Marrero man dies from gunshot to head
A Marrero man died early Thursday as a result of injuries he received in a shooting Wednesday night, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Officers were dispatched to 2026 Rue Racine in Marrero after receiving reports of someone shot at that address. Upon arriving, they found Marquis Thomas, 26, shot in the head.
Investigators said Thomas had been inside the home when he heard gunshots outside. He opened the door to investigate and was shot in the head.
He was taken to Interim LSU Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
Anyone with information is asked to call the JPSO Homicide Division at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Two booked with harassment, arson
A bizarre series of events led to the arrest of two Mandeville men last week: one for harassing his ex-girlfriend and the other for setting fire to the first man’s boat and house.
The first man, Melvin Lacrouts, was arrested after his ex-girlfriend complained to Sheriff’s Office deputies Sept. 27 about harassing phone calls and texts she had received, according to St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. George Bonnett.
The woman also told deputies that when she didn’t respond to the messages, Lacrouts showed up at the house of her friend and entered the house looking for her and her new boyfriend, Brent Golden.
Earlier that same night, Lacrouts had confronted the woman and Golden at a Covington restaurant, and police were called, Bonnett said.
The following morning, deputies responded to a boat fire at Lacrouts’ Soult Street home. The fire moved quickly from the boat to the house and caused extensive damage. Investigators ruled it an arson, Bonnett said.
Lacrouts was arrested Sept. 28 and booked on counts of unlawful entry of an inhabited dwelling and harassing communications. A further investigation led to Golden’s arrest in the arson, Bonnett said.
Golden was booked Oct. 8 on a single count of simple arson.
Man stabbed during fight on edge of Quarter
A man was stabbed Wednesday night during a fight on the edge of the French Quarter, police said.
The victim, a 44-year-old man, got into an argument with 49-year-old Stacey Sayles about 7:30 p.m. near Frenchmen and Decatur streets.
The fight turned physical, and Sayles pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim, police allege.
Sayles was arrested at his home in the 9700 block of West Rockton Circle in New Orleans East. He remained jailed Thursday evening on a count of aggravated battery.
Train strikes car of man who tried to outrun it
A St. Rose man was hospitalized after he drove around a pair of crossing arms in Kenner and tried in vain to beat an oncoming train.
Kenneth Morgan, 45, pulled up to the railroad crossing in the 400 block of Alliance Street about 2 p.m. Thursday.
The crossing arms were down because a train was coming, but Morgan drove around them and his car was struck on the rear passenger side, Kenner police said.
Morgan claimed neck and back pain and was taken to East Jefferson General Hospital to be evaluated.
The train, belonging to CN Railway, had three locomotives with 96 cars that carried coal.
Morgan will be cited with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended driver’s license and driving around crossing gates.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Kenner Police Department traffic investigator Jon Cryer at (504) 712-2336.
Man wounded during attempted robbery
A man was shot during an armed robbery attempt late Wednesday in Algiers, New Orleans police said.
The victim was walking in the 3100 block of Hudson Place about 9 p.m. when two men walked up to him and began a conversation. One of the men then pulled out a gun and said, “Give me everything you got,” according to an overnight police log.
The victim, a 19-year-old man, grabbed the gun, but the other man pulled out his own gun and shot the victim in the arm. The two assailants then ran away.
Felon found to be in possession of guns
New Orleans police arrested a 22-year-old man and booked him on charges including being a felon in possession of a firearm and a felon in possession of a stolen firearm.
Darren Ruffin was picked up about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday near Gen. Meyer Avenue and Woodland Street in Algiers during a traffic stop.
In addition to having guns in the car, he was found to be in possession of marijuana, police said.
Vandals shoot out lights at ballpark in Norco
St. Charles Parish authorities are looking for whoever shot out lights at a ballpark in Norco.
The lights were shot out Sept. 30 at Norco Ball Field in the 100 block of Fifth Street. Parish officials said it appeared the lights, on poles 40 to 50 feet tall, were shot with a pellet gun.
It’s the second time this year the lights were damaged. They were shot out in April and cost $6,000 to repair.
“Not only are these repairs costly, they are also hampering the efforts of the St. Charles Parish Recreation Department to provide programming, including baseball and softball games, in the Norco area,” said Duane Foret, the parish parks and recreation director.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office at (985) 783-6807.
Oil spill fraud cases end in guilty plea, sentences
A Slidell man pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud related to an application he made for financial assistance after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Darrell Morris, 55, applied for disaster assistance on Oct. 1, 2010, claiming he was employed by a commercial fishing business before the oil spill. In fact, he never worked in the commercial fishing business, but he received $75,000 after submitting false information indicating he was a fisherman.
He faces a maximum prison sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine. He will be sentenced Feb. 12.
Separately, a New Orleans woman was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in relation to the spill.
Qiana Anderson, 35, submitted false documents and made false statements that the janitorial business of Curtis Anderson, her co-defendant, lost income as a result of the spill.
Qiana Anderson was ordered to pay $18,810 in restitution to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. Curtis Anderson is to be sentenced Oct. 16.
N.O. gang member gets four years in drug case
A New Orleans gang member was sentenced Wednesday to four years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to various drug and firearms violations.
Avian “Ave” Brule, 21, was one of seven people charged with conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine in Hollygrove.
All of the other defendants also have been charged with conspiring to possess firearms to further their drug trafficking.
According to court documents, federal agents seized a cellphone from co-defendant William Henderson that had a video from Nov. 5, 2012, showing him and Brule conducting a heroin sale in a car with a 4-year-old child in the back seat.
Henderson, 20, is awaiting sentencing along with Robert “Skinny” Johnson, 24; Thomas “T” Henderson, 24; Lavell “Vell” Stoval, 21; and Erskine Waters, 22.
Charles “Chuck” Johnson, 25, is scheduled to go to trial Dec. 8.
Police seek suspect in armed robbery
New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery.
George Minor, 50, is alleged to have robbed a 25-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman about 3:30 a.m. July 12 in the 1700 block of St. Charles Avenue.
Detectives believe Minor may be responsible for several armed robberies but did not provide details about those incidents.
Anyone with information on Minor’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Chauvin man indicted in Grand Isle killing
A Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted a Chauvin man on a charge of second-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death on the beach in Grand Isle in June.
Police reports at the time indicated the stabbing took place in front of the woman’s year-old daughter.
Randy P. Marcel had been dating the victim, Jennifer Dozier, for about five years, though he was not the father of the child, authorities said in June.
If convicted, Marcel faces life in prison. He is being held on $750,000 bail in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.