Central City murder suspect turns self in
The man police suspect of gunning down another man on Sixth Street in Central City on May 2 turned himself in Friday.
Police said 49-year-old Ronald “Slim” Greenup killed Elliot Veal, 36, in the 1900 block of Sixth Street at 7:10 a.m. May 2.
Greenup turned himself into 6th District officers about 1:30 p.m., police said. He was booked on one count of second-degree murder.
Hankton racketeering trial delayed
A federal judge granted a motion Friday to delay the racketeering trial of Telly Hankton and a dozen co-defendants. The trial had been set to begin Aug. 10 but has been postponed indefinitely.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman attributed the delay to “the sheer size of this case,” which he partially attributed to federal prosecutors’ decision to include so many counts and defendants. The 24-count indictment includes allegations of murder, large-scale drug distribution and other crimes dating back to the mid-1990s.
Feldman, in a two-page order, noted that he “has little sympathy for the government’s complaints about the massive amount of preparation necessitated by this 13-defendant case, given that it is the government that chose this path.”
Negotiations for a so-called “global plea agreement” in the case fell through earlier this year.
Slidell man charged in Ponzi scheme
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite charged a Slidell man Friday with running a national Ponzi scheme that tricked dozens of people into parting with $811,305 for investments in phony “oil-clean remediation work” in the Gulf of Mexico.
John Sposato, 64, promised investors large “guaranteed” profits through word of mouth and email pitches for his companies, which included Pegasus Investments and Organic Miracle Incorporation, the government said.
It said Sposato then spent their money on a Chevrolet Camaro for one girlfriend and breast augmentation surgery for another.
He has been charged with wire fraud.
N.O. man booked in rape of friend
A New Orleans man who police say raped an acquaintance after threatening to kill her has been booked on counts of rape and false imprisonment.
Robert Nix, 49, told a friend she could come to his house after she got into an argument with her fiance about 12:30 a.m. March 4, police said. The woman became uneasy inside Nix’s residence in the 4000 block of Erato Street and tried to leave, police said, but he blocked her way.
Nix then threw the victim on a bed and pinned her down, Sex Crimes Unit Detective Keisha Ferdinand said in an arrest warrant. She said he claimed he owned a gun and threatened to kill the woman if she did not have sex with him, then forced her to perform oral sex.
The woman was able to escape when she convinced Nix to let her go outside for a cigarette, Ferdinand said.
Nix was arrested May 20. He is being held on $125,000 bail.
Overnight shootings send two to hospital
Two shootings that happened within a mile of each other in Central City sent two men to the hospital.
According to New Orleans police, the first shooting occurred about 9 p.m. Wednesday at South Claiborne and Jackson avenues. The victim and the suspect got into a fight, and the suspect, 32-year-old Duavanvall Bridges, shot the 33-year-old man, police said.
The victim was taken to a hospital. No information on his condition was provided.
The second shooting occurred just before 2 a.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of South Liberty Street.
The victim, 36, was walking when he saw three or four armed, masked men shooting at a passing vehicle. Two of the bullets hit the victim, who was taken to a hospital. No information on his condition was provided.
Man escapes with $2 after armed robbery
A 42-year-old man was robbed of $2 at gunpoint Thursday night in New Orleans East.
According to police, the robber approached the 42-year-old about 7 p.m. as he was taking out the trash in the 4800 block of Alsace Street. He put a gun to the man’s head and demanded money.
When the victim said he didn’t have any money, the robber went into the victim’s pockets, stole $2 and fled.
Man accused of crime spree sought
A St. Bernard Parish man who broke into an Arabi home and stole a car is being sought, St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Deputies believe 37-year-old Chalmette man Martin Coggeshall’s “one-man crime spree” began May 15 when he broke into a home, then stole a car on Perrin Drive and tried to burglarize other vehicles.
The Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information on his whereabouts to call (504) 271-2501 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Missing 12-year-old N.O. boy located
A 12-year-old boy who disappeared Thursday while jogging with his father was found Friday in the 4200 block of Dumaine Street, where he used to live, with neighbors.
Police said Tahj Bonvillan went missing about 6 p.m. Thursday after getting into an argument with his father near Paris Avenue and Crescent Street, then running away.