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Turkey Creek Arrests

Turkey Creek Police Arrests September 14, 2021 The Turkey Creek Police Department has remained busy in the past month conducting several traffic stops confiscating narcotics and ensuring the safety of local and area residents, according to Police Chief Steven Ardoin. On August 9, the Turkey Creek Police conducted a traffic stop on a minor traffic violation. After a brief road side interview, police learned that Mrs. Ashley Naquin of Turkey Creek and her passenger, Haley Hudson of Turkey Creek had outstanding warrants for their arrest. Officers requested permission to search the vehicle and the consent was denied. Police deployed their certified dual purpose patrol K9 to conduct an open air sniff of the vehicle. There was a positive alert from the K9. After a search, marijuana was located. Naquin was cited for simple possession of marijuana. Both subjects were transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail for their outstanding charges. On August 23, Turkey Creek Police conducted a traffic stop for a minor violation. After a search of the vehicle, marijuana was located the driver, Mrs. Shaquila Thomas of Port Barre was cited for simple possession of marijuana. On August 31, police conducted traffic control on cemetery road. After a brief roadside interview, their K9 Ice was deployed and he alerted on the vehicle. Narcotics were located, Joshua Aucoin of Mamou had a warrant for his arrest later that day. On Monday Sept. 6, officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. After making contact with the driver, Elan Radar of Tyler, Texas. Police discovered the driver had full extradition felony warrants out of Texas for major offenses. His passenger, John Dugan also of Tyler, Texas was just released from prison and is a known gang member. The K9 Ice was deployed and police got a positive alert. Police located Crystal Meth, Heroin and drug paraphernalia. Dugan also had narcotics hidden on his person. Both subjects were transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail for booking. Last Saturday, Sept. 11, officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Rusty Gautreaux of Ville Platte. Police learned that the driver had outstanding warrants for his arrest on narcotics charges. After a search, narcotics were located in the vehicle. Gautreaux was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrants and cited for the narcotics located inside the vehicle. Turkey Creek Police would like to than everyone involved with assisting in keeping narcotics off our streets and out of our homes. They would like to the community for their continued trust in the department and their pledge is to continue to keep the community safe.

Rotary Club hears from Candace Aguillard with Mercy Regional Medical Center

Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting September 14, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Candace Aguillard who works in the Cardiac Cath Lab at Mercy Regional Medical Center. She informed club members that patients can now be treated for heart related illnesses with two new physicians: Dr. Patrick Savoy, a general/vascular surgeon and cardiologist Dr. Raghotham Patlola. The cath lab offers angiographs, stents, echocardiograms, EKG, Stress Test and pacemaker and defibrillator services. The speaker was the guest of Rotarian Renee Brown.

Drug Arrests by Sheriff's Office

Drug Arrests September 8, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following drug arrests: Last Friday, the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit entered a residence at 614 Huey Long Street in Ville Platte discovered narcotics and US currency. This led to the following arrest: Dustin Raushuan Johnson age 29 of Ville Platte charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute PCP and Possession with intent to distribute Marijuana. Also on Friday, sheriff’s deputies conducted a driver impairment check point on US 167 east of Ville Platte. While they were conducting a check point, deputies located narcotics in several vehicles. This led to the following actions: Byron Lee Abbs age 23 of Pitkin charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana; In a separate stop, the following were arrested Jamail Anthony Ledet Jr. age 25 of Missouri City, Texas cited for possession of marijuana; Anthony Kervin Troy age 25 of New Iberia charged with possession of a stolen firearm and cited for possession of marijuana; Stephen Earl Cook age 42 of Opelousas charged with possession of Cocaine and cited for possession of marijuana. As always, Sheriff Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Department is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigations Department at 337-363-2161.

Oakdale man killed in Traffic accident in Evangeline Parish

19-Year-Old Oakdale Man Dies in Fiery Crash in Evangeline Parish Evangeline Parish – On September 7, 2021, shortly before 8:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a two-vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 106 east of Paradise Lane in Evangeline Parish. The crash claimed the life of 19-year-old Luke A. Fontenot of Oakdale. The preliminary investigation revealed Fontenot was driving east on LA 106 in a 2013 Nissan Rogue. At the same time, a 2006 International 18-wheeler, pulling a logging trailer, was backing into a worksite on the north side of LA 106. Fontenot’s Nissan struck the side of the International on the passenger side diesel tank in the eastbound travel lane causing both vehicles to become engulfed in flames. Troopers were unable to immediately determine seat belt usage on the part of either driver due to the severity of damage. Fontenot was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler suffered only minor injuries and refused medical treatment. He also showed no signs of impairment and submitted a breath sample indicating no alcohol present. This crash remains under investigation. Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, and follow all traffic laws. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death. Troop I has investigated 39 fatal crashes resulting in 48 deaths in 2021.

Community Foundation of Acadiana speaker at Rotary Club Tuesday

Rotary Club hears Community Foundation of Acadiana spokesman August 31, 2021 Raymond Hebert with Community Foundation of Acadiana was the featured speaker at today’s (Tuesday) meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. The Community Foundation of Acadiana was founded some 21 years ago committed to building legacies and improving communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about. The Foundation is now the third largest community foundation in the state and serves the 8 parish Acadiana area including Evangeline Parish. He reported that the Evangeline Foundation, an affiliate of the C.F.A. was created in 2018 to help create a legacy for parish residents and their families. Each parish affiliate has an affiliate advisory board and is comprised of investors that are residents or natives of that parish. The goal is to raise at least one million dollars in named permanent funds for each parish. That permanent fund is the “engine” that generates discretionary resources to be used at the discretion of the Evangeline Advisory Board. The C.F.A. sponsors the SOLA giving Day. In 2021, there were a total of 3737 donation received raising a total of $1.88 million dollars that were distributed to non profit groups and organizations. The next SOLA Giving Day will be May 5, 2022. The speaker was the guest of Rotarian Bob Manuel.

French Immersion Teachers speak at Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club August 24, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from some of the new French Immersion teachers that just arrived to teach students at Mamou Elementary and Ville Platte Elementary. Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard told club members that students from kindergarten to 5th grade are eligible to attend French Immersion classes. There are 70 students enrolled in Ville Platte and 110 children in Ville Platte. Katrina Ardoin, principal at Ville Platte introduced her new teacher whose home is Tunisia in northern Africa. Rebecca Fontenot, Assistant Principal at Mamou Elementary, introduced her three new French Immersion teachers who come from France, Quebec, Canada and from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Mike Lombas, Assistant Superintendent, thanked the community for supporting the teachers and the French program in our local schools. He is asking for the public’s help in finding two rental units, an apartment or a small home for two new teachers that will be arriving soon in the parish The superintendent shared with Rotary Club members his plan to make major improvements to every school campus in the parish and to give pay raises to employees. The school board earlier approved a plan to pass a bond issue to raise some $4.6 million dollars in revenues to make improvements like: outdoor classrooms at Ville Platte Elementary, W.W. Stewart and Chataignier Elementary; a new athletic track at Pine Prairie and Ville Platte High; install air conditioning at the Mamou High gym , a new softball field at Basile High along with other renovations. Also, Senator Heather Cloud was able to secure $1 million dollars in state funding to construct a new multi-purpose building at Bayou Chicot Elementary. The school board also approved giving pay raises $1400 to teachers and $670 to support workers from state and local sources. Lazard said all of this is being done without any additional taxes to the taxpayers of the parish. Elementary Supervisor Cherie Fontenot explained the school board’s plans to improve test scores and increase academic achievement

Drug Arrests

Drug Arrests August 23, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News: On Saturday August 21, the sheriff’s department criminal patrol unit stopped a vehicle on Oberlin road for a traffic violation. The deputies made contact with the driver and noticed a strong odor of marijuana from the car. The deputies searched the vehicle and found narcotics and currency. This led to the following: Queen Lentoria Evelyn Smith age 22 of 1001 Maple Avenue of Mamou was charged with possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone and was also cited and released for possession of marijuana and traffic violations. Also on Saturday, criminal patrol agents stopped a truck for a traffic violation. When they made contact with the driver, agents noticed a bag of marijuana in plaint view. This led to the following action: Jermaine Dalcour age 37 of Kinder was cited and released for possession of marijuana and traffic violations. As always, Sheriff Guillory and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigation department at 363-2161. All calls will remain anonymous.

