Enforcement

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.

LDWF To Hold Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Tuesday, Nov. 24

Release Date: 11/23/2015

EVENT:  29th Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy Graduation.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 - 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Louisiana Room, LDWF Headquarters Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

BACKGROUND:  The graduation will add seven new agents to the LDWF Enforcement Division following six months of training.  The event will include the presentation of colors by the LDWF Enforcement Color Guard, presentation of awards and the Oath of Office ceremony.

LDWF agents enforce hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.  Their duties include checking hunters, fishers, dealers, restaurants, breeders, farmers and transporters for compliance with regulations governing limits, quotas, licenses, sizes, registrations, legal documents and accepted behavior.  Agents are also trained for search and rescue and maritime security missions.

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

Night Hunter Cited for Illegally Taken Deer

Release Date: 11/20/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Newellton man for night hunting violations on Nov. 18 in Tensas Parish.

Agents cited Mica G. Adair, 29, for taking deer during illegal hours, taking over the limit of antlered deer, not possessing basic and big game hunting licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip about Adair hunting deer at night and went to his residence for further investigation.  Agents observed four antlered deer heads in the back of Adair’s truck.

Upon questioning, Adair admitted to harvesting a deer on Nov. 8, Nov. 11, Nov. 13 and Nov. 15 all at night in Tensas Parish.  The season limit is three antlered deer putting Adair one over the limit.

Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing over the limit of deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Adair may also face a civil restitution penalty totaling $6,907 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. John Hendrix, Senior Agent Johnny Wilson and Agent Clinton Branton.

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

Body of Missing Boater Recovered from Atchafalaya River

Release Date: 11/03/2015

Search and rescue teams recovered the body of a missing boater from the Atchafalaya River on Nov. 3.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents and St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO) deputies recovered the body of William K. Seal, 56, of Butte La Rose, around 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 about two miles south of the Butte La Rose landing.

Search and rescue teams had been searching for Seal since the boat he was operating was found unmanned around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 about two miles south of the Butte La Rose landing.

According to a Seal acquaintance, Seal was dropped off around 7 a.m. at the Butte La Rose public landing on Oct. 31 for a day of fishing of which Seal never returned.  Seal’s 15 foot vessel was then found by a tugboat operator the next morning and reported to authorities.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Seal’s body was found without a personal flotation device.  His body was turned over to the St. Martin Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF was able to retrieve the vessel for evidence in the case.

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

Pineville Man Arrested for Church Vandalism

Release Date: 11/03/2015

A joint investigation between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents, U.S. Forest Service enforcement officers and Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office (GPSO) deputies led to the arrest of a Pineville man for alleged vandalism on Oct. 30 in Grant Parish.

GPSO deputies arrested Charles A. Melancon, 21, for unauthorized entry and simple criminal damage to property and booked him into the Grant Parish Jail.

Around 10:30 p.m. LDWF agents followed a vehicle to the end of Clear Creek Church Road.  The agents then heard a loud noise near the church and moments later saw the vehicle approach their location.

Agents stopped the vehicle and identified Melancon as the operator.  Agents asked Melancon about the loud noise and he said he heard gunshots coming from the woods.

After letting Melancon go and investigating the church grounds, agents found the door to the community center next to the church forced open and the door jamb broke.

Agents notified U.S. Forest Service officers who were able to stop Melancon on Hwy. 3130.  During the stop Melancon admitted to breaking into the community center by kicking in the door.  GPSO deputies arrived and arrested Melancon.

Unauthorized entry and simple criminal damage to property each brings up to a $1,000 fine and six years in jail for each offense.

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

Red Snapper Fisherman Charged with Illegal Gear in State Waters

Release Date: 10/30/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited a Metairie man with an alleged commercial fishing violation on Oct. 29 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Seven P. Rhoto, 37, for using bandit gear in state waters.  Bandit gear is allowed to be used in federal waters and is normally used by federally permitted reef fish holders, but is illegal in Louisiana water.

Agents observed a vessel using bandit gear fishing for red snapper near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish.  Upon inspection of the vessel, agents found Rhoto in possession of 1,088 pounds of red snapper, 44 pounds of lane snapper and 17 pounds of white trout.

Using bandit gear in state waters carries a fine of $400 to $950 and up to 90 days in jail.  Agents seized the vessel on a department seizure order, the bandit gear and the illegally taken fish.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Lt. Louis Burnett.

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

Morgan City Man Sentenced for Crab Theft

Release Date: 10/28/2015

A Morgan City man was found guilty of theft of crab trap contents on Oct. 9 in St. Mary Parish.

Judge Edward Leonard of the 16th Judicial District sentenced Curtis A. Richard, 38, to 10 days in jail, two years of probation and $750 in fines plus court costs.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents On Oct. 10, 2014 observed Richard actively tending crab traps that did not belong to him on Sweet Bay Lake in the Atchafalaya River.  Agents found him in possession of 16 crabs.

Agents arrested the subject and booked him into the St. Mary Parish jail for theft of crab trap contents.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Joey Thompson, Sgt. Winston Michel, and Senior Agent Jake Darden.  Assistant District Attorney Wayne Simoneaud prosecuted the case.

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

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