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KVPI Live Remote today at the Open House at Stisol Physical Rehab Center in Mamou

The Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI road crew did a live remote broadcast this morning for the ribbon cutting and open house of the all new Stisol Physical Rehab Centers on Poinciana Street in Mamou. A large group of visitors and chamber members attended the event. Congratulations and all the best to Dr. Jeb Cormier, family and staff.

Rotary Club Hears From Camp Ryla Students

The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from three Evangeline Parish students who attended Camp RYLA earlier this month. RYLA stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Rotarian Larry Lachney introduced three students who were awarded special scholarships to attend the annual youth leadership camp held this year at Bayou Signette State Park near Westwego. The students are Gabrielle Fontenot from Sacred Heart along with McKenzie McLinton and Caliah Guillory from Ville Platte High . Gabrielle Fontenot said she enjoyed her time at the camp. ""The camp helped me to work as a team and to be a better leader." Caliah Guillory said "it was a great experience. I gained a new family and I learned why service above self is all about." It was outgoing Peter Strawitz's last club meeting as President. Incoming president Nicole Wenger will begin the new Rotary Year as the head of the local club.

Ville Platte Police Investigating Stabbing Death

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports one dead from stabbing incident. On June 15, 2019 at approximately 4:45 a.m., Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing that took place on Rev. E.D. Alfred Street. Upon arrival Officers found a black male, later identified as Jacorey Gallow, lying on the floor of the residence with a stab wound to his chest. According to the report Jasmine Gallow had stabbed Jacorey Gallow once in the chest area. Acadian Ambulance arrived on scene and transported the Mr. Gallow to Mercy Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. Chief Lartigue stated that the incident remains under investigation. If you have any information about this incident you are asked to contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.

Ville Platte Council approves utility rate increases following public hearing

Ville Platte City Council Meeting June 18, 2019 Despite appeals from the Chamber of Commerce and others, the Ville Platte City Council Monday adopted a new ordinance raising utility rates to sewer, gas and water customers in the city. The vote increases rates by some 31 percent over a two year period. The new rates will become effective with the August bills. The city was notified by its bond holders that a major increase in rates must take place or face take over by the state. The city had not increased its rates for at least 20 years. As an example, One person Residential bills would see an increase by $8.35 a month in the first year for customers using 2000 gallons of water and 10CCF in gas usage. It would increase to $9.56 a month in year two. Chamber Executive Director Renee Brown asked the mayor and council during the public hearing” Our last appeal is to ask you to make the essential cuts to the budget, salaries, employees and reduce spending for the next few years. We did not get here overnight. Making a decision on the budget should not be rushed into.” Council woman Faye Lemoine addressed the audience “We have to listen to our financial advisor. This town is not going to die. We have to have money to run this town. I promise we will be good stewards of this extra money.” Councilman Mike Perron said “This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to do. We have a deadline. We are trying to do what is right for the city.” Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine presented the new budget for the city to review. The $14 million dollar budget shows the city will be spending some $4 million dollars than the last budget. She said “We are modernizing the city with less money.” The city will consider adopting the new budget on June 28. In other business the city council: --received news that six abandoned or dilapidated homes were demolished in the past month; --The fire department received 36 calls including 1 structure fire and 3 grass fire calls; --The police department reported 428 calls including 46 arrests; --Heard from Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced expenses increased in Mayor over April by some $9000 because of the need of having to purchase equipment such as flow meters and repairing Water Well #9;

Evangeline Paish Sheriff's Office arrest burglary suspects

Sheriff Eddie Soileau, of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office has released the following: BASILE, LA – Early Monday morning, June 10, 2019 at approx 2:09am a residence on the 1000 block of Easy St was burglarized. A male subject identified as Bailey Richardson entered the home through a bedroom window. Upon making entry the homeowner was awoken to a bedroom light coming on after hearing noises of the burglar making entry. The owner opened fire on the subject striking him once in the right thigh and once in the right upper arm. The subject was able to exit the residence but was immediately detained by an off-duty deputy living in the neighborhood. The deputy was also able to detain 3 other male subjects that assisted Bailey. Upon arrival of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Detective Tommy Gallow, a brief investigation was completed and 3 of the subjects were arrested and transported to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Jail and charged with Simple Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Criminal Trespassing. A bond was set on each suspect by 13th Judicial Judge Chuck West in the amount of $40,000. Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office is seeking public assistance in locating a fourth person identified as Shane Lashone Ceasar. A warrant of arrest has also been issued on Ceasar for Simple Burglary of Inhabited Dwelling and Criminal Trespassing. He is said to be living in Opelousas. If anyone has any information or comes into contact with Shane Ceasar is asked to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 337-363-2161. All callers will remain anonymous.

Ville Platte Rotary Club holds Installation Banquet Tuesday

The Ville Platte Rotary Club held its annual installation of officer's banquet Tuesday night at Café Evangeline. Chosen as Rotarian of the Year was Dr. Jerry Veillon. Incoming Rotary District Governor Yvonne Normand installed the new officers: President-Nicole Wenger; Incoming President Peter Strawitz; Vice President –Michael Lemoine; Secretary-Susan Saunders; Treasurer-Vic Slaven; Sgt. at Arms-Dr. Jerry Veillon; Board members-Annette Johnson, Larry Lachney, Jimmy Leblanc, Wayne Vidrine and Dr. Joey Soileau. The outgoing club President Peter Strawitz reviewed the past year and the various projects the local club was involved in. Club Secretary Susan Saunders was honored with a first place award for Newsletter and bulletins in District #6200 for her email messages to club members.

PIne Prairie Prison escapees captured in Allen Parish

Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Reports Fugitives Captured in Allen Parish Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau, has released the following: Pine Prairie, LA ---The inmates who escaped from the GEO facility in Pine Prairie earlier this morning has reportedly been captured. Kelman Bejarano-Batiz and Wilmer Alexander Ramirez-Espana escaped Sunday morning from the local GEO facility in Pine Prairie, LA. Both escapees were captured in Oakdale, LA (Allen Parish) at a convenience store. Batiz and Ramirez-Espana will be brought back to the GEO Facility, where they will face charges of Simple Escape and possibly other charges. Batiz original charge was for a DUI conviction in April. Ramirea-Espana was for a minor traffic violation which was picked up by Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. The investigation is still ongoing. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office would like to thank the following departments for their assistance: Louisiana State Police, Angola Prison Chase Team (Louisiana State Prison), Allen Parish Sheriff's Office, Oakdale Police Department, Eunice Police Department, Pine Prairie Police Department and the employees and staff of the Pine Prairie Correctional Center.

Police arrest suspect on theft charges

Chief Neal Lartigue Reports one arrest for identity theft. On June 6, 2019 the Ville Platte Police Department responded to report of theft at a law office on West Main Street in Ville Platte. According to the report a former employee had used the personal credit card of the business owner as well as company cards to make personal purchases, draft her bills and pay bills. According to the report over $30,000.00 was taken during her time employed at the law firm. Danyelle Brignac 34 of 1300 Maggio Rd., Ville Platte was arrested for one count of felony identity theft and one count of felony theft. Brignac was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $50,000.00 bond. No photo was available at press time. Chief Lartigue reminds residents to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Ville Platte Police Department by calling 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.

Good News and Bad News at Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting Monday

It was a mix of good news and bad news at Monday's Evangeline Parish Police Police Jury Meeting held at the courthouse. Good news from Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron that the 2 percent sales tax collection improved considerably in May over the same period a year ago. Bergeron said taxes increased by some $72,000 over May of last year. Bad news in the form of bid quotations to repair the Courthouse Air Conditioner water cool system came in over budget according to Parish Engineer Ronnie Landreneau. He said the lowest quote came in at $145,882 to replace the broken water lines. The jury voted to re-advertise the work for an additional few weeks in area journals. The police jury approved using the $11,000 in block grant funding to expand the number of sewer hookups at the parish owned Crooked Creek Recreation Park. Currently there 50 complete camping sites with complete sewer hookups. The park has a total of 140 campsites. Also, the jury appointed Whitney Causey at the park replacing a worker who resigned. In a report given to the police jury, the firm that handles the building code inspections in the parish, the Kisatchie Delta Regional Code Compliance Office had some interesting statistics. During the period of January through May, there were 40 new residential homes and 41 new manufactured homes. The total development in new investments amounted to $9.5 million dollars. In other action the police jury: Approved the placing of the renewal millage tax election for the St. Landry-Evangeline Parish Duralde Gravity Drainage District #9 for November 16; --Endorsed a resolution supporting a request to do a study to construct additional flood gates on Bayou Courtableu; --approved the naming of the Ville Platte Gazette as the jury's legal journal.

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