On March 21, 2017 around 6 pm the Ville Platte police department received a tip that Chambers had been dropped off at a residence in the 600 block of North Dossman street. Officers responded to the residence and was able to arrest Chambers without incident.
Chambers was charged with one count of Criminal Damage to property, one count of simple Burglary and theft ,his bond was set at 45,000.00 by Judge Gary Ortego of the 13th Judicial District court.
Chambers also a suspect in three other Burglaries. Detectives continue to investigate the case.
Anyone with information on this case as well as any other illegal activity is urged to call Ville Platte Police Department at 337-363-1313 all callers will remain anonymous.
Rotary Club Hears from Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard
March 21, 2017
Evangeline Parish Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard was the featured speaker today (Tuesday) at the Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting. Lazard gave his classification talk to club members.
Lazard is has been married for 20 years to his wife who has been a teacher at Vidrine Elementary and they are the parents of three children. He has spent 24 years in the school system including principal at three schools in the parish. For the past ten years, Lazard was Assistant Superintendent.
Lazard has been serving as pastor since 1997 of the Ninth Baptist Church, the largest Protestant church in Evangeline Parish. The church was established in 1873.
Lazard was selected unanimously by the school board to succeed retiring Toni Hamlin and became the youngest serving school superintendent.
While his siblings moved with their mother to New Jersey, Lazard stayed in Ville Platte and was raised by his grandmother, Mrs. Pearl LeDay who worked for many years at Ville Platte High school cafeteria.
Lazard was introduced by Annette Johnson who was in charge of the day’s program.
In other news, Dr. Willie Buller paid tribute to the late Dr. John Couvillion who died last week. He was an Assistant Chancellor and instructor at LSU E for 20 years and helped the Ville Platte Rotary Club begin an endowed scholarship for the school. It has become the largest endowed scholarship at LSU Eunice.
Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that the Boys and Girls Club will begin another session of classes June 1 at its new location: at the old Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
The Rotary District 6200 will sponsor its annual Camp Rylla for young people this year at the Mountain Bayou Boy Scout Camp near Bayou Chicot on June 1;
And the rotary club will sponsor a cooking booth at this year’s Grand Hoorah Festival April 21 and 22.
EARLY VOTING IN EVANGELINE PARISH
MARCH 14, 2017
Early voting for the March 25 election has begun in Evangeline Parish and throughout Louisiana. Registrar of Voters Lucas Buller announced to KVPI News , 18 people voted Saturday on the first day and 29 people voted Monday for a total of 47 through two days of early voting. The early voting is going on each day through Saturday at the Registrar of Voter’s office in the courthouse. There are two candidate races along with a number of tax renewal issues throughout the parish. KVPI urges you to vote and then hear complete election returns Saturday March 25 live from the Clerk of Court’s Office with News Director Stephanie Ware.
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a federal jury found an Opelousas man guilty Tuesday of robbing three local businesses at gunpoint. Carey Wardell Reed, 28, of Opelousas, La., was found guilty of three counts of interference with commerce by robbery; two counts of using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a violent crime; and one count of using, carrying and discharging a firearm during a violent crime. After the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated for approximately two and a half hours before delivering the guilty verdict. United States District Judge Rebecca F. Doherty presided over the trial.
According to the evidence presented at trial, Reed robbed three commercial establishments in Opelousas in 2014. On May 2, 2014, Reed robbed the Tiger Stop #7 gas station. He fired a shot, and told everyone inside to “get down.” He then had the employees empty the cash register of $704 and fled the scene. One May 10, 2014, Reed robbed the Chicken King restaurant. He entered the restaurant with a gun, which he pointed at the cashier. He demanded money and threatened to harm those present. The cashier turned over $985, and Reed fled. On September 22, 2014, Reed robbed a Family Dollar store. He entered the store with a handgun and demanded money. Before leaving, he also threatened the employees’ lives and took $1,400.
