Detectives Seek to Identify Persons of Interest in Credit Card Theft

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons wanted in reference to the unauthorized use of a credit card.

In November 2017, detectives opened an investigation after a woman reported having a lost or stolen credit card. Detectives learned the card was being used without authorization. Through investigation, detectives found charges had been made at locations in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes.

Over the next few months, detectives collected surveillance footage from locations the card had been used. Detectives questioned a possible suspect in reference to the crime, but have been unable to properly identify anyone from surveillance videos.

Investigators are now seeking the public’s help two identify two women featured in one of the surveillance videos who are considered persons of interest in the investigation. Anyone who can identify either or both of the women 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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Persons Of Interest

Gheens Man Arrested for Fondling a Juvenile

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Ronnie Dominique, 69, of Gheens on July 12, 2018. In late June 2018, juvenile detectives opened an investigation into Dominique after receiving allegations that he inappropriately touched a juvenile female under the age of 13. On Thursday, July 12, detectives made contact with Dominique and questioned him about the incident. During questioning, he admitted to inappropriately touching the girl. Dominique was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was charged with Sexual Battery (Forcible Fondling). He was released early Friday morning after posting $50,000 bond.

Ronnie Dominique
Ronnie Dominique

Lockport Man Arrested for Solicitation of a Teenage Girl

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Lockport man has been arrested for attempting to solicit a teenage girl for sex. Drexel Verdin Jr., 39, has been charged in the incident.

At around 1 p.m. on July 1, deputies responded to a complaint on West 27th Street in Larose. Deputies made contact with a 17-year-old female who had been walking on the street when she was approached by a man, later identified as Verdin. He made contact with the teen and allegedly asked her for sex in exchange for money or drugs. When she declined, he asked to take nude photos of her instead. When she declined again, Verdin reportedly exited his vehicle and grabbed her arm. The victim was able to get away from Verdin, and he entered his car and fled the area. Following an investigation, detectives identified Verdin as the suspect, and they obtained warrants for his arrest.

Then on Tuesday, July 10, deputies observed Verdin driving in Lockport and initiated a traffic stop. Verdin was taken into custody for the active warrants. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on charges of Soliciting for Prostitutes and Simple Battery. He was subsequently released on Wednesday, July 11, after posting $6,000 bond.

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Drexel Verdin Jr

Four Arrested after Deputies Find Firearms and Marijuana on Traffic Stop

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced four individuals were arrested after deputies found suspected marijuana and three firearms during a traffic stop. The driver, Kendrick Mitchell, 24, of Thibodaux, faces multiple charges in the incident. Brennan Mitchell Sr., 35, of Labadieville and Brennan Mitchell Jr., 17, and Wilson Mitchell, 21, both of Thibodaux, also face charges.

At around 7:45 p.m. on July 6, 2018, deputies with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office “POP Squad” (Problem-Oriented Policing Squad) conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Jackson Street and Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux. Deputies made contact with the driver and identified him as Kendrick Mitchell who had two active warrants and no driver’s license. He was immediately taken into custody. Deputies then identified the passengers as Brennan Mitchell Sr., Brennan Mitchell Jr., and Wilson Mitchell.

Deputies detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Narcotics agents then arrived on scene to assist with the investigation. Deputies located a large bag containing suspected marijuana in several small packages commonly associated with the individual sale of the drug. All vehicle occupants denied any knowledge of the suspected marijuana. Deputies also discovered a loaded handgun with an extended magazine under the driver’s seat, as well as a second handgun and an AR-15. The firearms were determined to have been in Kendrick Mitchell’s possession.

All four subjects were taken into custody and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.

Kendrick Mitchell was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, no driver’s license, and illegal tint. He was also booked on the two active warrants for Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $100,200. He is also ordered to pay $533.00 in fines and costs related to the contempt warrants.

Brennan Mitchell Sr., Brennan Mitchell Jr., and Wilson Mitchell were each charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. The bonds on Brennan Mitchell Sr. and Wilson Mitchell are set at $25,000 each. The bond on Brennan Mitchell Jr. is set at $10,000.

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Portion of LA 308 to Close for Six Hours on Tuesday, July 10

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a portion of LA Highway 308 will be closed from 6 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 10 in order for Entergy to replace utility poles in the 2200 block. LA 308 will be closed to through traffic from the St. Charles Bridge just south of Thibodaux to the North Raceland Lift Bridge.

Deputies will be posted at each bridge diverting traffic to LA Highway 1. Northbound and southbound local traffic will be allowed to travel up to the site of the utility pole replacement, but there will be total road blockage at the site preventing further passage.

This road work, which was originally scheduled for July 3, 2018, was rescheduled to Tuesday, July 10. Entergy officials said they will work to complete these repairs as quickly and safely as possible, and they apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Seat Belt Checkpoint Scheduled for July 11, 2018

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seat belt checkpoint in Lafourche Parish during the daytime hours of July 11, 2018. During this checkpoint, 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.

LPSO to Conduct Online Tax Title Sale on July 25, 2018

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a tax title sale on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The tax sale will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 8 p.m., or earlier if all properties are sold. By hosting the sale online, bidders that would not normally be able to attend the auction in person are still able to participate. Currently, 377 properties are slated to go to sale.

This sale is open to the general public. Free registration and a list of available properties are now available through our website at www.LPSO.net. Bidders are encouraged to participate online from the comfort and privacy of their own computer, but a limited number of computer terminals will be available on the date of the tax sale on the third floor of the Block Building. These computer terminals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. An LPSO representative will be on hand to direct you to the computer terminal area.

A tax title sale is the sale of properties that have delinquent taxes due. The tax titles for these properties are sold to the public for the amount of the delinquent taxes due, plus any accrued interest, penalties, costs and other statutory impositions. The tax title sale is a “low bid wins” style auction in which the property is sold to the purchaser willing to bid on the least percent ownership interest in the property. Winning bidders of the tax sale are expected to pay for their purchases within 72 hours of the close of the auction. Payment must be made in full, and all sales are final.

Property owners must remit property tax payments by 4:00 P.M. on July 24, 2018, to avoid having their property subject to sale. Bills not paid in full by this time will result in the property being sold at Wednesday’s tax sale. Tax payments can be made at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Administration Office (200 Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux) or at the South Lafourche Sub-station (102 W. 91st Street, Cut Off). For additional information, property owners can call the Thibodaux office at (985) 449-4431 or the Galliano office at (985) 632-5844.

This auction and all future tax sales can be viewed online at www.LPSO.net. The link is just below the gold-colored “Tax Sale” graphic on the LPSO homepage. Using the convenient search options, bidders can set the parameters for any property that falls within their interests and budget.

Thibodaux Teen Charged with First Degree Rape

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a 17-year-old male has been charged with First Degree Rape for having sexual relations with a female under the age of 13. Wilfred Mitchell, 17, of Thibodaux was arrested on July 5, 2018.

In late June 2018, juvenile detectives began an investigation into Mitchell after learning of allegations that he had sexual relations with a girl under the age of 13. Then, on Thursday, July 5, detectives made contact with Mitchell and questioned him about the incident. During questioning, Mitchell admitted to his involvement with the girl.

Mitchell was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on the charge of First Degree Rape. His bond is set at $50,000.

Due to the nature of the crime and the age of the victim, no further details will be released.

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Wilfred Mitchell

2018 National Night Out Against Crime Slated for August 7

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NNO 2018 Logo

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will once again be participating in the National Night Out Against Crime scheduled for Tuesday, August 7. This is the 35th annual nationwide event.

Citizens will host block parties throughout the parish, and Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be attending to meet community members to discuss crime prevention and any other concerns. Explorers from POST 323 will also be conducting fingerprinting and DNA swabbing in some areas. LPSO will supply the parties with hot dogs, but each party is encouraged to organize additional food and refreshments with attendees.

Anyone interested in hosting a block party is asked to contact Chaplain Jim Duck at (985) 387-4427 or via email at jim-duck@lpso.net. The deadline to contact Chaplain Duck to organize a block party is August 1, 2018.

ABOUT NATIONAL NIGHT OUT:
National Night Out is a yearlong community building campaign designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Approximately 38 million people from more than 16,000 communities across the nation participate in the annual event. The first National Night Out took place on August 7, 1984, and it was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch which continues to spearhead the event today.

Cut Off Man with Active Warrant Arrested after Deputies Save His Life with Naloxone

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported a Cut Off man was arrested on Wednesday due to an outstanding warrant after deputies saved his life through the use of naloxone. Gus Schexnayder, 36, is the sixth person saved by Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies through the use of naloxone in as many months.

Just before 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, deputies responded to a call of a man slumped over on the side of a building along LA Highway 1 in Golden Meadow. Upon arrival, deputies located the man, identified as Schexnayder, and observed him to be unresponsive with a slow pulse and labored breathing. Due to circumstances and investigation at the scene, deputies suspected the man was suffering from an opioid overdose. Deputies administered naloxone using an auto-injector. A short time later, the man became responsive and was examined by medical personnel. He refused further medical attention.

Deputies determined Schexnayder had an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court for the Town of Golden Meadow. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked accordingly.

Naloxone, which is sold under brand names such as Evzio and Narcan, is used as a temporary antidote to treat an opioid overdose. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained naloxone injectors at no cost to the agency in November 2017 from the Louisiana Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Many deputies are now carrying the agency-issued naloxone injectors after undergoing proper training for use.

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Gus Schexnayder