Crime Blotter: Reported offenses in the Tri-parishes

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Cut Off woman and fugitive arrested in traffic stop

A Cut Off woman and a male fugitive are in the custody of Lafourche Parish authorities after a traffic stop this weekend in Lafourche Parish.

Just after 9 a.m. on June 22, Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force Agents were traveling south on La. Highway 1 in Cut Off when the vehicle in front of them passed another vehicle in a no passing zone. 

Agents conducted a traffic stop and identified the driver as Chrisy Rousse, 35, of 163 West 103rd St. Rousse voluntarily consented to a search of her vehicle where agents discovered several small pieces of suspected crack cocaine, as well as drug paraphernalia. 

A preliminary field test on the suspected crack cocaine yielded a positive result for the presence of cocaine. 

Rousse additionally consented to a search of her residence, where she had just left.

Upon arrival at the residence, agents discovered Ward Dupard, 59, of 419 West 15th St., Larose in side of the residence.

Agents discovered that Dupard had four active warrants and placed him under arrest. Drug paraphernalia was located near Dupard’s location. 

Also in the residence, agents discovered additional suspected crack cocaine and additional articles of drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale. 

Several items had white powder residue, which later tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

Both Rousse and Dupard were taken to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux.

Rousse has been charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, maintaining a structure for narcotics use, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a no passing zone.

She was released after posting a $4,100 bond. 

Dupard was booked on warrants for five counts of issuing worthless checks, simple battery, and two counts of contempt of court.

He is now also booked with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dupard remains in jail in lieu of a $10,800 bond.

Raceland man in custody after theft and burglary

A one-month investigation has led Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office authorities to the person they believe stole items from a residence on Pep’s Lane in Raceland.

Deputies arrested Marquel Gray, 20, of 813 St. Louis St., Raceland, last Wednesday on two active warrants for his alleged role in the incident.

On May 17, deputies responded to Pep’s Lane in Raceland and learned that several items were stolen, including an off-road motorcycle, an electric mini bike and a shotgun. Through investigation, Gray was identified as a suspect, which led to authorities issuing a warrant for his arrest.

On June 19, LPSO bicycle patrol deputies located Gray standing just off Emerald Street and took him into custody without incident. 

Gray was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on warrants for simple burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. 

He is held in lieu of a $30,000 bond. 

Gray’s criminal history includes seven arrests, mostly for similar burglary crimes and drug possession. 


Alleged school burglars nabbed trying to sell stolen goods

Three suspects are in police custody after their alleged roles in the burglary of the Terrebonne Career Technical School in mid-May.

On May 18, the school reported a burglary, which led authorities to launch an investigation to find those responsible.

A month after the investigation started, Houma Police detectives received information leading to Jeremiah Robertson, 22, of 1300 Laban Avenue No. 11. 

In the tip, HPD learned that Robertson was allegedly trying to sell electronics that were possibly taken from the school.

HPD detectives made contact with Robertson at his residence and several pieces of electronics reported missing from the school were found in his possession.

He was taken into custody and charged with simple burglary and illegal possession of stolen property.

As the investigation continued, two additional suspects were learned to be involved – Raven Howard, 22, of 505 Ashlawn St., and Ryan J. Ward, 21, of 1607 Furman St.

Authorities located Howard and Ward this week and charged each with simple burglary.


Brother charged with murder in weekend shooting

A 52-year-old Houma man is charged with second-degree murder after Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies claimed he murdered his older brother.

At 1:19 a.m. deputies responded to 5569 West Park Avenue in reference to a shooting.

Once on the scene, authorities made contact with William Loring, 52, of 5569 West Park Avenue, Houma. William Loring told authorities that he was home alone when his brother Ricky Loring arrived there and wanted to fight with him. 

William stated that Ricky was banging on the front door and when he attempted to open the door, the older brother rushed in, which the suspect said led to him firing a gun and shooting his brother.

Authorities said the shooter then left the scene and went to a relative’s residence and informed them of what happened. He then returned and called the Sheriff’s Office.

Ricky Loring was pronounced dead at the scene. 

William Loring was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed by detectives. William admitted to shooting and killing Ricky with the handgun because he felt like Ricky was going to hurt him. 

A handgun believed to be the murder weapon was found at the scene. 

During investigation, the alleged shooter said he was smoking crack cocaine with his brother when Ricky Loring became angry because his brother refused to buy more drugs.

Authorities said each brother has criminal records on drug-related charges.

William Loring is charged with second-degree murder and remains in the Terrebonne Parish Jail without bond. 


Teenager faces simple burglary charge

A Houma teenager is awaiting an Aug. 6 arraignment date after the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s office nabbed him for simple burglary.

TPSO Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said that on June 17, detectives arrested Dillon Hebert, 18, of 333 Holiday Drive, Houma, in reference to an incident that occurred on April 23 in Houma.

During that night, TPSO deputies responded to a business burglary at a Subway in West Park Avenue in Houma. Once on location, deputies observed that the front glass of the business had been destroyed and the suspect had made entry into the business and had stolen more than $200 in cash.

Detectives continued to investigate the incident and learned that Hebert may be a person of interest, because he was a former employee of the store.

During investigation, authorities learned that Hebert was no longer living at his Holiday Drive address and his parents said they didn’t have a permanent address for their son.

On June 17, Hebert turned himself into the TPSO and authorities said he admitted to breaking into the Subway. 

During his arrest, he said he admitted to detectives that after being fired from Subway, he needed money to support his “MoJo” habit.

Hebert is charged with simple burglary. He remains in jail on a $35,000 bond.

Florida man faces 100 counts of child pornography in Louisiana

A 51-year-old Florida man was arrested in Port Fourchon this week after authorities discovered that he was in possession of more than 100 files containing child pornography.

The Louisiana Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit said this week that a multi-agency undercover operation led authorities to Bruce Wagenstein, of Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

The arrest came after authorities said that an investigation and forensic review of the suspect’s computer revealed numerous images and videos depicting child pornography. 

Wagenstein was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and charged with 100 counts of pornography involving juveniles. 

If convicted, he could get up to 20 years in prison on each count.

Authorities said Wagenstein is also facing pending child pornography charges in other parishes.

The Attorney General’s High Technology Crime Unit, the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Greater Lafourche Port Commission Harbor Police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection participated in the investigation and arrest.