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Deer Hunting Incident Leads to Negligent Injury Guilty Plea

Release Date: 09/27/2013

A Chalmette man pleaded guilty on Sept. 26 to charges stemming from a hunting incident that occurred in Meraux in St. Bernard Parish.

Joshua D. Starr, 28, of Chalmette pleaded guilty to charges of negligent Injury and hunting deer during illegal hours in St. Bernard Parish Court.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents issued Starr those charges after investigating an unintentional shooting while Starr was deer hunting in the wooded area near Bourmouth Park on Jan. 4, 2013.

Starr thought he shot a deer after legal shooting hours.  After approaching what he thought was his downed deer, Starr and a hunting partner realized that he incidentally shot a person.  The shooter mistook the victim for a deer and hit him with his 12 gauge shotgun from 24 yards away hitting the victim in th lower abdomen and legs.

The victim was brought to University Hospital in New Orleans where he underwent surgery to address his injuries.  The victim has made a near full recovery at the last point of contact with LDWF investigators.

Starr was sentenced to pay $1,000 plus court costs for the conviction of the two violations.

Agents involved in the case were Sgts. Tim Fox and Mike Garrity, and Lt. Jason Russo.

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

Media Advisory -- LDWF to Hold Ceremony to Honor Fallen Agents on Oct. 1

Release Date: 09/26/2013

Media: If you plan on covering this event, please contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

What: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold a ceremony to honor those Enforcement Division agents who have died in the line of duty.  The ceremony will take place beside the “Fallen Agents” statue that was erected outside of the LDWF HQ building in Baton Rouge earlier this year.

The ceremony will include a prayer by Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association Chaplain Senior Agent Byron Cammack, and speeches by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham, Col. Jeff Mayne, LWAA President Davis Madere and Lt. Col. Joey Broussard.

When: Oct. 1 at 10 a.m.

Where: LDWF Headquarters located at 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge.

The statue depicts an LDWF Enforcement Division agent in an honor guard uniform with his head bowed honoring fallen agents.  The statue sits on top of a granite pedestal that is engraved with the names of the seven LDWF agents that have been killed in the line of duty.

The Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA) purchased and donated the statue to LDWF where it permanently stands at their headquarters building.

The following are the agents who are engraved on the pedestal and honored by the statue:

Sgt. Paul Stuckey, 47, end of watch (EOW) Sept. 30, 2011.  Sgt. Stuckey was an 18 year veteran and is survived by his wife and three children.

Agent Jim Matkin, 30, EOW March 2, 2005.  Agent Matkin was a six year veteran and is survived by his parents, two sisters and a step-son.

Capt. John Garlington, 53, EOW Feb. 10, 2000.  Capt. Garlington was a 14 year veteran and is survived by his wife and son.

Agent Leon Henderson, 36, EOW March 30, 1996.  Agent Henderson was a 15 year veteran and is survived by his wife and daughter.

Agent Ricky Dodge, 37, EOW Jan. 21, 1992.  Agent Dodge is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Agent Kenneth Aycock, 35, EOW July 6, 1991.  Agent Aycock is survived by his wife and two sons.

Agent Frank Fagot, 31, EOW Nov. 29, 1927.  Agent Fagot was survived by his wife and two children.

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

Assumption Parish Man Cited for Killing 49 Sea Gulls in Parking Lot

Release Date: 09/26/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Labadieville man for alleged Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations on Sept. 23.

Agents cited Jackoby D. Bertot, 30, for taking other than non-game migratory birds no season for killing 49 sea gulls in a New Orleans suburb parking lot.

Agents started the investigation after receiving complaints by business managers in Jefferson about an unknown male in a white pickup truck speeding through a resting flock of sea gulls in the Elmwood area parking lot around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 2.

Agents were able to obtain the identity of the driver of the vehicle through interviews, witness statements and multiple surveillance videos.

The maximum penalty for violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is up to a $15,000 fine and six months imprisonment.  Additional fines may be imposed for each bird killed in the alleged incident.

Agents involved in the case are Sgts. Tim Fox, Kris Bourgeois, and Austin Arteaga, Lt. Jason Russo and Capt. Steve McManus.

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

Two Texas Men Arrested For Crab Theft in Cameron Parish

Release Date: 09/24/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested and cited two Texas residents on Sept. 20 for crab theft and other fishing violations in Cameron Parish.

Agents arrested Jireh A. Slaughter, 21, and Tevvin T. Jones, 20, both of Orange, Texas, for theft of crabs; taking commercial fish without a license, without a gear license and without a vessel license; violating interstate commerce regulations; and resisting an officer by flight.

