Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:48 am

Duke LB arrested on cocaine trafficking charges

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Duke being Duke, the image of their football players tends to be that of a collective of academics-first goody-goodies that might be a little too smart to play championship football, much like Vanderbilt or Northwestern in the SEC or Big Ten.

No, it's not fair, but Blue Devil reserve linebacker Tyree Glover may have been trying a little too hard to disprove that stereotype. Glover was dismissed from the Duke program yesterday after having been arrested Tuesday on charges of trafficking cocaine and marijuana possesion. Per the local Herald-Sun:
The 6-foot-1, 255-pound sophomore linebacker from Crescent City, Fla., was being held in the Durham County jail Thursday in lieu of $750,000 bond ...

[Police spokesperson Kammie] Michael said police then obtained a search warrant and searched his dorm room on the Duke campus where they found marijuana.

Michael said police confiscated 29.6 grams of powder cocaine and 72.4 grams of marijuana.

Glover wasn't a major part of the Blue Devil defense, with 20 total career tackles, but he had appeared in 23 of 24 games since his 2009 arrival on campus.

Something tells me that at Duke, those 23 appearances aren't quite going to be what Glover's abbreviated Blue Devil tenure will be remembered for.

Posted on: April 19, 2011 1:33 pm

Twitter busted Georgia high school thieves

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week it was reported that somebody had stolen items that belonged to Georgia players from the football team's locker room. Things like iPods and iPhones, and other expensive stuff that we all need to have to get through the day to help us keep our mind off of doing other things like our jobs. Well, yesterday we found out that the thieves were a couple of area high schoolers who had been visiting the school in Carver Columbus High's Deion Bonner, Marquis Hawkins and another unnamed recruit.

After the arrests were made, Georgia's police chief Jimmy Williamson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Facebook was "a big help" in finding the perpetrators. Well, Williamson lied. Or, at least, he got his social networking sites confused. I present to you these screenshots of the Twitter page belonging to Bonner.

Now, being fluent in Twitter/text speak -- I got my doctorate from Oxford -- I can tell you that Bonner's tweets say he wants to sell these iPods, LAUGH OUT LOUD there's nothing wrong with the two he now possesses, and that he doesn't know, it has 8 gigabytes of memory.

Of course, it doesn't take a doctorate from Oxford to know that if you were recently in a locker room that had stuff stolen from it, which makes you a suspect, don't go trying to sell the stuff on Twitter. No, that only takes common sense. Not that you should be stealing stuff in the first place, but if you're going to, don't be an idiot about it.

The more you know, kids. The more you know.

Posted on: April 18, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 2:57 pm

Oregon's Haines arrested, suspended

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Finally, some news involving Oregon this offseason that has nothing to do with Willie Lyles. Though this isn't exactly good news, either, as backup quarterback Dustin Haines was arrested early Saturday morning and has since been suspended. Apparently Haines was partying a little too loudly, and when the police showed up Haines got a bit out of hand.

Police say Haines became hostile and scuffled with officers. He was charged with with excessive noise, interfering with a police officer and resisting arrest.

Former UO running back Brandon Thurston also was cited for noise, a police spokeswoman said. 

The spokeswoman said Haines was taken to Lane County jail. He posted bail and was released on Saturday.

Chip Kelly has suspended Haines indefinitely.

Haines appeared in four games as a sophomore for Oregon last season, carrying the ball twice, making one catch and never throwing a pass. Such is Oregon's offense where quarterbacks have more carries and receptions than passes.

Posted on: March 31, 2011 5:02 pm

Former PSU DC Sandusky facing grand jury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Jerry Sandusky spent 32 years on the sidelines at Penn State, and was once considered to be Joe Paterno's eventual successor at the school before he retired in 1999 as the team's defensive coordinator. Now, over eleven years removed from the game, Sandusky is the subject of a grand jury investigation. According to The Patriot-News, Sandusky has been the subject of the investigation for 18 months, as he's been accused of indecently assaulting a teenage boy.
According to five people with knowledge of the case, a grand jury meeting in Harrisburg has been hearing testimony for at least 18 months about the allegation, which was made in 2009 by a 15-year-old from Clinton County.
The teen told authorities that Sandusky had inappropriate contact with him over a four-year period, starting when he was 10.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and retired university Vice President and Treasurer Gary Schultz were among those who appeared before the grand jury in January at the attorney general’s Strawberry Square office complex, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation. Attempts to reach the three for comment were unsuccessful.
It is not clear whether university President Graham Spanier has testified and he declined comment on the matter when questioned earlier this week.
After leaving Penn State, Sandusky spent the next 11 years running The Second Mile, a non-profit organization that deals with 10,000 Pennsylvania youths by offering summer and year-round camps. Sandusky stepped down from the charity last fall to spend more time with his family and handle personal matters.

The allegations from the 15-year old boy surfaced in 2009, when Sandusky was an assistant football coach at Central Mountain High School. It was there that the boy alleged Sandusky touched him inappropriately while they were alone in the gym.
Posted on: March 28, 2011 11:46 am
Edited on: March 28, 2011 11:47 am

Teach me how to assault and batter

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's rather hard to pick out the single biggest highlight of Wisconsin's 2010 season. Was it the victory over Ohio State in Madison? Maybe it was the entire season in general, as the Badgers earned a share of the Big Ten title and made a trip to the Rose Bowl. Of course, that trip ended in a loss to TCU, so it may have put a bittersweet spin on the year.

So, with that in mind, it was probably the production of this video that we posted here back in October. The one that taught all of us how to Bucky.

Yes, who could forget such a memorable anthem? The makers of that video are likely millionaires now, living in mansions and driving cars so awesome, the rest of us aren't even aware they've been invented yet. Or, at least, some of the producers of the video are rich apparently. Others feel they aren't getting their cut, and want to teach us all how to commit assault and battery.
A 19-year old Madison man was knocked unconscious early Friday morning and taken to a local hospital with a broken nose, a broken orbital bone, and cut to his eye requiring multiple stitches following a fight on Langdon Street. The victim and a 22-year old friend were battered outside of a residence following a dispute with the suspects listed above. One, Mr. Andrew Schecher, had evidently helped the 22-year old victim film the popular dance video: "Teach me how to Bucky" and has not been happy about his level of compensation for his efforts. He says he and his twin brother, the other suspect, had gone to Langdon Street in order to speak with the 22-year old regarding the financial disagreement when a fight broke out.
Imagine what would have happened if the Schecher brothers went over there to get into a fight!

Hat tip: Dr. Saturday
Posted on: March 24, 2011 5:28 pm

Virginia Tech WR arrested for child abuse

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are levels to the different kinds of trouble college football players get into with the law. Some, like drug possession or underage drinking, can be attributed to youth. Then there are more serious crimes. Violent crimes. There are no assault charges or bank robberies committed by players that I would consider to be forgivable, but there are some I would consider worse than others.

Cases like the one involving Virginia Tech wide receiver Xavier Boyce. Boyce, along with his girlfriend Olivia Hutchins, were arrested on Wednesday on child abuse charges.
A Virginia Tech football player was arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with injuries to his infant child.
Xavier Boyce and his girlfriend Olivia Hutchins, both 20 and of Blacksburg, were arrested on charges related to cruelty and injuries to the girl, Blacksburg police said today.
Police believe the child was injured Jan. 31 at the couple's home in the 1200 block of University City Boulevard, police said. They did not say in what way the child was hurt.
Boyce and Hutchins were released on $5,000 unsecured bonds.
Obviously, there aren't a lot of details in this case that have been released, but I'm pretty sure that whatever injuries Boyce and Hutchins caused this little girl, it was a lot worse than a spanking. Virginia Tech is yet to release a statement on the arrest, but I won't sit here and pretend that I'm not hoping Boyce possibly being dismissed from the team is the very least of the punishments coming his way.
Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:31 pm

Notre Dame makes Michael Floyd disappear

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's been a lot of teeth gnashing in South Bend since the news of Michael Floyd was arrested for an OWI early Sunday morning, his second alcohol related problem with the law in 15 months. Sure, the first time was just a citation for underage drinking, but it didn't help Floyd's case, as he was quickly suspended indefinitely by head coach Brian Kelly.

