Sheriff, FBI investigate noose hung over tree

Plaquemines Parish officials and the FBI are investigating a rope with a noose found hanging from a tree, as well as racist graffiti in Belle Chasse.

The rope was found slung over a tree on the Mississippi River batture in the 14300 block of La. 23 on April 28.

Two K’s — possibly a reference to the Ku Klux Klan — were spray-painted on the tree, while the words “White Power” were found written on the concrete levee embankment, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating with the FBI’s Civil Rights Squad.

“This type of offensive behavior is disheartening, unacceptable and has no place in society,” Sheriff Lonnie Greco said. “The individuals found to be responsible will be held accountable.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at (504) 392-1652 or the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office at (504) 816-3000.

Kenner man critical after tossed from SUV

A Kenner man was in critical condition at a local hospital Thursday after he was pinned under his SUV when it flipped over on a Metairie street.

While Arthur Guilbeaux’s injuries were serious, they did not appear to be life-threatening, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Guilbeaux, 47, was headed east on West Metairie Avenue at about 11 p.m. Wednesday when his Ford Expedition flipped over near Market Street.

He was tossed from the vehicle, which came to rest on his legs, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was taken to Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans, where he was treated for head trauma, a crushed pelvis and several cuts.

Kenner police had a DWI-related warrant issued for Guilbeaux, who has two prior DWI arrests, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Careless operation and failure to wear a seat belt appeared to be factors in Wednesday’s crash, the Sheriff’s Office said. Investigators are trying to determine whether alcohol was a factor.

Two arrested on drug charges in traffic stop

St. Tammany Parish deputies making a traffic stop Thursday near Gause Boulevard and Interstate 10 in Slidell ended up arresting the driver and passenger on drug charges after noticing that the passenger apparently was trying to conceal something.

Jennifer Ramirez, 36, of Slidell, admitted to deputies that she was trying to hide a quarter-ounce of heroin in her bra, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The deputies then searched the van and found a small amount of suspected marijuana, numerous syringes, a spoon and a digital scale.

The driver, Thomas Bush, 28, of Mandeville, and Ramirez told deputies they were going to a motel to return the vehicle, which they had borrowed. Deputies with the St. Tammany Narcotics Task Force found the van’s owner at a motel room registered to Bush.

There, they said, they saw another digital scale and packaging material and obtained a search warrant. They found a .22-caliber revolver and a 9 mm Glock handgun along with packaging materials, syringes, spoons, two digital scales and marijuana.

Bush was booked with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, two counts of contempt of court and failure to honor a written promise to appear.

Ramirez was booked with possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

Bush, who is being held in St. Tammany Parish Jail on $152,000 bail, has a history of narcotics and DWI arrests, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Ramirez, who is being held on $100,000 bail, also has a criminal record with multiple violent-crime arrests, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Mandeville police seek auto burglary suspects

Mandeville police are looking for a heavy-set woman — who might drive an orange Chrysler Crossfire — in connection with the April 11 theft of credit cards from a car parked in the Lakewood Heights subdivision.

The credit cards later were used at the Covington Wal-Mart, where surveillance video of the woman was captured.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call the Mandeville Police Department’s Investigation Division at (985) 624-3119 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Covington police probe residential burglaries

Covington police are seeking the public’s help in solving two residential burglaries that happened Wednesday along Jahncke Avenue.

In both cases, the homeowners found that burglars had entered through windows and taken several items.

Anyone with information on the burglaries is asked to call the Covington police at (985) 892-8500 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.