New Orleans area police briefs for Dec. 22, 2012

2nd suspect arrested in double slaying

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a second man in connection with the killing of two brothers in Marrero in August.

Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman, said that Jordan Hicks, 19, of Westwego, has been booked with two counts of second degree murder and one count of attempted second degree murder.

Hicks is accused of killing Martin Harry, 19, and Delanta McCall, 21, in an Aug. 12 shooting in the 1600 block of Julie Street.

McCall died on the scene, while Harry died at a local hospital. A third 21-year-old man was at the scene of the shooting but was not wounded.

Authorities say McCall and Harry were found clutching weapons.

Fortunato announced the arrest of Ernest Payne, 23, of Harvey earlier this week.

Payne was booked with two counts of accessory to second degree murder, accessory to attempted second degree murder and several narcotics and weapons charges.

Fortunato said Hicks was arrested through assistance from the Criminal Intelligence Center, a special collaboration among local law enforcement agencies, which was able to track his loca
tion through the use of cameras throughout Jefferson Parish.

Three victims of fatal crash identified

The three North Carolina victims of a fiery crash on Interstate 12 were identified by St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office on Thursday.

Ronald Phelps, 25, and Tiffany Payne, 21, both died in the crash that occurred after a tractor-trailer drifted from the roadway, struck several trees and burst into flames on Thursday.

David Sarty, 25, received serious burns in the incident and was taken to a New Orleans hospital for treatment.

State Police say that Phelps was driving the vehicle and drifted from the road for an unknown reason.

The crash remains under investigation.

Footprints lead police to suspect

A New Orleans man’s beer-drenched footprints led police to his hiding place after authorities say he crashed his vehicle while intoxicated on Thursday.

Gary Scheuvrent, 39, was booked with driving while intoxicated, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, driving without a license, hit and run driving and having an open container.

According to an arrest report, authorities say Scheuvrent was involved in a single vehicle crash near West Esplanade Avenue and Melody Street on Thursday.

When a deputy arrived at the scene, he found a spilled beer can in the car and footprints leading to a home where Scheuvrent was hiding.

He was arrested without incident.

Victim choked and robbed, police say

New Orleans police are investigating an aggravated battery where police say a man kicked in a female acquaintance’s door and choked, slapped and robbed her.

The incident was reported Thursday morning in the 9200 block of Apple Street.

The woman told police that the man, whom she knows, yelled at her to open the door and she refused.

He then burst into the home and attacked her before fleeing with her purse.

Traffic argument involved firearm

A Gretna teenager was arrested by Gretna police Thursday after authorities say he pulled a gun on a neighbor who asked him to step out of the street so his car could pass.

George Terry III, 19, was booked with aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a weapon with an obliter-
ated or destroyed serial number.

According to an arrest report, Terry argued with his neighbor when the man questioned him about why he didn’t move out of the street when he saw the neighbor’s car.

The report states that Terry showed the man his gun, then waved it around before threatening to come to the man’s home and kill him.

He was arrested at a nearby park by Gretna police after he tried to ditch the weapon in a garbage can, police said.

Police: Two sold alcohol to minors

An undercover sting by Mandeville police resulted in two cita-
tions Thursday for selling alcohol to underage consumers.

Police sent underage customers into 16 stores in Mandeville to test their compliance with state law.

The operation resulted in citations for Terryl Lawrence, 47, and Zachery Cavaretta, 20, of illegal alcohol sales.

The citations carry a maximum fine of $1,000.

These police briefs were compiled by Allen Powell II. He can be contacted at apowell@theadvocate.com