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Ville Platte Police charge suspect with Attempted Murder

Ville Platte Police Neal Chief Lartigue reports arrest for multiple charges including attempted second degree murder. On May 16, 2022 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Street in reference to an injured male subject. Upon arrival Officers discovered a male subject laying on the porch of a residence with an apparent stab wound to the neck and a laceration on his chest. The victim stated that Ashley Edwards had stabbed him during a confrontation. Acadian Ambulance transported the victim for medical treatment. Officers located Edwards on North Dupre Street where she fled in a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Edwards disregarded multiple stop signs, a four way intersection and a red light and damaged two patrol units during her flight from Officers. Edwards was stopped near East Hickory Street. Ashley Edwards, age 35 of 514 West Oak Street, Ville Platte, was transported to the Ville Platte Police Jail and booked on charges of attempted second degree murder, theft of vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer and battery of an officer. Edwards was transported to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Jail where she remains incarcerated on a $ 310,000.00 bond. Chief Lartigue reminds citizens to report illegal activity by calling dispatch at 337-363-1313 or 911. You call will remain anonymous.

Evangeline Parish School votes to proceed with the planning of a new $1.1 million reconfiguration program

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting May 18, 2022 After much discussion, the Evangeline Parish School Board voted to proceed with the planning phase of the “Reimagine Grant Program”. Evangeline was one of only 36 applications approved for the $1.1 million dollar federal grant being administered by the state. There were a total of 80 applications in 17 parishes. Supt. of Schools Darwan Lazard explained the funds will be used to reconfigure the grade levels at Ward One area schools and create a model middle school in Chataignier by reopening the vacant Carver Elementary school. The school will house students in grades 5-8. The plans call for Ville Platte Elementary a K-4 school, Ville Platte High a 9-12 school, James Stephens would add grades 7 and 8 and Chataignier Elementary a “STEM “ school teaching courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Boardmember Mike Fontenot was concerned over the high cost of remodeling the closed school. Supt of Schools Darwan Lazard said the board architect will have cost estimates in place by November for the board to review before deciding whether to implement the plan. A number of students from every school in the parish were recognized with a plaque for their scholastic achievements. Ville Platte Rotary Club President Elect Larry Lachney presented a $500 check to Supt. Lazard to be used for the Special Olympics program. In other business the board approved a motion by a vote of 12-1 to approve a new retention and recruitment pay proposal drafted by an employee advisory committee. The only board member voting against the proposal was Sheila Joseph. Boardmember Mike Fontenot asked the superintendent to have proposals like these sent to the board in advance so they could review them. Fontenot stated that the pay proposal was first seen by him when he came to the meeting. Supt. Lazard congratulated the winners in the “Teachers of the Year’ and “Students of the Year’ program. Board members will be invited to attend a special

Teachers of the Year speak at Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from District Level Teachers of the Year Honorees May 17, 2022 The Evangeline Parish District Level Teachers of the Year honorees were the featured guest speakers at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club at Café Evangeline. Supervisor Grace Sibley introduced the three special instructors: Bernice Ardoin, Misti Fontenot and Emee Aswell. Bernice Ardoin was selected as Elementary Teacher of the Year. She has been a teacher at Pine Prairie High School for the past 18 years. Before she became a teacher, she was a journalist with the Ville Platte Gazette. She remarked “Teaching makes every profession possible”. Misti Fontenot , a special ed instructor from Mamou High was chosen as Middle School Teacher of the Year. Emee Aswell, an English teacher from Ville Platte and a native of the Philippines is the High School Teacher of the year. She advanced all the way to the state semi-finalist. Evangeline Parish Supt of Schools Darwan Lazard called the speakers “excellent ambassadors for our school system”. The speakers were the special guests of Rotarian Darwan Lazard. Also, the club members were treated to a musical feast from the members of the Evangeline Parish Jazz Esemble featuring students from Pine Prairie and Basile High Schools. Leslie Forman thanked the Rotary Club for being the recipient of the Rotary Club LSUE $2000 Scholarship; The Club also received news that its board approved donating to the Pregnancy Center and $500 to Special Olympics

Drug Arrests by Sheriff's Department

Drug arrests by Sheriff’s Deputies May 16, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that the following suspects were arrested on narcotics charges: Last Friday, May 13, the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop. Narcotics agents made contact with the driver, permission was given to search and agents discovered illegal narcotics. Arrested was Chad Richard age 54 of Branch, Louisiana charged with possession of over 4 grams of methamphetamine and a traffic citation. Also, last Friday, the sheriff’s department K-9 unit conducted a traffic stop. K-9 Diego was deployed to conduct a free air sniff and he gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics. Agents conducted a search and located narcotics. Arrested was Nick Anderson Bischoff age 49 of Eunice charged with possession of more than five grams of Fentanyl. Early this (Monday) morning, the sheriff’s department narcotics unit and patrol division executed a search warrant in the Chataignier area. Agents entered the home at around 1:20am and detained four people without incident. Agents conducted a search of the residence and located several different types of narcotics. Arrested were Marsha Huval age 61 of Chataignier charged with possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, possession of Heroin, possession of Fentanyl, possession of Oxycodone, possession of Hydrocodone and two counts of possession of Alprazolam. Also arrested was Atticus Wyatt Miller age 28 of Eunice charged with possession of Fentanyl and an outstanding warrant for St. Landry Parish.

Evangeline Police Jury approves entering into agreement with Law Enforcement District to build a new Jail

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting May 2, 2022 After months of negotiations and various attempts to raise additional funding, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday approved by a unanimous vote to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Evangeline Parish Law Enforcement District to construct a new parish jail at the Industrial park. The new jail will be funded through a 30-40 year bond. The sheriff through the law enforcement district will own and operate the new jail. Once the bond is paid off, the jury will have the option to lease the jail back from the district. Jury President Bryan Vidrine called this long term agreement “very good for Evangeline Parish citizens”. The agreement calls for the sheriff to take over the cost of housing pre trial prisoners in out of parish prisons. The agreement calls for the sheriff, once the new jail is constructed, to house all parish prisoners and if there is any room, the new jail can house state Department of Corrections prisoners. The police jury will contribute $300,000 a year to the sheriff to help pay expenses. Also the parish will pay $2.5 million dollars to upgrade the sewerage and water service at the Industrial Park to connect to the new parish jail. Sheriff Guillory thanked every member of the jury for their vote of support on this measure. “This vote will save the parish a lot of money. We need a new jail”, the sheriff remarked. His plans include adding a building that will house programs for inmates including a GED program, a ministry, substance abuse, anger management and a work release program. Several jurors personally thanked the sheriff including Ryan Ardoin and Lelia Thrasher. Ardoin said “We commend you on a job well done.” In other action the police jury: --approved calling an election on the Nov. 8 ballot for the renewal of a millage tax for Evangeline Parish Water District #1; --received news from Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron that sales tax collections in March took in a record amount of taxes: some $747,905; --reminded residents to attend the National Day of Prayer program Thursday May 5 at 12 noon at the Hundredfold Coffee Shop in Ville Platte

Drug Arrests by Sheriff's Department

Drug Arrests by Sheriff’s Department April 29, 2022 A number of suspects were arrested by Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s deputies this past week in their efforts to stem drug trafficking in Evangeline Parish. Sheriff Charles R. Guillory reported to KVPI News on the following arrests: On Wednesday , the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop on a car for a traffic violation. Following a search, illegal narcotics were found. Arrested was Christopher Bolfa, age 33 of Ville Platte was charged with possession of PCP and he had three outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court. On Thursday, the sheriff’s department Narcotics Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Pine Point road. After a search of the vehicle, the following subject was arrested: Douglas Keith Fontenot age 24 of Ville Platte charged with possession of methamphetamine. Also on Thursday at 8:00pm, the narcotics unit and patrol division executed a search warrant on a residence on L’anse Bleu road in the Chataignier area. Agents made entry and detained four subjects with out incident. The residence and property were searched and illegal narcotics were located. Arrested were: Kyle Brent Godeaux age 44 of Ville Platte and Megan Elizabeth Bealleau age 37 of Ville Platte, both charged with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a minor. Godeaux was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon; Belleau was also charged with a warrant for failure to appear for court. Lindsey Rose Deville age 34 of Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent distribute fentanyl; and Jason Fontenot age 41 of Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department conducts a number of drug arrests

