New Orleans area briefs for March 26, 2013

Anthony Adams
Anthony Adams

Covington officers face battery counts

Two Covington police officers are accused of using excessive force during an incident last fall and were arrested on Monday.

In a news release, police said Anthony Adams and Nicholas Harper were booked with simple battery and malfeasance in connection with the November incident. Covington police had been investigating the matter internally since January. Police said Adams, a four-year veteran, resigned when the investigation began, while Harper is on unpaid leave. No additional details were released in the incident.

Two shooting victims identified by coroner

Two men killed during a shooting Sunday night were identified by the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office on Monday.

Lawrence Brown, 53, and Gregory Hills, 19, were both found dead shortly after 8:30 p.m. in the same Gert Town neighborhood that has been plagued by shootings in recent months. New Orleans police said they were called out to the 3500 block of Audubon Court around 8:30 p.m. and found Hills dead from a gunshot wound in the middle of the street.

A few blocks away at Broadway Street and Washington Avenue, police said, Brown crashed his truck into a business at the intersection after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. Brown died at the scene. Police have not released a motive or suspect in the homicides.

Teenager arrested
in Algiers shooting

Just a few hours after announcing him as a suspect, New Orleans police arrested a 19-year-old man accused of shooting a woman in Algiers on Saturday night.

Taray Butler is accused of shooting a 51-year-old woman as she rolled up her car window outside of her home in the 3900 block of Sullen Place around 7:17 p.m. Butler was booked with aggravated battery.

According to court records, the woman was shot three times, but her wounds were not life-threatening. Police have not said if the woman was a target or caught in crossfire. According to court records, police were able to identify Butler as a suspect after a witness reported seeing someone shooting a rifle from the rear of a vehicle as it drove slowly down the street.

Woman awakened by half-naked stranger

New Orleans police arrested a 29-year old man Saturday after they said he broke into a woman’s home and then went into her bedroom holding his genitals.

Reginald “Smurf” McCoy was booked by police with aggravated burglary, simple battery, simple criminal damage to property and obscenity. According to an arrest report, the 48-year-old victim was at her home on Gayoso Street early Saturday morning when she heard a noise at her front door. She saw the door open and told police that McCoy was standing there with his pants down.

The report stated that McCoy told the woman “you know you want this” and tried to advance toward her bed. She was able to push him out of the home and call police after a short struggle. Police reported finding pry marks on the lock of the door.

Man, 20, accused
of kidnap attempt

Police say a Slidell man tried to kidnap a woman Saturday morning after first giving her his phone number at a local nightclub.

Christopher Newcomb, 20, was booked Sunday with attempted simple kidnapping and simple robbery. Police said that the incident happened in the 600 block of Iberville Street around 5:15 a.m. Saturday.

The victim reported she was walking down the street when Newcomb pulled up alongside her in a car with three other men, according to court records. Newcomb initially tried to entice the woman into the vehicle and then tried to force her to get in, the report says. Police said he dragged the woman for several feet when her purse got stuck in the car door.

The woman was able to identify Newcomb because he’d given her his phone number earlier in the night.

Canadian National coal train derails

A train derailment in Kenner shut down several city streets Monday afternoon.

Kenner officials reported that a Canadian National train derailed near Centanni Road, Salvador Road, Morey Road and Farm Road in South Kenner. No injuries were reported. The train was carrying coal.

Deputies say children left in car during theft

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Harvey woman Sunday after authorities said she left her three young children in the car while she shoplifted.

Sharde Myles, 21, was booked with three counts of child desertion and theft of goods. According to an arrest report, Myles is accused of shoplifting at a Wal-Mart on Manhattan Boulevard. When authorities went to her vehicle, they found a 7-year-old, 6-year-old and 6-month-old child in the vehicle.

Deputies foil planned marijuana payment

A New Orleans man’s trip to Boomtown Casino was not just unlucky; it also landed him in jail according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Warren Washington, 30, went to the casino with a friend and lost all of the money he brought with him. He then got a loan from his friend and promised to pay the man back using marijuana. However, Washington was caught with the drugs near Carol Sue Avenue and Carrollwood Village Drive by authorities. He was booked with possession of a Schedule I substance with intent to distribute and marijuana possession.

Woman accused
of bilking elderly

A Kenner woman is accused of bilking several elderly women out of at least $10,000 by using their identities to get credit cards and open bank accounts.

Terez Bradley is accused of using an 82-year-old woman’s identity to get a credit card and using another woman’s identity to open up multiple bank accounts. Kenner police learned of the incidents after the 82-year-old victim reported that someone was using a credit card in her name and tracked it to Bradley. Police then found records for several other victims, according to an arrest report.

Several men accused of sex with minors

New Orleans police and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested several men in separate cases who are accused of having sexual relationships with underage girls.

Darrion Hughes, 18, of River Ridge; Miguel Brooks, 22, New Orleans, and Brandon Nevels, 21, New Orleans were all booked with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Hughes also was booked with sexual battery.

In all of the incidents, authorities said the men engaged in sexual relationships with girls they knew were underage. Two of the victims were 13 and one was 14.

Compiled by Allen Powell II