Tag:Police Blotter
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 11:35 am

ND's Floyd gets year of probation

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd is yet to be fully reinstated to the football team after a drunk driving arrest in March, but he has had his day in court. Floyd spent his Tuesday morning in a St. Joseph County courtroom where he was sentenced to a year of probation and will not be allowed to drive for 90 days.

Magistrate Brian Steinke ordered that Floyd be placed on administrative probation for one year, beginning Wednesday.

Floyd's driver's license will be suspended for 90 days, meaning he will be forbidden from driving. He will then be required to use an ignition interlock device in his car for six months. If the device detects alcohol on Floyd's breath, the car will not start, and it will be considered a violation of his probation.

Floyd must also attend a Victim Impact Panel, where he and other drunk-driving offenders must listen to a presentation by family members of people killed in drunken driving accidents.

He was also ordered to pay court costs.

Floyd's sentence is a standard one in St. Joseph County for first-time drunk-driving offenders.

Floyd's lawyer, William Stanley, told the South Bend Tribune that Floyd had asked that he be allowed to have limited driving ability to get to classes and to practice but that the judge denied the request. Stanley also said Floyd has finished his counseling classes at Notre Dame and did 30 hours of community service while back home in St. Paul, Minnesota in May.

As for when or if he'll be fully reinstated to the football team, that remains to be seen. Brian Kelly said in May that Floyd had to be "all in or not" in changing his life before he'll be reinstated. Though Kelly did allow Floyd to join the team at the beginning of June for voluntary workouts. That's a positive sign that the wide receiver is working his way back to the football team, even if he still has the word "suspended" hanging over his head. 

Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:56 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 12:01 pm

Nevada's Wimberly out of ICU

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Brandon Wimberly, a wide receiver for Nevada who was shot in the abdomen over a week ago and is suffering serious injuries, has been removed from the ICU. He was taken out of the unit Sunday, though there is still no word on when Wimberly will be able to leave the hospital.

“He’s still in the hospital, but he is doing better," Nevada coach Chris Ault told the Reno Gazette-Journal while visiting Wimberly at the hospital Monday. "He's walked a little bit. He’s making some good improvement now and there’s certainly some reason for optimism.

“He’s a little more clear-headed now. He's certainly still in some pain and it's still a pretty serious thing, but yesterday we had some good conversations and he's a lot more alert than he was. Right now, they're focusing on giving his body enough medication to heal and get a little better every day. But these last couple of days have been really good." 

Wimberly, the former WAC Freshman of the Year, was out with fellow members of the football team when they got into an argument with another group early on the morning of June 18. After the argument, Wimberly approached a car carrying the other group when he was shot in the abdomen.

While he's recovering from his wounds, and the fact he's been removed from the ICU is good news, it's not expected that Wimberly will ever be able to play football again. 

Posted on: June 24, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 4:19 pm

High school LB killed in shooting

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Darrell Turner, a linebacker about to begin his senior season at Gateway High School (one of the top high school programs in Pennsylvania), was shot and killed in North Carolina on Thursday night. Turner's teammate, junior Thomas Woodson, was also shot in the leg, but will survive the shooting. The duo had been at a shopping center in Durham when they got into an altercation with Gabriel Gamez who then shot them both.

Gateway spokeswoman Cara Zanella confirmed that senior linebacker Darrell Turner was killed and junior quarterback Thomas Woodson was injured in the 10 p.m. shooting in Durham.

"We feel terrible about this situation and our hearts go out to the families involved with this," Zanella said.

Durham police charged Gabriel James Gamez, 22, of San Antonio with murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Police arrested Gamez at a room in a Springhill Suites shortly after 2 a.m. and placed him in Durham County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Police said Woodson was shot in the leg. His injury was not life-threatening, police said. He was transported to Duke University Hospital for treatment.

According to Turner's father, also named Darrell Turner, his son was in North Carolina with Woodson as the teammates were making their way down to Bradenton, Fla., for the IMG Madden 7-on-7 Championships, which begin on Saturday.

Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 

Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 10:48 pm

BB gun gets Iowa State RB suspended

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's a tale as old as time. Football coaches and others in authority positions are always making sure to let their players know that nothing good ever happens at 3 a.m. -- which is true for the most part. You never see a story in the newspaper with the headline "Running back saves 15 toddlers from a flaming schoolbus at 3 a.m." It's always somebody getting arrested.

Odds which only increase when you add a BB gun to the equation and decide to start shooting things around campus. Which is what Iowa State RB DeVondrick Nealy was arrested for on Sunday morning and charged with harassment of a public official, according to GoCyclones.com. Now the university has announced Nealy is suspended indefinitely from the team.

An officer was summoned to the corner of Stange Road and Pammel Drive at 2:39 a.m. because a group was carrying a weapon and shooting things on campus, according to a police report.