Drug Arrests April 27, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that his department recently conducted a number of drug arrests. On Wednesday April 20, the sheriff’s department narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on St. Landry Highway. Agents made contact with the driver and a brief roadside interview was conducted. K-9 Diego was deployed and gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics. Agents searched the vehicle and located illegal narcotics. Arrested was Paige Nicole Prudhomme, age 29 of Ville Platte who was charged with possession of Methamphetamine and a traffic violation. Also on April 20, the narcotics unit stopped a vehicle in Pine Prairie on a traffic violation. The driver, Terra Faith Bellard age 19 of St. Landry, was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia; On April 20, the sheriff’s office narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on Veterans Memorial Highway. Agents, as they approached the car, could smell the overwhelming odor of marijuana. Arrested was Christian David Deville age 42 of Ozark, Arkansas cited for possession of marijuana and traffic violations. On April 22, the narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop in Ville Platte and once again, agents noticed an overwhelming smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Arrested was Dustin Johnson age 30 of Ville Platte, cited for possession of marijuana and traffic violations. On Monday April 25, the narcotics unit along with the patrol division, executed a search warrant at a home on Acadian Drive in the Bayou Chicot area. The warrant was prepared after receiving numerous complaints. Agents entered the home and camper trailer on the property and detained six people. Agents conducted a search of the property and discovered narcotics and a firearm. Arrested were::Sonny Joseph Gagnard age 30 of Woodworth was charged with possession of Methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances; William Jagneaux age 52 of Ville Platte was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and an outstanding warrant, Ashley Nicole Fontenot age 34 of Ville Platte was charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances; and Ashely Denise Lamb age 31 of Ville Platte was charged with two counts of possession of schedule four drugs and four outstanding warrants.

Grand Jury Indictments Announced

Grand Jury Indictments April 202, 2022 Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac reported to KVPI News that the Evangeline Parish Grand Jury on March 30 and 31, returned indictments in five cases. In the first case, the grand jury returned the following indictments on Artay Joseph LeJeune age 27 of Jennings on the following charges: three counts of First Degree Rape, three counts of Oral Sexual Battery and two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. The charges stem from incident which occurred on or between Dec 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The grand jury also returned indictments against LeJeune on additional charges for three counts of First Degree Rape and three counts of aggravated assault in connections with incidents between December 15, 2020 and March 30, 2021 In another case, the grand jury on March 31, indicted Jeremy Jamar Breaux age 34 of Duson on the following charges: Second Degree Battery and Domestic Abuse Battery in connection with an incident which occurred on or about July 18, 2020. The grand jury, in another matter, indicted Jasquez Compton age 31 of Mamou on the following charges: First Degree Rape with a victim under the age of thirteen and Oral Sexual Batter with a victim under age 13 and three years younger than the offender. The charges are in connection with an incident which occurred on or between March 9, 2019 and February 1, 2022. In another case, the grand jury indicted Tony James Brasseaux Jr age 30 of Sunset on the charge of Sexual Battery. The charges stem from an incident which occurred on or about June 10, 2021. Arraignments on all of these cases are set before Judge Chuck West. Brignac would like to thank the members of the grand jury for their service and he also complimented his felony prosecutors: Stan Vidrine, Bo West and Jacob Fuselier on their efforts.

Bud n Boiling Contest Winner

Budweiser Bud n Boiling Contest Winner April 13, 2022 KVPI had our grand prize drawing this morning in our Bud n Boiling promotion from all of the listeners who qualified during the last two weeks. Congratulations to our grand prize winner: Amy Palmer. Amy has won a 24 pack of Budweiser beer, a sack of medium to large crawfish compliments of B&L Seafood in Mamou and a crawfish pot and boiling kit compliments of Vidrine Ace Hardware. We want to thank everyone who qualified. If you’re a qualifier and have not picked up your 12 pack of beer, come in as soon as you can. Our special thanks to Southwest Beverage, Budweiser distributors for teaming up with Classic Hits 92-5 KVPI. Happy Easter everybody.

