Enforcement

Operator In Boat Crash Arrested For D.W.I And Drug Violations

Release Date: 12/08/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Hammond man for alleged drug and alcohol charges after he crashed a boat in Bayou Segnette in Jefferson Parish on Dec. 2.

Agents charged Angelo N. Brettillo, 53, with driving a vessel while intoxicated (DWI), reckless operation of a moving vehicle, illegal possession of drugs and boating safety violations.

Brettillo allegedly lost control of his vessel causing property damage to nearby camp owners. While interviewing Brettillo about the crash, agents noticed that he was displaying signs of intoxication. After performing poorly on standardized field sobriety testing, he was arrested.

Brettillo was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center where he was found to be in possession of several types of illegal prescription drugs. Chemical analysis and identification are pending with the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

Driving a vessel while intoxicated carries a fine between $300 and $1,000, and shall be imprisoned between 10 days and six months, with the chance of losing driving privileges. Reckless operation of a vehicle carries a fine up to $200, or imprisonment for up to 90 days or both. Illegal possession of drugs carries imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to five years and a fine up to $5,000 for each count.

The agents involved in the case were Sgt. Jason Russo and Agent Terrance Hicks.

For more information, contact Capt. Stephen McManus at 504-284-2023 or smcmanus@wlf.la.gov.

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Two St. Charles Parish Residents Cited On Salvador WMA

Release Date: 12/07/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two St. Charles Parish men for alleged hunting violations on Salvador Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Dec 4.

Agents cited Jason Foster, 27, of Luling, and Brad Kubelka, 27, of Des Allemandes, for three counts of not abiding by commission rules and regulations on a WMA.

Agent Austin Arteaga and Sgt. Kris Bourgeois received a complaint about several subjects hunting from illegal stands and baiting for deer on the Salvador WMA. The agents located the stands along with the bait in a remote area on the WMA and set up surveillance on a subsequent date.

Agents observed the subjects on Dec. 4 hunting from the illegal stands, hunting over bait, hunting without the required hunters orange and applying more bait to the hunting area after their hunt.

Hunters are not allowed to bait, hunt over bait or construct a permanent tree stand on any WMA. Hunters may leave a portable deer stand on a WMA if the stand is removed from the tree and left in the non-hunting position properly tagged with the user’s name, address, phone number and big game hunting license number (or lifetime license number).

The penalty for each violation carries a fine up to $350, jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court costs.

For more information, contact Capt. Steve McManus at 504-284-2024 or smcmanus@wlf.la.gov.

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L.D.W.F. Agents Arrest Shreveport Man On Drug Violation

Release Date: 12/07/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Shreveport man for allegedly selling game fish, possessing marijuana and driving with a suspended driver's license on Dec. 1.

Gregory L. Norwood, 54, was arrested after he sold 10 crappie to an undercover LDWF agent on the bank of the Sabine River. After selling the fish and leaving the area, an agent in a marked unit stopped his vehicle and placed Norwood under arrest. Norwood was found to be in possession of suspected marijuana and to also be driving with a suspended driver’s license.

The penalty for selling game fish is a fine between $300 and $500, jail time up to 30 days, license revocation and forfeiture of any items seized. The penalty for possession of marijuana is a fine up to $500 and imprisonment for up to six months. Driving with a suspended license is carries a fine up to $500 or imprisonment for up to six months.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Michael Dunn and Joey Melton.

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

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Accidental Shooting In Ouachita Parish Leads To Night Hunting Citations

Release Date: 11/29/2010

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited two Ouachita Parish men for alleged night hunting violations on Nov. 23.

James Allen Clark, 18, of West Monroe, and Tyler Blaine Jones, 17, of Calhoun, were each cited after they arrived at Glenwood Hospital Emergency room seeking treatment for a gunshot wound.

On the morning of Nov. 23 while allegedly attempting to illegally night hunt from Okaloosa Road in South Ouachita Parish, Jones was struck in the head by a ricocheted bullet from Clark’s .270-caliber rifle.

Clark allegedly admitted to holding a spotlight while Jones attempted to shoot over the cab of their truck at what they believed to be a deer. While attempting the shot, the rifle accidentally discharged inside of their truck striking Jones. Jones was treated and later released from the emergency room suffering a minor injury.

Sgt. Duane Taylor cited Clark and Jones for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle. Jones was additionally cited for spotlighting from a public road. Clark was also cited for discharging a firearm from a public road.

The penalty for hunting deer during illegal hours is a fine up to $900, or jail time up to 120 days, or both, plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized. Hunting from a moving vehicle is punishable by a fine up to $500, or jail time up to 90 days, or both plus court cost. Hunting from a public road carries a fine up to $350, or jail time up to 60 days, or both plus court cost. Discharging a firearm from a public road is punishable by a fine up to $50 plus court cost. The penalty for spotlighting from a public road carries a fine up to $50 plus court cost.

For more information contact Capt. Alan Bankston at abankston@wlf.la.gov or 318-362-3102.

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L.D.W.F. Agents Arrest Louisiana Man On Fraud Charges

Release Date: 11/29/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Louisiana man for alleged boater registration fraud on Nov. 23.

Agents booked Zachary Rarick, 21, of Pride, into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of filing false public records, injuring public records and filing false applications.

Rarick allegedly tried to register a new boat that he said was homemade. However, after an LDWF investigation, agents revealed the vessel was reported stolen from Go-Devil Manufactures in 2008.

For filing false public records and injuring public records, Rarick faces up to five years in jail, or up to $5,000 in fines or both for each offense. For filing false applications, Rarick face up to $500 in fines and up to 90 days in jail or both.

The agent investigating the case was Senior Agent Randy Lanoux with assistance from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office.

For more information, contact Capt. Len Yokum at 765-2999 or lyokum@wlf.la.gov.

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Joint Effort Leads To Successful Coordinated Search and Rescue Mission

Release Date: 11/23/2010

Personnel with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office helped coordinate and rescue a missing Kaplan boater on Nov. 18 in Cameron Parish.

Jacob Blanchard, 31, left the Lakeside public boat launch at approximately 7:30 a.m. and headed to a camp near the Old Intracoastal Waterway near Grand Lake.  After being reported as on overdue boater, LDWF agents received information mid afternoon of Blanchard's potential whereabouts from the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office.

LDWF quickly dispatched eight agents and five boats to the area, but were hampered with strong north winds, high seas and shallow water.  Since the water was making a boat rescue difficult and agents were concerned for the missing person not being found with temperatures expected to fall to low 50s, LDWF requested a USCG helicopter to assist with the rescue.

LDWF agents provided the USCG helicopter with GPS coordinates and an outlined grid description for a specific area to search.  The helicopter arrived in the Grand Lake area at 6 p.m. and began searching the east side of Grand Lake and the Old Intracoastal Waterway.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. the helicopter located a subject flashing a light on the south bank of Grand Lake near Betty Lake in Cameron Parish.  The helicopter was able to air lift the victim from his boat to the helicopter and fly Blanchard to Chennault Air Field in Lake Charles.

Blanchard said he ran out of gas on his trip across Grand Lake and due to high seas had drifted to the south bank obscured behind a rock dam.

"The smooth coordination between our department, the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard and the subject's family helped find and retrieve this young man very quickly," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division.  "If he would have had to spend the night in the cold conditions, then hypothermia could have been a very real possibility."

For more information, contact Captain Jubal Marceaux at 337-491-2580 or jmarceaux@wlf.la.gov.
 

Convicted Felon Arrested For Possessing Firearm

Release Date: 11/23/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Tensas Parish man on Nov. 20 for allegedly possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

Jeffery R. Bass, 47, of St. Joseph, was arrested after he exited the woods carrying a loaded .44 caliber rifle off of Yucatan Road in Tensas Parish.  Bass was transported to the Tensas Parish Sheriff’s Office and booked for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Bass had previously been found guilty of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and therefore cannot legally possess a firearm.  He is currently being held without bond.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Leya Grover and John Hendrix.

