ALLEN CUEVAS JR.:
At around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, deputies responded to the Department of Children and Family Services office on Tiger Drive in reference to an employee receiving a threatening text message. Through investigation, deputies learned the department had taken custody of a child whose birth mother is a close friend of Allen Cuevas Jr. (36, W/M) of Galliano. They also learned the mother had a dispute with a department employee earlier that day, and that the employee later received a text message from Cuevas. In the message, Cuevas threatened the employee and her family. Following the investigation, deputies then located Cuevas at his Galliano residence, and he was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked with Assault on a Child Welfare Worker. He was released after posting $5,000 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.
At around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Dantin Street in Raceland. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified her as Sharon Bentley (45, W/F) of Des Allemands. Bentley told deputies she did not have a valid driver’s license, and deputies noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath. Bentley submitted to a field sobriety test but performed poorly. She later submitted to a breathalyzer test which found her to have a blood alcohol content of .094g%. Bentley admitted to have consumed alcoholic beverages, and deputies confirmed her to have no valid driver’s license. They also discovered she had previously been convicted of DWI (3rd Offense). Bentley was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where she was booked with DWI (4th Offense), driving without a license, and failure to use a turn signal. She is currently being held in lieu of $30,200 bond as set by Judge Larose.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct a seat belt checkpoint in Lafourche Parish during the daylight hours of Wednesday, April 29. Deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as other violations such as expired inspection tags. 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.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced details of two men arrested for DWI for the fifth time each. Danny Fonseca (33, W/M) of Lockport was arrested for his fifth DWI offense early Thursday morning, and Markeith Folse (36, B/M) of Raceland was arrested less than two hours later after he was found driving impaired and under suspension from a previous DWI charge.
At around 3:15 a.m. Thursday morning, deputies traveling along Milli Street in Raceland initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle due to improper lighting. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified him as Danny Fonseca. Deputies detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Fonseca. Upon asking if there were any illegal items in the vehicle, Fonseca said there was not and consented to a voluntary search. Deputies located a used syringe under the front seat, and through investigation, they learned Fonseca had allegedly used heroin prior to the traffic stop. Fonseca performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and a breathalyzer test showed him to have a blood alcohol level of .064g%. Due to suspecting Fonseca to be under the influence of illegal drugs, deputies also asked Fonseca to submit to a urinalysis. He complied with the test, and the results are pending at the State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge. A check of Fonseca’s criminal history revealed he had previously been convicted of a fourth DWI offense. He was therefore booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center with DWI (5th Offense) as well as improper vehicle lighting (R.S. 32:304c). He is currently being held in lieu of $30,100 bond as set by Judge F. Hugh Larose.
Then at around 5 a.m., deputies patrolling St. Louis Street observed a vehicle swerving in and out of the lane of travel and initiated a traffic stop. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Markeith Folse, deputies immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Deputies also learned Folse’s license was currently suspended due to a previous DWI charge. Folse performed poorly on a field sobriety test, and a breathalyzer test showed him to have a blood alcohol level of .209g%. A review of his criminal history showed four previous DWI arrests dating back to 1997 with the most recent occurring in 2013. Due to the length of time between the arrests, per Louisiana R.S. 14:98, Folse was officially charged with DWI 2nd Offense as well as improper lane usage. He booked into the Detention Center and was subsequently released early Friday morning after posting $2,100 bond as set by Judge Larose.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect caught on camera during the burglary of a storage unit in Thibodaux.
In late March, detectives began investigating a burglary of a storage unit at A-Cajun Mini Storage, located at 2219 Highway 3185 in Thibodaux. Through investigation, detectives determined the burglary occurred during the early morning hours of Friday, March 27. Forced entry was made at the bottom of the roll-up door after the lock was pried away. Several rolls of electrical wire were stolen at a combined value of over $1,500. A surveillance camera inside the storage unit captured images of the burglar during the incident.
Anyone who can identify the suspect, or anyone with other information on this crime 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 will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a New Orleans man was arrested Sunday after stabbing a man in Choctaw. Sean Clements (49, B/M) admitted to his involvement in the incident during questioning.
Just after noon on Sunday, April 19, deputies responded to an incident which had taken place at a residence in the 300 block of Choctaw Road. They discovered a man with lacerations and puncture wounds who indicated he had been stabbed by Sean Clements. The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for the wounds but left the hospital prior to receiving full treatment.
Detectives responded and learned through investigation that the two men were engaged in a heated verbal altercation, and at one point, Clements allegedly attacked the victim, striking him multiple times with a knife. Detectives learned Clements had an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court related to child support payments. They made contact with him and questioned him about the incident. During questioning, Clements admitted to the attack and provided detectives with the knife he had used.
Clements was arrested and booked with Aggravated Second Degree Battery and on the outstanding warrant. He is currently being held in lieu of $26,000 bond as set by Judge Christopher J. Boudreaux and the warrant.
LPSO is offering a Concealed Handgun Training Course at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range Facility located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland on Saturday, May 23. 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 online, or for more information, please contact Lieutenant Lafate Day at (985) 803-1062 or (985) 532-4327 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will need to bring 50 rounds of ammunition, eye protection (sunglasses or eyeglasses are sufficient), and ear protection (muffs or plugs).
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct multiple checkpoints in Lafourche Parish on Wednesday, April 22. The first will be the weekly seat belt checkpoint to be held during the daylight hours on Wednesday followed by another seat belt checkpoint that evening at another location in the parish. A DWI checkpoint will also be held Wednesday night in Lafourche Parish and will continue into the early morning hours of Thursday, April 23.
During the seat belt checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violation as well as other violations such as expired inspection tags. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues. Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver's license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver's license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. Lafourche Parish is also a "no refusal all the time" parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person's blood tested.
The last weekly seat belt checkpoint was conducted on Wednesday, April 15, along the eastbound lane of LA Highway 24 in Larose. Of the 452 vehicles which passed through the checkpoint, deputies reported the following violations: 1 seat belt violation, 11 expired motor vehicle inspection stickers, 1 expired registration, and 1 driving with headsets on (R.S. 32:295.2).