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Fatal Lakeview stabbing wasn’t random, but motive unknown, police say

Asfhar Kashanifar

In a city where most killings are carried out by guns and often in public, this one was different. Asfhar Kashanifar’s life ended behind closed doors, inside his home in Lakeview, one of the city’s quieter neighborhoods. He died not from a bullet but from knife wounds. Detectives have theories about why he… Continue reading →

Feds charge 4 in scheme to rig N.O. bail bonds

A long-running federal probe into an allegedly illegal bail-bonding scheme that funneled kickbacks to clerks at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court yielded a federal indictment Friday against the ex-bondsman who has stood at the center of the investigation, along with his son and two others. In a 53-page indictment, a federal grand jury accused perennial political… Continue reading →

Orleans Sheriff’s Office mum on deputy’s firing

The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is refusing to release details about a deputy fired recently for a series of administrative violations, including “seeking the release of an inmate.” The deputy, Estravion Thomas, had been hired by the Sheriff’s Office in August 2010 and was terminated Oct. 9, said Philip Stelly, a spokesman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman.… Continue reading →

‘Pill mill’ operators to testify against ex-cop charged with taking cash, sex bribes

Donald Nides

Federal prosecutors have set their sights on a former New Orleans police officer charged with accepting envelopes of cash and sexual bribes to conceal the free-wheeling drug distribution of two local pain clinics that authorities have described as “pill mills.” Donald Nides, a 34-year Police Department veteran who had been assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement… Continue reading →

Judge applauds progress at Orleans Parish Prison

The federal judge overseeing a series of reforms at Orleans Parish Prison sounded a note of optimism Friday, praising the Sheriff’s Office and city officials for inching closer to constitutional conditions at the troubled lockup. “I know that change is difficult, and changing something that has been in place for an especially long time is difficult… Continue reading →

Girl, 16, allegedly raped on Lusher campus

A 16-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on the middle- and high-school campus of Lusher Charter School, New Orleans police said. The incident was reported about 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the 5600 block of Freret Street, where Lusher’s campus is located, according to a daily crime log. It was not immediately clear if that is when the… Continue reading →

Detroit murder suspect arrested in Chalmette, and other area police news

Surveillance image provided by the New Orleans Police Department -- Police are trying to identify this man wanted in connection with an auto burglary and theft from a Rite Aid drug store.

Maybe he should have put on the costume first. A suspect in a Detroit murder was arrested Wednesday afternoon outside a Chalmette costume shop, minutes after buying a bumblebee costume. Damian Jones, 23, is suspected in an Oct. 4, 2013, murder in the Michigan… Continue reading →

Settlement reached in sexual misconduct case against ex-Plaquemines deputy

Former Plaquemines Parish Deputy Elijah Gary

A lawsuit alleging sexual battery that was filed against a former Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy, as well as Sheriff Lonnie Greco and his office, has been settled out of court. The Sheriff’s Office issued a statement this week saying it has agreed to pay $48,000 to settle the case. U.S. District Judge Nannette… Continue reading →

Man suspected of carjacking Metairie woman arrested

A man wanted for allegedly carjacking a Metairie woman this past June has been arrested, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office announced. Roberto Antonio Barrios, 25, was arrested in Monroe after the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force received information that Barrios was living in the area. Barrios was taken to the Ouachita Parish Detention… Continue reading →

Man shot on Freret Street in New Orleans on Wednesday night

A 23-year-old man was shot in the chest in the 2400 block of Freret Street on Wednesday night, according to the New Orleans Police Department. The Central City shooting occurred just after 9 p.m. The victim was taken to an area hospital. NOPD didn’t provide an update on his condition.… Continue reading →

Fla. man found guilty in N.O. federal court, and other area police news

Percill Bienemy

A Florida man arrested in Mandeville on gun charges in 2013 was convicted Wednesday in New Orleans.… Continue reading →

Why criminal charges appear unlikely in overlooked I-10 fatalities of young boy, his mother

Advocate staff photo by JIM MUSTIAN -- Police investigators work the scene of where 4-year-old Richard Gorden III and his mother, Tracey Jefferson, 28, were found near an Interstate 10 on-ramp.

New Orleans police said Wednesday that they have reconstructed a six-car pileup that happened last month on Interstate 10 — an unusual crash in which a young boy and his mother lay dead yet unnoticed on the side of the highway for two days — and that criminal charges appear unlikely in the case.… Continue reading →

Court docs: Man gunned down in New Orleans East had stash of drugs, cash, guns in house

Photo by Della Hasselle -- Evidence markers litter the front yard of  a man who was fatally shot Saturday afternoon in the 4600 block of Galahad Drive in New Orleans East

Tyrone Dejoie said little on Aug. 30 as he watched homicide detectives canvass the home where his uncle, Gerard Dorsey, had just been gunned down in the doorway. Dejoie, 35, said he lived in the unassuming house in New Orleans East with the 53-year-old Dorsey and couldn’t understand why someone would commit such a… Continue reading →

St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta’s sexual battery trial to be moved out of St. Bernard

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta, right, leaves the St. Bernard Parish Court House after a hearing in his ongoing sexual battery case. Heather Bertucci, the daughter of his accuser and ex-wife Sharon Schaefer, accompanies him.

