Enforcement

Delcambre Men Arrested for Crab Theft

Release Date: 10/27/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged crabbing violations in Iberia Parish on Oct 12 in two separate cases.

Agents observed Travis P. Duhon, 29, of Delcambre, around 12:15 p.m. taking blue crabs illegally from crab traps he did not have permission to take from in Lake Peigneur.  Agents found Duhon in possession of 64 crabs that he said he was going to sell to a neighbor.  Agents also found crystal meth in Duhon's possession.

Around 7:20 p.m. agents observed Saul C. Touchet, 27, of Delcambre, stealing crab traps in the Delcambre Canal.

Agents cited Touchet and Duhon for theft of or from crab traps, not possessing boat registration certificates and improper boat numbers.  Duhon was also charged with possession of crystal meth, using crab traps without the required markings and taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license or commercial license.

Theft of or from crab traps and using crab traps without the required markings each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license or commercial license each carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90s days in jail.  Not possessing a boat registration certificate and improper boat numbers each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Possession of crystal meth brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.

Agents involved in the cases are Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder, Senior Agent Derek Logan and Senior Agent Jason Stagg.

Both men were booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.

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

LDWF Agents Rescue 23 People from Trailer Park

Release Date: 10/26/2015

Sgt. Miller traversing the flooded trailer park
Rescues brought to high ground
Porch of flooded trailer

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents rescued 23 people from a flooded trailer park in Tangipahoa Parish this morning, Oct. 26.

LDWF agents received a call around 5:20 a.m. about a flooded Silo Estates Trailer Park in Tangipahoa.  Two agents with a 16 foot flat bottom boat were on scene around 6:15 a.m.

The agents were able to successfully rescue 23 people and a dog as well as untie a horse that was able to escape the rising waters.  According to residents of the park the water was only a few inches last night and when they woke up this morning water was coming into the trailers.

The 23 people and dog were taken to high ground where they were then able to take a short walk to the Brown’s Chapel Church, which was setup as a shelter for them.

Agents involved with the rescues included Sgt. Toby Miller and Senior Agent Brody Roberts.

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

Boating Incident in St. Bernard Parish Leaves One Man Dead

Release Date: 10/20/2015

Search and rescue crews responded to a fatal single vessel incident in St. Bernard Parish on Oct. 20.  The boating incident resulted in the death of Ernest Owens, 66, of New Orleans.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard and St. Bernard Fire Department were notified around 11 a.m. on Oct. 20 of a boat incident in Daylight Bay.

Search crews were guided to the scene around noon by LDWF and USCG aircraft and found a 64 year old Meraux man in an 18 foot vessel holding onto a non-respondent Owens who was in the water.

According to the survivor the two men were fishing and decided to tie onto the back side of a barge to get out of the wind.  As Owens was attempting to tie onto the barge he fell into the water.  The survivor tried to throw flotation devices to Owens, but the wind kept pushing the flotation devices back towards the vessel.

The survivor was able to get his vessel close to Owens and tie on a line around his wrist to try and keep his head above water.  He was then able to call for help on his phone.

The rescue crews were able to get both men into their vessels and rushed them back to the Serigne Marina where Emergency Medical Services personnel were waiting.  After complaining of chest pains, the survivor was airlifted to the Tulane Hospital in New Orleans.  Owens was pronounced dead at the marina and his body was turned over to the St. Bernard Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF is the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device.  Alcohol is not suspected at this time.  An autopsy will be performed on Owens to determine an official cause of death.

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

Legendary Deer Taken Illegally in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 10/19/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited an Abbeville man for alleged deer hunting violations on Oct. 17 in Avoyelles Parish.

Senior Agent Douglas Anderson cited Glen Toups Jr., 40, for not possessing basic season and big game hunting licenses and not possessing deer tags.

Around 10 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson was notified about a buck that was taken on an Avoyelles Parish hunting club’s property near Simmesport by a guest hunter.  The hunting club notified the agent to help measure the deer for record purposes.  When the agent arrived he was told that the deer may have been harvested by a non-licensed hunter.

Around 11 a.m. Senior Agent Anderson made contact with Toups Jr who told him he shot the deer with an arrow around 9 a.m.  Toups Jr. confessed that he did not have the required basic season and big game licenses or deer tags.  The agent issued the citations to Toups Jr and seized the deer.

The deer was unofficially scored as a 208 class buck.  The deer meat was donated to a local charity and the antlers and head are being held as evidence by LDWF.

Not possessing deer tags carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  Toups Jr. may also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents further learned that Toups Jr. could not obtain a hunting license since he is under a hunting license revocation.  Charges are pending for Toups Jr. for hunting while under hunting license revocation.  Hunting while under hunting license revocation brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

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

Three Men Cited for Possessing 21 Red Drum Over the Limit in Excess of 27 Inches

Release Date: 10/09/2015

Over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agent cited three Louisiana men for recreational fishing violations in Grand Isle on Oct. 8.