Nealy was told to get and stay on the ground by an officer, but when the officer went to assist a fellow policeman Nealy got up and started walking north on Stange. A BB gun was found on Nealy.

Well, at least it wasn't a real gun.

Nealy is an incoming freshman and is part of Iowa State's latest recruiting class. He rushed for 2,743 yards and 39 touchdowns as a high school senior at Jefferson County in Monticello, Florida last season. He's the second running back to be suspended at Iowa State in the last week, as the school suspended Duran Hollis after he was charged with possession of a controlled substance. 

Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:45 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 10:01 am

Chris Rainey's BCS ring stolen

Posted by Tom Fornelli

College football players just can't seem to hold onto their personal memorabilia these days. While some players like to sell their rings and charms, others, like Florida running back Chris Rainey, have lost theirs to thieves. The apartment of Rainey and his teammate Moses Jenkins was broken into on Sunday morning according to a report in The Gainesville Sun. Rainey's BCS title ring from the 2008 season was just one of the things stolen from the apartment.

The house where University of Florida players Chris Rainey and Moses Jenkins live was broken into Sunday morning, according to the Gainesville Police Department. The items reported stolen include Rainey's 2008 National Championship ring, 10 pairs of Jenkins' shoes, a Gucci duffel bag, a television and a Sony PlayStation.

Lt. David Rowe said Rainey, a running back, and Moses, a fifth-year cornerback, left their home in the 3300 block of Southwest 42nd Street around 6 a.m. Sunday. The break-in was reported by a girlfriend, who found the back door of the home kicked it at about 11 a.m., Rowe said.

No word on whether or not Rainey received a text message prior to the break in reading "Time to steal...your championship ring." Though I doubt he did, because then Rainey probably would have taken it with him when leaving the apartment. 

Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:10 pm

VIDEO: Deshon Marman's 'altercation'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You know, every year with the amount of college football players that find themselves in trouble with the law for some reason or another, there's always that one crazy story. This year's crazy story has to be that of New Mexico defensive back DeShon Marman. I was sitting in a hotel lobby earlier this week with a couple of my fellow bloggers here at Eye On College Football when the story came on the television and we looked at each other confused, wondering if it really said "New Mexico football player arrested for wearing saggy pants." You know, because that makes a lot of sense.

As we now know, the story involved Marman wearing his pants a bit to far below his waist while boarding a U.S. Airways flight and was asked to pull them up. The next thing you know, Marman is being arrested for suspicion of trespassing, battery and resisting arrest. According to the police report, it took "15 to 20 minutes of talking to get [Marman] to leave the plane, and he was arrested for trespassing."

There have been conflicting reports of what really went down on the plane, but thanks to the man who was in the seat next to him, we now have some video of the incident. Though the video is only three minutes long.

Judging by what we see in the video, to me, Marman just seems like a kid with the same goal as everybody else on a flight: to get to where they're going. You can hear him tell the plane captain what he told the flight attendant and that he has pulled his pants up, he's paid for his ticket and he just wants to go home. Who knows what happened before and after the video, but this video makes it seem like it wasn't Marman who was causing the disturbance. 

Hat tip: CFT 

Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: June 17, 2011 12:08 pm

Iowa State suspends Duran Hollis

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State has suspended redshirt freshman running back Duran Hollis, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance on Monday. According to athletic department spokesman Tom Kroeschell, Hollis has been "suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules." Apparently getting caught with a controlled substance does not comply with the rules Paul Rhoads has put in place in Ames. Who knew?

Hollis did not play in 2010, and while there's no word on when or if he'll be reinstated, it isn't clear how much playing time he's going to receive in 2011. Iowa State's leading rusher in 2010, Alexander Robinson, has left, but the Cyclones had a couple of other young backs behind him in Shontrelle Johnson and Jeff Woody.

That duo combined for 409 yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries last season. 

Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:06 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 6:27 am

Oregon's Cliff Harris likes to drive fast

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems they do everything at Oregon faster than everybody else, not just football. So I suppose it's hard to blame cornerback Cliff Harris for his run-in with the law this weekend, as he's used to doing everything at 100 miles per hour. Or, as is the case this time, at 118 miles per hour. According to a tweet from Rob Moseley, who covers the Oregon beat for The Register-Guard, Harris was pulled over by the state police on Sunday for driving 118 mph in a 65 mph zone.

And he did it on a suspended license to boot.

That's not the best way to go about getting your license reinstated. According to the AP report, Harris was pulled over at 4:35 a.m. on Interstate 5 south of Albany in a rental car. The fine for getting caught driving over 100 mph? $1,148. 

As for whether or not Harris should expect some form of punishment from the football team, Chip Kelly is yet to issue a statement. 

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