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stpso-fbSLIDELL, La. (WGNO) – A woman and her miniature collie were attacked by two pit bulls Wednesday morning as they walked on a trail near Slidell, officials with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office said.

According to the victim two pit bulls approached her and began to bite her dog near Hunters Point Road in the Belair subdivision.

She told police she attempted to stop the attack, and that’s when the dogs turned on her.

Officials said a neighbor heard the woman screaming and fired his 9mm pistol at the dogs. Both dogs were hit, one died at the scene.

The pit bulls were both owned by 20-year old Leonard Harvey of Slidell.

Harvey was issued a misdemeanor for violating the parish leash law.

According to authorities Harvey later made the decision to have the injured dog euthanized due to the extent of its injuries and fear that it may attack again.

The woman was transported to Slidell Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for bite wounds to her left arm and left leg.  Her dog was transported to a local veterinary clinic to be treated for its wounds.




Second NOPD Officer Faces Felony Domestic Abuse ChargesNEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Another New Orleans police officer is facing battery charges, this time after they allegedly got in a fight with the wife of a high-ranking NOPD commander.

Officer Nyketi Addison, who worked in the investigative bureau, was reassigned July 3, and an internal investigation was launched immediately after the incident a day before, according to the NOPD’s public affairs division.

According to court documents, Addison was cited for fighting with the wife of a high-ranking NOPD supervisor, Fifth Police District Commander Chris Goodly.

Addison’s attorney, Donovan Livaccari, of the Fraternal Order of Police, said she did not start the fight.

“Officer Addison is a victim in this incident,” he said. “I certainly hope that the Public Integrity Bureau treats other victims better than they treated Officer Addison. Normally, victims don’t get charged with a crime unless they actually committed one.”

Karen Goodly also faces simple battery, according to court records.

Addison is the third NOPD officer to face a battery charge this month.

Officer Christopher Carter faces one count of domestic abuse battery, and another count of domestic abuse battery involving strangulation.

Detective Robert Hurst faces simple battery steaming from allegations of domestic abuse. He was charged with attempted second degree murder, but that charge was dropped a week later.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Police say an online encounter led to an armed carjacking. It happened early Wednesday morning, when police say the victim meet a woman he’d been chatting with online. WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and reaction from witnesses.

“He was dressed for bed,” said neighbor LaSandra Spencer.

LaSandra Spencer is describing the man who stood yelling on her front porch for someone to call the cops.

Trotter asked an unidentified neighbor, “Was he calm? No he wasn’t calm. He wasn’t calm. He was just running around like he was really hysterical,” he replied.

Hysterical, because he’d just been set up.

Police say the victim was lured by a woman seen in pictures posted online. Apparently he had been chatting with her on the social media website “Tagged.”

Things took a turn for worse when detectives say she convinced the victim to meet her in the 2200 block of Saint Anthony Street around 4 o’clock Wednesday morning.

“When he got there he saw her outside. They conversed for about five minutes. She left the vehicle for a few minutes,” New Orleans Police detective Thaddeus Williams said.

When she returned investigators say she wasn’t alone.

The victim was ordered at gunpoint to get out of his red Dodge Challenger with Lamborghini doors.

Police say the woman and two men hopped in and drove away.

“I just wouldn’t think a dude that would be somebody who could afford to drive around in something like this would be that irresponsible to come meet some chick at 4am in a neighborhood he’s not familiar with his wife in bed,” Spencer said.

That’s right. According to neighbors the victim had some explaining to do to his wife, who he’d left behind in bed.

“I look at it like this, what you doing out here at 4 o’clock in the morning anyway. And then you got a wife or a girlfriend you’re supposed to be at home,” the unnamed neighbor said.

When it comes to social media and late night hook ups detective Thaddeus Williams says don’t do it.

“Meeting someone online, you never know what might happen. So my advice is to just stay away from it,” Williams explained.

“You look for trouble you’re going to find it. And he was looking at 4 o’clock in the morning. I think he found the trouble he was after, just not what he wanted,” Spencer added.

If you recognize the woman in the pictures, or if you see the Dodge Challenger call Crimestoppers, (504) 822-1111.