Rotary Club Meeting heard from Dr. Menache

Dr. Lawrence Menache, Oncologist was the guest speaker at Rotary April 12, 2022 Savoy Cancer Center Radiation Oncologist Dr. Lawrence Menache was the featured guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. He has been in medicine for the past 32 years primarily in the Alexandria area. Dr. Menache praised the local health care team at Savoy Cancer Center for the quality of health care in a rural setting. He works alongside hematology oncologist Dr. Paul Zhang specializing in chemotherapy. Dr. Menache said he is excited about the new equipment being installed at Savoy Cancer Center. The new “Linear Accelerator” machine will be able to provide pin point accuracy for the treatment of tumors so only the affected areas are targeted. He also gave tips and recommendations on cancer screenings such as colonoscopies, Breast Cancer, prostate and lung cancers. In closing he said “ Get your cancer screening and be a partner with your doctor.” Dr. Menache was the guest speaker of Rotarian Angela Fontenot. Rotarian Larry Lachney reminded club members that the annual club Spring Social is planned for April 26 at the Knob Hill camp.

Ville Platte City Council Meeting

Ville Platte City Council Meeting April 12. 2022 Several concerned citizens attended Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte City Council to voice their concerns over conditions at the City Dog Pound. Jill Stevens and Melissa Gibson shared the following list of grievances: only six kennels out of 16 are holding dogs. The same dogs have been in those kennels for months and there is no place for new dogs to come in. They stated that medical and other supplies have been donated for the care of the dogs and are not being used by the care taker. The dogs are not being given even basic care. Fencing material was donated but they never been installed. They mentioned that the care taker at the pound could be given free training on the proper handling of animals at the shelter. Stephens, an architect, has drawn up plans for a proposed new city animal shelter that could hold 16 kennels. Mayor Jennifer Vidrine told Stevens and Gibson that she is planning to meet with a welder at South Louisiana Community College to help work on making improvements at the dog pound. She also announced that she will appoint an advisory committee to work with city officials to oversee the proper operation of the city dog pound and invited concerned citizens to contact city hall. She thanked both ladies for their concern and compassion. In other business, the city approved a new ordinance, fashioned after a similar one in Lafayette dealing with restaurants serving alcoholic beverages in outside patio areas. Also, the city council approved a request from Tri Comm Real Estate to erect a new cell phone tower at the old Cedillo store location on west main in Ville Platte; Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Martin Luther King Park Saturday at 1:00pm for children and a second egg hunt for adults. The public is invited. The Girls and Boys Club will open June 3 with registration for those 8-16 and will operate daily from June 6-July 22. Fire Chief Chris Soileau announced there were 14 calls in March including two structure calls, one vehicle call involving a fatality and seven alarm activations. Long time Ville Platte firefighter Robert Perron was recognized by Jerri LeDoux with Congressman Mike Johnson’s office with a congressional commendation for his 50 years of dedicated service to the fire department. City Engineer Ronnie Landreneau announced the patching of streets have begun which will lead to the overlay of some 25 city streets. Also in the budget will be improvements to all three city parks with the addition of splash pads, walking trails and pavilions . Sarahi and her husband Steven Sawtelle announced to the city council their plans for a “Day of Prayer” at noon May 5 at Hundredfold Coffee Shop. They personally invited the mayor and council to attend their event. Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue announced the police department answered 720 calls for the month of March, made 12 arrests including 9 felony arrests and worked 18 vehicle accidents including one fatality. Also the city council approved the hiring of two new part time jailers; Two new businesses wishing a city occupational license were referred to the city’s attorney for review and guidance. Kyle Marsh, a local law enforcement officer is planning to open a new business in his home for the manufacture and sale of firearms such as AR-15’s. The business will be called “Evangeline Tactical”. Also, Amanda Snoke and her husband , the owners of Sooner Auto, are planning to operate a food truck in the Ville Platte area and wanted guidance and info on getting a license to operate. Mayor Jennifer Vidrine reminded residents that Acosta Foundation is sponsoring a clean up day in Ville Platte on April 23.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting

Financing a new jail continued to be the topic of discussion at the Evangeline Parish Police Jury meeting on Monday, April 4. After the proposal to rededicate parish health unit and parish library funds was voted down on March 26th, the police jury has now been forced to go back to the drawing board to come up with another plan to fund either the construction of a new jail or the expansion of the current jail. Police Jury President Bryan Vidrine said, “If anyone has any other ideas on how we could move forward, I’m all ears. I know at one point we had talked about possibly adding on to the existing facility.” Police Juror Daniel Arvie, asked if a previous deal was still on the table that would consist of the sheriff assisting with payment of some police jury expenses until the police jury could build a jail? According to Vidrine, that is not an option at this time. Vidrine suggested that the jury go back to the sheriff one more time to discuss what they can afford in terms of building a jail. If the sheriff can’t work with those numbers, Vidrine said, “I think at that point we need to make a decision. Do we want to start talking with an engineer to start looking at expanding our jail?” Police Juror Kevin Veillon then added, “It’s time to start moving forward before all the money is gone. It’s time to move forward and do what we got to do.” In terms of moving forward, Police Juror Lelia Thrasher stated, “My biggest concern is if an agreement is made for the sheriff to pay what the police jury can’t pay, will that carry over to the next sheriff.” Legal counsel for the police jury, Jacob Fusilier, said, “Statute explicitly requires the jury to pay operations.” Fusilier shared that if a future administration refuses to abide by the agreement and it’s challenged in court, he “can’t promise that it will hold up.” In closing, Vidrine said, “If we don’t have an agreement by next month, we can’t continue, because it’s costing us $60,000 of our money that we could be using to go toward the jail each month. That’s what we are spending outside the parish on inmates.” If the police jury and the sheriff are unable to reach an agreement, Vidrine said they will move forward with hiring an architect to give them a price on expanding the current jail. In other business: Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron reported that a Fiber Cutting Ceremony will be held on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Evangeline Parish Courthouse. He also shared the 2 percent sales tax collections for roads and drainage projects were $362,056.30, which represents a year-to-date increase of 27.85 percent. Joseph W. Deville was appointed as a board member to the Evangeline Parish Water District #1.

KVPI Road Crew broadcasts at James Stephens Montessori School

The Classic Hits 92-5 KVPI road crew, Karlee, Mike and Ray, did a live remote broadcast at James Stephens Elementary Montessori School during their Career Day event this morning.. We got to meet lots of students and teachers. We want to thank the school for inviting us.

Rotary Club hears from Progressive Power and Tractor officials

Progressive Tractor and Power Sports Personnel Speak at Rotary Meeting March 29, 2022 Mitch Fontenot with Progressive Tractor and Implement and Bart Latour with Progressive Power Sports were the two guest speakers at today’s (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Mitch Fontenot gave a brief history of the beginning and growth of Progressive Tractor. The dealership began in Ville Platte when G&S Implement combined with Dixie Tractor. The company continued to expand by purchasing ag dealerships where currently the company has 24 dealerships in Louisiana and Arkansas. P.T.I. has a total of about 400 employees. The company has recently opened a construction rental company headquartered in Lafayette where companies can rent excavators and other pieces of equipment. Bart Latour is the general manager of Progressive Power Sports, formerly known as Boco’s Incorporated. Progressive purchased the business from the Stromer family and they are continuing to sell four wheelers, side by sides, motorcycles and generators, and engines from Honda. Many of the same Boco’s service and office personnel stayed on with Progressive Power Sports. Latour announced that plans are in the works to move soon to the former Morein Motor’s dealership building. Latour said “We are excited to keep the dealership going here in Ville Platte.” In other news, Rotarian Wayne Vidrine announced that information from State Representative Rhonda Butler revealed that Chicot State Park’s North Landing should soon open up for campers and visitors. The park has 30 million dollars in the proposed state budget to make needed upgrades to its electrical system and camp sites. Also, it was announced the Rotary Club has schedule its annual Spring social for April 26.

