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Drug Arrest by Sheriff's Department

Drug Arrest at Ville Platte Residence December 8, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that Wednesday morning, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff Department Narcotics Division, along with the Allen Parish Sheriff Department Swat Team and the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole executed a search warrant at a residence located at 415 North Fontenot Street in Ville Platte. Agents entered the residence and different building on the property before daylight and detained three people without incident. Agents then searched the home and found crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana along with several handguns and U S currency. Agents confiscated several vehicles, including four wheelers and a golf cart which will be seized. Arrested was James Alexander Garlow Sr. age 47 of 415 North Fontenot Street, Ville Platte charged with: Possession with intent to distribute over 116 grams of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute over 295 grams of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance, possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and money derived from drug proceeds. Sheriff Guillory would like to thank the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Department Swat Team and Narcotics Unit along with the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole. All suspects are innocent till proven guilty.

Food for Families Food Drive 2022 Dec. 6, 2022

The KVPI road crew had a good time broadcasting live at the scene of the 2022 Food for Families Food Drive at the Ville Platte Civic Center Pavilion. The road crew included Karlee, Misty, Britney and Mark. We even had a special report with our own Mike Perron during the day. Santa Claus even showed up. We had holiday music provided by DJ Jude Dardeau. Special thanks to Gene and Darlene for their help. Volunteers included students from Sacred Heart and the Ville Platte High JROTC. Gene Fontenot will be calling in during the French News at 7:30am on KVPI to give a report on how much food was collected during the day long drive.

Parish Deputy Charged with Battery

Parish Deputy Charged with Battery on a Parish Inmate December 6, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that a corrections deputy was fired from his position and formally charged with one count of simple battery and one count of malfeasance in office. The deputy was identified as Juquarius Hayward. His bond was set at $6500. The sheriff said the charges were filed in connection with an altercation last Saturday involving multiple inmates. During the disturbance, all of the prisoners were detained and put on lockdown. While on lockdown, deputy Hayward assaulted one of the prisoners. The investigation is on going and more details may become available. In another case, Sheriff Guillory said a Ville Platte man was arrested in connection with a missing 16 year old female juvenile from Calcassieu Parish. On January 8, the sheriff’s office was contacted by the Calcassieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for help in locating a missing 16 year old female juvenile. Relatives of the missing girl advised deputies they they believed the girl had run away and was picked up by Isaiah Drummer age 21 of Ville Platte. Evangeline Parish deputies were able to locate the missing girl at Drummer’s home in Ville Platte. Once the missing girl was located, she was detained and transported to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and released into the custody of her legal guardian. This matter was then transferred to the sheriff’s office criminal investigations division for further investigation. During the investigation, information was received that suggested that Drummer had an inappropriate sexual contact on at least one occasion after picking up the underage juvenile. Drummer was charged with one count of misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and one count felony contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. He was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail with a bond set at $45,000.

Parish Prisoner recaptured

Parish Prisoner Escapee Captured November 26, 2022 An Evangeline Parish prisoner was recaptured a short time after he escaped from deputies. Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that the inmate, Deonterrian Devon Wilson of Mamou , was being escorted to the parish jail Friday when he took off running and escaped from the deputies. He was considered dangerous. A few hours later, the sheriff’s department notified KVPI News that the escapee was recaptured at 11:40pm Friday night without incident and is back in the parish jail.

Ville Platte City Councilwoman Arrested

Evangeline Parish District Attorney Trent Brignac confirmed to KVPI News today the arrest of Christina Sam, a Ville Platte City Councilwoman , who is currently in a runoff race for re-election. The arrest is related to election fraud, forgery and illegally procuring and submitting voter registration applications that are known to be materially false. The violation of election code provision carries a maximum sentence of up to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to two thousand dollars. District Judge Marcus Fontenot set Sam's bond at $15,000.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting November 7, 2022 The Evangeline Parish Police Jury Monday voted to apply for LGAP funding in the amount of $100,000 for improvements to the Water Tower at the Industrial Park. The jury also agreed to apply for $100,000 in funding to construct a new controls building at the Industrial Park. Police Jury President Bryan Vidrine announced that the Burn Ban in Evangeline Parish has been lifted for local residents. Jury Public Works Director Chester Granger reported that the theft of road signs in the parish is becoming a serious problem. One area the jury is exploring is to purchase cameras to catch those who steal the signs. Also, the police jury tabled the approval of the 2023 operating budget for the Evangeline Parish Communications District to give jurors more time to review until more information is gathered. Several members of the police jury including Juror Eric Soileau praised Granger for “getting the job done” even if it meant working the equipment himself. The jury is considering hiring an Assistant Public Works Director to help Granger in his duties. In other action the police jury: --called a public hearing and special meeting at 4;00pm December 5 to get comments on a proposal to merge the Ward Five and Lone Pine Fire Districts; --received news that sales tax collections for September sales collected In October amounted to $388,626 which is an 11 percent decrease from the previous month; --voted to call their December meeting for Tuesday Dec. 13 at 2:00pm and will be conducted all in the Cajun French language; --voted to give pay raises to Tim Causey, Nolan Soileau, Huey Johnson and Eddie Clark in District Four; --plans to use the $100,000 in NACO funds to be used as matching funds for future grants including the possible construction of a new parish animal shelter.

