Slidell man convicted of beating his wife

A St. Tammany Parish jury convicted a Slidell man Thursday of beating his wife, even though the wife testified in his defense, according to a spokeswoman for District Attorney Warren Montgomery.

Maurice Jackson, 28, was found guilty of second-degree battery in connection with a March incident in which Slidell police officers responded to a complaint about a fight in a motel room.

When they arrived, they found Jackson’s wife with facial fractures around her eyes and nose, spokeswoman Lisa Page said. Jackson’s wife said her husband had beaten her, but later, when detectives tracked Jackson down to arrest him, the wife told officers he wasn’t home. They entered anyway and found Jackson hiding in the bathroom, Page said.

The wife later went to the DA’s Office and asked for the charges to be dropped, but prosecutors refused.

The woman testified at the trial that she had been attacked by three women at a nightclub.

Prosecutor William Macke urged the jury to ignore her testimony, arguing that finding Jackson guilty would help save the woman from herself, Page said.

Jackson’s sentencing is set for Aug. 14. He faces a maximum of five years in prison. He also faces another charge of domestic abuse battery by strangulation in relation to a separate incident in April.

Coroner identifies two murder victims

Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse on Friday released the names of two men killed in separate shootings this week.

Phillip Thornabar, 25, was found dead Thursday near St. Anthony and Urquhart streets in the 7th Ward. He was found in the driver’s seat of a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo, suffering from several gunshot wounds. A second victim, Kendrick Warner, 41, was shot to death Tuesday at South Pierce and Ulloa streets.

Man convicted of molesting young girl

A 71-year-old Sun man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after he was convicted in April of molesting a 7-year-old girl in 2012, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Warren Montgomery said.

Lovic Cotton was sentenced by Judge August Hand on Thursday on a count of sexual battery of a child, Lisa Page said.

During the trial, the girl testified that on several occasions, Cotton had touched her inside her pants while the two lay on a recliner in his home. It took the jury 10 minutes to reach a guilty verdict, Page said.

N.O. East carjacking defendant acquitted

A federal jury this week acquitted an ex-convict charged with carjacking two people at gunpoint last year in New Orleans East.

The defendant, Larry Rudolph, had been accused of robbing the pair of $300 at a convenience store on Chef Menteur Highway, just east of Read Boulevard, and driving off in their red 2007 Hummer.

According to authorities, one of the victims went inside the store after the robbery, got a pistol from the manager and opened fire on the assailant as he drove away, shooting out the back window. A woman who had been a passenger in the Hummer ran inside the store to call 911.

Investigators later found the stolen vehicle more than two miles away, in the 8800 block of Dwyer Road. New Orleans police found DNA evidence on the vehicle’s steering wheel and the gear shaft that matched Rudolph.

At least one of the victims also identified Rudolph as the robber in a photo lineup, according to court records.

Man sought on illegal possession of a gun

Police are looking for Keron Cooper, 25, after they said surveillance video put him near a May 9 shooting in the parking area of the Huntington Park Apartments in the 7000 block of Crowder Boulevard in New Orleans East.

A 33-year-old man was shot several times.

Cooper is wanted on a count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, police said.

Seventh District detectives investigating the incident can be reached at (504) 658-6070.

Six arrested after St. Bernard Parish fight

Six people have been arrested after an early June street fight on Suzi Drive in eastern St. Bernard Parish was caught on video and uploaded to social media.

As many as 20 men and women took part in the wild melee that was uploaded on June 5, according to Sheriff James Pohlmann.

Five adults and a juvenile girl have been arrested. The suspects include Elbert Kruse, a 31-year-old Chalmette man who allegedly posted the video. He has been booked on a count of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Five booked on DWI at sobriety checkpoints

New Orleans police and state troopers booked five people on DWI during a sobriety checkpoint late Thursday and early Friday at Calliope and Baronne streets.

More than 1,000 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, police said. In all, 88 field sobriety tests were conducted.

“These individuals put their lives and the lives of everyone around them at risk, and now they face criminal charges for driving under the influence of alcohol,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said.

Man wanted in armed threat to brother

A man is accused of threatening his brother with a silver revolver in the 4200 block of America Street in New Orleans East on June 18.

Police said Shawn Moore, 19, got into a fight with his brother and then pointed the gun at him. After a tussle over control of the gun, Moore left the scene.

Seventh District detectives are investigating the incident and can be reached at (504) 658-6070.

Woman raped in New Orleans East

A woman, 35, said she was raped in the 6000 block of Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East about 6:45 a.m. Thursday, according to a police offense log.

Man stabbed with scissors in Lower 9th

Two men got into an argument in the Lower 9th Ward on Thursday night. One of them wound up in the hospital, and the other one went to jail.

Police arrested Jamie Mathis, 25, who they said stabbed the 25-year-old male victim with a pair of scissors in the 2600 block of Jourdan Avenue after the pair fought just before midnight.

Man arrested after bank robbery fails

A man walked into a Liberty Bank in the 2700 block of Canal Street on Thursday morning and tried a stick-up, police said in a preliminary offense log.

A teller refused to oblige. The would-be robber, whom police have identified as 28-year-old Steven Shelby, fled the scene and was arrested shortly afterward, police said.