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Ville Platte Police Arrest Murder Suspect


Teamwork and quick response has resulted in an arrest for yesterday’s homicide.


The Ville Platte Police Department responded to an armed robbery call on July 28, 2014 which ended in a homicide.  Upon arrival at K&T Grocery Store on West Lincoln Road, detectives learned that the female business owner had been shot multiple times and had died as a result of her injuries.


The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Ville Platte City Marshals’ Office and the Louisiana State Trooper working the Evangeline Parish Area and the Evangeline Parish District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation.  Working from leads, evidence, witness information and informants, the suspect was identified and located attempting to leave the area.  Coushatta Police and the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office  assisted in locating the suspect and the arrest. The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office placed the suspect under arrest at approximately 2:30 a.m. July 29, 2014.  


With the joint efforts of these agencies was a valuable tool in solving this case quickly and he appreciates those who stepped up and worked alongside the detectives and officers of the Ville Platte Police Department.  “Without being asked these agencies showed up and jumped in to gather information as quickly as possible and help solve this case.”  “Their assistance is greatly appreciated.”



Arrested was Samuel Anderson, 30 of Laran Street, Ville Platte.  Anderson was booked into the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on charges of armed robbery and first degree murder.  Anderson is currently being held without bond.

Ville Platte Rotary Club Hears from Gene Buller


JULY  29, 2014


      The Rotary Club of Ville Platte heard from outdoorsman and newspaper columnist Gene Buller during their weekly meeting today (Tuesday). Buller is a writer for the Bonnes Nouvelles.

      Buller, at the request of Rotarian Jake Ardoin, spoke on the subject of Miller’s Lake. In the mid 1920’s, Gus Miller purchased land in the Platin area. Miller had a vision that the area could be used for future generations by fixing the drainage.

    The Miller’s Lake area takes in  the drainage for all of the northern part of Evangeline Parish. The hunting club at Miller’s Lake began in 1929 with five original members each paying $5. Gene Buller has been a member of the hunting club for the past 63 years. He has hunted  with 130 different club members in the years he has been a member.

     Buller, in the year 2000, published a book on his stories and memories of the outdoors. He shared a story when he was 7 years old, was taken on his first hunt and shot a red wing black bird with a .410 shotgun.

    He reported that Miller’s Lake has the second largest black bird roost in the country. At its height, it was estimated that 17.5 million blackbirds make Miller’s Lake their home.

Ville Platte Police Arrest Two in 2013 Armed Robbery


Chief Neal Lartigue reports an armed robbery case dating back to 2013 has been solved.


Detectives with the Ville Platte Police Department have put in countless hours working on multiple robbery cases in which local businesses have been targeted.  Chief Lartigue is pleased to announce that persistence and diligence of the detectives have led to an arrest from a robbery of a local business on East Main Street, which dated back to September of 2013.


Jacoby Merritt 21 of 123 East Oak Street, Ville Platte was arrested on July 24, 2014 without incident.  Merritt was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail charged with armed robbery.  Merritt remains incarcerated on a $100,000.00 bond issued by John Larry Vidrine.


Joseph Deville 32 of 802 Reed Street, Ville Platte was arrested on July 24, 2014 without incident.  Deville was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and charged with armed robbery.  Deville remains incarcerated on a $100,000.00 bond issued by Judge John Larry Vidrine.


Chief Lartigue reminds citizens to call in reports of suspicious and illegal activity.  You can report this information to the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

Ville Platte Police searching for Murder Suspect


JULY 28, 2014


   Ville Platte City Police are investigating a shooting incident that claimed the life of the store clerk. Police Chief Neal Lartigue told KVPI News, his department was notified just before noon today (Monday) of a robbery in progress at the K&T convenience store on Lincoln. Upon arrival, police discovered the victim behind the store counter dead from apparent gunshot wounds. It is not determined if any cash was taken. Police are searching for the shooting suspect: a black male wearing a black cap, white T shirt and wearing a red bandana. After the shooting, the suspect left on a blue Schwinn bicycle. Two eyewitnesses were ordered to leave the store by the apparent suspect. The body of the victim has been sent to have an autopsy as ordered by Coroner Dr. Charles Fontenot. Twelve years ago, a shooting took place in the same store where the store owner at the time shot and killed a robbery suspect. Chief Lartigue said police have a suspect in mind and they are currently searching for him.

Dixie Youth Radio Thon Planned Over kVPI


JULY 28, 2014


    KVPI AM and FM will be sponsoring a radio-thon fund raiser for the Ville Platte 12 year old Dixie Major all stars Monday August 4 from 1:00-4;00pm here at our studios.  The entire team along with coaches and parents will be here making an appeal to listeners who wish to make a donation. The donations will be picked up by the players in their game uniforms. All of the money raised will go to help pay some of the travel expenses for the team. The team won the state championship last weekend and will travel to participate in the Dixie Youth World Series in Lexington, South Carolina beginning August 9. Parents will be here to take your phone called pledges at 363-2124. Be sure to listen in and please be generous.


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