New Orleans area police briefs for April 26, 2013

Authorities identify slaying victims

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office released the name of a teenager stabbed to death Wednesday and the identity of a second man killed in Mid-City earlier this week.

Tyrone Jones, 17, died after receiving several stab wounds in the 3900 block of Gibson Street around 7:15 p.m. Officer Frank Robertson said police still have not determined a motive or suspect in the incident.

John Gagliano, chief investigator for the Coroner’s Office, identified Jones and Orlando Rickmon, 26, who was killed on Baudin Street in a triple shooting that left another man dead and a young boy wounded.

Teenager killed
in dirt bike accident

A 16-year-old boy died Thursday when he lost control of the dirt bike he was driving and struck a tree.

The accident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of North Dorgenois Street, New Orleans Police Department spokesman Officer Frank Robertson III said in an email.

The boy died at a hospital, Robertson said.

No one else was injured in the accident, which is still under investigation, Robertson said.

Shooting in Harvey leaves man injured

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a shooting in Harvey on Wednesday night that left an unidentified man wounded.

Details in the incident are scarce, but deputies were called out to the 3800 block of Clover Lane shortly after 10:34 p.m., according to an alert from the Sheriff’s Office. They found the victim with non-life-threatening injuries at the location.

No other information was released.

Felon accused of pointing gun at lover

A 20-year-old Metairie man previously accused of attempted murder was arrested after authorities say he pointed a gun at his girlfriend.

Devante McGee was booked with two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a gu n without a serial number by federal marshals at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

According to an arrest report, McGee was discovered at his girlfriend’s Metairie home after she reported that he pointed a gun at her during an argument. When marshals searched the home, they found a weapon.

McGee has a prior arrest for attempted murder after a shooting following another domestic dispute but pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal damage in that case. He was on probation at the time of his arrest.

Police: Man, 22, stole thousands in jewels

A 22-year-old Kenner man was booked with theft Wednesday after Kenner police say he stole more than $22,000 from his job over an eight-month period.

Darius Williams is accused of stealing assorted jewelry from January 2012 to August of the same year. Williams was an employee of the business and told authorities he stole the valuables because of financial hardships.

No information was released on how the thefts occurred.

Pizza-delivery man robbed at gunpoint

A pizza delivery man was robbed in Algiers on Wednesday morning, according to New Orleans police.

The 40-year-old victim told police he was out in the 3800 block of Holiday Drive around 10 a.m. when he was approached by a gunman. The suspect pointed his weapon at the victim and demanded money.

Once the victim complied, the man ran away, according a police alert.

Ex-officer sentenced to probation for taxes

A federal judge sentenced a former NOPD officer to five years probation for refusing to pay federal income taxes for two years.

Maurice Palmer, 51, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo on Thursday and also ordered to pay $31,662 in restitution.

According to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office, from 2006 to 2008, Palmer failed to file his federal income taxes, and in 2008 erroneously claimed to be exempt from paying taxes. That claim was made despite the fact that Palmer had more than $68,000 in taxable income. Palmer resigned from the NOPD in 2009. He started with the agency in 1987.

Man, 35, indicted
in bomb case

A 35-year-old man was indicted in federal court Thursday after authorities say he tried to use eight bombs to destroy his truck in February.

Gregory Alexander is accused of parking his truck at a Whitney Bank near the corner of North Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street on Feb. 25 while it contained several flammable liquid explosive devices. According to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office, Alexander wanted to set the car on fire, claim it was stolen and then collect the insurance money.

The truck was discovered by a police officer, who immediately evacuated businesses around the area. The incident shut down Canal Street for hours. No one was injured.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau