BlakeDavidTaylor/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON and SABINA GHEBREMEDIN, ABC News(LAFAYETTE PARISH, La.) — A woman has been arrested on charges related to the disappearence of 15-year-old Quawan “Bobby” Charles, whose naked and disfigured body was found in the drainage ditch of a Louisiana sugarcane field days after his mother reported him missing.The arrest of Janet Irvin, 37, the mother of one of Charles’ teenage friends, is the first major development in the case that has garnered national attention. Charles’ family said they suspect foul play was involved in his death and believe he could have been found alive had police initially taken his disappearance seriously and immediately issued an Amber Alert.Irvin was taken into custody on Tuesday morning in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, after the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained a court-ordered arrest warrant charging her with a felony of failing to report a missing child and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to a statement from Iberia Parish Sheriff Tommy Romero.“This case continues to be an ongoing investigation and more arrests may follow,” Romero said in the statement. “I am confident that my office has put together an extremely strong case against Mrs. Irvin,” his statement continued.Charles’ family and their attorneys had been urging police to arrest Irvin since December after they said a private investigator they hired recorded an interview with her and her son. In the interview, Irvin allegedly admitted to picking Charles up at his father’s home in Baldwin, Louisiana, on Oct. 30, the day he went missing, and driving him about 20 miles to their trailer house without first getting permission from Charles’ parents.“I will say the family is relieved and happy. They know it’s not the end of the road. This actually is kind of the beginning of a new journey towards justice, but last night was celebratory and joyous,” Chase Trichell, an attorney representing Charles’ family, told ABC News on Wednesday. “They laughed and they cried. They had a meal together and it’s probably the best night they’ve had since Quawan went missing.”He said that while the family is “cautiously optimistic” about the developments in the case, they still don’t have answers on why their child perished.“We’re left with a lot of questions and not a lot of answers,” Trichell said.Irvin and her son are believed to be the last people to see Charles alive.A surveillance video released by Baldwin police shows Charles getting into a car with a woman believed to be Irvin and her son the day he disappeared, officials said.“That video is super important for multiple reasons,” Trichell told ABC News. “One, it did prove that it wasn’t just hearsay that Janet Irvin was the last person seen with Quawan while he was alive. It corroborated that.”Irvin claimed in the recorded interview with the private investigator that she did not report that Charles ran away from her home that night, according to the audio recording released by the Charles’ family’s attorneys. Charles’ body was found a little over a mile from Irvin’s residence.“Yes, I should have called the cops. I should have went further,” Irvin allegedly said in the recording made public by Charles’ family.Irvin’s 17-year-old son, whose name has not been released, allegedly told the private investigator in the recording that he and Charles smoked marijuana at Irvin’s home.Autopsy results released this week by the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office ruled the likely cause of Charles’ death was drowning in the drainage ditch that contained about two feet of water. A toxicology report also showed that Charles had low levels of THC and alcohol in his system when he died, according to the coroner.Charles’ family commissioned an independent autopsy that also found the likely cause of death was drowning, but that the manner of death was undetermined, according to the autopsy reported released by the Charles’ family’s attorneys.“We produced evidence to the authorities through our own investigation. Much of that evidence hasn’t changed, and we’re presenting they made the arrest based on that exact same set of evidence,” Trichell said.Still, he said it took law enforcement 104 days since Charles was reported missing to make an arrest.