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Thibodaux Man Arrested For Alleged Insurance Fraud

Release Date: 03/23/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Thibodaux man for alleged insurance fraud on March 13 following a boating crash incident in Concordia Parish.

Agents arrested Joshua Keith Soileau, 30, for filing false public records and cited him for gross littering and criminal mischief.

Soileau stated to LDWF Agents that he had tied his boat up to a tree along the Red River the evening before and returned to the boat in the morning and it was gone. Soileau stated that he and his friends found several items floating that were in his boat, which led him to believe that the boat might have sunk.

Based on the items that were recovered by Soileau, agents found evidence that led them to discover the boat was possibly sunk on purpose. After interviewing Soileau a second time, he admitted to sinking his boat because he wanted to purchase a new one with the insurance money. Soileau was then arrested and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Filing false public records carries a fine up to $5,000, or up to five years in jail with or without hard labor or both. Gross littering carries a fine up to $100 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court. Criminal mischief carries a fine up to $500, up to six months in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason and Senior Agent Joey Tarver.

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

Monterey Man Cited for Game Fish Violations in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 03/23/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Monterey man on March 17 for alleged recreational game fish violations.

Lovice B. Beard Jr., 58, was cited for taking game fish illegally from hoop nets, angling without a license and violating recreational gear license requirements.

Agents observed Beard emptying hoop nets into his boat and followed him to his shop. Agents found Beard in possession of 42 crappie, nine bream and one catfish. Agents seized the fish and two hoop nets as evidence. The fish were later donated to a local charity.

Taking game fish illegally carries a fine up to $750, or up to 120 days in jail, or both, plus court costs. Angling without a license carries a fine of $50, or jail time up to 15 days or both. Violating recreational gear license requirements carries a fine of $50, up to 15 days in jail or both. The state will also be seeking civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason, Sgt. James Parish, Senior Agent Robbie Mayo and Senior Agent Joey Merrill.

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

School Sustainability Grant Announcement

School Sustainability Grant Announcement
School Sustainability Grant Announcement

SCHOOL SUSTAINABILITY GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
and
Keep Louisiana Beautiful

…are pleased to announce a pilot grant program designed to encourage a sustainability initiative in Louisiana K-12 schools. Projects to be considered are to address a litter/waste abatement issue within a particular school campus that will result in long-term impact. These projects can center on recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, etc.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2011
Award not to exceed $10,000
Parishes eligible for this pilot program: East Carroll, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, West Carroll, Winn
Questions: Contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov

An electronic version of this form can be found on our website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.
 

White Lake Property Advisory Board to Meet March 24

Release Date: 03/21/2011

WHITE LAKE PROPERTY ADVISORY BOARD MEETING AGENDA

 The next regular Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area located at 15926 Louisiana Highway 91 in Gueydan, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of October 14, 2010 Meeting
  3. Department Financial Report
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Results of Marsh, Rice Field, and Group Lottery Hunts – Mr. Wayne Sweeney
  6. Update on Birding Trail Project – Mr. Wayne Sweeney
  7. Update on Agricultural and Hunting Leases – Mr. Buddy Baker
  8. Other Business 
  9. Public Comment
  10. Adjournment

L.D.W.F. Agents Assist in Search for Two Men in Lafourche Parish

Release Date: 03/18/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents aided in the search for two Golden Meadow men on March 17 in Lafourche Parish.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office (LPSO) was notified about a sunken vessel near the tidewater docks just south of Golden Meadow along La. Hwy. 1 around 8 a.m. Shortly thereafter LDWF agents and LPSO officers arrived on scene to conduct a search of the area.

Searchers found the deceased body of Orand J. Terrebonne Jr., 33, in the water shortly after 10 a.m. about a half mile from the vessel. The searchers were able to recover the body and vessel to bring back to the dock. Terrebonne Jr.’s body was then handed over to the Lafourche Parish Coronor’s Office.