During August and September the LDWF Enforcement Division received numerous complaints of crab theft from several commercial fishermen fishing in Black Bayou in Cameron Parish.  Agents responded by increasing patrols in this area assisted by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division deputies.

On Sept. 19, a commercial fisherman was watching his own crab traps and observed two men in a vessel stealing crabs from his traps.  He contacted an enforcement agent but was observed by the men before agents were able to arrive.  The men abandoned their vessel and dumped the harvested crabs in the marsh.  The two men then left the vessel and hid in the marsh nearby.

When the agents arrived, they called out to the men to come out of hiding.  After obtaining the suspects’ names from an overdue boater report from the Orange County Texas Sheriff’s Office, agents then contacted Louisiana State Police, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Cameron Sheriff’s Office for air support and additional officers to assist in the search for these men.

After leading a 14 hour search during severe weather and harsh conditions, LDWF agents received a phone call from an Orange County Deputy saying that the two men arrived at their residence.  The two men walked through the marsh for 14 hours and swam the Sabine River in order to make it back to Texas.

The two men surrendered themselves to LDWF agents at their office in Lake Charles on Sept. 20. The two men were subsequently arrested and booked into the Cameron Parish Jail.

Theft of crabs brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking commercial fish without a license, without a gear license and without a vessel license each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Violating interstate commerce regulations brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Resisting an officer by flight carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Participating in the search and investigation were LDWF agents Lt. Beau Robertson, Sgt. Stuart Guillory, and Senior Agents Sean Moreau, Anthony Verret, Carl Pickett, and Jason Stagg; Louisiana State Police Master Pilot Damion Mayer and Master Pilot Steven Lee; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ron Johnson and Deputy Ryan Mareno; and Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sammy Faulk and Deputy Benji Primeaux.

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

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Plaquemine Man Pleads Guilty to Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/16/2013

A Plaquemine man pleaded guilty to false swearing and theft of alligators in the 19th Judicial District Court in East Baton Rouge Parish on Sept. 12.

Judge Richard Moore accepted the guilty plea from John Boudreaux, 52, and sentenced him to one year of supervised probation, 30 hours of community service, fined him $100 plus court costs and ordered him to pay $5,000 for the cost of prosecution.

Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested Boudreaux on Oct. 14, 2011.

Agents started the investigation in September of 2011 after receiving a tip from an alligator hunter about a man illegally acquiring alligator tags from the department.  Agents found that Boudreaux forged signatures on alligator tag applications in order to obtain the rights to hunt alligators on land that he did not have permission.

According to LDWF records, Boudreaux illegally obtained 150 tags and harvested 149 alligators in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes since 2001.

An alligator hunter must either own land or have permission to hunt alligators on land that is classified as wetland habitat in order to qualify for alligator harvest tags. LDWF issues harvest tags for property containing sufficient alligator habitat capable of sustaining an alligator harvest.  Wild alligator tags can only be issued to licensed alligator hunters and are nontransferable.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Ronnie Hebert, Sgt. Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Louis Burnett and Senior Agents Jerry Stassi and Ladd Turner.  Assistant District Attorney Steven Danielson prosecuted the case.

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

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Marksville Man Cited for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/10/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Marksville man for alleged alligator hunting violations on Sept. 5.

Agents cited Ray Ussery, 62, for violating alligator tagging requirements and taking alligators from an unapproved alligator hunting area.

After receiving a tip from the public about potential alligator violations on the Richard K. Yancey and Grassy Lake Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), agents set up surveillance in the area.  The WMAs are adjacent to each other and separated by the Red River with Richard K. Yancey WMA located in Concordia Parish and Grassy Lake WMA in Avoyelles Parish.

On the morning of Sept. 5, agents observed Ussery take an alligator from the Grassy Lake WMA without using an alligator tag.  Ussery had previously won a bid to legally take alligators from the Grassy Lake WMA.

Later in the morning, agents observed Ussery take two alligators on the Richard K. Yancey WMA, which is an unapproved area for taking alligators.

After making contact with Ussery, agents located two more alligators in Ussery’s vessel and three more on lines that belonged to Ussery on the Richard K. Yancey WMA.  Agents seized six alligators, Ussery’s remaining tags for the Grassy Lake WMA and the rest of the lines he had set on both WMAs.

Failing to comply with alligator tagging requirements and taking alligators from an unapproved area each bring a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Gabe Guidry, Senior Agent Doug Anderson, Lt. Russ Kiser, Senior Agent Joey Merrill and Senior Agent John Volentine.

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

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