Nightly Curfew Lifted for Parts of Lafourche Parish

Per Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson and Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre, the nightly curfew in Lafourche has been lifted for all areas north of the Intracoastal Canal in Larose.

A 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew REMAINS in effect for all areas south of the Intracoastal Canal in Larose.

Officials will continue to monitor power restoration and lift the curfew for additional areas as power is restored.

Local Church Helps Deputies in Need after Hurricane Ida

From L to R: Pastor Whitney Alexander, Detective Brandon Queen, Rev. Dr. Dean Weaver, and Pastor Bill Crawford - all members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
From L to R: Pastor Whitney Alexander, Detective Brandon Queen, Rev. Dr. Dean Weaver, and Pastor Bill Crawford – all members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Deputies Association acquired several generators and air conditioners for deputies in need following the destruction of Hurricane Ida. The generators were acquired with assistance from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Thibodaux.

When Hurricane Ida struck the area, the Lafourche Deputies Association board of directors set out to start assisting its members with supplies needed to sustain themselves in order for them to continue to carry out Sheriff Craig Webre’s motto of doing “Whatever it takes to properly serve the public.”

Initially, the first immediate need was to purchase personal coolers for deputies on patrol in order to keep water cold. As the recovery efforts continued, Lafourche Deputies Association President Brandon Queen worked with the board to acquire several generators and air conditioning units for deputies that had significant damage to their homes. The association partnered with Evangelical Presbyterian Church in this endeavor and acquired the generators.

Rev. Dr. Dean Weaver, denomination leader of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church said, “I want to help the people that are helping others.” Immediately after Hurricane Ida made landfall, he began working with Pastor Bill Crawford, who pastors two churches in the area, to start relief work. Once they established the needs of the community, Rev. Dr. Weaver began working with Queen, who attends the church, to help tend to the needs of law enforcement.

Queen, who works as a juvenile detective at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, stated, “My co-workers cannot go without the essentials. This is just another way the Lafourche Deputies Association is serving its members. What greater joy is it than to serve our brothers and sisters in blue through the loving-kindness of a local church.”

Thirteen Arrests Made Overnight in Lafourche Parish

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced 13 people were arrested overnight in Lafourche Parish.  This comes as patrol efforts have increased in the past week due to numerous law enforcement agencies assisting in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

“We are seeing a lot of drug arrests,” said Sheriff Webre. “Our officers are using discretion when enforcing the curfew, but arrests typically come when someone is caught out after curfew with drugs or begins fighting with or resisting deputies.”

The following individuals were arrested during the patrol night shift which began at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8 through 5 a.m. on Thursday, September 9.

  • Blake Anthony, 25, of Albany – obstruction of justice, disturbing the peace, possession of drug paraphernalia, curfew violation;
  • Richard Barrio Jr., 64, of Thibodaux – aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon;
  • Dallas Bruce, 27, of Cut Off – trespassing, unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, resisting an officer;
  • Michael Daigle, 60, of Thibodaux – possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper vehicle lighting, curfew violation;
  • David Dennis, 57, of Cut Off – possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container in a motor vehicle, curfew violation;
  • Jessica Domangue, 36, of Lockport – driving under suspension, expired registration, curfew violation, five contempt warrants;
  • Tally Dufrene, 24, of Raceland – possession of meth, heroin and marijuana, curfew violation, and contempt warrant;
  • Stacy Hernandez, 57, of Cut Off – possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, curfew violation;
  • Rogelio Ledezma, 26, of Larose – repeated curfew violations;
  • Sandra Leger, 57 of Cut Off – possession of heroin, hydrocodone, and drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage, curfew violation;
  • Chantelle Smith, 40, of Galliano – possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension, curfew violation; and
  • Kevin Williams, 20, of Larose – possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, curfew violation.

Additionally, Edy Herrera, 50, was cited for a curfew violation and an open container in a motor vehicle.

“If you’ve been thinking about turning to a life of crime, this is certainly not the time,” said Sheriff Webre. “With the amount of additional law enforcement officers in this parish, we have been able to step up patrols efforts and catch violators with greater ease. We are sincerely grateful for all the assistance.”

Since Hurricane Ida struck on August 29, 2021,  68 people have been charged, and three of those individuals were arrested twice. Four people have been arrested for looting. Additionally, there have been 48 people charged with curfew violations, 30 drug arrests, and 12 people charged with various types of battery.

Sheriff Webre Shares Details of Arrests Since Hurricane Ida

Sheriff Craig Webre announced 48 individuals have been arrested/charged in Lafourche Parish since Hurricane Ida Struck on August 29, 2021. This includes three arrests for looting.

“Our community has come together like never before as we recover from this powerful storm,” said Sheriff Webre. “Still, there are always those criminals who see disasters as an opportunity to steal. Our deputy shifts are supplemented by dozens of officers from across the state and the country, and we will continue to protect property, especially at night. If you are caught looting, you WILL be arrested.”

Additionally, 14 people were charged with drug possession, two were charged with theft, and ten were charged with battery, including two people charged with battery of a peace officer.

A total of 29 people have been charged for violating the 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. Sheriff Webre said deputies are using discretion when encountering people during these times. “If you’re out after curfew, you will be stopped,” said Sheriff Webre. “Our deputies will be understanding depending on the circumstances, especially if it’s an emergency, but anyone out after curfew is subject to be charged accordingly.”

Citizens are reminded that 911 and LPSO dispatch lines are still down. Please continue to use the emergency lines to contact us at (985) 772-4810 or (985) 772-4824.

