An arrest made in a Covington double murder, the local making of Mariah Carey’s Thanksgiving parade umbrella, a 15-year-old with her own cosmetics company and more. Here’s a look at today’s top stories in New Orleans for Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

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Man arrested hours after 2 burned bodies found behind Covington business, police say

Covington crime scene

Covington police on the scene Monday morning (Nov. 28, 2022) of a double homicide.

A Covington man was booked with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two people whose badly burned bodies were discovered behind a business in downtown Covington early Monday morning, Covington police said.

Antonio Donde Tyson, 49, was also booked with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of possession of stolen things, two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of resisting an officer, Covington police said.

A second person is being interviewed in connection with the killings, Masters said, but police have not yet determined whether that person is a suspect.

Here’s what officials and locals said about the killings.

New Orleans teen makes name for herself through cosmetics company she founded at age 11

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Asia Dillon, 15, founder of SassyA Cosmetics, helps customers at her booth at a pop up event on Freret Street Nov. 12, 2022. Dillon started her business in 2018 and has since expanded to be sold in three New Orleans stores. 

When Asia Dillon’s little sister complained of chapped and burning lips after using a store-bought lip product in 2018, Dillon, then 11, was determined to come up with a solution.

Using aloe vera and vitamin E, she made her sister Amyra a natural lip gloss. The formula cured the girl’s red lips, and Asia was inspired.

Now, the 15-year-old Riverdale High School sophomore is the founder of SassyA Cosmetics. Her products, which include lip cream, lip balm and various other forms of lip makeup, are sold in three stores in New Orleans’ French Quarter: Glitter Box on Royal Street, 1850 House Museum Store on St. Ann Street and NOLA Kids on Chartres Street.

See what Dillon had to say here.

Paradis tornado that hit church had 100 mph winds

Tornado damage

Residents right a camper trailer after a tornado blew through Paradis on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022. (Image from WWL-TV video)

The short-lived tornado that ripped through Paradis on Saturday afternoon, damaging the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and knocking power out to at least 3,200 Entergy Louisiana customers, was rated at EF-1 intensity, with top winds of 100 mph, according to surveyors with the Slidell office of the National Weather Service.

The tornado spent only 2 minutes on the ground, between 2:18 p.m. and 2:20 p.m., according to the survey results, cutting a 200-yard-wide by 7/10-mile-long path that began just east of U.S. 90 and south of Bayou Gauche Road. An EF-1 tornado is listed as weak, with top winds of 86 to 110 mph, on the weather service’s Enhanced Fujita Scale.

When the twister crossed Bayou Gauche it caused roof damage to most of the buildings in the St. John church complex and flipped an RV, the report said. Many of the buildings damaged by the tornado still had blue tarps on them because of damage during Hurricane Ida in 2021.

Here’s what officials had to say about the storm. 

 New Orleans artist made Mariah Carey’s sparkly umbrella in Macy’s Thanksgiving parade

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Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3, 2014, in New York (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Music icon Mariah Carey looked extra glamorous during her performance at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade thanks to a custom umbrella from New Orleans.

Carey performed her classic “All I Want for Christmas” before Santa’s arrival in the 96th annual parade in New York City. She wore a floor-length red gown, a majestic tiara and a bedazzled umbrella that was made for her by Bella Umbrella in New Orleans.

The umbrella is the store’s signature Bella Umbrella pagoda and was handsewn and embellished with more than 2,000 Swarovski crystals, according to Jodell Egbert, owner of the business on Magazine Street. It cost $900.

Find out more about the umbrella’s creation here.

 Marrero woman rescued from plane that crashed into power lines in Maryland

Small Plane Crash Maryland

A small plane rests on live power lines after crashing, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Montgomery Village, a northern suburb of Gaithersburg, Md. (AP Photo/Tom Brenner)

Two people were rescued early Monday more than six hours after their small plane crashed into live power lines, causing widespread outages in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Maryland State Police identified them as pilot Patrick Merkle, 65, of Washington, D.C., and passenger Janet Williams, 66, of Marrero, Louisiana. Both suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and that hypothermia had set in while they waited to be pulled from the plane, Montgomery County Fire Chief Scott Goldstein said.

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