The Evangeline Parish School Board held a short meeting Wednesday night in the School Board Media Center. CFO, Amy Lafleur reported the Sales Tax Comparison for September was $614,230.15 leaving a Year to Date shortfall of only $4,953.36.
Standing in for Superintendent of Schools, Toni Hamlin, Assistant Superintendent, Darwan Lazard, announced there will be Ethics training available for the Board on November 2nd and 16th for the one hour required continuing education. He also stated that the unofficial count of enrolled students is currently 6,050 which is 20 less than last year when the count was 6,071. Also, test scores are still not in and he advised he was notified by the State that it would be mid or late November. He said is may even be in December, which makes it more difficult for teachers to prepare the necessary tests.
The subject of student teachers was discussed and Lazard informed the board that a letter was sent to BESE raising their concerns about their recent 6-5 decision to change the requirements of student teachers. Previously, a student teacher was required to serve a semester in the classroom, but BESE changed the rules and now require 1 year and compensation. It was stated that these rules will push people out of getting into the student teacher program and will be very expensive for school boards to absorb.
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Shreveport optometrist was sentenced Monday to six months in prison for writing prescriptions for non-patients and non-medical purposes. Charles D. Shanks, 64, of Shreveport, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count of distributing or dispensing a controlled substance. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.
According to the September 14, 2015 guilty plea, Shanks wrote dozens of prescriptions for codeine and hydrocodone in 2012 and 2013 from pharmacies and wholesale distributors that were for non-patients and not for valid medical purposes.
The DEA conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. prosecuted the case.
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce met Wednesday at Main Street Pizza and Pub. The Guest Speaker was Janice Fontenot with Troupe d’Evangeline. She stated that the mission of the Troupe is to provide education, entertainment and exposure to cultural experiences. They want to enrich the cultural depth in the community at large. In addition to plays here in town, the group is interested in taking plays or musicals on the road. They recently did a series of short skits at our area libraries and said it was a success and the children had a lot of fun. She stated how important teaching drama is for children, and that not all schools have drama departments. Fontenot stated it teaches children to express themselves. They are always looking for new and fresh talent of all ages. Their next performance will be “All the King’s Women” about 17 women obsessed with Elvis Presley. Tickets are $10.00 for the performances on October 28th & 29th at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 p.m. You can purchase them at The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce and Kim’s Total Image. She stated the Troupe’ is currently looking for permanent home.
Susan Fisher with St. Landry-Evangeline United Way updated the group on the BOOgie Ball that will be held in Opelousas on Saturday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. at The Delta Grand. There will be a silent auction, LIVE auction, Entertainment by Lil’ Kenny & The Heartbreakers, Costume Contest, dinner and more. All proceeds go to the United Way to assist during disaster times, like the recent August flooding. They are still helping those who have lost so much from the flooding. Tickets are $40.00 and can be purchased at the Ville Platte Chamber office.
Clerk of Court, Randy Deshotel, announced that there will be two more Election Commissioner Schools at Noon and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20th. The classes will be for re-certified and new commissioners and will be held in the Police Jury Room at the Courthouse in Ville Platte.
The new office for CASA, which helps children in foster care, will have a grand opening tomorrow at 4:30 at the corner of Magnolia & Soileau. The ribbon cutting will be held at 5:30 p.m.
The next Chamber meeting will be held on November 16th. Also, the Christmas Parade will be held December 11th at 5:30 p.m. and the Annual Chamber Christmas Social will be held on December 8th.
The Historic Running of the Tournoi was held Sunday at The Industrial Park in Ville Platte and closed out the Louisiana Cotton Festival. There were 17 riders competing for the big win. Notably missing from the event was Tournoi Rider, Chuck Manuel, who was not able to attend. He did send his best to his “fellow riders” and said he “can’t wait to be back next year.”
One of the competitors, Marcus Guillory, was involved in an accident with his horse at Ring 5. He was transported to the hospital where it was determined he suffered a broken collar bone. KVPI has been told that he will be okay and that his horse is also okay.
There was a special dedication and thank you to Danny Darbonne for his many contributions to the Tournoi. Queen, BethanyThibodeaux and Junior Queen, Meghan Miller were present at the award ceremony.
Riders competed in three rounds around the track where they attempted the highest speed and to collect the most rings. A perfect ring score is 21. After all of the times and counts were combined, here are your 2016 LA Tournoi winners:
1st Place Winner and Fastest Time Winner
Eric Guillory riding General Lee with an
Time: 12.44 and 20 rings
2nd Place Winner
Time: 13.00 and 20 rings
3rd Place Winner
Time: 13.17 and 19 rings
4th Place Winner
Time: 12.87 with 16 rings
5th Place Winner
Time: 13.20 with 15 rings
6th Place Winner
Time: 13.54 with 15 rings
7th Place Winner
John Ross Guillory
Time: 13.57 with 15 rings
8th Place Winner
Time: 13.40 with 14 rings
9th Place Winner
Time: 13.19 with 9 rings
10th Place Winner
Time: 13.92 with 8 rings
Those who place in the Top 10 do not need to go through qualifications at next year’s event. Charlie Manuel served as emcee at the event and Stephanie Ware and Carly Chaumont, broadcasted the event LIVE over KVPI FM. Thank you to all who took part in the Louisiana Cotton Festival and the Running of the Tournoi.
October 14, 2016
The historic running of the Tournoi is planned for Sunday afternoon at 2;00pm to cap off the Louisiana Cotton Festival events.
Here are the list of riders that will be competing: 2015 Tournoi Champ: Eric Guillory, Alex Haller, Ryan Haller, Chuck Manuel, Paul Fontenot, Marcus Guillory, Keith Saucier, Cody Manuel, Shane Trahan, John Ross Guillory, lisa Crane, Shane Lee, Austin Trahan, Bryce Johnson, Logan Floyd, Cheyenne Crane and Kristen Avery. This is the first time three females will be riding in the Tournoi.
Returning as the Tournoi Queen for a second year is Bethany Thibodeaux. She is repeating because there was no pageant due to the flooding in August.
The admission charge is $5 at the gate at the Industrial Park. There will be a concession stand and the sheriff’s posse will be cooking some BBQ sandwiches. The emcee will be KVPI’s Charlie Manuel.
KVPI will be broadcasting live at the Tournoi with Stephanie and Carly on KVPI FM 92.5.
Louisiana Cotton Festival Under Way
October 11, 2016
The 2016 Louisiana Cotton Festival kicked off tonight (Tuesday) at the Civic Center with the popular Contredanse (Cajun Square Dancing) and the crowning of the king and queen of Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
The new Heritage Manor King is Elridge Vidrine, age 89 from the Faubourg area. Mr. Vidrine and his wife, Miss Rose were Contredanse dancers for over 20 years. Vidrine replaces the late Andrus Chapman who was last year’s King. Vidrine has 5 children, 10 grand children, three step grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
The first runnerup to the king is Joseph Eddie Dangler, 81 from the Lawtell/Church Point area.
The new Heritage Manor Queen is Gertrude Soileau age 75 of the Vidrine area. She has one daughter. She replaces Miss Bobbie McCauley age 77.
The first runnerup to the Queen is Rita Robinson age 77 of Ville Platte.
Providing the Cajun music for the event was Lennis Soileau and his Cajun band.
Entertaining the standing room only crowds were the official ambassadors for the Cotton Festival: the Cotton Pickers under the direction of Renee Brown and Karen Soileau. The Cotton Pickers are: Rebekah Brown, daughter of Chris and Michelle Brown; Brook Soileau, daughter of Kirk and Karen Soileau; Madison Fontenot, daughter of Dane and Pam Fontenot; Callie Pitre, daughter of Mitch and Kimberly Pitre and Katherine Brown, daughter of Chris Brown.
The young Contredanse dancers performed for the nursing home royalty and the crowds of people. This year’s dancers: Lilly Blankenship, daughter of Bruce and Sharon Blankenship; Grace Bordelon, daughter of Melanie and John Bordelon; Beau Fontenot, son of Shelly and Joey Fontenot; Sawyer Jagneaux, son of Yvette and Tracey Jagneaux; Keyonna Celestine, daughter of Cierra Arvie and Oliver Celestine Jr., Aidan Johnson, son of Chasity Johnson; Stephanie Vidrine, daughter of Coralie and Jason Vidrine; Max Soileau son of April Mothes and Curt Soileau; Joani Prudhomme, daughter of Angie Cormier and Mitch Prudhomme; Shanijah Edwards, son of Shemeaka Malveau and Nathaniel Dick; Ava Kordish, daughter of of Schuyer and Shelly Kordish; Hailey Bordelon, daughter of Joseph and Patti Bordelon; Lillian Stanfield, daughter of Justin and Destiny Lafleur; Susan Lafleur, daughter of Justin and Destiny Lafleur; Hannah Arabie, daughter of Dustin and Miranda Arabie; John Bordelon, son of Johnny and Melanie Bordelon; Deana Blankenship, daughter of Bruce and Sharon Blankenship; Marlinskie Viltz, son of Wesley Wenfrey and Sharon Viltz; Joshua Williams, son of Vasean and Jamie Williams; Baily Williams, daughter of Vaean and Jamie Williams; Shakaylie Dick, daughter of Nathanie Dick and Shneaka Malveaux; Kaislyn Lafleur, daughter of Michelle Brownand Jeremy Lafleur and Leslie Forman, son of Kim Leger and Shenandoah Forman. The dancers are under the direction of Anita Fontenot and Melanie Soileau.
The monthly meeting of the Ville Platte City Council was held Tuesday night in Ville Platte City Hall. 4-H Member and Student at Sacred Heart, Andrew Fontenot (pictured), led the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance for the meeting. The Mayor paid tribute to the passing of LSU Mascot, Mike VI and displayed a memorial tiger display in the meeting room.
The Mayor and several council members addressed an issue and rumors that have been circulated in the area accusing The City of installing “dummy” fire hydrants on the South side of Ville Platte where a home recently was lost due to fire. She stated: “We want to let everyone know that we would never install dummy fire hydrants. That is illegal and it is very insulting to all of us. Before you jump to conclusions about something, please call us so you can get the correct information.” She continued: “The City is in the middle of ongoing water projects with the City engineers, and the piping for those particular hydrants is not finished so the hydrants are not active. They are painted black so that fire fighters are aware that they are not active. The fire department is very informed and knew to bring water with them to the recent fire…and went back several times to get more water.” She stated firmly that all of the rumors and accusations were “A Lie. Period.”
Expenditures for the City for the month of August were $131,612.89. In September, they were $212,645.09, which is an increase of $93,032.20. That figure includes an annual $60,000.00 insurance premium that was paid as well as approximately $18,000.00 paid in medical bills for prisoners in the City Jail.
In respect to abandoned properties, there are approximately 13 notices that have been sent out to property owners to clean up their property. The time period has now expired and the City will be cleaning those properties and/or tearing down structures that have been ignored. Those expenses will be put on the property owners tax bill.
The Ville Platte Police Department is actively hiring new recruits. They are currently working four officers per shift; and they are looking for approximately 7 more officers. Officers responded to 540 calls last month and made 506 reports. Crime is being addressed and because of that, 80 arrests were made with 18 of those being felony arrests with various charges.
Halloween in the City of Ville Platte will be held Monday, October 31st from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The meeting for November will be held on Monday, November 7th at 5:00 p.m. due to the Presidential Election being held on Tuesday, November 8th. Public hearings will be held before that to amend the “Culvert Ordinance” and to increase the pay for Police Chief, Neal Lartigue and City Marshall, Ronald T. Doucet.
The mayor reported that Medical, LLC has officially donated the old nursing home to the City and they are exploring what they will be doing with it.
2016 Louisiana Cotton Festival, Inc.
Schedule of Events :
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
5:00 pm - Contradanse - Doors open for live music & dancing then the Contradanse dancers will dance with the crowning of Le Roi et La Reine of the local nursing home at 6:00 pm (Admission: $5.00 for Adults and $2.00 for Children 5 years and under) live on KVPI FM 92.5
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
3:30 pm - 4-H Cotton Food Fest, North Side Civic Center ( judging begins at 4:00 pm)
4:00 pm - 4-H Cotton Pickin' Pet Show, North Side Civic Center Pavilion live on KVPI FM 92.5
5:00 pm - Family Night at the Carnival (Admission to fairgrounds is FREE)
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Bracelet hours at the Carnival
Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00 pm - Family Night at the Carnival (Admission to fairgrounds is FREE)
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Bracelet hours at the Carnival
Friday, October 14, 2016
Admission all day into fairgrounds
Adults & Children 13 yrs & over = $6.00
$2.00 for children 12 yrs to 6 yrs
5 yrs and under FREE
1:00 pm - Carnival opens
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Bracelet hours at Carnival
6:00 pm to 12 Midnight - Fais-Do-Do Street Dance
6:00 pm to 7:45 pm - Geno Delafosse and French Rockin' Boogie
8:00 pm to 9:45 pm - Ashton Dupre and The Last Chance Band
10:00 pm to Midnight - Keith Frank and The Soileau Zydeco Band
Saturday, October 15, 2015
10:00 am to 10:30 am - Contestants & Visiting Queens arrive
11:00 am - Contestant interviews (private event)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Royal Reception (private event)
1:00 pm - Family Day at the Carnival (Admission to fairgrounds is FREE)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Bracelet hours at Carnival
5:30 pm - Cotton Coronation - Crowning of King & Queen Cotton (Admission to Coronation - $5.00 for Adults & Children)
Sunday, October 16, 2016
8:30 am - Cotton Harvest Mass - at Our Lady Queen of All Saint church , 1220 West Dardeau Street
12:00 pm - "Grand Parade of Cotton" - main street running west to east
1:00 pm - Family Day at the Carnival (Admission to fairgrounds is FREE)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Bracelet hours at Carnival
3:00 pm - Running of the Tournoi - Industrial Park live on KVPI FM 92.5
6:00 pm - Cotton Festival 2016 Closes!!
All Cotton Festival events are held at the North Side Civic Center - 704 N. Soileau Street
The annual Book Fest was held today at the Ville Platte Branch of the Evangeline Parish Public Library. Under clear, sunny skies with a cool, northerly breeze, large crowds of people attended the event. The Friends of the Library had a huge used book sale, pet adoptions, face painting and nearly a dozen authors in attendance. In addition, Alyssa Carson of Baton Rouge, a future astronaut was there. Plenty of delicious food like baked chicken, jambalya and BBQ pork steaks. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI was there broadcasting live on remote this morning. We have dozens of photos from the event at this link at our website photo gallery: http://classichits925.com/photos/library-book-fest-october-8
The weather was great for a church fair today at St. Peter's Catholic church in Pine Prairie. According to Tori Schmidt, the new Friday night Fish dinner and Talent Contest was a big hit . The winner of the talent contest Friday night was Heather Thomas. Saturday, local and area residents packed the church grounds for the second day of the event. The gumbo cook off, Debbie Oge was declared the champion while second place finisher was Quint West. There was a Disney Character breakfast, hay rides, train rides, silent auction, bingo and plenty of games and contests.. KVPI FM 92.5 was there broadcasting live on remote today with Emily and Mark. We have more photos at this link to our photo gallery at our website:http://classichits925.com/…/st-peter-fall-festival-october-8
The Evangeline Parish Relay for Life Committee recently held its 3rd annual Bras on The Bayou fundraiser at the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant. This private event seated 100 people and offered amazing food from Chef Jason Huguet, silent auction items, a wine grab and bra decorating contest. The decorated bras were also worn by male volunteers from the audience as they danced their way through the crowd. The money collected from this dance was counted as votes. At the end of the evening the votes were tallied and Queen Ta Ta was chosen. The new Queen elected for 2016 Bras on the Bayou is Vee Pelafigue of Opelousas. Mrs. Pelafigue was crowned by the 2015 Queen Ta Ta, Randy Deshotel and our visiting Relay Queen, Ms Louisiana Relay for Life, Ava Kilburn.
The bra decorating contest winners are as follows:
Most Supportive Bra: Lisa Crane (Uptown Cake Company)
Most Original Bra: Elizabeth West & Monique Ardoin (Ville Platte Gazette)
Biggest Ta Ta: Jenny Merrick (Ville Platte AT&T)
Blingiest Bra: Vic Slaven’s Office
Most Creative Bra: Desirea Vicknair (Rhinestones For a Cure)
Funniest Bra: Porcha Cassola (Alexandria AT&T)
Scariest Bra: Pat McElwee (Sewing Sisters)
Survivor Champion Bra: Pheobe Deshotel
Chef Jason Huguet chooses one bra each year as the Chef’s Choice and this winner receives a gift card to return to the Steamboat Restaurant. The 2016 Chef’s Choice winner was Vee Pelafigue.
You can view video of the “bra dance” on The Classic Hits 92.5 FB Page or at Facebook.com/Bras on the Bayou
Congratulations to all of our participants and winners. A special thank you to the gentlemen that were such good sports and danced for a great cause. These men raised $673.00 dancing in the decorated bras.
We have many businesses that donated silent auction items and door prizes. We appreciate the generosity of these businesses who support our efforts in the war on cancer. Encana Oil & Gas, Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant, Superior Auto, Craig’s Automotive, Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts, Susan’s on Court, Country Cove Chevron, Teet’s Food Store, A & A Quick Stop, T-Boys Slaughterhouse, Deshotel’s Tire, Ace Hardware, Live Mobile (AT&T Authorized Retailer), Blake’s Gifts, Jeanmard Incorporated, Ville Platte Dodge, Tractor Supply, Olive Designing, Gulf Coast Material Handling and Delta Compression and Equipment LLC.
On behalf of Chef Huguet and the committee members of the Evangeline Parish Relay For Life, thank you for such a wonderful evening. The total for this event was $5,435.00. Your support and generosity will benefit so many.
VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB HEARS ABOUT EUNICE GUN CLUB
OCTOBER 4, 2016
Rotary club members today (Tuesday) heard from the president of the Eunice Rifle and Gun Club at their weekly meeting. Drew Miller was the special guest of Rotarian Steven Williams.
Miller said the Eunice Rifle and Gun Clun was organized in 1968 and currently has 342 members. In 1988, the group purchased its current ten acre location ..
The organization offers it members several rifle ranges and a skeet range. All new members must complete a safety course when they first sign up.
In other club news, Rotary Club President Peter Strawitz:
--reminded club members of the fellowship meeting Tuesday night October 18 to encourage new members to attend and learn more about rotary;
--announced that the Rotary Club Governor will make his official visit to Ville Platte on November 1;
--and heard from Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announce that the city is erecting 150 new larger reflected stop signs around the city.
According to the Ville Platte Police, the following individuals have recently been arrested and booked into the City Jail:
Edward Lionel Lomas, 26 of E. Cotton Street, Ville Platte – Arrested for Domestic Abuse Battery and currently incarcerated with a $1,000.00 bond;
Precious Thomas of N. Chataignier, Ville Platte – Arrested for Remaining After Forbidden/ Disturbing the Peace and currently out on a $700.00 bond;
Jaonnie Arvie, 28 of Deroun Street, Ville Platte – Arrested for Remaining After Forbidden and currently incarcerated with a $500.00 bond;
Edith Mercer, 31 of Brandy Street, Ville Platte – Arrested for Disturbing the Peace by Fighting/Simple Battery and currently incarcerated with a $2,400.00 bond;
Precious Thomas, of N. Chataignier, Ville Platte – Arrested for Theft of Goods and currently out on a $500.00 bond; and
Skyla Thomas, 29 of E. Wilson, Ville Platte – Arrested for Theft of Goods and currently out on a $500.00 bond.
Evangeline Parish Police Jury
October 3, 2016
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, Monday, reviewed a new ordinance crafted by its legal advisor Marcus Fontenot that gives the parish enforcement provisions to deal with residents not paying their sewer fees or not following parish ordinances. The so called “enforcement provision” first orders the violator to be informed in writing. If it is not corrected, the parish may order the disconnection of utilities and terminate utility permits until the violation has been corrected.
At the request of Slemco and Cleco , the parish removed the final line of the proposed ordinance which reads “ any utility service provider shall immediately disconnect service upon notice from the parish or be fined up to $100 per day for failure to disconnect.” Attorney Fontenot felt the entire ordinance including the stricken line was valid and would have passed constitutional muster.
After concerns raised by Cleco representative Sabrina Salling, the police jury has called a public hearing for November 7 at 4:45 to receive public comment.
In other business, the police jury:
--voted to apply for a Louisiana Governmental Assistance Program grant to upgrade the electrical system at Crooked Creek as a first priority with improvements to the Industrial Park Water Well 2 to install a sand filter as a second priority;
--appointed Jason Fontenot to replace Gene Morein on the Te Mamou Water Board;
--appointed Rhonda Miller to replace the late Wilbur Rozas on the Evangeline Parish Tourism Commission;
--voted to advertise for the appointment of a right of way agent to replace Wilbert Ardoin who is retiring at the end of October after serving for 20 years as the agent and as Secretary Treasurer for many years;
--scheduled Trick or Treating hours for Monday October 31 from 5-8pm for the unincorporated areas of Evangeline Parish;
--scheduled November 16 at 8:30am to meet to start working on preparing new budgets for the new fiscal year;
--applied for a grant to fund improvements on East Hickory Street Extension including striping and lighting . The street has been the scene of 16 traffic accidents in the past few years.
Evangeline Parish Sales Tax Report
September 30, 2016
The Evangeline Parish Sales and Use Tax Commission met this week for this week for their monthly meeting.
Commission Director Mike Veillon reported that sales tax collections for the month of August dropped by 8.33 percent as compared to August of 2015. Last month, the collections totaled $1.3 million as compared to $1.4 million in August of 2015, a decrease of $120,390.
For the individual governmental bodies, only Ville Platte and Turkey Creek showed positive increases in sales tax collections. Ville Platte showed a slight 2.22 percent increase of about $4800. Turkey Creek showed a 44 percent increase of $3800.
The Town of Basile showed the biggest decrease in sales tax collections for August: a 51 percent drop in collections over August of last year, a $10,646 decrease. Next was Chataignier showed a 24 percent decrease or $428 drop. The Town of Mamou was next showing a 19 percent drop or $10,985 decrease. Pine Prairie, a drop of $3153 or 17 percent decrease; Evangeline Parish School Board, a decrease of $55,000 or 9.45 percent drop; Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission, a $27,714 decrease in sales taxes; and the Evangeline Parish Police Jury, a drop of $20,749 or a 8 percent decrease.
The Honorable Judge Chuck West, Division B in Evangeline Parish accepted a plea agreement today in the case The State of Louisiana vs. Rebecca Devillier. The former Chief Civil Deputy of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office pleaded guilty in open court to one count of Theft over $1,500.00 and one count of Malfeasance in Office. From the terms of the plea agreement, Devillier has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor with 7 years suspended; 5 years of active and supervised probation after her release and she has been ordered to pay restitution to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $114,981.00. She has also been ordered to pay $63,290.00 to the Louisiana Legislative Auditor. Devillier will also be responsible for multiple court costs and fines in association with the charges.
