Mother arrested after 5-week-old baby found unresponsive in car

Mother arrested after 5-week-old left in car

A Slidell woman was booked on a count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles after she left her 5-week-old infant locked inside a sweltering car Tuesday afternoon while she shopped for more than half an hour, a Slidell Police Department spokesman said.

Gloria Elzy, 44, rushed out of the store when she saw officers standing around her car while rescuing the infant, Detective Daniel Seuzeneau said.

An alert passerby saw the child inside the car and called police. Officer Joshua Funck was first on the scene and, with outside temperatures above 90 degrees, immediately broke into the locked car and removed the unresponsive child.

The child had an elevated temperature and was sweating profusely, Seuzeneau said. Temperatures in the car had reached 130 degrees, he said.

After being rushed to the hospital, the child was revived and made a full recovery, he said.

Elzy told police that she had dropped off her other children at a friend’s house and forgot the infant was in the car.

Elzy was booked into the Slidell City Jail and, as of Wednesday afternoon, was awaiting transport to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Man gunned down in LaPlace, sheriff says

Authorities in St. John the Baptist Parish are investigating the shooting death of a man Wednesday morning in LaPlace.

Sheriff’s Office deputies responded about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a man shot in the 1900 block of Jasper Lane.

The man, who was shot multiple times, died at the scene. His identity was being withheld pending notification of family.

No additional information was immediately available.

The killing was the fourth homicide in St. John in 2014.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at (985) 359-8477 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Covington man booked in Walgreens robberies

A Covington man was arrested Tuesday and booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail on two counts of simple robbery, one from the Sheriff’s Office and one from the Covington Police Department.

The two agencies worked together to identify Michael Williams, 43, as a suspect in the robbery of two Walgreens stores over the weekend.

The Sheriff’s Office said Williams entered a Walgreens at 70997 La. 59 in Abita Springs on Saturday evening and reached into the register, grabbing cash, as the cashier was retrieving change for another customer.

About 2:15 a.m., he entered a second Walgreens in Covington and again grabbed a handful of cash when the register was opened, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Habitat chapter warns of fake employee

The New Orleans area chapter of Habitat for Humanity is warning about a scam in which a man has claimed to be a Habitat employee to gain entrance into homes in Gentilly.

On Tuesday, the imposter claimed to be checking to see if a Gentilly resident needed any repairs to the home. He called the resident by name, carried a folder with papers in it and said Habitat had received “millions in FEMA funds for repairs” so he was “checking to see what work was needed,” the agency said.

Nothing was stolen, nor was anyone injured.

Habitat for Humanity said it does not solicit homeowners for repairs by going door-to-door or making unsolicited calls. It said residents should turn away anyone who represents himself or herself as a Habitat employee unless the resident has made an appointment with Habitat.

Residents should call the Police Department at (504) 821-2222 to report any fraudulent incidents.

Plaquemines officials book man after stop

A traffic stop last month in Belle Chasse led Plaquemines Parish authorities to bust a Baton Rouge man on various drug charges.

About 11 p.m. June 13, deputies pulled over a 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix at La. 23 and Lejeune Lane. The driver, identified as Trevor Colby Gause, 32, of Baton Rouge, showed “nervous tendencies” to the deputies, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Deputies found that Gause did not have a driver’s license or registration and proof of insurance for the vehicle. He did have two outstanding warrants for an arrest in Jefferson Parish, Becnel said.

Gause allowed deputies to search his car, which smelled of marijuana, Becnel said.

While searching the vehicle, deputies found a jewelry box in the glove compartment that contained loose marijuana. Next to the box, they found $2,926 in cash. Inside the trunk, deputies found a duffle bag holding a digital scale, plastic baggies, a glass jar containing three packaged baggies of marijuana and two large plastic bags containing marijuana.

The marijuana had an estimated street value of $5,500. Based on the evidence, investigators believe the marijuana was being distributed, Becnel said.

Gause was booked on several traffic violations, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia and being a fugitive from Jefferson Parish.

He was freed on a $19,750 bond.