Enforcement

Body of Pineville Man Recovered from Indian Creek Reservoir

Release Date: 04/11/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred on April 10 in Rapides Parish.

The body of Orlando Banks, 18, of Pineville, was recovered from the Indian Creek Reservoir around 5:30 p.m. by emergency personnel.

According to witnesses, Banks was one of four people in a vessel as they approached a rope swing on the bank around 2:30 p.m.  One of the occupants on the vessel jumped into the water and swam to shore near the rope swing.

At this time, Banks then jumped into the water and struggled to stay afloat before being submerged.  The occupants of the vessel and the person on the bank unsuccessfully attempted to find Banks and get him out of the water.

The occupants on the boat were able to call for help.  Banks’ body was found in about 12 feet of water about 40 feet from the bank of the reservoir.

Two Cited For Taking Closed Season Shrimp in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 04/10/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for allegedly using skimmers for shrimp during a closed season on April 8.

Agents cited John Berthelot, 37, of Covington, and Juan Cruz, 38, of Marrero, at for using skimmers during a closed season.  Agents also cited Berthelot for improper navigation lights.

Agents found the men actively shrimping in the English Bay area of Buras without navigation lights on around 10:30 p.m.

The Louisiana spring inshore shrimp season is currently closed.  Agents seized 15 pounds of shrimp and returned them to the water.

Using skimmers during a closed season carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Additionally, if convicted the men could be sentenced to harvest shrimp only from a vessel with an approved vessel monitoring system monitored by LDWF.  Improper navigation lights carries a $50 fine and up to 15 days of jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Villere Reggio.

Chatham Man Cited for Hunting Over a Baited Area

Release Date: 04/10/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Chatham man for alleged turkey hunting violations on April 9 in Jackson Parish.

Agents cited Michael Chatham, 59, for hunting turkeys over a baited area and failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements.

Agents received an anonymous tip about a man hunting over a baited area who also harvested a turkey on March 25.  After further investigation, agents were able to determine the specific area and set up surveillance on the morning of April 9.

While observing the baited area, agents spotted Chatham actively hunting the area for well over an hour.  Agents then made contact with Chatham and he confessed to harvesting the turkey on March 25 without tagging the turkey.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Wesley Duck, Sgt. Bear Fletcher, Sgt. Lee Tarver, Senior Agent John Hattaway, Senior Agent David Nelson, and Senior Agent Jay Wilson.

LDWF Sgt. Scott Bullitt Recognized at April Commission Meeting

Release Date: 04/06/2017

Shikar-Safari Representative Chris Kinsey Presents Sgt. Scott Bullitt with Award

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agent was honored at the April 6 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting held in Baton Rouge.

Shikar-Safari Club International presented their 2016 Conservation Officer of the Year award for Louisiana to LDWF Sgt. Scott Bullitt, of Jonesboro.  The Shikar-Safari award recognizes an agent from each state for outstanding efforts in conservation law enforcement.

Sgt. Bullitt joined the LDWF Enforcement Division in 2009 and is currently assigned to Ouachita Parish.  Sgt. Bullitt’s dedication to protecting the State of Louisiana’s natural resources contributed to him receiving the LDWF Enforcement Region 2 Officer of the Year Award in 2012, the LDWF Enforcement Waterfowl Officer of the Year Award in 2014, and the LDWF Enforcement Boating Officer of the Year Award in 2015.  Sgt. Bullitt was additionally recognized with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission DWI Enforcement Award for having issued the most DWI citations for LDWF in 2014.

On May 21, 2015, Sgt. Bullitt was shot in the line of duty while on patrol on the Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area in Ouachita Parish.  The shooter, Luke Jarrod Hust, of Monroe, was convicted for attempted first degree murder and subsequently sentenced to life in prison.  Sgt. Bullitt is still rehabbing his injuries from the shooting and has not returned to active duty to date.

12 Subjects Cited for Turkey Hunting Violations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 03/28/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited 12 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2017 turkey hunting season.  Turkey season opened on March 25 statewide.

On March 25 agents cited:

William Tomlinson III, 49, of West Monroe, for hunting turkeys without a turkey license and over a baited area in Jackson Parish.

Everett Walker, 60, of Bossier Parish, for hunting turkeys over a baited area and without  basic, big game and turkey licenses in Bossier Parish.

Wendi D. Eckroat, 48, Bossier Parish for hunting turkeys over a baited area and without basic, big game and turkey licenses in Bossier Parish.

Rufus Joseph Jr., 58, of St. Martinville, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Sabine Parish.

Wendell Day, 54, of Greensburg, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in St. Helena Parish.

Loretta Day, 50, of Greensburg, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in St. Helena Parish.

Seth Hutchinson, 30, of Albany, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Livingston Parish.

