Friday, February 28
1035 Traffic stop reported in the area of Ulysess and Fuselier; resulted in arrest.
1210 Traffic crash reported in the area of North Magnolia.
1457 Shoplifting reported a Winn Dixie
1539 Traffic crash reported at Raceway.
2059 Hit and run reported at Dollar General.
2319 Subject needs police officer in regards to a theft reported in the area of 1st and Walnut.
2325 Traffic stop reported in the area of North 2nd Street; resulted in arrest.
Friday, February 28
State Police reported today that gas is no longer leaking from a blown-out well south of Eunice, but that the scene remains unstable enough to require a continuing cordon around the area.
The well blew late last Tuesday afternoon, sending about 30 people from their homes and sealing off a La. 13 South from near Eunice to the Branch Highway (La. 370).
Initially, projects were that the well work would be done and the sealed perimeter lifted sometime over the weekend.
That timeline did not work out.
There is no revised estimate as to when the cordon will be lifted.
Forecasts of downright dreary weather don't dampen plans for Tuesday's Courir de Mardi Gras and the mid-afternoon parade which concludes it.
Mardi Gras Association officials say barring an horrific change in the forecast, the run will proceed, with organizing beginning early Tuesday at the Northwest Community Center.
The season kicked off Sunday with the annual Children's Parade, which began about 9 a.m. and concluded with a parade in the afternoon. Along the way, children chased chickens, had lunch, tossed beads and just generally passed a good time.
Danielle Rena Ardoin, 29, 408 North Fontenot Street, Ville Platte; possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, no seatbelt.
Monique Brasseaux, 32, 4927 Duralde Highway; Unauthorized use of a food stamp.
Chasity Renee Phillips, 32, 198 Shelton Loop Avenue; Theft of goods - shoplifting.
Jason Vargas, 28, 630 West Elm Street; license plate light required, driving under suspension.
Clint Reiners, 19, 4277 Branch Highway, Branch; Theft.
Shanie Rider, 22, 224 Austin Road, Youngsville; Arrest warrant.
A fire on La. 358, the Brigman Highway, southeast of Eunice killed two people early Monday.
The husband and wife who died on the fire are identified as Willis Semien, 72, and his wife, Louanna, 66, according to KATC TV.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office reported three other persons were able to escape the blaze.
A Eunice High graduate was killed when the car in which he was a passenger left the highway about 8 p.m. Sunday and overturned on the Roxie Highway.
State Police said Taylor Bellard, 22, was not wearing a seat belt and died at a hospital of injuries received in the accident.
The driver, Emily Marcantel, 22, of Lake Charles was also unbelted but not injured when the Ford Focus left the roadway in a curve, struck a ditch and overturned.
Robert Dale Soileau, age 59, 814 Church Rd., Opelousas, LA, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
John P. LeBlanc, age 34, 100 S. Hill St., #15, Eunice, LA, ran stop sign, improper lane usage, aggravated flight from an officer, driving under suspension, possession of marijuana w/intent to distribute, 3 counts of drug paraphernalia, probation warrant.
Mitchel J. Savoy, age 46, 856 Duplechain Rd., Church Point, LA, 2 counts of simple assault.
Ariel Dayon, age 18, 162 Cirque Del University, Thibodeaux, LA, stalking.
The National Weather Service is receiving reports of light snow in parts of east Texas and central Louisiana this morning. This precipitation is very light and is expected to dissipate before noon. No accumulation is expected.
However, a round of light rain, freezing rain, and /or sleet is expected to begin late tonight into Tuesday morning.
Two area men died in separate single-vehicle accidents over the weekend, according to State Police, and a third man faces vehicular homicide charges.
Curtis Wheeler, 31, of Church Point and Dustin Cole, 20, of Mamou died when thrown from vehicles. Neither was wearing a seatbelt, troopers said.
According to State Police, Curtis Wheeler was a passenger in a truck driven at high speed by Brad Wheeler, 25, of Church Point when it left Hwy. 35 at about 2:45 a.m. Sunday, struck a culvert and overturned several times, ejecting both men.
Displaced Mowata residents know all too well, pun intended.
Last week’s oil/gas well blowout caused the displacement and relocation of a number of residents citizens who were forced to evacuate the stretch of area south of Eunice along Highway 13.
Mac Atteberry, 66, of Mowata went to the Holiday Inn Express, although he doesn’t feel like a celebrity as the popular hotel chain’s commercials might suggest.
From files of The Eunice News:
Dr. Wilson Knowlton and R.N. Mrs. Clyde Barr have inoculated all students of the primary and elementary departments of local schools for diptheria.
The Rotary Club, at the urging of president Dudley Berwick, voted to sponsor a Boy Scout troop (No. 2) and elected E.E. Broussard as scoutmaster.
A chapter of the Future Farmers of America has been organized at Eunice High by Professor G.C. Meaux. The president is Rouseb Soileau.
The cold snap Wednesday didn’t help anything, but the crawfish outlook as the carnival season builds to Mardi Gras day is good as the barometer rises.
And that’s good news compared to the last big crawfish weekend -- that of the Super Bowl in early February.
According to Jeff DeRouen of Go Fish Freight and Prairie Cajun Brands, which supplies crawfish to customers near and far, while cold weather impacts the fishing, rises and falls in barometric pressure are the real indicators of the crustacean’s activity.