2019 LSA Scholarship Applications Now Available

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has announced applications are now being accepted for the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association annual scholarship. All eligible students in Lafourche Parish are encouraged to apply.

The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school student who attends Nicholls State University, L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College, or South Central Louisiana Technical College. An applicant must be a permanent resident of Lafourche Parish and must be eligible for admission to the school indicated on the application. The award will only be paid for attendance at one of the aforementioned qualifying institutions as a full-time, undergraduate student. The scholarship is awarded as a gift, not a loan, and is awarded to defray the rising costs of tuition and related expenses in higher education. There are no restrictions on the purposes for which the scholarship is spent.

Applications are available for download online at www.LPSO.net/scholarship. Completed applications can be turned in at any Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office location or mailed to Lieutenant Brennan Matherne, P.O. Box 5608, Thibodaux, LA 70302. All applications must be received by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office no later than Monday, April 1, 2019. An independent selection committee will review the applications and select a winner to be announced in May. There are no restrictions on applicants by reason of race, creed, color, age or national origin, and family members of Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office employees are also eligible to apply.

The Louisiana Sheriffs’ Scholarship Program awards scholarships in all 64 parishes, providing assistance to worthy Louisiana students in furthering their education and training with resources made available through the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Honorary Membership Program.

Larose Man Arrested for Attempted Aggravated Arson, Domestic Abuse and Other Charges

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Larose man who was wanted for attempted aggravated arson, domestic abuse battery, and other charges. Glenn Wilson Jr., 27, was arrested on Friday for warrants stemming from an incident in mid-January.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on January 14, 2019, deputies were dispatched to a disturbance at Wilson’s residence on LA Highway 308 in Larose. When deputies arrived, they heard someone yell to enter the residence from a side door. Deputies noticed a strong odor of gasoline outside and inside the residence. They immediately made contact with a handicapped man who indicated Wilson was one of his caregivers, and they learned Wilson had fled the residence prior to the deputies’ arrival.

Due to the strong odor from the gasoline, the man was removed from the residence. Investigators from the Office of the State Fire Marshal arrived on scene to investigate possible attempted arson. Meanwhile, deputies learned Wilson had been angry with his wife and the other man, and he attacked both of them. He attempted to strangle the man, and struck his wife multiple times in the head and face while in the presence of children. At one point, the other man attempted to call 911, but Wilson grabbed the phone and shattered it. Deputies attempted to make contact with Wilson but were unable to locate him at that time. Following the investigation by the Fire Marshal and the Sheriff’s Office, warrants were obtained for Wilson’s arrest.

Then on February 1, 2019, deputies made contact with Wilson in the Larose area, and he was placed under arrest per the active warrants. Those included charges for Attempted Aggravated Arson, Cruelty to the Infirmed, Domestic Abuse Battery with Child Endangerment, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, and two counts of Contempt of Court. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux, and his bond is set at $293,300.

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Glenn Wilson Jr

Cut Off Business Owner Charged with Stealing Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars from Clients

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Cut Off business owner for allegedly defrauding clients out of several hundred thousand dollars. Kristian “Kris” Gaudet, 45, is charged with two counts of Felony Theft. The investigation is continuing into Gaudet, the owner of Kris Gaudet Insurance and Financial Services, as detectives have found evidence of theft totaling near $1 million since 2017. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is conducting this investigation in coordination with the FBI, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s Office, and the Fraud Division of the Louisiana Department of Insurance.

Detectives began an investigation in late 2018 when a couple from Cut Off became suspicious of their investments with Gaudet. They had found discrepancies in the documentation for an investment of $350,000 made to “Winston Financial,” which was found to have been registered in Louisiana by Gaudet in 2012. Detectives learned Gaudet had provided false addresses and other information for the company. Investigators obtained a search warrant for Gaudet’s financial records and found the couple’s check was deposited into the Winston Financial account in August 2017. A few days later, Gaudet transferred a majority of the deposit to another account for which he was the primary account holder. The money was then used for purposes for which it was not intended.

As the investigation continued, detectives discovered another instance in May 2018 in which another couple had invested money with Gaudet who then transferred a bulk of that investment to another account. In this instance, Gaudet used the money to purchase a residence in Larose. Detectives then obtained warrants for Gaudet’s arrest.

On January 31, 2019, detectives made contact with Gaudet and arrested him on the warrants. He was transported to Thibodaux and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on two counts of Felony Theft per the warrants. His bond is set at $1 million.

Detectives say their investigation has revealed several other transactions wherein Gaudet frequently acquired and used money for personal gain from accounts intended for client investments. Detectives have found that since 2017 Gaudet allegedly used approximately $1 million for personal gain which was intended for client investments. In coordination with the FBI, detectives have also learned Gaudet allegedly used money clients paid for insurance to purchase real estate for himself. These actions may stem back as far as 2012.

According to the Louisiana Department of Insurance, Gaudet has been issued an official Cease and Desist notice, and his Louisiana license has been suspended. Department officials have notified the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) of the investigation. As a result, Gaudet is barred from having any association with any financial agency associated with FINRA.

Detectives are asking anyone who has made an investment with Gaudet and his company since 2012 to please come forward if your investment has not been fully returned. Anyone with insurance policies obtained through Gaudet and his company is also asked to contact their primary insurer listed on documents to ensure your account is in good standing. Anyone with any discrepancies is asked to contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at (985) 532-4320.

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Kristian Gaudet

Two Arrested after Deputies Find Meth and Other Drugs During Traffic Stop in Larose

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of two men after deputies found methamphetamine and other drugs during a traffic stop in Larose on Thursday. Ronnie Delaune, 45, of Larose faces several drug charges following the stop. Darby Smith, 46, of Larose was also arrested on active warrants.

On January 31, 2019, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Jason Street in Larose. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified him as Ronnie Delaune. Deputies also noticed several small baggies containing suspected methamphetamine near the driver’s seat. Delaune was also found to have suspected marijuana, additional methamphetamine, Suboxone, and drug paraphernalia in his possession. Deputies also identified one of Delaune’s passengers as Darby Smith who had two active warrants, and he was also placed under arrest. Smith was found to have drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Delaune was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana (2nd Offense), Possession of Suboxone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and failure to use a turn signal. Smith was booked on two warrants for Contempt of Court, and he was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both are being held in the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex. Their bonds have not yet been set.

Citizens are reminded that any drug activity can be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region. Tips can be submitted 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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Ronnie Delaune
Darby Smith
Darby Smith

Suspected Drug Dealer and Passenger Arrested During Traffic Stop in Cut Off

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a suspected drug dealer and his passenger during a traffic stop in Cut Off on Tuesday. Alton Guidry, 36, of Lockport and Trent Sanamo, 40, of Katy, Texas, were found to have drugs in their possession. Guidry also had an outstanding warrant for meth distribution.

On Tuesday, January 29, narcotics agents observed Alton Guidry driving his truck on LA Highway 1 in Cut Off. Due to Guidry having an active warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine, agents conducted a traffic stop in the area of West 79th Street. Agents made contact with Guidry and his passenger, Trent Sanamo. Guidry was immediately taken into custody without incident. Agents discovered paraphernalia in the truck which belonged to Guidry. Sanamo was found to have methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Both were placed under arrest and transported initially to the South Lafourche Sub-station for booking. Upon arrival, Guidry denied having any contraband on his person. During a strip search, Guidry was found to have suspected heroin and three pills listed as Schedule III controlled substances.

Guidry was charged with Possession of Heroin, Drug Paraphernalia, and a Schedule III Controlled Dangerous Substance. He was also charged with Taking Contraband to a Penal Institution, and he was booked on the warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine. His bond is set at $39,500. Sanamo was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia. His bond is set at $2,000.

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UPDATE: Suspect Arrested in Raceland Church Burglary

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a man wanted for stealing money from a donation box at a Raceland church has been arrested. Rusty Dupre, 21, of Bayou Blue was arrested Friday and admitted to committing the crime.

On Thursday, January 24, deputies responded to St. Hilary of Poitiers Catholic Church in Raceland in reference to a burglary. Deputies learned a man had walked into the church, forced open a donation box, and taken money from inside. He had also stolen a component of one of the security cameras which captured images of the suspect wearing a red shirt and shorts with an American flag print.

