Local News Archives for 2022-05

Ville Platte Police charge suspect with Attempted Murder

Ville Platte Police Neal Chief Lartigue reports arrest for multiple charges including attempted second degree murder. On May 16, 2022 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Street in reference to an injured male subject. Upon arrival Officers discovered a male subject laying on the porch of a residence with an apparent stab wound to the neck and a laceration on his chest. The victim stated that Ashley Edwards had stabbed him during a confrontation. Acadian Ambulance transported the victim for medical treatment. Officers located Edwards on North Dupre Street where she fled in a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Edwards disregarded multiple stop signs, a four way intersection and a red light and damaged two patrol units during her flight from Officers. Edwards was stopped near East Hickory Street. Ashley Edwards, age 35 of 514 West Oak Street, Ville Platte, was transported to the Ville Platte Police Jail and booked on charges of attempted second degree murder, theft of vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer and battery of an officer. Edwards was transported to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Jail where she remains incarcerated on a $ 310,000.00 bond. Chief Lartigue reminds citizens to report illegal activity by calling dispatch at 337-363-1313 or 911. You call will remain anonymous.

Evangeline Parish School votes to proceed with the planning of a new $1.1 million reconfiguration program

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting May 18, 2022 After much discussion, the Evangeline Parish School Board voted to proceed with the planning phase of the "Reimagine Grant Program". Evangeline was one of only 36 applications approved for the $1.1 million dollar federal grant being administered by the state. There were a total of 80 applications in 17 parishes. Supt. of Schools Darwan Lazard explained the funds will be used to reconfigure the grade levels at Ward One area schools and create a model middle school in Chataignier by reopening the vacant Carver Elementary school. The school will house students in grades 5-8. The plans call for Ville Platte Elementary a K-4 school, Ville Platte High a 9-12 school, James Stephens would add grades 7 and 8 and Chataignier Elementary a "STEM " school teaching courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Boardmember Mike Fontenot was concerned over the high cost of remodeling the closed school. Supt of Schools Darwan Lazard said the board architect will have cost estimates in place by November for the board to review before deciding whether to implement the plan. A number of students from every school in the parish were recognized with a plaque for their scholastic achievements. Ville Platte Rotary Club President Elect Larry Lachney presented a $500 check to Supt. Lazard to be used for the Special Olympics program. In other business the board approved a motion by a vote of 12-1 to approve a new retention and recruitment pay proposal drafted by an employee advisory committee. The only board member voting against the proposal was Sheila Joseph. Boardmember Mike Fontenot asked the superintendent to have proposals like these sent to the board in advance so they could review them. Fontenot stated that the pay proposal was first seen by him when he came to the meeting. Supt. Lazard congratulated the winners in the "Teachers of the Year' and "Students of the Year' program. Board members will be invited to attend a special

Teachers of the Year speak at Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from District Level Teachers of the Year Honorees May 17, 2022 The Evangeline Parish District Level Teachers of the Year honorees were the featured guest speakers at Tuesday's meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club at Café Evangeline. Supervisor Grace Sibley introduced the three special instructors: Bernice Ardoin, Misti Fontenot and Emee Aswell. Bernice Ardoin was selected as Elementary Teacher of the Year. She has been a teacher at Pine Prairie High School for the past 18 years. Before she became a teacher, she was a journalist with the Ville Platte Gazette. She remarked "Teaching makes every profession possible". Misti Fontenot , a special ed instructor from Mamou High was chosen as Middle School Teacher of the Year. Emee Aswell, an English teacher from Ville Platte and a native of the Philippines is the High School Teacher of the year. She advanced all the way to the state semi-finalist. Evangeline Parish Supt of Schools Darwan Lazard called the speakers "excellent ambassadors for our school system". The speakers were the special guests of Rotarian Darwan Lazard. Also, the club members were treated to a musical feast from the members of the Evangeline Parish Jazz Esemble featuring students from Pine Prairie and Basile High Schools. Leslie Forman thanked the Rotary Club for being the recipient of the Rotary Club LSUE $2000 Scholarship; The Club also received news that its board approved donating to the Pregnancy Center and $500 to Special Olympics

Drug Arrests by Sheriff's Department

Drug arrests by Sheriff's Deputies May 16, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that the following suspects were arrested on narcotics charges: Last Friday, May 13, the Sheriff's Department Narcotics K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop. Narcotics agents made contact with the driver, permission was given to search and agents discovered illegal narcotics. Arrested was Chad Richard age 54 of Branch, Louisiana charged with possession of over 4 grams of methamphetamine and a traffic citation. Also, last Friday, the sheriff's department K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop. K-9 Diego was deployed to conduct a free air sniff and he gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics. Agents conducted a search and located narcotics. Arrested was Nick Anderson Bischoff age 49 of Eunice charged with possession of more than five grams of Fentanyl. Early this (Monday) morning, the sheriff's department narcotics unit and patrol division executed a search warrant in the Chataignier area. Agents entered the home at around 1:20am and detained four people without incident. Agents conducted a search of the residence and located several different types of narcotics. Arrested were Marsha Huval age 61 of Chataignier charged with possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, possession of Heroin, possession of Fentanyl, possession of Oxycodone, possession of Hydrocodone and two counts of possession of Alprazolam. Also arrested was Atticus Wyatt Miller age 28 of Eunice charged with possession of Fentanyl and an outstanding warrant for St. Landry Parish.

Evangeline Police Jury approves entering into agreement with Law Enforcement District to build a new Jail

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting May 2, 2022 After months of negotiations and various attempts to raise additional funding, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday approved by a unanimous vote to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Evangeline Parish Law Enforcement District to construct a new parish jail at the Industrial park. The new jail will be funded through a 30-40 year bond. The sheriff through the law enforcement district will own and operate the new jail. Once the bond is paid off, the jury will have the option to lease the jail back from the district. Jury President Bryan Vidrine called this long term agreement "very good for Evangeline Parish citizens". The agreement calls for the sheriff to take over the cost of housing pre trial prisoners in out of parish prisons. The agreement calls for the sheriff, once the new jail is constructed, to house all parish prisoners and if there is any room, the new jail can house state Department of Corrections prisoners. The police jury will contribute $300,000 a year to the sheriff to help pay expenses. Also the parish will pay $2.5 million dollars to upgrade the sewerage and water service at the Industrial Park to connect to the new parish jail. Sheriff Guillory thanked every member of the jury for their vote of support on this measure. "This vote will save the parish a lot of money. We need a new jail", the sheriff remarked. His plans include adding a building that will house programs for inmates including a GED program, a ministry, substance abuse, anger management and a work release program. Several jurors personally thanked the sheriff including Ryan Ardoin and Lelia Thrasher. Ardoin said "We commend you on a job well done." In other action the police jury: --approved calling an election on the Nov. 8 ballot for the renewal of a millage tax for Evangeline Parish Water District #1; --received news from Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron that sales tax collections in March took in a record amount of taxes: some $747,905; --reminded residents to attend the National Day of Prayer program Thursday May 5 at 12 noon at the Hundredfold Coffee Shop in Ville Platte


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