Enforcement

Body of Shaw Man Recovered from Cocodrie Bayou

Release Date: 02/08/2013

 
Feb. 8, 2013 -- Search and rescue officials recovered the body of a Shaw man from Cocodrie Bayou in Concordia Parish this morning, Feb. 8.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered the body of Louis Fisher, 84, around 9:45 a.m.

Officials were notified about a fisherman who apparently had fallen overboard in Cocodrie Bayou at 4 p.m. on Feb. 7.  According to family, Fisher was running trot lines in Cocodrie Bayou.

Fisher’s body was turned over to the Concordia Parish Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

Grandfather and Grandson Found Alive After 13 Hour Search

Release Date: 02/07/2013

Search and rescue crews found two overdue boaters alive this morning, Feb. 7, near the Lafitte area.

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) seaplane spotted the overdue boaters waving their arms with their boat tied up to a camp around 9 a.m.  The seaplane called in the location for rescue crews on the water in boats to respond.  The rescue crews were then able to escort the missing boaters back to Joe’s landing in Lafitte.  The missing boaters were in good health when found.

Search crews from LDWF, U.S. Coast Guard, and the Lafourche, Jefferson and St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Offices participated in the search for the missing boaters.

The search crews received word at 8 p.m. on Feb. 6 about a grandfather and grandson who did not return home from a boating trip.  According to the family, the 72-year-old grandfather and 15-year-old grandson both from Gretna departed Joe’s landing at 7 a.m.

The rescue crews searched throughout the night for the two missing boaters until they were found about seven miles from Joe’s landing.

According to the grandfather, they were trying to get back to the landing, but became disoriented when it got too dark and they decided to find a place to tie their 19 foot boat up to for the night.

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

New Iberia Man Arrested For Multiple Felonies

Release Date: 02/06/2013

Feb. 6, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a New Iberia man for alleged drug and wildlife charges in Iberia Parish on Jan. 30.

Agents cited Christopher J. Pellerin, 34, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled dangerous substance while in possession of a firearm, driving with a suspended operator’s license, hunting without a resident basic license or state duck license, wanton waste of migratory game birds and using lead shot in an area designated for steel shot only.

Agents received a call from the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office about a subject poaching and trespassing in crawfish ponds in Iberia Parish on Jan. 27.  The sheriff’s office had already cited Pellerin for trespassing earlier in the day and released him.

Agents made contact with Pellerin later that evening and verified he hunted migratory game birds with a 20 gauge shotgun using lead shot and left dead American coots in the pond to go to waste.

Agents also discovered that Pellerin is a convicted felon with multiple convictions and he cannot possess a firearm.  The agents were issued arrest and search warrants for Pellerin’s residence to seize the firearm he allegedly used.

While serving the warrants on Jan. 30, agents discovered the firearm along with ammunition.  LDWF Agents with the help of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 division also located a substantial amount of marijuana divided and packaged in amounts to be distributed.  Pellerin was then booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.

Felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings 10 to 20 years in jail and a $1,000 to $5,000 fine.  Felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute carries up to five to 50 years in jail and up to a $50,000 fine.  Felony possession of a controlled dangerous substance while in possession of a firearm brings up to a $2,000 fine and one to two years of jail.  Driving with a suspended operator’s license carries a $300 to $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Hunting without a resident basic license and state duck license each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Wanton waste of migratory game birds brings up to a $950 fine and up to 120 days of jail.  Using lead shot in an area designated for steel shot only carries up to a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

Agents participating in this case are Sgt. Dusty Rhodes and Senior Agent David Boudreaux and the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division.

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

Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. Issues $22,100 in 2012

Release Date: 02/05/2013

Feb. 5, 2013--Louisiana Operation Game Thief, Inc. (LOGT), a Louisiana wildlife crime-stoppers program, awarded $9,200 to diligent citizens statewide at their quarterly meeting on Jan. 26 in Baton Rouge.

For the 2012 calendar year, LOGT approved and dispensed $22,100 in cash rewards for concerned citizens who reported wildlife violations that led to 79 subjects being apprehended in wildlife cases.  There were a total of 53 cases presented and 531 offenses associated with those cases in 2012.

For the last quarter of 2012, LOGT issued $9,200 in reward money on 24 cases.

Louisiana Department Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement LOGT Coordinator Lt. Will Roberts provided LOGT members with information on each case and a recommendation for reward amounts.

“We depend on Operation Game Thief and these public tips to help break a lot of cases that might have otherwise gone unsolved,” Roberts said.

Anyone wishing to report wildlife or fisheries violations should anonymously call LDWF’s 24-hour toll free Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or utilize LDWF's new tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can anonymously text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

LOGT was instituted in 1984 and provides cash rewards for information leading to the arrest of violators of fish and wildlife regulations.  Funds are raised through private donations, court directed contributions and through contributions from cooperative endeavor agreements with organizations such as the National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

Since its inception in 1984, LOGT has issued $324,700 in rewards.

To make a donation to the LOGT that can be used for cash rewards, please contact Lt. Will Roberts at wroberts@wlf.la.gov.

LOGT meets quarterly throughout the year to review cases and dispense rewards.

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

Three Eunice Men Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property

Release Date: 01/28/2013

01/28/2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested three Eunice men for alleged possession of stolen property on Jan. 23 in Evangeline Parish.

Agents arrested Brandon P. Langley, 19; Kaleb A. May, 17; and Devonne T. Sias, 17; for possession of stolen property and operating an ATV and dirt bikes on a public roadway.  Langley was also arrested for flight from an officer.  All three men were booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail.

Agents were notified about off-road vehicles consisting of dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) running up and down Highway 374 about six miles south of Mamou.  Upon making contact with the three men around 6 p.m., Langley fled the scene on a dirt bike.  After a brief chase, agents were able to apprehend Langley.

With assistance from the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, agents were able to confirm that one of the dirt bikes and the ATV were stolen earlier in the week from the Rayne area.  Investigators are still determining if the other dirt bike was stolen as well.

Possession of stolen property brings up to a $3,000 fine and 10 years in jail.  Flight from an officer carries a $150 to $500 fine and up to six months in jail.  Operating an ATV and dirt bikes on a public roadway brings up to a $175 fine and 30 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Scott Fontenot and Senior Agent Steve Vidrine.

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

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/28/2013

01/28/2013 -- A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two Louisiana men for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 21 in Concordia Parish.

The agent cited Michael D. Burley, 46, of Monterey, and Duell S. Moreland, 22, of Jonesville, for hunting without resident, primitive weapons and big game licenses, failing to comply with deer harvest requirements, failing to wear hunters orange and hunting deer using illegal methods.  Burley was subsequently arrested for illegal possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Sgt. Trey Mason setup surveillance in the evening of Jan. 21 on a vehicle parked on side of Bodark Road in Monterey.  Sgt. Mason then observed two subjects walking in the direction of his vehicle.

After making contact with the two subjects, Sgt. Mason observed Moreland carrying a Browning A-Bolt 7mm Magnum Rifle and Burley carrying a .444 primitive weapon with a laser light mounted on the gun.

Modern firearm season for this area closed on Jan. 20 and the only season open is for primitive firearms and archery.  After confirming that both subjects were actively deer hunting, a license compliance check was performed.  Neither subject was in possession of a valid hunting license, deer tags or hunters orange.

Sgt. Mason also performed a pat down search of Burley and found him in possession of synthetic marijuana.

Taking deer using illegal methods brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer harvest requirement carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Hunting without resident, primitive and big game licenses and failing to wear hunters orange each carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Possession of a firearm while in possession of marijuana brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Possession of marijuana brings a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

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

Two Marksville Men Cited for Illegal Hunting Activities In LaSalle Parish

Release Date: 01/15/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents citied two Marksville men for alleged wildlife and criminal charges on Jan. 10 in LaSalle Parish.

Blaine McNeal, 45, and Keith Dauzat, 43, were both cited for taking deer during illegal hours with artificial light, taking deer from a moving vehicle, hunting from a public roadway, discharging a firearm from a public roadway, intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife, open container and felony criminal damage to a federal levee system.

Agents were patrolling the diversion canal near the Dewey Wills Wildlife Management Area in LaSalle Parish when they observed a vehicle traveling down the canal at a slow speed.  Agents then heard several gunshots coming from the direction of the vehicle and observed the vehicle drive down the side of the canal to possibly retrieve what they shot.

The two men got their truck stuck at the bottom of the diversion canal levee while retrieving a deer.  McNeal and Dauzat had two deer in possession, which they hid in the bushes near the truck after getting stuck.

Agents located two does in the bushes near the stuck truck.  Both subjects were arrested and transported to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Hunting deer during illegal hours and intentional concealment of illegally taken wildlife each bring a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting from a moving vehicle carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $150 to $300 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Open container carries a fine up to $263 and up to six months in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail. 

The penalties for felony criminal damage to a federal levee system will be issued by the Tensas Levee District Police Office.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Charlie Ferrington, Senior Agent Robbie Mayo, Senior Agent Joey Merrill and Tensas Levee Police Officer Brandon Wagoner.

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

Hunters Found by Good Samaritan and LDWF Agents in Pearl River Canal

Release Date: 01/11/2013

Jan. 11, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents rescued a hunter and a good Samaritan rescued another from the Pearl River Canal in Washington Parish this morning, Jan. 11.

Stephen Leicher, 27, of Bush, and James Rogan, 26, of Bogulusa left out this morning for a duck hunt on the Pearl River Canal in a 13 foot vessel.  Around 5:15 a.m. their vessel had capsized putting Leicher and Rogan in the canal.

At 9:15 a.m. a passing boater noticed Leicher clinging to some woody debris in the canal and was able to get him in his boat.  Leicher was found near entrance of Ox Lot Canal.  They then notified LDWF agents about Rogan who was still missing.

At 10:10 a.m. agents found Rogan on the bank near Past Creek a mile in a half downstream from where Leicher was found.

Both men were checked on scene by Northshore Emergency Medical Services for any injuries and released.  Neither man was wearing a personal flotation device when the vessel capsized.

Agents participating in the search and rescue were Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Joel Cromp.

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

Orleans Parish Man Charged with Illegal Possession of Piranha, Alligator and Drug Paraphernalia

Release Date: 01/11/2013

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited an Orleans Parish man for alleged illegal possession of piranha, a live alligator and drug paraphernalia on Jan. 8.

On Dec. 20, 2012 the LDWF agents received a complaint about an apartment tenant that possessed a live alligator and had left it unattended to leave for Christmas vacation.

Agents responded to the residence of Quinn Vanderbosch, 22, of New Orleans.  The agents were granted access to the apartment by a roommate and observed an alligator in a large plastic bin and a large fish tank with piranha swimming.

Agents returned to the residence with a search warrant to seize the illegal fish and alligator, as well as various drug paraphernalia left out in the open.

Agents cited Vanderbosch for possession of a live alligator without a permit, possession of a prohibited species (piranha), and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Due to the similarities with Louisiana waters and the piranha’s natural habitat, as well as the fish’s invasive nature, the fish are strictly forbidden to be possessed or sold within the state with the only exceptions being the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium of the Americas with an LDWF permit.

Possession of an alligator carries $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Possession of piranha brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia is determined by the presiding judge.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Jared Taylor and Sgt. Kris Bourgeois of LDWF and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Scotty Boudreaux.

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

Winnsboro Police Officers and Franklin Parish Corrections Officer Cited for Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/09/2013

Jan. 9, 2013 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents arrested a Winnsboro Police Officer, cited another Winnsboro Police Officer and cited a Franklin Parish Detention Center Corrections Officer for their alleged roles in the illegal harvesting of a deer.

Agents cited Winnsboro City Police Officer Chester Coleman, 34, of Enterprise, on Jan. 7 for taking a deer during illegal hours using artificial light, hunting from a moving vehicle, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements, and hunting without basic and big game licenses.  Agents also arrested Coleman for malfeasance in office and booked him into the Franklin Parish Jail.

Agents also cited Winnsboro City Police Officer Joshua Martin, 31, of Winnsboro, and Franklin Parish Detention Center Corrections Officer Hunter Guimbellot, 22, of Winnsboro, on Jan. 5 for taking a deer during illegal hours using artificial light and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Agents were notified by an informant of an illegal hunting incident that occurred in Franklin Parish on Dec. 30, 2012.  Agents learned from the informant that Coleman, Martin and Guimbellot harvested a doe deer around 8 p.m. at the Winnsboro City Industrial Park. 

Coleman was on duty at the time of the illegal hunting activitiy and he shot the deer from his patrol vehicle with Martin’s .308 rifle.  The three men then put the deer into the trunk of the patrol vehicle for later cleaning.

Agents seized the .308 rifle and the deer.  Agents involved in the case are Lt. Scott Watson and Senior Agent Johnny Wilson.

Malfeasance in office is a felony and brings up to five years in jail and $5,000 in fines.  Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a moving vehicle brings a $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting without basic and big game licenses carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.  Violating deer tagging regulations brings a $100 to $300 fine and up to 60 days in jail. 

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

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