Drug arrests conducted by Sheriff's Deputies

Drug Arrests March 28, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following drug arrests by his department: On Wednesday March 23, the sheriff’s department narcotics unit conducted a search warrant on a residence in the Maxime subdivision in the Mamou area. Agents entered the home and detained several suspects without incident. A search of the home led to over a pound of marijuana being recovered and several firearms. Arrested was Larry Ogden age 57 of Mamou charged with possession with intent to distribute over a pound of marijuana and possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance; A traffic stop was conducted on Tate Cove Road last Wednesday . The Narcotics Unit K-9 Diego was deployed who gave a positive alert to the presence of narcotics. This led to the following arrest: Jason Lynn Richard age 50 of Mamou charged with possession of heroin and possession of Methamphetamine; Last Friday, March 25, the sheriff’s department conducted a safety check point for impaired drivers. Deputies deployed the drug dog ,Diego who gave a positive alert and a search of the vehicle was conducted. Arrested were :Jennifer Fontenot age 49 of Oakdale charged with possession of Methamphetamine and a traffic violation and Phillip Shawn Oge , age 45 of Oakdale , charged with a probation violation; Also while conducting the safety check point, a truck entered the area where the deputies made contact with the driver. Due to the overwhelming smell of marijuana, a search was conducted. The driver was arrested. He was identified as Trevor Burton Lamke age 23 of Veteran Memorial High , Ville Platte, charged with possession with intent to distribute over 30 grams of marijuana; On March 26, last Saturday at the safety check point, the drug dog, Diego was again called out. The dog gave a positive alert. Deputies conducted a search and located narcotics. The suspect was identified as Kelly James Deshotel , age 23 of Transco road, Mamou. He was charged with possession of Methamphetamine, possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor and he had an active warrant for not appearing in court.

Evangeline Parish voters say no to re-dedication proposals in Saturdays election

Police Jury Propositions Voted down in Evangeline Parish March 26, 2022 Despite beautiful Spring weather, the voting turnout was very low in Evangeline Parish for the police jury rededication propositions. The final vote were: Library Tax rededication- 1666 or 65 percent of the vote no and 873 yes Health Unit Tax rededication- 1640 or 64.9 percent voting no and 885 voted yes. The proposals were to rededicate a portion of the Health Unit tax and a portion of the Health Unit funds to be used for the proposed construction of a new parish jail in the Industrial Park. It was reported that only 20 percent of the registered voters took time and voted in the election. Police Jury President Bryan Vidrine in a statement to KVPI during the KVPI Radio broadcast said , “ The people have spoken. We will go back to the drawing board and find another plan.”

Evangeline Parish School Board Adopts Redistricting Plan

Evangeline Parish School Board Adopts Reapportionment Plan March 22, 2022 The Evangeline Parish School Board Tuesday, in a special called meeting voted to adopt a new redistricting plan in time for the school board elections this fall. The vote was 8-3 with two members absent to adopt Plan A drawn by its demographer. Before the final vote for adoption, a substitute motion to table was offered to take more time and review an alternate plan. The vote to table failed with only two board members voting in favor: Wanda Skinner and Sheila Joseph. During the public hearing held prior to the special meeting, Arthur Sampson appeared before the board to introduce an alternate redistricting plan. The map was prepared by a demographer showing four majority black districts. Sampson said funding for the map drawing came from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. “We want to assure there are four black majority districts that are 60-65 percent in black population”. Earlier while meeting with the board’s demographer, some board members were concerned over the fact that the proposed plan drawn up by Heffner shows only a 55 percent black population in District 13 represented by board member Georgianna Wilson. Heffner cautioned it would be illegal to increase the black population because he would be forced to split too many precincts.

