Report: Victim's criticism of Rainbow center pastor spurs altercation

PORTERDALE - The Porterdale Police Department recently released more information about a fight that landed the Rev. Clara Mae Lett and her granddaughter in jail last week.

According to an incident report completed by Officer David Henson, the 20-year-old victim said the altercation at the Rainbow Community Center began Thursday afternoon after she made the statement that "God needed to help Pastor Clara Lett run (the Rainbow Community Center) because she was not doing it properly." Lett is the director of Rainbow Community Center, which is a homeless shelter located on Hemlock Street in Porterdale.

Lett's granddaughter, Ashley Kenyatta Derricho, 20, then started "cursing (the victim) and putting her finger in her face," saying she wasn't going to talk to her grandmother that way, the report stated.

Lett, 56, allegedly got between the two and pushed the victim down a set of steps. According to the incident report, the victim landed on her back and was then attacked by Derricho, who proceeded to strike her in the face with a closed fist.

The incident report further states that Lett later grabbed the victim around her throat. A witness told police that she, along with the help of some other people at the shelter, were eventually able to break up the fight and place the three people involved in separate rooms.

Lett told Henson the victim had struck her in the face "very hard." However, there were no marks on her face, according to the incident report.

Derricho received several injuries to her face.

"Ms. Derricho had a couple of scratches on her face looking as if someone scratched her while trying to get away," Henson said.

The victim had "three large marks" on her back, which appeared to be made by a "very hard fall," the officer wrote in his report. She also received a scratch to her face and finger.

Both Derricho and Lett were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Newton County Detention Center.

Derricho has been charged with battery in connection with the incident. Lett has been charged with simple battery. Both have been released on $1,000 bond.

Lett's Rainbow Community Center is slated to move to the city of Covington which recently approved a $1 million-plus expenditure to purchase and renovate property for the relocation.