Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Joseph Brannon (age 31) of Waggaman on Thursday, March 30. At around 3 p.m. on Thursday, deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on LA Highway 3235 in the Larose area. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified him as Joseph Brannon. Deputies discovered Brannon to have an active warrant for Contempt of Court, and he was placed under arrest. Deputies also detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies recovered several small bags of narcotics, including marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, and MDMA pills, as well as various drug paraphernalia. In all, deputies recovered nearly 12 grams of methamphetamine packaged in six small bags, nearly 8 grams of crack cocaine in 5 individual bags, over 6 grams of cocaine in two bags, nearly 9 grams of marijuana in two bags, and 33 doses of MDMA. Brannon was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Methamphetamine, MDMA, Cocaine, and Crack Cocaine. He was also booked with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and no turn signal, as well as per the warrant for Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $96,300.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a man whose actions prompted the lockdown of two Larose schools on Tuesday has been charged with domestic abuse. Dennis Wainwright Jr. (age 39) of Larose was arrested following an investigation Tuesday afternoon.
Through investigation, deputies and detectives learned Wainwright was upset and, on Tuesday, he sent text messages to his children that caused his wife to be concerned. His wife went to the residence to check on him, and upon arrival, she found him holding a rifle. Detectives learned his wife attempted to de-escalate the situation, but Wainwright became more agitated and committed a battery on her. He then stated he was going pick up his children at school and left the residence.
At approximately 1:55 p.m., the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to Wainwright traveling to the school with a firearm. This prompted a lockdown of Larose-Cut Off Middle School, as well as the neighboring South Larose Elementary School. Several deputies responded to the school, as well as Wainwright’s residence. Deputies were later informed he was actually not in possession of the firearm before leaving for the school. At 2:45 p.m., deputies made contact with Wainwright when he returned home, and he was detained for questioning. At that point, the lockdown was lifted at both schools.
Following questioning and investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for Wainwright for Domestic Abuse Battery. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and booked accordingly. His bond is set at $25,000.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced Larose-Cut Off Middle School was placed on lockdown for approximately one hour on Tuesday afternoon as deputies investigated a potential threat to the school. The neighboring South Larose Elementary School was also placed on lockdown as a precaution.
At approximately 1:55 p.m., the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call that an irate male subject was traveling to the school to pick up his children, and he had a firearm in his possession. Several deputies responded to the school as well as the subject’s residence, and the school was placed on lockdown. Deputies were later informed the man was actually not in possession of the firearm before leaving for the school. At 2:45 p.m., deputies made contact with the subject when he returned home, and he was detained for questioning. After detaining the subject, the lockdown was lifted, and students and faculty were dismissed.
Deputies’ response and the lockdown were initiated out of an abundance of caution, and there was no known threat directed at the school or any children. The male subject is currently being questioned in reference to the incident. We will update this story if the subject is charged or if more information can be made available.
Sheriff Craig Webre has announced a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course has been scheduled for April 17, 18, and 19 at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Range Facility located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland.
This self-defense course is designed exclusively for women and will take place over the course of all three days. The class will begin at 1 p.m. and end around 4:30 p.m. each day. Participants must attend all three days. Course instruction will be provided by certified R.A.D. instructions from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The cost of the course is $10 to cover the cost of course materials. Class size is limited, and advance registration is required. You can register online through our website at www.LPSO.net/RADsignup. Payment cannot be made through the online sign-up form, but the fee must be pre-paid and is non-refundable. Please send payment by mail, along with your name, address, and phone number to Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Captain Lafate Day, 1300 Lynn Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301. Please make checks payable to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. The deadline to register for the class is Wednesday, April 12 at 11 a.m.
For more information, please contact Captain Lafate Day at (985) 449-4485 or by email at email@example.com.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the body of 74-year-old Ronald Blanchard of Thibodaux was found on Sunday, March 26. A fisherman discovered Blanchard, who had been missing since March, 3, 2017, while traveling in the area near where his boat had been discovered on Sunday afternoon.
Blanchard was at his camp and scheduled to travel by boat to meet a family member that evening at the Pointe-aux-Chenes Marina, but he never arrived. With assistance from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, LPSO deputies and divers searched around the clock for a week, but they were unable to locate him. Daily patrols continued in the area after that time, and boaters and anglers were asked to be on the lookout for Blanchard.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Taylor Adams (age 42) of Lockport on Wednesday, March 22. At around 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to St. Anthony Street in Mathews in reference to a battery. Through investigation, deputies learned Taylor Adams initiated a verbal altercation with a woman over a cell phone. At one point, Adams allegedly tackled the woman to the ground, injuring her left elbow, wrist and knee. Adams was not at the residence when deputies initially arrived, but he returned to the residence later that evening. Upon learning of his return, deputies also returned to the residence and found Adams hiding under the residence. He was taken into custody for three outstanding warrants for Contempt of Court, as well as Simple Battery. Due to an injury to his foot, Adams was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Upon leaving the hospital, as deputies were loading Adams’ crutches into a patrol unit, Adams attempted to flee on foot, but deputies regained custody of Adams. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked on the aforementioned charges, as well as Simple Escape. His bond is set at $48,000.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre announced Juris Roussell Jr. (age 38) and Shonna Orgeron (age 47), both of Larose, have been charged in connection to a forgery investigation. The case was solved by deputies accessing information through the database of information shared by law enforcement agencies throughout Lafourche Parish.
On Tuesday, March 21, deputies opened an investigation in reference to someone attempting to cash a check from an older account. Through investigation, deputies discovered a man and woman each attempted to cash the check at a Larose bank, but the bank did not permit it. Later that day, Golden Meadow Police officers responded to a similar call at a Golden Meadow bank. Upon officers’ arrival, the suspects were still on scene and identified as Juris Roussell Jr. and Shonna Orgeron.
Utilizing Zuercher Suite software, deputies observed the incident to which Golden Meadow Police officers responded as having similar characteristics and made contact with the officers. Through cooperation, deputies and officers were able to connect Roussell and Orgeron to the Larose incident as well as the Golden Meadow incident. Both were charged with two counts of Attempted Forgery and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where they were booked accordingly. Orgeron was additionally charged with four counts of Possession of a Legend Drug without a Prescription and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and her bond is set at $10,250. Roussell’s bond is set at $25,000.
“Once again, the sharing of information through the Zuercher Suite software resulted in this case being solved quickly,” said Sheriff Webre. “This is just a small example, but Lafourche Parish continues to be one of the only areas of the country where all law enforcement agencies freely share information through a consolidated system, and it has aided countless investigations.”
Chief Reggie Pitre agreed with Sheriff’s Webre’s comments. “Zuercher Suite is a priceless tool in law enforcement investigations,” said Chief Pitre. “We have access to information collected by all agencies within the parish instead of just ours, and it encourages collaboration and cooperation among our local jurisdictions.”
Zuercher Suite is a law enforcement data system created by Zuercher Technologies which is utilized by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Golden Meadow Police Department, Lockport Police Department, Thibodaux Police Department and the Port Fourchon Harbor Police. Information is shared among the agencies through a single consolidated system. While some information regarding arrests is shared through national databases accessible to law enforcement entities throughout the country, this system provides immediate access to information obtained even through minor incidents.