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

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St. Bernard Parish Man Arrested By L.D.W.F. Agents For Falsifying Commercial Fishing Information

Release Date: 11/15/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) arrested a St. Bernard Parish man on Nov. 15 for allegedly falsifying commercial fishing catch information submitted to the department.

Glenn J. Cascio Jr., 30, of Arabi, allegedly falsified 16 trip ticket documents dated from Jan. 1, 2010 through May 3, 2010 in order to file a claim with BP America due to the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Cascio was charged with three felonies for filing false public records, injuring public records and theft by fraud and was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The trip tickets were filed with LDWF and represented 43,264 pounds of crab at a value of $38,570. According to the arrest warrant, Cascio stated that he received a total of $10,000 from BP America.

SIU agents, Lt. Jay Diez and Senior Agent Edward Ridgel, met with Cascio on Nov. 6 after receiving a complaint from the department's trip ticket section that Cascio did not possess a commercial fishing license during the timeframe specified on the trip tickets. According to the arrest warrant, Cascio admitted to not catching or selling any crab from Jan. 1 to May 3 and that he falsified the trip ticket information in order to file a claim with BP America.

If convicted, Cascio faces fines up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail with or without hard labor for each charge of falsifying and injuring public records. For the fraud charge, Cascio faces a fine up to $3,000 and up to 10 years in jail with or without hard labor.

LDWF routinely reviews every trip ticket received from the commercial fishing industry to ensure that the most accurate data are collected and properly reflect the important role the state of Louisiana plays in the production of seafood and the management of the state's seafood resources.

"We want to ensure our commercial fishermen and dealers are compensated fairly by using accurate trip ticket information," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF's Enforcement Division. "We do not want to see commercial fishermen or dealers tempted to commit felony violations by falsifying trip ticket documents, which can damage the basis of having the best scientific information available to manage the seafood resources."

This is the fifth arrest made by LDWF agents in connection with allegedly falsifying commercial fishing information to receive compensations from BP America since August.

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

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L.D.W.F. Agents Find Deceased Boater In St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 11/15/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents found the deceased body of an overdue Mississippi boater near Martin Island in St. Bernard Parish shortly before noon on Nov. 14.

Agents found the body of David McAdory, 63, of Madison County, Miss. near his anchored boat in the Chandeleur Sound portion of Louisiana waters.

Agents responded to a report of an overdue boater out of Mississippi in the late afternoon hours of Nov. 13.  Agents later found the anchored boat with fishing lines still in the water with no one on board and searched until nightfall with the assistance of U.S. Coast Guard helicopters for the body of McAdory. 

Agents found McAdory’s body without a personal flotation device in eight to 10 foot of water.  Agents transported the deceased body and his vessel to the Fort Beauregard landing where the St. Bernard Parish Coroner assumed custody of the body to determine a cause of death.

LDWF agents do no suspect foul play at this time as the victim suffered from an unspecified medical condition, which may have contributed to his death.

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

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Three Franklin Parish Men Cited For Multiple Violations On Tensas River N.W.R.

Release Date: 11/10/2010

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officers cited Winnsboro men for allegedly violating multiple regulations on the Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 6.

A LDWF agent and USFWS officers cited Carl Williams, 31, James Fortenberry, 47, and Jonathan Thomas, 32, hunting over a baited area, leaving deer stands unattended and cutting limbs or trees on a federal refuge. Thomas and Williams were also cited for using remote trail cameras on a refuge. Williams was additionally cited for using archery equipment with illegal electronic sights.

LDWF agents had observed the men placing their bait and having their stands and cameras out since early October. On the opening morning of the Tensas Refuge’s archery deer season, Nov. 6, USFWS officers and LDWF agents set up surveillance on the three baited stand locations. The officers and agent apprehended all three subjects shortly after daylight.

If convicted, the men will face fines and penalties that will be set by a U.S. Magistrate Judge at their Federal Court appearance in Monroe to be set at a later date.

LDWF Senior Agent Lee Tarver and USFWS Officers John Tarver and Brandon Jones participated in the case.

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

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