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FUGITIVE SEX OFFENDERS SOUGHT BY APSO, CRIME STOPPERS

CROWLEY — The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit is asking for the public’s assistance with locating three fugitives.
• Gerald Wayne Arceneaux, 50, is a white male with brown hair and green eyes. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds.
He was last known to reside in the Rayne area.
Arceneaux is wanted for failure to provide community notifications, failure to comply with identification requirements, and failure to register as a convicted sex offender.

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The fire occurred shortly after midnight.

Fire claims life of Abbeville man

An early morning fire in Abbeville has left one man dead.
Members of the Abbeville Fire Department responded to a call shortly after midnight Wednesday morning. Firefighters found a mobile home at 605 Alphonse St. engulfed in flames.
“It took the guys about 20 to 25 minutes to get it under control,” Abbeville Fire Chief Jude Mire said. “There was only one person in the house.”
Officers with the Abbeville Police Department on the scene told responding firefighters that there was likely someone inside the house.

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Maurice City Hall

Village of Maurice prepares to be Town of Maurice

MAURICE — As the Village of Maurice moves closer to becoming the Town of Maurice, officials are continuing discussion of what the representation of the town will look like.
Maurice will exceed the threshold of at least 1,000 to be a town when the 2020 Census is finalized. Maurice had 964 residents for the ‘10 Census. That number is expected to be more than 2,000 this time around.

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No Abbeville Christmas Stroll this year

This year hasn’t presented many easy decisions.
While it wasn’t an easy one, Abbeville Mayor Mark Piazza said the decision to cancel the 2020 Abbeville Christmas Stroll was the right decision. The event would have taken place this Thursday.
“It was a difficult decision to make,” Piazza said. “We feel like the businesses, especially at this time, need all the exposure that they can get. That was the whole point in starting the stroll years ago.
“The origin of the stroll was to bring business to downtown Abbeville.”

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Photo credit: Brian Tran / University of Louisiana at Lafayette

UL Lafayette Commencement ceremonies set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, Wednesday, Dec. 9

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will confer undergraduate and graduate degrees during several Fall 2020 Commencement ceremonies that will be held over two days at Cajun Field and Lamson and Russo parks.
Individual ceremonies for six of UL Lafayette’s eight academic colleges are set for Tuesday, Dec. 8; ceremonies for two academic colleges and the Graduate School will be held the next day.

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