Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: August 25, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: August 25, 2011 1:17 pm

Police take 49 pairs of shoes from Jefferson

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The investigation into what happened between LSU football players and others at a bar fight last Thursday night continues, and on Wednesday police were at the homes of four different LSU players, including Jordan Jefferson, searching for evidence. This after the Baton Rouge police interviewed the players on Tuesday, though no charges were filed.

What exactly were the police looking for in the player's home on Wednesday? Well, if Jordan Jefferson's bare feet are any indication, they were looking for some shoes. From our LSU Rapid Reporter Glenn Gulibeau:
Baton Rouge Police took the shoes off QB Jordan Jefferson's feet and 48 other pairs from his apartment during a search Wednesday night in relation to the ongoing investigation into Jefferson's and three other players' involvement in a bar fight last week, police spokesman Don Stone said. "Police seized 49 pairs of (athletic) shoes," Stone said.
That is a lot of shoes.

Police spokesman Don Stone would not comment directly on why the police were so interested in Jefferson's shoes, but he did say that the police usually look for blood stains on the clothes. There have been reports that one member of the LSU football team kicked a Marine in the face during the fight, though those reports have not been confirmed by the police.

Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:01 pm

Texas suspends Christian Scott for three games

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Earlier this month Texas safety Christian Scott was suspended indefinitely by the team after being arrested for assault. Scott assaulted Jeanne Somers Doyle while she was in the process of repossessing his car, dragging her from the vehicle and throwing her to the ground before speeding away in his car.

Scott pleaded no contest to the charges and has now been reinstated to the team, though he'll be forced to sit out the first three games of the season.

“We’re disappointed any time once of our players makes a poor decision, and Christian understands he made a mistake,” said head coach Mack Brown in a statement. “He has taken responsibility, is accepting the consequences of his actions and has returned to the team. He will be working with the scout team until he is eligible to play.”

Along with missing the team's first three games, Scott has been given two years of deferred adjudication. Which means that he could suffer some serious consequences should he be arrested again during the next two years. He's also been sentenced to 40 hours of community service, will have to attend a stress management course and pay restitution to Doyle and pay for court costs. 
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:26 am

Oklahoma RB arrested for not paying fines

Posted by Tom Fornelli

running back Jonathan Miller was arrested last week for not paying traffic fines.

Miller was originally pulled over in September of 2010 and charged with a misdemeanor of driving without a license. Not a big deal, and Miller then went to court in December and ordered to pay a fine of $394. Being a broke college kid, Miller wasn't able to make that payment, so he set up a payment plan with the court.

A payment plan he didn't stick to.

After not sending in payment in March, Miller was ordered to appear in court again in April to settle the $160 he still owed. Well, Miller didn't show up to that hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The good news for Miller is that Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said he doesn't suspend players "for traffic tickets." Which is fine, but I feel like somebody should point out to Stoops that Miller didn't get arrested for a traffic ticket. He was arrested because he didn't hold up his end of an agreement to pay for the fine, and then he ditched a court appearance.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:29 pm

Police settle on possible charges for LSU players

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While we're all still waiting to find out more about what took place in a bar fight on Thursday night in Baton Rouge that reportedly involved a number of LSU players, including quarterback Jordan Jefferson, word leaked on Monday night that the police had settled on possible charges for four LSU players.

"Our investigation has led us to believe that both simple battery and second degree battery will be the appropriate charge when the case is concluded," police spokesman Don Stone said late Monday.

Now what Don Stone didn't say is that four LSU players will definitely be arrested, though if the police have determined what possible charges they'll be filing against the players, you have to think they plan on making the arrests. As I said in my post on this over the weekend, a simple battery charge is a misdemeanor. The second degree battery charge is a felony.

The initial word was that Jefferson and offensive lineman Chris Davenport would be charged with second degree battery, while starting defensive tackle Josh Downs and wide receiver Jarvis Landry would be charged with simple battery.

Again, none of these four players has been charged with anything yet, but considering the report over the weekend and officer Stone's words on Monday night, it seems as if it's only a matter of time before those charges are filed.
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:00 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2011 2:05 pm

Report: Jordan Jefferson to be arrested on Monday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Friday we reported that LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson had been involved in some kind of bar fight with teammates on Thursday night, though at the time we didn't know any details of the scuffle, or what exactly happened. Well, while the details of the fight are still unknown for the most part, there's one report that doesn't bode well for Jefferson or his teammates.

According to a report in The Times-Picayune, Jefferson will be one of four LSU Tigers to be arrested on Monday.

The report says that Jefferson and his teammates will face battery charges. Specifically, Jefferson and offensive tackle Chris Davenport will be charged with second degree battery. Defensive tackle Josh Downs, a starter, and wide receiver Jarvis Landry will be facing a simple battery charge. Simple battery is just throwing a punch or slapping somebody, and it's a misdemeanor.

That's not the case with second degree battery, which is a felony charge. It's a charge that is usually reserved for instances in which the victim suffers some kind of injury like a broken bone or needs to be hospitalized. According to the Baton Rouge police, four people had to check into the hospital to be treated for injuries after the fight.

The Times-Picayune report has been disputed -- to an extent -- by a Sunday Baton Rouge Advocate story, which states Jefferson, Davenport, Downs, and Landry will be reporting to BRPD for an interview at 9 a.m. Monday. BRPD officer Donald Stone did not confirm that the interview would result in arrests, saying it was still "early in the investigation," but did not rule them out. He did say that "one individual associated with the fight likely would be booked" on second-degree battery charges, but delined to say who.

The police also said that there were between 15 and 20 members of the LSU football team involved in the fight, but by the time police arrived, most were gone.

If Jefferson and his teammates are indeed arrested on Monday odds are that they will not be available for LSU's season opening game against Oregon.

A "disappointed and mad" Les Miles spoke with reporters Saturday, apologizing for his players' actions and vowing it would not happen again. Both Miles and LSU athletic director Joe Alleva suggested that in addition to internal discipline, further disciplinary actions would be taken once law enforcement completed their investigations. Miles did not rule out suspensions for multiple players in addition to Jefferson.

"[Senior starting center] T-Bob [Hebert] was [present] too, and there were a bunch of other guys," Miles said. "This was a team violation, not just a guy." 
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:57 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2011 10:00 pm

Jordan Jefferson involved in bar fight

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The way things have been going this week, the much anticipated matchup of LSU and Oregon on opening weekend may be a battle of backup quarterbacks. First it was Oregon's Darron Thomas being in a car with marijuana as Cliff Harris put its engine to the test, and now reports out of Baton Rouge say that LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was involved in a bar fight on Thursday night.
Police investigating a fight outside a Baton Rouge bar last night said LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and other LSU football players are believed to have been involved in the disturbance.

EMS responded to a call at the location on East Boyd Ave. around 2 a.m., but didn't transport anyone to the hospital.
According to the police, Jefferson and other LSU players were implicated in the fight by witness statements. Nobody was arrested, however, as the police are still investigating what took place. Also, it should be pointed out that just because Jefferson and company may have been involved in the fight, that doesn't mean they started it.

LSU head coach Les Miles released a statement about the incident on Friday afternoon.

"We are aware of the incident that took place at an off-campus location at which some of our players were present.  We don't know to what extent our players were involved.  We are trying to gather as much information as possible to get a better understanding of what exactly took place last night."
Posted on: August 16, 2011 7:20 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 12:21 am

VIDEO: Cliff Harris's 118 mph traffic stop

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

What we already knew was that Oregon All-American cornerback Cliff Harris had topped a long string of traffic incidents with a 4:30 a.m. June citation for driving 118 miles-per-hour on the Interstate to Eugene--in a UO employee's rented Nissan Altima, no less. The resulting fine brought Harris's total owed to various government agencies to somewhere between $6,000 and $8,500.

What we didn't know was that the incident could have been even worse for Harris, as this dashboard video obtained by Oregon TV station KATU shows. The state trooper that pulled the Altima over asks "Who’s got the marijuana in the car?" before Harris responds "we smoked it all." The trooper eventually asks Harris to perform a sobriety test (which he passes), and admonishes both Harris and quarterback Darron Thomas -- also present in the vehicle -- for their responsibilities to the football team. "How do you think [Coach Chip] Kelly would like it if I called him?" the trooper asks.

Harris later says in the video that a cousin in the car had been smoking the marijuana, but he had not. He is eventually cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license, but not for reckless driving.

To get the full details of the video, either read KATU's transcript or watch the video below for yourself:

While the video changes nothing for Harris from a legal standpoint, the previously-unreported presence of both Thomas and (likely) marijuana might change things for Kelly. A suspension or other punishment for Thomas might be on the table. A lengthier suspension for Harris -- already out for the season opener vs. LSU -- might be as well.

In the end, the video does nothing to make the longest offseason of Chip Kelly's career any shorter.
Posted on: August 16, 2011 12:25 pm
Edited on: August 16, 2011 12:26 pm

Baylor's Josh Gordon leaves the program

Posted by Tom Fornelli

On Tuesday Baylor head coach Art Briles announced that wide receiver Josh Gordon has left the Baylor program.

"Circumstances have unfolded for Josh that require him to pursue his collegiate degree and athletic career at a different university," Briles said in a statement. "I'm appreciative of the efforts he has made the past two seasons for this football program." 

Gordon had been arrested last October for marijuana possession after being found with it inside a car at a Taco Bell near the Baylor campus. He had been suspended indefinitely since July for violating team rules.

Gordon finished the 2010 season as Baylor's second leading receiver, finishing the year with 42 receptions for 714 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also led the Big 12 in yards per reception at 17.0 yards. Which leaves Baylor with one less big-play threat on offense this season.

He's reportedly considering a transfer to Utah.
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