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Niguel Veal

Niguel Q. Veal

 

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - A West Jefferson High School senior and Tulane University star football recruit was arrested on rape charges Tuesday, according to New Orleans police.

The alleged incident happened early April 14th.

Police say the 18-year-old victim was introduced to two unknown males by a friend.  After a night of drinking she went back to a dorm room,  watched a movie and had consensual sex with one of the men.

The victim told police she fell asleep, but “upon awaking she was sexually assaulted against her will by the other male.”

The investigation is on-going.

Tulane University  has released the following statement:

“Niguel Q. ‘Teddy’ Veal, a Tulane University freshman from Harvey La., and a member of the Green Wave football team, has been suspended from the team. The suspension, effective immediately, was implemented after Veal was arrested and charged with simple rape. Federal law prohibits the university from disclosing any disciplinary action taken against a student regarding his or her enrollment in the university.”

Niguel Veal, 17, is currently senior at West Jefferson High School.

He received offers from Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and SMU, before committing to Tulane in September 2013.

The below video is highlights from a West Jefferson football game in November 2013.

Veal is number 7.

 

KENNER, La. (WGNO) – The murder of Bourbon Street dancer Jaren Lockhart got renewed attention Tuesday, as the Kenner Police Department announced they are officially taking over the investigation from Hancock County.

According to WLOX, new evidence in the case lead investigators to believe that the killing happened in Louisiana.

Lockhart, 22, disappeared in June of 2012. Days later, her dismembered body washed ashore in Hancock County, Mississippi.

Hancock County investigators will continue to assist in the investigation, along with the FBI.

“I’m confident we have the best investigators in Jefferson Parish working on this, so with that said, I’m keeping my fingers crossed we bring it to conclusion, obviously nobody deserves to have their life ended this way,” Kenner Police Chief Steve Caraway said at this morning’s press conference.

Anyone with information about the murder of Jaren Lockhart is asked to call Kenner Police detective David Stromeyer at 504.402.1193. The public can also call Crimestoppers at 504.822.1111 or toll-free at 877.903.7867

MARRERO, La. (WGNO) - The Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office says 44-year-old Ken Singleton of Marrero died from asphyxiation while breaking into a business in Marrero.

According to the JPSO, Singleton tried to break into Greg’s Food Store on Westwood Drive by entering through the commercial kitchen vent but got stuck.

Deputies say the owner arrived Saturday morning and discovered Singleton’s legs hanging from the vent.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Two men forced their way into a home near Tulane University Friday afternoon, campus police report.

According to officials, two men knocked on a door of a home near Broadway and Spruce around 3 p.m.  When the home owner answered they showed a gun and forced their way into the home, ordering the man to lay on his couch.

The men were allegedly looking for narcotics.

According to the report, the men fled a short time later onto Spruce in the direction of Audubon in a maroon sedan.

They are described as:

Suspect 1: Black male, 16-18 years of age, 5’9, approximately 135lbs, dark skinned, with a thin mustache.  Wearing either a red shirt or hat and blue jeans.

Suspect 2: Black male, mid 20′s, wearing a gray hoodie, no further description.

If you have any information about these crimes, call NOPD at 504-821-2222.

WASHINGTON PARISH (WGNO) - A Mt. Hermon junior high special education teacher has admitted to improper behavior with juveniles and possession of child pornography, according Washington Parish officials.

Murry J. “Joey” Duncan Jr. was arrested and charged Wednesday with Pornography Involving Juveniles. While in jail, Duncan was arrested again Thursday for Aggravated Incest.

When confronted with the allegations, Duncan confessed.  He stated, “I have been battling these demons for a long time.”

A thorough analysis of his computer, thumb drives and other accessories is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office.  According to a release, child pornography was seized from Duncan’s home.

In addition to teaching at the school, Duncan was involved in other activities where he interacted with juveniles at athletic, church and camp events.

