Man looking for cash finds gunshot wound

A paraplegic man who was looking in his pockets for money instead found he had been shot, New Orleans police said.

The 32-year-old victim told police he was at a party at Eagle and Pear streets when he heard gunfire about 11:40 p.m. Sunday.

He reached into his pocket about 45 minutes later to look for money but instead found he had been shot in the “lower part of his body,” according to a daily police log.

He was treated at a local hospital.

Woman robbed on way to give school supplies

An unknown gunman robbed a woman Saturday who was on her way to a church to give out school supplies to neighborhood children.

The victim was walking near Cohn and Monroe streets about 1 p.m. when the robber walked up and demanded her money, police said.

The robber is described as a black man, 5-foot-4 with a thin build and 24 to 28 years old. He wore a white bandana across part of his face, blue jeans with tears at the knees, a multicolored shirt and a black sports watch.

Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact 2nd District detectives at (504) 658-6020 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man enters guilty plea in hit-and-run case

James Ratliff, one of six people charged in the hit-and-run death of former New Orleans police Officer Rodney Thomas and a subsequent cover-up attempt, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice in a hit-and-run.

Ratliff, 39, was sentenced to one year in prison with credit for time served.

Thomas was killed in July 2013 when he was struck by a Porsche on Interstate 10 near the high-rise over the Industrial Canal after he got out of his truck to check on damage to another car damaged during an accident.

Bill Cager, 35, the owner of a body shop where the Porsche Panamera that struck Thomas was taken after the accident, pleaded guilty last week to being an accessory to manslaughter, obstruction of justice, conspiring to obstruct justice and conspiring to be an accessory after the fact to manslaughter.

Under the terms of a plea deal, Cager received the maximum sentence for each count, with the sentences suspended. He had already spent a year in jail.

Driver robs man who accepted ride, cops say

A man who accepted a ride from a stranger later was robbed by the driver, New Orleans police said.

The victim was dropped off at North Claiborne and Esplanade avenues about 11 a.m. Sunday.

He gave the driver money for gas, but the driver pulled out a gun and demanded the rest of his cash, police said. The robber then drove away.

Man killed in accident on I-10 near LaPlace

State Police are investigating a two-car accident that claimed the life of an unidentified man.

Trooper Melissa Matey said the accident happened about 2:30 a.m. Monday on Interstate 10 just west of La. 3188 near LaPlace.

Matey said Jacob Sellars, 24, of Sorrento, lost control of his car, struck the left guard rail, crossed the highway and struck the right guard rail. She said the car rotated several times, ejecting the passenger. The car then struck a second vehicle.

Matey said Sellars refused to give troopers any information about his passenger.

He was booked with vehicular homicide, reckless operation, not wearing a seat belt and driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Troopers are working with the St. John the Baptist Parish Coroner’s Office to identify the passenger. Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact Troop B at (504) 471-2775.

Miss. fugitive arrested in Kenner burglaries

A fugitive from Mississippi was booked on multiple counts of burglary in Kenner.

On Friday, Kenner police learned that Torez Lorenzo White, 18, fled Mississippi and was staying in Kenner after he learned he was wanted in connection with a larceny charge in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Police said they also learned that White was bragging about committing crimes in Kenner, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Police Department spokesman.

Officers went to White’s apartment in the 4300 block of Idaho Avenue. When they knocked on the front door, he tried to flee out the back door, then ran back inside and refused to come out, McGregor said. He surrendered without incident after realizing police would not leave without him.

White was linked through physical evidence and by property recovered to numerous residential and business burglaries in Kenner since July 21, McGregor said.

He was booked with three counts of attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, two counts of simple burglary, a count of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and illegal possession of stolen things valued at $1,300.

White is suspected in the following attempted or committed burglaries in Kenner:

Attempted simple burglary of a residence, July 21, in the 4300 block of Illinois Avenue

Attempted simple burglary of a residence, July 25, in the 3500 block of California Avenue

Attempted simple burglary of an apartment, July 25, in the 4500 block of Williams Boulevard

Simple burglary of a business, July 30, in the 4100 block of Williams Boulevard

Simple burglary of a business, July 30, in the 4100 block of Williams Boulevard

Simple burglary of a residence, July 31, in the 2100 block of 43rd Street

Items taken during the burglaries included jewelry, money, gaming systems and small computers. White’s vehicle was found at the Sugar Mill apartment complex, where some of the stolen property was recovered.

He remained in custody Monday without bail.

Police expect to book him with additional charges, McGregor said.

Gunfire wounds man in leg in Central City

A man was shot in the leg Monday evening in Central City, New Orleans police said.

The man was shot near Josephine Street and Simon Bolivar Avenue shortly after 6 p.m.