Body identified as that of missing man
A body found in New Orleans East last week has been identified as that of a man who had been missing since last month, the Orleans Parish coroner said Tuesday.
Dr. Jeffrey Rouse said the body found Jan. 11 near the 14000 block of Michoud Boulevard was that of Dieumafaite Nicolas, 56, who had been missing since dropping off his grandson in Marrero on the morning of Dec. 16. Nicolas’ body was badly decomposed, and the Coroner’s Office has not yet determined a cause of death.
Nicolas’ vehicle, a four-door 2005 Toyota Highlander, was found weeks before his body was discovered near the same stretch of Michoud Boulevard in New Orleans East.
Teenage victim of fatal shooting named
The Orleans Coroner’s Office identified a youth fatally shot Sunday night in Carrollton as 17-year-old Tyron Hasty.
New Orleans police said Hasty was shot several times in the 1600 block of Joliet Street about 9 p.m. Investigators have not announced any suspects or motives in the case.
Woman shot by masked man, N.O. police say
A masked man shot a woman after she answered her door in the 1300 block of South Dorgenois Street about 7:30 p.m. Monday, New Orleans police said. The victim, 49, was taken to the hospital.
Teacher accused of sex crime released
Destrehan High School teacher Danielle Naquin, accused last week of having a sexual relationship with a female student, was released from the Jefferson Parish jail Monday afternoon due to prison overcrowding after her bail had been set at $100,000.
Naquin had been jailed in Jefferson on 10 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile because authorities allege repeated sexual encounters between her and the student at the center of the case took place at a Kenner apartment where the teacher lived last year.
St. Charles Parish authorities allege that Naquin, 26, and the student — then 16 — also had sexual encounters in the teacher’s Destrehan classroom during a nine-month affair that began in October 2014. She was booked in St. Charles on counts of prohibited sexual conduct between a student and educator as well as carnal knowledge of a juvenile before she was transferred to Jefferson on Saturday.
A family member a week ago alerted authorities to the alleged affair between Naquin and the student, police said. Naquin allegedly confessed to the affair while being questioned by investigators.
Cops: Teen shot girl while showing off gun
A teenager who accidentally shot a 16-year-old girl in Chalmette while showing off a handgun has been booked on negligent injury, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Deputies allege that Andrew Carroll, 17, shot the girl behind the right ear in the backyard of his residence just before 6 p.m. Monday. The victim walked to a relative’s house for assistance and was taken to the hospital.
Carroll was booked on counts of negligent injury, illegal use of a weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. The Sheriff’s Office said his bail was set at $25,000.
Nine arrested in St. John drug ring
Nine people arrested in St. John the Baptist Parish were part of a drug ring that was in possession of thousands of homemade versions of Xanax pills, Sheriff Mike Tregre said Tuesday.
In two raids Jan. 5 in LaPlace, the Sheriff’s Office said, investigators discovered more than 100,000 alprazolam pills, better known by their trade name Xanax. Deputies said they had been packaged for distribution throughout the United States.
Tregre told WWL-TV that the pills had been produced in a clandestine lab, although detectives have yet to find whoever was producing them. The Department of Homeland Security, Postal Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office are also part of the ongoing investigation, according to WWL-TV.
Matthew Helms, 23, and Megan De St. Germaine, 26, were described as the ringleaders in the operation. Both remain in custody.
Deputies said they also arrested Brandon Zar, no age given; Austin Hammond, 20; Courtney Simon, 20; Joshua Sutton, 23; Katie Cahill, 22; Michael Keller, 20; and Pamela De St. Germaine, 51.
Chevron station robbed overnight in Marrero
A Chevron station in the 4900 block of the West Bank Expressway in Marrero was robbed at knifepoint, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a crime alert about 2 a.m. Tuesday.
Deputies reported no injuries.
Armed robbery and carjacking reported
Two armed robberies were reported in New Orleans on Monday, police said in a log of major offenses.
Two men, 33 and 45, were held up and robbed of cellphones and money in the 2000 block of Desire Street about 2 p.m. Later, a woman was carjacked by a man in the 300 block of South Salcedo Street about 11:30 p.m.