Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: March 3, 2011 12:46 pm

Wazzu linebacker arrested for assault

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The offseason arrest train keeps on rolling, this time deciding to make a stop in Pullman, Washington where Washington State linebacker Louis Bland was arrested early Saturday morning. According to Pullman police, officers first showed up at Bland's apartment around 3 AM on Saturday morning, where they were told that Bland and his girlfriend were in an argument about a cell phone. At the time, police saw no reason to arrest anybody, and warned both Bland and his girlfriend before leaving.

Thirty minutes later, police were called back when a woman could be heard screaming.

Upon their return, Bland's girlfriend told police that he'd thrown her to the ground, elbowed her in the back, hit her in the head and choked her. The police said that there was enough physical evidence to indicate "at least some of that did happen." Bland said he was assaulted as well, and there was also evidence to support his claim, but nothing on the same level as to what he'd allegedly done to his girlfriend.

So police arrested Bland and booked him into Whitman County Jail on a class B felony, that could put Bland in prison for 10 years.

Washington State has not made a statement on the arrest yet, but with spring practice scheduled to begin Monday, I'd say the odds are good that Bland will not be there. 
Posted on: March 2, 2011 2:01 pm

Auburn RB booted for domestic violence arrest

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Monday Auburn dismissed running back Eric Smith from the team. No reason was given at the time, other than saying that Smith had violated a team rule. Given Smith's history, it wasn't crazy to assume that he'd had a run-in with the law. Smith had already been suspended for a game in 2009 after assaulting a fellow student at the school.

So odds were that Smith was still a member of the team, but was under a strict zero-tolerance policy. Being arrested for domestic violence probably went against that policy.
Former Auburn running back Eric Smith was arrested for third degree domestic violence on Feb. 22, six days before the university confirmed he was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.
Smith spent almost 12 hours at the Lee County Detention Center before being released on a $500 bond. The police report said Smith was sober and did not resist arrest. The university did not say when Smith was dismissed from the team.
Smith played in all 14 games for Auburn in 2010 on the way to a national title. He finishes his career with 182 yards rushing, and two more arrests than touchdowns scored.
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:38 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2011 3:52 pm

Pitt player fights with police, tased four times

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Maybe you read the story today on the amount of criminal activity and lack of background checks amongst college football players that CBS News and Sports Illustrated worked together on. If you have, then consider the following story to be very bad timing for Pitt. You see, the story began with the number of incidents that have taken place at Pitt in recent months, and it looks like the Panthers have a new case to notch on the arrest bedpost.

Fernando Diaz spent his 2010 season as a redshirt freshman on Pitt's offensive line, and it seems he spent his early Tuesday morning fighting with police and getting tased four times. Yes, that's right. Not once. Not even twice. Four times.
A redshirted freshman on the University of Pittsburgh football team on Saturday became the latest Pitt athlete to be arrested when city police said he was highly intoxicated in Oakland, blocked them from driving down Atwood Sreet, and resisted arrest and fought with them so much that he had to be Tasered four times.
The suspect, Fernando M. Diaz, 20, of Bronx, N.Y., was taken into custody after a cruiser on routine patrol at 1:56 a.m. had to stop on Atwood because Mr. Diaz was standing in the middle of street yelling at someone in an adjacent parking lot. He refused to move, police said. When he saw the police car, officers said, he responded "What the [expletive] are you going to do, hit me?"
Officers got out of their car but he became belligerent and yelled at them, police said, and a crowd gathered. A man who said he was on the team with Mr. Diaz told him to "shut his mouth" and accept the citation for being publicly drunk, cautioning him that former Pitt Head Coach Dave Wannstedt was not there any more and new coach Todd Graham would make an example of him.
I can only wonder what Diaz's teammate would have instructed him to do if Dave Wannstedt were still the head coach. Would he have told Diaz to fight?

Anyway, while being given the citation, Diaz tried to walk away from the scene twice. He also told the police he wouldn't sign it, and wasn't going to court. So when he tried to walk away again, the police attempted to handcuff him, which is when Diaz began swinging at the police. The police then had to tase him four times before he was subdued.
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:31 pm

Kentucky DT arrested on traffic charges

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Another weekend, another college football player getting in trouble with the law.

On Sunday evening, Kentucky defensive tackle Mark Crawford was arrested in Lexington for driving on a suspended license. Crawford was pulled over after he nearly hit another vehicle on Euclid Avenue, when police discovered his license had been suspended and then Crawford couldn't provide the police with proof of insurance.
The junior was arrested and charged with careless driving, failure to maintain required insurance and driving on a suspended or revoked license.
He was taken to Fayette County jail and was released after posting $350 bond.
UK football media relations director Tony Neely said head coach Joker Phillips is aware of the situation and Phillips will address disciplinary action with Crawford internally.
Normally I wouldn't think a player would get in too much trouble for this kind of run-in with the law, but Crawford may find himself in a bit more trouble given his past. Crawford already had to miss the final two games of Kentucky's season in 2010 after being suspended for violating team rules.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:16 pm

Virginia Tech's Gibson picks up a DWI

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Lyndell Gibson started every game at linebacker for Virginia Tech last season before breaking his shoulder in the ACC Championship Game in December. That injury forced Gibson to miss the Hokies' Orange Bowl loss to Stanford, and the subsequent surgery on his shoulder left his status in doubt for practice this spring. All of which left Gibson with a lot of free time lately, and we all know what happens to college football players when you give them too much free time.

