Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of a Raceland woman for allegedly setting fire to the home of an ex-girlfriend who was a minor when their relationship began. Adrianne Legarde (31, B/F) of 309 Ayo Street was arrested following an investigation and after admitting to her involvement in the relationship.
On Tuesday, July 29, deputies responded to a fire on Greenville Street in Raceland. Upon arrival, deputies learned a fire had started at a home in the 300 block, and a resident had used a fire extinguisher to douse the flames. Five people were inside the home at the time of the fire. Deputies noticed a burnt area on the residence and detected the odor of gasoline. After conferring with a Fire Chief on scene, deputies then made contact with detectives as well as the State Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the possibility of arson.
Through investigation, detectives learned gasoline had been used as an accelerant, and that the fire had been started by means of arson. In speaking to the family at the residence, detectives learned one of the females had recently ended a relationship with Adrianne Legarde. At the time the relationship began, Legarde was 29 years old, while the female was only 15, and detectives learned the two allegedly engaged in consensual sexual relations during the relationship while the victim was 15 and 16 years old. Detectives learned that Legarde had made several threats to the female and her family following their breakup, including threatening to burn down her home. They also discovered additional evidence at the scene and through interviews with the family linking Legarde to the arson.
Detectives then made contact with Legarde and questioned her about the arson and the relationship with the minor. During questioning, Legarde admitted to engaging in consensual sexual relations with the victim. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where she was booked for Aggravated Arson of an Inhabited Dwelling and Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. She is currently being held in lieu of $75,000 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is advising citizens to be suspicious when responding to advertisements on websites such as Craigslist or similar online classified websites regarding apartment and home rentals, as well as the sale of real estate or vehicles. Scammers are using these types of ads to collect money from victims and then never deliver what was promised in the advertisement.
In the last two weeks, two houses for sale in Lafourche Parish were allegedly used in rental scams. In these types of scams, the scammer obtains information and photographs of houses for sale from legitimate real estate websites and uses the information to create a false rental ad.
“Just like with other scams, these rental ad may include a fantastic monthly rate or some other bargain that seems hard to pass up,” said Sheriff Webre. “As with any other potential scam, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I am glad to see these are being reported to us already, and hopefully, by getting the word out, others can avoid becoming a victim.”
According to the FBI, these types of scams are nothing new and have been around since the early 1980s. They are simply a variation on an old scam sometimes referred to as a “419 scheme” – named after the Nigerian penal code section under which these crimes are prosecuted. Often, the scammer uses Nigerian contact information and, pretending to be the owner, states he is overseas because of missionary or contract work. Often, the scammer uses a broker’s real name to create a fake email, which gives the fraud more legitimacy.
In a similar scam, vehicles or other high-priced items are offered for sale in an online classified advertisement. When the victim attempts to pay for the item, the seller requires the victim to obtain one or more pre-paid debit cards, such as the Green Dot MoneyPak cards, and asks the victim to send the card numbers. After sending the numbers, the victim never hears from the seller again. In the past week, a Lafourche Parish man was scammed out of thousands of dollars after he purchased several Green Dot MoneyPak cards and sent the numbers to someone advertising a boat for sale on the Craigslist website, only to find out later he had been scammed.
“Websites such as Craigslist do have their share of scams, but they also have legitimate ads,” said Sheriff Webre. “The bottom line is you must protect yourself and be cautious anytime you conduct business online.”
Before conducting any business, especially over the internet, citizens should always try to verify the seller or company is legitimate. Here are a few tips to avoid becoming a victim of these types of scams:
- Only deal with local landlords or renters.
- Always try to inspect a rental property before agreeing to rent.
- Be wary of ads where the sale or rental price is far below market value, and always question why the price is so low.
- Be suspicious if you are asked to only use a wire transfer service or to obtain a pre-paid debit card.
- Beware of emails containing several misspelled words or written in poor or broken English.
- If there are photos of the property, ensure the description matches the photos.
- NEVER give out personal information like your Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers.
If you suspect a scam, or have already been victimized, please report it to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2255.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has announced the official “block party” locations in Lafourche Parish for the 31st Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 5. Each event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and feature food, fun and games. The annual National Night Out Against Crime parade will take place in the Mathews area, beginning at the U.S. Highway 90 Fire Station and continuing throughout the Sugar Land Subdivision. Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be visiting each location to speak with area residents about neighborhood concerns.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will be providing food at each of the block party sites. Additionally, Explorers from POST 323 will be present for child fingerprinting and IDs to help enhance personal safety in Lafourche Parish. Each party will be unique and offer various activities for children and adults.
