UPDATE: Galliano Man’s Death Determined to be Self-inflicted

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced investigators have determined the death of a Galliano man found in Bayou Lafourche to be self-inflicted. The body of 69-year-old Terry Angelle was discovered in the bayou on July 22, 2018. Detectives have discovered no signs of foul play through the investigation.

At around 2 p.m. on Sunday, a concerned citizen reported a body floating in the bayou in the area of West 188th Street in Galliano. A local firefighter had arrived on scene and pulled the body to the shore. Investigators identified the body as Terry Angelle and found his arms and legs bound by rope.

Detectives found each of Angelle’s arms was tied to his waist using slip knots which, detectives believe, Angelle tightened himself. Angelle’s bicycle, which was his only known mode of transportation, was found at a dock approximately 500 feet from where his body was discovered. A pair of scissors was also found on the ground near the bicycle, and detectives believe Angelle used the scissors to cut the rope. Angelle had several items in his pockets including a cell phone, his wallet, and cash. Through interviews with family and friends, detectives have found no potential motive for a murder. Detectives also learned he had previously been admitted to a hospital for treatment of depression, but Angelle either refused or did not respond to treatment.

An autopsy was conducted in Jefferson Parish on Monday, July 23. Detectives said preliminary autopsy reports revealed nothing contrary to the investigation. Final results, including a routine toxicology report, are pending.

Body of Galliano Man Found in Bayou Lafourche

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the body of a Galliano man was discovered in Bayou Lafourche on Sunday afternoon. Investigators have identified the man as 69-year-old Terry Angelle of Galliano.

At around 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, a concerned citizen reported the body floating in the bayou in the area of West 188th Street in Galliano. A local firefighter had arrived on scene and pulled the body to the shore. Deputies found Angelle’s arms and legs were bound with rope. Angelle’s bicycle was also found on a dock on the west side of the bayou approximately 200 yards from where his body was discovered. Detectives believe Angelle may have been in the bayou for several days.

The investigation into Angelle’s death is continuing. Anyone who may have information regarding his death 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.

Concealed Handgun Course Slated for Saturday, August 18

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has announced a Concealed Handgun Training Course will be held on Saturday, August 18, 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).

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