Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: March 21, 2011 4:40 pm

Tennessee reinstates Brent Brewer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While one person on Tennessee's campus was losing his job on Monday, on the Tennessee football team, a player was getting a second chance. Five weeks after the Vols suspended Brent Brewer following a domestic assault charge in February, head coach Derek Dooley announced on Monday that Brewer had been reinstated to the team.

"He has served a five-week suspension from all team activities," Dooley told the Times Free Press. "There's still some other internal disciplinary measure that are taken. It was a learning lesson for Brent, a learning lesson for all the members of our team (and) it was very unfortunate what happened."

Which is good news for both Brewer and Tennessee, as the team has been without its two starting safeties for the last month. Though the absence of free safety Janzen Jackson has been due to his withdrawing from the school for personal reasons. Dooley also took some time to address Jackson's current situation.

"He seems to be managing his life well right now. (He's) on pace to come back, but that's day to day and month to month."

Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:41 am

Washington dismisses Jordan Polk from team

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Washington announced on Friday that wide receiver Jordan Polk had been dismissed from the football team. While the Seattle Times reported on Friday that Steve Sarkisian told the paper Polk would not be participating in spring practice due to some "team issues we are dealing with," a little while later it became apparent that Sarkisian meant Polk was gone for good.

While Sarkisian said that the decision was made weeks ago, one can only wonder if this decision had something to do with Polk being charged in a domestic-violence incident, or whether it was just the final straw.
Former Washington football player Jordan Polk was charged Friday with a domestic-violence crime stemming from property damage he allegedly committed at the home of his ex-girlfriend in February.
The misdemeanor charge, punishable by up to a year in jail, was filed in Seattle Municipal Court by the City Attorney's Office.
Apparently Polk was jealous that his ex-girlfriend was celebrating her 21st birthday with her new boyfriend and not him. After failing to reach her by phone, Polk did the only logical thing he could do. He went to her place, forced his way inside, and then tried to break down the door to the room she was sleeping in.

Polk ends his Washington career with 16 catches for 191 yards in three seasons, and was expected to contend for a backup position this season.
Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:00 am

Janoris Jenkins settles pot arrest

Posted by Tom Fornelli

If it weren't for shoulder surgery that he needed, right now Janoris Jenkins would be getting himself ready for the NFL Draft and possibly a year off from football due to the current labor situation. Instead, Jenkins is still a member of the Florida football program, and you have to wonder whether or not he'd have been busted with weed in the bathroom of a Gainesville night club had he left for the NFL. Which is exactly what happened to Jenkins a few weeks after deciding to stay in Gainesville. 

Whatever the case, Jenkins spent some time in a courtroom on Friday to deal with the situation. Jenkins was busted in January, when police spotted him rolling a joint in the bathroom at Status night club. The police did not arrest Jenkins, but gave him a citation to appear in court.

That court date was on Friday, where Jenkins pled to misdemeanor possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and will have to pay $316 in court costs and fines. 

This is the second time Jenkins has had some trouble with the law at Florida, as he was also arrested in May 2009 for resisting arrest after getting into a fight outside a Gainesville night club. So maybe Janoris should start going to dive bars instead?
Posted on: March 17, 2011 1:38 pm

Top recruit arrested for sexual assault

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Derek David is a 6'4 225-pound linebacker from Rockdale High in Rockdale, Texas, and the junior is considered one of the best defensive prospects in the state of Texas in his class. He originally commited to Texas Tech, but has since decommitted and has received offers from schools like Alabama, USC, Oklahoma and Ohio State. Just to name a few.

Offers which may soon be taken off the table. David was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year old girl in his aunt's house last Friday.
According to police, he asked a 16-year-old girl to come play video games at his aunt's house, he then allegedly forced her inside and sexually assaulted her.
The young girl, who police say was not David's girlfriend, was taken to Scott and White hospital in Temple where a test taken showed she was positive for trauma.
"We interviewed Mr. David, he admitted he had sex with the young lady," Rockdale police Chief Thomas Harris said.
Police also said he didn't stop having sex with girl despite her pleas.
According to police, it's now a closed investigation and it's now up to the Milam County grand jury on whether or not to send the case to trial. David was released from jail on Wednesday on $20,000 bond. Needless to say, while David's football future is in peril given the nature of his charges, if he's found to be guilty he'll have a lot more problems to deal with than just football.

Hat tip: CFT
Posted on: March 17, 2011 12:15 pm

Ole Miss QB busted stealing swim trunks

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I'm not sure what the weather is like where you live, but here in Chicago, things have finally started getting lovely outside. Temperatures over 60, sun shining in the air, and the prospect of spring and summer no longer so far off on the horizon. Of course, this also means that it's time to start getting ready to dress for the summer, and in some cases, that means new swimming apparel.

You don't want to show up at the beach or the pool in yesterday's fashions, you want to look smooth. The problem is, some of those new swimsuits can be pretty expensive, and if you're a college student, you may not have the money to spend. Well, don't worry, Ole Miss reserve quarterback Evan Ingram knows a way you can get those trunks cheap.

