In the early morning hours of December 1, 2013, Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a shooting call in the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Drive, Ville Platte, according to a spokesman for Police Chief Neal Lartigue. Upon arrival officers found one person shot multiple times. Officers called for medical assistance and Acadian Ambulance was dispatched to the residence. Medical treatment was administered but the male suspect did not survive the shooting. Mr. Malcolm Wilson, 25 of 1331 Fruge Street, Ville Platte was pronounced dead at the scene from apparent gun shot wounds. The Ville Platte Police Department will submit their evidence and case information to the District Attorney’s Office for Grand Jury review.
On November 19, 2013 Officers responded to theft call in the 900 block of East LaSalle Street, Ville Platte. According to the report the business requested an investigation when they began to realize that money was being stolen from the company. The investigation of this theft by Detectives led to the discovery that over $30,000.00 had been stolen over a period of several months. Arrested was Rita G. Matte 43, of 1096 Archie Road, Eunice. Ms. Matte was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on charge of theft by fraud. Ms. Matte was released on a $25,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
Chief Lartigue would like to remind everyone to keep doors, windows and automobiles locked at all times. Being diligent with your property may help keep it safe from theft. If you have information on any illegal activities please call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
NOVEMBER 22, 2013
KVPI’s 60th anniversary open house was a big success. The event began at 10:00am this morning and we had a ribbon cutting at 11;00am. Despite the light rain falling, hundreds of listeners, former employees, public officials and advertisers attended our open house and ribbon cutting.
During the ribbon cutting program, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine presented KVPI with the original window with the painted KVPI call letters removed from the original location at the old Evangeline Bank location. Hillary Hill offered the pledge while Fr. Mitch Guidry, pastor of Our Lady Queen of All Saints offered the invocation. Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and Police Jury Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron greeted the crowd. Also speaking was Dr. Rhonda Pucheu, President of Ville Platte Broadcasting Company, the parent company of KVPI AM/FM. Fr. Richard Vidrine offered a blessing and dedication on the radio station.
Visitors enjoyed anniversary cake, refreshments and jambalaya. They were given tours of the studios. Past employees were interviewed on the air to share their memories of working at KVPI.
Special thanks to the National Guard for the use of their tent, to Citizens Bank and Dr. Charles Fontenot for use of their property for parking, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine for the chairs and tables and the window donation, Guaranty Glass for the window project, Tim Fontenot and Jessie Muse with the Tee Cotton for the delicious Jambalaya, Leroy’s Cajun Meats for the boudin and the businesses that provided gift sets: Jack Miller’s, Slap Ya Mama, Papa Gators, Kary Roux, Bumper to Bumper Auto and Bon Nouvelles.
The winners in our major drawings: In the General Public Category, Cash Prize winners $100 Ben Veillion, $75 winner is Ray Matte and $50 winner is Gene Buller. Cash Prize winners for past employees $100 winner is Nancy Duplechain, $75 winner is Liz Lafleur and $50 winner is Joel Landreneau.
The grand prize winners for a one night stay at Paragon Casino is Deidra Godfrey and Tobin Deville.
Chief Neal Lartigue reports an arrest on a warrant from August.
An arrest on Novmeber 9, 2013 was a result of an investigation that began August 13, 2013. Back in August the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a domestic battery call on Edward Knotoe Thomas Jr. Drive, Ville Platte. Upon arrival officers found a female victim with facial injuries. The victim was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center for treatment. After the investigation was complete, a warrant was issued for Steveniski Frank, 22 of 605 Laran Street, Ville Platte. Frank had since left the area and continued hiding out of town until his apprehension in St. Martinville. St. Martinville held Frank for processing and paperwork until November 9, 2013 at which time Frank was transported to the Ville Platte Police Department. Frank was booked on a charge of second degree domestic battery. Frank was transported to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail where he remains incarcerated on a $10,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
Chief Lartigue urges residents to call in information on illegal activities in the city. The Ville Platte Police Department phone number is 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, Monday, adopted a resolution for the Evangeline Parish Road and Drainage District Number One. The resolution allows the parish to approve the sale of $28.6 million in revenues bonds to fund its road and drainage program. The money will be repaid through a two cent sales tax over the next 15 years. Voters throughout Evangeline Parish approved renewing the road tax last year.
