Two men are killed in separate accidents
Two men were killed Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning in separate traffic crashes, New Orleans police said.
The first accident, which killed a 70-year-old driver, happened about 4 p.m. Monday on Interstate 10 eastbound near the Airline Highway exit.
Robert Roberts made an “erratic” exit off the interstate and slammed his Lexus sport-utility vehicle into the back of a Toyota before hitting a concrete barrier, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.
Witnesses told police the SUV was speeding.
Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene. His 67-year-old passenger was taken to a hospital, where she was in critical condition, Robertson said.
The driver of the Toyota was not seriously injured.
An autopsy was conducted Tuesday but more testing must be done before a cause of death is determined, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.
Fatality investigator Melvin Hunter is in charge of the investigation.
Early Tuesday, another man died in a crash in the Bywater neighborhood, police said.
The accident happened about 12:50 a.m. at St. Claude and Poland avenues.
A 28-year-old man was driving a Ford Taurus north on Poland and James Spears, 48, was driving a Chrysler 300 west on St. Claude when the cars collided, said Officer Garry Flot, a police spokesman.
Spears died on the scene from multiple internal injuries, Gagliano said.
The 28-year-old man was treated at the hospital; his injuries were not serious.
Fatality investigator Richard Blackman III is leading the investigation.
Blood and alcohol tests are pending in each case.
N.O. police seek man suspected of CBD rape
New Orleans police are looking for a man suspected in a rape last week in the Central Business District.
Police allege Charles “Kermit” Ramagos, 49, committed the rape about 2 a.m. Oct. 8 at South Peters and Poydras streets.
Ramagos is known to frequent the French Quarter and may live under the Pontchartrain Expressway, police said.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact detective Stephanie Taillon at (504) 658-5523 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
NOPD looks for robber in Mid-City incident
New Orleans police are asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying a man who robbed a woman of her purse in the Bayou St. John neighborhood.
The robbery happened about 1:35 p.m. Oct. 4 at St. Ann Street and Hagan Avenue.
The unidentified robber walked up to a woman and grabbed her purse from the basket on her bicycle, police said.
He then ran away on Moss Street toward Orleans Avenue.
The robber is described as between 20 and 30 years old, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-7, and between 160 and 170 pounds.
He wore black shorts and a black T-shirt and was clean-shaven. Police on Tuesday released a composite sketch of the suspect.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact detective Thomas Ripp at (504) 658-6010 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Woman suspected of ‘doctor shopping’
State Police arrested a Belle Chasse woman on suspicion that she committed a practice known as doctor shopping to get prescription drugs illegally.
Carol E. Ruggles, 48, was booked on 28 counts of obtaining prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances by fraudulent means, said Trooper Melissa Matey, a spokeswoman for State Police Troop B.
State Police began an investigation in September after the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Ruggles was obtaining prescriptions from “numerous” health care providers.
State Police detectives used the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy Prescription Monitoring Program, an investigative tool that allows law enforcement to monitor prescriptions that are fraudulently obtained, to obtain a warrant for Ruggles, Matey said.
Three-alarm fire breaks out at Treme building
New Orleans firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at an abandoned two-story, six-unit apartment building in Treme on Tuesday afternoon.
The fire, at 225 N. Roman St., near Bienville Street, was reported about 2:35 p.m.
It was brought under control about 3:55 p.m.
No injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation.
Fifty-one firefighters on 24 units were called to the scene to put out the flames.