“The thing in these criminal investigations, you want to move fast so you don’t lose evidence. We hope at this point that nothing has been permanently lost because they waited over three months to make an arrest,” Trichell said.Charles’s mother, Roxanne Nelson, reported him missing on Oct. 30 to the Baldwin Police Department in St. Mary Parish.Baldwin police did not notify state police to issue an Amber Alert, nor did they report Charles’ disappearance to local media. Charles was entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person or runaway, according to the Baldwin police report.“They could’ve done more. They didn’t. They didn’t do what they were supposed to do,” Nelson said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” in November. “Had they done what they were supposed to do, my son would be alive today. I feel because my son was Black, it didn’t matter to them.”Baldwin Assistant Police Chief Sam Wise told Lafayette ABC affiliate KATC that Charles’s disappearance didn’t appear to indicate he was in danger.“We didn’t see where it felt it met the criteria of an abduction or kidnapping,” Wise told the station. “Because there were no eyewitnesses or no one to say that he had jumped in the vehicle or even beat him and took him into that vehicle. So it didn’t meet the criteria to get in touch with state police.”Sheriff Romero said on Tuesday that his office was not notified of Charles’ disappearance until the afternoon of Nov. 3.“At that time, (Iberia Parish Sheriff’s) deputies requested the wireless provider ‘ping’ Quawan’s cell phone. On November 3, 2020, at 6:43 pm, the body of Quawan Charles was located in a drainage ditch along the headland, in a sugarcane field,” Romero said in his statement.Following her arrest, Irvin was transferred to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s office, where she was being held Wednesday pending a bond hearing.It was not immediately clear if Irvin has hired an attorney.Trichell said Charles’ parents spoke with Romero following Irvin’s arrest and that the sheriff told them they have a strong case against Irvin.“I think it’s the first time we’ve felt like we’re on the same page with the authorities. It’s felt like we’ve been at odds with them this whole time,” Trichell said. “We’ve had trouble getting meetings. They didn’t want to exchange evidence with us and just recently that’s sort of changed. So, it’s kind of nice to feel like we’re an ally with them versus an adversary.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Elijah Zevenbergen was the $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner at Arlington Raceway’s Joe Voss Memorial. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 27) – Elijah Zevenbergen led from start to finish to pick up the $1,000 winner’s check at Arlington Raceway’s Joe Voss Memorial for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars Saturday night.Zevenbergen had strong challenges, first from Chad Schroeder and then from Derek Green.Green suffered a flat tire and went into the work area on the red flag that waved after Adam Revier got too high on the backstretch, went over the cushion lost control barrel rolled several times down the track.Revier was OK but his car was damaged. After that restart, the race was all Zevenbergen. Matt Speckman worked behind him but had to settle for second ahead of Dean Cornelius.Green made his way back up to fourth. Wisconsin traveler Shawn Wagner finished fifth, earning the hard charger bonus plus a new front bumper by passing 12 cars.The Stock Cars also raced a “tough guy” challenge in memory of Voss with the top 10 cars from the feature racing 10 laps. The car scored last on each lap had to leave the track. The winner was Green of Granada, who had started seventh. He picked up $500 from Pro Haulers for the win.Team Porter Corner celebrated a pair of wins as father Chad and daughter Kyren won the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and Mach-1 Sport Compact features.Michael Stien motored to the IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers and Eric Bassett repeated as the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner. Cory Probst collected another IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win.Feature results – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Matt Speckman; 3. Dean Cornelius; 4. Derek Green; 5. Shawn Wagner; 6. Brent Uecker; 7. Matthew Schauer; 8. Jeff Holstein; 9. David Moriarty; 10. Kevin LaTour; 11. Chuck Winter; 12. Ryan Grochow; 13. Pete Alexander; 14. Dan Mackenthun; 15. Travis Schurmann; 16. Chad Schroeder; 17. Adam Revier; 18. Shaun Bruns.