Evangeline Parish School Board Addresses Lower Testing Scores

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Evangeline Parish School Board, the board presented their “Closing the Learning Gap” plan, intended to address the lower testing scores from recent years. According to the latest data, Evangeline Parish schools performed better than 40% (28 out of 70) districts in LA, but the board feels that our schools can do much better. They have not received a new district score since 2019 due to the pandemic.

With this new plan, teachers will make weekly data reports and provide at-risk students with direct instruction to help close learning gaps. Students at the basic level will receive targeted instruction to accelerate them into Mastery level. The same approach will be used for students already at Mastery levels, but with enrichment time instead of acceleration. K-2 students, though not tested, will also be assessed to help keep them on grade level.

Additionally, “homework hotlines” will be coming in September to help students with their work and answer question. Targeted support for teachers and teacher quality will also be implemented.

Dr. Chuck Aswell was in attendance to give a follow-up from their last meeting. He says that while he understands the public’s frustrations at the current situation, the board has to follow Gov. Edwards’ mask mandate for ages 5 and older. He clarified that the mandate is 100% legal, since the state of Louisiana has the right to preserve public health and safety.

Temperatures will be taken at schools and, if they are too high, the individual will be tested for COVID-19. If the test comes back positive, the individual will be sent home for a 10-day quarantine along with all household members. As of Wednesday, quarantine is no longer required if contact with COVID-19 is made, but only if an individual is vaccinated. Dr. Aswell remains adamant that the pandemic is not just an individual fight, but something that affects everyone. The number of children on ventilators in ICU is going up rapidly, but the vaccine is here and needs to be utilized not only for our own sakes, but for the future of our children.

Mr. Lazard finished by stating that he is adamant about keeping the students in in the classroom and that the public’s cooperation is appreciated.

The board received an update on “Leader in Me,” a program intended to better not just the schools, but also the community. The program is intended as a “culture change” in how students live, relate to others, and work in their community. It gives each child a job or responsibility within the classroom and forms good habits by preparing them for the future. Instead of reaching individual students, the program allows teachers and mentors to present 100s of students with equal opportunities. Right now, the program is only in 4 schools beginning with elementary, but they plan to bring it to every school and every grade in the future.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: all school board employees can wear tennis shoes until further notice


Turkey Creek K-9 Balu receives Body Armor Donation

Turkey Creek Police Department’s K9 Balu has received donation of body armor Turkey Creek Police Department’s K9 Balu has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Balu’s vest was sponsored by Dr. Robin Ballina of Shakopee, MN and embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9 Luna, Duluth, MN- EOW 2/26/21”. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., established in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) charity whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. This potentially lifesaving body armor for four-legged K9 officers is U.S. made, custom fitted, and NIJ certified. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has provided over 4,301 vests to K9s in all 50 states at a value of $6.9 million, made possible by both private and corporate donations. The program is open to U.S. dogs that are at least 20 months old and actively employed and certified with law enforcement or related agencies. K9s with expired vests are also eligible to participate. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. accepts tax-deductible contributions in any amount, while a single donation of $960 will sponsor one vest. Each vest has a value of $1,744-$2,283, weighs an average of 4-5 lb., and comes with a five-year warranty. For more information, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts donations at www.vik9s.org, or you may mail your contribution to P.O. Box 9, East Taunton, MA 02718. Turkey Creek Police Department would like to thank everyone involved with assisting with keeping the narcotics off of our streets and out of our homes. We would also like to thank the community for their continued trust in the Department and that we continue to keep the community safe.

