A statement from the family states she has been found and is safe. No further information was given.
Facebook Family: Thank you for your genuine concern and prayers, but Chelsi Clark has been located and she is safe. On behalf of our family, thank you for assisting.
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35 years old
Approx 105 lbs 5’2 inches tall
Birth date September 25, 1981
GAMMA ALPHA SORORS, ALL SORORS, XAVIERITES…ANYONE IN BATON ROUGE AND SURROUNDING AREAS!!! One of my little sisters, Chelsi Clark, is missing. She was last heard from on Saturday when her car (a red Kia Optima) stopped right outside of Baton Rouge as she was headed to New Orleans. It is reported that two men stopped to help her and she has not been heard from since. Please reach out if you have seen or if you hear from her!! And please share! Please contact 504-909-2637 if you have seen her or know of her whereabouts.
The discovery came 98 days after Terrilynn Monette disappeared after leaving a Lakeview bar early on March 2, 2013. The search for the 26-year-old celebrated teacher, whose disappearance garnered national media exposure grew into a community task. Orleans police led the search efforts and perused a plethora of surveillance tapes in an effort to discover what happened to her.
The Heat Magazine understands the pain that family members continue to feel after a tragic loss of a loved one. Our staff is blessed to connect with a young man who decided to get involved and become a stakeholder in narrating the untold story of Terrilynn Monette.
Larry Panna, a filmmaker from New Orleans, recently produced and directed a documentary “98 Days: The Terrilynn Monette Story, School Teacher of The Year” in conjunction with Monette’s parents and immediate family.
Larry Panna (filmmaker)
The Heat Magazine wanted to accumulate a more thorough understanding of Monette’s life and clarify any misconceptions. Panna’s latest philanthropic efforts serve as an integral element and The Heat Magazine wanted to feature his story as well as Monette.
The Heat Magazine: What inspired you to create 98 Days? Larry Panna: As with most people, I was disturbed by what I was witnessing. It was, and still is the talk of the town. I was glued to the news and my ears were never far from a radio. I wanted to help but wasn’t quite sure what I could do.
A colleague of mine, Shedrick Roy, approached me about speaking with the family of Terrilynn Monette. He had been a part of the search for Ms. Monette and Ms. Toni Enclade, Terrilynn’s mother, mentioned to him that she’d like to have a documentary done about her daughter’s life and her being missing for 98 days.
“Is this what I am to do?”, I asked of God. Without any further thought, I jumped in 1000 percent.
The Heat Magazine: Do you plan on making this work available on DVD and online for purchase? Larry Panna: As part of a drive to start a scholarship in Terrilynn’s name here in New Orleans along with the already established scholarship in Long Beach, California, sales of the DVD will be available. Digital download is also in the works and will be available on my website. A director’s cut of the film is scheduled for release in the fall of 2017 with new interviews and information about the case. Larry Panna: All of this and more is being done to assist children’s educational needs. We believe that the youth of these communities need as much assistance as they can get with pending cuts in education coming down the line.
The Heat Magazine: What inspired you to get into film and cinematography? Larry Panna: I actually began as a magazine publisher. My dad was a printer and when his employer no longer needed his services, they gave him the printing presses he used as parting gifts of sorts. I came up with the idea in my sleep…”WREC Magazine”!
The Heat Magazine: Nice! Larry Panna: This lead to a television show on a local access TV network, WRECTv. This is where I honed my skills, teaching myself how to shoot and edit video.
The Heat Magazine: What is the most important message you want to send out to the public via film? Larry Panna: I can’t stress this fact enough, if you want it, go and get it! I made lots of sacrifices. Being away from home, running from this place to that place was a difficult task. But the payoff will be rewarding. We all are cinematographers. Look at social media! Pick up your cell phone and start shooting. Use Media Maker or iMovie and create your own Hollywood!