Gibson was hit with a DWI earlier this month, reports The Virginian-Pilot.
Virginia Tech linebacker Lyndell Gibson, a former Salem High standout, is facing a DWI charge stemming from an incident this month in Montgomery County.
The redshirt sophomore was arrested and charged on Feb. 5 with what is deemed a Class 1 misdemeanor, according to court documents.
He is due in court April 27. No other details of his arrest were available Thursday evening.
Virginia Tech is yet to issue a statement on Gibson's arrest, or announce any punishment.

Gibson has played in 25 games for the Hokies in his career, starting 18 of them. In that time he's picked up 119 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 4:36 pm

Third time isn't the charm for Updyke

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Okay, this is getting ridiculous. Earlier on Tuesday afternoon I wrote about Jerry Hauser. Hauser was the second lawyer in a matter of days who had been assigned to defend Harvey Updyke against the mischief charges he faces for poisoning the trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner to ask off the case. Now, merely a few hours later, Updyke has been assigned a third lawyer.

A third lawyer who has already asked off the case.
Jerry M. Blevins, who was assigned the case Tuesday morning, filed a motion Tuesday afternoon asking to be removed from the case. He's the third defense attorney to ask to be removed.
Blevins also asked the District Court in Lee County to delay a March 2 preliminary hearing that was assigned by the court Tuesday.
Blevins, in court papers, said he asked to be removed because an "irreconcilable conflict arose" between he and Updyke.
What was the irreconcilable conflict? It doesn't say, but given the recent history here, I'm guessing Blevins' cousin knows a guy who once dated a girl who saw an Auburn football game on television, and the wound from that failed relationship is just too fresh for Blevins to handle this case.

Seriously, at this point, I'll be Updyke's lawyer. I have never studied law, and I've never even seen a scene from Law and Order, but I do know enough that being charged with first degree mischief* isn't exactly a jailable offense. I'd just stand in front of the jury, say my client already admitted he committed the crime on a radio station, and tell them to give him community service and probation.

There.  Problem solved, case over, and we all move on with our lives.

*By the way, imagine if you did go to prison for mischief. You're sitting in your cell with your new bunkmate, an arsonist who killed an entire family in a fire he started, and he asks you what you did to get in there. "Mischief." I bet the rest of the prisoners would be terrified of you!
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:39 pm

VIDEO: Utah LB drove wrong way on freeway

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Yesterday we wrote about Utah linebacker Timote Nai Fotu who was arrested for a DUI over the weekend, and has since been suspended from the team by Kyle Whittingham "until further notice." We can't be sure how long that will be, exactly, but given the new details emerging about Nai Fotu's arrest, I have a feeling it is going to be a while.

You see, Fotu wasn't pulled over because he was swerving back and forth between lanes while driving or anything. In fact, he may have been driving in a perfectly straight line. The problem for Fotu was that he was driving in the wrong lane.  On the freeway. Yep.

Fotu's blood-alcohol level of .218 is nearly three-times the legal limit, and it means that over a fifth of the blood flowing through his body was alcohol. He probably could have lit his breath on fire. Though, as intoxicated as that is, at least he was able to remember he was in Utah.

Making matters worse, Fotu already had a warrant out for his arrest stemming from an incident in 2009. Fotu failed to appear in court to face charges of giving false personal information to police, unlawful possession of alcohol or a controlled substance by a minor and public urination for an incident on March 20, 2009.

So, yeah, it could be a while before Fotu puts on a Utah uniform again. If he ever does.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:12 pm

Oklahoma DT busted with pot

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College students and marijuana go together like Lady Gaga and attention-craving antics, so odds are that there will never be a time that college students aren't experimenting with the demon weed. Still, that being said, I'm sure most college football coaches would appreciate it if their players could manage to avoid it. The latest coach to feel this way would be Bob Stoops.

One of his defensive tackles, Stacy McGee, was cited for marijuana possession on Sunday evening.
OU defensive tackle Stacy McGee was cited and released for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Sunday, Norman police spokeswoman Jennifer Newell.
McGee was pulled over by police on East Lindsey Street a little after 5 p.m. A police officer spotted one joint of marijuana and a marijuana grinder. Because he was a Norman citizen, McGee was allowed to do a sign and release.
The school has not made a statement about what punishment, if any, McGee will face.

As a sophomore, McGee started 10 of 13 games for the Sooners last season, finishing the year with 26 tackles.
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