Enforcement

New Iberia Man Cited for Oyster Refrigeration Requirements in Lafourche Parish

Release Date: 01/19/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a New Iberia man for an alleged oyster violation on Jan. 15 in Lafourche Parish.

Agents cited Scott J. Parker, 58, for violating the oyster sanitary code due to lack of refrigeration.

Agents were working along Old Hwy 1 just south of Leeville at approximately 4:15 p.m. when they observed two refrigerated trucks with oysters parked next to Bayou Lafourche.  Agents also noticed neither of the refrigerators on the vehicles were on.

Agents further learned that Parker purchased the 60 sacks of oysters.  The oysters had white tags depicting they were intended for raw consumption.  When agents checked the temperature of the trucks with the stored oysters they were both at 69 degrees.  Oyster sacks with white tags for raw consumption are to be stored and delivered at 45 degrees or lower.

Agents seized a total of 60 sacks of oysters and retuned them to the water.  Agents also issued a seizure order for the tractor and trailer used in conjunction with the violation.

Violating the refrigeration code for oysters brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Edward Ridgel and Lt. Louis Burnett.

Two Men Cited for Possessing 52 Red Drum in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 01/12/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged recreational fishing violations on Jan. 10 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Danny Parnia, 52, and Ryan A. Pellegrin, 38, both of Houma, for possessing over the limit and undersized red drum.

Agents were on patrol and stopped a vessel for a license and creel compliance check in the lower Dulac area.  Agents found the two subjects in possession of 52 red drum with only nine of legal size.  This put the men 42 red drum over their daily possession limit of five per person.

Possessing over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing undersized red drum carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  The men will also be subject to a fine of $25 per red drum that were over the legal limit bringing a total fine of $1,025.  Civil restitution may also be assessed for the illegally taken red drum totaling $1,111.74.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

Five Men Cited for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 01/12/2017

In two separate cases Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited five men for alleged oyster violations on Jan. 10 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Christopher P. Luke, 44, of Houma, and Rocky L. Rel, 37, from Thibodaux, for taking oysters from a polluted area in Sister Lake.  Agents also cited Dustin M. Buquet, 19, Cline J. Ledet, 30, and Homer Pinos-Mazariegos, 20, all from Chauvin for taking oysters from a polluted area, failing to have written permission and unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease in Bay Souri.

While responding to Sister Lake complaints, agents observed Luke and Rel taking oysters north of the lake, which is closed to harvesting.  In a separate case agents also found Buquet, Ledet and Pinos-Mazariegos taking oysters from Bay Souri, which is also closed to harvesting.  The three men in Bay Souri were also harvesting oysters on a private lease without written permission.

Agents seized a total of 30 sacks of oysters and retuned them to the water.  Agents also seized the vessels and gear used in the illegal activity on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from a polluted area and unlawfully taking oysters from a private lease each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year, sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Failing to have written permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

Ponchatoula Man Arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Vessel

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Ponchatoula man on Jan. 9 for allegedly using a vessel without authorization.

Agents arrested Blake A. Mitchell, 31, for felony unauthorized use of a moveable.

The arrest stems from an investigation that began Nov. 9, 2016 in Venice located in Plaquemines Parish.  Agents were notified about an airboat being removed without the owner’s consent from a camp in Cypress Cove Marina.

The vessels owner reported that the lock and license plate were removed and the vessel’s ignition was removed and replaced.  Agents later stopped Mitchell in the area of Buras where the vessel was being used for hog hunting and towing his own disabled airboat across the Mississippi River.

Agents then received video surveillance of Mitchell’s truck towing the vessel in the early morning hours of Nov. 8, 2016 from two separate security systems.  Agents the secured warrants and arrested Mitchell at the Jefferson Parish Courthouse where he was answering to unrelated wildlife charges on Jan. 9, 2017.

Felony unauthorized use of a moveable having a value in excess of $500 brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young, Sgt. Villere Reggio and Senior Agent Patrick Dempsey.

Fundraising efforts ongoing for Wildlife agent Tyler Wheeler

Release Date: 01/11/2017

Fundraising efforts ongoing for Wildlife agent Tyler Wheeler

There is now a t-shirt selling campaign and special fund established to help Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler’s family with medical bills and expenses.

Wheeler is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds suffered while making a traffic stop early Saturday morning. The 25-year-old agent was shot in the arm, shoulder, jaw and head. Two people have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

According to a recent Facebook entry, Wheeler’s father, Darren Wheeler posted “Thanks for everything and all the prayers. That old saying, ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ I guess he (Tyler Wheeler) is answering our question.”

According to the Monroe News Star newspaper, over $21,000 has been raised through the t-shirt selling campaign. Shirts can be ordered, according to the newspaper, until Jan. 23 and will arrive Feb. 8. Prices vary based on the style ordered. For more information regarding the fundraiser, visit www.booster.com/tylerwheeler

A fund has also been established by the Louisiana Wildlife Agents’ Association, a nonprofit corporation which seeks to protect and promote the welfare and interest of all classified commissioned wildlife agents, active or retired.

 

The account is set up under the LWAA c/o Tyler Wheeler. According the newspaper, anyone who wants to donated can visit any Capital One location and make a deposit to account number 2082047754. Funds generated will be used to assist with medical expenses incurred by the Wheeler family.

