Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:20 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 11:29 pm
 

More trouble for Notre Dame

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The first year on the sidelines as Notre Dame head coach hasn't been an easy one for Brian Kelly.  Along with the struggles his team has seen on the field, there have been a lot of distractions off the field as well.  Most notably, the death of video assistant Declan Sullivan, who died when a scissor-lift he was filming practice from toppled over due to high winds.

Now, just a few weeks after dealing with that tragedy, another one has been laid at Brian Kelly's feet.  Elizabeth Seeberg was a 19-year old student at St. Mary's who reported to the school police that she had been sexually attacked by a member of the Notre Dame football team on August 31st. Less than two weeks later, Seeberg was found in her dorm room after overdosing on prescription medication in a suicide attempt.

She died later that day at a hospital in South Bend.

All of this took place months ago, but until a story appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, there wasn't much news about it coming from South Bend. Making matters worse, not only did the school fail to comment on the story publicly for two months, but they never turned over any information from the investigation over to St. Joseph County prosecutors.

Something that the school has now done after the story has gone public.

St. Joseph County prosecutor Michael Dvorak said the school forwarded a "voluminous" report on the case on Friday, two days before the story appeared in the Tribune, but also that he was unaware of the story until seeing the story in the paper.

The name of the player in question has not been released, as since he has not been charged with anything, the Tribune has decided not to release his identity.  Showing ethics that seem to be lacking at Notre Dame these days.

Obviously, Brian Kelly has had to field a share of questions about this story in the last few days, and his answers are rather appalling.  When asked about it by a number of Tribune reporters during a conference call on Sunday, Kelly made a joke about the situation.

"I didn't know [the Tribune] could afford all those guys," cracked Kelly, showing a complete lack of respect to the gravity of the situation.

Kelly then went on to say that anything involving this story is a university matter.

"Anything the article alleges is a university matter," Kelly said. "The process is to dispel rumors and misinformation and get to the facts. And that's what our university is doing."

To be fair to Kelly, this investigation is not his, but the way he tried to deflect the questions doesn't exactly mirror the type of character or integrity he says he tries to hold his players to.
Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:22 am
Edited on: November 17, 2010 11:22 am
 

There aren't enough toilets at Penn State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's a local emergency sweeping through State College, Pennsylvania.  One that, if not taken care of swiftly, could lead to the town smelling incredibly bad.  It seems there just aren't enough toilets in the town.  Yesterday it was reported that Penn State running back Silas Redd received a citation for urinating in public on early Monday morning.  As it turns out, Redd was not the first Penn State player who felt the need to bring himself closer to nature by peeing on it.

It turns out that sophomore defensive end Sean Stanley beat him to the punch, getting busted for watering the lawn last Friday.

This is Stanley's second run-in with the law this season, though his first offense was a bit bigger of a deal.  Stanley was charged with marijuana possession back in October after police found it in his apartment -- which also has a toilet -- and Stanley was suspended a few games because of it.

Whether or not he'll miss this weekend's game against Indiana remains to be seen, but if he does, I wouldn't let him stand on the sidelines.  Who knows when he'll feel that urge again.

Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:56 pm
 

Two arrests in Southern Miss shooting case

Posted by Tom Fornelli

So far we haven't heard much good news following the shooting of three Southern Miss football players over the weekend.  While all three have been upgraded to fair condition, we've also found out that Martez Wilson is paralyzed from the waist down and that Tim Green cannot speak due to their wounds.

Still, there is some good news today, as the Hattiesburg police have made two arrests in connection to the shooting.
Police have arrested two people in the shootings of three University of Southern Mississippi football players and are looking for a third.

Hattiesburg Police Sgt. Allen Murray said at a news conference Tuesday that Patricia Loftin Brown and Cleothus Wilkerson, both of Bassfield, were arrested Monday night.


Murray says each has been charged with three counts of accessory after the fact of aggravated assault in the shooting of Martez Smith, Tim Green and Deddrick Jones.
The police have also issued an arrest warrant for Travis Brown of Prentiss, Mississippi on three counts of aggravated assault, which would mean he's the shooter.

All three players are still listed in fair condition at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 1:45 pm
 

North Dakota State coach has need for speed

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last we checked in with North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl, his team had just upset Kansas 6-3 to start the 2010 season.  Since then we've documented the epic hilarity that has been Kansas football this season, but the Bison kind of got lost in the shuffle.  What has the team and its head coach been up to?  Well, the Bison are 7-3 but will not be winning the Missouri Valley Conference this season, as that title belongs to Northern Iowa.   As for Bohl, when he's not on the sidelines or in his office, you can likely find him pulled over on the side of any road in Fargo.

Since taking over as head coach at the school in 2003, Bohl has received at least 18 traffic violations.  Ten of those being of the speeding variety.  So when the Fargo Police Department needed to find a spokesperson for their new traffic safety campaign, who do you think they turned to?  Why, Craig Bohl, don'tcha know!
Bohl provides the voice for a 30-second radio ad Fargo police began airing this week as part of a traffic-safety campaign dubbed, "Are you getting it now?" The ad details a string of crashes in Fargo that killed five people in less than three weeks this fall and is targeted at repeat offenders.

