Enforcement

Body of Missing Baton Rouge Man Recovered in Lake Maurepas

Release Date: 05/07/2012

 

Search crews found the deceased body of a missing Baton Rouge man on Lake Maurepas shortly after 7:30 this morning, May 7.

Taylor Russell, 26, was reported missing around 6:30 p.m. on May 5.  Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard responded within minutes to the scene.

According to other passengers in the 24-foot ski boat, Russell jumped from the boat while they were travelling across Lake Maurepas.  The passengers said they never saw Russell resurface and called 911 shortly thereafter.

Russell was reported to go into the water in between where the Amite and Blind Rivers feed into Lake Maurepas.  According to the operator of the boat, they were returning from the Blind River to return to where they launched on the Tickfaw River to go home.

Russell’s body was recovered about a half mile from where he was reported to go into the water and his body was turned over to the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  The LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

Ascension Parish Man Pleads Guilty to Hunting Violations

Release Date: 05/04/2012

 

The 23rd Judicial Court in Ascension Parish sentenced an Ascension Parish man on April 25 to pay $2,475 in fines and court costs stemming from hunting violations.

Judge Marylyn Lambert accepted Michael W. Theroit’s, 21, of Darrow, guilty plea on all charges and sentenced him to pay $1,625 in fines for night hunting violations.  Theroit is also responsible for $850 in court costs.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Senior Agent Hal Bridges cited Theroit on Nov. 19 at 2:20 a.m. in Ascension Parish on River Road. 

Theriot was cited for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public road and moving vehicle, hunting without a resident basic and big game hunting license and hunting deer using illegal methods.

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

Crowley Man Arrested for Illegal Firearm Possession

Release Date: 04/26/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Crowley man for alleged illegal firearm possession by a convicted felon and migratory game bird (MGB) violations on April 25 in Crowley.

Agents cited Larry J. Marceaux Jr., 30, for hunting ducks during a closed season, using lead shot in an area designated for steel shot, hunting MGBs with an illegal firearm, hunting ducks or geese without a federal stamp, hunting MGBs without a state duck license or basic license, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

After receiving a complaint of somebody hunting illegally, agents were dispatched to a canal at the end of South Ave. in Crowley around 6:35 p.m. on April 25.  When agents arrived the Crowley Police Department already had Marceaux detained.  Marceaux stated that he shot a wood duck in a canal by his house with a rifle.

Marceaux did not have a resident license, state MGB stamp or a federal MGB stamp. Agents identified the duck as a wood duck hen and the rifle as a Marlin .17 caliber rifle.

Upon further investigation, agents learned that Marceaux was a convicted felon who had four years of probation remaining before he could possess a firearm.

Agents arrested Marceaux and booked him into the Acadia Parish Correctional Facility. Agents seized the wood duck and donated it to the Welcome House in Crowley.  Agents also seized the Marlin .17 caliber rifle for evidence.

Hunting ducks during a closed season, using lead shot illegally, hunting MGBs with an illegal firearm, hunting ducks or geese without a federal stamp each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting MGBs without a state duck license or basic hunting license each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 and 10 to 20 years in jail.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Jason Stagg and Senior Agent Anthony Verret.

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

Two Houma Residents Cited For Illegal Shrimping In Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/24/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for allegedly shrimping during a closed season in Terrebonne Parish on April 21.

Agents cited Joshua M. Verdin, 26, and Jimmie D. Robling Jr., 52, both from Houma, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.

Agents responded to an area where they received complaints of illegal shrimping and observed the vessel occupied by the two subjects engaging in skimming operations in Bayou Grand Caillou.  Agents issued the men citations and seized 290 pounds of 26-30 count white shrimp.  In addition, the vessel and two skimmer nets were seized.

Using skimmers during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus courts costs.

In addition to any other penalties, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer and 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 by LDWF.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Thomas Wolf.

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

Chauvin Man Apprehended After Foot Chase

Release Date: 04/23/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Chauvin man for allegedly resisting arrest and battery to a police officer on April 19 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Christopher Duplantis, 30, for resisting arrest, battery to a police officer, misrepresentation of a misdemeanor, injuring public records, no possession of a basic or saltwater fishing license and possession of an undersized black drum.  Duplantis was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

Agents first cited Duplantis in February for possessing an undersized black drum and not having a basic or saltwater fishing license.  Duplantis also did not possess any kind of identification and gave agents a false name and address of a friend.

Duplantis’ friend showed up for his court date on April 15 to plead that he was falsely accused.  His violations were subsequently dropped as agents verified he was not the individual who received the citations.  Duplantis’ friend then told agents who he thought was the real offender.

Agents went to Duplantis’ residence on April 19 and spotted Duplantis on an all-terrain vehicle as they turned down his street.  Agents made contact with Duplantis and a brief struggle ensued as Duplantis fled on foot.  Agents then found Duplantis hiding under his house and arrested him.

Battery of a police officer, misrepresentation of a misdemeanor, and resisting arrest each bring up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Injuring public records carries up to a $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Fishing without a basic or saltwater license carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Possession of an undersized black drum brings up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Nicholas Guillory.