On March 26 agents cited:

Bernard Criswell Jr., 53, of West Monroe, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Jackson Parish.

Jonathan L. Brockwell, 36, of Crossett, Ark., for hunting turkeys without basic, big game and turkey licenses in Grant Parish.

Kelvin Blades, 28, of Kentwood, for hunting turkeys over a baited area and with an unplugged shotgun in St. Helena Parish.

William Brabham, 28, of Kentwood, for hunting turkeys over a baited area, failing to comply with turkey tagging requirements and hunting with an unplugged shotgun in St. Helena Parish.

Marvin O’Nellion, 57, of Holden, for hunting turkeys over a baited area in Livingston Parish.

According to the 2017 Turkey Regulations no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey license and turkey tags.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area and with an unplugged shotgun each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing nonresident basic, big game and turkey licenses each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Theriot Man Found in Possession of 32 Black Bass Over the Limit

Release Date: 03/27/2017

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited a man for an alleged recreational fishing violation on March 26 in Terrebonne Parish.

The agent cited Joseph R. Molliere, 31, of Theriot, for possessing over the limit of black bass.

Senior Agent Richard Bean was on patrol and stopped a vessel for a boating safety and license compliance check in Falgout Canal.  The agent found Molliere in possession of 42 black bass.  This put Molliere 32 black bass over his daily possession limit of 10 per person.

Possessing over the limit of black bass brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Molliere also faces civil restitution totaling $448 for the replacement value of the 32 fish over the limit.

Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 22

Release Date: 03/24/2017

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the seventh annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 22 at nine different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the nine April 22 classes.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

Below is the list of class locations:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agents Association (LWAA), Coca-Cola of Minden, McDonald’s, Burger King, Sonic, Raising Cane’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Rapides Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
3205 S MacArthur Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors

St. Martin Parish
1015 Amy St (next to the Henderson town hall)
Henderson, LA 70517
Sponsors include LWAA

Beauregard Parish
First Baptist Church of Deridder
2030 US-171
DeRidder, LA 70634
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited

Lafourche Parish
Galliano Fire Station District 3
1762 West Main St
Galliano, LA 70354
Sponsors include Renovation Hardware in Cut Off

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 US-51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include Reno Seafood and Manchac Boat Club

Ascension Parish
Cabela’s of Gonzales
2200 W Cabela's Parkway
Gonzales, LA 70737
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be teaching this class.
Sponsors include Cabela’s of Gonzales.

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Library Madisonville Branch
1123 Main St
Madisonville, LA 70447
Sponsors include LWAA and Raising Canes.

LDWF Agents Make Drug Arrest in Morehouse Parish

Release Date: 03/23/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two men for alleged drug and fishing violations on March 19 in Morehouse Parish.

Agents arrested John D. Lucero, 55, of Crossett, Ark., and Brian P. Griffis, 32, of Bastrop, for possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.  Lucero was also arrested for taking over the limit of black bass, angling without a non-resident fishing license, violating license revocation, expired boat registration and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents observed Lucero and Griffis fishing from a vessel in Bayou Bartholomew in Ouachita City.  Agents made contact and conducted license compliance checks.  Lucero did not have a valid fishing license, was under revocation in Louisiana from buying a fishing license, and is currently a resident of Arkansas.  Lucero’s vessel also did not have any PFDs and had an expired boat registration.

Upon further investigation, agents determined that Lucero had taken 11 black bass putting him one over the daily limit.

Agents subsequently found both subjects to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Possession of methamphetamine carries up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail.  Possession of drug paraphernalia brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Angling without a non-resident fishing license, violating license revocation and possessing over the limit of bass each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Possessing expired boat registration and failing to comply with PFD requirements each carry up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Both subjects were booked into the Morehouse Parish Jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. James Hagan, Senior Agent John Hattaway, and Senior Agent Ray Ellerbe.

Body of Port Barre Man Recovered from Toledo Bend

Release Date: 03/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents recovered the body of a Port Barre man on March 20 from Toledo Bend in Sabine Parish.

LDWF agents found the unresponsive body of Philip D. LeBlanc, 71, in the Pirates Cove area of Toledo Bend around 6 p.m.  Agents then transported LeBlanc to the Pirates Cove Marina where medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene.  His body was turned over to the Sabine Parish Coroner’s office to determine an official cause of death.

Agents were called to the scene around 4:30 p.m. after being notified of an unmanned vessel.

Agents learned that a witness observed LeBlanc fishing in the area from the front deck of his vessel.  Moments later the witness saw the same vessel without LeBlanc in the vessel.  The witness then made contact with the 21 foot vessel and found the trolling motor on without an operator on board.  The witness was able to call authorities to begin searching for LeBlanc in the water.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.  LeBlanc was recovered without a personal flotation device.

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