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, June 3. 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.
The last seat belt checkpoint was conducted on Thursday, May 28, along the northbound lane of LA Highway 1 in Raceland. A total of 571 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and deputies reported only three expired motor vehicle inspection stickers and one seat belt violation.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a teenage male arrested earlier this month after stealing an ATV in Houma has now been charged with burglary in a separate incident. Detectives charged Jacob Ruth (17, W/M) with a residential burglary which occurred three days prior to the ATV incident.
On May 7, 2015, deputies responded to the 2300 block of Highway 665 in Pointe-Aux-Chenes in reference to a residential burglary. Through investigation, deputies learned an unknown subject had broken a window to gain access to the home and stole approximately $800 from the residence. Through investigation, detectives developed Ruth as a suspect in the case and eventually obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Ruth was still in jail from his previous arrest on Sunday, May 10, after he had stolen an ATV from a dealership in Houma. Deputies found him driving the stolen ATV in the Thibodaux area, and he violated several traffic laws before he was stopped and taken into custody.
At the time, Ruth was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on charges of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Careless Operation, five counts of failure to stop at a stop sign, no safety helmet, and operating an off-road vehicle on a highway. He is now also charged with Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, and his bond now stands at $26,350. He is, however, also being held for authorities in Terrebonne Parish due a Simple Burglary warrant for the ATV theft which carries a $50,000 bond, as well as a probation violation.
Trash dumped last week at Sanchez Boat Launch in Choctaw
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph are reminding residents of litter laws, especially those aimed at preventing dumping at public boat launches. Through the years, littering and illegal dumping of trash has become an increasingly bigger problem at the many public boat launches dotting the Lafourche Parish landscape.
“We want to remind those boating and fishing on our lakes and bayous not to leave their trash at the launch,” said President Randolph. “The public is allowed to use these launches free of charge, and it’s a shame that some people have such little respect as to leave their trash behind. We simply ask that you properly dispose of your trash so it does not become a problem for the next citizen who utilizes the launch.”
Other than boaters leaving trash behind, Sheriff Webre said camp owners sometimes bring bagged garbage to the launch, and others are traveling to boat launches for the sole purpose of dumping trash. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to tenaciously pursue anyone committing a crime at a boat launch, and Sheriff Webre says crimes such as littering and dumping are no exception.
“It’s hard for any of us to understand why people would want to pollute the very environment they are enjoying for recreation,” said Sheriff Webre. “We want boaters and parish visitors to want to return to these boat launches, but no one wants to return to a dump site.
Lafourche Parish Government is currently working on placing signage indicating surveillance cameras are present as well as future signs reading, “NO DUMPING.” These signs are being placed to remind residents about littering and dumping laws, while also letting them know the site is being monitored.
Officials are also encouraging those who utilize the launch to remind their fellow citizens at the launch to properly dispose of their trash. Use trash receptacles where available. If trash receptacles are full or otherwise unavailable, citizens are kindly asked to bag their trash and dispose of it at their home instead of leaving it on the ground or dumping it into the water.
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 Sunday, June 28. 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).
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is cautioning residents about a scam involving upgraded cell phone service.
This past weekend, a Raceland resident received a phone call from an 888 toll-free number, and the caller claimed to be a representative of a cellular phone service company through which the resident had existing service. The caller had the resident’s account details and told him he was eligible for an upgrade in service. Believing it to be a legitimate call, the resident supplied the caller with part of his social security number as the caller requested. Following the phone call, the resident researched the caller’s number online and realized it was a scam.
“This is the phone equivalent of an internet ‘phishing’ scam,” said Sheriff Webre. “While navigating through websites or email, you may encounter a message or pop-up window that appears to be from a legitimate company asking for sensitive account information. The sole purpose is to steal your identity. This phone scam works the same way.”
The goal of these calls is not always identity theft, though. "Slamming" occurs when a phone company illegally switches your phone service without your permission. In these cases, the victim receives a call from what seems to be their cell phone service provider, but it’s actually a competitor looking to switch you over to one of their packages.
“You may end up with a package that seemed better up front, but ends up costing much more in the end,” said Sheriff Webre. “Regardless, if a company had to intentionally deceive you to obtain your business, it’s probably best to assume they are not trustworthy.”
Sheriff Webre says residents can protect themselves from becoming the next victim by simply following the standard protocol to avoid scams.
“It is best to NEVER give personal information on an incoming call,” said Sheriff Webre. “If you think the call might be legitimate, simply inform the caller that you will contact the company yourself to ensure the call is legitimate. If the caller tries to convince you otherwise, provides you an unverified call-back number, or requires immediate action, it is almost assuredly a scam.”
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Galliano fugitive on Monday wanted for 16 counts of contempt of court. Robert Lee Davis (37, B/M) is being held on $1.6 million bond as set by the warrants.
The 16 counts of contempt stem from Davis failing to appear for sentencing on May 15, 2015, for 8 counts of Theft, 3 counts of Remaining after Being Forbidden, two counts of no driver’s license, Careless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, switched license plate, and no proof of insurance. The charges stem from multiple incidents wherein Davis was found to have stolen items from department stores and convenience stores, returned to stores from which he was banned, and traffic stops.
He was most recently arrested the day prior to his scheduled court appearance – Thursday, May 14. The arrest was due to an outstanding warrant for theft and remaining after being forbidden from a Mathews department store on April 29, 2015. He was released on $7,000 bond at that time but was expected to be in court the following day. After he failed to do so, Judge F. Hugh Larose issued warrants for contempt of court on all 16 counts with a bond of $100,000 on each count, totaling $1.6 million.
Then on Monday, May 25, deputies made contact with Davis, and he was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked on the warrants and is currently being held in lieu of $1.6 million bond.
Davis’ criminal history includes 31 prior arrests dating back to November 2000. His prior charges include the aforementioned charges, as well as armed robbery, simple robbery, issuing worthless checks, and various drug charges and traffic violations.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the seat belt checkpoint initially scheduled for Wednesday has been moved to Thursday. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will, therefore, conduct a seat belt checkpoint in Lafourche Parish during the daylight hours of Thursday, May 28. 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.