleaded guilty on June 4 and has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 7, must now register as a sex offender.

U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance handed down the sentence.

Coroner identifies car crash, shooting victims

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Wednesday identified several people killed recently as a result of shootings or traffic accidents.

The victims are:


Kendell Ealy, 34, killed Dec. 6 in a traffic accident at Tulane Avenue and South Dorgenois Street.n John Alexander, 53, killed Dec. 8 in a traffic accident in the 2800 block of Tchoupitoulas Street.

  • Roland West, 40, shot to death Dec. 6 in the 1500 block of North Roman Street.
  • Alvin Holmes, 25, shot to death Dec. 7 in the 2600 block of Danneel Street.
  • Jakia Evans, 23, shot to death Tuesday at Dwyer Road and Shalimar Drive.

N.O. police investigate two nonfatal shootings

New Orleans police on Wednesday were investigating the following shootings:

  • 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 4700 block of Chrysler Street in New Orleans East: The victim was at a park when he heard gunshots and realized he had been hit.
  • 11 a.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of Eliza Street in Algiers: A man was shot in the leg.

Girl, 11, raped during sleepover, police say

An 11-year-old girl said she was raped during a sleepover at a friend’s home.

A 19-year-old cousin allegedly assaulted the victim at a home on Haney Drive in New Orleans East, according to an overnight crime log.

The incident was reported about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday.

No other details were available.

N.O. police investigate four armed robberies

New Orleans police on Wednesday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:

  • 5 p.m. Tuesday at Virgilian and South Laverne streets: The victims were approached by three men who demanded their belongings. The men fled with a watch from one victim.
  • 6:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 2400 block of Delachaise Street: An unknown man walked up to the victim, pulled out a gun and demanded he empty his pockets. The robber fled with $30 and the victim’s wallet.
  • 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at Gov. Nicholls and Dauphine streets: Three victims were approached by three men who demanded their belongings. The victims handed over what they had, and the robbers ran away.
  • 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 900 block of Frenchmen Street: A man walked up behind a woman, hit her several times with a handgun and ran away after taking her purse.