‘Spider-Man burglar’ arrested after chase

A Ponchatoula man, who was wanted by authorities for climbing on rooftops and burglarizing homes in Hammond, was arrested Thursday night after a nearly four-hour pursuit that ended with him scuffling naked with a deputy and a police dog in the Bogue Falaya River, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

John Edward Green, 33, who had been dubbed the “Spider-Man burglar” on social media sites, was first located by deputies about 5:30 p.m. in the Abita Nursery subdivision in Covington.

According to the statement, Green fled from deputies, who pursued him with the help of a K-9 dog named Thor.

At one point, Green broke into a church to hide.

Thor eventually located him hiding in a bus near Claiborne Hill.

Green then dove into the Bogue Falaya River, dragging Thor with him and attempting to drown the dog by pushing it under the surface. When a deputy jumped into the water, Green pulled him under as well.

Eventually the deputy was able to surface and get handcuffs on the still-naked Green. Green was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for injuries. He was then taken to the St. Tammany Parish Jail, where he was booked as a fugitive from Hammond police and for attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, attempted killing of a police animal, burglary of a religious building and failure to appear for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Man killed Thursday night in Mid-City

A man was fatally shot Thursday night, according to Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department.

The victim was identified Friday as 29-year-old Linwood Pooler by Brian Lapeyrolerie, chief investigator for the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office.

Pooler was shot inside a maroon Audi about 11 p.m. in the 8900 block of Heaton Street.

He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the body and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Robertson.

Robertson said a weapon also was recovered at the scene.

NOPD arrests man in N.O. East murder

New Orleans police on Thursday evening arrested a suspect they believe fatally shot a 30-year-old man in New Orleans East earlier that day, according to Officer Frank Robertson.

Robertson said 24-year-old Jean Williams was arrested without incident in the 3500 block of Clematis Street.

According to Robertson, Williams confessed to officers that he opened fire on the victim, who was shot about 9 a.m. inside a white sedan in the 6800 block of Parc Brittany Boulevard.

Williams was booked on one count of second-degree murder.

Slidell man, girlfriend booked on pot charges

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a woman and her boyfriend last month for growing marijuana in their Slidell apartment, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.

After receiving a complaint that marijuana was being grown on the premises, deputies visited a home in the 100 block of Ellwood Circle.

There, they spoke with 29-year-old Tiffany Diaspro, who allegedly told them she had some marijuana and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Charles Ammons, had an “experimental marijuana grow” in their bedroom.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for the house and recovered two marijuana plants as well as a small growing operation.

Diaspro’s 9-year-old son also was present in the home when officers arrived.

Both Disapro and Ammons were arrested and booked with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operation and creation of a clandestine laboratory, manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Diaspro’s child was turned over to a family member.

Two men shot Friday afternoon in N.O. East

Two men were shot Friday in New Orleans East, according to Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the Police Department. Robertson said the incident happened about 5 p.m. in the 4200 block of Dale Street.

He said the men, ages 65 and 23, both suffered gunshot wounds to the body that were not life-threatening. They were transported to a hospital in stable condition, Robertson said.

Truck catches on fire in Pearl River

St. Tammany Parish firefighters responded Friday to a truck fire in Pearl River, according to a statement from the Fire Department.

The incident occurred in the back of the Associated Wholesale Grocers warehouse on Old Military Road. Firefighters found a box truck in flames.

The fire quickly spread to a trailer carrying produce, but no other structures were burned and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Port Sulphur man faces drug charges

A Port Sulphur man was arrested Wednesday for drug distribution after a six-month investigation into his activities, according to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said they started investigating Albert “AJ” Vereen, 33, in February after they received a tip that he was selling crack and powder cocaine.

Agents said they detained Vereen about 6:35 a.m. Wednesday near Hauser Lane in Buras.

Ten minutes later, they served a search warrant at Vereen’s home in the 27300 block of La. 23 in Port Sulphur.

The agents seized about 40 grams of powder cocaine, a small amount of marijuana and $4,134 in cash, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

They also found sandwich bags, baking soda and digital scales, items often used for drug dealing.

Vereen was living at the residence with his girlfriend and eight children.

Vereen allegedly admitted to agents he was a drug dealer and owner of the narcotics found in his residence.

He was transported to the Belle Chasse jail, where he was booked on a raft of drug charges. Bail was set at $100,000.

Vereen has previous arrests for drug charges, aggravated battery, domestic abuse and other offenses.