New Orleans area police briefs for March 6, 2013

Motorcyclist killed
in hit-and-run on I-10

A motorcyclist was killed in an accident Tuesday afternoon that shut down Interstate 10 eastbound.

Police reported around 2:40 p.m. that an unidentified motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run accident that required the closure of I-10 at the Louisa Street exit. It is believed the victim is a man, but no other information was released.

Police searching
for shooting suspect

Police are searching for information on a shooting that left a 36-year-old woman in critical condition Monday night.

The shooting was reported around 9:11 p.m. in the 800 block of Milan Street. The woman was walking to her car when an unknown person walked up to her and shot her. Police did not release any more information on the shooter.

The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment where she remains.

Man booked with failing to pay taxes

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office on Monday arrested a Metairie businessman, who was already accused of selling synthetic marijuana, after authorities said he failed to pay his monthly sales tax bill for more than a year.

Salvadore Marino, 40, was booked with 19 counts of failure to account for local tax after he showed up at the main Jefferson Parish headquarters. Marino operates Marino Consulting and Design LLC in Metairie and Tokers of Metairie on David Drive. Authorities said Marino didn’t submit sales taxes to the Sheriff’s Office from May 2011 to December 2012. It was not immediately clear whether that was related to Tokers or the design company.

Marino was accused of selling synthetic marijuana to undercover police officers in February and is awaiting trial on that charge, court records show. Authorities said they located hundreds of packages of “Mad Hatter,” a brand of synthetic marijuana, in the store.

Woman awakened
by armed gunman

A Covington woman woke up to find an armed gunman in her bedroom Tuesday morning but was able to scare him away with a shotgun.

The incident was reported at a home in the Covington Country Club, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Authorities said the woman was awakened by the burglar around 1:40 a.m. and found him standing in her doorway, eventually pointing a gun at her.

The woman was able retrieve a shotgun from a closet and fire off three rounds in the direction of the burglar, who authorities identified as Joseph Rogers, 36, authorities said.

Rogers was arrested after deputies searched the area and found him.

Man, 24, booked
with child desertion

Authorities arrested a Harvey man Monday after they say he left two toddlers home alone while he went out to handle some “business.”

Kenneth Parker, 24, was booked with child desertion after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said he left his 1-year-old and 3-year-old children alone at his apartment.

The children were discovered by their mother, who called Parker to find out why he left them alone. He told the mother that he had to take care of some “business” and couldn’t watch the children.

No injuries were reported.

Burglar shoots victim multiple times

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who shot a 21-year-old woman multiple times Friday as she lay in bed.

The incident was reported at about 3:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Azalea Drive, according to incident report.

Authorities said the gunman entered through an unlocked door, came into the woman’s bedroom and opened fire on her. The victim managed to get help from a neighbor who gave police a partial description of the suspect. No motive or suspects have been released in the incident.

Woman, 31, accused
in burglary scheme

A Kenner woman, previously accused of using her young daughter to shoplift, has been accused of stealing jewelry from homes she cleaned.

Rebecca Diaz, 31, was arrested Wednesday and booked with theft and possession of stolen property, according to an arrest report.

Kenner police said Diaz would use her work as a housekeeper to gain access to homes and steal jewelry. She would later pawn the jewelry. Some of the valuables were discovered at local businesses and at Diaz’s home, police said.

In 2010, Diaz was arrested at a Kenner department store after authorities said she used her then 9-year-old daughter to shoplift from the business. Diaz denied being involved with the girl’s actions, claiming the child stole the items of her own volition.

Two officers charged
with excessive force

Two New Orleans police officers were charged Tuesday and placed on emergency suspension in connection with excessive force allegations.

Lt. Mike Field and Officer Jamal Kendrick will be suspended Wednesday without pay after being charged with battery and malfeasance in office by District Attorney Leon Cannizzarro’s office in separate incidents.

Field is accused of beating an Alabama man while the man has handcuffed to a bench at the Eight District Police Station in the French Quarter during Mardi Gras 2012. The victim already has filed a civil rights lawsuit in connection with the incident.

Field is a 28-year veteran of the department, and police said that several officers reported the incident to the department’s public integrity bureau.

Kendrick is accused of beating a handcuffed man after a police chase in October 2012. Police said that incident was captured on a recorder in Kendrick’s police car.

The department’s public integrity bureau passed along the details of that incident to the District Attorney’s office. Kendrick had been with the department since 2009.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau