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KVPI and The Coushatta Casino teamed up to send winners to see the ELVOLUTIONS Elvis Tribute Concert Saturday, July 29th at 8:00 p.m.  When listeners heard the “Hound Dog” Cue to Call over Classic Hits 92.5 they called our hotline at 506-2444.  After getting all of our qualifiers, our drawing was held today.  Four lucky listeners won a pair of tickets to the show.  Our winners were: Karrie Brooks, Truman Wilson, Caroline Fontenot and Lisa Daire.  Keep listening for more chances to win concert tickets and many other prizes on Acadiana’s Greatest Hits Station, Classic Hits 92.5.



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The Acadiana Planning Commission, FEMA and The Governor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness held a joint meeting in the Evangeline Parish Courthouse Wednesday to discuss Watershed Assessments that are being prepared by FEMA.  Watershed (as pictured) is an area or ridge of land that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas.  The Pilot Assessment was performed for Vermilion Parish and that was the focus of the meeting for informational purposes.  Assessments for the 22 Watershed that were affected by the March and August 2016 flooding will be released on August 3rd

 

The Acadiana Planning Commission brings 7 parishes together: Lafayette, Evangeline, Acadia, Iberia, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion.  Parish Presidents, State Representatives, Emergency Officials and officials from around these parishes attended the meeting and many said the focus is to work together so one entity is not ‘dropping water on another one’ in efforts to solve drainage problems.  These include in the Mermentau River, Vermilion River and Bayou Teche in our area. 

 

In the March flooding there were over 14,000 structures damaged; and in the August flooding there were over 78,000.  A representative from FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Support Team said Louisiana “has had too much water moving over its land mass, too many times.”  This was the first meeting of many to come to discuss this problem and continue discussions on how to work together.



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    The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from State Representative Bernard LeBas.  He gave a review of the recent two sessions of the state legislature in Baton Rouge. A special session was called immediately after the regular session after lawmakers could not agree on a new fiscal year budget.

   LeBas commented that the budget that was approved in the special session was brought up during the final days of the regular session however some lawmakers were initially against it. He said 80 million dollars were put back in the highway account after being transferred by the previous administration to fund the state police.

   LeBas said our infrastructure needs improvements. “We have bad roads and we don’t have the money to fix our roads”, he said.  A gasoline tax is expected to be on the election day ballot to help with roads and infrastructure.

   LeBas is blaming “partisan politics” for the legislature not approving a “blue ribbon” committee recommendation to help stabilize the state’s budget.

   He said healthcare and education take a big share of the state budget every year. The popular TOPS scholarship program was fully funded this year by the legislature.

    Chicot State Park was brought up during his comments. “Chicot State Park is our biggest park and the most visited park in the state. We are fighting to keep it open,” said LeBas. Cuts in state funding meant maintenance personnel were let go. “Our Lt. Governor, Billy Nungesser, is 100 percent behind our efforts in keeping Chicot Park open and a draw for tourists.”

   LeBas said a new constitutional convention may be needed to help remove the many tax exemptions and tax rebates that many big businesses and corporations receive. LeBas was the special guest of Rotarian Susan Saunders.



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Ville Platte, Chief of Police, Neal Lartigue requests help in identifying suspects.

On July 22, 2017, Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a report of a burglary in the 400 block of East Wilson.  Upon arrival Officers learned that four black males had entered the residence during the night of July 21, 2017 and ransacked the residence The suspects stole multiple items including a laptop, iphone 6, 32 inch Samsung television, a Kicker amp and a Jenson amp, Xbox, Apple IPad Pro and prescription medicine.   The burglary remains under investigation.

 

Chief Neal Lartigue is requesting assistance in identifying these suspects.  If you recognize anyone in these photos you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.  You can view additional photos from the crime scene on our Classic Hits 92.5 Facebook Page.

 



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According to Ville Platte Chief of Police, Neal Lartigue, nine violations were issued for an animal attack on child.

On July 17, 2017 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to an animal complaint at Mercy Regional Hospital.  Upon arrival Officer’s learned that a 12 year old female was attacked by two dogs while riding her hover board on in the area of East Desoto Street and North Chataignier.  Officer and Detectives made contact with the owner of the dogs at a residence on North Chataignier and learned that the homeowner had multiple pitt bulls, some of which had gotten away from the residence.  The homeowner willingly surrendered the animals and received nine violations in reference to the incident.   The juvenile was treated at Mercy Regional for injuries to her lower back and buttocks area.  Investigation of this incident is ongoing.

KVPI News has spoken with the mother of the young girl and we were advised that she is at home and recovering

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a vicious dog that is not properly secured or is running free, please contact the Ville Platte Police Department so that these animals can be removed from the streets to help prevent attacks.

Chief Neal Lartigue reminds residents to report suspicious or illegal activity to the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.   Your call will remain anonymous. 



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Rep. Mike Johnson’s (LA-04) office will host satellite office hours in Ville Platte, Greenwood and Eunice next week. These events are open to the public and we encourage members of the community to stop by if they are in need of assistance with federal agencies.

 

Ville Platte Satellite Office Hours

WHERE:

Ville Platte City Hall

126 East Main Street

Ville Platte, LA 70586

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. CST

WHO:

Rep. Mike Johnson Staff 

Contact: 

Jerrie Ledoux

337-458-6078

 

Greenwood Satellite Office Hours

WHERE:

Greenwood Town Hall

9381 Greenwood Road

Greenwood, LA 71033

WHEN:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST

WHO:

Rep. Mike Johnson Staff

Contact:

Leslie Quinn

318-840-0309

 

Eunice Satellite Office Hours

WHERE:

Eunice City Hall

300 South 2nd Street

Eunice, LA 70535

WHEN:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CST

WHO:

Rep. Mike Johnson Staff; 

Contact: 

Jerrie Ledoux

337-458-6078

 

Note: Rep. Mike Johnson will be in Washington D.C. for congressional business

 

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Congressman Johnson is currently serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the House Judiciary Committee as well as the Committee on Natural Resources. He was elected in December 2016 to serve Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District by the largest margin of victory in his region in more than 50 years.

 



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The Evangeline Parish School Board met Wednesday night in the School Board Media Center.  Superintendent, Darwan Lazard, announced he has recently interviewed two individuals for the position of Principal at Pine Prairie High School.  From those two candidates, his choice was Charles “Chuck” Johnson (pictured).  He comes back to the school with 24 years of experience with 10 years in Administration, 10 served at Evangeline Central and 8 at the Math, Science and Arts Academy in Iberville Parish.  Lazard stated “He comes not only with experience, but also success.”  Johnson spoke to the crowd saying he is “excited to come back to Pine Prairie.  His parents are still there and he is happy to once again be a part of the community.”  He “looks forward to growing the successes we had in the past.”

 

It was in the last School Board meeting that Melanie Miller was introduced as the new principal of Ville Platte High School.  There will be a Meet and Greet Thursday from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Ville Platte High Gymnasium.  The public is invited to attend.

 

Mike Holt from Yeager, Watson & Associates was asked to address the Board about the extreme repairs needed for the floors at Mamou High School and Bayou Chicot Elementary.  He explained that because of all of the flooding and a build-up of damage to the floors, there is now a “tripping hazard” in the main hallway at Bayou Chicot.  The Fire Marshall has actually written up a violation and the Board will need to remedy the situation.  After explaining the options, he stated that the repairs could be approximately $42,000-$43,000 to cover the 1,320 square foot area.

 

As to Mamou, Holt stated that again, because of all of the water damage, the gym floor is “gone”.  With the Board’s approval after the bidding process, he plans to raise the gym floor by six inches to handle any water in the future.   There was much discussion of the drainage problems in Mamou and how they can protect the school in the future.  Holt stated the project on the gym could be approximately $149,000.  The bidding process will now begin.

 

The Superintendent presented the new District Logo that will be used to represent the School Board.  He thanked the staff at the Gazette and others who helped them design the new Logo.