Police believe Duncan may have acted in a sexual manner towards other children.  Duncan told authorities Wednesday that he acted inappropriately to at least two other juveniles at a church summer camp held in another parish.

Those incidents are being investigated.

Sheriff Randy Seal commented, “Sexual exploitation of our children is a crime which defies explanation, but it is a crime for which Mr. Duncan will be held responsible. I congratulate our investigators and other agencies involved for arresting this predator and placing him in jail where he belongs.”

If any parent or guardians have any concerns about possible improper contact between Duncan and their child or any other children, they are asked to contact the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 839-3434.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - A pair of thieves is targeting used car lots in Jefferson Parish.

At least three businesses have been burglarized multiple times within the past week.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has reaction from victims, and video of the men deputies want to find.

“When someone breaks into your establishment it’s a horrible feeling,” business owner A. J. Gonsoulin said.

A red Monte Carlo, Turbo Super Sport parked at Bon Prix Auto Sales in the 3700 block of Airline Drive in Metairie is obviously on someone’s wish list.

Police say two men are caught on camera, breaking and entering at the business.

“It seems to me that they’re persistent to get this automobile. “They’ve been by here three times to try and get it and three times they were unsuccessful.”

Security cameras are mounted all around Bon Prix Auto Sales and apparently the bad guys knew it.

It didn’t take long for them to redirect this office camera.

They used a flash light in the garage to find and redirect this camera.

But there were others that caught them using the remote key to try and steal the shiny red car.

“They have the key, but I disabled the car.”

Jefferson Parish investigators are looking into multiple burglaries at area used car lots.

Tuesday thieves hit  A Quality Auto Sales on North Causeway.

Wednesday someone broke through a glass door at Dealin Doug’s on Veteran’s Boulevard.

Detectives were everywhere.

“I think they took some DNA because it was some blood by the glass where they broke it out,” owner Doug Turner said.

Back at Bon Prix, thieves were so determined they used this red or maroon colored Chevy Impala to ram through the gate.

The owner’s worried they might come back.

“It worries me that if I’m here when they come I might be in some sort of danger,” Gonsoulin said.

Detectives are looking for two African American men. One has multiple tattoos on his right arm.

If you have information that might help detectives you are asked to call Crimestoppers, (504) 822-1111.

 

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The Louisiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) this week arrested 20 personal care attendants as part of a crackdown on provider fraud in the New Orleans area.

“We are sending a message loud and clear to those who steal from our taxpayers and prey on our most poor and vulnerable citizens— Medicaid fraud and abuse will not be tolerated,” said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.

MFCU agents initiated an investigation after receiving a citizen tip reporting potential personal care service fraud.  Investigators learned that the personal care attendant being accused of fraudulent activity was servicing a recipient living at a senior residential facility in New Orleans.  Many other elderly residents living at the same housing complex are eligible for personal care services rendered through private provider agencies that bill the Louisiana Medicaid Program.

The senior housing facility operates a 24-hour security desk that required all visitors, including personal care attendants, to sign in and out.   After comparing service logs submitted to the to the provider agencies by the personal care attendants to sign-in and sign-out sheets, MFCU investigators were able to identify numerous attendants from four different Medicaid provider agencies who cheated the Medicaid program by submitting fraudulent claims for payment to the Louisiana Medicaid Program for services that were never rendered.  MFCU agents estimate the total fraud to the Medicaid Program at $150,000 over the span of about a year.

Personal care attendants are hired by Medicaid providers to care for physically handicapped and disabled Medicaid recipients. The personal care attendants keep service logs and records of hours worked with each client and submit the hours to the Medicaid provider for payment. In turn, the Medicaid provider submits the hours to the Medicaid program for payment of services rendered.

“This week’s roundup would not have been possible if not for the help of the Orleans, Jefferson and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs’ Offices.  With this heightened level of cooperation, our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is achieving great results,” said Caldwell.

The investigation remains ongoing, and additional arrests are possible.