Kenneth Leventhal, a USC trustee and real estate accountant known for his leadership, energy and philanthropy, died May 8. He was 90.Leventhal had prostate cancer, according to the Los Angeles Times.As a USC life trustee, the leader of two fundraising campaigns and the namesake of the School of Accounting, Leventhal was heavily involved in university affairs.In memoriam · Kenneth Leventhal served as a USC life trustee and was chairman emeritus of Ernst & Young. – Photo Courtesy of the Leventhal School of AccountingStan Ross, a business partner who had known Leventhal for 50 years, said Leventhal’s attachment to the university only increased with time.“He had such strong feelings about the university throughout the years and they just grew stronger,” said Ross, who also chairs the board of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. “He felt strongly that USC had a wonderful curriculum and academic program and that the faculty were really excellent.”In 1995, Leventhal and his wife, Elaine Otter Leventhal, bequeathed $15 million to USC’s accounting school, which was named in their honor the following year. The Leventhals pledged an additional $10 million during a 10-year fundraising drive, which Kenneth Leventhal led.When completed in 2002, the campaign had raised more than $2.85 billion for USC.A graduate of UCLA, Leventhal became an active USC supporter after his alma mater ended its accounting program, said Ken Merchant, a former dean of the Elaine and Kenneth Leventhal School of Accounting.“UCLA, some years ago, decided to do away with their accounting majors, and he thought that was a colossal mistake,” Merchant said. “He sort of gravitated toward USC and became one of their best friends over the years.”His firm, Kenneth Leventhal & Co., which was involved in some of the nation’s largest real estate transactions, gained a reputation for its partners’ expertise and knowledge of real estate, said William W. Holder, dean of the Leventhal School of Accounting. Holder said, as a result, the firm was able to attract high-profile clients, such as Ray Watt and William Lyon.“He attracted, very early on, some of the giants in California real estate,” Holder said. “As they prospered, his firm prospered.”Holder described Kenneth Leventhal’s business manner as incisive.“He was purposeful, he was very intelligent [and] he was direct,” said Holder, who occasionally worked on retainer with Leventhal’s firm. “He didn’t waste a lot of time.”Kenneth Leventhal believed the accountant’s role should extend beyond audits or preparing financial statements, Holder said.“I think he had an abiding belief that an accountant’s perspective and knowledge could be a very valuable source for good in the management and operation of a company,” Holder said.When Kenneth Leventhal was 10, his paper route manager at the Herald-Express was taking a course in accounting and told him he needed only a pencil to become an accountant, according to a statement from President C. L. Max Nikias. Leventhal felt that a nickel for a pencil was a small price to pay to be his own boss and began working toward becoming an accountant.“I figured I could always raise a nickel for a pencil,” Leventhal said to the Los Angeles Times in 1985.Leventhal attended UCLA on the G.I. Bill, having served in the army during World War II. While at UCLA, he met and married his wife, Elaine.“He was kind of a rags to riches story,” Merchant said. “He didn’t have a lot of money.”In 1995, Kenneth Leventhal & Co., the firm that he and his wife had built, merged with Ernst & Young.At the time of the merger, the firm ran 13 offices nationwide and ranked as the ninth-largest certified public accounting firm in the country.Leventhal is survived by his wife, Elaine; his brother, Henley; his son Robert; his son Ross and daughter-in-law Mary Jo; and his granddaughter Emma.The university plans to host a celebration of Leventhal’s life in the fall, Nikias said.“Ken was truly an extraordinary individual and the conscience of the university,” Nikias said.
The event marked the second phase of NCF/PWC Naija Kids Cricket, a project that the Board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation, led by a surgeon at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Professor Yahaya Adam Ukwenya, has put together to rejuvenate grassroots cricket development across the country.On hand to distribute the plastic wicket, balls and bats was the NCF Vice President, Uyi Akpata, who disclosed that more than 16 states had been served with equipment already during the first phase of the exercise.“Lagos falls within the league of topmost ranked cricket playing states. We actually started from the least playing states in the various zones, some of which were cricket playing states back in the days and others being the first time the game was introduced. Our aim is to cover the entire 36 states in the country including the FCT starting with those with the least awareness of the sport,” Akpata said.The kids who took part in the Lagos exercise were drawn from public and private schools, which now run cricket activities as part of their routine physical education schedules.Endurance Ofem, a former senior national male team captain and Players’ Representative on the NCF Board, said: “There has never been this level of commitment in the past and we are working hard to make sure as many kids as possible understand the game of cricket. Our focus is to increase junior involvement along ICC (International Cricket Council) development goals and next is to focus on elite and competitive cricket development which allows us narrow down to age-groups initiative, preparing them for future National teams.