Man shot after attacker pepper-sprayed
A 31-year-old man was injured in a shooting early Monday in the 1800 block of Burgundy Street, New Orleans police said.
The victim said he was approached about 4:15 a.m. by two men who asked to use his phone.
Police said one man pushed the victim, who then pepper-sprayed him. The other man then shot the victim.
Metairie man gets 5 years for child porn
A Metairie man set for trial this week for possession of child pornography instead pleaded guilty in exchange for a five-year prison sentence, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said Monday.
William Shiell, 49, was arrested in May 2014 after a Sheriff’s Office task force found videos and images of prepubescent boys and girls engaged in sexual acts on his home computer.
Shiell’s five-year sentence is the minimum that was required by law at the time he was arrested. Three months later, the state doubled the penalty to a sentence of 10 to 40 years, Connick’s office said.
He also will have to register as a sex offender for 25 years after his release from prison.
Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach, of 24th Judicial District Court, handed down the sentence. She allowed Shiell to huddle with his tearful family in the courtroom before he was taken away to begin his prison sentence.
5-vehicle crash claims man’s life in Gretna
A five-vehicle crash that occurred when a woman drove through a red light left a man dead Sunday evening in Gretna, officials said.
Mark Harmon, 53, of Terrytown, was killed about 6:30 p.m. while riding his motorcycle past the intersection of Lafayette Street and the ground level of the West Bank Expressway, State Police said.
He was ejected from his 2016 Harley-Davidson after being hit by Lillie Liccardi, 72, who ran a red light at Lafayette while driving a 2014 Infiniti QX80 in the center lane of the expressway, deputies said.
After the crash, Harmon’s motorcycle slid across the roadway and struck two other cars stopped at the red light.
Meanwhile, a second motorcyclist — identified as 56-year-old Mark Duffy, of Gretna — struck Liccardi’s Infiniti on the driver’s side rear door, and he was ejected, police said.
Harmon and Duffy were taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans. Harmon was pronounced dead on arrival; Duffy was reported to be in critical condition.
State Police said neither speed nor impairment appeared to be a factor in the crash.
Liccardi took a breath test, and authorities did not detect any alcohol. She also gave a blood sample; the results of a toxicological analysis were pending.
State Police said the deadly wreck remained under investigation and criminal charges could still be filed.
Harmon and Duffy were both wearing helmets, and the drivers of the cars involved were all properly wearing seat belts, State Police said.
Man sentenced to 10 years for burglary
A man already serving a six-month jail term for refusing to answer a judge’s questions during his trial last month was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for burglarizing a Metairie widow’s home, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said Monday.
Sean Stock, 29, was convicted of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and possession of stolen things.
Stock was convicted of breaking into a woman’s home on 47th Street in late June. He was caught the same day with the engagement ring and wedding band that belonged to the woman’s late husband.
Stock’s attorney asked the judge to show leniency for his client, the father of a 4-year-old boy, and made two requests to have the verdicts thrown out. But Judge Ellen Shirer Kovach rejected those requests and sentenced Stock to 10 years on each count, to run concurrently.
Stock, who had a public defender appointed to his case, announced at the outset of his trial that he wanted to act as his own attorney and disclosed his affiliation with the “sovereign citizens” movement, whose members often refuse to recognize laws or pay taxes.
As the judge questioned him about his request, Stock responded only that he was the attorney for his own corporation, reflecting a frequent claim of “sovereign citizens.” That led Kovach to find him in contempt of court and sentence him a six-month jail term.
Just before the judge announced her sentence for the convictions on Monday, Stock apologized for his earlier courtroom behavior. “I was rude,” he said. “I do want to apologize for that.”
In light of his apology, Kovach said the six-month jail term would run concurrently with the 10 years, Connick’s office said.
Police: Traffic stops find $1 million in drugs
Two traffic stops along Interstate 12 west of Madisonville netted about $1 million worth of drugs, State Police said.
In one case, troopers stopped a 2016 Mercedes for a traffic violation about 10 p.m. Sunday, according to Trooper Dustin Dwight. The driver, Stephany Vergara, refused to allow troopers to search the vehicle, so they called for a drug-sniffing dog. A subsequent search uncovered 3.8 pounds of cocaine, Dwight said.
Vergara, 25, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on possession of narcotics.
The second stop happened about four hours later, when troopers said they pulled over 41-year-old Salas Veda in a 2013 Toyota Camry, also for a traffic violation.
Veda gave troopers permission to search the vehicle, and they found about 90 pounds of liquid methamphetamine hidden in the car, much of it in soda bottles, Dwight said.
Veda and a passenger, 39-year-old Ever Estuardo, were booked on counts of possession of narcotics.
Woman arrested after kidnapping, police say
A 50-year-old woman was arrested in New Orleans East after she kidnapped a 2-year-old boy in a hotel on Sunday, according to New Orleans police.
Officers went to the hotel in the 12000 block of South Interstate 10 Service Road after a mother said her child had wandered away from her room shortly before 6 a.m.
The boy was found inside Debra Sack’s room, police said.
Sack was booked on simple kidnapping. A judge set her bail at $25,000 Monday.
Man wanted in battery case surrenders
A man wanted for striking his wife and threatening to kill her turned himself in Monday morning, New Orleans police said.
Police allege that Jimmie Walters, 47, threatened to kill his wife in the 6800 block of Norwood Court on March 31 with a Glock 9mm handgun. He also stated he would shoot police officers if the woman called police, according to authorities, then left.
Walters turned himself in at the 5th District Station about 8 a.m. Monday, police said. He was booked on counts of aggravated assault and aggravated battery.
Two armed robberies reported in N.O.
Two men were robbed at gunpoint in the 7th Ward and New Orleans East in separate incidents Sunday night and early Monday morning, police said in an offense log.
In the first incident, police said, a 57-year-old man tried to retrieve his cellphone from an unknown man in the 1200 block of St. Bernard Avenue about 10:40 p.m.
The victim retrieved the phone, police said, but refused to give the other man a reward. The second man then produced a gun and shot the victim, police said.
Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Monday, police said, a 28-year-old man was approached by a gunman demanding money in the 10000 block of Curran Boulevard. The victim handed over $330 and two cellphones, police said.
The robber then entered the man’s residence, asking for more money, but left when he was told the victim had none left.
Deputies search for Smoothie King robber
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office released a surveillance image of a man suspected of robbing a Smoothie King shop in Metairie last week.
Police said the man — described as a black male about 25 years old, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, 150 to 170 pounds, of medium build with gold teeth and dreadlocks — robbed the business in the 5800 block of Airline Drive about 4:30 p.m. April 1.
Deputies said he fled in a tan or gold four-door vehicle missing the hubcaps on the driver’s side.
Authorities asked anyone with information on the robbery or the man to call the JPSO Robbery Division at (504) 364-5300.