Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports arrests for narcotics, burglary and reminds citizens that scams are still being conducted within the city.
On May 15, 2013 a traffic stop led to the arrest of Justin O’Neal Poullard, 24 of 1327 Martin Luther King Drive. Poullard was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and charged with no seat belt, possession of schedule II with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Poullard remain incarcerated on a $20,000.00 bond set by Judge Thomas Fuselier.
Chief Lartigue would like to thank the Opelousas Police Department and their K-9 unit for their assistance with this traffic stop. “Working with other agencies benefits everyone” Chief Lartigue said, “We appreciate the Opelousas Police Department’s K-9 unit for making themselves available when we called and helping with this incident.”
On May 13, 2013, the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a report of a burglary in progress on West Main Street. Detective Patrick Hall was assigned to the case and upon completion of his investigation, arrested John Henry Jones, 62 of 124 East Wilson Street, Ville Platte. Mr. Jones was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and charged with simple burglary and criminal damage to property. Mr. Jones was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $25,000.00 bond set by Judge Thomas Fuselier.
Chief Lartigue would like to warn citizens that there are still scams being conducted on businesses and people in the community. A local business discovered that someone paid for their products with a counterfeit ten dollar bill recently and in another incident a man approached local businesses and people and asked for money for his sick kids. “If someone approaches you with a sad story and it seems like they are trying to get you to give them money, call the police department and tell the dispatcher” Chief Lartigue said, “An officer can check on the situation and identify this person.” Calling after the person has left or a day later will make it more difficult to locate this person and stop scam artists.
To report a possible scam, illegal narcotic activity or any other criminal activity, call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, approved the low quote of U.M.S. of Hammond of $1.1 million dollars to install new state of the art electronic reading meters for water customers in the city. The meter upgrade is part of the on- going city water construction project that has been going on for the past year. U.M.S. will install approximately 3000 meters in Ville Platte beginning in July.
City Engineer Ronnie Landreneau said these meters will eliminate the need for meter readers. However, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that no one will lose their jobs. Current meter readers will be given new responsibilities.
The new meters will send a signal to a receiving antenna installed on the water towers. From there the signal information will be relayed to the host location in another state where all the information will be stored for the city. The new meters will be able to inform the city of water leaks and other emergency data.
In connection with these new expensive meters, the city council is preparing to enact an ordinance setting a hefty fine for those found guilty of tampering or damaging these new meters. A public hearing is planned for June 11 at 4:45.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and the council was receptive to a proposal by Dr. Greg Ardoin to appoint a select committee to look at proposed zoning ordinances. Dr. Ardoin said the city is poised to grow. He felt Ville Platte could become like Lake Charles in the next few years by taking the proper planning measures right now.
A number of teachers and students were recognized by Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and the city council. The following were each presented with a plaque and a basket packed with local products.
The following teachers of the year were honored: Elementary Teacher-Aleah West of Pine Prairie, Jr. High Teacher- Kelly Bellard of Ville Platte High, and High School Teacher of the Year-Travis Fontenot of Pine Prairie High.
The following public school students were honored: Gehrig Harris, 5th grade student from Bayou Chicot; Mallory Landry, 8th Grade student from Bayou Chicot and Benjamin Bertrand of Basile High School.
The following Sacred Heart teachers and students were honored: Elementary Tesacher of the Year-Charles Mire, Wanda Joubert, High School Teacher of the Year, George Brown, support person of the year and Paula Dianne Fontenot, administrator of the year. Elementary student of the year was Evan Miller, Ellis LaHaye was Jr. High student and Abbie Marie Fontenot, Sacred Heart High student of the year.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine publicly thanked the city work crews for their long hours in restoring gas service to city residents after a major gas line ruptured last week.
In other business the city council:
--approved the hiring of two new paid full time fire fighters: Kirk Fontenot and Bryan Duplechain;
--heard from Arthur Sampson who complained that the city is not following proper procedure under the open meetings law dealing with citizens wishing to comment publicly on issues that the city may vote on. He also complained that the city was targeting African Americans with its abandoned property and cars. He says the city is not enforcing the same law on certain public officials that have abandoned cars on their property.
--approved retail liquor permits for the Smoked Meat Festival in June and a new business: Chataignier Street Grocery.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday discussed the possibility of calling a millage tax to help fund a parish wide animal control program. Since the parish has no source of funding, the police jury has asked secretary treasurer Doug DeVille to prepare a cost estimate on how much it would cost to fund an animal control program throughout the unincorporated areas of Evangeline Parish. Once the costs are determined, the parish can decide on much property tax would be needed. The issue is expected to be placed on the fall ballot for voters to decide on the issue.
In other news, the jury did not take up the issue of approving a cooperative endeavor agreement for the parish to provide gravel and grass shredding services for the new Ville Platte Recreational Park. The issue was on the agenda and the new recreational park director was due to speak when juror Eric Soileau objected to discuss the issue. Soileau said the original agenda mailed to him did not contain the recreational park item. Soileau asked the agenda item to be tabled until next month because there were residents from his district that wanted to speak on the issue.
In other action the police jury:
--received an annual report from Evangeline Parish County Agent Keith Fontenot and members of his staff;
--approved combining all three Basile voting precincts for future elections: American Legion, St Augustine Hall into the Dr. Bobby Deshotel Community Center;
--approved a liquor license for Kay Crosby to sell liquor at the Y Drive Through Store;
--voted to advertise to accept the lease to reopen the courthouse snack shop;
--agreed to apply for grant funds from the Louisiana Community Development Block Grant program;
--received news that the parish has received $32,942 in sales taxes collected in April.
Chateau Des Amies Apartment Complex held an Older Americans Month celebration this monring with a large group of residents in attendance.
Deborah Clark, Chateau Des Amies community manager was the emcee. The guest speakers for the event included: Lisa Deouen , director of Evangeline Council on Aging, Ville Platte Fire Chief Ted Demourelle, Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue and Resident Association Member Margaret Jagneaux.
Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine read the city’s proclamation for Older Americans Month. Other officials in attendance that were recognized include: Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel, and Chateau Des Amies Service Coordinator Landie Thompson.
The oldest residents at Chateau Des Amies were recognized as Horace Dick age 89 and Lezas Foret age 97. The next oldest residents: Vorice Stephen age 87 and Roy Fontenot age 96.
There was a balloon release by the Chateau residents. There was live music, food, prize drawings and various booths during the event.
All three election day millage tax propositions were renewed Saturday in Evangeline Parish. Complete by unofficial election return results show that the parish wide 1.02 mill property mill called by the Evangeline Parish Police Jury for the Evangeline Council to continue provide needed senior services passed by nearly 90 percent of the vote. The vote totals were 1251 voted yes while 141 people voted no.
The City of Ville Platte 4 mill property tax was renewed for another tens by 91 percent of the vote. The funds are dedicated for police and fire department salaries and equipment. The final vote tally showed 395 people voted yes and 37 voted no.
Also the Evangeline Parish School Board called millage tax renewal for the Basile High Athletic program was approved by about 93 percent of the vote. The school district covers portions of Evangeline and Acadia Parishes. In Evangeline, the final tally was 110 voting yes and 23 voting no while in Acadia Parish, the final vote total was 60 voting yes and 11 voting no.
KVPI FM was there covering the election returns live at the Clerk of Court’s Office. Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and Evangeline Council on Aging Director Lisa DeRouen were there expressing their appreciation for the vote of support for the tax proposals.
Chief Neal Lartigue is warning citizens of a phone scamming where someone calls collect and says that a family member of yours may be injured or dying and asks you to accept the charges. Sometimes these calls are coming from institutional places such as prisons and penitentiaries. Once a collect call is accepted the caller then uses a three way system to obtain your phone information and then places calls that are billed to your account. When you receive your next phone bill you could see charges in the hundreds of dollars. “Never accept collect calls from someone you don’t know” Chief Lartigue said, “Institutions such as prisons will not call you collect if you have a family member incarcerated.”
According to a spokesperson at the Louisiana State Penitentiary the nurse or doctor would call only the person listed as a medical contact of an inmate and would never call that person collect. If you are not listed as the medical contact then you would not receive a call.
Chief Lartigue warns that the call may not be from a prison or penitentiary. The call could be collect from someone saying that someone is hurt and needs your help. Be warned that these people are trying to scare your or worry you into accepting the charges because you are worried about a loved one. If someone were injured and needed help a police department or hospital would contact a family member. None of these agencies will call anyone collect.
“No agency, prison, penitentiary, police department, hospital or official department of any kind will call anyone collect.” Chief Lartigue stated, “Hang up and check on your family member by calling directly.
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards night banquet Wednesday night at the Ville Platte Civic Center. The emcee for the event was Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel.
Selected as Ville Platte’s Man of the Year was Dr. William “Tojo” Ward, chairman of the Parish Industrial Development Board. The Ville Platte Woman of the Year was Rita Fontenot, chairperson of the Belaire Cove Crawfish Cookoff.
The Ville Platte Business of the Year was selected to be Paul’s Meat Market and Grocery while the Business Person of the Year was Cody Vidrine, owner of Ace Hardware.
Evangeline Parish County Agent Keith Fontenot announced that the 2013 Farmer/Rancher of the Year was Dave Morein, a soybean and rice farmer.
Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot made a surprise presentation to Floyd Soileau, owner operator of Floyd’s Record Shop who after operating for more than 50 years closed its doors last year
A spokesman for Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau told KVPI News , on April 22, 2013, 42 year old Archie West of Ville Platte, La. was brought into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s office for investigation of possible child abuse that was occurring at his residence. Upon speaking to Archie West, he openly admitted to allegations of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile that occurred at his residence on April 19, 2013. Archie West was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail, on 2 counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and 2 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of Juvenile, West is currently in the parish jail on a $100,000 bond according to Chief Investigator Mike Perry.
In another case, on April 23, 2013, 56 year old Kathryn Fontenot of Ville Platte, La. was brought into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s office for investigation of possible inappropriate contact with children that was occurring at her residence. Upon speaking to Kathryn Fontenot, she admitted to the allegations of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile that occurred at her residence between the end of February to the first part of April. Kathryn Fontenot was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail, on 2 counts of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and 2 counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of Juvenile, Fontenot is currently being held in the city jail on a $100,000 bond.
Louisiana Creole Renaissance & BASTILLE DAY STATE LEVEL COMMEMORATIVE sponsored by Senator Eric LaFleur, District 28.
SR 30 was passed during the recent 2013 Louisiana State Legislative Session.
The historic resolution was signed by about 100 racially diverse French Creoles last year at their first rally on Bastille Day, July 14, 2012 in Ville Platte, LA. People gathered from 5 parishes in the upper part of the French-speaking Triangle of Avoyelles, Evangeline, Pointe Coupee and St. Landry Parishes in celebration of their shared CREOLE culture which became a bill sponsored by Senator Eric LaFleur of District 28 represented before the 2013 Louisiana State Senate and was approved!
Louisiana's multi-ethnic Creole francophone culture was and remains Louisiana's oldest native multi-ethnic culture and is the basis of the "Cajun" French culinary and social customs which were all adopted and adapted from the only cultural reference point available to the earlies Acadians once they arrived in Spanish Louisiana. The Louisiana Creole culture also provides the linguistic basis for Louisiana's old non-standardized Colonial French Creole/Choctaw, Louisiana Afro-Creole and the "Cajun" French forms of Louisiana French.
It also guarantees the perpetuation of our multi-ethnic culture by associating it with the French Independence Day which espouses the democratic ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood which we all treasure as Americans and which values were scorned in Colonial French and American Louisiana.
This historic resolution designates July 14, French Independence Day or Bastille Day as the Louisiana Commemorative Day for Creoles of ALL ethnicities in unison across our state and across the nation as well!
