The City of Eunice completed the 2013-14 fiscal year one-half percent short of breaking even. According to the operating statement for the year ending June 30, the city had revenues of $15.64 million and expenses of $15.71, creating an operating deficit of $67,000.
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Donna Baltakis, director of Keep Eunice Beautiful, has announced she will run in the Nov. 4 primary for the St. Landry Parish School Board in District 12, a seat being vacated by Josie Frank. Baltakis is co-chair of the LSU Eunice Performing Arts Series and a board member of the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way.

Parish panel to consider home-rule charter revisions

The St. Landry Parish Council’s Administrative & Finance Committee is being asked to consider whether the home-rule charter needs an overhaul.
Council member Pam Gautreau, pointing out grey areas in the document adopted by voters in 2003, said “it’s in the best interest of the parish to reconvene a Home Rule Charter Commission and tighten it up.”
The police jury system was succeeded by the council-president system. The next four-year election is in 2015.
Gautreau said she just wants to open a discussion of whether there are charter areas that need re-working.

Some Eunice-area roads in 2nd parish Smooth Ride package

Some Eunice-area parish roads are in the second package of Smooth Ride Home projects being offered to contractors for potential August bidding.
St. Landry Parish President William Fontenot said at Wednesday night’s July parish council meeting there is an estimated $14.1 million work of improvements in the 30-project package of patching, overlay and/or reconstruction.
The work is being financed by the sales tax approved last fall by voters in unincorporated areas of the parish.
The 15-year tax will provide for more than $60 million in road improvements in those areas.

St. Landry arrests

July 18
Jeramie Anthony Brown, age 36, 1153 Hwy 758, Eunice, LA, 3 bench warrants, resisting an officer, arrested by Rapides Parish Sheriffs Office.
Noel Austin Waas, age 29, 582 Country Ridge Road #118, Opelousas, LA, second degree battery.
Judy Lynn Eckhart, age 40, 1031 Tim Key Lane, Ville Platte, LA, theft-felony.
Corey Mitchell Lanclos, age 25, 3714 Prairie Rhonde Hwy, Opelousas, LA, resisting an officer, unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling.

Jack gives way, kills man under vehicle

A Church Point man died Thursday afternoon when a jack gave way, pinning him under a vehicle.
According to Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon his office received a call around 3:30 p.m. from a resident that reported the accident in the 1400 block of Ed Thibodeaux Road near Church Point.
Upon arrival deputies learned that Paul Bourgeois, 54, had purchased a set of rims from the homeowner and was in the process of removing them from the vehicle when the accident occurred.

Radio Logs

Thursday, July 17
1139 TV stolen, Crestview.
1142 Illegally parked vehicle, 2nd & Walnut.
1242 Harassment, 300 block Clark.
1334 Harassment, 200 block Eisenhower.
1445 Complaint about watermelon vendors without permits, near Dairy Queen and EuniCE Poultry.
1455 Neither vendor has permit for non-home-grown melons; one irate, says he’s been selling 11 years with no permit.
1553 Bike stolen, 500 block Bernice.
2008 Fight, 900 block Williams.
2059 Female passed out in vehicle, Daiquiri Shack.

Eunice arrests

July 17
Oterraius Mason, 251 Beulah, attempted unauthorized entry of inhabited dwelling, disturbing the peace.

St. Landry arrests

July 16
John R Sonnier, age 34, 826 Fifth Street, Duson, LA, simple battery involving domestic violence.
Radona Castille, age 45, 819 Pope Drive, Carencro, LA, driving while intoxicated- 1st offense, careless operation.

Radio Logs

Wedneday, July 16
0524 Man going through neighbor’s car trunk, 1400 block Dudley.
0624 Man looking in vehicles, watching women work out, Cajun Fitness.
0633 Suspect in above complaint says he’s being harassed.
0659 Break-in, Charter.
0822 Accident, 200 block West Park.
0832 Accident, 6th & Laurel.
0935 Vehicle window broken, 1300 block Barron.
1232 Accident, Circle Park.
1334 Woman says her phone stolen night before at Daiquiri Shack.
1345 Surveillance tape review, above.
1449 Employee theft, Westgate.

Eunice arrests

July 16
Jeffery Swearington, 44, 1427 North Berwick Ave., domestic abuse battery.
Corey Boone, 1951 West Oak, felony domestic abuse battery.
Daphne Lejeune, 1951 West Oak, domestic abuse battery.

Civil Service panel re-instates officer, says her rights ignored

Fire and Police Civil Service Board secretary Merlene Bollich, left, waits for board members Germaine West and John Guillory to review documents at board meeting Tuesday evening.

The Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board agrees with its attorney who says Talya Fruge’s rights were not fully protected in a termination action by the City Council.
Consequently, the board Tuesday evening reversed Fruge’s firing and restored her to the job, with all benefits accruring since the mid-May action.
Fruge was suspended after she allegedly failed to assist another officer during an April altercation with a suspect.
She and a second officer at the scene were charged with malfeasance after an investigation requested by Police Chief Ronald Dies.

St. Landry arrests

July 16
Kimbala Kay Guillory, age 51, 3553 Hwy 182 South, Opelousas, LA, disturbing the peace by loud and abusive language, simple criminal damage to property.
David Wayne Clark, age 55, 132 B Mila Lane, Port Barre, LA, introduction of contraband-penal institute, malfeasance in office, possession of schedule I drug w/intent to distribute, illegal carrying of weapons, transactions involving proceeds from drug offenses , attempted introduction of contraband in a penal institute.

Radio Logs

Tuesday, July 15
0354 Vehicle vandalism or hit and run, 1400 block West Gum.
0717 Traffic stop, narcotics seized, Brownie’s.
0843 Subjects went into store, wanted items free; when owner threw them out, they threatened to burn store and his vehicle, East Maple.
1021 Dog locked in hot car, Walmart.
1124 Accident, 200 block West Park.
1250 Disturbance, 1600 block West Laurel.
1330 Woman says 14-year-old daughter, under house arrest, is not home, Bacciochi.
1403 Daughter returned.
1411 Officers with daughter.



Creating Moon Dough

A handful of children attended a Moon Dough workshop held at Eunice Public Library Thursday, July 17.


Daniel “Dan” Vezina died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Riverview Care Center in Bossier City at the age of 80.

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