Just put them on under your pants and attempt to walk out the door without paying.
A Jefferson Parish, La., sheriff’s deputy working security at a department store at 3301 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie, La., saw Ingram and another man, Wayne Ingram, enter a fitting room area with clothing, according to sheriff’s department records. When the officer confronted Wayne Ingram, Evan Ingram fled but was apprehended by security officers, the arrest record said.
Evan Ingram, 19, was “found wearing a stolen swimsuit beneath (his) outer pants and shorts,” the arrest record said. The value of the goods Ingram was accused to have stolen was $59.50.
Wayne Ingram, 20, was arrested and charged with theft of goods under $500, battery of a police officer and felony resisting police force. The report alleged that Wayne Ingram was wearing three pairs of shorts under his pants, with a total value of $225.
While the story doesn't say, I assume that Wayne Ingram is Evan's brother. 

Ole Miss released a statement saying it was "aware of the situation and gathering details from the incident." Ingram is a walk-on in Oxford, coming to the school from Hargrave Military Academy last season.
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:25 pm

Michigan State players arrested in Colorado

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Two Michigan State football players were arrested in Aspen, Colorado early on Thursday morning while on spring break. Rising senior tight end Brian Linthicum and rising sophomore linebacker Max Bullough are the duo picked up by police. 

Linthicum was charged with a misdemeanor third-degree assault and eluding an officer following an incident at a bar in Aspen. Bullough, who is only 19, was also charged with eluding an officer and for being a minor in possession of alcohol. Both will have to make a return trip to Colorado for a Pitkin County court appearance on April 19.

Michigan State is yet to release an official statement on the matter, though spokesman John Lewandowski did say that head coach Mark Dantonio is in Indianapolis to watch the Michigan State basketball team compete in the Big Ten tournament.

Both players are expected to compete for starting jobs this year, as Linthicum had 18 receptions for 230 yards as a junior, and Bullough made 21 tackles as a freshman. There's no telling how this incident will affect their standing with the team, though I can't imagine it's going to help either's case.
Posted on: March 4, 2011 1:44 pm

Dave Wannstedt defends his time at Pitt

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Wednesday Sports Illustrated and CBS News released a story about the amount of football players in college sports with arrest records, and the lack of background checks that schools are performing on these players. Without a doubt, the school that emerged from the story with the biggest black eye on its reputation was Pitt, as the Panthers have had quite a few run-ins with the law as of late. Of course, this also reflected poorly on former head coach Dave Wannstedt, who oversaw the program as all these arrests were taking place.

On Thursday Wannstedt, now with the Buffalo Bills, tried to defend himself. Saying that while there were some problems while he was at Pitt, he was still proud of what he'd accomplished at the school.

"We had an unfortunate stretch of incidents last summer but I am very proud of our body of work during my six years with regards to players behavior," Wannstedt told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Every player [we recruited] was evaluated and scrutinized and we tried to project whether they would become productive members of our football program as well as the university at large. Every player and each incident was evaluated on an individual basis and we did our due diligence to make sure that we treated each player fair and almost all of the incidents resulted in either a suspension or a player being eliminated from our program and many of the incidents in question did not result in a conviction of any kind.

"Our players understood their responsibility, they graduated and for the most part, they did the right things."

Unfortunatly for Wannstedt, the results seem to indicate otherwise. Incredibly, only hours after the story went public, news of another Pitt football player being arrested emerged. The most amazing part of Fernando Diaz's arrest was that he needed to be Tasered by police four times before finally being subdued. However, the most telling part of Diaz's arrest was what his teammate said to him as he was struggling with the police.

Diaz's teammate told him to calm down because Dave Wannstedt was no longer the head coach, and that new head coach Todd Graham was going to make an example of him.

Sounds like Pitt players really did understand their responsibility. Get in trouble under coach Wannstedt and they just might get slapped on the wrist.
Posted on: March 3, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2011 1:38 pm

Washington RB runs from police, gets caught

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well, I guess since the Offseason Arrest Train was already in Pullman, it decided to make a quick journey over to Seattle to catch its latest college football player.

According to KIRO TV in Seattle, Washington running back Johri Fogerson was arrested overnight and is currently in Snohomish County Jail.
Huskies tailback Johri Fogerson is jailed on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana after a pursuit that ended overnight in Mill Creek.
The details of the pursuit aren't known yet, but according to police radio traffic, a driver fleeing police jumped out of a car near 164th Street in Mill Creek just before midnight and ran. Police found the man and arrested him.
Fogerson is being held at the Snohomish County Jail, according to the jail roster. The roster lists "resisting arrest from the WSP" and "drug charge (less than 40 grams of marijuana)" as the alleged offenses.
Seriously, if I'm Steve Sarkisian, I'm not sure what upsets me more. The fact that my running back was arrested, or the fact that my running back couldn't outrun the police. I mean, if you can't get away from a police officer, then you've got no chance of outrunning an Oregon linebacker.

The school has not yet commented on Fogerson's arrest, or what kind of punishment he'll receive. Still, I can't help but think that getting arrested for marijuana possession and trying to evade police could do anything but help his rap career.

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