Deputies followed up on several anonymous tips submitted to Crime Stoppers Bayou Region, but none correctly identified the suspect. Through investigation, deputies developed Rusty Dupre as a suspect and found he had active warrants for his arrest. Deputies tracked Dupre to a camper on Danos Street in Raceland where he was found hiding in a closet. When questioned about the church burglary, Dupre confessed to taking money from the donation box. Deputies discovered the shorts with the American flag print which Dupre was seen wearing in the surveillance photos. Deputies also found Dupre in possession of methamphetamine, a digital scale, baggies, and a small amount of Xanax.

Dupre was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was charged with Simple Burglary, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Xanax, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also booked on outstanding warrants for Theft and Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $36,000.

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MISSING TEEN: Jamyre Mitchell

UPDATE: Jamyre Mitchell has been found and is safe.

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Jamyre Mitchell of Thibodaux. He was last seen leaving the Thibodaux Positive Action School Site (P.A.S.S.) at around 7:30 a.m. on Friday, January 25. Jamyre is described as 5’6” tall, weighing approximately 100 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red hooded jacket, blue polo shirt, khaki pants, and black Nike shoes. Anyone with information on Jamyre’s whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808, or simply call 9-1-1.

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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Driver and Suspected Drug Dealer

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a traffic stop in Cut Off led to the arrest of the driver as well as a suspected drug dealer. Kelvin Vincent, 34, of Gray was arrested after he was found with drugs in his possession after fleeing the traffic stop. Vincent had driven to a residence where agents also arrested Craig Theriot, 41, of Larose who had an outstanding warrant for meth distribution.

Just after 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, narcotics agents attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on LA Highway 1 in Cut Off. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Kelvin Vincent, turned onto West 48th Street and stopped momentarily in the middle of the roadway before continuing down the street away from agents. Vincent continued driving down the street and pulled into a driveway at a residence in the 200 block. At that point, agents saw Vincent fumbling with an object by the door of the vehicle. He then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. Additional deputies arrived, and he was apprehended. Meanwhile, agents discovered torn baggies and suspected methamphetamine and marijuana near the area by Vincent’s driver seat.

At the residence where Vincent had stopped, agents made contact with Craig Theriot, who had a warrant for meth distribution. He was also taken into custody without incident.

Vincent and Theriot were transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. Vincent was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Methamphetamine, and Drug Paraphernalia. He was also charged with Obstruction of Justice, Resisting an Officer, driving under suspension, and improper lane usage. His bond is set at $15,750. Theriot was booked on a warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine, and his bond is set at $25,000.

Kelvin Vincent
Kelvin Vincent
Craig Theriot
Craig Theriot

Man Sought for Stealing from a Donation Box at a Raceland Church

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man who stole money from a donation box at a Raceland church.

On Thursday, January 24, deputies responded to St. Hilary of Poitiers Catholic Church in Raceland in reference to a burglary. Deputies learned an unknown male subject had walked into the church, forced open a donation box, and taken money from inside. The suspect had also stolen a component of one of the security cameras. The cameras captured images of the suspect at around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23. The suspect appears to be a white male dressed in a red shirt with white shoes and shorts with an American flag print.

Anyone who can 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.

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Inmates Moved to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex

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Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the new Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex is now operating after inmates were moved from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on January 18, 2019. Over 240 inmates were moved in the span of two hours with no incidents to report.

Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex staff and inmates are adapting to the new operation of a “direct supervision” facility. For inmates who require a higher level of security, there are standard two-person cells in the Special Housing Unit of the complex.

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has also begun returning inmates to Lafourche Parish who have been housed in Catahoula Parish. This transition will continue this week until all Lafourche Parish inmates are returned to the parish and housed at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex.

“A new era of corrections has begun in Lafourche Parish,” said Sheriff Webre. “The Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex not only provides increased security for our employees and inmates, but it affords us an incredible opportunity to rehabilitate offenders before they are released back into society. I thank each individual who had a hand in planning this project and seeing it to this point. I especially thank the voters who recognized the need for this new facility. We have not taken this responsibility lightly.”

The Lafourche Parish Detention Center will be closed and all access turned over to Lafourche Parish Government. Parish officials have said there are no definitive plans yet for the Detention Center.