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Police TapeNEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Police say an armed man pulled out a semi automatic handgun and stole a teen’s trombone.

The robbery happened just before 7 p.m. in the 4900 block of Berkley Thursday.

Authorities say the 14-year-old victim took off running when the gunman approached him demanding the trombone. The suspect then fired three shots at the victim at which point he dropped the trombone.

But less than 24-hours after the robbery New Orleans musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews said he would replace the victim’s instrument, according to an article on


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Geral Bowman

JEFFERSON PARISH (WGNO) - An New Orleans man who attempted to sell heroin on Craiglist is now in custody, police said Friday.

A Craigslist user notified the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Department Wednesday after they notice a suspiciously written message. It said “Take a ride on H train,dog food, d@pe serious inquiries only!”

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Colonel John Fortunato said in a report that “It was obvious to the agents that a street name attached to Heroin, referred to as “dog food” was what the seller was offering.”

Agents from the Jefferson Parish Narcotics Division and the Gretna Major Crimes Task Force contacted the poster and arranged to meet them, in a grocery store parking lot in Metairie Thursday.

Soon after meeting the agents 24-year-old Geral Bowman threw three plastic bags containing a tan powdery substance to the ground and fled. He was quickly caught without incident in the 3700 block of Powers Blvd.

Bowman’s driver also fled in his car. It was stopped by agents at Power Blvd. and West Esplanade Ave.

Fortunato said agents discovered more plastic bags containing tan powdery substances in plain view inside the car.

Bowman was booked into the JPCC with Possession with the Intent to Distribute 9 grams of heroin, Conspiracy to Distribute 3 grams of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm in the presence of a CDS, and Possession of an Unidentifiable Firearm.

Bowman’s getaway driver 32-year-old Michael Zeringue of Slidell and a passenger 24-year-old Avion Nelson of New Orleans were booked into the JPCC with Possession with the Intent to Distribute 6 grams of Heroin, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Firearm in the presence of a CDS, and Possession of an Unidentifiable Firearm.

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Avion Nelson

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Michael Zeringue

TANGIPAHOA PARISH (WGNO) - The search is over for a St. Charles Parish man accused of killing his girlfriend and trying to kill her mother.

The Independence Police Department responded when a citizen called saying they spotted Bourgeois inside a Dollar General.

Police say Bourgeois, who was wanted for the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend Mia Waite inside their Destrehan home, did not resist arrest.

Bourgeois also has convictions for felony theft in St. Charles Parish and distribution of a false controlled substance in New Orleans.

The NOPD was also looking for Bourgeois, wanted for robbing a man at knife point in the French Quarter on January 12.

He has been booked on charges of 1st degree murder, attempted first degree murder and armed robbery.

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4 NOPD Officers Arrested In July: What’s Being Done?

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - New Orleans police are seeing a spike in arrests of fellow officers; four just this month. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano looks at what’s being done.

Four veteran New Orleans police officers are finding themselves suspended and on the wrong side of the law. This past week two were locked up.

On Tuesday, 26-year-veteran Officer Willie Gant Sr. was arrested on two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and sexual battery on a juvenile. Days earlier, Officer Stephanie Caldwell was booked with felony charges of domestic violence. Reports show she was trying to run over her husband and instead lost control of her car.

The two incidents don’t stand alone. On July 14th, Officer Christopher Carter was charged with domestic abuse battery, and battery involving strangulation, and three days earlier Detective Robert Hurst was booked with simple battery. His attempted murder charge has since been dropped.

Attorney Raymond Burkart with the Fraternal Order of Police says the allegations have affected everyone on the force.

“Whether or not there’s some pattern here, or is it all coincidental, I think it’s too early to tell. I don’t think we have an epidemic in our department. We never did, but the fact is the law mandates strict enforcement and the new batch of laws that’s going to take effect at midnight tonight has even more enforcement and more severe penalties,” says Burkart.

Burkart says they’ve spoken to officers about the new batch of domestic violence laws that include new gun laws, divorce laws, alimony laws, and protection from stalking.

“That’s a sad day, but it’s also a day of recognition that we are not going to tolerate misconduct that’s illegal and we’re going to go and make those arrests,” says NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas.

Chief Ronal Serpas says his officers are trained to know right from wrong, and the department has a zero tolerance policy. He says since he’s been Superintendent they’ve arrested 79 officers, but both Burkart and Serpas believe stress on the job is not an excuse.

“They do need more help. they do need more backing. that doesn’t mean they are all turning into domestic violence abusers. it’s not going to happen. it doesn’t happen,” says Burkart.