Sheriff Department Drug Arrests

Drug Arrests by Sheriff’s Deputies August 12, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News the following drug arrests: The Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division conducted a traffic stop on a truck on Tuesday on Armand Street in Ville Platte . After smelling the odor of marijuana, the drug dog, Diego alerted to the presence of narcotics. Agents searched the vehicle and found narcotics, guns and U.S. currency. This led to the agents obtaining a search warrant for a residence at 117 Armand Street. Agents and deputies located additional narcotics and weapons. This led to the following arrests: Malcolm Jawaski Smith age 31 of Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute over 20 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute over 3.5 ounces of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute over 21.8 grams of fentanyl, possession with intent to distribute over 59 ecstasy pills, possession of PCP, possession of oxycodone, possession of a firearm in presence of controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia. Also arrested at the home was Ashley Smith age 31 of Ville Platte. She was charged with possession with intent to distribute over 20 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute over 3.5 ounces of fentanyl, possession of with intent to distribute 59 pills of ecstasy, possession of PCP, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The sheriff remarked that she was a corrections officer working for Ville Platte City Police at the time of her arrest. She was also charged with malfeasance in office. Also on Wednesday, the Narcotics Division conducted a traffic stop on another vehicle. The driver gave permission to search and agents located narcotics hidden under the hood. This led to the arrest of Daniel Scott Guillory age 36 of Ville Platte charged with possession with intent to distribute over ten grams of methamphetamine, possession of one gram of heroin, possession of one gram of fentanyl and possess of drug paraphernalia. As always, Sheriff Guillory and the Sheriff’s Office is always seeking information on criminal activity and urges the public to contact their investigations Department at 363-2161.

Royalty Announced for 2021 Louisiana Cotton Festival

2021 Cotton Festival Royalty Announced! Members of the Louisiana Cotton Association have been working on the 67th annual La Cotton Festival, which will be observed on Tuesday October 19 through Sunday October 24, 2021. They are pleased to announce the royalty for the 67th Louisiana Cotton Festival: Mr. Jeff Willis – Head Coach of Louisiana State University at Eunice will be crowned King Cotton 67th Mr. Chris Guillory – Evangeline Parish Tax Assessor has graciously accepted duties of Colonel Cotton, Mrs. Patricia Duplechin – Activity Director at Heritage Manor of Ville Platte will serve as the Grand Parade Marshal of Grand Parade of Cotton. Miss Shelbi McClay Rials is the reigning Queen Cotton 66th. She will crown her successor Saturday October 23rd at our Cotton Coronation starting at 5:30pm. Friday night we will have our annual “Fais-Do-D0” Starting at 6:00 pm with The Trever Causey Band to kick of the night , then Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie will be our head-line entertainment and he will take the stage at 9 p.m. Members of the Cotton Festival Association would like to invite everyone to join them on October 19 through October 24, 2021 at the North Side Civic Center to have a Cotton Pickin Good Time!

