St. Landry

Nov 13, 2013 6:10 PM

Three St. Landry Parish men charged with hunting from vehicle, other violations

Three St. Landry Parish men for alleged hunting violations on in Pointe Coupee Parish Nov. 8.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited Alex Manuel, 21, of Melville, Titus Manuel, 17, of Krotz Springs, and Blake Sparrow, 20, of Krotz Springs for illegally taking a deer at night, hunting from a moving vehicle, discharging a firearm from a levee road, intentionally concealing wildlife evidence and taking a deer with an illegal weapon.

Agents say they received a public tip about potential night hunters on the East Guide Levee approximately three miles south of Hwy. 190 in Lottie. While patrolling the area, agents say they noticed a vehicle stopped on the levee with headlights off. After investigating the stopped vehicle, agents say they found one of the suspects close to the vehicle.

After briefly interviewing the suspect, agents say he admitted to shooting a deer from his vehicle and that two more individuals were hiding in the woods with the illegally taken deer. Agents say the deer and firearm were recovered and the remaining two suspects were apprehended without incident.

Illegally taking deer at night and intentionally concealing wildlife evidence each carry up to a $950 fine per count and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting from a moving vehicle carries up to a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail. Taking deer with an illegal weapon brings up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case include Sgt. Jerry Stassi, Sgt. Cliff Ortis, Senior Agent Anthony Adams and Senior Agent T.J. Ashley.



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