Enforcement

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.

Delcambre Men Arrested for Crab Theft

Release Date: 10/27/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged crabbing violations in Iberia Parish on Oct 12 in two separate cases.

Agents observed Travis P. Duhon, 29, of Delcambre, around 12:15 p.m. taking blue crabs illegally from crab traps he did not have permission to take from in Lake Peigneur.  Agents found Duhon in possession of 64 crabs that he said he was going to sell to a neighbor.  Agents also found crystal meth in Duhon's possession.

Around 7:20 p.m. agents observed Saul C. Touchet, 27, of Delcambre, stealing crab traps in the Delcambre Canal.

Agents cited Touchet and Duhon for theft of or from crab traps, not possessing boat registration certificates and improper boat numbers.  Duhon was also charged with possession of crystal meth, using crab traps without the required markings and taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license or commercial license.

Theft of or from crab traps and using crab traps without the required markings each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license or commercial license each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90s days in jail.  Not possessing a boat registration certificate and improper boat numbers each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Possession of crystal meth brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.

Agents involved in the cases are Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder, Senior Agent Derek Logan and Senior Agent Jason Stagg.

Both men were booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.

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

LDWF Agents Rescue 23 People from Trailer Park

Release Date: 10/26/2015

Sgt. Miller traversing the flooded trailer park
Rescues brought to high ground
Porch of flooded trailer

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents rescued 23 people from a flooded trailer park in Tangipahoa Parish this morning, Oct. 26.

LDWF agents received a call around 5:20 a.m. about a flooded Silo Estates Trailer Park in Tangipahoa.  Two agents with a 16 foot flat bottom boat were on scene around 6:15 a.m.

The agents were able to successfully rescue 23 people and a dog as well as untie a horse that was able to escape the rising waters.  According to residents of the park the water was only a few inches last night and when they woke up this morning water was coming into the trailers.

The 23 people and dog were taken to high ground where they were then able to take a short walk to the Brown’s Chapel Church, which was setup as a shelter for them.

Agents involved with the rescues included Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Brody Roberts.

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

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.

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