8-month-old boy dies in N.O. East crash, and other police and fire news

8-month-old boy dies in N.O. East crash

An 8-month-old boy died when his mother’s car collided head-on with a pickup in New Orleans East on Tuesday morning, police said.

An autopsy to determine what killed Jeremy Russel was scheduled for Wednesday, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

Police said the boy’s 23-year-old mother was driving her Ford Focus on the south Interstate 10 Service Road near Westlake Drive at around 9 a.m. when she lost control, veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a Nissan Titan, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

The boy died at a hospital a short time after the crash. His mother was not injured, Flot said.

The 63-year-old man who drove the truck was alone and suffered minor injuries.

Blood tests are pending.

Fatality investigator Edgar Edwards is in charge of the investigation.

Man, 35, shot to death on Tremé street

A 35-year-old man was shot to death Tuesday afternoon in Tremé , New Orleans police said.

The victim, whose name was not immediately available, was found about 2 p.m. on the sidewalk in the 700 block of North Roman Street, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.

The man died on the scene, Robertson said.

Witnesses told police they saw a dark gray or blue vehicle speed away from the area moments after the shooting. Police did not provide any other description of the vehicle.

Homicide Detective Tindell Murdock is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Florida fugitive found hiding in Slidell

Slidell Police and U.S. marshals on Friday arrested a Florida man wanted for armed robbery in Panama City and a Slidell man accused of helping him hide, police said Tuesday.

David Faciane, 20, of Panama City, was wanted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release.

Detectives learned Faciane was staying at 1515 Richmond Drive in Slidell.

When police and marshals arrived at the address, two people attempted to escape through the back door.

The second man, Michael Anderson, 20, lived at the address and was booked with accessory after the fact to armed robbery and resisting arrest by flight.

Anderson was trying to distract officers so that Faciane could escape, police said.

4 firefighter districts
needed to battle fire

Five dozen firefighters were called to the scene of an apartment fire on Lurline Drive in Covington, fire officials said Tuesday.

Firefighters responding to the call about 5:30 a.m. found two apartments in the fourplex filled with smoke. Firefighters initially attempted to fight the fire from inside the apartments but were driven outside by the smoke, Chief Richard Badon said.

St. Tammany Fire Districts 2, 4, 5 and 12 assisted the Covington Fire Department in putting out the blaze.

No one was hurt, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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the New Orleans bureau