WELCOME!

TODAY IS MONDAY, AUG. 10, 2020
 
 
On Sunday, Aug. 9, Sheriff Tim Soignet joined other public officials and
community members for a candlelight prayer vigil at St. Elois Church in
Dularge, honoring community members lost to the COVID-19 virus and
those who are ill. Standing to the right of Sheriff Soignet are Councilman
Danny Babin; Dularge Fire Chief Quint Liner; the Rev. Dean Danos; City
Marshal Orville Callahan and Dularge Constable Dale Theriot.
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View a segment of Sheriff Tim Soignet's address to the
Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce
 
 
 
Sheriff Tim Soignet shared some info with the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber
of Commerce on how his office is shaping up since taking office. The meeting
was held in accordance with social distancing and safety standards as prescribed
by Louisiana's governor. Pictured are from left: Chamber CEO Nicole Blanchard;
Parish President Gordon Dove; Lawrence DeHart, President of Terrebonne
Churches United; Sheriff Tim Soignet; State Rep. Jerome Zeringue and Chamber
President Chuck Weaver.
 
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 GOOD DEED FOR THE DAY!
 
A patrol deputy locates a badly injured kitten on West
Tunnel Boulevard in response to a call made by a concerned
citizen. He safeguarded the feline until a parish animal
control officer arrived and brought it to the parish shelter.
After emergency surgery the kitten, named Frankie by shelter 
workers was deemed likely to survive, barring complications.
The animal control officer volunteered to be Frankie's foster
mom, until he is well enough to be adopted.
 
 
 
 
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TO READ OR DOWNLOAD SHERIFF TIM SOIGNET'S
JULY NEWSLETTER:
 
CLICK ON THIS BOX:  NEWSLETTER LINK
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF TIM SOIGNET 
 
Sheriff Tim Soignet wishes to remind all residents that keeping people in
Terrebonne Parish safe is a priority for him and all of the deputies working
at this agency. 
Right now, keeping people safe means looking out for everyone's health 
and well-being, Sheriff Soignet said, remembering that older citizens face
particularly serious consequences from the spread of COVID-19.
“With freedom comes great responsibility, and it’s my hope everyone will
exercise it,” Sheriff Soignet said. “Our older citizens are at risk for
contracting this virus from younger loved ones, who may have mild symptoms, 
or no symptoms at all. We are all personally responsible for doing everything
we can to keep them safe.”
Owners and employees of all businesses doing trade with the public are
reminded that they must wear masks, even though customers are not required
to. Sheriff Soignet said an additional  vital line of protection is proper social
distancing in all situations where possible.
“It’s my hope that everyone understands the important of these strategies,
which protect our citizens most at risk, and lessen the chance of additional
restrictions in the future,” Sheriff Soignet said. “Young people are being
exposed to the virus with no idea they have it. But they are still carriers
capable of causing great harm to loved ones. Let's not let them down now,
when they need us most. I am asking the good people of Terrebonne Parish,
especially our young citizens, to step up, and take personal responsibility for
the safety of friends, neighbors and loved ones. We’re all in this together.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With his wife Melanie by his side, Timothy Soignet is sworn in as
the 34th Sheriff of Terrebonne Parish by Louisiana Supreme
Court Associate Justice John Weimer in front of the altar at St. Francis
de Sales Cathedral in Houma (Photo by Philip Crabtree) 
 
Sheriff Tim Soignet was a career Marine before entering law enforcement,
rising within the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office to the rank of Major,
leaving that post to run for the office he now holds in a 2019 election.
The new sheriff is a Houma native, son of the late Magdelene and Raoul
Soignet, who had five children. He enlisted in the Marine Corps after
graduating from H.L. Bourgeois High School in 1985, serving in the
infantry. His 20-years of Marine Corps service began as an infantryman,
during a career that included combat duty and drug interdiction and drill
instruction. An accomplished marksman, he retired as a Chief Warrant
Officer.  At the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, he was a uniformed
patrol deputy, SWAT sniper, field training officer and Regional Training 
Academy commander.
He has written policies on use of force, civil disturbances, and K-9
policies, among others. 
Sheriff Soignet’s community involvements include
the Marine Corps League, Toys for Tots Coordinator, Brothers In Blue,
the American  Legion and the National Rifle Association.
Sheriff and Melanie Soignet, a Registered Nurse, have three children,
Aaron, Haly and Jessie, a grandson, Bryson, and granddaughter, Marie.
Two of their children have served honorably as Marines. 
 
 
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Sheriff Jerry Larpenter bade farewell to staff members at 
Copeland's on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Houma.
 
Incoming Sheriff Tim Soignet (l) presents outgoing Sheriff Jerry 
Larpenter with a plaque of appreciation for his decades of service.
 
 
 
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SHERIFF JERRY LARPENTER AND ALL MEMBERS OF
THIS AGENCY WISH A HAPPY FUTURE TO
OUTGOING CHIEF OF DETECTIVES MAJ. MALCOLM
WOLFE. THANK YOU FOR A LIFETIME
OF SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE  OF TERREBONNE PARISH
 
 
 
 
 
 

Role model, mentor, and consummate 

professional are just some of the words 

staff and supervisors mention when asked 

about their experience with and impressions 

of Maj. Malcolm Wolfe.

The last day on the job for Maj. Wolfe, the 

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief of

Detectives, is June 24, 2020, when he will close 

out 33 years of exemplary service.

“Malcolm is a number one professional police 

officer,” said Sheriff Jerry Larpenter. “He is in 

the top three of anyone I ever worked with, and 

that includes sheriffs and everyone else among 

the thousands of law enforcement officers I have 

worked with. Look in the dictionary for the word 

“policeman” and you’ll see Malcolm’s picture. 

He has dedication and professionalism, loyalty and pride

and is caring,” Sheriff Larpenter said, noting that a 

main point of focus for Maj. Wolfe’s work 

over more than three decades has been a sense 

of caring and empathy for victims of crime.

A life-long Houma resident, Maj. Wolfe graduated 

from Terrebonne High School in 1984, going on to

 study Criminal Justice at Nicholls State University.

On Aug. 13, 1987, Maj. Wolfe began his career with the 

Sheriff’s Office, graduating from the Academy at 

the end of 1988 and going directly road patrol. 

It did not take long for the young deputy’s value 

and talents to become apparent, and in less than 

two years he was promoted to the TPSO Detective 

Bureau, where he spent twelve years investigating 

and solving crimes ranging from common thefts to 

homicides, while moving up the ranks.

He achieved the rank of Captain in 2002, and given 

additional responsibilities as Assistant Chief 

of Detectives and also as the agency’s Public 

Information Officer, until 2008 brought new

 responsibilities, and another promotion.

The former captain was promoted to the rank of 

Major, and appointed commander of uniformed 

personnel. Four years later, Maj. Wolfe returned 

to the Detective Division as its Chief, the position 

he has held until his retirement.

Newly minted patrol deputies who have had 

contact with Maj. Wolfe, supervisory personnel 

who consult with him on a routine basis and the 

detectives who serve directly under him have 

expressed respect for his cool and calm approach 

to complex situations and his commitment to community 

service. His daily presence, they say, will be missed,

 although his high standards will continue to set the 

bar for effective and compassionate service.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 OFFICE HOURS RESTORED  
 
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter has announced that the
administrative offices at the Terrebonne Parish
courthouse annex have returned to normal business hours.
Members of the public desiring fingerprints and background
checks, wishing to make property tax payments or having
other business at the headquarters complex will be
accommodated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.
The administrative offices were on a modified schedule until
now due to concerns over the Coronavirus.
Anyone entering the courthouse is still required by the
Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government to wear a mask
and undergo a temperature scan. 
Scheduling regarding the District Attorney’s Office or courtrooms
are not under the control of the Sheriff’s Office and those individual
entities should be contacted for information on their operations.
Questions regarding the Sheriff’s Office’s hours or operations may be
directed by phone to:
(985) 876-2500. 

 
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IMPORTANT TAX SALE NOTICE
 
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter announces that a public
property tax sale scheduled for next week has
been postponed, and a new date has been scheduled.
THE TAX SALE WILL BE HELD BE HELD
WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 2020, in the jury selection
room of the courthouse annex at Church Street. 
The sale that was scheduled for June 17 is canceled.
When entering or leaving the courthouse, visitors
shall practice social distancing, keeping a distance
between other visitors and staff. All visitors must
wear face masks as required by the Terrebonne
Parish Consolidated Government.
For information and updates follow us on Twitter
@Terrebonne_SO or check our website,
http://www.tpso.net
 
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Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Jerry Larpenter and Sheriff-elect

Tim Soignet are pleased to announce the awarding of three

scholarships to children of Sheriff's Office employees.

Each is the recipient of a $500 award, to help with

college costs.

The scholarships, fully funded by Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's

Office staff, are awarded each year to children of employees.

They honor the memories of three late deputies, Maj. Timothy

Joel Bergeron, Deputy Milton S. Theriot and Maj. Michael Elstner.

The students, graduating seniors from local high schools, were

greeted by the Sheriff and Sheriff-elect on June 2 and received

their certificates of award.

* Rylie Neal is a graduate of Vandebilt Catholic High School and

daughter of Petey and Karla Neal. Petey Neal is the Medical

Administrator at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.

Rylie will be attending Louisiana State University where she will

major in Kinesiology.

* Chase Voisin is a graduate of Houma Christian Academy and

 

son of Kody and Brandi Voisin. Capt. Kody Voisin is the

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Assistant Chief of Detectives.

Chase will be attending Louisiana State University and majoring in

Mechanical Engineering.

* Dylan Cruse is a graduate of Terrebonne High School and son of

Cadd and LaDonna Cruse. Deputy Cadd Cruse is a Terrebonne

 Parish Sheriff’s Office bailiff. Dylan will be attending Nicholls
 
State University where he will major in Business.

Deputy Milton S. Theriot, in whose honor the scholarship is named,

died in the line of duty Oct. 25, 1998. The scholarship is entirely

funded by contributions from Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office

personnel.

Children of TPSO personnel receive scholarship awards

 
 
 
Cristobal landfall
 
At around 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7, Tropical
 
Storm Cristobal made landfall near Grand
 
Isle. The storm is continuing northward.
 
The storm surge warning that included
 
Terrebonne Parish has been canceled by
 
the National Hurricane Center. The Highway 
 
56 and Highway 665 floodgate barriers which 
 
affected traffic have been opened, allowing 
 
vehicular traffic to flow. No matters of importance 
 
relating to this storm have been reported. 
 
We thank everyone for their cooperation during 
 
the critical past 36 hours. It is important for
 
our residents to remember that no storm is the 
 
same, and that we still have a very long hurricane 
 
season to go. Those who found themselves without
 
a hurricane plan for this storm need to get one. 
 
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MAY 19, 2020
Procedures for those denied courthouse entry having
business with the Sheriff’s Office
On Monday, May 18, the Terrebonne Parish courthouse
was opened to the public for limited hours, following
closure due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus.
The Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government enacted
strict public health procedures to ensure the safety of the
public and personnel in the building. Temperature-scanning
of persons wishing to enter the courthouse is performed
by security personnel who work for the parish, and anyone
with a temperature indicating fever is not permitted to enter.
The Sheriff’s Office cannot and shall not waive any of the
rules the parish government has put in place.
However, there are procedures for those needing to pay
fines or property taxes, or to obtain background checks both
online and mail.
Mail should be sent to:
(Name of Department, e.g. BONDS and FINES or
PROPERTY TAX or BACKGROUND CHECKS)
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff
P.O. Box 1670
Houma, La. 70361
BACKGROUND CHECKS BY MAIL
 
Mail your request with a money order for $5 and a copy
of your identification
ONLINE OPTIONS:
 
PROPERTY TAXES:
On the left side of this page, click on “Online Services”
and then “Tax Notices” to pay by credit or debit card.
A service fee will be charged.
 
TRAFFIC TICKETS:
Visit www.tpda.org and follow the instructions given
on the page.
 
If you cannot enter the courthouse and have questions
about procedures for payments or other procedures
from the Sheriff’s Office please call 876-2500 between
8 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays and we will be happy to assist.
 
Important telephone numbers:
 
If you have business with any of these offices, call
the number given and ask for assistance:
 
 
CONTACT FOR JUDGES
  
Div. A Judge Larke 873-6540
Div. B Judge Walker 873-6550
Div. C Judge Pickett 873-6560
Div. D Judge Arceneaux 873-6570
Div. E Judge Bethancourt 873-6580
Jennie Callahan (Court Administrator)
873-6589
Bill Dunckelman (Child Support)
580-8120 

Property Tax sale scheduled for

June 17, 2020: Special provisions

due to COVID-19

Sheriff Jerry Larpenter announces that a

public property tax sale has been scheduled
 
for Wednesday, June 17, at 10 a.m. in the
 
jury selection room of the courthouse annex
 
at Church Street.

When entering or leaving the courthouse, visitors

shall practice social distancing, keeping a

distance between themselves, other visitors and

staff.

As the courthouse is just beginning to re-open

per guidance provided by Gov. John Bel Edwards,

additional updates or changes may be needed

between now and the sale date. Notices

will be posted at the sheriff's Web site,

www.tpso.net


 

 
 
 
 
* Sheriff’s Office open to public Monday, May 18
* Masks will be required
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter announces that beginning Monday, May 18,
the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office shall again be open to the
public, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.
Background checks, property tax payments and all other business
shall function as normal.
Members of the public who come to the courthouse are required
to wear masks.
Offices will be closing at 2 p.m. due to the daily disinfection of
the courthouse.
“In consultation with Parish President Gordon Dove and other
officials, this decision was made in accordance with Louisiana’s
Phase I re-opening,” Sheriff Larpenter said. “We are grateful to
members of the public who have endured the inconveniences associated
with the precautionary steps taken due to COVID-19 and look forward to
serving them.”
Sheriff Larpenter said that details on the operations of other agencies
should be obtained directly from those agencies.
 
 
Sheriff Larpenter's newsletter for the month of 
May is now available.
 
 
 
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Deputies received free COVID-19 blood tests
Wednesday, April 29. Alford Insurance of Houma 
brokered the agreements between All-Industrial
Medical Group, which performed the instant tests,
and Gulf Guaranty Insurance along with United
Health Care. A total of 259 deputies were tested;
Three of them showed prior exposure to the virus. 
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Parish President Gordon Dove has lifted the 10 p.m.
to 5 a.m. curfew for Terebonne Parish, which went 
into effect April 1. 
 
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NEWS YOU CAN USE: 
 
The Louisiana State Fire Marshal has RESCINDED the
statewide burn ban order. If you have questions on burning
please contact your local fire department.  
 
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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Due to Louisiana's stay-at-home directive,
the Terrebonne Parish courthouse remains
closed to the  public except by appointment.
 
COURT DATES: 
DO NOT COME TO COURT UNLESS NOTIFIED.
NOTIFICATIONS shall be made to those with court dates for
appearances in the future.
 
TRAFFIC TICKETS: May be paid online at www.tpda.org
 
PROPERTY TAXES:
 
May be paid online at www.tpso.net
OR by mail to :
Terrebonne Parish Sheriff
Property Tax Office
PO Drawer  1670
Houma, LA 70361
 
Special announcement: The application
deadline for the Louisiana Sheriff's Association
Scholarship has been moved to May 15.
 
NEW OFFICE HOURS 
 
Sheriff Jerry Larpenter advises that TPSO
administrative offices now close at 3 p.m. daily.
 
