Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct two seat belt checkpoints in Lafourche Parish this week. The first will be held during the daylight hours of Wednesday, July 1, and the second will be held during the evening hours of Friday, July 3. During the checkpoints, 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.
Additionally, Sheriff Webre says there will be saturated patrols throughout the Independence Day weekend as deputies ensure any impaired drivers are removed from our roadways.
The last seat belt weekly checkpoint was conducted on Wednesday,June 24, along Laurel Valley Road in Thibodaux. A total of 168 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and deputies reported 3 expired motor vehicle inspection stickers, 2 expired vehicle registrations, 1 driving under suspension, and 1 driving with no insurance.
Sheriff Webre reminds citizens that the driver and ALL passengers in a motor vehicle must be properly restrained while traveling on public roadways in Louisiana. He further reminds those planning to consume alcohol during the holiday weekend to designate a driver.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Chackbay man for having sex with a teenage juvenile. Ernest Duet (27, W/M) was arrested on Tuesday following an investigation into the incident.
On Tuesday, June 16, juvenile detectives opened an investigation learning that Ernest Duet allegedly had consensual sex with a teenage juvenile at some point in early June. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for Duet’s arrest and made contact with him on Tuesday, June 23. During an interview with detectives, Duet admitted to having sex with the juvenile.
Duet was placed under arrest, and he was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. He is being held in lieu of $35,000 bond as set by Judge Christopher J. Boudreaux.
LPSO Water Patrol deputies patrol the waterways in Lafourche Parish and respond to calls for assistance.
Now that summer is here, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is stressing the importance of safety for recreational boaters and those fishing in our local sportsman’s paradise.
“Life jackets, or personal flotation devices, are one of the most important items to have on the water where the unexpected can happen quickly” said Sheriff Webre. “Boaters should be prepared by ensuring that there are personal flotation devices for each person on board.” According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 84 percent of those that drowned in fatal boating accidents in 2014 were not wearing a personal flotation device.
While personal flotation devices are vital in the event of an accident, refraining from consuming alcohol can help prevent an accident from occurring. The U.S. Coast Guard lists alcohol consumption as the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known.
“The laws regarding impaired driving extend to the water,” said Sheriff Webre. “Just as an impaired driver can easily lose control behind the wheel of a car, the same can be said for an impaired boat operator. The danger is exponentially higher while boating since you are surrounded by water and it will take longer for emergency services to arrive.”
LPSO Water Patrol deputies respond to calls for help, but they also actively patrol the waterways of Lafourche Parish performing safety checks to make sure their next call isn’t a response to tragedy.
Sheriff Webre reminds the boating public of laws in place aimed at keeping them safe:
- Before heading out on the water, always inform a family member or friend of where you plan to travel and when you expect to return. This information is vital if a rescue attempt is needed.
- Bring a cell phone with you and be sure it’s fully charged before leaving.
- Avoid traveling in unfamiliar locations, but use caution even when traveling in familiar locations. Unknown dangers such as tree stumps, pilings or sunken vessels could be lurking just below the water’s surface.
- Regardless of where you travel, having a GPS on board is highly recommended. Several areas and waterways have the same or similar names which may confuse responders. Having GPS coordinates will provide responders with an exact location.
- Carry at least one personal flotation device for each person traveling on board. Any passengers ages 16 and younger of a boat less than 26 feet in length must be wearing the device at all times while the boat is in motion.
- Anyone on board a motorboat propelled with a hand tiller outboard motor must wear a personal flotation device if their vessel is under 16 feet in length.
- Anyone operating a personal watercraft, such as a jet ski, must wear the device at all times. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 16 years to operate a personal watercraft.
- Any watercraft over 16 feet in length must have a whistle, horn or other sound-producing device on board.
- Every motorboat must have appropriate lighting, and while not every boat is required to have fire extinguishers on board, we recommend at least one.
- Inspect all safety equipment to ensure functionality, and check expiration dates.
For more information on boating safety regulations, contact Sergeant Jeff Prevost with the LPSO Water Patrol at (985) 632-5844. Residents can also log on to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating, and the U.S. Coast Guard also has an extensive list of boating safety tips online at www.uscgboating.org.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced three people have been arrested and another man is wanted in connection to an armed robbery which took place in Galliano in May. Donald Dardar (35, I/M) and his cousin, Santos Dardar (31, I/M), both of Montegut, have been charged with Armed Robbery, and Donald’s wife, Mandy Dardar (29, I/F), is charged as an accessory. Detectives are searching for Brent Lebouef (23, W/M) of Houma who is also wanted in connection to the incident.
Just after 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, deputies and detectives responded to an armed robbery reported at a Galliano residence. Through investigation, detectives learned a man and woman were sleeping inside their home when two masked subjects made forced entry by breaking a rear window at the residence. The two subjects then entered the couple’s bedroom and held the man at gunpoint while the other stood over the woman with a baseball bat. The two masked subjects then tied up the couple and demanded money. Then, they rummaged through the home and stole a safe, an undetermined amount of cash, and several other items of value. Upon exiting the home, they also stole a sport-utility vehicle from the residence. After the masked subjects left, the man and woman freed themselves and called for help. Golden Meadow Police later discovered the stolen vehicle abandoned on Louviere Lane.