As previously reported, Devillier was charged with performing her duties as the Chief Civil Deputy in an unlawful manner with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office by diverting funds and issuing checks to herself, unauthorized use of credit cards, etc. over a span of approximately 3 years.
Devillier’s attorney, Remy Jardell, requested a 7-day reprieve after what time Devillier will begin her 8-year sentence. Judge West granted the request and ordered Devillier to report to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office at 8:00 a.m. on October 5, 2016.
Devillier addressed the Court today and apologized for her behavior in last week’s hearing and said “I want the public to know that I am sorry for all that I did.” Assistant District Attorney, Kelly Tate, who worked out the plea agreement with Devillier’s attorney asked the Judge to stress how important it is for Devillier to present herself on the 5th to start her sentence.
Louisiana Lt. Govermor Billy Nungesser visited Ville Platte today to speak at the Rotary Club and stopped in at KVPI to record an interview . You can hear that interview Wednesday at 12:30pm on KVPI AM 1050 and FM 92.5.
Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting
September 27, 2016
The Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard two guest speakers: Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Rotarian Nicole Wenger.
The Lt. Governor, who in charge of the state parks along with recreation and tourism, visited Chicot State Park and its employees. Due to the state’s limited resources, his office is looking at finding new ways to raise revenues for the state parks without new taxes. For example, at Fontainebleau State Park near New Orleans, the state is working at bringing a hotel and conference center. His office is looking at selling Louisiana products at Louisiana Welcome Centers. “We want to work with local businesses and look at creative ways to bring in additional revenues,” he said.
Speaking about the scale of the flooding in August , the Lt. Governor said “it was like opening up the Mississippi River for 18 days on our state” or in other words 7 trillion gallons of water fell. He said he is proud of the citizens who have worked together without much assistance from government resources to overcome their losses. “It is a pleasure and honor to be a citizen and work with the great people of Louisiana”, said Nungesser.
Nungesser , after his appearance at the Rotary Club, came to KVPI studios and recorded an interview to air Wednesday at 12:30.
The scheduled guest speaker was Rotarian Nicole Wenger. She is the co- owner of DryMax Water and Fire Restoration. She reported that even her business had water in it during last month’s flooding rains. In fact the Ville Platte area received about 18 inches of water.
She and her team have been extremely busy helping local and area residents, many of whom had no flood insurance.
Her company is now offering emergency disaster planning for businesses to prepare for any future disasters that may happen.
Wenger showed to club members several tools that her team uses including infra-red cameras and meters to help detect moisture content in homes and businesses.
Rotarian Wayne Vidrine conducted the meeting in the absence of Club President Peter Strawitz.
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Morgan City woman was sentenced Monday to 25 months in prison for her role in a scheme to use stolen identities to file false tax returns and pocket refunds. Laphrida T. Watts, 40, from Morgan City, La., currently residing in Palmdale, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft. She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $45,252.02 restitution.
According to the January 13, 2016 guilty plea, from February 2013 to August of 2013, Watts and co-defendant Louis W. Carbins Jr., 36, of Patterson, La., knew and allowed individuals from overseas to use stolen identities to file tax returns. The overseas individuals then directed the IRS to deposit the refunds into Carbins’ bank accounts. Watts and Carbins would then wire some of the money overseas and keep the rest. The IRS issued more than $815,000 in refunds to Carbins’ accounts. Watts and Carbins spent $45,681.22 of the funds. Carbins was sentenced on August 29, 2016 to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $45,252.02 restitution. He was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, seven counts of theft of government money and one count of aggravated identity theft after a three-day trial that ended May 25, 2016.
The IRS conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kelly P. Uebinger and Robert F. Moore are prosecuting the case.