Man indicted for June killing of 14-year-old
A New Orleans grand jury indicted Milton Bangham, 31, on Thursday for second-degree murder in the June killing of Edward Barton, 14, in the Central City neighborhood.
Bangham, who has a lengthy criminal record and has been booked with 10 felonies and over 40 misdemeanors since 2000, is accused of shooting Barton on a porch at Sixth and Danneel streets in a dispute that began over a frozen dessert.
The indictment lists the date of the murder as June 29, though Barton’s obituary and media reports at the time listed the date of the shooting as June 30.
Drug bust at motel results in three arrests
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three women late Tuesday night on drug charges as part of an investigation into alleged drug and prostitution activity at the Sun Suite Hotel near Interstate 10 and North Woodlawn Avenue.
Kimberly Simmons, 23; Nicole Garcia, 28; and Tabathe White, 43, were each booked on possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.
White faces an additional charge of being a fugitive.
According to arrest logs, detectives were patrolling the parking lot of the hotel after receiving numerous complaints about drug activity and prostitution.
When they approached one of the women, detectives said, she ran into a hotel room.
Detectives followed her and after receiving written permission from the three occupants to search the room, they said, they found a marijuana joint, glass pipes, a digital scale and a glass jar with a white powder residue that tested positive for cocaine.
Man killed; 2 wounded in Algiers drive-by
A 31-year-old man was killed and two of his passengers, including a 14-year-old girl, were injured Wednesday when someone shot at them as they drove in Algiers, New Orleans police said.
The shooting happened just before 7 p.m. near Copernicus Street and Mardi Gras Boulevard, said Officer Frank Robertson, a Police Department spokesman.
Witnesses told police that a silver late-model vehicle pulled up alongside the victims’ car and someone in it opened fire before speeding away.
Willie Boudreaux was rushed to Interim LSU Public Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, said John Gagliano, the Orleans Parish coroner’s chief investigator.
A 14-year-old girl who was in the car was treated for a gunshot wound to her leg.
A 30-year-old man who also was in the car was struck several times and was in critical condition at the hospital, Robertson said.
Police have not identified a suspect or motive.
Homicide Detective Joe Jefferson is leading the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.
Man, 38, arrested on suspicion of child rape
New Orleans police arrested a man Wednesday evening on charges of raping an 11-year-old girl.
Ronald Montegut, 38, is accused of molesting and raping the girl on three separate occasions starting about five years ago, when she was 11. He was booked on charges of aggravated rape and sexual battery to a victim under the age of 13. He is being held on $150,000 bail.
Police searching for man suspected in thefts
New Orleans police are looking for a man suspected of numerous auto thefts across the metro area.
Warrants have been issued for Ronald Johnson, 27, in both New Orleans and Jefferson Parish on charges of possession of stolen property, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato.
Fortunato said investigators in Jefferson believe Johnson is responsible for a series of vehicle thefts targeting General Motors trucks and SUVs in Old Metairie. New Orleans police believe Johnson also swiped tires and wheels from vehicles in New Orleans, he said.
Fortunato said Johnson evaded arrest on Wednesday, when detectives spotted him driving a dark-colored Chevy Suburban about 3 a.m. When Johnson realized he was being pursued, Fortunato said, he sped through a red light at Bonnabel Boulevard and the I-10 Service Road, eventually eluding police.
An hour and a half later, Fortunato said, Johnson was spotted by police in the same vehicle in the 2600 block of D’Abadie Street in New Orleans. He fled toward Broad Street and police were unable to follow him.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ronald Johnson is asked to contact Lieutenant Dax Russo at (504) 364-5300 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.