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Man arrested in Hollygrove shooting, and other area police and fire news

Photo provided by New Orleans Police Department -- The NOPD is asking for the publicâs assistance in locating and identifying three suspects wanted for Shoplifting in two different incidents at the same location.  Both incidents took place October 21, 2014, inside of the Dollar General Store located at 230 North Broad Street.

One man was shot and another arrested after a fight in Hollygrove late Thursday night ended in gunfire, according to New Orleans police. The incident occurred a few minutes before midnight at Cambronne and Belfast streets. Police arrested Antoine Rounds, 41, in the shooting. The… Continue reading →

Ex-Clark High teacher arrested for alleged sex with student

Dominic Lewis

A former Treme high school teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly having sex on two occasions with a 16-year-old female student. Dominic Lewis, 32, was booked on counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile and indecent behavior with a juvenile, according to police records. He was arrested about 8:15 a.m. in the 500 block of… Continue reading →

Marrero shooting kills man, wounds 8-year-old girl

MARRERO — Jefferson Parish sheriff’s deputies say an 8-year-old girl was shot in her upper back following a shooting that killed a 29-year-old man in Marrero. Col. John Fortunato says the girl was playing outside her apartment building around 8:40 p.m. Thursday when she was struck by a stray bullet from gunfire authorities believe could be tied… Continue reading →

7th Ward gang member found guilty of murder, and other area police and fire news

Surveillance image provided by the New Orleans Police Department -- New Orleans police are trying to identify this man wanted in connection with a recent rape in Treme.

An Orleans Parish jury deliberated for about two hours before convicting an alleged 7th Ward gang member of second-degree murder in a 2012 murder at Stallings Playground in Gentilly. Chevroun “Chevy” Smith, 24, faces a life prison sentence at his sentencing, which Criminal District… Continue reading →

In taped confession, Chelsea Thornton describes how, why she shot, drowned her two children

Chelsea Thornton

Chelsea Thornton sat silently in an orange prison jumpsuit and bright yellow sandals, staring ahead as her recorded voice streamed across a hushed Orleans Parish courtroom. Over 18 wrenching minutes, Thornton was heard on tape trying to explain to New Orleans police detectives, through occasional sobs, why and how she had killed her… Continue reading →

Court rejects Darren Sharper’s bid for workers’ comp

Darren Sharper

A state appeals court has ruled against embattled former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper in his bid to receive workers’ compensation from his former team. A three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal, upholding a lower court’s ruling, said this week that Sharper waited too long to file his claim seeking supplemental earnings… Continue reading →

Teen killed in Desire remembered as ‘charming, passionate ... visionary’

George Carter

A 15-year-old killed this week in New Orleans is being remembered by those who knew him as a youth wise beyond his years. George Carter was found shot to death about 7 a.m. Tuesday in the 3500 block of Piety Street in the Desire area. The ninth-grader, the latest of several teenagers to be… Continue reading →

Man convicted of two counts of forcible rape, and other area crime news

Shiquille Robinson

An Orleans Parish jury convicted a 51-year-old man Wednesday on two counts of attempted forcible rape in an incident with eerie similarities to a crime for which he spent decades behind bars until last year. The jury failed to convict David Falgout on two… Continue reading →

Amtrak fights back against New Orleans, mayor Mitch Landrieu over controversial fence along Earhart Blvd.

Advocate file photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Stacy Head got the City Council to establish a new interim zoning district in order to stop construction of this fence  around the Amtrak train line which parallels Earhart Boulevard.

Amtrak has fired back against the city of New Orleans, adding steam to a deepening imbroglio over a chain-link fence intended to protect the train tracks along Earhart Boulevard. About a month after the city sued Amtrak, the company filed a countersuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court, claiming federal law trumps recent efforts by the City… Continue reading →

Arraignment of Destrehan teacher accused of having sex with 16-year-old student postponed

This combo of handout images provided by the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office, LA shows Rachel Respess, 24, left, and Shelley Dufresne, 32, under arrest on Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014. Dufresne and Rachel Respess both from Destrehan High School are accused of having group sex with a 16-year-old student. Dufresne is also accused of having sex with the teen at her home in Montz, LA. (AP Photo/St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office) ORG XMIT: NY107

The arraignment of a former Destrehan High School teacher at the center of sex allegations involving a 16-year-old student has been pushed back to next month. Shelley Dufresne, 32, was set to be arraigned Thursday in 29th Judicial District Court in Hahnville, but her attorney, Deanne Williams of Luling, officially enrolled in the case… Continue reading →

One shot to death on Pontchartrain Boulevard near Harrison Avenue in Lakeview

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- A man was found shot to death at this house on Pontchartrain Boulevard Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Police are investigating.

