Local News Archives for 2011-04

Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce names nominees for Civic Awards Banquet



APRIL 28, 2011




        The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce released the names of individuals and businesses nominated for the various civic awards at its annual banquet next Thursday.

        Here are the nominees:


For Ville Platte Woman of the Year: Sharon Fontenot, grants coordinator with the City of Ville Platte, Susie Lemoine, outreach director with the Evangeline Parish Public Library and Jennifer Vidrine, Mayor of Ville Platte. Last year’s Woman of the Year was Mable Forman.


For Ville Platte Man of the Year- Dr. William Buller, local veterinarian; Curley Dossman, retired educator and former Ville Platte City Councilman;  Greg  Fontenot with the Viet Nam Veterans;  Barry Giglio, owner of the Pigstand Restaurant;  Hillary Hill, retired Postal Service Worker affiliated with the Ville Platte VFW;  J.D. Soileau, President of the Viet Nam Veterans of America Chapter; and Dr. Jerry Veillon, local dentist. Last year’s Man of the Year was Coach Wallace Tate.


The nominations for Business Person of the Year are: Jennifer Walker with Slap Ya Mama; Bobby Dardeau with the Bonnes Nouvelles; Mark Sullentrop, Facility Manager with Cabot Corporation; Terryl Fontenot with T&J Ford; and Diana Reed with State Farm Insurance.


The nominations for Business of the Year: Ville Platte Gazette, Evangeline Bank and Trust, the Pigstand Restaurant, Laville Funeral Home, Cameron International, KVPI, Walker and Sons and Mercy Regional Medical Center.


The annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet is scheduled for Thursday May 5 at 6:00pm. Guest speaker will be well known Cajun Comedian Murray Conque. Tickets are available now by contacting the chamber office at 363-1878.

Two Tax Propositions approved in Evangeline Parish



APRIL 30, 2011




   Complete but unofficial results from Saturday’s elections show both tax propositions were approved by voters. KVPI-FM was there to broadcast complete election returns from the Clerk of Court's Office.

    Just over 90 percent of the those voted in Saturday’s election parishwide, voted yes for the Library Millage tax proposition. The finals numbers showed 1128 voted yes while 119 people or just under 10 percent cast no votes.

    In the Town of Mamou’s sales tax renewal , voters there approved it, 86 voted yes and 27 voted no.

E.P. Police Jury No Vote Due to Lack of Quorum

     Due to the failure of having a quorum attend a special meeting Wednesday, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury could not take any action.

     The meeting was called by President Eric Soileau to appoint a member to represent District One. The seat was held by Police Juror Davis Manuel until earlier this month when he stepped down as part of an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office following a report from the State Legislative Auditor. Whoever is appointed to represent the District One-Chataignier area will serve until the next police jury elections in the fall.

     The jury has until May 5 to appoint a member or the governor will make the appointment.

      President Soileau said he is considering calling another special meeting early next week. 

Jail Bookings


APRIL 25, 2011


     A number of suspects were arrested and booked in to the Evangeline Parish Jail this past week according to a spokesman for Sheriff Eddie Soileau. Among the suspects arrested include:


Chauncey Chace Fontenot age 25 of 522 East Street, Mamou arrested April 21 and charged with aggravated battery, aggravated kidnapping and illegal possession of a schedule 5 narcotic. Bond set at $350,000;


Randy Paul Matte the Second age 18 of Eunice arrested April 21 and charged with carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Bond set at $25,000;


Misti Lynette Guillot Ashford age 34 of Mamou was arrested April 22 and charged with simple battery. Bond was set at $1000;


Cordero Derouen age 21 of Basile was arrested April 19 and charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, discharging a firearm in a firearm free zone and illegal carrying a firearm in a firearm free zone. Bond set at $50,000; He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and discharging a fire arm and possession of a firearm in a firearm free zone. Bond set $50,000;


Stacy Valliere age 34 if Ville Platte was arrested April 19 and charged with forcible rape. Bond was set at $150,000;


Samuel Tyler Gautreaux age 18 of Mamou was arrested April 19 and charged with two counts of simple battery. Bond was set at $2500.


Leroy Mose age 25 of Mamou was arrested April 20 and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Bond set at $15,000;


Robert John Dupre age 17 of Pine Prairie was arrested April 20 and charged with distribution of marijuana in a school zone and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Bond was set at $20,000;


Galvis Ardoin Jr. age 35 of Ville Platte was arrested April 20 and charged with simple burglary, theft of over $500 and simple criminal damage to property. Bond was set at $30,000.


Five Guilty of Illegal Hunting Violations

On November 24, 2010, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents investigated a complaint of illegal night hunting of deer near Highway 115 in the  St. Landry/Lone Pine area.  Four individuals, Brittany Rae Marcantel, age 21, Russell Matthew Marcantel, age 18, Zachery Gordon Pellerin, age 21, and Nicholas James Rollins, age 18, all of Ville Platte, LA,  were arrested and charged.  On February 17, 2011 Brittany Marcantel, Russell Marcantel and Zachery Pellerin were convicted on all charges and sentenced to serve six months in the parish jail, suspended, and placed on six months of probation.  The three were further ordered to pay fines of $1,500.00 each, plus court costs.

Nicholas Rollins was convicted on all charges on March 24, 2011 and was sentenced  to serve six months in the parish jail, suspended, and placed on one year of probation and ordered to pay fines and restitution totaling $2,275.00.

In another matter involving hunting violations, Brannon Scott Buller, age 19, of Ville Platte, was convicted of Hunting During Illegal Hours on March 24, 2011; he was ordered to serve three days in the parish jail and to pay a fine of $1000.00.

District Attorney Trent Brignac noted that illegal night hunting has increased recently in Evangeline Parish, but will not be tolerated.   Violators will be subject to extensive fines, jail time, and the loss of hunting privileges. He emphasized that while many hunters take the law regarding illegal hunting seriously, some individuals disregard the law and face serious consequences.   Brignac stressed that Evangeline Parish offers a wealth of recreational entertainment but with that enjoyment comes a responsibility to protect and preserve wildlife and fishery resources.

Parish Jail Report

A number of suspects were arrested and booked in to the Evangeline Parish Jail this past week, according to a spokesman for Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau. They include:

Virginia Ann Poullard age 45 of 1327 MLK Drive, Ville Platte was arrested April 14 and charged with theft. Bond set at $10,000;

Matthew Blaine Baquet age 21 of Baton Rougewas arrested April 15 and charged with unauthorized entry and simile criminal damage to property. Bond was set at $15,000;

Christine Bertrand age 47 of Mamou was arrested April 12 and charged with introducing contraband, a cell phone, into the parish jail. Bond was setat $10,000;

Christopher Washington age 18 of 412 East Cotton, Ville Platte was arrested April 12 and charged with simple burglary. Bond was set at $15,000;

And Malcolm Crosby age 63 of 1663 Red Lick Road, Ville Platte was arrested April 13 and charged with Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles.

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting

Ville Platte-   The Evangeline Parish School Board Wednesday has scheduled an executive committee meeting for May 11 at 2:30pm to receive a recommendation from the superintendent and her staff on proposed reductions to the budget. The adjustments will be to cover an anticipated budget shortfall this year and next year.

Superintendent of Schools Toni Hamlin said she will be recommending a package of proposals to cover at least $2.5 million dollars in budget adjustments

Business Manager Amy Lafleur said the employer share of two retirement funds have increased which will cost the school district $1.2 million dollars more per year.

In addition, the school system’s hospitalization insurance cost will increase by about $250,000.

For the third year in a row, the state will not provide the built in so called “growth factor” in Minimum Foundation Program funding to school districts . The factor amounted to 2.75% of the annual funding.

In other business, ten of the thirteen members of the school board   prior to the meeting made a tour of the progress being made at Ville Platte High School . The $3 million dollar renovation work is “moving along well” said the superintendent. Currently work crews are making major improvements to the school gym.

This summer, work will begin in the Junior High building.

In other action, the school board:

--was notified by Hamlin that phase two of high stakes testing will take place the week of April 11;

--appointed board members Nancy Hamlin and Georgiana Wilson to serve as legislative liaison;

--voted to approve a recommendation to upgrade the audio/video system in the school board meeting room using federal Clearwire funds.

Library Fire!!!

There was a fire!!!!


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