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  • Vols safety Johnson suspended for firing gun near campus

    Oct. 19, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee starting safety Brandon Johnson was suspended indefinitely because he fired a gun into the air near campus.

    Johnson, a junior from Tulsa, Okla., was arrested early Monday and charged with felony reckless endangerment after shooting the gun outside the apartment of tailback Cedric Houston, according to a police report.

    Junior defensive back Chris Heath, who was in school on a medical scholarship but not playing, was charged with misdemeanor unlawful carrying of a firearm. Heath was permanently dismissed from the team.

    Coach Phillip Fulmer disciplined both players Monday.

    Johnson had two interceptions in a 21-17 victory Saturday over Mississippi. He is not expected to play Saturday when Tennessee hosts Alabama.

    An off-duty police officer living in the area heard a gunshot early Monday and saw Johnson standing in the doorway of the apartment with a gun in his hand and moving the slide on the gun back and forth, the report said.

    Heath and Johnson were taken to the Knox County Jail and released on bond. Their arraignment was set for Nov. 24 in Knox County General Sessions Court.

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    Asberry most serious of three Rutgers players injured in crash
    by DJRamFan
    Oct. 18, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Three Rutgers football players were injured, one seriously, in a multi-vehicle accident caused by a man accused of drunken driving.

    Safety Dondre L. Asberry, 20, of Miami, suffered a spine fracture and head injuries in the accident Saturday night, police said.

    The junior remained in critical condition Monday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, hospital spokeswoman Kristen Walsh said.

    Cornerbacks Leslie "Manny" Collins and Eddie Grimes, both 20, sustained head and facial injuries. They were treated and released from the hospital along with Collins' brother, George W. Hardison, 18, who also suffered head and facial injuries.

    Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said he doubted Collins and Grimes would play when Rutgers travels to Pittsburgh on Saturday. "They're banged up. I'll know more as the week goes on," Schiano said.

    None of the players are starters.

    The accident occurred on Route 18 near the Rutgers campus several hours after Rutgers' 16-6 win over Temple.

    Police said Daniel J. Merlino, 26, of South Plainfield, was driving north in the southbound lanes of the roadway at about 7:30 p.m. when his 2001 Mitsubishi Galant collided head-on with a 2003 GMC Envoy heading south.

    Collins, of Plainfield, was driving a 1989 Toyota Tercel that then struck the Envoy, which overturned, police said. Grimes, of Hialeah, Fla., and Asberry were seated in the rear. Hardison, of Plainfield, was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected from the front seat.

    Merlino was charged with drunken driving and reckless driving. He was not wearing a seat belt and suffered multiple fractures and head and internal injuries, police said.

    The driver of the Envoy, 52-year-old Antonio Cristiano of Piscataway, and his wife, Sylvia, 51, suffered head and facial injuries and were treated and released from St. Peter's Hospital in New Brunswick.

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    -10-19-2004, 01:27 PM
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    Michigan St. receivers arrested for allegedly planting bombs
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 10, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Two Michigan State football players were arrested and charged with possessing a dangerous chemical compound after they allegedly planted homemade bombs that blew up outside campus apartments.

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    Terry Love and Irving Campbell, both 19-year-old redshirt freshmen receivers, were arrested Tuesday morning as they left the scene of the first explosion, campus police said. A second bomb exploded shortly afterward, and a third was detonated by the campus police bomb squad.

    The men said they planted the bombs in Spartan Village as a prank, campus police Sgt. Florene McGlothian-Taylor said.

    No one was hurt and there was no property damage, McGlothian-Taylor said. The players were released on $500 bond after being arraigned Tuesday.

    If convicted of the misdemeanor, both could face up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine, McGlothian-Taylor said.

    Coach John L. Smith will let the legal process play out and then decide if any disciplinary action is needed, assistant athletic director John Lewandowski said.

    Love has 19 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown this season. Campbell has not caught a pass.

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    -11-11-2004, 10:10 AM
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    Charges dropped, reduced against Vols from party brawl
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 1, 2005
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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Prosecutors dropped a felony aggravated assault charge against one Tennessee football player and reduced the charge against another Monday in a case stemming from a fight at a campus party last March.

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    Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers and linebacker Jerod Mayo, who both redshirted last season as freshmen, were charged with hitting a fellow student when several fights broke out between football players and members of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

    The charge against Mayo was dismissed after a witness would not cooperate with prosecutors.

    The charge against Ayers was reduced to misdemeanor assault. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and now has nearly 12 months to pay court costs and make restitution to the victim. After that, the charge will be erased from his record. The amount of restitution has not yet been determined, but it will not be more than $3,000.

    Aggravated assault is a felony, and sentences could vary from 3 to 15 years in prison.

    In a statement Monday, Phillip Fulmer said that Ayers will have to sit out the first two games of the season, complete community service and anger management counseling and abide by a curfew during the fall semester.

    Ayers also was suspended from summer school and placed on indefinite probation by the university, Fulmer said.

    Mayo was not suspended from the team.

    "I was glad to see Jerod Mayo cleared of any issues," Fulmer said.

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    -08-02-2005, 01:35 PM
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    Benson finishes jail time without spending time in jail
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 7, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas running back Cedric Benson completed the terms of his eight-day jail sentence Saturday without spending any time behind bars.

    Benson was sentenced to jail Friday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor criminal trespassing during the 2003 season.

    But due to jail crowding, he was able to avoid jail time by earning four days credit for good behavior, two days time served when he was arrested and two days for checking in Friday and Saturday, Travis County sheriff's department spokesman Roger Wade said.

    Wade said Benson checked in at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle on Saturday morning and was released a short time later after paying his $1,000 fine. Benson also was ordered to pay restitution of about $500.

    The 21-year Midland native was arrested and charged in October, when police said he kicked down the door of an Austin apartment in a failed attempt to recover a plasma television he had reported stolen.

    Benson is expected to report to campus Monday with his teammates and participate in the first preseason practice Tuesday.



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    -08-09-2004, 03:01 PM
  • DJRamFan
    State drops assault charges against 'Canes CB Rolle
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 2, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    MIAMI -- Hurricanes cornerback Antrel Rolle won't be tried for allegedly striking a police officer, and was reinstated to the team.

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    Coach Larry Coker had indefinitely suspended Rolle after his arrest.

    "I am extremely pleased that there has been a positive resolution to the issue," Coker said in a statement Monday.

    Assistant State Attorney Michael Grieco said that while the arrest was "valid," Rolle's "post-arrest contrition and lack of criminal history" led to the decision to drop the case. The physical contact between Rolle and the officer was "merely incidental," Grieco said.

    Rolle -- whose father is chief of police in nearby Homestead -- also participated in an ride-along with Miami-Dade County police "during active nightlife hours," gaining an appreciation for officers' work, Grieco said.

    According to a police complaint, Rolle was involved in a fight in a street near campus earlier this month and resisted arrest, cursing and swinging his arms in an attempt to free himself and forcing officers to call for backup help.

    Along with the felony charge, Rolle was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting an officer without violence, both misdemeanors. He was suspended indefinitely from the team after the arrest.

    University spokesman Rick Korch said Monday that Rolle will be reinstated, though he was not sure when.

    Rolle was in court Monday with family members, including his father. They left the courtroom quickly without comment. Last season, Rolle was second on the team with two interceptions and finished sixth on the team with 47 tackles.

    Miami last week decided to admit star recruit Willie Williams, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker who had not disclosed his lengthy arrest record when he agreed to join the Hurricanes. The school said Williams would have to abide by several special academic conditions.

    Williams pleaded no contest earlier this summer in two separate incidents that occurred during a recruiting trip to the University of Florida. He was charged with setting off fire extinguishers at his hotel and a misdemeanor battery charge for hugging a woman without consent.


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    -08-02-2004, 03:21 PM
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