Marrero man gets life sentence in fatal arson

A Marrero man will spend the rest of his life in prison following a prior conviction in an arson that killed four people and injured two others.

U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon handed down the sentence to Cyrus Casby, 29, on Thursday.

Casby was convicted after a five-day trial that ended Aug. 16, 2013.

He was convicted of maliciously damaging or destroying by means of fire. The fire was at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment at 1005 Tallow Tree Lane in Harvey.

Killed were his ex-girlfriend, Cynthia Carto, 17, who was stabbed 21 times, and their 19-month-old daughter, Cyanna Carto, who died from inhaling smoke. The other victims — Cynthia Carto’s mother, Janice Carto, 32, and nephew, Cleveland McGinnis, 11 — also died of smoke inhalation.

Injured were 10-year-old Jarvis Carto and firefighter Walter Allen.

After stabbing Cynthia Carto, Casby used an accelerant to start a fire at the top of a staircase, trapping everyone else on the second floor.

Allen was injured while assisting in firefighting and rescue efforts.

Police release sketch of driver in fatal hit-run

New Orleans police are hoping that a sketch of a man wanted in connection with a hit-and-run accident Sunday that killed a 2-year-old boy will lead to the name of the driver responsible for the toddler’s death.

Police released the sketch Thursday.

The unknown man hit Christian Glover about 5:15 p.m. Sunday as the boy ran into the road in the 3100 block of North Claiborne Avenue.

The man got out of his white pickup truck, saw Christian on the ground, got back into the truck and drove away, police have said.

The boy died a short time later at Interim LSU Hospital.

The driver is described as a black man with a dark complexion, between 40 and 50 years old, 5-foot-11 to 6 feet tall, 160 to 180 pounds with a thin build and salt-and-pepper hair with a goatee. He wore a navy blue T-shirt and dark pants and drove an older-model, two-door Chevrolet truck.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact fatality investigator Edgar Edwards at (504) 658-6208 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Central City homicide victim is identified

Authorities on Thursday identified a man killed a day earlier in Central City.

Maurice Sparkman, 28, died about 4 p.m. in the 2500 block of Dryades Street. The cause was multiple gunshot wounds, said Jeffrey Rouse, the Orleans Parish coroner.

Police said Sparkman’s body was found on the landing of an outdoor staircase at an apartment building.

Investigators have not identified a suspect or motive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Detective Thomas Ripp at (504) 658-5300.

Man shot to death on street in Mid-City

A man was shot to death Wednesday evening in the Mid-City area, police said.

Officers responding to a report of a man shot in the 2600 block of Gravier Street about 10:20 p.m. found 31-year-old Ronald Rudolph shot multiple times. He later died at Interim LSU Hospital.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in Rudolph’s death.

Police seek two teens who fled juvenile jail

New Orleans authorities are searching for two teens who ran away from the city’s juvenile jail.

Wardell Young, 13, was last seen at the Youth Study Center about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

His mother was in the process of signing him out of the facility when staff members saw him run out through an emergency door with 14-year-old Xavier Johnson.

Both teens were being held as runaways and faced no criminal charges.

Xavier was waiting for his parents to arrive when he fled.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of either teen is asked to contact the Police Department at (504) 821-2222.

Police try to ID man in attempted murder

Police are trying to identify and locate a man who might have information about a recent attempted murder in Broadmoor.

The man, known only as “Black,” is not a suspect but might have information about a shooting that injured two men, ages 20 and 34, about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gen. Taylor and South Roman streets, police said.

The unknown gunman spoke to both victims, who were in a car, for a moment before he opened fire on them.

The 20-year-old passenger was hit multiple times, and the 34-year-old driver was hit once.

Anyone with information on the identity of “Black” is asked to contact Detective Jerry Baldwin at (504) 658-6020.

Woman wounded by bullet drives to hospital

A woman arrived a New Orleans hospital with a gunshot wound Wednesday night, leaving detectives to try to figure out where the shooting happened.

The 27-year-old victim arrived at the hospital about 7:45 p.m., said Officer Hilal Williams, a Police Department spokeswoman.

Investigators believe the shooting happened on Franklin Avenue but could not provide a precise location. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

N.O. police investigate three armed robberies

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

12:03 p.m. Thursday in the 4700 block of Chantilly Drive: The victim was selling prescription drugs to a man known as “Earl,” who pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s entire bottle of pills.

4:50 p.m. in the 3100 block of St. Claude Avenue: A 69-year-old woman was leaving an ATM when a man walked up to her, implied he had a gun and demanded money. She handed over her cash, and the robber ran away.

1:15 a.m. Thursday at Apricot Street and South Carrollton Avenue: Three men walked up to a 24-year-old man and demanded his wallet and cellphone. The victim handed over the items, and the robbers fled.

Woman reports rape on street in Central City

A woman told police she was raped early Thursday in Central City.

Police said the incident happened about 4:40 a.m. in the 1900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

No other details were available.