Man, woman killed Sunday in Algiers

A fatal double shooting claimed the lives of a 57-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman Sunday in Algiers, New Orleans police said.

The victims were discovered just before 7 a.m. inside a car in the 3500 block of Vespasian Boulevard.

A nearby resident called police when he discovered the bodies inside a silver Volkswagen Jetta in a parking lot. The man was in the driver’s seat and the woman in the rear seat. Both had been shot in the head.

Several residents said they hadn’t heard gunshots or anything out of the ordinary before police arrived in the morning.

“I hadn’t heard anything at all,” said Michelle Lewis, 28, who lives around the corner from the apartment buildings where the car was found. “I’ve lived over here for three years, and I’ve never heard bad news in this area. I was shocked.”

Lewis was outside walking with her daughter. Nearby, a group of children were playing in the street.

One neighbor said an area of housing behind the apartment buildings on Vespasian had been “rough” in years past, but that he felt the neighborhood was getting safer.

“I’ve lived here since ’05, and we’ve never had incidents on this side,” said Alfred, 43, who said he preferred not to give his last name. “There’s another set of apartments in the back. It was rough back there, but they’ve gotten a hold of it now. It’s a lot different now.”

Homicide Detective Timothy Bender is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at (504) 658-5300. Or anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Suspect arrested in Harvey fatal shooting

The victim in a fatal shooting Saturday afternoon in Harvey was identified Sunday, and a suspect was arrested after being located with the help of an automated license plate recognition system in the area, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Kenneth Clark, 28, of Algiers, was found shot multiple times in the 4200 block of Lac Bienville Drive in Harvey. A ski mask covered his face.

Witnesses reported seeing a man leaving the scene of the shooting in a blue Ford Taurus. Using the automated license plate recognition system, detectives were able to trace the vehicle to its owner, a Marrero woman who reported that her brother had borrowed the car Saturday.

The brother, Reginald Bradley, 28, admitted he had been on Lac Bienville Drive. When he asked for an attorney, investigators arrested him and booked him on one count of second-degree murder.

The Sheriff’s Office said both the suspect and the victim had extensive prior criminal histories. Bradley had arrests for armed robbery, carjacking, theft, battery on a police officer, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and several other counts.

Man killed Saturday night in 7th Ward

A man was shot to death Saturday night in the 7th Ward, New Orleans police said.

Officers responded to a report of someone shot in the 2200 block of North Derbigny Street about 7 p.m. and found a 29-year-old man dead on the sidewalk. He had been shot in the head.

Homicide Detective Nicholas Williams is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.

Woman killed by car in Marrero parking lot

A 24-year-old woman was killed Saturday in Marrero when she and her husband were hit by a car in a parking lot where the couple were walking, according to Louisiana State Police.

The crash occurred shortly after noon on Barataria Boulevard near Bourgeois Lane.

According to State Police, 52-year-old Marrero resident Sheila Haggerty was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer north on Barataria when she lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road, hitting a street sign and entering a private parking lot.

Tabatha Jeblonski, 24, was walking in the lot with her husband, David Jeblonski, also 24. Both were struck by the Chevrolet.

The couple were taken to Interim LSU Hospital, where Tabatha Jeblonksi was pronounced dead. Her husband suffered moderate injuries.

Toxicology tests for Haggerty are pending, and whether she was impaired is unknown, State Police said. They said criminal charges are pending.

Two men shot in eastern New Orleans

Two men were shot Sunday afternoon in New Orleans East, police said.

A 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man were shot inside a vehicle near Bundy Road and Lake Forest Boulevard just before 4 p.m.

Both victims were taken to ahospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

Police seeking armed robbery suspect

Police are asking for help finding a woman wanted in connection with an armed robbery that happened Tuesday in New Orleans East.

The woman’s first name may possibly be Sabrina, police said.

A 41-year-old man told detectives he met the woman at a daiquiri shop in the 5700 block of Crowder Boulevard, where he agreed to get a room at a hotel nearby, in the 5800 block of Read Boulevard.

Once inside the room, he went to take a shower. The woman entered the bathroom, produced a pistol and demanded his money and cellphone.

The man said he gave her $900 and she fled.

Seventh District Detective Ashley Boult is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6080. Or call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Man, woman robbed Saturday at gunpoint

A 67-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman were robbed at gunpoint Saturday night in the Treme area, New Orleans police said.

The pair were walking in the 500 block of North Claiborne Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. when they were approached by three men.

The men showed a handgun and demanded the victims’ belongings. When the pair complied, the robbers fled.

40-year-old woman arrested in cutting

A 40-year-old woman was arrested Saturday for cutting another woman with a broken bottle in Algiers, police said.

Tamara Carter was involved in a fight with the 37-year-old victim in the 5700 block of Tullis Drive just before 5 p.m. Carter picked up a broken bottle and cut the other woman.

The victim declined medical treatment.

Tax preparer gets 18 months for fraud

A Destrehan tax preparer accused of filing hundreds of fraudulent returns that netted more than $1.8 million has been sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to make restitution.

Lashanda Vinnett, 30, and her mother, Cathy Vinnett, 46, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government through their company, River Parish Tax Professionals. Each faced up to 10 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle sentenced the younger woman to 18 months and ordered her to pay $1,092,681 in restitution.

Her mother was sentenced in October to 41 months in prison.

Authorities said the IRS seized about $482,000 in illegal proceeds from bank accounts controlled by the Vinnetts and prevented about $270,000 in fraudulent refunds before they were processed.