GSU decision to let Robinson play comes under microscope

From Staff Reports

Only a little more than one year after being arrested on kidnapping and assault charges related to an incident with an ex-girlfriend, Chanse Robinson suited up for the Grambling State basketball team and played 13 minutes in a loss to TCU on Dec. 21 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Although Robinson has not even gone to trial, the decision by the Grambling State administration has come under a microscope on social media, especially in light of recent shooting incidents on campus.

Robinson, a native of Grambling, was arrested on Dec. 19, 2020, and charged with three felony counts of second-degree kidnapping, one misdemeanor count of battery of a dating partner and one felony count of aggravated assault upon a dating partner, according to booking documents at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and an affidavit obtained through the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Robinson’s next hearing is scheduled for January 11.

The Grambling student-athlete handbook only addresses criminal convictions, and not pending cases leaving this in the hands of the school administration. The University Student Code of Conduct only addresses actions committed by individuals during their time as a GSU student. There is no mention of actions committed prior to becoming a Grambling student.

The 6-1, 175-pounder originally signed with the University of Buffalo and began his freshman season there in the fall of 2020 before leaving the program on Dec. 6, 2020 – 13 days before he was arrested in Ruston.

The three-star point guard and two-time Class 1A all-state selection while at Lincoln Prep was the fourth-ranked point guard in Louisiana for the class of 2020.

Robinson averaged 20.8 points, 3.5 steals and 3.2 assists per game in three seasons at Lincoln Prep. He was the 41st-ranked point guard in the nation in 2020.

Robinson saw action in only one game at Buffalo, playing 10 minutes with no points, one turnover and three personal fouls against Bowling Green on Dec. 6, 2020, the same day he reported to have left the team.


Ruston High cheer takes on nationals again

By Cheyanne Admire

In 2020, Ruston High School’s cheerleading squad was crowned National Champions in Orlando, Florida. In February of 2022, they are heading back to the Walt Disney World Resort and hoping to achieve the same goal. 

Earlier this month, the competition cheerleading team was named UCA Regional Champions after their competition in Hammond. Their performance earned them a bid to the UCA Nationals.

According to Varsity, the host of the event, the team will not be able to participate in any other cheerleading event that is promoted as a national or international competition because they are competing in this specific event. This means they get one shot each year, which forces them to work hard to achieve their dream. 

The team has practices every day at school and even on their personal time. Members of the squad shared that they are always exhausted after practice, which is understandable considering that they have to prepare a performance routine and a game day division chant. 

Sometimes, the squad will get together just to do bonding exercises to make the girls closer; therefore, more trusting of each other when doing tricky stunts. One example of this would be when the girls got together after practice to make “family bracelets” with the word “together” engraved on them. 

Additionally, the Ruston High Competition Team likes to offer events, such as its cheer clinic, for free. This way, anyone can participate without the worry of spending money. Therefore, donations for the squad are appreciated. 

The cheerleading team is currently a four-time national champion and a seven-time Louisiana state champion.


Hoops Game of the Week: LP wins rematch over Rayville

By T. Scott Boatright

COLUMBIA — Last week a sluggish third quarter cost the Lincoln Preparatory School boys basketball game at Rayville.

In a rematch played Tuesday night at the Caldwell Tournament, Lincoln Prep struggled again in the third stanza, but this time the Panthers walked away with a 53-52 win over Rayville to climb to 14-5 on the season. 

Lincoln Prep trailed 14-10 at the end of the first quarter but outscored the Hornets 19-10 in the second period to take a 29-24 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

But Rayville threatened once again to race away with a strong third quarter, outscoring the Panthers 20-9 in the stanza to hold a 44-40 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Lincoln Prep coach Antonio Hudson was determined to make sure his Panthers didn’t let this one get away — and they didn’t with a strong fourth quarter, especially on the defensive end.

“The score is kind of deceiving about what all happened,” Hudson said. “We were actually in control most of the game. It was just like it was when we played them for the first time. We just had a real slow third quarter. 

“All I told them was to make sure that we get back to our kind of basketball and what got us the lead – don’t turn the ball over for big and easy shots, and make sure we contested their shooters, because they have multiple good shooters. Once we were able to get back to doing what we had been earlier on, we fought right back into it.”

Ja’Kyren Montgomery led the way for Lincoln Prep with 15 points, eight rebounds and an assist. Hudson said the 6-1, 160-pound senior is becoming more and more of a force for the team in his first season as a Panther.

