Motorist crashes into Convention Center
A woman lost control of her car early Thursday and crashed into the glass doors of Hall G at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Irina Polushina, 25, was arrested and booked on reckless operation, careless operation and driving under the influence.
Police said that, once inside the lobby, Polushina drove around a bit before exiting the building by crashing through a wall.
The giant center was closed when the crash happened.
The woman suffered minor injuries, police said.
Masked gunman robs Freret Street Dat Dog
Dat Dog, the popular hot dog vendor, is reconsidering its cash-only policy in the aftermath of a Wednesday evening robbery at its Freret Street location, WWL-TV reported.
The robbery happened about 11:30 p.m. as an employee was cleaning up inside the store at 5030 Freret, a few hours after the regular closing at 9 p.m.
Police said a masked man with a gun walked into the business and demanded money. No one was injured.
12-year-old booked in armed robberies
Police arrested a 12-year-old boy Thursday in connection with two Uptown robberies.
The first robbery happened about 4 p.m. in the 6000 block of Magazine Street. A 65-year-old woman told investigators she had been riding her bike when a boy approached her with a pistol and demanded her purse. The boy fled on a bicycle toward State Street, police said.
As police were investigating that robbery, two youths approached them and said they had been robbed of $2 as they waited for a bus at Napoleon Avenue and Prytania Street about 4:15 p.m. Police said the victims gave the same description of the robber as the woman had.
Officers said they found the boy about 4:30 p.m., sitting in a park near Napoleon and South Saratoga Street. They said he had a BB gun and $2.
Woman gets prison time in embezzlement
A woman who stole more than $500,000 from a local information technology service business has been sentenced to 40 months in federal prison.
Kim Parish, 51, of Picayune, Mississippi, pleaded guilty to federal charges of wire fraud and bank fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office. She was ordered to pay $540,201 restitution to the business, which prosecutors did not identify.
Authorities said Parish worked as an accountant for the business. She defrauded the company by forging the signature of the owner on more than 200 checks to herself and “petty cash,” and by improperly crediting herself with bonus pay, authorities said.
LaPlace woman faces tax, identity theft counts
Federal prosecutors on Thursday charged a LaPlace woman with filing false statements on tax returns and aggravated identity theft.
Christie Robinson, 39, who owns CRR Services, a tax return preparation business in Kenner, is accused of failing to report $471,000 in income between 2007 and 2011. Prosecutors said she also filed three tax returns electronically using names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers without those individuals’ permission.
Metairie store gets tobacco permit revoked
The state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control this week suspended the tobacco permit of a Metairie convenience store after authorities in Jefferson Parish found drugs on the premises.
Authorities said they found eight bags of napthoylindoles, a Schedule I drug, and more than two dozen pills containing amphetamine, a Schedule II drug, at the United Food Store, 3500 Airline Drive.
The owner’s son, Saed Amireh, was booked on possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances.
The ATC had previously revoked the store’s alcohol permit in 2013.
Six people booked in 7th Ward drug bust
New Orleans police arrested six people in a drug bust Wednesday.
Investigators said they received several Crimestoppers tips that residents of two homes in the 2400 block of Allen Street were dealing crack cocaine.
Booked on various drug counts were Quintell Shaw, 17; Terrell Platt, 20; Andre Fracis, 22; Michael McGrew, 23; Eric Brown, 27; and Arian Green, 28.