Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in a case involving theft of a boat from a Larose business.
On Wednesday, representatives from Precision Crane & Hydraulics, LLC, located at 11904 Highway 308 in Larose, contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report a boat had been stolen from the property. Through reviewing video surveillance footage, detectives learned a male subject had arrived on the property in a black pickup truck shortly after 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 23. The man proceeded to hitch the boat’s trailer to the truck, and left the property with the boat and trailer in tow.
The suspect is described as a white male subject driving a black Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab pickup truck. Detectives are asking for your help in solving this crime. Anyone who recognizes the subject or the vehicle is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Vacherie man after he dumped several bags of narcotics while fleeing from a traffic stop on Thursday. Blair Michael Dumas (32, B/M) faces multiple charges after deputies recovered over $17,000 in drugs and cash following his arrest.
At around 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, a deputy on patrol in the Thibodaux area initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding near the intersection of LA Highway 1 and LA Highway 309. The deputy made contact with the driver and identified him as Blair Dumas. During the stop, Dumas returned to his vehicle and fled the scene heading south on LA Highway 309, reaching speeds of around 80 miles per hour. The deputy followed and observed Dumas throw several bags of suspected narcotics from the vehicle. Dumas eventually stopped on LA 309, and he was taken into custody.
Several LPSO deputies, detectives and narcotics agents responded to the area to assist in recovering the bags which had been thrown from the vehicle over a span of about four miles. Officers from the Thibodaux Police Department, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police also responded to assist. Deputies recovered a several plastic bags containing a combined total of 448.7 grams of suspected high-grade marijuana which has a street value of approximately $8,600. They also recovered 23.7 grams of cocaine (street value of $2,370), 19.4 grams of crack cocaine (street value of $1,940) and $4,478 in cash. The grand combined total of cash and street value of narcotics recovered was $17,388.
Dumas was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Cocaine, and Crack Cocaine, as well as Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Obstruction of Justice, and speeding. He is being held in lieu of $135,100 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera, III. Dumas has been on parole since 2012 and is being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
This is the second arrest in as many days wherein deputies discovered thousands of dollars in narcotics while investigating traffic violations. On Wednesday, deputies conducting a seat belt checkpoint in Bayou Blue discovered over $3,000 in suspected high-grade marijuana and cash after stopping a driver for an improperly restrained child.
Sheriff Craig Webre noted the effectiveness of traffic enforcement as a proactive crime-fighting method. "When a deputy conducts a traffic stop for speeding or a seat belt violation, drivers sometimes criticize the deputy for not going after 'real criminals,'" said Sheriff Webre. "These back-to-back incidents show just how important traffic enforcement can be as a proactive way of fighting crime. In these cases, violations for a child restraint and speeding led to thousands of dollars of illegal drugs taken off our streets."
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported deputies discovered over $2,000 in high-grade marijuana during a seat belt checkpoint in Bayou Blue on Wednesday. Vahn Butler (24, B/M) of Houma and Tonia Parfait (24, W/F) of Bayou Blue were arrested after deputies found over 100 grams of marijuana, as well as other drugs and a loaded firearm.
Deputies were conducting a seat belt checkpoint along the northbound lane of LA Highway 316 near Meadowland Drive when they noticed a van wherein a small child was not properly restrained. Deputies stopped the vehicle and immediately detected a strong odor of suspected marijuana inside the vehicle. Upon questioning the occupants of the vehicle, the passenger, Tonia Parfait, admitted to having just smoked a marijuana cigar and handed it to the deputies. The rear passenger, Vahn Butler, appeared to be extremely nervous. He denied having anything illegal, but upon exiting the vehicle, he placed a large amount of money on the rear seat, which was later determined to be $886. Upon searching the vehicle, deputies discovered an insulated lunch box containing several glass jars, and each jar contained small individual bags of high-grade marijuana. They also discovered 8 Xanax pills, a container of liquid Promethazine with Codeine, a loaded handgun, and various drug paraphernalia. Butler admitted to deputies that those items belonged to him. Deputies later determined there to be approximately 113 grams of marijuana, which has a street value of around $2,260.
Both Butler and Parfait and were placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Butler was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Xanax (Alprazolam), Possession of a Schedule V Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession Illegal Use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Person under 17, and Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. He is being held in lieu of $20,750 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera, III. Parfait, meanwhile, was booked on charges of Illegal Use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of a Person under 17 and Possession of Marijuana. She was released after posting $1,000 bond as set by Judge Barbera.
11am UPDATE: Danial Rose has been located.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in locating 70-year-old Danial Rose of 510 Triple Oaks Drive in Raceland. Rose has been missing since around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Patrol deputies and detectives began searching for Rose on Wednesday when the family initially reported him missing. The search continued overnight and is continuing this morning.
Danial Rose is described as 5’9” tall and weighs around 180 pounds. He has a dark complexion and graying brown hair. He was last seen wearing a light-colored t-shirt and dark-colored pants or jeans.
Anyone with information on Rose’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (985) 532-4326, or simply dial 9-1-1.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced four people were arrested after deputies discovered drugs at a Galliano motel room. Deputies arrested Dodie Bourg (37, W/F), Toni Orgeron (31, W/F), and Darwin Vizier (40, W/M), all of Galliano, and Danielle Hebert (46, W/F) of Cut Off were arrested early Saturday morning following a search of the motel room.
At around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, October 24, deputies responded to a Galliano motel after workers had spotted suspected illegal narcotics and paraphernalia in a guest room while assisting one of the guests. Deputies arrived at the room and made contact with several individuals inside, immediately noting strong odor of burnt marijuana. After obtaining consent to search the room, deputies discovered approximately 23.1 grams of crack cocaine, four individual bags of containing a combined total of approximately 17.8 grams of cocaine, three Soma pills and drug paraphernalia. Deputies determined the items to belong to Hebert, Orgeron and Bourg. Deputies also found Hebert to be in possession of two Xanax pills and over $700 in cash, and Vizier was found to be in possession of around 0.3 grams of crack cocaine. Deputies also learned Vizier, Bourg and Orgeron each had outstanding warrants.
All four were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Orgeron, Hebert and Bourg were each charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Crack Cocaine, and Possession of Soma (Carisoprodol) and Drug Paraphernalia. Bourg was additionally booked with warrants for Distribution of Crack Cocaine, Theft of Goods, Remaining after Being Forbidden, Probation Violation, and Contempt of Court. She is being held in lieu of $89,000 bond as set by Judge Jerome J. Barbera, III, and she is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole. Orgeron was also additionally booked on a contempt warrant for Thibodaux City Court and is being held in lieu of $16,000 while also serving a 30-day jail sentence for the warrant. Hebert was additionally booked with Possession of Xanax (Alprazolam) and is being held in lieu of $31,000 bond. Meanwhile, Vizier was booked with Possession of Crack Cocaine and two counts of Contempt of Court, and he is being held in lieu of $21,000 bond.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a FREE Hunter Safety Course on November 22-23 for anyone ages 10 years or older. This two-day courses cover topics such as hunter responsibility and ethics, how firearms work and firearms safety, survival and first aid skills, firearm handling skills and hunting techniques, wildlife identification, game care, and information related to wildlife conservation and management.
The course will begin with the classroom portion on Saturday, November 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lafourche Parish Government Mathews Complex located at 4876 Highway 1 in Raceland. The class will then resume on Sunday, November 23 at the LPSO Shooting Range (3451 Highway 182, Raceland) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Participants must attend BOTH days of the class and pass a written and practical exam to be certified. The class is FREE, but class size is limited, so you must register in advance. Registration is available online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
For more information, or for assistance with online registration, call the LPSO Training Academy at (985) 449-4480 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or email Lt. Nolan Smith.
ABOUT LOUISIANA HUNTING LICENSES:
Anyone born after September 1, 1969, who wishes to obtain a hunting license in Louisiana, must successfully complete a hunter education course. Exceptions may be granted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for active or veteran members of the United States armed services, for any P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officer, or for persons who are under the direct supervision of a person 18-years or older who is already licensed and has taken the approved course. Exceptions must be applied for and approved by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the annual Blue Light Special patrol will be altered so that deputies will remain on patrol on Halloween night as long as necessary to ensure the safety of residents. On Friday, October 31, every deputy assigned a Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office vehicle will patrol the streets of local neighborhoods with emergency lights activated to ensure the safety of trick-or-treaters, and to remind motorists to drive slowly and exercise extreme caution as children take to the streets.
Traditionally, the Blue Light Special had taken place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., but Sheriff Webre said the time frame for trick-or-treating varies in each neighborhood and can be affected by the day of the week in which Halloween falls each year.
“In the past couple of years, deputies noticed trick-or-treating was in full-swing in many areas by the time the Blue Light Special patrol began,” said Sheriff Webre. “We also had several neighborhoods where deputies continued patrolling for a while after 8 p.m. due to the large number of children still walking the neighborhoods.”
“The purpose of the Blue Light Special patrol is so that children and parents alike can feel safe and secure,” continued Sheriff Webre. “By moving to a less rigid time schedule for the special patrol, we are ensuring our area families can have a safe and fun Halloween experience, and doing so in a more efficient manner.”
For the fourth straight year, the Blue Light Special will also feature a compliance check for sex offenders. Sex offenders are restricted from wearing masks or handing out candy or gifts on a holiday such as Halloween. Deputies, therefore, will visit sex offenders in Lafourche Parish to ensure they are complying with their sentences.
Sheriff Webre said the Blue Light Special is designed to offer “peace of mind” to parents and guardians during trick-or-treating. Still, Sheriff Webre encourages parents to take their own precautions when it comes to children and trick-or-treating:
- COSTUMES: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective, and secure emergency contact information somewhere inside the child’s costume or on a bracelet. Make sure costumes fit well to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame, and only use costumes and accessories that are flame resistant. Avoid allowing children to carry fake guns, swords and knives, and if used, be certain they are soft, flexible, and do NOT appear to be authentic. Consider using makeup instead of masks which can limit or block eyesight.
- TRICK-OR-TREATING: A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children, and always stay in a group to ensure no child is walking alone. If older children are going alone, plan and review an acceptable route, and agree on a specific time when they should return home. Only go to homes with which you are familiar, and never enter a home or car for a treat. Always use a sidewalk instead of the roadway, but when no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway being mindful of passing vehicles. Ensure all children know how to call 911 if they have an emergency, become lost or witness any suspicious activity. DO NOT allow children to consume treats until inspected by an adult.
- SAFETY AT HOME: To ensure your home is safe for trick-or-treaters, clear front porches and yards of anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations. Check outdoor lights, and replace any burned-out bulbs.