Enforcement

Agents Cite Two Men for Two Separate Night Hunting Cases

Release Date: 12/15/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Morgan City men for alleged night hunting violations on Dec. 13 in Assumption Parish.

Agents cited John Maynard, 18, and Dylan Giroir, 22, for two counts each of hunting deer during illegal hours with artificial light, hunting from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.

Around 11 p.m. on Dec. 12 agents observed two men on Hwy. 1011 near the intersection of Hwy. 400 spotlighting deer and firing four shots at a deer from the roadway.

Agents made contact with Giroir and Maynard and cited them for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.  Agents seized a .22 caliber rifle, 9 mm pistol and 12-gauge shotgun.

On the morning of Dec. 13, agents received a complaint in Assumption Parish about a deceased deer that was found shot about 80 yards from a nearby camp on Hwy. 400.  The complainant said he heard three shots the previous night about 7 p.m. from the nearby camp, which is located about four miles from the previous night’s case.

Agents arrived at the suspected camp and observed the same vehicle that was used in the night hunting case they made the night before.  Agents knocked on the door of the camp and Maynard and Giroir opened.

Maynard and Giroir admitted to shooting the deer at approximately 7 p.m.  The subjects also admitted to shooting the deer with the same .22 caliber rifle that was used to shoot the deer at 11 p.m.

Agents cited the men with another count of hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public roadway and spotlighting from a public roadway.
Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Winston Michel, Senior Agent Joey Thompson and Agent William Carpenter.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.  Hunting from a public roadway carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Punishment for spotlighting from a public roadway is set by the parishes.  The men could also face civil restitution for the illegally taken deer totaling $1,624.

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

Six Men Cited for Illegally Shrimping in Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary

Release Date: 12/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited six men in two separate cases for alleged Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary shrimping violations on Dec. 7 in Orleans Parish.

Agents were patrolling in Lake Pontchartrain near the Seabrook Bridge when they observed two commercial shrimp vessels actively shrimping within the restricted area actively shrimping with their skimmer nets in the water.

Agents stopped both vessels and cited Roy Migliore, 42, Charles Allen, 31, Michael Chagnard, 27, and Santo Chagnard, 21, all from Chalmette, as well as Carey Hendrix, 25, and Casey Guidry, 17, both from Slidell, for using skimmers in a closed area.  The agents seized approximately 700 pounds of shrimp between the two vessels.

The Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary extends out 1 1/4 miles from the southern shoreline of the lake starting at the Jefferson/Orleans parish line and extending eastward 1 1/4 miles from the Southern Railway Bridge then traveling to a point 1 1/4 miles southwest of Goose Point in St. Tammany Parish.  Taking fish, shrimp and other aquatic species by use of trawls, skimmer nets, butterfly nets, seines, or traps, with the exception of crab traps, cast nets, and recreational rod and reel fishing, is prohibited in the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary.

Violating the Lake Pontchartrain Sanctuary restrictions brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent Kyle Wagner and Agent Patrick Dempsey.

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

Shooter of LDWF Agent Convicted of Two Counts of Attempted First Degree Murder

Release Date: 12/04/2015

Last night, Dec. 3, the jury in the trial involving the shooter that shot a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent in the line of duty came back with an attempted first degree murder conviction.

Sgt. Scott Bullitt, 32, of Jonesboro, was shot while on patrol on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Ouachita Parish on May 21 by Luke Jarrod Hust, 29, of Monroe.

The jury at the Fourth Judicial District Courthouse convicted Hust on two counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Hust will be sentenced on Feb. 11.  District Attorney Jerry Jones was the lead prosecutor for the state.

“We are very pleased that Sgt. Bullitt’s shooter received the justice he deserved and want to thank everybody who had a hand in getting these convictions,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.

Around 6:40 p.m. on May 21 Sgt. Bullitt along with another agent stopped a vehicle at the end of Buckley Hill Road near the Wham Break Boat Launch on the Russell Sage WMA.  During the stop, Hust shot Sgt. Bullitt and fled the scene into the woods.

Sgt. Bullitt was rushed to a Monroe hospital and stabilized.  Hust was captured around 11 p.m.

Sgt. Bullitt was then taken to Shreveport where he successfully underwent surgery to remove the bullet and bone fragments on May 26.  Sgt. Bullitt is still rehabbing from his injuries and not yet returned to regular duty as a LDWF agent.

Sgt. Bullitt has been an LDWF agent for over five years.

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

Luling Man Arrested for DWI on the Water in St. Charles Parish

Release Date: 12/01/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Luling man for allegedly operating or driving a boat while intoxicated (DWI) in Bayou Des Allemands on Nov. 30.

Agents arrested Leopold A. Larousse, 37, for DWI, and booked him into the St. Charles Parish Jail.

Agents were notified around 6 a.m. on Nov 30 about three subjects standing on the bank of Bayou Des Allemands next to their sunken mud boat and waving for help.

When agents arrived on scene they observed the operator, Larousse, showing signs of impairment.  Larousse failed both the field sobriety test and breath alcohol tests and was subsequently arrested for DWI.

DWI brings a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Further boating safety citations could be pending.

Agents participating in this case are Sgt. Austin Arteaga, Senior Agent Dean Aucion, Senior Agent Kyle Wagner and Agent Gary Levron.

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

LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 7 New Agents at Graduation

Release Date: 11/24/2015

LDWF Enforcement Division Welcomes 7 New Agents at Graduation

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy today, Nov. 24, graduated its 29th class of cadets into the ranks of LDWF Enforcement Division agents at a ceremony in Baton Rouge.

After six months of intensive physical and academic training at the academy, seven newly commissioned agents are ready to begin enforcing hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.

LDWF Secretary Robert Barham was the keynote speaker at the ceremony.  “You have a tremendous responsibility to protect Louisiana’s rich natural resources and those who enjoy those resources, whether in the field or on the water.  Congratulations on your achievement which we celebrate today,” Barham noted.

Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division, presented certificates and recited the Oath of Office making the cadets’ transition to commissioned agents official.  “We welcome these cadets into the Enforcement Division ranks.  They are well trained and will be required to hit the ground running when they get to their local regions.”

The seven new agents are:

James Bruce, 26, of Bentley, assigned to Grant Parish
Devin Bryant, 29, of Deville, assigned to Sabine Parish
Joshua Cooper, 32, of St. Francisville, assigned to East Feliciana Parish
Kyle Haydel, 24, Destrehan, assigned to St. Bernard Parish
Michael Hebert, 25, of Lafayette, assigned to Cameron Parish
Edwin Langley, 22, of Kinder, assigned to Allen Parish
Tyler Smith, 23, of Opelousas, assigned to Pointe Coupee Parish

During the graduation ceremony, Cooper received the firearms award given for the best marksman in the class.  Haydel received the physical training award for being the most fit.  Bruce received the academic award for having the highest grades.  Cooper won the overall award, which is a cumulative score from the firearms, academic and physical training categories.

At the academy, cadets train to enforce the state's recreational boating laws, the state and federal wildlife and fisheries laws and general law enforcement work on the state's many wildlife management areas.  The academy also covers general law enforcement training equal to that of other state law enforcement officers.

The graduating agents fill vacancies in LDWF’s Enforcement Division and will be assigned to a field-training officer for their first six months of duty.  Now part of the agency’s commissioned officer staff, the agents will join the ranks of those patrolling land and water to primarily detect game, fish and boating law violations.  These duties require travel into Louisiana's forests, swamps, fields, streams, bayous, lakes, marshlands, the Gulf of Mexico and on the state roadway system.

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

LDWF To Hold Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Tuesday, Nov. 24

Release Date: 11/23/2015

EVENT:  29th Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Law Enforcement Academy Graduation.

WHEN:  Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 - 10 a.m.

WHERE:  Louisiana Room, LDWF Headquarters Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

BACKGROUND:  The graduation will add seven new agents to the LDWF Enforcement Division following six months of training.  The event will include the presentation of colors by the LDWF Enforcement Color Guard, presentation of awards and the Oath of Office ceremony.

LDWF agents enforce hunting, fishing and boating regulations that govern the use of the state's natural resources.  Their duties include checking hunters, fishers, dealers, restaurants, breeders, farmers and transporters for compliance with regulations governing limits, quotas, licenses, sizes, registrations, legal documents and accepted behavior.  Agents are also trained for search and rescue and maritime security missions.

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

Night Hunter Cited for Illegally Taken Deer

Release Date: 11/20/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Newellton man for night hunting violations on Nov. 18 in Tensas Parish.

Agents cited Mica G. Adair, 29, for taking deer during illegal hours, taking over the limit of antlered deer, not possessing basic and big game hunting licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Agents received a tip about Adair hunting deer at night and went to his residence for further investigation.  Agents observed four antlered deer heads in the back of Adair’s truck.

Upon questioning, Adair admitted to harvesting a deer on Nov. 8, Nov. 11, Nov. 13 and Nov. 15 all at night in Tensas Parish.  The season limit is three antlered deer putting Adair one over the limit.

Taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing over the limit of deer carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing basic and big game licenses each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Adair may also face a civil restitution penalty totaling $6,907 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. John Hendrix, Senior Agent Johnny Wilson and Agent Clinton Branton.

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

Body of Missing Boater Recovered from Atchafalaya River

Release Date: 11/03/2015

Search and rescue teams recovered the body of a missing boater from the Atchafalaya River on Nov. 3.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents and St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO) deputies recovered the body of William K. Seal, 56, of Butte La Rose, around 8 a.m. on Nov. 3 about two miles south of the Butte La Rose landing.

Search and rescue teams had been searching for Seal since the boat he was operating was found unmanned around 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 about two miles south of the Butte La Rose landing.

According to a Seal acquaintance, Seal was dropped off around 7 a.m. at the Butte La Rose public landing on Oct. 31 for a day of fishing of which Seal never returned.  Seal’s 15 foot vessel was then found by a tugboat operator the next morning and reported to authorities.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.  Seal’s body was found without a personal flotation device.  His body was turned over to the St. Martin Coroner’s Office to determine a cause of death.  LDWF was able to retrieve the vessel for evidence in the case.

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

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