Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: February 1, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Pair of players arrested in Big 12 North

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

With the 2010 season well behind us but spring camps still weeks away, it's prime season for offseason malfeasance and player arrests, as two players in the former Big 12 North have illustrated.

One is Missouri junior defensive tackle Jimmy Burge, who was arrested near Columbia Jan. 17 after several items of marijuana-related paraphernalia were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. The arrest is Burge's second in less than four months after being cited in October for drinking while driving.

Burge was suspended for two games following that incident. A Missouri official said that "any discipline measures will be handled internally" in this case. Burge started six games a year ago and would be expected to hold onto that position this fall for the Tigers, assuming he remains with the team.

Perhaps on even thinner ice is Iowa State linebacker Matt Tau'fo'ou, who was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday morning and charged with drunken driving after a blood-alcohol test. He has been suspended indefinitely by ISU head coach Paul Rhoads "for failing to comply with team expectations and policies."

As with Burge, the run-in with the law is the second for Tau'fo'ou during his stay in Ames; he was also charged with fifth-degree misdemeanor theft in September 2009 after reportedly taking a piece of computer equipment from an ISU bookstore. The transfer from the College of San Mateo started two games in 2010 and made 20 tackles.

With the North dissolved and the Tigers and Cyclones tossed back into the mix with Oklahoma and Texas, no doubt this is a critical offseason for both programs ... and no doubt Gary Pinkel and Rhoads will hope this is as noisy as that offseason gets.

HT: DocSat.

Posted on: January 31, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Arizona St. safety Abreu suspended after arrest

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After a rocky, bowlless 6-6 season, this can't be how Dennis Erickson wanted Arizona State's offseason to begin :
Redshirt freshman safety Ramon Abreu has been suspended indefinitely from the football program at Arizona State following his arrest for felony sexual conduct with a minor, ASUDevils.com has learned.

The alleged incident(s) took place while Abreu was an 18-year-old high school senior at Marcos de Niza in Tempe and involved a 14-year-old freshman at the school.
Per the linked report, Arizona State had not been made aware of the arrest when Abreu signed with the Sun Devils last January (a situation that, if true, could make recruiting relations strained between the program and Abreu's high school). There is no word on when Abreu's suspension might be lifted, if it will be at all.

But where Abreu is concerned, given that his charges constitute a Class 2 felony "punishable by up to five years in prison," he's got much, much bigger problems than football right now. And as for the Sun Devils, it's just one more headache for a program that doesn't need any more than they've already got.

Posted on: January 30, 2011 12:33 pm
 

Arkansas receiver busted with pot in dorm room

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Another day in the offseason, another player in trouble with the law. This time it's Arkansas wide receiver Lance Ray, who was busted with marijuana in his dorm room on Saturday night.
The 19-year-old Ray was arrested late Saturday night by university police after the smell of marijuana was detected coming from his dorm room. 
According to a preliminary police report, Ray had a brown rolled cigarette containing a green leafy substance that tested positive for marijuana.
The misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.
Ray was also charged as a minor in possession of alcohol and got to spend the night in the Washington County detention center before being released on Sunday morning. As a redshirt freshman in 2010, Ray only had one reception for six yards, but did return 23 kicks, averaging 22.5 yards per return.
Posted on: January 28, 2011 1:40 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Former Louisville players assaulted teammate

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There are many things you can do to be considered a good teammate. First of all, you can support your teammates both on and off the field. Help them with any problems they may be having, or, if you're a senior and they're an underclassmen, show them the ropes of what it takes to succeed in college. What you shouldn't do is attack your teammate in the locker room and send him to the hospital.

Which is apparently what a pair of former Louisville football players did last season. Isaac Geffrad and Jacob Geffrad, twin brothers, were charged with assault in November, and the details of the case are just now coming out.
Police reports call it a violent attack that caused serious physical injury. According to the arrest slip, former football players and twin brothers Isaac and Jacob Geffrad were charged in November, but the documents describing what happened have just been released.
The brothers are accused of attacking Patrick Grant while he was sitting in the football locker room at Cardinal stadium after practice.
Grant was taken to the hospital with fractured bones in his face.
Grant had to have two surgeries following the attack, one to repair the bone structure around his eye socket, and a second to save his sight in his left eye. Neither Jacob or Isaac are still listed on the Louisville roster, and a team spokesman says that both players were kicked off the team shortly after the incident occurred. 
Posted on: January 22, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Three Colorado players investigated for vandalism

Posted by Tom Fornelli

New Colorado head coach Jon Embree has his first chance to deliver a message to his team, as three Colorado football players are being investigated for vandalism according to the Denver Post.  The incident allegedly happened after the three players were denied entry into a party early last Saturday morning. Offensive linemen Bryce Givens, Eric Richter and defensive tackle Will Pericak, along with a fourth unidentified man, allegedly broke an elevator and kicked some cars in a parking garage on the way out.

In the video, posted by the victim and party host Jimmy Do, Givens can be seen kicking three cars. Here's a description from the police report:
"A group of 4 unknown males attempted to gain entry into his (Do) home. They parties were turned away. The males apparently became angry and as they left the building, they kicked and punched the elevator, possibly breaking the lights and causing the elevator to malfunction. The males then entered the parking garage. The first male exited the elevator and kicked the victim's 2007 BMW vehicle. ... The same male suspect also kicked two more vehicles before exiting the garage."
Do says he will not press charges against any of the players, as they've agreed to pay for the damages.  Though that doesn't mean they'll be escaping the wrath of their new head coach, who released a statement on Friday letting his players know this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.

"I am in the process of meeting with all of the players involved in this incident," Embree said in the statement. "I understand that they have met with the victims and have offered apologies and restitution, and while that is appropriate, they will also face team and university sanctions.

"While I cannot reveal what those penalties might be, I will say I'm not going to tolerate this kind of behavior. I am still in the process of getting to know this squad and am recruiting new players, but I am serving notice to every current and future member of our team that I will not excuse off-the-field conduct that involves violence, vandalism, or any actions that dishonor this university or this program."
Posted on: January 17, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Adam Robinson wants to return to Iowa

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been two weeks since Adam Robinson was kicked off of the Iowa football team by head coach Kirk Ferentz, and now that some time has passed, Robinson is hoping he can work his way back on the team.  Over the weekend, and under the advice of his attorney, Robinson called a pseudo-press conference with select members of the Iowa media.

In that press conference Robinson apologized for the actions that led to his dismissal, and expressed his desire to return to the Hawkeyes.

“I apologize to my family, former teammates, coaches, my friends, the Hawkeye nation and everyone who supported me,” said Robinson. "I know I have disappointed you, and let you down. For that, I am sorry.  I promise to do better, and I hope you find it in your hearts to forgive me.”

Robinson is seeking forgiveness for what Kirk Ferentz coined as "academic indigestion" along with a charge for marijuana possession after being pulled over in a car with marijuana in it.  Considering Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had recently been arrested for living in what the police deemed a "drug house," it's hard to blame Ferentz for his decision.  He's trying to clean up the image of his program.

That being said, what Robinson has done is not exactly along the lines of a "drug house."  He was a college kid caught with pot.  Imagine that.  Robinson is enrolled in classes at Iowa this semester, and if he gets the work done and clears up the "indigestion," then I'd like to think Ferentz would reinstate him on the football team.  He's made a mistake, he's apologized, and now he's working to fix it.

I'm not sure what else Ferentz or the Iowa football program could ask of him.
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 3:41 pm
 

Details on Mike Haywood's arrest emerge

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that Mike Haywood no longer has to worry about running the football program at Pitt, he can concentrate all his time and energy on his upcoming court case following his arrest for domestic assault last week.  Since being released from jail, Haywood hasn't had a whole lot to say about the case publicly, just that his arrest "wasn't fair" and "the truth will eventually come out."

Well, the truth, at least according to the police reports, has come out.  Haywood pled not guilty in court on Monday, and a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pieced together what went on at Beth Marriott's -- the mother of Haywood's one-year old son -- home in South Bend.
According to a court document, Ms. Marriott told St. Joseph County police Officer Diana Landry on Friday that she was angry with Mr. Haywood because she suspected him of seeing another woman in Texas, and because he did not return home from there Thursday night as she expected. She barricaded the door to the house, she said, because Mr. Haywood had given keys to several people.
Mr. Haywood, 46, said he stayed in the South Bend Marriott Hotel on Thursday night because he could not enter his house, the document said. He forced the door open Friday, he said, later showing police a picture he took on his cell phone of a blue pole that he said barricaded the door.
Ms. Marriott said she and Mr. Haywood argued and that she decided to go to her brother's house with the child and put him in a car in the garage. Mr. Haywood, she said, attempted to take the boy out of the car and pulled her away by wrapping his arm around her neck and throwing her backward, causing her to fall on a wheelbarrow. She said she felt a pop in her neck but no pain, and her arm was "burning and tingling" but she did not know how she hurt it. Ms. Landry wrote that she saw dark red marks on Ms. Marriott's neck and jaw, a raised mark on her back and redness on her right arm, consistent with her story.
Mr. Haywood said he did not want Ms. Marriott to take the child and that he hadn't given her permission to use his car. He said he opened the back door to remove the child and Ms. Marriott tried to stop him by grabbing his shirt. He pushed her away with his arm and she fell, he said. He helped her to her feet, then called his attorney. He said Ms. Marriott's face, neck and chest turn red when she is upset.

Now, if you'll let me put on my lawyerin' pants for a moment, I can tell you that they don't fit at all.  It seems I've put on a few pounds since I wasn't in law school, which means I really can't tell you all that much about what will come from this case.  What I do know, however, is that there aren't many circumstances when a man can put his hands on a woman and come out the hero of the story.

And while hindsight is 20/20, I bet Haywood is wishing he'd called the police first before any of this had gone down.  He'd still have his job today. 
Posted on: January 3, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Iowa gives Adam Robinson the boot

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While Iowa may have won the Insight Bowl against Missouri last week, just about all the news coming out of Iowa City over the last month has had to do with players getting busted with drugs.  There was Derrell Johnson-Koulianos running that drug house of his, and then, after he was already suspended for the bowl game, running back Adam Robinson got busted with marijuana in his car.

Well, it seems that, once again, pot is a gateway drug to Coker.  Or in this case, Marcus Coker.  I guess that seeing Coker rush for 219 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri was all Kirk Ferentz needed to make a decision on Robinson's future at Iowa.  That decision being that Robinson will no longer have a future at Iowa.

“Running Back Adam Robinson has been dismissed from The University of Iowa Football team,” said Ferentz in a typically verbose, and confusing statement.

Which means that the three running backs who began 2010 on top of the Iowa depth chart are no longer with the team.  Robinson follows Brandon Wegher and Jewel Hampton out the door.  Robinson was rather productive during his first two seasons with the Hawkeyes, too, rushing for 1,775 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first two seasons.
 
 
 
 
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