 
INMATE COMMISSARY 
DO NOT go to the jail to make inmate 
Commissary deposits.
Use the link below:
 
 
YOU WILL NEED:
* Inmate name and BOI number 
* TPCJC Facility Number: 270360
 
YOU MAY ALSO CALL:
 
866-232-1899 
 
 
 
CONTACT FOR JUDGES
  
Div. A Judge Larke 873-6540
Div. B Judge Walker 873-6550
Div. C Judge Pickett 873-6560
Div. D Judge Arceneaux 873-6570
Div. E Judge Bethancourt 873-6580
Jennie Callahan (Court Administrator)
873-6589
Bill Dunckelman (Child Support)
580-8120 
   
*  SOCIAL DISTANCING
 

For the latest information regarding COVID-19

Dial the statewide emergency information number:

         211

You may also text 898-211 and send the message:

LACOVID

 

 

·      STAY INFORMED

·      RELY ONLY ON 

    CREDIBLE SOURCES 

 

 

 

INFORMATION LINKS

 

The following websites have accurate

and reliable information at the local

and state levels concerning COVID-19. 

 

Louisiana Department of Health

http://www.ldh.la.gov/

 

Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government

http://tpcg.org/

 

The U.S. Centers of Disease Control (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/

 

 

TERREBONNE PARISH CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMPLEX

 

All in-person visits to the TPCJC are suspended.

Video visits from home are available. Click on the

SECURUS INMATE SERVICES tab at www.tpso.net

main page, on the left side, for further information

on arranging for in-home video visitation. 

Essential attorney visits to individual inmates

are allowed on a non-contact basis.

 

TPSO PATROL AND DETECTIVES

 

TPSO patrol and detective divisions are fully

staffed and functioning as usual. All TPSO

personnel are following best practices concerning

sanitary procedures.

  

SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING THE TERREBONNE

911 SYSTEM

 

As always, calls to 911 should be limited to actual

emergencies. The Terrebonne Parish Communications

District wants you to know that calls regarding medical

emergencies other than accidents now require

operators to ask some additional screening questions

including whether you have traveled recently whether

you have a fever or respiratory problems.

We ask along with them that callers be patient and

cooperative. These measures have been instituted

to keep our community as a whole and first responders

safe and effective.

 

SCHOOLS

 

By order of Gov. John Bel Edwards,

Schools throughout the state are

closed. For additional information

visit the following websites:

 

Terrebonne Parish School District

http://www.tpsd-la.schoolloop.com/

 

Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux

https://www.htdiocese.org/

 

Parents of children attending schools

outside the public system or

the diocesan system should call

those school administration numbers

or check the school websites.

 

 

BEWARE OF SCAMS AND MISINFORMATION

 

Do NOT rely on random social media posts for

information on COVID-19. Be aware that

scammers, as always, will try to take advantage

of an emergency situation. We have received

reports of calls, texts and emails claiming to

offer assistance in time of need. They request

personal information including social security

numbers and bank account numbers.

Do NOT give personal information to anyone

you do not know. Please share this information

with family members, and especially elder

friends and relatives, who are more likely to

be victimized.

 

PRICE GOUGING

 

Terrebonne Parish and Louisiana as a whole are

under declarations of emergency. Raising the price

of essential items violates state law.

Reports of price-gouging may be made to the

Sheriff’s Office. Please note that reports of

price-gouging are NOT emergencies and that

911 should not be utilized for ant reports of this.

 

HOSPITALS

 

Visitation and other policies at local hospitals

have been subject to change without notice.

Check these websites for up-to-date information

on regulations and policies. Hospitals have asked

that if any information is unclear visitors should

proceed to the institution. Please follow the

directions of staff and be courteous and

cooperative.

 

Terrebonne General Medical Center 

https://www.tgmc.com/

Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center

https://www.ochsner.org/locations/leonard-j-chabert-medical-center

Thibodaux Regional Medical Center

https://www.thibodaux.com/

Ochsner-St. Anne Hospital  

https://www.ochsner.org/locations/ochsner-st-anne

 

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