Contractor in NOAH scandal gets probation
Earl Myers, one of four contractors who admitted paying kickbacks to a city official who ran a key anti-blight program in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, was sentenced Thursday to a year of probation, including six months of home confinement.
U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown also ordered Myers to pay $173,000 in restitution.
Myers’ sentencing came just weeks after Stacey Jackson, the former head of New Orleans Affordable Homeownership, was sentenced to five years in prison for taking bribes from Myers and others. Myers had been prepared to testify against Jackson, but she pleaded guilty on the eve of a trial.
Myers’ two construction firms were paid more than $500,000 for gutting and other remediation work by NOAH, a city-funded nonprofit that Mayor Ray Nagin gave a leading role in the city’s post-Katrina cleanup. News reports in 2008 showed that much of the work NOAH paid for, including some of Myers’ jobs, was never completed.
A federal investigation ensued, and eventually four contractors and two NOAH employees, including Jackson, were charged. Myers admitted paying Jackson thousands of dollars in kickbacks as well as helping to orchestrate a cover-up of the scheme by submitting to the grand jury false invoices prepared by Jackson.
All of them took plea deals in the end. Only one defendant, Trellis Smith, has yet to be sentenced; his sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 12.
Man, 24, gunned down on street in Algiers
A man was found gunned down Wednesday night in Algiers, police said.
Kevin Roy, 24, was shot about 8:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of De Armas Street. He was identified Thursday by Jeffrey Rouse, the Orleans Parish coroner.
Police did not immediately identify a suspect or motive in Roy’s death.
Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide Detective Tanisha Sykes at (504) 658-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Coroner ID’s man killed by Warehouse District
The Orleans Parish coroner has identified a man fatally shot this week on the edge of the Warehouse District.
Johnathan Crawford, 25, was killed early Monday morning near Annunciation and Calliope streets.
Crawford, who was shot about 1 a.m., died a short time later at Interim LSU Hospital.
He was shot while riding in a car, police have said. Another man in the car was wounded but survived.
Police have not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting.
Man pulls brick from stroller, breaks window
A man pushing a stroller in Gentilly grabbed a brick from it early Wednesday morning and sent it crashing through a restaurant’s window.
The unknown man broke into the Sassafras restaurant in the 6600 block of Franklin Avenue about 12:15 a.m., but the manager told police nothing was stolen.
Surveillance footage showed the man picking up the brick and putting it back into the stroller after wandering around the restaurant for a few minutes.
The man is described as black, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9 and about 175 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to contact Detective Lashawn Johnson at (504) 658-6030.
One booked, 3 sought in Algiers robbery
Police have arrested one man and are trying to identify three others wanted in connection with an armed robbery last month in Algiers.
Henry Williams, 19, and the other unknown men are suspected of robbing two men about 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the 100 block of Pinewood Court.
According to police, Williams and the other men walked up to the 47- and 58-year-old victims while they were working on a vehicle parked in the driveway of a home.
Williams and the other men were armed with guns and a pipe, police said, and one of them hit the 58-year-old victim in the head with the pipe while the other men pointed guns at the victims.
Williams and the other men went through the victims’ pockets and took their wallets, cellphones and keys before running away. Police arrested Williams on Thursday.
Anyone with information on the identity of the other men is asked to call Detective Theresa Morris at (504) 658-6040.
Detectives try to ID woman in robbery case
New Orleans police are trying to find an unknown woman suspected of stealing a man’s credit cards, watch and money after spending the night with him.
Police said the woman and the 35-year-old victim met about 4 a.m. Tuesday on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. The woman invited the man to spend time with her, and they returned to the victim’s hotel room in the 600 block of St. Charles Avenue.
The victim fell asleep and woke up to find his cards, Rolex watch, $100 and the woman missing.
Detectives said the woman used the victim’s credit cards about 20 times at businesses in the 4600 block of Chef Menteur Highway.
Anyone with information on her identity is asked to call Detective Iain Watt at (504) 658-6080.
Two sought in theft of cellphone in Quarter
Detectives are trying to identify two men who stole a man’s cellphone Wednesday in the French Quarter.
The 44-year-old victim was on the phone in the 500 block of Bourbon Street when the men walked up behind him about 9:30 p.m.
One of the men grabbed the phone and handed it to the second man. They continued to walk on Bourbon toward Toulouse Street, police said.
The victim followed the man up Toulouse toward Dauphine Street, at which point one of the men confronted the victim, who went back to Bourbon and told police about the robbery.
One of the men is described as black, about 5-foot-11, in his 20s with a skinny build and shoulder-length dreadlocks. He was wearing a dark shirt, dark pants and a dark baseball cap. Police released a sketch of the man.
The other man is described as black, about 5-foot-11, in his 20s with a skinny build and short hair. Police had no description of what he wore.
Detective Thomas Perez is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-6080.
Boy, 13, reported missing from home
New Orleans police are looking for a missing 13-year-old.
Dionte Coleman’s friends last saw him in the 1600 block of North Broad Street about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. He has not been seen or heard from since.
The boy’s grandmother told police he is always home on time because he is on medication that must be taken at the same time each day. Coleman was described as black, about 5-foot-1 and 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing his school uniform: a blue jacket, white shirt and blue pants.
Anyone knowing his whereabouts is asked to contact the NOPD at (504) 821-2222 or 1st District detectives at (504) 658-6010.
Man takes bath fittings from Uptown home
Police are trying to identify a man they said was recorded burglarizing an Uptown home early last month.
The unknown man is suspected of breaking into the home in the 900 block of Henry Clay Avenue about 12:20 p.m. Oct. 5.
Police released a surveillance image of the man, who they said kicked open a back door, walked through the home and left with more than $100 in bathtub fittings.He might have fled in an older-model black Honda Accord, police said.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.