September 12, 2012 8:43 AM
Kaplan Area Chamber of Commerce host the Louisiana Cajun Food Fest in downtown Kaplan. The festival takes place September 29, 2012 from 10am until 10:30pm. This is the 8th year Kaplan will be celebrating cajun food with it's proceeds benefiting Beanies for St. Jude, St. Jude Research Hospital, Target House,... more »
August 5, 2012 10:20 PM
Kaplan Police Department is looking for a runaway juvenile from the Kaplan area. Anastasia Dorman is a white female, 14 year old, with brown hair and eyes. She is about 5'10 weighing about 158 pounds. On July 31, Dorman left her residence on foot and has not been seen since.... more »
July 3, 2012 6:31 PM
Kaplan's Mayor is pushing an ordinance that would force Vermilion Parish bars to close at 2 a.m. He says he's compelled to do this after his close friend, 23-year-old Pete Johnson, died in a car accident over the weekend.
Twenty-three-year-old Kade Abshire was driving that car, traveling north on... more »
February 4, 2012 11:34 PM
In Kaplan, a major break in a string of arsons that have had residents on edge for years. 55-year-old Felecian Primeaux of Kaplan is facing 12 counts of arson, dating back to 2007. He was arrested at his home Saturday morning after police say the suspect was caught on tape.... more »
February 4, 2012 1:54 PM
A 55-year-old Kaplan man was arrested early this morning and charged with 12 counts of arson; police say they caught him right after torching a house. Felecian Primeaux is connected to several fires, including the Liberty Rice Mill arson. KATC Chris Welty will have more at 6:00.
January 18, 2012 1:12 AM
Official say Annie's Bar caught fire after a shed behind the bar ignited into flames.The fire has since been put out and there were no injuries. We'll have more on this story on GMA.
January 4, 2012 7:19 PM
For months, vacant or abandoned homes across Kaplan have been going up in flames. Police said the frequent house fires started in February 2010, since then nine homes have burned.
Police believe at least five of those are arson, many of them set within the last few months.
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November 12, 2011 11:31 PM
Just days after a 12 year old Scott boy is killed in a bad car crash, he's remembered by friends, family and teammates.
The crash happened in Kaplan on Tuesday and claimed the life of 12 year old Dylan Gary. He was an avid sports fan and Saturday, KATC'S... more »
November 9, 2011 7:28 PM
Fire destroyed three businesses in Kaplan, all in the same building at the corner of North Irving Avenue and West First Street. It burned until early Wednesday morning, after igniting around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the fire as a possible arson.
"It was heart wrenching, it really... more »
November 4, 2011 10:07 PM
A 13-year-old girl was attacked at the Vermillion Parish Public Library in Kaplan. Her mother sits down with KATC to share her story and warn other parents.
Her mother thought it was safe to allow her daughter to do homework at the library after school. She doesn't want her... more »
May 7, 2011 11:34 PM
A former Kaplan police chief has passed away.
Thomas "Tommy" Guidry has died, after a battle with cancer. Visitation will be at Vincent Funeral Home, in Kaplan Sunday from 9 am until 10 at night.
March 27, 2011 12:10 AM
The Kaplan Fire Department is investigating a fire that broke out Saturday morning.
It started at around one am at West 10th and North Wilson Avenue. The structure was an abandoned building and no one was hurt. It's unclear what caused the fire.
February 15, 2011 11:21 PM
An Abbeville man goes on a crime spree in Kaplan on Valentine's Day. But the suspect chose the wrong town, as citizens took action and tried to stop him at every turn.
66-year-old Wilfred Guidry uses a cane to get around, but on valentine's day he found a new... more »
January 27, 2011 6:00 PM
One person has been arrested following a police chase, involving a stolen police car, in Kaplan. The police chief tells us they were chasing an alleged shoplifter from a grocery store, when he jumped in a police unit and drove off. The suspect was caught after wrecking the car in... more »
October 13, 2010 7:37 PM
A hospital in Vermilion Parish is banking on voters to keep it's doors open. A sales tax in Kaplan is up for renewal on November 2nd. If passed, it will continue to fund Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital. The hospital has served Vermilion Parish residents for 50 years, as the only... more »
August 17, 2010 11:44 AM
Want to RANT? Do you think police officers should be allowed to wear small cameras when on the job? We want to hear from you! Email Hoyt at firstname.lastname@example.org. We could air your opinion tonight!
Kaplan Police officers now have a new protection tool. Officers are now equipped with... more »
August 12, 2010 10:50 PM
After two successful seasons, Brent Indest left as head coach at Kaplan to take over at Carencro. After eight seasons as head coach at North Vermilion, Stephen Lotief replaces Indest as the Pirates Head Coach. Lotief has Junior Quarterback Kameron Abshire to work with, Abshire has shown great potential. The... more »
August 11, 2010 7:04 PM
One woman's memories are now reaching hundreds in hardback. An Acadiana author is putting nearly a century of life experience into a 350 page book.
92 year old Zoe Sagrera Lynch was born and raised on Cheniere au Tigre. It's a small island in Vermilion Parish. You can only... more »
August 4, 2010 5:42 PM
Press Release- Kaplan Police Department has received several complaints and concerns from the citizens of Kaplan about the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors within the city limits of Kaplan. Chief Adams assigned Sgt. Bruce Ashley and Capt. Scott LeMaire to conduct an Alcohol Sting Operation.
An undercover agent... more »
August 4, 2010 5:02 PM
Press Release: According to Chief Boyd Adams, the Kaplan Police Department investigated a complaint in reference to an alleged Domestic Abuse. The Kaplan Police Departments quick response and investigation led to the arrest of Ernie Lejeune. Lejeune was charged with Domestic Abuse Battery by Strangulation and Second Degree Kidnapping.
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August 2, 2010 7:22 PM
Counterfeit money is making its way around Acadiana. So far, three businesses in Kaplan have found fake money, but officials believe there is much more out there.
Annie Trahan, owner of Annie's Bar in Kaplan, said "He asked for change. He gave her four fives and she gave him... more »
June 9, 2010 11:15 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Justice has sided with the American Civil Liberties Union in its challenge of single-gender classes at a Kaplan middle school. In April, U.S. District Judge Richard Haik denied the ACLU's motion to stop single-sex classes at Rene Rost Middle School and set... more »
February 24, 2010 7:31 PM
The American Civil Liberties Union is trying to stop sex-segregated classes from being offered at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan. The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Vermilion Parish School Board on behalf of a parent and her two daughters, sixth and eighth grade students at the school. All... more »
February 24, 2010 1:01 PM
LAFAYETTE, LA - In the first court hearing ever about sex segregation in coed public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana argued today that the school board in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana illegally discriminated against both boys and girls at Rene A. Rost Middle School by... more »
January 28, 2010 11:12 AM
KAPLAN, La. (AP) - Kaplan's police chief says he won't run for a fourth term. Chief Steve Perry has spent 12 years as police chief, and 31 in the police department, starting as a dispatcher in the early 1970s. He first ran for police chief in 1998. He says he... more »
December 11, 2009 11:08 AM
ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - State police have arrested six Kaplan residents on charges that they took part in years of sexual abuse in which the victim is a juvenile. One of those arrested is the juvenile's mother.
Troopers say the investigation began in November and indicated the juvenile was... more »
November 9, 2009 12:48 PM
Kaplan Police are searching for a murder suspect. Jordan Huntsberry is wanted in connection with the murder of Kevin Robinson of Kaplan. Officials say the 18-year-old of Abbeville shot Robinson on Friday, November 6th. As a result of the injuries he received, Robinson died on Saturday. Police also say they... more »
November 2, 2009 1:20 PM
A purported relic of Saint Mary Magdalene is attracting crowds in Abbeville. This is the first time the two-thousand year old tibia, or shin bone, has been in the United States. The visit began with a procession for the holy relic encased in glass. Auggie Babbitt traveled from Texas for... more »
October 20, 2009 3:48 PM
Fred Allen Boutin is facing steeper charges after Kaplan Police say he pushed officer and took off during transport. Authorities say Boutin was originally arrested on a traffic violation, and being held on a probation and parole violation. Boutin took off around 10am but was captured around 2:30pm. He is... more »