The Heat Magazine: Are there any other works we can expect from you in the near future? Larry Panna: There’s several projects already in the making. A music video for a popular New Orleans artist, my project BuyblackTV is in production, and another documentary film about the homeless is in the works. Be on the lookout for the launch of my marketing and advertising agency as well.
The Heat Magazine: Terrilynn was a young and energetic teacher with a promising future. Does this film give us a look into her legacy? Larry Panna: It absolutely does! It starts with the story of Terrilynn’s life as a child with videos and photos chronicling her steps to fulfilling her dream to become a teacher. Toni Enclade is the glue that holds this story together. She is the true champion of this film in terms of how the story is told. It is her and Terrilynn’s story above all.
The Heat Magazine: It is a powerful story and The Heat Magazine wanted our readers to gather a closer look at Terrilynn’s story. Larry Panna: Not everyone can be nominated to be teacher of the year. Terrilynn turned that school upside down, implementing changes that created success for her students! What an honor it must have been to come full circle and complete your mission as Ms. Monette did.
The Heat Magazine: Does the family have any additional plans? What are their current feelings about the documentary? Larry Panna: The pride her father (Terry), mother (Toni) and sister (Kandice) must have, even today after all that has transpired. There are hopes that we can have the bridge crossing the bayou renamed in her honor or perhaps having the day she was found proclaimed as “Terrilynn Monette Day”. My goal is to help the family spread the word and to keep Terrilynn’s legacy alive.
“The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every calling, is diligence.” – Abraham Lincoln
Lawyers often time get a bad rap, for any host of reasons, but who’s the first person you call when you’re in trouble? The answer to that is, usually a lawyer.
Whether it’s a criminal case, auto accident or whatever the case may be, we call on and trust lawyers to do their job and work hard for us. Enter Eric Carter, a lawyer with a stellar track record who works diligently and consistently on behalf of his clients – the most recent of which is legendary actor, Clifton Powell.
ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 08: Actor Clifton Powell attends BronzeLens Film Festival at 444 Theatre on November 8, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
Whether he’s portraying the comical “Pinky” character from the Friday franchise, the snitching Chauncy from Menace 2 Society (my favorite, by the way) or a serious role, Clifton Powell is an amazing actor who owns every role he takes on – the latest of which he probably never envisioned himself taking on was as a defendant in a bogus rape case.
Thanks to Eric Carter, Mr. Powell has been exonerated. A false rape allegation is probably one of the worst crimes a man can be accused of committing and a charge that very few beat or ever live down. It is usually even harder to beat when the accused is African-American, as the justice system in this country is unusually harsh to African-American males. Thanks to the hard work put in by Mr. Carter on behalf of his client, we can have some sort of belief that the justice system won’t always fail us.
The Heat recently caught up with this incredible attorney and here’s what he had to say:
THE HEAT MAGAZINE:Tell us a little about yourself.
ERIC M. CARTER: Eric M. Carter, Sr. is a problem solver! He provides expert representation in civil and business litigation, personal injury, and real estate law. Mr. Carter earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law. While at Loyola, he was elected President of the Student Bar Association. Mr. Carter was the second African American President at this prestigious institution. He also served as a Coach of the Loyola College of Law Moot Court Team. Before law school, Mr. Carter was a United States Presidential Management Fellow under President William J. Clinton’s Administration. After completing the Fellowship, Mr. Carter was selected as a program analyst within the Department of the Interior. As such, he was a manager of the multi-billion-dollar Oil Spill Financial Responsibility (OSFR) Program. Mr. Carter is a proud U. S. Navy veteran who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Akron. Mr. Carter is highly sought after for his legal prowess, problem solving, and negotiation skills. He assists individuals, businesses, and organizations to obtain large damages awards, equitable resolutions, and measured success. Mr. Carter is a “low-key” attorney for Stars, Executives, and Movers-and-Shakers, often traveling throughout the country providing guidance to his clients. Eric practices in U.S. state and federal courts and consults in International civil law jurisdictions. Eric enjoys life with family and friends in Metropolitan New Orleans, Louisiana.
