Local News Archives for 2013-07

Ville Platte Police arrests suspect in gun theft case

An update on a recent burglary yields one arrest.  On June 25, 2013 a local business reported a break in that occurred on June 24, 2013 where guns had been stolen. Ville Platte Criminal Investigations Division during their investigation have recovered 8 of the guns and have made one arrest to date.   Rentis Austin, 36 of 1861 Marshal Frank Drive, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with simple burglary and criminal damage to property and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail.   Austin  was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $60,000.00 Bond set by Judge Thomas Fuselier.  Chief Lartigue stated that this burglary is still under investigation as there are still weapons unaccounted for at this time.  If you have any information on this or other crimes you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  All calls will remain anonymous.

During the execution of a search warrant on July 17, 2013 a gun that was reported stolen from Houston Texas was recovered and arrested was Kochanski Ardoin, 36 of 113 East Beauregard Street, Ville Platte.  Ardoin was charged with Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a legend drug believed to be Seroquel.  Ardoin’s bond was set at $35,000.00 by Judge Thomas Fuselier and he has since been transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail.

Evangeline Parish Sheriff Office Arrest Turkey Creek Couple

On July 21, 2013, Deputies with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s office received a report of a disturbance involving weapons at 1036 Hazelton Lane in Turkey Creek. Upon arrival to the location Deputies located a vehicle out in the woods and the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene. After further investigation, it was determined that William (Willie) Ford and Christine Fontenot had been under the influence of narcotics (meth), Ford became angry with Fontenot due to some allegations that Fords family had made towards Fontenot. Ford at that point retrieved a 12 gauge shotgun from inside the residence and exited the residence. Fontenot at this point was attempting to leave the residence in a white vehicle. Ford at this point picked the weapon up and fired a shot in the direction of Fontenot. Fontenot then proceeded to strike a tree and then drove the vehicle down an embankment and out in the woods where the vehicle came to rest. Fontenot then exited the vehicle and fled into the woods, only to be located a few minutes later in the area. Ford did admit to firing the weapon at Fontenot in the vehicle as she was attempting to leave the residence. Fontenot suffered minor injuries from crashing the vehicle into the woods. Ford was placed under arrest, and transported to the parish jail and booked on Attempted Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Willie Ford has criminal history expanding back to the early 1980’s.

11/1984    Aggravated Battery w/ Dangerous weapon (Evangeline Parish)

02/1985    Theft Charge/Simple Burglary (Evangeline Parish)

08/1985    First Degree Murder/Aggravated Burglary (Rapides Parish)

08/1985    Simple Burglary (Evangeline Parish)

01/1986    Aggravated Battery w/ Dangerous Weapon (Hunt Correctional Center)

08/1993    Second Degree Battery (Evangeline Parish)

07/1995    Second Degree Battery/ Simple Battery (Pointe Coupee Parish)

09/1995    Simple Burglary/Theft (Evangeline parish)




On July 23, 2013, Detectives with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s office, investigated allegations of inappropriate contact on a juvenile. Christine Fontenot was picked up and questioned about allegations that she had possibly molested a juvenile in the Turkey Creek area. During the investigation, it was determined that Christine Fontenot did in fact have improper contact with a juvenile in Turkey Creek. After speaking to Fontenot further, she did admit to the incident. Also speaking to Fontenot, it was determined that on July 21, 2013, the incident involving William Ford shooting at Christine Fontenot was in response to Ford finding out about the allegations on Fontenot.

Christine Fontenot was later booked into the parish jail On Sexual Battery as well as Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile.

Healthworks Rehab Sponsors Student Athlete PHysicals

   Over 200 student athletes attended the annual Evangeline Parish athlete physicals today (Thursday) sponsored by Healthworks Rehab in cooperation with local schools and health care agencies. This is the tenth year Andy Poche and David Vidrine sponsor this intensive event to assist athletes for the upcoming school season. Students in all sports  from Ville Platte High, Sacred Heart High and Pine Prairie were screened by health care professionals. The screenings included blood pressure, eye, dental and muscular-skeletal examinations. They were weighed and put through a vigorous workout in the facility’s gym area. Poche said all of the health care professionals donated their time to screen the athletes. Classic Country 1050 KVPI AM did a live remote broadcast and spoke with the football coaches and assistants from all three schools.

Pine Prairie Police Arrest Two Suspects in Home Burglary

    Pine Prairie Police Chief L.C. Deshotel reports that his department arrested two Ville Platte residents in connection with the burglary of a residence in Pine Prairie on July 16. The suspects were identified as Kevin Argestsinger and Sheila Charlie of 2440 4th Street, Ville Platte. They were charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, theft of over $500 and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. According to the police report, the suspects entered a residence at the 1400 block of Magnolia Street and removed several items that did not belong to the suspects. The suspects then auctioned several items stolen from the home and recovered by police. Judge Tom Fuselier set their bond at $10,000 each.

Evangeline Police Jury Ready To Open Concession Stand

      The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, Wednesday, in a special meeting approved the quote from Benny Dupre to open a concession stand in the Evangeline Parish Courthouse. Dupre’s bid was $400 a month for three months with an option to renew. The jury agreed to approve the proposal after a review by their legal advisor. Dupre says he will be ready open  his new business that will be called “The Docket” right after Labor Day in September. He will be selling primarily subs and salads.

     In other business the police jury:

--approved adding two additional members to the Ward Five Fire Protection District Board: Jason Fontenot and Phillip Ardoin;

--approved hiring Michael Fontenot as a new courthouse custodian from a total of ten applicants;

--voted to approve the firm of Landreneau and Associates as administrator and engineering firm in the parish’s application for the 2013 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant Program. The police jury has until November to apply for a grant to do one of the following projects: streets, water, or sewer improvements.

New Commission Organized in Ville Platte


    A  new cultural and festival commission has been formed in order to promote our shared Louisiana French language and diverse ethnic French heritage. The new commission is named “Louisiana’s Multi-Ethnic French Creole Cultural Education Society Inc. of Ville Platte. The officers are: President-Gene Buller; Vice President-Pam Rivers-McGee; Secretary- Becky Buller; Chairman-John Lafleur; Treasurer and Grant Writer- Sharon Fontenot and Assistant Festival Food Coordinator-Ellen Jack. The commission is sponsoring the upcoming July 14th Bastille Day/French Creole Festival at the Evangeline Parish courthouse. The group is urging vendors who plan to sell items at this festival to bring their own tables.

   The new commission is seeking financial contributions from local businesses, corporations and individuals to help fund a monument representing all of the French speaking people of our history.All donations are tax deductable. Checks and money orders can be payable to Louisiana Multi Ethnic French Creole Cultural Educational Society Inc. and mailed to Becky Buller Secretary, 125 St. Paul Street, Ville Platte, La. 70586.

   The commission ultimate goal is to fund and construct a museum to instruct our French language traditions, cooking classes, visual arts programs and exhibits for our families and children.

2013 Smoked Meat Festival Cookoff Results


JULY 2, 2013


     The 2013 Smoked Meat Festival took place last weekend at the city park grounds under the new management of Ping Enterprises.

     Here are the results of the cook off competition:


The Amateur Grand Champion Winner is First South Farm Credit Team B with their winning dish “Tioga’s Ponce and Surf with head chef Jared Tioga Vidrine.

 In the amateur division, here are the category winners: Sausage, Andouille and Ponce category: First Place- First South Farm Credit, Team B, Second Place- Cajun Grillerz and Third Place- Ha U Want It Creole Seasoning; In the Tasso Category- First Place- Cajun Grillerz, Second Place- First South Farm Credit Team A and Third Place- Citizens Bell Bottom Bankers Team 1; In the Smoked Seafood Category- First Place- Evangeline Bank Team 2; Second Place- Cameron Comrads Team 1; and Third Place- Papa Gators Seasoning; In the Smoked Poultry Category- First Place- Citizens Bank Bell Bottom bankers Team 2; Second Place- Citizens Bank Bell Bottom Bankers Team 1; Third Place- Cajun Grillerz; In the Smoked Game Category- First Place- First South Farm Credit Team A; Second Place- Cameron Comrades Team 1 and Third Place- Citizens Bank Bell Bottom Bankers Team 2 and in the BBQ Smoker Category- First Place- First South Farm Credit Team B; Second Place- Kim’s Lawn Care and Third Place- Papa Gators Seasoning.


The Professional Grand Champion Winners=Big Mamou Cajun beef Jerky with their winning dish “Now That’s a Pizza” with Head Chef Damien Douget;

 In the professional division, here are the category winners: Sausage, Andouille and Ponce category- First Place- Big Mamou Cajun Beef Jerky; Second Place- Teets Food Store and Third Place- R-T-Go’s Farms; In The Tasso Category- First Place- Cajun Crawfish Tails; Second Place- Teets Food Store and Third place- Century link; In the Smoked Seafood Category- First Place- R-T-Go’s Farms; Second Place- Cajun Crawfish Tails and Third Place-Mercy Regional Medical Center; In the Smoked Poultry Category—First Place-Relay for Life Team; Second Place- R-T-Go’s Farms; Third Place- Cajun Crawfish Tails; In the Smoked Game Category- First Place- Cajun Crawfish Tails; Second Place- Big Mamou Cajun Beef Jerky and Third Place- Teet’s Food Store; In the BBQ/Smoker Category—First Place- Rep. Bernard Le Bas Team; Second Place- Heritage Manor Nursing Home; and Third Place- Cajun Pie.


 Best Dressed Team- First Place- Citizens Bank with the 1960’s theme; Second Place- Cameron with the USA patriotic theme; and Third Place- Evangeline Bank team with the 1980’s theme.

Best Decorated booth- First Place- Kim’s Lawn Care with the Lawn Police Theme; Second Place- Ha U Want It Creole Seasoning with their seasoning theme; and Third Place- Citizens Bank with the 1960’s theme.


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