Here is a list of block party locations around Lafourche Parish:
– Marydale Community (near the Head Start building on Park Avenue)
– Thibodaux Health Care (1300 Lafourche Drive)
– Abby Lakes Subdivision (corner of Lake Howard and Lake Maclaine)
– 166 Crossing North Street
– City Place Townhomes (164 City Place Drive, Lockport)
– 108 Cypress Street, Des Allemands
– Greenville Community (262 Market Street, Raceland)
– Sugar Land Subdivision** (144 Twin Oaks Drive, Raceland)
**Parade begins at Hwy. 90 Fire Station and runs through Sugar Land Subdivision
– Golden Meadow Town Hall (107 Jervis Drive, Golden Meadow)
– Community Bible Church (14757 East Main Street, Cut Off)
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Golden Meadow man involved in multiple incidents this past weekend. Lionelle Cheramie (25, W/M) of 164 East 179th Street in Golden Meadow faces multiple charges following his arrest on Sunday evening.
During the early morning hours of Saturday, July 26, deputies responded to an East Main Street residence in Golden Meadow in reference to an unauthorized use of a vehicle. Through investigation, deputies learned Cheramie had been at the East Main Street the previous day and had allegedly acquired the keys without the owner’s knowledge. At some point overnight, Cheramie went back to the residence to obtain the pickup truck and drove away. The truck’s owner received a call around 4 a.m. alerting her that her vehicle was missing from her driveway. As she went outside to inspect her driveway, Cheramie allegedly drove up to the residence and returned the truck and keys before departing without any communication with the owner. Deputies were unable to locate Cheramie at that time, and a warrant was issued for his arrest for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Later that same day, deputies responded to a theft complaint at a Galliano department store. Through investigation, deputies learned Cheramie was identified on surveillance video as having stolen a cell phone from the store from which he had previously been banned. The incident occurred around 2:45 a.m. on Saturday. Additional warrants were issued for Theft of Goods and Entering After Being Forbidden.
Then at 6 p.m. on the following day, Sunday, July 27, deputies responded to a complaint of a fight in the area of Cheramie’s residence. A Golden Meadow Police Officer who was nearby was the first to respond to the scene, but the alleged fight had already ended and there were no signs of the subjects. The officer did, however, notice the door to Cheramie’s residence to be open, and attempted to make contact with him. Deputies arrived and eventually, Cheramie emerged from the residence. He was then taken into custody on the aforementioned warrants as well as an additional outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court.
Cheramie was initially transported to the South Lafourche Sub-station in Cut Off. As deputies tried to escort him for transport to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center, Cheramie lunged at the deputies, allegedly attempting to head-butt them. He continued to resist violently, but deputies restrained him and placed him in a unit for transport to Thibodaux. During the transport, Cheramie moved his hands in the handcuffs to the front of his body and allegedly damaged wiring he discovered inside the car, damaging an electronic device inside the unit. He was booked into the Detention Center on the aforementioned warrants, and he was also booked on charges of Resisting an Officer Violently and Simple Criminal Damage to Property. He remains in jail in lieu of $27,000 bond as set by Judge John LeBlanc and per the warrants issued by Judge F. Hugh Larose.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported six people were charged with DWIs over the weekend, including one man charged with his fourth offense and another whose blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit.
At around 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, patrol deputies traveling along U.S. Highway 90 noticed a vehicle traveling slowly in the left (passing) lane suddenly brake and change lanes without a signal. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, identifying him as Patrick Plaisance (44, W/M) of 133 Crest Road in Raceland. Deputies detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath, and he displayed signs of possible intoxication. Deputies conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Test on which Plaisance performed poorly. After Plaisance refused a breathalyzer test, deputies obtained a warrant for a blood test and transported him to a local hospital. He resisted violently, but deputies restrained him, and a blood sample was drawn with the results pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Plaisance was eventually transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked for DWI (4th offense), Resisting an Officer (Violently), driving under suspension, improper lane usage and failure to use a turn signal. He is being held in lieu of $51,500 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.
Then on Sunday, July 27, just before 8 p.m., deputies in the Raceland area noticed a company-owned pickup truck pull over to the side of the road and watched as the driver stumbled out of the truck, and the passenger took his place. The vehicle began driving away, but deputies initiated a traffic stop suspecting the passenger had been driving impaired prior to the switch. The stop was initiated near the intersection of LA Highway 182 and LA Highway 653. Deputies identified the two men as Michael Schmidt (35, W/M) of 300 Canal Lane in Houma and Troy Dupre (48, W/M) of 405 Weatherby Lane in Bayou Blue. Schmidt was driving at the time, but Dupre had been driving prior to them switching places. Both men admitted to driving but refused to submit to Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. They agreed, however, to submit to breathalyzer tests, and Dupre was found to have a blood alcohol level of .260g%, while Schmidt’s blood alcohol level was found to be .186g%. Both men were charged with their first DWI offenses.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies charged three others with DWIs during this past weekend, from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27:
- David Hartman (45, W/M) of 7115 6th Street, Lockport – 2nd offense
- John Marshall (27, W/M) of 117 East 138th Street, Galliano
- Chad Fox (43, W/M) of 500 Mobile Estates Drive, Gray
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Larose man has been arrested in connection to a residential burglary which occurred two weeks ago. Russell Lebouef (34, W/M) of 486 East 19th Street was arrested after deputies discovered his fingerprints were left at the scene.
During the early morning hours of Thursday, July 10, deputies were patrolling the area of East 19th Street in Larose due to reports of recent thefts and suspicious vehicles in the area. A man traveling down the street made contact with deputies stating his residence in the 400 block had just been burglarized. Through investigation, deputies learned an unknown subject had entered the victim’s residence through the front door and taken items of value prior to the victim arriving at the home. They were able to obtain fingerprints left at the scene near items which were taken. Deputies also noticed another man to be in the area as well, and identified him as Russell Lebouef due to prior incidents. Deputies made contact with Lebouef and questioned him in regard to the incident. Lebouef claimed he had seen two other males arrive in a car, enter the home, then flee the scene.
In analyzing a fingerprint found inside the home, investigators determined it to be Lebouef’s fingerprint. Deputies confirmed that to the victim’s knowledge, Leboeuf had never been inside the home, nor did he ever have permission to be. On Wednesday, July 23, deputies obtained a warrant for Leboeuf’s arrest and later made contact with him at his residence where he was taken into custody without incident.
Leboeuf was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked per the warrant for Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling. He is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose via the warrant. He is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole. Lebouef’s criminal history includes 22 prior arrests, mostly due to drug charges, contempt of court, and theft charges.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of three people, including a Golden Meadow Police Officer, in connection to a methamphetamine investigation. Officer Ashley Pollard (37, B/M) and his girlfriend, Anna King (31, W/F), both of 113 West 82nd Street in Cut Off, were arrested on Monday along with Pollard’s brother, Courtney Pollard (33, B/M) of 2016 South Bayou Drive in Golden Meadow.
The Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force began actively investigating the case in April 2014. Through the investigation, agents learned the Pollards allegedly produced methamphetamine for personal use, and King purchased pseudoephedrine and other products for methamphetamine production. Agents obtained arrest warrants for all three individuals, as well as a search warrant for the residence in which Ashley Pollard and King reside.
On Monday, July 21, agents met with Ashley Pollard at the Criminal Operations Center in Lockport and questioned him regarding the investigation. During questioning, he confessed to his participation in manufacturing methamphetamine for personal use. Pollard told investigators he used methamphetamine to help cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder he says he developed following overseas deployments with both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps. Agents also made contact with King and Courtney Pollard on Monday and placed them under arrest. During a subsequent search of the Cut Off residence, agents discovered additional evidence of the manufacturing process.
All three were placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. They were booked with one count each of Creation/Operation of a Clandestine Laboratory for the Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. All three were released on Monday after posting bond. Judge F. Hugh Larose had set Ashley Pollard’s bond at $10,000 and had set King’s bond at $5,000, while Courtney Pollard’s bond had been set at $25,000. Courtney Pollard’s criminal history includes 14 prior arrests for several charges, including various battery charges, drug possession and several counts of contempt of court. Ashley Pollard and King do not have prior criminal histories.
Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre said Ashley Pollard has resigned from the Golden Meadow Police Department and issued the following statement regarding Pollard’s arrest: “I am sorely disappointed in the actions of this former officer. The Golden Meadow Police Department has no tolerance for criminal behavior, and we want to reassure the public that this officer’s actions are not a reflection on our department as a whole. My sincere hope is that this ultimately results in him getting the treatment and help he needs.”