Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested an Ascension Parish man this morning, Aug. 15, for his alleged involvement in a boating hit and run.
Agents arrested Thomas J. Amorello, 32, of the St. Amant area, for felony hit and run, negligent injury and reckless operation of a vessel and booked him into the Livingston Parish Jail.
Agents began investigating a hit and run between two ski boats on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 26 in Livingston Parish. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. when a ski boat was rear ended and ran over by another ski boat allegedly operated by Amorello. The three passengers of the boat that was run over were treated for minor injuries and released.
Using eyewitness accounts of the description of a ski boat that sped through a no wake zone just north of where the hit and run took place near the Tiki Hut, agents were able to identify and track down Amorello’s boat on July 28 at his residence. Amorello’s boat matched the description and also had damage to the hull.
Agents seized Amorello’s boat and the victim’s boat and brought them to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for further investigation. The crime lab was able to make a direct match between the damage sustained on both vessels and determined that Amorello’s ski boat was involved in the hit and run.
Felony hit and run brings up to a $5,000 fine and 10 years in jail. Negligent injury carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. Reckless operation brings up to a $200 fine and 90 days in jail.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Golden Meadow man for alleged drug violations on July 31 in Lafourche Parish.
Agents arrested Nick A. Collins, 42, for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Agents booked Collins into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Facility.
Agents boarded Collins’ oyster vessel to perform a commercial fishing compliance check. Agents observed a firearm located within the cabin of the vessel where Collins was operating the vessel. After checking with dispatch and learning of a previous felony conviction, agents got permission to search the vessel for any further contraband.
While searching the vessel agents located an additional firearm along with a metal container containing suspected marijuana, several hand rolled cigarettes containing suspected marijuana, two grinders, one mini scale, scissors, and several plastic bags under the mattress where Collins slept. After speaking with agents, Collins admitted that all contraband on the vessel was his.
Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute brings up to a $50,000 fine and between five and 30 years of prison. Possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years of prison. Possession of drug paraphernalia carries up to a $1,000 fine and one year of jail.
Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Ezekiel Talbert Jr. and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is accepting proposals for day-long short courses to be held in conjunction with the 18th Annual Environmental Education State Symposium. This year’s conference will be held at the Baton Rouge Marriott, February 27-28, 2015.
All short courses will take place on Friday, February 27, 2015 in the Baton Rouge area. The theme for this conference will be “Biodiversity in Our World.” It is not necessary for presenters to adhere to the theme, but short courses that complement the theme are encouraged.
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The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has a mission to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that will result in environmentally literate citizens who will effectively and constructively solve existing environmental problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.
Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,
Please find the link below to the third quarterly newsletter for 2014. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.
July 29, 2014 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today that Joseph “Joey” Broussard, a native of Pointe Coupee Parish, has been promoted and will serve as the Enforcement Division’s new colonel.
“Joey’s wide ranging experience within the division will serve him well in his new leadership role and he has earned this opportunity to serve as chief in the years ahead,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham.
Col. Broussard, 55, of Port Barre, will serve in the highest ranking position in the Enforcement Division. He graduated from the LDWF cadet academy in 1991, receiving his POST certification from LSU, and has been an agent for 23 and a half years. Col. Broussard replaces the recently retired Jeff Mayne, who served the department for 23 years, completing his last year of service as colonel.
“I’m honored to accept the highest rank you can achieve within the Enforcement Division,” said Col. Broussard. “I’m also excited to lead the division in to the future as we continue to adapt to new tasks as well as maintain our main responsibility in protecting and conserving the state’s natural resources.”
Serving as director of training from 1996-2008, Col. Broussard has also represented the Enforcement Division on the Mississippi Flyway Law Enforcement Committee. He received the statewide Agent of the Year award in 1994 and also the Outstanding Officer award from the Southeastern Association of Game and Fish Commissioners in 1994. He was selected for the LDWF Chief’s Award in 2008-2009.
In 2011, Col. Broussard was promoted to lieutenant colonel, overseeing field operations and search and rescue under former Chief Winton Vidrine. He most recently served as chief of staff under Col. Mayne.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads from the public about a boating incident hit and run that occurred on the Amite River Diversion Canal on July 26 in Livingston Parish.
The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. when a ski boat was rear ended and ran over by another ski boat. The three passengers of the boat that was run over were treated for minor injuries and released. Agents are looking for the other ski boat that left the scene of the incident without stopping.
According to an eyewitness just north of where the incident took place near the Tiki Hut, a yellow and white ski boat with a black stripe was seen speeding through a no wake zone. Agents believe that the yellow and white ski boat may have been the boat that was involved with this incident and that it should have substantial damage to the hull.
If anyone has information about this incident, they should call LDWF's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use the LADWF Tips app on their smart phones.
According to the people first to respond to the incident, the boat that was rear ended and ran over did have its running lights on at the time of the incident. LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.