The following individuals were arrested with assistance from the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office and booked into the Orleans Parish Prison on 4/14/14:

 

Tonisha A. Ambeau, DOB 5/10/1977

4658 Cerise Ave, New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.

5 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Johnsie M. Bradford, DOB 1/5/1985

5545 Pasteur Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70122

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Kiyanta R. Branch, DOB 9/24/1978

6316 Spain St., New Orleans, LA 70122

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Bertha A. Charles, DOB 6/10/1980

8501 I-10 Service Road Apt. 11B, New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Yolanda K. Duncan, DOB 9/2/1967

2522 Leonidas St., New Orleans, LA 70118

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Denise T. Hingle, DOB 8/28/1959

2425 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Shawn M. Johnson, DOB 3/23/1981

7030 South Dupree, New Orleans, LA 70122

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

4 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Sydnee B. Jolla, DOB 10/15/1987

3430 West St. Roch, New Orleans, LA 70122

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Catherine E. Lee, DOB 5/31/1960

2407 General Pershing St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Regina Matthews, DOB 6/7/1960

4319 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70112

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Mikkeshia A. Ricard, DOB 12/19/1985

1043Atlantic Ave., New Orleans, LA 70114

Personal Care Attendant for Positive Care, LLC

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Betty L. Sanders, DOB 2/9/1958

4624 Stephen Girard, New Orleans, LA 70126

Personal Care Attendant for Courteous Care, Inc.

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Cherie V. Simmons, DOB 10/20/1987

2930 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70126

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Moniqusha M. Simmons, DOB 7/10/1984

10151 Curran Rd., New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Tiffany N. Davis, DOB 11/8/1984 (Arrested 4/15/14)

3712 Garden Oaks Dr. New Orleans, LA 70126

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Melissa S. Williams, DOB 5/14/1980,

8540 Huntington Park, New Orleans, LA 70127

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Latrice A. Woods, DOB 4/27/1983

2130 Cadiz St., New Orleans, LA 70115

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

 

The following individuals were arrested with assistance from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office and booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on 4/14/14:

 

Shantrelle T. Boothe, DOB 3/20/1978

13 Megehee Court, Waggaman, LA 70094

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

6 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Sandra A. Jackson, DOB 3/12/1968

1141 Caramadelle St., Marrero, LA 70072

Personal Care Attendant for Contin-u-Care Outreach Services

3 Counts Medicaid Fraud

 

Ariane M. Jones, DOB 12/29/1989

1136 Pailet Ave., Harvey, LA 70058

Personal Care Attendant for About Healthcare Services, Inc.

2 Counts Medicaid Fraud

HOUMA, La. (WGNO) - State police are investigating a deadly shooting involving at least one Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputy.

According to troopers, two deputies were responding to a domestic disturbance call on Debra Drive in the Hammond area at about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Inside the home, according to troopers, the deputies found a man holding a filet knife over his own mother.  That’s when at least one of the deputies opened fire, killing the man.

“The perpetrator was eventually shot by the Tangipahoa Parish deputy who responded at the scene who came upon somebody’s life in imminent danger obviously,” said Trooper Greg Marchand.  “I know that when you’re faced with deadly force, you have to act, and today that’s what they did.”

Troopers identify the dead man as 48-year-old Michael Nichols, Jr.  They say his mother, 70-year-old Barbara Nichols, was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - New charges have been filed against a 21-year-old man caught assaulting a woman in her Carrollton home last week.

Investigators say the James Johnson of Hollygrove sexually assaulted and robbed another woman at gunpoint on April 1, near the corner of Cleveland Ave. and South Dorgenois St. in Mid-City.

The victim picked the suspect out of a photo lineup, NOLA.com reports.

A spokesman with the New Orleans Police Department said Johnson has confessed to his role in a home invasion on Panola St. on April 4.

And officers caught him April 8 inside a woman’s Hickory St. home.

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