Grand jury indicts 2 in dismemberment case
A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted a man and woman in connection with the murder of a woman whose dismembered body washed onto a Mississippi beach in 2012, WWL-TV reported.
Margaret Sanchez, 30, and Terry Speaks, 41, both face charges of second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The charges stem from the killing of 22-year-old Jaren Lockhart, a Bourbon Street dancer who was reported missing in June 2012. Several days later her body parts washed ashore in coastal Mississippi.
Sanchez and Speaks were the last people seen with Lockhart at a French Quarter strip club.
Speaks, a convicted sex offender, is being held in federal prison in New York on an unrelated charge. His sentence is set to expire in the fall and he will be extradited to Jefferson Parish, according to the Kenner Police Department, which is in charge of the investigation.
Suspect identified in 6th Ward shooting
New Orleans police are looking for a 26-year-old man suspected in a recent homicide in the 6th Ward.
Police allege Eric Youngblood shot David Scott on Aug. 5 in the 700 block of North Tonti Street. Scott died later at Interim LSU Hospital.
Youngblood is wanted on a count of second-degree murder, police said.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact homicide Detective Debra Normand at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Teen, 16, critical after shooting in 7th Ward
A 16-year-old boy was listed in critical condition after a shooting in the 7th Ward late Wednesday night in which three others were injured, police said.
The teen, a passenger in a car driven by a 19-year-old man, was struck in the stomach and back during the quadruple shooting after 11 p.m. Thursday near New Orleans and North Rocheblave streets, according to police.
The driver and two other men, ages 22 and 59, sustained injuries New Orleans police described as not life-threatening.
Student robbed at gunpoint near Tulane
A Tulane student was robbed at gunpoint late Wednesday night while walking near the university, campus police said.
The victim was near Broadway and Green streets about 11:45 p.m. when he saw a black sport-utility vehicle stop on Green, according to Tulane University Police.
A man got out of the vehicle, pulled out a gun and ordered the victim to empty his pockets.
The man got back in the SUV after the victim handed over his belongings, and the SUV drove away.
The robber is described as a black man, 25 to 35 years old, with a medium build.
The SUV is black with silver trim near the wheel wells, Tulane police said.
Four felons arrested on drug, gun charges
New Orleans police arrested four felons on drug and gun charges Tuesday.
Arrested were Rodney Womack, 34, Corey Celestine, 31, Michael McGinnis, 30, and Eddie Celestine, 28. Each man was booked with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Detectives on patrol near the 1200 block of Andry Street said they smelled a “pungent” odor of burning marijuana and then saw Celestine standing in the street smoking a hand-rolled cigar.
Celestine saw the officers, put the cigar into his mouth and ran to the driveway of a nearby home. Detectives chased him, during which time he tossed away a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and ran to the back of a home where detectives found the other men, the NOPD said.
Detectives eventually recovered about 155 grams of heroin, four guns and drug paraphernalia, including digital scales and sandwich bags.