The defendant was arrested on September 30, 2014 after police conducted a traffic stop. Extensive ballistic and digital forensic evidence were key in proving Reed to be the perpetrator in all three robberies.
Reed faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the robbery counts, seven years in prison on each of the brandishing offenses, and 10 years in prison for the discharging offense. Because the defendant has been convicted of multiple firearms offenses, two of the firearms convictions are subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years of imprisonment for each count.
Sentencing will be set at a later date. The FBI and the Opelousas Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamilla A. Bynog and Joseph T. Mickel prosecuted the case.
The Evangeline Parish School Board met Wednesday night in the School Board Media Center. Superintendent Darwan Lazard spoke of the passing of Michael Hazleton who was employed by the school system for over 19 years. Lazard said “He will definitely be missed and we want his family to know they are in our prayers.”
Lazard and proud school Administrators introduced Beta and Junior Beta Members who have now qualified to compete in the National Beta Competition in Orlando. Pictured are some of the students who will compete. Others from Pine Prairie High School were not able to attend due to previous obligations. The students from Beta include Rheagan Ortego of Basille High – 2nd state placement for Photography (Beta Sponsor Jata Crochet and Mindy Janot); Kade Chatelain – of Mamou High School 1st state placement for Technology (Sponsor Renee Gotreaux); and Darren Ramsey from Pine Prairie High School– 1st state placement for Agricultural Science (Sponsor Esther Blood). Junior Beta members who will compete are: Ainsley Dutton, Layna Deshotel and Mayzee Lafleur from Bayou Chicot Elementary – 1st state placement Technology Team (Sponsor Aleah West) and Shaylin Soileau of Chataignier Elementary – 2nd state placement for Visual Arts.
Kelly Lafleur with the Special Education Program announced a Work-Based Learning Appreciation Luncheon being held to thank sponsors of the program. She thanked each sponsor and said they "hope to expand the program next year.” Those sponsors are Deville’s Grocery, Ace Hardware, Champagne’s, Evangeline Parish Library, Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court, Doug Ashy, Evangeline Parish School Board, Prairie Manor Nursing Home and the Village of Pine Prairie.
The Superintendent introduced Connie Guillory who addressed the Board and said 19 Math and Science teachers in the Parish recently applied for and received a QSM Grant through LSU. Each was approved to receive up to $750.00 to apply to their classrooms. These grants brought approximately $14,000.00 to the Parish. They included 1 at Bayou Chicot, 1 at Evangeline Central, 1 at Mamou Elementary, 3 at Vidrine and 12 at Ville Platte Elementary. The grants are only available to those who teach Math and Science.
Lazard stated he attended the Superintendents’ Conference in New Orleans at the beginning of March and said issues concerning public education in the State of Louisiana was discussed and ideas were shared. He said he wants to keep up and stay current with all that is happening with the legislature and changes that are coming. He stated it looks like state aid to public schools will be frozen again this year and that is worrisome because even though the money is there, costs continue to go up.
The next meeting will be on March 22, 2017.
Sheriff Eddie Soileau of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has released the following:
Late Saturday night, March 4, 2017 deputies were dispatched to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office regarding a gunshot victim. Deputies arrived and found an adult male shooting victim who stated he had been shot by a male subject he identified as “Donnie”.
During the initial investigation, investigators were able to identify the subjects involved as Donald Paul Lafleur, Jr. aka “Choe” and Anginatta Foreman, both of Ville Platte.
Both subjects have been charged and arrested. Lafleur surrendered to authorities peacefully without incident Tuesday evening, March 7, 2017. Foreman was apprehended peacefully and without incident from her residence Tuesday afternoon.
A motive for the shooting has not yet been determined.
The shooting victim suffered a wound to his lower right side abdomen area.
Anyone with information on any crime is urged to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers with information will always remain anonymous.
Two Louisiana attorneys pleaded guilty Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana to willfully failing to file federal tax returns, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley for the Western District of Louisiana.
According to documents filed with the court, James Lynden Burton, 48, and his ex-wife, Lucretia Pecantte-Burton, 50, of New Iberia, La., are licensed attorneys and were partners of the law firm of Pecantte-Burton & Burton. The law firm offered general legal services and representation and regularly received cash payments from clients for legal services rendered. They also had a partnership interest in a tax return preparation business. For tax years 2007, 2008 and 2009, Burton and Pecantte-Burton did not file individual income tax returns despite earning income from their law practice and the tax return preparation business. They filed delinquent returns after learning that they were under criminal investigation by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Burton and Pecantte-Burton each face a statutory maximum sentence of 12 months in prison as well as a term of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.
Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and U.S. Attorney Finley thank special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney David Joseph and Trial Attorney Daniel McGraw, who are prosecuting the case.
Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.
St. Landry Cattlemen’s Cook Off Winners
March 7, 2017
The St. Landry Parish Cattlemen’s Association held their annual Beef Cookoff Sunday at the St. Landry Parish Ag Arena in Opelousas.
Here are the winners: Over All Champion :First Place- Eunice Superette; Second Place- Union Street Barber Shop and Third Place- St. Landry Homestead. The best Dressed Booth and Teams: First Place- Dupre Tribe and Second Place-B.J. Electric Team.
Here are the category winners: Gourmet: First- Eunice Superette and second place- Union Street Barber Shop. Tongue category: First Place-Ventura Foods; Second Place- Progressive Tractor and Third Place- Eunice Superette; Roast category- First Place-Team Billy; Second place- Union Street Barber Shop and Third Place- Farm Bureau; Stew and Rice and Gravy category- First place- Guidry Farms and second place- B.J. Electric.; Brisket category- First place- Union Street Barber Shop; Second place- Waxia Camp; Third Place- Sheriff Bobby Guidroz and Fourth place- Sunshine Equipment; Ground Meat category- First place- St. Landry Homestead; Second place- Guidry Farms and Third Place- Jason Latiolais; and the Miscellaneous category: First Place-Guidry Farms; TPI Team; Third Place-Progressive Tractor and Fourth Place- Eunice Superette.
KVPI FM 92.5 covered part of the cook off in a live remote broadcast Sunday morning.
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard introductory messages from its newest members.
Jackie Fuselier Riche’, a native of Ville Platte, now resides with her husband and children in Bunkie. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Barney Fuselier. She is currently marketing director for Savoy Medical Center since August 2015. The hospital is owned by the Town of Mamou and is managed by Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital in Alexandria. She announced that Savoy Medical Center will be opening a new medical clinic in Ville Platte with Dr. Spencer Launey in April next to Thrifty Way Pharmacy.
Renee Tate is a native of Ville Platte and is currently the marketing person for the Bailey Place assisted living facility in Bunkie. She is the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Bernard “Big” Fontenot of Ville Platte
Richard LeJeune, a native of Bunkie is the new funeral director of Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Ville Platte replacing Lowell Sibille. He had been employed previously at a funeral home in Morgan City.
FARM BUREAU ANNUAL MEETING
MARCH 7, 2017
The 65th annual meeting of the Evangeline Parish Farm Bureau took place Monday night at the Ville Platte Civic Center.
The emcee was 2016 Farm Bureau President Scotty Fontenot. The Board of Directors were elected to serve another term in office. They are : Ward One: Felix Morein, Blyn Rozas and Jody D. Fontenot; Ward Two: J.D. Fontenot and Scotty Fontenot; Ward Three: Jake Ardoin, Ted Soileau, Richard Fontenot, and Bobby LaHaye; Ward Four: Tom Ardoin and Donald Deville and Ward Five: Walter Tortorich, Robert Soileau, Ike Morein and Robert Helmer.
The new 2017 Farm Bureau Queen is Tara Fontenot, daughter of Scotty and Tammy Fontenot. She replaces the 2016 Queen Heidi Bieber of Mamou, the daughter of Cody and Shelly Bieber.
It was announced that the Farm Bureau office in Ville Platte was remodeled in October of last year.
State Representative Bernard LeBas spoke to the group about legislative activities in Baton Rouge.
Assistant Farm Bureau Manager Jeremy Ortego gave the annual insurance report.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury met in a long meeting Monday night. There were many items on the agenda and many speakers that addressed the jury.
Secretary/Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, addressed the Jury and the public explaining the importance of the eleven (11) tax renewals that will be on the March 25th ballot. These renewals are taxes that fund the public health unit, repair and upkeep of our parish roads and maintenance of cemeteries in the parish. He stated “The Police Jury has done a good job applying the money from the millages. Some of our parish roads are better than some state roads in the parish. That is why we are calling for renewal of the 11 millages on the ballot.” One of the taxes is only considered “new” because Mr. Bergeron stated he “failed to renew it last year.” Early voting for the March 25th election is being held March 13th – 17th at the Evangeline Parish Courthouse. Also, on the ballot on the 25th is Candyce Perret who is running for the Third Circuit Court of Appeal. She also addressed the Jury and the public during the meeting.
The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 632 recently requested the Police Jury assist them with defraying the cost of the paint needed to restore the Huey Helicopter in the Courthouse Square. The Jury unanimously agreed to cover the entire cost of $600.00. The Louisiana National Guard from Camp Beauregard will be coming to Ville Platte to perform the restoration.
Melanie Bordelon and Ashely Moran with Acadiana Planning Commission addressed the Jury and explained that the Safety Coalition handling transportation safety has looked at data regarding crashes and characteristics of Evangeline Parish roadways and has identified problems to which they will be implementing countermeasures. These include signage and edge line striping in the parish at problematic curves and other areas where there are hazards drivers need to be aware of. Moran stated that Hickory has been the worst road with the highest number of crashes. Lamar Johnson stated how bad Hwy. 106 to Oakdale is and that there have been many deaths on that road. The Jury unanimously agreed to allow the Planning Commission to apply for more roads to be looked at and there were quite a few other roads brought up by Jury members. There is no cost to the parish for these services.
Gilbert “Winky” Aucoin addressed the Jury regarding The Grand Hurrah Festival being held on April 21st and 22nd. He was granted a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement and Liquor Permit by the Jury.
On March 4, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a report of a burglary in the 700 block of South Chataignier. Upon arrival Officers learned that approximately 42 storage units had been broken into. Officers notified the on-call Detective and the owners contacted the tenants of the storage units that were burglarized. The investigation led to the arrest of 1 adult and 2 juveniles and stolen items were recovered. It is unknown at this time if there are other items that have not been recovered as the investigation is ongoing.
Chief Neal Lartigue stated that they are continuing to investigate to make sure that all storage tenants have been contacted and have inventoried their belongings to make sure that everything has been recovered.
Arrested were Aaron Landry 17, of 112 Cotton Street, Ville Platte. Landry was charged with felony criminal damage to property, 6 counts of theft, and theft of a firearm. Also arrested was a 13 year old black male and a 14 year old white male who have also been charged with the same charges. Landry’s bond was set at $60,000.00 and the juveniles were released to their parents pending court notification.
If you have any information regarding this incident or if you have a storage locker on South Chataignier and have items missing, please contact the Ville Platte Police Department and speak with Detective Laborde at 363-1313. As a reminder, if you call to report any illegal activity, your call will remain anonymous.
Despite the inclement weather Sunday, crowds of people came out to the 2017 St. Landry Parish Cattleman Association Beef Cook-Off held at the St. Landry Parish Ag Area behind the Yambilee building. The toughest job was given to the judges who had to review more than two dozen cooking teams with a total of 65 dishes. The categories include gourmet, brisket, roast, stew or rice and gravy, tongue, ground meat and miscellaneous. It was announced that the tongue category alone had 11 entries. The aroma of cooked beef attracted the crowds of people. There was music by Alex Touchet and his Cajun Band on the bandstand and a fun jump for the kids. There was also a non motorized trail ride from the Ag arena that morning. Cattleman’s Queen Sadie Ortego from Grand Prairie greeted the cooking teams. Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI did a live remote broadcast at the event Sunday morning.
