LA Highway 1 remains closed south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow. Even after waters recede, crews must clean roadway of debris before roadway is re-opened. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office appreciates the public’s patience and cooperation as we work to ensure the roadways are safe for all drivers.
LA Highway 1 is now CLOSED south of the Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow due to high water.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre, Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre, and Lafourche Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Jo Ann Matthews announced the gun seized from a Golden Meadow student’s backpack Friday morning was an airsoft pistol.
Through investigation, detectives learned the nine-year-old male student discovered the pistol in his book bag while riding on the school bus Friday morning. He reportedly became scared and nervous believing the pistol was a real firearm. Upon his arrival to Golden Meadow Upper Elementary School, he immediately notified a teacher about the pistol, the bag was then turned over to School Resource Officers. Due to the realistic appearance of the pistol, it was not revealed to be an airsoft gun until deputies handled the weapon to secure it.
Investigators learned the student did not have knowledge of the pistol being in his bag. Regardless, he cannot be charged under Louisiana State law due to being under the age of 10. Investigators say they are continuing their investigation into how the pistol ended up in the backpack.
“I cannot imagine the fear a nine-year-old would experience after finding a pistol in a school bag,” said Sheriff Webre. “I commend this young man for overcoming his fear and doing the right thing. I also commend the actions of all those involved. While there was never any true danger, the situation was handled with the proper attention and respect.”
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Ashley Danos (age 30) of Cut Off on Thursday, October 22. Agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle heading northbound on LA Highway 308 in Mathews. They made contact with the driver and identified her as Ashley Danos. She was immediately taken into custody due to having three outstanding warrants. With the assistance of a K-9 deputy, agents searched Danos’ vehicle and discovered suspected narcotics including approximately 15.6 grams of methamphetamine, 31.6 grams of marijuana, 22 amphetamine pills, 22 alprazolam pills, and six (6) hydrocodone pills in two (2) different dosage amounts. They also discovered various drug paraphernalia and $700 in cash. A presumptive field test on the suspected methamphetamine yielded a positive result. Danos was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where she was booked with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Amphetamine, Hydrocodone (2 counts), and Alprazolam and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was also booked on six active warrants for Contempt of Court, a probation/parole violation warrant, and as a fugitive of Terrebonne Parish where she is wanted for other drug charges. Her bond was set at $128,000 for the charges in Lafourche Parish, but she is being held for Terrebonne Parish and Louisiana Probation and Parole. She has also been ordered to pay fines and costs in the amount of $1,650 related to one of the contempt charges.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre, Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre, and Lafourche Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Jo Ann Matthews announced deputies have secured a handgun after a student at Golden Meadow Upper Elementary School discovered it in his book bag Friday morning. The student reportedly notified a teacher immediately after discovering the firearm in his bag, and a school resource officer secured the weapon.
Dr. Matthews, stated, “The teacher and administration at Golden Meadow Upper Elementary School followed all of our protocol for dealing with these types of instances.”
At this time it is believed the student did not have knowledge of the firearm in his bag, and an investigation is underway into how the weapon ended up there. No other information is available at this time as the investigation is underway. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.
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, November 15. 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 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).