Two more ‘Harvey Hustlers’ plead guilty
Two more members of the Harvey Hustlers gang pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug charges in exchange for testimony against others in the West Bank drug gang, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said Friday.
Bryant Gumms, 24, and Derrick Gumms, 27, will serve 20 years in prison after being sentenced Thursday by Judge Henry Sullivan in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna.
Sullivan gave each man three 20-year sentences — for racketeering, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to distribute heroin. He ordered them to be served concurrently.
Bryant and Derrick Gumms, who are siblings, were among 21 accused Harvey Hustlers members indicted by Connick’s office last year. Another 18 accused members have been charged by federal prosecutors.
With Thursday’s sentencing of the Gumms brothers, 14 of the 21 indicted in state court have now pleaded guilty or been convicted at trial, according to Connick’s office.
Police: Dentist’s aide embezzled $99,000
A woman who is accused of stealing $99,000 from a Mandeville dentist is facing more than 240 counts, including fraud, identity theft and other crimes, Mandeville police said.
Katie Lykins, 33, was booked Friday after an investigation revealed she had been paying her mortgage, insurance, cable, phone and electricity bills with funds from the dentist’s office, where she was employed as a business manager. She also used money from the dental practice to make purchases from Office Depot and on Amazon, according to Detective Sgt. Kevin Covert, of the Mandeville Police Department.
Her duties at the dental practice included preparing bank deposits, writing checks, maintaining the payroll and purchasing supplies, Covert said.
When Lykins left on maternity leave, the employee who took over her duties noticed several suspicious expenditures and reported them to police. Further investigation showed Lykins stole more than $99,000 over five years, Covert said.
Lykins faces 210 counts of unauthorized use of an access card, 30 counts of forgery and one count each of money laundering, identity theft, fraud and theft.
She turned herself in to Mandeville police Friday morning and was booked and transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.
Fourth person arrested in Kenner homicide
A fourth person has been arrested in connection with a Jan. 22 fatal shooting in Kenner, police said.
Police said they arrested 19-year-old Ahkemon Bardell Jr., of LaPlace, on a count of criminal conspiracy to armed robbery on Thursday.
Authorities allege that Bardell conspired with three others to rob Dayan Sanchez. But the robbery went awry, Kenner police said, and one of the conspirators, Hy’Keem Martin, was killed. Sanchez, 21, has been booked on manslaughter and other counts.
Deleon “Del” Perrilloux, 18, and Tandi Hall, 21, were arrested Jan. 22 on allegations they took part in the attempted armed robbery.
Armed bicyclists rob man on Valmont Street
Two bicyclists, one of them with a gun, robbed a man in the 1500 block of Valmont Street about 9 a.m. Thursday, New Orleans police said in a log of major offenses.
The victim, 29, handed over his property, and the robbers pedaled away.
Man shot in face, chest Thursday in Central City
Police said an unknown man was shot in the face and chest in the 1800 block of South Liberty Street about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
He was taken to a hospital in critical condition, said Officer Frank Robertson, a spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department.
The shooter may have been in a gray SUV last seen traveling on South Liberty Street toward Jackson Avenue, police said.
Three rapes reported in New Orleans
Three rapes were reported in New Orleans on Thursday and Friday, including one that occurred a year ago, police said.
In one case, a 14-year-old girl reported being sexually assaulted a year ago in New Orleans East by someone she knew.
Police also received reports of the rape of a 28-year-old woman in the 900 block of Elmira Avenue in Algiers about 6 p.m. Thursday, and the rape of a 36-year-old woman in the 100 block of Carondelet Street in the Central Business District about 3 a.m. Friday.
Editor’s Note: This story was changed on Dec. 29, 2016 to clarify that each of the Gumms brothers received three 20-year prison terms in the Harvey Hustlers case.