Concealed Handgun Course Slated for Saturday, January 6

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has announced a Concealed Handgun Training Course will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at the LPSO Shooting Range Facility located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland. The 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.

The 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 the course, or for more information, please contact Captain Lafate Day at (985) 449-4485 or by email at lafate-day@lpso.net.

Participants will need to bring 50 rounds of ammunition, eye protection (sunglasses or eyeglasses are sufficient), and ear protection (muffs or plugs).

Detectives Investigating Early Morning Shooting in Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported one man is injured after suffering a gunshot wound to the face early Friday morning in Thibodaux. Detectives are on scene in the 2000 block of St. Mary Street in Thibodaux after receiving a call of a shooting at 3:39 a.m. on Friday, December 15. The victim was initially transported to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center, but he was transferred to University Hospital in New Orleans.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to submit a tip anonymously to 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.

Teenage Foster Child Remains Missing Since Friday

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in locating 14-year-old Brandt Bennett of Thibodaux. Bennett had been newly assigned to a foster home in the 600 block of Fairway Drive in Thibodaux on Thursday, December 7. He left the home at around 2 a.m. on Friday morning. Investigators believe Bennett may be in Terrebonne Parish as he has family members in the Gray area and may also be hanging out on the east side of Houma.

Bennett was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. Bennett is described as 5’7” tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He has black hair with small twists. Anyone with information on Bennett’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808, or simply call 9-1-1.

Brandt Bennett
Brandt Bennett

Raceland Man Faces Multiple Charges Including Rape and Battery

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Mark Kraemer (age 36) of Raceland on multiple charges including rape and battery.

Just before 11 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at Kraemer’s residence on Bayou Folse Road. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Kraemer and a woman whom deputies learned Kraemer had been dating. Deputies learned Kraemer had committed a battery on the victim that night and during a previous argument. Following an investigation at the scene, Kraemer was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on charges of Second Degree Battery and Battery of a Dating Partner. He was released Sunday afternoon after posting $20,000 bond.

Detectives were assigned to the case, and through further investigation, they learned that Kraemer had recently forced the woman to have sexual intercourse at gunpoint and did not allow her to leave the residence for several days. Investigators obtained a warrant for Kraemer, and he was arrested approximately three hours after he had bonded out of jail. He was booked into the Detention Center on new charges of First Degree Rape and False Imprisonment – Offender Armed with Dangerous Weapon. His bond is set at $300,000.

Mark Kraemer
Mark Kraemer

Local Warrant Scam Affecting Lafourche Citizens

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is informing residents of a warrant scam which is targeting local citizens. Several citizens reported receiving the phone call on Monday, December 11.

In this scam, a scam artist identifies himself as a member of the U.S. Marshals (or similar agency), and he claims you failed to appear in court. He references the 17th Judicial District and even a local judge by name. The scammer then demands you pay a sum of money immediately, or a warrant will be issued for your arrest. The caller then demands you acquire a prepaid debit card, electronic money order or gift card, and call them back immediately with payment.

In reality, if you are required to appear in court, you would have been duly notified. It should, therefore, not be a “surprise” to learn you missed court. In the event you do actually fail to appear in court, a warrant may then be issued for your arrest, but the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office would not call demanding immediate payment. Also, should you choose to pay a fine or ticket by phone, those means of payment would not be accepted. You can only use a credit card or debit card when paying fines or tickets by phone to LPSO.

While this scam is unique and has aspects based in reality, it demonstrates that citizens should be able to discern whether a phone call is a scam based on common signs. In this case, the demand for “immediate” payment by an incoming caller and the payment method (prepaid debit card, electronic money order or gift card) are two signs of a scam. Other signs include a caller asking you to send money to receive money or prizes, a caller using threatening or vulgar language, or someone calling from a department, but not giving the name of the company. Ultimately, if you are concerned the call may be legitimate, simply hang up and call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808. If the call is in reference to tickets, fees, or fines, you can call directly, (985) 449-4428. Do not call a number given to you by the incoming caller unless you verify it first.

We encourage you to call us BEFORE you send money if you have any doubt about the authenticity of the call. We would be happy to assist you to ensure you do not become the next scam victim. It is not necessary to report every phone scam, but if you lose money in a scam or receive threats of physical harm or violence, you should report it to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.

Sheriff Webre Announces Plans for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will join other local law enforcement agencies in participating in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which runs December 13 through December 31, 2017. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers and help keep motorists safe. There will also be several checkpoints held in conjunction with the campaign throughout the month of December. The first of these will be a seat belt checkpoint to be held this Wednesday, December 13. There will be additional seat belt checkpoints and a DWI checkpoint held during the campaign period.

During the seat belt checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as other violations such as expired inspection tags. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues, including but not limited to seat belt usage. Lafourche Parish is a “No Refusal” parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving is a deadly epidemic that takes the lives of more than 10,000 people each year, on average. In 2016, 268 people were killed as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol in Louisiana alone.

Sheriff Craig Webre reminds citizens to have a plan to get home safely before you decide to drink. Never drive if you have had anything to drink containing alcohol. Remember that driving under the influence of illegal narcotics can also lead to a DWI arrest. In fact, some legal medications can impair your ability to drive. Always read warning labels and instructions on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Sheriff Webre also thanks citizens for their cooperation and patience when passing through these checkpoints and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.

MISSING TEEN: Brandt Bennett

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in locating 14-year-old Brandt Bennett of Thibodaux. Bennett reportedly left a residence in the 600 block of Fairway Drive in Thibodaux at around 2 a.m. on Friday morning, December 8. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and blue jeans. Bennett is described as 5’7” tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds. He has black hair with small twists. Bennett has family members in the Gray area and could also possibly be hanging out on the east side of Houma. Anyone with information on Bennett’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808, or simply call 9-1-1.

Brandt Bennett
Brandt Bennett

Lafourche Parish Child Support Roundup Nets 20 Arrests

Deputies escort individuals arrested as part of Thursday's roundup.
Deputies escort individuals arrested as part of Thursday’s roundup.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and District Attorney Kristine Russell were on hand Thursday morning in Thibodaux as members of multiple agencies fanned out across the area for a roundup of “deadbeat” parents who are behind in their child support payments. Arrest warrants were prepared on 66 individuals who are collectively in arrears of their child support payments of over $1.1 million.

“The efforts made by law enforcement this morning will make a dramatic difference in our ability to recover the outstanding  support payments so many children depend on in Lafourche Parish,”  said District Attorney Kristine Russell.  “We are incredibly appreciative of Sheriff Webre, Chief Brian Zeringue, Chief Jon Callais, and Louisiana Probation and Parole in helping bring these individuals to justice today.”

Of the 66 individuals, 28 were specifically targeted in the roundup as the highest priority. A total of 20 individuals were arrested as part of the operation, and two other fugitives were arrested who were not part of the operation. Officials say they expect additional arrests to be made in the coming days. The combined child support payments owed by the arrested individuals amounts to nearly $430,000.

The following individuals wanted for failure to pay child support were arrested as part of the operation:

  • Taylor Adams, 42, of Lockport
  • Ernest Bellanger III, 35, of Mathews
  • Jared Benoit Sr., 31, of Thibodaux
  • Terry Bourg, 34, of Galliano
  • Clifton Coleman Sr., 24, of Raceland
  • James Dominique Jr., 26, of Gheens
  • Kealen Duet, 44, of Golden Meadow
  • Casey Flores, 33, of Galliano
  • Jordan Foret, 40, of Raceland
  • Samuel Grabert, 22, of Raceland
  • Nolan Guidry, 40, of Golden Meadow
  • Craig Leblanc, 42, of Larose
  • Dallas Ledet, 39, of Thibodaux
  • Jamie Martinez, 27, of Thibodaux
  • Robert Martinez, 36, of Lockport
  • John Matherne, 44, of Cut Off
  • Frederick Owens, 32, of Thibodaux
  • Michael Robinson, 44, of Thibodaux
  • Shantell Taylor, 42, of Golden Meadow
  • Robbie Terrebonne, 34, of Larose

The Knights of Columbus Hall on St. Patrick Street in Thibodaux served as the base of operations for Thursday’s roundup. This operation combined the efforts of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office, Thibodaux Police Department, Port Fourchon Harbor Police, and the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.

“These roundups are important to impress upon these people that they do have an obligation to pay,” said Sheriff Webre. “We hope this effort sends a message to the community, especially to those who are behind on their child support payments, that we are vigilant in holding these individuals accountable for what they owe.”

Anyone who owes child support payments is encouraged to contact the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office at (985) 448-3422 as soon as possible. Anyone who knows the location of any person wanted for failure to pay child support can submit information anonymously via Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by calling 1-800-743-7433 or by submitting a tip online at www.crimestoppersbr.org.

UPDATE: Chackbay Man Charged with Murder after Shooting Neighbor

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Chackbay man has been charged with Second Degree Murder after shooting his neighbor on Tuesday. Keith Trosclair (age 60) was arrested following a shooting that resulted in the death of 46-year-old Christopher Saunders.

The Sheriff’s Office received the initial call of the shooting at 11:54 a.m. on Tuesday, December 5. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Trosclair kneeling on the ground with his hands raised in the air and the victim, identified as Christopher Saunders, was lying on the ground. Deputies observed a rifle lying on the ground between Trosclair and the victim. Deputies also noticed Saunders had a pistol in a holster on his belt. Trosclair was taken into custody, and the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Saunders dead at the scene.

Through investigation, detectives learned Trosclair and Saunders had an ongoing dispute over property boundary between their residences. Following investigation and interviews of witnesses, detectives developed probable cause for a warrant for Trosclair for Second Degree Murder.

Trosclair was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on one count of Second Degree Murder. His bond is set at $500,000.

Keith Trosclair
Keith Trosclair