Traffic Accident Claimed the Life of Evangeline Parish Man

Unrestrained Driver Killed in Evangeline Parish Crash Evangeline Parish – On November 3, 2022, shortly after 10:30 p.m., an officer with Ville Platte Police Department attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued which ended in a fatal crash that claimed the life of the driver, 41-year-old Gary Macneil Sims of Ville Platte. The initial investigation revealed the officer attempted a traffic stop on a 2004 Toyota Camry after the owner reported an unauthorized use of her vehicle. The driver, Sims, began fleeing from police at a high rate of speed. For reasons still under investigation, Sims lost control of the Camry in a curve and exited LA 10 near Pelican Road. Upon doing so, the vehicle overturned several times before striking a utility pole. Sims was unrestrained and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Evangeline Parish Coroner’s Office. Due to the extent of his injuries, a toxicology sample was unable to be obtained for analysis. This crash remains under investigation. While not all crashes are survivable, proper seat belt usage can greatly increase the chances of surviving a crash by spreading out those forces across the strong bones of the body. Speed increases those forces and increases the degree severity in a crash. Please be a responsible driver or a responsible passenger, and buckle up every ride, every time. In 2022, Troop I has investigated 48 fatal crashes resulting in 54 deaths.

John Ross Guillory new Tournoi Champion at Sundays Tournoi Event

The 2022 Tournoi is now in the history books. Today;s event at the Ward One Industrial Park track capped off a great week of Cotton Festival events in Ville Platte. The weather was perfect today for the running of the Tournoi. The emcee was Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel. Fr. Mitch Guidry , pastor of Our Lady Queen of All Saints offered the opening prayer and the "Our Father Prayer" in French. Tee Rob Soileau handled the sound equipment. The KVPI Road crew, Mike Perron and Mark Layne were there covering the event live at the scene. Here are the results of Sunday's Tournoi: First Place and New Champ- John Ross Guillory, 2nd place- Eric Guillory, Third Place- Marcus Guillory, Fourth Place: Cody Guillory who also claimed the fastest time award: 12.470, Fifth Place: Alex Haller who was last year's champion, Sixth Place- Lisa Crane, Seventh Place- Paul Fontenot, 8th place- Bryan Fontenot, 9th place- Chuck Manuel and 10th place- Kent Saucier. Winning the coveted sportsmanship award voted on by the riders was French teacher Marie Toustou, Winning the first place qualifier award was Kent Saucier and Lisa Crane and Cody Guillory won the the two man money team award. Thank you to al our sponsors and thank you to the Tournoi association for allowing us to broadcast at their event again this year. We had listeners listening to our broadcast stream as far away as in France and Texas,

Rotary Club hears from Film Maker

Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting September 20, 2022 The Ville Platte Rotary Club Tuesday heard from Anita Sugimura who has prepared a documentary film entitled “Battlefield: Home Breaking the Silence”. She is a native of California, how residing in Lafayette to care for her mother. The film discusses the challenges veterans face as they transition to a civilian life and the impact on their families. Her father was a Viet Nam veteran who returned back to Lafayette. She relates in the film the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, sociological and psychological issues of a military family once a soldier returns home. The film is being shown in community town halls to help educate families who are facing similar issues. She was the guest of Rotarian Nicole Wenger. Rotary members were reminded of the club’s upcoming Fall Social planned for October 4.

Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine was guest speaker at Tuesday's Rotary Club Meeting

Rotary Club Meeting August 23, 2022 The Ville Platte Rotary Club heard from Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine at its meeting today (Tuesday) at Café Evangeline. Mayor Vidrine said the city is getting ready to complete work on its initial 25 streets using grant funds. Once the work is done, an additional 28 streets are due to be re paved or repaired. On top of that, 30 additional streets are expected to be improved using federal infrastructure funds. She reminded residents that major streets like Main, LaSalle and Tate Cove road are not on the list of streets since they are state highways. Also, groundbreaking is planned soon for the new five million dollar city sewer plant that will replace the 40 year old sewer treatment facility. The new plant will take about 2 years old for construction. The city will have funding to rebuild the 21 sewer lift stations around the city. The city is expected to receive $400,000 in grant funds to make improvements to the Northside City Park and Martin Luther King South Side Park to add walking paths and playground equipment. Improvements will also be made to the Heritage Garden Park. The mayor said funds will be available to construct mini “pocket” parks in five areas around the city include: Demoncheveaux subdivision, Cotton Street, Stagg Street and other areas. The city is looking at commissioning a new mural on the side of a private building at the corner of Main and Railroad. The current mural painted on the side of city hall has won praise and an award by the Louisiana Municipal Association. The abandoned homes project continues in the city. The mayor reported that 148 old buildings and homes have been torn down. However there are still about 300 dilapidated buildings to go. The city is waiting on the supply chain issue to catch up. City officials are waiting to get new stop signs, 25 new street cameras and street signs as well as equipment like tractors and back hoes. Mayor Vidrine reported that fiber broadband service is coming to Ville Platte. LUS officials are planning to have an office in Ville Platte in the next two months to offer high speed internet service to local customers. LUS is expected to hire local residents to work for the company to connect people all over the city and parish. Also, the mayor announced that a new welcome sign will be installed on the East side of Ville Platte near Tobacco Plus that will include water fountains and lighting. In other business the club welcomed three new members: Pat Duplechain, Lauren Fontenot and Angela Fontenot.

Louisiana Orphan Train Museum Presentation

Orphan Train Museum Presentation August 23, 2022 Officials with the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum made a presentation to KVPI today (Tuesday) for publicizing the museum in special public service announcements. They presented a framed copy of the large mural depicting “An Historic Moment: The New York Orphan Train Arrives in Opelousas in 1907:. The original mural drawn by artist Robert Dafford can be seen at the museum. The presentation was made by Martha Aubert, Warren Lafleur and James Douget representing the Louisiana Orphan Train Museum to KVPI General Manager Mark Layne, Misty Parker and Swabby Soileau.

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting August 3, 2022 Concerns were raised at the Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting Wednesday night over who has the authority to create new positions. Mamou School Board Member Mike Fontenot asked the superintendent about the apparent creation of three new positions by the superintendent. Fontenot said the three positions were a grants coordinator, inventory supervisor and a facilitator. Superintendent Darwan Lazard commented that those were not new positions. He remarked that someone already working for the system , a technology coordinator is handling inventory responsibilities. There were additional questions dealing with personnel issues that could not be answered due to the fact the board’s legal advisor was not present at the meeting. Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard and Board President Wayne Dardeau reported that the BESE board in Baton Rouge is considering changing the scoring formulas due to the fact that there are “too many A and B schools” in the state. The formula change would probably drive the scores down in schools around the state. In other business, the school board voted to approve raising the pay for English Language Leaner Tutors to $100 a day or $50 for a half day to attract more people to apply. Also, the school board voted to approve the purchase of a truck or van for the child nutrition program to transport food and supplies between school sites in the parish.

