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.

Lafourche Parish Curfew Set for 6pm for Hurricane Ida

Lafourche Parish officials will enact a 6 p.m. curfew tonight due to the updated weather forecast for Hurricane Ida and will stay in place until further notice for the duration of the storm. All businesses should be closed by 6 p.m. in time for employees to make it home and prepare for the incoming storm. Lafourche a Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be out enforcing the curfew but will allow a grace period until 7 p.m. for business workers to arrive home. Essential personnel should be carrying their ID or placard displaying they are indeed essential personnel. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has a full deployment of staff to maintain security in our community.

Larose Man Found with Meth and Handgun During Traffic Stop

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Larose man found with methamphetamine and a firearm during a traffic stop. Scotty Wade, 35, faces several felony charges in relation to the incident.

Narcotics agents had been investigating Scotty Gisclair and his involvement in the sale of illegal narcotics at his residence on East Avenue A in Larose. Gisclair also had three warrants for Contempt of Court. At around 10:45 p.m. on August 24, 2021, agents located Gisclair traveling in the Raceland area and conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, a K-9 unit alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. Agents then conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered a handgun and approximately four ounces of methamphetamine located in close proximity to children passengers inside the vehicle.

Based on their investigations, deputies then obtained a search warrant for Gisclair’s residence. There, agents found additional drug paraphernalia commonly associated with the sale of illegal narcotics.

Gisclair was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was booked with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Illegal Use of a Controlled Dangerous Substance in the Presence of Persons Under 17, Illegal Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and improper lane usage. He was also booked on three outstanding warrants for Contempt of Court. Bail is set at $189,400.

Citizens are reminded that they can report any drug-related or suspicious activity. Information can be reported directly to the Narcotics section commander, Lieutenant Derek Champagne, at (985) 532-4365 or derek-champagne@lpso.net. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or via the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices.

Scotty Gisclair
Scotty Gisclair

UPDATE: Man Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting Booked on Charges from Incident

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a man who was injured in a shooting incident in Mathews involving a deputy on Sunday has been booked on charges stemming from the incident. Daniel Boudreaux, 34, of Dulac was booked with Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and other charges.

As previously released, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call on the night of August 22, 2021, regarding Boudreaux causing a disturbance at a residence on Linda Street in Lockport. He was reportedly armed with a rifle and possibly suicidal. As deputies were responding, they learned Boudreaux had left the residence in a pickup truck. A deputy located the truck and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Boudreaux refused to stop and turned onto Adams Street in Mathews. Boudreaux stopped the vehicle in the 200 block and exited with a rifle. He began running, and the deputy gave commands for him to stop. Boudreaux then turned and raised the rifle toward the deputy. The deputy then fired at Boudreaux, striking him in the arm. The deputy rendered first aid until an ambulance arrived and transported Boudreaux to a hospital. He was eventually transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans for treatment.

Through investigation after the incident, an eyewitness told investigators the man had made statements earlier in the evening indicating a desire to die in a “suicide by cop” situation. Detectives also learned he had stolen the rifle from the Linda Street residence. Detectives obtained warrants for Theft of a Firearm, Flight from an Officer, and Reckless Operation.

Per Sheriff Webre’s request, Louisiana State Police investigated the shooting itself and obtained warrants for Boudreaux for Aggravated Assault upon a Peace Officer and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

On Wednesday, August 25, Boudreaux was released from University Medical Center and was taken into custody. He was initially booked into Orleans Parish Prison. He was then transferred to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex where he was booked on the aforementioned warrants. Bail is set at $176,000.

Daniel Boudreaux
Daniel Boudreaux

RUNAWAY TEEN: Trent Truxillo

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Trent Truxillo of Lockport. He was last seen on or around August 14, 2021. Truxillo has a history of leaving home and not returning in a timely manner. He is described as 5’5″ tall, weighing approximately 155 pounds with dark brown hair. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808, or simply dial 911.

Trent Truxillo
Trent Truxillo

Man Injured in Suspected “Suicide By Cop” Attempt in Mathews

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a man has been injured in a shooting incident in Mathews involving a deputy. The man was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in New Orleans. No deputies were injured. The incident is currently under investigation. An eyewitness told investigators the man had made statements earlier in the evening indicating a desire to die in a “suicide by cop” situation.
At 11:26 p.m., the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a disturbance involving the man at a residence on Linda Street in Lockport. The man was reportedly armed with a rifle and was possibly suicidal. As deputies were responding, they learned the man had left the residence in a pickup truck. A deputy located the truck and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The man refused to stop and turned onto Adams Street in Mathews. He stopped the vehicle in the 200 block and exited with a rifle. He began running, and the deputy gave commands for him to stop. The man then turned and raised the rifle toward the deputy. The deputy then fired at the suspect, striking him in the arm. The deputy rendered first aid to the man until an ambulance arrived. The man was then taken to the hospital for treatment.
The investigation into this incident is continuing and no further details are available at this time. Per Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office policy which requires an outside agency to investigate officer-involved shootings, Sheriff Webre requested Louisiana State Police to investigate.

LPSO to Conduct Online Tax Title Sale on September 15, 2021

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a tax title sale on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. 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.

This sale is open to the general public. Free registration and a list of available properties are now available through our website at LPSO.net/TaxSale. Bidders are encouraged to participate online from the comfort and privacy of their own computer, but if you wish to attend in person, a limited number of computer terminals will be available on the date of the tax sale on the third floor of the Ferd H. Block Building, located at 200 West 2nd Street in Thibodaux. These computer terminals will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. An LPSO representative will be on hand to answer any questions and direct you to a computer terminal.

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.

To avoid having property sold at tax sale, property owners must remit property tax payments by 11:59 P.M. on September 13, 2021. Online tax payments cannot be made after that deadline. Bills not paid in full by that time will result in the property being sold at the tax sale on September 15, 2021. 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) 449-4430 or the Cut Off office at (985) 632-5843.

This auction and all future tax sales can be viewed online at LPSO.net/TaxSale. Using the convenient search options, bidders can set the parameters for any property that falls within their interests and budget.

Plans Announced for Labor Day 2021 Driver 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 20 through September 6, 2021, centered around the Labor Day holiday. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

As part of the campaign efforts, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will assign additional deputies to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers and help keep motorists safe. Additionally, LPSO deputies will conduct a seat belt checkpoint and a DWI checkpoint. A seat belt checkpoint will be conducted during the evening hours of August 27, 2021. A DWI checkpoint will also begin during the evening hours of August 27, 2021, and continue into the early morning hours of the following day.

During the seat belt checkpoint, 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 everyone to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Have a plan on how you will arrive home BEFORE you leave home.

Detectives Investigating Saturday Shooting Incident on LA Highway 182 in Raceland

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in an investigation into a shooting incident that occurred on LA Highway 182 early Saturday morning. There were no injuries in the shooting.

At 3:30 a.m. on August 14, 2021, deputies responded to a 911 call of someone shooting at vehicles traveling eastbound on LA Highway 182. One vehicle, being driven by a Lockport woman, was struck on the driver’s side resulting in a shattered window, a flat tire, and damage from the rounds. A second vehicle, being driven by a New Orleans man, was struck in a tire resulting in a flat. Detectives believe the shots came from a person in a vehicle parked in the median on LA 182.

Detectives are asking the public for help on this investigation. Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433, online at www.crimestoppersbr.org, or through the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.