Crime Scene 3NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - A lone gunman forced his way into an armored truck Monday when guards stopped at an Uptown business, the FBI’s New Orleans field office said.

It happened around 8:40 a.m. when the truck was parked at a business in the 200 block of Broadway Street, near Leake Avenue.

Authorities say the man in his mid 20s or early 30s managed to get into the truck and hold a guard at gunpoint, forcing them to drive the truck near Chestnut and Audubon streets. There the gunman fled the truck on foot taking a bag containing an unknown amount of money.

The suspect is approximately 6 feet tall with a slim build. Officials say he was wearing a long-sleeve blue shirt, dark pants, white cloth gloves with rubber tips, and a white garden style hat covering his face.

Anyone who has information is asked to contact the FBI at 504-816-3000 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.



Charles West

Charles West

SLIDELL, La. (WGNO) -  He’s accused of stealing a company check to pay a prostitute. Slidell Police say the alleged sex act happened on the job; and it was all caught on tape.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter shows us exclusive video.

“I think he’s stupid. It’s illegal, it shouldn’t have been done. It’s immoral,” neighbor Thomas Dorgan said.

“It, it, it was kind of unwise of him to do such a thing,” neighbor Larry Ivey added.

Everyday citizens of Slidell are blown away by the alleged actions of a store clerk caught on security camera video.

Police say 24-year old Charles West took a woman into the back room of his job for a private moment; only it wasn’t.

We won’t say the name of the business, but the crime happened Monday, at Fremeaux Town Center, located on Towne Center Parkway in Slidell.

“In that new shopping center? In what, one of the stores? Oh lord,” Dorgan exclaimed.

Detective Daniel Seuzeneau says the store manager became suspicious Wednesday and started to review camera footage. “Well what he discovered on the surveillance video was shocking.”

He says the video shows Charles West at the close of business walking into the room with the woman.

“This is the back office,” Seuzeneau points out.

The two appear to look for the perfect spot. Eventually the employee pushes a chair into the middle of the room.

We can’t show you the oral sex investigators say happened in the dark.

The worker thought no would ever know; but the camera caught it all.

“So he turned out the lights thinking that would cut the video but it didn’t it was all night vision,” Seuzeneau said.

“Uh, he should have turned the cameras off; at least he wouldn’t have got caught like that,” neighbor Johnnie Wall said.

The video picks up, after the alleged services were rendered, with the employee walking out.

“Uh, I don’t know what to say,” a very uncomfortable Aleea Guidry said.

Let’s go back.

The video shows the employee doing something with paperwork.

Police say Charles West used a company check to pay the woman $200, and he forged his boss’s signature.

Neighbor Ronald Wall said, “Uh, I think it’s’ messed up. A company check? Why didn’t he use his own money?”

“Yeah it’s crazy,” Johnnie Wall said.

Slidell Police were there when Charles West returned to work.

He was immediately placed under arrest.

“He paid for sex; he used a company check to do it, and forged the manager’s name so,” Seuzeneau said.

“Tuh, he’s finished all around,” Dorgan said. “He made his bed, gotta lie in it.”

West has been charged with theft, forgery, and solicitation of a prostitute.

Detectives are now searching the woman caught on tape, believed to have cashed the forged check.

ST. JOHN PARISH (WGNO) - A drug training course has paid off in a big way in St. John Parish. A deputy who had just completed a drug training academy has helped take a large amount of marijuana off the streets.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke to the deputy who’s making a difference.

Meet Deputy Cody Malkiewicz and his K-9 companion Odeke.

The two are being recognized for making a very sizable drug bust in Laplace.

“There’s a lot of buzz around it,” Malkiewicz bashfully admitted.

It all happened less than 24 hours after Malkiewicz completed a course on how to catch drug smugglers.

He was patrolling Interstate 10 early Saturday morning, when he happened upon a driver, deputies with the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office had been looking for.

He followed, just as he was trained to do.

“The subject driving the car became nervous, began swerving from one lane to the dash line.”

That’s when Malkiewicz made the traffic stop.

