Enforcement

Father and Son Team Receive D.W.I. Enforcement Awards

Release Date: 03/25/2011

LSU Patrol Officer Justin Lanoux (left) and his father, LDWF Senior Agent Randy Lanoux (right)

March 25, 2011 - The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission presented "2010 DWI Enforcement Awards" on March 15 to a father and son for their efforts in getting impaired operators of vehicles and vessels off the streets and waterways.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division Senior Agent Randy Lanoux, 47, of Gonzales, received the award for making 47 driving while under the influence (DWI) cases in 2010.  His son, Louisiana State University (LSU) Police Patrol Officer Justin Lanoux, 27, of Gonzales, earned the award for issuing 24 DWI citations.  They both made the most DWI arrests for their agencies.

"This was a very special moment for me and my son," said Randy Lanoux.  "During the span of my 30-year law enforcement career I have received several awards, however, in this one instance to stand next to your only son and receive recognition from the state, which you love so dearly, is indescribable."

Justin said he made most of his cases around the perimeter of the LSU campus and that he has zero tolerance for impaired drivers.  "It is important to protect the LSU students, faculty and staff as well as the citizens of the state of Louisiana from drunk drivers," he said.  "Alcohol related traffic crashes are 100% preventable by simply not drinking and driving."

Randy made 44 of his 47 DWI cases in 2010 on the water with most of those coming on the Amite and Blind Rivers.  Alcohol is the number one cause of boating crash incidents that lead to fatalities in Louisiana.  In 2009, alcohol was ruled the primary cause for six of the 32 fatalities from boating crash incidents.

"For public safety it is imperative that impaired boat operators be located and removed from our state waterways before they can cause harm to themselves or someone else," Randy said.  "It's not a question of if something will happen, but a question of when.  Eventually there will be a situation where a quick decision needs to be made and an impaired operator simply can't react in the time needed.  Alcohol also obstructs their capabilities of reason and judgment and is a recipe for disaster."

The LDWF Enforcement Division has stepped up their DWI enforcement efforts in the last decade.  LDWF agents issued 216 DWI citations in 2009 and 158 in 2010, compared to 50 in 2002.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Issued 13 Turkey Hunting Citations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 03/24/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents across the state were out in full force during the opening weekend of the turkey-hunting season.

On March 19 and 20, LDWF agents issued 13 citations for turkey hunting violations. Of those 13 citations, 11 were for illegally hunting turkeys over bait.

"Our agents have always concentrated enforcement efforts during turkey season on looking for those who hunt turkey's over baited areas," said Col. Winton Vidrine, Chief of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "Agents have been well trained in scouting out baited areas and doing surveillance work to get enough evidence for a conviction."

Agents issued the most turkey hunting citations in the Florida parishes with eight, including six citations for hunting over bait. Agents cited James Shirley, 84, of Baton Rouge, and Ricky Lacy, 62, of Baton Rouge for hunting turkeys over bait in Tangipahoa Parish. Damion Thornton, 32, of Livingston, was cited for hunting turkeys over bait in St. Helena Parish. Agents cited Richard D. Sutton, 71, of Denham Springs, and Betty J. Efferson, 58, of Livingston, for hunting turkeys over bait in Livingston Parish. Kurt Danos, 52, of Cut Off, was cited for hunting turkeys over bait in West Feliciana parish. Agents also cited Barton T. Evans, 31, of Baton Rouge, and Sutton for not possessing turkey tags.

Agents in the western part of the state made five cases for hunting turkeys over a baited area. Agents cited Robert G. Sandifer, 62, of Jena and Onessia J. Posey, 48, of Jena, in LaSalle Parish. In Beauregard Parish, agents cited Gregory Byrley, 57, of Lake Charles, and Timothy Scimemi, 51, of Lafayette. Agents cited David L. Wallace, 57, of Deridder in Vernon Parish.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area carries a fine up to $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs. Hunting without possession of a turkey tag brings a $50 fine, or up to 15 days in jail or both.

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

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.

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

Release Date: 03/21/2011

March 21, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited eight Louisiana individuals for alleged oyster violations on March 18 in Calcasieu Lake in Cameron Parish.

Agents cited Arthur Rene Guidry, 34, of Lake Charles; Casey Ray Richard, 25, of Sulphur; Kenneth Rammie Levergne, 53, of Sulphur; Misty L. Wood, 35, of Sulphur; Jimmy Leslie Constance III, 30, of Hackberry; Robert Scott Dupre, 39, of Sulphur; Jimmy Don Hammett, 57, of Sulphur; and Joseph Swire, 29, of Sulphur; for unlawfully taking oysters from state water bottoms in Calcasieu Lake.

Agents also cited Guidry, Constance III and Hammett for failing to display proper numbers on an oyster vessel.

Agents observed four oyster vessels engaged in harvesting oysters in a closed area on the lake. The vessels and occupants were escorted back to the landing where all eight of the fishermen were cited for the violations and released.

Agents seized the four vessels and dredges and returned the oysters to the water.

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.

Agents participating in the case were Lt. Remy Broussard, Senior Agents Beau Robertson, Sean Moreau and Carl Pickett and Agent Cody Soileau.

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

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. 

Three Men Cited for Shark Violations in Federal Waters

Release Date: 03/18/2011

March 18, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents assigned to the statewide strike force cited three men fishing violations in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico on March 17.

Agents cited James Braddock, 32, of Empire; Anthony Pellegrini, 25, of Pearl River; and Andrew Prest, 60, of Buras; for possessing 67 blacktip sharks in federal waters without the required Federal Shark Permit. The limit for large coastal sharks per trip and per day is 33.

Violating shark regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail or both. Failing to comply with federal law in the Exclusive Economic Zone carries a fine from $900 to $950, or up to 120 days in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Michael Williams, Agent Cody Soileau and Agent Charles Talbert.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or 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. Agents Investigating Boating Fatality in Franklin Parish

Release Date: 03/17/2011

March 17, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division (LDWF) agents are investigating what appears to be a one vessel boating fatality that occurred March 16 near Crowville on Crockett Point Lake in Franklin Parish.

Agents determined that James Ray Thomas, 69, of Winnsboro, had reportedly been fishing alone from a 16-foot boat most of the day.  A family member checked on him around 7 p.m. and discovered him missing from his boat that was found adrift against the bank of the lake.

Family members notified local authorities, and LDWF, the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office and the Madison Parish Sheriff's Office conducted a search of the area.  About 10 p.m. searchers discovered the victim’s body near the lake bank where it was recovered. 

The victim was found without a personal flotation device and there was no evidence of alcohol use.  LDWF will continue their investigation into the boating fatality.

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

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