Public Safety

Basile officer placed on administrative leave

A segment of the recent meeting of the Basile mayor and town council focused on a request by Chief of Police Allen Ivory, Jr. to have Sgt. Van Comeaux terminated from the town’s police force. The request was made in written form with a copy of the reasons given to the mayor, council, town attorney, and town clerk.
According to the written statement, “on July 18, Sgt. Van Comeaux was placed on administrative leave, without pay, for violating Basile Police Dept. policy/procedure for use of force, specifically chemical weapons.”

Billy Joe Hanks

Fugitive sought in Acadia Parish

Acadia Parish Sheriff’s deputies need help to locate Billy Joe Hanks.
Hanks is described as a white male, 44 years of age, 6’1” tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and his last known address is 206 Blue Bonnet Dr., Crowley.
Hanks led deputies on a high-speed pursuit then exited his vehicle and evaded deputies by swimming across a bayou. He later stole a John Deere tractor from a nearby farmer. The tractor was recovered the following day.

Early morning shooting wounds 2

Two people were wounded in a shooting that occurred about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Sunrise Apartments on South Beulah, Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said.
One person was shot in the stomach and was transferred from Acadian Medical Center to Lafayette General.
The wound was not life-threatening,Fontenot said.
The other person suffered a grazing wound in the back and refused medical treatment, he said.
Multiple shell casings were found at the scene.
Fontenot suspects the shooting is related to local gang violence.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office arrests

The following are arrests reported by the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Aug. 29
Phillip Washington Jr., 20, 1500 block of Pujo Avenue, Opelousas. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, monetary instrument abuse, off-road vehicles. Arrested by Opelousas Police Department.
Robert W. Thibodeaux, 39, 200 block of North 9th Street, Eunice. Non-support. Arrested by Eunice Police.
Robert H. Castille, 42, 900 block of Lastrapes Street, Opelousas. Possession of Schedule II CDS. Arrested by Opelousas Police.

Eunice Police dispatch radio logs

The following are excerpts from the Eunice Police Department radio dispatch logs.
Aug. 28
07:18 Wreck at Eunice High.
08:31 Lawco reported stolen water meter in the 700 block of North 3rd.
09:29 Male said female was beating him in he 1200 block of Phillip.
10:31 Suspicious book bag in the 200 block of North 2nd.
11:00 Property damage in the 700 block of Reed.
11:40 Theft reported at Coburn’s.
12:11 Custody dispute in the 1300 block of Hazel.
14:28 Caller says neighbor stole items from his carport. Wants an officer to get items.


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