“Got him out of the car and at that time I smelled marijuana,” Malkiewicz said.

Odeke moved in and sniffed out a whole lot more.

Officers obtained a search warrant and discovered 120 pounds of weed and $18,000 in cash.

Sheriff Mike Tregre says 60-percent of the money will eventually be funneled back into the narcotics division, and potentially fund more training courses.

“I’m even more inclined now to train more of my officers and I’m going to do that,” Tregre said.

The driver, 33-year old Adam Landry of Slidell, was arrested on multiple drug charges.

Deputy Malkiewicz is proud to have put his 4-days of training to use.

“Feel good about it. Feel real good about it, being a police officer you don’t get recognition that much and when you get something like this it make you feel like you’re doing really good for the community and that’s all I want to do is help out the community and get those drugs off the street,” Malkiewicz said. “This is not my first time, and it won’t be my last.”

Sheriff Tregre plans to have an even greater presence on the interstate; to reduce the amount of drugs being funneled into the parish.


NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office will not pursue an attempted murder charge against an New Orleans Police officer. The charge stemmed from a domestic abuse investigation by the department’s Public Integrity Bureau in April.

A battery charge remains against Robert Hurst, a ten-year veteran of the NOPD.

On Friday (June 11) the NOPD announced Hurst had been placed on emergency suspension without pay.

Hurst was the first of two NOPD officers charged with a felony.



METAIRIE (WGNO) - A man accused of killing his girlfriend in Metairie and taking-off with his three children is behind bars and the kids are okay.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office says one of the kidnapped children got a phone, called a friend who in turn alerted police.

43-year-old Pedro Alberto Monterroso-Navas was then found at a trailer park in Katy, Texas.

All 3 children accounted for.

“Evidently there was trouble between the adults,” says a next door neighbor who wants to rename anonymous. “All over jealousy. He was jealous because she wanted to be with somebody else. I just wished I had known something beforehand. It could have been stopped.”

“We saw them almost every day,” says neighbor Anthony Meza, who watched police investigating early Sunday morning. “They were poor. Wish I could help them.”

Monterroso-Navas is accused of beating his girlfriend to death in the bathtub at their Metairie apartment early Sunday, then fleeing with three of their five children.

The sheriff’s office identified the fatal stabbing victim as 24-year-old Heidi Monroy.

JPSO says if and when the murder suspect will be extradited back to Louisiana, is unknown.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - For the second time in less than a week, a New Orleans police officer has been charged with a felony stemming from alleged domestic battery.

“I’m surprised actually that we haven’t heard of more of these instances,” Tulane University Sociologist Charles R. Figley said.

He’s talking about New Orleans police officers accused of domestic abuse.

Within the past four days two separate officers have been charged with domestic battery.

Officer Christopher Carter faces one count of domestic abuse battery, and another count of domestic abuse battery involving strangulation.

Friday — the NOPD announced detective Robert Hurst was charged with attempted second degree murder relative to simple battery, stemming from allegations of domestic abuse.

It’s a well-known fact that New Orleans police officers work in a high stress environment, in high risk situations, and with a shortage of officers.

Tulane University Sociologist Charles Figley.

“The pressure is intense and so when you’re come home its very hard to both calm down from that and also respond in an appropriate way.”

Recent studies found at least 40-percent of police officer families experience domestic violence. That’s in contrast to 10-percent of families in the general population; which indicates domestic violence is 2 to 4 times more common among police families than families in general.

People we talked to say job related stress is no excuse.

“There’s no excuse at all. I don’t think being a police officer. Stress is any justification for that so I don’t think it’s right regardless,” Melanie Cowan said.

“I mean everyone experiences stress. You got to deal with it yourself. You can’t do things that aren’t right you know,” Avery Kindler said.

Figley agrees.

“Never an excuse, explanation, but never an excuse. You just don’t hit, hurt, and harm especially purposely the people you love, you care about or that are weaker than you. There’s no excuse what so ever,” Figley said.

The Public Integrity Bureau is investigating allegations against the veteran officers.

Both officers have been placed on emergency suspension without pay.