Posted on: March 22, 2011 2:21 am
Edited on: March 22, 2011 2:38 am

Miami LB arrested on two felonies, other charges

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan is in a world of trouble today after being arrested on Friday and charged with several crimes, including two felonies. According to court documents, Buchanan's alleged felonious conduct was violent behavior toward police officers. The Palm Beach Post has more:

Buchanan, 21, was charged with resisting a police officer with violence and battery on a police officer, firefighter or emergency medical care provider, both of which are felonies.

Buchanan also is accused of three misdemeanors - disorderly conduct, resisting a police officer without violence and trespassing.

Miami head coach Al Golden has suspended Buchanan indefinitely.

Unfortunately, according to the Post, the Miami Police Department has not provided an official report of the incident yet, so not only are we waiting for the other side of they story, we're waiting for both -- the only known details of that night are the pending criminal charges.

Miami Hurricanes

Speaking generally, then, it's always worth reiterating that it is never, ever a good idea to lose one's temper with (or even near) a police officer. That's easier said than done, of course, but if one perceives an overstep or other mistake by a police officer, the correct place to address that is in a courtroom, and not 18 inches from the cop's face, at the top of one's lungs, spittle flying. Resorting to violence in that situation has not only never worked, it routinely costs young people (almost exclusively men) a shot at a successful future. Again, that's all speaking generally; Buchanan is still innocent until proven guilty.

From a practical standpoint, as far as football is concerned, Buchanan's suspension and potential dismissal is a tough blow to the Miami defense. The 'Canes don't lose many starters from 2010, but leading tackler/team captain LB Colin McCarthy is off to the NFL, and there's enough flux that having a returning starter senior (wherever in the linebacking corps Golden needed him) would have helped provide stability to the situation. Now, it appears rising senior Sean Spence will have to be the unit's leader almost by default.

That's all by the wayside, though, as Buchanan is now in danger of turning from an experienced veteran to a convicted felon. For a program so committed to discipline that this is its first arrest since 2007, this could be a major hit from both a PR and a personnel perspective.

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.
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