New Orleans area police briefs for May 10, 2013

Woman found shot
to death in home

A 39-year-old Metairie woman was found Wednesday inside her home with a gunshot wound to the head, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s deputies found Jerrel Oster lying on her living room floor after responding to a report of a medical emergency at her home in the 6000 block of Jean Street, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Fortunato said deputies initially thought Oster had an unknown head injury, but an autopsy later determined she’d been shot.

Oster’s husband told detectives he left home Wednesday morning and found his wife slumped over on the sofa bleeding from her nose when he returned home.

Detectives questioned the husband but eventually released him, Fortunato said.

No motive or suspects have been identified in the slaying.

Suspicious package
is old fireworks

The city’s latest potential bomb scare turned out to be connected to old fireworks left alongside a Warehouse District property, police said.

Police were called out the National World War II Museum near the intersection of Calliope and Magazine streets on Wednesday night after a security officer found a strange package behind the building.

Police shut down streets and called out the SWAT team and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents to investigate.

Ultimately the object was determined to be used fireworks wrapped in cardboard. Officials speculated it could have fallen off a garbage truck.

Motorcyclist killed in collision on I-10

An accident Wednesday night involving two motorcyclists left a 36-year-old man dead.

Michael Miguel was killed after he flew over a guardrail on Interstate 10 near Ursulines Avenue, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.

New Orleans police said the accident happened shortly before midnight.

Miguel collided with an unidentified man also on a motorcycle, police said.

Paramedics pronounced Miguel dead at the scene.

Arrest made in vandalism of school

Covington police have made an arrest in a case of vandalism at St. Paul’s School last month but released no details Thursday on the suspects.

In a letter to the school’s parents, Brother Ray Bulliard said a 17-year-old man and 18-year-old man have been accused of spray painting “Hitler” and “Hail Satan 666” on the side of the school on April 26 or April 27.

Covington police previously reported that the graffiti was found at 40 different locations on the campus including the chapel.

Because of the messages used, the vandalism was considered a hate crime, police said.

Police investigate home invasion, theft

Investigators from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office are looking for information on a home invasion this weekend that included robbery and auto theft.

The incident happened on Saturday on Winterberry Court in the River Oaks subdivision, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Two masked men entered a home around 9:30 a.m. and demanded cash from the adults and child in the house, according to the news release.

Investigators believe the suspects knew the victims and they were specifically targeted.

The robbers escaped with cash, jewelry and several weapons.

They also stole the property owner’s vehicle, which was later recovered near Pearl River.

Compiled by

the New Orleans bureau