Enforcement

LDWF Investigating Fatal Boating Incident in Calcasieu Parish

Release Date: 09/18/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a single fatal boating fatality in Calcasieu Parish.  The boating incident claimed the life of Lucas Marcantel, 24, of LeBleu Settlement.

Agents were alerted about a man who fell overboard into the east fork of the Calcasieu River around 7:50 p.m. on Sept. 17.  Marcantel’s body was recovered around 10 p.m. and turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

According to the other occupant in the 15-foot aluminum vessel, he and Marcantel were baiting a trotline when Marcantel fell overboard and did not resurface.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  Marcantel was not wearing a personal flotation device when he fell overboard.

The LDWF Enforcement Division and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office participated in the search.

Winnsboro Man Cited for Possession of a Spotted Fawn

Release Date: 09/12/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a subject for possession of a spotted fawn on Sept. 9 in Franklin Parish.

Agents cited Somchanh Chanthapanya, 61, of Winnsboro, for possession of a spotted fawn.

Agents received information from a Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy who was performing a security check on the Garden Hen restaurant in Winnsboro.  The deputy discovered an open door and proceeded inside to clear the building when he found a dead spotted fawn in the cooler.

Agents responded to the information from the deputy and located Chanthapanya, who is the owner of the restaurant, at his residence butchering the fawn.

Chanthapanya said he found the fawn on the side of Hwy. 17 as roadkill and took it to his cooler at his restaurant.  When he received information that a deputy may have found the fawn in the cooler, he took it to his house.

Possession of a spotted fawn carries a $500 to $750 fine and up 15 to 30 days in jail.

Alexandria Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations in Rapides Parish

Release Date: 09/11/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Alexandria man for alleged deer hunting violations on Sept. 1 near Alexandria.

Agents cited Boyd Q. Martin Jr., 64, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, taking deer with an illegal weapon and possession of an illegally taken deer.

Agents received a tip about a dead deer that appeared to have been shot near Alexandria behind a pond.  After investigating the tip, agents made contact with Martin Jr. who then admitted to agents that he shot the deer on his way to fishing before daylight by using his .22 caliber rim fire rifle and headlight.

Martin Jr. said he took the hindquarters off the deer and then dragged the deer carcass into the woods.  Agents seized the deer meat.

Hunting deer during a closed season and hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Possession of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer with an illegal weapon carries a $250 to $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

Martin Jr. may also face civil restitution totalling $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LDWF Agent Honored with Boating Award at Commission Meeting

Release Date: 09/10/2018

Sgt. Austin Arteaga receives award from Major Rachel Zechenelly

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent was awarded the Louisiana’s National Association of State Boating Law Administrator’s (NASBLA) “Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” for Louisiana.

Sgt. Austin Arteaga, of Slidell, received the NASBLA award at the monthly Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting on Sept. 6 in Baton Rouge.

Sgt. Arteaga has been an LDWF agent for over 10 years and he mainly patrols the waterways in southeastern Louisiana including Lake Pontchartrain, the Mississippi Sound, the Gulf of Mexico, and Lake Borgne.

“Sgt. Arteaga is well deserving for this safe boating award as he consistently leads his district in boating safety enforcement and is always working to detect impaired boaters,” said Major Rachel Zechenelly, the states boating law administrator.  “He has always taken pride in teaching the Louisiana Boating Education course and is very professional as lead investigator for fatal boating incidents.”

Sgt. Arteaga has distinguished himself by becoming a NASBLA Boating Program Instructor and a Louisiana Boating Education Course Instructor for the department.  Since 2013, he has trained enforcement cadet classes in the NASBLA Boat Crew Member course (BCM) and the Boat Operations/Search and Rescue Course (BOSAR).

Sgt. Arteaga is also an instructor in the more advanced NASBLA Tactical Boat Operators Course (TOC) and the NASBLA Pursuit and Stop (PAS) course.

LDWF Agents Issue Multiple Dove Baiting Citations During Opening Weekend of Dove Season

Release Date: 09/06/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents wrote 39 citations to 29 subjects for alleged dove baiting related cases during the opening weekend of the dove season, Sept. 1-3.

In Franklin Parish, agents issued eight citations for hunting doves over a baited area and six citations for aiding and abetting others in hunting doves over a baited area.

