Pizza delivery man killed on St. Louis St.
A Domino’s Pizza delivery driver was shot to death just after midnight Monday morning in the 2800 block of St. Louis Street.
Officers responding to a report of a body in the middle of the street found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He died at the scene.
Police said the man, identified as 35-year-old Richard Yeager, was making a pizza delivery to a residence in the area. Neighbors said they heard an argument then several gunshots.
The victim’s vehicle — a 2004 black four-door Toyota Corolla with Louisiana license plate VUH 283 — was stolen in the incident. Police are looking for it.
Homicide Detective Wayne Delarge is in charge of the investigation.
Anyone with information that can help solve this crime is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man shot to death in restaurant parking lot
A 26-year-old man was fatally shot just before 8 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of South Claiborne Avenue.
Officers found the victim in the parking lot of a restaurant, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. He was transported to a hospital, where he died.
Police had no immediate information on suspects or a motive. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Two bodies found by I-10 on-ramp
A man cutting grass Monday near Louisa Street and Interstate 10 discovered the decomposed bodies of an adult woman and a boy of about 4 or 5, New Orleans police said.
The victims’ causes of death were not immediately apparent, and investigators were seeking to determine how the bodies ended up in an overgrown patch of grass abutting the westbound interstate on-ramp.
“The bodies are badly decomposed, and we’re going to have to move them to find out if there’s any trauma,” Officer Frank Robertson, a police spokesman, said at the scene.
The westbound highway ramp was closed in the middle of afternoon rush-hour traffic, as more than a dozen law enforcement vehicles parked at the scene. Detectives scoured the grassy area and walked along the interstate looking for clues. A team of state troopers also examined the embankment.
Robertson said investigators believe the bodies had been there for several days.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Two Marrero men plead guilty to drug charges
Stokley Austin, 33, and Donald Jones Jr., also 33, both of Marrero, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride and a quantity of crack cocaine, plus firearms offenses.
Both men also entered guilty pleas to possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and Austin further pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to court documents, the conspiracy involved multiple kilograms of cocaine transported into the New Orleans area and delivered to Austin and Jones.
At the time of Austin’s arrest on July 23, agents discovered approximately 2,485 grams of powder cocaine, 39 grams of crack cocaine, $45,870 in cash, a loaded .22-caliber rifle, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, plus drug distribution and packaging materials at his residence.
On the same day, at the time of Jones’ arrest, agents discovered approximately 1,900 grams of powder cocaine, 63 grams of crack cocaine, 269 grams of heroin, $22,535 in cash and four guns — an AK-47 assault rifle, two 9mm pistols and a .22-caliber pistol — at his residence.
Due to a prior felony drug conviction, Austin faces a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison, a fine of up to $20 million and at least 10 years of supervised release. Jones faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $10 million and at least eight years of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled on Jan. 7.
Dog shot in shoulder by arrow in N.O. East
The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is asking the public for assistance in discovering who shot an arrow into the shoulder of a 1-year-old terrier/pit bull mix Sunday near the 8300 block of Grant Street in New Orleans East.
The SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
After getting a phone report of an injured dog, humane Officer Eric Durcinka found the dog lying under a tree with a carbon fiber arrow from either a bow or a crossbow lodged in its upper right shoulder, protruding about 4 inches.
Durcinka took the dog to the Westbank Pet Emergency Clinic, where the arrow was extracted. It proved to be a 14-inch arrow buried 11 inches deep into the dog’s shoulder. Luckily, it hit the bone upon entry and deflected off.
Based on the position of the arrow and the entry wound, the dog was likely shot from the front while approaching the shooter, the SPCA said.
It was wearing a thick blue collar with a rabies tag No. 543241; no microchip was found. The rabies tag is a generic feed store tag with no store name, phone number or clinic listed.
The dog is resting comfortably at the Louisiana SPCA.
Individuals with information about his wounding are asked to call the Louisiana SPCA at (504) 368-5191, ext. 100, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOPD seeking man in Sept. 3 robbery
New Orleans police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating an unknown man who may have information about a robbery that occurred Sept. 3 in the 1000 block of Toledano Street.
A 24-year-old man said that after he parked his vehicle in the block around 11 p.m., he and a 24-year-old female passenger were approached by two men. One of the men snatched the woman’s purse and fled while the other robber and the male victim became involved in a fight before the robber took his wallet and fled on foot.
The first suspect is described as an African-American male, 6 feet tall and 220 pounds. He was wearing a light shirt and blue jeans.
Sixth District Detective Michael Poluikis is in charge of the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man sought in Sunday assault in Algiers
The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in locating 25-year-old Calvin Watson, who is wanted in connection with an aggravated assault that occurred Sunday on Cypress Grove Court in Algiers.
Shortly before 4 p.m., police said, Watson and a 47-year-old woman got into an argument. Watson allegedly got a gun from his vehicle, pointed it at the victim and threatened to kill her.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Watson for aggravated assault with a firearm.
Anyone with information is asked to call 4th District Detective Theresa Morris at (504) 658-6040 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Two men wanted in Conti Street battery
The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two men wanted in connection with an aggravated battery that occurred Sept. 16 in the 800 block of Conti Street.
A 31-year-old man was speaking to the two men outside the Last Call bar about 3:40 a.m. when an argument broke out. One of the suspects hit the victim, while the second man struck the victim with an unknown object, causing a laceration to the left side of his face.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he received several sutures for the laceration.
The suspects were captured on video surveillance, which can be seen at http://youtu.be/ZmqnTrXH_Yw.
Anyone with information is asked to call 8th District Detective Christopher Laborde at (504) 658-6080 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man stabbed Sunday on Carondelet Street
A 28-year-old man got into an altercation with three other men about 5 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of Carondelet Street, police said. One of the three stabbed the victim with an unknown object. The victim was taken to a hospital.
Drive-by shooting Sunday wounds man
A 41-year-old man was shot in the leg about 8:15 p.m. Sunday by people driving by in a car, New Orleans police said. The man was standing outside in the 6200 block of Warrington Drive in the Filmore neighborhood.
Three teens robbed Sunday in N.O. East
Three teenagers were robbed about 9 p.m. Sunday in the 12100 block of the North I-10 Service Road in New Orleans East. They said three armed men approached and demanded they empty their pockets, and the victims — ages 16, 16 and 14 — complied.
Two men robbed by hockey mask wearer
Two men were robbed about 12:10 a.m. Monday at Foch and Dwyer roads in New Orleans East, police said.
An unknown man got out of a vehicle wearing a hockey mask and armed with a rifle or shotgun. He ordered the victims, ages 24 and 22, to lie on the ground and searched their pockets. He then fled with their property in the vehicle, which was being driven by an unknown woman.