Woman arrested in fatal Sunday shooting

New Orleans police on Tuesday arrested 44-year-old Cindy Lee in connection with the shooting death of Derrick Christmas on Sunday.

Christmas, 28, was shot about 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Church’s Chicken, 1600 S. Claiborne Ave.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body and died after being taken to a hospital.

Police said they learned Lee and Christmas got into an argument in the parking lot, after which Lee fired three shots at Christmas from inside her vehicle. Two of the shots struck him in the abdomen.

Lee was booked with second-degree murder.

Homicide detective Rayelle Johnson is in charge of the ongoing investigation.

Coroner: Deaths of pair were accidental

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that a woman and a child whose bodies were discovered Monday next to an Interstate 10 on-ramp in eastern New Orleans died of “multiple traumatic blunt force injuries.”

It said the deaths were “initially classified as accidental.”

Coroner Jeffrey Rouse identified the two as Tracey Jefferson, 28, and Richard Gorden III, 4.

Their partially decomposed bodies were discovered at I-10 and Louisa Street.

“As this is the subject of an ongoing law enforcement investigation, no further details will be released at this time,” Rouse said.

Person of interest sought in Quarter fight

The NOPD is requesting the public’s assistance in locating and identifying a man who may have information about an aggravated battery that occurred Sept. 14 in the 900 block of Decatur Street.

The 37-year-old male victim was involved in a verbal altercation about 10 p.m. with an unknown man that quickly escalated into a fight.

A second suspect struck the victim in the head with a beer bottle, causing him to fall to the ground, where he was kicked in the face.

Based on surveillance video of the incident, police said, the suspect appeared to be a white male, about 5-foot-9 with a medium build.

He was wearing a dark baseball cap turned backward and a black biker’s vest with a “Bad News Bike Club” or “Bad News Orleans” patch on the rear. Detectives received information that the person of interest’s first name is “Ken.”

Police released two photos of the person of interest.

Eighth District Detective Michael Flores is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding the crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

JPSO seeking persistent car wash thieves

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a series of thefts that have occurred at David Drive Car Wash, 3013 David Drive, in Metairie.

The thefts occurred during the early morning hours of Sept. 7, 10, 14 and 16.

Surveillance footage taken from the business shows a white man in his late teens or early 20s robbing the change machine.

The surveillance photos also depict additional suspects described as a white male and a white female, both in their late teens or early twenties. The man seen standing at the change machine has several tattoos on his upper arms.

Investigators believe the suspects have access to different vehicles, including a 1990s Ford Taurus and an early 2000s Pontiac Grand Am.

Anyone who can identify the suspects is asked to contact the JPSO Burglary Division at (504) 364-5300 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

N.O. man convicted on multiple drug charges

Rory Dimes, 31, was convicted late Monday in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court of possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of oxycodone and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A unanimous jury returned the guilty-as-charged verdict.

On the morning of Sept. 24, 2012, parole officers on a routine home visit noticed thousands of dollars of cash in small denominations scattered around the ostensibly unemployed defendant’s bedroom, prompting a more detailed search.

Officers then discovered oxycodone pills on Dimes’ person, $25,000 in cash scattered throughout the residence, a loaded .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic handgun and 18 grams of heroin. They also found paraphernalia and chemicals typically used to dilute heroin for retail sale.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said, “This individual has proven that he has no respect for the law. I believe he represents a threat to public safety if allowed to roam the streets. As such, I intend to push for the longest sentence that the law will allow.”

The court has scheduled sentencing for Sept. 30, when the DA’s Office will seek to have Dimes sentenced under Louisiana’s habitual offender statute. As a fourth-time felony offender, he would face a sentence of no less than 20 years.

Suspect is sought for shoplifting

The NOPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating 49-year-old Elliot Hammond, who is wanted in connection with a shoplifting incident that occurred Saturday at Citi Trends in the 2800 block of South Claiborne Avenue.

About 11 a.m., Hammond walked into the store and began placing items into a black backpack.

When he tried to leave without paying, he was confronted by store management and a security officer who was watching him on surveillance video. The store manager and the security officer were able to take the backpack away from Hammond as he ran out the front door.

Besides the stolen items, the backpack contained Hammond’s picture identification card. The manager identified him from the picture as the person who ran out of the store.

Once apprehended, Hammond will be booked with municipal shoplifting and possession of stolen property, police said.

Anyone with information about Hammond’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Two rescued from Bonnet Carre Spillway

The Coast Guard and the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office rescued two people in the Bonnet Carre Spillway about 7 p.m. Monday.

The people were clinging to a cooler after their boat capsized when it was hit by a wave.

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a small boat were deployed to the scene. The helicopter crew hoisted one person from the water; the boat crew recovered the other person in the water.

No injuries were reported.

Slidell man charged in oil-spill claims case

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday that Casey Thonn, 35, of Slidell, has been charged with wire fraud in connection with claims he filed with the Deepwater Horizon Economic Claims Center.

According to a bill of information, Thonn submitted multiple claims with the center’s Seafood Compensation Program in June 2012 based on losses he allegedly sustained as a result of the April 2010 oil spill. In November 2012, the center notified Thonn he was eligible to receive about $1,750 for these claims.

In December 2012, Thonn requested his compensation be recalculated based on a false tax return he provided to the claims center. In that submission, he claimed he received $156,000 of gross revenue from commercial shrimping sales in 2009. The fraudulent submission increased his compensation from $1,750 to $357,002 for the claims. In March 2013, Thonn received the higher amount based on his fraudulent submissions.

Man stabbed Monday in New Orleans East

A 45-year-old man was stabbed about 1:45 p.m. Monday in the 4500 block of Flake Avenue in New Orleans East.

New Orleans police said two men were involved in an altercation concerning drugs. One stabbed the other, who was transported to a local hospital.

An arrest warrant was filed on the alleged perpetrator, Byron Lackings, 38.

Man, woman robbed on Gladiolus Street

A 31-year-old man was approached in the 2600 block of Gladiolus Street in Gentilly by two men, one armed with a semiautomatic handgun and the other with an AK-47.

The victim was ordered to go inside the residence, where a 40-year-old woman was.

The perpetrators fled with a TV, a DVD player and a Playstation.

Man robs discount store on S. Carrollton

An armed man entered the Magnolia Discount store in the 3400 block of South Carrollton Avenue, gave the cashier a plastic bag and said, “Put the money in it.”

The cashier complied, and the robber fled.

Man robbed on way home from store

A 36-year-old man was walking home from the store in the 4800 block of Cernay Street in New Orleans East when he was approached by two men, one armed with a gun.

The pair forced the victim to lie on the ground and took his belongings.

Mandeville police to accept expired drugs

The Mandeville Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity Saturday to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents can bring their medications for disposal to the Mandeville Police Complex, 1870 U.S. 190, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, and disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can pose safety and health hazards.