The searchers then began the search for Simon P. Billiot, 32, who was the owner of the sunken vessel. An LDWF agent and Port Fourchon Harbor Policeman were able to fly in a VIH Cougar helicopter to help in the search.

Around 2:30 p.m., they found Billiot in the water clinging to the edge of the marsh a canal over from the sunken vessel. Billiot was loaded into the helicopter and airlifted to Our Lady of the Sea Memorial Hospital and treated for hypothermia.

According to Billiot, he and Terrebonne Jr. decided to go night fishing the previous night and left out of Bobby Lynn’s boat launch around 7:30 p.m. Billiot said they went to the bridges near Leeville and fished under the lights without success. In their search to find a better spot, Billiot said they struck an oyster reef and broke the seal on a fiberglass patch on the hull.

Billiot stated that the vessel sank upright and they abandoned it in favor of walking back to town through the marsh. He said that after walking some distance the two of them got separated and he decided to try to stay warm until daylight.

The boat was identified as a 14 foot Polarcraft with a hand tillered 25 horsepower engine.

Agencies involved in recovery and rescue were LDWF agents Lt. Chad Hebert, Agent Stephen Rhodes and Agent Ryan Breaux; LPSO Water Patrol Capt. Dean Savoie, Jeff Prevost, Kent Mathern and Cody Naquin; Port Commission Harbor Police Captain Larry Terry, Chief John Callias, Sgt. Troy Dufrene and Officer Tate Lafont; Golden Meadow Police Officer Reggie Pitre; and VIH Cougar helicopter pilots Grant Mills and Mike Belling along with rescue men Richard Cormier and Steve Johnson.

The LDWF Enforcement Division will be conducting the ensuing investigation. The cause of Terrbonne Jr.’s death is unknown at this time.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov. 

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Six Louisianans for Oyster Violations

Release Date: 03/18/2011

March 18, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited six Louisiana individuals for alleged oyster violations on March 17 in Cameron Parish.

Agents cited Jerell Dwayne Christopher, 52, of Abbeville; Carroll Henderson Laws, 71, of Abbeville; Matthew Gaskins, Jr., 54, of Lake Charles; Waverly Evans Levere, 53, of Abbeville; Hubern Ray Doxey, Jr., 18, of Cameron; and Angela Kay Trahan, 21, of Creole; for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms in Calcasieu Lake.

Christopher was also cited for failing to display proper numbers on his oyster vessel. Doxey was also cited for taking undersized oysters from a natural reef.

Due to complaints received at the Lake Charles office and regular patrols concerning oystering in closed areas of Calcasieu Lake, LDWF Enforcement dispatched a plane to patrol the area by air. Special concern was given to a cultch planting on a reef on the south end of the lake, which is a closed area for oystering.

From the plane, agents observed three oyster boats working in the area of the closed reef. LDWF agents then met the boats at the oyster docks while the plane was able to keep constant contact with the vessels.

Agents seized 22 sacks of oysters and returned them to the water. They also seized the three vessels and dredges.

Unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms carries a fine between $400 and $950, or jail time up to 120 days or both plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized. Failing to display proper numbers on an oyster vessel brings a $50 fine or jail time up to 15 days. Taking undersized oysters from a natural reef carries a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Remy Broussard, Sgt. David Sanford, Senior Agents Beau Robertson, Carl Pickett and Jason Stagg and LDWF pilot Brian Dorsa.

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

L.D.W.F. To Take Part in New Anti-Littering Campaign

Release Date: 03/17/2011

L.D.W.F. To Take Part in New Anti-Littering Campaign

Photos and B-Roll footage of littering sites in Louisiana are available by contacting Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

March 17, 2011 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in conjunction with Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) today, March 17, announced a new anti-littering slogan for the upcoming heightened enforcement for littering weekend this Friday through Sunday, March 18-20.