“He’s a senior and I really wish I would have had him more than just this year,” Hudson said about Montgomery. “He came to us from Bastrop. His aunt (Joyce Montgomery) is like a pillar in the community in Grambling and she wanted a change of scenery for him. So he came to us last year but had to sit out. He’s worked his tail off and continues to get better. He’s actually riding a series of about three or four games in a row that he’s put together and been one of our top guys. It’s just another element — a different athlete that brings something at least a little different. Ja’Kyren can score the ball and he’s getting better and better defensively.”

Bralyn Mayfield double-doubled for the Panthers with 14 points, 13 rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot while D’Mitry Payne chipped in with 13 pts, seven rebounds, seven assists and a blocked shot.
“D’Mitry is just who he is — a helluva athlete,” Hudson said. “He kind of runs the show out there. But the good thing is our depth — it’s more than just him. And it’s more than just Bralyn. If you look at it, we’ve had three or four people scoring in double figures every game. And it’s different people at times. 

“Emmanuel Bryant brings a lot to the table for us. Ja’Kyren Montgomery and Brandon Heard have been key players for us. Heard has actually made things easier on D’Mitry because Heard is good at handling the ball, too. It’s just a great group of role players we have. The list does on — Darrell Jackson, Stephen Burks III … I could just go one and on. It’s been a total team effort for us so far.”

The Panthers will now take a break before returning to action on Jan. 3 at home against Carroll.
“It’s a good time for a little break right now,” Hudson said. “At small schools, when you share athletes like we do with the football team, the month of November is kind of null and void. We haven’t had all that many practices with double digit players after the football players got to hit the court. We’re just blessed that some of those guys have played for me before and know the system. They just meshed right in.

“That 14-5 record is a good thing heading into January. And there’s a couple of those losses that could have gone either way. We’ve played a couple of overtime games, so we’re well-tested. I’m just glad to finally get a break to rest up and work on pulling things together tight.”


Dogs open league action at home tonight

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletics Communications

Conference USA action is here.

Louisiana Tech opens up league action tonight when the Bulldogs host Marshall at 8 p.m. at The Thomas Assembly Center.

This nationally televised matchup on ESPN2 and ESPNU will be the second straight season the Bulldogs and Thundering Herd start league play against one another.

The game can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network on 107.5 FM with the pregame show starting at 7:30 p.m. Fans can also access the audio through the LA Tech Athletics app.

LA Tech (9-3) wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule a week ago with a 99-56 home victory over Crowley’s Ridge, extending its home winning streak to 15.  The Bulldogs dominated inside, scoring 62 paint points.  They ended up shooting 79.1 percent from two (team is shooting 57.7 percent from two this season, currently the highest ever in the three-point era).

Amorie Archibald scored a game-high 20 points, becoming the fifth Bulldog this season to register at least 20 points in a single game.  The fifth-year senior has scored in double figures nine times this season and is averaging 17.5 points over his last four games (averaging 13.6 for the season).

LA Tech ranks third in C-USA and 32nd in the country in scoring offense at 80.7 points per game.  They also rank first in the league and 37th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio at 1.38.

Marshall (7-6) comes into Ruston having lost three straight games, falling to Ohio, Northern Iowa and Toledo.  The high-scoring Thundering Herd were averaging 83.1 points during their first 10 games, but have averaged just 62.7 points during their three-game losing skid.

The Herd rank second in the country in blocks per game, averaging 7.2 per contest.  They are also the No. 1 rebounding team in C-USA with an average of 40.54 boards per contest. 

Junior Taevion Kinsey anchors Marshall, averaging 19.7 points per game, which ranks second in C-USA and 28th in the country.  He has scored 20+ points in nine games this season while having played all 40 minutes seven times.

LA Tech leads the all-time series against Marshall, 8-5.  The Bulldogs won the first six meetings in the series, but the Herd have won five of the last seven.  LA Tech has lost only three times at home since the 2018-19 season and two of those were to Marshall.

The Bulldogs are 7-1 all-time in C-USA openers and are a perfect 4-0 when the openers are at home.


Teens found, dozens arrested by US Marshals in New Orleans sex crimes operation

NEW ORLEANS – The United States Marshals Service working in conjunction with several law enforcement agencies in south Louisiana found five teenagers who were missing and endangered and arrested 30 people, including 17 sex offenders as reported by Osama Ayyad of WTHR.com.

Although none of the victims are directly tied to Lincoln Parish, the LPJ feels its important to publicize the news with the increase in sex trafficking and other sexual crimes within our state and country.