“We have players from Ansarudeen Grammar School, Randle College, Ansarudeen College Isolo, Adebola Baptist School, Onitolo Community High School, Obelle Community High School, Kings College and Ansarudeen Girls High School, among others, and you can see how excited they are on a Saturday to come pick up these equipment that is part of our grassroots cricket sensitization effort of the federation.”Kofi Sagoe, a former national team player and the current Chairman of the Lagos State Cricket Association along with Charles Omoera who also chairs the most vibrant cricket league in the country; the Club Cricket Committee, Lagos (CCC League), also attended the presentation.For Sagoe, the federation’s initiative is a big spark to the development initiative that his office as the Lagos Cricket Chairman is planning to undertake. It is only proper to align make the best of the outcome.“The federation’s plans to equip schools around the country has been a major boost that states like Lagos would leverage on as dragnet to recruit next generation of players to the sport,” Sagoe said.Interestingly, while the kids were being excited in Lagos, the national women’s team was also engaged in a bi-lateral encounter with Rwanda in Abuja. The series was set up by the NCF as an early preparation for the ICC Women’s World Cup qualifier at which Nigeria will be making its maiden appearance at some point in May 2019. More to this, the series is expected to raise the awareness of women cricket in Nigeria and beyond and to foster diplomatic relations among member countries.The home team scraped a narrow 3-2 victory, but Professor Ukwenya, who oversaw the event, said the event had lived up to its objective which included exposing the players to internationally graded encounter after almost a month camping that ran for most part of January.“Without mincing words, we are very focused in positioning Nigeria as a top-rated cricket playing nation and our four-year objective, we hope would lead us there especially in regards to women cricket,” the NCF president said.“The match with Rwanda was to test the impact of the camping and how strong and ready our team is. We are happy we won but all of us here have seen that we have a lot of work to do in key departments. With that, our technical team has taken notes and will swing into action in getting the team better ahead of the event scheduled for Zimbabwe in May,” he added.When the board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation took the reins of power eighteen months ago, it had developed a clear agenda that has endeared it to the International Cricket Council as a team to look out for in Africa.The strategic development document was anchored on a mission: “To position Cricket as a prominent National sport and be recognized as one of Africa’s top countries by attaining ICC Full membership status.”This objective is further tied to five key strategic imperatives which bordered on; Promoting the game, Facility development, Establishing strategic partners, Players improvement and Maintaining appropriate Corporate governance and Finance structure.Patricia Kambarami, ICC Regional Development Manager-Africa, has particularly been impressed with the passion and professionalism that the NCF board has displayed in their short stint at managing the sport in Nigeria and believes more can be achieved if the members kept their focus on laid down objectives which she said could make them become the toast of Africa in the near future.As part of efforts by the ICC to provide a working and sustainable structure for Nigeria Cricket, a Commercial Strategy and Development Seminar was organized from February 4 to 6 in Lagos. The Seminar was delivered by the renowned CSM Sports consultants for Middle-East and Africa, where stakeholders, Government officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Sponsors and potential sponsors of the Federation and the Media were engaged on ways to work as a unit to achieve the common goal of the Cricket Federation.According to Kambarami, “the International Cricket Council has been impressed with the present board and especially their well laid out plan to develop Cricket in Nigeria and we are particularly impressed at the milestone they have set and how they are ticking the right boxes thus far.“Although a lot of grounds still need to be covered, I must say that Nigeria is a bright and developing cricket nation that the whole world is looking forward to.”One of the federation’s many plan, is to scale up its development targets of reaching 5, 000 kids annually to doubling that figure in its 2019 goal, and going by the passion of the team behind it, sports enthusiasts would soon be paying attention to Cricket in Nigeria.According to Akpata, “We met with all stakeholders, including government representatives, media, partners and sponsors after we reviewed our goals and strategic objectives to explain it to them and see how we can foster better relationship with all parties involved.”To confirm the trust reposed on the future of cricket in Nigeria, the ICC also listed Nigeria as one of the three African countries that would host the ICC World Cup Trophy for the 2019 Cricket World Cup sensitization Trophy Tour. The Tour which ended last week has already been praised by ICC remarkable show.Cricket may not yet be Nigeria’s major sport but it is one sport that is currently earning it some global appeal and going by the potential of the team running it, may dig deeper into the nation’s consciousness soonest.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Joint photograph of Team Nigeria and visiting Rwandan national female cricket teams during the bi-lateral match in Abuja…recently Sam EmeheluWhile the debate on which sport will queue behind the popular one contesting for hearts of incessantly betrayed sports loyalists (and of course the lion’s share of government’s funding), Cricket, a rather distance alternative, is pulling forward; and strongly too.On the hot Saturday afternoon of 26th January, 2019, at the most hallowed Cricket ground in the country (the Tafawa Balewa Cricket Oval in Lagos), more than 250 kids gathered to receive sets of modified cricket equipment to be taken back to their schools to practice their new-found sport.
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