In other business, the police jury approved renewing its agreement with the Evangeline Soil and Water Conservation District by increasing its share to $500 a month. Jim Shipp addressed the jury saying his group helps farmers and land owners. In the last three years, over two million dollars was spent in the parish assisting parish land owners. The local parish share of the funding will come from the two percent sales tax.
The police jury promised Tommy McFarlain that they will do more projects to help improve drainage in the parish. McFarlain addressed the jury saying he is never seen as much water around his home on Lithcote road in more than 60 years. Jury President told McFarlain that the parish plans to meet with neighboring police juries in St. Landry, Acadia and Jeff Davis parishes to work together to improve drainage issues.
Stan McGee representing the Acadiana Regional Development District explained a new U.S.D.A. funded program called “Promised Zones”. The federal government would give tax credits to small businesses located in those zones that hire additional workers .
The police jury approved naming KVPI Day on November 22 on the 60th anniversary of KVPI’s sign on date. General Manager Mark Layne said the police jury and KVPI have enjoyed a close relationship. He explained KVPI has been covering the monthly meetings for its newscasts to inform listeners, the police jury president does a monthly interview show on KVPI and a live broadcast for the annual all French police jury meeting.
In other action, the police jury agreed to investigate allegations that that Crooked Creek Park officials are accepting park bookings early. Juror Kevin Veillon said he has been receiving complaints from six to 8 different people that officials at the park are not being fair to those who want to make reservations.
In other business, the police jury:
--took under advisement a proposed service agreement for a private company to maintain all ten parish mobile generators;
--received a report that sales tax collections in October were $278,888, a ten percent decrease from the previous month;
--received an announcement from Sudden link Communications announcing a rate hike in different
The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, honored Bobby Soileau Tuesday night during the council meeting as Mayor Jennifer Vidrine presented him with a large signed proclamation declaring Bobby Soileau day and presenting him with a large framed photo of the famous high school boxer during his boxing days,. Soileau along with Larry Hollier and Terona Guillory were inducted in to the Louisiana High School Boxers Hall of Fame in Sunset last month. In 1956, Soileau was a NCAA Golden Gloves champion.
In other business, the council took under advisement a request from Anisson Fontenot for permission to obtain a right of way through city property so Fontenot can access his property on Gabriel Road. Fontenot cannot easily access his property due to the railroad company blocking motorists from crossing the tracks due to parked railroad box cars.
Engineer Ronnie Landreneau reported that contractors are beginning to install the new smart meters. He also announced that the city will be applying for a street improvement grant so streets in the Northeast side of town can be repaired after the water program is finished in that part of town.
The engineer said the $12 million dollar project is about 60 percent complete with phase two winding down. He expects two more phases with the final one dealing with changing the water lines on Main and LaSalle streets.
Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine presented KVPI General Manager Mark Layne a large signed framed proclamation declaring KVPI Day on November 22. KVPI will be celebrating its 60th birthday on that day with an open house. Layne was accompanied by Office Manager Bonnie Fontenot and KVPI’s first engineer, Dr. J.S. Fontenot. Earlier in the day, the three along with Becky Vidrine and Charlie Manuel were escorted by Mayor Jennifer to the original KVPI location on the second floor of the old Evangeline Bank building.
In other business:
--The mayor reported seven new businesses opened up in the city during the month of October.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, Monday, heard a report from Dr. William “Tojo” Ward and Rebecca Shirley of the Acadiana Economic Development District. Ward also serves as chairman of the local Parish Industrial Development Board. Shirley and Ward suggested the jury consider offering ”enterprise zones” in the parish. Enterprise zones assist existing businesses and new businesses in low income areas of the parish by receiving tax credits from the state for hiring workers. The jury voted to postpone any action until their next meeting in November.
In other business, the police jury approved a request from Cameron officials to beef up security measures around their facility. Bart Latour representing Cameron said he is concerned about plant security and the security of the 600 plus employees at the facility at the Industrial Park. Latour says Cameron is proposing to erect a fence at the Cul-de-Sac along with a guard shack.
In other action, the police jury:
--received news that Terry Arceneaux , the Acadian Ambulance Service Community and Governmental Affairs Officer for this area is retiring after 40 years. He will be replaced by Paul Fuselier;
--reappointed Darrell Miller to another five year on the Te Mamou Water District Board;
--scheduled their annual all French meeting for December 10 at 2:00pm while a special meeting has been called to amend their 2013 budget and adopt their new 2014 budget for Dec. 16;
--voted to give permission to the vice president or secretary treasurer to sign a road use permit for a logging firm in the event the jury president in not available;
--after spending a considerable amount of time reviewing a new policy for road crews to track purchases as recommended by their auditors voted to table the issue.
The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, approved a request from Mayor Jennifer Vidrine to permit the food bank from New Orleans known as Second Harvest to transport food to Ville Platte residents on a monthly basis. Starting in January, the truck will deliver free food to anyone in need at the Ville Platte Civic Center. There will be no income requirements. All you will need will be an ID. Everyone will be eligible to receive food.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that the city has received a $750 grant from Centurylink for the purchase of a computer for the new Ville Platte Boys and Girls Club. The mayor said the paperwork is under way to establish a charter for the city to begin clubs for boys and girls in Ville Platte to be located at the old city hall location at the corner of Main and Court street.
The city council approved a request from Dr. Greg Ardoin, who is representing a group of concerned citizens, to call a special meeting on October 15 at 6:00pm at City Hall to discuss drainage issues in the city. Members of the police jury will be in attendance. The city will be appointing a special committee to help guide city and parish officials to overcome drainage issues impacting this area.
After holding public hearing prior to the regular meeting the city council: adopted an ordinance permitting the usage of propane only for recreational purposes outside the home and not inside the home. The council also adopted an ordinance regulating the re location of used mobiles homes inside the city limits. Used mobile homes will have to pass inspection by the city building inspector before they can be moved inside the city limits.
In other action the city council:
--received news that expenditures dropped by $55,260 from August to September;
--approved the hiring of three new patrol officers and three part time jailers for the city police department;
--approved moving its next meeting to November 5 so city officials can attend a conference;
--announced that trick or treating hours in the city will be October 31 from 5-8pm and city hall will be opened for trick or treaters from 5-7pm that night. Last year, 502 children visited city hall for Halloween;
--approved a liquor permit for S&K Retail Liquor on Railroad Street;
--heard the mayor reminding residents to be on the lookout for a scam going around. There is a mail out going to local residents asking them to pay for insurance for your pipes. This letter is not coming from city hall but from out of town scammers. Mayor Vidrine is urging residents to throw away such mailings;
The 60th Louisiana Cotton Festival began Tuesday night with the traditional “contredanse” dancers and the crowning of the King and Queen of Heritage Manor Nursing Home.
The new King is Roland Clouthier, age 88, a native of Detroit, Michigan. He is a former jockey and horse trainer and owner of race horses. He has two sisters. He replaces last year’s King: Pershing Jack Deville age 80.
The first runner up was Gary Landreneau age 71.
The new 2013 Queen of Heritage Manor Nursing Home is Bobbie McCauley age 74. She has one daughter, two grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She is a retired bank manager who enjoys music and reading. She replaces last year’s Queen Andrea LeBas age 70.
This year’s runner up is Nathalie Fontenot age 85, a retired store clerk.
A Cajun band of local musicians accompanied the young group of Contredanse dancers who performed for the large audience in attendance.
Another highlight at Tuesday’s opening event were musical performances by the Cotton Pickers.
The Cotton Festival continues today (Wednesday) with the 4-H Food Fest at the Ville Platte Civic Center and the 4-H Cotton Pickin Pet Show at 4:00pm in the Civic Center Pavillion. Oldies 92-5 KVPI’s Becky and J.C. will be covering the event live.
The Cotton Festival carnival opens its rides and attractions Wednesday at 5:00pm with Bracelet Night from 5-9pm.
An Evangeline Parish Jury Trial which began Monday, September 30,2013 ended Thursday afternoon with Isaac Thomas Jr., age 25 of Ville Platte found guilty of Armed Robbery, Attempted Manslaughter and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
The prosecution presented evidence which included testimony and physical evidence. Significant evidence presented at trial included the video surveillance of the crime as it was being committed. Part of the cash register from the crime scene as well as the white “hockey” mask the defendant was wearing at the time of the robbery was found along the getaway route. Acadiana Crime Lab matched DNA from the white “hockey” mask to the defendant, Thomas. Testimony from two co-defendants, Jordan Harris and Johnaton Antoine, also corroborated the State’s theory of the case. (Harris is represented by Alex Chapman and Antoine is represented by Alicia Phillips-Kelly, their trials are still pending.)
The case involved the armed robbery of a local business near the Kennedy Subdivision during which shots were fired in the direction of two employees of Angel Food Store 2.
Sentencing of the defendant is scheduled for February 20, 2014 before Trial Judge Thomas Fuselier. Isaac Thomas is facing ninety-nine (99) years on the Armed Robbery conviction, twenty (20) years on the Attempted Manslaughter, and another twenty (20) years for Felony Possession of a Firearm, for a total maximum sentence of one-hundred thirty nine (139) years.
District Attorney Trent Brignac commended the efforts of lead prosecutor, Marcus Fontenot and Timmy Fontenot who assisted, as well as his staff for their support during the trial. Brignac also extends his thanks to all the jurors selected, as well as all the other prospective jurors for their time and effort. Finally Brignac expresses his appreciation for the time and effort put forth by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office in this investigation.
The Evangeline Parish School Board, Wednesday, discussed concerns and complaints over the selection of Ville Platte High’s Homecoming Court.
The school policy handbook calls for the selection of ten members to the school’s homecoming court in a vote. To qualify, the potential court member must meet certain standards.
This year, there were 18 girls that qualified. A voting machine was brought in by Registrar of Voters Lucas Buller and the ten girls with the most votes were chosen. Arthur Sampson spoke at the board meeting asking the board to change the policy to permit every girl who qualifies be allowed to serve on the court.
After much discussion, the board took no action.
In other business, the school board:
--heard from Personnel Director Michael Lombas give board members an update report on the new highly publicized Common Core curriculum that is being introduced in parish schools;
--went into executive session behind closed doors to deal with a student disciplinary case.
On September 18, 2013 the Ville Platte Police Department received a report of an adult behaving inappropriately with a juvenile. Detectives conducted an investigation and upon completion of the investigation arrested Javona Rose, 18 of 1317 West Beech Street, Ville Platte. Rose was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on September 18, 2013 and charged with aggravated rape of a juvenile. Rose was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Jail where he remains incarcerated on a $250,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
On Monday September 23, 2013 at approximately 8:39 p.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle near a business in the 800 block of East LaSalle. Officers arrested Angela Edwards 31, of 708 Forrest Drive, Oakdale. Ms. Edwards was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ms. Edwards was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail where she remains on a $10,000.00 bond.
At approximately 9:02 p.m. on Monday September 23, 2013, Officers responded to a robbery call at a local business in the 1300 block of East Main Street. Officers and Detectives arrived on scene and determined that the armed suspect fled the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Detectives stated that the suspect was wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans and a stocking mask over his face. Detectives are asking anyone that may have been in the area of East LaSalle at approximately 9:02 p.m. on the 23rd to call with any information.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reminds residents that calling in tips will help the department remove these offenders from our city streets. If you have any information regarding this or any other illegal activity you are asked to call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. You call will remain anonymous.
On September 10, 2013 the Ville Platte Police Department executed a search warrant on East Washington Street. Arrested was Derrick Andrew John, 20 of 120 East Washington Street. John was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, 3 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. John’s bond was set at $50,000.00 and he was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office.
To report any illegal or suspicous activity please call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. All callers will remain anonymous.
A Pine Prairie man has been charged with aggravated arson. Pine Prairie Assistant Chief Chauncey Fontenot told KVPI News that Shannon P. Daigle of 1515 Holly Street, Pine Prairie was charged Sept. 12 with aggravated arson. Fontenot said the suspect was seen intentionally attempting to light a trailer on fire at a trailer park at the 1800 block of Beech Street by putting gasoline on the front steps, yard and lighting the fuel trail. The fire department was able to put out the fire. The complainant’s wife and children were home. The suspect was then observed putting the gas can in the trunk of his vehicle and leaving from the crime scene. He was later located on Sept. 16 at the Evangeline Parish Jail where he is being held on other charges. His bond has been set at $150,000 by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce today (Monday) had two guest speakers at its meeting at the Cock’s Tail restaurant.
Kelli Buller and Mable Forman spoke on the 60th Louisiana Cotton Festival coming up October 8-13 at the Civic Center and Grounds. It was announced that King Cotton will be Secretary of State Tom Shedler, Col. Cotton Suzie Lemoine, Parade Marshal- Judge John Saunders and Mr. and Mrs. Cotton-Bob and Barbara Buroker. The Cotton Festival Grand Parade of Cotton will roll down Main Street in Ville Platte at noon Sunday October 13. Those wishing to enter the parade, please contact Vicky at city hall.
Also speaking at the Chamber meeting were Library Director Mary Foster-Galosso and Suzie Lemoine about the progress on the new main library facility. Galosso said work is primarily complete on the outside of the structure however work continues inside the new library. The move is expected sometime later this fall. A moving company will be employed to move the shelving, furniture , books and material to the new library complex. The Friends of the Library has begun a fund raiser selling memorial pavers. For more information contact the library.
Chamber President Dr. Kirk Soileau reported there are 155 members enrolled in the chamber. He announced that the annual Christmas parade is set for Sunday December 8. The Chamber Christmas social is planned for December 4 at the La Veille Banque location.
A special committee is being formed with Ben LeBleu, Annette Johnson and Annette Johnson to make plans to hold a July 4th celebration in Ville Platte.
On September 11, 2013, at approximately 5:30 a.m. the Ville Platte Police Department was involved in a pursuit of a 14 year old black male juvenile who fled from officers on a stolen ATV according to a spokesman for Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue. After pursuing the juvenile throughout the city, the pursuit ended when the juvenile wrecked the ATV. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in the apprehension of the juvenile. The juvenile was transported to the Ville Platte Police Department where he was charged with 12 counts of disobeying a stop sign, reckless operation of a vehicle, resisting an officer, 4 counts of flight from an officer, riding an ATV on roadway, possession of a stolen item and driving the wrong way on a one way.
At approximately 1:20 p.m. the Ville Platte Police Department received a complaint of a break in and property damage at a local business on Dardeau Street. Upon viewing video surveillance it was learned that the same juvenile had entered the business earlier that morning and caused damage to 5 ATV’s in a fenced in area. The juvenile was charged with simple burglary, 5 counts of attempted theft and 5 counts of criminal damage to property. The total amount of damages has not been determined at this time but is so far over $2,000.00.
The juvenile was booked on charges from both incidents and then transported to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office where he faces a charge of theft and other possible charges. After paperwork was completed at both agencies the juvenile was released to a guardian until the court date.
As a reminder, there is an ongoing homicide investigation of Joseph John. Chief Neal Lartigue and Detectives continue to reach out to the community to help remove this violent criminal from the streets of our city. If you have any information at all you are asked to call, even if the information may seem insignificant or something small. Working together the streets can be safer for everyone. To call in with tips on this case call 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.
The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, adopted a new “animal adoption” agreement for anyone wishing to adopt a pet from the city animal shelter. The city took the action after receiving complaints from state animal control officials and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) over the way some people were taking care of their pets after adoption. Now, when a pet adoption takes place, the new owner must sign an agreement promising to properly take care of their new pet and take them to the vet.
In other business, the city council approved the new Evangeline Parish emergency plan as presented by the director of emergency preparedness, Liz Hill. The 800 page plan lays out all emergency contingency plans for such emergencies such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and ice storms. During an emergency declaration, Liz Hill will oversee all emergency operations for the entire parish.
In other action, the city council approved calling for public hearings on October 8 to get public comment on proposed ordinances dealing with used mobile homes and usage of propane.
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine said the mobile home ordinance mandates that the owner must make sure the mobile home meet certain minimum standards and must pass inspection by the city building inspector before it can be moved in the city.
The proposed ordinance dealing with propane mandates that the usage can only for use to outside cooking and recreational purposes. The bottle size will be limited to seven gallons. It will unlawful to use propane to heat and cook inside a structure. No propane bottles can be stored inside a residence.
In other business:
--received news that the city spent $25,000 more in the month of August than the previous month due primarily to a $21,000 legal bill;
--reappointed Edward Arvie and David Ortego to another term to serve on the Police and Fire Civil Service Board;
--heard from Fire Chief Ted Demourelle report that the fire department received 28 calls including four structure fires in August;
--heard from Police Chief Neal Lartigue announce that the police department received 608 calls in August with 101 arrests, 8 felony arrests and worked 34 traffic accidents;
--received news that the cost to repair a water wll and repairs to the Sewer plant will amount to $100,000;
--heard that the film crew will be coming in to film a documentary in Ville Platte the week of October 7.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday, followed the advice of their legal advisor, to deny a request from the Pine Prairie Energy Center to declare the Industrial Development Board as tax exempt. The request from Pine Prairie Energy and the local Industrial Development Board, created by the police jury, came during the annual review for any property owner protesting their tax bills.
The attorneys for both Pine Prairie Energy and the Industrial Development Board said they are appealing a tax bill by the Evangeline Parish Assessor over property owned by Pine Prairie Energy and transferred to the Industrial Development Board. The issue is now before the local state district court. It was learned that Judge Tom Fuselier has ruled in favor of Pine Prairie Energy over the ownership of pipeline property. A second issue has still before the court on whether the Industrial Development Board, created by the police jury, is tax exempt.
Attorney Tony Walker, representing the Industrial Development Board, said a memorandum of understanding was reached between the board and Pine Prairie Energy granting the private company a property tax exemption for 15 years in exchange for the company to locate in Easton. Walker said such agreements are standard throughout the state as an incentive to attract private industry and businesses to relocate.
Parish Assessor Dirk Deville, who initially agreed to the agreement, said he got involved when the firm transferred pipeline property over to the Industrial Development Board. After consultation with a specialist in pipeline laws, Deville was advised that the entire agreement was unconstitutional. Deville has been attempting to collect property taxes from the company.
As a result, Pine Prairie Energy stopped adding additional gas storage caverns to its Easton facility and has begun a similar operation in Mississippi.
Dr. William “Tojo” Ward said until this legal issue is resolved, “a dark cloud hangs over any prospect of economic development in our parish. We cannot compete with other parishes. It is a nightmare that is never ending. What kind of message are we sending to business and industry?” he said.
Ward reminded the jury that Pine Prairie Energy has been a good neighbor to the entire parish spending over $12 million dollars in this parish.
Police Jury Attorney Greg Vidrine advised the jury that that the issue is beyond their authority and scope. The jury can only rule on the whether the valuation on a given property is too high or low, not on whether it should be exempted or reduced to zero.
The board also took no action on a second protest from Spectra Corporation, the owner of the old Parkview Plaza Shopping Center.
