Grand jury indicts two in LaPlace shooting
The alleged gunmen in a February robbery-turned-murder at a LaPlace feed store have been indicted.
A St. John the Baptist Parish grand jury on Monday charged Charles McQuarter III, 22, with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Steven Finckbeiner.
He also was charged with attempted first-degree murder in the wounding of Constance “Connie” Finckbeiner.
Dracier Dewey, 22, was indicted on a charge of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Connie Finckbeiner, as well as being a principal to first-degree murder in the death of Steven Finckbeiner.
The couple were shot Feb. 25 during a robbery attempt at their LaPlace Feed & Supply Co., at Sleepy Redwood and West Fifth streets.
Steven Finckbeiner, 63, died at the scene. Connie Finckbeiner, 58, was treated at a New Orleans hospital for her wounds.
Sheriff Mike Tregre said they were shot during an armed robbery.
Authorities book man suspected in carjacking
Members of a law enforcement task force arrested a man last week suspected in an armed carjacking.
Larry Rudolph, 50, was arrested Friday in the 2400 block of Piety Street on a warrant issued April 26.
He was booked on counts of armed carjacking, use of a firearm during a robbery and aggravated assault.
The FBI said Rudolph’s arrest stemmed from a robbery and carjacking April 8 at a gas station in the 10000 block of Chef Menteur Highway.
The victim’s Hummer was later recovered in the 8800 block of Dwyer Road.
Arrested with Rudolph was Oliver Lewis, 38, who was seen getting into a vehicle with Rudolph when he was taken into custody.
Lewis was booked on an outstanding warrant for simple burglary.
Hahnville man booked in try to strike deputy
A Hahnville man is behind bars in St. Bernard Parish after he allegedly tried to run down a deputy in Chalmette following a robbery.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said Titus White, 33, was arrested Sunday after authorities spotted his vehicle.
White tried to run over a deputy who was working a security detail at the Chalmette Wal-Mart at about 9 p.m. Saturday, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Employees told the deputy that White had stolen a TV from the business earlier in the night, and the deputy began to follow his truck when White returned to the business, Pohlmann said.
The deputy was able to step out of the way of the truck after it tried to run him down.
He was able to take down the license plate number.
White returned to Chalmette at about 5 a.m. Sunday and was caught by deputies in the 400 block of East Celestine Street after a brief foot chase.
Investigators found a TV and drugs inside his 2003 Dodge Durango, Pohlmann said.
He said White might have returned to the parish to try to sell the TV or drugs.
White was booked on counts including attempted murder of a deputy, theft, flight from an officer and possession of heroin, crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
He remained jailed Monday in St. Bernard Parish Prison. His bail was set at $200,000.