Man is shot answering doorbell in N.O. East
An unidentified gunman shot an 18-year-old man who opened the door of his New Orleans East home early Friday, police said.
About 1 a.m. someone rang the doorbell of the victim’s home in the 7700 block of Woodbine Drive and asked for him by name, according to a daily police log.
When the victim came to the door he saw no one and stuck his head out, at which point the gunman fired, striking the man in the foot.
The victim was treated at a hospital. His injury was not serious, said officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.
Bus hits, kills woman on Hayne Boulevard
A woman died Thursday night after she was struck by a bus in New Orleans East, the Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office said.
Joanna George, 41, was hit about 7 p.m. in the 9900 block of Hayne Boulevard, said John Gagliano, the coroner’s chief investigator.
She died about 10:30 p.m. at Interim LSU Public Hospital. An autopsy had not been completed as of Friday afternoon.
Police have not released any other information about the accident.
River Ridge man is arrested after chase
A River Ridge man who faces pending drug charges was arrested for the third time in as many months following a short vehicle chase this week in Kenner.
Broderick Obiekwe, 25, was booked with flight from an officer, illegal possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and resisting an officer, McGregor said.
About 10 p.m. Thursday, he said, police tried to stop a 2004 Mercedes-Benz S430 in the 600 block of Filmore Street because of illegally tinted windows.
Obiekwe refused to stop and abandoned his vehicle in the 300 block of Providence Place after a short chase, McGregor said. He tried to run away but was captured in the 9000 block of Corwin Street. Police found he had 14.2 grams of crack cocaine, McGregor said.
Kenner police had arrested Obiekwe on Aug. 15 after another chase. He was booked with having crack cocaine, having drugs in a school zone and running a stop sign. He was arrested again on Sept. 14 and booked with possession of marijuana, possession of heroin and traffic violations.
Obiekwe remained in custody on Friday. No bail has been set, McGregor said.
Man suspected of selling synthetic weed
Kenner police on Friday said a business owner was arrested on suspicion of selling synthetic marijuana.
Chang Zhu, 40, of Metairie, was booked with distribution of a synthetic cannabinoid after investigators on Thursday executed a search warrant at his business, Baby Boy Food Mart, in the 1800 block of Airline Drive and found the fake drug, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Police Department spokesman.
The investigation began after Kenner police received a tip from Crime Stoppers that a woman’s daughter had overdosed on synthetic marijuana she bought from the store and had been hospitalized, McGregor said.
Police, who made three undercover purchases, said Zhu kept the synthetic marijuana behind the counter and sold it only to people he knew.
Additional charges are possible after the drug is examined at a laboratory.
Zhu remained jailed Friday. No bail had been set, McGregor said.