NOPD investigates aggravated rape on school bus, and other New Orleans-area police news

New Orleans police said Wednesday they were investigating an aggravated rape on a school bus.

Police said two boys, ages 14 and 12, were performing oral sex on each other about 6 p.m. Tuesday when the bus was at Eighth and Constance streets.

Police did not identify the school the boys attended or say if any arrests will be made.

WWL-TV reported that the school’s president said officials are reviewing safety procedures on board buses and will investigate the incident.

NOPD arrests two men on drug, gun charges

New Orleans police arrested two men on Tuesday when they discovered drugs and guns in their car after pulling them over for a traffic stop, according to the Police Department.

The officers pulled the men over at Colapissa and Cambronne streets and found that the driver, Darrius Clements, had a suspended license and two outstanding warrants in Jefferson Parish.

Police said Clements was in possession of heroin and a handgun with 20 live rounds. A passenger, Michael Coleman, was in possession of a handgun with 14 live rounds; according to police, it had been stolen in Union City, Ga.

Clements has a previous conviction for manslaughter and Coleman a previous conviction for possession of cocaine.

Police said both men were arrested on charges of possession of firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. They were booked at Orleans Parish Prison.

Cyclist killed crossing West Bank Expressway

A bicyclist was killed Tuesday night on the West Bank when a car tried to avoid him but wound up hitting him instead, State Police said.

The accident happened about 9 p.m. near the West Bank Expressway and Westwood Drive.

Cleveland Hills, 49, of Marrero, was trying to cross the eastbound lanes of the expressway when a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix swerved in an effort to avoid hitting him.

The driver, identified as Corey McCall, 44, lost control of the car, which hit Hills in the center lane and came to a stop after hitting a stop sign, Troop B spokeswoman Melissa Matey said.

A breath test found no detectable alcohol in McCall’s system, but excessive speed might have been a factor in the accident, Matey said.

Investigators suspect Hills was impaired, Matey said. Toxicology tests are pending.

Hills was pronounced dead at West Jefferson Medical Center.

LaPlace traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A Baton Rouge man pulled over Tuesday in LaPlace for speeding was arrested after St. John Parish deputies found nearly $9,000 worth of drugs and $25,000 in cash in his car, Sheriff Mike Tregre said.

Deputies said they smelled marijuana on James Reuter IV’s breath when they stopped him on Interstate 10. A search of his vehicle turned up four pounds of marijuana worth $6,800, 150 grams of mushrooms worth $2,140 and the cash, Tregre said.

Reuter, 25, was booked with distribution and manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He remained in custody on Wednesday in lieu of a $104,500 bond, Tregre said.

Shooting Wednesday kills man in Avondale

A man was killed Wednesday evening in Avondale, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting was reported about 5:25 p.m. in the 200 block of Butler Drive. Responding officers found the body of Malik Schexnayder, 17, 12 Judith Drive, Waggaman; he had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots and seeing an unknown number of men running north on Butler Drive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide detective Rhonda Goff at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.