And finally, Kevin Nolten with the STEM INITIATIVE explained that they have a program that works with students at the K-12 level to help bring the next generation into the jobs of the future working through Economic and Workforce development.  The program has grown to a nationwide status and now Evangeline Parish will benefit from it.  Nolten presented a plaque to Lazard for the partnership.



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In other news from Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue, on July 18, 2017 while in the area of a local store on Main Street, Officers and Detectives came into contact with a suspect that was wanted on a warrant from the City Marshal’s Office.  While the suspect was being arrested on the outstanding warrant, narcotics and paraphernalia was found on her person.  

Tara Soileau, 30 of 284 Lebois De Arc Rd, Ville Platte, was arrested on the outstanding warrant and faces charges of two counts of possession of schedule II controlled dangerous substance, violation of CDS and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Soileau was booked into the Ville Platte Police Department on a $15,000.00 bond.

To report any illegal activity, please call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.


 



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According to Ville Platte Police Chief, Neal Lartigue,

 

On July 18, 2017, Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a report of counterfeit money at a local business on East Main Street.  Upon arrival Officers learned that a black male had given the cashier a counterfeit fifty dollar bill to make his purchase.  Detectives were called to scene and began their investigation.  

 

Arrested was Kondwani Malveaux, age 23 of 611 East Beauregard Street, Ville Platte.  Malveaux was charged with monetary instrument abuse.  Malveaux was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $25,000.00 bond set by Judge Gary Ortego.

 

Chief Neal Lartigue reminds business owners to pay close attention when accepting money for purchases.  Counterfeit money is circulating and paying close attention could prevent you from being a victim and also help catch those responsible as they try to use this counterfeit currency.



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The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce held its monthly meeting Wednesday at Main Street Pizza.  Guest speakers included Dr. William Ward with Clinical Pathology Laboratory located at 503 Jack Miller Road, Suite C in Ville Platte.  They are in the same building as Dr. Aswell and Dr. Lafleur.  Ward explained that their suite has been updated and are open from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The lab is a provider for most insurance companies and they offer excellent pricing for those paying for their own lab services.  Their office can be reached at 363-3310.

 

Also speaking at the meeting today was Amanda Thomas with SLCC.  She spoke of the services offered at the C.B. Coreil Campus here locally.  The programs offered include: Automotive, General Studies – Business, Medical Assistant, Practical Nursing – Fall 2018, RN Prerequisite courses and welding.  They are considering bringing a CDL program to the campus.  She explained that the ‘HISET’ program is also available at the campus.  This is a test you can take to gain your G.E.D. without having to take the G.E.D. courses.

 

The Chamber voted four new businesses in as members: Miller’s Sports & Signs, Hotel Cazan, The Grit House with a Twist and Clinical Pathology.

 

Director of the Chamber, Camille Fontenot, who sits on the Tee-Cotton Bowl Board, said the Bowl is coming along strong.  There will be photographers from all over, NFL players, a parade, fireworks display, a helicopter, and Passe Patout will be shooting their morning show from the event on September 1st.

 

Fontenot also announced that on July 29th, the main library in Ville Platte will host an event designed for our youth to meet the her as she wants to be the first woman astronaut who will go to Mars in 2033 – Alyssa Carson.  She is a 16-year-old from Baton Rouge.

 

The Chamber Board hopes to have a much bigger electronic sign up soon donated by the former Citizens Bank.  Investar is the new bank name and they have installed brand new signs.

 

Fontenot also announced that next month’s Chamber meeting will be held on August 16th at The Grit House with a Twist located in the same parking lot as Champagne’s and Brown’s Furniture.



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According to the Ville Platte Police Department, the following individuals have recently been arrested and booked into the City Jail:

 

Scottie Williams, age 25 of Court Street – Arrested for Simple Burglary, Theft and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.  Bond was set at $16,500.

 

Willie Jones, age 26 of 915 Edward Knotoe – Arrested for Simple Burglary, Theft and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.  Bond was set at $17,500.

 

Raejanae Alfred, age 19 of 543 Prosper – Arrested for Disturbing the Peace and Second Degree Battery.  Bond was set at $7,500.

 

Spencer Williams, age 29 of Young Street - Arrested for Simple Burglary, Theft and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile.  Bond was set at $16,500.

 

Derrick Tezeno, age 38 of NE Railroad – Arrested for Unauthorized Entry of a Dwelling, Criminal Trespassing and Criminal Damage to Property.  Bond was set at $25,000.

 

Rodney Ashely, age 47 of Beaumont, Texas – Arrested for Criminal Damage to Property and Disturbing the Peace.  Bond was set at $2,000.

 

All of the aforementioned cases remain under investigation and all bonds were set by Judge Gary Ortego.

 

Additional arrests in the area include:

 

Darren Valmont, age 22 of Bertimat Road – Arrested for Theft and remains incarcerated with a $1,000.00 bond;

 

Zachary James, age 20 of Rue Richaume – Arrested for DUI and out on a $1,000 bond;

 

Emanuel Malbrew, age 47 of Austin Road – Arrested for Criminal Mischief and currently incarcerated with a $200 bond;

 

Andrew Fontenot, age 46 of W. Main Street – Arrested for Discharging a Firearm Within the City Limits and out on a $2,500 bond; and

 

Tabitha Fuselier, age 33 of 1064 Copper Head – Arrested for Disturbing the Peace by Intoxication and currently incarcerated with a $200.00 bond.



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    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from newly installed Club President Wayne Vidrine share his vision for the new club year.

     He told club members that he wants to continue with the current fund raisers for LSU-E and other groups and to promote additional members to become Paul Harris Fellows through donations to Rotary International. He also wants to follow through with the club sponsored “Choices” program in public schools to encourage students to stay in school.

    Vidrine wants to bring in additional members by revising the club by-laws to permit larger companies to sign up as corporate members.

    Chicot State Park will be a high priority for the new club president. Due to cuts in state funding, Chicot State Park has been facing “challenges” in making needed improvements to the facility. Vidrine said his goal will be to have the club use its energies to work with local and state officials such as the Lt. Governor to restore funding to “the crown  jewel of Evangeline Parish”. He cited a recent statistic that the tourism tax funds collected for the Tourism Commission from the park had dropped by one third of its former level. The Ville Platte Rotary club and Prof Lafleur were  instrumental in the establishment of Chicot State Park. Vidrine has plans to bring the Rotary District youth group known as Ryla to have summer camp at Chicot State Park in the future.



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VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB MEETING

JULY 11, 2017

 

    The Ville Platte Rotary Club, today (Tuesday) heard from guest speaker Nickie Toups. Toups discussed her long association with nursing homes. She has worked in all facets of nursing home operations. She said her passion is to help senior ciitzens. For a number of years, she worked in 27 states helping nursing homes get in compliance with government regulations. Nursing homes are the second most regulated industry in the country according to Toups. She is currently the administrator of Eunice Manor. Toups invited members of the Ville Platte club to attend the Eunice Rotary Club Golf Tournament August 12 at Coushatta Casino Golf Course in Kinder. The event is for the benefit of the non -profit Eunice Community Health Center to help residents who are uninsured or under insured get medical care. Toups was the special guest of Rotarian Dan Poret.

   In other business:

--Rotarian Darwan Lazard was given the Paul Harris Fellow award by Leonard Glenn Fontenot and Club President Wayne Vidrine for his contribution to Rotary Foundation;

--Acknowledged Janice Helmer, outgoing secretary,  who was honored last month as Rotarian of the Year for her six years of service as Secretary to the club;

--the club heard from Assistant Supt. Of Schools  Michael Lombas asking local residents for donations of used furnishings for Immersion Program teachers coming in from France such as dinette sets and living room furniture to help defray travel expenses. French immersion will begin in the early grades at Ville Platte Elementary and Mamou Elementary schools.



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UPDATE July 11, 2017 4:50 p.m.

 

Escorted by her family and attorney, Dequince Brown bonded out of jail Tuesday afternoon.

 

UPDATE July 11, 2017

 

A bond hearing was set for Monday for Dequince Brown who has remained incarcerated after this incident.  KVPI News has spoken with District Attorney, Trent Brignac who told us that Brown’s attorney requested an expedited bond hearing and one was held this morning.  Bond was set at $75,000.00 by Judge Gary Ortego.  It is expected that Brown will bond out of jail at some point today. 

 

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE RELEASE UPDATE ON OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN MAMOU

 

Louisiana State Police Detectives continue their investigation into the July 6th officer involved shooting in Mamou.  This investigation is being conducted at the request of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department as it involved one of their Deputies.  The following are our preliminary investigative findings to this point:

 

At approximately 04:10 a.m., the Deputy was dispatched to a reported theft of an ATV and subsequently cleared that call.

 

Upon resuming patrol and still within the nearby area, the Deputy made a traffic stop on a 4-wheeler (ATV) on Retton School Rd @ Chad Ln.

 

The Deputy made contact with the driver of the ATV (Dejuan Guillory, B/M, 27 yoa), and his passenger (Dequince Brown, B/F, 21 yoa).

 

The Deputy asked Guillory and Brown for legal identification, which neither possessed.

 

During this initial interaction, Guillory struck the Deputy in the head, knocking him to the ground, dazing him with a possible loss of consciousness.

 

The Deputy was able to rise to his feet, draw his firearm and gave verbal commands for Guillory to lie on the ground.

 

Guillory laid down on his stomach and the Deputy attempted to handcuff Guillory.

During handcuffing, a struggle ensued.

 

Brown approached the Deputy from behind and began to choke and bite him.

 

During the struggle with Guillory and Brown, the Deputy shot Guillory with his duty weapon.

The Deputy returned to his unit and called for assistance.

 

The investigation is active and ongoing.  Investigative elements remaining in this case include ballistics, trajectory, toxicology, DNA analysis, autopsy report, and additional interviews.  It should be noted that the patrol vehicle was equipped with an in-car camera system which State Police has in its possession and will be conducting analysis of the device.  It should also be noted that evidence from the crime scene indicates that a handcuff was only applied to Guillory’s right arm.  The handcuff was significantly damaged and had to be cut off post autopsy.

 

We ask the community for patience as this investigation continues.  No further information will be released at this time.



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The Evangeline Parish Police Jury met Monday night in the Courthouse in Ville Platte.  It was announced that installation of additional new security cameras has begun in key locations in the courthouse to advance security for employees and those who visit.  A metal detector had previously been installed with a Sheriff’s deputy checking those who enter.  Also, purses and cell phones are not allowed into the courthouse.  Now, through a Homeland Security grant in the amount of $33,000.00 and the $7,827.00 contribution by the Police Jury, the new cameras will add additional eyes throughout the courthouse.

 

The Office of Community Development has announced that homeowners of Evangeline Parish who was affected by the August 2016 flooding are eligible to receive funds for repairs to their homes.  Even if you have begun the repair process, you are still eligible to receive the assistance.  The Police Jury asks that anyone wishing to receive the help, contact their office at 337-363-5651 and they will put you in touch with the proper office with Office of Community Development.

 

The 2016 Annual Audit Report was presented to the Jury by CPA, Vic Slaven who said it was “a pleasure to present it.”  He continued to say “It gets better and better every year.”  Upon reading the positive findings of the report, he said “My compliments to the Jury and I commend each one of you for a job well done.”

 

The Jury passed an Endorsement Resolution supporting the creation of a potential manufacturing plant in Evangeline Parish.  It was stated that the company has not purchased any property yet; however, they are interested in forming on the west side of the parish in Ward 2.  If the plant comes to fruition, it would be an approximate $10 million investment with approximately 20 employees earning between $40,000 - $50,000 a year. The Jury is exploring possible incentives to bring the plant here.

 

A local meeting with Acadiana Planning Commission, FEMA Disaster Recovery, FEMA Mitigation, Office of Community Development, GOHSEP and officials from Evangeline Parish will hold a tentative Water Shed meeting on July 26th at 1:00 p.m. to discuss flooding issues.

A public hearing is set for August 1st at 4:45 to discuss abandoning a portion of Howard Lane in District 3.

