New Orleans area police reports for Feb. 27, 2013

Police find body
in St. Bernard Parish

New Orleans police uncovered a partially decomposed body in St. Bernard Parish after following up on a tip.

Police began looking into the incident Saturday but inclement weather forced them to halt their excavation near 845 Florissant Highway, said Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman. The search resumed Tuesday, and the body was discovered around 3 p.m.

Flot said the body will be taken to the Orleans Parish Coroner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death and the identity of the victim. No details were released on whether the body was male or female, or where police believe the victim was killed.

Two Tulane students booked in drug bust

A drug bust at a fraternity house netted two Tulane University students, although law enforcement agencies say they believe the ring might have been larger.

State Police arrested Wyatt Silverman, 19, and Jules Staib, 19, on Friday after officers with the United Postal Service and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement oversaw the delivery of a package containing ecstasy to the Kappa Sigma fraternity house in the 600 block of Broadway Street, according to court records.

Investigators found distribution level quantities of marijuana, ecstasy, illegal mushrooms, DMT and LSD in a search of the two men’s bedrooms, the records state. Word of the raid first leaked last week, but State Police asked for media cooperation as they tried to build on the investigation.

Rape reported in eastern New Orleans

Police said a woman reported being sexually assaulted Monday, but police did not release whether the alleged rapist was known by the woman.

Police released few details on the incident, saying only that it was reported shortly before 3 p.m. in the 8500 block of Chef Menteur Highway.

Marijuana found
in baby formula can

A 26-year-old Gretna man was arrested Monday after authorities say they found marijuana stuffed into an infant formula can after they searched a diaper bag he was carrying.

Tirell Brown was booked with possession of a Schedule I controlled substance and marijuana possession-second offense, according to an arrest report. Officers with the West Bank Major Crimes Task Force said they entered an apartment complex on Tensas Street in Gretna and immediately smelled marijuana. The report states that when Brown saw the officers he ran and was later captured with a cigar filled with marijuana in an apartment.

However, the report states that Brown then asked to retrieve a diaper bag from his car. When officers searched that bag, they found a formula can filled with marijuana, the report said.

Authorities book man, 35, in beating

A 35-year-old Gretna man was booked with aggravated battery on Monday after authorities say he viciously beat his girlfriend in front of their 13-month-old child.

James Bruvet is accused of slapping, pushing and choking his girlfriend during an argument on Whitney Avenue near Gretna. Authorities said Bruvet also hit the woman with a gun before fleeing the scene.

Kenner dad booked in daughter’s beating

A Kenner father landed in jail after authorities decided that he stepped over the line when he learned that his teenage daughter spent the night with her boyfriend.

Leon Adams, 41, was booked with six counts of cruelty to a juvenile and false imprisonment after Kenner police said he slapped his daughter multiple times, rammed her head into a dashboard and finally whipped her with a belt.

According to an arrest report, Adams became angry after the 16-year-old girl lied to him multiple times about spending the night with friends and family members when she really slept at her boyfriend’s home.

Jailed man rebooked on bribery charges

An Algiers man facing armed robbery charges allegedly tried to make his case disappear with a bribe, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Dumas, 25, is accused of conspiring with another man and woman to figure out how to bribe the victim of an armed robbery case he was charged in, according to an arrest report.

Dumas allegedly hatched the plan while speaking from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, despite the fact that conversations at the facility are recorded. Dumas was booked with public bribery.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau