Nov 25, 2012 00:32 New Orleans area police briefs for Nov. 24, 2012 New Orleans area police briefs for Nov. 24, 2012 Advocate story Nov. 25, 2012 Comments Suspect accused of beating girlfriend Metairie — The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a 45-year-old man on Thanksgiving Day after his pregnant girlfriend said he beat her while they were living in a tent on the Mississippi River batture. Lloyd Ferrier was booked with domestic abuse battery. His last known address was in Marrero, but he was living in a tent behind the Mississippi River levee near River Road and South Causeway Boulevard, according to an arrest report. Deputies were called out to the 400 block of Shrewsbury Street by the victim, who told them that Ferrier had punched her several times in the face and body. However, police noted that they did not see any physical marks on her. She asked to be taken to the hospital to be checked out, and Ferrier was arrested without incident. Woman charged in store scuffle Metairie — Some last-minute grocery shopping before Thanksgiving ended in an altercation in the parking lot of Metairie grocery store, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. According to an arrest report, a woman reported that she was choked until she “thought she was going to die” after she nearly collided with another woman’s vehicle. That woman, Noelle Kabel, 34, was booked with simple battery by deputies. The report says Kabel and the victim almost got into an accident, and Kabel then became enraged. She jumped out of her car, walked up to the victim and began choking her through a window. A witness confirmed this account to police, and the victim had several bruises on her neck, according to the report. Kabel was taken into custody without incident. Man accused of counterfeiting Gretna — A 23-year-old Metairie man was booked with a host of fraud and theft charges after he admitted to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies that he operated a check counterfeiting ring throughout the New Orleans area. Eric Spinks was arrested in St. Tammany Parish earlier this month on bank fraud charges and brought to Jefferson Parish for questioning, according to an arrest report. The report said he freely admitted to deputies that he was cashing counterfeit checks throughout the metropolitan area. Spinks was booked with five counts of bank fraud, seven counts of monetary instrument abuse, five counts of theft in excess of $1,500 and three counts of forgery.