New Orleans police are investigating a fatal shooting in the 6300 block of Pontchartrain Boulevard in Lakeview. Police went to the location to check out a call for a “wellness check,” according to spokesman Garry Flot. Continue reading →

Orleans Parish Prison inmate beaten, stabbed; four under investigation

Pictured from left, Dernell Jynes, Cleveland Ross, Dernell McGufey and Davell Jenkins

Authorities said Wednesday they are investigating another episode of violence at Orleans Parish Prison involving an inmate who was assaulted and stabbed at the jail’s troubled Conchetta facility. No inmates have been charged in the Oct. 15 attack, said Philip Stelly, an Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman. He said the incident was “not terribly… Continue reading →

Woman, 26, gunned down on 7th Ward street

A 26-year-old woman was found shot to death Wednesday on a 7th Ward street, New Orleans police said. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Columbus Street. Officers on patrol in the area head gunfire and found the victim in the street after a brief search, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police… Continue reading →

WWL: Female killed on N. Claiborne, Columbus

WWL’s website is reporting that the New Orleans Police Department is currently investigating the city’s latest murder in the 7th Ward. According to police, officers were on patrol around 3:35 a.m. when they heard gunshots in the area. To read the complete story on the WWL website, please click here.Continue reading →

Stallings Playground murder defendant goes on trial

Chevroun Smith

Ali Robinson was a drug dealer whose customers knew just where to find him: playing dominoes at Stallings Playground in Gentilly. That’s where Robinson sat on the evening of April 13, 2012, when, according to Orleans Parish prosecutors, Chevroun K. Smith confronted him in an argument over rival drug turfs before unloading a 9mm handgun in… Continue reading →

New Orleans police investigating 2 murders Tuesday morning

New Orleans police are working two fatal shootings Tuesday morning, one in the 800 block of North Roman Street in Treme and the other in the 3500 block of Piety Street in the Desire area. Little information was immediately available about either shooting. The victim in the North Roman shooting was a woman, police said, but they… Continue reading →

WWL reporting man fatally shot on Piety Street

WWL’s website is reporting New Orleans police are investigating a fatal early morning shooting in the Desire area, according to the New Orleans Police Department. To read the WWL story, please click here.Continue reading →

House fire near Slidell was set intentionally, and other area police news

Surveillance image provided by New Orleans police -- Police are seeking this man in connection with a recent shoplifting at the Walmart in River Garden.

Firefighters with St. Tammany Parish Fire District No. 1 extinguished a fire Monday morning at a vacant house in the Belair subdivision near Slidell that officials said was intentionally set. A neighbor who was walking his dog spotted smoke pouring from the two-story house at… Continue reading →

Police ID Baker woman killed in French Quarter by allegedly impaired driver

Tevest Vance

It was meant to be a weekend of joy. Taylor McGonigle, days away from her 22nd birthday, and several friends made a trip to the French Quarter to celebrate. But on the walk back to their car early Sunday, the merriment turned to horror as a man, allegedly drunk at more than twice the… Continue reading →

Speaks pleads not guilty in dismemberment case

Photo provided by the Kenner Police Department -- Terry Speaks

Terry Speaks pleaded not guilty Monday in the death of Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart, who was stabbed to death two years ago, dismembered and thrown into the Gulf of Mexico. Speaks, who is accused of committing the murder with his girlfriend, faces charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. He was extradited… Continue reading →

Driver hits French Quarter pole that falls and kills woman

A driver slammed into a pole that fell on a woman and killed her in the French Quarter early Sunday, New Orleans Police said. The victim, who would have been 22 on Monday, was walking in the 400 block of Burgundy Street about 5:20 a.m. Sunday when an eastbound 1993 Nissan Maxima barrelled into a balcony pole.… Continue reading →

In international cocaine conspiracy, judge orders new trial after 19 years

Photo Coutesy Miami Herald-Rolando

For federal prisoners, a life sentence usually means just that: incarceration without a pauper’s prayer for parole. The chances for early release diminish with every passing month and failed appeal. Short of a presidential pardon, Rolando “Roly” Fernandez seemed certain to live out his years behind bars, where he’s been since 1995, the year a New… Continue reading →