Group: Corruption fight efforts set back
NEW ORLEANS — A group representing rank-and-file New Orleans police officers says a scandal spawned by a federal prosecutor’s anonymous posts on a newspaper’s website has poisoned a sweeping agreement to clean up the city’s troubled police department.
A court filing Friday by the Police Association of New Orleans urges U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to permit the group to intervene in the court-supervised consent decree between the Justice Department and the city.
PANO argues that the actions of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Sal Perricone, who helped negotiate the agreement, prove the federal government can’t adequately represent the police officers’ interests in implementing the reforms.
Perricone resigned in March after acknowledging he criticized judges and politicians and commented on cases, including the consent decree, in anonymous posts on the newspaper’s website.
Woman accused of stabbing boyfriend
Algiers — New Orleans police arrested an Algiers woman Thursday night after they say an argument with her boyfriend over a telephone call ended with a stabbing.
Clarise Smith, 26, is accused of stabbing her 30-year-old boyfriend on the wrist after punching him several times when he was trying to leave their apartment in the 3400 block of Vespasian Boulevard, according to court records.
The victim told police that he and Smith argued over a telephone call she received from the father of one of her children.
The couple has been together for three years and has been involved in numerous domestic violence incidents, according to police.
Robbery with fake gun ends in stabbing
New Orleans — Police are searching for two robbers who stabbed a man after their plan to use a plastic gun failed.
Police say the incident happened around 1 a.m. Friday near the intersection of Eight and Magazine streets.
A man and a woman told detectives they were approached by an unknown man who appeared to be armed with a plastic shotgun. The man demanded they hand over their cash.
When the victims refused and began struggling with the suspect, they say another man came up and began stabbing the male victim.
That victim was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
Police were able to locate the second suspect because he was injured in the attack, and they followed his blood trail, according to court records.
Thomas Warren, 22, was booked with two counts of attempted armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery in the incident.
Man tied up, robbed during home invasion
New Orleans — New Orleans police are searching for two men authorities say tied up a 53-year-old man inside his home Friday morning and robbed him.
The incident was reported around 1:15 a.m. in the 2200 block of Athis Street.
The victim told police that two men tied him up so that they could steal his television, DVDs and car.
The initial police report does not explain how the men gained entry into the home.
Man, 46, accused of issuing death threats
Harahan — An argument between a couple with a history of domestic violence issues ended with a man threatening to kill his girlfriend and her two children, Harahan Police said.
According to an arrest report, Robert Clark, 46, was booked with intimidation of a witness and two counts of extortion Wednesday after police say he threatened his girlfriend if she didn’t drop earlier domestic battery charges against him. Police say Clark attacked the woman in November, but they had since begun seeing each other again.
However, Clark became upset about outstanding charges from the incident and beat the woman in front of her children. He also told her he would kill her and them if she didn’t recant, police said.
Finally, they say he held her captive in a home and threw her dog into an entertainment center.
Covington trailer destroyed in fire
Covington — A fire Friday morning destroyed the home of a Covington family that is now searching for a place to live.
St. Tammany Fire District 12 responded to the fire around 4:42 a.m. at 76021 Carol Drive in the Lake Ramsey community north of Covington, according to a news release.
Firefighters found more than half of a double-wide trailer at the location on fire.
No one was at home when the fire began, and controlling the blaze required 14 firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Fake urine for drug test cited in arrest
Metairie — A Metairie man’s attempt to fool a drug test using a leg harness and fake urine got him in more trouble Wednesday, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
James Miller, 36, was booked with falsification of a drug test after he was caught with the set-up at a drug-testing site on Veterans Boulevard.
The sample collector became suspicious of Miller’s urine because of its temperature and color.
When the collector confronted Miller, he confessed to using store-bought urine and a leg harness, according to an arrest report.
Compiled by the New Orleans bureau and the Associated Press