Through investigation, and with the assistance of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, detectives obtained information that led them to develop the Dardars and Lebouef as suspects in the crime. Detectives identified Leboeuf and Santos Dardar as the two suspects who entered the home, and learned Donald and Mandy Dardar were also at the scene in a vehicle used to flee the scene. Donald was identified as the driver of that vehicle. Due to their respective involvements, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Leboeuf, Santos Dardar, and Donald Dardar on the charge of Armed Robbery, and they obtained a warrant for Mandy Dardar for Accessory after the Fact to Armed Robbery.
Detectives located Mandy Dardar on Monday, June 22, and she was arrested per the warrant. She was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where she was booked with accordingly. She is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond as set by Judge Christopher J. Boudreaux.
Donald and Santos Dardar are both currently incarcerated at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex. Donald Dardar was arrested having been arrested by the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office on June 7 for attempted second degree murder in an unrelated incident. Santos Dardar was arrested per the warrant at his Montegut residence on Thursday, June 18. Upon his arrest, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s deputies also discovered him to be in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the presence of a juvenile, and he was charged accordingly. Their arrest warrants in Lafourche Parish for Armed Robbery carry bonds of $200,000 each.
Brent Lebouef is also wanted for Armed Robbery with a bond amount of $200,000 as specified by the warrant. His last known address was on American Boulevard in Houma, but detectives believe he may be hiding out in the New Orleans area. Detectives caution that Lebouef should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts 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.
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, July 25. 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 5 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 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 email@example.com. 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 announced a Larose woman was charged with more than 50 counts of forgery and theft after stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly person. Cara Dubois (28, W/F) was arrested Friday after admitting to the crimes.
On June 16, detectives began investigating the case after an elderly Larose woman reported a woman, Cara Dubois, with whom the victim is familiar, had been stealing and cashing her checks. After looking further into the victim’s finances, detectives learned Dubois had also made charges to the victim’s credit card. In all, detectives discovered 49 instances where Dubois forged signatures in stealing more than $12,000 from the accounts.
Detectives made contact with Dubois on Friday, June 19 and she admitted to committing the crimes. She was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. She was booked with 49 counts of Forgery, two (2) counts of Theft of Assets of an Aged/Disabled Person, and one (1) count of Unauthorized Use of an Access Card as Theft. She is being held in lieu of $60,000 bond as set by Judge Christopher J. Boudreaux.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Choctaw man was arrested on Friday for impersonating a police officer after attempting to make a traffic stop on a vehicle. Peter Chiasson (50, W/M) was arrested following an investigation into the incident.
On Friday, June 19, deputies responded to a call at around 3:45 p.m. of a woman stating a blue pickup truck with a flashing blue strobe light had attempted to pull her over on Laurel Valley Road in Thibodaux. Deputies learned the woman continued eventually pulled into the driveway at a relative’s residence, and the driver of the pickup truck continued along the roadway.
Deputies began patrolling the area for the suspect’s vehicle and found one matching the description, including a blue dashboard light, parked at a residence in the 2600 block of Choctaw Road. Deputies made contact with the truck’s owner, Peter Chiasson, who admitted to his involvement. He claimed he was “playing a joke” on the woman. Upon a background review, deputies discovered Chiasson is not a commissioned law enforcement officer.
Deputies placed Chiasson under arrest for False Personation of a Police Officer (R.S. 14:112). He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked accordingly. He was subsequently released on Friday night after posting $10,000 bond as had been set by Judge Christopher J. Boudreaux.
Per Louisiana Revised Statute 14:112, False Personation of a Police Officer is defined as impersonating any public officer or assuming any uniform or badge by which such officer or person is lawfully distinguished. Sheriff Webre says citizens must not only be aware of this law, but also of the laws which make it illegal to use certain lighting on non-law-enforcement vehicles and/or privately-owned vehicles:
- R.S. 32:317 makes it illegal to have a spotlight on your vehicle.
- R.S. 32:318 makes it illegal to have blue-colored lights on your vehicle.
- R.S. 32:327 makes it illegal to use flashing lights, except turn signals and hazard lights.
Sheriff Webre says if any vehicle, other than a clearly-marked, traditional police car, is flashing lights at you or attempting to initiate a traffic stop on your vehicle in some manner, you should activate your hazard lights (“flashers”), reduce your speed, and dial 9-1-1 from your cell phone to ensure the vehicle is, in fact, a law enforcement officer. Dispatchers will quickly be able to confirm whether the vehicle in question is, in fact, a deputy or another law enforcement officer. If you are unable to call for any reason, stop your vehicle in a well-lit area, preferably where other individuals are present.
If, after being stopped, you suspect the person is not a legitimate law enforcement officer, ask for the person’s name and badge number, ask them to show credentials, and then contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2255 to report the incident afterward. Deputies will either be able to confirm the person who stopped you was, in fact, a law enforcement officer, or they will begin investigating the suspect in the incident.