Lafourche Parish Officials Announce Creation of Contractor Fraud Response Team

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre, Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson III, and Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell have created the Contractor Fraud Response Team to fight contractor fraud during the recovery efforts from Hurricane Ida.

As people begin to clean up their property and rebuild, we want to send a clear message to anyone seeking to take advantage of our citizens,” said Sheriff Webre. “Together, we will pursue, arrest and prosecute anyone committing contractor fraud in Lafourche Parish.”

A hotline has been established to report contractor fraud in Lafourche Parish. If you are a victim of contractor fraud, please call (985) 413-4498. Please leave a message with your name and contact information if there is no answer (due to service issues).

While the Contractor Fraud Response Team will investigate cases of fraud, prevention is also just as important. Citizens should check references and ensure the contractor is licensed, bonded and insured. Citizens who use an unlicensed contractor do so at their own risk of liability, no warranty, and no recourse for substandard work.

Any contractor working in Lafourche Parish MUST have an occupational license. Those can be obtained at the Lafourche Parish Mathews Government Complex, 4876 Highway 1 in Mathews. Contractors can begin the process by downloading a form online at lafourchegov.org/economic-development.

Citizens should also be alert to the warning signs of common contractor scams, such as door-to-door solicitations, demands for cash, unusually large down payments, no references, no permanent address, high-pressure sales or scare tactics, no insurance, or license, or no contract. If there is any concern, citizens are encouraged to photograph the contractor’s representative, vehicle, and license plate.

“As we begin to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, we want to send a very clear message to those who would take advantage of our community in this vulnerable state – you will not go unchecked, and you will be prosecuted,” said District Attorney Russell.

Officials urge citizens to report suspected fraud even if they are unsure whether actual criminal fraud has been committed, or if it is a civil matter. All reports will be fully investigated.

Parish President Chaisson said, “Citizens should proceed with caution and follow the tips from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Our local officials work as a team and will be diligent in monitoring activity throughout the parish.”

Sheriff Webre Asks Public to Use LA 308 When Possible to Reserve LA 1 for Essential Workers

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking citizens to primarily use LA 308 for traveling in Lafourche Parish. This will allow first responders, utility workers, and other essential personnel to utilize LA 1.

The only exception is a temporary road closure of LA 308 from U.S. Highway 90 to the Champagne-Harrelson Memorial Bridge due to Entergy working on utility lines in that area. This along with several other factors has created a bottleneck on LA 1 near U.S. Highway 90. To avoid this bottleneck, residents returning to the South Lafourche area are encouraged to exit U.S. Highway 90 at LA 316 and then travel to LA 24 (Bourg-Larose Highway).

“We understand that people may need to travel on LA 1, but if you’re just passing through an area, please use LA 308 when possible,” said Sheriff Webre. “With gas being such a scarce commodity, the best thing citizens can do is conserve fuel by staying off the roads. We have more and more residents coming in, and traffic is going to increase. I understand people don’t necessarily want to stay home, but you’ll be faced with even more frustration on the highways.”

Hurricane Ida Donations and Relief for Lafourche Parish

Lafourche Parish officials have received an overwhelming number of requests for the best avenues to donate to the Hurricane Ida relief efforts. Parish officials have already begun working with local non-profit organizations to help funnel donations to the community.

Bless Your Heart Nonprofit Corporation will be accepting monetary donations as well as items such as cleaning supplies, non-perishable food items, water, industrial garbage bags, toiletries, baby items, and wasp spray. They will coordinate donation events in Lafourche Parish in the near future. If you would like to donate items, please submit information on your donation using bit.ly/LafourcheIdaRelief. Monetary donations can be made on Venmo (@blessyourheartnonprofit) or via Paypal (blessyourheartnonprofit@gmail.com). For questions, contact Danielle Trahan at (985) 413-4624 or email blessyourheartnonprofit@gmail.com.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux is also coordinating donations of food, supplies, and money, as well as volunteers. You can sign up to donate or volunteer at CatholicCharitiesHT.org/Ida.

Additionally, the Bayou Community Foundation is able to funnel larger monetary donations to various nonprofit organizations throughout the Bayou Region. Nonprofits can apply for grants and donors can give online at BayouCF.org.

Other avenues for donations and volunteers are Volunteer Louisiana, American Red Cross of Louisiana, United Way of Southeast Louisiana, and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson said, “Thank you to everyone for their effort over the last few days. The community has come together in the most fantastic way to help with recovery throughout Lafourche Parish. The residents of Lafourche are second to none.”

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre also cautions donating to an unknown source, especially individuals. “Scam artists use disasters to take advantage of honest, generous people,” said Sheriff Webre. “Only donate to verified, trusted sources such as ones identified by local, state, federal officials. If we are made aware of any fraudulent activity, we will fully investigate with the possibility of criminal charges.”

Lafourche Residents Can Return at Noon, Nightly Curfew Set for 7pm to 6am

Lafourche Parish residents will be allowed to return home beginning at noon today (Tuesday, August 31). Checkpoints are set up, and you must show proof of residency such as your driver’s license. A nightly curfew is now in place from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  All alcohol sales are suspended until further notice.

Please know there is no clean water access from Raceland to the South Lafourche area. There is no power in the parish, and it will not be restored for some time. Nearly all communication is down, including cell phone service parish-wide. Your home may be severely damaged and uninhabitable. We do not have access to food at this time due to the amount of damage to stores, so please bring all supplies you need to self-sustain while you are here. Parish officials are working on phone services now to ensure emergency services can be contacted and dispatched.