In other action, the police jury:
--appointed Dustin Vidrine as new Public Works Director by a vote of 5-4. Vidrine received votes from Rocky Rider, Ryan Williams, Richard Thomas,, Bryan Vidrine and Kevin Veillon. Former Public Works Director Chester Granger received votes from Ryan Ardoin, Knny Burgess, Eric Soileau and Lamar Johnson;
--approved plans for the construction of a new 9-1-1 Communications facility at the Industrial Park;
--appointed Hunter Soileau to replace Pat Soileau on the Fire Protection District Two Board;
--sent best wishes to retiring Secretary Treasurer Doug Deville who is stepping down at this month.
The Ville Platte Police Department continues to ask for help from the public.
Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department would like to remind everyone that as the investigation into the homicide of Joseph John continues, any information from the public would be very helpful. “It takes time for lab results, crime analysis and coroner reports to come back.” Chief Lartigue said, “We know that as time passes a killer is still free and we are working diligently to get information that will help convict this person” Chief Lartigue stated that the public is reluctant to get involved and that fear is making it harder to get information. “We continue to ask for help and continue to remind everyone that all information shared with this department is kept confidential and anonymous.” Chief Lartigue said, “We don’t want anyone to live in fear and will keep them anonymous but someone walking our streets killed another person and if you know something and don’t come forward anonymously, you are helping this person remain free.” Chief Lartigue feels that it cannot be stressed enough that this case is not at a stand still. They continue to devote many man hours to tracking leads, sorting information, requesting information, working with the Acadiana Crime Lab, obtaining records and speaking to every caller that calls with information. This case has not been forgotten and will not be put on the back burner.” Chief Lartigue stated. “We want justice for the family and safety for the community.”
Detectives want citizens to know that even if the information they have may seem insignificant or small, they still want to hear from you. Every bit of information can help put their current information in a different light or tie up a loose end.
To speak to a detective confidentially, you can call 363-1313. You can speak with any detective you choose or Chief Lartigue. Call anyone within the department that you feel comfortable speaking too, just call.
LOUISIANA COTTON FESTIVAL CHILDREN’S COURTS:
Held this past weekend
FROM THE COURT OF BABY TEE-COTTON:
QUEEN BABY TEE-COTTON – ZARIAH TAFFI -- DAUGHTER OF NATALIE FONTENOT AND JESSI TAFFI
FROM THE COURT OF TINY TEE-COTTON:
PRINCESS TINY TEE-COTTON – EMMA LEWIS -- DAUGHTER OF JOSEPH AND KAYLA LEWIS
QUEEN TINY TEE-COTTON – KYLIE TUBRE --DAUGHTER OF DAVID AND HANNAH TUBRE
KING TINY TEE-COTTON – HUDSON MANUEL -- SON OF JOEL AND MORGAN MANUEL
FROM THE COURT OF TEE-COTTON:
DUCHESS TEE-COTTON – CHAZZLYN BEN --DAUGHTER OF CHAD AND CELESTE BEN
PRINCESS TEE-COTTON – SIERRA FONTENOT --DAUGHTER OF SHAWN AND SAMANTHA FONTENOT
QUEEN TEE-COTTON – CAMILLE GUILLORY -- DAUGHTER OF ROBERT AND LAUREN GUILLORY
FROM THE COURT OF COTTON SEED:
QUEEN COTTON SEED –AMELIA FONTENOT -- DAUGHTER OF JASON AND AMY FONTENOT
FROM THE COURT OF COTTON CLOTH:
QUEEN COTTON CLOTH – BECCA DISATELL -- DAUGHTER OF ROBERT AND SARAH DISATELL
FROM THE COURT OF COTTON FIBER:
PRINCESS COTTON FIBER – ELIZABETH FONTENOT -- DAUGHTER OF CHAD AND ANN FONTENOT
QUEEN COTTON FIBER – MAKAYLA JONES -- DAUGHTER OF CHARLES JONES AND CORRIE LAMBERT
FROM THE COURT OF COTTON BLOSSOM:
QUEEN COTTON BLOSSOM – DESTINY MENIER --DAUGHTER OF KATIE WILLIS AND DERRICK MENIER