Turkey Creek Police Make Arrests

Turkey Creek Police Chief Steven Ardoin released the following arrest reports to KVPI News: On Tuesday, August 03, 2021 Officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department observed a Beige in color Honda Accord commit a minor Traffic violation. Upon stopping the vehicle and making contact with the driver a Mr. Saengatith Xanamane of Forrest Hill it was learned that he had an outstanding warrant With the Turkey Creek Police Department for possession of Schedule II with intent to distribute. Officers advised Mr. Xanamane of the warrant and then had a brief interview on the side of the road. K9 Ice was deployed on the vehicle and gave positive alert on the vehicle for the odor of possible narcotics. A search of the vehicle was conducted and presumed Crystal Meth was located along with presumed Marijuana. Mr. Xanamane was booked into the Evangeline Parish jail for the outstanding warrant and the additional charges occurred after the stop. On August 06, 2021 Officers with the Turkey Creek Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a yellow four wheeler driving on the roadway. Officers made contact with the driver a Mr. Donald Holden of Ville Platte and advised him of the reason of the stop. When asked for his driver’s license Mr. Holden advised that it was in his bag but didn’t want to get it out due to it being a lot to deal with. Officers asked him to retrieve the license and he was hesitant to go inside the bag. Officers obtained enough reasonable suspicion to deploy the K9 for an open air sniff on the baggage to which K9 Ice gave a positive alert on the baggage. When searching the bag officers located a revolver and drug paraphernalia within the bag used for smoking Crystal Meth. When officers attempted to place Mr. Holden in Handcuffs he began to attempt to run. Officers gave chase and K9 Ice was deployed for apprehension. K9 Ice assisted in apprehending Mr. Holden by doing what he was trained to do by biting Mr. Holden several times. He was able to escape from the bite then continued to run into a neighboring yard where he was tased by officers and able to escape again. After a brief foot pursuit a neighbor assisted with taking Mr. Holden to the ground while K9 Ice assisted with the apprehending him as well. Mr. Holden was placed in handcuffs then transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail after being treated for his bite wounds. Turkey Creek Police Department would like to thank everyone involved with assisting with keeping the narcotics off of our streets and out of our homes. We would also like to thank the community for their continued trust in the Department and that we continue to keep the community safe.

Tensions Rise Over Masks at Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting

Evangeline Parish School Board

4 August 2021

 

Mask wearing was the hot topic at Wednesday’s meeting of the Evangeline Parish School Board. At their last meeting, it was decided that masks would be voluntary unless the state of Louisiana ordered otherwise. Since the state has issued a mask mandate, the decision is no longer in the hands of the school board; they must abide by Governor John Bel Edwards’ orders.

 

Dr. Chuck Aswell was in attendance to give everyone information on masks and how they work. He said that clear plastic face shields, while comfortable, are not effective on their own. COVID-19 is a droplet disease, meaning that it is not airborne and that those droplets can slide down the plastic and defeat the purpose of the mask. Handmade cotton masks should be 3 layers thick: a cotton interior to absorb, a poly-woven blend in the middle, and polyester on the outside to prevent the droplets from escaping. Surgical masks are best for public use, while N95 masks are recommended for healthcare workers. Essentially, he said, N95 masks protect the wearer since they absorb what comes in, and surgical masks protect the public by absorbing what goes out.

 

All students and employees will be required to wear a surgical mask or a 3-layer cotton mask on campuses.

 

Dr. Aswell also says that while over 300 million people in the US are vaccinated, only 6,000 deaths are attributed to adverse effects of the vaccine. Again, he warns everyone to be wary of misinformation spread online.

 

Several parents and citizens showed up at the meeting to argue for or against mask-wearing; however, since public comments were not on the agenda, the public was not permitted to speak. Individuals who chose not to wear masks were asked to remain outside. Instead, some upset individuals chose to shout over the board members to express their anger over the mask mandate and accuse the board of dictatorship. Tensions quickly rose, with some people taking off their masks and others shouting their opinions from outside the room. Authorities were called and an officer arrived to keep watch at the door. Mr. Arthur Sampson spoke in favor of the mask mandate, but since public comments were not allowed from either side, he was still asked to remain silent. He left after threatening to sue the school board for silencing the public but returned later to inform them that his attorney would be in touch.

 

The school board would like to remind everyone that all public schools in Evangeline Parish will return on Wednesday, August 11th; teachers are to return to work on Monday, August 9th. They would also like to stress that NO child will ever be tested for the virus without parent approval.


Acadian Ambulance Spokesperson Guest Speaker at Ville Platte Rotary Meeting

Ville Platte Rotary Club August 3, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Amy Guidry, Operations Coordinator with Acadian Ambulance Service. Guidry is a 22 year veteran with the ambulance service and a native of Avoyelles Parish. Acadian Ambulance Service is celebrating its 50th anniversary September 1. The company began with eight employees and two ambulances in Lafayette. Since that humble beginning, the company has grown and expanded to serve residents in Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee. The company has also grown to include six different divisions including Air Med, Fixed Wing aircraft, Total Security and National EMS Academy. Currently the company has 5000 employees and 640 ambulances. It is the only nationally accredited ambulance service in the state. In 1974, Acadian Ambulance expanded to Evangeline Parish. The company now has 30 employees working in the parish with a 1.5 million dollar payroll. Since 1971, Acadian Ambulance has been having an annual membership drive to help provide discounted services to members. In 1993, the company became 80 percent employee owned. The speaker was the guest of Rotarian Eric Gil.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury looking at new revenue Sources

