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LDWF Agents arrest Wanted Murder Suspect from Mississippi

Release Date: 02/11/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three Mississippi men in Tensas Parish on Feb. 10 for alleged drug and illegal weapon charges.

Agents arrested Jovanti Barnes, 22, Natchez, Kanari L. Screws, 23, of Natchez and Marcus Ebenezer Mallett, 27, of Jackson, for possession of cocaine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Mallett was also charged with resisting an officer. 

During the investigation, Mallet, who provided several false names to agents, was found to be wanted in Mississippi for aggravated assault and murder in Jackson last week.

An LDWF agent apprehended the men after observing them walking away from a stalled vehicle on the side of Hwy. 65 north of St. Joseph.  LDWF Sgt. Joe Chandler contacted the men and asked if they needed assistance.  The men told Sgt. Chandler they had run out of gas while traveling from Tallulah to Natchez.

Sgt. Chandler transported Barnes to nearby St. Joseph to get fuel.  During the trip, Sgt. Chandler smelled the odor of marijuana on Barnes.  LDWF Senior Agent Joseph Tarver travelled back to the stalled vehicle with Sgt. Chandler and Barnes. 

After finding no drugs on the subjects, the agents received permission to search the stalled vehicle.  The agents found cocaine and a loaded semi-auto pistol in the vehicle.  All three subjects were arrested and found to have lengthy criminal histories, including armed robbery, grand theft, burglary, carjacking, and drug charges.

The agents transported two of the men while a Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy who arrived on scene during the arrest transported another to the Tensas Parish Jail.  Mallett is awaiting extradition to Mississippi for the murder charge.

Possession of cocaine brings up to a $5,000 fine and two to five in prison.  Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in prison.

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

Two Cited for Illegal Night Hunting in Jefferson Parish

Release Date: 02/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two residents of Jefferson Parish for alleged multiple hunting violations in Jefferson Parish.

Agents cited Chris Bourgeois, 20, of Westwego, on Feb. 2 and Kyle Frickey,18, of Marrero, on Feb. 3 for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours, hunting from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, buying or selling rabbits, and taking over the limit of rabbits.  Bourgeois was also charged for hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip from an informant implicating the two subjects in night hunting violations.  The information and evidence gathered from social media enabled the agents to obtain a search warrant for a residence, cell phone data and social media account.  The initial evidence implicated the subjects in the alleged unlawful taking of approximately 60 rabbits, three coyotes and a whitetail deer.

Agents served the search warrants and interviewed Bourgeois and Frickey at their residences with Bourgeois providing a detailed written statement regarding the illegal hunting.  Agents seized a deer skull from Bourgeois and two coyote tails from Frickey that were deemed illegally taken.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road, buying or selling rabbits, taking over the limit of rabbits, and hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours each brings 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 resident hunting and big game licenses each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Tim Fox and Agent Kyle Wagner.

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

Reward Up to $3,000 for Information on Cut Down Trees In Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 02/06/2015

Cut down trees blocking navigation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

After further investigation by LDWF biologists and agents, LDWF has found up to 100 trees cut down on the WMA since early December of 2014.  Agents believe the trees were cut down to block navigation to the northern part of the WMA in order to keep other hunters out of the area.  The trees blocked all three entrances to an area known as the “Bean Field” in the northern part of the WMA.

The trees ranged from 10 inches to 30 inches in diameter and up to 50 foot tall including cypress, oak and willow trees.

LDWF has secured up to $1,000 in reward money each from the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation, Spring Bayou Restoration Team and Louisiana’s Operation Game Thief.  The reward now totals up to $3,000 to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding the cut down trees should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 are monitored 24 hours a day.   Upon request, informants can remain anonymous.

The penalty for cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage of state property and brings up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.  There may also be a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees and cleanup required.

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

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $18,000 in Rewards in 2014

Release Date: 02/05/2015

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $16,200 to diligent citizens statewide in 2014.

The LOGT board reviewed a total of 40 cases in 2014.  A total of 67 subjects were apprehended and a total of 218 offenses were written in regards to the reviewed cases.  The LOGT has paid out a total of $358,900 since inception in 1984.

The cases reviewed and awarded money to the public for their assistance consisted of 17 deer cases, 10 migratory game bird cases, six turkey cases, three fish cases and two alligator cases.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, tipsters can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone and Android apps from the iTunes or Google Play store free of charge.  Texting or downloading the app enables the public to send anonymous tips to LDWF and lets LDWF respond back, creating a two-way anonymous “chat”.

Users of the app or texters can also send in photos to help support their claim and be used as evidence.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

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

LDWF Agents Investigating Trees Cut Down on Spring Bayou WMA

Release Date: 02/03/2015

LDWF Agents Investigating Trees Cut Down on Spring Bayou WMA

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is seeking leads for information about who cut down trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area in Avoyelles Parish.

After receiving a tip, LDWF Enforcement Division agents found up to 16 trees cut down on the WMA in early December of 2014.  Agents believe the trees were cut down to block navigation to the northern part of the WMA in order to keep other hunters out of the area.

Agents found the trees cut down crossing a canal that connects Cocodrie Bayou to Bayou de la Bay on the WMA.  The trees ranged from 10 inches to 30 inches to diameter and up to 50 foot tall including cypress, oak and willow trees.

LDWF is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to the arrest in this case.  Anyone with information regarding these cut down trees should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF’s tip411 program.

To use the tip 411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the “LADWF Tips” iPhone and Android app from the Apple App Store or Google Play free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 are monitored 24 hours a day.   Upon request, informants can remain anonymous.

The penalty for cutting down trees on a WMA is criminal damage of state property and brings up to a $10,000 fine and up to 10 years in jail.  There may also be a civil restitution charge for the replacement value of the trees and cleanup required.

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

Galliano Man Cited for Black Drum Fishing Violations

Release Date: 02/02/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited a Galliano man for alleged fishing violations on Jan. 31 on the Pointe-aux-Chenes Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Senior Agent Michael Marques cited Rufino Gonzalez-Ibarra, 34, for taking and possessing over the legal limit of black drum, possessing undersized black drum and possessing undersized red drum.

While on patrol, Senior Agent Marques found Gonzalez-Ibarra in possession of 26 black drum and one red drum, all of which were under the minimum size of 16 inches.  The legal limit for black drum is five per person per day making Gonzalez-Ibarra four times over the legal limit.

Possessing over the legal limit of black drum and possessing undersized black drum and red drum each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

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

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Region 7 Boating Course

Date: 
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Address: 

Gonzales Boat Club
13311 Diversion Canal Rd.
St. Amant, La. 70449

City: 
St. Amant
Notes: 

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 225-765-2999 to register.

This class is part of LDWF's Boating Safety Lagniappe Day and includes door prizes, food and drinks.

Three Louisiana Residents Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/27/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Louisianans for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 24 in Tangipahoa Parish.

Agents cited Brandon McElveen, 27, of Mt. Hermon, Todd Sigrist, 47, of Kentwood, and Rainey Thibodeaux, 33, of Kentwood, for hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses, no possession of deer tags, taking deer using illegal methods, taking over the daily limit of deer and possession of illegally taken deer.  McElveen and Sigrist were also cited for taking deer during illegal hours, hunting from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public road and taking over the yearly limit of deer.

Agents additionally cited McElveen for discharging a firearm from a public road.  Sigrist was additionally cited for illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, driving under suspension and possession of untagged deer.  Thibodeaux was also cited for not wearing the required amount of hunters orange clothing.

Agents seized 11 deer and two rifles in the case.

From Jan. 13 to Jan. 23 agents received many public tips about night hunting activities taking place in the Kentwood Springs Creek area.  After setting up surveillance in the area and investigating the complaints further, agents learned that it might be Sigrist who was night hunting.

Agents went to Sigrist’s residence on Jan. 24 and saw a freshly killed deer hanging from a tree in the yard in plain view.  After talking to some family members, agents received permission to look around in the yard.  After a brief search, agents found six ice chests with 10 deer quartered up inside.  When Sigrist arrived home, agents questioned him about illegal night hunting activities in the area.  Sigrist said he was present when the deer were taken illegally during the past 10 days by Thibodeaux and McElveen.

Thibodeaux admitted to taking her deer during legal shooting hours, but using a rifle below the required .22 caliber center fire requirement.  McElveen also admitted to killing seven deer at night during illegal shooting hours from a public road.  None of the subjects possessed deer tags, basic hunting or big game licenses.

Illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Driving while under suspension brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Taking deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days of jail.  Taking deer using illegal methods, taking over the daily and yearly limits of deer, possession of untagged deer and hunting from a moving vehicle each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Not possessing deer tags, discharging a firearm from a public road and taking deer from a public road each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic hunting and big game licenses and not wearing the required amount of hunters orange each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

The three subjects may also face up to $17,870 in civil restitution charges for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Cullen Sellers, Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Lee Davis.

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

Port Sulphur Man Pleads Guilty To Oyster Fishing Violations

Release Date: 01/23/2015

A Port Sulphur pleaded guilty on Jan. 22 in Plaquemines Parish to commercial fishing violations.

Nelson C. Williams III, 39 pleaded guilty for taking commercial fish without a commercial license, taking commercial fish without a vessel license, taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms, violations of the states sanitation code and a third offense of taking oysters from an unapproved area.

Judge Kevin Conner with the 25th Judicial District sentenced Williams to pay a fine of $2,799 including court costs and 210 days of jail suspended.  He also sentenced Williams to 40 hours of community service in a parish litter abatement program, revoked his 2015 commercial oyster licenses and that he have a vessel monitoring system installed on any vessel he harvests oysters for period of one year.

The guilty plea stems from an incident that occurred on Feb. 8, 2014 when Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents found Williams harvesting oysters in an area closed to pollution near Port Sulphur.  Upon further investigation Williams had no licenses for that year and also had not filled out his log book as required by law.

Jerry Lobrano with the District Attorney Charles Ballay’s office prosecuted the case.

Agents involved in the case were Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio.

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

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