New Orleans area police reports for April 3, 2013

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Firefighters battle a three-alarm warehouse fire in the Central City section of New Orleans on Monday. An arching column of smoke from the blaze hung over much of the downtown skyline.
Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Firefighters battle a three-alarm warehouse fire in the Central City section of New Orleans on Monday. An arching column of smoke from the blaze hung over much of the downtown skyline.

Man accused of putting child in dryer

A 34-year-old New Orleans man was booked with cruelty to a juvenile on Monday after authorities say he put a 10-year-old boy in a hot dryer after beating the boy.

Robert Smith was arrested at his home on Castiglione Street on Monday.

According to court records, police arrested Smith after someone at the child’s school noticed burn marks on the boy. Those marks later were confirmed to match the metal mesh found in many dryers.

Court records say the boy told investigators that while his mother was in the hospital Smith beat him with a belt, kicked him in the chest and then stuffed him in a hot dryer.

Smith allegedly was angry at the boy because he failed to pass along some paperwork from school.

Fire breaks out at insulation company

The New Orleans Fire Department extinguished a three-alarm fire at Eagle Insulation Company at 2431 Clio Street on Monday night.

The department responded to 911 call at 10:52 p.m. that reported smoke coming from a building.

The first company arrived at 10:58 pm and found heavy smoke pouring out of a brick office building and one metal warehouse building already fully involved in flame.

Firefighters attempted to force entry into the brick building, which housed the company’s offices, but were forced out by overwhelming flames and imminent signs that the building was going to collapse, according to a news release.

The size of the buildings involved and a heavy load of flammable insulation made the fire extremely difficult to douse, the news release said, with the fire eventually being place under control at 4:37 a.m.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the two building involved on arrival.

A total of 21 NOFD units carrying 68 fire personnel were used to extinguish this fire, and a fire-watch made up of four fire companies remained on the scene throughout the night to make sure the fire was out.

The cause and origin of the fire is currently being investigated, and there were no injuries reported.

Reported kidnapping found to be hoax

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a 55-year-old man after authorities say he lied about a woman being kidnapped to avoid having to pay off a drug debt.

Craig Trufant was booked with false swearing to public records, crack cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Fortunato announced late Monday night that a previous report about the kidnapping of a woman had been invented by Trufant in order to avoid paying off a drug debt.

Trufant apparently was trying to get another man arrested so he wouldn’t have to pay any money, Fortunato said.

N.O. man, 18, accused of killing 15-year-old

Police announced the arrest of an 18-year-old man in connection with the fatal shooting of another teenager last month.

Clifford Williams was booked with second-degree murder after being arrested inside his New Orleans home without incident.

He is accused of killing Ralphmon Green on March 25 in the 2100 block of Allen Street.

Police say Williams confessed to the homicide and blamed it on an argument with the boy.

Williams was found with a gun that authorities believe was used in the shooting.

Two gas station robberies reported

Police are looking for clues about two separate gas station robberies that happened miles apart on Monday night.

The first incident was reported shortly after 9 p.m. in the 3000 block of General De Gaulle Drive in Algiers.

Police said two men entered a Shell station, implied they had a gun and then fled with cash.

About an hour later, a Discount Zone gas station in the 12900 block of Chef Menteur Highway reportedly was robbed by three men.

In that incident, robbers entered the store, and one was armed with a gun. He demanded cash, and the men left the business.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

Woman arrested
in aggravated battery

Police arrested a 29-year-old woman who authorities say beat another woman with a metal bat in the parking lot of an eastern New Orleans apartment complex.

Natalie Williams was booked with aggravated battery Monday, according to court records.

Police said the victim was getting out of her car when Williams began hitting her in the head and arms with a bat.

Court records say the beating stemmed from a prior dispute, and authorities say the victim is a former girlfriend of Williams’ brother.

The victim was hospitalized after the attack.

Woman booked with striking police car

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Terrytown woman Sunday after authorities said she struck a police car while her blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

Amanda Davis, 43, was booked with hit-and-run driving, two counts of failure to use a child restraint, driving while intoxicated-child endangerment and failure to maintain proper control of her vehicle.

Authorities said the accident happened near Carol Sue Avenue in Terrytown.

According to an arrest report, Davis struck a police car but then drove away.

When the deputy tracked her down, the deputy discovered a 1-year-old and a 7-year-old in Davis’ vehicle without proper restraints.

The report says Davis, who claimed to be a teacher, threatened to make life difficult for the deputy’s children if they attended public school.

Her blood-alcohol content was listed at 0.212.

Teen shot in arm, hand while on street

A 19-year-old man was shot early Tuesday morning while walking.

The incident was reported shortly before 3 a.m. in the 2200 block of St. Philip Street.

Police said the victim was walking in the area when two men approached him from an alley and opened fire.

The victim was wounded in the arm and hand.

Fight between sisters ends in hospital

A fight between two sisters at a Marrero bar ended with one of the women taking a trip to the hospital Saturday morning.

According to an incident report from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, the fight occurred at an unnamed bar near the intersection of Barataria Boulevard and Fourth Street.

The victim reported that she and her sister argued about a friend.

The victim’s sister then hit her in the head with a bottle, and the victim was brought to West Jefferson Medical Center.

According to the report, the victim refused to press charges.

Compiled by Allen Powell II