2022 LSA Scholarship Awarded to Central Lafourche High School Student

Sheriff Craig Webre announced Central Lafourche High School senior Amy Chiasson has been awarded the 2022 Louisiana Sheriff’s Association Scholarship for Lafourche Parish. Chiasson will receive the $500 scholarship to assist her with expenses as she plans to attend Nicholls State University and major in Pre-professional Allied Health. On her application, Chiasson indicated plans to pursue a career in physical therapy after college. Chiasson was notified of the scholarship award and presented with a certificate on May 16, 2022, at Central Lafourche High School’s senior awards night.

Sheriff Webre congratulated Chiasson on receiving the scholarship. “Ms. Chiasson is involved in numerous school organizations and has been honored with several awards. I wish her the best of luck as she pursues her dream of a career in physical therapy.”

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Educational Scholarship Program awards $500 to graduating high school students in parishes where the sheriffs are members of the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program. Funding for this scholarship is made possible through the generous support of Lafourche Parish’s Honorary Members. The goal of the program is to provide assistance to worthy Louisiana students in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the program.

To be eligible for the LSA scholarship, each applicant must be a Lafourche Parish resident and a high school senior planning to enroll as a full-time student at Nicholls State University or Fletcher Technical Community College. The scholarship is awarded as a gift, not a loan, to defray the rising costs of tuition and related expenses in higher education. An independent board of review selects the winner of the scholarship.

2022 LSA Scholarship Recipient Amy Chiasson
2022 LSA Scholarship Recipient Amy Chiasson

One Arrested, One Sought in Attempted Armed Robbery in Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced one man has been arrested and another is being sought in an attempted armed robbery that occurred in Thibodaux on Sunday afternoon. Jayden Woods, 18, of Houma was arrested on Sunday. Investigators are still trying to identify the second person involved.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on May 15, 2022, deputies received a call of an attempted armed robbery near a pavilion in the Live Oaks subdivision just off LA 308 in Thibodaux. Deputies learned a male and female, both teenagers, were walking in the area when a black car pulled up to them with two men inside. The rear seat passenger was holding a gun and demanded whatever they had on them. The girl began to run and the driver of the car drove away from the area.

Through investigation, detectives identified the driver as Jayden Woods and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On Sunday afternoon, he was located at his residence by the Houma Police Department and taken into custody.

Woods was booked into the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex on several active warrants for Terrebonne Parish including Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Transactions Involving Proceeds from Drug Offenses, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile, and Battery of a Dating Partner (Strangulation). He remains in Terrebonne Parish where he is also being held for Lafourche Parish on a warrant for Attempted Armed Robbery in which the bail in Lafourche Parish is set at $250,000.

As detectives continue their investigation to identify the rear seat passenger, they are asking for the public’s help in this case. Anyone with information on this incident can submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or through the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.

Jayden Woods
Jayden Woods

UPDATE: Detectives Obtain Images of Suspect in Weekend ATV Theft and Shooting

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives have obtained images of a suspect in reference to a weekend shooting incident and theft of an ATV in Thibodaux early Sunday morning. The images were obtained from a residential security camera.

As previously released, just after 3:15 a.m. on May 15, 2022, deputies received a call from a man reporting an ATV had been stolen from a residence on Lee Drive in Thibodaux. The ATV owner and a family member began driving around the area nearby to search for the stolen ATV. They located it at the intersection of Robert Street and Park Drive where they noticed a man hiding behind a tree. The man fired several shots at them, striking one of the men in the shoulder. He was later transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans with injuries for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening.

Though the subject in the images has his face covered, investigators are hoping for help in identifying the person in the photos. Anyone who can identify the person in the photo, or anyone with any information on this incident can submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or through the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.

If you believe you believe you have been the victim of a theft or burglary in this area, please contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808. If you believe you have surveillance video concerning this specific incident, contact (985) 413-4498.

Suspect In ATV Theft And Shooting
Suspect In ATV Theft And Shooting

Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Weekend Shooting in Raceland

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced an arrest has been made in a weekend shooting in Raceland that resulted in one man being injured. Terrence Crandle Jr., 19, of Raceland is charged with attempted murder in the incident.

On May 13, 2022, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Market Street in Raceland. Crandle was no longer on scene but had reportedly stolen a woman’s iPhone and car keys following an argument. Deputies learned Crandle had allegedly bit the woman and punched her on the arm two days prior.

Just before 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, deputies received a call about a shooting in the area of Ayo Street in Raceland. While in route to the scene, deputies heard additional shots fired in the area of Market Street and Buford Street. They learned Crandle had been in another argument with the same woman from the day prior, and that he had shot at another man. The victim received a graze wound from one of the rounds.

Deputies located Crandle inside a residence on Market Street and he was taken into custody. Following the investigation, Crandle was transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux for booking. He was charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Felony Theft, and Domestic Abuse Battery. Bail is set at $1,002,000.

Terrence Crandle Jr
Terrence Crandle Jr

Detectives Investigating Overnight Theft and Shooting in Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are investigating a shooting incident and theft of an ATV in Thibodaux early Sunday morning.

Just after 3:15 a.m. on May 15, 2022, deputies received a call from a man reporting an ATV had been stolen from a residence on Lee Drive in Thibodaux. The ATV owner and a family member began driving around the area nearby to search for the stolen ATV. They located it at the intersection of Robert Street and Park Drive where they noticed a man hiding behind a tree. As they approached him, he fired several shots at them. They retreated to their vehicle, but one of the men was shot in the shoulder. He was later transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Detectives are investigating the ATV theft and shooting and are asking for the public’s help on this case. Anyone with information on this incident can submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or through the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.

If you believe you have been the victim of a theft or burglary in this area, please contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808. If you believe you have surveillance video concerning this specific incident, contact (985) 413-4498.

Detectives Make Arrest in Thursday Night Murder of Bayou Blue Man

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Houma man has been arrested for murder in the shooting death of a Bayou Blue man on Thursday night. Earl Verdin, 22, has been charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of Chad Daigle, 57, of Bayou Blue.

At around 10:35 p.m. on May 12, 2022, deputies were called to a bar in Bayou Blue in reference to a disturbance. Approximately 35 minutes after deputies arrived on the scene and were investigating the disturbance, they received another call of gunshots fired in the area of the intersection of Meadowland Drive and Bayou Blue Road. They learned Daigle had been shot in the torso just outside his residence. He then walked back into his residence, collapsed, and was later pronounced dead.

Through investigation, detectives learned Verdin had confronted Daigle at his home regarding an earlier altercation at one of the bars. Daigle reportedly told Verdin to get off his property. Then, Daigle fired the shotgun into the ground. Verdin, who was armed with a handgun, then fired several rounds at Daigle, striking him.

Verdin turned himself in to investigators early Friday morning. Following questioning, he was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was charged with Second Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery. Bail is set at $1.05 million.

Earl Verdin Earl Verdin

Lockport Tobacco Store Owner Arrested for Selling Illegal Products

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Lockport Chief of Police David Harrelson announced the arrest of a tobacco store owner for selling illegal products. Ahmed Alhusaini, 19, of Lockport, was arrested Thursday as a result of an eight-month investigation.

Since October 2021, narcotics agents had been investigating possible illegal activity at HookaMania, a tobacco store located on Crescent Avenue in Lockport. Through investigation, agents obtained vaping devices sold at the store and submitted them to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for testing. Two devices were found to have delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and another was found to contain a THC derivative classified as synthetic marijuana. Louisiana legalized the sale of hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) products in 2019 which must contain less than 0.3% of delta-9 THC. Because of the very limited amount of THC, CBD products do not create the “high” associated with marijuana. It is illegal, however, for vape cartridges to contain any level of THC.

Agents obtained an arrest warrant for the owner (Alhusaini) as well as a search warrant for the business. On Thursday, May 5, agents arrived at the store and conducted a search. They found suspected THC vape cartridges, THC wax, and marijuana, as well as various drug paraphernalia.

Alhusaini was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was booked on three warrants for Distribution of Cannabinoids/Synthetic Marijuana. He was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Synthetic Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released after posting bail in the amount of $60,200.

Citizens are reminded that they can report any drug-related or suspicious activity. Information can be reported directly to the Narcotics section commander, Lieutenant Derek Champagne, at (985) 532-4365 or derek-champagne@lpso.net. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or via the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices.

Ahmed Alhusaini
Ahmed Alhusaini

Two Arrested for Catalytic Converter Thefts in South Lafourche

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two people have been arrested in connection to catalytic converter thefts in the South Lafourche area. Corey Thomas, 39, and Reynell Gautreaux, 35, both of Grand Isle, were arrested on Wednesday.

On the morning of May 3, deputies responded to a business on Highway 3235 in Galliano in which catalytic converters had been stolen from three vehicles overnight. Saw blades believed to have been used in the crime were left at the scene.

Investigators developed Gautreaux and Thomas as suspects in the theft. They located Gautreaux traveling south toward Larose on LA 24, and they found Thomas at a truck stop in Galliano. During questioning, both admitted to their involvement in the crime. Both were found to have tools associated with the theft of catalytic converters in their possession. Detectives were also able to link Gautreaux to another converter theft on Golden Meadow. Thomas was also found to have methamphetamine in his possession.

Thomas and Gautreaux were both arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. Both were charged with three counts of Theft, three counts of Simple Criminal Damage to Property, and Possession of Tools for a Crime. Gautreaux was charged with an additional count of Theft and Simple Criminal Damage to Property for the theft in Golden Meadow, and her bail is set at $107,500. Thomas was additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and his bail is set at $175,000.

Sheriff Webre reminds citizens that thefts of catalytic converters have been on the rise worldwide in recent years due to the value of the precious metals inside. Because criminals must crawl under a vehicle to saw off a catalytic converter, pickup trucks, box trucks, vans and SUVs that sit higher off the ground are targeted more often. Hybrid and electric vehicles are also targeted due to the amount of metals inside. Owners are encouraged to park vehicles in garages, secure areas, or well-lit areas whenever possible. Utilizing surveillance cameras can also help deter theft.

Corey Thomas
Corey Thomas
Reynell Gautreaux
Reynell Gautreaux

Narcotics Agents Charge Seven on Adams Street in Mathews

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced seven people have been charged as a result of an investigation into drug activity on Adams Street in Mathews.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics agents had been investigating drug activity at several residences on Adams Street with assistance from agents from Louisiana Probation and Parole. During the investigation, agents obtained arrest warrants for two Adams Street residents: Sandra Boudreaux, 60, and Pamela Crosby, 65.

On May 3, 2022, agents arrived on Adams Street. At Crosby’s residence, they made contact with Crosby and Boudreaux and placed them under arrest on the active warrants. Lucy Adams was also present and she was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Dwan Demere, 43 of Abbeville also showed up while agents were on the scene. She was found to have an active warrant for contempt of court related to a charge of unauthorized entry of a home, and she was also placed under arrest.

Another vehicle showed up at the residence while agents were on the scene. One of the occupants was Nickey Domangue, 37, of Lockport, who had active warrants for her arrest. She was also found to have methamphetamine in her possession.

Agents then proceeded to another Adams Street residence for which a search warrant was obtained. Agents found drug paraphernalia inside the residence and charged resident Kendra Cheramie, 55. Briana Perrillioux, 30, of Lockport, was present, and she was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The arrested individuals were booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux:

  • Boudreaux was booked on Distribution of Klonopin. She was released after posting bail in the amount of $5,000.
  • Crosby was booked on the warrant for Distribution of Hydrocodone. Bail is set at $25,000, and she is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
  • Demere was booked on the contempt warrant. Bail is set at $16,000.
  • Domangue was booked on warrants for contempt of court and Simple Battery. She was additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bail is set at $16,000.

Citizens are reminded that they can report any drug-related or suspicious activity. Information can be reported directly to the Narcotics section commander, Lieutenant Derek Champagne, at (985) 532-4365 or derek-champagne@lpso.net. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or via the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices.

Sandra Boudreaux Sandra Boudreaux
Dwan Demere Dwan Demere
Pamela Crosby Pamela Crosby
Nickey Domangue Nickey Domangue

Deputies Arrest Two Men after Finding Drugs and Guns During Traffic Stop

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of two men after deputies found drugs and guns in their vehicle during a traffic stop. Travis Barlow, 34, of Raceland and Jacob Barlow, 27, of Gheens were arrested during the traffic stop which followed an incident at a residence in which Jacob Barlow faces other charges.

On April 28, 2022, deputies conducted a traffic stop at the intersection of LA 308 and LA 182 on a white van pulling a trailer with no license plate. Deputies identified the driver as Travis Barlow and the passenger as Jacob Barlow. A K-9 deputy on scene alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered small amounts of marijuana and methamphetamine. Both Barlows denied knowledge of the drugs and were detained.

Deputies also found several firearms in the vehicle, one of which had been reported stolen. Deputies determined the firearms belonged to Jacob Barlow, and he also had cocaine and crack cocaine in his pocket.

During the traffic stop, deputies learned the Barlows had been involved in an incident that had just taken place at a residence on Hyland Drive in Gheens. Deputies learned Jacob Barlow had been sending messages to a woman, threatening to kill her and her family. The Barlows were involved in a disturbance at the Gheens residence while loading the firearms in the vehicle. At one point, Jacob Barlow pointed one of the firearms at a woman who was at the residence and made noises as if he was shooting the firearm.

The Barlows were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux.

Travis Barlow was charged with Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and no license plate. He was released Friday night after posting bail in the amount of $27,500.

Jacob Barlow was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Terrorizing, and Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, as well as possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, and a stolen firearm. He was released early Saturday morning after posting bail in the amount of $127,500.

Travis Barlow
Travis Barlow
Jacob Barlow
Jacob Barlow