NOPD officer fired on alleged payroll fraud
A 15-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department was dismissed Wednesday following an investigation into allegations that he committed payroll fraud and violated the department’s paid detail policy in 2013, the NOPD said.
The Public Integrity Bureau launched an investigation into the allegations against Officer Jayson Germann in October. During the investigation, a news release said, PIB determined that Germann reported working a paid detail while simultaneously performing his regular duties with the NOPD on three occasions during July and August 2013.
In addition, Germann admitted to working a paid detail 63 times between March 9 and Aug. 31, 2013, without notifying the NOPD Command Desk, as required by department policy.
Germann, who has not admitted to the fraud allegation, was terminated following a disciplinary hearing Wednesday.
“The NOPD has a zero tolerance policy for fraud on any level, and there is no place in this department for individuals who choose to deliberately violate policy,” NOPD interim Superintendent Michael Harrison said. “Based on the results of the PIB investigation, and the officer’s disciplinary record, we made the decision to dismiss the officer immediately.”
The Office of the Independent Police Monitor monitored the investigation and the disciplinary hearing and supported the final decision, the release said.
Germann most recently was assigned to the NOPD’s Gang Intelligence Unit.
He can appeal his dismissal to the city’s Civil Service Commission.
Buras man arrested in brother’s shooting
A Buras man was booked in the weekend shooting of his brother, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.
About 10 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to a report of a shooting in the 35500 block of Highway 11 in Buras.
They found a 29-year-old man had suffered two gunshot wounds to his right leg. Also at the scene was his 31-year-old brother, Frederick Barrois.
The brothers allegedly got into an argument that turned physical, and Barrois shot his younger brother in the right thigh and foot with a .22-caliber pistol.
The men were transported to separate hospitals for treatment.
Upon being released, Frederick Barrois was booked with aggravated second-degree battery and two outstanding traffic bench warrants from Plaquemines Parish. His bail was set at $15,000.
NOPD seeking vehicle in eastern N.O. murder
The NOPD is asking the public’s assistance in locating a vehicle that was apparently used in the shooting death of 53-year-old Gerard Dorsey.
The incident occurred about 2 p.m. Aug. 30 in the 4600 block of Galahad Drive in eastern New Orleans. Dorsey was shot multiple times inside his residence. He died at a hospital.
Detectives said a late-model white Ford Explorer with heavily tinted windows fled the scene after the shooting, heading toward nearby Chef Menteur Highway. Police are looking for it.
Homicide Detective Robert Barrere is in charge of the investigation.
Anyone with information about the vehicle is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111 or toll-free at (877) 903-7867.
Man wanted in 7th Ward armed robbery
The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating an unknown man wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Aug. 31 in the 1100 block of Mandeville Street in Marigny.
Shortly before 11 p.m., two men, ages 30 and 51, were renovating a residence when an armed man entered and demanded their property. The victims gave him money and an iPhone, and he fled on a white bicycle.
The unidentified person is described as an African-American male, mid to late 20s, dark complexion, medium build, approximately 5-foot-8, with a light mustache and beard. He was wearing a blue hat with the Hornets logo, a white T-shirt and black pants.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact 5th District Detective Thaddeus Williams at (504) 658-6050 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
NOPD seeking man in Sept. 13 robbery
New Orleans police are asking for assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Sept. 13 in the 1400 block of North Galvez Street in the 7th Ward.
A 25-year-old woman said she was walking to her vehicle parked in front of her residence about 4:15 p.m. when she was approached by an unknown man who produced a pistol and said, “Give me your car keys or I will shoot you.”
The victim complied and tried to run away, but the man punched her in the face and hit her in the head with the pistol.
He was then seen running north on Columbus Street with two other unidentified males.
The unidentified person is described as an African-American male, brown complexion, thin build, 16 to 20 years old, about 5-foot-8 inches tall with medium-length hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt with gold writing on the front.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man sought for growing marijuana in Algiers
New Orleans detectives have issued an arrest warrant for 36-year-old Joshua Morgan, who is accused of growing and processing marijuana at his home in the 300 block of Verret Street in Algiers.
Acting on an anonymous tip, detectives executed a search warrant at Morgan’s home about 5 p.m. Monday. They seized 18 marijuana plants plus cultivation and processing equipment. Morgan was not at home at the time.
When apprehended, he will be booked with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and cultivation of marijuana.
Detectives Rodney Brown and Patrick Guidry, of the 4th District, are in charge of the investigation.
Anyone with information about Morgan’s whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Unknown man sought in armed robbery
The NOPD is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying and locating an unknown man wanted in connection with an armed robbery that occurred Sept. 10 in the 1400 block of North Johnson Street.
A 32-year-old woman was sitting in her car about 7:30 a.m. when the man, armed with a gun, approached and demanded she get out of the car. She complied, but the man could not get the vehicle to start and he fled south on Kerlerec Street.
The unidentified person was described as an African-American male, brown complexion, about 16 years old, 5-foot-8, thin build with medium-length hair and clean-shaven. He was wearing a navy blue T-shirt with white writing and charcoal gray pants. He had a black metal pistol.
Anyone with information about his identity is asked to contact 1st District Detective Kevin Richardson at (504) 658-6010 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Police investigating two armed robberies
New Orleans police are investigating two armed robberies that occurred Tuesday.
The first robbery occurred about 9:15 a.m. at a Subway shop in the 2500 block of St. Claude Avenue.
A man armed with a gun demanded the money from the shop’s cash register and safe. He ordered an employee to the office, where he took a laptop computer and the video recorder for the business’ surveillance system. He then fled through the back door.
In the second incident, a 23-year-old man was approached by two armed men about 5:15 p.m. at Thalia and Clara streets in Centrtal City.
The victim turned to run and dropped two cellphones and his keys. The robbers picked up the items and fled.
Sheriff urges residents: Turn in unneeded meds
St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann is urging people not to let unused prescription medications such as painkiller pills fall into the wrong hands.
Instead, he urges people to turn the drugs in to the Sheriff’s Office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, National Drug Take-Back Day, in the parking lot of the Chalmette Walgreens store.
This is the fifth year for the program aimed at getting unused or no longer needed drugs out of medicine chests so no one else finds them and uses or sells them on the streets.
“Don’t let young people get hooked on pills they find while visiting you,’’ Pohlmann said.
Also, “don’t throw medication in the garbage where it can be found or down a toilet where it can end up affecting wildlife or seafood in marshes.’’
Instead, he said, “Bring any medication you don’t use to us so it can be destroyed properly.’’
The Drug Take-Back Day is held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and State Police.
St. Bernard residents also can call the sheriff’s (504) 271-DOPE (3673) hot line at any time they want to turn in prescription drugs between official drug take-back days.
A Narcotics Unit agent will call them back to make arrangements to receive the drugs.