Tammany deputy placed on leave pending probe, and other area police news _lowres

Photo provided by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office -- Melissa Lynn Bond, 37, was booked on a count of theft of a motor vehicle after she allegedly filed a false police report claiming her car had been stolen. Investigators said she allowed a friend to use it.

Deputy placed on leave amid investigation

A St. Tammany Parish sheriff’s deputy was placed on administrative leave Friday while officials investigate whether he brought contraband into the parish jail.

The deputy, who was not identified, is suspected of smuggling cellphones and tobacco into the facility, said Capt. George Bonnett, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

No other details were immediately available.

Police arrest one, look for another in homicide

One man is in custody and another is being sought in connection with the May shooting death of a man in the Lower 9th Ward.

New Orleans police and an FBI task force on Thursday arrested Christopher Michael Dixon, 28, in the 1500 block of Flood Street and booked him on a count of second-degree murder.

Authorities continue to search for Jeremiah Washington, 28.

The men are suspected of killing Korey Reed, 23, on May 26 in the 1900 block of Charbonnet Street.

Anyone with information on Washington’s whereabouts is asked to contact the local FBI field office at (504) 816-3000 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Authorities say woman lied about car theft

A Belle Chasse woman is behind bars, accused of filing a false report about her car being stolen, the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

Melissa Lynn Bond, 37, called deputies June 27 to report an auto theft in the 100 block of Sigma Street, said Cmdr. Eric Becnel, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Bond said someone stole her 2007 Ford Taurus between 7 p.m. June 26 and 10:30 a.m. June 27. She told deputies she did not give anyone permission to take or use the vehicle and believed her ex-boyfriend might have stolen it.

Deputies did not locate any evidence suggesting forced entry, Becnel said.

Witnesses told investigators that two men were seen standing outside Bond’s home when the car was last seen. She told deputies she did not know the men, Becnel said.

About 2 p.m. June 28, Gretna police pulled over the allegedly stolen car in the 1400 block of Virgil Street.

The driver told police he was a longtime friend of Bond and had permission to use her car to try to get its transmission repaired.

The driver said the person who was going to repair the transmission took the car from him June 26 but did not immediately return it.

The next day, the driver, who was not identified, called Bond and told her to report it as stolen. Bond claimed that the driver never told her the car was returned, Becnel said.

Bond went to the scene of the traffic stop in Gretna and told officers that the driver was a longtime friend and had permission to take her car.

Bond was booked July 10 with theft of a motor vehicle. She was free Friday on a $5,000 bond.

Contractor suspected of ripping off clients

Kenner police on Friday arrested a contractor suspected of ripping off several customers and writing bad checks.

Police said Robert Carl Dye, 56, co-owner of Ro Kay Concrete, last month contracted to complete work for three residents on Carmenere Drive.

His contract with the residents said it included the price of all work and materials including concrete.

The concrete was delivered and poured at each job site. Dye paid the concrete company with what was later determined to be a check from a closed personal account, said Sgt. Brian McGregor, a Kenner Police Department spokesman.

As a result of the bad check, the concrete company sent a letter to each property owner informing them that a lien would be placed on their property until the concrete was paid for.

Also in June, police allege, Dye accepted payment from a 95-year-old Kenner man to repair a sidewalk.

After Dye met with the victim and quoted a price of $300 to repair the sidewalk, the man gave Dye a check for the work, which Dye cashed.

Before any work began on the property, however, Dye returned to the victim’s residence and told him that he had miscalculated his estimate and expenses and needed an additional $300. No work was ever performed, McGregor said.

Detectives interviewed Dye, whom they said admitted to knowingly issuing a worthless check to the concrete company from a closed personal account and to having been paid to complete work for the 95-year-old man which he never performed.

Dye, a registered sex offender, remained jailed Friday. Bail was not immediately set.

Body found floating in Metairie canal

A man’s body was found floating in a Metairie drainage canal Friday morning, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The body, found face-down in the canal at Independence Street and the Interstate 10 Service Road, showed no signs of trauma, said Col. John Fortunato, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, he said.

A witness, who told investigators he met the victim Thursday afternoon while sitting and drinking along the canal bank, said he saw the unidentified 24-year-old man jump into the water to go swimming around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

The witness said he returned to the area about 8 a.m. Friday and discovered the body in the water, Fortunato said.

Homicide investigators do not suspect foul play.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office’s Investigations Bureau at (504) 364-5300.