The four officers arrested in July have been placed on emergency suspension without pay pending their investigations.


Bruce Bourgeois Jr

Bruce Bourgeois Jr.

ST. CHARLES PARISH (WGNO) - The Independence Police Department arrested Destrehan murder suspect Bruce Bourgeois Jr. on Thursday evening.  Bourgeois will be booked into Nelson Coleman Correctional Center on charges of first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and armed robbery.

Watch WGNO News at 10 p.m. for more details.

DESTREHAN, La. (WGNO) - A St. Charles parish suspect is still at larger after deputies discover his girlfriend stabbed dead in their bathroom.

“It’s a shock to everybody here in this particular area,” says Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange. “This is the very early stages in the investigation. We do not know what the motive is.”

LaGrange says 34-year-old Bruce Bourgeois Jr. is accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death inside their Destrehan home.

The fatal stabbing victim has since been identified as 35-year-old Mia Waite.

Investigators say the couple has two children together and the victim’s mother, Carnelian Waite, lived close by.

“We believe the mom walked in while the crime was in progress,” says LaGrange.

He says when the mother came over to drive bourgeois to his probation appointment, she was attacked too. But escaped and ran across the street for help.

“She came to the residence and provided her with a note. The victim had been bleeding pretty profusely.”

Injured and not able to speak, the mother wrote down the name of her attacker.

She was taken to a local hospital and remains in critical condition.

The children were located and are safe.

Bourgeois was last seen driving a grey Toyota Scion with Louisiana plate# VTE 461.

He’s considered armed and dangerous.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Concerns over violence are spilling onto the streets in St. Roch. Neighbors and the NOPD walk side by side. Even Bill Murphy is present despite his injuries.

“They came out from around a dumpster,” explains Murphy, “They were just kicking me. I got scrapes on elbows and knees; kicked me a lot on the side so sides are hurting. I’ve got some stitches on the cheek.”

On Sunday night Murphy says he was attacked as he walked to the store. He says eight young men jumped him and began beating him. It comes just one day after police say another man was attacked nearby, this time by close to 10 youngsters, and days after several shootings leave 5 in St. Roch dead.

“We’re going to find out who you are. We’re going to get you and we’re going to bring you in front of a juvenile court or a criminal court depending upon how old you are, and you’re going to be held accountable for carelessly just hitting on somebody. It’s just not acceptable, but where are their parents,” questions NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas.

NOPD’s anti-crime walk comes as state police serve their 21st day in the city. Col. Mike Edmonson says so far 50 troopers have made close to 250 arrests while patrolling various areas. He says he realizes the city is in need, but says they’ll be heading home after Labor day.

“For me to bring troopers down here I have to pull them from somewhere else in the state, so that becomes problematic for me. I do believe that the city of New Orleans needs additional police officers. I do believe they need additional help,” says Col. Edmonson.

In the meantime NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas says his officers are working overtime, and in the 5th district they’ve increased patrols.

“That’s the Band-Aid. The deeper solution is to give these young men some direction, something to do, you know? What the city is doing with NOLA for Life, but NOLA for Life is not enough,” says Murphy.

The Faubourg St. Roch Improvement Association is hosting a crime prevention meeting on August 14th. They are meeting from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at 1738 St. Roch Avenue.

Commander Goodly, Council Representatives and residents are expected and welcome. Organizers hope to identify solutions to crime, form partnerships, and discuss community approaches to policing.


Bruce Bourgeois Jr

Bruce Bourgeois Jr.

ST. CHARLES PARISH (WGNO) – Police are searching for a man they believe fatally stabbed his girlfriend and injured her mother Wednesday morning in Destrehan, according to Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange.

Upon arriving at a home in the 300 block of Madewood Drive St. Charles Sheriff deputies discovered two women lying on the ground. One woman was pronounced dead at the scene the other was transported to a local hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently looking for 34-year-old Bruce Bourgeois Jr.

Bourgeois is believed to be driving a Grey Toyota Scion with a license plate number VTE 461.

Anyone who has any information on the whereabouts of Bourgeois is asked to contact the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-783-6807.





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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - A 26-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department has been placed on an emergency suspension without pay after the department learned of his involvement with juveniles, an initial release said.

Officer Willie A. Gant Sr. was arrested Tuesday on two count of indecent behavior with juveniles and two counts of sexual battery on a juvenile.

On Monday, the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau with the NOPD Special Victims Unit launched an investigation after learning of the allegations. Following his arrest Gant was immediately placed on emergency suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.

Gant was most recently assigned to the NOPD Eighth District Mounted Unit.

Gant is the fifth NOPD officer to be charged with a felony this month.