New Orleans area police briefs for Jan. 18, 2013

Man allegedly threatens officers

A Napoleonville man was arrested Tuesday after Gretna police said he threatened to kill several officers because of a traffic stop.

Police stopped Darryl Polk, 36, after they said he cut across multiple lanes of traffic when exiting the West Bank Expressway at Stumpf Boulevard. According to an arrest report, Polk became irate and began to berate officers and threaten them. He then told them he had a police scanner at home and would hunt them down on another traffic stop and kill them. He was booked with threatening a public official and driving with a suspended license.

Police: Lafitte man clocked at 125 mph

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Lafitte man for allegedly doubling the posted speed limit while he fled police.

A traffic deputy said he clocked Louis Dutriel, 54, driving 125 miles per hour while he drove on Leo Kerner Parkway on Wednesday. The deputy tried to stop Dutriel, but he continued for several miles before he stopped. The deputy said Dutriel failed a field sobriety test, but his blood-alcohol content was within the legal limit. He was booked with reckless operation of a motor vehicle and flight from a police officer.

Contractor accused of fraud on project

A New Orleans contractor was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center on Wednesday after authorities said he stole $78,000 he was paid to elevate a home.

Michael Spears, 48, was booked with home improvement fraud in excess of $500 and theft in excess of $1,500 by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Spears was previously in custody in New Orleans and then transferred to Jefferson Parish.

Spears is accused of agreeing to a $130,000 contract to elevate a home through the state’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. However, according to Detective Todd Rivere, Spears did little work on the home, despite collecting $78,000. He then failed to return the cash when the homeowner sought to cancel the contract.

Prosecutors allege Road Home fraud

Federal prosecutors Thursday indicted a local man after they said he lied about losing his house in Hurricane Katrina to steal more than $84,000 from the Road Home program.

Sanjoy Bhattacharya, 56, lived in Slidell at the time of the storm but claimed to live on Joseph Street in New Orleans, according to U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office. Bhattacharya only leased that property to tenants, prosecutors said.

N.O. doctor pleads guilty to lie for loan

A New Orleans doctor admitted to using false invoices to get payments from the Small Business Administration, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Dr. David Millaud, a dentist, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of government funds. Millaud received an SBA disaster loan of more than $56,000 based on fake invoices. He faces a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Police seek east N.O. business burglar

Police are asking for the public to help them identify and locate a man wanted for burglarizing an eastern New Orleans business

The burglary happened Jan. 11 about 11:30 p.m. in the 7900 block of Downman Road.

Video surveillance recorded the man tossing a brick through the front glass door of the business. Once inside, the burglar tired to pull a mounted flat screen TV from the wall. After he failed to get the TV, the burglar grabbed a speaker system and ran away.

Investigators describe the burglar as an black man who wore a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, dark-colored pants and dark-colored gloves.

Detective James Kish is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Tremé hotel robbery suspect sought

Investigators are searching for a man who robbed a Tremé hotel earlier this week.

Police said the man walked into the Empress Hotel in the 1300 block of Ursuline Avenue Jan. 14 about 6:30 a.m. and approached the counter while he held a dark pouch.

The robber placed the pouch on the counter and demanded the clerk hand over the hotel’s money. Police said the clerk feared the man had a gun and gave him the cash.

Police said the robber is a black man who is between 6 feet 2 and 6 feet 5 inches tall. He weighs about 350 pounds and was last seen wearing a black knit cap with a fleur de lis on the front, a white T-shirt, dark-colored shorts, white socks and dark slip-on shoes.

Police said the robber might drive a teal, tan or cream-colored Ford Explorer with a broken out rear window covered in black plastic.

First District Detective Leonard Marlborough is in charge of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident or the man’s identity is asked to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Deputies arrest robbery suspect

Sheriff’s deputies on Thursday announced the arrest of a man they allege robbed a Jefferson bar at gunpoint earlier this month.

Investigators claim Terry Williams, 24, and his brother, Tommie, robbed the Sports Palace, 1125 Jefferson Highway, on Jan. 8.

Detective William Meetze learned that Terry Williams was hiding in the Fat City area and found him near Hessmer Avenue and 18th Street in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine, according to Glen Boyd, a sheriff’s office spokesman.

Williams was booked into the Jefferson Parish Corrections Center on counts of armed robbery and possession of crack.

Tommie Williams remains at large. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the JPSO robbery section at (504) 364-5376 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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the New Orleans bureau