Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:56 pm

Nobody wants to be Harvey Updyke's lawyer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week, the most famous tree poisoner in the history of Alabama, Harvey Updyke, lost his court-appointed lawyer due to a conflict of interest. Phillip Tyler had been Updyke's lawyer but filed a motion to be let off the case due to the fact he's a professor at Auburn, and has "numerous personal and family ties" to the school. So the court appointed Updyke a new lawyer, and now that lawyer has filed another withdrawal motion.

Jerry Hauser was given the case after Tyler, but on Tuesday morning he asked to be taken off the case as well due to his ties to Auburn. It seems Hauser's wife is the head of the Department of Communication and Journalism at the school. So no doubt she'd use her communicating prowess to let her husband know that he should set Updyke up for the death penalty.

Seriously, are there no public defenders in the state of Alabama that went to Alabama? Can't they find a single lawyer in the state with "Roll Tide" on its business card?

I mean, Nick Saban signs 40 players a year to the football team, surely one of them has to have a law degree by now.
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2011 2:30 pm

Utah LB popped for DUI

Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: Kyle Whittingham announced that Timote Nai Fotu has been "suspended from our football team until further notice."

You know, I was starting to get worried. It had been nearly a full week since a college football player found himself running afoul of the law, and as anybody who has written a college football blog can tell you, players getting arrested is the lifeblood of the offseason. Thankfully, Utah linebacker Timote Nai Fotu was kind enough to oblige us over the weekend.

Nai Fotu was arrested for a DUI on Sunday morning.
University of Utah football player Timote Nai Fotu was booked into the Salt Lake County jail for driving under the influence Sunday morning, according to the Utah Highway Patrol. 
Fotu was pulled over for speeding at about 10 a.m. by the highway patrol.
The 6-foot-2-inch athlete who started nine games for the Ute's and was scheduled to start last fall before a season-ending knee injury, still has two years of eligibility.
As it said in the excerpt, Nai Fotu started nine games for Utah as a freshman but missed all of 2010 after tearing his ACL in spring practice last March. He's in the running for a starting job this season, though this latest mess may hinder his chances a bit.

What I find incredible about this arrest is that when you hear "Player X busted for DUI Sunday morning" you figure he was out on Saturday night, and pulled over at 1 AM. Nai Fotu was pulled over at 10AM. So Nai Fotu either drank his way through the entire night without sleep, or passed out and was still intoxicated when he woke up. Whatever the case, that's an impressive feat.

Though one that leads to stupid decisions like getting behind the wheel.
Posted on: February 18, 2011 1:00 pm

Harvey Updyke's lawyer wants off the case

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The country's most famous tree-killer, Harvey Updyke, may have to find himself a new lawyer. When Updyke was arrested for poisoning the trees at Auburn's Toomer's Corner the court appointed him a lawyer, Phillip O. Tyler. Well, Tyler doesn't really want to handle the case and he's filed a motion to remove himself from it.

Why? Well, Tyler's current law firm represents Auburn, and he's a part-time professor at the school. He also lives in Auburn and is a fan, saying that he has "numerous personal and family ties to Auburn University."

Which would be what we in the business call a "conflict of interest." I can only imagine the type of defense a lawyer from Auburn would craft for an Alabama fan who may have destroyed Toomer's Corner. It would probably be something along the lines of standing in front of the jury and screaming "He did it! He killed the trees! I urge you to sentence him to death!"

Which would likely please the Auburn fan base, but it wouldn't reflect too kindly on the American judicial system.
Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:45 pm
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Posted on: February 15, 2011 12:44 pm

Ball State assistant nailed with DUI

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This is not the best first impression for Terry Lantz to make at Ball State. Lantz was hired by head coach Pete Lembo on February 4 to be the team's secondary coach, and early Sunday morning, Lantz was pulled over and charged with drunk driving in Muncie.
Lantz was stopped at 1:09 a.m. Sunday at the corner of University Avenue and Dill Street by Muncie Police Sgt. Brad Wiemer after Lantz did not dim his headlights while driving on University. Officer Stash Hellis was dispatched to assist.
The veteran assistant coach, who came to Ball State after 10 years at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., failed three  field sobriety tests, according to Hellis in a probable cause affidavit.
"While talking with him about why he had been stopped, I could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his person and noticed that his eyes were red and glassy," Hellis said in the affidavit.
"Terry Lantz is a family man who has a reserved and unassuming demeanor," said Lembo in a statement following the arrest. "He is extremely embarrassed about this situation. Good people sometimes make poor decisions."

However, what Lembo would not comment on was whether or not this arrest would affect Lantz's job status at Ball State.

Photo courtesy of the BSU Daily News
Posted on: February 15, 2011 11:52 am

Florida State's Jermaine Thomas is stubborn

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I wonder, if Jermaine Thomas were to hit the wrong gap on a running play in practice, after being corrected by Jimbo Fisher or one of the Florida State coaches, would he run through the correct gap when the play was run again? You would think so, but Jermaine Thomas doesn't seem like the type of kid who learns from his mistakes.

You see, last week Thomas was pulled over while driving, and was charged with driving on a suspended license. So, it would seem logical, since Thomas already had a suspended license, and was given a ticket for driving with one, he may reconsider getting behind the wheel for a bit. Apparently logic is not Thomas' forte.
For the second time in one week, Tallahassee police arrested Jermaine Thomas and charged him with driving with a suspended license. Thomas was first charged on Feb. 4 with driving with a suspended license. Police stopped him on Thursday and charged him with the same thing.
He posted $250 and was released after the first arrested, and then posted $500 the second time, according to Leon County Sheriff’s Office records.
Maybe the third time will be a charm? Seriously, the only thing that could make this story better would have been Thomas driving himself home from the sherriff's office.

Thomas had 490 rushing yards for the Seminoles last season, and was tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with six.
Posted on: February 13, 2011 5:09 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 5:10 pm

Mike Haywood enters diversion program

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Do you remember Mike Haywood? Here's a refresher course for you in case you forgot. He was the head coach at Miami (OH) who led the Redhawks to a MAC title this year, and was a coach on the rise. He then got hired to replace Dave Wannstedt at Pitt, and held the job a whole two and a half weeks before being arrested on domestic battery charges. Haywood subsequently lost the Pitt job, and was replaced by Todd Graham.

There, caught up?

Well, Haywood spent his day in court on Friday, where he admitted to grabbing the mother of his son, Beth Marriott. Haywood was then forced to enter a court diversion program at the behest of Marriott. Which means that he'll have to undergo a psychological evaluation and perform 60 hours of community service. 

If Haywood complies with the sentencing, all charges will be cleared from his record in a year. Of course, what that will do for a coaching career that was on the rise, we'll have to wait and see.
Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:53 pm

Tennessee suspends Brent Brewer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tennessee is losing safeties at an alarming rate. Last week Janzen Jackson withdrew from school -- though it's entirely possible he'll be back at Tennessee for the fall -- due to personal issues, and on Sunday word came down that Derek Dooley had suspended Brent Brewer from the team. Brewer was arrested over the weekend in a domestic dispute.

"Without knowing all the facts, any domestic incident warrants a suspension from all team-related activities until a thorough investigation is concluded," Dooley said in a statement. "We respect everyone's right to the legal process, but also acknowledge a greater standard of conduct associated with the privilege of being a member of the Tennessee football team."

Brewer was released on $1,500 bond Sunday.

Brewer did not begin his freshman season in Knoxville as a starter, but was inserted halfway through the season, starting alonside Jackson at safety. Now the Vols head into the 2011 season possibly having to replace both of their safeties.
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