The annual Veterans Day program sponsored by American Legion Post 123 was held today in Mamou. Despite the cold northerly winds, crowds gathered along the parade route along Sixth Street to view the Veterans Day parade. The crowds then gathered in front of the Legion post Home for the program. Legion Commander Charles Perdices was the emcee. Guest speaker was Col. Jarrett Thomas , commander at Fort Polk. He has served tours of duty in Kuwait and Afghanistan. Others who spoke include Judge Chuck West and Judge Gary Ortego along with Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel. The fund raising cake auction took place and a flag ceremony. The Mamou Elementary French Immersion students said the Pledge of Allegiance in French. The Classic Hits 92.5 road crew, Annona Balfa and Mark Layne covered the events live.
The following students were awarded for their shoe box float displays: 1st and Second Grade- 1st Place- Molly Ramsey; 2nd Place- Floyd Fontenot Jr. 3rd Place- Isabelle Bonnette and Honorable Mention- Brian Jarvis; 3rd and 4th Grade- 1st Place- Colby LaSage; 2nd place- Danilyn Landreneau, 3rd Place- Riley Rudd and Honorable Mention- Ryan Bonnette; 5th and 6th Grade- 1st Place- Carlee Rudd, 2nd Place- Angenetta Anderson; Veterans Day Eassay Contest Winners: 4th Grade- Amber Aymond's Class- 1st Place- Kyra Fuselier, 2nd Place- Syndi James, 3rd Place- Tyler Coward; Kelli Shatzle's Class- 1st Place- Cayla Dougherty. 2nd Place- Da'nyzsha Thomas and 3rd Place- Autumn Martel; 5th Grade: Macy Russell Class- 1st Place- Carlee Rudd, 2nd place- Kaityn Fontenot and 3rd Place- Kayla Dies; Amanda Deville Class: 1st Place- Javien Charles, 2nd Place- Aryn Reed and 3rd Place- Abram Spears.
November 6, 2018
A large turnout of voters went to the polls Tuesday on election day in all areas of Evangeline Parish that matched the large number of early voters.
Complete but unofficial returns show the following: For Secretary of State –In Evangeline Parish- Incumbent Kyle Ardoin was the top vote getter with 3129 votes or 30 percent of the vote. Coming in a close second was Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloyd who received 2972 votes. Gwen Collins Greenup received 1311 votes Renee Fontenot Free received 1193 votes, Thomas Kennedy had 535 votes, Rick Edmonds with 460 votes, Julie Stokes with 423 votes, A.G. Crowe with 216 votes and Matt Moreau received 108 votes.
For Congress in the Fourth District in Evangeline Parish, incumbent Mike Johnson easily carried the parish with 7072 votes, Ryan Trundle with 2537 votes and Mark David Halverson with 246 votes.
School Board District Three Incumbent Karen Vidrine was relected over challenger Ted Soileau. Vidrine received 451 votes to Soileau's 271 votes.
School Board District Ten, incumbent Arthur Savoy won reelection with 599 votes over challenger Maggie Ortego who got 435 votes.
In School Board District 12, incumbent Ellis Guillory Sr. was reelected with 303 votes over challenger Calvin LeDay Jr, who got 287 votes.
In the School Board District 13 seat, Incumbent Georgianna Wilson beat challenger Chris Guillory by 30 votes. Wilson received 465 votes while Guillory got 435 votes.
In the City of Ville Platte, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine easily won reelection receiving 1806 ovtes to Kevin Lafleur's 696 votes.
For Chief of Police in Ville Platte, Incumbent Neal Lartigue was relected. Lartigue got 1480 votes while his challenger Linton Fontenot received 1068 votes.
For District A in Ville Platte, Challenger Faye Lemoine with 275 votes defeated incumbent councilman C.J. Dardeau who received 113 votes;
District D in Ville Platte In an open race with no incumbent, Coach Lionel Anderson with 239 votes deafeated Shanky Thomas who received 188 votes.
In District E in Ville Platte, Incumbent Donald Sam beat challenger Lucian McKenny Jr who received 191 votes.
For District F in Ville Platte, Bryant Riggs, the incumbent received 225 votes to challenger Kathan Arvie who got 103 votes.
For the Town of Mamou, Mayor Ricky Fontenot won relection with 702 votes over his two challengers: Gerald Fontenot with 3 59 votes and David Charlie with 60 votes.
For Mamou Police Chief, Incumbent Brent Zackery received 571 votes will go into a runoff with second place finisher Charles Perdices with 312 votes. Michael Thomas received 218 votes and Michael Gorilla Fruge received 50 vote.
For Alderman District 1 in mamou-Derrel Sheaky Thomas beat incumbent Freddie Matthew,198 votes to 143 votes;
For Alderman District 2 in Mamou, Brook Chapman was elected with 133 votes to his challenger, Clayton Tiny McGee received 94 votes.Alderman District 3- Incumbent Charles Reed got 148 votes while challenger Glynn Brunet who got 104 votes.
For Chataignier Mayor, incumbent Jackie Malveaux Thomas with 52 votes lost to challenger Justin Darbonne who got 107 votes;
For Basile Chief of Police: incumbent Allen Ivory Jr. defeated his challenger, Ivory Thomas: Allen Ivory jr. received 219 votes;
For Aldermen in Basile where three are to be elected, here are the voter getters; Bron Dubroc with 214 votes, Kenny Burgess with 181 votes, Kristy Miller with 174 votes, Caleb Delafosse.
For alderman in Chataignier, three to be elected: Carilyn Tu Arvie with 112 votes, Deba Fontenot with 90 votes, John Brasseaux for 60 votes;.
Out of the seven amendments to the state constitution, five out of the seven amendments were approved by parish voters;
Jerrie LeDoux, aide to Congressman Mike Johnson was the guest speaker at today's (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club held at the Family Life Center.
Congressman Johnson was elected two years ago in 2016 by the highest vote margin in 50 years. His fourth district covers a 15 parish area all the way from the Arkansas line down south to Sunset and Grand Coteau. LeDoux represents Evangeline, St. Landry, Beauregard and Allen parishes.
She reported that the 44 year old Congressman is a constitutional attorney who specializes in religious freedom issues. He and his wife are the parents of four children. His routine is he flies to Washington DC on Monday from his home in North Louisiana. He sleeps in his office and showers in the capital basement. He returns home on Fridays.
Despite being a freshman congressman, he has been able to pass eight pieces of legislation. He serves a member of the Natural Resources Committee.
LeDoux said she can help local residents with federal agencies such as the Veterans Agency, I.R.S., U.S.D.A., helping to support federal grant applications and appointments to military academies.
She told club members that the state may lose a congressional seat in the next census because of a population drop.
She was the guest speaker of Rotarian Bill Brunet.
Club President Peter Strawitz welcomed three members to the club: Debra Vidrine, Billy Fontenot and Michael Lemoine.
It was announced that the club was able to donate $2000 to the Hurricane Florence Relief Fund.
Club members are reminded to make donations for the "Toys for Ville Platte" project and Christmas baskets to needy local families.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports an update on the shots fired incident and arrest.
Devin Winzer 23 of 110 Orange Street in Bunkie was arrested last Friday October 26, 2018 and charged with felony aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm in a school zone and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. In an update, Winzer was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $120,000.00 bond.
At the time of the incident, as Officers were disarming Winzer, a second suspect climbed into the driver's seat of the suspect vehicle and attempted to flee the area. An Officer gave verbal commands for the driver to stop and as the driver continued to drive away, the Officer pursued the vehicle on foot. The driver then turned the vehicle around struck the Officer.
An Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Deputy arrived and after a short pursuit located the vehicle abandoned nearby.
On Monday October 29, 2018 Darius R. Smith 18, of 804 Chennauts Street in Bunkie, came to the Ville Platte Police Department to turn himself in and was booked on one count of aggravated battery (felony), one count aggravated flight from an officer (felony), one count driver must be licensed and one count of interfering in law enforcement investigation. Smith was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a bond totaling $ 107,500.00 set by Judge West.
Chief Neal Lartigue reminds everyone to report suspicious or illegal activity by calling the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Evangeline Parish Library Director Margie Mealer. She reminded club members that the month of November is "National Writing Month". She urged members to take a few minutes to begin writing. This is to encourage more people to show their writing skills. You can begin by writing about the highlights of the day, or the start of a work of fiction or write memories of your life. This writing project is being encouraged to would -be writers around the world.
Club President Peter Strawitz is urging club members to contribute to the Hurricane Florence relief fund. The club's goal is $2000 and half of the goal has been reached.
The rotary club has purchased a table for a special event November 15 where the "Philanthropist of the Year" honors will be announced. The parish winners are Rotary Club member Leonard and wife, Mary Alice Fontenot.
Club President Peter Strawitz announced that three new members will join the club at the next meeting: Michael Lemoine, Billy Fontenot and Debra Vidrine.
Ville Platte Police Chief Lartigue reports one arrest in incident.
On Friday, October 26, 2018 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a report of shots fired on Harvey Lebas Street in Ville Platte. As Officers arrived on Harvey Lebas Street they observed a large crowd gathered in the street. As they approached the crowd, Officers observed a black male exit a white car and as he neared the back of the vehicle, point a handgun towards the crowd of people. As Officers gave verbal commands for the suspect to drop the weapon and the suspect jumped back inside the vehicle. Officers were able to physically remove the suspect from the vehicle and place him under arrest.
Devin Winzer 23 of 110 Orange Street in Bunkie was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm in a school zone and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. At this time Winzer remains incarcerated in the Ville Platte City Jail awaiting bond.
No further information is available at this time as this incident is still under investigation.
Chief Neal Lartigue is asking anyone with any information regarding the shots fired call on Harvey Lebas Street last night, to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
The Evangeline Parish Public Library was ground zero for the Number One event happening in Evangeline Parish Saturday. The weather was perfect and people parked for blocks around to bring their families to the Library on West Main Street.
The Friends of the Library had their annual used book sale with thousands of books selling for pennies on the dollar in the newly dedicated Mary Foster- Galosso multi -purpose room. Buyers brought bags and boxes and walked away with a lot of great bargains.
One highlight was the new display of the binders of the Joy Ortego historical collection of newspaper stories, photos and family history to help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Library. Members of the family were there visiting with KVPI..
There were book authors, vendors, blood drive, information booths and food booths. The Save Our Souls/Save Our Streets Ministry were there performing live for the crowds.
Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI was there early with a live remote interviewing many of the authors and guests.
Early voting for the November 6 Primary election continues through Tuesday at the Registrar of Voter's Office in the Evangeline Parish Courthouse. We had 281 people that voted early Thursday at the Registrar of Voter's office. That brings the total so far 1077. Voters will vote on Secretary of State, Congressman, School Board and Municipal races in Ville Platte, Mamou, Basile and Chataignier as well as six constitutional races.
Stage Coach Road Stabbings Suspect Captured
Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office has released the following:
Friday morning, October 19, 2018 Deputies were dispatched to the area of Bayou One Stop in the Bayou Chicot area. A caller advised of a male subject fitting the description of Kevin L West who was wanted for 3 counts of Aggravated Battery which occurred near the 2400 Block of Stage Coach Road. After a positive identification was made Deputies were able to safely apprehend the subject. Kevin was transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail where he was booked on 3 counts of Aggravated Battery and 1 count of Simple Battery of the Infirm.
Kevin L West has been booked in the Evangeline Parish Jail with No Bond awaiting a Gwen's Law Hearing. Warrant of Arrest was signed by 13th Judicial Judge Chuck West.
Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department would like to thank the public for their assistance. As always anyone with information on crimes is asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office at 337-363-2161. All callers will remain anonymous.
Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the following:
One man known as Kevin West (picture below) is wanted for Aggravated Battery on multiple victims from the 2400 Block of Stage Coach Road.
Authorities say 31-year old Kevin West of Ville Platte, LA, is facing charges for Aggravated Battery (2 counts) with more charges pending.
West allegedly got into a verbal altercation with a family member which turned physical. During the altercation West stabbed 3 family members in various areas of their bodies with what was believed to be some type of kitchen knife as described by one of the victims. Two out of the three victims were rushed to Mercy Regional Medical Center for further treatment. All victims are in stable condition and wounds were not life threatening.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information on any other crime is also asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division.
The Evangeline Parish School Board, Wednesday, approved a new program to partner with law enforcement agencies throughout the parish. Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard said the program "Lunch with Law Enforcement"-Evangeline " will provide complimentary lunches for law enforcement officers. The program will operate on the first and third Thursday of each month at all parish public schools. Police Officers including sheriff's deputies, city marshal officers, state police and wildlife agents in uniform or in plain clothes showing their ID will receive the complimentary meal. The purpose , according to the superintendent, will increase a police and security presence on the school campuses.
Supervisor Kelli Lafleur discussed the new "Walk Through" forms to be used by school principals to monitor teacher instruction in the classrooms. School principals will use the new electronic forms on their devices and spend some 45 minutes a day;
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michael Lombas said the new forms are another tool to help teachers work smarter. He said it is not meant to be a punitive measure against teachers.
In other action the school board:
--received a report from Chief Financial Officer Amy Lafleur that sales tax collections for September have increased $44,000 over the same period a year ago;
--voted to hold only one meeting a month for the next three months: Nov. 14, Dec. 12 and Jan. 16;
--made a special presentation to new school board member, Sheila Joseph representing District 7;
--received news that there are 5900 students enrolled this school year, about ten more than last year;
--the school board is working with Pine Prairie Energy to raise a $100,000 endowment to help fund Principal and Teacher of the Year awards. The parishwide campaign is urging individuals and businesses to make a donation;
--Using a $150,000 grant, the school district will be employing the services of the security firm, Fidelis Corporation to conduct daily and weekly visits at all school sites for safety and security measures.
--the French Immersion students at Mamou and Ville Platte Elementary schools will be singing Christmas carols on KLFY TV Ten at Christmas time.
The running of the Tournoi is now in the history books. The special event held Sunday concluding the week long Cotton Festival in Ville Platte. The weather was perfect. One of the best crowds in many years, 272 people, were in attendance. New Master of Ceremonies Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel thanked long time emcee Charlie Manuel who retired for his many years of service to the Tournoi organization.
For the seventh time in a row, Eric Guillory is the Tournoi Champ. He captured all 21 rings through the three rounds with a time of 12:39. He also won the fastest time award.
Shane Trahan won the coveted Sportsmanship award that was voted on by the riders.
Here are the Top Ten riders who automatically qualify for next year's run of the Tournoi:
Champion-Eric Guillory; Second place- Alex Haller; Third Place- Bryan Fontenot; 4th Place-John Ross; 5th Place- Ryan Haller; 6th Place- Chuck Manuel; 7th place- Marcus Guillory;8th Place-Austin Trahan; 9th Place- Kent Saucier and 10th Place- Paul Fontenot.
This year's Tournoi was dedicated to the memory of long time Tournoi rider and board member Gerald L. Fontenot who died earlier this year. His wide, Mrs. Verna Fontenot thanked the Tournoi association for remembering her late husband. Mrs. Verna, her son, Collin and members of the family were in attendance. Gerald was the champion in 1967, received the fastest time award in 1965 , the Sportsmanship award in 1962 and 1968. He received a plaque in 1987 for serving 29 years with the association.
Miss Tournoi Queen Taylor Perrodin and Teen Tournoi Queen Riana Perrodin were in attendance.
Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI covered the entire event from start to the announcement of the winners with Josh and A.J. DJ Jude Dardeau provided the P.A. system.
The 2018 Grand Parade of Cotton took place at noon today rolling down Main Street in Ville Platte. The weather was perfect for a parade and the parade units stretched a lot longer with the addition of several political candidates who rode in the parade. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI was there broadcasting the parade for our listeners.
The Classic Hits 92.5 road crew, Becky and Josh, did a live remote this morning from Ville Platte High gym during the annual Evangeline Parish Career Day sponsored by the Evangeline Parish School Board. They were able to meet with students, school officials and representatives of colleges, military and other groups.
The Ville Platte City Council met Tuesday evening. Mayor Vidrine and some council members wore pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Members who forgot to wear pink were adorned with pink roses by Hilda Edwards, secretary to the mayor and grand marshal of the Cotton Festival parade.
Crime and safety were the hot topics of the night, with citizens of the Shady Acres subdivision expressing concern about break-ins throughout their neighborhood.
Chief of Police Neil Lartigue said the department is increasing patrols and police presence in areas that seem to be the most afflicted with crime and loitering. Current city cameras are being fixed, and new cameras will be installed. Mayor Vidrine stressed that safety for the city is a priority. She said some of these break-ins are caused by 12, 13, and 14 year-olds. She said most of the gunshots heard around the city are from kids, and she stressed that somebody is putting guns in their hands. She pleaded with parents to check their children's rooms, saying it's not an invasion of privacy if they are living in your home. She said some parents have been surprised when the police get involved and search the children's rooms and start pulling out several guns that the parents didn't know about. She said some of the criminals here are coming from out of town. She wants citizens to report anyone suspicious on their streets. She said all calls to the police will remain anonymous, but some citizens have expressed concern that they feel that may not be the case. The city will be installing a tip line soon, so that anyone who wants to report tips on a crime can call that line and know without a doubt that they will remain anonymous.
One area of the city was of great concern to the council: the 700 block of Edward Knote Thomas Street. Sunshine Store, located on that street, requested a permit to sell alcohol. The council almost voted against allowing the permit, citing the heavy loitering and concerns with drinking and drugs in that area. The council was split, but with 3 voting yes and 2 voting no, the motion passed to allow the permit.
Chief Lartigue reported that, for the month of September compared to the month of August, the number of accidents were down by 22, felonies were down by 4, arrests were down by 8, citations were down by 16, reports down by 6, and the number of calls up by 1. He was pleased to announce the hiring of 4 full-time patrol officers: Kristina Johnson, Roderick Ben, Samer Aldelatif, and Brittany Semien. Shandon Semien moved from part-time jailer to full time patrol officer. Lauriel Ardoin moved from part-time jailer to full time jailer.
In good news, Fire Chief Chris Harrison reported that the fire department rating went from class 3 to class 2, which Mayor Vidrine said "that's a very big deal" because the cost of home owner's insurance premiums will go down as a result.
In other business, Chamber of Commerce Director Renee Brown asked about a litter abatement program, asking the council if they would work out an arrangement for people who need to fill community service hours to pick up litter to satisfy those hours. Earlier in the meeting, counsel member Bryant Riggs suggested having inmates pick up litter. The concern from the council at that time was that they would need extra security to watch over the inmates. When Brown suggested the abatement program, other suggestions were made to include organizations and churches to help clean the litter and to do it in time for Ville Platte High's and Sacred Heart High's homecomings.
The mayor announced that the city received a grant for a new ladder truck for the fire department. The old truck is 37 years old. The new truck is being custom built and will take about four months.
The mayor also announced city employees will soon be logging hours with a new digital program that is worker-friendly and will help the city cut back on the amount of paper used.
The mayor said more abandoned buildings have been town down and asks for citizens to report any abandoned buildings. She also said inspectors will be coming to town to check rent properties where some land lords are renting to tenants with no electricity and holes in the floors.
Mayor Vidrine reported that some of the expenses for the month of September were for the inspection of generators, repairs at the jail, and medical treatment for inmates, and a new software system to help make the city more efficient.
The 65th Louisiana Cotton Festival kicked off in fine fashion Tuesday night at the Ville Platte Civic Center with the traditional Contredanse and the crowning of the King and Queen of of Heritage Manor Nursing Home. Congratulations to new King Alvin Soileau age 96 who has 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He is a World War 2 Veteran.The runnerup to the King is Gary Landreneau age 75. He was a pipeline laborer. Congratulations to the new Queen: Mary Dupre age 83 of Reddell who has one daughter, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The runnerup to the Queen is Bess Fontenot age 93 who has 4 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
The Cotton Pickers under the direction of Renee Brown entertained the crowds.
The young Contredanse dancers was the largest group ever under the direction of Melanie Soileau and Anita Fontenot. The dancers are: Marcus Sam, Julie Mabe, Stephanie Vidrine, Carly Soileau, Beau Fontenot, Susan Lafleur, Lillian Stanfield, hanna Arabie, Deanna Blankenship, Carley Fontenot, Ashton Vidrine, Grace Bordelon, John Bordelon, Leslie Forman, Janiah LeDay, Ahmod Murphy, Jalaina Freeman, Jaiden Austin, Paige WIlliams, Joshua Williams, Balaigh Williams, Carlee Grace Fontenot, Erin Louis, Bailey Edmand, Victoria Ardoin, Ashaylie Durgin, Shakaylie Dick, Shanijah Edwards, Dereyel Roy, Ashlynn Thibodeaux, and Darmarion Freeman.
Two U.L. Lafayette students were filming portions of the event. Students Adelai Lynch and Hannah McGee are filming a documentary on Louisiana Festival Queens entitled "Bayou Belles".
Cotton Festival Association President Pat Derousselle was the emcee.
Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI was there broadcasting the entire live for our listeners.
According to Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department, there has been a rash of vehicle break –ins over the past couple of weeks. On September 29, 2018 Officers responded to four reports of vehicle break –ins in the area of Scenic Drive and Dohman Drive. In two of the incidents nothing was taken from the vehicle. A wallet was taken from one vehicle but was recovered a short distance away from the owner’s residence on Dohman Drive. On Scenic Drive a wallet, checkbook and 1 handgun were taken from a vehicle.
On October 8, 2018 a vehicle was broken into on Dohman Drive and a purse was taken. The purse was located and returned to the owner with the contents still inside. On Scenic drive, on the same date, a vehicle was broken into and rummaged through but nothing was reported missing from the vehicle.
Chief Lartigue has stated that patrol has been stepped up in the area and asks everyone to report anyone suspicious in the area and remember lock the doors of your vehicle and other buildings on your property. “Be vigilant in not only locking your vehicle doors but also in removing anything of value from the vehicle which may tempt these criminals.” Chief Lartigue said, “If you notice people in your neighborhood or near a neighbor’s residence that do not appear to belong there, please call us immediately.”
Chief Lartigue stated that reporting suspicious people will allow the Officers to identify them and obtain information that can be investigated in the occurrence. “Sometimes residents of the city do not call because they are afraid they are bothering the Officers but rest assured that is not the case.” Chief Lartigue stated. “Since we cannot be everywhere at one time, we ask that you let us know if you see anyone suspicious.”
Another concern for some residents is that they are afraid. “We do not give out any information regarding who called in and reported suspicious people or activity so do not fear calling us.” Chief Lartigue said. “We are here to protect and serve, part of that protection is keeping your information anonymous. It is our mission to remove these criminals from our streets and we are stepping up patrols and gathering information to investigate and apprehend the suspects.”
To report suspicious people, activity and illegal activity you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous. If you see something, say something.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports an assault.
On Sunday, September 28, 2018 at approximately 1:30 a.m. Officers responded to a report of assault in the 500 block of East LaSalle Street. Upon arrival Officers met with the victim who stated that as she was walking with a friend on East LaSalle a female in a silver Chevrolet Malibu pulled up and stopped in front of them. A black female exited the vehicle and began pulling the victim's hair and punched her in the face. The victim stated to Officers that she believed that the assault occurred because of text messages involving her and another party.
Acadian Ambulance was dispatched to the scene to provide medical attention.
No further information is available at this time as the incident remains under investigation.
Chief Lartigue is asking anyone with information on the incident to contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports the arrest of one for purse snatching and theft.
On September 25, 2018 at approximately 3:15 p.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to the 200 block of Cotton in reference to a report of theft. Upon arrival Officers met with two females who reported that a black male had flagged them down as they were passing in a vehicle and as he leaned into the vehicle to speak with them, he reached inside and took a purse containing a large amount of cash. According to the two females, the black male then took off running in an unknown direction. After further information and investigation, an identification was made and the suspect was located on September 27, 2018.
Keyshawn Gallow 18, of 806 North Latour, apartment 38, was arrested without incident and charged with purse snatching and theft. Gallow was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and then transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $25,000.00 bond set by Judge Ortego.
Chief Neal Lartigue encourages citizens to report suspicious or illegal activity immediately to the Ville Platte Police Department by calling 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte heard from Lt. Scott Fontenot and Sgt. Steve Vidrine, enforcement agents with the Louisiana Office of Wildlife and Fisheries. Since the opening weekend of squirrel and rabbit hunting begins this weekend , the two agents shared some hunting safety tips to club members. Vidrine said due to a printing mistake, deer hunters are allowed to tear apart their deer license.
They reminded hunters that the only time you can legally hunt hogs and coyotes at night is March 1 through August 31.
The agents reminded Rotary club members the importance of wearing hunter orange. Every year, people are shot accidentally. Even on your own private property, you are required to wear hunter orange.
The two said narcotics are often involved when they make arrests with hunters.
Fontenot said his department is working with the Evangeline Parish Police Jury and the Solid Waste Commission to crack down on those who litter parish and state roads with the use of surveillance cameras. In the short time, the cameras have been in use here, for about three weeks, they made 11-12 cases.
The two wildlife agents were the special guests of Rotarian Wayne Vidrine.
In other business, the Rotary Club:
Club President Richard LeJeune announced that due to new responsibilities with his job, he is stepping down. Vice President Peter Strawitz will be replacing him;
Announced that their Fall Social is set for October 23 at Dr. Jerry Veillon's Camp;
Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office has released the following:
One man known as Derek Craig Clark is wanted in multiple burglaries and thefts from the 1000 block of Jeremy Cole Road and 14000 block of Veterans Memorial Highway.
Authorities say 30-year old Derek Craig Clark of Ville Platte, LA, is facing charges for Burglary (2 counts), 1 count of Theft and Criminal Trespassing.
Derek is said to frequent the area of Alexandria, LA (Rapides Parish). When not in Rapides Parish Derek resides in Evangeline Parish at the address of 5755 Beaver Road Ville Platte, LA.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigations Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information on any other crime is also asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigation Division.
Zenon Road Dirt Bike Theft Suspect Wanted
Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office has released the following:
Friday afternoon, September 21, 2018 Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a Theft.
One man known as Derrick D Lafleur aka "Sweet D" is wanted in the Theft of a 2006 DR-Z4005 Suzuki Dirt Bike taken from the 1000 block of Zenon Road in the Grand Prairie area of Evangeline Parish.
Authorities say 38-year old Derrick D Lafleur of Eunice, LA, is facing charges for Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Trespassing.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigations Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers will remain anonymous. Anyone with information on any other crime is also asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigation Division.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury met Monday evening. The jury discussed the crime rate in the parish. In particular, they discussed crimes committed by juveniles, with Jury member Brian Vidrine saying, "We need to try to get a hold of the drug problem in this parish." He said juveniles are attracted to the easy money that comes from drugs. A suggestion was made to reach out to the city of Ville Platte and the Sheriff's Department, and to reach out to the schools to create a mentor program. They mentioned that Police Chief Neil Lartigue has a medicine drop-off program where citizens can drop off old medications so that they don't fall into the wrong hands. Jury member Rocky Rider said if citizens see juveniles out after curfew, they should call the police.
Public Works Director, Chester Granger, said they are finally finished with the chip-sealing of over 40 roads this year. They are now moving back to the regular district jobs and taking care of business. Jury member Lamar Johnson commended them on a job well done.
Engineer Ronnie Landreneau said the Basile Library is having drainage issues. The library is owned and operated by the police jury. He asked if they could enter a cooperative endeavor with the town of Basile to have them perform minor drainage work. The motion was approved.
Before the regular meeting, there was a public hearing for the proposed abandonment of Sunshine Road. Member Rocky Rider said he'd like to go out there and see whatever the problems are on the road and the reasons for abandonment before they move to do so. A motion was made to not abandon the road at this time.
Secretary-Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, said the 2% sales tax collected in September was $303,573.53, which is up by $71,471, which he said was a good increase this month.
The jury adopted the NIBS (Navigational Integrated Bridge System) Compliance Resolution. Bergeron explained it as all bridges have to be inspected on a rotating basis. He said they are in compliance.
In other business, the jury approved:
A resolution requesting Congressional assistance to reinstate arbitration language as it pertains to disaster relief
Seismic testing along the parish roads
The installation of a three-way stop sign on Division and St. John Road
A trail ride for Cleopatra Antoine on Pine Point Road, to be held November 11th
Chamber of Commerce Director Renee' Brown's request of the Chauncey Pitre Building for the Smoked Meat Festival, a one-day event, on February 2nd
Member Ryan Ardoin's request to hold a prayer at the Court House square at 4:00 PM on the first Monday of each month
Removal of a tree on Old Park Road
Driver Arrested in Crash that Kills Pedestrian and Injures Another
Evangeline Parish – Shortly after 2:30 am on September 29, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a crash involving two pedestrians that resulted in a fatality on LA Hwy 3149 near Parrott Lane in Evangeline Parish. The crash took the life of 24-year-old Michael Fontenot of St. Landry and injured 20-year-old Bo Darbonne of Mamou.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Fontenot and Darbonne were walking northbound near LA Hwy 3149. At the same time, 28-year-old Marla Rushing of Ville Platte was traveling north on LA 3149 in a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 pick-up truck. For reasons still under investigation, Rushing's vehicle struck Darbonne who was standing near the roadway. Rushing continued a short distance and then struck Fontenot, who was standing in the northbound lane. Both pedestrians were transported to Savoy Medical Center in Mamou. Darbonne suffered moderate injuries and Fontenot was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Rushing was properly restrained and was not injured. Troopers suspected alcohol as a factor for Rushing, and she submitted to a chemical test which revealed her blood alcohol concentration was 0.144g%. She was arrested and booked into Evangeline Parish jail Vehicular homicide, Vehicular negligent injuring, Operating a vehicle with a suspended license, Expired motor vehicle inspection, and an outstanding warrant out of Lafayette Parish. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers would like to stress that crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Pedestrians should wear light-colored or reflective clothing and should always avoid walking on the roadway in dark areas. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Troopers also wish to remind motorists that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same.
Evangeline Parish – Shortly after 4:30 am on September 26, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a crash involving a pedestrian that resulted in a fatality on LA Hwy 106 at LA 3042 in Evangeline Parish. The crash took the life of 44-year-old Danny Chambliss of St. Landry.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Chambliss was walking across LA 106. For reasons still under investigation, Chambliss walked into the path of an eastbound 2005 Ford Ranger driven by 19-year-old Landon Fontenot of Ville Platte. Chambliss was struck by Fontenot's vehicle in the eastbound lane of LA 106.
Chambliss sustained fatal injuries a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner's Office. Fontenot was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is not suspected, but routine toxicology tests are pending. This crash remains under investigation.
Crashes involving pedestrians can often be avoided by following some basic safety guidelines. Troopers urge pedestrians to maintain a heightened level of awareness while walking near the roadway. Pedestrians must also assume that approaching motorists cannot see them, especially at night. Simple precautions such as wearing reflective materials, avoiding distractions, and walking a safe distance from travel lanes while facing oncoming traffic could help prevent many pedestrian related crashes.
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Jennifer Martin, Director of Development for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport.
Martin offered a video presentation of the history and services of Shriners Hospital in Shreveport. The hospital is the first Shriners hospital in the nation officially opening in 1922. The hospital system has expanded into 22 specialty hospitals throughout the country, Canada and Mexico.
The Shriners provides+ specialized care for children with orthopedic conditions, cleft lip and palate, orthopedic injuries and sports medicine conditions. Care has been provided to over 95,000 children regardless of the families' ability to pay.
She gave an example on the costs associated with some of the medical procedures: orthopedic surgery $37,584 and spine surgery $127,334. It costs about $19 million dollars to run the hospital system. Shriners operate the system through endowments and donations.
She was the guest of Rotarian Renee Brown. Maggie Ortego introduced her to the club.
Rotary Club members were urged to make plans to attend the annual Club Fall Social on October 23.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue and the Ville Platte Police Department recently held a school supply drive. School supplies were collected to assist teachers in providing supplies for elementary students throughout the school year.
Teachers purchase many supplies themselves so that all of the children have access and supplies for learning. The goal was to help by providing some of the much needed supplies in our elementary schools.
Donations came from helpful citizens as well as the employees of Cameron, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #632 (President JD Soileau pictured), Investar Bank (Branch Manager Rhonda Marcantel pictured). Supplies were brought to Ville Platte Elementary, James Stephens Montessori and Sacred Heart Elementary.
Chief Lartigue stated, "We enjoy promoting education and helping when we can. This school supply drive was just one way to show our support for children's education and the teachers who strive so hard to teach with limited resources."
Ville Platte Couple Receives Philanthropist of the Year Honor
Lafayette, LA – Mary Alice and Leonard Fontenot are the recipient of the 2018 Leaders In Philanthropy Award for Evangeline Parish, an honor presented by Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA) and Hancock Whitney Bank, and sponsored by CLECO. The Fontenots will be recognized during an awards luncheon on Thursday, November 15 at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette. Seats and tables to the event can be purchased online at www.cfacadiana.org/lip.
The couple has served their community all of their lives with time, talent, and generous contributions. They pray that their love for the community encourages others to give of themselves.
Mary's past activities have included choir, both singing and playing the organ, and lector. Leonard has served on the church council, performed Eucharistic minister duties and lector duties, and presently brings communion to the homebound. He is a member of the Eunice Players Theater and a member of the Manship Theater. Leonard is the former Vicar Coordinator for the Bishops Services Appeal and a member and advisor for Central Louisiana Community Foundation. Currently, he is active in Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House recruiting, managing the Seminary Fund for K of C Council 1754, seeking support for the Rotary Foundation, and is a member of the Cabot Community Advisory Panel.
Leonard is proud to have recently begun serving on the Evangeline Parish Foundation, an organization he is most proud to serve. "The Foundation itself will only give to the community," said Leonard. "This parish is in need of help and we have a diverse group of members that can cater to a diverse group of needs."
The Fontenots have donated generously in several areas of the community such as Sacred Heart Church of Ville Platte, Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Sacred Heart School Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, The Evangeline Parish Foundation, and the Ville Platte Rotary Club.
They have both been a source of generosity in the community and have been active in clubs and organizations, have served on numerous boards. They are currently supporting members of two theater groups and the Community Foundation of Central Louisiana.
"God has blessed us and we need to return those blessings by helping others," said Mary.
Leonard is a retired CLECO employee while Mary is a retired science school teacher. They have been active members in both Catholic churches in Ville Platte and currently attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Leaders in Philanthropy Awards are presented annually to outstanding individuals or couples from each of the eight parishes of CFA's primary service area who have made a philanthropic impact in their communities through substantial charitable contributions to or by attracting substantial contributions for nonprofits, churches or schools.
"Our annual Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is an appropriate way to recognize those who have contributed so much to our communities through charitable giving or philanthropic work," said Raymond J. Hébert, CFA President and CEO. "We appreciate the community's help in identifying worthy recipients through this nominations process."
EVANGELINE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
The Evangeline Parish School Board at their meeting Wednesday adopted changes to the Pupil Progression Plan for the 2018-2019 school year. Under the old plan, students needed a minimum of 800 points per nine-weeks period, per subject in each course. A minimum of 800 possible points, of which 400 points must come from 100 point summative test. In the new plan, students need a minimum of 600 points per nine-weeks period, per subject in each course. A minimum of 600 possible point, of which 400 points must come from 100 point summative test and 2 of which must be writing assignments or task using the state's rubric.
During the meeting, Mamou High School, W.W. Stewart, and Mamou Elementary were recognized for improvement in growth to mastery score for students with disabilities. Mamou High increased by 5.8 points. W.W. Stewart increased by 4.2 points. Mamou Elementary increased by 33.6 points.
Ville Platte High School, Mamou High School, and Basile High School received ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) certificates for military exams for juniors and seniors. Pine Prairie will receive a certificate on October 24th.
Superintendent Darwin Lazard said projects at Basile High School and W.W. Stewart are coming to an end, and work is progressing at Mamou High School. He also announced that there will be a Trail Blazer workshop in Baton Rouge Monday, Oct. 8th in Baton, sponsored by the Louisiana School Board Association.
Also, the School Board got good news about their sales tax revenues , CFO Amy LaFleur said of the taxes coming in, "We're off to a very good start this year." She said they are ahead by $57,533.02 over the same time last year.
In other business:
• The board approved funds for the program My Virtual Reaching Coach to be used district wide.
• The board approved renewal of the general liability insurance, automobile liability and physical damage insurance, and cyber liability insurance;
• State contract for $14,125 for touch screen chromebooks and chrome cart for Evangeline Central
• $31,668.80 for English and Language Arts curriculum for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades for Ville Platte Elementary
• $10,060.30 for school supply stock ;
• Approved payment for improvements to Basile High School
• Approved payment for athletic track resurfacing at Basile High School
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from new Mercy Regional Medical Center CEO Calvin Green. Green was former administrator at a medical facility in Many and has been a hospital administrator for 35 years.
The new company that purchased the hospitals in Ville Platte and Eunice from Lifepoint is Allegiance Health based in Shreveport. The two owners are former residents of Oakdale and Avoyelles Parish and own 10 rural hospitals throughout Louisiana. The medical group also owns medical facilities in Many, Arcadia, Lessville nd Winnfield.
Green said he is impressed with the staff at Mercy Regional in Ville Platte. His primary goal is to keep four groups of people happy and content: patients and their families, the 350- employees of the hospital, the physicians and medical staff and the community at large.
He is proud to announce that a physician will be locating here soon: Dr. Ellis Landreneau, a pediatrician who will move back home and open his practice in October along with his wife, a physician assistant.
Also, his staff is actively recruiting another former resident to move back home: Dr. Noah Miller, who specializes in Family Medicine who will complete is residency in another year.
Green said he wants to take a more active presence in the community on behalf of Mercy Regional Medical Center.
In other Rotary News:
- The Fall Rotary Social is planned for October 23 at Dr. Jerry Veillon's camp;
- A public hearing will be held October 18 in Lafayette by the the state Department of Transportation to get public comment on highway priorities. It was suggested to have a large group of citizens to attend to voice support for the four laning of US 167 from Ville Platte to Nuba;
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
Seven additional riders qualified today (Sunday) to compete with the top ten riders from last year for the running of the Tournoi Sunday October 14. Steve "Buffy" Guillory told KVPI News that it was hot but fortunately no riders and their horses were injured in the competition. The seven that qualified are: Austin Trahan, Bryan Fontenot, Chuck Manuel, Cheyenne Crane, Cody Guillory, Bryce Johnson and Shane Trahan. We have both Father-son and a Mother-daughter teams. Shane is the son of Austin Trahan. Cheyenne is the daughter of Rider Lisa Crane who finished #7 last year and will be competing again this year. The seven new riders will compete with last year's Top Ten: 2017 Champ Eric Guillory, Marcus Guillory, Ryan Haller, Kent Saucier, Alex Haller, Keith Saucier, Lisa Crane, John Ross, Paul Fontenot and Shane Lee.
The Tournoi will be run at the Ward One Industrial Park at 2;00pm Sunday October 14 following the Grand Parade of Cotton. The Tournoi riders will be riding in the parade. KVPI will be covering the entire tournoi for those who cannot attend in person will be able to hear it on 92.5 KVPI FM.
The 2018 Tournoi will be run in honor of Gerald Fontenot, a 25 year veteran of the Tournoi. He was the 1967 Tournoi Champ, Fastest Time award in 1962 and he received the Sportsmanship award in 1968. In 1987, he received a plaque of appreciation for his years of service to the Tournoi.
The new Tournoi royalty will be attending the Tournoi: Miss 2018 La Tournoi is Taylor Grace Perrodin, the daughter of Brandy and Shannon Joubert and Rory Perrodin. She is a student at Pine Prairie High. The new Teen Tournoi Queen is Riana Perrodin, the daughter of Clarissa Daigle and Dustin Perrodin. She is a student of Pine Prairie High School.
Retired Tournoi riders will keep score and time. Also assisting with the scores will be Past Champion and Tournoi rider Winston Guillory.
The Evangeline Chamber of Commerce conducted a workshop geared to help local and area small businesses start a new business or to help grow their business. Chamber Director Renee Brown conducted the meeting and Chamber President Luke Deville welcomed a number of businesses who attended the Thursday after meeting.
Among the guest speakers who spoke to the group included: Seth Norris, C.P.A., who spoke about new tax changes impacting businesses; Destin Ortego with the Opportunity machine who talked about his services to help entrepreneurs and start up businesses get the training they need; Heidi Melancon with the U.L. Small Business Development Center and Larry Dents Jr. with TruFund who discussed finances for new businesses.
Those in attendance had a roundtable discussion and survey to decide on topics for future workshops such as marketing and using social media.
The group also discussed planning a chamber sponsored "Shop Local Christmas kickoff" promotion. Maggie Eades is the chairperson of the promotion. Chamber members will be polled to decide on a date in November for the kickoff date.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports the arrest of two.
On Monday September 10, 2018 at approximately 7:45 p.m. Ville Platte Police Officers responded to a report of Shots fired in the area of Edward Knotoe Thomas Street. Upon arrival Officers learned one individual was walking on the street and a second individual was in a car at the intersection of Edward Knotoe Thomas Street and South Soileau Street. It is also reported that a black female and a one year old child were also in the car at the time of the incident. Each of the two suspects fired a weapon and multiple bullet holes were found in the vehicle. No one was injured during the exchange.
After further investigation two arrests were made.
On Tuesday September 11, 2018 Officers and Detectives located one of the suspects who fled the area and was captured after a short foot pursuit from Young Street to South Soileau. Once Officers captured and searched the suspect they located a handgun in the front pocket of the suspect. The 16 year old black male was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder, one count of possession of a firearm by a juvenile and one count of resisting an officer. The juvenile remains in the custody at this time.
On Wednesday September 12, 2018 Dequandray Thomas, 20 of 806 North Latour, apartment 52, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with one count of attempted second degree murder. Thomas was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Jail and remains incarcerated on a $100,000.00 bond.
Chief Neal Lartigue reminds everyone to report illegal activity immediately by calling 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
The owners of the new Whistle Stop business Tuesday addressed the Mayor and City Council to clarify their intention with their request to sell alcohol at their store. They originally checked the wrong box on the permit, which would have allowed them to sell alcohol and have it consumed on the premises, as is done for restaurants. The Whistle Stop said that was a mistake, and that they only want to sell packaged alcohol that cannot be consumed at the site. The ARC and city council requested that the Whistle Stop provide security, discourage loitering, and provide signage to discourage customers from parking at the ARC. Concern was also given for the citizens who are sometimes in residence at the ARC. The Whistle Stop owners were eager to oblige and said they plan on being very considerate. The council approved the Whistle Stop's permit to sell packaged alcohol.
The Ville Platte Fire Chief, Chris Harrison, said the city received 39 calls, and there were no fatalities.
City Engineer, Ronnie Landreneau, reminded the council about the proposed L-GAP funds, which the city wants to use for a new Ville Platte welcome sign near Tobacco Plus. Mayor Vidrine said the idea is to have a wall with flags, a fountain, lights, and a motto. The city will later take suggestions from the public as to what type of motto to put on the wall.
In other action, a Ville Platte resident approached the council to ask what can be done about the city's drainage problems. The same citizen approached the Evangeline Parish Police Jury the night before, where he was told by the jury that they want to help by providing their equipment and labor, but that the city would have to reimburse them. Councilman Bryant Riggs seemed to take issue with the police jury, saying there's a difference between helping someone and charging them. He said it's a money issue and went on to say some people think the city doesn't have enough money for projects because they hear about council members getting raises, but he said that's a small amount compared to civil lawsuits. He said, "Our money is being spent on civil lawsuits." Councilman Mike Perron agreed with the citizen that something needs to be done about the drainage issue.
Mayor Vidrine said 16 more properties have been cleaned up or demolished since the last city council meeting. She and City Attorney Eric LaFleur spoke about revamping communications between city departments. They said the new system will be web-based and state-of-the-art. Mayor Vidrine also announced, with much glee, that the McDonald's driveway is fixed, and DOTD are working on the entrance to Popeye's.
In other action, the council approved alcohol permits for the following:
Mark's Corner & Drive Thru
Hebert's Boudin & Cracklin's, LLC
Cheap & Best, LLC
The Louisiana Cotton Festival
Mayor Vidrine wore a Sacred Heart Trojans jersey because she said she lost a bet when her alma mater, Ville Platte High, lost to the Trojans in the Tee Cotton Bowl. However, she said she was very proud of both teams.
In other business, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine read the expenditure report. Total expenses for the month of July, 2018, was $189,011.05 Total for the month of August was $208,903.51. Additional expenses were at the end of the quarter. Some expenses were paid to Acadian Ambulance to transport inmates, and two pump stations unexpectedly broke and needed repairs.
The council renewed their sponsorship of Evangeline Council on Aging Public Transit.
The council approved the hiring of 4 new people to the Ville Platte Police Department: a dispatcher and three parol officers.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Michelle Bergeron, development director at The Refinery, formerly "Lighthouse Mission" of Opelousas.
Bergeron shared a video presentation of the newly constructed men's shelter on South Street in Opelousas. The facility can house up to 64 men who are homeless, who have no families, just out of prison or rehab and have no place to start over.
Bergeron said the home gives men their dignity back, gives them a second chance by feeding, housing and clothing them, educating and helping them find employment.
The home is a regimented faith based program where most residents satay an average of 9 months before getting on their own. Funding comes from private sources and public grants.
Bergeron was the special guest of Rotarian Nicole Wenger.
It was also announced that the Christian and Care Center is running short on food. Care and Share officials are asking for your generosity in making a food donation, monetary donations and donations of frozen food or wildgame. The center has a freezer to store the frozen food. The center helps the poor and needy in the Ville Platte area.
EPSO Inmate Attempts Suicide
Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office has released the following:
At 0820 hours on Wednesday August 29, 2018 an inmate in Cell #1 of the Evangeline Parish Jail shook the cell gates to gain the attention of Jailors on Duty. The inmate advised the Jailors of another inmate attempting suicide.
Once inside Assistant Warden Sylvester Bradley and Deputy Jailor Barry Giglio discovered a white male inside the Cell hanging from the A/C vent by the use of a ripped towel applied around his neck. Deputy Giglio's extensive training allowed him to react and respond quickly without hesitation. He immediately grabbed the white male inmate from around his waist, slightly lifted him up, and then directed Assistant Warden Bradley to cut the towel from the A/C vent. Deputy Jailor Giglio immediately laid the white male across a nearby bunk and began to administer Chest compression which caused the white male to begin breathing again.
Acadian Ambulance arrived and transported inmate to Mercy Regional Hospital for further medical evaluation and treatment.
The Evangeline Parish School Board met Wednesday, September 05, 2018. During the meeting, CFO Amy LaFleur discussed the budget, which included the general fund, parish-wide maintenance, Basile maintenance, and the Basile High School athletic fund. The ending fund balance for the 2017-2018 school year is $13,005,388.54 (13 million, 5 thousand, 388 dollars and 54 cents). LaFleur said, "We closed with a good year." The board approved the proposed general fund budget for the 2018-2019 school year at $7,755,802.48 (7 million, 7 hundred 55 thousand, 8 hundred 2 dollars and 48 cents). Superintendent Darwan Lazard thanked LaFleur for a job well-done, year after year.
Lazard said he toured 10 of the 12 schools around the parish and said the new track at the Basile High School "is truly a marvel." The Mamou High School gym floor is under construction, and the school is selling cutouts of the old gym floor. Construction should be finished by October.
Lazard said the police brought drug-sniffing dogs to the schools, and there were no reports of drugs found.
Hubert Mabe with First Student said buses ran smoothly for the first week of school, and they are committed to the safety of the students.
The board approved the following:
The Child Nutrition Program plans to advertise for bids for large food service equipment and to advertise to receive bids for a cafeteria redesign at Mamou High School and Ville Platte High School.
