Enforcement

Port Allen Man Cited for Deer Tagging Violations

Release Date: 02/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a cited a Port Allen man on Jan. 26  for alleged deer hunting violations in Winn and East Baton Rouge parishes.

Agents cited Sammy L. Monson Jr., 25, for deer tagging violations on three antlered deer.

LDWF agents were alerted by an anonymous complaint about Monson taking deer throughout the season and not properly tagging them.  Agents met up with Monson at his residence on Jan. 26 and found him in possession of deer meat from a 12 point buck that he took on Jan. 17 in East Baton Rouge Parish that wasn’t properly tagged.

After further investigation, agents learned that Monson harvested a spike buck in East Baton Rouge Parish and an eight point buck in Winn Parish in November of 2015.  Monson Jr. failed to comply with deer tagging requirements for both deer.

Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Monson may also face civil restitution for the 12 point deer totaling $2033.29.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Allan Marbury and Senior Agent David Boudreaux.

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

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $16,800 in Rewards in 2015

Release Date: 02/01/2016

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,800 to diligent citizens statewide in 2015.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 43 cases in 2015.  A total of 72 subjects were apprehended and a total of 385 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The LOGT has paid out a total of $375,700 since inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 27 deer cases,  three migratory game bird cases, seven turkey cases, three commercial fish cases and an alligator case.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.

Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

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

Shooter of LDWF Agent Sentenced to Life in Prison

Release Date: 01/27/2016

A Monroe man convicted of two counts of attempted first degree murder on Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents was sentenced to life in prison today, Jan. 27 in Ouachita Parish.

Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, was sentenced by 4th District Court Judge Scott Leehy to three life sentences in prison without the benefit of parole for two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Hust was found guilty on Dec. 3 by a jury of his peers for shooting LDWF Sgt. Scott Bullitt and shooting at another LDWF agent.

“We are thankful this case is resolved to give Sgt. Bullitt and his family some closure and that the shooter will spend the rest of his life behind bars where he belongs,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “We also want to thank the prosecutors and judge for securing the stiffest penalties possible so that Hust won’t have the chance to commit another violent crime.”

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

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

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.

District Attorney Jerry Jones was the lead prosecutor for the state.

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

Two Men Cited for Illegal Purchasing and Selling of Deer Meat

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Louisiana men for alleged illegal deer transactions on Jan. 20 in Allen Parish.

Agents cited Charles W. Ortego, 42, of Kinder, for illegally selling deer meat and failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, and Noland Meyers, 66, of Elton, for illegally purchasing deer meat.

Agents received an anonymous tip on Jan. 13 about Ortego selling a deer to Meyers.  After making contact with Meyers, he admitted to buying two deer from Ortego for a total of $160.

Agents also made contact with Ortego who admitted to taking and selling the two deer to Meyers in Allen Parish without properly tagging the deer.

Illegally selling or purchasing deer meat brings a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Ortego may also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $3,250.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Danon Maricle and Sgt. Scott Fontenot.

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

Agents Arrest Night Hunters in East Carroll Parish

Release Date: 01/26/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two subjects and cited another from Morehouse Parish for alleged night hunting activity on Jan. 25.

Agents cited Charles A. Brantley, 27, of Collinston, Cassandra Barnes, 32, of Bastrop, and Danielle Brantley, of Collinston, 21, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.  Agents also cited Charles Brantley and Barnes for hunting rabbits during illegal hours.  Charles Brantley was additionally cited for criminal trespass and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

As a result of recent high waters along the Mississippi River deer were heavily concentrated along Hwy. 596 near Lake Providence.  Around midnight on Jan. 25, agents witnessed the trio drive back and forth along this rural stretch of highway shooting at deer and rabbits.  Agents also observed them shoot a deer and drop one of the occupants off to search for the deer.

Upon stopping the vehicle agents discovered that Charles Brantley was operating his vehicle outfitted with high intensity aftermarket lighting with Danielle Brantley and Barnes as passengers.  Agents found six freshly killed rabbits in the cargo area of the pickup.

After further investigation agents determined that Charles Brantley and his front seat passenger Cassandra Barnes were the ones shooting at deer and rabbits with Barnes the one responsible for killing the deer.  Charles Brantley was also the one that was dropped off to search for the deer on private property.

Agents seized one .22 rifle with a scope mounted light, night vision equipment, six rabbits and one antlerless deer.

Agents arrested and booked Charles Brantley and Barnes into the East Carrol Parish Detention Center.

Hunting deer during illegal hours or with artificial light carries fines between $900 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and hunting from a public road each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Criminal trespassing carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Civil restitution totaling $1,625 may also be imposed for the replacement value of the deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Wayne Parker and Lt. Scott Mathews.

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

Goldonna Man Arrested for Illegal Weapon and Drug Possession and DWI

Release Date: 01/22/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Goldonna man for alleged illegal drugs and weapon charges in Natchitoches Parish on Jan 17.

