Enforcement

LDWF Agents and TPSO Deputies Investigating Fatal Shooting

Release Date: 12/07/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) deputies are investigating a potential hunting incident involving a fatality on Dec. 6 in Tangipahoa Parish.

LDWF agents and TPSO deputies responded to a 911 call concerning the fatal shooting of Joseph H. Stevens Jr., 33, of Hammond around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Stevens and Stacey M. Trapp, 37, of Loranger, were hunting together on some property near 55202 Hwy. 1062 in Loranger.  The two had been hunting about an hour when they decided to go home.

According to Trapp, as the two walked back to their vehicles they came upon a net wire fence.  As they walked along the fence looking for an easier crossing point Trapp walked in front of Stevens.

Trapp then squatted down to go under some bushes with his .270 caliber bolt action rifle slung onto his right shoulder.  As he squatted down his rifle went off with the bullet fatally striking Stevens.  Trapp then called 911 for help.

Investigators believe that Stevens was killed instantly and do not suspect foul play at this time.  Stevens’ body was turned over to the Tangipahoa Coroner’s Office.

LDWF advises hunters to utilize basic hunting safety procedures when going to and from their hunting locations, which includes having the gun on safe and no bullets or shells in the chamber.

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

LDWF Agents Cite Four Men For Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/06/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 30 in Bienville Parish.

Agents cited Jacky Fenn Jr., 31, of Jonesboro, Brandon Clifton, 29, of Monroe, Kenneth Blalock III, 28, of Quitman, and Roger Caskey, 36, of Jennings, for hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle and possession of an illegally taken deer.  Caskey was also cited for failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a night hunting complaint in the area of Liberty Hill Hunting Club near Cox's Crossing in Bienville Parish. On Nov. 30, agents stopped a vehicle that met the description from the complaint.

Agents found the four men inside of the vehicle with three rifles, spotlight, flashlight and a freshly killed deer loaded into the bed of the truck.  Agents learned that Caskey had taken the deer after legal shooting hours from the truck and had not tagged the deer.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requrements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Chuck Dison, Sgt. Patrick Staggs, and Senior Agent John Blalock.

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

Three Plaquemines Parish Men Cited For Red Drum Violations

Release Date: 12/02/2013

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Agent cited three men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Nov. 23 in Plaquemines Parish.

Sgt. Adam Young cited Henry Davis Jr., 57, of Jesuit Bend, Donelle Hill, 34, and Oliver Hill, 66, both of Belle Chasse for possessing undersized red drum.  Donelle Hill and Oliver Hill were also cited for possessing more than the legal five red drum a day limit.  Donelle Hill was also cited for not having basic and saltwater fishing licenses.

Sgt. Young found the men with 43 red drum, 26 of which were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches.  The legal limit for red drum is five per person per day.

Davis was charged with the intentional concealment of illegal fish when he threw an un-determined amount of fish into the water upon approach of a uniformed LDWF agent. Davis was also charged with intentional littering when trash entered the water when he concealed his fish.

Intentional concealment of illegal fish and taking over the limit of red drum carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking or possessing undersized red drum carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail.  Angling without basic and saltwater licenses carries a $50 fine for each offense.  Intentional littering brings up to a $250 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

The three men also face a grand total of $1,191.15 in civil restitution to the State of Louisiana for the illegally taken red drum.

The case will be forwarded to District Attorney Charles Ballay for prosecution.

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

Baton Rouge Man Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/18/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Baton Rouge man for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 15 in East Feliciana Parish.

Agents cited Adam Bedell, 30, for taking deer using illegal methods, criminal trespassing, intentional concealment of wildlife, possession of illegally taken deer, failing to abide by deer tagging requirements, failing to wear hunter’s orange, and not possessing hunting and big game licenses.

Agents received a tip from a landowner about a person walking on private property transporting deer parts.  Agents located Bedell on the property with the deer parts of a freshly harvested eight point deer and a .243 rifle.

Bedell did not possess his resident hunting and big game licenses and was not wearing any hunter’s orange.

