Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports multiple arrests:
On Friday, March 20, 2020 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Officers responded to a tip that two white males were attempting to break into vehicles in a car lot in the 2000 block of East Main Street. Upon arrival the two suspects fled on foot and were apprehended a short time later. Officers also located a reciprocating saw with the suspects.
Arrested was Michael Richard, age 54, of 1010 Jeffery Street, Ville Platte. Richard was charged with attempted burglary and no reflective gear. No bond information available.
Brian Roy, age 50, of 1201 tom Drive Apt C20. Roy was charged with attempted burglary and no reflective gear. No bond information available.
Both suspects were booked into the Ville Platte City Jail without incident
Also on Friday March 20, 2020 at approximately 1:45 a.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to an alarm activation in the 800 block of East LaSalle Street. Upon arrival a white male suspect on a bicycle fled from Officers and was apprehended a short distance later. Arrested was Bradford Groce, age 60, of 710 East Jackson Street Ville Platte. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on an outstanding bench warrant with the Ville Platte City Marshal’s Office.
On Wednesday March 25, 2020 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a robbery at a store on West Main Street in Ville Platte. Officers learned that a black male had damaged a door trying to enter the building and once inside, he pointed a gun at the employee while demanding the money in the register. The suspect then took the register drawer and fled the store. Upon leaving the store the suspect was apprehended with assistance from an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Detective who was near the location when the Officers were dispatched.
Arrested was Jeffery Rubin, age 33, of 2509 Third Street, Ville Platte. Rubin was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on the charges of armed robbery and criminal damage to property. Rubin remains incarcerated on a $ 127,000.00 bond.
Chief Lartigue would like to thank the Evangeline parish Sheriff's Office for their assistance.
Chief Lartigue would also like to thank those who are calling and sending text tips to the Department. Working together we are seeing results.
To send an anonymous tip about suspicious or illegal activity make sure to download the TIP VILLE PLATTE app. The app is free and does not send any of your personal information with the tip. You can also call 363-1313 or 911 to provide information and tips.
Second Confirmed Case of Corona Virus in Evangeline Parish
March 21, 2020
Evangeline Parish authorities have reported to KVPI News today the second positive test has been confirmed in Evangeline Parish. Police Jury President Ryan Williams stated that the patient is receiving proper treatment and is in quarantine for fourteen days.
Williams told parish residents “The Covid-19 virus is a dangerous virus. I am asking everyone to take this issue very serious and utilize all sanitary and hygiene methods as noted by CDC and DHH, using social distance and stay in your homes until we can get this virus out of here. If at anytime, anyone has the symptoms such as high fever or shortness of breath, call 337-291-8200 or call 311 and go to your local hospital if your condition is severe. God bless everyone.
Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine informed KVPI News that beginning tonight, an enforced curfew will be in effect from 8:00pm to 6;00am until further notice for all unaccompanied minors. Parents will be held accountable for minors breaking the curfew.
Also the Ville Platte City Court is open. Those having business with the City Court must attend your scheduled court session.
Evangeline Parish Planning Meeting Held on Corona Virus
March 16, 2020
Evangeline Parish government leaders met tonight at the request of Police Jury President Ryan Williams to map out plans in the event the Corona Virus strikes parish residents.
Williams told KVPI News “My plan was to ensure that we have protocols in place should a confirmed case is found in the parish”.
The briefing lasted about 45 minutes. Williams gave the latest stats on the number of Corona Virus cases and deaths in the state. The police jury office will remain open to help serve the parish residents and parish work crews will continue to be on the job.
Several of the mayors and police chiefs who were in attendance reported on their plans for their area.
Sheriff elect Charles Guillory reported on the measures the department is taking to minimize exposure while prisoners and shutting down visitation for inmates.
The police jury president reported that he has spoken with representatives of Mercy Regional Medical Center who announced they are well prepared should an outbreak of the virus impact our local area.
Judge Gary Ortego announced that petite jury court sessions have all been cancelled. Also speaking were representative from GOSEP, Solid Waste Commission, Office of Emergency Preparedness/9-1-1, fire chiefs and the library. The Library director reported that the library will close all branches to the public for the next two weeks. However personnel will still be at work.
Pursuant to the order of the Louisiana Supreme Court issued on March 16, 2020, the Thirteenth Judicial District Court and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney announce the following regarding criminal dockets scheduled on March 18th and March 19th, 2020: 1. Revocation Docket scheduled for March 18, 2020 is cancelled until further notice.
