New Orleans police and fire briefs for Jan. 17, 2013

Kenner police pull body from river

The body of a Boutte man reported missing last month was found floating in the Mississippi River in Kenner on Wednesday afternoon.

Police found the body, tentatively identified as Ronald Miller Sr., 39, near mile marker 114 after a barge operator reported it to the U.S. Coast Guard. Miller was identified through his tattoos. He had been reported missing Dec. 28, and authorities have not determined his cause of death.

Man, 39, booked
in waitress’s death

Police have booked a 39-year-old man with first-degree murder after he admitted beating a woman to death at a 7th Ward home this week.

Henry Dolliole was arrested Thursday after New Orleans police identified him as a person of interest in the fatal beating of Lauren Tanski, 26. Tanski was found dead at a home in the 2000 block of Urquhart Street on Monday. Police said Dolliole admitted to the homicide after being questioned and said he killed Tanski following an argument. Dolliole was arrested thanks to a tip from a Harvey resident who lived near him. He had numerous previous arrests including one for attempted murder, according to police Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

Student accused
of having gun

An Algiers high school student was arrested last week for bringing a gun to school after a fight on campus.

Ronald Carter, 17, a student at O. Perry Walker College and Career Preparatory High School, brought a 9 mm handgun to campus in his backpack Jan. 10, said officer Garry Flot, a New Orleans police spokesman. The weapon was discovered after another student told the officer stationed on campus that Carter had it. A teacher at the school reported that Carter brought the weapon to class after a fight on campus. Flot could not confirm that information.

Carter was booked with illegal possession of a stolen firearm and bringing a firearm to a school function. Flot said the weapon had been reported stolen in Jefferson Parish in 2010. Carter has since been released from custody.

Former counselor indicted in beating

The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office refused aggravated battery charges against a former counselor at the New Orleans Youth Study Center, but the man was charged with malfeasance in office.

Alonzo Horton, 26, was indicted Wednesday by Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office, and prosecutors also indicted Horton’s former supervisor, Charles Ferguson, on similar charges. Horton was booked in August with aggravated battery as well, but those charges were refused in Magistrate’s Court.

Horton was arrested Aug. 15 after the center’s director reviewed footage of Horton allegedly entering a child’s room alone and beating the child with a hard object held inside a sock. Horton was given access to the boy’s room by other staff members, and Horton claimed he was counseling the boy about threats he made to staff members and other actions. Cannizzaro’s office said that Ferguson was indicted because he lied to police during the investigation.

Brothers sought
in armed robbery

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for two brothers accused of robbing a sports bar on Jefferson Highway last week.

Investigators issued arrest warrants for Terry Williams, 24, and Tommie Williams, 30, for armed robbery, according to sheriff’s spokesman Glen Boyd. Boyd said that two men entered a business in the 1100 block of Jefferson Highway on Jan. 8 and demanded money. One of the men was armed with a gun, Boyd said. The Williams brothers were developed as suspects through the efforts of detectives and the Criminal Intelligence Center, Boyd said.

Couple booked
in robbery

A West Bank couple was accused of robbing a man Sunday after first luring him to a Mandeville marina through an online dating site.

Mandeville police arrested Kasi Lynn Ferguson, 23, of Belle Chasse, and Blaise Thomas Pertuit, 22, of Westwego, in connection with a robbery at Mariner’s Village Marina about 1 a.m. Sunday, police spokesman Lt. Gerald Sticker said.

Sticker said Ferguson arranged to meet the 53-year-old victim through the website Seekingarrangement.com. As Ferguson sat in the victim’s vehicle, Pertuit pulled him from the car at knife point. The victim was beaten and robbed.

Sticker said police found some of the victim’s property at Ferguson’s home. Both suspects were arrested in Belle Chasse.

Man with previous conviction booked

A 22-year-old Harvey man convicted of child desertion after an 8-year-old used his gun to shoot himself was arrested again, but this time on narcotics and weapon violations.

Dominique Hines was arrested Tuesday by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office after deputies searched his Harvey home and vehicle and found a gun and drugs, according to an arrest report.

Hines recently finished probation after a conviction for child desertion when an 8-year-old shot himself with a gun Hines left in a hamper at a Harvey home they shared. Deputies also arrested Jaric Kimble, 25, in the incident, and Kimble was wanted for aggravated burglary.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau