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Single Boating Incident Leads to Fatality in Iberville Parish

Release Date: 05/12/2016

Search and rescue crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office (IPSO) recovered the body of a Carencro man today, May 12, in Iberville Parish.

The search crews located the missing deceased body of Justin Viator, 31, around 2:30 p.m. from the Whiskey Bay area.

The search and rescue crews responded to a single boating incident around 1 p.m.  Justin Viator was a passenger in a 15 foot aluminum boat being operated by his father.  The vessel struck an Interstate 10 piling between the Ramah and Whiskey Bay Exits sending both men into the water.

The father was picked up shortly after the incident by a passing boater and was transported to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette.  His injuries are not suspected to be life threatening at this time.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating crash incident.  Neither men was wearing a personal flotation device.  LDWF does not suspect alcohol as a contributing factor at this time.

The body of Justin Viator was turned over to the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

Man Cited For Crab Trap Theft in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 05/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited a Slidell man for alleged crab trap theft in Plaquemines Parish on May 11.

Agents cited Broward Barwick, 26, of Slidell, for removing the contents of crab traps that were not owned by him, failing to mark crab traps and theft of crab traps.

Agents set up surveillance on a line of crab traps near Pointe Fienne in Plaquemines Parish and watched Barwick run the line of crab traps and emptied the contents onto his vessel.  The agents inspected this line of traps and found that several were untagged or tagged by different commercial fishermen.

The penalty for removing contents of crab traps, using crab traps without required markings and theft of crab traps carries a up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.

Agents seized multiple crab traps that will be returned to their owners and returned five boxes of crabs to the water.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Gary Pierce and Agent Kyle Haydel.

Agents Arrest Six People for DWI on the Water in Livingston Parish

Release Date: 05/12/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents arrested six boaters for operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) on the water in Livingston Parish from May 6 to 8.

The arrests took place on the Maurepas Basin waterway system which consists mainly of the Blind, Amite and Tickfaw rivers.

Agents arrested David Melendez, 48, of Gonzales; Glynn Painter, 63, from French Settlement; Jamie Fuentes, 43, from Denham Springs; Logan Collins, 25, from Winnfield; Justin Pfister, 20, from Destrehan; and Gary Mooney, 33, from Baton Rouge.

A DWI on the water carries the same penalites as a DWI on the road and brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail for the first offense.  A DWI on the water also includes loss of driving and boating privileges.

The LDWF Enforcement Division is charged with the public's safety of the states waterways and has a zero tolerance for vessel operators operating their vessel while impaired.  As always agents will be out in force on the various waterways throughout the state enforcing boating safety regulations this spring and summer.

LDWF highly recommends a designated operator of a vessel if alcohol will be consumed while boating.

Agents participating in these DWI arrests are Sgt. Randy Lanoux, Sgt. Terry Hicks, Lt. Louis Burnett, Sgt. Todd Lavliolette, Sgt. Carl Armstrong, Senior Agent Dale Wheat, Agent Hunter Pearson, Agent Josh Cooper and Agent Trey Coats.

Two Men Cited for Illegally Taken Alligator in St. Landry Parish

Release Date: 05/04/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged alligator hunting violations on the evening of May 2.

Agents cited Todd Rivoire Jr., 20, of Youngsville, and Colt Cahanin, 22, of Breaux Bridge, for taking an alligator during a closed season and intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife.

Investigating an anonymous tip, agents suspected that Rivoire and Cahanin possessed an alligator taken near Henderson.  Agents were able to make contact with the two men at the residence of Rivoire’s father in Breaux Bridge where agents found a deceased 8-foot alligator hidden in the woods.

The open season for this area generally opens the first Wednesday of September and runs for 30 days.

Taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Senior Agent Allan Marbury and Sgt. Cliff Ortis.

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