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Two Grant Parish Men Cited For Illegally Killing a Nine Point Buck

Release Date: 08/18/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged deer violations in Grant Parish on Aug. 11.

Agents cited Skyler Welch, 19, and Dillon County, 18, both from Montgomery, for hunting deer during a closed season, during illegal hours with artificial light, with an illegal weapon and without any hunting licenses or tags.

Agents investigated the case after receiving information from the Montgomery Chief of Police who found a dead deer in a pasture behind a home where he was investigating a report of a stolen gun.

Agents arrived on the scene and collected a nine-point buck.  Agents then interviewed Welch and County who were implicated in the stolen gun report.

During the interviews both men admitted to seeing the deer around 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 11.  They went to get a gun then drove around to find that the deer had moved from the field and into the woods.

Once the deer was spotted in the woods, Skyler shot and dropped the deer with a rimfire .22 magnum.  He then ran to the deer and shot it again at close range.

The men dragged the deer to the open field where it was spotted the next day by the Chief of Police.

Hunting deer during a closed season and during illegal hours with artificial light each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking deer with an illegal weapon carries a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Failing to possess deer tags brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Failing to possess a basic and big game license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  The two men could also face civil restitution charges totaling $2,033 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Byron Cammack, Sgt. Rusty Perry and Senior Agent Heath Wood.

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

Three Men Cited for Closed Season Turkey Violations

Release Date: 08/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three men for alleged closed season turkey violations on Aug. 16 in Bienville Parish.

Agents cited James Kearney, 29, of Ringgold, Daniel Hollis, 25, of Arcadia, and Michael Foster, 51, of Sibley, for hunting from a public road.  Kearney was also cited for taking a turkey illegally during a closed season.  Hollis and Foster were also cited for possession of an illegally taken turkey.

Responding to an anonymous tip, agents were able to make contact with Hollis and Foster at Hollis’ residence.  Upon questioning, the two men admitted to be in a truck when Kearney shot a turkey from Pietsch Road near Ringgold on Aug. 15.  The two men also told the agent that the turkey was in an ice chest in Hollis’ front yard.

Agents involved in the case are Bryant Coburn, Jared McIver and Mike Kelley.

Taking turkey during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possession of an illegally taken turkey carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

The turkey season for Bienville Parish ended in late April of 2015 and won’t reopen until March 26 of 2016.

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

LDWF Agent Books Two for Illegal Drug and Firearm Possession

Release Date: 08/17/2015

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent arrested two people on Aug. 12 in Claiborne Parish for alleged drug violations.

Lt. Kenneth Balkom arrested Billy J. Camp, 37, of Homer, and Amanda L. Irby, 36, of Doyline, for possession of methamphetamines, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs.

Lt. Balkom was on regular patrol around 5:30 p.m. when he spotted a pickup truck parked on the side of Flat Lick road.  Upon approaching the vehicle he saw a woman walk fast towards the woods to throw something and then come back to the truck.  When Lt. Balkom made contact with the two people he asked what Irby deposited in the woods and she admitted that it was a pistol.

Lt. Balkom then called Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies for backup as he conducted a search of their vehicle.  Lt. Balkom found marijuana in plain sight on the console inside the truck and also found methamphetamines and more marijuana during the search.  He also found Camp in possession of a firearm.

Possession of methamphetamines carries up to a $5,000 fine and two to five years in jail.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each brings up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of a firearm while in possession of illegal drugs carries up to a $10,000 fine and between five and 10 years of prison.

He arrested the two and booked them into the Claiborne Parish Jail.

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

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Slidell Man Cited for Shrimping During a Closed Season

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial fisherman for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 12 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents patrolling in Black Bay observed a skimming vessel actively shrimping around 9:30 p.m.  During the inspection, agents found approximately 23 pounds of shrimp on board the vessel.

Agents cited Michael J Daigle Jr, 28, of Slidell, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized the shrimp.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction. During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF. The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Scott Keller and Senior Agent Jason Gernados.

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

Homer Man Cited for Deer Hunting Out of Season

Release Date: 08/14/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Homer man on Aug. 12 for alleged deer hunting violations in Claiborne Parish.

Agents cited Canyon Roberson, 19, of Homer, for taking deer during a closed season, taking deer during illegal hours, discharging a firearm from a public road, and expired driver’s license.

Agents received a complaint from the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office about a man shooting from Highway 2 near Homer.  Agents stopped a vehicle that matched the description around 9:30 p.m. and discovered Roberson to be in possession of a freshly killed doe deer.

Taking deer during a closed season and taking deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Driving with an expired license will have any fines assigned by the parish if found guilty.

Roberson may also be responsible for a civil restitution amount of $1,624 for the illegally taken deer.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Kenneth Balkom, Sgt. Mike Kelley, and Senior Agents Bryant Coburn and Jared McIver

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

Two Jefferson Parish Men Arrested For Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 08/13/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents arrested two men on Aug. 11, for alleged commercial fishing violations in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested Shane Rogers, 32, and Terryl Perez, 27, both from Lafitte for theft of crab traps, illegal removal of the contents of crab traps, harassment of a legal fisherman and intentional littering.

Agents investigated the two men after being shown photos of the men in the Bay Round area of Plaquemines Parish cutting the corks off crab traps.  The men would replace the cut corks with their own and then throw the original fishermen’s corks in the water.

