Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Davontae Poindexter (age 27) of Bayou Blue following a pursuit in Raceland.
At around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, deputies observed a pickup truck traveling over the speed limit headed eastbound on LA Highway 182 in Raceland and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as Poindexter, stopped the vehicle for a moment, then continued eastbound traveling at speeds estimated to be over 100 miles per hour in an area with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Poindexter continued on LA 182, passing other vehicles in a no passing zone, before turning onto LA Highway 653. Poindexter then turned right onto Magnolia Street, eventually ending up on Azalea Street where his truck left the roadway and crashed into a small ditch before coming to a stop in a yard. When deputies approached the vehicle, they found it to be unoccupied, and began to search the area for the driver.
At around 12:45 a.m., deputies observed a subject walking through residential yards draped in a tarpaulin in order to conceal his identity. The subject was apprehended and identified as Poindexter, and he admitting to driving the vehicle which fled from the traffic stop.
Poindexter was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked per the two active warrants for Contempt of Court. He was additionally charged with Criminal Trespassing, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation, Speeding, and improper lane usage. His bond is set at $55,550, and he has been ordered to pay $574.50 in fines and costs or serve 20 days in jail in reference to one of the contempt warrants.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Robert “Bobby” Deleon (age 50) of Hattiesburg, Mississippi for four counts each of Aggravated Incest and Sexual Battery. Juvenile detectives opened an investigation recently when two victims came forward with allegations of incidents that occurred more than 20 years ago in Lafourche Parish. Investigators made contact with Deleon on Tuesday, July 25 in Mississippi and questioned him about the incidents. Following. questioning, detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and booked into the Hinds County jail in Mississippi. On Wednesday, July 26, he was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked per the warrant with four counts of Aggravated Incest and four counts of Sexual Battery. He was released early Thursday morning after posting $200,000 bond.
Robert “Bobby” Deleon
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Transitional Work Program inmate left his job site and is now missing. Deputies are searching for Inmate John Dufren (age 52) and asking the public to report any information on his whereabouts.
At around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, a Golden Meadow Police officer observed a man, later identified as Dufren, walking along the shoulder of LA Highway 3235. The officer made contact with the man, and as he was attempting to verify his identity, Dufren fled on foot into a wooded area. The officer pursued but could not locate him.
Dufren is a Transitional Work Program inmate in Lafourche Parish who had been serving time for a methamphetamine distribution conviction in 2015. He was scheduled to be released in December 2018. He was assigned to a marine service company based in Galliano with a dock in Golden Meadow, but he had been working offshore since June 14, 2017. Investigators have learned that Dufren left the vessel without permission after it docked.
Deputies are now searching for Dufren as the investigation continues. Investigators ask citizens to call 911 if Dufren is seen. Otherwise, anyone with information on his possible whereabouts is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies have arrested the fourth suspect sought in connection with the theft of an all-terrain vehicle and utility trailer in Leeville over the weekend. Billy Bellanger Sr. (age 61) of Raceland was arrested Tuesday, July 25. Jody Landry (age 41), David Leblanc (age 52), and Gordon Melancon (age 56), all of Raceland, were arrested Sunday.
As previously released, deputies responded to a reported theft of an ATV and trailer at a Leeville residence on the evening of Saturday, July 22. Through investigation, deputies learned the trailer was seen at a residence on New Haven Street in Raceland, and they proceeded to the area. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Landry, Leblanc, and Melancon who were standing around the stolen ATV. Deputies interviewed the suspects and heard conflicting and changing stories. Further investigation revealed Landry had told Leblanc and Melancon about the ATV and trailer and told them to pick it up. Leblanc and Melancon traveled to Leeville on Saturday with Bellanger and allegedly stole the trailer and ATV. Landry, Leblanc, and Melancon were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where they were booked with one count each of Felony Theft and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Bond amounts for Leblanc and Melancon were set at $20,000 each. Landry was additionally booked with three counts of Contempt of Court, and his bond was set at $21,600. Landry is also being held as a fugitive of Terrebonne Parish.
Deputies located Bellanger at his residence Tuesday, and he was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Detention Center, and his bond is set at $20,000.
Billy Bellanger Sr.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has announced the list of official “block party” locations in Lafourche Parish for the 34th Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 1. Each party will begin at 6 p.m. and last until around 9 p.m., and each will feature food, fun, and games. The annual National Night Out Against Crime parade will take place in the Raceland area, beginning at the U.S. Highway 90 Fire Station and continuing throughout the streets of the Sugar Land Subdivision. Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be visiting each location to speak with area residents about neighborhood concerns.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will be providing food at each of the block party sites. Additionally, Explorers from POST 323 will be present at many of the block party locations offering free child fingerprinting and DNA swabbing to help enhance personal safety in Lafourche Parish. Each block party will be unique and offer various activities for children and adults.
Here is a list of block party locations around Lafourche Parish, as well as contact information for each party:
- Thibodaux Family Church(785 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux)
- Contact Pastor Duane Bland at (985) 859-9005
- American Legion Post 513 (1250 Narrow Street, Raceland)
- Contact Debra Winston at (985) 688-9949
- 301 Hyland Drive, Thibodaux
- Contact Earl Woods Sr. (225) 205-8335
- 1024 Bayou Blue By-Pass Rd., St. Charles Community
- Contact Jennifer Richard at (985) 513-0446
- NAACP at Rev. Lloyd Wallace Community Center(3603 Hwy. 308, Raceland)
- Contact Burnell Tolbert at (985) 713-4250
- 329 Aspen Dr., Raceland (access via Elm Dr. off LA Hwy. 1)
- Contact Cory Detillier at (985) 537-5337
- 111 Maxine Blvd., Bayou Blue
- Contact James Wendell at (985) 860-1092
- Sugar Land Subdivision(144 Twin Oaks Dr., Raceland)
- For party, contact Rose Sampey at (985) 537-5667
- For parade, contact Danny Mayet at (985) 637-2166
- Vacherie-Gheens Community Center(1783 Hwy. 654, Gheens)
- Contact Adam Chauvin at (985) 226-9635
- Town of Lockport (Holy Savior Ball Park on Church Street)
- Contact Chief David Harrelson Jr. at (985) 532-3117
- Greater New Fountain Baptist Church (233 East 12th St., Lockport)
- Contact Brett Gabriel at (985) 217-2406
- 202 Chateau Dr., Lockport
- Contact Jerry Knight at (985) 856-8072
- 157 Gus Savoie Ave., Larose
- Contact David Carskadon at (985) 258-4129
- Golden Meadow Town Hall (107 Jervis Dr., Golden Meadow)
- Contact Jamie Liner at (985) 475-7942
Any citizen who has planned a block party in Lafourche Parish for Night Out Against Crime that is NOT on this list, please contact Lieutenant Valerie Martinez-Jordan at (985) 449-4479 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Terry Lacoste (age 46) of Patterson for Home Improvement Fraud.
On June 5, 2017, detectives opened an investigation into possible residential contractor fraud at a residence on Cedar Tree Drive in Thibodaux. Through investigation, detectives learned a resident had contacted Terry Lacoste of New Image Roofing to have his roof repaired at a cost estimate of $16,800 to be completed in within 7 to 14 days. Lacoste began working on the project on March 15, 2017, and worked for 35 days. According to the resident, the work was uneven and incomplete, and the residence suffered water damage as a result. The resident had also paid several thousand dollars over the contract price for additional labor and materials to complete the job. Further investigation revealed Lacoste did not have a state-issued residential contractor’s license, nor had any parish permit been obtained to perform work at the site. Detectives then obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Lacoste was arrested in St. Mary Parish over the weekend. On Monday, July 24, he was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked with one count of Home Improvement Fraud. His bond is set at $5,000.
Sheriff Webre is cautioning residence to always properly research any contractor before hiring them for any job. Be sure they have proper licensing, and always double-check with the State of Louisiana if there is any doubt.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced three Raceland men have been arrested and one is being sought in connection with the theft of an all-terrain vehicle and utility trailer in Leeville. Jody Landry (age 41), David Leblanc (age 52), and Gordon Melancon (age 56) each face charges in the incident, and a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Billy Bellanger Sr. (age 61).
At around 8:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, deputies responded to a theft complaint at a residence located along LA Highway 1 in Leeville. Upon arrival, deputies learned the resident had returned home to find his utility trailer and ATV had been stolen. Through investigation, deputies learned the trailer was seen at a residence on New Haven Street in Raceland, and they proceeded to the area. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with a group of men, identified as Landry, Leblanc, and Melancon, standing around the stolen ATV. Deputies interviewed the suspects and heard conflicting and changing stories. Further investigation revealed Landry had told Leblanc and Melancon about the ATV and trailer and told them to pick it up. Leblanc and Melancon traveled to Leeville on Saturday with Bellanger and allegedly stole the trailer and ATV.
Landry, Leblanc, and Melancon were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where they were booked with one count each of Felony Theft and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Landry was additionally booked with three counts of Contempt of Court, and he was a fugitive of Terrebonne Parish due to multiple outstanding warrants. Bond amounts have not yet been set.
Deputies attempted to make contact with Bellanger but were unsuccessful. Anyone with knowledge of Billy Bellanger Sr. is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
Billy Bellanger Sr