Police Chief Keith Ternes isn't yanking the radio ad that feature's Bohl's voice, but concedes, "It certainly does take away from the message when the messenger might be somebody we're trying to reach."


Bohl said his history of speeding was one reason he agreed to lend his voice to the campaign.


"This message applies to everybody," he said. "I looked myself in the mirror and said, 'I need to slow down."'
If you ask me, this is an idea that probably should have gone in the woodchipper, but the Fargo police said they don't plan on making any changes to the campaign.

In other news, following his epic performance against the Washington Redskins on Monday night, Michael Vick has agreed to become the new spokesperson for the ASPCA.


Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:37 am
 

Penn State RB busted peeing in public

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems like a long time ago, but I can remember when I was in college, and I'd be walking home from a bar or a party really late at night or early in the morning.  Some of those walks were long, man.  Especially given the state a person is normally in while making those late night walks.  Inevitably, after the night of drinking, you'll have to pee as well.

So you find yourself about a mile from home, and you really have to pee.  What do you do?  Do you hold it and risk wetting your pants, or do you look at the world around you and just see one giant toilet?  If you're Penn State running back Silas Redd, well, I know what your answer is.
Penn State freshman backup tailback Silas Redd is in trouble with the law.

He was cited at 4:13 a.m. today by university police for allegedly urinating in public near the Agriculture Engineering building on campus.


Redd, from Norwalk, Conn., was charged with disorderly conduct, which carries a fine.
Hey, he was just trying to engineer some agriculture.  There are a lot of nutrients in beer, and Redd was just trying to share them with the earth below to help them survive the cold Pennsylvania winter.  He probably should be handed awards for caring so much about the planet, not being handed citations.
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:08 am
Edited on: November 16, 2010 1:08 am
 

Larry Fedora: Tim Green cannot speak

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The ramifications of the shooting involving three Southern Miss football players just keep getting worse.  Earlier it was reported that linebacker Martez Smith was paralyzed from the waist down thanks to his injuries.  While the school is yet to confirm Smith's paralysis, head coach Larry Fedora refused to comment on the injury on Monday night as well.

Unfortunately, Fedora did shed some light on the current condition of another one of his players, Tim Green.   According to Fedora, Green cannot speak and has been writing notes to express himself.  Fedora also went on to say that all night clubs are off-limits to his players, and that grief counselors are now available.  Fedora also went on to say that there are no plans to add a curfew on Saturday nights after games.

"We constantly talk about making good decisions with our football team," Fedora told ESPN.com . "These are 18-, 19-, 20-year-old kids. Unless you are that age you probably do not think the same way they do. I know I don't.

"Making decisions is part of the growing process and coming from a young man to a full-grown man. You have to make decisions on your own and understand that there are consequences to every decision you make. We talk about that all the time.  Kids are going to make mistakes and they are going to pay the consequences for those mistakes and they move on and learn from them and grow. That is how they become a full-grown man."

No arrests in the shooting have been made, and Fedora said that the police have not given him any new information on the investigation or what led to the fight.

For now, all anyone can do is hope that the injuries to both Smith and Green are temporary, and that both will be fully healthy when it's all over.

Posted on: November 15, 2010 2:16 pm
 

Southern Miss player may be paralyzed

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Chip Patterson reported about the three Southern Miss players who were shot outside a nightclub early Sunday morning yesterday, and now that we're getting more updates on the shooting, there's good news and bad news.  The good news is that Martez Smith, Tim Green and Deddrick Jones are now all listed in fair condition.  The bad news is that it appears that Martez Smith may be paralyzed from the waist down because of the shooting.

According to a report from WAPT.com, Smith's grandfather, James Smith, said his grandson told him that he can't move his legs.

"My son called me and told me he couldn't move his legs," said James Smith, fighting off tears in his eyes.

"Young man, old man like me, I could see, but a young man? That's tough."

Obviously, this is terrible news for Smith, his family, and Southern Mississippi.  Smith hasn't played since suffering an injury on October 9th, and the school is yet to confirm the report of his paralysis.

Police are still investigating the shooting, and no arrests have been made.

Hat tip: CFT
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:34 am
 

Illinois LB arrested for battery, suspended

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's been a pretty frustrating last few weeks for Illinois football.  The team was at 4-4, and only had to split its final four games against beatable teams like Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern and Fresno State to get back to a bowl game.  So far the Illini have dropped one to Michigan in triple-overtime, and just lost at home to Minnesota -- a team that had won one game and fired its head coach earlier this season.

So, it would be hard to blame anybody on the team from being upset, but even so, that doesn't mean you should go out and beat the crap out of somebody.  Which is apparently what sophomore lineback Evan Frierson did.  Frierson was arrested for aggravated battery, and has been suspended indefinitely according to a team spokesman.

Frierson has played in limited duty this season, playing in nine games, but only making six tackles.  He played more as a freshman last season while helping to fill in for Martez Wilson, who missed most of the 2009 season with a neck injury.
 
 
 
 
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