Enforcement

Five Men Caught Night Hunting on LDWF Agent Property

Release Date: 01/07/2016

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent arrested five men for allegedly night hunting on his property in Claiborne Parish on Jan. 1.

LDWF Lt. Kenneth Balkom cited Justin S. Wren, 34, of Monroe; Christopher L. Wren, 23, of Shreveport; Jordan M. Wren, 26, stationed in Atsugi, Japan; Aaron C. Kilpatrick, 27, of Katy, Texas; and Joseph B. Ralston, 27, of McKinney, Texas; for hunting rabbits during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and from a public road.

Justin Wren was additionally cited for operating a utility task vehicle (UTV) on a public road and open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.  Christopher Wren was also cited for possession of marijuana, illegally carrying of a weapon while in possession of marijuana and open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle.

Lt. Balkom was off duty inside his residence about 10 miles east of Minden around 11 p.m. when he heard a UTV being operated on Sexton Road outside of his house.  He went to the window to get a closer look and observed the UTV driving on Sexton Road with a spotlight shining on his hay field.

Lt. Balkom got into uniform and quickly stopped the men inside the UTV.  Lt. Balkom found the men in possession of three freshly harvested rabbits, a spotlight, one rifle, one pistol and three shotguns.  Lt. Balkom also found a bag of marijuana on Christopher Wren.  Lt. Balkom seized the guns, marijuana, rabbits, spotlight and UTV and booked the men into the Claiborne Parish Jail.

Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.

Hunting during illegal hours and hunting from a moving vehicle each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle brings a $100 fine.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Belle Chasse Men Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/30/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited two Belle Chasse men for alleged hunting violations on Dec. 27 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Derek P. Billiot, 34, for violating non-toxic shot requirements while hunting migratory game birds, taking over the limit of coots and taking over the limit of rabbits.  Agents also cited William A. Schultheis III, 34, for operating an unregistered motorboat and hunting without a basic hunting license.

Agents received a complaint that three subjects were hunting from an airboat in a pond near the Ollie Road subdivision.  Agents stopped the subjects and found them in possession of 11 rabbits and 20 coots, which were subsequently seized.  The daily bag limit for rabbits is eight and for coots is 15.

Billiot admitted to taking the rabbits and coots.  Schultheis was operating the vessel and agents determined him to be actively participating in the hunt.  Agents determined that the third person was not actively hunting.

Taking over the limit of coots brings and violating the non-toxic shot requirement each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in prison for each offense.  Taking over the limit of rabbits carries a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

Operating an unregistered motorboat and hunting without a basic hunting license each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgts. Tim Fox and Villerie Reggio and Senior Agents Kyle Wagner and William Bartlett.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Men Cited for Commercial Fishing Violations in Lake Borgne

Release Date: 12/22/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial fisherman and his deckhand for allegedly using oversized fish trawls on Dec. 20th in St. Bernard Parish.

Agents cited Mike Russell, 56, of New Orleans and his deckhand Bruce Metz, 63, of Slidell, for using oversized trawls in inside waters.

Agents patrolling in Lake Borgne observed a trawling vessel actively fishing around 1 p.m.  Upon making contact with the captain, agents observed two deployed 50 foot trawls.  The two trawls total 100 feet, which exceeds the maximum allowed trawl size for inside waters.

Agents seized Russell’s trawls and approximately 1,000 pounds of fish.

Trawling in inside waters with more than a 50 foot trawl brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men may also get their trawl, skimmer and butterfly gear licenses suspended for one year.  During the suspension the men may only be on a vessel possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, if the vessel is using an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Agent Chelsea King, Senior Agent Bret Nabors and Sgt. Keith Francis.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Terrebonne Parish Men Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited two Montegut men for alleged oyster violations on Dec. 15 in Jefferson Parish.

Agent Chelsea King cited John J. Naquin, 28, and Kenneth J. Naquin, 29, for taking oysters during a closed season from state grounds and taking commercial fish by using a dredge without commercial gear licenses.

Around 11 a.m. Agent King responded to an oyster complaint in Hackberry Bay.  The agent observed the two men actively fishing for oysters.

The Hackberry Public Oyster Seed Reservation closed on Nov. 9 until further notice.  The agent seized 13 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water.

Taking oysters during a closed season from state grounds brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without commercial gear licenses carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

The violators could also face up to 40 hours of community service in a litter abatement community service program.  Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system. Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on Dec. 17, 2015.

While on patrol in Bay Mc Mancleuse in Terrebonne Parish agents found a vessel dredging oysters from a private lease without the lease owner's permission.

Agents cited Chance Lovell, 37, of Theriot, and Russell Callahan, 28, of Dulac for unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease, failure to have written permission, sanitation codebook violation, no commercial fisherman license and no oyster harvester license.

Agents seized the boats and dredges on a departmental seizure form and returned 25 sacks of oysters to the water.

Unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failure to have written permission and without an oyster harvester license each carries a $400 to $900 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have a commercial fishing license brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violation of the sanitary log book regulations brings a $25 fine and up to 10 days in jail.

Any person convicted of these violations may for one year after the date of such conviction only harvest oysters from a vessel that employs a vessel monitoring system. Access to the monitoring system shall be granted to LDWF.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agents Norman Deroche and Thomas Wolf.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Agents Cite Two Men for Two Separate Night Hunting Cases

Release Date: 12/15/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Morgan City men for alleged night hunting violations on Dec. 13 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited John Maynard, 18, and Dylan Giroir, 22, for two counts each of hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.

Around 11 p.m. on Dec. 12 agents observed two men on Hwy. 1011 near the intersection of Hwy. 400 spotlighting deer and firing four shots at a deer from the roadway.

Agents made contact with Giroir and Maynard and cited them for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.  Agents seized a .22 caliber rifle, 9 mm pistol and 12-gauge shotgun.

