New Orleans area police reports for Nov. 17, 2012

Woman sitting on
porch shot in face

New Orleans police are searching for suspects in the shooting of an 18-year-old woman on her front porch Thursday night.

The victim told police that she was sitting in front of her home in the 5300 block of North Rampart street about 7 p.m. when she heard shots ring out. The woman realized that she had been shot twice in the face.

Luckily, both were graze wounds, and the woman was able to walk under her own power to paramedics who transported her to the hospital, police said. It appears the woman was struck by stray bullets from another incident.

Man in custody following stabbing

A 29-year-old New Orleans man remained in custody Friday after New Orleans police said he stabbed his 18-year-old cousin during an argument.

Conrad Johnson was booked with aggravated battery. Police say Johnson argued with the victim shortly before 5:45 p.m. in a home in the 2200 block of Ursulines Avenue. The two men eventually began to fight. At some point, Johnson retrieved a large kitchen knife and stabbed the victim in the arm, according to police.

Three men wounded by gunfire from car

Three New Orleans men told police they were shot by an unknown gunman while driving in eastern New Orleans.

Two 19-year-old victims and one 20-year-old victim told police they were driving in the 4100 block of Downman Road about 10:50 p.m. They said that a white vehicle pulled alongside the passenger’s side of their car, and someone inside opened fire. All three of the men received gunshot wounds to their arms.

JPSO accuses teens of car burglaries

Two Harvey teenagers are in custody after the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said they burglarized six cars in a posh subdivision across Lapalco Boulevard from where they lived. Tyronne Jones, 17, and an unnamed 16-year-old were booked with six counts of vehicle burglary on Wednesday, said Col. John Fortunato, a sheriff’s spokesman. Laptops, wireless phones, purses and GPS units were all stolen from unlocked vehicles in the community.

Fortunato said deputies were called out to the community early Wednesday morning after a resident observed two men getting into his unlocked truck shortly after 3 a.m.

Deputies chased the two men as they jumped several fences, and one of the men managed to get away. However, Jones was captured with the help of canine unit, and he was near a blue bag that contained a computer, flashlight and handgun magazine, Fortunato said.

Under questioning, Jones first told deputies that he was in Barkley Estates selling marijuana, but he later recanted and said he was there serving as a lookout while two other men burglarized vehicles.

Jones would eventually give police the name of the arrested 16-year-old, who turned himself in.

Suspect sought in shooting of man, 20

A member of what Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand once dubbed the West Bank’s own “crime family” is now wanted for attempted murder.

Myron Videau, 21, of Marrero is accused of shooting a 20-year-old man Nov. 14 near the intersection of August Avenue and Ames Boulevard in Marrero, said Glenn Boyd, a sheriff’s spokesman. The victim told detectives that Videau opened fire on him when he was stopped at a red light about 2:20 p.m. He received one injury that was not life-threatening.

Videau and his family have an extensive history of arrests for narcotics violations, robberies and murder. In 2010, Videau was booked with weapons charges after he was arrested following the shooting of a dog near a crime prevention meeting. JPSO officials ask anyone with information on Videau’s location to contact them at (504) 364-5300 or Crime Stoppers at (504) 822-1111.

Contractor sentenced in fraud case

An Atlanta contractor who worked out a deal to avoid jail time on federal theft charges will now serve six months in prison after he failed to hold up his end of the bargain, according to U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office.

Jamon Dial, 40, was set to receive probation Thursday for taking funds from the New Orleans Affordable Homeownership program to make repairs to five different homes and then never doing the work, according to a press release.

However, when speaking to U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk, Dial tried to blame the failure on faulty record keeping. Dial had already admitted to lying about performing work that was never done, or was by other contractors and homeowners. He also will receive three years probation.

Ex-NOPD officer indicted in tax case

A former New Orleans police officer has been charged with tax evasion after federal officials said he failed to pay taxes for three years.

Maurice Palmer, 51, is accused of failing to file federal taxes from 2006 to 2009. In addition, Palmer is accused of requesting to be exempt from taxes in 2008 and 2009, despite not qualifying for that status with nearly $70,000 in income in 2008. If convicted, Palmer faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.