The new slogan of "Pick It Up or Pay It Out" will be used extensively this weekend to raise awareness of the consequences of littering in Louisiana. Pick It Up or Pay It Out is a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies in Louisiana including the LDWF Enforcement Division, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana's Sheriff's Association and other law enforcement agencies to implement zero tolerance litter policies in their jurisdictions with increased patrols this weekend. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles has also joined KLB in this new anti-littering campaign.

"Every time someone drops a piece of paper on the ground, throws a cigarette butt out the window, or dumps trash on abandoned land, they are trashing Louisiana for all of us," said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. "We all think that a little bit of trash here and there isn’t a big deal, but it adds up. We are blessed to live in a state with some of the world’s most phenomenal natural and wildlife resources. Protecting Sportsman's Paradise is essential to ensuring that future generations may continue to enjoy the great outdoors throughout our state. We all have the chance to do our part."

In addition to citations and fines, Pick It Up or Pay It Out also wants to educate Louisianans of the indirect economic costs of littering including real estate devaluation, loss of new industry and business and loss of tourism and ecotourism, especially in "Sportsman's Paradise."

"As I travel the state I continue to see trash along our Interstates, state highways and local roads. We are attempting to market Louisiana as an adventure travel destination, and we must become more aggressive in our efforts to combat this problem," Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. "We are a state of great natural beauty that should not be marred by carelessness and disregard."

According to Keep Louisiana Beautiful, cleanup crews picked up an estimated 450,000 bags of trash in the state in 2004.

KLB Director Leigh Harris states that, "Litter costs Louisiana taxpayers well over $40 million annually. With the help of Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Sheriff's Association and the Lieutenant Governor's Office, we hope Louisiana citizens become even more aware of the legal consequences associated with littering."

Littering in Louisiana can result in fines from $50 to $5,000. Those who litter can also expect to serve between four and 10 hours of community service, suspension of their driver's license for one year and even the possibility of jail time for up to 30 days. LDWF Enforcement Division agents issued 1,001 littering citations for fiscal year 2009-10 and logged 7,958 patrol hours for littering enforcement.

LDWF also took over the state's 1-888-LITRBUG (1-888-548-7284) hotline last June. Citizens can call the hotline to report people that litter and littering sites to the department for further investigation. Since June 1, the Enforcement Division has received 731 calls.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful is a volunteer-based service organization dedicated to a healthy and litter-free Louisiana. Through a network of affiliate communities statewide, KLB promotes its mission to educate Louisianans on the ecological and economic effects of littering. For more information, visit www.keeplouisianabeautiful.org. Find us on Facebook “Keep Louisiana Beautiful” and follow us on Twitter @keeplabeautiful.

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

L.D.W.F - New Anti-Littering Slogan Announcement

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

New Anti-Littering Slogan Announcement

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in partnership with Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) will be announcing a new anti-littering slogan, “Pick It Up or Pay It Out,” in support of Louisiana’s zero tolerance for litter campaign. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state will heighten their enforcement for littering from Friday through Sunday, March 18 - 20.

KLB will join forces with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Sheriff's Association, Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and LDWF to raise awareness of the consequences of littering and illegal dumping. Representatives from each agency will address the media about the litter problems facing Louisiana.

DATE: March 17, 2011

TIME: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Louisiana State Capitol Steps

WHY: To announce “Pick It Up or Pay It Out,” Louisiana’s zero tolerance for litter campaign.

SPEAKERS: Leigh Harris, executive director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful; Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne; Secretary Robert Barham, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Colonel Michael Edmonson, Louisiana State Police; Hal Turner, executive director of the Louisiana Sheriff's Association; Commissioner Nick Gautreaux, Office of Motor Vehicles.

B-Roll footage of littering in Louisiana can be downloaded from LDWF's FTP site at ftp://ftp.wlf.louisiana.gov/Litter_B-Roll/. Please credit footage as Courtesy of LDWF.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465.
 

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