The judge presiding over embattled St. Bernard Parish President David Peralta’s sexual battery case involving his ex-wife agreed Wednesday to move the trial out of the parish. Retired Judge Frank Foil, who was appointed as an ad hoc judge to hear the case, granted the defense’s request for a change of venue during a brief hearing… Continue reading →

Zeitoun, post-Katrina literary hero, faces still more charges

Abdulrahman Zeitoun

Criminal charges keep coming for Abdulrahman Zeitoun, the local Syrian-American painting contractor who became a literary symbol for post-Katrina injustice and perseverance, then later was tried but acquitted of trying to kill his ex-wife, Kathy. Already stranded in Orleans Parish Prison for violating the terms of his pretrial release on a felony charge of… Continue reading →

WWL-TV report reveals new details on last week’s murder of Lakeview man; not a ‘random act,’ NOPD says

The murder last Thursday of Lakeview resident Asfhar “Oscar” Kashanifar wasn’t a random act of violence, the New Orleans Police Department says, according to a WWL-TV report. NOPD says Asfhar, 65, was stabbed -- not shot -- to death, and friends discovered his body inside his home on Pontchartrain Boulevard. “We don’t believe this… Continue reading →

Woman found in car is city’s latest homicide, and other area police news

Jose Lagos

A woman whose body was found inside a burned vehicle in Desire is the city’s latest homicide victim, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office said Tuesday. An autopsy found Kimberly Bowman, 32, died from a gunshot wound, Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said. Bowman’s body was… Continue reading →

Man eyed in Bourbon Street shooting

New court records show police are scrutinizing a French Quarter restaurant worker who has allegedly made inconsistent statements about his activities on the night of the Bourbon Street shooting this summer. A court order filed by State Police Trooper Gustave Bethea on Sept. 11 sought a month’s worth of telephone records from a cellphone belonging to 29-year-old… Continue reading →

Florida man on trial after federal arms-smuggling sting in St. Tammany

The day was just getting started for Covington residents on a bright Thursday morning in March 2013 when Jaime Jauregui hopped into a parked SUV and headed out with an arms dealer to secure more than 100 assault rifles, dozens of hand grenades, grenade launchers, night-vision goggles and other high-powered tools of the violent Mexican drug trade.… Continue reading →

Dump truck hits, kills man, and other area police news

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Police Department officers investigate a fatal accident where and an adult male pedestrian was struck and died at hospital and where a dump truck flipped on its side and crashed into a telephone poll and part of building at S. Claiborne Ave. near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in New Orleans, La. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

A 66-year-old man died Monday morning after a dump truck hit him as he walked on a Central City sidewalk. The crash happened about 11:40 a.m. near South Claiborne Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Police said a 38-year-old Luling woman… Continue reading →

Bourbon St. shooting suspect pleads not guilty in prison battery

Trung T. Le

While Trung Le is fighting manslaughter and attempted murder charges in the June 29 Bourbon Street shooting that killed a 21-year-old nursing student, he also is fighting — in the traditional bare-knuckles sense — inside Orleans Parish Prison, authorities said. Le was booked Sept. 30 with simple battery after allegedly punching a fellow inmate “with a closed… Continue reading →

Deputy jailed in smuggling case ‘was in love with inmate,’ court records say

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A former Sheriff’s Office deputy booked Saturday with malfeasance in office admitted smuggling contraband into Orleans Parish Prison more than a dozen times during her brief stint as a jailer, according to court documents. The deputy, Evelyn Tureaud, told authorities that she sneaked packages of contraband into the jail for various inmates, including one… Continue reading →

State Police to end extra N.O. patrols on Sunday

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--State Troopers Jason LaMarca, left, and R.A. Martinez keep watch on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Extra State Police patrols that have been deployed since the June 29 Bourbon Street shooting, where a woman was killed and nine other were injured, will end this coming Sunday.

Dozens of New Orleans-area state troopers assigned to help patrol the city after a mass shooting on Bourbon Street this summer will return to their regular duties after the coming weekend. The State Police assistance will end Sunday night, said Trooper Melissa Matey, a Troop B spokeswoman. The move will mean fewer law… Continue reading →

Pedestrian struck, killed in New Orleans on Monday afternoon

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- New Orleans Police Department officers investigate a fatal accident where and an adult male pedestrian was struck and died at hospital and where a dump truck flipped on its side and crashed into a telephone poll and part of building at S. Claiborne Ave. near Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in New Orleans, La. Monday, Oct. 27, 2014.

A pedestrian was struck and killed in New Orleans on Monday afternoon, according to the New Orleans Police Department. The incident occurred at the intersection of Martin Luther King Blvd. and South Claiborne Ave. According to WWL-TV, a large truck crashed into a building near that intersection, killing the man. Stay with The New Orleans Advocate… Continue reading →

Transgender person solicits, stabs victim Monday morning in French Quarter

A man was stabbed by a transgender person in the French Quarter on Monday morning after he refused solicitation, according to the New Orleans Police Department. After the victim refused, the suspect tried to pick pocket the victim. That’s when the victim was stabbed in an altercation and transported to a New Orleans-area hospital. The incident… Continue reading →

New Orleans Police: 3 people shot overnight Monday

Three people were shot overnight Monday in New Orleans, according to the city’s police department. The first shooting occurred in Central City. A man was shot multiple times at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and South Liberty St. The second shooting took place at the intersection of I-10 West and Franklin Ave.… Continue reading →