 

Secretary/Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, reported Sales Tax Collection in June for the month of May was $320,300.55 and he thanked everyone for shopping locally.



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Louisiana State Police Detectives continue their investigation into the July 6th officer involved shooting in Mamou.  This investigation is being conducted at the request of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department as it involved one of their Deputies.  The following are our preliminary investigative findings to this point:

 

At approximately 04:10 a.m., the Deputy was dispatched to a reported theft of an ATV and subsequently cleared that call. 

 

Upon resuming patrol and still within the nearby area, the Deputy made a traffic stop on a 4-wheeler (ATV) on Retton School Rd @ Chad Ln.

 

The Deputy made contact with the driver of the ATV (Dejuan Guillory, B/M, 27 yoa), and his passenger (Dequince Brown, B/F, 21 yoa).

 

The Deputy asked Guillory and Brown for legal identification, which neither possessed.

 

During this initial interaction, Guillory struck the Deputy in the head, knocking him to the ground, dazing him with a possible loss of consciousness.

 

The Deputy was able to rise to his feet, draw his firearm and gave verbal commands for Guillory to lie on the ground. 

 

Guillory laid down on his stomach and the Deputy attempted to handcuff Guillory.

 

During handcuffing, a struggle ensued. 

 

Brown approached the Deputy from behind and began to choke and bite him.

 

During the struggle with Guillory and Brown, the Deputy shot Guillory with his duty weapon. 

 

The Deputy returned to his unit and called for assistance. 

 

The investigation is active and ongoing.  Investigative elements remaining in this case include ballistics, trajectory, toxicology, DNA analysis, autopsy report, and additional interviews.  It should be noted that the patrol vehicle was equipped with an in-car camera system which State Police has in its possession and will be conducting analysis of the device.  It should also be noted that evidence from the crime scene indicates that a handcuff was only applied to Guillory’s right arm.  The handcuff was significantly damaged and had to be cut off post autopsy. 

 

We ask the community for patience as this investigation continues.  No further information will be released at this time.



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I was on the air Wednesday when I was told that The Faith House in Ville Platte was being shut down due to “budget cuts”.  My tears immediately began.  It was an awful, awful tragedy in my heart.  I immediately began to think of women who need or will need the services of The Faith House.  Those women who are being abused by their mate or who will in the future be abused by their mate.  You see, there will always be someone being abused.  Someone will always need the help of The Faith House.  You may not know her today, but you may know her in the future.  She may be the one that comes to work with a bruise on her arm and jokes that she “ran into a door”, she may the one that you see in the grocery store and she’s sporting sunglasses and a ball cap to hide that black eye.  She may be your sister, mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, and she could be your wife. 

 

Domestic violence is real, very real.  It has taken the lives of many thousands of women who did not or could not get the help they need.  The lives of the ones who did not escape it.

 

Please understand that abuse is not just slapping or punching a woman.  It comes in the form of isolation, cutting her off of any money, mocking and ridiculing, screaming and cursing and other verbal abuse.  And, don’t forget the sexual abuse.  These are factors in a woman’s life that she may not even recognize until it’s too late.  Then, when she needs help, it is organizations like The Faith House who step in and help her with assistance from the Court, reforming her life and the lives of her children, providing clothing and necessities and helping her start a new life.  When was the last time you had to ask someone for a bar of soap or deodorant?  People do not always realize that some women have to leave in the dead of night just to survive.  And, sometimes that means she leaves with nothing except the clothes she has on.

 

It takes bravery and help to escape domestic violence.  That help comes in the form of Faith House.  I have been an advocate of Faith House and have helped raise money and supplies for them for the past three years because I know that the need is real.  I’ve seen it and I have lived it.

 

Yes, believe it or not I know how it feels to be a domestic violence survivor.  I am not ashamed, I am totally blessed that others in my community knew about the abuse and stepped up to help us leave.  Our church provided me with guidance and Faith House opened my eyes to what I had been dealing with.

