Woman found shot, burned in N.O. East

Construction workers excavating land in New Orleans East on Monday discovered the body of a woman who appeared to have been shot and burned, police said.

The discovery was made about 4 p.m. near Michoud Boulevard and Interstate 10.

Police said the unidentified woman was partially burned and had two gunshot wounds to her body.

The body appeared to have been lying at the scene for at least a day, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.

Homicide Detective Rayell Johnson is in charge of the investigation.

New Orleans man killed in St. Charles

A New Orleans man was killed early Monday in St. Charles Parish, authorities said.

Richard Bailey, 21, was found about 5 a.m. on Kennedy Street in St. Rose, the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office said.

He had been shot multiple times and died at the scene. Investigators believe his death was drug-related.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 783-6807 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Ex-con is indicted in N.O. East carjacking

A federal grand jury has indicted an ex-convict on charges he carjacked a couple this spring at a gas station in New Orleans East.

Larry Rudolph, 51, is accused of robbing the couple at gunpoint of $300 and making off in their red Hummer on April 8. One of the victims got a pistol from the gas station’s manager and fired at the vehicle after the carjacking, according to court documents.

A confidential source allegedly told the FBI that Rudolph admitted to the robbery and described the victim shooting out the back window of the Hummer.

Rudolph has at least 17 felony arrests dating back to 1981, for offenses ranging from burglary to armed robbery and first-degree murder, court records show. He was convicted of aggravated kidnapping in 1992 and sentenced to 18 years in prison.

In the most recent case, Rudolph has been charged with carjacking, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime.

Man killed at Gentilly stoplight identified

A man shot to death last week while stopped at a red light in Gentilly has been identified as Clarence Becknell.

Becknell, 34, was shot about 1 a.m. Friday on the Interstate 10 off ramp at Franklin Avenue.

Police said an unknown man walked up to his car while it was stopped at a red light, opened fire and fled the scene.

Police have not identified a motive or suspect in Becknell’s death.

Miss. duo arrested in animal cruelty case

Slidell police arrested two Gulfport, Mississippi, women Sunday on a count of simple cruelty to animals after removing an overheated pit bull puppy from a vehicle parked at Northshore Square Mall.

The outside temperature was 92 degrees, and the car’s windows were only slightly opened when officers arrived. The animal was dehydrated and lethargic and in need of medical attention, the Slidell Police Department said.

Slidell Animal Control took the puppy, and officers waited 30 minutes for the owner of the vehicle to return. They then arrested 23-year-old Lajessica Mckenzie and 20-year-old Carleisha Shelly, who told officers they hadn’t expected to be shopping for very long.

“There is no doubt that the puppy would have died if our officers wouldn’t have intervened,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith said. “With the temperatures being as hot as they were, the inside of the car must have exceeded 150 degrees, even with the windows cracked.”

Earlier this summer, Smith pledged to crack down on anyone leaving an animal unattended inside a vehicle during hot weather.

Officer slams cruiser into Central City salon

An on-duty New Orleans police officer lost control of his cruiser late Sunday night and crashed into a Central City salon.

The officer, who was not identified, became distracted and lost control of his vehicle near Louisiana Avenue and LaSalle Street about 11 p.m., police said. The business was closed, and no one was inside.

The accident is under investigation.

Tickfaw man, 71, killed in Jefferson accident

State Police are investigating a two-vehicle accident in Jefferson Parish that claimed the life of a 71-year-old Tickfaw man.

Trooper Melissa Matey said the accident happened around 5:35 a.m. Monday on La. 18 near Bridge City on the West Bank.

Matey said Alvin Gonzales was headed east when his pickup struck a garbage truck. Gonzales died at the scene.

The driver of the garbage truck, 50-year-old John Berkley of Harvey, suffered minor injuries.

Detectives search for ‘Fuu’ in man’s stabbing

Detectives are trying to find a woman known as “Fuu” who they believe stabbed a man in the neck Saturday night in Hollygrove.

The victim was stabbed about 8:35 p.m. in the 2600 block of Eagle Street, police said.

The man was standing in a driveway when the woman walked up to him, pulled out a knife and began to swing her arm toward him, stabbing him once in the neck, police said.

The victim was in stable condition at Interim LSU Hospital.

Police described “Fuu” as a black woman with long dreadlocks and gold-capped teeth.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 2nd District detectives at (504) 658-6020 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Gunman shoots man in leg Sunday in Gentilly

A man was shot in the leg late Sunday night in Gentilly, police said.

The 48-year-old victim was shot in the thigh about 9:45 p.m. in the 500 block of Warrington Drive.

Police said the victim was standing on a porch when the shooting happened. He returned fire at his assailant, who fled.

The victim was at the hospital in stable condition after the shooting, police said.

Police seek ‘Freeze’ in shooting of man, girl

Police are asking the public to help them locate a man who might have information about a recent shooting that injured a 15-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man.

A person of interest known as “Freeze” could have details about the shooting, which occurred about 4:30 a.m. June 21 in the 1100 block of Treme Street.

The girl was shot in the stomach and the man in the shoulder while they sat in a parked car.

Police described “Freeze” as a black male with hair braided to the nape of his neck. He was last seen wearing a horizontal-striped collared shirt, blue trousers and a skull cap.

“Freeze” is known to frequent the French Quarter, particularly the area near Bourbon and St. Ann streets.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 1st District detectives at (504) 658-6010 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Cyberstalking suspect extradited from Okla.

A fugitive whom Plaquemines Parish authorities have wanted on suspicion of cyberstalking since September has been arrested and extradited to Belle Chasse. Justin David Lambert, 30, of Vinita, Oklahoma, was taken into custody June 11 by the Craig County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office.

He was extradited June 29 to Plaquemines Parish and booked on his outstanding warrant. He is being held without bail pending a magistrate hearing.

On Sept. 13, Lambert allegedly called a woman and left a voicemail threatening to kill her. He made prior threats to the victim via text messages, Plaquemines Parish authorities said.

The victim obtained a restraining order against Lambert in March 2013, but the Sheriff’s Office was unable to locate him at that time.