COVINGTON — The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office identified two teens Friday who they claim are responsible for spray painting “Hitler” and “Hail Satan 666” on the side of St. Paul’s School last month.
Owen Edwards and Carter Hall were each in jail on a $25,000 bond, said Sgt. Sean Beavers, a sheriff’s office spokesman.
The school sent a letter to parents Thursday alerting them of the arrests. The vandalism happened on April 26 or April 27.
Covington police previously reported that the graffiti was found at 40 locations on the campus, including the chapel.
Because of the messages that were painted, the vandalism was considered a hate crime.
Arrests made in St. Tammany burglaries
ST. TAMMANY PARISH — Three people accused in a rash of vehicle and home burglaries in the Slidell area are behind bars.
Deputies last week began to investigate Miles Hursey, 24. Hursey, who is on parole for burglary, was thought to be involved in an ongoing series of car burglaries that have been occurring since January, Sgt. Sean Beavers, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said this week.
On May 3, detectives and agents from the Louisiana Office of Probation searched Hursey’s Pearl River home and found thousands of dollars worth of stolen property, including a four-wheeler, three handguns, several laptop computers and several sets of vehicle keys, Beavers said.
During the search, deputies found evidence that led them to the homes of two other men: Jeff Fuller and Ian Knight, both 24.
Deputies found another stolen four-wheeler and a stolen gun in Fuller’s home, Beavers said. Knight, who is on probation and parole for drug distribution charges, was found to be in possession of a ballistic vest stolen from a federal agent, as well as other property, Beavers said.
St. Tammany sheriff’s investigators met with Slidell police officers, who helped them determine that the stolen property was taken during about 60 vehicle and residential burglaries in eastern St. Tammany Parish.
Hursey was booked with illegal possession of stolen things, illegal possession of stolen firearms, unlawful use of body armor, possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated numbers, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal supplying of a felon with a firearm, illegal carrying of a firearm during a crime, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of simple burglary.
Fuller was booked with possession of stolen firearms, obtaining a drug by fraud and possession of stolen things.
Knight was booked with unlawful use of body armor and possession of stolen things.
Residents who believe they might have had property stolen during these burglaries should contact the Sheriff’s Office investigations division at 985-726-7820.
Gunfire injures man, woman in Marrero
MARRERO — A man and woman were shot early Friday in Marrero, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office released few details about the shooting that was reported about 1:10 a.m. in the 1700 block of Julie Street. The victims’ injuries were not serious, the Sheriff’s Office said.
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