Drug Arrests by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Department

Drug Arrests July 26, 2022 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following drug arrests: Last Saturday, July 23, the sheriff’s department narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on two vehicles for traffic violations. Upon coming into contact with the first vehicle, the driver was identified and it was determined the vehicle she was driving was stolen and she had an active warrant for her arrest. Agents conducted a search of the car and located illegal narcotics. Agents then made contact with the second vehicle and identified the driver. After a short interview, the K-9 drug dog, Diego was deployed and gave a positive alert. Agents conducted a search of the car and located illegal narcotics along with over $11,500 in U.S. currency. The suspects were identified as Heidi Alaine Brignac age 24 of 7734 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ville Platte charged with Theft of a motor vehicle and Possession of Methamphetamine. Also arrested was Brandon J. Deshotel, age 25 of 325 Rue D’Aimme, Ville Platte charged with possession of Methamphetamine and Transactions involving drug proceeds On Tuesday, July 26, the narcotics unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. After a short interview, the drug dog was deployed and the authorities discovered illegal narcotics. The two suspects were identified as: Shawn Allen Murphy age 32 of 11 Martin Springs Road, Forest Hill charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and a traffic violation and Jamie Alexandria Allred, age 23, same address charged with Possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Also on Tuesday, the narcotics unit conducted a search warrant on a residence on Highway 167 North in the Bayou Chicot area. The action was taken after weeks of investigation into illegal drug activity. Agents entered the home and detained one female without incident. Agents conducted a search of the residence and located a large amount of US currency ($15,000), a stolen shotgun, 2.8 pounds of marijuana, scales and packaging. Agents also seized a large number of firearms. The suspect was identified as Mary Rebecca Rachal age 62 of 6050 Highway 167 North charged with possession with intent to distribute over 2.8 pounds of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and transactions involving drug proceeds

Complete List of Qualifiers in Evangeline Parish:

Candidate Qualifying July 22, 2022 Today (Friday) was the final day of qualifying for candidates seeking political office in Evangeline Parish, according to Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel. Here are the candidates that filed their qualifying papers today (Friday) : School Board: District One-Lonnie Sonnier; School Board District Two: Nicky Chaumont; School Board District Five-Chasessica Basco; City of Ville Platte: District B-Anna Frank and Jorie Randle; Alderman District D-Cortez Fontenot; Town of Mamou- Alderman at Large-Joe Paul Deshotel and Alderman District Four -Lisa Celestine; Village of Chataignier-Chief of Police Willtee Eric Gallow; Village of Turkey Creek-Mayor Joey Ducote; Turkey Creek Council member: Ashley Melancon; Town of Basile: Chief of Police -Allen Ivory Jr; Alderman at Large- Charetha Ceasar Rankins, Darrel Reed, and Carmen Cortez; Basile Alderman District One-Jessica Ceasar and Chesley Ortego; and Alderman District District Two- Jennifer Fontenot Ivory, Kristy Miller, Caleb Delafosse, Roger Cortez 2nd and Evelyn Lafleur Williams. Here is the complete list of candidates that qualified: Congressman Mike Johnson has been reelected with no opponents; Judge Gary Ortego has been elected with no opponents to serve as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals from the Third District; Marcus Fontenot has been elected as Judge from the 13th Judicial District Court, Division A with no opponents; For U.S. Senator, incumbent John Kennedy is seeking re-election with 12 opponents from around the state; For Public Service Commissioner incumbent Mike Francis is facing two opponents: Keith Bodin and Shalon Latour; For the special election for Police Juror in District Four: Incumbent Lelia Johnson Thrasher and Stan Leger; For School Board Members: District One-Incumbent Lonnie Sonnier has been reelected with no opponents; For School Board District Two-Incumbent Nicky Chaumont and Rebecca Wall Berzas; For School Board District Three-incumbent Karen Vidrine was reelected with no opponents ; For School Board District Four, Incumbent Wayne Dardeau and Bobby Godwin; For School Board District Five with no incumbents: Monica Blood Andrus, Chasessica Basco, Curtis Henry Jr., and Craig Whittington; For School Board District Six: Incumbent Mike Fontenot was reelected with no opponents; For School Board District Seven: Sheila Joseph was reelected with no opponents; For School Board District Eight: Wanda Skinner, the incumbent was reelected with no opponents; For School District Nine: Incumbent Scott Limoges and Kristy Briley; For School Board District Ten: Arthur Savoy, the incumbent and Fannie Soileau; For School Board District Eleven: Tanicia Doyle and Bobby Max Hamlin; For School Board District Twelve: Ellis Guillory Sr. incumbent and Calvin Leday Jr.; For School Board District 13:Incumbent Georgianna Wilson and Donald Anderson. For the City of Ville Platte: Mayor: Karl Bordelon, Renee Brown, Jennifer Vidrine, incumbent and Ryan LeDay Williams; For Chief Of Police: Neal Lartigue, incumbent and A. Perry Thomas; For Alderman: District A Councilman-Faye Lemoine was reelected with no opponent; Alderman District B:Anna Frank, Incumbent Jerry Joseph and Jorie Randle; For District C:Tracie Jagneaux and Shirleen O’Conner; District D Councilman: Incumbent Jordan Anderson, Cortez Fontenot, Renaldo Frank, Shawn Roy, and Vashansky Shanky Thomas; District E: Earl Edward, incumbent Christina Sam and Adam Toussaint; and District F: Brant Riggs and Leroy Robertson Jr. In The Town of Basile: For Mayor: Mark Denette, incumbent and Latoya Howze; For Chief of Police, incumbent Allen Ivory Jr. was reelected with no opponents; For Alderman at Large: Charetha Ceasar Rankins, Carmen Cortez, and Darrel Reed; Alderman District One: Jessica Ceaser and Chesley Ortego; For Alderman District Two: Kenny Burgess, Roger Cortez 2nd, Caleb Paul Delafosse, Jennifer Fontenot Ivory, John JJ Jenkins, Evelyn Lafleur Williams and Kristy Miller. For the Town of Mamou: Mayor-Leisa Deshotel and Incumbent Ricky Fontenot; for Mamou Chief of Police: Pat Hall and Incumbent Brent Zackery; For Alderman at Large: Cora Chretien-Veal, Joe Paul Deshotel, Ricardo “Reko”Goodley, and Jimmie “JT” Thomas; Alderman District One: Ricky Allison and Derrell “Sheaky” Thomas; District Two Councilman- Brook Chapman, incumbent reelected with no opponents; District Three: Allen Dicks, Eugene Manuel and Allen Noel Sr. and District Four: Lisa Celestine and Incumbent Robin Young; For the Village of Chataignier: Mayor-Incumbent Justin Darbonne and Henry Watson; for Chief of Police: Willtee Eric Gallow and Brandon Watz; Councimen: Three to be elected: Carilyn “Tu” Arvie, Maria Calvin, Tom Frank, Duncan Johnston, and Kelly Watz; For the Village of Turkey Creek: Mayor- Bert K. Campbell, Victoria “Vicki” Chaddrick, and Joey Ducote; For councilman, three to be elected: Eric Chapelle, Shawn “Heavy” Fontenot, Krista Hebert, Jessie Johnson, Billy Neal King Jr., and Ashley Melancon.

