Algiers man shoots, kills home intruder, and other area police news _lowres

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Algiers man shoots, kills home intruder

An Algiers man shot and killed a masked intruder who tried to rob him and his family at gunpoint late Wednesday night, New Orleans police said.

The shooting happened at a home in the 1800 block of West Homestead Drive.

The 28-year-old man and his 36-year-old wife were sitting on their backyard patio about 10 p.m. when the masked man walked up to them and demanded money, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

The masked man then ordered the husband and wife inside their home, where there were three children, ages 6, 13 and 14.

At some point the husband was able to get his own gun and fatally shot the 25-year-old intruder, Flot said. No one else was injured.

Authorities have not identified the intruder.

Police have made no arrests in the case. Spokesman Tyler Gamble said that after it concludes its investigation, the NOPD will turn over its material to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office for a determination on whether to prosecute the man.

Gamble said there was no “obvious” connection between the resident and the intruder, suggesting it was a random incident.

Homicide Detective Ryan Vaught is in charge of the investigation.

Marrero man shot to death on side of street

A man was found shot to death early Thursday morning in Marrero, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Terry Holden, 47, of Marrero, died from a gunshot wound to the head, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Holden was found about 6:25 a.m. on the side of the road in the 6600 block of 14th Street.

Authorities have not identified a suspect or motive in his death.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Detective Jean Lincoln at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

BR contractor wanted in Plaquemines theft

Plaquemines Parish authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Baton Rouge contractor wanted locally on theft charges.

Brent J. Couvillion, 60, whose last known address was in the 8800 block of Briarwood Place in Baton Rouge, is wanted on a felony arrest warrant for misapplication of payments by a contractor.

On Feb. 26, the alleged victim and Couvillion, who is the owner of Baton Rouge-based Prime Construction Services LLC, entered into a contract while in Belle Chasse to build a $545,000 building in Geismar.

Between February and April, the victim paid Couvillion $134,000 for costs associated with the construction project, but the only work Couvillion performed was pouring the foundation for a storage pad.

Investigators said Couvillion misapplied the funds to an unrelated construction project and did not purchase any materials for the victim’s project.

Couvillion, through his attorney, contacted the Sheriff’s Office earlier this week and agreed to surrender, but he has not done so, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Couvillion has a prior arrest in Baton Rouge in August 2010 for the same crime.

Anyone knowing where to find Couvillion is asked to contact Detective Brett Ricks at (504) 564-2525.

Authorities investigate possible drowning

A 54-year-old Lake Charles man apparently drowned Monday after falling off a barge in Venice, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The man, identified as Britt Eaves, fell into the water about 1:40 a.m. while the barge was docked at a slip near Tidewater Road. He did not resurface, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Eaves’ body was recovered about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday a short distance from where he disappeared.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

Woman stole cash from wallet, authorities say

A 19-year-old Destrehan woman has been arrested on a count of theft between $500 and $1,500 after she allegedly stole cash out of a wallet that she found, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Ebony Joseph was arrested Wednesday on a warrant.

The Sheriff’s Office said the wallet was lost at her place of employment. It said she turned it in but not before taking an undisclosed amount of cash from it.

Man’s body recovered after jump off bridge

The body of a Luling man who jumped off the Hale Boggs Bridge on Sunday morning was found Thursday morning.

Jefferson Parish authorities recovered the body of James Erwin Sierra III, 21, about 12:30 p.m. after it floated downriver.

Sierra jumped off the bridge and left a suicide note in his vehicle, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office said.