Cut Off Man Charged with Aggravated Incest

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Cut Off man for the molestation of a juvenile relative. Wesley Todd has been charged with Aggravated Incest in the case.

In late June, juvenile detectives opened an investigation into Todd after receiving allegations that he reportedly molested a child several years ago who is also a relative. Following the investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for Todd’s arrest.

On Tuesday, July 17, detectives and patrol deputies traveled to Todd’s residence to attempt to take him into custody. As deputies’ approached, Todd ran from the residence into a nearby wooded area. Deputies pursued him and located him hiding behind a tree where he was taken into custody.

Todd was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on the warrant for Aggravated Incest, and he was additionally charged with Resisting an Officer. His bond is set at $100,000. He was released Tuesday evening after posting $100,100 bond. He has been ordered to stay away from the victim.

Wesley Todd
Wesley Todd

Online Payments for Tickets and Fines Now Accepted at LPSO.net

Sheriff Craig Webre is pleased to announce that the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s office is now accepting online payments for tickets and fines. This means anyone receiving a traffic ticket, for example, that chooses to simply pay their fine can do so online at our website: www.LPSO.net.

“We are happy to announce that people can now pay their tickets and fines conveniently online,” said Sheriff Webre. “This has been one of the most requested services, and it’s something we have been developing for some time. This is just another example of the ways our website continues to evolve to serve the ever-changing needs of the public in the digital age.”

Most tickets and fines issued for the 17th Judicial District (unincorporated areas of Lafourche Parish) are available to be paid online 10 business days after receipt. To note whether your ticket is in the 17th Judicial District, simply check the top of the ticket near the word “Court.” The ticket is only eligible if it is paid before the payment due date and if there is no mandatory court appearance. For those tickets carrying a mandatory court appearance, those can be paid once the individual appears in court, and there is a final disposition from the court.

To pay a ticket online, simply click the “PAY FINES” button on the homepage of www.LPSO.net. You will be given further instructions and directed to an online search portal. You can search for your ticket or fine by entering your name. You can also search by using your driver’s license number, citation number, or your court docket number if applicable.

A convenience fee of 2.50% ($1.95 minimum) of the payment amount is charged by Value Payment Systems for using this service. An additional $1.00 provider service fee will be added to the convenience fee. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards are accepted.

Again, please allow 10 business days after receiving the ticket for it to be made available for payment on the website. Once payment is made online, please allow 3 days for payment processing. If you have any concerns about your payment, please contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (985) 449-4429.

Raceland Fugitive Found with Stolen Gun on Traffic Stop

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Charles Gale, 35, of Raceland following a traffic stop early Sunday morning.

At around 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 15, deputies initiated a traffic stop on Dantin Street in Raceland. While speaking to the driver, deputies identified the passenger as Charles Gale, who had two active warrants. Gale opened the passenger door and attempted to flee on foot. As he began running, he pushed a deputy who was standing nearby. Deputies pursued Gale, and he was taken into custody moments later. After being handcuffed, Gale attempted to reach into his waistband, and he resisted deputies violently as they attempted to stop him from doing so. Deputies stood Gale up and discovered a loaded handgun on the ground which was believed to have fallen from Gale’s waistband during the struggle with deputies. The firearm was found to have been reported stolen in 2009 in Thibodaux.

Gale was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on charges of Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Resisting an Officer with Force of Violence, Battery of a Police Officer, and two counts of Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $110,000. Per one of the contempt warrants, he has also been ordered to serve 87 days in jail or pay $5,000 in child support.

Charles Gale
Charles Gale

Seat Belt Checkpoints Slated for July 19 and 25

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct seat belt checkpoints in Lafourche Parish during the daytime hours of July 19, 2018, and July 25, 2018. During these checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and other potential violations. Checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.

Rape Aggression Defense Course for Women Slated for August in Cut Off

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course on August 28, 29, and 30, 2018, at The Learning Center at Lady of the Sea Hospital, located at 200 West 134th Place in Cut Off.

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 6 p.m. and end around 9 p.m. each day. Participants must attend all three days. Course instruction will be provided by certified R.A.D. instructors 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 here: 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 Friday, August 24, 2018, at 11 a.m.

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

Suspect Sought in Theft of Golf Cart Tires

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted in reference to the theft of golf cart tires in Raceland.

On July 5, 2018, deputies responded to a complaint along LA Highway 1 in Raceland. The resident, who also owns a custom golf cart company, reported a male suspect was captured on camera removing golf cart tires and walking toward the street. Ten tires were later recovered at the roadside.