After searching Bedell’s truck, agents found deer blood and hair at which time Bedell admitted to harvesting a doe deer on Nov. 6 in East Baton Rouge Parish with his .243 rifle.

The areas where Bedell was hunting is only open to Primitive Firearms and Archery until Nov. 16 at which time modern firearms may then be used.  Bedell’s .243 rifle does not qualify for the Primitive Firearms season.

Intentional concealment of a deer carries 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.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Taking deer using illegal methods carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without a hunting and big game licenses and without hunter’s orange each bring up to a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

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

LDWF Agents Cite Pineville Man For Commercial Fish Violations

Release Date: 11/15/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Pineville man for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish on Nov. 12.

Agents cited Jason A. Wilkerson, 23, after an anonymous compliant was called in saying he was transporting a large amount of black drum illegally.

Agents spotted the vehicle in Belle Chasse and saw that the bed of the truck full of black drum.  Agents performed a vehicle stop on the truck where Wilkerson identified himself as the fisherman and produced resident commercial fishing licenses.

Upon investigation, agents determined that Wilkerson obtained his resident vessel and fishing licenses by fraud since he is not a bona fide Louisiana resident.

Agents cited Wilkerson for taking commercial fish without non-resident commercial fishing licenses, non-resident gear licenses, and non-resident vessel licenses.  Investigation is ongoing and further charges may be filed regarding obtaining commercial fishing by fraud.

Each of the license violations carries a maximum penalty of $500 and up to 90 days of jail.

Agents seized a total of 2,346 pounds of black drum.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio, and Senior Agent Robert Cosse Jr.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Four Plead Guilty To Fishing Violations in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/15/2013

On Nov. 14 four people pleaded guilty to red snapper violations in front of the 25th Judicial District of Plaquemines Parish.

Nghia Huu Hoang, 33, Loan Huynh, 32, both from Harvey, Thang Van Tran, 38, of Avondale, and Truong Nguyen, 33, of Kenner, pleaded guilty to the intentional concealment of illegal fish, over limit of red snapper and undersized red snapper.

Judge Kevin Conner accepted their pleas and sentenced them to a collective fine of $4,000 plus court costs and to pay $1,178 of restitution to the state of Louisiana for the illegally taken red snapper.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents stopped the four in Empire on June 23, 2013 while on a Joint Enforcement Agreement patrol in conjunction with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service.

During the stop agents were shown a limit of red snapper.  After further investigation, agents discovered two hidden compartments in the bow of the vessel that contained more red snapper.  The subjects were in possession of 40 red snapper placing them 32 fish over their allowable limit.  Eighteen were under the minimum size limit of 16 inches.

Jerry Lobrano, who is the assistant District Attorney for Charles Ballay, prosecuted the case.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Jason Gernados.

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

LDWF Agents Arrest Two Men for Illegal Boat Sale

Release Date: 11/15/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested two Louisiana men on Nov. 14 for allegedly falsifying a boat sale.

Agents arrested Tyler J. Chenvert, 19, of Pierre Part, and Lawrence J. Toups Jr., 48, of Berwick, for injuring public records.  Agents also charged Chenvert with forgery and felony theft and Toups Jr. with filing false public documents.  Agents booked Chenvert into the St. Mary Parish Jail and Toups Jr. into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail.

According to the arrest warrant, Chenvert injured public records and forged his grandfather’s signature on a bill of sale claiming to be the rightful owner of a vessel he sold to Toups Jr. on Aug. 19.  The vessel is registered to his grandfather who has been deceased since Feb. 17, 2012.

During the investigation, Toups Jr. admitted to agents that he knew Chenvert had forged the grandfather’s signature on the bill of sale.  Chenvert and Toups Jr. completed the sale of the vessel for $1,800, which resulted in Chenvert committing theft against his grandfather’s heirs to the vessel.

Toups Jr. then filed the forged bill of sale when trying to register the vessel in his name on Aug. 30, which resulted in filing a false public document.  On the boat registration application, Toups Jr. also said he purchased the boat from the deceased grandfather, which didn’t match the forged bill of sale.

