Girl, 11, critical after hit-and-run in Lower 9

An 11-year-old girl was hospitalized in critical condition after a car hit her and another girl Sunday afternoon in the Lower 9th Ward and then fled the scene.

Police reported the incident Monday on a daily crime log.

The hit-and-run accident happened about 3:40 p.m. Sunday near Tupelo Street and St. Claude Avenue. The unknown driver was trying to make a turn at the corner when the girls were hit.

The other victim was 9, police said. They provided no information on her condition.

Police did not provide a description of the car that hit the girls.

N.O. police investigate weekend robberies

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

7:46 p.m. Sunday at Seguin and Opelousas streets in Algiers: An unknown man walked up to a 25-year-old victim and ordered him into his Chevrolet Tahoe. Once inside the vehicle, the unknown robber took the victim’s iPhone and wallet and then let him go.

9:40 p.m. Sunday in the 10600 block of Chef Menteur Highway: Two employees were leaving a Dollar General store when a man pulled up in a car, got out and took out a gun. The man ordered the employees back into the business and made them open the safe.

12:21 a.m. Monday in the 3400 block of South Carrollton Avenue: Two armed men wearing masks walked into the Magnolia Discount store and robbed the business before running away.

12:27 a.m. Monday in the 12300 block of the north Interstate 10 service road: Three armed men walked up to a 27-year-old victim and rummaged through his car before leaving with his cash. The victim told police the same men had robbed him of his watch days earlier.

Suspected car vandal stabs man in City Park

A man who was allegedly vandalizing a car in City Park late Sunday night tried to stab the car’s owner when he confronted the man.

Police said Marlon Bernadez, 29, was vandalizing a car parked at Marconi and Zachary Taylor drives about 9:30 p.m.

When the car’s owner approached Bernadez, he cut the owner on the hand and then tried to stab him, police said. The victim refused treatment.

Bernadez was booked on counts of aggravated battery and simple criminal damage to property. He remained jailed Monday afternoon, according to Orleans Parish Prison records.

Teens suspected of making false 911 calls

The Covington Police Department arrested two 14-year-olds Monday after the pair allegedly called 911 and said a man was “shooting up” William Pitcher Junior High School, among other false claims, according to the Covington Police Department.

The juveniles’ names and genders were not released.

The first caller indicated being shot before hanging up on the emergency dispatcher. Several calls followed, during which the callers yelled obscenities at dispatchers. In the final call, one of the juveniles said a man was “shooting up the school” and asked the dispatcher to bring some fried chicken and Kool-Aid to the school.

Officers responded immediately and found the campus safe. Then, working with school administrators, they found that the phone from which the calls originated belonged to a student at the school.

The two juveniles were booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on various counts. One faces counts of terrorizing, misuse of 911 and telephone harassment. The second was booked as a principal to terrorizing, principal to misuse of 911 and principal to telephone harassment.

Grandmother reported girl missing by mistake

A 9-year-old girl whose grandmother reported her missing Sunday night was found safe Monday morning at a friend’s home after her grandmother remembered where she was, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Tammy Smith reported her granddaughter missing about 9:40 p.m. Sunday, and the Sheriff’s Office began an extensive search, said Col. John Fortunato, an office spokesman.

About 8 a.m. Monday, Smith told investigators she had remembered that the girl was at a friend’s home in River Ridge.

A man at the home said Smith had dropped off the girl about 7 p.m. Sunday.

Smith was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and was confused when she spoke to detectives, Fortunato said.

Her original story was that she arrived home about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after she picked up her granddaughter from a neighborhood block party.

She told detectives that she left the girl in her truck while she went inside her home for a moment and that the girl was gone when she returned.

The story received extensive media attention before the girl was located.

Firefighters rescue six dogs from house fire

Firefighters rescued six dogs from a burning Algiers home Sunday evening.

The fire, which grew to two alarms, was reported about 6:30 p.m. at 5231 Patterson St., the Fire Department said.

Firefighters who arrived on the scene found a second-floor bedroom on fire inside the three-story home, said Firefighter Michael Williams, an NOFD spokesman.

A neighbor told firefighters that children lived there on the weekend, leading to the second alarm to call in additional manpower to help with search-and-rescue efforts.

Firefighters found no one was home at the time the fire began, but they did find four dogs inside, Williams said.

They continued to search for the last two dogs for more than an hour. They were found trapped on the second floor, hiding behind furniture.

None of the dogs was harmed, though one firefighter injured his back when he stepped in a hole in the floor on the second floor, Williams said.

The fire was brought under control at 7:18 p.m. Its cause remains under investigation.

Man booked in two pharmacy burglaries

Jefferson Parish authorities on Sunday arrested a man suspected in two West Bank drugstore burglaries.

Investigators allege that Jeffrey Stout, 33, of Marrero, broke into Dekle Drugs, 4621 Wichers Drive, Marrero, about 8:30 a.m. by making a hole in the wall.

Nothing was taken from the store, the owner told the Sheriff’s Office.

Stout allegedly was found later trying to break into Folse Pharmacy, 4000 Fourth St., Marrero, about 9:20 a.m.

Surveillance video showed him using tools to try to chisel his way into the store through a cinder block wall, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Stout allegedly admitted his involvement in both burglaries and was booked with simple burglary and attempted simple burglary of a pharmacy.

Police seek three in purse snatching

New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and finding three men wanted in connection with a weekend purse snatching on Canal Street.

The unknown men grabbed the victim’s purse as she walked in the 800 block of Canal about 6 a.m. Sunday, police said.

One of the men, who is depicted in an NOPD composite sketch, was described as a black man, 19 or 20 years old, with a light complexion. He is 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 and about 150 pounds with short dreadlocks, police said. He wore blue jeans and a baggy, long-sleeved T-shirt with a navy blue or black stripe around the middle.

The other two men were described as black with a darker complexion than the first man. Police provided no other descriptive information on them.

Eighth District detectives are in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-6080.

Coroner identifies teen killed in Central City

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office identified a teenager killed during a shooting Friday night in Central City.

Troy Maxwell, 17, died at Interim LSU Hospital a short time after the shooting about 11:35 p.m. at Baronne and Second streets, said Dr. Jeffrey Rouse, the coroner.

Also killed in the shooting was 24-year-old Jaunice Shine, who died at the scene.

Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.

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