Deputies Seek to Identify Man for Burglary at a Raceland Market

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for a burglary at a Raceland market.

On the morning of June 5, 2019, deputies responded to a reported burglary at the Cajun Fresh Market located at 938 Highway 90 East in Raceland. It is estimated the burglary took place between 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4 and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5. The unidentified white male took several food items in the burglary.

Anyone who can identify this man or anyone with any other information on this crime 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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Seat Belt Checkpoints Slated for June 6 and 12

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct seat belt checkpoints in Lafourche Parish during the daytime hours of June 6, 2019, and June 12, 2019. 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.

Arrest Made in Recent Rash of Vehicle Burglaries in Central Lafourche Area

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced an arrest has been made in an investigation into a recent rash of vehicle burglaries in the central area of Lafourche Parish. Cadarren Turner, 30, of Raceland has been arrested after he was found with stolen property in his possession and linked to several burglaries.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on May 27, 2019, detectives observed a man, later identified as Turner, riding a bicycle along LA Highway 1 near St. Patrick Street in Raceland without proper lighting. Detectives attempted to stop Turner, but as the detective approached, Turner got off the bicycle, dropped items he was carrying, and fled on foot. Detectives lost sight of Turner and were unable to locate him. Detectives collected the items Turner left behind and determined it to have been stolen in vehicle burglaries in the area of Danos Street in Raceland.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on May 28, 2019, deputies located Turner in the Raceland area, and he once again attempted to flee on foot. This time, deputies were able to take him into custody. He was found to have suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession, as well as a backpack which had recently been reported stolen. During questioning, Turner admitted to committing three burglaries and admitted to fleeing from the bicycle the previous day. Through further investigation, deputies and detectives found evidence linking Turner to the three burglaries and an attempted burglary.

Turner was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex and charged with three counts of Simple Burglary, Attempted Simple Burglary, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, two counts of Resisting an Officer, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and improper bicycle lighting. He was also booked on a warrant for Contempt of Court. Bail is set at $67,520.

“In addition to processing evidence and using traditional investigative techniques, we are employing new and innovative strategies to attempt to catch these thieves,” said Sheriff Webre. “We will continue to patrol neighborhoods throughout the day and night, but we also ask citizens to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity and report it to us immediately.”

In nearly every recent burglary, each vehicle was left unlocked. In the rare instances forced entry was made, such as a window being broken, there was either an item of value easily seen from the outside or the vehicle was parked in a remote location.

“Despite the smash and grab tactics used in other areas, these burglars are not wasting time trying to break into a vehicle unless they see something valuable,” said Sheriff Webre. “By removing all valuables from your vehicles and keeping your vehicles locked, you can avoid becoming a victim.”

The investigation into these burglaries is continuing, and additional arrests could be forthcoming.

Cadarren Turner
Cadarren Turner

Two Arrested For Larose Shipyard Burglaries

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two people have been arrested in connection to burglaries at a Larose shipyard. Ted Toups, 53, and Ronda Badeaux, 50, both of Gheens, were arrested on Saturday.

In January 2019, detectives began investigation burglaries of marine vessels at a Larose shipyard. Locks on shipyard entry gates, as well as the vessels, had been cut. Through further investigation, detectives identified a white sedan as a suspicious vehicle which had been parked in the area several times over the span of a few months. It was believed Ted Toups was using the vehicle. Then, in May 2019, surveillance cameras captured images of subjects, later identified as Toups and Ronda Badeaux, entering marine vessels on several occasions.

On May 25, 2019, detectives made contact with Toups and Badeaux on a traffic stop. Following questioning, both were arrested and charged with Simple Burglary in connection to the shipyard burglary investigation. They were booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux and bail was set at $50,000 each.

Investigators found most of the stolen items had been sold for scrap. The value of the items stolen is in excess of $100,000.

Ted Toups
Ted Toups
Ronda Badeaux
Ronda Badeaux

LPSO Sergeant Honored by Louisiana Housing Council

Sergeant Keniyelle Frank was honored by the Louisiana Housing Council on May 24, 2019.Sergeant Keniyelle Frank was honored by the Louisiana Housing Council on May 24, 2019.

 

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre congratulated Sergeant Keniyelle “Nicole” Frank who has been recognized by the Louisiana Housing Council for Meritorious Accomplishment by a Law Enforcement Officer. The award was presented Thursday evening at an awards ceremony at the Louisiana Housing Council’s Annual Legislative Conference in Baton Rouge.

Sergeant Frank said, “I would like to thank Sheriff Webre for giving me the opportunity and tools needed to mold me into the officer I am today. I also sincerely thank the Louisiana Housing Council for this extraordinary honor.”

Sergeant Frank has served as the Housing and Urban Development Officer for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office for the past 14 years. She oversees and is the direct contact for tenants in seven housing developments and over 250 residents in Section 8 housing. She works to keep all housing residents safe and has spearheaded various efforts of community outreach with those residents.

“Sergeant Frank is an incredible advocate for the community,” said Sheriff Webre. “I have always seen the best results when I can identify an employee’s passion and place them in a role where they can excel. Sergeant Frank has certainly been a valuable asset to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and the community she serves. She is very much deserving of this recognition.”

Founded in 1962, the Louisiana Housing Council is a statewide organization of professional people who are involved in Housing and Community Development. The council is comprised of dedicated individuals and agencies working together to improve housing programs. One of the main goals of the council is to provide training to its membership in order to enhance the professionalism of the entire industry. The Council’s parent organization is the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials based in Washington, DC.

Thibodaux Man Charged with Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Thibodaux Man for Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. Gerard Adams, 32, was arrested on Thursday, May 23.

Juvenile detectives began an investigation in April 2019 after learning Adams had reportedly touched a teenage girl inappropriately. Through investigation, detectives learned that Adams also reportedly sent an inappropriate message to the girl following the incident. On Thursday, May 23, Adams met with investigators. During questioning, Adams denied any intentional inappropriate touching, but he admitted to sending the message.

Adams was arrested and charged with Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was subsequently released after posting bail of $30,000.

Gerard Adams
Gerard Adams

UPDATE: Juvenile Charged as Accessory in Death of Montegut Man

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a 16-year-old male has been charged as an accessory in the shooting death of 53-year-old Kirby Courteaux Jr. last week. The juvenile is the third person facing charges in the incident. Terance Dupre, 22, of Montegut was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder in the case. Devante Matthews, 21, of Montegut is also wanted for murder and is still at large.

Through investigation, detectives learned Dupre, Matthews, and Courteaux were at a boat launch in Point-aux-Chenes on the night of May 11, 2019, when Courteaux was reportedly shot multiple times. Matthews and Dupre took Courteaux’s body and his truck. They then transported his body to Morgan City and left him near a wooded area. Further investigation revealed a 16-year-old male was traveling with them in the truck to Morgan City.

On May 15, 2019, Dupre was taken into custody after Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies found him driving the victim’s vehicle in Montegut. During questioning by Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators, Dupre had to be hospitalized for treatment on an unrelated matter. He was released from the hospital on Thursday, May 23, and he was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on the charge of Second Degree Murder. His bail is set at $1 million.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained a warrant for the juvenile for the charge of Accessory After the Fact to Second Degree Murder. On Thursday, May 23, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies made contact with the juvenile and took him into custody. He was placed into the Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility in Thibodaux.

Investigators are still seeking Devante Matthews who is wanted for Second Degree Murder. Anyone with information on his 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.

The investigation into this case is continuing.

Terance Dupre
ARRESTED: Terance Dupre
Davonte Mathews
WANTED: Devante Matthews

Galliano Man and Woman Arrested on Numerous Drug Charges

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Galliano man and woman for numerous drug charges. Agents arrested Mark Williams, 49, and Wanda Plaisance, 49, on May 21, 2019.

In April 2019, both detectives and narcotics agents had obtained search warrants for Williams’ residence in separate investigations. Williams was suspected to be a mid-level drug dealer, and detectives were investigating his involvement in printing counterfeit money. On April 26, 2019, agents and detectives searched Williams’ home and discovered a variety of suspected illegal narcotics as well as evidence of possible counterfeit activity. Williams was not present at the time of the search, but Plaisance was. At that time, she was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, a Legend Drug, and Drug Paraphernalia, all of which were found in her immediate possession. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

Following the search, agents obtained warrants for both Plaisance and Williams for additional charges stemming from the search. Warrants were obtained for both for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin, Marijuana, Suboxone, and Clonazepam, as well as Possession of LSD. Additionally, agents obtained warrants for Williams for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of a Legend Drug, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Meanwhile, the evidence in the counterfeit case was sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge for processing, and that investigation is ongoing.

