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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.

2 days ago

Used Car Lots Targeted By Thieves

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, 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.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - A widespread crime fighting effort is underway in Mid-City.

Area businesses are partnering to pay for Project NOLA crime cameras.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter talked to one of the business helping to make the community safer.

An uptick in violent crime in Mid-City has both residents and business owners concerned.

It’s why The Greater Mid-City Business Association has launched efforts to add more surveillance cameras to the neighborhood.

“Let’s fight back,” Pearl Wine owner Leora Madden said. “We’re not going to stand for it; we’re not going to put up with it.”

Pearl Wine Co. is one of several businesses participating in a fundraising series that will pay for Project Nola HD crime cameras.

“I really love that, I’If you have a home security camera, you could help the cops *get* the bad guys!m really excited about it,” neighbor Jessica Lazano said.

Jessica Lazano lives in Mid-City. She’s familiar the same crime fighting effort that has enjoyed remarkable success with solving cases in the French Quarter.

“And I feel they’ve been really beneficial to the quarter and I’d really like to see them around mid-city. I think that would be good,” Lazano said.

Monday and Tuesday, Pearl Wine is donating 20-percent of its proceeds to buy crime cameras.

Owner Leora Madden says it’s the least she can do to help solve crime, and in some cases prevent them.

“There’s no reason it shouldn’t be a safe community,” Madden said.” There’s no reason that we can’t make this a safe area, and there’s no reason we can’t send a message to criminals out there that we’re not going to tolerate the behavior, and we will come after you and we will catch you.”

There are already plans to install cameras in three locations before the end of the month.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Three men who allegedly tied up two Tulane University students and robbed them last Friday are in custody, according to New Orleans Police officials.

Aaron Johnson, 17, and Kevin Jones, 18, are charged with aggravated burglary.

On Friday, April 4th, two Tulane students were sitting on the porch of a home in the 7800 block of Panola Street when three men forced the women inside, and tied them up with USB cords, before robbing them.

Earlier this week, detectives arrested and charged James Johnson, 21, after catching him rapping and robbing another woman in the Carrollton neighborhood Wednesday evening.

New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas said at a press conference Thursday that James Johnson admitted to the home invasion on Panola Street.

“We now believe that he has admitted to his behavior in the case from last week, which is quite similar,” Serpas said.

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - At a press conference detailing the arrests of two home burglars and a rapist, New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas went off on repeat offenders.

All three arrests are linked to the spike in recent crimes in the Uptown neighborhood and all three suspects had been previously convicted of either armed robbery or robbery.

Most notably is James Johnson, 21, wanted for a home invasion, sexual assault and aggravated burglary.

Officers caught Johnson ‘in the act’ Wednesday after he just rapped and robbed a woman in her Carrollton home.  Through questioning Johnson also admitted to tying up three Tulane University students with USB cords a week ago and robbing them.

Johnson had been arrested three different times for armed robbery and is currently on probation for an attempted armed robbery until September 2014.

“Let me remind you what that means,” Serpas told reports after reading Johnson’s rap sheet.  “That means he’s been in court.  That means he’s been found guilty of a crime.  That means he has made an agreement to be a good man in our community, and yet he couldn’t!”

“Hopefully this time these dangerous repeat offenders might be found to stay in jail, to stay in prison and to not be on the streets of New Orleans to hurt families of hard working people in our communities,” he went on to say.

When a reporter asked if Serpas was angry with the justice system, he said, “we’re frustrated with at least two things, one that people continue to commit crimes. And two when they have been found guilty of a crime such as they agree under the terms of a court to probation or parole –  which means this ‘you promise not to be a bad guy and we promise to not put you in jail’.

“Time after time again — this city in particular — these people who promise to be good in lieu of not going to jail lie! They go back out into this community and they continue to hurt people and our officers have to go out and chase them down, again, and again and again.  We as a criminal justice system have to work together to stop that from happening. “