Evangeline Parish Police Jury reviewing funding sources August 2, 2021 The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, Monday, was notified by Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron that the parish is some $63,000 over budget in housing parish prisoners in out of parish prisons and there is still five months left in the budget year. The jury is mandated to house prison prisoners. More bad news came from Jury legal advisor Christopher Ludeau. He informed the jury , due to new Covid restrictions, the Department of Corrections has stopped  the transporting of D.O.C. prisoners plus possibly suspending jury trials which will aggravate the jury’s financial problems. The jury advised Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron to look at the possibility of having excess funds from the Parish Library and Health Unit taxes be re-dedicated to a special court fund to help pay for parish inmates during this financial crisis facing the parish. Juror Sidney Fontenot “We have to let the public know what our problems are and what options we have. If we don’t do something, it’s going to bankrupt this parish.”. In other business, the police jury voted to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with L.U.S. to secure funding sources for Evangeline Parish to get high speed fiber to the homes of parish residents. Ryan Meche of L.U.S. Fiber spoke to the jury during the meeting. His company offers the fastest internet service in America at 10 GB. The police jury will be applying for a number of state and federal grants to bring high speed internet and broadband service to residents throughout the parish. In other action the police jury: --approved keeping the Lake Cove precinct at Berl Clark’s store after earlier last month voted to move it to the Lake Cove Baptist Church; --will open bids for an electrical system upgrade at Crooked Creek Recreational Park. The park has remained busy this camping season with over 500 campers checking in during July; --received a report from Section 8 housing director Anna Frank that her program has secured 15 emergency housing vouchers to assist homeless families. The program is serving 159 tenants throughout the parish with a maximum of 140 applicants on the waiting list; --approved a capital improvement plan for the parish library and its branches; --took in $417,600 in sales taxes from the 2 percent sales tax in July, a 28 percent increase over the same period a year ago.


Ville Platte Police investigate attempted murder-suicide at local business Sunday

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports an attempted murder and suicide. On Sunday, August 1, 2021 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Officers responded to a report of a shooting at a business on the 500 block of Tate Cove Road. Witnesses stated that the male suspect shot the female and then fled to the back of the building with a gun held to his head. Officers learned that a male suspect had shot a female and then shot himself near the doors of the business. Officers located the injured female sitting in the back seat of a vehicle with multiple gunshot injuries. She was transported by a bystander to Mercy Regional Hospital where she was met by air med for transportation to Rapides General Hospital. The male was pronounced dead at the scene. No further identification information is being released at this time pending notification to the family. The female victim is reported to be in stable condition at this time.

Turkey Creek Police arrest Mamou resident

On July 30, 2021 Officers with the Turkey Creek Police department made contact with Regina Grant of Mamou. After a brief discussion Mrs. Grant was found to be in possession of presumed Crystal Meth and one glass pipe used for smoking the presumed meth. Mrs. Grant was placed into custody and transported to the Evangeline Parish jail for charges pertaining to narcotics. Turkey Creek Police Department is continuously striving to make Turkey Creek a safer place for our community and as always Chief Steven Ardoin would like to thank the public for their continued support and to report all suspicious activity and all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Drug Arrests made by Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Deputies

Drug Arrests By Sheriff’s Department July 30, 2021 Evangeline Parish Sheriff Charles Guillory reported to KVPI News that his narcotics division executed a search warrant at a residence in Chataignier . This was after several months of surveillance and intelligence gathering. Agents entered the residence and took three people into custody with out incident. Agents located a large amount of various illegal narcotics, US currency from illegal naroctics sales and weapons. The following people were arrested: Randy Matte age 60 charged with possession of amphetamine, possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone, possession of Clorazepate, possession of Lorazepam, possession of Diazepam, Possession of Alprazolam, possession of schedule four drugs, possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distribute morphine, possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone, possession of Suboxone, possession of Carisoprodol, possession with intent to distribute schedule LSD, possession of Fentanyl, possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine, possession of cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute marjiuana. His bond was set at $106,500; Also arrested at the same residence was Ashley Bergeron age 28 charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, possession of Hydrocodone, possession of Morphine, possession of Amphetamine, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $41,000. Also arrested at the home, Ryan Timothy Daigle age 29 charged with possession of LSD, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances, possession of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a minor, possession of methamphetamine and he also has a bench warrant. His bond set at $62.500. Also on Wednesday, the K-9 unit stopped a car on Tate Cove Road for a traffic violation, Deputies deployed their drug dog, Diego, to a do a search of the car and they located narcotics. This led to the arrest of Mckayla Angelle Sonnier age 19 of Opelousas charged with possession of Suboxone and cited for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. Also arrested was Hunter Lynn Boone age 24 of Opelousas cited and released for possession of marijuana; Last Saturday July 24 The K-9 unit stopped a car for a traffic violation. Following an interview with the driver, narcotics were located. The suspect was identified as Khaddishia Kelsey Lana Anderson age 26 of Ville Platte cited for possession of marijuana and a traffic violation. On July 27, the traffic division was working traffic on I-49. They attempted to stop a car for speeding. A high speed pursuit began with speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour. Once the pursuit ended, led to the arrest of Jaworra Dorsay age 29 of Alexandria charged with aggravated flight from an officer, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and obstruction of justice and Martavus Rhone age 29 also of Alexandria charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled dangerous substances and obstruction of justice.

Barney Bridges guest speaker at Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club Meeting July 27, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club heard from Barney Bridges, a star baseball player at McNeese State University who went on to play in the major leagues for the Houston Colt 45’s. Bridges is a native of Ville Platte. After being let go by Houston Bridges went back and completed his studies at McNeese. After getting his degree, Bridges went to work at Shell Oil and later for Citgo for 34 years. His heart was in baseball. He competed in Men’s Fast Pitch Softball in the national finals. He said one of his highlights was when ABC’s Wide World of Sports did a feature on his championship team and got to shake hands with TV Host Curt Gowdy. His father, Ray Bridges, was the manager of the popular semi pro team, the Ville Platte Pirates. Bridges said his advice to ball players that education should be their number one priority since only two percent of college players make it to the pros. He was the guest speaker of Rotarian Larry Lachney. In other business, Rotarian Wayne Vidrine announced that Katherine Fontenot, a student at McNeese University was one of two winners of the Rotary Club $1250 Scholarship. Club President Jimmy LeBlanc announced that the four newest members of the club: Audie Phillips, Mitch Pellorin , Frank and Rhonda Butler.

Pine Prairie Police arrest juvenile in high speed pursuit

On July 25th, 2021 Pine Prairie Police was on patrol when a white Ford Edge was clocked speeding at 56 mph in a 45 mph zone. When the officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, the driver refused to pull over and sped up to speeds over 100mph. The pursuit went through Mamou where Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and Mamou Police assisted in attempting to get the vehicle stopped. The driver continued towards Eunice where Eunice Police had a roadblock set up along with a spike strip. The vehicle hit the spikes successfully flattening all 4 tires. The pursuit came to an end in Eunice where the driver was identified at a 15 year old juvenile from Shreveport, LA. The vehicle he was driving was also stolen out of Shreveport. The juvenile is being charged with the speeding, aggravated flight from an officer and reckless operation of a vehicle through Pine Prairie Police and several drug related charges through the Eunice Police Department. Chief Deshotel wants to thank the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, Mamou Police Department and the Eunice Police Department for all the assistance in stopping the vehicle and successfully taking the juvenile in custody without any further incident.

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