On Monday, January 14, beginning at approximately 7:44 p.m., officers with the Marshall Police Department and Marshall Independent School District (MISD) Police Department responded to multiple reports of numerous vehicles driving recklessly in the Marshall Mall parking lot as well as surrounding areas. When officers arrived, they observed several drivers doing “donuts” in the mall parking lot, passengers riding on top of vehicles and hanging out of vehicles, and other drivers speeding around with no obvious regard for pedestrians. As a result, three people were arrested. An investigation into various social media activity indicates that this was a planned gathering among students and friends of the victims following the vigil held at the high school Monday evening.
The Marshall Police Department, MISD Police Department and MISD Administration would like to remind the public that it is illegal and dangerous to drive recklessly. We understand our community is grieving the tragic loss of two high school students, but reckless driving will not be tolerated in our city.
We are urging parents to talk to their children about the dangers of negligent driving and the consequences. The Marshall Police Department will have extra officers on patrol Saturday, January 19 during the funerals for the teens killed in last weekend’s crash. Anyone caught trespassing, driving recklessly or otherwise in an unsafe manner, will be arrested and their vehicle impounded. Our community has suffered enough tragedy and we certainly don’t want anyone else getting hurt or killed, especially for something that can be prevented.
East Texas Baptist University recently partnered with Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) and joined the CLT College Network to begin accepting the Classic Learning Test (CLT) scores submitted by prospective students as a college admissions score. ETBU and CLI share a mission to provide students from diverse educational backgrounds with the best opportunity to succeed in the college admissions process.
"When we learned of the CLT, and after researching the test, ETBU leaders knew it would be a great standardized test option for prospective Tigers," ETBU Vice President for Enrollment and Administrative Affairs Kevin Caffey said. "With the growing number of homeschool and private school students choosing ETBU, we found the CLT appropriate for the education they received in high school. We expect it will provide an accurate measure of college readiness as we determine admission for these students."
The CLT is a college entrance exam designed to showcase students' potential in literature, science, and mathematics. As an accurate and rigorous measure of reasoning, education, and academic formation, the CLT features passages from great works across a variety of disciplines and cultures.
Founded in 2015 to provide alternative standardized testing rooted in tradition and using modern technology, the CLT is administered online within two hours and students receive same-day test results that can be shared immediately with all partner institutions. The CLT also provides colleges and secondary schools with the detailed information needed to make decisions about admissions, curricula, and instruction.
"Classical learning has become such a renewed point of emphasis across secondary and higher education, it makes sense to use a national assessment to evaluate prior learning and readiness as a part of admission and awarding of scholarships," ETBU Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders commented.
In addition to other academic merit scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $16,000 per year, ETBU offers a one-time, $2,500 scholarship toward students, who score within the top one percent of the CLT10, the official preparatory assessment for the CLT primarily offered to ninth and tenth-grade students.
It is with a heavy heart we report two MISD students have been killed in a single car wreck, and two other individuals are hospitalized, with at least one in critical condition.
Fire Chief Reggie Cooper has confirmed his department responded to the scene or the wreck.
”At 1:12 a.m. Marshall Fire/EMS was dispatched to Highway 43 South, near Grangeway,” said Cooper. ”The call was originally dispatched as a two-vehicle accident. When police units arrived, (they found) only one vehicle was involved. The four-door passenger car had left the road and struck a tree. The JAWS of LIFE was used to remove four trapped occupants from the vehicle. Two were taken to Marshall hospital and one was taken to LSU by Marshall EMS, with potentially serious injuries. Unfortunately one male was deceased on scene.”
”This is a very unfortunate accident and our prayers are for those involved and their families. DPS is investigating the incident, ” said Cooper.
DPS Sergeant Jean Dark said none of the occupants in the vehicle had on seatbelts.
”The preliminary crash reporting indicates that the driver of a 2010 Ford Crown Victoria, Latavion Demon Jackson, 18, of Marshall was traveling north on SH-43 at an unsafe speed on the wet roadway. The vehicle hydroplaned and traveled off the roadway where it struck a tree with its back right, ” said Dark. ”The driver was transported to LSU Medical in Shreveport in serious condition. A passenger, identified as Derrick Lamon Bennet, 17, of Marshall, was transported to Christus Good Shepherd - Marshall in critical condition where he later died. Another passenger, identified as a 16-year-old male, was transported to Christus Good Shepherd - Marshall in stable condition. Another passenger, identified as a 16-year-old male was pronounced at the scene by Judge Clarice Watkins. Preliminary information shows none of the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts.”
Marshall ISD is in mourning following the student's death.
“We are sad for the loss of two of our high school students. Our prayers go out to their families of Ny’Jahl and Derrick and for LaTavion who is in critical condition, ” said Dr. Jerry Gibson, Superintendent of MISD. ”Counselors will be available as students arrive on Monday. It is extremely hard on students and community when we lose students. The students love each other and they are extremely close. As educators and as a community we will wrap our arms around our students, rely on God’s grace and comfort, and love our students through this sad season in their lives.”
Ny'Jahl Armstrong and Derrick Bennett, both juniors at MHS were killed in the accident. LaTavion Jackson, a junior, and Jerrold Maze, a sophomore, were transported to hospitals in the area and remained hospitalized as of Saturday morning. We join the community in praying for the two victims in the hospital, as well as the families of all involved, the students and staff at MISD and those that responded to the scene. We will keep you updated throughout the day.
Beginning the last week of January, Republic Services will deliver 95-gallon rolling garbage and recycle carts (one of each) to all Marshall residents who do not currently have garbage or recycling carts. The carts will be provided at no cost. Business customers who utilize curbside service will also receive carts at no cost.
Republic Services will also institute a new garbage and recycling collection schedule beginning Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. The new collection schedule will be as follows:
*Monday – addresses east of State Highway 59
*Tuesday – addresses north of Pinecrest Dr./west of State Highway 59
*Wednesday – city wide recycle pick-up
*Thursday – addresses north of State Highway 80/west of State Highway 59
*Friday – addresses south of Pinecrest Dr./west of State Highway 59
All garbage and recycle items must be placed in the rolling carts in order to be picked up. More information regarding this change will be issued at a later date.
Customers with questions can contact the Public Services Department at 903-935-4516.