Local News Archives for 2021-06

Ville Platte Police is searching for Suspect

Ville Police Chief Neal Lartigue is seeking information on the whereabouts of Abselon Herbert. Herbert is 26 years old and his last known address was on Huey P. Long Street in Ville Platte. HERBERT IS TO BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. Herbert is wanted on a warrant for: *Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon *Domestic Abuse Battery by strangulation *illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrument *criminal damage to property If you know the whereabouts of Herbert, call 363-1316. Your call will remain anonymous.

State Representative Rhonda Butler addresses Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club June 29, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club heard from State Representative Rhonda Butler reported on the recently completed session of the state legislature. Butler announced that a major piece of legislation approved by the legislature and signed by the governor was a tax simplification package. The package includes a constitutional amendment that caps the individual income tax rate at 4.75 percent and would remove the guaranteed deduction for federal income taxes paid from the constitution. Voters will decide on the amendment this fall. The package also includes creating the lowest personal income tax rate in the south and eliminates the corporate franchise tax. Another bill mandates that taxes from vehicle sales will be dedicated to infrastructure such as roads and bridges and not go to the state general fund. On infrastructure projects, Butler announced that work on improvements to US 167 should begin on US 167 in December. She told club members that a drug court in Evangeline Parish appears to be heading to becoming a reality. She announced that there is a 99 percent chance of the plan for the new court will become a reality. Both judges and the District Attorney are in favor of the new drug court. Butler stated that the creation of a statewide sales tax collection agency will not impact local parish agencies. She said there will be no loss of employment. On the question of Chicot State Park, the group and all areas of camping should be opened up in November. Frank Butler of Butler and Company Tree Service reported to club members that he is marketing and selling pallets of firewood to many businesses in our area. Representative Butler reported that timber is an eleven billion dollar industry in Louisiana. She said "We don't want to let other states control our industry with their product." Rotarian Mitch Fontenot was in charge of the program. Also the club recognized Treasurer Annette Johnson who is retiring. Outgoing Rotary President Peter Strawitz thanked club members for the opportunity of serving for the past two years. New Club President Jimmy LeBlanc will preside and conduct meetings beginning next week.

Drug arrests by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department

Drug arrests made by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department June 29, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported the following drug arrests to KVPI News: On Sunday June 27, a traffic stop led to the arrest of a Lafayette man: Paul Dallas Brown age 50 of Lafayette. He was arrested and charged with possession of heroin and possession of fentanyl. Also on Sunday, deputies stopped a vehicle for reckless driving. Following a search with their drug dog, Diego, the driver was arrested. He was identified as Thuy Xuan Pham age 54 of Gretna , charged with possession of ecstasy and resisting an officer. On Monday, June 28, the sheriff's office criminal patrol unit conducted surveillance in an area that has been having narcotics trafficking. While doing surveillance, officers saw what they believed to be the sales of narcotics. This led to the arrest of Kenneth Perkins age 39 of Ville Platte. He was charged with possession of heroin, possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of ecstasy, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. Sheriff Guillory would like to remind citizens of Evangeline Parish to contact his investigations department to report any criminal activity at 363-2161. All information will remain anonymous.

St. Jude Raffle Winners

St. Jude Raffle Ticket Drawing June 25, 2021 The Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Posse held their annual raffle drawing for the benefit of St. Jude Hospital in Memphis. Ralph Daigle, Clarissa Daigle, Joe Fontenot and Sheriff Charles Guillory came to KVPI for the official drawing. Here are our winners drawn by Sheriff Guillory live on the air: First Prize Winner-Robert Mayeaux, the winner of the LSU burner; Second Prize Winner-Trip Guillory, the winner of a 20 quart cooler and Third Place Winner- Katlyn Meche, the winner of a crawfish burner. All of the money raised from the tickets sales will be donated to St. Jude Hospital. The sheriff's posse would like to thank everyone who purchased raffle tickets.

Parish Library expected to receive Corona Virus Funding

The Evangeline Parish Public Library has received a special round of funding to help its library system further respond directly and immediately to the many needs of its communities as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $3,012,150 to the State Library of Louisiana to be disbursed to public libraries in Louisiana. "The Evangeline Parish Library has received $47,064 of that funding", Director Yvonne Lavergne said. The State Library of Louisiana has a longstanding partnership with Louisiana's 340 public libraries providing assistance in all areas of library service. This includes disbursing federal funding when it is available. The purpose of these ARPA funds is to provide economic relief as quickly as possible to every parish library system in Louisiana to support public libraries as they continue to assist families with all of their information needs as a result of the pandemic. Specifically, public libraries will spend these funds on expanding digital network access, purchasing internet accessible devices, and addressing digital inclusion by providing technical support services to citizens, particularly in support of education, health, and workforce development needs. "Public libraries are essential to the well-being of our entire state and provide critical access points for Louisianans to obtain the information and services that they need to thrive and succeed. This has never been more true than during the current pandemic which has exposed the vulnerability of many of our citizens and their lack of internet access, as well as the degree to which they rely upon in-person and online assistance and access to life changing information provided by their public libraries," State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton states, "This funding will provide additional relief to our parish public libraries, who have reached far beyond the walls of their libraries and deep into their communities to ensure that they have what they need the most right now – access to information, technology, and broadband." Suzy Lemoine, Outreach Coordinator, encourages anyone with questions about the plans for spending the funds granted through the American Rescue Plan ACT to call the main library at 337-363-1369. To view our current programming, visit www.evangelinelibrary.org.

