The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana on October 24, 1992 · Page 36
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The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana · Page 36

Alexandria, Louisiana
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Saturday, October 24, 1992
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Saturday, October 24, 1992 D-12 AtoWaDaiIaf0inCaIJt LOUISIANA Child shot to death in N.O. housing project By Marv Foster Associated Press , .NEW ORLEANS A 4-year-old child was killed when a bullet from a courtyard shootout went through the door of his apartment in a crime-ridden housing project. Police and neighbors said a days-old feud between two men apparently led to the Friday gun battle at the St. Thomas Housing Project, known throughout the city for its drug trade and gunplay. About 12 shots were fired wildly in the crowded courtyard about 8:30 a.m., scattering adults and children on their way to school, officials said. Keefer Moore, 23, was hospitalized in guarded condition with bullet wounds to the leg and side, said Sgt. Gilbert Johnson. Joseph Singleton, 21, who lived next door to the dead child, was arrested for the shooting. Neighbors said the child was Eric Boyd. Witnesses said the little boy was hiding behind the door of his apartment as the men argued in the grassy strip between the buildings. "This guy Joe was fussing with this other boy they call Keefer. Keefer was begging for his life. Joe had a 9 millimeter Uzi in his hand. Keefer just kept begging and Joe started shooting," said Yolanda Rogers, a neighbor who witnessed the shooting. "That baby came to the door to peek out," Ms. Rogers said, sobbing. "I was screaming at him Both men ran after the shooting. Keefer went to the nearby apartment of a relative and was taken from there to the hospital. Singleton was arrested less than two hours later as he talked on a pay phone several blocks away. "He called me to ask what had happened after the shooting," said Raquel Singleton, 18, a cousin. "I said, 'Joe, Eric is dead,' and he said 'Oh, no, he can't be I wouldn't shoot that baby.' He didn't know he had shot him." Neighbors said Moore had a gun, but police said they had no reason to believe Keefer was armed. Neighbors said a dispute between Moore and Singleton had already erupted in violence earlier this week after Singleton refused to install speakers in Keefer's car unless he was paid. Singleton's girlfriend, Bianca Jackson, said Moore shot at Singleton on Tuesday. "He shot at Joe while he was carrying our little baby on his shoulder," said Miss Jackson, 16. "Then Joe saw him down here in front of his house this morning and got his own gun." Police said Moore was arrested Tuesday on charges including carrying a concealed weapon and possession of Marijuana. He was released on bond the next day. r ; - r. I , .; . '' : i r If ' I ft7 s-r Associated Press Michael Moskaluk is escorted through New Orleans International Airport by police Friday. He .is accused of stealing 60 rare Audubon prints from the State Museum. Art theft suspect finally back in La. By Janet McConnaughey Associated Press NEW ORLEANS After more than two years of legal wrangling, the man accused of stealing 60 Audubon prints and other art from the Louisiana State Museum was brought back to Louisiana on Friday to face trial. "After two years, two months and 22 days, we're looking for very high bond, so it doesn't happen again," said Sgt. Brian Etlund, who escorted Michael Moskaluk from Vermont to New Orleans. He said bond would be set late Friday for Moskaluk, who was booked into the Orleans Parish jail on 112 counts each of theft and of receiving stolen property. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, said Charles Heuer of the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office. Arrested in 1990 Moskaluk was arrested Aug. 1, 1990, on a Louisiana warrant accusing him of stealing $750,-000 worth of prints by various artists. The greatest loss was the Audubon prints, which came from a set sold to the state by the widow of John James Audubon. The museum has been describing them as colored by the famous naturalist himself. However, those displayed Friday for a news conference all included, in tiny type in one corner, the words, "Engraved, printed & coloured by R. Ha-vell. London." That means the entire set was printed and colored by Ha-vell, museum director James Sefcik said. He said he hadn't been aware of that. All but two of those have been returned, but the thief and dealers who bought from him did irremediable damage, Sefcik said. Not only is the set broken, since two prints are still missing, but the thief tore out the state seal from each stolen print. In addition, Sefcik said, "Some of the dealers he sold them to colorized the prints. They