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Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Meeting


VILLE PLATTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014

 

     The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce today (Wednesday) voted to extend an invitation to Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue to attend the next chamber meeting to address concerns raised by Chamber members. Mark Buller announced that his office was broken into a few weeks ago for the third time where his office computers were stolen. His neighbor, Dr. Phillipe Vidrine office was burglarized just last week. Chamber members were notified that other offices  including pharmacies were burglarized. Buller said “I have the utmost respect for our police” but he feels more could be done. The chamber agreed to invite the police chief to express their concerns over the rash of business burglaries.

    In other business, the chamber received a report from Col. Mike Borrel on the Louisiana National Guard Education Program. Col. Borrel said there are three Youth Challenge Camps in the state at Camp Beauregard, Carville and in Minden. He said these are not boot camps or prisons. They are targeted to  assist at -risk 16-18 year olds. The camp lasts 22 weeks and the goal at the end is to have the youth join the military, get a job or go back to school.

    Louisiana is the only state that has three such youth challenge camps. He announced that 1400 students from the program  graduate out of a total of 8000 dropouts. Louisiana has one of the highest drop out rates of students in the country(over 8000) and one of the highest rates of juvenile incarceration.

     The camp teaches 8 core components including leadership, citizenship, academics, job skills, life coping skills, health and hygiene, community service and physical fitness.

     Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot told chamber members:

--the Dirt Cheap will have its grand opening and ribbon cutting Wednesday Sept. 24 at 8:30am at the old Ville Platte Wal-mart location;

--announced the new library facility will open for business Monday Sept. 22 with a grand opening Friday Sept. 26;

And reported that the Mamou Cajun Music Festival is planned for this weekend at the Mamou Recreation Center.

Ville Platte Police Charge Suspect with Attempted First Murder




Chief Neal Lartigue reports two arrests for
attempted first degree murder and other charges.



On September 14, 2014 the Ville Platte Police
Department responded to a call where a person was being followed and shot at by
two suspects in a vehicle.  Officers
located the vehicle on East Jefferson Street and initiated a stop.  Upon approaching the vehicle the officers saw
a .45 caliber pistol and a large Ziploc bag with multiple smaller bags inside
containing a green leafy substance that they believed to be marijuana in plain
view.  Also in plain view was a black bag
containing a digital scale, an undisclosed amount of cash and another bag
containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.  

Jamison Cortez Thomas, 25 of 512 South Stagg Street,
Ville Platte was arrested without incident and charged with attempted first degree
murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to
distribute a schedule I narcotic (marijuana), illegal carrying of weapon while
in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of or dealing
in a firearm with obliterated number or mark.
Thomas was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and later transferred
to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office on a bond of $500,000.00 set by Judge
John Larry Vidrine.

Daquonnyie Thomas, 20 of 713 Parkview Apartment 107,
Ville Platte was arrested
without
incident and charged with attempted first degree murder, possession with intent
to distribute a schedule I narcotic (marijuana), illegal carrying of weapon
while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of or
dealing in a firearm with obliterated number or mark.  Thomas was booked into the Ville Platte City
Jail and later transferred to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office on a bond
of $500,000.00 set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.



Chief Neal Lartigue reminds residents to report
suspicious and illegal activity to help keep offenders off of our streets.  Call the Ville Platte Police Department at
363-1313.  Your call will remain
anonymous. ************************************************************

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Chemical Spill in Ville Platte


 

On September 12, 2014 at approximately 7:15 pm the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a call regarding a possible chemical spill. Upon arrival officers and Ville Platte Fire Department personnel detected a smell of ammonia in the area and began evacuating nearby residents as a safety precaution.  Louisiana State Police and Louisiana State Police Hazmat division were notified of the situation. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office also assisted with this incident. The Detective on call responded to begin an investigation.   The business owner reported hearing a noise and went outside to investigate.  When he went out of the door an unknown chemical hit his legs causing burns to both legs.  He was transported by family to Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Approximately 12 people were advised of a mandatory evacuation on East Washington Street and Railroad Avenue.  Others in the area of East LaSalle Street evacuated voluntarily.  Hazmat repaired the line and cleaned the scene and some residents were allowed to return to their residences that were not on East Washington at approximately 11:30 p.m.  Residents on East Washington were not allowed to return to their residences at that time due to the strong odor from the leak.   After Hazmat cleaned and cleared the area all residents but one were allowed to return home. 


Chief Neal Lartigue was on the scene during the incident and stated that he appreciates the assistance and fast response by everyone involved and that safety of residents was the first priority.  “People were evacuated for their safety and those not allowed to return to their residences that evening were kept away to protect them from inhaling fumes because a strong odor remained in the area.”

The cause of the leak is still under investigation.

 

Chief Lartigue asks residents to be aware of their surroundings and report suspicious activity by calling the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

Swamp Pop Museum Anniversary


SWAMP POP MUSEUM

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

 

    The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum celebrates its 4th anniversary this month. To celebrate the event, the museum will have an open house Friday Sept. 19 from 9-3. KVPI-FM Classic Hits 92.5 KVPI will be doing alive remote Friday morning with Jenn and Steph. Many swamp pop singers and musicians will be invited to attend the event. There will be no admission charge that day. Come view our musical heritage in the only museum that pays tribute to our unique South Louisiana music.

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The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos, records, Wall of Fame and hear the music. Admission charge is $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 for children under 12. The museum is located on Northwest Railroad Avenue.






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