Sheriff Craig Webre and Water Patrol Sergeant Jeff Prevost accept a donation check from Betsy Brien of ConocoPhillips in Houma.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced Thursday that ConocoPhillips has donated $12,000 to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Section for the purchase of a boat and equipment. Sheriff Webre accepted the donation and thanked officials in person this past week at the ConocoPhillips office on Bayou Black Drive in Houma.
The LPSO Water Patrol Section utilized the funding to purchase a 17-foot aluminum hull to replace an older one. The remaining funds were used to purchase various equipment including a GPS navigational system, hydraulic jack plate, and motion-stabilizing binoculars.
“I extend my sincerest thanks to ConocoPhillips for this generous donation to our Water Patrol Section,” said Sheriff Webre. “Serving the needs of the public in a coastal region such as ours presents many unique challenges, especially when it comes to investigating cases and enforcing laws. We thank ConocoPhillips for recognizing the importance of this function to meet the needs of our citizens.”
The LPSO Water Patrol Section is responsible for search and rescue marine operations for stranded or missing boaters, as well as enforcing boating safety and some wildlife and fisheries violations. They patrol the waters of Lafourche Parish to keep them safe for boating and fishing.
“We are pleased to support the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol”, said Betsy Brien, Land Communication Specialist of ConocoPhillips Coastal Wetlands. “They play an important role in keeping the local waters safe for boating and fishing and protecting the coastal environment that they patrol.”
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Thibodaux woman who stole more than $12,000 from an elderly man by forging his signature on checks she took from him. Susan Arcement (W/F, D.O.B. 04/29/69) now faces over 40 felony counts of charges stemming from the crime.
Earlier this month, patrol deputies began investigating a complaint wherein a man over the age of 70 had several checks totaling over $12,000 illegally written from his bank account with a forged signature during the month of March. Through investigation, deputies learned 21 checks had been stolen and used, and many of the checks were written to Susan Arcement. Deputies also learned the victim had confronted Arcement about the checks and she had admitted to taking the checks and forging his signature. Deputies obtained warrants for Arcement’s arrest. Then on Thursday, April 24, patrol deputies initiated a traffic stop in Thibodaux for a vehicle with an inoperable brake light. Deputies identified the driver as Susan Arcement and placed her under arrest. She was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where she was booked on active warrants for 21 counts of Exploitation of the Infirmed and 21 counts of Forgery. She is currently being held in lieu of $30,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III via the warrants.
Arcement’s criminal history includes 10 prior arrests for various charges including multiple drug and battery charges.
Deputies indicate the investigation into this matter is continuing.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will partner with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 26. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., medications can be brought to the collection station at the main entrance of Ochsner St. Anne Hospital located at 4608 Highway 1 in Raceland.
This effort helps prevent pill abuse by allowing people to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs by turning them over to our Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force for destruction. The service is free, anonymous, and no questions are asked. Residents are reminded that the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office provides this service year-round as residents can drop off unused medications on any weekday at the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force office, located at 5200 Highway 1 in Raceland. Saturday’s effort, in contrast, utilizes a “neutral site” (hospital) and takes place on a weekend.
During the last Take Back Day in October, Americans turned in over 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of prescription drugs at more than 5,00 sites around the country. In the seven previous Take Back events combined, the DEA and its partners took in over 3.4 million pounds (1,700+ tons) of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.
All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
Items that will not be accepted include intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes (due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens).
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will offer a Concealed Handgun Training Course on Saturday, April 12 at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range Facility located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland. Class will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until approximately 5:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. The actual ending time will vary due to class size.
Each course will include the following:
- One hour of instruction on handgun nomenclature and safe handling procedures of a revolver and semi-automatic pistol.
- One hour of instruction on ammunition knowledge and fundamentals of pistol shooting.
- Three hours of instruction on the use of deadly force and conflict resolution.
- (Includes a review of R.S. 14:18 through 14:22 and which may include a review of any other laws relating to the use of deadly force)
- One hour of instruction on handgun shooting positions.
- One hour of instruction on child access prevention.