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce has released the nominees for the 2013 Man and Woman of the Year honors.
Nominees for Man of the Year: Tim Fontenot-Fontenot Physical Therapy; Ronald Landreneau of Ronald Landreneau and Associates; Dr. William “ToJo” Ward, Chairman of the Parish Industrial Development Board; George “Butch” Buller-retired; Randy Deshotel, Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court; Mark Buller-New York Life; Ronald “T” Doucet-Ville Platte City Marshal and Dr. Thomas Fontenot, chairman of the Recreational District Board;.
Nominees for Woman of the Year: Mary Foster-Galosso-Evangeline Parish Librarian; Gloria George- Admit Clerk at Mercy Regional Medical Center; Rita Fontenot-Belaire Cove Crawfish Cookoff Chairperson; Diana Johnson-Evangeline Parish Jag Coordinator and Kayla McFarlian Kincanon-Citizens Bank.
The announcement of the Man and Woman of the Year as well as Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year and Agriculture Person of the Year will all take place Wednesday May 1 at the Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet at the Civic Center. Reservations can be made through the chamber office.
Congratulations to all of the nominees!
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce has released the nominees for Ville Platte Business and Business Person of the Year.
The nominees for Ville Platte Business of the Year are: Pine Prairie Energy, Vidrine’s Ace Hardware, Rendezvous Dinner Club, Mercy Regional Medical Center, Kolder, Champagne, Slaven and Company, New Creations, Paul’s Meat Market and Grocery and Citizens Bank.
The nominees for Ville Platte Business Person of the Year are: Janice Helmer with Evangeline Floors, Mark Suellentrop with Cabot Corporation, John DeVille with Rendezvous Dinner Club, Cody Vidrine with Vidrine’s Ace Hardware, Mary Foster-Galasso with the Evangeline Parish Library, Randy Chapman with the Evangeline Bank and Trust Company, Gary Soileau with Medicine Chest, Dwayne Kelly with Jardin des Fleurs and Garden Center and Pierre Vidrine with Ville Platte Rental Sales and Service.
Congratulations to all the nominees. The winners will be announced Wednesday May 1 at the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet at the Civic Center. Also, Ville Platte’s Man and Woman of the Year will be announced.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, in a special meeting Wednesday, voted to endorse and support proposed action taken by the Industrial Development Board in connection with Pine Prairie Energy Company.
Dr. William “Tojo” Ward, Chairman of the Industrial Development Board, told the jury that the board has voted to join Pine Prairie Energy in their legal fight against the Evangeline Parish Assessor. Dr. Ward also said the board has voted to engage the services of legal counsel, Tony Walker, to represent the board. Pine Prairie Energy has agreed to pay the board’s legal expenses.
The case in point deals with the Evangeline Parish Assessor, whose legal counsel, is alleging that the Memorandum of Understanding between the Industrial Development Board and Pine Prairie Energy to exempt the company from ad valorum property taxes for 15 years was unconstitutional.
Pine Prairie Energy was billed for 2012 taxes and the company paid the taxes under protest. Since then, Pine Prairie Energy has filed a suit against the assessor and the sheriff, the parish tax collector. That case will be heard by 13th District Court Judge Tom Fuselier.
Police Juror Eric Soileau remarked “We need to move forward and try to remove this black eye so potential industry may want to relocate here.”
Dr. Ward told the jury “This board has worked hard to promote economic activity in Evangeline Parish. Also, for two years the board has worked with Cleco who spent $100,000 to help prepare the Industrial Park as nationally certified to bring new industry to the Ville Platte area. Until this legal issue is resolved, we are dead in the water from ever attracting new industry to our parish.”
Pine Prairie Energy, located in Easton, has paid over $16 million dollars in sales and inventory taxes and pilot payments. The firm stores natural gas in underground caverns. There are currently five caverns with a potential for up to 12 caverns at the site.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports for narcotics and a home invasion.
On April 15, 2013 Trevin Williams, 19 of 617 North Fontenot Street, Ville Platte, was arrested during a traffic stop and charged with no seat belt and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Williams was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $18,000.00 bond set by Judge Thomas Fuselier.
