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Hit & Run
3:51 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Toddler injured in Metairie hit-and-run

A 32-year-old was arrested Wednesday night after a 2-year-year-old girl was injured in a hit-and-run accident, Jefferson Parish authorities say.

The Times-Picayune reports sheriff's deputies booked Jesus Isaac Lopez with felony hit-and-run, vehicular negligent injuring and operating a vehicle without lawful presence in the United States.

Deputies said the incident happened about 6:15 p.m. in a parking lot on Hessmer Avenue in Metairie. The injured girl was taken to nearby East Jefferson General Hospital.

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10:46 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Nov. sanity hearing; man accused of beheading son

A man accused of beheading and dismembering his disabled 7-year-old son will have a sanity hearing in November rather than Friday.

Defense attorney Kerry Cuccia says 31-year-old Jeremiah Wright's hearing is now scheduled Nov. 26 and 27.

Mental health experts will testify about whether he has the mental capacity to proceed with his trial. That could include whether he can understand the charge against him and help with his defense.

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9:56 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Boy, 5, killed in hit & run accident

State police says they have arrested the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident in Jefferson Parish that claimed the life of a 5-year-old boy.

Trooper Melissa Matey tells The Times-Picayune charges are pending.

The incident occurred about 8:20 p.m. Tuesday on Jefferson Highway. Matey says the child died at a near-by hospital.

She says the driver was apprehended shortly after the accident. Troopers have not released the names of the victim or the driver.

The accident remains under investigation.

Bridge City Center for Youth
1:07 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Jefferson Parish youth center counselor arrested

A 32-year-old counselor at the Bridge City Center for Youth has been arrested after authorities discovered she had improper contact with one of youths held at the facility.

The Times-Picayune reports Shantel Fitzgerald of New Orleans was booked Friday with sexual malfeasance in a prison after it was determined she had a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility. Fitzgerald was taken into custody after an investigation by the state Department of Juvenile Justice, but has since been released.

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1:52 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Metairie man booked on solicitation of a juvenile

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies have accused a Metairie man of sending sexually inappropriate messages to an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks tells The Advocate 26-year-old Michael Stafford communicated in July via the internet, cellphone and text message with whom he believed to be a teenage girl.

During the communication, Hicks says Stafford sent lewd or lascivious text messages to the person who turned out to be an undercover sheriff's detective posing as the girl.

Food Stamps
3:46 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Angry over denial for disaster aid, man pulls gun

A man who allegedly got a fully loaded AR-15 assault rifle from his car after being turned down for disaster food stamps is jailed in St. John the Baptist Parish.

Louisiana State Police say a claims processor in LaPlace told officers that a man had become irate after being denied Tuesday evening. Officers saw him get something out of his car. State troopers, sheriff's deputies and national guard troops quickly surrounded, subdued and disarmed the man.

Trooper Melissa Matey says that investigators also found a handgun and many loaded magazines of ammunition.

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1:20 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Brothers arrested for rape, kidnapping

Two brothers from Houma have been arrested for the alleged rape of a woman last month.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says 34-year-old Jason Smalls and 31-year-old Gary Smalls were booked Wednesday on charges of aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping.

Webre says detectives learned that on Aug. 19, the men allegedly took the woman against her will to the Raceland area, where the rape occurred. Authorities say she was held there until the following day when one of the men dropped her off near her home.

Illegal Fish Sales
12:12 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

3-year probe of illegal fish sales ends in arrest

State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a Bridge City man for alleged commercial finfish violations, ending a three-year investigation into the illegal sale of red snapper.

Agents cited 26-year-old Yoan C. Hernandez on Sunday.

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Opelousas Police Department
4:09 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Opelousas police creating stolen items website

The Opelousas Police Department is seeking the rightful owners of everything from bicycles to television sets.

Sgt. Jody White tells The Daily World police often recover stolen property during the course of their investigations but can't always locate the rightful owners.

To make it easier for victims to recover their property, police are posting pictures of the recovered items on its website at www.opelousaspd.com.

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9th Ward Shooting
5:13 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Man mistakenly shot by wife in Lower 9th Ward

A 57-year-old man was shot and killed by his wife today in the Lower 9th Ward, according to a press release issued by the New Orleans Police Department.

Police say the man's wife mistook him for an intruder, and shot him once. The man, whose name is being withheld by authorities pending the notification of his family members, was transported to a local hospital where he died.

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