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Abbeville Police to conduct sobriety checkpoint

​On the night Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, the Abbeville Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint looking for impaired drivers and other traffic related offenses.
The checkpoint will be conducted between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. somewhere within the city limits of Abbeville.
This checkpoint is part of a year-long grant program provided through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, designed to improve driver safety and reduce impaired driving.

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Several from Vermilion Parish take part in McNeese State Fall graduation ceremony

McNeese State University awarded 628 degrees to 618 graduates at the university’s two fall commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 14, at the new Health and Human Performance Education Complex.
Fall 2019 graduates from Vermilion Parish are:

Abbeville
Nia A. Cole, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Joanna M. Pillette, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Andrew G. Vallot, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences

Erath
Drake M. Guidry, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Krysta N. McMullen, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences

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Jontae Kelly

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Amanda Rice

Additional arrests made in connection to August homicide in Abbeville

On Dec. 18, detectives with the Abbeville Police Department made two additional arrests stemming from the investigation conducted for the homicide of Jacoby Lee which occurred on August 21, 2019.
A grand jury indictment was handed down against Amanda Nicole Rice and Jontae Marie Kelly, both of Abbeville. Rice and Kelly were officially charged with Accessory to 2nd Degree Murder by harboring a known fugitive. Bonds for both Ms. Rice and Kelly have been set at $75,000 each.
Kelly has a child with the victim of the homicide, Jacoby Lee. Rice is the mother of Ms. Kelly.​

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Driver Succumbs to Injuries Received in Single-Vehicle Crash

IBERIA PARISH – On December 10, 2019, shortly after 11:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a single-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 85 north of College Road in Jeanerette.
The crash ultimately took the life of 77-year-old Raphael Vallot of Jeanerette.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2008 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Vallot was traveling south on LA Hwy 85. For unknown reasons, his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, entered a ditch, and overturned several times before coming to rest in a private driveway.

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People can place ornaments on the Memory Tree this Wednesday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Abbeville.

Memory Tree honors Sydney Colomb; families can remember loved ones

Sydney Colomb died in early 2018.
Her memory lives on with her family members every day. Now, a gesture by her family members has helped hundreds of families remember their loved ones.
“My niece was killed in a wreck by a drunk driver,” said Kady Guillory, Sydney’s aunt.
“My family and I got together with the United Methodist Church to start a memory tree in honor of Sydney.
“We knew the holidays would be the hardest.”

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