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VPPD makes several recent arrests

By: ELIZABETH
WEST
Managing Editor

The Ville Platte Police Department made several arrests on June 30, 2017.
The first involved a report of an employee stealing company checks from a local business on Main Street in Ville Platte.
According to a release from the VPPD, Joshua Lavigne, of Mamou, was arrested for the crime upon “completion of the investigation.”
Lavigne was charged with four counts of forgery and four counts of monetary instrument abuse.
The 30-year-old was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on a $30,000.00 bond.
Another incident that occurred on the same day involved a reckless driver in the 800 block of Northeast Railroad Street in Ville Platte.
Upon arrival at the scene, officers located the suspect, Marvin Joseph Green, of Melville, “who had hit a road sign and a fence before coming to a stop when he hit a residential carport.”
According to a release from the VPPD, “while gathering information the suspect began dancing and removing his clothing.”
When the 39-year-old was being transported to the jail, “he spit on and shoved an officer.”
Green was arrested and charged with careless operation of a vehicle, obscenity and battery on an officer. He was booked into the city jail on a $20,000.00 bond.
The third major arrest VPPD officers made on June 30, 2017 involved multiple burglaries.
According to a release from the police department, “a warrant for possession of stolen items was issued for a suspect who was incarcerated in St. Landry Parish on other charges.”
The release stated that “upon completion of his time there, he was extradited on a warrant issued by the VPPD.”
The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Diontra Collins, of Opelousas.
Upon completion of their investigation, detectives uncovered that Collins was involved in burglaries that occurred last year.
Collins is charged with burglaries that happened on Ernest Street in October of 2016, North Coreil Street in September of 2016 and Owen Street in October 2016.
His charges are three counts simple burglary, three counts simple criminal damage to property, two counts misdemeanor theft, and one count of felony theft. Collins was booked in the city jail on a $52,500.00 bond.
Collins was also booked in the city jail on a $26,500.00 bond for possession of stolen goods.

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