Enforcement

Boating Incident in St. Bernard Parish Leaves One Man Dead

Release Date: 10/20/2015

Search and rescue crews responded to a fatal single vessel incident in St. Bernard Parish on Oct. 20.  The boating incident resulted in the death of Ernest Owens, 66, of New Orleans.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard and St. Bernard Fire Department were notified around 11 a.m. on Oct. 20 of a boat incident in Daylight Bay.

Search crews were guided to the scene around noon by LDWF and USCG aircraft and found a 64 year old Meraux man in an 18 foot vessel holding onto a non-respondent Owens who was in the water.

According to the survivor the two men were fishing and decided to tie onto the back side of a barge to get out of the wind.  As Owens was attempting to tie onto the barge he fell into the water.  The survivor tried to throw flotation devices to Owens, but the wind kept pushing the flotation devices back towards the vessel.

The survivor was able to get his vessel close to Owens and tie on a line around his wrist to try and keep his head above water.  He was then able to call for help on his phone.

The rescue crews were able to get both men into their vessels and rushed them back to the Serigne Marina where Emergency Medical Services personnel were waiting.  After complaining of chest pains, the survivor was airlifted to the Tulane Hospital in New Orleans.  Owens was pronounced dead at the marina and his body was turned over to the St. Bernard Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF is the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device.  Alcohol is not suspected at this time.  An autopsy will be performed on Owens to determine an official cause of death.

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

Legendary Deer Taken Illegally in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 10/19/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited an Abbeville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 17 in Avoyelles Parish.

Senior Agent Douglas Anderson cited Glen Toups Jr., 40, for not possessing basic season and big game hunting licenses and not possessing deer tags.

Around 10 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson was notified about a buck that was taken on an Avoyelles Parish hunting club’s property near Simmesport by a guest hunter.  The hunting club notified the agent to help measure the deer for record purposes.  When the agent arrived he was told that the deer may have been harvested by a non-licensed hunter.

Around 11 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson made contact with Toups Jr who told him he shot the deer with an arrow around 9 a.m.  Toups Jr. confessed that he did not have the required basic season and big game licenses or deer tags.  The agent issued the citations to Toups Jr and seized the deer.

The deer was unofficially scored as a 208 class buck.  The deer meat was donated to a local charity and the antlers and head are being held as evidence by LDWF.

Not possessing deer tags carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Toups Jr. may also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents further learned that Toups Jr. could not obtain a hunting license since he is under a hunting license revocation.  Charges are pending for Toups Jr. for hunting while under hunting license revocation.  Hunting while under hunting license revocation brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

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

Three Men Cited for Possessing 21 Red Drum Over the Limit in Excess of 27 Inches

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited three Louisiana men for recreational fishing violations in Grand Isle on Oct. 8.

The agent cited Donisote Santos, 53, of Chalmette, Jose Goronci, 43, of Metairie, and Jose DiSalva, 49, of Kenner, for taking over the limit of red drum and taking over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches.  DiSalva was also cited for not possessing basic or saltwater fishing licenses.

LDWF received a tip from a concerned angler who claimed that three males were fishing over the limit on red drums on the Caminada Pass Bridge in Grand Isle.  Senior Agent Norman Deroche spoke with the complainant who said the three men were filling the bed of a white F-250 with large red drum.

Senior Agent Deroche intercepted the white F-250 at 6:48 a.m. on La. Hwy. 1 in Fourchon.  After stopping the vehicle, Deroche found 25 red drum in the bed of the F-250.  All of the fish measured between 28 and 40 inches long.

Each licensed fisherman is allowed to keep one red drum in excess of 27 inches per day and allowed to possess two red drum in excess of 27 inches if fishing for multiple days.  Since DiSalva did not possess a fishing license, this put the men 21 fish over the limit.

Taking over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  In addition, possessing over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a $150 fine for each fish over the limit.  In this case it would bring up to a $3,150 fine.

Failing to possess basic and saltwater licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  The men could also face civil restitution of $555 for the replacement value of the red drum.

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

Body of Cameron Man Recovered from Calcasieu River

Release Date: 10/05/2015

Search and rescue crews recovered the body of a Cameron man this morning, Oct. 5, in the East Pass of the Calcasieu River in Cameron Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard began searching for Ronald B. Moore, 44, on Oct. 2 around 4 p.m.

Moore’s body was recovered around 9 a.m. on Oct. 5 near the town of Cameron.

According to witnesses they heard a noise and saw Moore floating in the water while his 16 foot aluminum vessel was circling around him.  The witnesses saw Moore bob up and down a few times and before disappearing.  The witnesses were able to call for help.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Moore’s body was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

It is unknown at this time what caused Moore to be ejected from the vessel.

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

Two Oyster Harvesters Charged For Taking Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 09/30/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two oyster fishermen for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on Sept. 30.

Agents cited Grant J. Leboeuf, 30, and Travis J. Dardar, 30, both from Montegut, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area.

LDWF agents were on patrol in the morning when they observed a vessel in a marsh area near Bayou Jean Lacroux actively dredging for oysters.  The area was closed by Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.

Agents stopped the vessel and found the two men in possession of one sack of oysters.  Agent seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also be sentenced to serve 40 hours community service and required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

Agents participating in this case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Lt. Joe Arnaud.

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

Greenwell Springs Man Cited for Littering and Placing Bait on WMA

Release Date: 09/28/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents cited a Greenwell Springs man for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and littering violations in Pointe Coupee Parish on Sept. 26.

Agents cited Richard J. St. Pierre Jr., 18, for baiting deer and intentional littering on the Sherburne WMA.

Agents discovered deer corn and an empty 50 pound bag of corn on Aug. 1 on the Sherburne WMA.  Agents also documented the placing of bait on four other dates since Aug. 1 along with the empty corn bags and a fast food bag and cup.

On Sept. 26, agents observed Pierre Jr. in the act of placing bait and littering in the same location as previously documented.

Placing bait on a WMA brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court.  

Sgt. Cliff Ortis and Senior Agent Russell Marbury are participating in the case.

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

Six Men Charged For Taking Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 09/22/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited six men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes.

On Sept. 18, LDWF Sgt. Bryan Marie cited Dustin M. Buquet, 18, Richardo Najera-Morales, 25, and Cline J. Ledet, 29, all from Chauvin, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bay Antoine in Terrebonne Parish.

On Sept. 22, the agent cited Dillon J. Verdin, 23, from Cutoff, Alexei B. Vargas, 21, and Holden D. Verdin, 21, both from Houma, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bayou Faleau in LaFourche Parish.

Both areas are closed by Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.

Both vessels were found with 15 sacks of oysters on board.  Sgt. Marie seized the vessels, oyster dredges and returned 30 sacks of oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition, the men could be sentenced to serve 40 hours community service and be required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

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

Three Men Cited For Tuna Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 09/10/2015

On Sept. 9, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents cited three men for alleged commercial tuna violations in Plaquemines Parish.

While on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service, LDWF agents made contact with James A. Gerakines, 41, and Charles Updegraff, 52, both of Chalmette, and Perry Menesses, 58, of St. Bernard.  The men were on the commercial fishing vessel “Jasmine” in the area of Tiger Pass located in Venice.

During a federal fish inspection the men were found to be in possession of numerous skipjack and yellowfin tuna.  After a lengthy investigation agents determined that Gerakines intended to sell the tuna upon return to Venice.

When the investigation was completed agents determined no federal commercial highly migratory species (HMS) permit was on board or issued for the vessel in question or captain and of the eight yellowfin tuna on board six were under the minimum size limit of 27 inches.

All three men were charged with failing to comply with taking or possessing tuna without the required commercial HMS permit and taking or possessing under sized yellowfin tuna.  Each of the two charges carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail.

Additionally the men face civil restitution charges for the illegally taken tuna totaling $1,290.20.  Agents seized a total of 285 pounds of tuna and donated it to a local homeless shelter.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio.

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

LDWF Agent Rescues Eight People from Gulf of Mexico

Release Date: 09/09/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent rescued eight people from the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 6 in Vermilion Parish.

Sgt. Nicholas Guillory received a call from dispatch around 1 p.m. on Sept. 6 of a vessel that recently launched at Rollover Landing near Pecan Island taking on water.  He made contact with the vessel occupants who said they travelled south in Rollover Bayou and were in the Gulf of Mexico when a storm kicked up producing high seas and lots of wind.

Sgt. Guillory was able to get to the location where Rollover Bayou met the Gulf of Mexico in the pouring rain when he spotted one individual in the mud up to his waist.  He was able to pull him from the mud and get him in his boat.

Sgt. Guillory then noticed two other individuals in a vessel that was taking on water and managed to get those two in his boat.  He also towed their boat safely back to the inside part of the canal and out of the rough seas of the Gulf of Mexico.

Knowing that the three individuals he brought safely to the inside waters were not the original people that needed help, Sgt. Guillory went back into the Gulf of Mexico.  He traveled about a mile west and found two more vessels in trouble.  One of the vessels was completely beached and the other was completely under water.

Sgt. Guillory was able to grab two of the individuals from the sunken vessel and put them in his vessel.   The three people from the beached vessel were on the beach.

Sgt. Guillory then hooked his vessel up to the beached vessel and was able to pull the vessel back into the water.  The vessel started up and he put two of the people on land in that vessel.  Sgt. Guillory then towed the sunken vessel to a position to get enough water out so that it could float enough to be towed to inside waters.  The last person on shore got in Sgt. Guillory’s vessel.

In total Sgt. Guillory was able to rescue eight people and recover three vessels safely and get them back to the boat launch in Rollover Bayou.

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

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