Two booked in Jefferson Parish fatal shooting, and other area crime news _lowres

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Two booked in Jefferson Parish fatal shooting

Authorities in Jefferson Parish said Monday they have arrested two local men in connection with a shooting last week that killed a 20-year-old man and wounded one of his friends in Harvey.

Javontae Simmons, 21, of Waggaman, and Dorian Lonzo, 19, of Marrero, were booked on second-degree murder in the killing of Stacy Johnson. A third man known as “Day Day” is still being sought, said Col. John Fortunato, a spokesman for Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.

Johnson was killed April 7 in a hail of gunfire that erupted in the 3700 block of Clover Lane while he and two friends were sitting inside a vehicle smoking marijuana. One of the surviving victims, both of whom are 19, was wounded in the shooting.

The motive for the shooting remains unclear, but Normand told reporters last week he was confident detectives would prove a connection between the killing and the youths’ decision to smoke marijuana.

Simmons was taken into custody Wednesday in Marrero, Fortunato said, while Lonzo was arrested about noon Friday at home on Aubry Street in New Orleans.

Police: Kenner man jailed in stabbing

A Kenner man was booked Friday on a count of attempted murder after he allegedly stabbed a man several times with a kitchen knife.

Police said surveillance video shows Jairus Wallace, 28, stabbing a 52-year-old acquaintance who was sitting in the passenger side of a vehicle.

The victim was struck several times, including in his arm, chest and knee.

Police said Wallace was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

The victim is expected to make a full recovery.

Man convicted in Slidell killing gets life

Felix Adams, who in February was convicted of second-degree murder in a 2013 Slidell drug deal gone bad, was sentenced to life in prison Monday by state District Judge Allison Penzato.

Penzato rejected a plea by Adams’ attorney, John Lindner, to make the 22-year-old eligible for parole in 35 years.

The father of the victim in the case, Leighton Powe Sr., gave an emotional impact statement during the sentencing, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

Leighton Powe Jr. was shot and his body dumped in a roadside ditch in September 2013 after he had gone to sell marijuana to several men, including Adams.

Adams is the second person convicted in connection with the murder. Trenton Johnson, who drove the car in which the robbery and shooting took place, pleaded guilty in October to manslaughter in return for a 25-year sentence.

Three other men charged in connection with the case — Bobby Isidore, Ki’Shion Griffin and Darion Causey — are scheduled to go to trial in the coming months.

Man shot Sunday night in Gentilly

A 25-year-old man was shot multiple times Sunday night in Gentilly, police said.

Police responded to the shooting at the intersection of Robert E. Lee Boulevard and Spain Street about 8:25 p.m.

The victim, who told police that an unknown man shot him and fled the scene, was taken to a hospital.

Police said their investigation is ongoing.

Police investigate 3 separate shootings

New Orleans police were investigating a series of shootings Monday that appeared to be unrelated.

Police said a 23-year-old man was shot in the hip just before 1 p.m. in the 3300 block of Garden Oaks Drive in Algiers. The bullet left a graze wound.

Another shooting happened about 5:40 p.m. in the 4400 block of Francis Drive in New Orleans East, police said. A 26-year-old man was shot in the leg.

Yet another shooting happened after 7 p.m., when an 18-year-old was shot in the hip in the 7800 block of Sun Street in New Orleans East.

Police: Beer bottle can’t thwart armed robbery

New Orleans police are investigating two armed robberies that happened late Sunday, including one that involved a woman.

The first happened about 10 p.m. at the often-robbed Magnolia Discount store at 3415 S. Carrollton Ave. An unidentified woman carrying a pistol demanded money from the clerk, who struck the woman over the head with a beer bottle at one point. Police said the woman still made off with the money.

The second robbery happened shortly before 11 p.m. in the 3700 block of Downman Road in New Orleans East. Police said two young men were robbed of iPhones, cash and keys to a Mustang.