Approval is given to terminate Atchison
By: TONY MARKS
The Ville Platte Fire and Police Civil Service Board, during a special meeting held Thursday, June 25, at the Lincoln Road Fire Station, granted approval to terminate a police officer who was placed on administrative leave since May after he was arrested for drug activity in Eunice.
Connor Atchison was arrested after a routine traffic stop. At the time, the Eunice police officer could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle. Upon questioning, Atchison admitted to smoking marijuana because it helps him rest. A search of the vehicle followed and resulted in finding a small digital scale, a grinder, other paraphernalia, a package labeled Peanut Butter Breath, a prescription bottle with 133 round pills believed to be promethazine hydrochloride, and a handgun.
Atchison was not charged with marijuana possession because only crumbles of the drug were found in the vehicle, he said.
Atchison was charged with windshield view inward and outward must be unobstructed tint; safety belt use; possession of drug paraphernalia; alter, omit, remove or obliterate label/script; and possession, sale and distribute of legend drug without prescription.
In other business, the board voted to call for a fire captain examination and for an assistant fire chief examination.