Ahead of dismissal, state trooper killed in crash

By WWL-Radio | September 23, 2020 State Trooper Chris Hollingsworth, who was set to be fired for his role in the death of a Black man in police custody, has died from injuries sustained in a single-car crash near Monroe. The FBI is investigating whether Hollingsworth and other troopers covered up how Ronald Greene of…

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TWENTY-EIGHT NOW CHARGED IN FEDERAL PROBE INTO THE STAGING OF AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today the indictment of nine additional defendants bringing the total to twenty-eight charged for intentionally staging automobile accidents. Today’s indictment charges CORNELIUS GARRISON (“GARRISON”), age 54, of New Orleans, Louisiana; DONIESHA GIBSON (“GIBSON”), age 29, of New Orleans, Louisiana; CHANDRIKA BROWN (“BROWN”), age 29,…

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INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Trooper calls co-worker ‘f****** n*****’; no discipline from state police

UPDATE: On Thursday evening, the NAACP Baton Rouge Branch responded to the allegations against Louisiana State Trooper August McKay in a Facebook post, saying McKay “should be forced to immediately resign” and calling his actions “deplorable.” Click here to view the NAACP’s full statement. ****   BATON ROUGE – A Louisiana State Trooper who was caught calling…

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ELEVEN MORE CHARGED IN EXPANDING FEDERAL PROBE INTO THE STAGING OF AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today the Indictment of RODERICK HICKMAN (“HICKMAN”), age 49, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; LOIS RUSSELL (“RUSSELL”), age 61, of Gibson, Louisiana; JAMES WILLIAMS (“WILLIAMS”), age 65, of Gibson, Louisiana; TANYA GIVENS (“GIVENS”), age 42, of Gibson, Louisiana; JOHN DIGGS (“J. DIGGS”), age 59, of…

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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Stage Automobile Accidents in Order to Defraud Insurance and Trucking Companies

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DAMIAN LABEAUD (“LABEAUD”), age 48, of New Orleans, entered a plea of guilty today to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, arising out of staged automobile accidents with tractor-trailers occurring in New Orleans. According…

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Newell: WHO matters versus WHAT matters

By Newell Normand | WWL Radio | July 29, 2020 It’s been said time and again that we should be able to do two things at the same time. Can we? Disproportionate impact, over-incarceration and allegations that the criminal justice system is fraught with systemic racism has not only defined, but painted the picture of…

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New Orleans crime outpacing 2019

By Chris Miller | WWL Radio | July 28, 2020 Violent crime is on the rise in New Orleans, with shootings and murders grabbing attention from crime watchdogs. Raphael Goyeneche with the Metro Crime Commission says they have recorded a 47 percent increase in shootings for the year, and a 190 percent increase this July…

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Ruling in federal lawsuit involving ‘fake subpoenas’

By Natasha Robin | WVUE | June 12, 2020 In the ‘fake subpoena’ lawsuit, a Federal Judge rules in favor of D.A. Leon Cannizzaro, but more allegations in the lawsuit remains open. The lawsuit was filed back in 2017 against the district attorney’s office and several ADA’s. It alleges the D.A.’s office unlawfully compelled witnesses…

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Our Views: One small step forward on accountability for judges

Staff Editorial | Nola.com | May 21, 2020 How embarrassing was it for Louisiana’s secretive Supreme Court when the Metropolitan Crime Commission of New Orleans put the judges’ financial disclosure forms online? The Legislature’s disclosures are online, and so are the governor’s. But the justices were making members of the public file a records request…

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3 New Orleans sheriff’s investigators, commander resign amid probe

By Matt Sledge and Mike Perlstein l Nola.com and WWLTV I March 30, 2020 The commander and three members of an Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office internal investigations unit abruptly resigned on Friday. The departures came amid an internal investigation into irregularities involving work hours and private employment, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the…

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Commander, 3 investigators from Orleans Sheriff’s internal investigative office abruptly resign

By Mike Perlstein l WWLTV I March 30, 2020 The commander and three veteran investigators of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office internal investigations unit abruptly resigned Friday amid an internal investigation into irregularities involving their work hours and time spent away from the office, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The resignations…

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U.S. Attorney urges the public to report suspected COVID-19 fraud

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser of the District of Louisiana today urged the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or to the NCDF e-mail address disaster@leo.gov. In coordination with the Department of Justice, Attorney General William…

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Sam Hanna Jr.: Reap what you sow

By Sam Hanna Jr. | The Franklin Sun | March 4, 2020 While tort reform is expected to dominate the headlines in the regular legislative session that begins next week, it isn’t the only hot topic the Legislature will entertain. Among the 1,120 bills that lawmakers pre-filed in the House and Senate as of close…

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N.O. to launch ankle monitor program for juvenile offenders

By Kenny Kuhn | WWL.com | February 7, 2020 Juvenile crime, particularly vehicle burglary, is a growing problem for residents and city leaders in New Orleans. But city leaders announced they are taking action in the form of electronic ankle monitors. “This monitor is a mechanism, that forces the child the juvenile to comply or…

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Concerns over low bonds at Criminal District Court

By Natasha Robin | Fox 8 | February 6, 2020 NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – “The offenders appear to have gotten more consideration than the victims of these crimes of violence,” says Rafael Goyeneche. Goyeneche, of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, calls some recent bonds at Criminal District Court, unfortunate. Three suspects appeared before a Magistrate…

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Sam Hanna Jr.: Crime commission deserves credit

