REMINDER: Checkpoints Slated for Friday, April 5

Sheriff Craig Webre is reminding residents that the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct checkpoints on April 5, 2019 in Lafourche Parish. A seat belt checkpoint will be conducted during the evening hours of Friday, April 5, followed by a DWI checkpoint which will continue into the early morning hours Saturday, April 6.

During the seat belt checkpoint, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and other potential violations. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues. These checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.

Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver’s license for one year on the first offense. For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver’s license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. Lafourche Parish is also 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.

 

Former Board President Charged with Stealing Thousands from Youth Baseball League

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Cut Off Man who allegedly stole thousands of dollars from a youth baseball league. Blaine Curole, 40, turned himself in Monday following an investigation into the matter.

Curole had served as president of the Larose-Cut Off Baseball League from 2015 until 2017. During that time, Curole had opened a bank account for the league at a local bank branch, and he was reportedly the only person with access to the account. In December 2017, Curole turned over financial records to the board of directors. The board found several discrepancies including over $16,000 in debit card charges at various stores, restaurants, and gas stations, which was not the intended use of the account funds. There were also checks cashed for $3,600 with no explanation.

The board met with Curole in January 2018 and disclosed their findings. Curole admitted to using the account funds for personal use and requested the board give him the total amount he owed and time to pay it back. The board granted Curole’s request, asking him to repay the funds, but Curole did not comply. At that point, the board contacted the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to pursue charges. As part of the investigation, detectives obtained a search warrant for the league bank account. Investigators found nearly $40,000 in discrepancies with the account during the time Curole had access to it.

In March 2019, detectives made contact with Curole in an effort to speak to him about the charges and requested he bring in any receipts to validate the charges. After several days wherein Curole made no attempt to contact or meet with detectives, a warrant was obtained for his arrest.

On Monday, April 1, Curole turned himself in at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was booked on the warrant for one count of Felony Theft. He was subsequently released after posting $10,000 bail.

Blaine Curole
Blaine Curole

Checkpoints Planned for April 2 and 5

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct checkpoints this week in Lafourche Parish. A seat belt checkpoint will be conducted during the daytime hours of April 2, 2019. Another seat belt checkpoint will be conducted during the evening hours of April 5, 2019, followed by a DWI checkpoint which will continue into the early morning hours of the following day.

During the seat belt checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and other potential violations. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues. These checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.

Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver’s license for one year on the first offense. For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver’s license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. Lafourche Parish is also 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.

Three Arrested in Connection to a Narcotics Investigation

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced three people have been arrested in connection to a narcotics investigation. Troy Vicknair Sr., 53, and Jenny Rauch, 64, both of Gray were arrested Tuesday along with Jacob Yzaguirre, 25, of Houma.

Through investigation, narcotics agents had obtained arrest warrants for Vicknair and Rauch for Distribution of Methamphetamine, as well as a search warrant for Vicknair’s residence. On Tuesday, March 26, agents made contact with Vicknair on a traffic stop and took him into custody. Agents proceeded to Vicknair’s residence where they made contact with Rauch and Yzaguirre. During a search of the residence, agents discovered approximately 36 grams of suspected methamphetamine, four grams of suspected marijuana, 17 prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia, with varying amounts belonging to each individual. All three were placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux.

Vicknair and Rauch were each booked on the aforementioned warrants for Distribution of Methamphetamine, and they were each charged with Possession of Legend Drugs without a Prescription and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Rauch was additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, and her bail is set at $27,500. Vicknair was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance. His bail is set at $40,900.

Yzaguirre was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bail is set at $20,500, but he is also being held for Terrebonne Parish due to warrants for Monetary Instrument Abuse and Contempt of Court.

Troy Vicknair Sr
Troy Vicknair Sr.
Jenny Rauch
Jenny Rauch
Jacob Yzaguirre
Jacob Yzaguirre

Person of Interest Sought in Galliano Burglary Investigation

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies are seeking to identify a person of interest in a burglary investigation. The burglary occurred at a boat storage facility in Galliano.

On the morning of March 20, 2019, deputies responded to a boat storage facility in Galliano in reference to a burglary. Deputies learned a person or persons had broken into several boat sheds. Deputies are still working to determine what items were stolen during the burglary.

Upon reviewing surveillance photos, deputies identified a person of interest in the case who was seen on the grounds earlier in the day on the date of the incident. The man was traveling on a bicycle with a basket mounted to the front.

