Robbery suspects found in Violet woods

Two armed robbery suspects who fled after robbing a service station were found Wednesday afternoon in a wooded area of Violet, authorities said.

The first suspect was caught about 3 p.m. and the second about 4 p.m. in the woods near the Violet Canal, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Russo Vinson, 33, of Houston, and Kenneth Augustin, 24, of New Orleans, each were booked with armed robbery and resisting arrest.

Augustin was captured first, Pohlmann said. Money believed to have been stolen during the robbery was recovered on Vinson, he said.

The robbery happened about 10 a.m. Wednesday at a service station in the 6200 block of East St. Bernard Highway, Pohlmann said. No one was injured.

Witnesses told deputies a silver Lincoln with two men inside fled the station after the robbery. Deputies chased it to the end of Gen. Pershing Street in Violet, which dead-ends at the canal.

The car went into the water and the men jumped out and ran into the woods.

A search of the woods, with assistance from authorities in Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes, led to the discovery of the suspects, Pohlmann said.

Veteran N.O. officer charged with theft

A veteran New Orleans police officer was suspended without pay Tuesday after she was charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the state’s Road Home program.

In a bill of information, prosecutors allege that Tracie Metdus, 39, bilked the Road Home’s small rental property program of $158,700 between July 2009 and March 2011.

Medus faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted and a fine up to twice the amount she is alleged to have stolen.

The 17-year NOPD veteran was most recently assigned to the 6th District, which includes Central City, the Irish Channel, the Lower Garden District and the Garden District.

She had been on administrative reassignment since August based on the case, said Tyler Gamble, a Police Department spokesman.

N.O. man gets 16 years in federal prison

A New Orleans man was sentenced Wednesday to 16 1/2 years in federal prison on drug and gun charges.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt sentenced Melvin James Jr., 43, to 198 months for possession with intent to distribute 98 grams of heroin and 120 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The terms are to run concurrently.

James was arrested after he tried to sell heroin in Slidell, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A search of his home in New Orleans found 98 grams of heroin, digital scales, marijuana and more than $3,000 in cash.

Man’s body found floating in canal

A man’s body was found Wednesday morning in the Industrial Canal near Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans police said.

Police reported the discovery about 8:45 a.m.

The unidentified man was found in the water near Seabrook Harbor in the 5800 block of France Road, said Officer Garry Flot, a Police Department spokesman.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Convicted felon booked on drug, gun charges

A convicted felon was arrested Monday on various drug and gun charges, New Orleans police said.

Detectives began to investigate James Henderson, 49, after receiving an anonymous tip that he was involved in illegal drug activity, the Police Department said.

Police began surveillance on his home in the 1100 block of Hendee Street in Algiers and obtained a search warrant for the house.

Inside they found more than seven pounds of marijuana, three handguns, $2,100 in cash and drug paraphernalia, including scales and bags.

Henderson was booked with possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of narcotics and possession of a schedule I controlled dangerous substance within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

Boy, 14, reportedly raped in Algiers

A 14-year-old boy reported he was raped in Algiers.

The incident was reported about 1 p.m. Tuesday in the 3100 block of Rue Parc Fontaine, according to a daily police log.

An unknown man raped the boy, according to the log. No other details were available.

Man shot Wednesday on N.O. East street

A man was shot early Wednesday morning in New Orleans East, police said.

The victim and a friend were sitting outside a home in the 13000 block of Wales Street about 12:45 a.m. when an unknown vehicle pulled up and stopped.

The friend walked up to the car and asked, “What’s up?” At that point someone inside the car opened fire on the men.

The victim was struck but his friend was not harmed.

Police said the victim was in good condition at a hospital.