Scott brothers plead not guilty in Mother’s Day second-line shootings, and other police news

2 plead not guilty
in parade shootings

Two brothers have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a shooting spree during a Mother’s Day second-line parade in New Orleans.

Shawn Scott, 24, and Akein Scott, 19, were arraigned Wednesday morning on 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder and numerous assault charges.

Three of the five people arrested as alleged accessories in the case also pleaded not guilty to related charges during their arraignments.

Man booked on
oral battery charges

A Kenner man was booked this week with oral sexual battery of a juvenile.

On Monday, Floyd Niette Jr. 49, allegedly lured a 14-year-old boy into his car in the 1000 block of Moisant Street. The boy’s mother found Niette performing oral sex on her son and called police said, Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Kenner Police Department spokesman.

Niette was released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on a $25,000 commercial bond, McGregor said.

Detective LaShonda Woodfork is in charge of the investigation.

Fla. man booked with homicide

New Orleans police arrested a man for vehicular homicide after he rear-ended a car on Interstate 10 late Tuesday, killing a 17-year-old girl.

Police said Alfred McKnight, 28, of Florida, was driving his Ford Crown Victoria on westbound Interstate 10, near Lafitte Street, about 11:19 p.m. when he hit the SUV driven by an 18-year-old woman who had two passengers.

The driver lost control of her SUV, hit the concrete wall and flipped several times. One of her passengers, a 17-year-old girl, was tossed from the vehicle and died on the scene.

The driver and her other passenger, a 15-year-old boy, were treated at a local hospital. Their injuries were not serious.

McKnight was not injured.

Lead fatality investigator Melvin Hunter is in charge of the case and can be contacted at (504) 658-6237.

2 missing Covington children recovered

Two young boys reported missing in Covington on Tuesday evening were found alive and well late Tuesday night after a search that included rescue teams, dogs and a helicopter, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The brothers, 11 and 6 years old, were found in a wooded area behind Covington High School around 11 p.m.

Police said the boys had broken into the school, but nothing was taken. The older brother admitted leaving home earlier in the day and taking his younger brother with him, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s spokesman George Bonnett said.

The 11-year-old has run away four times this year and was booked into Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on one count of business burglary.

The 6-year-old was returned to his parents.

Compiled from staff

and wire reports