Judge John Saunders (right) handles business in the Louisiana Legislature with a familiar face - former Louisiana State Representative and Ville Platte native Luke Soileau - at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Saunders was a senator at the time, and after 17 years in that role, the Ville Platte native was elected to Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeals. (Gazette file photo)

For nearly the past five decades, the Honorable Judge John D. Saunders, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, has spent his time fighting for his clients as an attorney and his constituents as a senator and then judge while building life long friendships that have benefited the lives of all Louisiana citizens.

Anderson

Samuel Anderson could possibly get a second chance to plead his case to an Evangeline Parish jury.
Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartique is requesting assistance from the public in locating a suspect wanted for rape. On January 7, 2017 at approximately 1:00 a.m., an officer with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a call involving a possible rape of a 57-year-old Ville Platte resident.

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.

Parish hoops tourney schedule, state cross country results told

The 2016 Evangeline Parish basketball tournament schedule has been released and Pine Prairie High School will be the host for this year’s event.
The tournament will begin on Wednesday afternoon when the Basile Lady Bearcats square off against the Sacred Heart Lady Trojans at 3:30 p.m.

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(Editor’s Note: The following information was obtained from the Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court’s Office in Ville Platte. This information is printed once a month in The Gazette.)

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