According to a statement from the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the arrested and recoveries were a results of the New Orleans Task Force’s annual Operation Boo Dat.

Recoveries:

A missing 16-year-old Marrero girl

One of the teens recovered was a 16-year-old girl who ran away from her Marrero home by allegedly stealing a family member’s car and handgun.

Known to have ties to Bourbon Street and Chef Menteur Highway areas in New Orleans, the Marrero runaway teen was found in a Little Woods home in the 7900 block of Benson Street.

“(The teen) was located living with several adults to include an adult female strip club dancer,” U.S. Marshals report said.

A 17-year-old girl wanted for human trafficking

A 17-year-old girl who has been missing for some time was arrested in Hammond on a felony human trafficking warrant out of Tangipahoa Parish, according to the report.

The 17-year-old girl was also wanted on a warrant out of Natchez, Mississippi for stealing a vehicle.

She’s known to have prior ties with several other runaway girls from the New Orleans area as well as organized crime, the report said.

A 14-year-old girl found with possible sex trafficking ties

A 14-year-old girl with possible ties to sex trafficking was recovered in a motel room near Read Boulevard in New Orleans East alongside two other teenage girls, a 17-year-old and a 15-year old.

The motel room smelled of marijuana, the report said.

The girls told investigators they were in a different motel room with men from Baton Rouge who abandoned them. The men left because a cousin got shot.

A 15-year-old girl with prior sex trafficking issues in Baton Rouge

A 15-year-old girl who ran away from home in East Baton Rouge Parish and had prior connections to sex trafficking there was recovered after her pimp had been murdered.

She was found living with her 17-year-old boyfriend and one of his relatives in New Orleans East, near I-10 Service Road and Bullard Avenue.

“Information was also developed that the female was regularly leaving the apartment to meet with adult males in New Orleans East,” the report said. “The case is also possibly associated with an armed robbery that occurred in the same area.”

Sisters, 15 & 16, missing from St. Tammany Parish & Baton Rouge

The fourth and fifth recoveries were of two sisters ages 15 and 16, missing from Baton Rouge and St. Tammany Parish respectively.

“Both females may be victims of adult(s) felony criminal sexual activities and they were recovered at an apartment in Baton Rouge,” the report said.

Arrests:

Sex offender faces charges of raping a 12-year-old girl

Lorenzo Oliver, a Tier 3 sex offender was arrested on Dec. 10 on a felony warrant from the New Orleans Police Department on allegations of first-degree rape of a 12-year-old girl.

Oliver is accused of raping the girl in an abandoned home in Algiers.

Oliver was arrested in 2013 for trying to rape a woman after following her into a bathroom at a Westwego library, the report said.

“(Oliver) was convicted in 2015 of Attempted Forcible Rape and Sexual Battery in Jefferson Parish and must register as a sex offender for life,” the report said.

Sex offender arrested for unreported international travel

U.S. Marshals reported the arrest of a sex offender for the alleged Failure to Report International Travel to Ethiopia to the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office as required by Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  

“His original 2004 Pierce County, Washington conviction was for Molestation in the Second Degree (2 Counts) involving a 12-year-old female with molestation allegations dating back several years prior,” the report said.

He was arrested in Gonzales, LA, on Oct. 19.

Wanted sex offender found using a false name at a homeless shelter, arrested

Wanted on a Texas Department of Corrections Parole warrant from November of 2019 based on a prior Failure to Register as a Sex Offender conviction, James Sorrell was found staying in a New Orleans homeless shelter under a false name.

He was arrested on Oct. 25.

Sorrell also had active Austin, Texas PD and Dane County, Wisconsin warrants for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. 

“His original 1987 conviction in Idaho involved a 7-year-old female victim,” the report said.

Sex offender arrested after living in Tangipahoa Parish for 2 years without registration

Originally convicted of molesting a 9-year-old girl in Baton Rouge, David Douglas Smith was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Jackson, Mississippi in 2019.

Smith was arrested on Oct. 26 in Hammond.

“He was found in the Hammond, LA area in late October 2021 based on a collateral lead from USMS Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force (Southern Mississippi USMS Office). SMITH had been living in Tangipahoa Parish for over two years without SORNA compliance,” the report said.

Fugitive wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Texas arrested in New Orleans home

Lamonte Versill Morris was arrested on Oct. 29 in a home in the 3800 block of D’hemecourt Street in New Orleans.

He was wanted on a San Patricio County, Texas warrant from June 2021 for the alleged Aggravated Sexual Assault on a known 14-year-old female victim.

“Morris had gone on the run knowing that he was wanted,” the report said. “He was located by the USMS New Orleans Task Force at a residence in the 3800 block of D’hemecourt Street New Orleans.”

Man on parole for enticing teens into prostitution arrested

Wanted on a parole violation, James E. Muse was arrested on Nov. 8.

“He was on parole for an Enticing Persons Under 17 into Prostitution in Orleans Parish,” the report said. “There have been reoccurring allegations reported to law enforcement of him being involved in sex trafficking.”

Muse had been an Operation Boo Dat 2020 arrest related to the alleged 2020 charges of an Aggravated Battery of a teen using a cigarette lighter.

Man convicted of 1997 forcible rape arrested for failing to register as a sex offender

A tier 3 sex offender, Anthony Roberts was arrested in Metairie on Dec. 7 on a 2019 Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office warrant for failing to register as a sex offender.

“Roberts was originally convicted in 1997 of Attempted Forcible Rape and must register for life,” the report said. “He received a 20 year LA DOC sentence for the original conviction.  He was located residing at an apartment on Tabany Street in Metairie, Louisiana.”

Sex offender wanted in connection with November shooting arrested

A tier 3 sex offender, Kuimar Stephens was arrested on Dec. 22 at a New Orleans East home as he tried to run away by jumping out of a window.

Having what investigators believed was Ecstasy while being arrested, Stephens was wanted on a 2020 Orleans Parish Criminal Court warrant for failing to appear in court on a failure to register as a sex offender charge.

He hadn’t updated his registration since at least 2020, the report said.

“Stephens was also wanted on a New Orleans Police Department warrant from November of 2021 alleging that he was in possession of a rifle on Nov. 21,” the report said. “This stems from a November 21st, 2021, shooting incident in the 3400 block of Pleasure Street where it is alleged that person(s) shot at Stephens over one hundred times. An AK-47 variant rifle was recovered by New Orleans Police Department at the scene of the shooting.”


Announce your engagement with LPJ

The Lincoln Parish Journal is publishing engagement announcements for couples who reside in the parish, who have relatives in the parish or who are getting married in the parish. Students who are enrolled at Louisiana Tech or Grambling State but who do not live in the parish will also be able to submit. These announcements will be published Monday and Thursday. 

This move by the Journal allows couples to showcase their announcement on social media outlets. 

“This is a fabulous way for couples to have a traditional engagement announcements and reap the benefits of the digital age by posting it on social media,” said Judith Roberts, publisher of the Journal. “As the Journal continues to expand and increase its reach in the community, this will allow more people to see your happy announcement.”

Information for engagement announcements can include any or all of the following: 

  • Digital photograph of the couple 

  • The couple’s names 

  • The couple’s hometowns 

  • High school and/or college of the couple 

  • Parents’ names and/or grandparents’ names 

  • Ties to the parish 

  • Wedding time, date, and place 

  • An interesting fact about the couple 

 

“We all love the happy news of an engagement, and this is a great outlet for that positive information,” Roberts said. “I still have copies of my own engagement announcement and wedding announcement. I’m so glad we’re able to offer this service to couples today.” 

To submit information for publication, please email lpjnewsla@gmail.com


Techsters on road for C-USA play

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

HUNTINGTON, W.V. — On the road for the holiday once again.

For the second straight year, Louisiana Tech will celebrate the New Year on the road as the Lady Techsters open up Conference USA action tonight at Marshall.

Tipoff from the Cam Henderson Center is at 5 p.m. and the game can be seen on ESPN+. Fans can also hear the broadcast on the LA Tech Sports Network on 97.7 FM with the pregame show starting at 4:30 p.m. The broadcast can also be accessed through the LA Tech Athletics app.

The Lady Techsters (8-3) have won four of their last five games, entering the contest with an 8-3 overall record. Tech has picked up win over the likes of McNeese State, Sam Houston and Boise State, but have suffered hard fought losses to undefeated Colorado, one-loss Ole Miss and UL-Lafayette.

The Lady Techsters are led offensively by junior Keiunna Walker (16.3 ppg). Walker has filled the stat sheet all year, ranking sixth in scoring and eighth in field goal percentage (39.6 %) in Conference USA.

Sophomore Anna Larr Roberson has been a force on the defensive end of the floor for Tech, ranking second in rebounds (9.6 rpg), fourth in blocked shots (1.5 bpg), while contributing on the offensive end of the floor with 12.6 points per game.

Defensively, Tech ranks as one of the best defense teams in C-USA. The Lady Techsters rank first in blocked shots (4.45 bpg), third in points allowed (55.4 papg), third in steals (10.3) and sixth in opponent field goal percentage (37.2 %) in C-USA.

Marshall (5-4) has wins over Radford, Morehead State and Oakland. The Thundering Herd have challenged themselves with tough road losses at Purdue and (RV) Michigan State.

The Thundering Herd is led by the reigning Conference USA Player of the Week, sophomore Savannah Wheeler. The Preseason All-Conference selection is averaging a league best 20.1 points per game after dropping 40 points in their win against Oakland on Dec. 20.

Graduate Student Kennedi Colclough is the only other Marshall player averaging in double-figures, while senior Brianah Freby and freshman CC Mays are each contributing 8.0 points per game. Junior Lorelei Roper leads the Thundering Herd with 7.0 rebounds per game.

Marshall averages 73.2 points per contest and yields just 62.6 points per game. The Thundering Herd shoots 41.1 percent from the field, including 28.5 percent from three and 74.4 percent from the free throw line.

Louisiana Tech leads the all-time series against Marshall 6-4 in a series that has been mostly played in Huntington. Following Thursday’s game eight of the 11 meetings between the two programs will have been played inside the Cam Henderson Center.

The two teams met three times last season with the Lady Techsters claiming two victories over the Thundering Herd. Tech defeated Marshall 61-51 in overtime while the Thundering Herd won the next night 61-57 to open conference play last season. The Lady Techsters won the last meeting between the two schools 50-48 in the first round of the C-USA Tournament last season. 


Zeta Rho-ESA collects two international awards 

Ruston’s Zeta Rho chapter of the service group Epsilon Sigma Alpha has received two awards from the organization’s international council. 

One is the Above and Beyond Award, which is given to an individual or chapter whose activities and accomplishments have surpassed ESA’s normal expectations. The other spotlights chapters whose educational programs ranked in the Top 10 worldwide. 

The awards were presented to the chapter at state and international conventions, respectively, and resulted from work done throughout the past ESA year. 

Mary Anne Sayer, then president of Louisiana ESA, nominated the Zeta Rho chapter for the Above and Beyond Award based on activities successfully pursued during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“This chapter is really creative and has a positive outlook,” she said. “All year their chapter engaged in mastering Zoom so that they continued to meet each month, and this allowed them to plan and hold several fundraisers despite the pandemic.” This ability to function in the virtual world also led to Zeta Rho’s helping ramrod a statewide Zoom rush event. 

Sayer cited the chapter’s role with local St. Jude Radiothon activities as well. In addition to working with the traditional phone banks that operate during the event, she said, “They have partnered with the local universities to do on-site fundraising at local businesses during the event. This shows heartfelt enthusiasm for our cause.” 

Members also regularly participated in the international president’s Coffee Chat Zoom meetings held every two weeks during the worst part of the pandemic, “which speaks to Zeta Rho’s interest in learning from other states about ways to make even more of a difference in the world,” Sayer said. 

The Above and Beyond Award was presented to the chapter by the current ESA international president, Robin Bussey, at a statewide convention in Morgan City. 

Norlyn Hyde, Zeta Rho-ESA secretary, sees a special meaning in the award. “Customarily, this honor goes to a single individual recognizing their dedication and hard work on behalf of ESA,” she said. “I felt the award was particularly meaningful to Zeta Rho because it’s a testament to all of our members and the extraordinary work that we did during a COVID pandemic.”

Another longtime Zeta Rho-ESA member, awards and philanthropic chair Nancy Darland, noted that the values of ESA include education, leadership and service and that constraints imposed by the pandemic last year forced the group to think outside the box to fulfill goals in these areas. “I’m pleased that our chapter was able to carry on providing educational programs, developing new skills and serving our community despite the challenges and am honored to have received such recognition,” she said.

The Top 10 Educational Award was presented at the group’s international convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Zeta Rho’s educational program series, “Faith, Hope and Love: Looking Back to Inspire the Future, was chaired by Sallie Rose Hollis and Jennifer Patterson. This tied in with the chapter’s theme for the year, “Faith, Hope and Love,” and also to Sayer’s statewide theme that dealt with roots: “Legacy of Kindness Rooted in Friendship.” 

Nine educationals were presented throughout the year.  

Hollis explained the local theme: “‘Faith’ and ‘Hope’ referred to, among other things, the ways that we in our area have approached – and continue to face – consequences from natural disasters that have affected the area. ‘Hope’ dovetails directly with St. Jude’s mantra. And ‘Love’ relates to the love we have for our ESA brothers and sisters, plus the people we are helping, as well as all our fellow human beings.” 

As Zeta Rho-ESA president, Hollis said if there are those interested in joining the group’s philanthropic activities, the door to membership is always open. For more information contact her at sallierose@mail.com


Pat’s Proof

45-year-old A.R. “Pat” Patterson was a successful businessman from Fairfax, Virginia.  In his spare time, he and Findall Marbury, a naval architect and friend, designed a small motorboat.  As the design process neared completion, they hatched a plan.  They wanted to build the boat and take it on a 1,000-mile trip from Washington D.C. to Jacksonville, Florida.  For two weeks, they shaped ¼ inch boards and glued them to a light wooden frame.  They used a special glue to seal the boards together to prevent leaks.  They installed a lightweight awning to protect them from the sun’s rays.  When the boat was finished, it was 15 feet in length, and weighed 150 pounds.  Pat, alone, weighed 160 pounds.  They mounted a used 10-horsepower outboard motor to the boat and made arrangements for the 1,000-mile maiden voyage.  Pat’s total investment in the boat was about $35.  Just before they were to begin their trip, Marbury was transferred away from the Washington D.C. area.  Pat’s 10-year-old son, Tommy, begged to take Marbury’s place, but Pat decided to make the trip alone. 

On Wednesday, June 22, 1960, Pat loaded the boat with a pump, some extra glue and cotton wadding, a folding chair, and began his journey.  He set off near the Francis Scott Key Bridge on the Potomac River in Washington D.C. at full speed.  Pat’s route would take him down the Potomac River, through Chesapeake Bay, and through various inland waterways which allowed him to stay in sight of land most of the way.  He expected the trip to take about three weeks.

On Thursday, June 30, eight days after he began his trip, Pat reached Hampton, Virginia.  The trip was taking longer than he had expected.  On several occasions, Pat’s boat struck objects in the water and sprung leaks.  “I started out full speed and with not too much caution,” Pat said, “but when I hit a stake in the Chesapeake Bay—well, I was careful from then on.  The hull split like an innertube.”  Pat patched the leaks with glue and wadding, sometimes without ever taking the boat to shore, and continued on his journey.  He usually spent about 12 hours on the water before making port.  At one port, a reporter asked him how he dealt with the loneliness.  Pat responded that he was too busy to become lonely. 

Pat’s closest call on his journey did not come from leaks or fear of sinking, but from something he had not anticipated.  Pat reached Fernandina Beach, Florida, just a few miles from his journey’s end at Jacksonville, and pulled his boat out of the water.  He left his 10-horsepower “kicker” on the boat.  Just a few feet away was another boat in the water.  Some convicts had escaped and made their way to Fernandina Beach in search of a boat to steal.  They looked at Pat’s beached boat and motor and looked at the one in the water.  They quickly decided to take the one in the water to save time.  They paddled away and left Pat’s boat on the beach. 

On Thursday, August 11, 1960, Pat finally made it to Jacksonville, Florida.  The trip he thought would take him three weeks took him 50 days.  Part of the time was spent fixing leaks.  Much of his time on shore dealt with newspaper reporters and curiosity seekers.  When Pat beached the boat in Jacksonville, a reporter asked him if he was planning to return in the boat.  Pat replied that he planned to return home after a few rest, but not by boat.  He made it clear that he had no plans for another boat trip anytime soon.

Pat became somewhat of a celebrity because of his journey.  On February 15, 1961, Pat was a guest on I’ve Got a Secret.  In this show’s format, guests shared a secret with the show’s host Gary Moore.  A four-person panel had a limited time to ask the guests questions to try to uncover their secret.  What was Pat’s secret?  The ¼ inch boards used in the construction of his boat were waterproof …cardboard.  Pat made the trip in his cardboard boat as part of a promotion for his company to prove that the cardboard boxes his company produced were truly waterproof.

Sources:
1.  The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, South Carolina) June 23, 1960, p.10. 
2.  The Times Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), June 23, 1960, p.8.
3.  The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia), June 23, 1960, p.8.  
4.  Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia) July 1, 1960, p.3.   
5.  The Bradenton Herald (Bradenton, Florida), August 12, 1960, p.3. 
6.  The Pensacola News (Pensacola, Florida) August 12, 1960, p.2.
7. “I’ve Got a Secret,” Airdate February 15, 1961.


Notice of death — Dec. 29, 2021

Deanie Baker 
June 20, 1942 – December 26, 2021 
Visitation: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1901 Milton Street, Monroe, Thursday, December 30, 2021, 9:30 am – 11:00 am 
Service: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1901 Milton Street, Monroe, Thursday, December 30, 2021, 11:00 am 
Cemetery: 
Kilpatrick’s Open-Air Chapel Mausoleum, 8729 Cypress Street, West Monroe, Thursday, December 30, 2021 


Suspect in GSU shooting arrested Tuesday

On Tuesday, Louisiana State Police, along with the assistance of several other agencies, located Jatavious Carroll at a residence in Delhi.  He was arrested and will be booked into the Lincoln Parish jail. 

According to a release issued by the Louisiana State Police, Carroll was arrested in connection with the Oct. 13 shooting that occurred on Grambling State’s campus.

Carroll, a.k.a “Rabbit” was suspected in the shooting and the LSP immediately requested assistance in locating him.  The shooting on the GSU campus injured a 16-year-old juvenile of Rayville and led to the death of 19-year-old Damarius Murphy of Rayville. 

An arrest warrant was issued immediately for Carroll for one count of second degree murder, one count of attempted second degree murder and one count of possessing a firearm/weapon on school property.  

 


Ruston man charged with three counts of resisting an officer 

Jimmy R. Turner, 39, of Ruston, was arrested on Christmas Eve on three charges of resisting an officer, theft from a motor vehicle and criminal trespassing. 

A Ruston Police officer was patrolling the area of Normay-Ray Drive due to a previous call of a prowler on Sherwood Drive. The prowler was caught on video and was wearing what looked to be light-colored  shirt and black sweatpants with a camouflage neck gator covering his face. 

While on Normay-Ray Drive, the officer observed a black sedan with the vehicle interior lights on, even though the vehicle did not appear to be running. The officer saw a single individual inside the vehicle and exited the patrol unit to contact the individual. The individual then fled from the vehicle on foot and was wearing the same clothing the prowler was wearing. The suspect, later identified as Turner, ran north onto Cooktown Road and was pursued to Cassidy Lane. Turner jumped the fence, and the officer lost sight of Turner at that point. 

Other RPD officers were circulating the area and located a male on Chantily Drive who again began to flee on foot. One officer pursued Turner on foot. The officer attempted to taze Turner but was unsuccessful on the first attempt – though Turner was tazed on the second attempt. Turner was taken into custody after a brief struggle.  

Turner was taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked on the aforementioned charges. 


Teddy Allen: ‘Oh, Think of the Places You’ll (Hopefully) Go!’

By Teddy Allen

As we wrap 2021, which will go down in history as no one’s favorite year ever, especially if you who won the lottery but couldn’t collect it because you didn’t wear a mask to the presentation of the Big Fake Check and therefore were executed on site, probably by being beaten to death with the Big Fake Check, we must stress this:

Everything is going to be OK. Eventually. (I think? I’m pretty sure. Maybe … )

But — and the “but” is important here because the longer you live, the more you realize there is always a “but” (literally) or a “butt” (figuratively) that can mess things up. For everybody.

And by “mess things up,” I mean turn the world upside down. When grownups get involved — especially grownups with egos the size of any hemisphere you wish to choose — it is never a good thing.

Never never ever.

The hair-pulling-out frustration of the past two years has been that the people who have titles and are supposed to be “in charge” of such things and advising us — WE are paying them, for goodness sake — keep contradicting themselves with their scientific instructions, then blaming US for not following orders.

I don’t mind “following the science” if they can tell me what the actually science is. I just don’t want to follow THEM. If science could speak for itself, then we’d be getting somewhere.

But it can’t, so we are stuck with the usual suspects, regular people in high places — remember, they are regular, make-mistakes people — who keep changing their minds. I realize we live in the most fluid situation ever; it would just be nice if once in a while, these Important People who act they Know Everything would be less dramatic in their relaying of information and would, now and then, say something like, “Uh, I was wrong.” We’d even settle for, “I could possibly be wrong.”

Or if they would laugh once in a while … either at themselves or at this sometimes-happy, sometimes-heartbreaking situation. At least then we could tell whether or not they’re robots.

Wouldn’t that be refreshing?