Given that it's Floyd's second offense, there are plenty of Notre Dame fans losing sleep over the possibility of Floyd being booted off the team, and out of school altogether. Notre Dame has a history of making some decisions, and considering that Floyd is one of the best wide receivers in the country, and already holds the school records for career touchdown catches, it's easy to see why fans would worry. Losing Floyd would be a huge blow to the Notre Dame offense.

Now, while the school hasn't given any indication on how long Floyd's suspension will last, or any other information about its plans since the news surfaced, it gave a strong indication to the world on Tuesday. That's when the school released its 13-page spring prospectus to the media, and the only area where Michael Floyd's name was listed is a bad omen.

You couldn't find Floyd on the roster or in the wide receiver position preview. No, if you wanted to see his name, you had to go to the section that gives an overview of the talent lost from 2010. In other words, the only way the school feels like referring to Floyd at the moment is as a former player.

Now, this doesn't mean that Floyd's time in South Bend is over. I'm sure if Brian Kelly had the final say in the matter, Floyd would sit out this spring, then miss a game or two and rejoin the team. Unfortunately for Kelly, the final decision will rest with the school's Residence Life board. While the ResLife board has shown some leniency in recent years with player transgressions, it also has a history of showing no mercy to players for offenses that hardly cause people to blink at some other schools around the country. Particularly with repeat offenders.

So if you are a Notre Dame fan who has been losing sleep over this, I wouldn't expect to get a full eight hours anytime soon.
Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:21 am
Edited on: March 22, 2011 2:38 am

Miami LB arrested on two felonies, other charges

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan is in a world of trouble today after being arrested on Friday and charged with several crimes, including two felonies. According to court documents, Buchanan's alleged felonious conduct was violent behavior toward police officers. The Palm Beach Post has more:

Buchanan, 21, was charged with resisting a police officer with violence and battery on a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical care provider, both of which are felonies.

Buchanan also is accused of three misdemeanors - disorderly conduct, resisting a police officer without violence and trespassing.

Miami head coach Al Golden has suspended Buchanan indefinitely.

Unfortunately, according to the Post, the Miami Police Department has not provided an official report of the incident yet, so not only are we waiting for the other side of they story, we're waiting for both -- the only known details of that night are the pending criminal charges.

Miami Hurricanes

Speaking generally, then, it's always worth reiterating that it is never, ever a good idea to lose one's temper with (or even near) a police officer. That's easier said than done, of course, but if one perceives an overstep or other mistake by a police officer, the correct place to address that is in a courtroom, and not 18 inches from the cop's face, at the top of one's lungs, spittle flying. Resorting to violence in that situation has not only never worked, it routinely costs young people (almost exclusively men) a shot at a successful future. Again, that's all speaking generally; Buchanan is still innocent until proven guilty.

From a practical standpoint, as far as football is concerned, Buchanan's suspension and potential dismissal is a tough blow to the Miami defense. The 'Canes don't lose many starters from 2010, but leading tackler/team captain LB Colin McCarthy is off to the NFL, and there's enough flux that having a returning starter senior (wherever in the linebacking corps Golden needed him) would have helped provide stability to the situation. Now, it appears rising senior Sean Spence will have to be the unit's leader almost by default.

That's all by the wayside, though, as Buchanan is now in danger of turning from an experienced veteran to a convicted felon. For a program so committed to discipline that this is its first arrest since 2007, this could be a major hit from both a PR and a personnel perspective.

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