Joseph Pace 27, of 6221 Hwy. 167 North, Ville Platte, was arrested during the same traffic stop and charged with driving under suspension and no seat belt. Pace was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and bonded out on a $700.00 bond
An investigation that began in December 2012 involving a home invasion has been solved by DNA evidence. Detectives working the case recovered evidence from an incident where an unidentified male had kicked in the door and demanded money. When the suspect was unable to get money from the two occupants of the residence, he fired several shots inside the home. One of those shots hit the male resident requiring him to receive medical assistance. Detective Rodney Daigle, who was assigned to the case, submitted the evidence to the Acadiana Crime Lab for analysis and that evidence led to the DNA match of a suspect that has been identified as Jared Freeman, 20 of 506 north Chataignier Street, Ville Platte. On April 16, 2013, Freeman was arrested and charged with home invasion, aggravated criminal damage to property, attempted first degree murder, and unauthorized use of a moveable. Freeman was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail where he remain incarcerated on a $500,000.00 bond set by Judge Thomas Fusilier.
Chief Lartigue reminds residents to call in any information on illegal activities to the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous and you can play a role in removing criminals from our streets.
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce today (Monday) heard from Camille Breaux of the American Cancer Society to discuss the upcoming Evangeline Parish Relay for Life event. The planned fund raiser is scheduled for Saturday April 27 at the Ville Platte High Football Field from 6:00pm- 6;00am. There will be teams and groups raising funds for the American Cancer Society. This year’s goal is $40,000. Last year the Evangeline Relay for Life raised $37,000.
Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot reminded chamber members of the annual chamber awards banquet on Wednesday May 1 at the Civic Center. She is urging chamber members and groups to turn in their nominations for Man and Woman of the Year, Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year.
Fontenot also announced that the chamber will sponsor a “La Table Francais” event at the Dewey Balfa Folk Roots event Saturday morning at 10;00am at Chicot Park. The public is invited to attend to converse in French. Coffee will be provided by the chamber.
In other business:
--chamber members were notified that the Clerk of Court’s office has a new website for use by local and area residents;
--received news that the chamber of commerce has 150 members enrolled.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday night approved setting a pay scale for its road employees and giving an across the board 75 cent an hour pay raise to all parish employees effective May 1.
Some 150 employees will be seeing an increase in pay starting next month that will cost the parish $100,000 a year.
The jury approved the following new pay scale: Supervisors: $14-26 an hour; Equipment operators- $10-18 an hour; Truck Drivers- $8-14 an hour; Tractor Operators-Minimum Wage to $12 an hour.
After much discussion, the jury approved a new policy on the issue of having speed bumps. The policy gives each individual juror the right to install speed bumps in his district. A resident requesting a speed bump for their road must obtain the signatures of at least 85% of the property owners and residents on that street. The jury must also the proper signage to warn motorists about the speed limit.
Two jurors voted against the motion: Eric Soileau and Kevin Veillon. Soileau said he was concerned about the liability issue and possible lawsuits over the increased use of speed bumps in the parish.
The police jury called a public hearing May 13 at 5:30pm at the courthouse to get public comment on a proposed ordinance that a cover or tarpaulin must be used by parish residents hauling garbage to a dumpster. The ordinance provides for penalties should there be no cover for the trailer or the back of a truck.
In other action he police jury:
--voted to abandon a proposal to adopt a bounty for cayotes;
--approved the quote of I.S.S. of $11,462 for the purchase and installation of a new audio system for the jury meeting room;
--approved giving permits for two trail rides coming up in the parish;
--voted to approve a quote from J and J Exterminating for termite control for the courthouse at a cost of $3647.
The Belaire Cove Crawfish Etoufee Cookoff was a big success Sunday for the benefit of the Belaire Cove Catholic Church.
Here are the winners in the various categories: Most Original Booth-Rocky Rider Collision Center; Best Decorated Booth- Evangeline Feed Store; Washer Board Contest- First Place- Pat Nero and Charlie Crosby; Second Place- Michael Brown and Bob Reed and Third Place Team- Zach Johnson and Bailey Fontenot.
Here are the winners in the Cook Off: First Place- Cabot Corporation; Second Place- Rocky Rider Collision Center and Third Place- Charles and Donald Fontenot.
Here are the winners in the raffle drawing- First place- Junior Perrodin, thw winner of a gas grill donated by Ray Matte at True Value; 2nd Place- Bill Manuel- winner of $100 donated by Rocky Rider Collision Center and Third Place- Paul Michot, the winner of $75 donated by Attorney Gary Ortego.
Among the queens who were present at the event were Miss Ville Platte, Lainey Aymond and Junior Tournoi Queen- Darrelon Lachney.
Oldies 92-5’s J.C. and Randy did a live remote broadcast Sunday morning at the cookoff.
The first annual Biking Down South Festival took place this past weekend at the Ville Platte Civic Center and grounds sponsored by the Ville Platte D.A.V. Festival organizer Jerry Verette would like to thank everyone who supported the event. He blamed the low turnout on two factors: four festivals going on the same weekend within a 40 mile area and the misconception that the festival was a bikers rally . He explained that the festival was a family friendly event with many activities for the young people.
He wants to thank all the volunteers who helped out including workers from the Eunice chapter of the Cajun French Music Association, Ville Platte Girl Scouts and the State Dept. of the Disabled American Veterans.
Verette remarked that there will be a festival next year but it will be moved to the second weekend in April so it will not interfere with existing established festivals.
Here are the winners announced during the Veterans program:
Corporate Sponsor awards: Gold Award- Evangeline Bank; Silver Award- Blakes Pharmacy; Bronze Award-Attorneys Chuck West and Jonathan Vidrine;
Donors Awards: Gold – Fontenot Physical Therapy; Silver Award- Mouton Accordians of Crowley; and Bronze Award- Jack Miller BBQ Sauce;
Winners of the Raffle Prizes donated by Cajun Harley Davidson:
1st place- Harley watch- Robert Launey
2nd Place- Motorcycle Tank Piggy bank- College Junction of Eunice
3rd Place- Harley drink set- Bertha Hebert
Chief Neal Lartigue reports a narcotic arrest
On April 4, 2013 an arrest was made stemming from an undercover operation in which a male suspect bought narcotics from an under cover officer in January. James Garlow, 37 of 304 East Wilson was arrested and charged with distribution of cocaine. Garlow was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $20,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine. Garlow remains incarcerated with a hold for probation and parole.
Chief Lartigue reminds citizens that they can help officers and detectives remove illegal narcotics from our streets by calling your tips in to the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
On March 30, 2013 at approximately 4:30 am officers responded to shots fired in the area of East Wilson Street in Ville Platte. Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department said that witnesses were able to identify the suspects that were responsible for shots being fired from a vehicle. Detective Rodney Daigle was assigned the case and began his investigation. In the early morning hours of March 31st officers responded to another complaint of shots being fired from the same vehicle in the same area.
The investigation and positive identification led to the April 1st arrest of Reokenski Thomas, 29 of 710 North West Railroad, Ville Platte. Thomas was charged with assault by drive by shooting and was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $50,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
Jared Freeman, 21, of 127 North East Railroad, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with assault by drive by shooting. Freeman was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $50,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
Hilton Wilson 33 of 128 East Pine Street, Ville Platte was arrested and charged with assault by drive by shooting. Wilson was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $50,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine. All three remain incarcerated at this time.
The City of Ville Platte has placed in the district competition for the Cleanest City contest, according to Joyce Coreil with the Magnolia Garden Club. First place honors went to the City of Rayne. Last year, Ville Platte came out first and competed on a statewide level.
Coreil would like to thank the city and parish along with homeowners and business owners for working extra hours in cleaning up around their homes and businesses to prepare for the cleanest city judging. She is urging residents to continue showing civic pride throughout the year.