Accept the low price quote for new auditorium seating at Mamou High School using the parish-wide maintenance fund.
Agreed to spend $15,511.92 for smart panels for four new classrooms at W.W. Stewart Elementary School.
In new business, the board approved the following:
$17,145.40 for new IPads for teachers to access online curriculum.
$11,395.00 for Chromebooks and cart for Pine Prairie High School Kindergarten classrooms.
Rotary Club Gets Emergency Medical Info September 4, 2018 The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Karen Buroker, a registered nurse and Region Four Emergency Response Coordinator for the Acadiana Region. With Tropical Storm Gordon preparing to strike the Gulf coast tonight, Buroker shared with Rotary Club Members tips and advice to prepare for a storm. She shared special preparedness guides issued by the state. She urged residents to go online to get a game plane.org for lots of useful information. She urged families should prepare an emergency supply checklist that includes food, personal items, clothing and bedding, papers and valuables, safety supplies, prescriptions and medicines, first aid supplies and cooking equipment. She also urged that your plans should include a plan for your pets while you may be gone for several days. Karen was the special guest of Rotarian Bob Buroker. In other business, Club President Richard LeJeune announced that the club will prepare special Christmas baskets for ten needy families for the holidays. He is asking club members to turn in names for review.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports a juvenile arrest.
On August 30, 2018 at approximately 11:00 a.m. The Ville Platte Police Department Officers and Detectives responded to a report of a black male juvenile carrying a gun near Ville Platte High School. Ville Platte High School officials placed the school on lockdown and contacted the Ville Platte Police Department immediately. Officers and Detectives arrived in the area of high school drive and Cotton Street and began their investigation. Information obtained led them to a residence on High School Drive. Upon arrival the juvenile would not open the door and parents were contacted to return to the residence to gain entry. Once the parent arrived, entry was made and a fourteen year old black male juvenile was taken into custody. Inside the residence a 9 millimeter gun was located and was found to have been reported stolen from the Mamou area. The juvenile was charged with one count of illegal possession of a stolen firearm, one count of illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile and one count of possession of a firearm in a school zone.
Chief Lartigue stated that someone reporting what they saw provided Officers and Detectives with information that assisted them with removing a dangerous weapon from the streets of our city. Had this information not been reported in a timely manner, the outcome could have been much different. It is important for the community that suspicious activity gets reported quickly.
To report suspicious or illegal activity please call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office has released the following:
Home Burglary Reported on Friday Afternoon
On Friday, August 24, 2018, there was a Burglary committed in the Tate Cove area of Evangeline Parish.
The Burglary occurred on the 3000 block of Tate Cove Road at an unknown time.
The suspects entered the residence through the home's French doors. While the suspect/s was inside the home they only canvassed the Master Bedroom. Other than jewelry only one firearm was taken (nickel plated silver Ruger SR9C 9mm pistol). Also taken from the residence were a female wedding ring and a male class ring. Both items are valued at approximately $800.00 individually.
No suspect has been identified at this time.
Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is asking that everyone remain Vigilant at all times and report any suspicious activity immediately to Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigations Division @ 337-363-2161, your local Law Enforcement Agency, or in an Emergency dial 9-1-1. All callers shall and will remain anonymous.
LIBRARY REPORTS SUMMER READING STATS
AUGUST 29, 2018
The Evangeline Parish Public Library is proud to release the following statistics for this year’s Summer Reading Program . Library patrons checked out a total of 7, 803 books throughout the parish. Here are the top readers for each library Branch: Basile Branch-Ages 0-3- Rhen Fontenot, Brenlee Toups, Audrey and Avery LeBleu, Ages 4-7- Rhett Fontenot , Ages 8-11-Ross Bertrand and Ages 12-17 Amayah Bertrand; Mamou Branch- Ages 0-3- Rowan King, Ages 4-7- Kierstan Freeman, Ages 8-11- Damien Hebert, Ages 12-17 Cecilyah Cole; Pine Prairie Branch—Ages 0-3 Rosalee Melancon, ages 4-7- Annalise Melancon, Ages 8-11-Emily Freeman, Ages 12-17- Kenwin Hazelton; Turkey Creek Branch-: Ages 0-2- Ben Davis and Angelynn Davie, ages 4-7- Aston King, Ages 8-11 Laila King and Ages 12-17- Selina Soleau; Ville Platte Branch- ages 0-2- Marian Andrus, ages 4-7 Aidan Davis, Ages 8-11 Isabelle Andrus and Ages 12-17- Sara Duplechin. Congratulations to these Top Readers and to all the readers who took part in the Summer Reading program.
James “Spanky” Vidrine, manager with Union Tank Car of Ville Platte was the guest speaker at today’s (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. He was the special guest of Rotarian Dr. Hosea “Joey” Soileau.
Vidrine said the history of Union Tank Car can be traced 128 years ago with the formation of the rail industry with the Rockefeller family needing a rail system to transport oil. Union Tank is the largest rail tank car company in North America.
Union Tank is now owned by the Moorman Company, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway whose chairman is the famous billionaire Warren Bufffet. Nationwide, Union Tank has about 3-4,000 people employed.
Union Tank has three divisions: Leasing. The company leases tank cars at about $700 each per month; Manufacturing division with two locations: in Alexandria and a site in Texas. The facilities can produce 20-25 cars a day at a cost of $90,000 each to manufacture. He said the Alexandria site is a huge facility. The third division is the repair unit. Ville Platte is a repair site. There are 11 repair shops throughout the country .
All tank cars, by law, must be serviced, cleaned and refurbished at least every ten years. After 50 years, the tank cars must be scrapped.
The Ville Platte location was opened 51 years ago. The facility is employing about 141 workers with about 75 percent of the crew from the immediate Ville Platte area.
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Major Wayne Vidrine with the Louisiana State Police. Also with him at the meeting was Public Information Officer Brooks David.
Vidrine, a resident of the Ville Platte area, a 25 year veteran of the State Police has just been promoted from Troop I Commander to State Police Regional Command Inspector. Also, David who has been working for the past four years with the news media as public information officer has also been promoted to a new position.
Vidrine spoke on how state police and rotary have a lot in common on ethical and moral leadership. He gave two examples on leaders who were good at team building: Bill Gates of Microsoft and Steve Jobs of Apple.
He reported that state troopers are now using E tickets where tickets are generated electronically and are being sent directly to the District Attorney and courts, body cams worn by police officers and crash reports that can be sent immediately to accident victims.
It was also reported that unmarked state police vehicles are patrolling interstate highways in the state looking for drug dealers, speeders and those texting while driving.
The guest speakers were the guests of Rotarian Dr. Ted Ardoin.
Superintendent Darwan Lazard announced at Wednesday’s school board meeting that Mamou Elementary has made history by becoming a certified French immersion program; the first in Evangeline Parish.
“Mamou Elementary has accomplished something that I don’t think has been accomplished before.” Said Superintendent Lazard. He continued, “You do remember that they just completed their first year with a French immersion program, and they were only 1 of 3 schools in the state of Louisiana to be certified this year.”
Tuesday, Mamou faculty and staff and those involved in the French immersion program went to Baton Rouge to be recognized by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Nina David, curriculum coordinator for Mamou Elementary approached the podium to speak about the process of becoming certified, stating that typically schools aren’t approved after only one year. “I think they saw our effort, our desire, to excel in French immersion in our first year, because Mamou is the Cajun Capital of the world, and where else should it be?” said David.
Those involved with the success of the French immersion program (teachers, faculty, staff) were recognized by Principal Mitchell Troy Fontenot, who thanked them for their hard work, and stated “Evangeline is a model district for French immersion.”
When discussing how the first day of school went for Evangeline Parish public schools Superintendent Lazard stated, “we had a very good opening day”. As done in the past, Lazard and Assistant Superintendent Mike Lombas visited all 12 schools on the first day.
Public hearing to be held September 19, 2018 for replacement of sewer plant at Bayou Chicot Elementary School to be funded by a USDA loan.
Approved payment of $27,654.00 to remove and replace the first story wood floor finish at Bayou Chicot Elementary.
Approved requisition for $8,117.89 for appliances for new special education kitchen, lab, and classroom at Pine Prairie High School using idea funds.
Approved requisition for $11,395.00 for 30 Chromebooks and charging cart for Mamou Elementary School to provide technology in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms for LEAP 2025 instruction using Title I school-wide funds.
Thomas McFarlain, representing the Evangeline ARC and the special needs clients they serve, addressed the Ville Platte City Council Tuesday to request that the city stop a new bar called “The Whistle Bar” from opening across the street from their location at the corner of Lasalle and North-West Railroad Avenue.
“You are all aware of the day program and educational activities operating in the old Deville Lumber Company building for the last 20 odd years.” stated McFarlain. “There are 55 governmentally disabled men and women from Ville Platte, Mamou, and throughout the parish area that attend our program every day. They are instructed in various activities, such that they may improve their ability to participate in society and integrate into the society. In addition, there is a home for 6 disabled men on the property. These men reside there, just as we live in our homes, but need structure and normalcy of community living to provide progress in their lives as productive citizens of Ville Platte. Further, there is a respite program across the street that is used by 8 disabled individuals primarily on weekends. Their parents or guardians send them there as a get away from their homes, or other necessary absences from their homes for medical reasons or family emergencies. There they are transported to various events in or around Ville Platte and nearby cities to attend social activities. These developmentally disabled men and women that live on the property attend the day programs, and temporarily house disabled individuals that are referred to the Evangeline ARC by the state of Louisiana. These individuals need structured environments. A strict routine for their daily lives to progress as citizen’s. Changes or disruptions in their lives is detrimental to their health, aggravate their disabilities, and generally bring disruption to their lives.”
McFarlain then requested that the city reject Whistle Bar’s application. Mayor Vidrine offered to show fairness to Whistle Bar’s owners by inviting them to the next City Council meeting to explain the type of establishment they’d be opening.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced during her monthly report that the council received an honorable mention at the LMA conference, recognizing Ville Platte for being the only city in the state to keep its citizens informed via automated phone calls from the mayor. Mayor Vidrine also announced that 6 more abandoned properties have been cleared, and plans are underway to enforce citations for land owners who don’t maintain their properties.
Council member Bryant Riggs announced to the council his plans to fix up Ville Platte Northside Park, by giving up a year’s salary, and seeking out grants and coordinating fundraisers for the project. “We have to have something for everybody, not just the kids, but also for the disabled, A.D.D, senior citizens, children of all ages, and adults of all ages. that’s what I vision.” stated Riggs.
Alex “Sonny” Chapman addressed the council regarding improvement plans for the entrances and exits of Tate Cove Road businesses, in particular McDonalds and Popeyes. Chapman stated that the driveways not being flush with the road poses safety issues, and is an inconvenience to drivers. According to Mayor Vidrine, McDonalds has agreed to make the needed fixes, but Popeyes parking lot entrance belongs to Stage, and further steps need to be taken.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neil Lartigue announced the hiring of Darius Thomas as a part time jailor. During his monthly report, Lartigue stated that for the month of July the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a total of 504 calls for assistance, 490 of which required assistance. Also reported were 17 citations, 69 arrests (26 felony arrests) and 26 motor vehicle accidents. There were no fatalities to report.
Glenn Fields, Executive Director of Louisiana Folk Roots, was the guest speaker today (Tuesday) at the weekly luncheon of the Rotary Club of Ville Platte. He was the special guest of Rotarian Renee Brown.
Louisiana Folk Roots has partnered with The Grand Hoorah to return Folk Roots back to Chicot State Park during the past two years.
Fields said Louisiana Folk Roots wants to introduce in Evangeline Parish and in other area parishes an after school music program to instruct young people how to play Cajun music with the help of local musicians.
Folk Roots, along with Prairie Heritage who sponsors the Grand Hoorah and Codofil are supporting and encouraging the launch of these instructional programs.
He plans to reach out after the holidays to local businesses and industry to assist in funding the cost of musical instruments.
It was announced that the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce will have a Business after Hours event at The Hatchery in Vidrine at 5;00pm Wednesday. Also, there will be a ground breaking for the new Teet’s Food Store location Friday morning at 10:00am.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine addressed the members of the Ville Platte Rotary Club during their noon luncheon today (Tuesday).
