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…

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…

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…

Viewpoint: Longtime watchdog gives Chief Ferguson an A for handling of NOPD during pandemic and protests

By Danae Columbus | Uptown Messenger | July 2, 2020 Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche said yesterday that NOPD Superintendent Shaun D. Ferguson deserves the highest accolades for his handling of the department since the pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests began. “Chief Ferguson has been dealing with an issue that no police chief…