More candidates qualify on the second day of Qualifying

Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court reported to KVPI News the following candidates who qualified on Thursday during the second day of qualifying for the November Primary elections. School Board: District 7 Sheila Joseph-incumbent School Board: District 9 Kristy Briley Scott Limoges-Incumbent School Board: District 11 Tanicia Doyle City of Ville Platte: Mayor: Karl Bordelon Chief of Police: Neal Lartigue Alderman, District E Adam Toussaint Alderman, District F Bryant Riggs Town of Basile: Alderman, District 2 John “JJ” Jenkins Town of Mamou: Chief of Police: Brent Zackery Alderman At Large: Cora Chretien-Veal Village of Turkey Creek Council Members: Eric Chapelle Jesse E. Johnson Shawn “Heavy” Fontenot Qualifying ends Friday afternoon.

First Day of Qualifying for the November Primary Elections

As per Clerk of Court, Randy Deshotel, candidates that have qualified as of 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2022, to run for office in the upcoming Fall election are as follows: District Judge; 13th Judicial District Court, Div. A Marcus L. Fontenot Police Juror: District 4 Lelia Johnson Thrasher Stanley “Stan” Leger School Board: District 1 School Board: District 2 School Board: District 3 Karen Vidrine School Board: District 4 Wayne Dardeau Robert “Bobby” Godwin School Board: District 5 Craig Whittington Monica Blood Andrus Curtis Henry Jr. School Board: District 6 Micheal “Mike” Fontenot School Board: District 7 School Board: District 8 Wanda Anderson-Skinner School Board: District 9 School Board: District 10 Arthur Savoy Fannie Soileau School Board: District 11 Bobby Max Hamlin School Board: District 12 Ellis Guillory, Sr. Calvin Leday, Jr. School Board: District 13 Georgianna Wilson Donald R. “Don” Anderson City of Ville Platte: Mayor: Ryan Leday Williams Jennifer Vidrine Renee Brown Chief of Police: A. Perry Thomas Alderman, District A Faye Lemoine Alderman, District B Jerry Joseph Alderman, District C Tracey Jagneaux Shirlene O’Connor Alderman, District D Jordan Anderson Renaldo J. Frank Shawn C. Roy Vashanski “Shanky” Thomas Alderman, District E Christina F. Sam Earl Edward Alderman, District F Leroy Robertson, Jr. Town of Basile: Mayor: Chief of Police: Alderman At Large: Alderman, District 1 Alderman, District 2 Kenny A. Burgess Town of Mamou: Mayor: Leisa Deshotel Ricky Fontenot Chief of Police: “Pat” Hall Alderman At Large: Jimmie “JT” Thomas Ricardo “Reko” Goodley Alderman, District 1 Rickey Allison Derrell “Sheaky” Thomas Alderman, District 2 Brook Chapman Alderman, District 3 Allen S. Noel Allen Dicks Eugene Manuel Alderman, District 4 Robin L. Young Village of Chataignier: Mayor: Justin Darbonne Henry Watson Chief of Police: Brandon Watz Aldermen: Carilyn “Tu” Arvie Maria Calvin Kelly Watz Tom Frank Duncan Johnston Village of Turkey Creek: Mayor: Bert K. Campbell Victoria “Vicki” Chaddrick Council Members: Billy “Neal” King Krista J. Hebert

