Tag:Police Blotter
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.
Posted on: December 31, 2010 10:43 pm

Pitt releases statement on Mike Haywood

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In case you missed it while spending your New Year's Eve watching bowl games, Mike Haywood, Pitt's new head coach, was arrested on Friday afternoon in South Bend and jailed on domestic battery charges.  While we can't be sure what this means for Haywood's future at Pitt, there's a pretty good chance there won't be one.

For now, however, the school isn't saying anything about what it plans to do with Haywood.  Though Pitt did release a statement on his arrest on Friday night.

“The University of Pittsburgh is aware of an alleged incident involving head football coach Michael Haywood today in South Bend, Indiana. The University expects the highest standards of conduct from its employees, including its coaches, and any breach of those standards is a very serious matter. The University will decline further comment until more complete information is available.”

You have to believe there is some kind of ethics clause in Haywood's contract with the school, and should he be found guilty of these current charges, he'll no doubt be in violation of that clause.  Which would lead to the termination of his contract.
Posted on: December 31, 2010 6:31 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 8:54 pm

New Pitt head coach Mike Haywood arrested

Posted by Tom Fornelli

This probably isn't the way Pitt and Mike Haywood wanted their new relationship to get started.

According to a report out of South Bend, Indiana, where Haywood once served as a coordinator for Notre Dame , Haywood was arrested on a domestic violence charge in South Bend on Friday .
St. Joseph County Police say Haywood was arrested around 2:30 p.m. on Friday at a home in the 50000 block of Hawthorne Meadow Drive.
He has a child with the woman living there.
Police say there was a custody issue and the woman attempted to leave.
As she left, police say a physical altercation broke out.
The woman told police Haywood grabbed her by the arm and neck and pushed her.
According to the police report, the woman had red marks on her neck, arms and back.

Haywood was the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame under Charlie Weis before moving on to take the head coaching job at Miami (OH) .  In his second season at Miami, Haywood led the Redhawks to a MAC championship before taking the Pittsburgh job earlier this month.

As of now, the school has not released a statement regarding Haywood's arrest.

UPDATE: We have a mugshot, thanks to KDKA.

Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:43 pm

This may be why James Willis left Texas Tech

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier on Monday we told you how defensive coordinator James Willis had left Texas Tech and was pursuing other job opportunities, including the opening at Florida.  Of course, there was some question as to why Willis had suddenly decided to leave Texas Tech, and the school would give no clarification as to whether Willis had resigned from his position or had been fired.

Well, the school still hasn't said what caused Willis' sudden departure, but I think we've found the reason why.
FOX 34 News has learned that a domestic dispute is reported to have taken place at a Wolfforth home, that according to several sources, is the residence of former Texas Tech football defensive coordinator James Willis. 
Wolfforth Police Chief Rick Scott confirms that police were called to a home at 305 North 10th in Wolfforth at 3:15, the morning of December 22.

According to Scott, the victim was a 33-year old female and the suspect is a 38-year old male.  James Willis turned 38 back in September, so do the math.

Call me crazy, but I believe this may be why Willis is no longer with the team, and odds are that it will affect his potential candidacy at Florida or any other job for the time being.  Texas Tech is currently in Dallas practicing in preparation for its game against Northwestern in the Ticket City Bowl on New Year's Eve.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:43 am

No charges will be filed in Notre Dame case

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Thursday night, after a second article appeared in the Chicago Tribune about the alleged sexual assault of St. Mary's student Elizabeth Seeberg by a Notre Dame football player, the prosecutor tasked with handling the case said that his office will not pursue criminal charges against the player.  Michael Dvorak, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor, said that due to evidence and the fact that statements by Seeberg would probably not be admissible in court, there just wasn't much of a case to pursue.

The parents of Elizabeth Seeberg, who committed suicide two weeks after the alleged attack, expressed their frustrations to the Chicago Tribune on Thursday with the way that Notre Dame had handled their daughter's complaint against the player.  According to an email the school sent out to faculty, staff and students in response to the story, Notre Dame said that privacy laws keep the school from discussing specific disciplinary cases.

According to Dvorak, Seeberg filed complaints against two Notre Dame students.  One was the football player who she alleged touched her breasts, and the other was against the player's friend whom she alleged sent her a text message warning her about messing with the Notre Dame football team.

"Conflicts exist among the witnesses' accounts of the events given to the police. Subpoenaed cell phone records are inconsistent with parts of the complaint itself," said Dvorak.

Notre Dame plays against Miami on New Year's Eve in the Sun Bowl.
Posted on: December 16, 2010 1:00 pm

The Seeberg story isn't going away in South Bend

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last month the Chicago Tribune ran a story about Elizabeth Seeberg, a 19-year old student at St. Mary's College -- Notre Dame's sister school -- in South Bend.  Seeberg had alleged that a Notre Dame football player sexually assaulted her on August 31st, and then less than two weeks later, killed herself by overdosing on prescription pills.  The story ran in the newspaper because the family of Seeberg felt that the school hadn't done a proper investigation into her daughter's allegations.

Well, after the story ran, the investigation picked up a bit, though nothing has come from the case.  The player in question, who has never been named due to a lack of charges, is still playing on the team and will play in the Sun Bowl.

Now the parents of Elizabeth Seeberg are upset by the fact that the school indicated that it might not give them access to any of the records related to their daughter's allegations.  According to the school, because of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, they cannot legally share any information from an internal disciplinary proceeding to the family. The only person they could release such things to would be Elizabeth Seeberg.

So because of this, Seeberg's parents decided to break their silence on the case and talk to the Tribune.  The article details everything that the family has gone through trying to learn more about their daughter's death from the school, and the obstacles they've had to overcome.  It also mentions some areas in which the school fell short in it's investigation, and also a threat from the player's friend to Seeberg telling her "messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea."

The main obstacle the Seeberg family has faced trying to find out what happened is the fact that the lead witness, their daughter, is dead.  Still, the parents say they aren't trying to topple Notre Dame or hurt the school in any way.  

They just want to know what happened to their daughter.

It's an interesting, if not depressing story, of what the family has gone through trying to find some closure on their daughter's death, and one I would recommend taking the time to read in full.

Whatever happened between Seeberg and the football player in question, or how the investigation has been handled, this is another black eye for Notre Dame in a football season that has not only seen the team return to a bowl game, but has also now featured the death of Declan Sullivan and now this Seeberg story.
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:32 pm

Kentucky suspends Hartline for Compass Bowl

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well, something tells me this isn't how Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline saw his collegiate career coming to an end, but he made his bed, and now he'll be lying in it instead of playing in a bowl game.  Hartline was arrested early Friday morning for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and failure to notify the department of transportation on an address change.  Now, a day later, his head coach announced that he'll be suspending Hartline -- a fifth year senior -- for Kentucky's appearance against Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

"Mike Hartline has had a good record here, conduct-wise, and I regret this," Joker Phillips told the media after practice on Saturday. "I regret that this happened, but it did. I really hate that it happened because of what he's done for us this year in leading this program to our fifth-straight bowl. He's done a great job at that, but we have clear expectations our players, how we want them to act, how we want them to behave."

Phillips also said that Hartline will be allowed to be with the team in Birmingham for the bowl game if he wants to go.

As for who will replace Hartline, who has started all 12 Kentucky games at quarterback this season, it looks like the job will go to sophomore Morgan Newton.  
Posted on: December 4, 2010 9:33 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2010 10:12 pm

Two stabbed outside Rose Bowl at USC-UCLA

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

For years, UCLA has occasionally struggled with attendance issues at the Rose Bowl thanks to a low profile in the crowded Los Angeles market and various other factors.

The annual grudge match with USC isn't one of those times. But long-term, we're not expecting this to help. As CBS Los Angeles reports:
Police say two people were stabbed in parking lot 1 of the Rose Bowl, just before the annual game between USC and UCLA.

The stabbing happened about 4:30 p.m. during a brawl, Pasadena police Commander Darryl Qualls said. About 50 to 75 people were fighting, he said.

The melee began with a pickup football game in the parking lot that turned violent when someone complained they were getting to close to a car ...

“We do believe alcohol played a factor,” he said. “Due to the high fan level because of the game tonight, we think it had to do with some little rivalry.”

Hey, who says Pac-10 fans don't care about their football? In all seriousness, it's excellent news that the victims are in the hospital in "fair" condition. The police have arrested two men suspected of being involved in the incident and have been booked on "suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon."

Here's to hoping this is an isolated incident and the game can pass without further incident from the two fanbases. Both the Trojans and Bruins have taken it on the chin for much of the year; fan unrest is just one more negative neither program needs right now.


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