Single Vessel Boating Incident Claims Life of Pierre Part Man

Release Date: 01/10/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a boating fatality in Assumption Parish.

The boating fatality occurred in the Belle River sometime before 9 p.m. on Jan. 9 and claimed the life of Aaron Vickrey, 31, of Pierre Part.

Agents were notified around 9 p.m. of a single boating incident.  It appears at this time that Vickrey was travelling south in a 16-foot aluminum vessel in the Belle River before striking a pier ejecting him from the vessel.  Witnesses were able to recover Vickrey’s body from the water and to the shore where they were able to call 911 for help.

When emergency medical personnel arrived Vickrey was unconscious and attempts to bring him back were unsuccessful.  Vickrey’s body was turned over to the Assumption Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Vickrey was not wearing a personal flotation device at the time of this boating incident.

Update from Interim Secretary Patrick Banks Regarding LDWF Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler

Release Date: 01/09/2017

Today at a joint press conference in Quachita Parish with Gov. John Bel Edwards, State Police Colonel Michael Edmonson and other law enforcement officials, LDWF Interim Secretary Patrick Banks provided an update on LDWF Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler.

“Everyone at our agency is praying for Senior Agent Wheeler and his family.  We are all stunned by this cowardly act and very proud of the law enforcement team bringing the suspects to justice,” said Interim LDWF Secretary Patrick Banks.

“We received some good news this morning by Agent Wheeler’s father.   He is responding well to treatment, and is able to respond to the commands of his family and hospital staff by making movements and squeezing hands."

“Our agency is strong, and is built on these brave men and women who protect us all.  The whole of our agency, brave enforcement agents, talented scientists and dedicated public servants are praying with that strength for Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler today.  We are grateful for his service."

 

“We are pleased with the progress and recovery of Senior Agent Wheeler, we will continue our work to ensure he and his family get the justice they deserve,” said LDWF Col. Joey Broussard.

Suspect Who Shot LDWF Agent Arrested for Attempted 1st Degree Murder

Release Date: 01/08/2017

Amethyst Baird

On Saturday, January 7, 2017 a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was shot in the line of duty while on patrol in Morehouse Parish.

Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler was shot multiple times during a vehicle stop on US 165 in Morehouse Parish just north of the Ouachita Parish line.

Louisiana State Police Detectives began investigating the shooting and evidence was quickly discovered that lead to the arrest of 31-year-old Amethyst Baird of Monroe.  Baird was charged and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer for the shooting of Senior Agent Wheeler.

Also, during the course of this investigation, it was discovered that 34-year-old Jeremy Gullette of Monroe, LA assisted Baird in this crime.  Gullette was charged and booked at the Ouachita Correctional Center on one count of Accessory After the Fact to Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

“We are very pleased that the suspected shooter and her accomplice are in custody at this time.” said LDWF Col. Joey Broussard.  “Now we hope that Senior Agent Wheeler continues his recovery progress and that he and his family get the justice they deserve for this senseless shooting.”

Senior Agent Wheeler is listed in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the LSU Health Shreveport Trauma Center.

Louisiana State Police is handling the investigation into the shooting with assistance from the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Wheeler has been an LDWF agent for two and a half years and is married with one child.

Shot LDWF Agent Listed in Stable Condition

Release Date: 01/07/2017

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent is listed in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit of the LSU Health Shreveport Trauma Center after being shot in the line of duty.

Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, 25, of Monroe, was shot five times including once in the temple, jaw, shoulder and twice in the arm.  Wheeler was shot while performing a vehicle stop at 2:06 a.m. on Jan. 7 on Hwy. 165 between Sterlington and Bastrop in the Perryville area.

“Whoever committed this heinous act was shooting to kill.  Luckily Senior Agent Wheeler has displayed the type of courage, toughness and determination it takes to hopefully survive this senseless and cowardly shooting.” said LDWF Enforcement Division Col. Joey Broussard.  “We are encouraged by the hospital updates that say he is in stable condition and responsive to commands.  We will be by Senior Agent Wheelers’ side throughout his recovery and our prayers will remain with him and his family.”

Louisiana State Police is handling the investigation into the shooting with assistance from the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Wheeler has been an LDWF agent for two and a half years and is married with one child.

LDWF Agent Shot Multiple Times in Morehouse Parish

Release Date: 01/07/2017

Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent was shot in the line of duty while on patrol in Morehouse Parish in the early morning hours of Jan. 7.

At 2:06 a.m. Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, 25, of Monroe, performed a vehicle stop in the south bound lane of Hwy. 165 in between Sterlington and Bastrop in the Perryville area.  During the vehicle stop, Wheeler was shot multiple times.

Another LDWF agent was a short distance from the traffic stop and arrived on scene around 2:15 a.m. when he found Wheeler on the ground.  He was able to radio a distress call to LDWF dispatch, secure the scene, notify local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and render assistance to Wheeler.

EMS arrived on scene and were able to stabilize Wheeler and prepare him for air transport.  Wheeler was airlifted around 4 a.m. to the LSU Health Shreveport Trauma Center for immediate treatment.  It is unknown at this time the extent of Wheeler’s injuries.

Authorities are currently looking for the shooting suspect at this time.  Louisiana State Police will be handling the investigation into the shooting with assistance from the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Wheeler has been an LDWF agent for two and a half years and is married with one child.

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