One killed in N.O. East double shooting
A double shooting of people inside a car in New Orleans East left one man dead and another injured Saturday night, according to police.
Officers responded to the shooting in the 15500 block of Dwyer Boulevard about 10 p.m. They found a 35-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds on the ground next to a car. Inside the car was a 32-year-old man with gunshot wounds.
The 32-year-old victim was taken to a hospital, while the 35-year-old was pronounced dead on the scene.
Homicide Detective Ryan Vaught is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at (504) 658-5300.
Man arrested after crash kills bicyclist
A Belle Chasse man was arrested following a crash that claimed the life of a bicyclist Saturday night on the West Bank, State Police said.
The accident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. at La. 428 and Peter Street.
A 2008 Chevrolet pickup, driven by Jason Dejean, 34, of Belle Chasse, was traveling north on La. 428 straddling the left and center turn lanes, State Police said. Bicyclist Bernard Jones, 52, of Terrytown was traveling south in the center turn lane and was hit by the pickup. Jones was ejected from his bike and died on the scene.
Dejean continued north on La. 428 and hit a 2004 Chevrolet driven by Vanessa Carbijal-Miranda, 23, of Gretna, police said. Miranda and two passengers were taken to a hospital with minor to moderate injuries.
Blood was taken from Dejean because police suspected impairment. He was booked on counts of DWI, vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injuring.
Murder suspect jailed in St. Bernard
A man wanted in connection with a murder in Houston was arrested in Violet on Wednesday night by St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s deputies.
Darren Payne, 23, had been living in the 2100 block of Guerra Drive in Violet, authorities said. He was arrested about 7:30 p.m. as he drove a car in the 2500 block of Guerra.
Payne is from St. Bernard Parish and has a lengthy criminal history. Deputies had been on the lookout for the vehicle he was driving after learning a warrant for his arrest on a murder charge was issued by Texas authorities on March 14.
Payne was also arrested on an outstanding warrant from St. Bernard involving a narcotics charge, on not having a driver’s license and on a traffic charge.
He was booked into St. Bernard Parish Prison to await extradition.
NOPD: Woman invades home, cuts two
A woman invaded a home in New Orleans East on Saturday morning and cut two people with a pair of scissors after trying to pick up her son who was with his father, police said.
Swanica Nero, 25, was arrested and booked on aggravated burglary and aggravated battery.
Police said Nero arrived at the location in the 10500 block of Curran Boulevard about 8:30 a.m. She forced her way into the house with a tire plug and cut the child’s 25-year-old father. After he knocked the weapon out of her hands, Nero got a pair of scissors and cut him and a 24-year-old woman who was in the house.
She was apprehended at the scene.
Woman carjacked in the 7th Ward
A woman was carjacked by two men Saturday night in the 7th Ward, according to New Orleans police.
The 34-year-old woman was sitting in her car in the 1700 block of North Dorgenois Street about 9:30 p.m. when the two men approached her. They pointed a gun at her and ordered her out of the car, police said.
She complied, and the men fled in her car.
Aggravated rape reported in N.O. East
A woman reported an aggravated rape in New Orleans East on Saturday night.
She said a man raped her in February in the 8000 block of Trapier Avenue, according to police.
Victim identified in Sumner Street shooting
Officials have identified a man killed during a shooting that happened March 16 on Sumner Street in Algiers.
Steve Brackens, 18, died of gunshot wounds, according to Coroner Jeffrey Rouse.
Bracken and two other men ages 18 and 70 were victims of the shooting, which happened about 8:45 p.m. Police said the three were standing in front of a house when a vehicle approached and the passengers inside opened fire.
Woman pleads guilty to stealing FEMA money
A Marrero woman pleaded guilty last week to stealing federal funds issued during recovery from Hurricane Gustav, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office.
Carolyn Treaudo, 54, admitted stealing $94,840 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency during 2009-10. The funds were administered under a program to rehabilitate disaster-affected locations, including schools, by reimbursing expenses and paying replacement costs.
Court documents show that Treaudo got the funds by falsely representing a property associated with her nonprofit organization, Conquering Word Christian Academy. She said it was a school prior to Hurricane Gustav when in fact it had not been registered as a school with the state before the disaster.
She also submitted claims for reimbursement of fictitious expenditures and replacement of fictitious supplies. She bolstered these claims with false invoices.
She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt set sentencing for June 24.
Man sentenced for committing wire fraud
A real estate developer from San Diego was sentenced Thursday after previously pleading guilty to committing wire fraud in connection with property in Covington, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office.
Timothy Monahan, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to a year and a day in prison. Restitution to the Bolivar Investment Group in the amount of $140,525 was paid prior to sentencing.
According to court documents, in 2008 Monahan and a business partner called “M.H.” sought investors to invest about $3 million to acquire approximately 5 acres of land adjacent to the Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington. The money was also to be used to develop two office buildings on that land.
The pair convinced Bolivar Investors Group, organized by members of the Crescent River Port Pilots Association, to invest the money.
In early 2009, Monahan, M.H. and Bolivar created a new entity called Newtrac West to facilitate the purchase. As part of the agreement, Bolivar agreed to fund a $3 million capital contribution to the company.
Shortly therafter, Monahan and M.H. created a bank account in the name of Newtrac West. Although all business partners and Bolivar members were supposed to have access to the account, only Monahan and his partner did.
Between January and July 2009, Bolivar deposited about $3 million into the Newtrac West account. During that time, Monahan used about $140,525 from the account without authorization to pay expenses and debts unrelated to the development of land in Covington.
Monahan and his partner then devised a scheme to hide the misuse of funds. False financial and bank statements were created to hide the unauthorized withdrawal of funds and to deceive Bolivar into believing that the organization was in excellent financial condition.
Monahan’s partner, M.H., was charged in New Orleans in August 2013 for his role in the scheme. He pleaded guilty in the Southern District of California and was sentenced to 24 months in jail earlier this year.