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Slidell Man Cited for Crab Trap Theft Violation

Release Date: 08/22/2017

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agent cited a Slidell man for alleged crab trap theft violations in St. Tammany Parish on Aug. 21.

LDWF Sgt. Mike Garrity cited Ernest Schmolke, 68, for illegal removal of crab trap contents.

Sgt. Garrity was on patrol in Lake Pontchartrain near Slidell when he observed Schmolke empty contents of six crab traps into his boat.  Upon making contact with Schmolke, Sgt. Garrity was able to determine he did not own the crab traps or have permission to empty them.

Sgt. Garrity seized 10 pounds of blue crab and returned them back to the water.

Illegal removal of crab trap contents brings a $450 to $950 or up to 120 days in jail.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: 2017 LEEC Grants Fall Release

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries' Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2017 Grants Program, Fall Release. The submission deadline for each of these grants is September 25, 2017. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.
 

Educator Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Louisiana students - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $1,000 for 1 teacher or $2,000 for a team

2017-2018 LEEC Educator Grant Guidelines

2017-2018 LEEC Educator Grant Application

 

Professional Development Grants - Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana - Those eligible: Louisiana education, state, or environmental agencies, colleges, universities, or 501(C)(3) nonprofit organizations - Maximum award: $2,500

2017-2018 LEEC Professional Development Grant Guidelines

2017-2018 LEEC Professional Development Grant Application

 

Green Schools Grants - Supports projects designed to reduce a school’s environmental impact, reduce health disparities that can aggravate achievement gaps, and engage students in hands-on learning. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/green-schools-pillars-and-elements - Those eligible: Accredited K-12 Louisiana schools - Maximum award: $5,000

2017-2018 LEEC/LDOE Green Schools Grant Guidelines

2017-2018 LEEC/LDOE Green Schools Grant Application

 

For more information on these grants or the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, visit our web-site at:http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

Or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries vortego@wlf.la.gov

 

Texas Man Arrested in Fatal Boating Incident

Release Date: 08/21/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Calcasieu Parish on Aug. 20.

The fatal boating incident claimed the life of Damian Haines, 8, of Vidor, Texas.  The incident happened around 5 p.m. on Old Sabine River near Niblett’s Bluff Park.

According to the survivors, Eddie L. Dunwoody, 35, of Vidor, Texas, was operating a 19 foot bass boat with a 150 horsepower motor with four other passengers on board while towing a tube with three juvenile boys.  He made a turn and the tube swung out striking the bank and ejecting the three boys.

Haines was airlifted to the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur where he was pronounced dead.  Another boy was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The other boy on the tube suffered minor injuries and didn’t need any further treatment.

LDWF agents arrived on scene and determined that Dunwoody was impaired and he tested over the legal limit for alcohol.  Agents also drew blood from Dunwoody for a toxicology test.  Agents also determined that Dunwoody was operating the vessel at the time of the incident in a no wake zone.

Agents arrested Dunwoody for operating (driving) a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with child endangerment, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation of a watercraft, and violating a no wake zone and booked him into the Calcasieu Parish Prison.

Vehicular homicide brings a $2,000 to $15,000 fine and five to 30 years in prison.  Vehicular negligent injury carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail.  DWI with child endangerment carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail with 10 days being mandatory for the first offense.  Reckless operation of a vessel carries up to a $200 fine and 90 days in jail.  Violating the no wake zone penalties are set by the parish.

The LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.

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Plaquemines Parish Man Arrested for Shrimp Violations and Battery of a Police Officer

Release Date: 08/17/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Plaquemines Parish man for alleged commercial fishing violations and battery of a police officer on Aug. 15.

Agents arrested Timothy P. Cheramie, 52, of Buras, for using skimmers during a closed season, resisting an officer and battery of a police officer.

Agents were on patrol in Bastian Bay when they found Cheramie actively shrimping with skimmers during a closed season.  The shrimp season is not set to open until Aug. 18, at 6 a.m.

When agents boarded the vessel, Cheramie began resisting the agents by not allowing them to seize his nets.  After numerous attempts to seize the nets and dealing with interference from Cheramie, agents told Cheramie he was under arrest.

When agents attempted to place him in handcuffs he became combative and began fighting with agents as they attempted to handcuff him.  After a brief scuffle, agents were able to handcuff and arrest Cheramie.

Using skimmers during a closed season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized.  In addition, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or 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 violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Battery of a police brings up to a $500 fine and between 15 days and six months in jail.

Case agents are Senior Agent Travis Bartlett and Agent Richard Heinold.  Assisting agents were Lt. Adam Young and Sgt. Villere Reggio.

Shot LDWF Agent Returns to Duty

Release Date: 08/15/2017

Shot LDWF Agent Returns to Duty

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent who was shot in the line of duty while on patrol in Morehouse Parish in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, 2017, has returned to duty.

Senior Agent Tyler Wheeler, 25, was shot four times including once in the head and once in the back while questioning a motorist around 2 a.m. on Jan. 7 on Hwy. 165 between Sterlington and Bastrop in Morehouse Parish.  After numerous surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy, Wheeler was cleared to return to full time duty in late July.

“Tyler Wheeler is an extraordinary young man with a faith and will to live that I have been blessed to witness," said LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet. "His courage and determination to return to work after surviving a life-threatening attack, typifies what it means to be a law enforcement officer."

Wheeler’s first day back in uniform was Aug. 4 and he went through a week of in-service training before beginning his first week of patrol duties on Aug. 14.

“We welcome back Senior Agent Wheeler with open arms and are very happy for him, his family, and our division that he has made a miraculous full recovery from his gunshot wounds,” said Col. Joey Broussard, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  “Senior Agent Wheeler has always had very high spirits during the entire recovery process.  He will once again be a vital asset for our enforcement division moving forward and it is great to have him back at full strength.”

Louisiana State Police Detectives arrested Amethyst Baird, 31, of Monroe on one count of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer and Jeremy Gullette, 34, of Monroe, on one count of accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder on Jan. 8.  Both are still awaiting trial at this time.

Wheeler was awarded with the Louisiana Wildlife Agent’s Association (LWAA) “Statewide Agent of the Year” award on March 11.

“I would like to thank everybody who has made it possible for me to return to work especially the doctors who got me stabilized and put back together, the rehab personnel, my family and the enforcement division for always being there every step of the way,” said Wheeler.

Wheeler has been an agent for three and a half years and is married with one child.

Two Men Cited for Closed Season Shrimping Violations

Release Date: 08/15/2017

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents cited two men for alleged shrimping violations on Aug. 14 in Bay Couquette in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents cited Michael Bourgeouis, 26, of Buras, and Toby Brown, 40, of Boothville, for using skimmers during a closed shrimp season.

Agents found the subjects actively skimming for shrimp in Bay Couquette in the early morning hours of Aug. 14.  Agents seized 513 pounds of shrimp and sold them to the highest bidder.

Using skimmers during a closed season carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail plus forfeiture of anything seized.

In addition, for the first conviction of shrimping during the closed season, the court may revoke or suspend the violator's trawl, skimmer, or 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 violator may also have to perform 40 hours of community service.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Travis Bartlett and Agent Rich Heinhold.

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