Release Date: 01/30/2006

On Jan. 23, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Longville man for allegedly littering on Barnes Creek, which is listed as one of Louisianas Natural Scenic Rivers. 

Brandon Harris, 18, was cited for gross littering and for littering a natural scenic river by allegedly dumping 14 bags of trash into Barnes Creek in Beauregard Parish.

Police Juryman Vance Whittington notified agents that he had discovered the trash on the river banks at the Barnes Creek Park in Longville.  Agents conducted an investigation through which the trash was linked back to Harris.

Harris admitted to dumping the trash at the park.  Because Barnes Creek is designated by the state legislature as a Natural Scenic River, it is protected by special laws dedicated to the preservation of these waterways.  

The penalty for gross littering is a fine up to $5,000, up to 100 hours of community service, jail for up to 30 days, possible drivers license suspension for up to one year plus court costs.  Littering a Natural Scenic River carries a fine of up to $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. David Liles, Sgt. Keith Aucoin and Lt. Jesse Savoie.

EDITORS: for more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765 2469 or klacaze@wlf.louisiana.gov