Man shot to death Friday in Algiers

An unidentified man was shot to death just after 4 p.m. Friday near Flanders Street and Gen. Meyer Avenue in Algiers, New Orleans police said.

Officers found the victim slumped over in the driver’s seat of a blue Chevy Trailblazer, said Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman. The man had been shot multiple times and died at the scene.

Investigators were interviewing witnesses and trying to establish a motive, Robertson said.

Homicide Detective Melanie Dillon is in charge of the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

One dead in double shooting Friday evening

A double shooting Friday evening in the 5300 block of Charlotte Drive in the Filmore neighborhood left one victim dead. A second victim was transported to a hospital, Robertson said.

The shooting occurred about 7 p.m.

Marrero man arrested in death of his cousin

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Friday it has arrested Ahmad Wiley, 18, of Marrero, in the shooting death Thursday night of his cousin Alontay Simmons, 17, of Waggaman.

Simmons was shot about 8:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of Mount Kennedy Drive in Marrero.

According to Glen Boyd, a spokesman for the JPSO, Wiley told investigators that he and Simmons were standing by an apartment complex waiting for an opportunity to commit a robbery. A vehicle containing two men drove up. As Wiley and Simmons approached the vehicle, the passenger got out with the intention of buying a cellphone from them. When they produced weapons, the man fled on foot and Wiley and Simmons began firing at him, Boyd said. The driver of the vehicle sped off.

According to witnesses, at least six shots were fired, one hitting Simmons in the chest. He died later at a hospital.

Wiley was booked with one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal discharge of a weapon and obstruction of justice. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Homicide Detective Jeffrey Rodrigue at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man convicted in 2012 death of partner

A unanimous Orleans Parish jury on Friday convicted a 50-year-old man of manslaughter in the 2012 stabbing death of his partner.

Kristin Hunter, who claimed he acted in self-defense, was found guilty of fatally stabbing Marcel Ivory with a kitchen knife at his home in the 1900 block of Josephine Street. Prosecutors said Ivory was stabbed once below his collar bone, severing his aorta.

Christopher Bowman, a spokesman for District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, said prosecutors were “able to rebut the defendant’s claims that his relationship with the victim had been physically abusive by showing that (Hunter) had not suffered any physical injuries on the night of the homicide.” A neighbor called to testify by the defense told jurors she had spoken to Hunter the night of the stabbing “and he had admitted to her that when he stabbed the victim he was not acting in self-defense.”

Cannizzaro’s office had previously brought the case to trial in February, but the jury at the time failed to reach a verdict.

“This DA’s Office does not simply dismiss a case following a hung jury,” Cannizzaro said. “The prosecutors in this case promptly prepared it again for trial and diligently worked to present an even stronger case. As a result, this defendant will receive a very lengthy jail sentence.”

Hunter stood impassively as Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman announced the verdict. She scheduled sentencing for Oct. 3.

NOPD seeking suspects in armed robbery

The NOPD is requesting the public’s assistance in locating and identifying two suspects wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred about 1 a.m. Thursday on Pauger Street near Dauphine Street.

Two women were walking on Pauger when they were approached by a man with a handgun who demanded their property. After they complied, the suspect walked away and joined a second person, who may have been acting as a lookout. Both suspects fled on foot.

The victims described the first man as black, 5-foot-8 with a heavy build and a dark complexion, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled down and blue jeans. No description of the second suspect was available.

Detective Thomas Perez is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6080.

24-year-old man sought in connection to robbery

The NOPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating 24-year-old Willie Wesley, who is wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred about 12:40 a.m. Sept. 1 in the 8900 block of Willow Street.

A 38-year-old man said he and Wesley were involved in a verbal altercation inside his residence. He said Wesley became enraged and threatened to shoot him when he asked Wesley to leave the residence. As Wesley was leaving, he allegedly pointed a pistol at the victim and demanded his wallet. The victim handed over his wallet containing $40. Wesley fled on foot.

Once apprehended, Wesley will be booked with one count of armed robbery with a firearm, police said.

Second District Detective Latoya Lamb is in charge of the investigation.

Suspect arrested in snowball shop burglary

NOPD officers arrested a man early Friday after catching him allegedly burglarizing a snowball stand in Algiers.

About 1:45 a.m., officers responding to a burglar alarm at Van’s Snowballs, 3052 Mercedes Blvd., noticed a garbage bag containing several gallons of snowball syrup and found 58-year-old James Young hiding beneath the sales counter. They arrested Young and booked him with simple burglary.

Detective James Hickman is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6040.

Texas man killed in crash Friday on I-10

A Texas man was killed in a one-car crash that occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Friday on Interstate 10 westbound at mile post 198 in St. John the Baptist Parish. The dead man was identified as 25-year-old Jorge Garcia Martinez, of Hidalgo, Texas.

State Police said Martinez was traveling west on I-10 and attempted to pass a vehicle when he lost control of his 2007 Ford. The Ford traveled off the roadway into the tree line, and Martinez was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Martinez was not wearing a seat belt. Whether he was impaired is unknown pending an autopsy. The crash remains under investigation.

Fire damages Marais Street apartment

A one-alarm fire early Friday damaged a residential building at 2701 Marais St.

When the New Orleans Fire Department responded to a 911 call at 3:50 a.m., firefighters saw fire coming from a second-floor apartment. They had the blaze under control by 4:18 a.m. The fire started in and was confined to the kitchen, though there was heavy smoke and water damage in another room.

Both people living in the apartment, one male and one female, were able to escape before firefighters arrived. Firefighters rescued one of two cats from the apartment. They searched the apartment three times in an attempt to find the second cat, but were unable to locate it and hoped it had escaped.

The American Red Cross assisted the residents with food, clothing and temporary shelter.

Teenager arrested in Algiers armed robbery

New Orleans police have arrested 17-year-old Ryan Landry in connection with an armed robbery that occurred about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Frisch Brothers Signs, 3438 Kabel Drive, in Algiers.

Landry entered the store armed with a gun and demanded money from the 64-year-old owner, NOPD spokeswoman Officer Hilal Williams said. After getting the owner’s money and cellphone, he fled.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, officers stopped Landry, who was riding a bicycle and appeared to be in violation of the curfew ordinance. He was found to be illegally in possession of a handgun and was arrested. A search revealed he also had a cellphone that was later determined to belong to the victim of the robbery at Frisch Brothers, Williams said.

Officers said Landry matched the description of the robber from surveillance video and was wearing clothes that matched those described by the victim.

Landry was booked with armed robbery, armed robbery with use of a firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of stolen things and riding on a sidewalk.