thought they were enhancing them. But in essence, what they did was ruin an original Audubon." Officials thanked His first words, though, were thanks to state and Vermont authorities who recovered the prints and brought Moskaluk back to Louisiana. Until Thursday, Moskaluk always had a legal ball in the air to keep Louisiana from extraditing him. "From a glance at the filings in this case, it is apparent that Mr. Moskaluk has filed ... petitions at intervals that assured that he would always have a petition pending before a Vermont court," Vermont Superior Court Judge Matthew I. Katz ruled Wednesday. When they learned of that, Etlund and Lt. Don Moreau headed for Burlington to take Moskaluk. When they arrived, Moskaluk had filed a legal plea for time to appeal Katz's ruling. Katz denied that request, in an emergency hearing Thursday. Poaching case still up in air, officials say WINNFIELD (AP) One of the biggest poaching cases ever made in northern Louisiana is not being prosecuted and state wildlife officials cannot get an answer as to why, authorities say. State wildlife officials say Winn Parish District Attorney Terry Reeves has been dodging their inquiries about four Dod-son men cited last February with more than 30 game violations. "He's just sitting on it," said Joe Herring, secretary of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Herring said he has written Reeves two letters about the case, but received no response. Reeves did not return a telephone call for comment Friday. State wildlife agents made the arrests after an undercover investigator infiltrated the group and observed their activities last November and December. Charged were Joseph Glen Davis, Ernest E. Denis, Kenneth R. Carpenter and Lloyd Ronald Carpenter. All are free on bond. Discouraging "Our job is to make the cases," Herring said. "What happens after that we can't help. But it's discouraging to the agents when they can't get prosecution." Denis and Kenneth Carpenter also face federal charges of hunting ducks in a closed season and killing a great blue heron, a protected migratory bird. Each charge carries up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Col. Winton Vidrine, chief of enforcement for Wildlife and Fisheries, went to Winnfield on Oct. 8 to ask why the state's case has not come to trial, he said. Vidrine said he was told that Reeves was busy and could not see him. Since then, Reeves has refused to return telephone calls, Vidrine said. "Terry told me he is not going to discuss the case with anyone," said Deborah Skains, Reeves' administrative assistant. "I do not know if that includes Wildlife and Fisheries, but as far as any member of the press is concerned, that is his position." Bert Jones of Ruston, vice chairman of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, said he also has tried without success to contact Reeves. Arnold Fredrick, an investigator in the Winn Parish District Attorney's office, said the state's case "has got some holes in it." Possible serial killer spotted MT?W ORLEANS CAP) An unidentified man believed to be a possible serial killer of at least four New Orleans women was spotted in Algiers recently by a woman who survived an attack, police said. The young woman, left for dead on July 22, 1991, saw her attacker in a grocery store parking lot last week. When he saw that she recognized him, he fled, police said. Crimestoppers announced rewards of up to $5,000 for the arrest and indictment of the alleged killer. Police said they are investigating whether the same man may have murdered yet another woman, Regretta Martin, 29, who was found dead in St. Charles Parish. Her decomposed body was found Sept. 21, police said. Decomposition has prevented authorities from determining how she died or if she was a victim of foul play, police said. Assistant police Superintendent Antoine Saacks said investigators are not sure the five deaths are related. But similarities include the ages of the women, their hangouts, the fact their bodies were found dumped almost nude, and that the women were either strangled or suffocated. Police are circulating a composite sketch of the suspect, who is described as black, broad-shouldered, in his 30s and about 5 feet, 8 inches tall. Police said he has been seen in an old-model, brown Chevro let Nova, a blue Buick Regal and a green car. All of the victims have been poor, black women with slim to medium builds from the New Orleans area. Some have frequented the same bars. Two of the victims were found to have had cocaine in their systems, and Saacks said he believes the suspect is targeting young women who he believes to be either prostitutes, drug-users, or both. Police did not provide any evidence to show that the victims were prostitutes or drug users, however. 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