On the morning of Dec. 13, agents received a complaint in Assumption Parish about a deceased deer that was found shot about 80 yards from a nearby camp on Hwy. 400.  The complainant said he heard three shots the previous night about 7 p.m. from the nearby camp, which is located about four miles from the previous night’s case.

Agents arrived at the suspected camp and observed the same vehicle that was used in the night hunting case they made the night before.  Agents knocked on the door of the camp and Maynard and Giroir opened.

Maynard and Giroir admitted to shooting the deer at approximately 7 p.m.  The subjects also admitted to shooting the deer with the same .22 caliber rifle that was used to shoot the deer at 11 p.m.

Agents cited the men with another count of hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Winston Michel, Senior Agent Joey Thompson and Agent William Carpenter.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting from a public roadway carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Punishment for spotlighting from a public roadway is set by the parishes.  The men could also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1,624.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Six Men Cited for Illegally Shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary

Release Date: 12/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men in two separate cases for alleged Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary shrimping violations on Dec. 7 in Orleans Parish.

Agents were patrolling in Lake Pontchartrain near the Seabrook Bridge when they observed two commercial shrimp vessels actively shrimping within the restricted area actively shrimping with their skimmer nets in the water.

Agents stopped both vessels and cited Roy Migliore, 42, Charles Allen, 31, Michael Chagnard, 27, and Santo Chagnard, 21, all from Chalmette, as well as Carey Hendrix, 25, and Casey Guidry, 17, both from Slidell, for using skimmers in a closed area.  The agents seized approximately 700 pounds of shrimp between the two vessels.

The Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary extends out 1 1/4 miles from the southern shoreline of the lake starting at the Jefferson/Orleans parish line and extending eastward 1 1/4 miles from the Southern Railway Bridge then traveling to a point 1 1/4 miles southwest of Goose Point in St. Tammany Parish.  Taking fish, shrimp and other aquatic species by use of trawls, skimmer nets, butterfly nets, seines, or traps, with the exception of crab traps, cast nets, and recreational rod and reel fishing, is prohibited in the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary.

Violating the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary restrictions brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent Kyle Wagner and Agent Patrick Dempsey.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Shooter of LDWF Agent Convicted of Two Counts of Attempted First Degree Murder

Release Date: 12/04/2015

Last night, Dec. 3, the jury in the trial involving the shooter that shot a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent in the line of duty came back with an attempted first degree murder conviction.

Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, was shot while on patrol on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Ouachita Parish on May 21 by Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe.

The jury at the Fourth Judicial District Courthouse convicted Hust on two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Hust will be sentenced on Feb. 11.  District Attorney Jerry Jones was the lead prosecutor for the state.

“We are very pleased that Sgt. Bullitt’s shooter received the justice he deserved and want to thank everybody who had a hand in getting these convictions,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Around 6:40 p.m. on May 21 Sgt. Bullitt along with another agent stopped a vehicle at the end of Buckley Hill Road near the Wham Break Boat Launch on the Russell Sage WMA.  During the stop, Hust shot Sgt. Bullitt and fled the scene into the woods.

Sgt. Bullitt was rushed to a Monroe hospital and stabilized.  Hust was captured around 11 p.m.

Sgt. Bullitt was then taken to Shreveport where he successfully underwent surgery to remove the bullet and bone fragments on May 26.  Sgt. Bullitt is still rehabbing from his injuries and not yet returned to regular duty as a LDWF agent.

Sgt. Bullitt has been an LDWF agent for over five years.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Luling Man Arrested for DWI on the Water in St. Charles Parish

Release Date: 12/01/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Luling man for allegedly operating or driving a boat while intoxicated (DWI) in Bayou Des Allemands on Nov. 30.

Agents arrested Leopold A. Larousse, 37, for DWI, and booked him into the St. Charles Parish Jail.

Agents were notified around 6 a.m. on Nov 30 about three subjects standing on the bank of Bayou Des Allemands next to their sunken mud boat and waving for help.

When agents arrived on scene they observed the operator, Larousse, showing signs of impairment.  Larousse failed both the field sobriety test and breath alcohol tests and was subsequently arrested for DWI.

DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Further boating safety citations could be pending.

Agents participating in this case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Senior Agent Dean Aucion, Senior Agent Kyle Wagner and Agent Gary Levron.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 7 New Agents at Graduation

Release Date: 11/24/2015

LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 7 New Agents at Graduation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy today, Nov. 24, graduated its 29th class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.

After six months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy, seven newly commissioned agents are ready to begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  “You have a tremendous responsibility to protect Louisiana’s rich natural resources and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water.  Congratulations on your achievement which we celebrate today,” Barham noted.

Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, presented certificates and recited the Oath of Office making the cadets’ transition to commissioned agents official.  “We welcome these cadets into the Enforcement Division ranks.  They are well trained and will be required to hit the ground running when they get to their local regions.”

The seven new agents are:

James Bruce, 26, of Bentley, assigned to Grant Parish
Devin Bryant, 29, of Deville, assigned to Sabine Parish
Joshua Cooper, 32, of St. Francisville, assigned to East Feliciana Parish
Kyle Haydel, 24, Destrehan, assigned to St. Bernard Parish
Michael Hebert, 25, of Lafayette, assigned to Cameron Parish
Edwin Langley, 22, of Kinder, assigned to Allen Parish
Tyler Smith, 23, of Opelousas, assigned to Pointe Coupee Parish

During the graduation ceremony, Cooper received the firearms award given for the best marksman in the class.  Haydel received the physical training award for being the most fit.  Bruce received the academic award for having the highest grades.  Cooper won the overall award, which is a cumulative score from the firearms, academic and physical training categories.

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.

The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty.  Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.  These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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