New Orleans area police reports for Feb. 6, 2013

Police investigate Harvey shooting

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting from Tuesday afternoon that left an unidentified man injured.

The incident was reported in the 2400 block of Harold Street in Harvey, according to an email alert from the Sheriff’s Office. The victim received a single gunshot wound, and his injuries were not deemed life-threatening. No other information was released.

Driver in fatal crash identified as teenager

The driver who was killed when his sport utility vehicle crashed into a tree in Gentilly Terrace on Monday has been identified as a 13-year-old boy.

Tischone Williams died after he crashed the vehicle near the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Monterey Street around 9:30 p.m. Police said the boy lost control of the SUV for an unknown reason and it left the road and struck a tree. Williams later died at a local hospital. Police did not immediately know if the vehicle was reported stolen.

Identities of 2 men found dead unknown

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office is still trying to determine the identities of two men found dead in separate incidents on Monday.

The first incident was reported around 3 p.m. near North Miro and Benton streets in the Lower 9th Ward. A grass-cutting crew found the body of a dead man while working and reported it to police. The victim had been shot multiple times.

Four hours later, police found the body of dead man inside a burned home in the Lower 9th Ward as well. That body was discovered by firefighters in the 1600 block of Deslonde Street. The exact cause of death for that victim is still being determined.

Sheriff announces return of mobile jail

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman will roll out his Mobile Communications and Mardi Gras Intake and Processing Compound this week to make it easier to book residents and visitors who have too much fun during Carnival.

Gusman’s office will officially roll out the command center Friday but is hosting a special viewing for media members on Thursday morning. The exact location where the “booking bus” is located is not made public because officials don’t want to be swamped by individuals looking to bail people out of jail. That will still be handled at the main office on South Dupre Street.

The mobile jail allows people arrested for minor offenses to be processed in the French Quarter and allows officers to more quickly get back to patrolling. The Sheriff’s Office has been using it for years. With the mobile jail, people arrested can be released as soon as they are taken to the main booking center on South Dupre Street, as long as their bond has been posted.

Police: Dog lunged
at officer, was shot

A police officer responding to a suspicious person call on Monday shot a dog in a backyard.

The incident was reported in the 1300 block of Arts Street. Officers responded to a report of a suspicious person and encountered a dog that lunged at an officer. The officer shot the dog in the leg.

Woman, 46, booked
in stabbing near river

A 46-year-old woman was arrested by New Orleans police on Monday night after they said she stabbed a man twice near the Mississippi River.

Jeannene Meyer was arrested on Bourbon Street shortly after the stabbing, according to court records. The victim and a witness told police Meyer and the victim argued, then Meyer pulled out a knife. They say she stabbed the victim in the side and hand before fleeing on foot. Police arrested Meyer without incident. She was listed as homeless, but also listed her occupation as teacher.

Police: Man arrested in child-sex setup

A 36-year-old man was arrested by New Orleans police on Monday after authorities said he tried to set up a tryst with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

Kevin Edwards, of Marrero, was booked with indecent behavior with a juvenile after police say he came to New Orleans to meet with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl from Baton Rouge, according to court records. Edwards, who is married, had been exchanging explicit text messages with a police officer and was met at a home on St. Joseph Street, court records said. Police said he admitted to setting up the tryst when confronted.

Man accused of trying to steal rental car

A 36-year-old man was arrested by Kenner Police Sunday after authorities said he tried to steal a rental car while armed with an assault rifle.

Brian Porter was booked with auto theft over $1,500, attempted carjacking, simple criminal damage, three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and illegal carrying of a weapon.

Police said Porter showed up at a rental car business on Airline Drive, walked to a vehicle and tried to drive away.

When he was stymied by a security gate, Porter drove over spikes designed to stop thieves, according to an arrest report. He then approached workers carrying an assault rifle and demanded they hand over a van. When they refused, he went back to his car and left. Police stopped Porter a short time later and said he tried to point the assault rifle at them, but it got caught in his car’s door.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau