Enforcement

LDWF Agents Rescue 579 People from Flooded Waters Statewide

Release Date: 03/11/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have currently rescued a total of 579 people, 52 dogs and two cats to date due to the flooding in Louisiana.

On the morning of March 11 agents rescued 303 people, 31 dogs and two cats.  Those totals include 209 people, 13 dogs and one cat in Tangipahoa Parish, 47 people and 11 dogs in St. Tammany Parish, 18 people, six dogs and one cat in Washington Parish, 12 people in Caddo Parish, six people in Richland Parish, five people in Morehouse Parish, three people in West Carroll Parish, two people in Ouachita Parish and one person and one dog in Livingston Parish.

On March 10 agents rescued 199 people and 21 dogs.  Those totals include 50 people in Ouachita Parish, 46 people and 13 dogs in Caddo Parish, 27 people in Vernon Parish, 19 people in Bossier Parish, 19 people in Richland Parish, 15 people and six dogs in Morehouse Parish, nine people in Bienville Parish, six people in Grant Parish, four people and two dogs in West Carroll Parish, two people in LaSalle Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office on March 9 with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville on March 9.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities on March 9.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

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

LDWF Agents Continue Search and Rescue Mission in North Louisiana

Release Date: 03/10/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have rescued 161 people and two dogs to date from flooded areas in northern parishes.

On the morning of March 10, agents have rescued 84 people and two dogs including 44 people in Ouachita Parish, 20 people in Vernon Parish, 10 people in Morehouse Parish, eight people and two dogs in Caddo Parish and two people in Sabine Parish.

On March 9 agents rescued 72 people including 36 people in Ouachita Parish, 32 people in Webster Parish and four in Morehouse Parish.

Agents also rescued five people on the night of March 8 in Webster Parish.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office on March 9 with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville on March 9.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities on March 9.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

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

LDWF Agents Conducting Search and Rescue Missions in Northern Louisiana

Release Date: 03/09/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents have rescued 37 people to date from flooded areas in Webster Parish.

On March 8 around 10:30 p.m. two LDWF agents rescued five people in Doyline and brought them to the Doyline Fire Station.

On the morning of March 9 LDWF agents rescued seven more people in Doyline.  Agents also rescued two people in Minden, six people in Sibley, 12 people in Heflen and three people off of Penal Farm Road just northeast of Sibley.

On March 9 in the early afternoon hours LDWF agents with assistance from the LDWF Fisheries Division rescued two people off of Interstate 20 at the Webster Parish and Bienville Parish line.

LDWF agents assisted the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations in the Charmingdale Community and Prairie Road Community in South Ouachita Parish.  LDWF agents also assisted the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office with evacuations for residents of Rayville.

Agents also assisted West Carroll Parish with transporting nurses to the West Carroll Hospital who were unable to cross high water to reach the West Carroll Hospital facilities.

Agents will remain on alert and be ready for further search and rescue activities until the flood waters recede.

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

Webster Parish Man Arrested for Drug Possession

Release Date: 03/08/2016

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent arrested a Webster Parish man on March 6 for alleged illegal drug possession violations in Webster Parish.

Sgt. Jared McIver arrested John E. Day, 42, Minden, for improper lane use, driving with a suspended driver’s license, driving with cancelled license plate, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of prescription pills and illegal possession of Tramodol pills.  Sgt. McIver booked Day into the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

Sgt. McIver initiated a traffic stop on Hwy. 164 in Webster Parish for improper lane use.  During the stop Sgt. McIver discovered that John was driving with a suspended license and cancelled license plate.

Sgt. McIver also found John to be in illegal possession of prescription pills.  John also possessed drug paraphernalia such as a straw and pill crusher used to snort pills.  Inside the vehicle Sgt. McIver found Tramodol pills and more pill crushers.

Illegal possession of the prescription pills each brings up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Illegal possession of Tramodol pills carries up to a $25,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Operating a vehicle with a cancelled license plate brings up to a $100 fine and 30 days in jail.  The fine and jail time for improper lane use is set by the parish.

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

LDWF Enforcement Agents Recognized at March Commission Meeting

Release Date: 03/03/2016

Two Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents were honored at the March 3 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Alexandria.

Shikar-Safari Club International presented their 2015 Conservation Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to LDWF Sgt. Joey Melton, of Natchitoches.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.

Sgt. James Hagan, of Oak Grove, received the Louisiana Waterfowl Enforcement Officer of the Year award from the Mississippi Flyway Council.  The Mississippi Flyway Council recognizes law enforcement officers from each state who make outstanding contributions to the protection of waterfowl.

Sgt. Melton has been an LDWF agent for eight years and mainly patrols Natchitoches Parish.  Sgt. Melton also received the LDWF Enforcement Division’s “2015 Agent of the Year” award.  Sgt. Melton was recognized for his high case load, being a team player and public outreach through boating and hunting safety.

Sgt. Hagan patrols Morehouse, East and West Carroll and Richland parishes and has been an agent since 2001.  Sgt. Hagan was honored for his participation in numerous illegal waterfowl hunting investigations involving illegal hours shooting, taking over the limits of ducks, selling migratory game birds, and Lacey Act violations.

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

Hessmer Man Found Guilty for Downed Trees on Spring Bayou WMA

Release Date: 03/03/2016

A Hessmer man was found guilty on March 2 in 12th Judicial District Court in Avoyelles Parish for his part in the cutting down of trees on the Spring Bayou Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Judge William Bennett found Keith Savoy, 49, guilty of simple criminal damage to property with the value of damage being between $500 and $50,000.  Savoy cut over 100 trees in the northeast corner of Spring Bayou WMA to block navigable access to an area known as the “fields” where he regularly hunted.

Avoyelles District Attorney Charles Riddle and Assistant D.A. Tony Salario prosecuted the case.  Savoy will be sentenced on April 11.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested Savoy on March 6, 2014 at his residence for criminal damage to state property after a four month investigation.

The trees Savoy cut down ranged from 10 inches to 30 inches in diameter and up to 50 foot tall including cypress, oak and willow trees.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. John Volentine, Sgts. Gabe Guidry, Chad Watts and Bear Fletcher, and Senior Agents Doug Anderson Jr., Jay Callegari, Heath Wood, Kurt Hatten, Dale Wheat, Kenny Robertson and John Hattaway.  Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matthew Smith and Detective Jeremiah Honea also assisted in the case.

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

Three Men in Acadia Parish Cited for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 03/02/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three men for alleged migratory bird hunting violations on Feb. 20 in Acadia Parish.

Agents cited Lane A. Williams, 28, of Iota, Richard A. Williams, 55, of Jennings, and Heath E. St. Germain, 38, of Welsh, for hunting ducks during a closed season, intentional concealment of illegally taken game and using leadshot in area designated as stealshot.  Lane Williams was also cited for operating an unregistered motorboat.  St. Germain was also cited for hunting ducks without a state duck license and without a federal duck stamp.

On Feb. 20 agents received a compliant about the three men hunting ducks on Bayou Nezpique.  Agents set up surveillance on the bayou where they observed the three men in a vessel shooting at ducks on the bayou.  The three men continued down the bayou then went to the bank where they placed a black trashbag.

Agents made contact with the three men after they got to the bank and to their vehicle.  During the hunting compliance checks, agents found they all possessed lead shot and St. Germain did not possess a state duck license or a federal duck stamp.

Agents located the black trashbag containing 13 ducks, which included six mallards, three woodducks, three teal and one gadwall.

All three subjects admitted to shooting ducks and hiding them on the bank before returning to their vehicle.  The vessel they were hunting out of didn’t have proper registration.

Intentional concealment of illegally taken game carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting ducks during a closed season, using leadshot in an area designated as stealshot and hunting ducks without a federal stamp each brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting ducks without a state duck license and operating an unregistered vessel each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

The three men may also face a total of $346 in civil resititution for the replacement value of the illegally taken ducks.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agent Buddy Murray, Sgt. Wendel Vaughn, Lt. Jesse Savoie and Senior Agent Steve Vidrine.

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

Two Men in Avoyelles Parish Cited for Night Hunting

Release Date: 03/01/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two men for alleged deer hunting violations on Feb. 27 in Avoyelles Parish.

Agents cited Ashton Rachal, 19, and Travis J. Bordelon, 19, both of Moreauville, for taking deer during illegal hours, possession of illegally taken deer, taking deer from a public road, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a public road, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.  Bordelon was also charged with taking over the daily limit of deer, taking over the antlered deer seasonal limit, and hunting without a big game license.

Agents started a two month long investigation beginning in early January after receiving numerous night hunting complaints on Rachal and Bordelon.  During the investigation, agents learned that Bordelon harvested four bucks putting him one over the seasonal antlered limit including harvesting two bucks on the same night putting him one over the daily limit of antlered deer.  Agents also learned that Rachal harvested two does.

All six deer harvested by Rachal and Bordelon were during illegal hours off of Bayou Natchitoches Road near Bordelonville along the Red River in January when the river was high.

When agents contacted Rachal and Bordelon on Feb. 27 they admitted to the illegal hunting activity.  Agents seized a .270 caliber rifle and a set of eight point antlers.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and discharging a firearm from a public road each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possessing over the seasonal limit and daily limit, and hunting from a moving vehicle each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.

The two men may also face up to $10,156 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Gabe Guidry, Sgt. Chad Watts, Lt. John Volentine, Senior Agent Doug Anderson Jr., and Senior Agent Jay Callegari.

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

Two Men Plead Guilty to Federal Shark Violations

Release Date: 02/26/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents participated in a joint enforcement patrol that resulted in two men pleading guilty to violations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

Rick Nguyen, 37, of Buras, and Hung Anh Tiet, 29, of Dallas, Texas, pleaded guilty to shark violations involving illegal finning and over the limit of sharks.  Shark “finning” is an illegal practice of removing the shark’s fins, which are the most profitable part of the shark, and then discarding the rest of the shark’s body overboard.

The pair were ordered to pay a fine to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) totaling $45,000.  The men were also placed on two years of probation and during which they agreed to not transfer any of their federal shark directed permits. They also further agreed that if they are determined to be in violation of any provision of the Magnusson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act during this two-year period, they will surrender all of their federal shark directed permits for a period of nine months.  Lastly the men had their Louisiana state shark permits and set line licenses revoked for life.

LDWF agents initially made contact with Nguyen and Tiet while responding to an anonymous complaint.  Agents stopped the vessel “Lady Lyanna” in Tiger Pass located in Venice in April 2012.

Agents found 11 whole sharks located on the deck and a hidden compartment in the bow of the vessel that contained 12 large sacks of shark fins totaling 2,073 fins.  The bodies of the fins found in the sacks were not found on the vessel.

The 2,073 individual fins represent a total of 518 sharks possessed by the two fishermen bringing the total number of sharks possessed to 529.  The daily commercial limit for sharks in Louisiana is 33 per vessel placing the two men 496 sharks over their daily limit.

Agents participating in the case were LDWF Sgts. Adam Young and Villere Reggio and NOAA Special Agent Steve Campbell.

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

Agents Find Body of Grosse Tete Man

Release Date: 02/22/2016

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents recovered the body of a missing boater on Feb. 19 in Iberville Parish.

Agents were notified around 1 p.m. on Feb. 19 about a 10 foot aluminum vessel found floating without an operator.  Agents then found the body of Donald Gage, 59, of Grosse Tete, around 1:45 p.m. in a borrow pit north of I-10 near Ramah.

Agents believe at this time that Gage was fishing when for unknown reasons fell out of his vessel.  Agents turned Gage’s body over to the Iberville Parish Coroner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Gage was not wearing a personal flotation device when he was found.

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

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