The agent cited Donisote Santos, 53, of Chalmette, Jose Goronci, 43, of Metairie, and Jose DiSalva, 49, of Kenner, for taking over the limit of red drum and taking over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches.  DiSalva was also cited for not possessing basic or saltwater fishing licenses.

LDWF received a tip from a concerned angler who claimed that three males were fishing over the limit on red drums on the Caminada Pass Bridge in Grand Isle.  Senior Agent Norman Deroche spoke with the complainant who said the three men were filling the bed of a white F-250 with large red drum.

Senior Agent Deroche intercepted the white F-250 at 6:48 a.m. on La. Hwy. 1 in Fourchon.  After stopping the vehicle, Deroche found 25 red drum in the bed of the F-250.  All of the fish measured between 28 and 40 inches long.

Each licensed fisherman is allowed to keep one red drum in excess of 27 inches per day and allowed to possess two red drum in excess of 27 inches if fishing for multiple days.  Since DiSalva did not possess a fishing license, this put the men 21 fish over the limit.

Taking over the limit of red drum brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  In addition, possessing over the limit of red drum in excess of 27 inches carries a $150 fine for each fish over the limit.  In this case it would bring up to a $3,150 fine.

Failing to possess basic and saltwater licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  The men could also face civil restitution of $555 for the replacement value of the red drum.

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

Body of Cameron Man Recovered from Calcasieu River

Release Date: 10/05/2015

Search and rescue crews recovered the body of a Cameron man this morning, Oct. 5, in the East Pass of the Calcasieu River in Cameron Parish.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard began searching for Ronald B. Moore, 44, on Oct. 2 around 4 p.m.

Moore’s body was recovered around 9 a.m. on Oct. 5 near the town of Cameron.

According to witnesses they heard a noise and saw Moore floating in the water while his 16 foot aluminum vessel was circling around him.  The witnesses saw Moore bob up and down a few times and before disappearing.  The witnesses were able to call for help.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Moore’s body was turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

It is unknown at this time what caused Moore to be ejected from the vessel.

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

Two Oyster Harvesters Charged For Taking Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 09/30/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two oyster fishermen for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne Parish on Sept. 30.

Agents cited Grant J. Leboeuf, 30, and Travis J. Dardar, 30, both from Montegut, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area.

LDWF agents were on patrol in the morning when they observed a vessel in a marsh area near Bayou Jean Lacroux actively dredging for oysters.  The area was closed by Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.

Agents stopped the vessel and found the two men in possession of one sack of oysters.  Agent seized the vessel, oyster dredges and returned the oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also be sentenced to serve 40 hours community service and required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

Agents participating in this case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and Lt. Joe Arnaud.

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

Greenwell Springs Man Cited for Littering and Placing Bait on WMA

Release Date: 09/28/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) agents cited a Greenwell Springs man for alleged Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and littering violations in Pointe Coupee Parish on Sept. 26.

Agents cited Richard J. St. Pierre Jr., 18, for baiting deer and intentional littering on the Sherburne WMA.

Agents discovered deer corn and an empty 50 pound bag of corn on Aug. 1 on the Sherburne WMA.  Agents also documented the placing of bait on four other dates since Aug. 1 along with the empty corn bags and a fast food bag and cup.

On Sept. 26, agents observed Pierre Jr. in the act of placing bait and littering in the same location as previously documented.

Placing bait on a WMA brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Intentional littering carries up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court.  

Sgt. Cliff Ortis and Senior Agent Russell Marbury are participating in the case.

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

Six Men Charged For Taking Polluted Oysters

Release Date: 09/22/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent cited six men for alleged oyster violations in Terrebonne and LaFourche parishes.

On Sept. 18, LDWF Sgt. Bryan Marie cited Dustin M. Buquet, 18, Richardo Najera-Morales, 25, and Cline J. Ledet, 29, all from Chauvin, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bay Antoine in Terrebonne Parish.

On Sept. 22, the agent cited Dillon J. Verdin, 23, from Cutoff, Alexei B. Vargas, 21, and Holden D. Verdin, 21, both from Houma, for taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area in Bayou Faleau in LaFourche Parish.

Both areas are closed by Department of Health and Hospitals due to pollution.

Both vessels were found with 15 sacks of oysters on board.  Sgt. Marie seized the vessels, oyster dredges and returned 30 sacks of oysters to the water.

Taking oysters from a polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  In addition, the men could be sentenced to serve 40 hours community service and be required to only harvest oysters from a vessel that is equipped with a vessel monitoring system.

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

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