New Orleans police and fire briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

Argument cited in fatal accident in Slidell

A 25-year-old Mississippi woman was killed in a car accident Monday evening in Slidell when she grabbed the steering wheel and jerked it during an argument with her husband, who was driving, according to State Police Troop L.

Troopers investigated the single-vehicle fatal crash that happened just after 8:30 p.m. on Interstate 10 about a half-mile before the U.S. 190 Business/Fremaux Avenue exit.

Cody Rafter, 24, of Gautier, Miss., was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu east with his wife, Lauren Gregor, also of Gautier, as a passenger. The couple began arguing, and Gregor grabbed and jerked the steering wheel violently to the right, investigators said.

The car rotated clockwise as it traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Gregor, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle and became trapped. She was taken to Ochsner Northshore Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Rafter, who wore a seat belt, received minor injuries.

Impairment is not suspected, according to Troop L.

N.O. inmate escapes, recaptured hours later

An Orleans Parish inmate sneaked out of jail Tuesday morning by pretending to be another inmate, forging his signature and slipping past a security checkpoint.

Cantell Pilot, 38, was spotted about three hours later.

He led deputies on a short chase and was caught and returned to jail.

Pilot had been in jail for less than a day when he made his alleged escape.

He was picked up Monday on a charge of failing to return a leased car, a low-end felony punishable by no more than two years in prison. But he also had outstanding warrants for skipping court appearances for driving infractions in Jefferson Parish and New Orleans Traffic Court.

He was scheduled to appear in magistrate court Tuesday.

But just after 5 a.m., he responded to a call for inmates scheduled for release.

The security checkpoint apparently consists of guards asking inmates to answer personal questions about themselves.

The sheriff’s public-relations firm did not immediately respond to an inquiry Tuesday evening about the release protocol.

Pilot identified himself as another man, answered the questions, then signed the man’s name on a release document.

He was discovered later, when he didn’t show up along with others scheduled for court appearances.

More than three hours later, Pilot was apprehended near South Claiborne Avenue and Toledano Street.

He was booked on additional charges of simple escape, resisting arrest by flight and injury to a public document.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman said that his office is reviewing the incident, questioning both Pilot and the man whose identity he assumed.

The office “has also launched an administrative review into the incident to determine which policies and procedures maybe have been violated.”

Attempted murder suspect found in N.O.

A man wanted for a shooting late last year in Terrytown was arrested Tuesday in New Orleans, authorities said.

Daniel “Deezol” Bryant, 18, was found in a home in the 1600 block of Frenchmen Street.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office had sought Bryant on four counts of attempted second-degree murder.

The Sheriff’s Office alleges Bryant and five other men opened fire inside of a home in the 400 block of East Butterfly Circle the night of Dec. 8, while a birthday party was going on.

Three victims were treated at Ochsner Medical Center West Bank and one was treated at Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans.

Authorities have not identified the other men they believe were responsible for the shooting.

Cyclist killed in Colo. identified as N.O. man

A recreational cyclist who died after a bicycle crash in the Aspen, Colo., area has been identified as a 74-year-old man from New Orleans.

The Pitkin County coroner says Henry “Hank” Vosbein died after the crash Sunday.

The sheriff’s department says Vosbein was wearing a helmet.

Deputies say Vosbein was descending Maroon Creek Road after riding his bike to the Maroon Bells area with friends and family.

Sheriff’s Deputy George Kremer told The Aspen Daily News that Vosbein went off the road onto a pull-off covered with loose rock and lost control. Kremer says the cyclist was thrown forward into a meadow about 4 feet below.

N.O. police investigate two separate rapes

New Orleans police are investigating two separate rapes that were reported during the Labor Day weekend.

The first one happened about 1:55 a.m. Sunday.

According to a daily police log, an unknown man woke up a woman inside of a home in the 2300 block of Louisa Street, covered her face and tied her hands behind her back.

When the victim told the man she had no money, he raped her, police said.

About 6:21 a.m. Monday, a 21-year-old woman was approached near the intersection of Benefit and New Orleans streets and raped by a man who wielded a knife, police said.

Police did not provide descriptions of either man.

Slidell PD investigates report of gunfire

Slidell police issued an arrest warrant late Tuesday for Michael Cooper in the shooting that occurred at 12:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Cooper is wanted for two counts of attempted second-degree murder, said police Det. Daniel Seuzeneau.

Cooper, 19, is considered armed and dangerous, Seuzeneau said.

No one was injured in the incident, and no further details were immediately available.

Compiled from staff

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