THE HEAT MAGAZINE:Give us a little background on the Powell case.
ERIC M. CARTER:Mr. Powell was accused, in his opinion and mine, of the most horrible crime a man who knows, respects, honors and loves women could be accused of, Rape. The allegations were reported after Mr. Powell and the accuser had enjoyed a romantic evening that lead into the next day which included several episodes of sexual intercourse and intimacy. After a few left-field comments concerning money an altercation ensued and Mr. Powell and his then-acquaintance ended their time together. The allegations were made to the New Orleans Police Department and an investigation was initiated. A fully vetted investigation was conducted including an interview with Mr. Powell. Lead Detective Damita Williams concluded that the allegations were baseless. She specifically cited in her police report that when asked whether or not she was forced or coerced into having sex with Mr. Powell the accuser declared “No.” Mr. Powell was never criminally charged, arrested, detained, or otherwise placed in custody for the allegations. There was no criminal proceeding regarding the allegations. Shortly thereafter, the accuser filed a federal lawsuit against Mr. Powell seeking and successfully obtaining a $153,000 money judgment. This judgment is properly termed a “default judgment.” Default Judgments are highly disfavored amongst courts because they are not granted based on an examination of facts but granted based on a procedural mechanism. Specifically, the accuser’s conclusory allegations were uncontested and accepted as true because Mr. Powell, through a lack of proper service, was unable to file an answer and respond. The default judgment was 3 years old when the Law Firm of Eric M. Carter, Sr., first discussed the matter. Through a series of passionate discussions with Mr. Powell, I agreed to study his case. I then developed a multi-layered and arduous strategy of simultaneously defending his case in two federal jurisdictions (Louisiana and California). This strategy has led to the federal court in Louisiana overturning its own ruling in favor of Mr. Powell, THREE (3) YEARS later.
THE HEAT MAGAZINE:What does the recent ruling mean for Mr. Powell’s criminal case?
ERIC M. CARTER:After the default judgment was ordered by the Honorable Judge Sarah J. Vance, United States District Court (USDC) for the Eastern District of Louisiana (LAED), the accuser sought to execute the same in the United States District Court (USDC) for the Central District of California (CAED). The USDC for LAED considered our voluminous written motions and agreed to grant the relief we sought, which was to set aside the Default Judgment against Mr. Powell. In other words, the money judgment (“default judgment”) was thrown out, dismissed, removed, and discarded. The court recognized it did not have jurisdiction over Mr. Powell and the judgment against him should not have been granted. Mr. Powell was never criminally charged, arrested, detained, or otherwise placed in custody for the allegations. There was no criminal proceeding regarding the allegations by the accuser. This ruling relieves Mr. Powell of the civil guilt, culpability, and punishment that was imputed to him at the granting of the money judgment. I pray Mr. Powell is now able to begin to repair his good name.
THE HEAT MAGAZINE: What’s in store for your future, particularly given the successful outcome of the Powell case?
ERIC M. CARTER:This is truly a remarkable outcome! While oral argument is often portrayed and sensationalized as what we do as trial lawyers; truthfully, the real work is in our study of the rule of law, our analysis of the facts and the reasonable conclusions and inferences we make thereafter. This moment is personally gratifying because the court’s decision was not based on my skill as a zealous, calculated orator but on the seemingly forgotten skills of analytical thinking and persuasive writing. We won on the merits of the written argument. I will travel teaching and encouraging other brothers and sisters of all colors, shapes, and sizes to pursue this noble profession and become fierce problem solvers. I am a problem solver! I get paid big bucks to figure it out! My next move is to accept a few more impossible matters and fight for the amazing outcome!
EDITOR’S NOTE: Mr. Carter is a sought-after, brilliant young legal mind. He can be reached at:
Law Firm of Eric M.Carter, Sr., LLC 7809 Airline Drive, Suite 200 (504) 733-3538 (off) (504) 733-1775 (fax)