All that to say I am glad Dr. Seuss passed away in 1991 at the rich old age of 87 and is not around to see this. He was a man of few words because he wrote for children. The Cat in the Hat, which I have read at least 2,457 times, and I still have my original, colored-in copy to prove it; GREAT book — is 1,626 words long. (That’s roughly two Teddy columns.) It uses just 236 different words, and the two longest words are only two syllables.

Like me, it is almost 65 years old, having been published in March of 1957. (I am only three or four syllables/years behind.) Unlike me, it is still a source of rich joy. 

But Dr. Seuss could not have explained the past two years with just 236 words. Though he was a working man’s genius, he’d have needed to invent a whole other alphabet to sum up 2021, which, to quote an old Christmastime favorite, Is Beginning to Look a Lot Like 2020.

His final book was published by Random House in 1990. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! repeats his constant theme of encouragement to young people (and their parents?), a message to inspire and find the success that lies within. Dr. Seuss was always trying.

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes

You can steer yourself

Any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

Except not so much in these pandemic times, which are now endemic times, which the higher-ups are having trouble admitting. Sigh … Been a tough time for everyone. But as we’ve nervous-laughed our way through it, together, though brow-beaten most every day, here we are on the brink of a New Year.

So far, so good. Pretty shaky!, but so far, so good.

And no matter what the smarty pants people too proud to check their egos at the door say, Dr. Seuss was right:

You’re off to great places!

Today is your day!

Your mountain is waiting.

So … get on your way!

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


Considering what GSU’s new football offense might look like

By T. Scott Boatright

It took new Grambling State football coach Hue Jackson only hours to hit the recruiting trail after being announced as new head G-Man on Dec. 10.

And it appears that recruiting has been successful in bringing plenty of potential talent to Grambling.
A longtime NFL assistant and former head coach of both the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns, Jackson is an offensive specialist who is also well experienced on the collegiate level.

Jackson also spent several years coaching college football, including a stint at Southern California as offensive coordinator and quarterback/running backs coach.

Last year Jackson coached under former NFL running back Eddie George as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee State University, which like Grambling is a HBCU (Historically Black College and University).

In announcing that they’re committing/signing to play for the Tigers (GSU has not released any official signing list so far this early signing period), several of Jackson’s new players have expressed their excitement about coming to play for the offensive guru and at Grambling State.

But what can those players, and Grambling fans, expect from the new Tigers’ offense? No one knows except Coach Jackson and staff. But a little research might offer some clues of what lies ahead on the gridiron for the G-Men.

In a 2016 piece, Foxsports.com’s Joe Gilbert made predictions about the new Cleveland offense after Jackson had been named head coach of that NFL franchise.

Here are the key points that article said about Jackson offenses:

• Hue Jackson’s offense is big on making plays downfield through the passing game.

• The main running style of Hue Jackson’s offense is a power-running scheme.

• Another element of Jackson’s offense is his tendency to pull linemen on running plays.

• Once you take a look at Hue Jackson’s offense, you immediately notice the number of shifts the offense makes before the snap. Jackson likes to rotate and shift alignment before the play to keep the defense on its toes.

• Hue Jackson likes to make big plays on offense, and trick plays are among those he uses to create them. He uses reverses, double reverses, receivers passing, and plenty more interesting trick plays.

• Along with putting his players all over the formation, Hue Jackson’s offense has a lot of exotic sets that try to confuse the defense and cause mismatches. He calls these formations to help the quarterback diagnose the defense easier and find the vulnerabilities of the defense.

One new Tiger excited to be able to play for that kind of offense is three-star wide receiver Tyson Bordeaux (6-5, 175)  from Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, California, who announced on social media that he had committed to GSU.

“I feel a great connection w/@huejack10 Jackson & his staff,” Bordeaux posted on Twitter to announce his decision. “They’ve consistently reached out to me, and the Gram Fam community really does feel like an extension of Long Beach Poly. It all makes me feel too comfortable.”

Bordeaux totaled 45 catches, 841 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this season as a high school senior.

He told lightonsports.com that his decision came down to Grambling State and Morgan State, which are both HBCUs, and that he also had offers from Black Hills State, Adams State and Arizona Christian.
Jackson will also have former UCLA quarterback Kajiya Holllawayne head to Grambling to show his skills as a Tiger.

Coming out of high school, Hollawayne (6-4, 210) was ranked as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports and ranks as the 59th best quarterback in the 2021 class, receiving offers from Kansas, Nevada, Indiana, Fresno State and several other FBS programs.

“Let’s turn up gramfam,” Hollawayne wrote Dec. 14 on Twitter.