New Orleans grand jury hands up murder charge in university student’s killing | Courts

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An Orleans Parish grand jury on Thursday indicted two people in connection with fatal shootings that left a university student and a teenage boy dead.

Breonna Green, 26, was charged with second-degree murder in the killing of a Southern University at New Orleans student in Mid-City in June.

Green is accused of firing a gun at two women she was arguing with in the parking lot of the Marquis Apartments in the 2600 block of Poydras Street on the night of June 3. Prosecutors said a single gunshot to the chest killed the student, 22-year-old Lashonda Temple, and a 25-year-old woman was also wounded in her left arm.

Lashonda Temple

Lashonda Temple

Temple had one more year left in college. “She was the life of every party and was truly loved by many,” an obituary said.

The victims of the shooting had just left from a visit with their co-worker, Green’s boyfriend, according to Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s Office. Prosecutors allege that Green and her boyfriend followed them outside before the shooting, and Green was captured on video surveillance leaving with a gun in her hand.

Green also faces charges of attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice. She’s been in custody at the Orleans Justice Center since her June 8 arrest.

“We vehemently maintain her innocence and look forward to gaining her freedom,” defense attorney John Fuller said in a statement.

Green’s boyfriend does not face any charges, according to a spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office.

Separately, an 18-year-old was accused of second-degree murder in connection with a fatal double shooting in New Orleans East last year.

Rontrell Henry

Rontrell Henry

Timothy Trader is accused of killing Rontrell Henry, 17, and wounding a 16-year-old boy outside an apartment building at 8501 North I-10 Service Road on Aug. 6,


Grand Rapids Community College cross country teams achieve program first

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Grand Rapids Community College’s cross country teams don’t focus much on rankings, times and any other numbers associated with the sport.

It would be tempting to do so this fall since the women are ranked fifth in the nation while the men are 10th, marking the first time in program history that both teams have been ranked in the top 10.

In addition, Joshua Kipkoech has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Cross Country Runner of the Week this week.

But the Raiders would rather focus on effort than results.

“You get a little excited when you find out that you are ranked in the top five, but you know you have to focus on getting the work done and stay injury free and make sure you are helping out your teammates,” assistant coach Sharon Becker said. “(Head) Coach Matt (Sicilia) over the years tells our runners don’t worry so much about place because we want to focus on the effort. All the way down to the slowest runner on the team, we emphasize that you have to go 100 percent every race like you are going to win nationals.

“What is your attitude and how are you going to help your teammates out? We don’t care if we get 10th place or first place as much as did you really run your very best today and did you do your everything you could for your teammates.”

Sicilia started GRCC’s cross country program from scratch in 2014, and the culture he has built was evident during the Raiders’ performance in this past Saturday’s Michigan Community College Athletic Association meet at Jackson College. It was the second meet of the season, and the men’s and women’s squads were both victorious for the second-straight meet.

GRCC sophomore Kiah Becker took


Grand Ledge school board violated the law during June meeting

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GRAND LEDGE – A man is suing Grand Ledge Public Schools and its Board of Education, claiming officials intentionally violated the Open Meetings Act during a special board meeting in June held over Zoom.

The lawsuit, filed in Eaton County Circuit Court in August by Mike Hoskins, names the school district, the board and its seven members.

A screen shot of the June 5 Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education meeting, broadcast over Zoom. A lawsuit filed in Eaton County Circuit Court claims board members violated the Open Meetings Act during the meeting. (Photo: Rachel Greco/Lansing State Journal)

Hoskin’s lawsuit claims the board went into an illegal closed session at its June 5 meeting. The meeting was held over Zoom in the wake of comments Brian Metcalf, the school district’s former superintendent, made on Facebook about the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May. Metcalf’s comments placed blame on Floyd for his own killing, at least in part.

Board members listened to more than seven hours of public comment during the meeting, attended virtually by approximately 600 participants, before voting to place Metcalf on paid administrative leave. He was fired Sept. 21 at a due process hearing.

In its response to the lawsuit earlier this month, the school district denied the illegal closed session occurred.

Hoskins, who lives in Grand Ledge, declined to comment Monday when reached by phone.

“I think the suit speaks for itself,” he said.

Eric Delaporte, his attorney, also represents Metcalf, who filed a lawsuit against the school district earlier this month. Delaporte said the Board of Education has been “conducting significant public business through the use of text messages and email outside of a public meeting.”

“The Grand Ledge community should