Beginner Handgun Course Slated for October 13

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will offer a Beginner Handgun Course on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland. This class is designed for first-time firearms owners and persons looking to learn basic fundamentals about firearm ownership. Class will begin at 8 a.m. and last until around noon. The actual ending time will vary due to class size.

This course will include the following:

  • Firearms handling and shooting safety
  • Firearms parts and their operation
  • Ammunition and its function
  • Shooting fundamentals and an opportunity to develop them on the range
  • How to select, clean, and store a firearm
  • Review of various activities available to help participants develop their shooting skills
  • One hour of live range fire with certified Range Safety instructor

The cost for the course is $50, and advance registration is suggested due to class size. CLICK HERE to register online, or for more information, 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).

Lafourche Parish Shines a Light on Domestic Violence in October

LPG Proclamation
From left to right: Melissa Williams (The Haven), Daphne Young (The Haven), Pam Guedry (The P.A.C.T. Place), Jimmy Cantrelle (Lafourche Parish President), Captain Karla Beck (LPSO), and Debbie Triggs (The P.A.C.T. Place).

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is promoting awareness of domestic violence throughout the month of October, which is recognized nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Lafourche Parish Shines a Light on Domestic Violence.” Despite it being one of the most chronically underreported crimes, Lafourche Parish answered 1,488 calls related to domestic violence in 2017. In that same year, 665 protective orders were issued in Lafourche Parish to victims of domestic violence who were seeking protection from the perpetrator.

On Tuesday, September 25, Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle issued a proclamation declaring the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Lafourche Parish. Throughout the month of October, everyone is encouraged to wear purple, the official color of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to help bring awareness to domestic violence.

Kristin Pierce WWL TV
Kristin Pierce WWL TV

Kristin Pierce, an anchor and reporter with WWL-TV in New Orleans, will be the guest speaker at this year’s annual vigil for domestic violence. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the Lafourche Central Market, located at 4484 Highway 1 in Raceland. The annual event is designed to remember the victims and honor and support the survivors of domestic violence. It is sponsored by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, The Haven, Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office, and The P.A.C.T. Place Supervised Visitation and Monitored Exchange Center.

“The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office continues to lead the fight against domestic violence,” said Sheriff Webre. “This year, we aided in the creation of a new law to implement a process statewide for identifying, notifying, and tracking domestic abusers prohibited from possessing firearms. We are now teaching that process to other law enforcement agencies throughout the state.”

In 2014, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office also aided in the creation of the state law which prohibits those convicted of domestic abuse battery and those with qualifying protective orders from possessing firearms. Since the passage of that law, there have been ZERO homicides perpetrated by prohibited possessors in Lafourche Parish.

According to the Violence Policy Center, Louisiana ranked 2nd highest in the country in the homicide rate among female victims killed by male offenders in incidents which included one victim and one offender in 2016. Nearly 1 in 4 women aged 18 and older have been the victim of physical violence by an intimate partner, and domestic violence is still the leading cause of injury to women.

For more information about the vigil, please contact The P.A.C.T. Place at (985) 532-4390 or at pact-place@lpso.net.

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, help is available! Call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Police Social Services at (985) 449-4476.

2018 Lafourche Domestic Violence Vigil Invitation
2018 Lafourche Domestic Violence Vigil Invitation

Concealed Handgun Course Slated for Saturday, October 27

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has announced a Concealed Handgun Training Course will be held on Saturday, October 27, 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).

Larose Sex Offender Charged with Two Counts of First Degree Rape

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Timothy Falgout, 34, of Larose for two counts of first degree rape on Friday, September 28, 2018.

In late July 2018, juvenile detectives began investigating Falgout, a registered sex offender, after learning of possible sexual abused a female child. Through further investigation, detectives learned Falgout allegedly forcefully raped two girls on more than one occasion. Detectives then obtained warrants for his arrest.

On Friday, detectives made contact with Falgout. He was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on the warrants for two counts of First Degree Rape. His bond is set at $500,000.

Due to the nature of the allegations, no further information will be released on these crimes.

Falgout is a registered sex offender due to a 2004 conviction for Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.

Timothy Falgout
Timothy Falgout

Agents Find Variety of Narcotics Following Drug Dealer’s Arrest

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Juanches Shelby, 39, of Cut Off on Thursday, September 27, 2018.

On Thursday, narcotics agents made contact with Shelby due to an outstanding warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine, and he was taken into custody. Agents then executed a search warrant at Shelby’s Cut Off residence. During the search, agents located a variety of illegal narcotics, most of which was packaged in a manner commonly associated with the individual sale of narcotics. Agents also located a large sum of money in the pockets of several items of clothing, as well as multiple cell phones. When questioned, Shelby admitted that the drugs belonged to him.

Shelby was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on the outstanding warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine. He was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Heroin, and Crack Cocaine, as well as Possession of Marijuana, Tramadol, Hydrocodone, and Drug Paraphernalia. His bond is set at $135,800, but he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole due to a parole violation.

Juanches Shelby
Juanches Shelby

UPDATE: Man Arrested for Aggravated Incest Faces Additional Charges

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Cut Off man arrested for Aggravated Incest in July now faces additional charges. Wesley Todd, 62, was arrested again on Tuesday for additional charges uncovered by the investigation.

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. After attempting to run away from officers, Todd was arrested and booked on the warrant for Aggravated Incest, and he was additionally charged with Resisting an Officer. He was released the same day after posting $100,100 bond.

Detectives uncovered additional allegations of sexual misconduct and continued the investigation into Todd. They found he committed additional sexual crimes against relatives, and struck two teens in multiple instances, including using a wooden object to strike one of them. Detectives obtained additional warrants for Todd’s arrest for First Degree Rape, Aggravated Crimes Against Nature, Cruelty to Juveniles, and Aggravated Battery with a Dangerous Weapon.

On Tuesday, September 25, Todd turned himself in at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on the aforementioned warrants. He was booked on the charges, and his bond was set at $450,000.

Wesley Todd
Wesley Todd

Rape Aggression Defense Course for Women Slated for October in Thibodaux

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course on October 15, 16, and 17, 2018, at the LPSO Law Enforcement Complex, located at 1300 Lynn Street in Thibodaux.

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, October 12, 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.

LPSO to Participate in Operation Clear Track as Part of Rail Safety Week

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will take part in Operation Clear Track as part of the second annual Rail Safety Week, September 23-29, 2018. The operation is a cooperative initiative among Amtrak, Operation Lifesaver, and hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

The goal of Rail Safety Week is to reduce pedestrian and driver injuries and fatalities around railroad tracks through increased public awareness. Federal statistics show that about every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train.

Operation Clear Track will specifically take place on Tuesday, September 25. This operation, which began in 2017, was started to help reduce grade crossing and trespassing incidents along railroad tracks throughout the country. LPSO traffic deputies will spend a portion of their time throughout the week, including Tuesday, monitoring the rail crossings in Lafourche Parish, such as the crossing on LA Highway 307 near LA Highway 182, as well as Lafourche Crossing in Thibodaux. Deputies will have information cards with railroad safety tips to distribute to motorists and pedestrians they encounter in these areas.

“With regard to safety, we are not aware of any major or ongoing issues with any of the rail crossings in our parish,” said Sheriff Webre. “With that said, it is still important for people to remember basic safety tips when they happen upon a rail crossing anywhere, including Lafourche Parish.”

In conjunction with Operation Clear Track, Sheriff Webre offers these rail safety tips:

  • Never drive or walk around lowered grade crossing gates.
  • Never stop your vehicle on a grade crossing while waiting for traffic to move. Wait until you drive completely across the tracks before trying to cross.
  • Never attempt to outrun an approaching train. A train can take a mile or more to stop.
  • Be aware that the average train is three feet wider than the track on each side.
  • Never walk run, play, or take photos on the railroad right-of-way. If you are on or near the tracks, you are trespassing on private property. Also, if you are standing on rail tracks, you may not hear or feel an oncoming train in time to get away safely.

For more rail safety tips, visit www.OLI.org.

UPDATE: Woman Charged with Murder in Saturday’s Stabbing Incident

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Bayou Blue woman has been charged with murder after stabbing her boyfriend in the chest early Saturday morning, September 22. Shanell Thompson, 28, of Bayou Blue is charged with Second Degree Murder in the death of Justin Nixon, 28, of St. Francisville.

Just after 1 a.m., detectives responded to a call that a man had arrived at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound to the chest. The man was later transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he died.

Through investigation, detectives learned the incident occurred at Thompson’s residence on Hummingbird Drive in Bayou Blue. Investigators learned Thompson and Nixon were involved in a verbal altercation which turned physical. At one point, Thompson retrieved a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Nixon in the chest.

Detectives made contact with Thompson and questioned her about the incident. During questioning, she confessed to stabbing Nixon. She was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder. She was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. Her bond is set at $1,000,000.

Shanell Thompson
Shanell Thompson

Detectives Investigating Death of a Man Stabbed in the Chest Overnight

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported detectives are investigating a death of a man after he was stabbed in the chest early Saturday morning, September 22.

Just after 1 a.m., detectives responded to a call that a man had arrived at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center for treatment of a stab wound to the chest. The man was later transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans where he died.

Anyone with any other information on this case 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.

We will release more information as it can be made available.