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Evangeline Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting

On May 13, 2024, at approximately 4:00 pm hour, deputies of the Evangeline Parish sheriff’s office responded to the 900 block of Chataignier Road, just outside the city limits of Ville Platte, La. Upon their arrival, deputies learned that a male subject was walking back to his mother's home, from a local store, and in the 900 block of Chataignier Road, a dark colored SUV with tinted windows, drove by and three shots were fired at him from the moving vehicle


The victim, Lee Larnette, is currently in stable condition at an area hospital and the assailant(s) are unknown at this time.  He is suffering from one gunshot to the upper back and one to the hip.


If anyone in the public that has pertinent information pursuant to the determining who did this crime, you are urged to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.  The phone number is 337-363-2161


As always, Sheriff Charles R. Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their Investigation Department via phone at 337-363-2161 or through the agency’s website at www.evangelineparishsheriff.org.  Any person/s reporting information will remain anonymous. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Part of KVPI Staff spoke to Ville Platte Rotary Club

Rotary Club Meeting – 5-14-24


The program at Tuesday’s Rotary luncheon was presented by Rotarian Kristi Enicke, and she invited Mark Layne and members of the staff from KVPI.  KVPI was just awarded the Small Market Radio Station of the Year award, and the Uniquely Louisiana Award by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters in March.  Mark thanked Kristi for inviting us, and for the Community for making it possible for KVPI to continue to be the voice of Ville Platte and Cajun culture… keeping alive the Cajun French language with La Tasse de Café, French Newscasts, and Cajun French Music.  Also, continuing the Swamp Pop and Fred’s Lounge, covering local sports, community events and news and so much more.  Mark also invited Jackie Miller, Mike Perron and Misty Parker to speak and share stories about what it means to be part of KVPI.  We all love being part of KVPI and were happy to be able to share our stories with the Rotary.



Other Rotary News:

  • The next Board Meeting that was originally scheduled for May 14th has been postponed, and the Board met after the meeting to pick a new date.
  • Superintendent Darwan Lazard announced that the Evangeline Parish Schools were hiring seven new French Immersion teachers for next year.  Five of the current teachers are leaving, and the Parish is adding two teachers for the 8th grade.  If anyone has furniture or household items that they can donate for these teachers, they would be appreciated.
  • Linda Fontenot, the Founder of Save our Community Kids Adventure Camps announced that there will be an Open House Music Experience for Ages 7-22 at Hundredfold Coffee House on May 25th from 1-5pm.  Attendees will have the opportunity to make their own music, write lyrics and much more.
  • The speaker for the next meeting on May 21st will be presented by Angela Fontenot.

Sheriff Office Arrest

On May 1, 2024, Detectives with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted Probation and Parol with a compliance check on a convicted felon under Probation and Parole supervision.  His name is Von Dale Ashford age  42 and he resides at the 500 Blk. of Lanse Meg Rd. 


During the compliance check, Detectives along with Probation and Parole, located multiple firearms inside the residence.  Two firearms, one containing a conversion trigger switch which modifies the firearms to be fully automatic was found Ashford’s possession.  Two other firearms were located inside the living room of the residence.  The firearms were later confiscated by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Ashford was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession or dealing in unregistered of illegally transferred weapons.  HE is currently being held in the Evangeline Parish Jail with a $200,000.00 bond  



As always, Sheriff Charles R. Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their Investigation Department via phone at 337-363-2161 or through the agency’s website at www.evangelineparishsheriff.org.  Any person/s reporting information will remain anonymous. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting

On Monday night, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury held their monthly meeting.

  • In the Executive Committee meeting, they discussed utilizing Open Meeting Software to livestream Jury meetings for easier access for the public. 
  • The Road and Bridge Committee approved beginning the process of looking into taking back Nobrac Road from Crowell Lumber.
  • Brian Richmond, the Park Manager for Crooked Creek, handled some personnel issues and then reported on successful April events.  The Memorial Day Celebration on May 25th will include the Rose Down Rockers, and there will be a Black Pot Cookoff from 11:00-1:00.
  • Kim Deville from the LSU Ag Center spoke about the new sign grant for the Chauncey Pitre Barn and introduced student and Grant Recipient, Dane Fontenot, who got approval for his Pollination Project from the Building Committee.  Project funds were from a Grant, and donations from Heather Cloud, Progressive and donations of local native grasses.  Vincent Deshotel introduced the new Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, Brittany Zaunbrecher.
  • The Building Committee also approved work to be done by Calcasieu for the Courthouse.
  • The Claims Committee approved enrolling two Firemen in the Insurance plan.
  • The Equipment Committee gave approval to Engineer Jody Snoddy to proceed with the acquisition of a semi-trailer truck, a backhoe, and tractor with front-end loader, backhoe, grappler and shredder attachments under an existing grant.

At the Regular Meeting, it was announced that the Parish will receive an $85,000 dividend back on the OSHA insurance coverage, so hiring the insurance agent has been very beneficial.  Tim Causey invited Ben Hunter from National Water Infrastructure, a private waste water and utility company, to speak about taking over the responsibility of waste water from the Parish.  A Motion was approved by the Jury to have a Legal Advisor develop a Bid Plan to auction off the plants in the parish with the exception of the ones that the Parish are legally obligated to control. 

The Public Works Director, Jody Snoddy, reported that they are working out the flood problems in the Ward 1 Drainage in District 8, and they continue to work on the 2% Drainage in District 5.  It will take about 4 months to get all of the bridges complete to do delays in getting the bridge timbers.

Toby Landreneau gave the Engineer’s Report on two projects.  He recommended awarding the Water Sector Project in the Wyble Subdivision, and that was approved.  The Evangeline Parish Industrial Park Road and Utility District is moving forward.  It should be complete by the next meeting and ready to go to bid.

The Secretary/Treasurer Dirk Deville reported Sales and Use Tax collections for February 2024 were $344,000, compared to $331,000 from February of 2023.  The Enterprise Zone Property Listing was approved for the Parish.  Mr. Deville was also authorized to sign on behalf of the Parish for the Equipment purchases and the Crooked Creek purchases.  He was also asked about the Boat Launch in Whiteville, and he reported that work is still ongoing.

The meeting was then adjourned for the Special Meeting to discuss Solar Panel Farms.


Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting


The Evangeline Parish School Board met on Wednesday night, and Superintendent Lazard presented a plan for ESSER positions for the 2024-2025 school year utilizing local, state and Federal Funds.  The federal funds for the existing program will end in September of 2024.  The ESSER Positions include College and Career Readiness Strategists, Curriculum Specialists for both High School and K-8th, Technology Technicians, Safe and Healthy Schools/SBLC Specialists and Instructional Strategists.  The people who have filled these roles for the last three years have made a positive impact on the students, and keeping as many in place as possible will help to sustain the education and growth for the schools in Evangeline Parish.


The proposed plan includes utilizing multiple funding sources from state and federal funds, local school funds and from the General Fund.  The Board approved a motion from Fannie Soileau to delay the vote on the proposed plan until the next meeting in order to give Board Members more time to study the proposed plan and the budgetary considerations.  


Hancock Whitney was approved as the Fiscal Agent.  Presented bids, requisitions and invoices were approved.  President Bobby Max Hamlin presented a motion not to change the existing Title IX rules and to remain in alignment with the guidelines of the LA Department of Education, and this was approved by the Board.  The Board also approved the settlement of a Worker’s Compensation case.


Superintendent Lazard congratulated the Evangeline Reimagine Academy for being selected to do a special presentation for the Teacher Leader Summit at the end of the month in New Orleans.  He also congratulated Ms. Kelly Lafleur who was also selected to do a presentation at the Summit.


Mr. Lazard reported the following:

  1. He reminded the Board Members that financial disclosures are due to the state by May 15th.  If they would like, they can request Angelia Arvie to maintain a copy locally.
  2. Information on the Solar Farm project was included in the Board’s packets.  Mr. Lazard thanked Bobby Max Hamlin for his efforts to ensure that the Evangeline Parish Schools received revenue from the proposed project.
  3. May 24th will be a ½ day.  Schools will be closed on Memorial Day, May 27th.  Tuesday – Thursday, May 28th-30th will be ½ days.  May 31st will be a Records day.  No Students.


The next School Board Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 15th.

Drug Suspect Sentenced in 13th District Court





Hebert Receives 40-year Sentence


            On Monday, April 29, 2024, Corey Hebert entered a plea of guilty in the 13th Judicial District Court Division B on the charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, to wit: Fentanyl, and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, to wit: Heroin, and received a sentence of forty (40) years hard labor. He also entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, to wit: Methamphetamine, and received a sentence of ten (10) years at hard labor. All charges are to run concurrent with one another and the first 5 years are to be served without benefit of parole or suspension of sentence.

          These convictions are the result of the combined efforts of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office to rid the Parish of Fentanyl and Heroin.

District Attorney Trent Brignac would like to thank Sheriff Charles Guillory and his Narcotics team, and complimented Assistant District Attorney Jacob B. Fusilier for his efforts in leading the prosecution of this case.

Ville Platte Rotary Meeting

Rotary Club Meeting – 4-30-24


The program at Tuesday’s Rotary luncheon was presented by Rotarian Brent Coreil.  Brent invited Silver Eagle Socials President, Rhonda Lafleur, to speak about this volunteer, non-profit organization that provides weekly lunch and games for our senior and disabled citizens.  Inspired by her Great Aunt’s desire to have socials for seniors and by Rhonda’s desire to give back, she formed this organization on March 3, 2011.  Rhonda presented a business plan to the Mayor of Pine Prairie in 2010 to meet at the new Community Center.  The Silver Eagle Socials have been meeting every Tuesday since then from 10:00 – 1:00 for coffee, visits, exercise, book swaps, blood pressure checks, bingo, prizes and lunch.  Guests attend from Mamou, Pine Prairie, Turkey Creek, Ville Platte and Oakdale.  The cost for the guests is $5.00 to help cover the basic costs, and everything else is provided by volunteers.  The average weekly attendance is 80 people, and the range has been from 33 at the beginning up to 111 people.  There are 8 volunteers who cook, clean, serve and organize weekly meetings.


Rhonda thanked everyone for considering donating to this organization to help give back to those who have given so much.


Other Rotary News:

  • The next Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 14th.
  • Rotary Club dues statements will be sent out soon by Kristi Enicke
  • The speaker for the next meeting on May 7th will be presented by Pat Duplechin.

Ward Five Election Returns in Evangeline Parish

Election Returns

April 20, 2024


   In the only election day ballot held in Evangeline Parish, voters today (Saturday) in Ward Five of Evangeline Parish approved a ballot measure consolidating the St. Landry Fire District with the Ward Five Protection District with one new millage millage tax funding the newly created district. The vote was 149 mills yes and 56 votes voting no. The new millage tax will be 11.53 mills for all Ward Five residents for a 20 year period.

Ville Platte Police Investigating Shooting Monday Night

Ville Platte Police Investigating a Shooting that Injured One Person

April 24, 2024


    Ville Platte Police Chief Al Perry Thomas reported to KVPI News his department is investigating a shooting that left one victim hospitalized with an injury. Chief Thomas said the call came in to police headquarters late Monday night involving a shooting at the Gabriel Villa Apartments. After checking out the scene, police got a call from Mercy Regional Medical Center that a shooting victim was being treated. The victim who would not cooperate with the police suffered from a gunshot wound to his right elbow. The victim was later transferred to a Lafayette Hospital. Police later learned that the Lincoln Road fire station had three bullet holes that apparently were connected to the shooting incident. No one at the fire department were injured. The victim’s name was not released. No arrests have been made. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Ville Platte Police Department. All calls will remain anonymous.

Ville Platte City Council Meeting

The Ville Platte City Council met Tuesday night, and the Council discussed reducing Utility Deposit Rates.  Council approved reducing Residential Water and Sewer Deposits to $150 and Gas Deposits to $100.  Commercial Water and Sewer proposed deposits would be reduced to $250 and Gas deposits to $500.  This Ordinance will be introduced at a Public Hearing on May 14th at 5:00.

The City Engineer Ronnie Landreneau informed the council that E.B. Feucht & Sons has been cleared as contractor to perform the Water Sector project for the rehab of all the lift stations.  The proposal came in under budget.  The Council approved the motion to sign the contract.  The bids for the Louisiana Love project for Heritage Park are due Wednesday at 2:00.  Mr. Landreneau is also getting bids for the Subsurface Utility Evaluation.

Fire Chief Chris Soileau reported 11 incidents in the City in March.  Two were structure fires, and there were no fatalities.  There were 9 incidents in the fire district.  The department is updating pre-incident planning and will begin post-pressure testing.  Chief Soileau introduced Ryan Dupuis, and Council approved hiring and welcomed Mr. Dupuis aboard. 

The Police Department responded to 630 calls in March, up from 544 in February.  This number included 33 arrests, of which 4 were felonies.  They also handled 19 accidents, and there were no fatalities.  Also reported was that the city lost 2 -3 of the new hires introduced in March.

Mayor’s Comments

  • The City should have the two new sewer jetter trailers from Trojan Worldwide in the next couple of weeks.
  • The Love Louisiana Project for the City Parks is moving forward as discussed by Ronnie Landreneau.
  • Crews are working diligently to advance the streets and drainage project.
  • Phase I of the new annex building renovation is complete.
  • The Mayor and Donald Bergeron met with Senator John Kennedy’s staff to learn about tapping into different sources of funding available to the City.
  • The City has hired a meter reader company to read the meters so that they are done on a timely basis at the same time of the month.  This is a money saving move, and the process will be streamlined.

The Council approved the remaining agenda items, and the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14th.

All schools closed today due to expected stormy weather

   KVPI News has learned that all Evangeline Parish Public Schools and Sacred Heart Schools are closed today due to expected stormy weather this morning.

  Here is the statement from Supt of Schools Darwan Lazard:

In communication with our local 911/Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) and based upon the most recent National Weather Service (NWS) advisory, indicating severe weather conditions with a possibility of unsafe driving conditions for buses and other vehicles, the Evangeline Parish School District, all campuses and district offices, will be closed on 4-10-2024.

The safety of our students and employees remains our top priority.
Unless you are notified otherwise, we are planning to resume regular operations Thursday, April 11, 2024. Please check local/regional media outlets, EPSB’s website and social media platform for updates.

Rotary Club Met Today with Guest Speaker Connie Lamke

Rotary Club Meeting – 4-2-24


The program at Tuesday’s Rotary luncheon was presented by Rotarian Beau Wilson.  Beau introduced Connie Lamke, the Founder and President of The Acosta Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit that was formed in 2019.  The mission is to improve lives one donation at a time.   Connie’s work continues the lessons she learned from her father, Rodney Acosta, Sr., to be generous to those in need   


The Acosta Foundation helps support the Savoy Indigent Support organization in Mamou that helps cancer patients with expenses incurred for their treatment.  They help get food to those in need in Evangeline Parish.  The Foundation helps with disaster relief all over Louisiana. 


The Aswell House was donated to the Foundation, and it is used to continue with traditions including the Tee Cotton Bowl and local Fairs and Festivals.  The house cab host conferences and other events, and they can offer education and training.  This also requires a significant amount of funds for repairs, renovations and upkeep.


Upcoming events include a fishing tournament on April 20th at Bayou Chicot.  Funds raised will be used for flooring at the Aswell House.  On the same day, April 20th, there will also be a 5K Color Walk/Run at Bayou Chicot to raise money for Savoy Indigent Support.


There is a 12 member Board for The Acosta Foundation that helps determine what causes to support.  To find out more information or help support The Acosta Foundation, go to their website at theacostafoundation.org.  Also check out and share their Facebook page.


Other Rotary News:

  • The Spring Social will be at the Group Camp at Chicot Park at 6:00 on April 16th.  The band, The Browning Onions will perform and there will be barbecue.
  • The speaker for the next meeting on April 9th will be presented by Donald Bergeron

Evangeline Parish Police Jury by 1 6-3 vote approves tax exempt measure for new Bayou Chicot Solar Farm

On Monday night, after much discussion, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury approved the Request by IBV Energy Partners and/or Bayou Chicot Solar, LLC for certain tax exemptions and other considerations negotiated by the Industrial Development Board for the Bayou Chicot Solar Farm with a vote of 6-3.  This project is now ready to move on to the next phase.

After opening items, the public was invited to speak on agenda items, and there were numerous speakers who had comments and questions about the Request by IBV Energy Partners and/or Bayou Chicot Solar, LLC for certain tax exemptions and other considerations.  Earlier in the day, the Industrial Development Board and other community leaders met with IBV Energy Partners to amend the resolution adopted on March 19th.   Note that this resolution is only attributable to the Bayou Chicot Solar Project.  The Ad Valorem Pilot was changed from a 75-25 split to a 72 – 28 deal for the first 15 years of the project.  In the 16th year of the project and going forward, the company will be obligated to pay 100% of the ad valorem taxes that will then be assessed.  The maximum increase in the value was removed from the resolution, so the Parish can share in the total increase in value of the project, but the minimum valuation of $240 million was kept in the resolution.  A Sales Tax Pilot was also added, so that the company will pay $5,000,000 in sales taxes.  When this is added to the amount being collected from IBV, the incentive changes to 60-40, and this is the best deal that currently exists in the state of Louisiana based on research done by the Parish Tax Assessor.  Funds collected will be distributed according to the Ad Valorem schedule in place.  These changes were made in accordance with the concerns of the Jury Members and their constituents.  The total amount of funds expected to be collected in the first fifteen years of this project is $58 million.

