Police arrest suspect in Slidell homicide
One man is in custody and more arrests are expected as Slidell police continue to investigate the city’s third homicide this year.
Felix Adams Jr. was arrested and booked on a count of first-degree murder after an officer spotted his car about 11:30 Sunday night, SPD spokesman Daniel Seuzeneau said. Adams was sought in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Leighton Powe Jr., whose body was found in a ditch along Javery Road on Saturday.
Though Powe’s body was found outside the city limits of Slidell, St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s detectives determined that he had been shot in Slidell and taken to the where he was found. Slidell police detectives took the lead in the case with cooperation from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Seuzeneau said. Adams is being held in the Slidell City Jail until he can be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
A tip led to police being on the lookout for the car Adams was driving, Seuzeneau said.
‘Suspicious’ fire probed in St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernard Parish and state investigators are trying to figure out what ignited what they described as a suspicious fire early Monday at a remote-controlled-vehicle race course.
A resident who thought he heard an explosion reported the fire, which damaged the Vista Park Playground gym, about 3:20 a.m. The fire was under control within 45 minutes. No one was injured, authorities said.
However, St. Bernard Parish Fire Department Chief Thomas Stone said, the business, Victory Lane Hobby, lost all of its inventory.
The fire was mostly contained to a room once used as a concession stand when the building operated as a parish gym. For the past year the hobby shop and race course has rented the space.
The St. Bernard Parish Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office and state Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the fire, as well as a break-in at the business.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or the Sheriff’s Office at (504) 271-2501.
Search on for man in po-boy shop holdup
New Orleans police are searching for a man who robbed a Marigny po-boy store early Monday morning.
The man was recorded on the store’s surveillance cameras.
According to police he walked into Jean’s Poboys, 1040 Elysian Fields Ave., about 3 a.m. and placed an order. After placing the order, police said, he indicated he had a gun and told the cashier to hand over the cash from the register. The man ran south on Elysian Fields, police said.
Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to contact 8th District Detective Bryan Jones at (504) 658-6080 or bbjones at nola.gov, or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Wheelchair-bound man cut on Quarter street
A wheelchair-bound man was cut early Sunday after he told another man to not push women, police said.
The 50-year-old victim was in his wheelchair near Chartres and St. Ann streets about 12:15 a.m. when, he said, a man pushed a woman off of a bench near Jackson Square.
“Don’t do that in front of me,” the victim told the man, at which point the victim was cut on the wrist, according to police reports.
Paramedics took the victim to a local hospital. Police did not provide a description of the man who cut him.
Man accused of trying to kill, rob his cousin
A U.S. marshals task force on Monday arrested a St. Bernard Parish man in New Orleans for allegations of the attempted killing and robbery of his cousin last month in Violet.
Dalvin Major, 18, is accused of shooting his 23-year-old cousin on Aug. 31 and then robbing him of his wallet, the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office said.
The cousin was treated for a gunshot wound to his lower torso and thigh.
He remains hospitalized, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Compiled by the New Orleans bureau