Two sought in burglary of Avondale home

Jefferson Parish authorities have issued arrest warrants for two men suspected in a recent burglary.

Jameson Wood, 32, whose last known address is in Westwego, is suspected of burglarizing a home on Kathi Street in Avondale about noon Thursday, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. During the burglary, two shotguns, jewelry and other items were taken.

Witnesses told investigators a man was seen arriving at and leaving the home in a pickup truck.

Detectives later matched the truck to Wood after he, another man and the truck were recorded arriving at a pawn shop about an hour after the robbery, Fortunato said.

The second man was later identified from surveillance video as Michael Smith, 35, of Avondale, Fortunato said.

The men pawned a diamond ring that was taken from the home, he said.

Anyone with information on where Wood or Smith can be found is asked to contact the Burglary and Theft Section at (504) 364-5300.

Suspect in several robberies booked

A 21-year-old man is behind bars, suspected in several recent armed robberies and attempted armed robberies in New Orleans.

The most recent robbery Kernell Jolla is suspected in happened Monday in the 4600 block of Gen. de Gaulle Drive in Algiers. In that case, a 44-year-old man was leaving an ATM when he was robbed of his cash.

On Thursday, detectives searched Jolla’s home in the 3300 block of Hyman Place and arrested him.

He also is suspected in the following incidents:

Nov. 7 in the 2200 block of Valentine Court, where a 49-year-old woman was robbed of more than $700 in cash.

Nov. 24 in the 3500 block of Somerset Drive, where Jolla allegedly tried to rob an 18-year-old man who had no valuables on him.

Nov. 24 in the 5100 block of Gen. de Gaulle Drive, where Jolla allegedly robbed a Subway sandwich shop and fled with $300.

Nov. 25 in the 4800 block of Gen. Meyer Avenue, where Jolla allegedly robbed a store of an undetermined amount of cash.

Police said he confessed to Thursday’s incident but denied involvement in the others.

He was booked on three counts of armed robbery and two counts of attempted armed robbery.

Man robs Central City store at gunpoint

An armed man robbed a Central City store at gunpoint Thursday morning, New Orleans police said.

The unknown robber walked into the Family Dollar store at 2147 S. Claiborne Ave. about 7:15 a.m. and demanded cash.

The cashier complied, and the robber ran away.

Man gets 30 years in fatal shooting

A New Orleans man will spend decades in prison for injuring one man and killing another during a drug trafficking crime.

Evans Lewis, 23, was sentenced Friday in federal court to 30 years for his role in killing Gregory Keys and wounding Kendrick Smothers.

Lewis, who pleaded guilty on Feb. 26, also will face five years of supervised release.

One arrested, one sought in robberies

Police have arrested one man and are looking for another in connection with a robbery last month in New Orleans East.

Investigators allege that Tyrin Hamilton, 17, and an unknown man with a gun walked up to a 13-year-old boy about 4 p.m. Nov. 4 in the 10500 block of Curran Road and asked to borrow his phone.

The boy, fearing for his safety, handed over the phone. Hamilton used it and gave it back to him before walking away with the second person.

Hamilton and the other person then walked back to the victim and asked to use the phone another three times before finally running away with it, police said.

Authorities found Hamilton, who is suspected in other armed robberies in the area, about 6:30 a.m. Thursday at his home in the 9000 block of Bunker Hill Road. He was booked with armed robbery.

The other person is described as a black man with a light complexion, medium build, about 5-foot-10 and about 140 pounds with a short Afro hairstyle. He wore a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, black sweatpants and black Air Jordan tennis shoes during the robbery.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to contact Detective Borjius Guient at (504) 658-6070.