Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Gene LeBoeuf moved to Ville Platte for a job but ended staying for a woman -- a woman that helped him become closer to his faith and God.

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth LeBlanc still remembers the disbelief he felt the first time he watched himself wrestle on television.

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Camille Fontenot has a passion for Ville Platte. Fontenot said, “I love Ville Platte. It’s my home. I was brought up here. I know a little bit about everything here. I know almost every family. My husband is my high school sweetheart. “I love people, and I’ve got a great love for Ville Platte. I hope never to leave here.”

Gene LeBoeuf stands inside the chapel at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Church in Ville Platte. LeBoeuf has served as an ordained deacon at the Catholic church since 1993. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Kenneth “The Frogman” LeBlanc sits in his living room holding a photo of his days as a professional wrestler. In the other hand, the Thibodeaux native and current Ville Platte resident hold a jar of Cajun Partie Sauce, which LeBlanc helps distribute. (Gazette photo by Raymond Partsch III)

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Camille Fontenot addresses the crowd in front of the Evangeline Parish Courthouse during a ceremony about the new Zydeco Cajun Prairie Trails & Byways signs back in March. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

Clipping wings

Sacred Heart and Menard players battle for the rebound after a free throw attempt from Sacred Heart’s Catherine Poche (34) in Monday night’s contest. The Lady Trojans’ tenacious defense led to a 31-28 win over the Lady Eagles. Sacred Heart improves to 5-1 on the year with the win. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux

VILLE PLATTE - It was a grind it out, hard fought defensive effort that propelled the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans to a 31-28 non-district victory over the Menard Lady Eagles here Monday night.

MPD makes arrest in high speed chase

The Mamou Police Department recovered 43 plastic bags each filled with marijuana and a stolen handgun after a high speed chase on November 22, 2016. (Photo courtesy of MPD)

On November 22, 2016 the Mamou Police Department’s night began with a Toys for Tots fundraiser, but it ended with a high speed car chase at 100 miles per hour though the city limits.

Man wanted in Turkey Creek shooting death arrested in Oklahoma

Leland Hamm has been arrested in Oklahoma.
KOKI Fox 23 News in Oklahoma reported on Friday night that Hamm had been arrested in a parking lot of a Lowe’s in the town of Owasso, Oklahoma. Hamm is wanted in connection with the July 1 murder of a Shreveport man in Turkey Creek.

Area Briefs

Mamou Elementary Parent Teacher Conferences

MPD Arrest Reports

The Mamou Police Department recently reported the following five arrests:
• Gregory G. Booze, 1818 Lafitte Dr., Alexandria, was arrested November 15, 2016 for battery of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional and obscenity.

EPSO Arrest Reports

The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office reported 30 recent bookings into the parish jail. Arrested were the following persons:

LINDSEY LEE FREDERICK

June 30, 1987 - Nov. 27, 2016
MAMOU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lindsey Lee Frederick was celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann Cemetery with Father Gil Dutel as Celebrant.

WINNIE PEARL ORTEGO

Aug. 29, 1926 - Nov. 26, 2016
A Mass of Christian Burial for Winnie Pearl Ortego was held Monday, November 28, 2016 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ville Platte. Father Taj Glodd officiated. Ortego was laid to rest in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

LORETTA BROWN

Feb. 27, 1940 - Nov. 24, 2016
VILLE PLATTE – A Mass of Christian Burial for Loretta Brown was held Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Father Tom Voorhies officiated the service.

Holiday weight maintenance

Shane Darbonne with Mercy Regional Medical Center’s Wellness Center was the guest speaker at the November 22 Ville Platte Rotary Club meeting.

Turkey Creek murder suspect arrested in Oklahoma

Leland Hamm has been arrested in Oklahoma.
KOKI Fox 23 News in Oklahoma reported on Friday night that Hamm had been arrested in a parking lot of a Lowe’s in the town of Owasso, Oklahoma. Hamm is wanted in connection with the July 1 murder of a Shreveport man at home in Turkey Creek.

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Sports

Ville Platte High’s Brandon Thomas takes aim at a three-point basket in an earlier game this season. Thomas and the Bulldogs cruised to a 71-40 win over Jennings in a non-district contest on Tuesday night. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagenaux)

JENNINGS - The Ville Platte High Bulldogs garnered another win here Tuesday night, as they used a smothering defense and an explosive offensive performance to roll past the Jennings Bulldogs 71-40.

Lifestyle

Ville Platte City Hall, located in the old American Security Bank on Main Street, is all decked out for the Christmas season.

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Obituaries

June 30, 1987 - Nov. 27, 2016
MAMOU- A Mass of Christian Burial for Lindsey Lee Frederick was celebrated on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Mamou. Rite of Committal followed in the New St. Ann Cemetery with Father Gil Dutel as Celebrant.

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