Man dies in crash; Chef Menteur closed

New Orleans — An early morning chain-reaction crash Thursday in eastern New Orleans left a 23-year-old man dead and another man injured.

New Orleans police say the crash happened shortly before 6 a.m. in the 17000 block of Chef Menteur Highway. Jeffrey Broussard slowed to make a left turn on the roadway when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a truck traveling west, said Officer Hilal Williams, a police spokeswoman.

The impact spun Broussard’s vehicle around and pushed it into oncoming traffic, where it was struck in the rear by another vehicle, Williams said.

Broussard died at the scene, and the driver of the vehicle traveling eastbound was initially listed in critical condition, although his status has improved.

No injuries were reported for the driver of the truck that first struck Broussard’s vehicle. Williams said no citations have been issued in the incident, and the crash is still under investigation.

The incident closed Chef Menteur for several hours in both directions.

Rapist pleads guilty to gun possession

New Orleans — A convicted rapist will spend at least a decade in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegal possession of a firearm Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente.

Joseph Delay, 42, of Metairie, admitted to having a gun in his vehicle when he engaged in a chase with a Jefferson Parish deputy in March.

The deputy attempted to stop Delay because his car lacked a license plate.

Delay managed to evade the deputy but left behind a gun and his cellular phone in his vehicle, according to a press release.

Delay has prior convictions for forcible rape, armed robbery and aggravated burglary in New Orleans from 1995. He also has convictions in Jefferson Parish for narcotics possession and failing to register as sex offender. Delay faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years at his April sentencing hearing.

Man says crack habit led to Venice robbery

Venice — A Port Sulphur man told authorities his addition to crack cocaine caused him to rob one man Wednesday and steal a purse Thursday.

George Jude Ragas Jr., 34, was booked with first degree robbery and simple burglary after the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said he robbed one man who was going to work, then stole a woman’s purse from her unlocked car.

The robbery occurred in the 100 block of McDermott Road in Venice.

Authorities said Ragas asked the victim to use his phone, then came back claiming he had a gun in his pocket and demanded the victim’s money.

After robbing the man, Ragas forced him to crawl into the cargo area of his vehicle, said Commander Eric Becnel, a sheriff’s spokesman.

The victim managed to contact police with a description of Ragas and the vehicle he fled in.

When deputies stopped Ragas, he admitted to the robbery and a vehicle burglary that happened Thursday morning. He said he committed both crimes to secure money for crack.

Two agencies release Carnival arrests tally

New Orleans — Two of the agencies that work closely with New Orleans police reported their tally of arrests and gun seizures on Thursday.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and State Police released their arrest data separately, but the combined totals show an active Carnival season.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman said his agency booked more than 1,800 people during the Carnival season, including nearly 300 during Super Bowl weekend.

State Police reported seizing 22 guns in the French Quarter and making roughly 150 arrests starting last Friday.

Hit-and-run driver still sought in fatality

New Orleans — Police are still searching for the driver of a Chevrolet Avalanche that killed a pedestrian Wednesday night in Central City.

The incident was reported at Amelia Street and South Claiborne Avenue around 8 p.m. Police said the victim was crossing the street when he was struck by the truck.

Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office Investigator John Gagliano identified the man as Jerry Carter, 54.

The driver of the truck never stopped after the accident and was last seen traveling on Louisiana Parkway. The vehicle is described as a dark gray Chevrolet Avalanche with possible front-end damage. Police are asking anyone with information on the incident to contact them.

Charges upgraded against two suspects

Gretna — Two men in custody in connection with a burglary and shooting in Metairie earlier this month have been booked with attempted first-degree murder.

James Davis, 26, and Darrell James, 25, already were booked with attempted burglary in connection with a home invasion and shooting in the 6000 of Rickey Street on Feb. 1.

That incident left a 27-year-old man with gunshot wounds to the legs and resulted in the arrest of three other suspects.

On Wednesday, Davis and James had their charges increased to attempted murder.

Investigators say the suspects were trying to rob the victim of drugs, then shot him.

Police book man, 26, in girlfriend’s beating

Gretna — Police arrested a New Orleans man after his girlfriend told authorities he kept her locked inside a room for two days and broke her nose.

Jannaro Reddick, 26, was booked with second-degree battery and false imprisonment Wednesday. The woman also said Reddick threatened to kill her.

Ex-boyfriend choked me, N.O. woman says

New Orleans —Police arrested a man last week after his ex-girlfriend reported he forced his way into her home and choked her while she was seven months pregnant.

Eddie Harris, 30, is accused of breaking into the home in the 9200 block of Apple Street in December.

The victim told police that Harris initially demanded to be let in and then forced his way inside.

He allegedly threw her on a bed, then choked and beat her, according to court records.

Harris was booked with aggravated burglary.

Friends’ argument ends with stabbing

New Orleans — A 56-year-old New Orleans man was arrested last week after police say he stabbed his friend twice during an argument.

Farrell Brennan was arrested Feb. 8 on St. Ann Street.

The victim said when he and Brennan argued, Brennan became enraged.

He broke the victim’s wireless phone, then stabbed him twice, according to court records.

Dispute at parade leads to man’s arrest

New Orleans — A domestic dispute on an Algiers parade route ended with death threats, according to New Orleans police.

The incident was reported Saturday near General Meyer Avenue and Casa Calvo Street.

Police said Patrick Ervin, 41, argued with his girlfriend while the Krewe of Nomtoc paraded, then pulled a gun on her and her relatives.

Ervin, of Houston, was booked with three counts of aggravated assault, simple battery, marijuana possession, carrying a weapon along a parade route and possession of a weapon and narcotics.

Compiled by the New Orleans bureau