New Orleans area police reports for March 13, 2013

Woman hit by car dies from injuries

A Covington woman struck Sunday by a car has died from her injuries, and authorities suspect the man who hit her was intoxicated.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office booked William Seither Jr., 21, with vehicular homicide Monday after Lisa Pitre, 51, died from injuries she sustained.

Authorities say Seither hit her with his car on Carroll Drive in the Norman Oaks subdivision.

Investigators said when they questioned Seither after the crash, he admitted to using narcotics earlier that evening.

Coroner identifies slaying victim, 28,

A 28-year-old man gunned down Monday night in eastern New Orleans was identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Tuesday.

Michael Johnson was found dead in the 14000 block of Willowbrook Drive around 8 p.m.

Police say Johnson was found lying in a front lawn of a home with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.

No information has been released on a motive or suspect.

Woman leaves infant in car to flee police

Kenner police reported a woman left her 18-month-old child in the car while she fled police on foot last week.

Brittney Travis, 21, was booked with a host of charges including child desertion, child endangerment and driving on a suspended license after police said she led them on a vehicle chase, then abandoned her child to continue fleeing on foot. According to an arrest report, Travis initially was flagged down Friday by an officer in the 100 block of Driftwood Street.

After initially pretending to stop, she fled from the scene, the report said.

Police said Travis drove through several residential neighborhoods topping 60 mph, despite a 20-mph speed limit.

Eventually she stopped the vehicle on Williams Boulevard and tried to flee police on foot.

She left her son in the backseat, according to Sgt. Brian McGregor, a police spokesman.

Sketch released in bus-stop shooting

Police released a composite sketch Tuesday of a man they believe opened fire on a crowded bus stop last month.

The shooting was reported about 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at a bus stop at North Broad and Esplanade Avenue.

Police said the gunman is a 19-year-old male, 6-foot-2, with a slim build who fired into a crowd containing schoolchildren at the corner.

The man was last seen fleeing on Esplanade Avenue toward the Mississippi River.

One male student was wounded in the incident.

Two teens arrested, accused of break-in

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two teenagers Monday after authorities say they broke into a Harvey elementary school.

Tyler Plaisance, 17, and Tommy White, age unknown, were booked with criminal mischief and criminal trespassing after authorities said they were caught on camera breaking into Homedale Elementary School while wearing their uniforms from West Jefferson High School.

According to an arrest report, the two teenagers broke glass on doors, broke several windows and sprayed foam from a fire extinguisher all over the school during the incident.

Plaisance was later arrested at school.

City seeks consent decree monitor

Despite the city’s stated opposition to a federal consent decree, New Orleans police are moving forward with the process of selecting a company to monitor the federal consent decree against the department.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration announced five finalists have been chosen from the 12 firms that submitted proposals to handle the monitor duties.

Those companies are The Bromwich Group, Elite Performance Assessment Consultants, Hillard Heintze, OIR Group and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

The city will hold public hearings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in April to discuss the proposals.

Teenager accused
of molesting girl, 3

A Metairie teenager was booked with sexual battery Thursday after authorities said he molested a 3-year girl while watching television with her.

The girl reported Michael Eicke, 17, digitally penetrated her while they were lying in bed watching television, according to an arrest report.

Investigators say that when the confronted about the allegations, Eicke admitted his involvement and said he didn’t understand why he did it.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau