LDWF Enforcement Region 1 News

LDWF Agents Cite Five Subjects for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/02/2011

 

September 2, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five Shreveport subjects for alleged alligator violations on Aug. 27.

LDWF agents received an anonymous Operation Game Thief complaint concerning an alligator that was killed on Cross Lake within Caddo Parish in July of 2011.  After further investigation, agents were able to identify five suspects. 

The five suspects confessed to agents of their involvement in the taking and possessing of an alligator.  Agents also found and seized a 60-inch long alligator skin from the residence of one of the suspects.

Agents cited Robert Arnett, 23, and Laura Grice, 18, for illegal possession of an alligator.  Daniel Grice, 20, Adam Parisy, 20, and Cory Lubking, 24, were all cited for taking an alligator during a closed season and taking an alligator without a license.

Illegal possession of an alligator and taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.  Taking an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Troy Parker, Senior Agent Toby Meyers, Senior Agent Frank Reger and Lt. Roy Schufft.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Two Men For Alligator Violations

Release Date: 04/20/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged alligator violations on the Loggy Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Bossier Parish.

Agents cited Jon Alsup, 31, or Coushatta, and William Whitley, 26, of Princeton, for taking an alligator without a license and during a closed season and for not abiding by WMA regulations.  Alsup was also cited for an expired boat registration and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

While on patrol in Red Chute Bayou in the Loggy Bayou WMA, agents came into contact with the Alsup and Whitley in a boat.  Agents found the suspects in possession of a 243-centerfire rifle, a Ruger 22 rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun.  Both men stated they were shooting turtles.

Upon further investigation, agents found an 8 foot 3 inch alligator floating nearby with an apparent gunshot wound to its head.  When questioned both subjects admitted to shooting the alligator.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agents John Blalock and Frank Reger.

Taking an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 90 days in jail or both.  Taking an alligator during a closed season carries a $400 to $950 fine, or jail time up to 120 days or both.  An expired boat registration and failing to comply with PFD requirements brings a $50 fine, or up to 15 days in jail or both for each offense.  Not abiding by WMA regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail or both.

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

Littering Leads To Drug Arrest

Release Date: 02/22/2011

Feb. 22, 2011 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Shreveport men on charges of illegal drug possession on Feb. 13 in Keithville.

Agents stopped a vehicle being driven by Leroy Ezernack, 28, after they witnessed the passenger, Ricky Kellogg, 53, throw a cup out of the passenger side window.

During the stop, agents allegedly found Ezernack in possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana and an open alcoholic container. Ezernack was also cited for driving with a suspended driver's license. Agents also allegedly found Kellogg in possession of hydrocodone pills and open container of an alcoholic beverage. Kellogg was also cited for intentional littering.

Possession of hydrocodone pills without a prescription carries a fine up to $5,000 or up to five years in jail. Possessing drug paraphernalia brings a fine up to $500 fine or up to six months in jail. Possession of marijuana carries a fine up to $500 or up to six months in jail.

Driving with a suspended driver's license carries a fine up to $500 or up to six months in jail. For open container, both men face up to a $100 fine. Intentional littering carries a $75 fine and eight hours in a litter abatement program.

Agents booked the two men into the Caddo Correctional Center. LDWF agents involved in the case were Senior Agents Jay Thomas and Frank Reger.

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

Agents Cite Three Men for Hunting Violations in Bienville Parish

Release Date: 02/08/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Ringgold men for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 26 in Bienville Parish.

LDWF agents Sgt. Mike Kelley, Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder and Senior Agent Jared McIver were patrolling for night hunters within Bienville Parish.  At 9 p.m. the agents observed Nicholas Eugene Dunn, 23, Douglas Victor Mains, 18, and Tyler Kane Hodges, 18, spot lighting a clear-cut section of woods off Pine Bluff road.

Agents made contact with the three subjects and found a loaded .22 caliber rifle and a spot light inside the vehicle.  Agents also found a suspected marijuana cigarette in a cigarette box near the vehicle that was allegedly thrown by Dunn.

Agents cited all three men for hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting during illegal hours.  Agents also charged and arrested Dunn for possession of marijuana and intentional littering.  He was booked into the Bienville Parish Jail.

For hunting from a moving vehicle and during illegal hours, all three men face a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Dunn also faces a $250 to $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail for the possession of marijuana charge and a $250 fine and eight hours of community service for the intentional littering citation.

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

Two Subjects Cited For Deer Hunting Violations In Red River Parish

Release Date: 01/11/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 1, 2011 in Red River Parish.

Agents cited Clifton Daniel Latour, 31, and Aaron Christopher Cannon, 26, both from Coushatta, for hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light, hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle. Agents also cited Latour for not possessing a driver's license.

Agents found the suspects driving on Springhill Church Road and using a spotlight to shine for deer from a moving vehicle. Agents stopped the vehicle and found a loaded Remington .243 rifle in the front seat.

Hunting deer during illegal hours with an artificial light brings a fine between $900 to $950, or jail time up to 120 days or both. Hunting deer from a public road carries a fine between $100 to $350, or jail time up to 60 days or both.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a fine between $250 to $500, or jail time up to 90 days or both. For driving without possession of a driver's license, Latour faces a $170 fine.

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

L.D.W.F. Agent Arrests Convicted Felon For Firearm Possession

Release Date: 12/14/2010

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent arrested an Arcadia man on Dec. 2 for alleged illegal possessing of a firearm by a convicted felon and booked him into the Claiborne Parish Detention Center.

Rhett Simms, 46, was charged with two counts of illegal firearm possession by a convicted felon, hunting without a basic or big game hunting license and failing to comply with deer tagging regulations.

The penalty for hunting without a basic or big game hunting license is a fine of $50, or up to 15 days in jail or both for each offense. The penalty for a deer tagging violation is a fine between $100 and $350, or up to 60 days in jail or both. The sentence for a convicted felon in possession of a firearm is between 10 and 20 years in jail.

LDWF Sgt. Ryan Brasher participated in the case.

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

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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