Free Hunter Education Field Day Slated for August 28

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a FREE Hunter Education Field Day on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 for anyone age 10 or older who has completed the home study course. The class will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the LPSO Shooting Range located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland.

As an alternative to the traditional two-day classroom course, a Home Study Course is available online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website. Those who complete the home study course MUST take their completion voucher to a “Field Day” to complete their hunter education. Entry to the Field Day will be denied unless the completed forms are presented. There will be a written test required to complete the Field Day. Class size is limited. Advance registration is required. CLICK HERE to register for the Field Day.

Firearms and ammunition should NOT be brought to this course, but snacks are permitted. For more information, or for assistance with online registration, call the LPSO Training Academy at (985) 387-4480 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email Lieutenant Nolan Smith at nolan-smith@lpso.net.

*Anyone born after September 1, 1969, who wishes to obtain a hunting license in Louisiana, must successfully complete a hunter education course. Exceptions may be granted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for active or veteran members of the United States armed services, for any P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officer, or for persons who are under the direct supervision of a person 18-years or older who is already licensed and has taken the approved course. Exceptions must be applied for and approved by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Houma Man Arrested for Burglary and Gun Charges

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Houma man was arrested after he was caught burglarizing a vehicle in Thibodaux. Mitchell Nelson III, 20, faces several charges in the incident.

At around 8:10 a.m. on August 10, 2019, an agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries caught a man burglarizing his vehicle at the agent’s home. Upon being seen, the man, later identified as Nelson, fled the area. The agent’s wife contacted the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office as the agent pursued Nelson in his vehicle. Nelson eventually ran into a family member’s residence on Government Circle in Thibodaux. A second Wildlife and Fisheries agent responded along with LPSO deputies and officers from the Thibodaux Police Department. After a standoff, Nelson surrendered to deputies, and he was taken into custody. Through investigation, deputies learned Nelson had a firearm in his possession, and deputies located the gun inside the residence. They found the gun had been reported stolen in Terrebonne Parish.

Nelson was arrested and charged with Simple Burglary of a Motor Vehicle, Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Resisting an Officer. Bail was set at $40,500, but he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole due to a probation violation.

Mitchell Nelson III
Mitchell Nelson III

Rape Aggression Defense Course Slated for Raceland in September

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course on September 9, 10, and 11, 2019, at the LPSO Range Facility, located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland.

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, September 6, 2019, at 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact Captain Lafate Day at (985) 449-4485 or by email at lafate-day@lpso.net.

Thibodaux Man Charged with Manslaughter after Girlfriend Dies in Domestic Incident

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Thibodaux man has been arrested after his girlfriend died during a domestic incident. Nicholas Queen, 35, is charged with manslaughter in the death of Brianisha Ross, 27, also of Thibodaux.

Shortly after 12:15 a.m. on August 10, 2019, deputies responded to a residence in the 300 block of Carol Street in reference to a woman who had reportedly fallen through a glass table. The woman, identified as Ross, was transported to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Meanwhile, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received several phone calls that the incident may have stemmed from a domestic dispute with her boyfriend, Nicholas Queen.

Through investigation, detectives learned Queen and Ross had been living together for approximately five years. When Queen returned home from work, the two began having an argument that turned physical. During the struggle, a glass table was reportedly broken. At one point, Queen struck Ross causing her to fall onto the broken glass, and she suffered lacerations. Queen attempted to provide medical aid until EMTs arrived.

Knowing he had active warrants for probation violation and contempt of court, Queen turned himself over to authorities following the incident. Detectives questioned Queen, he admitted to his involvement in Ross’ death. Detectives have not yet discovered any evidence that Queen intended to kill Ross.

Queen was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on the aforementioned warrants as well as a warrant for Manslaughter. He is being held without bail due to the probation violation. Queen has 13 prior arrests in Lafourche Parish, mostly for contempt charges. His most recent arrest, though, was in January 2014 when he was charged with attempted second degree murder after admitting to shooting a man during an argument over whose pit bull was “better.” He has also been previously charged with assault, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, resisting arrest, and marijuana possession.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, August 12. This case remains under investigation.

Nicholas Queen
Nicholas Queen

Multiple Checkpoints Planned for Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced plans for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which runs from August 16 through September 2, 2019. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

Multiple checkpoints have been planned in Lafourche Parish throughout the campaign. A DWI checkpoint is slated during the evening hours of Friday, August 16, 2019, and it will continue into the early morning hours of Saturday, August 17. Another DWI checkpoint is slated for Friday, August 23, 2019, and it will continue into the early morning hours of Saturday, August 24. Seat belt checkpoints will also be conducted on August 16, 21, 23, and 29. Additional deputies will also be assigned to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers and help keep motorists safe throughout the campaign.

During the seat belt checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as other violations such as expired inspection tags. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues, including but not limited to seat belt usage. Remember that Lafourche Parish is 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.

Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Sheriff Webre also asks for patience and cooperation when passing through these checkpoints and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.

One Arrested, One Sought in Connection to Larose Burglary

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced one person has been arrested and one is being sought in connection to a burglary in Larose. Steve Barbaree Jr., 33, of Larose has been arrested, and deputies are now seeking Dodie Morris, 28, of Cut Off.

Earlier this week, deputies responded to a burglary of a residential shed located on East Main Street in Larose. The victim had over $1,000 worth of property stolen from her shed. She indicated she had seen a post in a Facebook group featuring a man and a woman driving a boat with several items in it, some of which appeared to be her property. Based on the photos, Steve Barbaree Jr. and Dodie Morris were identified as suspects.

With the help of detectives and water patrol deputies, deputies located Barbaree in the Larose area, and he admitted to his involvement in the crime. Deputies found stolen property in his possession, and it was returned to the owner. Barbaree was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on one count of Simple Burglary and four active contempt of court warrants stemming for prior arrests for charges including battery, drug charges, and traffic violations. His bail is set at $59,500.

Dodie Morris has two active warrants for contempt of court and is also being sought for questioning in this case. She has six prior arrests in Lafourche Parish in the last four years, mostly for contempt of court charges. She also had drug charges including possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Anyone with knowledge of Morris’ whereabouts can 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.

Steve Barbaree Jr
Steve Barbaree Jr
Dodie Morris
WANTED – Dodie Morris

Galliano Woman Charged in Investigation into Stolen Property and Trespassing

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Galliano woman in an investigation into criminal trespassing and stolen property. Britnie Davidson, 32, of Galliano was arrested on August 6, 2019.

Detectives began an investigation into trespassing and stolen property complaints in the Cut Off area that occurred overnight on August 4-5, 2019. Through investigation, detectives developed Davidson as a suspect in the crimes. Detectives made contact with Davidson, and she admitted to having used drugs prior to committing the crimes. Davidson was arrested for two counts of Simple Burglary, two counts of Theft, and four counts of Criminal Trespassing, and she was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. Among her prior arrests, Davidson was arrested in November 2018 for her first drug offenses. She had spent 19 days in jail before bonding out.

Sheriff Webre stated: “It is our hope that by working with the District Attorney’s Office and the court system, Ms. Davidson will ultimately get the help she needs to break the cycle of addiction. In alignment with our mission at the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex, we will attempt to diagnose and begin that treatment process while she is in our custody. It is imperative that we try to identify and treat the root cause of crime, and not just look at the crime itself.”

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued 469 drug charges on 320 arrests in 2019 thus far. This is in addition to the 18 federal indictments recently announced as part of a two-year investigation into drug trafficking in Lafourche Parish.

“Between our own local efforts and our cooperative efforts with agencies such as the Louisiana State Police and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, we are committed to the enforcement of laws involving drug possession and distribution,” said Sheriff Webre. “Drug trafficking is an operation that spans multiple jurisdictions and even crosses into other countries. It is imperative that we work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to find those responsible for bringing drugs into our community. We understand that arresting drug traffickers and dealers attacks the root of the issue, but we also cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the enforcement of drug possession laws. For many, it is the only way they will ever recognize they have a problem and seek treatment.”

The LPSO remains committed in its partnership with the Lafourche Parish Drug Treatment Court since its inception in 1999. This alternative to incarceration provides those with addictive disorders the opportunity to attain and maintain responsible sobriety while providing treatment, education, and skill development. It has helped a great number of people shed the chains of addiction while also resuming their life as a contributing member of society.

On the side of prevention, for the past 30 years, the LPSO has been teaching children about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse through the D.A.R.E. program. With programs and lessons for Kindergarten through 5th grade, as well as 8th grade, our D.A.R.E. instructors and school resource officers ensure children are aware of the consequences of drug use and abuse with a science-based education based on the principles of prevention.

Britnie Davidson
Britnie Davidson

Narcotics Agents Make Four Arrests in the South Lafourche Area

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced narcotics agents made four arrests in the South Lafourche area on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, August 7, agents attempted to make contact with Ashley Savoie, 36, at her Larose residence on Hamilton Street due to her having nine contempt of court warrants stemming from charges including multiple counts of theft and traffic violations. At Savoie’s residence, agents made contact with Christopher Moore, 34, of Norco and Malik Jenkins, 21, of Larose. Moore was found to have marijuana in his possession and was charged Possession of Marijuana (1st Offense). Through investigation, agents obtained a search warrant for the residence. During the search, agents found drug paraphernalia and several types of narcotics which were determined to belong to Jenkins. Jenkins was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on charges including Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Possession of MDMA, Xanax, Codeine, Hydrocodone, and Drug Paraphernalia. Jenkins’ bail was set at $13,200.

Meanwhile, additional agents made contact with Savoie at another location, and she was arrested on the aforementioned warrants. Tevin Robinson, 27, of Larose was with Savoie and found to have an active contempt warrant stemming from a prior theft charge. Both were booked into the Correctional Complex. Savoie’s bail amount was set at $27,000 and she has been ordered to pay $3,184.50 in fines and costs. Robinson was ordered to pay $334.50 in fines and costs.

Ashley Savoie Ashley Savoie
Tevin Robinson Tevin Robinson
Malik Jenkins Malik Jenkins

Seat Belt Checkpoints Slated for August 7 and 15

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct seat belt checkpoints in Lafourche Parish during the daytime hours of August 7, 2019, and August 15, 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.

Agents Arrest Thibodaux Man after Finding Narcotics, Cash, and a Rifle at His Home

Items seized during the arrest of Chad Fletcher
Items seized during the arrest of Chad Fletcher

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced narcotics agents arrested a Thibodaux man following an investigation. Chad Fletcher, 28, faces drug and weapons charges in the case. The investigation was conducted in cooperation with the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Louisiana State Police.

Narcotics agents recently opened an investigation into Chad Fletcher after receiving a tip through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region that he was involved in the trafficking of illegal narcotics which included receiving them through the mail. Through investigation, agents obtained a search warrant for Fletcher’s residence on Petal Avenue in Thibodaux.

On Thursday, August 1, agents made contact with Fletcher and conducted a search of his residence with assistance from K-9 deputies, the Louisiana State Police, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. During the search, agents found a black AR-15 rifle, 2.31 pounds of suspected marijuana, three vials of suspected steroids, and $4,575 in cash. They also discovered various drug paraphernalia including syringes, vacuum seal bags, and digital scales – all commonly associated with the sale of illegal narcotics.

Fletcher was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex. He was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Steroids, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of Controlled Dangerous Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released Friday morning, August 2, after posting $111,000 bail.

Chad Fletcher
Chad Fletcher