- Two hours of actual live range fire and proper handgun cleaning procedures. Live range fire shall include 12 rounds each at 6 feet, 10 feet, and 15 feet for a total of 36 rounds.
- Must perform at least one safe reload of the handgun at each distance.
- Must score 100% hits within the silhouette portion of a NRA B-27 type silhouette target with at least 36 rounds.
The cost for the course is $110, and advance registration is suggested due to limited class size. This course is a pre-requisite for those applying for a Concealed Handgun Permit from the State of Louisiana. CLICK HERE to register for this course, or for more information, please contact Sgt. David Robichaux at (985) 438-7873 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheriff Craig Webre has announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Bullseye Shooting Match in May as a fundraiser for the shooting range. The competition will be held on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the LPSO Range Facility located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland.
Match participants will test their skills on a course comprised of a total of 30 rounds fired at a target at a distance of 25 yards:
- Five rounds in three minutes (twice)
- Five rounds in 20 seconds (twice)
- Five rounds in 10 seconds (twice)
Each participant will complete this course three times, and the average score of the 3 courses will be the final score. The highest achievable score for each round is 300 points.
This competition is for double-action or single-action semi-automatic pistols and revolvers with calibers of .38, .40, .45, .357, and 9mm, and a barrel length of six (6) inches or less. Fixed or adjustable sights may be used, but no laser sights will be allowed. Participants must supply their own guns and ammunition, as well as eye and ear protection, which are required to participate.
The entry fee for the event is $20. All proceeds will help fund improvements at the LPSO Shooting Range. The winner of the competition will receive a $250 gift certificate from Tri-Parish Police Supply in Houma. Second place will receive a one-year membership to the LPSO Shooting range ($100 value), and third place will receive a Tipton gun vice donated by Houma Auto Parts and Gun Shop.
To pre-register for this event, or for more information, please call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office Shooting Range at (985) 438-7873 or email email@example.com.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported twin brothers from Lockport were arrested on drug charges on Monday. Dylan and Derek Griffin (both W/M, D.O.B. 06/11/92) were arrested on outstanding warrants for drug distribution, and they were found with additional drugs in their possession on Monday.
Through investigation, the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force had obtained warrants for the arrest of the Griffins for Distribution of Marijuana. At around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 21, with the assistance of Louisiana Probation and Parole, agents proceeded to 1533 Mar Drive in Lockport to execute the warrants. Upon the agents’ arrival, another vehicle also arrived at the residence. Agents made contact with the occupants and identified Dylan Griffin as the passenger. Griffin exited the truck and placed a white cup in the bed of the truck. Upon making contact him, agents noticed there were several small pills dissolving in a liquid in the cup. Agents suspected the pills to be Alprazolam, and Griffin confirmed the identification of the pills and that he was attempting to dissolve them. He was placed under arrest.
Agents then proceeded inside the residence and made contact with Derek Griffin, and he was placed under arrest per the warrant. During a subsequent search of the residence, agents discovered a partially burnt marijuana cigarette, drug paraphernalia, and several hundred dollars in cash.
The Griffins were transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Both were charged per outstanding warrants for Distribution of Marijuana. They were additionally both charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. Derek Griffin is being held in lieu of $6,000 bond as set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson. Dylan Griffin, meanwhile, was additionally charged with Possession of Alprazolam and Obstruction of Justice. He is currently being held in lieu of $27,500 bond as set by Judge Simpson, and he is additionally being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct a Highway Safety Checkpoint in Lafourche Parish during the daylight hours of Wednesday, April 23. Deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, expired inspection tags, expired/suspended driver's licenses, and other violations.
This checkpoint is part of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office's year-long campaign designed to raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.
A total of 263 vehicles passed through the last Highway Safety Checkpoint which occurred on the eastbound lane of LA Highway 182 just west of its intersection with LA Highway 1 in Raceland on Thursday, April 17. During that checkpoint, deputies reported the following violations:
- 1 expired motor vehicle inspection sticker
- 2 seat belt violations
- 3 improper child restraints
- 2 window tint violations