By Sam Hanna Jr. | The Franklin Sun | February 5, 2020 Twelve years ago in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s first year in office, the newly elected governor called a special session for lawmakers to entertain a package of reform bills to improve ethics in state government. Jindal specifically targeted politicians, and one of the cornerstones…

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New database expands access to judicial financial disclosures

By Jamie Ostroff | KTBS | January 30, 2020 The Metropolitan Crime Commission, a non-profit watchdog group based in New Orleans, published a searchable database that allows the public to look up financial disclosure forms for any Louisiana judge. Elected officials in Louisiana are required to disclose where their money comes from, whether it’s from…

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Five Plead Guilty To Conspiring To Stage Automobile Accidents In Order To Defraud Insurance And Trucking Companies

January 30, 2020 NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA –United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced LARRY WILLIAMS (“LARRY WILLIAMS”), age 46, of New Orleans, LUCINDA THOMAS (“THOMAS”), age 63; MARY WADE (“WADE”), age 55; JUDY WILLIAMS (“JUDY WILLIAMS”), age 59; and DASHONTAE YOUNG (“YOUNG”), age 25; all of Houma, Louisiana, entered a plea of guilty today to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371,…

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Public can now find out how La. state judges get paid

By WWL Newsroom | WWL Radio.com | February 28, 2020 The public now has a new way to find details about the salaries of Louisiana state judges. President of New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission, Rafael Goyeneche, announced Today a new search engine on the Crime Commission’s website which lists the judicial financial disclosure statements of every state…

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DA Cannizzaro hosts 2020 Domestic Violence Summit with city leaders, judges and stakeholders

Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office | January 17, 2020 District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro on Friday (Jan. 17) hosted city leaders, police, judges and victim advocates at the 2020 New Orleans Domestic Violence Summit. The Summit, subtitled A Symposium for Solutions, brought together a wide spectrum of domestic violence stakeholders for a productive and enlightening discussion…

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LSU employee marks one year on paid leave

By Robb Hays | WAFB | January 2, 2020 BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – As of this week, the principal of LSU’s prestigious University Lab School has been on paid leave for one entire year and there is no indication that will change anytime soon. Frank Rusciano, who makes $144,347 per year, was placed on leave on…

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A Total Of Eight Now Indicted In Insurance Fraud Scheme Involving Staged Accidents

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today the Superseding Indictment charging three additional defendants: GENETTA ISREAL (“ISREAL”), age 51, of Houston, Texas; MARIO SOLOMON (“SOLOMON”), age 48, of New Orleans; and LARRY WILLIAMS (“LARRY WILLIAMS”), age 46, also of New Orleans.  Previously, the following five defendants were indicted: DAMIAN K. LABEAUD (“LABEAUD”), age 47, of New Orleans; LUCINDA THOMAS (“THOMAS”), age 63; MARY WADE (“WADE”), age 55; JUDY WILLIAMS (“JUDY WILLIAMS”), age 59; and DASHONTAE YOUNG (“YOUNG”), age 25; all of Houma, Louisiana.    The Superseding Indictment adds three new defendants, expands the conspiracy, adds two…

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Five Indicted In Insurance Fraud Scheme Involving A Staged Accident

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced today the Indictment of DAMIAN K. LABEAUD (“LABEAUD”), age 47, of New Orleans and LUCINDA THOMAS (“THOMAS”), age 63, MARY WADE (“WADE”), age 55, JUDY WILLIAMS (“WILLIAMS”),  age 59, and DASHONTAE YOUNG (“YOUNG”), age 25, all of Houma, Louisiana. These five defendants were charged in a six-count federal indictment with one (1) count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 and…

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Irvin Mayfield’s federal criminal trial delayed to January

By David Hammer | WWL | August 1, 2019 Grammy winning trumpeter Irvin Mayfield’s federal conspiracy and money laundering trial has been delayed a fourth time, pushed back to Jan. 21, 2020. Mayfield was indicted in December 2017 along with his longtime friend, business partner and band mate, Ronald Markham. They were initially charged with…

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Unlicensed public defender graduated from law school in 2016

By Amanda Roberts | June 24, 2019 at 9:42 PM CDT – Updated June 25 at 7:00 AM NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) – Walking across the stage, it appears Ashley Crawford did earn a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola university in 2016. But earning the degree doesn’t give you the license to practice law. Rafael Goyeneche with the…

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Curfew enforcement: Will it help fight crime in New Orleans?

By David Blake | WWL | June 3, 2019 Juvenile crime has been talked about for months and it frequently makes headlines in New Orleans.  Tonight, the new juvenile curfew takes effect and there are both skeptics and others optimistic it will work. Rafael Goyeneche, Director of the Metro Crime Commission, is hopeful this kind…

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TWO FORMER ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES PLEAD GUILTY FOR THEIR ROLES IN KICKBACK AND BRIBERY SCHEME INVOLVING CONTRACT FOR PRIVATIZATION OF WORK RELEASE PROGRAM IN ST. TAMMANY PARISH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019 WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/LAE NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DAVID HANSON, age 61, from Abita Springs, Louisiana, and CLIFFORD “SKIP” KEEN, age 50, from Covington, Louisiana, pleaded guilty Wednesday, February 27, 2019 before United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle to conspiracy to commit honest services…

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DA Leon Cannizzaro is dead certain in his convictions

By Tim Morris, Columnist District attorneys historically get elected and re-elected by putting people behind bars. No DA in Louisiana would be foolish enough to run on Blackstone’s maxim that “It is better that 10 guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” The winning slogan is usually the opposite. That’s why a lot of…

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