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Six Men Cited for Illegally Shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary

Release Date: 12/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men in two separate cases for alleged Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary shrimping violations on Dec. 7 in Orleans Parish.

Agents were patrolling in Lake Pontchartrain near the Seabrook Bridge when they observed two commercial shrimp vessels actively shrimping within the restricted area actively shrimping with their skimmer nets in the water.

Agents stopped both vessels and cited Roy Migliore, 42, Charles Allen, 31, Michael Chagnard, 27, and Santo Chagnard, 21, all from Chalmette, as well as Carey Hendrix, 25, and Casey Guidry, 17, both from Slidell, for using skimmers in a closed area.  The agents seized approximately 700 pounds of shrimp between the two vessels.

The Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary extends out 1 1/4 miles from the southern shoreline of the lake starting at the Jefferson/Orleans parish line and extending eastward 1 1/4 miles from the Southern Railway Bridge then traveling to a point 1 1/4 miles southwest of Goose Point in St. Tammany Parish.  Taking fish, shrimp and other aquatic species by use of trawls, skimmer nets, butterfly nets, seines, or traps, with the exception of crab traps, cast nets, and recreational rod and reel fishing, is prohibited in the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary.

Violating the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary restrictions brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days 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

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Shooter of LDWF Agent Convicted of Two Counts of Attempted First Degree Murder

Release Date: 12/04/2015

Last night, Dec. 3, the jury in the trial involving the shooter that shot a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent in the line of duty came back with an attempted first degree murder conviction.

Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, was shot while on patrol on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Ouachita Parish on May 21 by Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe.

The jury at the Fourth Judicial District Courthouse convicted Hust on two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Hust will be sentenced on Feb. 11.  District Attorney Jerry Jones was the lead prosecutor for the state.

“We are very pleased that Sgt. Bullitt’s shooter received the justice he deserved and want to thank everybody who had a hand in getting these convictions,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

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

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

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.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

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

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

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