There were questions about the tax incentives, and what amounts of money will be realized by the Parish.  There were concerns about the way the moneys will be divided among the taxing entities.  People also wanted to know what jobs will be created and if local businesses will be hired for work to be done.  All of these issues were discussed by the Jury and the Representatives from the Industrial Development Board. 

Troy Wayman from One Acadiana spoke at the meeting.  He let everyone know that IBV plans an initial investment in this Parish of $169 million.  There will be many jobs during the construction phase.  The tax impact from sales in the first year and a half is expected to be $4,000,000.  The total amount in taxes projected to be collected for the first 15 years is $58 million.  The power infrastructure will be improved by this investment as well.

IBV has proposed to award $2000 scholarships for one graduating senior from each of the five high schools in the Parish.  The split of the funds will be 53% to the Police Jury, 8% to the Sheriff, and 39% to the School Board.

This project has been under way for four years.  All of the due diligence has been done. The argument was put forth that this project will set a precedent for future industries considering this parish for development, and that this is something the needs to be done for the future of the parish, and for the children and grandchildren.

When the resolution was put to a vote by the Board, there were three votes in opposition – Kevin Veillon, Darion Arvie and Daniel Arvie.  Those in favor included Bryan Vidrine, Keith Saucier, Sidney Fontenot, Ryan Ardoin, Timothy Causey, and Brent Guillory.  This project was approved to move to the next phase.

At the closing of that discussion, IDB Board Member Wayne Vidrine asked the Police Jury Board to strongly consider an industrial park near the highway.  The Parish loses potential investing companies because there is no access to a four lane highway.

The Board then continued on with the remaining Agenda for the meeting.

Sheriff's Department Arrests

Sheriff Department Arrests March 6, 2024 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that a Mamou man was stopped for a traffic violation on Tuesday on Veterans Memorial Highway. Following a search of his vehicle, the search yielded 67 grams of marijuana. This led to the arrest of the driver: Collins Lee King age 35 of Mamou. Traffic citations were also issued for the equipment violation. In another case, last Sunday March 3 at 1;00pm, deputies with the patrol division conducted a traffic stop on Old Highway 13 for a violation. Following a search of the vehicle, officers discovered 6.6 grams of Methamphetamine, 5 grams of Marijuana, 3.5 Hydrocodone pills and 2 Dextroamphetamine pills. This led to the arrest of the passenger: Michelle Lynn McDaniel age 55 of Mamou. The driver, Tellisa Sheree McCauley age 48 of Mamou was released on traffic citations.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting 3/4/24 The Evangeline Parish Police Jury met on Monday night. During the hearings prior to the meeting, Matthew Baker from Heroes Everywhere Animal Rescue spoke in favor of creating an ordinance mandating spaying/neutering for animal control in Evangeline Parish. The Jury decided that a meeting with the Sheriff should be scheduled to discuss enforcement of the leash law, and there will also be a push for voluntary spaying and neutering. Brian Richmond, the new manager of Crooked Creek, provided an update on the Park. He asked for approved to purchase a new lawn mower, to get Starlink for internet, and to get 2-3 Golf Carts for the park. There are a number of events planned, and the plan is to have music and food trucks including: Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July – June 29th, Labor Day – August 31st, Halloween – October 19th – Campers only, October 29th – Public invited. The Executive Committee approved hiring a part-time person for the front desk. The Building Committee created a Chauncey Pitre Barn Committee that will include someone from the Beef Council, the 4-H, and Tim Causey, Keith Saucier and Bryan Vidrine. The committee was created to discuss the use of the barn, and rental issues. The Sacred Heart Girls’ Basketball team were introduced at the Police Jury meeting, and congratulated for their historic season. Congratulations, Lady Trojans! A Solar Panel Farm Board was created. The Board will include two Police Jurors and 5 independent members. Kevin Veillon and Brent Guillory will be on this Board. The Board will also include someone from the Farm Bureau. The Jury also approved the a moratorium on future Solar Panel Farms that will be in place until December 4th for further evaluation and study of the economic, health and safety concerns of Solar Farms and to determine if changes need to be made to the Ordinance. Each District has a $10,000 allocation for handling nuisance and neglected properties. Dirk Deville has a list of the adjudicated properties, but the sheriff’s department has not taken the next step. Mr. Deville was asked to schedule a meeting with the Sheriff. The Public Works Director, Jody Snoddy, discussed some equipment needs in different districts as well as the budgets for Crooked Creek. Mr. Ronnie Landreneau gave an update on the Wyble Subdivision. The Secretary/Treasurer, Dirk Deville, is getting settled in his new position. He will have the 2% sales tax update for the next meeting. The Ward 4 Fire Department’s request to hire Kenny Granger was approved, and the Jury received an update on the Property and Casualty Insurance. They approved the parish grass cutting plan. Mr. Deville was asked schedule a meeting with the DOTD to discuss the Bridge Program’s non-compliant status. There will be a Special Meeting to ratify the recommendations of the Industrial Development Board on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:30 PM.