 

This state needs not only more resources for battered women, but we need to educate our daughters on the signs of abuse and how to not only recognize it, but to absolutely not stand for it and report it.  We are lagging very far behind other states in not only helping abuse victims start a new life, but protecting them from further abuse.

 

We have all watched as lawmakers have fought the battle of the budget every year and we always know someone’s going to “get the hatchet”.  Normally, we see colleges and universities, hospitals, etc., take it for the team.  But, this year strikes my heart and it should hurt yours.

 

I spoke with the Executive Director of Faith House, Bobbi Lacombe, and she said they tried to hold out as long as they could before they closed the Evangeline Parish office.  The St. Landry and Acadia offices closed 6 months ago.  She assured me that the resources are still going to be there for victims in Evangeline Parish.  They now will have to call the Lafayette shelter where they can assist you.  Advocates are available by phone 24-hours a day on the

 

CRISIS LINE at 1-888-411-1333

 

Lacombe said most of their funding comes from the United Way and that due to the recent devastating floods, reduction in oil field labor and other factors, budgets for non-profits are way down.  She said they saw a 50% reduction in donations and lost over $100,000.00 last year.  They are still waiting for July 1st to see what is allocated.  They could see more reductions but they are hopeful.

 

I read an article on the air this week about Phil Jackson being fired from the NY Knicks.  The man received $60 million dollars for three years of work.  That is a staggering $50,000 per day.  I don’t know about you, but to me that is a lot of money.   When we celebrate things in our society like professional ball, concerts, expensive cars, monetary items and celebrities, don’t you think it is incumbent upon us to also recognize those who go forgotten in our society?  Those who do not have a voice and may not even have a place to lay their head.  It’s time to get back to basic humanity.  I for one, will continue to fight against domestic violence and I welcome anyone who wants to come on the journey with me.

 

If you would like to donate to Faith House, you can donate online at faithhouseacadiana.com or you can mail them to Faith House, PO Box 93145, Lafayette, LA 70509.



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Due to the 4th of July holiday, most businesses and banks will be closed Tuesday.  The Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court and courthouse, Ville Platte City Hall and the Police Jury offices will be closed, but will re-open Wednesday.

 

The Solid Waste office and all dump sites in Evangeline Parish will be closed Tuesday as well.  Trash service will not run and will be pushed back one day so employees can celebrate the holiday.



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Jawaski Beverly, 23 of Cotton Street – arrested for Theft of Goods and currently incarcerated with a $500.00 bond;

 

Tylan Roberts, 20 of 220 Roderick – arrested for Theft of Goods and currently incarcerated with a $500.00 bond;

 

Templeton Guillory of ED Alfred – arrested for Theft of Goods and currently incarcerated with a $500.00 bond;

 

Emanuel Malbrew, 47 of Austin Road – arrested for Disturbing the Peace and out on a $200.00 bond; and

 

Ashley Henry, 25 of W. Magnolia – arrested for No Insurance, Driving Under Suspension, Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection, running a stop sign and currently incarcerated with an $1,100 bond.



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It’s summertime and that means children need to be kept busy and what better to keep them entertained with than activities and special performances at the Evangeline Parish Libraries.  As part of the Summer Reading Program, children and adults have been treated to performances by Storyteller and Actress, Daphne Thomas, Magician Mitch Richard, “Fun with Spanish” with Thelma Fontenot and this week “Geebo the Clown and Magician”. 

 

The room was packed as Geebo performed and interacted with children at the main branch of the library today.  Many children from the Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club were in attendance.

 

Originally from Lake Charles, Gregory Guillory began performing as “Geebo The Clown aka “El Payaso Loco” as a seasoned bilingual clown, juggler, face-painter, balloon sculpture and magician in Los Angeles, California in 1988.  He has also performed in other parts of the country.  He performed for Evangeline Parish in 2015 and was invited back.  The children are very interactive with his performances.

 

Geebo was perform Wednesday morning at Pine Prairie branch of the library at 10:00 a.m. and at the Mamou branch at 2:00 p.m.  On Thursday he will wrap up the week’s performances at the Basile branch at 10:00 a.m. and the Chataignier branch at 3:00 p.m.



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