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Oct 5, 2010 10:52 AM

Sheriff Melancon Reminds Residents the Entire State Under Burn Ban

Sheriff Melancon is once again reminding residents that effective October 3, 2010, the entire State of Louisiana has been put under a burn ban. All residents are to refrain from any activity that could initiate a fire.

Shortly before noon on Monday the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to field fire near Ben Monic Drive, Jennings. Deputies learned that a resident had burnt trash a couple days earlier and due to the dry conditions the fire restarted. Evangeline Fire Department responded to the call.

Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon stated that his office is investigating the following incidents:

-While dumping a load of mulch near Rougeau Lane a worker accidentally slipped and fell off the truck causing injury to his arm. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

-A residential break-in near Dr. Parrot Avenue, Branch. Taken was medication and cash. Investigation continues.

Sheriff Melancon is asking everyone to contact his office if you witness anything suspicious anywhere in the parish.
Anyone with information on any of the incidents is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 788-8700 or 789-tips.

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In an unrelated incident Sheriff Melancon advises that Opening Ceremonies for his B.A.S.E. Mentoring Program will be held Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office located at 1037 Capitol Avenue, Crowley beginning at 5:45 p.m. Over 125 high school juniors from all Acadia Parish High Schools have requested to enter the program. Contact Maxine Trahan, Coordinator for more information.

Saturday, October 9, 2010 will be the first of four Free ACT Prep Courses offered by Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon. The course is open to all high students and will be held at the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office Training Room located at 1037 Capitol Avenue, Crowley LA from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. For more information or to reserve your seat contact Maxine Trahan, Coordinator at 788-8788. Students are asked to bring paper, pencil and a calculator. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon is re-establishing Neighborhood Watch Programs throughout Acadia Parish. Melancon stated that Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. There are obvious benefits Neighborhood Watch volunteers and their communities have experienced throughout the year such as:
-crime reduction
-a better quality of life
-greater sense of security, responsibility & personal control
-build community pride and unity
Melancon stated that anyone interested in starting a neighborhood watch is encourage to contact Dy. Maxine Trahan at 788-8788.

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