Eunice police continue the search for an inmate who walked away from the city jail Friday afternoon. Jody Vallier, 25, fled after being allowed in the jail courtyard with other inmates for regularly scheduled outside time.
The state has announced that a Pineville firm is buying Eunice-based Precision Cuttling Specialities and adding about 20 $50,000-a-year jobs. The purchase price was not announced.
The state’s new abortion law’s enforcement is on hold until a federal judge schedules a hearing later this month. Judge John deGravelles issued a restraining order late Sunday that blocks enforcement of the law that requires abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Eunice arrests

Aug. 22
Jonathan Richard, 32, 1542 Durald Hwy. No. 4, expired license plate, driving under suspension, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana 2nd offense, possession of CDS Schedule I.

Aug. 23
Matthew Martel, 23, 209 Suzie Dr., disturbing the peace.

Aug. 24
Juvenile, 16, principal to simple burglary.

Radio Logs

August 22
0825 Medicine stolen, 100 block Bessie.
1209 Disturbance, 600 block East Peach.
1615 Disturbance, 2nd & Maple.
1822 Traffic stop, narcotics seized, arrest, West Laurel.
1857 Accident, 1200 block Gregg.
2137 Accident, Bobcat & Laurel.
2138 Accident, Walmart.

St. Landry arrests

Aug. 25
Jamaican Jamar Major, age 21, 121 Church St., Opelousas, LA, attempted 1st degree murder, aggravated burglary, felon possession of firearm, home invasion.
Javon S. Chambers, age 35, 124 West Avondale Dr., Lafayette, LA, driving while intoxicated – 1st offense, speeding, no inspection sticker, improper display of license plate. Arrested by Louisiana State Police.

Race is on ... qualifying over, Nov. 4 fields set

Two Eunice City Council members and a School Board member representing part of the city are unopposed in the Nov. 4 primary election.
Three days of qualifying in the the St. Landry Clerk of Court’s office ended at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Unopposed are Ward 2 City Council member Germaine Simpson, Ward 4 member Scott Fontenot and School Board Dist. 11 member Roger Young.
Two candidates are in the mayor’s race, four are in the city judge race and five are in the police chief contest.
School Board Dist. 12 has four candidates and Dist. 13 has two.

From the Files ... August 1972

From files of The Eunice News:
August 1972

A large crowd attended a meeting to discuss ways to keep Acadia Baptist Academy open. The Louisiana Baptist Convention is discussing possible closure of the school near Richard.

Two new firms are chartered to operate in Eunice. Dux Inc., Richard and Bertha LeDoux and Francis and Pearl LeDoux incorporators, sells, services and repairs appliances, power tools and related products. Hillcrest Realty, Newton Thibodeaux, Ferdie J. Brown, Sr. and R.P. Fontenot incorporators, is the other firm.

Alleged kidnap victim alleged to be car thief


A woman alerted police this week that she had received a call threatening the life of her son, who she said was missing.
According to records, she said the caller demanded $500 and said if he didn’t get it, he would kill the son.
The mother said she could hear her son, Coleman Mouille, yelling in the background.
A couple of hours later, the mother reported that her car had been stolen from the Walmart parking lot.

St. Landry arrests

Aug. 22
Shanell Vallian, age 24, 212 E. Gordon St., Washington, LA, principal to theft less than $500.
Jawana Jajuana Green, age 26, 502 Bridge St., Washington, LA, principal to theft less than $500.
Gregory Joseph Stelly Jr., age 33, 253 Pernie Bailey Rd., Port Barre, LA, illegal use of weapons or dangerous instruments, simple criminal damage to property.

Parish creates permit procedure for certain facilities

The St. Landry Parish Council has created a series of hoops through which anyone wishing to open a mental health center, general hospital, nursing home, halfway house, detox center, forensic facility and such will have to jump in order to be licensed to operate.
Drafting of the ordinance for the permitting procedure began earlier this summer after residents of a high-end residential area near Sunset learned their neighborhood was the proposed target site of Acadiana Addiction Center.

Radio Logs

August 21
0237 Caller needs officer, subject advised someone stole her driver’s license at Joyce’s Bar.
0703 Three-vehicle accident, C.C. Duson & Laurel.
1046 Employee theft, 700 block West Laurel.
1337 Accident, St. George & Laurel.
1426 Four-vehicle accident, Jake & Laurel.
2035 Traffic stop, arrest, 100 block East Laurel.
2052 Disturbance, arrest, 400 block MacArthur.
2241 Vehicle theft, 200 block Jelks.
2343 Fight, 200 block South St. George.

Eunice arrests

Aug. 21
Joseph Lemelle, 49, Arnaudville, driving under suspension, improper lane usage.
Gregory Miller, Eunice, DWI.
Leonard Miller, 27, 340 East Maple, thef of goods shoplifting.

Races develop for district judgeship, School Board 13 post

Two candidates qualified Thursday for St. Landry Parish School Board races in Eunice-area districts and a second person entered the Section 4 Division B district judge contest.
Mary Ellen Donatto, a retired principal, qualified to run in School Board Dist. 13. She is a Democrat. The seat is held by Harry Fruge', a Democrat, who qualified on Wednesday.
Donna Baltakis, a Democrat, qualified to run for School Board Dist. 12. The seat is held By Josie Frank, a Democrat who qualfied Thursday to run for Eunice City Judge.

St. Landry arrests

Aug. 21
Terrell Griffin, age 40, 805 Garland Ave., Opelousas, LA, simple burglary, battery of a police officer, criminal damage to property, 4 counts resisting an officer.
Misty Lane Holston Johnson, age 38, 2951 St. Landry Hwy., St. Landry, LA, theft, 84 counts monetary instrument abuse, 17 counts unauthorized use of an access card.



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Sometimes it is not how you start, but how you finish.


Monica Murdock, RN, school nurse, takes the ALS Ice Challenge at Eunice Junior High, one of her schools she serves. Pouring a bucket of iced water are Demyron Skinner, left, and Austin Comeaux, both eighth-graders.

St. Landry Parish School Nurse Monica Murdock, RN, took the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) challenge at Eunice Jr. High Tuesday.


Retired aviator
METAIRIE – Services for retired Lt. Col. (USAF) Edward Christiansen, Jr. will be Sept. 3 He died Aug. 28 at age 90.

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