2. Compulsory School Attendance Docket scheduled for March 18, 2020 is cancelled until further notice.
3. Criminal Docket scheduled for March 19, 2020 will proceed as follows: • All individuals scheduled for Arraignment on March 19, 2020 MUST APPEAR. • All individuals scheduled to appear for Pre-Trial on March 19, 2020 and Trial on March 30, 2020 are excused on March 19, 2020, BUT MUST APPEAR ON March 30, 2020.
4. Children In Need of Care (CINC) cases will be heard on March 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Anne Aucoin, Connie Soileau, Julhelene Jackson or Deidra Godfrey at 337-363-3438.
KVPI News has received word from the governor's office and from the Diocese of Lafayette that all schools are now cosed through April 13 because of the recent oubreak of the coronovirus -COVID-19 virus. It was also announced that all gatherings of more than 250 people are cancelled as well through April 13.
Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting March 11, 2020 Eva Waits , coordinator with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, reported Wednesday to the Evangeline Parish School Board how our parish public schools did in raising money for the “Pennies for Patients” fund raiser. Some 715 schools participated nationwide including every school in Evangeline Parish. The program which took place last December asks students to donate pennies and loose change to help patients being treated with these type of cancers. The children in these high performing schools will be rewarded with “dress down”days and those schools will receive Amazon gift cards. Waits announced the winners in three categories: the large school with the highest amount collected was Bayou Chicot while the small school with the highest amount collected was Chataignier Elementary. The overall winning school bringing the largest amount of donations was James Stephens Elementary School which collected $2438 in pennies and loose change. Parish wide, the fund raiser brought in $13,034. In other business, Chief Financial Officer Amy Lafleur informed the school board that sales collections for the month of February increased by $14,000 over the month of February in 2019. Overall, sales tax collections, increased $229,087 year to date. In other action the school board: --joined Supt. Of Schools Darwan Lazard in congratulating Mitzi Fontenot as Louisiana Business Educator of the Year; --received news of a meeting of Future Educators of Evangeline Parish, an effort by local educators to encourage students to go into education; --approved $14,601 from the non-public textbook fund to purchase student textbooks for Sacred Heart High School;
Evangeline Parish Police Jury hears from Sheriff Elect Charles Guillory March 2, 2020 A packed police jury meeting room that included mayors and police chiefs, State Senator Heather Cloud and Representative Rhonda Butler and State Police Major Wayne Vidrine listened to an address from Sheriff Elect Charles Guillory. Appearing at Monday’s police jury meeting, Guillory invited public officials to come together. “Crime is on the increase. The only way we can solve this problem is to come together and work together,” he said. Guillory said juvenile crime has greatly increased. Juvenile offenders are being charged and then with no holding facilities are being released to the custody of their parents. The challenge facing the incoming sheriff is that his entire budget is only 2.4 million dollars based on 5.52 mills that were approved way back in 1977. Neighboring parishes such as Avoyelles Parish has a 6 million dollar budget. “I want to increase patrols, have school resource officers and fight drugs but all of that takes money,” said Guillory.The new sheriff wants to have a minimum of five patrolmen per shift when he takes office on June 30. He said the highest paid officer in the sheriff’s office is the Major who is being paid only $15.75 an hour while the lowest paid officer is getting paid $11.30 an hour. He commented “I want to hire good officers and pay them enough so they will stay with us:. Guillory assured those in attendance that he will work with state and federal agencies to fight the growing drug problem in Evangeline Parish. He stated the current parish jail is “finished”. A new much larger jail could bring in additional revenues to the sheriff’s office by holding state and federal inmates as well as holding juvenile offenders. Right now, the police jury is payomg some $290,000 to house parish prisoners in out of parish jails. A number of audience members spoke up during the sheriff’s presentation. Ville Platte City Councilman Faye Lemoine said’ If there was ever a time we need to come together to fight drugs and gang activity, it is now. You can’t do it without money”. A number of audience members urged the sheriff to look at ways to help find gainful employment for these troubled young people instead of jailing them. Police Jury President Ryan Williams promised to help Charles Guillory in any way possible. In other action the police jury: --advertised for the sale of 1.47 acres plot at the Industrial Park with an approved value of $36,750; --received news from their insurance consultant that Blue Cross was the provider with the lowest quote for their group health care plan to bring down the price from large spike last year from United Health Care. --heard from Senator Heather Cloud urging parish residents to complete their 2020 Federal Census survey; --received a report that Crooked Creek attracted 1900 campers in 2019; --reappointed Felix Morein to the Tee Mamou Water District Board. --approved a decrease in sales tax collected in February for a total of @257,284;
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