Woman killed when garbage truck hits car

An 85-year-old woman was killed Friday afternoon in Metairie when the car she was riding in was hit by a garbage truck.

Witnesses told Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators they saw the truck, driven by 46-year-old Kevin Graves, drive through a stop sign at Wabash Street and Harvard Avenue about 4:15 p.m. and hit a gold Chevrolet Malibu, said Glen Boyd, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Two other people in the car, ages 61 and 83, were not seriously injured.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Graves did not immediately face charges, Boyd said; he agreed to take a sobriety test to determine if he was impaired. The investigation is ongoing.

Man found dead along Interstate 10 identified

Authorities have identified a man killed earlier this week while walking on Interstate 10 in Kenner as Reyes Joel Gomez Castro.

Gomez, 32, was hit about 8:20 p.m. Monday while walking beside the eastbound lanes of the road, said Lt. Brian McGregor, a Kenner Police Department spokesman.

A family member told police that Gomez was last seen leaving his apartment in the 2900 block of Kansas Avenue about an hour before the accident, on the way to a store. The relatives said they did not know why he would be near the interstate.

Gomez was from Guatemala and living with his brother in Kenner, McGregor said.

Investigators continue to try to find a white tractor-trailer that was headed east on I-10 without its trailer at the time of the hit-and-run.

Anyone who witnessed the accident or who has information about Gomez and his whereabouts before the hit-and-run is asked to call Kenner police traffic investigators Sgt. Jon Cryer or Officer John Terranova at (504) 712-2236.

Nine charged Thursday by federal grand jury

A federal grand jury Thursday charged nine New Orleans residents in a 13-count indictment that accuses them of a series of drug-trafficking crimes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The defendants — Darrell Lewis, 29; Sterling “Shoe” Pipkins, 30; Kevin Walker, 22; Carl “Curl” Lewis, 21; Darryl “Uncle Tom” Lewis, 60; Demonide “Chuck” Rowley, 37; Nerimane “Noonie” Bonchama, 21; Taneshen Gradberry, 38; and Michael “Rooster” McQuitty, 40 — are all charged with conspiring to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin. They face at least 10 years behind bars if convicted on that count.

All of the defendants except Rowley also are charged with conspiring to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

Crimestoppers tip leads to robbery arrest

A Crimestoppers tip led police to arrest a 15-year-old youth in connection with a series of recent armed robberies in and near the French Quarter, New Orleans police said.

The suspect was not identified because of his age.

He was arrested Thursday at his home and booked on two counts of armed robbery and one count of attempted armed robbery for an incident that happened Dec. 7.

Police said they expect to book him in connection with other armed robberies thought to have been committed by the same three young men.

Detectives, meanwhile, have learned that another of the alleged robbers, whose identity remains unknown, goes by the nickname “Trill” and frequents the St. Roch neighborhood.

Anyone with information on the identity of “Trill” is asked to contact 8th District detectives at (504) 658-6080.

N.O. police investigate three armed robberies

New Orleans police on Friday were investigating the following armed robberies reported on an overnight crime log:

  • 9 p.m. Thursday in the 2100 block of Cobblestone Lane, Algiers: An armed man knocked on the driver’s side window. He demanded the victim get out of the car and then fled in his vehicle.
  • 10:15 p.m. Thursday in the 1700 block of Elizardi Boulevard, Algiers: Two men walked up to the victim and demanded his wallet and car keys. The victim complied, and the suspects fled in his car.
  • 12:30 a.m. Friday at Pine and Jeannette streets, Carrollton: The victim was approached by a man who demanded his money. The robber ran away after the victim handed over his cash. The robber is described as a black man, about 6-foot-1 with a medium build and possibly having facial hair. He wore a gray jacket, blue jeans and a red and blue ski mask over his face.