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

Houma Man Arrested for Possession of a Stolen Boat

Release Date: 04/16/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Houma man for allegedly possessing a stolen boat in Terrebonne Parish on April 16.

While on patrol in Bayou Little Caillou, LDWF Strike Force agents spotted Tyler Trahan, 18, operating a powered pirogue with no hull number.  Trahan also didn’t possess any other form of ownership of the boat.

During the stop, a man began yelling from the shore saying that was his powered pirogue.  The man said the pirogue was stolen from his yard on Tuesday, April 10.  The man on the shore had all the proper documentation for the boat and agents returned the boat to him.  The man said he saw the boat as he was driving down Hwy. 56, which runs parallel with the bayou.

Agents then arrested Trahan and booked him into the Terrebonne Parish Jail for possession of stolen property valued at $1,800.

Possession of stolen property valued higher than $500 is a felony and punishable with up to $3,000 in fines and up to 10 years in jail.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agent Doug Danna.

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

Flatwoods Man Arrested for Negligent Injury

Release Date: 04/13/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Flatwoods man for allegedly shooting a hiker in Natchitoches Parish on April 12.

Agents arrested Jerry Merrill, 63, for negligent injury and booked him into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Merrill was turkey hunting on the Red Dirt Federal Refuge around 9 a.m. when he allegedly mistook a hiker for a turkey shooting him with a shotgun.  The hiker received minor injuries and was treated and released by emergency workers at the scene.

Negligent injury carries a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

Hunters are reminded that positive target identification is critical for hunter safety and a basic component of legal game harvest.

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

Father and Son Found Dead on the Natalbany River

Release Date: 04/12/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents found the deceased bodies of a father and son on the Natalbany River in Tangipahoa Parish around 9:30 a.m. this morning, April 12.

Agents found the bodies of Luther Baham Sr., 54, of Kentwood, and Luther Baham Jr., 33, of Hammond, in a dilapidated camp on the Natalbany River.  The Bahams were reported missing around 8:30 a.m. on April 12.

The Bahams left to go fishing on April 11 on the Tickfaw and Natalbany rivers.  They were last heard from at 2:15 p.m. on April 11 when they called a family member to let them know they were looking for shelter from an incoming storm.

Their bodies have been turned over to the Tangipahoa Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  The Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office will be the leading investigative agency for this incident.

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

Two Men Arrested For Shark Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 04/10/2012

Agents confiscated 2,073 shark fins from poachers on April 8

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents participated in a joint enforcement patrol that resulted in two men arrested for alleged fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on April 8.

Agents arrested Rick Nguyen, 37, of Buras, and Hung Anh Tiet, 29, of Dallas, Texas, for over the limit of sharks taken commercially, shark “finning” and intentional concealment of illegal fish and booked them into the Plaquemines Parish Jail.

Agents made contact with Nguyen and Tiet while responding to an anonymous complaint.  Agents stopped the vessel “Lady Lyanna” in Tiger Pass located in Venice.

Agents found 11 whole sharks located on the deck and a hidden compartment in the bow of the vessel that contained 12 large sacks of shark fins totaling 2,073 fins.  The bodies of the fins found in the sacks were not found on the vessel.

The 2,073 individual fins represent a total of 518 sharks possessed by the two fishermen bringing the total number of sharks possessed to 529.  The daily commercial limit for sharks in Louisiana is 33 per vessel placing the two men 496 sharks over their daily limit.

Shark “finning” is an illegal practice of removing the shark’s fins, which are the most profitable part of the shark, and then discarding the rest of the shark’s body overboard.

Over the daily commercial limit of sharks and shark “finning” each bring up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional concealment of illegal fish or game carries a fine up to $950 and up to 120 days in jail.

LDWF agents are continuing their investigation into this case and more penalties could be pending including civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken sharks.  Nguyen and Tiet face up to $26,450 in civil restitution penalties based off of an estimated value of $50 per shark.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Villere Reggio.

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

Body of Missing Man Found in Barataria Bay

Release Date: 04/06/2012

 

Search and rescue teams located the deceased body of a missing person in Jefferson Parish in Barataria Bay today, April 6.

Louis Adams, 64, of Barataria, was found by two fishermen early this morning.  The two fishermen then directed Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents and Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) deputies to the location of the body.  LDWF agents and JPSO deputies recovered the body at 7:30 a.m. and turned it over to the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office.

According to his wife, on April 4 Adams left for work at Nunez Seafood in Barataria in his pirogue, which he used almost every day to get to and from work across the bayou from their house.  After hearing that her husband didn’t make it to work, Adams’ wife contacted authorities around noon.

Adams’ body was found less than a half mile from where authorities believe his pirogue went under.  Search crews recovered his pirogue on April 5 using LDWF’s sidescan sonar.

LDWF is the lead investigative agency to determine the cause of this boating incident.  Investigators believe that heavy rain, winds and current were contributing factors to the incident.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish Fire Department and the Lafitte Fire Department also participated in the search.

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

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