After looking at the photos, agents conducted interviews where the men admitted to cutting the other fisherman’s corks.  Agents then secured warrants for the men and booked in the Jefferson Parish Jail waiting to transfer to Plaquemines Parish.

Theft of crab traps and illegal removal of contents of crab traps carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.  Harassment of a person lawfully fishing carries up to a $350 fine and 60 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Adam Young, Senior Agent Mike Marques and Agent Kyle Wagner.
For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Mississippi Man Pleaded Guilty to Obtaining Illegal Hunting License

Release Date: 08/12/2015

A Mississippi man pleaded guilty in the 2nd Judicial District in Claiborne Parish to illegally obtaining a Louisiana resident hunting license on Aug. 7.

Judge Jennifer Clayson sentenced Lawrence P. Verzwyvelt Jr., of Long Beach, Miss., to pay a $500 fine plus $227 in court costs.  Verzwyvelt Jr. was also ordered to pay civil restitution for two illegally taken deer in the amount of $3,229.22.

On Dec. 20, 2014, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Senior Agent Bryant Coburn made contact with Verzwyvelt Jr. at a hunting camp in Claiborne Parish.  The agent was able to determine that Verzwyvelt was a Mississippi resident with an active Mississippi driver’s license, but was illegally hunting with Louisiana resident hunting and big game licenses.

Verzwyvelt Jr. admitted to the agent that he obtained the Louisiana hunting license with his Louisiana identification card.  He also admitted to harvesting deer in Louisiana with the illegally obtained Louisiana hunting license.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Bays prosecuted the case.

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

Four Men Cited for Illegally Harvesting Shrimp

Release Date: 08/12/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four men in two separate cases for alleged shrimping violations on August 11 and 12 in St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes.

Agents were patrolling on Aug. 11 in the Lake Pelto area of Terrebonne Parish when they came across a skimming vessel actively shrimping.  Agents cited Jearmie Bourg Jr, 19, and Valerie Authement, 54, both of Chauvin, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season and seized 434 pounds of shrimp.  Agents also cited Bourg for improper boat numbers.

Agents patrolling near the Back Levee Canal area of Hopedale observed a vessel actively shrimping on Aug. 12.  Agents cited Gregory Porche, 58, and Gregory Porche Jr., 28, both of Springfield, on Aug. 12 in St. Bernard Parish for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.  There were no shrimp on board the Porche’s vessel as they were just getting started and the contents of the skimmers were returned to the water.

The inshore shrimp season is set to open on Aug. 17 at 6 a.m.

Using skimmers during a closed shrimp season brings a $400 to $950 fine and up 120 days in jail.  Operating a vessel with improper boat numbers brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

In addition to any and all other penalties, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, and butterfly gear licenses for one year from the date of the conviction.  During such revocation or suspension, the violator may be present on a vessel harvesting or possessing shrimp or possessing a trawl, skimmer, or butterfly net, only if the vessel is equipped with and employs an operating vessel monitoring system which is accessible to LDWF.  The court shall also sentence the violator to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents participating in the case are Sgt. Michael Garrity, Senior Agent Dean Aucoin, Agent Richie Bean, Sgt. Ted Dewitt and Lt. Joe Arnaud.

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

Joint Investigation Leads to Illegal Fish Shocking Case

Release Date: 08/12/2015

Shocking Device Seized

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) in a joint investigation cited three Mississippi men for illegally shocking fish on the Pearl River on Aug. 11.

Investigators cited Lance O. Davis, 41, of Poplarville, Miss., James A. Howard, 51, of Poplarville, Miss., and Howard D. Restor, 40, of Lumberton, Miss., for taking fish using illegal methods and a federal Lacey Act violation for transporting illegally taken fish from Mississippi to Louisiana.

Investigators learned about the three men shocking fish on the Pearl River from an anonymous informant.  During the past month investigators from the two states set up surveillance on the river.

In the afternoon of Aug. 11 an LDWF agent observed the three men in a boat arrange and assemble a shocking device, which consisted of a long electrical wire attached to a small section of chain and a 12-volt electrical supply system.

The agent then observed the men in Washington Parish in Louisiana waters shocking the water and using a dip net to collect fish that came to the surface into the boat.  The agent then observed the vessel make its way into Mississippi waters and notified the MDWFP.

From a distance the LDWF agent was able to observe the men using the same shocking technique to collect fish in Mississippi waters.  He also watched the men come back into Louisiana waters and to their Louisiana camp on the western shore of the Pearl River.

LDWF and MDWFP agents made contact with the men at their camp.  They found the men in possession of 24 catfish filets, one whole catfish and other catfish parts.  LDWF agents seized the fish, 14-foot boat, shocking device and 25 horsepower motor.  Charges in Mississippi are still pending.

James A. Howard was also cited for failing to comply with personal flotation device requirements and failing to comply with engine cutoff safety switch requirements.

The Lacey Act violation brings up to a $10,000 fine and five years in jail.  Taking fish using illegal methods brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The boating safety violations each bring a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents participating in the case for LDWF are Capt. Len Yokum, Sgt. Darryl Galloway and Senior Agent Lee Davis.  MDWFP agents include Lt. Kallum Herrington, Sgts. Kelly Farmer and Mike Jones and Privates Bryant Deschamps, Jake Guess and Joey Herrington.

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

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