Rotary Club Hears from Mrs. Jackie Miller discussing French Table

Rotary Club Meeting July 19, 2022 The Ville Platte Rotary Club, today (Tuesday) heard from guest speaker Mrs. Jackie Miller. She is the host of the weekly French Table at Hundred Fold Coffee every Monday at 3;00pm. Since the month of March, some 10-20 people attend the weekly gathering to learn and speak French. She urged those wanting to learn our French language to attend the meetings and purchase a copy of “Cajun Self Taught” by Fr. Jules Daigle. Mrs. Miller is a retired legal secretary who worked for a number of local attorneys including Jules Ashlock. She was the guest of Rotarian Dan Poret who was in charge of the weekly program. Photo compliments of Ville Platte Gazette.

Armed Robbery Suspect being sought by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office

On Sunday July 10, 2022, at approximately 2130 hours, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division responded to an Armed Robbery in progress located at the Dollar General Store on the 1700 Blk. of the Chataignier Rd. just outside of Ville Platte. The victim reported that a Black Male, between 5-10 and 6 feet tall, medium build, wearing blue jeans, a long sleeve hooded shirt, and a mask resembling a skull, entered the store and pointed what appeared to be a small pink hand gun at the victim demanding money. The victim then immediately retreated from the suspect and locked herself inside the manager’s office. During that time, the suspect attempted to open the register but was unsuccessful. Prior to Deputies arrival, the suspect fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction. If anyone has any information in reference to this incident please contact the Evangeline Parish Criminal Investigations Division at 337-363-2161.

Mamou Police Investigations

Mamou Police was notified of a 4 wheeler theft that occurred in the early hours of June 22, 2022. After the initial officer answered the complaint, Chief Zackery, Assistant Chief Mitchell and Captain Benoit were notified of the theft and began an investigation. This case was able to be solved within the first 24 hours of the ATV being stolen. Through thorough investigations they were able to recover and return the ATV to the owner along with having a suspect apprehended. In another case, On June 23, 2022 Mamou Police were contacted about a residential burglary on the 600 block of 5th Street. Officers responded and started their initial investigation. Captain Benoit was then notified and assigned the case where he further investigated the incident. Chief Zackery, Assistant Chief Mitchell and Capt Benoit were able to gather information and leads to suspects that were involved in the burglary. Arrest warrants have been secured and executed on several individuals. Several firearms and an ATV has been recovered. Still missing is a 2006 Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck grey in color with a deer antler decal on the back glass. Officers are also seeking the identity of one juvenile suspect who goes by the name “Tuttie” or Pah-Tuttie”. If anyone knows or can identify this subject are asked to contact the Mamou Police Department. All calls will remain anonymous.

Acadian Ambulance Paramedic Guest Speaker at Rotary Club Meeting

Jacques Dupre, a 17 year veteran paramedic with Acadian Ambulance Service was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. Dupre is a resident of Baton Rouge and a native of Ville Platte. He is training to receive his funeral license through Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. Dupre said he is happy to be back in his home town. He announced Acadian Ambulance Service is celebrating its 51st anniversary in business this year. The company has grown to operate some 600 ambulances throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The company receives an average of 1500 calls per day in its service area. He reported that an applicant to become an E.M.T. must be at least 18 years old, have a chauffer’s license and successfully complete the Emergency Medical Technician course. Dupre was the special guest of Rotarian Richard LeJeune.

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