Coroner identifies two homicide victims
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Monday released the names of two victims who died in separate shootings Friday and Saturday.
It said Barry Blackwell, 29, died on the South Broad Street overpass Friday afternoon in a shooting spree that left one other person wounded.
Blackwell was allegedly shot by Alvin Richardson, who was arrested Saturday. Richardson called the Gretna Police Department and complained that someone was following him, adding that he had been present at the Broad Street shootings. He faces counts of second-degree murder and attempted murder in New Orleans.
Bryant Phillips died Saturday night in New Orleans East. Officers found Phillips, 44, fatally shot inside a red Chevy Impala in the 6500 block of Coveview Court. Police have not arrested anyone in that case.
3 shootings reported in New Orleans
New Orleans police were investigating three shootings that occurred Sunday night and Monday morning.
The first shooting occurred about 7 a.m. Sunday during the attempted robbery of a 40-year-old man in New Orleans East.
The victim told police he was walking in the 5900 block of Robin Street when a man came up and demanded his debit card. When he refused, the robber shot him once and fled.
The second shooting occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday. The 22-year-old victim was in his home in the 2300 block of Painters Street when shots rang out.
The third shooting apparently occurred about 2 a.m. Monday. The victim showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound, according to police. He was heavily sedated, and as a result a report wasn’t immediately taken.
Lacombe man booked on DWI, other counts
A Lacombe man who allegedly was driving while intoxicated did a “burnout” in his pickup truck early Saturday in front of police officers patrolling in Slidell’s Olde Towne district, the Slidell Police Department said.
After observing the burnout, officers tried to stop Michael Williams, 45, about 2 a.m. but he drove away, beginning a vehicle chase that ended in a crash, police said. During the pursuit, Williams left the roadway and crashed into three trailers in a parking lot at Second Street and Teddy Avenue.
He then fled on foot but was apprehended by Officer Justin Stokes and Scout, a police dog.
Williams was treated for minor dog bites and booked on counts of reckless operation of a motor vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer, hit-and-run, resisting an officer by flight and driving while intoxicated.
2 derailed railroad cars in N.O. East emptied
New Orleans firefighters responded to a two-car train derailment about 6 p.m. Sunday at Almonaster Boulevard in New Orleans East.
The two Public Belt Railroad cars were carrying 30,000 gallons of crude oil each, but there were no leaks and no immediate threat to the public, said Michael Williams, a New Orleans Fire Department spokesman.
The Public Belt Railroad said Monday that the track has been repaired and regular freight service restored. A contractor hired by the railroad arrived about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and was able to upright the two derailed cars by about 3:30 a.m.
No damage was reported to the 106 other cars in the train.
The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.
Police arrest man in Quarter with firearm
New Orleans police arrested an 18-year-old man early Sunday morning on a count of illegal carrying of a firearm.
About 1 a.m., NOPD officers stopped six men in the 700 block of Iberville Street on suspicion of violating New Orleans’ curfew law for juveniles. The officers said they found Sedric Nelson to be in possession of a loaded handgun.
Nelson was booked on illegal carrying of a firearm. The five others managed to get away.
NOPD: Girl raped by family member
New Orleans police are investigating a rape that reportedly occurred Sunday evening in the 7th Ward.
A girl, whose age was not released by police, said she was sexually assaulted by a family member.
In an effort to avoid identifying the victim, The New Orleans Advocate is withholding the address where the crime allegedly took place.
Police seek vandals after report in City Park
City Park police are investigating vandalism that happened in the park between 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.
The vandals ripped off part of the railing of a deck that overlooks a lagoon in Couturie Forest, according to park officials.
The park is offering a $500 reward for information that helps with finding the perpetrators. They can be contacted at (504) 421-9307.
Armed robbery occurs Sunday in Algiers Point
A man was beaten and had his wallet stolen Sunday night in Algiers.
The victim, 27, was pistol-whipped by a man who took $600 and fled, according to police.
The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Delaronde Street.
Police: Man arrested with a gun, drugs
New Orleans police arrested a 20-year-old man and booked him on being a felon in possession of a firearm as well as narcotics and other counts.
About 10 p.m. Friday, officers said, they pulled over a car at L.B. Landry Avenue and Wall Boulevard in Algiers on a traffic violation and found Michael Davis, a passenger, with a loaded gun and individually wrapped plastic bags of marijuana.
He was booked on several counts.
Kenner man indicted on child porn charge
The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Monday announced the arrest of a 41-year-old Kenner man on charges relating to the sexual exploitation of children.
Steven Gaeta was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Federal agents arrested Gaeta and searched his house after they determined he had been downloading images depicting the sexual victimization of children, authorities said.
If convicted, Gaeta could face 20 years in prison.
Man dies when SUV overturns on U.S. 90
State Police are investigating a fatal crash Sunday night on U.S. 90 near Willowdale Drive in St. Charles Parish.
Randell Kotz, 56, of Luling, was driving west about 6 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, his 2004 Ford Expedition struck the left median of the highway. The vehicle then swerved back to the right and ran off the roadway, according to State Police.
The SUV then overturned and Kotz was ejected. He died at a hospital.
Speed and not wearing a seat belt are seen as factors in his death, according to State Police. Whether he was impaired is unknown pending tests.