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Food Net Food Drive

Despite the cold weather, Ville Platte residents as well as residents in Mamou, Pine Prairie and Basile braved the cold to help the needy and hungry this holiday season. It was the annual Food Net Food Drive held locally at the Ville Platte Civic Center pavilion for the benefit of the Ville Platte Christian Care and Share Center. KVPI covered the food drive with live on the scene reports with Misty, Deet and Mark for part of the day and viewed many people make food and monetary donations. Volunteers opened up at 5;00am until 8:00 tonight. DJ Jude Dardeau provided the holiday music. Even Santa Claus showed up to bring cheer to the volunteers and to the children who showed up. We hope to have a report on much food and money was raised by Care and Share Director Gene Fontenot during the La Tasse de Cafe radio show in the morning. Thank you and God bless you for caring and sharing.

Mamou Police investigate Shooting Incident

Mamou Police investigate Shooting incident December 7, 2021 On Monday, December 6, Mamou Police were dispatched to the 500 block of Second Street of Mamou to reports of multiple shots fired in that neighborhood. When the police arrived, they discovered a victim, an unknown black male, left the area on his own to seek medical attention for possible gunshot wounds. Officers began investigating the incident and received information that a suspect involved was in the 600 block of Second Street. Police located the suspect and detained him without incident. The suspect’s residence was searched and a firearm was located in the suspect’s room. With the help of the Ville Platte police department, officers discovered the victim was not injured by gunshot but that his vehicle was struck several times. His vehicle was taken into evidence. Mamou police made two more arrests. One person of interest, Vindezz Thibodeaux, is still at large. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Mamou Police at 337-468-5221. All callers will remain anonymous. Chief Brent Zackery , Assistant Chief Drew Fruge and the Mamou Police Department are committed to making Mamou a safer place to live. Anyone involved in criminal activity will be arrested and held accountable for their actions to the fullest extent of the law.


More Drug Arrests by Evangeline Deputies

DRUG ARRESTS BY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NOVEMBER 22, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following drug arrests by his deputies: Last Tuesday, November 16, the sheriff’s office narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the Mamou area. Agents had been receiving many complaints of drug activity from this home. When agents entered the residence, they located narcotics and weapons. Arrested was Joshua Scott Aucoin age 40 of Mamou charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of suboxone, possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Also, last Tuesday, the K-9 unit stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Upon coming into contact with the driver, he appeared to be extremely nervous. K-9 Diego was deployed and indicated the presence of narcotics. Following a search of the vehicle, Steven Cade Fontenot age 26 of Mamou was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation. On Wednesday Nov. 17, the sheriff’s office was searching for a wanted fugitive. They went to a residence on South Soileau where they had received information that the fugitive was staying at. Upon arrival, agents could smell marijuana coming from the house. The deputies applied and received a search warrant for the residence. Upon completion of the search warrant, agents located narcotics and guns. Arrested was Yvonne Savoy age 36 of Opelousas. She was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor. On Friday, Nov. 19, the criminal patrol unit stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. While speaking to the driver, the agent noticed drug paraphernalia in plain view. This led to a search of the vehicle and the discovery of narcotics. Arrested were: Skylar Jones age 37 of Lafayette charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested was Nicole Danielle LeBlanc age 33 of Lafayette. She was charged with possession of clonazepam, possession of drug paraphernalia and monetary instrument abuse (counterfeit currency). Also on Friday Nov. 19, the sheriff’s office narcotics division conducted a search warrant on an apartment at 713 Parkview Street. Agents had been receiving numerous complaints. When agents entered the home, they found narcotics in plain view and on the female attempting to run from the home, they also located a pistol reported stolen in August. Arrested was England Williams age 34 of Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of promethazine, possession of alprazolam, possession of controlled dangerous substance in a drug free zone, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of minors, possession of a stolen firearm and she also outstanding warrants. As always Sheriff Guillory and the sheriff office is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigation department at 363-2161.

Evangeline Parish School Board Views ESSER Presentation

17 November 2021

 

At Wednesday’s meeting, the Evangeline Parish School Board viewed a presentation on the benefits of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief, better known as ESSER. The program was created to help close learning gaps created during the pandemic. It was designed to do the things that teachers do not have time to do in the classroom and assist them with progress and data reports.

 

ESSER employees track and monitor student growth while also helping with curriculum and lesson plans. They prepare materials for student acceleration and assist with testing and strategies so that teachers no longer have to do it all alone.

 

The program benefits not only teachers but also students by helping them meet learning milestones while also making the goals practical and realistic. In addition, they provide emotional support during challenging times. The board heard from many teachers, principals, and students who appreciate the support of these positions and hope to see them continue post-pandemic.

 

COVID-19 numbers have dropped in Evangeline Parish schools since Governor Edwards’ mask mandate ended, remaining consistent with reports from other districts. According to the board’s attorney, Mr. John Bolton, so long as they continue to enforce LDH quarantine guidelines, as they have continued to do, masks can remain optional.

 

Vice President Limoges proposed a new item to add to the agenda which would reaffirm masks as optional in the parish schools; however, since new motions require a unanimous vote, and the proposition was met with a downvote, the motion will be added to the next agenda for December 8th.

 

Next week, the demolition of the Bayou Chicot auditorium will begin.

Superintendent Lazard would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. All campuses and school board offices will be closed next week. They will reopen on Monday, November 29th.


Turkey Creek Arrests

Turkey Creek Police Arrests November 16, 2021 Turkey Creek Police Chief Steven Ardoin reported to KVPI News the following arrests: On November 4, Officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor traffic infraction. Once contact was made with the driver, later identified as Jason Langley of Eunice. Police learned that he was giving a fictitious name but couldn’t be confirmed with dispatch at the time due to systems being down. He was released on a citation for the traffic infraction and a warrant was later issued for his arrest on giving false information to a police officer. On November 6, officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor traffic violation. Upon contact with the driver, a strong odor of presumed marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. When asked, the two occupants: Lamar Thomas and Kristy Thomas of Texas admitted to having marijuana within the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle, presumed marijuana was located and both subjects were issued a ticket for simple possession of marijuana. On November 13, Officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a minor traffic violation. Upon contact with the driver, Jermaine Moore Jr. of Mississippi, officers could smell a strong odor of presumed marijuana emitting from the vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located approximately 136 grams inside the vehicle. Moore was charged with possession with intent to distribute Schedule One narcotics. Chief Ardoin would like to the public for their continued support and to please report all suspicious activity and all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Election Returns

Election Returns November 14, 2021 Evangeline Paris voters voted in like fashion with statewide voters on Saturday when three of the four proposed constitutional amendments were voted down. Amendment #1 which would streamline sales tax collections was voted down in Evangeline Parish 973 No and 867 voting yes. It was also voted down stateside. Amendment #2 dealing with Tax Reform was approved in Evangeline Parish, 937 voting yes and 896 voting no. Voters in the state approved this amendment Amendment #3 which would give new taxing authority for new levee districts was turned down by parish voters: 1252 voting no and 546 voting no. It was also turned down statewide. Amendment #4 which would tap more dedicated money to fix deficits was turned down by Evangeline Parish voters: 1424 voting no and 379 voting yes. It was also turned down statewide by voters. In the only local issue on election day in Evangeline Parish , voters narrowly turned down a 12.45 mill millage tax renewal for the Town of Mamou. A total of 68 people voted yes and 71 people voted no. Special thanks to Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel for sharing this information to KVPI News.

Standing room only crowd during Police Jury Public dealing with a new Parish Jail

Police Jury Public Hearing November 9, 2021 A standing room only group of concerned citizens attended a special called public hearing by the Evangeline Parish Police Jury on proposals under consideration to secure the necessary funds to construct a new parish jail. John Mayeaux, with Sisung Securities Corporation made a power point presentation on the options the jury is considering to fund a new parish jail . The new facility with 200 beds will cost approximately 20.4 million dollars and take 2 to 2.5 years to construct. Mayeaux explained the jury can not continue to sustain the payment of some $300,000 from the general fund each year to pay for the cost of inmates being housed in other parishes. Among the options under consideration by the police jury to raise the necessary capitol include: rededcate a portion of the parish library tax, rededcate a portion of the parish health unit tax or use the sheriff’s sales tax funds. Getting the most attention is a proposal by Sheriff Charles Guillory to raise the funding by merging the 9-1-1 office with the sheriff’s office. The sheriff would become its new executive director and O.E.P. Director with no extra salary saving the parish the executive director salary. It is estimated the sheriff could save $250,000 annually through the merger. Former District Attorney Brent Coreil agrees a new jail needs to be constructed but a short term solution would be to use a vacant building across the street from the courthouse that is for sale. Coreil is against the proposal by the sheriff to build a new parish jail in the Industrial park near homes, a church, a school and industrial sites. Coreil praised the 9-1-1 staff. The staff is handling all emergency calls except for Mamou police and the sheriff’s office. Coreil said “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” in regards to 9-1-1.. Sheriff Guillory said his goal is to keep our communities safe. “We’re arresting people. We need a new jail. “ His proposal is an option for the jury to consider. He told the jury “If my plan is so awful, remove it from the list of options.”. The sheriff also reported that the GEO prison is too expensive to buy in Pine Prairie. Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac remarked that Evangeline Parish does have a crime problem and the sheriff is doing a good job. He cautioned that inaction by the parish will cause the state to come in and take over operation. 9-1-1 Executive Director and Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Liz Hill has been serving in that capacity for the past 27 years. She wanted to correct a hot topic, dealing with her salary which is $72,384. She emphasized that 9-1-1 has always had clean audits, it has never been in a deficit and has a fund balance of $974,871 from saving for more than 20 years. She said in closing “You cannot buy experience.” Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine appealed to the jury to keep 9-1-1 intact as it is now “Let’s not rob Pete to pay Paul.” Larry Johnson of Pine Prairie said he was in favor of the sheriff’s plan to consolidate services as a cost saving move. “We need to support our police,”. He urged the police jury to adopt the sheriff’s option. Police Juror Ryan Ardoin blamed the marked increase in crime to people turning away from God. He said “Fatherless homes and sin is rampant in this parish. Our people need to repent.”. Jury President Ryan Williams said the jury will review the options and make a decision on which way to go.

Sheriff Office Drug Arrests

Sheriff Office Drug Arrests November 5, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following drug arrests: On October 10, the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Patrol Unit conducted a traffic stop on Main Street. When agents approached the car, they could smell marijuana. The driver gave consent to search and the following action occurred: Shontee Edwards age 20 of Ville Platte was cited and released for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. A separate Traffic Stop the same night led to another person being ticketed: Joshua Clint Roberts age 29 of Ville Platte cited and released for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. On October 28, the criminal patrol unit attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Beacon Road. The suspect fled but was captured. This led to the following action: Matrekus Vidrine age 39 of Ville Platte was charged with possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of Oxycodone and possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance in the presence of a minor. Also charged was Ashley Nicole LeJeune age 32 of Mamou charged with possession of with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor. On October 29, the sheriff’s office narcotics unit executed a search warrant in Mamou. When the agents entered the residence they saw narcotics in plain view. The following suspects were arrested: Keith Thomas age 30 of Mamou charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, probation violation and outstanding warrant. Also arrested was Leola Gail Wilson age 38 of Mamou charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. On October 29, the criminal patrol unit conducted a traffic stop on Tate Cove road. Upon coming in to contact with the driver, there were narcotics in plain view. Arrested was : Brendan Emanual Coward age 21 of Ville Platte was charged with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. On November 1, the criminal patrol unit conducted a traffic stop on a car. During the stop, agents found narcotics Arrested was Erica James age 34 of Coushatta cited and released for possession of marijuana and a traffic citation. On November 1, a traffic stop was conducted by the criminal patrol agents. While speaking to the driver of the car, he admitted to being in possession of narcotics. Upon a search of the car, the following actions took place: Tyrone Weathersby age 53 of Sacramento, California charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a traffic violation. Another traffic stop led to the following arrest: Jacques Morris age 33 of Bunkie charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and a traffic violation. Also arrested on the same date, Ronnie Hawkins age 41 of Arcadia cited and released for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. On November 2, the narcotics unit executed a search warrant in the Point Blue area. Upon entering the residence, agents located narcotics and weapons. This led to the following arrest: Saben Kade Fontenot age 20 of Church Point charged with possession of Promethazine. Also arrested was Robbie Fontenot age 56 of Ville Platte charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of suboxone, possession of hydrocholoride, possession of methamphetamine, possession of psilocybin and possession of a firearm with obliterated numbers. As always Sheriff Charles Guillory and the sheriff office is always seeking information of criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigation department at 363-2161.

