New Orleans area police briefs for Dec. 8, 2012

Pimp convicted in slaying of Marine

A Houston pimp accused of fatally stabbing a Marine in 2010 was convicted of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice on Friday.

Melvin Clay, 39, was found guilty of killing Sgt. Ryan Lekosky on Halloween 2010. New Orleans prosecutors John Alford and Jeff Huft convinced a jury to reject Clay’s claim that he stabbed Lekoksy in self-defense after arguing with the Marine’s wife.

Clay faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

This marked the second murder conviction secured by Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office this week.

Kenan Allen, 49, previously was found guilty of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted second-degree murder after prosecutors proved he set fire to his girlfriend while she slept in bed in January 2010.

The woman’s son and grandson were also in the home.

Man killed in crash near police station

A single-vehicle crash near New Orleans police headquarters left a man dead Thursday night, and police are investigating the cause.

Bernard Magee, 62, died from injuries he sustained after his pickup truck left the roadway on Earhart Boulevard near the Broad Street ramp.

The truck struck a guardrail, and Magee, who was wearing a seat belt, died on the scene.

The accident happened shortly before 9 p.m. and police are still investigating what made Magee leave the roadway.

A toxicology report is pending.

Escapee captured without incident

A 24-year-old man who managed to escape from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office despite being handcuffed to the floor was captured at an Algiers home Thursday.

Harry Mitchell achieved mild notoriety when he managed to ditch his handcuffs when police left him alone while questioning him about a Harvey armed robbery.

Mitchell was accused of robbing a man and woman at gunpoint.

Mitchell was arrested without incident in the 3600 block of Kent Street.

The Sheriff’s Office has already changed the way doors inside of its criminal investigations bureau open and close, and those changes were actually scheduled for the day Mitchell escaped.

He’s been booked with simple escape as well.

Duo accused in rash of car burglaries

Police arrested a man and woman Thursday and accused them of more than a dozen car burglaries in the city over the past month.

Ingrid Perry, 29, was booked with 13 counts of simple burglary, illegal possession of stolen property and marijuana possession after police say she served as a lookout for Charles Taylor, 29, while he committed car burglaries in parking lots, according to an arrest report.

Perry was arrested after police say Taylor committed a burglary on Williams Boulevard.

They stopped Perry’s vehicle and found stolen property and marijuana in the vehicle, the report said.

Man accused of soliciting minor

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Marrero man Thursday after authorities say he sent lewd photos and videos to a 13-year-old girl on the Internet.

Anthony Andal, 25, was booked with computer assisted solicitation of a minor. No other information was released on the incident.

Police: Woman fired gun during dispute

A Gretna woman’s decision to intervene in a neighborhood dispute landed her in hot water Thursday after she admitted to police that she fired off a gunshot.

Ashley Allen was booked with illegal discharge of a weapon at her home on East Monterey Court Drive in unincorporated Gretna on Thursday.

According to an arrest report, Allen’s husband had a fight with their neighbors, and during the incident, Allen came out of her apartment and fired a gunshot in the air.

No one was injured in the incident, which Allen admitted to during questioning.

Firefighters find marijuana operation

A fire at a Bridge City home unearthed a small scale marijuana growing operation Thursday, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters were called to the 900 block of Oak Avenue to handle a fire that investigators believe was caused by a child playing with matches.

When firefighters arrived, they found several marijuana plants and lamps in a closet near a bedroom at the home.

Chelsea Spears, 27, was arrested in the incident.

Man beaten and robbed by 3 men

A 57-year-old man was beaten and robbed while walking home on Edinburgh Street on Thursday afternoon, according to New Orleans police.

The incident was reported shortly after 6 p.m. in the 7100 block of Edinburgh Street.

The victim told police he was walking when three people came up behind him.

One of the robbers pushed the victim to the ground and began kicking him in the head.

Another suspect went through the victim’s pockets and removed a wireless phone and cash.

Police say a third suspect held a gun on the victim during the incident.

All three robbers fled on foot.

Woman arrested
in Sept. shooting

A September dispute that included gunplay led to the arrest of a local woman Thursday.

Samantha Dickerson, 25, was booked with aggravated assault by drive-by shooting after police say she fired a single shot at a 30-year-old woman in the 2800 block of Louisiana Drive on Sept. 19.

The victim told police that she was walking down the street when Dickerson jumped out of a vehicle, shouted “there they go” and let off one shot.

Dickerson then fled in the car, and no was injured.

Another witness also identified Dickerson as the shooter.

Dickerson was arrested on several outstanding warrants as well.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau