Violet man faces new charges in St. Bernard
After being arrested in December in connection with a shootout, a Violet man was booked this week on several new charges, including illegal possession of a shotgun and handgun by a convicted felon and possession of crack cocaine, plus probation violations, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Keith Thompson, 22, was arrested by detectives who have been assigned to Violet as part of an investigation into separate murders on Oct. 8 and Oct. 11.
Thompson was arrested in December after a shooting between two groups of people; no one was injured..He pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge.
Thompson was found Tuesday with a shotgun and handgun in a home in the 3200 block of Daniel Drive, as well as about 17 grams of crack cocaine worth nearly $1,700, Sheriff James Pohlmann said in a news release.
Thompson is being held in the St. Bernard Parish jail and cannot be released on bond because of his probation violation, the sheriff said.
Paradis man accused of attempted murder
A Paradis man is in jail on a charge of attempted murder, accused of stabbing a man in the back with a fillet knife, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
Roberto Lora, 35, stabbed the 37-year-old victim during an argument, Sheriff Greg Champagne said.
Lora was arrested Tuesday and booked with attempted second-degree murder.
The victim was treated at The St. Charles Hospital.
Metairie teen charged with rape of juvenile
A Jefferson Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted Joshua King, 17, of Metairie, on one count of aggravated rape of a juvenile.
King, who will be tried as an adult in Judge Stephen Grefer’s court, was 15 when he allegedly began abusing a child over a two-year period ending in April, when the victim was 9 years old.
The mandatory sentence for a conviction on an aggravated rape charge is life in prison without parole, probation or a suspended sentence.
King is being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a $250,000 bond.
Students on school bus injured in hit-and-run
Between 15 and 18 students were taken to Children’s Hospital with minor injuries Thursday afternoon when their school bus was involved in a hit-and-run at the foot of the East Bank-bound span of the Crescent City Connection.
The collision happened about 4:30 p.m., just past the toll booth on the West Bank, said Trooper Melissa Matey, a spokeswoman for State Police Troop B.
The school bus and a blue Ford F-150 that was hauling a boat trailer were merging into one lane as they headed to the East Bank when the back of the trailer hit the bus, Matey said.
The driver of the pickup did not stop after the collision.
Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Troop B at (504) 471-2775.