Former murder suspect pleads to drug charge
A man once booked on a murder count in the 2013 killing of a suspected heroin kingpin outside a bar near New Orleans Police Department headquarters pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to his role in a drug conspiracy.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office said Antwine Smith, 39, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and conspiracy to possess more than a kilogram of the drug with the intent to distribute.
He faces a maximum 10-year prison term. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier set a June 9 sentencing date for Smith, who was among a dozen defendants indicted in July 2014 in a 23-count drug case.
According to Polite’s office, the group was responsible for peddling at least 30 pounds of heroin in the metro area. Federal agents seized more than $1 million worth of cars, jewelry, property and other assets in the case.
In 2013, police arrested Smith in the killing of Merle Offray, 33, who was gunned down at the Chocolate Bar in the 500 block of South Broad Street.
Offray had been a target of a federal investigation involving a heroin ring in the 9th Ward. He was suspected of being a leader of the group, federal court records show. It’s unclear whether Offray’s killing was drug- or gang-related.
Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office refused the murder charge against Smith in May 2014, citing a lack of witness cooperation. He was named in the federal drug indictment two months later.
Police name suspect in Dryades Street killing
New Orleans police said Thursday they are seeking George “G5” Finney, 32, in connection with a homicide that occurred Sunday in the 2400 block of Dryades Street.
Officers responding to a report of gunfire at a club at Second and Dryades streets found the body of 28-year-old Dennis Marshall lying in the street.
Police said Detective Rayell Johnson identified Finney as the suspect. He will be booked on one count of second-degree murder if he is caught.
Anyone knowing Finney’s whereabouts is asked to call the NOPD Homicide Division at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man, 34, killed in New Orleans East shooting
A 34-year-old man was killed in a Wednesday evening shooting in New Orleans East, police said.
Authorities did not release the name of the victim, who was killed in the 5500 block of Clements Drive about 5:40 p.m.
Police said they found the man dead inside a red 2010 Nissan Altima. He had been shot multiple times.
Man killed in St. Charles car crash
State Police said an 88-year-old Des Allemands man was killed after two cars crashed on U.S. 90 in St. Charles Parish about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The victim, Alfred Tregre, was driving a 2007 Honda Accord. As he entered the intersection from Carlon Drive in an attempt to turn east on U.S. 90, he was hit by a 2014 Ford Mustang driven by Christian Sontoyo, 18, of Raceland.
Sontoyo and a front-seat passenger suffered minor injuries.
Tregre died at the scene. His passenger, 80-year-old Fannie Tregre, was taken to a hospital with what police called moderate injuries.
Impairment is not suspected as a cause of the crash.
Police: Couple tried to force threesome
A Westwego couple lured a woman to their house and then tried to force her to have sex with them, police alleged in a booking report.
Westwego police arrested David Truxillo, 49, and his girlfriend Anna Wagner, 51, Tuesday night. They said Wagner lured the victim, who was unaware of their intentions, into her bedroom on the pretense of watching TV.
Truxillo then tried to force the victim to engage in oral sex, police allege, as Wagner told her to “just go with it.” Police said Wagner intervened when her boyfriend began choking the victim, and it appeared she could not breathe.
Truxillo struck the victim’s boyfriend in the face when he arrived at the location to intervene, police said.
Truxillo was booked on counts of attempted forcible rape and simple battery. Wagner was booked on a count of being a principal to attempted forcible rape. Both remained in custody Thursday.
New Orleans woman booked on rape count
A 21-year-old New Orleans woman was booked on first-degree rape Wednesday after police accused her of maintaining a sexual relationship with a male juvenile for five years.
Police allege that Dereka Chairs was involved in a relationship that began in 2009 when she was 15 and the boy was 11. Chairs remained in jail Thursday.
Bike rider robbed of money in Irish Channel
A 30-year-old man was robbed while riding his bike near Washington Avenue and Constance Street about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, New Orleans police said.
The victim was approached by two men in a white Nissan Altima, police said. The driver got out with a gun and forced the man to hand over money.
Metairie man booked on rape, other counts
A Metairie man was booked Tuesday on counts of third-degree rape, false imprisonment, domestic abuse battery and harassing phone calls.
Jefferson Parish deputies said they arrested 31-year-old Joshua Bibeau Monday evening.
Mandeville man accused of ID theft
A Mandeville man was indicted Thursday on allegations that he deposited veteran’s benefits meant for his deceased mother, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office said.
Ricky Templet, 53, was indicted on theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft charges. Prosecutors said he deposited checks worth more than $26,000 that were meant for his mother.
Abita Springs man booked in burglaries
An Abita Springs man was arrested in connection with several vehicle burglaries in the Abita Springs and Covington areas, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Jordan Wursteisen, 21, was booked Saturday on 11 counts of simple burglary, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, illegal carrying of a weapon during a crime and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Sheriff’s Office said Wursteisen stole items Feb. 25 and 26 from unlocked vehicles in the Hoffman Road, La. 59, Ingram Estates and Harrison Avenue areas.
Many stolen items were recovered from his bedroom and an exterior shed, including a guitar and amplifier, shoes, watches and power tools, deputies said.
Couple arrested in Covington burglary
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Covington couple in connection with a Jan. 29 residential burglary off La. 1085 in Covington.
Jewelry and electronics stolen from the home turned up at pawn shops in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Tammany parishes. Those items led detectives to Daniel Miller, 33, and Karen Miller, 34.
The Sheriff’s Office said the pair stole more than $25,000 worth of property to feed a heroin addiction.
They also are accused of stealing lawn equipment and sporting goods from carports and sheds in recent months and have been tied to another residential burglary several months ago, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The two were booked on two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, three counts of theft of a firearm, two counts of simple burglary, three counts of theft under $750 and one count each of theft of goods and attempted theft of goods.