Injuring public records and filing false public documents each carry up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail for each offense.  Forgery brings up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail.  Felony theft carries up to a $3,000 fine and 10 years in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Michael Marques, Senior Agent Mike Williams and Sgt. Edward Ridgel.

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

Agents Cite Three Men for Illegal Hunting Activities

Release Date: 11/13/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations on Nov. 8 in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Agents cited Alex Manuel, 21, of Melville, Titus Manuel, 17, of Krotz Springs, and Blake Sparrow, 20, of Krotz Springs for illegally taking a deer at night, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a levee road, intentionally concealing wildlife evidence and taking a deer with an illegal weapon.

Agents received a public tip about potential night hunters on the East Guide Levee approximately three miles south of Hwy. 190 in Lottie.  While patrolling the area, agents noticed a vehicle stopped on the levee with headlights off.  After investigating the stopped vehicle, agents found one of the suspects close to the vehicle.

After briefly interviewing the suspect, he admitted to shooting a deer from his vehicle and that two more individuals were hiding in the woods with the illegally taken deer. The deer and firearm were recovered and the remaining two suspects were apprehended without incident.

Illegally taking deer at night and intentionally concealing wildlife evidence each carry up to a $950 fine per count and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking deer with an illegal weapon brings up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case include Sgt. Jerry Stassi, Sgt. Cliff Ortis, Senior Agent Anthony Adams and Senior Agent T.J. Ashley.

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

L.D.W.F. Law Enforcement Training Facility Improvements Planned

Release Date: 11/13/2013

Nov. 13, 2013 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division’s training site will be upgraded with a $2 million multi-purpose training facility, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham announced today.

LDWF trains wildlife agent cadets and hosts continuing education courses for Enforcement Division agents and officers from other agencies at the department’s Waddill Outdoor Education Center on Flannery Road in Baton Rouge. The existing training facility is outdated and does not meet the current needs of the Enforcement Division.

“The new facility will provide additional classroom space and dormitory space,” said LDWF Col. Jeff Mayne. “We’ll be able to house an additional 48 law enforcement officers for in-service training that includes advanced boating crash incident investigation, DWI detection and continuing education coursework.”

The Waddill site is also utilized as a staging area for LDWF agents assigned to search and rescue missions during hurricanes or other natural disaster response efforts coordinated by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Federal funding for the new facility will be provided through NOAA’s Joint Enforcement Agreement and the US Coast Guard. Additional funding will come from the department’s Conservation Fund.

Site preparation will begin in 2013 and project completion is anticipated within two years.

LDWF is charged with managing, conserving, and promoting wise utilization of Louisiana's renewable fish and wildlife resources and their supporting habitats through replenishment, protection, enhancement, research, development, and education for the social and economic benefit of current and future generations; to provide opportunities for knowledge of and use and enjoyment of these resources; and to promote a safe and healthy environment for the users of the resources.  

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

Four Men Arrested for Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 10/28/2013

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent along with Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) deputies arrested four subjects in Concordia Parish for alleged night hunting violations on Oct. 21.

Sgt. Trey Mason observed a vehicle traveling on Haphazard Road about 10 miles West of Ferriday around 4 a.m.  Sgt. Mason then observed someone from inside the vehicle shine a spotlight in nearby fields and shoot numerous times at various game.

Sgt. Mason along with Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office Sgt. Randy Stockman and Deputy Amos Coley stopped the vehicle.  The four subjects inside the vehicle were identified as Joshua K. Parker, 21, of Vidalia, Shelby L. Martin, 17, of Ridgecrest, Joshua S. Homes, 26, of Ridgecrest, and Emily S. Perry, 23, of Ridgecrest.

Sgt. Mason and the CPSO deputies found numerous firearms along with nine freshly killed rabbits and one freshly killed deer in the bed of the vehicle.

All four subjects were charged with taking deer during illegal hours, hunting wild quadrapeds during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle and taking deer from a public road.  Parker and Martin were also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.  The subjects were arrested and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road and hunting wild quadrupeds during illegal hours each carry between a $250 and $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking a deer from a public road carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

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

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