NOPD suspends recruit after DWI arrest

A New Orleans Police Department recruit was suspended after he was arrested early Wednesday on various traffic violations, including DWI.

Gerald Elwood III was pulled over before 1:30 a.m. near Interstate 10 and Louisa Street, police said. According to the NOPD, officers had been investigating a traffic collision when they spotted Elwood trying to drive around a blocked-off area.

Elwood registered .125 percent for blood alcohol content on a Breathalyzer test, police said, well over the .08 legal limit for drivers.

EMT killed Wednesday in industrial accident

An emergency medical technician at the West Jefferson Emergency Medical Services headquarters in Marrero died after a vehicle under repair dropped on him Wednesday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Col. John Fortunato, a JPSO spokesman, said a mechanic and two EMTs were working on an EMS vehicle elevated on a lift at 1225 Avenue C about 5:30 p.m. when the lift failed, pinning the 44-year-old man under the rack. He was taken to West Jefferson Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A second EMT, a 37-year-old man, suffered minor injuries. The mechanic was not injured.

Woman accused of attempted murder

An Elmwood woman who stabbed her longtime boyfriend so severely that his lung collapsed was arrested and booked on a count of attempted murder about 3 a.m. Monday, Jefferson Parish deputies said.

Deputies said Melissa Veillard, 27, and her boyfriend of seven years were in their apartment in the 5100 block of Citrus Boulevard when he was injured. Both told deputies that the victim fell on scissors that had been resting on a dresser, according to an arrest report.

However, the victim’s injury was a downward puncture wound from his left shoulder that penetrated into his left lung, and deputies said he also had minor puncture wounds to his forearm and a cut to his left thumb that were consistent with defensive injuries.

Deputies also said an unnamed witness reported that Veillard’s boyfriend called the witness after the incident and said, “She stabbed me. She stabbed me.”

Veillard was booked on attempted second-degree murder. She remains in custody at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. A bail hearing is set for Friday.

Woman escapes armed robbers by driving off

A woman escaped armed robbers in Gentilly on Tuesday evening by driving away in her truck, New Orleans police said.

Police said the 23-year-old victim was sitting inside her vehicle with the engine running in the 5100 block of Venus Street about 6:45 p.m. when two men with guns approached. One ordered her to get out of the truck and to hand over her belongings, police said, but she drove away.

19-year-old woman raped in N.O. East

Police reported that a 19-year-old woman was raped in the 7000 block of Press Drive in New Orleans East about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

No other details of the incident were given in a log of major offenses.

Woman cut Mardi Gras night in French Quarter

Police said a confrontation in the French Quarter late on Mardi Gras night ended with a 33-year-old woman being cut.

The victim was arguing with 33-year-old Justin Echzir in the 800 block of Iberville Street about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. After she threw a glass against the wall, police said, Echzir picked it up and cut her.

He was arrested on the scene. The victim refused treatment.