Anyone who may be able to identify the person of interest, or anyone with any 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.

Person Of Interest Boat Storage Burglary
Person Of Interest – Boat Storage Burglary

Thibodaux Teen Charged for Making Threat to Assumption High School

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Assumption Parish Sheriff Leland Falcon announced a 16-year-old male juvenile from Thibodaux has been charged in connection to a threat made regarding Assumption High School. The threat was deemed to not be credible.

At around 11:35 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from Assumption High School regarding a possible threat. Several students had shown a social media post which suggested someone was allegedly planning to “shoot up Assumption High School tomorrow.” The threat was contained in a screenshot of what appeared to be a text message conversation, but investigators later learned it was orchestrated by the 16-year-old acting alone. The teen then posted the screenshot of the fake text message conversation to Snapchat. The screenshot was then circulated on other social media outlets.

On Thursday afternoon, detectives with Lafourche and Assumption Parishes worked to identify the teen suspect. Detectives questioned him, and he admitted to his role in the incident. He was charged with False Communication with the Intent to Cause an Emergency Response (R.S. 14:126.1.1) and placed into the Lafourche Parish Juvenile Justice Facility in Thibodaux.

Investigators do not believe there is any credible or imminent threat to Assumption High School, and school resumed as normal on Friday, March 22. Additional law enforcement officers were assigned to Assumption High School on Friday out of an abundance of caution.

Deputies Investigating Theft at Parish Pumping Station in Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies are investigating a theft at a parish pumping station in Thibodaux.

On the morning of March 18, 2019, deputies responded to Sunoco Street off LA Highway 309 in Thibodaux in reference to several pieces of metal grating which had been taken from the Morvant Pump Station. The theft is believed to have occurred at some time between 3 p.m. on March 16 and noon on March 17. This parish property is worth several hundred dollars.

Anyone with any information 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.

Morvant Pump Station
Morvant Pump Station

One Man Injured in Tuesday Night Shooting in Raceland

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are investigating a Tuesday night shooting in Raceland that resulted in one man being injured. The injury is not considered to be life-threatening.

At around 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from Ochsner St. Anne Hospital in Mathews that a man in his 20s had arrived with a gunshot wound. Deputies learned the shooting occurred around the 4200 block of LA Highway 1 in Raceland. Multiple shots were fired from a white car with several subjects inside. They shot at a group of three individuals, but only one was struck in the left leg. The victim was transported to University Hospital in New Orleans for treatment, but his injury is not considered to be life-threatening.

The investigation into this shooting is ongoing. Anyone with any information 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.

Thibodaux Man Arrested after Admitting to Having Sex with Underage Girl

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a man for having sex with an underage girl. Spencer Himel, 19, of Thibodaux faces multiple charges in the investigation.

Through investigation, detectives learned Himel had sex with an underage girl on at least one occasion within the last few months. The two had begun speaking via a social media app, and had several conversations that were sexual in nature. In one conversation, Himel had convinced the girl to have sex with him. Detectives also learned the girl’s mother had become aware of the situation and warned Himel to stay away from her daughter, informing him that the girl was not of consenting legal age.

On March 12, 2019, Himel took the girl from her mother’s home without her mother’s permission. After receiving a call from the girl’s mother, Himel returned the girl to her home but left the scene before deputies arrived.

On March 15, 2019, detectives made contact with Himel regarding the investigation, and he admitted to his involvement. Himel was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex. He was charged with Simple Kidnapping, Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile, and Computer-aided Solicitation for Sexual Purposes. His bail is set at $15,000.

Due to the nature of the allegations, no further information on the crime or the victim will be made available.

Sheriff Webre again encourages parents to take an active role in their children’s lives, especially when it comes to smartphone usage and social media. “Parents must constantly monitor what their children are doing online,” said Sheriff Webre. “You must talk with your children about the dangers of online predators and be sure you have access to all their accounts. If you are going to allow your children to be on social media, take the time to learn how to use it yourself so you can understand all the ways your child might hide something from you.”

For more information on the dangers of cybercrime including tips for parents, please visit www.LPSO.net/Cybercrime.

Spencer Himel
Spencer Himel

Seat Belt Checkpoints Slated for March 20 and 28

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct seat belt checkpoints in Lafourche Parish during the daytime hours of March 20, 2019, and March 28, 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.