By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
KEMP–The Kemp police department learned early Sunday morning that the person Officer Kenny Boyle booked into the Kaufman County jail for evading arrest just happened to be the second-best player in UCLA’s highly regarded 2015 football signing class.
Nineteen-year-old Soso Jamabo, a West High School senior from Plano, was arrested Saturday evening, just as severe weather was pressing in on the area.
The officer observed him exiting the U.S. 175 at the FM 1895 junction into Kemp at “a high rate of speed” and moved to intercept. The driver of the 2007 extended cab tan Ford truck “disregarded the stop sign” at the State Highway 274 crossing, turning right toward the Kemp High School.
According to a press release read at a Sunday afternoon news conference at the Kemp PD, the vehicle continued south, passing vehicles in the turning lane and swerving without regard to public safety.
In addition, occupants began throwing objects out of the windows, Police Chief Robert Walker read.
The vehicle continued at high rates of speed before coming to a stop just south of the King’s Creek Golf Course, about three miles from the initial sighting.
Other law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene to assist.
The other occupants, a 19-year-old male, 18-year-old female and a juvenile, were released by Kemp Police after citations were given. Chief Walker did not specify what citations were written nor state highest speeds clocked during the chase.
The driver, identified as Sotonye Jamabo, 19, was arrested with several charges, which upon booking early Sunday morning had boiled down to just one, evading arrest.
The 28th-ranked player in the ESPN 30 was booked into the Kaufman County Jail at 1:28 a.m., and released the same day on a $7,500 bond. No reason for Jamabo’s driving to Kemp, about 60 miles away from Plano, was ascertained.
Jamabo announced on ESPN’s national signing day coverage in February that he was picking UCLA over Notre Dame, Texas and Texas A&M. Jamabo rushed for 2,279 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior and was the fourth-ranked recruit in Texas. His signing was a big part of UCLA’s climb to the nation’s 11th-best recruiting class, and Bruins coach Jim Mora said on signing day that there was a good chance Jamabo would see early action once he arrived on campus.
Posted by : April 23, 2015| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Posted by : April 23, 2015| On :
By Erik Walsh
Monitor Sports Editor
EUSTACE-Winning a track and field competition requires a well-rounded team of athletes performing at the peak of their ability. The Eustace Lady Bulldogs, led by two-time state champion long distance runners, outlasted and outperformed a field of eight teams to win the District 18 title April 17 in Eustace.
The Lady Bulldogs defeated second place West Rusk by only four points to claim the title. To put some perspective on how close the win was, one must understand track and field scoring. Each individual event awards a total of 30 points. The first place winner gains 10 points, second place eight points, third place six points, fourth place four points and fifth place two points. Teams finishing with an individual under fifth place gain no points in the standings from the event. With just a four-point victory, the Lady Bulldogs needed every athlete to perform as well as they did to win the meet. Not surprisingly, the state-champion long distance runners dominated their respective competitions to carry Eustace to victory.
The Lady Bulldogs were point hogs in the 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs. Chanda Westbrook, Skye Burns and Chloe Moore finished top three in the 1600, while Westbrook and Burns repeated as first and second in the 3200 with Cara Henson in third place. Moore, Henson, and Jacelyn Warner finished the 800 meter second-fourth place to secure much-needed points.
The varsity boys came in second place with 144.5 points to the Malakoff Tigers 169.5. Long distance runners also performed well for the boys team, with Mark Zimmerer taking first place in the 1600 and 3200 meter. Colton Summerall was a boon to the team running the hurdles, taking first place in the 110 and 300 meter.
The junior varsity boys and girls teams performed exceptionally well, taking first place.
Following are complete area-round qualifiers for the varsity boys and girls teams.
Chloe Moore, second, 2:39.010
Cara Henson, third, 2:39.300
Jacelyn Warner, fourth, 2:39.900
Chanda Westbrook, first, 5:35.900
Skye Burns, second, 5:46.800
Chloe Moore, third, 5:47.000
Chanda Westbrook, first, 11:56.200
Skye Burns, second, 12:52.000
Cara Henson, third, 12:52.040
Marshalla Padgett, third 17.295
Marshalla Padgett, 48.291, first
Whitney Boerner, 53.142, fourth
4×400 relay: second 4:19.300
Hana Abuhatab, fourth, 31-6 ¾
Grace Holcombe, first, 123-2
Gabi Corder, fourth, 101-2
Cayla Bullard, fourth, 4-4
Whitney Boerner, first, 9-6
Alexis Ramsey, second 8-6
Micah Stone, first, 52.441
David Summerall, fourth, 53.696
Cade Yates, first, 2:05.020
Zane Arambula, second, 2:05.910
Preston Schwartz, fourth, 2:09.160
Mark Zimmerer, first 4:37.000
Ericson Gudjohnson, second, 4:50.240
Zane Arambula, third, 4:51.030
Mark Zimmerer, first 10:09.750
Ericson Gudjohnson, second, 10:39.690
Brandon Richardson, fourth, 11:01.000
Colton Summerall, first, 16.208
Colton Summerall, first, 41.862
Thomas Hyde, second, 44-4 ¼
Zach Hughes, fourth, 114-7
Cody Duncan, third, 11-0
Eustace, first, 161.75 points
West Rusk, second, 157.75 points
Arp, third, 121 points
Malakoff, fourth, 90.5 points
Mildred, fifth, 31 points
Rice, sixth, 24 points
Troup, seventh, 16 points
Frankston, eighth, 9 points
Malakoff, first, 169.5 points
Eustace, second, 144.5 points
Arp, third, 123.5 points
Rice, fourth, 53 points
West Rusk, fifth, 49 points
Frankston, sixth, 40.5 points
Mildred, seventh, 24 points
Troup, eighth, 13 points
Posted by : April 23, 2015| On :
November 9. 1928 – April 17, 2015
Betty JoAnn Griffin, age 86, died peacefully in her sleep at home on Friday, April 17, 2015.
“Jo,” as known by all her friends (and “Honey” by her family), lived in Mabank, Texas, for the past 30 years. She was born on November 9, 1928 in Canton (Phalba), Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Charles “Lester” Griffin (of Mabank), her eldest son, Denny Charles Griffin, her only sibling, Ginger Ruth Jones, and her parents, Clarence and Thelma Mangan. She is survived by four children; daughter Paula Griffin Harper and husband Lee (Murphy); son John Jay Griffin and wife Kim (Canton); daughter Toni Griffin Mannello and husband Gary (Kemp); and daughter LeAnn Griffin Pickitt and husband Pat (Gilmer);
sister in law Claudine Goodwin (Dallas), 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, and countless nephews, nieces and cousins. Jo was very proud of their large family and loved many years of planning family dinners and holiday gatherings.
Jo and Lester moved to Dallas in 1945, where they worked and reared their five children until moving to Mabank around 1985. Jo’s career included working for over 20 years in the children’s department at Neiman Marcus, followed by 15 years as the dietitian and cook
at the Children’s Development Center in Dallas. She was deeply involved in both Lochwood Baptist Church of Dallas and First Baptist Church of Mabank, in planning and preparing church dinners, weddings and special events. She loved to cook and in the celebration of Mabank’s sesquicentennial, she chaired the production of “Cooking With Mama”, a cookbook of family recipes from folks in and around Mabank. The Griffins also owned and operated Hometown Grocery store on Market Street in Mabank for 10 years.
Jo was an avid quilter and a charter member of Gun Barrel Quilters’ Guild since its inception in 1992. She was a very active, hard-working member who participated in many projects for charitable organizations over the years. She also worked with the Nifty Needles since 1992, a small group that started within the Guild, where she quilted on fundraising raffle quilts as well as other members’ personal quilts. Once the quilting bug bit her all those years ago she was committed 100 percent, and she loved spending time creating works of art
with fabric, needle and thread. Through the years, she made quilts for all of her children and the majority of her grandchildren, which will be a legacy they can treasure for years to come.
The Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank has been entrusted with arrangements.
A visitation is scheduled there on Thursday (today), April 23 from 6 – 8 pm. The funeral will be held at First Baptist Church of Mabank on Friday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m.
Pallbearers are Jo’s grandsons, Jason Griffin, John Griffin, Weston Roach, Jacob Broussard, Bryce Roach and Brady Griffin.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of VNA Hospice for their care and presence. They request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the VNA Hospice (Visiting Nurses Association) East Texas Branch 874 Ed Hall Drive, Suite 105 Kaufman, TX 75142 or directly at www.VNATexas.org.