Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Derek Chiasson (age 45) of Thibodaux on Friday, August 26. Just before 7 p.m. on Friday, deputies responded to a disturbance at a residence on LA Highway 304 in Thibodaux. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a male subject and learned he was the victim of a battery. Through investigation, they learned Derek Chiasson had arrived at the residence earlier and began a physical altercation with the man. During the altercation, Chiasson struck the victim repeatedly in the head. The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the altercation. Deputies also made contact with Chiasson who admitted to his role in the incident. Chiasson was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and was booked with Second Degree Battery. His bond is set at $100,000.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced Ronnie Spano Jr. (age 28) of Larose was arrested for Third Degree Rape of a teenager on Friday, August 26. An investigation began after the mother of a teenage girl reported the rape of her daughter. Detectives learned her daughter was at a friend’s residence when she began consuming alcohol. Spano was at the residence, and after the girl had become intoxicated, Spano allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with the female. During questioning, Spano admitted to having sexual contact with the victim. He was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Third Degree Rape. His bond is set at $150,000, and he has been ordered to stay away from the victim.
Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of Lacie Cheramie (age 34) of Larose on Friday, August 19. Deputies responded to a complaint in Larose on Friday in reference to Lacie Cheramie allegedly stealing checks from a relative. Upon arrival and through investigation, deputies learned Cheramie also had used the victim’s credit card three weeks prior and made over $1,000 in unauthorized charges before giving the card back to the victim. Investigators made contact with Cheramie and she admitted to making the charges, saying she intended to pay her relative back, but she had made no attempt to do so by that time. Cheramie further admitted to taking several checks from the relative and using them to make purchases at a local store. Investigators later determined she had forged seven checks with a total amount of purchases at nearly $1,000. After questioning, Cheramie was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. She was booked with seven (7) counts of Forgery, Unauthorized Use of an Access Card as Theft, and Misdemeanor Theft. Her bond is set at $11,000.
Sheriff Webre urges anyone who may be a victim of theft, or knows someone taking advantage of a relative in this manner, to please contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2255 to report the crime.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of three men for using counterfeit vouchers at Lafourche Parish casinos. Victor Cheramie (age 47) of Cut Off, Brent Poiencot (age 40) of Thibodaux, and Damen Smith (age 37) of Galliano were arrested in connection with the case.
On Friday, August 12, detectives opened an investigation after learning counterfeit cash vouchers had been used at casinos in Thibodaux and Raceland. The fake vouchers resulted in over $3,000 being stolen from the casinos during the month of August. Through investigation and the use of surveillance video from the locations, detectives identified the suspects using the vouchers as Cheramie, Poiencot and Smith.
On Friday, August 19, deputies in the Cut Off area located Smith and took him into custody. He was found to have seven (7) clonazepam pills and seven (7) Suboxone pills in his possession, as well as suspected marijuana. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Possession of Marijuana (3rd or Subsequent Offense), Possession of Clonazepam and a Legend Drug, Contempt of Court, and two counts of Felony Theft. His bond is set at $42,500.
Poiencot was also located and arrested Friday and booked with two counts of Felony Theft. He was released later that day after posting $10,000 bond. Meanwhile, Cheramie was arrested Sunday and booked with two counts of Felony Theft. He remains in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has announced the final four Concealed Handgun Training Courses for the year to be held at the LPSO Shooting Range Facility located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland. The first class will be offered on Sunday, September 18, followed by classes scheduled for Saturday, October 15, Sunday, November 20, and Saturday, December 10. Each 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 an 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 for either course, or for more information, please contact Captain Lafate Day at (985) 449-4485 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 reported Christoper Poincot (age 27) of Houma, who was recently arrested for forgery, faces similar charges in Lafourche Parish. According to the Houma Police Department, officers conducted an investigation in reference to forgery on August 12. Officers found that Poincot had used a credit card belonging to a family member without their consent where he made over $5,800 in purchases at a local business. Officers then located and arrested Poincot for three counts of forgery and transported him to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex where he was jailed without incident.
A similar investigation had been ongoing in Lafourche Parish since late July when investigators learned Poincot had used a family member’s credit card to make $1,300 in unauthorized purchases, and he forged the family member’s signature on receipts. Detectives obtained warrants for two counts of Forgery and two counts of Unauthorized Use of an Access card (one felony count and one misdemeanor count). The bond amounts on the warrants are set at a total of $16,000. Poincot will be transferred to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center for booking upon his release from the Terrebonne Parish jail.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Jarred Trosclair (age 25) of Thibodaux on Sunday, August 14. On July 29, deputies began investigating an incident wherein Jarred Trosclair allegedly obtained credit cards using another person’s personal information. Through investigation, deputies learned Jarrod Trosclair had been hired to do lawn work for another resident on his street. On one occasion, on July 17, 2016, the resident observed Trosclair going through mail at the residence. Deputies learned he did not have permission to be inside the residence, and the resident confronted Trosclair and banned him from the property. That night, Trosclair was captured on video going back to the residence multiple times attempting to key in a code to deactivate the resident’s home security system, but he was unable to do so. The resident later received correspondence by mail indicating two new credit card accounts had been created using her information, but the cards were in Trosclair’s name. Following the investigation, deputies obtained warrants for Trosclair’s arrest. Then on Sunday, August 14, deputies located Trosclair, and he was taken into custody. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Criminal Trespassing, Fraudulent Acquisition of a Credit Card, and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling. He was released at 7:25 p.m. Sunday evening after posting $20,100 bond.