The mayor spoke a lot about economic development and new businesses coming to town: Café Evangeline just had their grand opening last week at the bank note location, La Bonnes Vie will be taking over the Flat Town Music building, Teet’s Food Store will be constructing a new store across the road from their current location, Domino’s Pizza will be opening at the old Mexican restaurant on Tate Cove Road, a Chicken King restaurant and an Urgent Care walk in clinic.
Mayor Jennifer also mentioned that McDonald’s promises to fix the bump at their entrance from Tate Cove road once their renovation work is completed. She also mentioned that the city will be installing new more powerful LED lights along Main Street. Also, the city is looking at purchasing additional street cameras in high crime areas. Currently the city has ten cameras.
The city is expected to get in 17 new vehicles that will have tracking devices. Also, the Fire Department has applied for a new $800,000 ladder truck to replace its old ladder truck. She is also seeking a grant from the state to revitalize the Main Street area.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury was presented their 2017 audit report by CPA Vic Slaven during Monday’s monthly meeting. Slaven reported that the audit had the same findings as the previous year, but nothing serious. According to Slaven, the police jury ended the year with a positive fund balance of $1,685,000.
Evangeline Parish Tax Assessor Dirk Deville addressed the Jury with his decision to run for the October 2019 Sheriff election. “Some have asked why?” said Deville “It’s actually quite simple. When I was called on to assist the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department in its recent fiscal recovery, the challenge was fresh and exhilarating.” Deville stated that if he becomes Sheriff he will be “committed and dedicated to making Evangeline Parish a safer, more secure and better place to live.”
Introduced and approved a resolution in support of Bryan Vidrine’s candidacy for Police Jury Association of Louisiana.
Reviewed and adopted the 2018 millages.
Appointed Stephanie Smith to Evangeline tourism board.
Reappointed RL Quam to Evangeline Parish Water District #1 for a five-year term.
Wednesday, Evangeline Parish School Board Supervisor, Kellie Lafleur announced a massive cut in supplemental course education funds from the Louisiana Department of Education.
“Last year we were very fortunate to receive $160,000” said Lafleur adding, “We did get word last week that that number has been reduced to $88,323. This is going to significantly impact our LSUE dual enrollment, LSUE Academy, as well as South Louisiana Community College.” Lafleur explained that before, these funds would cover tuition and books, but this year Lafleur suggested allocating money to just tuition, and only offering one class, then reevaluate in the Spring to see if there is enough funding left to offer another class.
Superintendent Darwan Lazard added, “We had a very successful program, where students are able to earn college credits, but the funds that we get come from the state, which they cut significantly. I mean, when you lose $100,000, that’s nothing to blink at. We wanted everyone to know upfront that we won’t be able to offer as many classes as we have in the past.” Lazard stated that students utilizing Pell Grants won’t be affected.
Towards the end of the meeting, Lazard recognized Christine Bacon, W.W. Stewart principal retiring after 41 ½ years. Lazard described Bacon as “an icon in Evangeline Parish” stating, “she has worked hard for the children of this district for 41 ½ years. Most of that time she spent at W.W. Stewart, and most of the time she was there, she spent as principal.” Lazard then recognized a few new hires in the audience. Replacing Christine Bacon as interim principal is Danielle Young; Bacon’s assistant for over 7 years. Candance Manuel was recognized as interim assistant principal for Mamou High School. Quint West was recognized as the new principal for Pine Prairie High School. Katrina Ardoin was recognized as the interim assistant principal for P.P.H.S. Dr. Kimberly McCauley was recognized as the newest Mathematics teacher at P.P.H.S, receiving strong praise from Lazard for her expertise in Mathematics.
The board approved the adoption of the 2018 millage rates for the tax year 2018. All rates will remain the same as last year, except for the special parish-wide tax that increased from $9.99 to $10.35.
The board accepted a low-price quote of $12,394.26 from Associated Food Equipment & Supplies for a tilting skillet for W.W. Stewart Elementary School Cafeteria using SFS funds.
The board approved a motion to ratify ASE Environmental Services $5,250.00 for remediation/wipe down of the principal’s office and room #13 at Chataignier Elementary School using the parish-wide maintenance fund.
The board approved another motion to ratify ASE Environmental Services $6,300.00 for remediation/ wipe down of eight classrooms at Basile High School (Elementary Building) using Basile Maintenance Fund.
Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the following:
On Monday, July 30, 2018, there was an alleged home invasion in the Basile area of Evangeline Parish.
It happened on the 4800 block of Old Basile Highway at approximately 0915 hours.
The suspects allegedly broke into a home, restrained the home owner with an extension cord and stole several items to include 2 televisions and a firearm.
Deputies say the suspects may be driving a silver/light colored vehicle. Unknown make and model (possibly a Sports car).
One suspect is said to have been a black male wearing a t-shirt and baseball cap. Victim said there was also a second suspect believed to be a black male that he didn’t physically see but was able to hear his voice. No arrests have been made.
Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office is working to learn more information and is reaching out to the public for anyone with information on this crime or any other crime to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers remain anonymous.
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte heard from Realtor Lana Manuel Soileau at their noon luncheon meeting today (Tuesday). She was the guest of Rotarian Darin Bordelon.
Lana works for Keller-Williams Real Estate and is based in Opelousas. She and six real estate agents sell properties throughout Acadiana. She concentrates in Evangeline and St. Landry parishes.
In Evangeline Parish,, her firm has increased 89 percent in sales of property over the same period a year ago. However the average sale price has decreased because people are moving out of town and property values have decreased.
She said “Ville Platte is a great town and there is so much great potential right here if people could work together and re-grow this town.”
She shared with club members the advantages of listing your property with a full service real estate agent over selling it directly.
Lana credits social media for the great majority of her business.
In other business, the club heard from two students who just returned from the Rotary summer camp known as Camp Rylla: Callie Pitre and Darrelyn Lachney. Both received Rotary Club scholarships. Pitre plans to attend U.L. Lafayette majoring in psychology and Lachney will be attending LSU Eunice for nursing.
KVPI News has learned that a candidate for Mamou City Council in District 3, Eugene Manuel, has withdrawn from the race after a challenge from the incumbent.
District 3 City Councilman Charles Reed filed a petition Friday in 13th District Court asking the court to disqualify Manuel’s candidacy. In the petition, Reed argues that Manuel does not meet the residency qualifications.
A hearing was held in 13th District Court before Judge Gary Ortego this (Monday) afternoon. Judge Ortego announced in open court that the defendant, Eugene Manuel has formally withdrawn from the race through filing paperwork with the Clerk of Court’s Office.
Charles Reed, the incumbent still faces challenger Glyn Brunet in the November 6 election.
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from “The Voice of the LSU Tigers” Chris Blair at their noon meeting at the Family Life Center. Blair has been the play by play announcer for LSU Sports for the past two years replacing long time announcer Jim Hawthorne.
Blair was the announcer for Georgia Southern for a number of years. He is a native of Kentucky. His family was in the radio business.
He told rotary club members that the football program under Coach Ed Orgeron should show much improvement this football season. He also felt the basketball program and baseball should also make major strides in the new school year.
Blair was the special guest of Rotarian Bill Brunet. Blair visited KVPI after the rotary meeting for a special interview and met with local residents in a Meet and Greet.
Five Arrested in Evangeline Parish Staged Crash
Today Louisiana State Police Detectives with the Insurance Fraud / Auto Theft Unit assigned to the Lafayette Field Office arrested five people for violations of Louisiana insurance fraud laws.
The initial investigation revealed in December 2015, a group of five people participated in a staged vehicle crash involving a passenger car and a rental vehicle near Ville Platte. The staged crash involved five adults and three children between the ages of 9 and 15. The goal of the staged crash was to generate fraudulent insurance claims for intentionally damaged property and fake bodily injuries.
At the conclusion of the investigation, State Police Detectives obtained arrest warrants on charges of insurance fraud, filing a false police report, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. On July 23, 2018, State Police Detectives arrested the following suspects and booked them into the Evangeline Parish Jail:
- Winston Dupre (66 yoa from Pollock, LA) - Insurance Fraud, Filing False Public Records
- Sheba Williams (32 yoa from Opelousas, LA) - Insurance Fraud, Filing False Public Records and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile (2counts)
- Lucinda Williams (26 yoa from Ville Platte, LA) - Insurance Fraud
- Delores Bias (24 yoa from Eunice, LA) - Insurance Fraud
- Melanie Malveaux (36 yoa from Mamou, LA) - Insurance Fraud, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile
Anyone having information concerning persons staging vehicle crashes, or committing other forms of insurance fraud, should contact the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud / Auto Theft Unit at (225) 925-3701 or email@example.com
Candidate Qualifications Ends in Evangeline Parish
July 20, 2018
Candidate qualifying ended at 4:30 Friday afternoon, according to Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel. Here are the candidates that qualified on Friday for the November 6 Primary Election:
Village of Chataignier- Chief of Police- Josh Clint Brasseaux; Alderman Joseph H. Simien; Alderman- Debra Fontenot;
Village of Turkey Creek- Mayor Phillip Cavins and Council Member- Joey Ducote;
Town of Mamou- Mayor: David Charlie; Chief of Police- Brent Zackery and Michael Thomas; Alderman District 2- Brook Chapman; Alderman District 3- Charles Reed;
City of Ville Platte- Alderman District D- Lionel Anderson; District E- Lucian J. McKinney Jr. and Alderman District F-Bryant Riggs;
Town of Basile- Alderman at Large- Catina Molitor Hebert;
School Board- District 10- Maggie Ortego.
Here is the full list of candidates who qualified for candidates seeking political office:
Secretary of State: Kyle Ardoin (Incumbent) , Heather Cloud (who has served as Mayor of Turkey Creek), Gwen Collins Greenup, A.G. Crowe, Rick Edmonds, Renee Fontenot Free, Thomas Kennedy III, Matthew “Matt” Moreau, and Julie Stokes.
Congressman-4th District: Mark David Halverson, Mike Johnson (incumbent) and Ryan Trundle;
Evangeline Parish School Board:
District 1- Lonnie Sonnier (incumbent), District 2- Dr. Bobby Deshotel (incumbent), District 3-Ted Patrick Soileau and Karen Vidrine; District 4- Wayne Dardeau (incumbent) ; District 5- Peggy Forman (Incumbent); District 6- Michael Fontenot (Incumbent); District 7- Sheila Joseph; District 8- Wanda Skinner (incumbent); District 9- Scott Limoges (Incumbent); District 10- Maggie Ortego and Arthur Savoy (incumbent); District 11- Nancy Hamlin (incumbent); District 12- Ellis Guillory (incumbent) and Calvin Leday Jr.; District 13- Chris Guillory and Georgianna Wilson (incumbent).
Ville Platte: Mayor –Kevin Lafleur and Jennifer Vidrine (Incumbent); Chief of Police-Linton Fontenot and Neal Lartigue (incumbent); Council Members-District A-C.J. Dardeau (incumbent) and Faye Lemoine; District B-Jerry Joseph (incumbent) ; District C-Mike Perron (Incumbent) ; District D-Lionel Anderson and Vashanski “Shanky “Thomas; District E-Lucian McKinney Jr. and Donald Ray Sam (incumbent); District F-Kathan Arvie and Bryant Riggs (incumbent).
Mamou- Mayor-David Charlie, Gerald Fontenot and Ricky Fontenot (Incumbent); Chief of Police-Michael “Gorilla” Fruge, Charles Perdices, Michael Thomas and Brent Zachery (incumbent); Alderman- At Large- Leisa Deshotel (incumbent); District 1-Freddie Matthew (Incumbent) and Derrell “Sheaky” Thomas; District 2-Brook Chapman and Clayton “Tiny” McGee; District 3-Glyn Brunet, Eugene Manuel and Charles Reed (Incumbent); District 4-Robin Young (incumbent).
Basile-Mayor Mark Denette (incumbent); Chief of Police-Allen Ivory Thomas (incumbent), Gregory James and Nicholas Richardson; Alderman-Alderman at Large-Travis Deshotel and Catina Molitor-Herbert; Alderman-District 1-Latoya Howze; Alderman District (Three to be Elected)-Kenny Burgess, Caleb Delafosse, Bron Dubroc, and Kristy Miller;
Chataignier-Mayor- Justin Darbonne and Jackie Malveaux Thomas (incumbent); Chief of Police-Joseph Clint Brasseaux; Alderman (Three to be Elected) -Carilyn “Tu” Arvie, John B. Brasseaux, Debra Fontenot and Joseph H. Simien;
Turkey Creek- Mayor-Phillip Cavins; Alderman- (Three to be elected)-Joey Ducote, Billy Neal King Jr and Kurry Stewart.
Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel reported to KVPI News nine additional candidates qualified for public office on Thursday.
Those candidates include:
Town of Basile: Alderman at Large- Travis Deshotel; Alderman District 2- Kristy Miller;
School Board: District 12-Ellis Guillory Sr. and District 13- Chris Guillory;
City of Ville Platte: Mayor Kevin Lafleur; Alderman in District F- Kathan Arvie;
Village of Chataignier: Mayor-Justin Darbonne and for Alderman-John Brasseaux.
Friday at 4:30pm is the deadline to qualify at the Clerk of Court’s Office in the Courthouse for the November primary election.
The Evangeline Parish School Board approved a low-price quote from EQ Solutions, in the amount of $40,300.00, for labor and materials for renovation and construction of an apartment and kitchen lab/classroom for special education students at Ville Platte High School. The request was made by Special Education Director, Roxanne West. West states that plans to bring this program to Pine Prairie High School within the year are already underway. West thanked the board for their support.
With school starting August 9th, Superintendent Darwan Lazard stated, “I’ve had this question asked of me, why are we starting so early? Well, we have a number of holidays, we have to get in. A certain number of work days. We also have to build in some days into the calendar in case we have snow in Ville Platte and Basile, as we had this past year. So, we want to make sure we are well prepared so that we can serve the students of Evangeline Parish.”
The board received a special presentation from Basile High School Assistant Principal Johnny Deshotel, highlighting the school’s academic and athletic achievements. A slide show presentation showcased their new school building, welding shop, and running track.
A public hearing will be held on August 1st to consider adoption of 2018 millage rates for the 2018 tax year.
CFO Amy Lafleur announced the Evangeline Parish School Board sales tax distribution amount for 2017-2018 is $2,284,396.84. That’s $186,973.98 less compared to the 2016-2017 year.
The board approved the Addendum to Pupil Progression Plan for 2018-2019. This is an academic improvement plan to identify students in grades 4th and 8th who have not met an acceptable level of performance in the core subjects and will be provided an individual academic improvement plan.
The board approved a revision of the “tuition reimbursement form” offering teachers tuition assistance through title I, title II, and special education funds. For staying in the parish for a minimum of 3 years, teachers will receive $2,500 (previously $2,000) in student loan reimbursements per year.
The board approved the renewal of the current student accident insurance plan.
The board approved a low bid from Leaser Construction, Inc. In the amount of $139,000.00 for removal and elevated replacement of Mamou High School gym floors using the parish-wide maintenance fund.
The board approved the adoption of the 2018-2019 student handbook and reference guide.
-Minor changes were made to handbook to include:
Testing schedule update
Dress code policy
FERPA, etc. Language update.
The board approved a contract renewal for Gregory Guillory, assistant principal presently assigned to Vidrine Elementary School, present 2-year contract renewed effective November 18,2018.
First Day of Qualifying 2018
July 18, 2018
Some 40 candidates have qualified with the clerk of court today on the first day of qualifying for the November primary election.
Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel reported the following candidates qualified today (Wednesday):
School Board Members: District 1-Lonnie Sonnier; District 2- Dr. Bobby Deshotel; District 3- Karen Vidrine and Ted Patrick Soileau; District 4- Wayne Dardeau; District 5- Peggy Forman; District 6- Michael Fontenot; District 7- Sheila Joseph; District 8- Wanda Skinner; District 9- Scott Limoges; District 10- Arthur Savoy; District 11- Nancy Hamlin; District 12- Calvin LeDay Jr. and District 13-Georgiana Wilson.
City of Ville Platte: Mayor- Jennifer Vidrine and Chief of Police- Neal Lartigue and Linton Fontenot; Aldermen- District A- C.J. Dardeau and Faye Lemoine; District B- Jerry Joseph; District C- Mike Perron; District E-Donald Ray Sam; and District D- Vashanski “Shanky” Thomas;
Town of Mamou: mayor- Ricky Fontenot and Gerald Fontenot; Chief of Police- Charles Perdices and Michael “Gorilla” Fruge; Alderman- District 1- Derrell “Sheaky” Thomas and Freddie Matthew; District 2- Clayton “Tiny” McGee; District 3- Glyn Brunet and Eugene Manuel; District 4- Robin Young;
Town of Basile: Chief of Police- Nicholas Richardson and Allen Ivory Jr. Alderman- District 1-Latoya Howze; District 2- Bron Dubroc; District 2-Kenny Burgess and District 2- Caleb Delafosse
Village of Turkey Creek: Council Member- Billy Neal King Jr. and Kurry Stewart;
Qualifying continues Thursday and ends Friday at 4:30pm at the Clerk of Court’s Office.
New Ville Platte Rotary Club President Richard LeJeune conducted his first meeting of the organization today (Tuesday) at the Family Life Center. The new slate of officers include: Le Jeune as Club President, President Elect-Nicole Wenger, Vice President Peter Strawitz, Past President-Wayne Vidrine, Secretary- Susan Saunders, Treasurer- Vic Slaven, Sgt.at Arms-Dr. Jerry Veillon , Song Master-Dr. Joey Soileau .
LeJeune said he wants the rotary club to get more involved in the community by introducing two new projects-Prepare Christmas baskets for ten needy families and to have club members bring two unwrapped toys to give to needy children of our area around the holidays.
The new club president urged members to consider becoming a Paul Harris Fellow by donating to Rotary International.
He also said popular community projects such as the Choices program in schools and scholarships to LSUE and Camp RYLLA will continue.
The club welcomed its two newest members: Renee Brown, director of the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce and Margie Mealer, new librarian for the Evangeline Parish Library.
Qualifying for the November 6 Primary election begins this Wednesday July 18-Friday July 20 at the Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court’s office.
Local voters will vote on a new Secretary of State and for Congressman in the 4th District that runs from Eunice and Evangeline Parish all the way to Arkansas line.
In local races, all 13 members of the Evangeline Parish School Board will be up for re -election in November.
Also, there will be municipal elections in Ville Platte, Mamou, Chataignier and Turkey Creek.
In each municipality, voters will vote on mayor, chief of police and for alderman. The only exception is Turkey Creek where the chief position is now an appointed office. Voters will vote on Mayor, chief of police and 6 aldermen in Ville Platte, Mayor, police chief and five aldermen in Mamou, Mayor, police chief and three aldermen in Chataignier and Mayor and three aldermen in Turkey Creek
If a runoff is needed, the general election is set for December 8.
Belle Maison Apartment representatives Rhett Holmes and Bryan Bates addressed the Ville Platte City Council Tuesday, with plans to develop a 9-million-dollar apartment complex that would provide affordable housing to working class citizens.
According to Holmes, the complex, which will be located at Tate Cove Road and East Lincoln Road, will require residents to have a job and pay rent. 56 apartments will be built, with rent ranging from $300 per month for a one bedroom, to $650-700 per month for a 3-bedroom apartment. Holmes stated that resident amenities will include: a playground, walking trail, garden, covered parking (90 spaces), but will not have a pool. Holmes stated that security is a top priority for Belle Maison Apartments, and plans to use adequate lighting, and quality security cameras (1 for every 3-4 apartments) to ensure resident safety. Before starting, Holmes stated that the Mayor would need to sign a letter, confirming that utilities are available and residents can live there.
Mayor Vidrine, opposing the idea, stated that she would rather focus on developing single family homes (rent to purchase) over adding apartment complexes to the city. Council member Mike Perron, who’s district would be receiving the apartment complex, stated that his constituents have expressed concern over potential trespassers on their properties. Council member Bryant Riggs disagreed, stating that the apartment complex is a step in the right direction, and that there is a need for these apartments.
Mayor Vidrine also announced that early December 2018, Domino’s Pizza will be opening a new location at the corner of LaSalle St. and Tate Cove Rd.
- Charles Guillory announced his candidacy to the Council for the October 2019 Sheriff election.
- During her monthly report, Mayor Vidrine announced that the city spent $183,472.29 for the month of June. Vidrine states that the city now will be saving more money, due to Acadiana Ambulances revised rates for inmate transportation to hospital.
- Police Department announced the hiring of Cedric Jackson, Daylon Maricle, and George Goldman as full-time patrol officers, and one part-time 911 dispatcher, Crystal Vidrine.
- Council approved the appointment of Danyon Charles as Gas Supervisor for the gas department for the city.
- Council approved the closing of Trojan Lane, August 18th, for “Sacred Heart Day”.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club held their weekly meeting today (Tuesday) at the C.B.Coreil Campus of South Louisiana Community College. The guest speakers included Carlene Jones, campus director, Darren Glover and Rev. Matthew Alfred. Coreil is one of ten campuses operated under the S.L.C.C. system.
Carlene Jones announced the school is ready to begin a new CDL program for truckers. The school is teaming up with trucking companies who are willing to pay for the student loans once the students pass their CDL course of instruction.
The school is also preparing to begin a Certified Nursing Assistant course for local students.
Jones said her school is working with local industry such as Ville Platte Iron Works and Schlumberger to help train workers for good paying industry positions.
Last year, the school had a student enrollment of about 100 students. The school offers courses of instruction such as welding, business and general studies.
The Coreil Campus speakers were the guests of Rotarians Vic Slaven and Annette Johnson.
In other business, the club welcomed two new members to the group: Renee Brown of the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce and new Parish Library Director Margaret “Margie” Mealer.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that Domino’s Pizza will be opening a restaurant in Ville Platte in December at the corner of LaSalle and Tate Cove Road.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from retired veteran Robert Reed of Mamou at their weekly meeting held at the Civic Center.
Reed was dressed for the July 4th holiday as “Uncle Sam”. Reed is a Mamou High graduate and his uncle was well known educator and Cajun revivalist Revon Reed. During his nine years in the Navy Robert Reed served in submarine duty for 2 and a half years. He served as “Yeoman” handling administrative duties. During his tours of duty, he was sent to the U.S. Embassy in Australia and on one tour his sub went into the Mediterranean Sea.
He explained that he served during the Cold War between the US and Russia. The subs were either armed with torpedoes or Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.
Reed worked in the postal service after returning from the service. He was the special guest of Rotarian Peter Strawitz.
In other news, Ville Platte Mayor announced there will be a free fireworks display Wednesday night at 9:00pm at the Ville Platte Grand Pavillion.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, in a 5-3 vote Monday, approved Michael Anderson to replace Ronald Mcclauley on the Te Mamou Water District Board, despite the Board's wishes to have Marty Soileau fill that position.
Three Police Jurors: Bryan Vidrine, Sidney Fontenot, and Kevin Veillon voted for the Te Mamou Water System’s preferred appointee, Marty Soileau (formally nominated by Juror, Bryan Vidrine).
Five Police Jurors: Rocky Rider, Daniel Arvie, Lamar Johnson, Eric Soileau, and Ryan Ardoin voted to approve another candidate, Michael Anderson, nominated by Police Juror, Daniel Arvie. Arvie stated, "It's nothing personal," but never elaborated on the qualifications of his nominee, or why he was chosen over Marty Soileau. Anderson was not present at the meeting.
The decision came as a shock to Marty Soileau, who waited in the audience to address the Jury, and accept his position. Marty is the grandson of the late Aaron Soileau, one of the founders of the Te Mamou Water System. Gene Soileau, contractor for Te Mamou Water System, son of Aaron Soileau, and father to Marty, was present in the audience. Following the meeting, Gene told KVPI News Director, Carly Chaumont, that this was the first time the Police Jury has voted against the wishes of the Te Mamou Water System Board. Gene stated that his son had assisted him in reading water meters for over 25 years.