Agents arrested James Garner, 52, for driving while intoxicated (DWI), possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, illegal carrying of a weapon while in possession of illegal drugs and possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Agents received a call from U.S. Forestry Officers working a checkpoint on the Kisatchie National Forest about a vehicle they stopped with the driver appearing to be intoxicated.  U.S. Forestry Officer’s also located suspected meth in Garner’s pocket, a half smoked marijuana joint in the vehicle, open container of alcohol in the vehicle and a loaded .223 rifle.

After failing the standardized field sobriety test conducted by LDWF agents, Garner was placed under arrest and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is a felony and carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years 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.  Possession of methamphetamine carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.

A DWI carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Possession of marijuana brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Open container of alcohol in a vehicle brings a $100 fine.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Joseph Melton and Agent Devin Bryant along with U.S. Forestry Officer Jason La Mons and Officer Edward Jones.

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

Agents Cite Poacher for Harvesting 11 Deer this Season

Release Date: 01/19/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Newellton man for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 16.

Agents cited Michael F. Powell, 54, for taking over the season limit of antlered deer, taking over the daily limit of antlered deer, taking over the total limit of deer in a season and failing to abide by deer tagging regulations.

Agents investigating a tip from the public learned that Powell had harvested 11 total deer with nine of them being antlered deer from October to Jan. 16 this hunting season in Caldwell and Tensas parishes.

Agents made contact with Powell at his residence in Tensas Parish on Jan. 16 and found Powell in possession of a freshly killed antlered deer without a tag.  After a short investigation, agents found Powell in possession of eight more sets of deer antlers that he admitted to harvesting this season.

That brought his total of antlered deer harvested this season to nine.  Powell also admitted to killing two antlerless deer without tagging them earlier in the season.

Agents also found the antlers to an 11 point buck and eight point buck in the collection of antlers that Powell admitted to killing on the same day.

Agents seized the deer antlers and the rifle Powell said he used to harvest all the deer.

Deer hunters are allowed a total of six deer during the season, but hunters can’t exceed three antlered or four antlerless deer.  During either sex days hunters are allowed to take one antlered and one antlerless deer per day.

Taking over the season limit of antlered deer, daily limit of antlered deer and total limit of deer in a season each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a $100 to $500 fine and up to 90s days in jail.

Powell may also face civil restitution totaling up to $18,860 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Lee Tarver, Sgt. Joe Chandler, Sgt. Bear Fletcher, Sgt. Justin Goudey, and Senior Agent Joey Tarver.

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

Agents Arrest Metairie Man for DUI And Drug Possession

Release Date: 01/13/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Metairie man for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI) and drug possession in Orleans Parish on Jan. 11.

Agents received a complaint at approximately 12 p.m. about a person whom later was identified as George Girard, 31, appearing to be under the influence attempting to launch a boat at a public boat launch on Bayou Sauvage in Orleans Parish.  Agents arrived shortly after Girard managed to launch and waited for a brief period before he returned to the launch.

Upon Girard’s return to the launch, agents made contact and immediately observed Girard showing signs of impairment.  After Girard consented to a search of his vessel and himself, agents found marijuana and a plastic baggy with a white powdery substance.

After failing the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, agents arrested Girard for DUI and possession of illegal drugs and booked him into the Orleans Parish Prison.  The suspected illegal drugs were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime lab for testing.

A DUI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and 10 days to six months of jail.  Possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Sgt. Tim Fox, Senior Agent Bret Nabors and Agent Chelsea Kling.

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

Arkansas Man Cited for Hunting License Fraud

Release Date: 01/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Arkansas man for allegedly obtaining a hunting license by fraud on Jan. 7 in Claiborne Parish.

Agents cited James Perkins, 42, of Emerson, Ark., for obtaining a Louisiana resident hunting license by fraud, hunting without a non-resident hunting license and possessing an unplugged shotgun that held five shells.

Agents observed Perkins returning from hunting on the Kisatchie National Forest in Claiborne Parish on Jan. 7.  Upon conducting a license compliance check agents discovered that Perkins was a resident of Arkansas and possessed a Louisiana resident hunting license.

After further investigation, agents also discovered that his 12 gauge shotgun was holding five shells.  It is illegal to possess a shotgun that is capable of holding more than three shells during hunting season.  Plugs are to be used if a shotgun can hold more than three shells.

Obtain license by fraud penalties will be set at a later date by the presiding judge.  Hunting with an unplugged gun carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without a non-resident hunting license carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

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

Two Men Cited in Orleans Parish for Shrimping During Closed Season

Release Date: 01/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Jan. 8 in Orleans Parish.

Agents patrolling in the Industrial Canal (Inner Harbor Navigation Canal) observed a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 9:30 p.m.  During the inspection, agents found approximately 1,400 pounds of white shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Michael D. Roussel Jr, 38, of Paulina, and Troy Cantillo, 49, of Gramercy, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized the entire catch.  Both subjects were also cited for illegal shrimping in the Industrial Canal.  The fall shrimp season for state inside waters was closed at sunset on Dec. 21, 2015.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, 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 to LDWF. The court may also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Shrimping in the Industrial Canal carries up to a $500 fine and six months 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.

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