Agents issued five citations for hunting doves over a baited area and one citation for aiding and abetting others in hunting doves over a baited area in Rapides Parish.

Agents also issued five citations for hunting doves over a baited area, two placement of bait citations and two aiding and abetting others in hunting doves over a baited area in St. Helena Parish.

In West Feliciana Pariah, agents wrote four hunting doves over a baited area citations and one placement of bait citation.

In Avoyelles Parish, agents issued two citations for hunting doves over a baited area and one citation for aiding and abetting other in hunting doves over a baited area.

Lastly, agents issued two citations for hunting doves over a baited area in Evangeline Parish.

All migratory game bird baiting cases are filed with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution in Federal Court.

Elmer's Island to Close at 9:00 a.m. September 4

Release Date: 09/03/2018

 

LDWF Agents Cite Four Men for Crabbing Violations

Release Date: 08/30/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited four men for alleged commercial crabbing violations during the last week of August.

Agents arrested Ephie Dupre, 53, of Morgan City, for theft of crabs and using crab traps without required markings on Aug. 22 in St. Mary Parish.  Agents seized 94 blue crabs and returned them to the water.  Agents booked Dupre into the St. Mary Parish Jail.

On Aug. 23, agents arrested Gerald Brecheen, 63, of Morgan City, for theft of crab traps, theft of crabs, and using crab traps without required markings in St. Mary Parish.  Agents seized six crab traps and about six dozen blue crabs, which were returned to the water.  Agents booked Brecheen into the St. Mary Parish Jail.

Agents cited Matthew Giroir, 41, of Morgan City, for theft of crab traps and seized one crab trap on Aug. 24 in St. Martin Parish.

On Aug 29 in St. Mary Parish, agents cited John McCloy Jr., 73, of Patterson, for theft of crabs, selling to consumers without a fresh products license, failing to maintain records, and failing to complete trip ticket information.

Using crab traps without the required markings, theft of crab traps and theft of crab each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Selling to consumers without a fresh products license, failing to complete trip tickets and failing to maintain records each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  

Cameron Man Cited for Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 08/24/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Cameron man for alleged commercial fishing violations on Aug. 23 in Cameron Parish.

Agents cited Clarence Dyson III, 44, of Cameron, for using skimmer nets during a closed season, and taking shrimp without a commercial fishing, vessel and gear licenses.

Agents observed Dyson in the western end of West Cove actively fishing his skimmer nets.  Agents seized 462 pounds of shrimp and two skimmer nets.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Taking shrimp without a commercial license, a vessel license, and gear license each carry up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail for each offense.

In addition for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system, which is accessible to LDWF.  The violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

St. Bernard Parish Man Sentenced for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 08/24/2018

A St. Bernard man pleaded guilty to multiple commercial fishing violations on Aug. 16 in St. Bernard Parish.

The honorable Judge Jeanne N. Juneau, of the 34th Judicial District, of St. Bernard Parish, ordered Nicholas D. Russel, 21, of St. Bernard, to pay $2,600 in fines and forfeit the seized dredge used in the illegal activity to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).

Russel also had his oyster harvester license revoked for one year and can only be on a vessel fishing for oysters that is equipped with a Vessel Monitoring System for a period of one year.

LDWF enforcement agents cited Russel on March 5, 2018 for failing to have written permission to harvest oysters on Lake Coquille and unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease.  Agents also cited Russell taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms in Blind Pisana Bayou on April 20, 2018.

Agents Cite Two Men for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 08/23/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged alligator violations on Aug. 19 in St. Martin Parish.

Agents cited Jeremy E. Kibble, 26, of Lafayette, and Daniel D. Norton, 31, of New Iberia, for taking an alligator without a license, taking an alligator during a closed season and intentional concealment of wildlife.

Agents on patrol near Catahoula observed two trucks parked off of Henderson Levee Road with Kibble and Norton nearby.  When agents approached the men they saw Kibble go to the woods to discard something.  Agents went to the woods and found a freshly cleaned alligator.

During questioning, Norton admitted to shooting the alligator after Kibble caught the alligator.  Both men were cleaning the alligator as agents arrived on the scene.

Intentional concealment of wildlife carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking an alligator without a license carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

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