More Than 800 Jackets Collected for Lafourche Parish Students

Jacket Grant
From left to right: Sheriff Craig Webre, Thibodaux Family Church Pastor Duane Bland, The Lorio Foundation Executive Director Cam Morvant, and Crystal Chiasson (LPSO employee)

 

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced more than 800 jackets have been acquired for children in need who are attending school in Lafourche Parish. A total of 555 jackets have been purchased through a grant by The Lorio Foundation in addition to around 250 collected through a recent donation drive.

In October 2021, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Bless Your Heart Nonprofit Corporation to collect light jackets for school-aged children as part of Hurricane Ida relief efforts. Approximately 250 jackets were collected and distributed by volunteers through Bless Your Heart’s uniform distribution in November.

Recognizing a larger need in our community, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office employees worked with Thibodaux Family Church to obtain additional jackets. Thanks to a grant from The Lorio Foundation in the amount of $15,000 to Thibodaux Family Church, 555 additional jackets were purchased from Johnny’s Men’s Shop and Jake’s Uniforms in Thibodaux.

“With so much going on during Hurricane Ida recovery, it’s a blessing to be involved in this endeavor to make sure every kid has a jacket for the winter,” said Sheriff Craig Webre. “We are thankful to The Lorio Foundation for their generous donation, and we appreciate the efforts of Thibodaux Family Church and Bless Your Heart Nonprofit as we continue to rebuild Lafourche Parish.”

The jackets will now be distributed to schools throughout Lafourche Parish for any children in need.

Man Arrested for Armed Robbery at a Cut Off Pharmacy

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Cut Off man for an armed robbery at a pharmacy. Joseph Basse, 25, was arrested following the incident on Sunday afternoon.

Shortly after 4:45 p.m. on December 19, 2021, deputies responded to a disturbance at CVS Pharmacy on West Main Street in Cut Off. A man, later identified as a Basse, was causing a disturbance and arguing with store employees. He was attempting to steal a mask and told employees he was armed with a knife. He walked out of the store momentarily and then returned.

Deputies arrived on the scene, and Basse was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to Thibodaux and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex. He was charged with Armed Robbery and Disturbing the Peace. He also had an active warrant for Contempt of Court for the Town of Golden Meadow. Bail is set at $100,550.

Joseph Basse
Joseph Basse

Two Arrested, Including Wanted Felon, Following Multi-Agency Investigation

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a fugitive with several felony warrants has been arrested following a multi-agency investigation. Daitrean Butler, 20, of Houma was arrested on Thursday and faces additional charges after he was found with narcotics. Deion Crappel, 25, of Raceland, who was with Butler, was also arrested. The arrests were the result of a joint investigation involving the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Houma Police Department, Louisiana State Police, and the U.S. Marshals Service.

On December 15, 2021, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office in locating Butler who was wanted for armed robbery, aggravated burglary, drug charges and other felonies. Terrebonne investigators located Butler in the Raceland area. LPSO deputies then conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Butler was a passenger, and he was taken into custody. Crappel was the driver of the vehicle.

During the traffic stop, a K-9 unit alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located approximately 31.5 grams of suspected fentanyl and heroin, seven grams of marijuana, and a small amount of hydrocodone. After learning of possible narcotics at Crappel’s residence, deputies obtained a search warrant and located over 100 grams of fentanyl and heroin, over 6 pounds of marijuana, additional hydrocodone pills, and drug paraphernalia. They also found two guns, one of which was reported stolen out of Mississippi.

Both Butler and Crappel were transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Center in Thibodaux for booking.

Butler was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl, Heroin, and Marijuana. He was also charged with Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. His bond has not yet been set in Lafourche, but he is also being held for Terrebonne Parish where he has warrants for Armed Robbery, Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, and several other gun and drug charges.

Crappel was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl, Heroin, and Marijuana. He was also charged with Possession of Hydrocodone, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. His bond has also not yet been set.

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.

K9 Siren With Seized Items
K9 Siren With Seized Items
Daitrean Butler
Daitrean Butler
Deion Crappel
Deion Crappel

Detectives Investigating Overnight Drive-by Shooting at a Raceland Residence

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are investigating an overnight drive-by shooting in Raceland. No injuries were reported, but a residence and a vehicle were struck by gunfire.

Just after 1 a.m. on Thursday, December 16, 2021, deputies responded to a call of shots fired at a Raceland residence in the 100 block of Kahn Street. Deputies located multiple shell casings in the roadway. A total of eight individuals were in the residence, but no one was injured. Investigators found the home and a vehicle parked outside the home to be damaged by rounds.

Witnesses reported three suspicious vehicles traveling in the neighborhood prior to the shooting. Those included a white car, a black car, and a truck.

Detectives are asking the public for assistance in this investigation. Tips can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433, online at 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.

RUNAWAY TEEN: Johnta Robertson

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in locating 14-year-old Johnta Robertson of Karla Drive in Thibodaux. He was last seen heading to school on Wednesday morning, December 8, 2021, but he did not return home after school.

Robertson is described as 5’4” tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds with black hair. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, red and black Adidas shoes, and a red and black hooded sweatshirt with a white polo shirt underneath. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808, or simply dial 911.

Johnta Robertson
Johnta Robertson

 

Detectives Investigating Overnight Shooting Death in Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred overnight in Solar Trailer Park in Thibodaux.

At around 12:40 a.m., deputies traveling in the Thibodaux area heard several gunshots in the area of Solar Trailer Park. Deputies proceeded to the location and discovered the body of an unidentified man with a suspected gunshot wound. The man was lying on the ground in front of a residence.

As the investigation continues, detectives are asking anyone with information to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org, or via the Bayou Tips app on mobile devices.

Raceland Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Overnight Shooting

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Raceland man is charged with attempted murder in connection to a shooting that occurred overnight on Sunday. Michael Harris III, 20, is also charged with attempted burglary.

At around 6:45 p.m. on November 28, 2021, deputies responded to a report of an attempted vehicle burglary in the 400 block of St. Phillip Street in Raceland in which Harris was the suspect. Harris fled the area prior to law enforcement arriving.

Then, approximately three and a half hours later, Harris returned to the same residence and reportedly shot a woman. The victim appeared to have suffered wounds to her left foot and left leg, and she was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Through investigation, detectives learned Harris allegedly fired shots through the door of the residence knowing the victim was inside. Investigators were unable to locate Harris at that time, and they obtained a warrant for his arrest.

On Monday afternoon, Harris surrendered to authorities. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex on charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder and Attempted Simple Burglary. Bail is set at $255,000.

Michael Harris III Michael Harris III

Larose Man Arrested for Second Time in Two Weeks as Narcotics Agents Make Two Arrests

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced narcotics agents arrested two men on Monday, one of whom was arrested for the second time in two weeks. Reggie Estay, 46, of Larose and Reese Gravois, 62, of Cut Off, each face drug charges. Estay was also arrested by agents on November 9, 2021, after attempting to conceal methamphetamine inside a loaf of bread.

At around 3 p.m. on November 22, 2021, agents conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on LA Highway 308 in Lockport. Agents identified the driver as Gravois and the passenger as Estay. During the stop, an agent’s K-9 alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. Inside the fuse box near the engine, agents located approximately 28 grams of suspected methamphetamine determined to belong to Estay. Agents learned Gravois assisted Estay in hiding the drugs inside the vehicle.

Both men were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. Estay was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and his bail is set at $25,000. Gravois was charged with Principal to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and his bail is also set at $25,000.

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.

Reggie Estay
Reggie Estay
Reese Gravois
Reese Gravois
Suspected Meth In Fuse Box
Suspected Meth In Fuse Box

LPSO Gearing Up for 28th Annual Bike Giveaway

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is gearing up for the annual Christmas Bike Giveaway. This marks the 28th year of the program. More than 4,800 bicycles have been distributed to children of families in need in Lafourche Parish over that period of time.

Due to Hurricane Ida and the expected high level of demand this year, LPSO is partnering with Bless Your Heart Nonprofit and HERE to help identify children who are most in need.

“The needs of our community are great right now,” said Sheriff Webre. “Rather than duplicating ongoing efforts, we felt teaming with a local nonprofit group who has already identified those most affected by the storm was the best way to reach those most in need. We are grateful to Bless Your Heart and HERE for assisting logistically and financially in helping to ensure these children have a great Christmas in spite of what they have endured.”

LPSO is accepting donations of new bicycles or monetary donations. Checks should be made payable to the Lafourche Deputies Association with the words “Bike Giveaway” in the memo line. New bicycles and monetary donations may be dropped off at any Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office location throughout the parish.

Meth Sandwich? Agents Find Drugs Hidden in Loaf of Bread

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced four people were arrested in a drug investigation in which agents found suspected methamphetamine hidden in a loaf of bread. Agents arrested suspected drug dealer Reggie Estay, 46, of Larose during the stop. During a search of Estay’s residence, three others were arrested – Robin Morant, 53, Sherman Allen Jr., 40, and Sue Gisclair, 41 – all of Larose.

Narcotics agents had been investigating Reggie Estay for the sale of narcotics and obtained a warrant for Distribution of Methamphetamine. On November 9, 2021, gents located Estay traveling in a car in the central area of Lafourche Parish and conducted a traffic stop. During the stop, an agent’s K-9 alerted to the possible presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, agents located a loaf of bread in its retail packaging. Inside the package, they discovered part of the loaf had been hollowed out to conceal a bag containing over 50 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

Based on their investigation, agents obtained a search warrant for Estay’s residence on West 11th Street in Larose. Inside the residence, agents located additional methamphetamine, cash, and other items commonly associated with the sale of narcotics. Additionally, agents located three individuals at the residence who were each in possession of methamphetamine. Those included Morvant and Gisclair, as well as Allen, who was also in possession of heroin.

All four individuals were arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. This is the second time in as many months that agents searched the West 11th Street residence resulting in arrests both times. Agents had also arrested Estay for drug possession in May 2021.

Estay was booked on the aforementioned warrant. He was additionally charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Bail is set at $100,000.

Morvant was booked on outstanding warrants for Misdemeanor Theft, Contempt of Court, and Distribution of Methamphetamine. She was additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Bail is set at $34,050.

Allen was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Heroin. His bail is set at $12,500.

Gisclair was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. She was released after posting bail in the amount of $2,500.

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.

Reggie Estay
Reggie Estay
Robin Morvant
Robin Morvant
Sherman Allen Jr
Sherman Allen Jr
Sue Gisclair
Sue Gisclair
Suspected Meth In Bread
Suspected Meth In Bread