By Tom Dodgetom.dodge@eunicetoday.com
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has sent Susan and Robbie Arnaud’s claim they were defamed by Eunice Police Chief Ronald Dies back to St. Landry District Court for hearing.
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Arrests

April 14
Michael Goodly, 45, 1527 North Green Avenue, Basile; Principal to theft of goods-shoplifting.
Quentin Darby, 22, 780 South Beulah Street; Possession with intent to distribute, obstructing public passages, violation of uniform controlled dangerous substances, resisting an officer.
Stuart Houston Tompkins, 35, 1150 West Ash Street; warrant for possession of marijuana, warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia, warrant for violation of uniform CDS Law - Drug Free Zone, disturbing the peace.

Mamou arrests

The Mamou Police Department reported five recent bookings into the town jail.
Arrested were the following persons:
•Marvin Freeman, 18, 219 Cross St., Mamou, was charged April 7, with simple battery. Freeman was transferred to the parish jail.
•Darlene Wooley, 32, 814 East St., Mamou, was charged April 8, with theft. Wooley bonded out of jail.
•Craig B. Darbonne, 50, 1009 Ash St., Mamou, was charged April 10, with simple battery. Darbonne bonded out of jail the next day.

Evangeline arrests

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 15 recent bookings into the parish jail.
Arrested were the following persons:
•Marvin Lee Freeman, 27, 219 Cross St., Mamou, was charged April 7, with simple battery. Freeman was being held in jail on a $1,500 bond at press time.
•Jacob David, 26, 373 Austin Road, Ville Platte, was charged April 7, with simple battery, battery of an officer and resisting an officer. David was released from jail on a $13,000 bond.

St. Landry arrests

April 15
Roy Thomas, Jr., age 60, 3818 Hwy. 35, Lawtell, LA, theft of livestock, 2 counts of theft by fraud.
Antonio L. Griggs, age 27, 10901 Sanctuary Way, Shreveport, LA, speeding, operating a motor vehicle while under suspension.

It took three years, but police finally book Church Point town clerk

Marshail Wildridge: Church Point clerk booked.

Police knew where Marshail Wildridge was for the three years she was at large. They just couldn’t get her to turn herself in.
Finally this week, Eunice arrested the Church Point Town Clerk and took her to see a district judge.
Her bond on a charge of hit-and-run was set, she met it and presumably went back to work.
Wildridge allegedly struck her husband with a vehicle during an argument on July 7, 2011.
It didn’t take long to track her to the Church Point town hall.

Early voting begins Saturday

Early voting begins Saturday for the May 3 election which includes proposed rededication of a Eunice sales tax and renewal of two St. Landry Parish School District property taxes. Neither of the tax proposals involve new or increased taxes.
Registrar of Voters Cheryl Milburn said her office in the courthouse in Opelousas will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday for early voting, which will close on Saturday, April 26.

It's time to apply fire ants controls

Fire ants mounds begin to pop up as the weather warms. Waste no time in apply insecticide control, the LSU Ag/Center advises.

Warmer weather brings many things to our landscapes – including fire ants.

Fire ants are most active when soil temperatures begin to warm up, said LSU AgCenter entomologist Alan Morgan. The critters begin to move around the landscape and forage when temperatures are above 70 degrees but below 90 degrees.

Fire ants can be controlled with baits or granular insecticides, Morgan said.

Protect plants -- forecasters warn of possible freeze

Accepted advice is you shouldn’t plant in the Spring before Good Friday. But this year, that’s quite late and many planted sooner. Maybe they should have waited.
Weather forecasters say low temperatures Tuesday night-Wednesday morning are going to approach freezing.
If the mercury gets to 32 degrees many tender plants already in the ground are going to be in harm’s way unless covered by some sort of protective material.
Before the cold air gets here there’s going to be some turbulent weather.

St. Landry arrests

April 14
Kersey Allen Biagase, age 23, 184 Plantation Rd., Opelousas, LA, possession of marijuana w/intent to distribute, arrested by Probation and Parole.
Kedric Jamon Hester, age 25, 1185 Diamond Hills Rd., Stem, North Carolina, remaining after forbidden, 2 counts of resisting an officer, disturbing the peace by intoxication.
Ryan Landres Trent, Jr., 119 Sunnyside, Opelousas, LA, disturbing the peace, 2 counts of resisting an officer, 2 counts of battery of a police officer, probation hold.

Radio Logs

Friday, April 11
1021 Ungovernable child reported in the 300 block of West Magnolia.
1049 Subject needs police officer in the 500 block of Acadian Village.
1313 Damage to property reported at Ardoin’s Marble Works.
1520 Subject needs police officer in the 200 block of South Cane Street; caller advised that someone cut his tires.
1645 Traffic crash reported in the area of Highway 190 and Cane Street.
1751 Theft reported in the 1900 block of West Stagg.
2307 Suspicious person reported in the 200 block of Camelia.

Arrests

April 11
Joshua James Ashworth, 24, 340 Rodney Street; Probation warrant.
Marshial Shalioma Wildridge, 42, 110 Wildflower Lane, Church Point; Aggravated battery.
Napoleon James Freeman, 36, 208 Williams Street, Oakdale; Disturbing the peace by public intoxication.
Russell Shane Lovejoy, 36, 107 North 12th Street, Kinder; Driving left of center, open container, resisting an officer, driving under suspension, warrant for Kinder.

April 12
No arrests made.

April 13
No arrests made.

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