Jennings man arrested by Pine Prairie Police

Pine Prairie Police received a complaint from a parent stating that their juvenile daughter was sexually assaulted by a male subject while she was living in the home in Pine Prairie. An investigation began by police and it was found that the male subject, identified as Artay Joseph Lejeune Jr. (26 years old) had sexually assaulted the juvenile over a period of 6 months. Based on evidence, an arrest warrant was obtained for Lejeune for 4 counts of First Degree Rape, 3 counts of Oral sexual battery and 2 counts of aggravated assault. Once the arrest warrant was signed by Judge Ortego, the warrant was sent over to the Jennings Police Department on November 4th, 2021 where Lejeune was arrested by Jennings Police without incident. Lejeune was then transferred over to Pine Prairie Police where he was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail on said charges and is currently being held without bond. Chief Deshotel wants to thank his officers for their hard work in this matter and the Jennings Police Department for their assistance in taking Lejeune into custody.

New Evangeline Parish Grand Jury Returns Indictments

A new Grand Jury was empaneled on Wednesday, October 27,2021, in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana. After meeting for two days on October 27,2021 and October 28,2021, the Grand Jury returned indictments on three cases. On October 27,2021,the Grand Jury indicted Ronald James Johnson, age 51, of Mamou, on the charges First Degree Rape (two counts) and Molestation of a Juvenile with a Physical or Mental Disability. The charges stem from incidents which occurred on or between June I , 2021 and June 16, 2021 . Arraignment on this case is set for November 18,2021 , before the Honorable Judge Chuck West. On October 21 ,2021, the Grand Jury also indicted Jean Baptist Andrus, Sr., age 75, of Ville Platte, on the charges of Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile and Contributing to the Delinquency of Juveniles. The charges stem from an incident which occurred on or about August 18,2021 . Arraignment on this case is set for December 2,2021, before the Honorable Judge Gary Ortego. On October 28 ,2021,the Grand Jury indicted Tyler Doughty, age 38, of Ville Platte, on the charges of Sexual Battery and Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile. The charges stem from an incident which occurred on or about May 14, 2021 . Arraignment on this case is set for December 2,2021, before the Honorable Judge Gary Ortego. Assistant District Attorneys, Jacob Fusilier and Stan Vidrine, represented the State in these matters and presented the cases to the Grand Jury. District Attorney, Trent Brignac, wishes to thank the members of the Grand Jury for their service, and also compliments the felony prosecutors, Jacob Fusilier and Stan Vidrine on their effort.

New Savoy Medical Center C.E.O. guest speaker at Rotary Meeting

New Savoy Medical Center C.E.O. speaks at Rotary Meeting November 2, 2021 New Savoy Medical Center C.E.O. Lance Armentor was the guest speaker at today’s (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. He replaces former C.E.O. Gene Burge who has retired after 39 years with the hospital. Armentor, a resident of Lake Charles said his wife, Samantha is from the Ville Platte area and graduated from Sacred Heart High School. He and his wife are the parents of five children. He was the former Vice President of Operations at Oschner Medical in Lake Charles. His plans include bring additional specialists and services to Savoy Medical Center. He introduced Otis Johnson who will oversee the new “Beyond Horizons” Rehab unit. The 24 bed unit will begin accepting patients in 30 days. The new program is scheduling an open house Thursday at noon. It will be located on the second floor of Savoy Medical Center. Also attending the meeting were Savoy Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Danny LaHaye and Marketing Director Jackie Riche’.

More Drug Arrests made by Evangeline parish Sheriff's Department

More Drug Stops by Evangeline Parish Authorities October 25, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory informed KVPI News that his deputies have been busy stopping drug offenders throughout the parish. Last Tuesday October 19, the sheriff’s office K-9 Unit stopped a vehicle on Main Street. When the agent made contact with the driver, there was a lot of movement in an effort to conceal items. K-9 Diego was deployed and gave a positive alert to possible presence of narcotics. Following a search, the driver, Jeremy Bryce Willis, age 30 of Mamou was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine. On October 20, the criminal patrol unit stopped a car on North Soileau Street in Ville Platte for a traffic violation. Upon coming into contact with the driver, there was a strong smell of marijuana. Agents conducted a an interview and the following action was taken: Kendrez O’brian Thomas age 19 of Ville Platte and Madison Lynn Armand age 20 of Ville Platte were both cited and released for possession of marijuana. Also on October 20, the criminal patrol unit was in the Basile area and stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. When deputies made contact with the driver, they could see narcotics in plain view. Arrested was Kirk Noel age 44 of Arnaudville charged with possession with intent to distribute over 31 grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Last Thursday October 21, the Narcotics Division conducted a search warrant on a residence at 352 Johnson Road in Ville Platte. Agents located illegal narcotics inside the home. While the agents were inside the home, a pickup truck arrived and learned that the occupants of the truck were there to drop off a large amount of narcotics. The following arrests were made: Danielle Nicole Dupre age 32 of Ville Platte charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute Fentanyl, possession of Alprazolam and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested were the occupants of the truck: Brian Keith Guidry age 41 , Church Point and James Kevin Chavis age 41 of Church Point. The two suspects were each charged with possession with intent to distribute over 43 grams of Fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Chavis also had two outstanding arrests warrants. On Friday October 22 the Sheriff’s Department was working security at the Cotton Festival. Deputies were notified of a subject causing a disturbance in an area of the fair grounds. When deputies made contact with the subject, they could a plastic bag sticking out of the corner of his jacket pocket. Upon further inspection, it was determined to be marijuana. Arrested was Bobby Melvin Lewis age 18 of Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute over 16 grams of marijuana. On Saturday October 23, the sheriff’s office responded to a wreck in the Basile area. Upon arrival, deputies found a truck in a field. While they were conducting a crash investigation, officers located illegal narcotics. Arrested was Curth James Romero age 27 of Jennings charged with possession with possession with intent to distribute Promethazine and possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone. Also on a separate traffic stop on Sunday: Curt Patrick Saucier age 52 of Red Fox Lane, Ville Platte was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of schedule 3 and schedule four drugs. As always, Sheriff Guillory urges residents contact his investigations department to report any illegal activity at 337-363-2161.

Two suspects arrested by Evangeline Parish Deputies in connection with ATV Theft

ATV Theft Arrests October 21, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that two suspects were arrested in connection with the theft of an ATV in our area. More arrests are expected. On October 9, deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Chicot Park road in reference to an ATV theft. Deputies learned the ATV stolen was an older model tan colored Honda ATV. The ATV was taken out of the victim’s storage shed when he was away from his residence. On October 16, detectives were patrolling the 5000 block of Lanse Bleu road. During that time, detectives were able to locate the stolen ATV. During their investigation, it was learned that two suspects were involved in the theft. One suspect was identified as Anthony Jake LeBleu age 22 of Ville Platte and was charged with illegal possession of stolen things, accessories after the fact, and unauthorized use of a moveable. The second suspect was identified as Dylan Fournerat age 24 of Mamou and he was charged with theft, criminal damage to property, simple burglary and trespassing. The investigation is on- going. As always, Sheriff Guillory urges parish residents to contact his investigation department to report any criminal activity at 363-2161.

Sheriff Office conducts drug Arrests

Drug Busts October 20, 2021 A number of subjects were arrested by Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s deputies according to Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory. On October 14, the sheriff’s department Narcotics Unit along with the patrol division stopped a car in the Best Western hotel parking lot in Ville Platte. The agents approached the car and noticed the smell of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. Consent to search the vehicle was granted. Agents discovered a large amount of crystal methamphetamine. Kylance Joseph age 36 of Opelousas was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute over 28 grams of Methamphetamine, possession of Crack Cocaine and possession with intent to distribute over 20 ounces of Promethazine. On October 17, the sheriff’s criminal patrol unit made contact with a suspect in the parking lot at the Best Inn Motelin Ville Platte . After conducting the interview with the nervous suspect, he admitted to deputies he had narcotics on him. Joseph Andrew Credeur age 33 who is homeless was charged with possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Later that same evening, agents made contact with the driver of a vehicle parked in the Best Inn Motel parking lot. Deputies patted the suspect and noticed he had brass knuckles in his pocket and they located narcotics. The suspect was identified as Jeremy Daniel Smith age 25 of Natchitoches charged with possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also charged was Richard John Manuel of Cotton Gin Loop, Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and he had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear for court. On Tuesday October 19, the sheriff’s office K-9 unit stopped a vehicle in the Basile area on a traffic violation. The K-9 Diego conducted a free air sniff around the car and indicated to possible narcotics inside the vehicle. Following a search, Catherine Fontenot age 48 of Gueydan was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute over 40 grams of Methamphetamine. Also charged was James A. Johnson age 40 of Basile charged with possession with intent to distribute over 40 grams of Methamphetamine and he also had two active warrants for failure to appear for court. As always Sheriff Guillory reminds Evangeline Parish residents to contact his investigations unit for news tips or to report any criminal activity at 363-2161

Turkey Creek Police Arrests

Turkey Creek Police Arrests October 17, 2021 Turkey Creek Police Chief Steven Ardoin informed KVPI News his police department continues to keep their word on protecting the citizens and trying to eradicate narcotics use in their village. On September 22, officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department were conducting traffic control on US 167 when they observed a white van traveling faster than the posted speed limit. Officers made contact with the driver, Rexton Dauzat of Ville Platte. He advised police he did not have a drivers license with him. Officers conducted a road side investigation and learned that the driver gave police a fake name to avoid going to jail for driving under suspension. He was placed under arrest on a charge for resisting an officer by giving false information and cited for speeding and driving under suspension. On September 25, officers initiated a traffic stop of a white Chevrolet truck on Red Roberts road. Turkey Creek police spoke with the driver, Aaron Johnston of Pine Prairie. Officers learned that the truck license plates were switched along with him not having a valid driver’s license. A positive K9 alert revealed that the driver has presumed illegal narcotics. After a search, illegal narcotics was located. Johnson was cited for the traffic infractions and a warrant was placed for his arrest for the narcotics. On September 28, Turkey Creek police was notified by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department that they had Paige Prudhomme of Pine Prairie in custody and that they had a NCIC warrant for her arrest through the Turkey Creek Police Department for driving under suspension, possession of schedule two Crystal Meth and drug paraphernalia. Turkey Creek Police confirmed the warrant and she was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail. On October 4, while court proceedings were going on, Kenny Clark of Turkey Creek entered to handle a previous citation when officers observed he had an outstanding warrant through the village of Turkey Creek for carrying a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of synthetic cannabinoid. Clark was placed into custody for the outstanding warrant and transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail for booking. Turkey Creek Police would like to thank everyone for their continued trust in the department and they will continue to strive to keep the community safe.


Fire Destroys Miller Signs Building on West Lincoln in Ville Platte

Miller Sign Fire October 12, 2021 Ville Platte Fire fighters on Monday night fought a major fire that destroyed a business on West Lincoln in Ville Platte. Fire Chief Chris Soileau informed KVPI News that the Miller Sports and Signs building at 1002 West Lincoln was heavily damaged in the Monday night blaze. The 7200 square foot building is owned by Justin Miller and is considered a total loss. The fire chief compared the size of this fire to another major business when the Jungle Dinner Club was destroyed in a fire on West Main Street a few years ago. Chief Soileau said the call from 9-1-1 came in at 8:11pm Monday night and within three minutes, the first fire units arrived at the scene. He said six units from Ville Platte and Evangeline Fire District Two responded along with 31 firefighters. Fire District Two responded with two service tankers. Firefighters remained at the scene until 1:45 Tuesday morning. Some 500,000 gallons of water were used in putting out the fire. The cause and the origin of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office but appears the fire blaze began in the common work area of the building. The fire chief praised his fire fighters for doing “a fantastic job” in containing the fire and not letting it spread to adjoining buildings. No injuries were reported during the operation.

Drug arrests made by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Office Drug Arrests October 11, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News today the following arrests: On Tuesday October 5, the sheriff’s office narcotics and patrol division executed a search warrant on a residence on US High167 North between Bayou Chicot and Turkey Creek. Once the search was complete, the following suspects were arrested: Travis Wayne Morgan age 31 of Ville Platte charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and Seth Chad Morgan age 22 of Ville Platte charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. On Friday October 8, the sheriff department criminal patrol unit stopped a car for a traffic violation in the L’anse Meg area. Upon making contact with the occupants, deputies could smell marijuana coming from the car. Consent to search was given and narcotics were located. Silton Thibodeaux Jr age 49 of Mamou was ticketed on a charge of possession of marijuana and released. Also on October 8, a traffic stop was conducted for a traffic violation. This led to the following actions: Rios Benito age 30 of Houston, Texas was cited and released on possession of marijuana and Jana Faul of age 49 of Ville Platte charged with possession of methamphetamine. Last Saturday, October 9, the criminal patrol unit stopped a car on Vidrine Road for a traffic violation.. Agents discovered the occupants had active arrest warrants. The following subjects were arrested: Brittany Danielle LE age 26 of Pine Prairie charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of alprazolam and an active arrest warrant along with traffic violations. Also arrested was Roger Burleson age 31 of Opelousas charged with possession of methamphetamine. Last Saturday, the sheriff’s department narcotics division and the patrol division executed a search warrant at residence on South Chataignier in Ville Platte. This stemmed from many complaints and weeks of surveillance. Agents entered the home and located indoor marijuana growth and other illegal narcotics. Arrested was Mark Adams age 55 of Ville Platte charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a shotgun with illegal length barrel, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sheriff Guillory urges residents to contact his investigations unit to report illegal activity or to leave a news tip at 337-363-2161.

Evangeline Parish School Board Rejects National School Board Recommendation

Evangeline Parish School Board

Public Meeting

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Mr. Wayne Dardeau, President of the Evangeline Parish School Board, announced on Wednesday that the National School Board is recommending the FBI add parents who attend school board meetings to protest mask and/or vaccine mandates to an investigation list. However, Mr. Dardeau, speaking on behalf of the school board, does not accept this recommendation, as he sees it as an infringement of constitutional rights.

Changes were approved for the 2021-22 Pupil Progression Plan:

Beginning in the Spring semester of school year 2021-22, to be eligible for Dual Enrollment, students must meet dual enrollment college entry requirements for their selected school. A student will be ineligible for Dual Enrollment the next semester if he/she finishes with a D, F, or “W” as their final semester grade in at least 2 classes. If a student drops 2 or more attempted courses before the final withdrawal date without a “W,” the student will be ineligible for Dual Enrollment the next semester. Eligibility in both cases shall resume the following semester if the student meets all requirements.

Superintendent Lazard assures everyone that our parish is doing “very well overall” in dropping COVID cases. Restrictions will be eased on a school-by-school basis as numbers continue to drop.

The school board was granted an Emergency Connectivity Fund Grant in the full amount requested— $830,650.

Mr. John Harvard, the Band Teacher at Pine Prairie High School and Bayou Chicot Elementary School, was selected as the recipient of the 2021-22 Outstanding Young Music Educator Award of the LS Music Educators Association.

The Board is still struggling with a nationwide teacher shortage, though they are proactively working to fill the open positions. Available positions can be found on their website.

Schools will be sprayed for mosquitoes for upcoming home games.

Finally, the Board would like to remind everyone about their Career Fair on Wednesday, October 13, starting at 8:30 a.m. at Ville Platte High School.


Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday Reviews Redistricting Plan

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting October 4, 2021 The Evangeline Parish Police Jury tonight (Monday) received a status report from their demographer, Mike Heffner, on preparing a new redistricting plan based on the new 2020 census data. Heffner prepared two plans for jurors to review and to receive input. Jurors have until June 2023 to prepare for their October 2023 election. Evangeline Parish School Board Members have an election in November of 2022 so their reapportionment plan must be approved by June of next year. In other business, the police jury approved entering into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce having the jury send their monthly $650 contribution to them rather than split between the chamber and tourism commission. Chamber President Dr. Gwen Fontenot made the presentation to the jury. Tourism Commission Board Chairman Jay Giehlow was in favor of the change. Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron informed members of the jury that the parish had to use some $40,000 in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to stay within its fiscal year budget. Bergeron said the parish is some $184,500 over its budget in paying the fees to prisoners residing in out of parish jails. Bergeron also announced that the jury will discuss a proposed tax proposition at its November 6 meeting to help fund the cost of a new parish jail. In other action, the police jury: --approved giving pay raises to its permit clerk, public works secretary and flood Zone Mapping clerk; --voted to purchase a second sprayer to spray for mosquitos in populated areas of the parish; --appointed Eugene Manuel to replace John Bihm on the Duralde Gravity Drainage Board; --reappointed Nathaniel Thomas and Lynn Gooden on the Evangeline Parish Communications District Board; --appointed Shane Darbonne to replace Pat Soileau on the Evangeline Parish Solid Waste Commission Board; --reappointed Paul Berzas to the Duralde Gravity Drainage Board; --set trick or treating hours in Evangeline Parish outside of municipalities as Sunday October 31 Halloween night from 6-8pm while trick of treating at Crooked Creek Park will be held Saturday October 30 from 5:30-8:00pm

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