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Bogalusa man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Craig Antwon Jefferson, 30, of Bogalusa, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi.
According to the guilty plea, law enforcement officers pulled over Jefferson’s vehicle April 14, 2016 on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish for a traffic violation. An officer searched the vehicle and found 6.5 pounds of cocaine and 6 grams of marijuana in a backpack. Jefferson faces 10 years to life in prison, eight years of supervised release and a $8 million fine. The court set a sentencing date of May 22, 2017.
Homeland Security Investigations and the Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert F. Moore is prosecuting the case. # # #
Classic Hits 92.5 would like to congratulate our February Teacher of the Month, Amber Aymond. She is a fourth grade teacher at Mamou Elementary and she was nominated by Leah Bertand who wrote in her nomination “She wanted to be a teacher since the age of 4. She devotes herself to her students and I have seen this first hand. She spends a lot of her evenings, weekends and holidays preparing lesson plans, grading tests and coming up with new and fun ways to keep her students interested in learning. She makes herself available to speak with her students and parents at any time. She takes great pride in being a teacher with a repeated score of “highly effective” by her superiors. I have no doubt she is fulfilling her calling in life by teaching our children. Parents can be sure that if she is your child’s teacher she will give them her all. And with all this being said, I believe she deserves to be Teacher of the Month."
Ms. Aymond came to the KVPI studios today and claimed her prizes. KVPI would like to thank it’s sponsors for the Teacher of the Month and Teacher of the Year Contests: Cajun Catfish Steakhouse, Mae’s Flowers, Family Hair and Gifts, St. Landry Cinema, McDonalds and Zydeco Chop Chop
It was announced yesterday when Evangeline Parish Soccer erected a Facebook page announcing a new soccer program will be beginning in Evangeline Parish. The page received over 400 LIKES overnight with families lining up to say they want their child(ren) in soccer. A meeting is scheduled with the public on Monday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m. at the Northside Civic Center in Ville Platte. Questions will be answered and the season will be announced. Parents are asked not to bring small children to the meeting as much information will be given.
According to the Ville Platte Police Department, the following individuals have recently been arrested and booked into the City Jail:
Maurice Jack, age 44 of N. Latour – arrested for Disturbing the Peace and currently incarcerated with a $200.00 bond;
Monquart Serie, age 27 of 3 Sister Road – arrested for Disturbing the Peace/Resisting an Officer and currently incarcerated with a $950.00 bond;
Daniel Coriel, age 36 of High School Drive – arrested for Possession of Marijuana/Prohibited Acts and out on a $5,000.00 bond;
Cardell Edwards, age 33 of W. Desota – arrested for Domestic Abuse Battery and out on a $1,000.00 bond;
Tara Soileau, age 29 of E. Jackson – arrested for Criminal Mischief and out on a $500.00 bond;
Brandon Leday, age 32 of Cotton Street – arrested for Remaining after Forbidden and currently incarcerated with a $500.00 bond;
Sandricka Doucet, age 29 of Kembo – arrested for Simple Battery and out on a $1000.00 bond; and
Ricky Anderson, age 37 of 1st Street – arrested for Simple Criminal Damage to Property/Simple Battery and 4 counts of Resisting an Officer – out on a $4,700.00 bond
SWAMP POP DANCE
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
It was a night of music and memories Monday at the Ville Platte North side Civic Center for the 12th annual Swamp Pop reunion dance. The annual dance was for the benefit of the Swamp Pop Museum. The event has been sold out for weeks. There were visitors from as far away as England and The Netherlands. Over a dozen legends in Swamp Pop music attended the event. The back up Cypress Band had a five piece horn section including Willie Tee and Earl Taylor.
Among the highlights were Johnnie Allan performing “Your Picture” as a tribute to the late Harry Simoneaux who died this past year. Simoneaux played saxophone for Allan’s band , The Krazy Kats, and was on 75 percent of his recordings.
Another highlight was Clint West’s son, Chauncey performing “Another Saturday Night” and Chauncey’s son, Chase, performing “Our Love” on honor of the late Swamp Pop legend who died last year.
Another highlight was Grace Broussard teaing up with her brother, Van Broussard, performing her Number One national Hit “I’m Leaving It Up To You”.
Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine presented special proclamations to the families of Clint West and Harry Simoneaux.
A special reception was held at the Swamp Pop museum for many of the Swamp pop performers prior to the dance. KVPI-FM 92.5 was there broadcasting live on remote interviewing many of the Swamp Pop stars.
One of the singers, Warren Storm had just turned 80 years this past weekend.
Ville Platte Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, welcomed guests Friday to the Ville Platte’s First African-American Achievers & Black History Mural Dedication Awards Luncheon held at the Martin Luther King Center in Ville Platte. A large, detailed mural on the wall inside the MLK Center was presented showing those who have achieved milestones in Ville Platte throughout the years. The mural was created in three months by a local artist. Other reflections of African-American achievements were placed throughout the center for guests to view.
A presentation was given where nineteen individuals were recognized for their achievements which included being the first African-American to register to vote, first African-American School Board member, City Councilman, Police Juror, City Marshall, Chief of Police, first African-American female to integrate Ville Platte High School and other historic achievements. Of course one of those achievements is Jennifer Vidrine as the first African-American Mayor of Ville Platte.
School Superintendent, Rev. Darwan Lazard was the Master of Ceremony along with other distinguished guests contributing to the presentation. Other elected officials in attendance included, D.A. Trent Brignac, Clerk of Court, Randy Deshotel, Chief of Police, Neal Lartigue, City Marshall, Ronald T. Doucet, Tax Assessor, Dirk Deville, and Police Juror, Ryan Leday Williams.
Carleen Bellard sang for the crowd and a stunning performance was made by Antoune Anthony as he recited the I Have a Dream speech. Ashanti Thomas performed the National Anthem. The crowed was then treated to a luncheon provided by Wilda Clark.
Those honored were:
Rev. E.D. Alfred
Mr. Lawrence Deshotel
Mr. Curley Dossman
Mr. Ronald Doucet
Mr. Freddie Dunn
Councilwoman Gloria Frank
Mr. Marshall Frank
Chief Romeo Hargrave
Mr. Gervis Lafleur
Mr. Greg Lafleur
Mr. Alton T. Locks
Ms. Grace Vidrine Sibly
Mr. Arvie Thomas, Sr.
Mr. Edward Knotoe Thomas
Mrs. Mildred Thomas
Rev. M.L. Thomas
Mr. Olenes Vidrine and Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine
Family members of those who were honored were also recognized. Some of those recognized are no longer with us.
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Bossier City man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing child pornography.
Travis Eugene Henson, 42, of Bossier City, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of possession of child pornography. According to the guilty plea, law enforcement agents identified Henson as someone who was actively downloading child pornography. His home was searched on April 25, 2016, and child pornography was found on various electronic media within his home. Law enforcement later conducted a forensic analysis of the media that showed the electronic media contained more than a million files with a majority being child pornography.
Henson faces five to 20 years in prison, five years to life of supervised release, mandatory registration as a sex offender, forfeiture of property seized during the investigation and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for June 16, 2017.
This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood combines federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) also encourage the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) 347-2423. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online by visiting their website at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp or through the Operation Predator smartphone application www.ice.gov/predator/smartphone-app. Tips may be submitted anonymously.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, and the Northwest Louisiana Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell is prosecuting the case.