Belle Chasse Bridge crash kills 1, injures 2
One person was killed and another was taken to the hospital after a two-car crash about 8 a.m. Friday on the Belle Chasse Bridge.
A 2007 Ford F-150, driven by Ruben Vela Rodriguez, 32, of Pharr, Texas, was traveling north on La. 23 in the right lane at a high rate of speed when Rodriguez lost control as the vehicle crossed the metal drawbridge grating, State Police said. The Ford began to spin, crossed both lanes and struck the left bridge rail. At some point, the Ford caught on fire and Rodriguez was partially ejected.
A 2007 Ford Fusion, driven by Michelle Sylve, 45, of Port Sulphur, was traveling in the left lane behind the F-150. As the crash was occurring, she was unable to stop her vehicle before hitting the F-150. She was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries. Rodriguez was not wearing a seat belt and was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital with serious injuries.
An unbelted passenger in Rodriguez’s vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene.
Police arrest man, 34, in double shooting
New Orleans police arrested a man for allegedly killing one person and injuring another Sunday.
Dwight Harvey, 34, allegedly shot two men, killing one, at a home in the 1600 block of Montegut Street. The injured man was found with multiple bullet wounds on the porch of a home in the 3000 black of Derbigny Street.
Harvey was picked up in a motel in Avoyelles Parish on Thursday and is being brought back to New Orleans to be booked.
N.O. officer suspended following DWI arrest
New Orleans Police Officer Keith Elsensohn was placed on emergency suspension without pay after he was arrested Friday morning on Interstate 10 near Louisa Street for allegedly driving under the influence.
Elsensohn was off-duty and driving eastbound in a department-issued vehicle about 3:20 a.m. when he apparently lost control and struck the guardrail, according to Superintendent Michael Harrison’s office.
After conducting a field sobriety test, officers placed Elsensohn under arrest.
No other vehicles were involved.
Following the arrest, the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau placed Elsensohn on emergency suspension without pay pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.
Elsensohn is a six-year veteran of the NOPD and was most recently assigned to the Special Operations Division.
Alleged burglar booked after fleeing scene
Police arrested a 21-year-old man for allegedly robbing a home Thursday in the 4800 block of Wright Road.
About 9:30 a.m. officers were responding to a burglar alarm when they saw Devin Robinson fleeing on foot. The officers apprehended him in the 4700 block of Nottingham Drive and booked him on simple burglary.
Officers recovered several items taken from the home.
Slidell man pleads guilty to raping teens
A Slidell man pleaded guilty Tuesday in a St. Tammany Parish courtroom to raping two teenaged girls and other counts, officials said.
Judge Raymond Childress sentenced Bert Jones, 24, to 50 years on each of the forcible rape counts, 20 years on a count of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and 10 years for a count of computer-aided solicitation. All the sentences will run concurrently.
The two victims were in court and approved the plea deal, said Rick Wood, a spokesman for District Attorney Warren Montgomery. Jones was allowed to apologize to the victims as well.
Forcible rape normally carries a maximum sentence of 40 years, but Jones received a longer sentence as a habitual offender due to a prior conviction for carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010.