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Breakins of Storage Buildings Soved


On October 21, 2014 the Ville Platte Police Asked for help in identifying a silver truck and locating the 3 white males and 2 white females involved with multiple break ins of storage buildings on South Chataignier Road.  Chief Lartigue is now reporting that these suspects have been identified, located and 3 of the suspects have been charged in this incident.  Two of the suspects were juveniles and no further information is being released on the juveniles at this time.  According to information learned by investigations these 3 suspects are facing charges with other agencies including Oakdale, Oberlin and the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Christina G. Hartzfelds 34 of 2234 Old Hwy. 13, Mamou, has been charged with simple burglary and simple criminal damage to property.  Hartzelds is awaiting extradition on a $20,000.00 bond issued by Judge John Larry Vidrine. 

Joshua P. Guillory Jr. 19 of 1140 Harmony Road, Ville Platte, has been charged with simple burglary and simple criminal damage to property.  Guillory is awaiting extradition on a $20,000.00 bond issued by Judge John Larry Vidrine. 

Wesley Daniel Landry 20 of 1430 Magnolia Street, Pine Prairie, has been charged with simple burglary and simple criminal damage to property.  Landry is awaiting extradition on a $20,000.00 bond issued by Judge John Larry Vidrine. 


On October 21, 2014 officers responded to a home invasion call on North Latour Street.  Officers and Detectives learned that a male suspect had forcefully entered the residence, attacked a female who was a former girlfriend and then fled the scene.  .  Officers apprehended the suspect a short time later that evening. 

Arrested was Hilton Wilson 34 of 128 east Pine Street.  Wilson was arrested without incident and charged with home invasion, second degree battery, simple battery, criminal damage to property and resisting an officer.  Wilson was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $20,000.00 bond issued by Judge John Larry Vidrine

Chief Neal Lartigue reminds citizens to report any suspicious activity by calling 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

Over 500 voters voted on First Day in Early Voting


OCTOBER 22, 2014


     A record number of voters packed the Evangeline Parish Courthouse Tuesday for the first day of early voting at the Registrar of Voters Office. Over 500 voters stood in line to vote early for the November 4 primary election according to Registrar of Voters Lucas Buller. The lines stretched as far away as to the Clerk of Court’s Office.  The lines were not as long today. There is much interest in several of the local races in Evangeline Parish. Early voting ends Tuesday October 28. Voters are urged to get a sample ballot because in some of the areas, the ballot is very long that includes 14 constitutional amendments.

Constitutional Amendments Discussed at Rotary Meeting


OCTOBER 21, 2014


     The Ville Platte Rotary Club today(Tuesday)  heard  State Representative Bernard LeBas and Judge John Saunders discuss the constitutional amendments that will be on the election day ballot.

      LeBas went through all 14 amendments and explained in some detail the pros and cons for each amendment. He suggested people acquaint themselves with the amendments and sample ballot to prepare to go vote.

     Judge John Saunders of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals  urged members of the Rotary Club to consider voting in favor of Amendment 5. A yes vote for Amendment #5 would eliminate the mandatory age of 70 for judges.  Judge Saunders  said the time has come for voters to seriously look at changing the age law for judges. Saunders has been serving on the court of appeals for the past 21 years and served several terms in the state legislature.

     In other news, Evangeline Parish Superintendent of Schools Toni Hamlin reported that the school and student performance scores were released this morning. It showed a marked improvement in scores. She announced that 8 out of 12 schools in Evangeline Parish Public Schools scored A or B. The School district score improved to a grade of B.

   Rotary Club President David Mayeaux announced that the Mamou Rotary Club will be folding at the first of the year and those Mamou members will be transferred to the Ville Platte club.

    Also the Rotary Club Board approved the purchase and installation of new rotary signs at various areas throughout Ville Platte.

    The Sacred Heart Interact Club will be preparing  donation baskets to help fight polio to be displayed in rotary business locations throughout Ville Platte.


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