Dixie Youth Game Coverage Begins Thursday Night on KVPI FM

KVPI Sports will be carrying the Ville Platte Super Tens games in the Sub District baseball Tournament starting Thursday night through Sunday. The team is comprised of Sam Blanchard, Raylin Gallow, Darran Dardeau, Bradley Soileau, Luke Vidrine, Andre Morein, William Joubert, Deion Jones, Wiliam Brunet, Carson Johnson, Ethan Pleasant and Leo Lahaye. The coaches are Justin Johnson, Lucas Vidrine and Zac Lahaye. KVPI Sports Announcer Tracey Jagneaux will be doing the play by play all over KVPI FM 92.5 and on classichits925.com. If you are interested in being a sponsor for these games , call the KVPI business office at 363-2124 for more details.

Evangeline Parish Traffic Fatality

Unrestrained Driver Killed in Crash in Evangeline Parish Evangeline Parish – Shortly after 4:30 p.m., on June 13, 2021, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I began investigating a single-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 13 near Brud Lane in Evangeline Parish. The crash took the life of 25-year-old Dustin D. Pierce of Opelousas. The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Pierce was driving south on LA 13 in a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. For unknown reasons, Pierce failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle he was driving ran off the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the Malibu overturned causing Pierce to be ejected from the vehicle. Pierce was unrestrained at the time of the crash. He pronounced deceased at the scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner's Office. Impairment is unknown but a standard toxicology sample was obtained for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that, while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained. Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired and always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained can often mean the difference between life and death. Troop I has investigated 27 fatal crashes resulting in 34 deaths in 2021.

Ville Platte Police searching for missing juvenile

Ville Platte Police Chief Lartigue reports a missing juvenile. On Monday, June 7, 2021 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to the 900 block of West Jefferson Street in reference to a missing juvenile. The mother of the juvenile stated that her 15 year old daughter said she was going to the movies with her sister and father but she saw her daughter get into a blue Chevrolet pickup truck and leave the area. The mother contacted the other parties who had no previous plans with her daughter and did not know her location. The driver of the blue truck was located and stated that he dropped Dajiyia off in the area of Kembo Street. At this time the juvenile is not making contact with her family. The Ville Platte Police Department is seeking information on the location of Dajiyia Ardoin. Dajiya is a 15 year old black female with black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing black shorts, and a black and a tan striped shirt with a picture of a girl on it. Chief Lartigue is requesting that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Dajiyia Ardoin to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Dispatchers will take your information and you will remain anonymous.

Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office Drug Arrests

Sheriff Office Arrests June 8, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported the following arrests to KVPI News: Last Tuesday, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department Criminal Patrol Unit conducted a traffic stop on Tate Cove Road. The deputies made contact with the driver and advised him of the reason for the stop. The driver was extremely nervous and after a short interview, he admitted to having marijuana in the car. The driver was identified as Jesse Townley age 38 of Oakdale. He was cited for possession of marijuana and released. Also, last Tuesday, criminal patrol deputies stopped a truck on LA 13 for traffic violations. When they made contact with the driver, they could smell marijuana. Deputies conducted a search of the truck. The driver, Reginald Lafleur age 53 was cited and released for traffic violations and for possession of marijuana. On that same date, criminal patrol agents stopped a car on LA 13 for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle threw a bag on the ground while exiting his car. Deputies retrieved the bag containing narcotics. The driver was identified as Dequincy Philip Malcolm Record age 35 of Mamou cited for traffic violations and possession of marijuana. On Friday June 4, deputies with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department in conjunction with the Mamou Police Department executed a search warrant on a residence at 1509 Jamie Street in Mamou. Upon entering the home, agents found various amounts of narcotics and U.S. currency. This led to the following arrest: Jamie Adam Lebleu age 40 of Mamou charged with possession of schedule 4, schedule 2 and schedule 1 drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a minor, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Sunday June 6, the criminal patrol division stopped a car on a traffic violation. After receiving permission to search the vehicle, the following people were arrested: Tyler Cameron Sprout age 21 of Ocean Springs, Mississippi charged with: possession of Schedule one drugs Molly, LSD and MDMA and Psilocybin (mushrooms), possession of schedule two drugs Cocaine, possession of schedule one drugs marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and Sadie Isabella Prince age 18 of Biloxi, Mississippi charged with possession of THC cartridges, possession of schedule one marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also on Sunday, criminal patrol agents stopped a car for traffic violations. They made contact with the occupants and advised them of the reason for the stop. Agents obtained permission to search and located narcotics. Arrested was Courtney Amber Horner age 40 of Greenwell Springs charged with: Possession with Intent to Distribute Tramadol, Possession of Pregabalin, Possession with the Intent to distribute Hydrocodone, Possession of LSD, Possession with intent to distribute THC Oil, Possession of Lorazepam and possession of drug paraphernalia. As always, Sheriff Guillory and the sheriff office is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigations department at 363-2161.

French Immersion Students talk on La Tasse de Cafe

For those who missed hearing our French Immersion students talk to us and sing to us on KVPI La Tasse de Cafe last week from Mamou Elementary, we have uploaded all four episodes of our La Tasse de Cafe shows from last week June 1-4. Follow this link to go to our site and choose which program you would like to hear again: https://classichits925.com/podc.../la-tasse-de-cafe-archives


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