The Jury also received an update from Public Works Director, Chester Granger, concerning parish drainage, telling the Jury that upon inspection, most drainages were in “fairly good shape”.
In regards to drainage in the City of Ville Platte, the Jury’s attorney, Marcus Fontenot, explained that city drains require city maintenance, but drainage that enters and exits city limits, and is of benefit to the parish, can be handled by the Jury, as long as there is a cooperative agreement, stating the city will repay the Jury for expense costs. Police Jury President Ryan Williams stated, “We’ve been working with the city. I want to continue working with the city”.
In other business:
Engineer, Ronnie Landreneau, announced the completion of the Chataignier Library Branch, and the Jury approved a motion to accept it as complete.
The Jury approved a liquor license for Ronald Christ dba Mel’s Quick Stop.
The Jury approved the installment of cross section signs at Addison Cemetery road, located in Lamar Johnson’s District.
The Jury approved the reappointment of Sarah Maricle to Ward Four Water District for another five-year term.
Week of July 2, 2018
Election Results of the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in accordance with its bylaws, hereby announces the new Board Members who were elected for a three (3) year term.
The Evangeline Chamber of Commerce's current Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Renee Brown, would like to extend a special thank you to the outgoing Board Members Anita Fontenot of The Hatchery and Annette Johnson of Kolder, Slaven & Co. for their years of exceptional leadership, service, and dedication to our great organization.
Evangeline Chamber of Commerce's Incoming Board of Directors:
Luke Deville of Teet's Food Store
Peter Strawitz of Edward Jones
Felicia Manuel of Ville Platte Iron Works
Linda Lebsack of the Friends of the Library
Mark Suellentrop of Cabot Corporation
Darin Bordelon of LaVille Funeral Home
Congratulations to all the nominees and our new Board Members. We are looking forward to working with you!
It was a 25th anniversary party that will be remembered for a long time. Larry and Sharon Lachney know how to throw a party: BBQ Rib Cookoff, Live DJ music, Live music by great local talent and the coldest refreshments around , a dunking booth for the benefit of St. Jude's Children's Hospital and of course they invited KVPI. Carly Chaumont and Mark Layne covered the event with a live 92.5 remote. We talked to Police Chief Neal Lartigue, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, cookoff teams and musicians.Thank you, Larry and Sharon. We're looking forward to the next anniversary party.
The Ville Platte City Council approved their 2018-2019 budget, in a special meeting Thursday, following a public hearing. The budget was proposed June 12th, and was made available for public inspection at City Hall. Dana Quebedeaux, CPA, addressed the Council a second time to discuss questions concerning the budget.
Public concerns involving the 2018-2019 budget:
The salaries listed for the Council, and Mayor, shows a total salary amount (allowances/benefits included) without providing a breakdown of what the allowance money goes towards, and how much of it is being used. Quebedeaux offered to provide a salary breakdown for the Council’s next meeting.
The Council adopted the City of Ville Platte’s policies and procedures (a new requirement).
The Council adopted a resolution to move forward with applying for the FHWA Recreational Trails Program grant. This grant affords communities the opportunity to express their concerns over the recreational needs in their area. The City of Ville Platte chose to focus on sidewalks.
In a special meeting Wednesday, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury approved a financial commitment resolution of $270,000 (a 52% cash match) per Delta Authority Grant requirements, to refurbish the existing rail spur at Industrial park, extend the spur by 102 feet, and build a second rail spur, totaling 785 feet.
According to the grant application, submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Donald Bergeron, the jury is seeking to “improve the Evangeline Parish Police Jury’s rail spur capacity for economic resilience of the Parish Industrial Park and to streamline Cabot Corporations rail storage operations”.
In order to be considered for the grant, the D.R.A is requesting that Cabot agree to use the spur for job retention, and job creation. Bergeron informed the jury that Cabot has no issue with agreeing to job retention, but can’t guarantee job creation.
According to the grant application, “Cabot is the third largest employer for the town of Ville Platte. In coordination with Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Cabot is moving towards expanding their Ville Platte operation which will likely result in the creation of 5 new full-time jobs in 2022.”
The grant application is due Friday, June 29th, and without Cabot signing to commit to job retention and creation, their only option is to send the application in as is, until Ville Platte Cabot discusses the matter with corporate. Until then, the Police Jury approved a 2nd motion to commit to job retention, and the hiring of one full-time employee to manage the spur.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Rotarian Dr. Phillipe Vidrine. His topic was the growing opioid epidemic in our country.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the opium poppy has been around since 34 BC. The ingredients from the poppy have been used in legal drugs and illegal drugs. Opioid deaths have tripled in the fifteen period from 1999 to 2014. In 2016, one in five deaths for those ages 24-45 during the child rearing ages were caused by drug overdose.
The worst area in the country for drug overdoses are states in the Rust Belt. Louisiana is ranked #12 in the states with the highest number of opioid related deaths.
In 2012, in Louisiana for every 100 residents in the state, 118 prescriptions were written.
Addition to pain killers and opioids lead to drug abuse and overdoses.
Medical professionals like Dr. Vidrine are now required to take continuing education to prescribe non narcotics.
In closing, Dr. Vidrine said Addition is a treatable disease.
In other news, outgoing Club President Wayne Vidrine said “It was a great year for Rotary. We got a lot of things done.” He said incoming club president Richard LeJeune plans to continue supporting moves to improve Chicot State Park and reestablish a rotary scholarship at the Coreil Campus.
WEEKEND EVENT FATAL SHOOTING IN BEAVER LEAVES ONE DEAD AND ONE INJURED
On Sunday, June 24, 2018 at approximately 0115 hours Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office received a transfer call from 911 Dispatch. Patrol Deputies were dispatched to a report of a Shooting at the address of 1201 Joe Fontenot Road.
The initial investigation by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office revealed that a male subject attending the event identified as DeLanzo Veal had been shot in his upper body and a second victim later identified as Katrina Thomas also suffered from a gunshot wound beneath her lower lip.
A verbal altercation occurred between the victim (DeLanzo Veal) and another male subject Brandon Perkins who was also attending the event. The altercation led to the victim (DeLanzo Veal) being shot multiple times. He was rushed to Oakdale hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The shooter fled the scene.
The second victim (Katrina Thomas) was also rushed to Oakdale Hospital for her wounds. She was treated and later released.
Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Perkins after being questioned. He was charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Aggravated Second Degree Battery. He is being held at the Evangeline Parish Jail without bond.
Anyone with any information or videos is urged to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers with information will remain anonymous.
Evangeline Parish 4-H students were welcomed home Friday, after a successful week at 4-H University in Baton Rouge. Louisiana 4-H’ers competed for best in the state in more than 40 events, and Evangeline Parish 4-H’ers placed in the following 7 events:
Consumer Decision Making: Madison Fontenot, Drew Latour, James Wilson - 2nd place statewide
Environmental Conservation Illustrated Talk: Gabrielle Fontenot- 2nd Place statewide
Fashion Review Creative Choice: Iyana Freeman, Mena Newman Blue Ribbon (Top Ten)
Family Consumer Science: Emily Deshotel, Lily Guillory- 4th place statewide
Plant Science: Andrew J. Fontenot, Monty Fontenot, Evan Miller- 4th place statewide
Teens Driving Teens: Andrew T. Fontenot, Ethan Jose Deshotel- 2nd place statewide
The Next 4-H Food Star: Olivia LaComb, Makayla Jones, Abby Duplechain- 4th place statewide
7 Evangeline Parish 4-H’ers were also elected as State Board Members:
Sam Gil- State Science, Engineering, and Technology Board
Sam Hollier- State Science, Engineering, and Technology Board
Ethan Jose Deshotel- State Science, Engineering, and Technology Board
Gabrielle Fontenot- State Executive Board
Emily Deshotel- State Executive Board
Charley Bieber- State Shooting Sports Board
Iyana Freeman- State Fashion Board
KVPI would like to congratulate the students, faculty and staff of Evangeline Parish 4-H, on a job well done.
After a unanimous vote yes, The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce approved a historic name change Wednesday, from Ville Platte, to Evangeline Chamber of Commerce.
Business owners and dignitaries gathered at Cottage Couture to celebrate the unification of the parish. Chamber Executive Director, Renee Brown, stated that she has received support from Mayors across the parish on this new endeavor saying, “everyone is excited and the feedback has been wonderful”.
The meeting was followed by a “Business after Hours” where sponsors, LA Folk Roots and JD Bank, welcomed guests and briefly discussed both businesses. Guests were also treated to LIVE Cajun music.
Businesses approved for new membership: Butler & Co. Tree Service, Tincy’s Corner LLC, Sisters on the Go, Gator’s & Papa Gator’s Cajun Foods, and Union Tank Car Co.
Cleco Incentive Program for businesses, to be held at the Chamber meeting room, Wednesday, June 27th, at noon.
Executive Director, Renee Brown, announced the new Shop Local Campaign currently underway, and plans for a September meeting with media and small businesses to plan for the Christmas holidays.
According to Ville Platte Police Chief, Neil Lartigue, the following individuals have been arrested and booked into the city jail:
Shaquille Robinson, 24, of E. Jefferson, was arrested on domestic abuse battery charges on June 14th, and is out on bond ($1,000).
Vonetta Comeaux, 48, of Laran St., was arrested on charges of disobeying a stop and first offense DWI on June 14th, and is out on bond ($1,200).
Chelsea Champagne, 31, of Cheyenne St. in Scott, was arrested on theft charges on June 15th, and is out on bond ($1,000).
Cody Brignac, 24, of Belaire Cove, was arrested on possession of schedule I controlled substance on June 17th, and is out on bond ($2,500).
Ebony Adams, 24, of MLK Dr., was arrested on theft charges on June 17th, and is out on bond ($500).
Charles Coreen, 28, of Hospital Dr. In Opelousas, was arrested on charges of resisting an officer, and possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids on June 19th, and is currently incarcerated.
Jamie Arvie, 18, of David St., was arrested on disturbing the peace and battery, 2nd count, on June 19th, and is out on bond ($2,750).
Shekiah Poullard, 20, of w. Beauregard, was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace and battery, 2nd count, on June 19th, and is out on bond ($2,750).
Whitney ben, 17, of east church St. In Bunkie, was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, and simple battery, 2nd count, on June 19th, and is out on bond ($5,500).
Lee Tezeno, 27, of Ramsey St. Was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace on June 19th, and is currently incarcerated ($200 bond).
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Liz Hill, Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and 9-1-1 in Evangeline Parish.
Hill said the 9-1-1 staff has been in their new two million dollar facility at the Industrial Park for the past two years. The dispatchers service all six fire departments in the parish as well as police departments in Pine Prairie, Turkey Creek and Chataignier. The agency receives approximately 35-40,000 9-1-1 calls a year.
Some of the calls are unusual. For example, Hill referred to a call she received this week from a homeowner to complain that someone had stolen a washing machine with the clothes still in it..
All medical calls are transferred to Acadian Ambulance dispatchers to handle.
Hill said this hurricane season in the Gulf and Atlantic is expected to be about average with last year. However, her agency is prepared to handle all types of weather including flooding and icy winter conditions. She uses social media such as Facebook to keep residents informed on the latest weather advisories.
Liz Hill was the special guest of Rotarian Scott Soileau.
In other business, Dr. Phillipe Vidrine was awarded a Paul Harris recognition award by Rotarian Leonard Fontenot for his donation to Rotary International.
Rotarian Larry Lachney reported that his business, Gators Drive Thru will celebrate its 25th anniversary Saturday June 30 with a BBQ Rib Cook Off, food, live music and a live KVPI remote broadcast.
Jessica Williams, 25, of 306 West Long Street in Ville Platte has been arrested and charged with negligent homicide. Williams was transported to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on a $125,000.00 bond.
On June 14, 2018 the Ville Platte Police Department Officers and Detectives began an investigation where a domestic disturbance appeared to have taken place leaving one man dead, possibly from a stab wound. Details of the death are not being released at this time pending a report from the Coroner’s Office.
Chief Neal Lartigue is asking anyone with further information to contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.