Deputies seek to identify the suspect in reference to trespassing, property damage, and theft. Anyone who may be able to identify the suspect 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.

Golf Cart Theft Suspect
Golf Cart Tires Theft Suspect

Suspicious Person Call Leads to Four Arrests for Drugs, Firearms, and Counterfeit Bills

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced four people were arrested after a call of a suspicious person led narcotics agents to find drugs, counterfeit money, and firearms at a Thibodaux residence. Melissa Stelly, 29, of Houma and Joshua Hyatt, 28, of Livingston were arrested as well as Cory Besson, 26, and Brandon Sims, 25, both of Thibodaux.

At around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, deputies and narcotics agents responded to a call of a suspicious person complaint in the area of Recreation Drive in Raceland. Upon arrival, the subject, identified as Brandon Sims, was found to be sleeping with a large knife near his feet. In speaking to Sims, agents found him to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and nearly $1,000 of counterfeit bills. Through further investigation, agents believed additional drugs and counterfeit bills could be present at Sims’ residence, and they obtained a search warrant.

Agents traveled to Sims’ residence on Manchester Manor Road in Thibodaux. There, they made contact with Cory Besson, Melissa Stelly, and Joshua Hyatt. During a search of the residence, agents seized additional counterfeit bills ($3,970 total), as well as several items used in the production of the bills. Agents also seized 5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 32 clonazepam pills, all of which appeared to be prepared for distribution. They also discovered MDMA, amphetamines, a shotgun, a revolver, and various drug paraphernalia.

All four were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Each was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Monetary Instrument Abuse. The bonds on Sims and Besson were set at $76,000 each.

Stelly was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Clonazepam, Possession of MDMA and Amphetamine, and Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. Her bond is set at $86,000.

Hyatt was additionally charged with Possession of MDMA, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. His bond is set at $136,000.

Brandon Sims
Brandon Sims
Cory Besson
Cory Besson
Joshua Hyatt
Joshua Hyatt
Melissa Stelly
Melissa Stelly

Detectives Seek to Identify Persons of Interest in Credit Card Theft

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons wanted in reference to the unauthorized use of a credit card.

In November 2017, detectives opened an investigation after a woman reported having a lost or stolen credit card. Detectives learned the card was being used without authorization. Through investigation, detectives found charges had been made at locations in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

Over the next few months, detectives collected surveillance footage from locations the card had been used. Detectives questioned a possible suspect in reference to the crime, but have been unable to properly identify anyone from surveillance videos.

Investigators are now seeking the public’s help two identify two women featured in one of the surveillance videos who are considered persons of interest in the investigation. Anyone who can identify either or both of the women 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.

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Persons Of Interest

Gheens Man Arrested for Fondling a Juvenile

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Ronnie Dominique, 69, of Gheens on July 12, 2018. In late June 2018, juvenile detectives opened an investigation into Dominique after receiving allegations that he inappropriately touched a juvenile female under the age of 13. On Thursday, July 12, detectives made contact with Dominique and questioned him about the incident. During questioning, he admitted to inappropriately touching the girl. Dominique was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was charged with Sexual Battery (Forcible Fondling). He was released early Friday morning after posting $50,000 bond.

Ronnie Dominique
Ronnie Dominique

Lockport Man Arrested for Solicitation of a Teenage Girl

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Lockport man has been arrested for attempting to solicit a teenage girl for sex. Drexel Verdin Jr., 39, has been charged in the incident.

At around 1 p.m. on July 1, deputies responded to a complaint on West 27th Street in Larose. Deputies made contact with a 17-year-old female who had been walking on the street when she was approached by a man, later identified as Verdin. He made contact with the teen and allegedly asked her for sex in exchange for money or drugs. When she declined, he asked to take nude photos of her instead. When she declined again, Verdin reportedly exited his vehicle and grabbed her arm. The victim was able to get away from Verdin, and he entered his car and fled the area. Following an investigation, detectives identified Verdin as the suspect, and they obtained warrants for his arrest.

Then on Tuesday, July 10, deputies observed Verdin driving in Lockport and initiated a traffic stop. Verdin was taken into custody for the active warrants. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on charges of Soliciting for Prostitutes and Simple Battery. He was subsequently released on Wednesday, July 11, after posting $6,000 bond.

Drexel Verdin Jr
Drexel Verdin Jr