New Orleans Police briefs

Student accused
in death threats

A Belle Chasse High School student was arrested — just three days after a deadly school shooting in Connecticut shocked the nation — because he threatened to kill his teacher and several of his classmates.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said Leonard F. Jourdan III was booked with terrorizing after he discussed opening fire on his classmates at Belle Chasse High School on Friday because he believed the world was going to end, said Commander Eric Becnel, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Witnesses said Jourdan also discussed tying up one of his teachers and cutting that teacher’s wrists because he believed the teacher had a grudge against him.

When confronted by detectives, Jourdan said he was only joking when he made the comments.

N.O. man jailed in student threats case

A New Orleans man is in custody after police say he threatened to kill a bus full of school children if they didn’t leave one of his relatives alone.

Keith Petit, 29, was booked with aggravated assault, extortion and illegal carrying of a weapon, after police say he climbed on to a school bus and threatened to “blow everybody’s brains out” on Dec. 14.

Petit was apparently meeting a relative as she exited the bus and was irate because of some previous disturbance, court records said.

The bus driver told police that after Petit made his declaration, several of the children started screaming and exclaiming that he had a gun. The court records do not indicate that Petit openly displayed a weapon at any time.

Petit was arrested after he later called the school to find out why his relative was not picked up, and the bus driver told school officials that he no longer felt comfortable picking the child up.

Two children told police that they saw a weapon.

Police: Man bragged about homicides

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office booked a Harvey man with being an accessory to murder and attempted murder after they said he bragged about the killing of two men found near a Marrero public housing complex in August.

Ernest Payne, 23, was booked with those charges Monday, after being arrested as part of separate narcotics investigation, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Investigators said Payne was developed as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Delanta McCall, 21 and the wounding of his brother Harry Mitchell, 19, several months ago.

Both men were found shot in a vehicle in the 1600 block of Julie Street in Marrero on Aug. 12. Police recovered an assault rifle and handgun in the victims’ hands.

Fortunato said Detective Travis Eserman began investigating Payne’s involvement in the incident after receiving reports that Payne was bragging about his involvement in the shootings.

Fortunato also said that surveillance cameras captured Payne’s vehicle leaving the area of the shooting shortly after the incident.

Kenner man killed crossing highway

A Kenner man was killed crossing Airline Highway in LaPlace on Monday night, and the accident is still under investigation, State Police said.

The fatality occurred near Airline Highway and North Elm Street around 9 p.m.

Investigators believe that Chris Robertson, 45, was walking across the street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Dennis Weidus, 55, of Baton Rouge.

Robertson died at a local hospital. Police don’t believe speed or impairment were involved in the crash.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau