New Orleans-area police news: Man gunned down in St. Claude neighborhood on Bartholomew Street _lowres

Charles Zito

Man, 28, gunned down on St. Claude corner

A 28-year-old man was shot dead Thursday night in the St. Claude neighborhood.

The victim’s wife was driving him when he was shot about 6:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Bartholomew Street, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.

The victim’s identity was not immediately released.

Harahan man booked in beating of lover

A Harahan man grabbed a paddle and whacked his “intimate partner” with it several times in an attack that was apparently self-defense, police said.

When officers responded to a disturbance in the 170 block of Glenwood Drive on Tuesday, they learned that the homeowner, Charles Zito, allegedly tried to stab his lover several times inside the home, Chief Tim Walker said.

During an argument that spilled into the driveway, Zito punctured the tires of his lover’s vehicle and stabbed his lover, causing a severe hand injury, Walker said.

After being released from the hospital, Zito was booked with aggravated battery and criminal damage.

Jeff grand jury charges man in rape case

A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Thursday charged Horace Lee Foster, of Metairie, with two counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated rape of a victim under 13.

Court records indicate Foster, 48, has a home address of 6525 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

He was arrested by Kenner police on Aug. 21 after his alleged victim, now 17, told officers in November 2013 that Foster had raped her in Kenner on several occasions beginning when she was 12.

According to the indictment, Foster allegedly raped the girl on multiple occasions between September 2009 and August 2010, and again on Nov. 9, 2013.

Authorities said at the time of the arrest that Foster told them he could not remember whether he had abused the girl because he was addicted to crack cocaine.

Foster is awaiting trial at Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on $600,000 bail.

The case has been allotted to Judge Ray Steib, of 24th Judicial District Court.

Man sentenced after selling drugs near baby

A New Orleans gang member whose crimes included a drug deal that he apparently video-recorded himself — with a toddler inches away — was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday by a federal judge.

The sentence was handed down against 21-year-old William Henderson.

Henderson pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy in connection with a street gang in the Hollygrove neighborhood.

Henderson’s cellphone, seized by police after a 2013 arrest, provided a trove of evidence against him.

It included video of a 2012 drug deal that took place in a car. The lens was trained on an unknown buyer as drugs were passed from the front seat to the back. Also in the frame was a small child.

Henderson’s brother and co-defendant, Thomas Henderson, also has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the case; he has yet to be sentenced.

“I’m sorry for, you know, participating in what I participated in,” said Henderson, who had challenged the characterization of his past brushes with the law during previous hearings.

“I take full responsibility for what I did. I’m sorry to my parents for what I did.”

Woman charged with defrauding credit union

Gail Teague is suspected of having defrauded Ochsner Federal Credit Union to the tune of $34,000 over more than a dozen years.

The alleged scheme happened between 2000 and 2013 while she was an employee. She was charged in a bill of information Thursday with defrauding the credit union.

Using the fictitious name “William Morris,” Teague, 48, of New Orleans, laundered a loan through a local automobile dealership and the credit union.

She signed a handwritten confession on May 17, 2013.

Gunfire wounds man Thursday in Gretna

A man was shot Thursday night in Gretna, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting was reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of Flamingo Road.

The victim’s injuries were not serious, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Men suspected in string of robberies hit again

Three men already suspected in a string of robberies in or near the French Quarter are suspected in another.

The latest incident happened about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday at Dauphine and Gov. Nicholls streets, police said.

Two victims were walking in the area when the robbers walked up and demanded their belongings.

One victim handed over his cellphone and wallet, police said. One of the robbers tried to grab the other victim’s purse but was unsuccessful.

The men ran when one of the victims began to scream.

Prior robberies in which the men are suspected happened:

Dec. 1 in the 1200 block of Bourbon Street: Two victims were robbed of their purses.

Dec. 3 at North Rampart and Mandeville streets: Two victims were robbed of their wallets.

Dec. 4 in the 500 block of Dauphine Street: A woman was hit in the head with a gun when she told the men she had nothing to give them.

Dec. 7 in the 500 block of St. Philip Street: Three victims were robbed.

Anyone with information about the suspects’ identities or these crimes is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.

Man, 20, arrested after fleeing homicide scene

A 20-year-old man was arrested in New Orleans East on Tuesday after a brief chase.

Two officers were securing the perimeter of an earlier homicide investigation when they saw a man run by with a pistol in his hand.

The officers gave chase on foot and ultimately caught up with Ernest Williams near a home in the 6900 block of Deanne Street.

Williams carried a loaded Glock 9 mm pistol and 23 bags of marijuana, police said.

He was booked with possession of a firearm while in possession of narcotics, being a felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, flight from an officer and criminal trespassing.

Williams has two prior convictions: one for firearms violations and the other for drug charges.

Woman punched in face during fight with ex

A woman was punched in the face during an argument with her ex-boyfriend Wednesday morning, New Orleans police said.

The victim’s ex grabbed her around her neck about 11:30 a.m. and pulled her inside a hotel room in the 4900 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

Once inside the room, the man punched her in the face, took her money and ran away.

N.O. police investigate two armed robberies

New Orleans police on Thursday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:

7:15 p.m. Wednesday at South Johnson and Gen. Taylor streets: The victim was approached by two men who searched his pockets and took his cellphone and money.

9:40 p.m. Wednesday in the 14400 block of Dwyer Boulevard: Three men walked up to the victim and demanded his belongings. They fled in the victim’s vehicle.

4-month-old girl found dead in crib, police say

A 4-month-old child was found dead in her crib inside her home in the 1800 block of Conti Street early Wednesday morning, police said.

The child’s mother woke up about 7:15 a.m. to check on the baby and found her unresponsive.

A cause of death has not been determined.