Early Voting Ends for March 26 Election

Early Voting March 21, 2022 A total of 305 voters cast early votes for the special March 26 election at the Registrar of Voters Office in the Courthouse this past week, according to Registrar of Voters Lucas Buller. On Friday, there were 59 people that voted and on the last day of voting on Saturday there were 39 early votes. On Saturday, voters parish wide will decide the fate of a proposition called by the Evangeline Parish Police Jury to rededicate a portion of tax funds from the Evangeline Parish Library and Health Unit to be used to help the sheriff construct and fund the operation of a new parish jail at the Industrial Park. The polls will open at 7:00am and close at 8:00pm. KVPI urges you to go vote and then hear complete election returns starting at 8:00pm on KVPI FM 92-5 live from the Clerk of Court’s Office.

KVPI Won Prestige Award today from Louisiana Broadcasters

We won!!!The Louisiana Association of Broadcasters at their Prestige Awards event today (Thursday) presented to KVPI-FM the “Uniquely Louisiana” award for our Cajun French programming. This is the second year in a row KVPI has won the “Uniquely Louisiana award. Last year, we won for our coverage of Louisiana Swamp Pop music. In his comments, KVPI General Manager Mark Layne thanked Polly Johnson and the Broadcasters of Louisiana for this honor. He expressed his appreciation to the hard working and dedicated members of his staff: Misty Parker, Tobin Deville, Karlee Blevins, Mallory Moser, Ray Duplechain, Swabby Soileau, Charlie Manuel, Mike Perron, Gabe Fontenot, Robert Richard and our engineer, Dave Graichen. He thanked DJ Deet for her work in compiling the nomination video. He recognized the late Chris Duplechain who began the French News and programming the day we first signed on in 1953 and other French announcers who have worked with us through the years including Jim Soileau, Dan Andrus, Lee Manuel and Roland Manuel. He thanked the owners, Ville Platte Broadcasting Company President, Dr. Rhonda Pucheu for her continued support by allowing us to do local community service programming and continuing a tradition that began 69 years ago. KVPI is “The Voice of the Colorful Cajun Country”.

Drug related arrests made by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department

Sheriff Office Drug Arrests March 16, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reports to KVPI News that a number of suspects were arrested on drug related charges recently. They include the following: On Tuesday March 8, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit and the La. Department of Probation and Parole conducted a search warrant on a residence in Mamou. Once the agents entered the residence, they detained two suspects without incident. A search of the residence was conducted and illegal narcotics and weapons were located. The suspects were identified as Patrick Dwayne Thomas age 41 of Ville Platte charged with Possession with intent to distribute over 241 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute over 19 grams of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and a warrant for stalking; and Ronnie Edwards the 3rd age 45 of Pineville charged with possession with intent to distribute over 241 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute over 19 grams of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance. On Thursday ,March 10, the sheriff’s department narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on a car on Chataignier road. Upon coming into contact with the driver, he displayed several signs of extreme nervousness. K9 Diego was deployed and indicated on the car. A search was then conducted. Illegal narcotics were located. The driver was identified as Douglas Keith Fontenot age 24 of Ville Platte charged with possession of methamphetamine and a traffic warrant. Also on March 10, the narcotics unit conducted a search warrant on Clifton Avenue in the Ville Platte area. Upon entering the residence, no one was inside. Agents conducted a search and located narcotics. An arrest warrant has been issued for the arrest of the homeowner: Brent Hernandez Roberts of Ville Platte. He is wanted for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. On March 10, the traffic division conducted a traffic stop. Upon coming into contact with the driver, she began crying and shaking. A search of the vehicle located illegal narcotics. The driver was identified as Nova Polk, age 20, of Alabama charged with possession of methamphetamine and a passenger, Bryan Boone age 23 of Alabama charged with possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and he had an active warrant from Alabama; On March 13, the traffic unit conducted a traffic stop on a car. During the stop, deputies located illegal narcotics, weapons and US currency. Arrested were: Catherine Alexandra Garcia age 24 of Dallas, Texas. She was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute over 31 grams, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and currency from drug proceeds; and Angel Ryu Castaneda age 24 of Dallas, Texas. He was charged with possession of over 31 grams of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and currency from drug proceeds.

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