LRN PM Newscall January 30

LSU launches a collective that gives fans the opportunity to donate money that will be used to provide name, image and likeness payments for select athletes. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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An attorney for the mother of Madison Brooks says defense lawyers representing the four men accused of her sexual assault, are victim blaming.

Cut 2 (40)  “….I’m Brooke Thorington.” 


LSU announced today the launch of Bayou Traditions, which is a collective that will open up more opportunities for athletes to get paid through name, image and likeness deals. Bayou Traditions President Brent Cunningham says fans can donate to the collective

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Cunningham says fans have the opportunity to make one-time, monthly and annual payments, anywhere from 10-dollars a month to 50-thousand dollars a year. He says the person making the contribution will get something in return

Cut  4 (11)  “…football season” 

Cunningham says fans can direct their payment to a specific sport…

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Hammond Police arrest 19-year-old Johnny Williams on charges of First-Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree murder. Chief Edwin Bergeron says Williams was a passenger in the car and just after seven o’clock last night an officer was flagged down by another man who told him his 24-year-old girlfriend, Tori Banks had been shot.

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Williams fled the scene on foot and Banks later died at the hospital.  Upon further investigation, Bergeron says it was learned that the three had been driving around town prior to the shooting.

Cut 7 (11)  “…the girlfriend.” 

Bergeron says about four hours later Williams was taken into custody, without incident, at his home that was not far from the scene of the incident. He credits officers for their hard work and diligence in apprehending Williams.

Cut 8 (07)  “…so fast.” 

Williams was booked into the Hammond City Jail and the investigation is ongoing.


A lawyer representing the mother of Madison Brooks is calling out defense attorneys, representing four men accused of sexual assault, for trying the case in the media just moments after they said they wouldn’t. Kerry Miller says in a press conference last week they proceed to blame the victim.

Cut 9 (12) “…very offensive.” 

18-year-old Kaivon Washington, who’s accused of the rape of Brooks, has also been charged with the 2020 rape of a 12-year-old girl in Walker.  Miller says her mother wants to preserve Brooks’ legacy and would like to establish a foundation in her memory.

Cut 10 (06) “…feeling right now.” 

Last week defense attorney Ron Haley said there’s video evidence that proves the men did nothing wrong and that the encounter was consensual. Miller says the video only proves Brooks was unable to consent due to her level of intoxication. Two of the accused told police she was very drunk and Brooks’ blood alcohol content was almost four times the legal limit.

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In the Brooks case, Washington and a 17-year-old minor are charged with third-degree rape. 18-year-old Casen Carver and 27-year-old Everett Lee are charged with principle to third-degree rape.  Miller says in the meantime, evidence will be presented to a grand jury to decide if the charges will be upgraded.


State Police arrest a Lake Arthur man for hitting a bicyclist and killing him earlier this month. Trooper Thomas Gossen says 60-year-old Allen Vincent, of Gueydan, cycling along state Highway 717 in Vermilion Parish on the night of January 9th, when he was hit by a Toyota pickup. Gossen says they initially thought the cyclist was in the wrong lane, but learned otherwise…:

Cut 12 (10) “…correct direction.”

The crash happened back on January 9th at around 7pm, in full darkness. Trooper Gossen says a follow-up investigation the next morning led them to conclude that the pickup driver, 20-year-old Kane LeBlanc of Lake Arthur, was the one who had crossed into the wrong lane…:

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Gossen says a routine blood toxicology sample was taken from LeBlanc and the report meant additional charges…:

Cut 14 (11)   “…in a motor vehicle.”

It’s unknown at this time whether LeBlanc has been granted or has made bond.