Enforcement

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.

Pineville Man Arrested for Church Vandalism

Release Date: 11/03/2015

A joint investigation between the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents, U.S. Forest Service enforcement officers and Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office (GPSO) deputies led to the arrest of a Pineville man for alleged vandalism on Oct. 30 in Grant Parish.

GPSO deputies arrested Charles A. Melancon, 21, for unauthorized entry and simple criminal damage to property and booked him into the Grant Parish Jail.

Around 10:30 p.m. LDWF agents followed a vehicle to the end of Clear Creek Church Road.  The agents then heard a loud noise near the church and moments later saw the vehicle approach their location.

Agents stopped the vehicle and identified Melancon as the operator.  Agents asked Melancon about the loud noise and he said he heard gunshots coming from the woods.

After letting Melancon go and investigating the church grounds, agents found the door to the community center next to the church forced open and the door jamb broke.

Agents notified U.S. Forest Service officers who were able to stop Melancon on Hwy. 3130.  During the stop Melancon admitted to breaking into the community center by kicking in the door.  GPSO deputies arrived and arrested Melancon.

Unauthorized entry and simple criminal damage to property each brings up to a $1,000 fine and six years in jail for each offense.

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

Red Snapper Fisherman Charged with Illegal Gear in State Waters

Release Date: 10/30/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited a Metairie man with an alleged commercial fishing violation on Oct. 29 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Seven P. Rhoto, 37, for using bandit gear in state waters.  Bandit gear is allowed to be used in federal waters and is normally used by federally permitted reef fish holders, but is illegal in Louisiana water.

Agents observed a vessel using bandit gear fishing for red snapper near the mouth of the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish.  Upon inspection of the vessel, agents found Rhoto in possession of 1,088 pounds of red snapper, 44 pounds of lane snapper and 17 pounds of white trout.

Using bandit gear in state waters carries a fine of $400 to $950 and up to 90 days in jail.  Agents seized the vessel on a department seizure order, the bandit gear and the illegally taken fish.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Lt. Louis Burnett.

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

Morgan City Man Sentenced for Crab Theft

Release Date: 10/28/2015

A Morgan City man was found guilty of theft of crab trap contents on Oct. 9 in St. Mary Parish.

Judge Edward Leonard of the 16th Judicial District sentenced Curtis A. Richard, 38, to 10 days in jail, two years of probation and $750 in fines plus court costs.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents On Oct. 10, 2014 observed Richard actively tending crab traps that did not belong to him on Sweet Bay Lake in the Atchafalaya River.  Agents found him in possession of 16 crabs.

Agents arrested the subject and booked him into the St. Mary Parish jail for theft of crab trap contents.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Joey Thompson, Sgt. Winston Michel, and Senior Agent Jake Darden.  Assistant District Attorney Wayne Simoneaud prosecuted the case.

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

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.

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