Orphan Train Museum was discussed at Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting

Rotary Club Meeting – 2-20-24 Rotarian Peter Strawitz invited Martha Aubert and James Douget from the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum to present the program at the Rotary meeting on Tuesday. The Louisiana Orphan Train Museum will be celebrating 15 years in October. This museum is 100% volunteer run, and there are approximately 2000 visitors per year. They do a lot of community outreach as well. In the mid-1800s, there was a huge influx of people to New York, and due to shortages, there were thousands of street children, possibly as many as 30,000. Sister Irene Fitzgibbons founded the New York Foundling Hospital. She got the Catholic Church involved, and they were able to send children, as many as 350,000, all over the country. Most of them taken in as indentured servants, but they became a part of the families and part of the local communities. The Church sent people to check on the welfare of the children. Many people in this area can trace their roots back to the Orphan Trains. For a long time, their stories were kept quiet due to the stigma attached. However, the stories are being brought to the forefront now. The museum tells the stories of the orphans who came by train to Opelousas. The beautiful pictures on the walls were restored and brought back to life by Bobby Dardeau. There are 434 orphans whose stories are shared in the museum now, but they know there are more. For more information, please reach out to the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum. Other Rotary News: • The speaker for the next meeting on February 27th will be presented by Phillipe Vidrine. • St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Grand Prairie is having their Fish Fry on Friday from 5:00 – 7:00

Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department Investigates 4 Wheeler Theft

Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department Investigates 4 Wheeler Theft February 20, 2024 Last Monday February 12, Detectives of the Criminal Investigation Division with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted and advised that a St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective contacted the Patrol Sergeant with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and advised him that a confidential informant had told him that a four-wheeler stolen in St. Landry Parish was in Evangeline Parish and at a residence on the Chatagnier road and he would like Deputies to go and try to find it. Detectives went and met with the Patrol units responding to a residence located at the 5900 Blk. of Chataignier Road. Upon arrival, Deputies met with a subject residing there. That subject allowed Deputies to go into two storage containers on the property which possibly contained a stolen four-wheeler but none were found. Deputies later learned there was an address on St. Julien Road and that the stolen four-wheeler might be there. Upon arrival at the 1000 Blk. St. Julien Road, Deputies received consent to search from the homeowners. The homeowners allowed Deputies to search the residence and even helped Deputies look for VIN numbers. During the search, Deputies found a red Honda TRX90 four-wheeler stolen from the Eunice area along with several other four-wheelers that are still awaiting confirmation as being stolen. After interviewing the home owner (Tim Stelly age 41 of Ville Platte) took full responsibility for having the stolen four-wheeler .He was then placed under arrest for Possession of Stolen Things and is currently being heled in the Evangeline Parish Jail with a $35,000.00 bond. Lacey Miller was also placed under arrest for an unrelated St. Landry Parish warrant. She also resides at the above-mentioned address. This investigation is still ongoing and other arrests are possible. As always, Sheriff Charles R. Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their Investigation Department via phone at 337-363-2161 or through the agency’s website at www.evangelineparishsheriff.org. Any person reporting information will remain anonymous. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department receives donation for new radios

On February 5,2024 the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office was given a donation of $1,500.00 from Boardwalk/Texas Gas Pipeline Company towards the purchase of new 700 mhz portable radios. The donation was presented on February 8, 2024 by representative Brian Johnson to the Sheriff. The Sheriff would like to thank Boardwalk/Texas Gas Pipeline Company for the generous donation that was very much appreciated.

Ville Platte City Council Meeting Feb. 6, 2024

Ville Platte City Council - Meeting, Tuesday, February 6, 2024 The Ville Platte City Council met Tuesday night, and Council members asked about specific drainage ditches and sewer lines, and requested signs for churches and schools as well as cross walks. The City Council also voted to set Utility Deposit Rates for Residential Customers at $75.00 and Commercial Customers at $150.00. Charles Tate and Sarahi Sawtelle presented their request for a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the City. Freedom Family Church is planning to build two outdoor courts behind the Hundredfold Coffee building as well as an indoor facility for inclement weather in order to provide supervised activities for children in the Parish. Under the CEA, they requested $6,000 to go towards the expense of completing the courts and buying the necessary supplies. The Council approved the Resolution. The City Engineer, Ronnie Landreneau, updated the Council on various projects. The Phase 4 Water Improvement Project has been funded. The plan is to refurbish all the lift stations. The estimated time to start is 45-60 days, with an estimated completion time of 6-9 months. Mr. Landreneau recommended a Subsurface Evaluation of Utilities. The State has approved the plans for the Heritage Garden. A few changes are needed to meet federal guidelines, and they are about 2 weeks from getting approval to get bids. The preliminary plans are finished for the big parks. The design and construction is approved for half of the project, and they are working with our Representative and Senator for the second half. Fire Chief Chris Soileau reported from the Fire Department. The water leaks under discussion also affect fire prevention and ratings, and he indicated that they may need to change out some fire hydrants. There were 31 incidents handled by the Fire Department in January. In the City, there were three structural fires, one electrical wiring, one carbon monoxide related, one cooking fire and one travel trailer. If you have a generator, you should have a carbon monoxide detector. The Fire Department is working to replenish their staffing. They are recruiting volunteers for the junior program, advertising and taking applications. Chief Soileau introduced and obtained Council approval to hire Dennis Scott as a Full Time Probationer Firefighter/Operator and Christopher White as a Full Time Provisional Firefighter/Operator. The Police Chief, Al Perry Thomas, reported to the Mayor that there were 633 calls in January – down 151 from December. The police made a total of 30 arrests and three of those were felony arrests. There were 20 accidents, four with injuries. The Mayor reported the following: 1. He appointed Eric Fontenot to Cabot’s Economic Development Board. 2. The City street and drainage crews are staying on the Canal project. The sewer issue is an obstruction. The City invested in a pipeline inspection camera. It showed that 125’ from the man hole, there was a tree root growing through the main line. Two Sewer Pipe Jetter Machines were purchased to clear the pipes. 3. There have been numerous calls to add or repair street lights. The Mayor is looking into some new long term solutions. Please report street lights that are out so they can be addressed. 4. The City is going to participate in the Clearance Program created to address and eliminate slum and blight. The Council approved a Resolution for the City’s application for the 2023-2024 LGAP. This is the Local Government Assistance Program - $50,000 for the removal of blighted and abandoned properties. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March

Ville Platte Police Investigating two shootings that occurred the same day

Police searching for subjects wanted in two shootings February 2, 2024 Ville Platte Police Chief Al Perry Thomas reported to KVPI News that on Wednesday January 31 at 1:37pm, detectives responded to an apparent shooting. The location was at the intersection of Young Street and Martin Luther King Street where a male victim was injured from a single gunshot wound to his lower leg. The victim was identified as Andrew Thomas age 28 of Ville Platte He was transported to a hospital in Rapides Parish by Acadian Air Med where he was listed in stable condition. Chief Thomas said his department was notified at 1;39pm the same day on Wednesday of a second shooting incident, this time near the 600 block of East Washington Street in Ville Platte. The male victim was identified as Artrell Denton of Ville Platte. He was transported to a hospital in Lafayette where was listed to be in stable condition. Anyone who has information on these two shootings is asked to contact the Ville Platte Police Department. All callers will remain anonymous.

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