On Tuesday, May 21, narcotics agents located Williams and Plaisance while they were traveling in the Galliano area. During a search of the vehicle, agents located suspected methamphetamine, LSD, MDMA, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm.

Williams and Plaisance were taken into custody and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux on the aforementioned warrants as well as new charges from the traffic stop. Those included one count each of Possession of Methamphetamine, LSD, MDMA, Marijuana, and Drug Paraphernalia. Plaisance’s total bail is set at $40,800. Williams was additionally charged with Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and improper vehicle lighting, and his bail is set at $58,500.

Mark Williams
Mark Williams
Wanda Plaisance
Wanda Plaisance

2019 Norman Swanner Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Thibodaux High School Senior

2019 Swanner Scholarship
Neal Swanner presents a scholarship check to Meagan Matherne with her parents, Deputy Jason Matherne and Angela Matherne.

Sheriff Craig Webre announced Thibodaux High School senior Meagan Matherne has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Norman Swanner Foundation Scholarship award for Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office employees and family. She is the daughter of Deputy Jason Matherne, a school resource officer. Neal Swanner presented Matherne with her award on Tuesday, May 21 on behalf of the Norman Swanner Foundation.

Matherne received the $500 scholarship to assist her with expenses as she plans to attend Nicholls State University and major in Pediatric Nursing. On her application, Matherne indicated plans to pursue a career locally at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.

“Ms. Matherne is a well-rounded, outstanding student who has received several honors and is involved in numerous extra-curricular activities,” said Sheriff Webre. “It is always great to see our top students planning to attend school and pursue a career here in Lafourche Parish. I wish Meagan the best of luck as she pursues her degree at Nicholls State University.”

The Norman Swanner Foundation awards a $500 scholarship annually to one Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office employee or immediate family member who plans to enroll in the fall as a full-time student at Nicholls State University, L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College, or South Central Louisiana Technical Community College. The scholarship is awarded as a gift, not a loan, to defray the cost of tuition and related expenses in higher education.  An independent board of review selects the winner of the scholarship.

The Norman Swanner Foundation is a non-profit organization created in memory of Norman Swanner, a Thibodaux resident who passed away on November 8, 2006. Swanner was a City Councilman at the time of his death. Swanner’s daughter, Jamie Beth Swanner, also passed away on December 24, 2012. The Foundation funds several awards and scholarships for students at Nicholls State University and several high schools throughout the region.

Lafourche Parish Officials Urge Citizens to Sign up for New Emergency Notification System

Lafourche Parish officials have announced a new emergency alert service immediately available to all residents. The new system is called “Everbridge” and allows citizens to sign up online to receive location-based notifications by a phone call or text message in the case of an emergency.

Everbridge replaces the “CodeRED” system which has been used since 2016. All individuals who live, work, or attend school in Lafourche Parish are encouraged to sign up for emergency notifications through the new Everbridge system. Any resident who registered their cell phones or email with the CodeRED system will have to register on the new system in order to continue receiving alerts.

While details on emergencies such as mandatory evacuations, hazardous material spills, and boil water advisories are always announced through news releases and social media, officials have been using a telephone system for many years which made automated phone calls to residents in a specified area in the event of such an emergency. This old system relied on information from phone companies and primarily made calls to landlines. Everbridge will provide the same functionality, but it will also send text messages and/or emails to anyone who registers a cell phone number or email address.

When signing up for Everbridge online, users will enter basic information, including name and addresses for home and work. You will then be able to list cell phone numbers to text and/or call, home and business lines, and email addresses. Multiple phone numbers can be added. You will automatically be signed up for Lafourche Parish emergency information, but you also have the option to subscribe to local severe weather alerts as well. Once a user is registered, Everbridge will even conduct a test to ensure the information was entered accurately.

Registration for Everbridge emergency alerts is available online on the homepages of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office website (www.lpso.net) or the Lafourche Parish Government website (www.lafourchegov.org). Users only need to register at one of the sites to be included in all Lafourche Parish notifications. Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in Lafourche Parish is encouraged to sign up. Anyone needing additional information or assistance should contact the Lafourche Parish Government Office of Emergency Preparedness at (985) 532-8174.

DIRECT LINK: SIGN UP FOR EVERBRIDGE ALERTS: LPSO.net/news/alerts/