Two sought in Lower 9th Ward shooting death

Two teenagers are being sought in connection with a murder in the Lower 9th Ward that ended the life of a 40-year-old man April 14.

New Orleans police on Wednesday named James “Ponnie” Lewis, 18, and August Garnett, 17, as suspects in the shooting of Cantrell Monday, which occurred about 6 p.m. at Alabo and Marais streets.

Lewis is wanted on a warrant for second-degree murder and Garnett for armed robbery, illegal use of a firearm and principal to second-degree murder, Officer Garry Flot said.

Police have said they believe the killing was drug-related. Police said Monday was in the car with another person when he was shot. They recovered a pistol from the scene.

Man sought in Slidell baby abandonment

An Abita Springs woman was arrested and a warrant issued for the father of her child after the father abandoned his 2-year-old son in the driveway of a stranger’s home Monday, a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Charity Hunter, 39, was booked on a single count of being an accessory after the fact to child desertion. She was released Tuesday on a $5,000 bond.

The child’s father, Nicholas Wolfe, 25, has been hospitalized for evaluation. Upon his release, he will be arrested for child desertion as well, Capt. George Bonnett said.

Wolfe is accused of depositing the child in a driveway on La. 435. The owners of the house did not know Wolfe, Bonnett said.

Man and dog are shot, wounded in Algiers

A man and his dog were shot in the 1000 block of Hendee Street in Algiers just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Their wounds were not believed to be life-threatening.

Mask leads authorities to robbery suspects

A ghoulish clown’s mask jogged a St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy’s memory Monday night, leading to the arrest of four men on armed robbery.

The Sheriff’s Office said Lt. Leander Morgan had just arrested four 18-year-olds — Jaleel Sino, of Violet; and Jack Tucker and twin brothers Jarred and Darrien St. Romain, all of Meraux — on a count of disturbing the peace when he spotted the mask.

A picture supplied by the office showed the devilish disguise was bedecked with a clown’s trademark red nose, a green mohawk, a sinister arched eyebrow and the international symbol for anarchy.

Morgan remembered that a mask of a similar description reportedly had been used in an April 11 robbery. In that case, the robbers forced a pedestrian to hand over money and snacks at gunpoint. The robbery victim was called in and identified the four men as the robbers.

Suspect, 18, sought in threats of relatives

Police are seeking 18-year-old Torriano Bartholomew, who they said threatened to kill two of his female relatives, aged 55 and 48, in the 3300 block of Behrman Highway in Algiers.

The argument about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday turned threatening because Bartholomew had a gun in his pocket, police said.

Turtle smuggling gets Covington man prison

A 33-year-old Covington man was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a federal judge Wednesday.

Lawrence Liegel admitted to helping smuggle North American wood turtles from the wilds of Pennsylvania and shipping them — against the law — to Hong Kong in December, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan sentenced Liegel to the 15-month term.

The wood turtle population has been on the decline because they are illegally collected for the pet trade.

Woman, 25, stabbed in shoulder in Algiers

Police arrested 26-year-old Lionel Woods and booked him on a count of stabbing a 25-year-old woman in the 5000 block of Woodland Drive in Algiers about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said Woods was involved in a physical altercation with the victim when he pulled out a knife and stabbed her in the left shoulder.

She ran to inform apartment security, and police arrested him.

Woman reports rape Tuesday in Algiers

A 19-year-old woman reported to police late Tuesday night that she was sexually assaulted in the 100 block of Atlantic Avenue in Algiers, police said.

She said she did not know her assailant.

Police: Man tried to slip ice pick into court

A New Orleans man tried to sneak a walking cane with an ice pick concealed in its lower shaft inside the Jefferson Parish Government Center on Tuesday morning, police said in an arrest report.

Roosevelt Weatherspoon, 53, walked into the government building in Gretna with a walking cane about 10 a.m. but was stopped by an officer working an X-ray machine, police said.

Weatherspoon told them he was trying to go to Division H of 24th Judicial District Court. He was booked on one count of illegally carrying a weapon.

Court records show that Weatherspoon has a case pending in Division H on a third DWI charge.

Shots fired at Magazine and St. Andrew streets

Shots were fired at Magazine and St. Andrew streets on Wednesday morning in New Orleans.

Police investigated but said they had no report of injuries or victims.