Finney Riley

Suspect booked in attempted murder

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, working with the Hancock County, Mississippi, Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, on Tuesday arrested Finney Riley, who was wanted in connection with an attempted murder near Abita Springs in March.

Riley, 30, of Mount Hermon, was found in a car outside a casino in Mississippi about 11 p.m. and was arrested without incident, according to Capt. George Bonnett, a spokesman with the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office. He was booked into the Hancock County jail and will be extradited to St. Tammany Parish, where he will be booked on a count of attempted second-degree murder, Bonnett said.

Sheriff’s investigators have been searching for Riley since a March 29 shooting at Eden and Spruce streets near Abita Springs. On that day, separate calls came into the Sheriff’s Office — one reporting shots fired at that location, and another reporting a man with bullet wounds at St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Bonnett said.

The victim, a 23-year-old man, had a gunshot wound to his chest, and his car had several bullet holes in the driver’s side. The victim has since recovered.

Kenner police book man in auto burglaries

A Kenner man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly breaking into four vehicles — including a marked Louisiana State Police car — and stealing tools, car stereos and an assault rifle.

Kenner police said Kendall Turner, 32, 121 27th St., was booked on one count of simple burglary of a law enforcement vehicle and three counts of simple burglary.

The burglaries were reported April 15 in the 4100 blocks of Delaware and Florida avenues in Kenner.

Kenner police said the vehicles’ windows were shattered. They said evidence seized at the scene linked Turner to the burglaries.

After his arrest in the 2600 block of Fayette Street, police said, Turner, who installs car stereos for several local used-car dealerships, “admitted he had been involved in car burglaries in which stereo equipment was removed from vehicles.”

Police have not recovered the assault rifle, which they said Turner told them “was thrown in the river.”

Police said Turner is a suspect in other vehicle burglaries, and they want to speak with anyone who has purchased a car stereo from Turner or had one installed in their vehicle by him.

Turner is in police custody and no bond has been set.

NOPD obtains warrants for alleged burglars

New Orleans police have obtained a warrant for second-degree burglary for a man suspected in a business burglary late last month, as well as a man wanted in connection with a residential burglary.

Shannon Dowling, 46, allegedly burglarized a restaurant in the 300 block of Arabella Street on April 21.

Police obtained an arrest warrant for Jonathan Williams, 19, after he allegedly burglarized a home in the 2000 block of Broadway on April 18.

Anyone with information on either man’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Plaquemines deputies find synthetic marijuana

A Terrytown man has been arrested in Plaquemines Parish for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana everywhere from Belle Chasse to Venice.

Jehad Saleh, 27, also was allegedly distributing drugs to people in Gretna, Harvey and Terrytown, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

An undercover purchase in Belle Chasse confirmed Saleh was selling the drug, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Investigators said they found he kept the drugs at a storage unit in the 2300 block of Belle Chasse Highway in Terrytown.

During a traffic stop Monday in Belle Chasse, officials found 49 sealed bags of synthetic marijuana in Saleh’s back seat, Becnel said. A warrant was later executed at the storage unit.

Between the traffic stop and the search of the storage unit, officials seized 766 individual packets of synthetic marijuana, with a combined weight of 16 pounds, and $1,400 in cash. The street value of the seized narcotics is estimated at $40,160, Becnel said.

After his arrest, Saleh told agents he has distributed synthetic marijuana to various individuals throughout Plaquemines Parish for about six months, Becnel said.

Saleh was booked with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance and two counts of illegal window tint. He remained jailed Wednesday at Belle Chasse Lockup without bail, pending a magistrate hearing.

Charges are pending in Jefferson Parish.

Authorities seek man on sex-crime warrant

Jefferson Parish authorities are searching for a man wanted on a warrant for failure to register as a sex offender.

Glenwood “Wolf” Luther, 40, was recently convicted of molestation of a juvenile, the Sheriff’s Office said. The victim in that case was an 8-year-old boy.

Luther has been wanted for failure to register since September.

Investigators believe he might be staying somewhere near Fourth Street and Westwood Drive in Marrero. He also is known to frequent the lower part of the town of Jean Lafitte.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the JPSO Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man critical after shooting in Gentilly

An unidentified man was in critical condition Wednesday night after he was shot in Gentilly.

The shooting happened about 6 p.m. in the 3700 block of Frenchmen Street, said Officer Frank Robertson, a New Orleans Police Department spokesman.

No other details were immediately available.

Suspected car thief arrested in stolen car

New Orleans police said they arrested a man driving a vehicle they suspect he stole.

Devin Rhinehart, 17, is suspected of stealing another four vehicles in the Uptown area during the weekend with unknown accomplices, police said.

A 2013 Maserati, a 2013 Land Rover and a 2014 Audi were stolen Saturday from the 1100 block of Webster Street, the 6000 block of Coliseum Street and the 5500 block of Coliseum Street, respectively, police said.

The vehicles were stolen during the morning hours; each vehicle had keys left inside, police said.

Police that evening tried to pull over the Audi for a traffic violation.

Rhinehart, who was behind the wheel, led officers on a brief chase and then was booked with possession of a stolen vehicle.

His accomplices remain unknown and at large.

Police book two more in recent robberies

New Orleans police have arrested two more men in connection with a number of recent armed robberies in the Marigny and Lakeview neighborhoods.

Jamal Bartley, 22, and Gerald Williams, 21, are suspected of being accomplices of Tevin Henderson.

Henderson, 22, turned himself in Monday.

A victim identified Bartley and Williams as the men who robbed him at gunpoint April 22 at Frenchmen and North Rampart streets.

The three also are suspected of three armed robberies that occurred minute apart in Lakeview on April 23.