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.

Blaze destroys Veillon home on North 2nd

Fire Chief Mike Arnold, left, directs Eunice Fire Department and district firefighters' effort to contain blaze.

A persistent roaring fire destroyed a home on North 2nd Street Friday morning.

Firefighters responded to a fire report shortly before 11 a.m. As units arrived, flames were already shooting through the roof and out windows of the other older structure. Its owner, Sylvia Veillon, escaped the burning structure.

The firefighters deployed a number of small and large lines in an effort to successfully keep the blaze from jumping to houses on either side.


Police report

Thursday, October 17
1036 Truck-trailer stalled on Union Pacific track, North 8th.
1506 Man threatened another with gun, South Beulah.
1759 Fight, West Ash.
1929 Elderly man crossing La. 13 almost hit by traffic at Sittig Road.


October 18
Joel D. Mahon, 17, 241 Benoit, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act, illegal use of CDS in presence of persons under 17 years old.

St. Landry arrests

Oct. 18

Shereefah Rachel Franklin, age 31, 1316 Plaisiance  St., Opelousas, LA, failure to return leased movable.

Kenneth J. Morrison, age 58, 1512 Hazel St., Opelousas, LA, failure to return leased movable.

Timothy I. Mickens, age 17, 1233 Dean Dr., Opelousas, LA, simple battery, obstruction of justice.

Brandon Lee Ponthieux, age 26, 512 B Eighth St., Krotz Springs, battery of a correctional officer, resisting an officer with violence, 3 counts of resisting an officer, disturbing the peace by loud and abusive language.

Suspect sought in Mamou homocide

 Police are seeking a suspect in the shooting death of a Mamou man.
Ezequiel Soto, 31, died Sunday. He was shot Saturday afternoon.
The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force are looking for Javier Chavez Gonzalez, 29, as the suspect in the shooting.
Investigatodrs said Gonzalez is known to have exited a vehicle along the Interstate 49 corridor in the area near Carencro, but the direction of travel is unknown. Gonzalez is known to have been in the Lafayette area Sunday.

St. Landry arrests

Oct. 17

Michelle DeVillier Doxey, age 36, 3391 Prairie Rhonde Hwy., Opelousas, LA, cruelty to a juvenile(s).

Devan Willie Martinez, age 17, 352 Curette Rd., Palmetto, LA,  sexual battery.

Wonhassas Fontenot, age 32, 1711 College, Opelousas, LA, failure to register vehicle, no child restraint, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, no seat belt, driving under suspension, switched license plates, bench warrant, arrested by Louisiana State Police.

Judge delays convicted rapist's sentencing for motions hearing

Sentencing of convicted rapist Stephan M. Bergeron has been continued, pending a hearing on post-trial motions filed by his attorney.
Bergeron, then of Eunice, was charged in 2009 with one count of aggravated rape and three counts of forcible rape.
A jury in May of this year convicted him of one count of forcible rape and two counts of simple rape.
His sentencing has been continued several times, the most recent on Oct. 3 when Doherty granted a delay until new motions filed by attorney Jarvis Claiborne can be heard.
Doherty has set the hearing for 9 a.m. on Dec. 2.

City revenue, expenses about what expected for two months

The City of Eunice’s revenue and expenses were about on par with the percentage of the fiscal year elapses through Aug. 31, according to the latest financial information available.
The statement of operations completed last week showed the city with revenues for the first two months of its fiscal totaling $2.39 million and expenses of $2.47.
The operating deficit of about $76,000 for the two months compares to one of $137,000 in the same period last fiscal year and one of $543,000 in the the first two months of the year before that.

Circuit Court agrees Popeye's not at fault in fall

Popeye’s was not at fault for a woman slipping and falling in its Eunice  restaurant, according to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.
Norma Richard claimed she was seriously injured as the result of slipping on an unknown substance at the restaurant in July 2010 and that it was the fault of the restaurant.
According to Richard, after placing their orders and receiving their food, she and a man with her began to leave. Richard alleges that when she attempted to stop and ask the  man a question, her feet “just never stopped” and she fell.



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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