LSU suspended linebacker Tyler Taylor after learning he was arrested in May for reportedly serving as the getaway driver in the burglary of a Georgia pawn shop, according to arrest documents obtained Wednesday by The Advocate.
LSU athletic officials confirmed they learned of Taylor’s case Wednesday and that he is suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.
An incident report by the Cumming Police Department said that in the early morning of Jan. 8, three men and a juvenile broke into a pawn shop in Cumming, Georgia, stole several firearms and fled the scene in a vehicle driven by Taylor.
The report said a Cumming police officer obtained arrest warrants May 27 for Taylor, 19, for conspiracy to commit a crime, party to a crime and theft by receiving stolen property.
On May 31, Taylor was booked into a local jail, and nearly five hours later he posted bond for the total sum of $33,550, according to the booking report from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.
The three crimes for which Taylor was arrested are all classified as felonies. LSU athletes who are charged with felonies “will be immediately suspended from participation in intercollegiate athletics,” the LSU student-athlete handbook says.
Gator wide receiver Justin Watkins has been arrested in Gainesville and faces four charges( two felony counts) including two counts battery, kidnapping/false imprisonment. and domestic battery by strangulation.
According to the arrest report, on July 20th, Watkins intentionally struck a woman, both with an open and closed fist on both sides of her head while he held her down on a bed.
The report goes on to say Watkins choked the woman multiple times while continuing to pin her down on the bed.
Police say Watkins then confined the women to his dorm room by standing in the doorway and blocking the exit.
The report says the woman was physically restrained by Watkins until she sprayed him with mace out of self defense.
Police say Watkins then chased the woman out, threw multiple items at her including a brush and container of “hair grease” causing bleeding and swelling.
The Gators have suspended Watkins indefinitely.
This is Watkins second arrest of the offseason. He was charged in May for trespassing near Vanguard High School after following a woman to a gas station, destroying her phone, kicking her car.
Former Virginia Tech defensive player Mook Reynolds was arrested by Blacksburg police on Monday, the same day he was dismissed from the university’s football team.
Reynolds faces a felony charge of the sale or distribution of marijuana or the possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or distribute it.
The case was filed Friday on the Virginia courts’ website. He is due to be arraigned in Montgomery County General District Court on July 27.
Matthew Kenty, 18, is charged with one count of patronizing prostitution, a Class B felony, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced on Thursday. Kenty was on the Ramsay High School Rams’ 2016 Class 6A state championship football team and is listed on the roster at Tennessee Tech.
The operation took place in Tennessee’s Putman County and was carried out by the TBI, Office of the 13th District Attorney General, Cookeville Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations, according to a press release. The initiative targeted individuals attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors.
Kevin Purvis, 37, who is listed as associate equipment manager on the Georgia Athletic Association’s website, was booked into Athens-Clarke County Jail at 8:48 p.m. Friday and charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor. Three of the felonies are for illegal eavesdropping or surveillance. The other felony was for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and the misdemeanor was for possession of marijuana.
Purvis’ arrest came nearly a month after an unidentified person found a camera hidden in a shower area of Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall. UGA officials called police Feb. 27 and an investigation began. Arrest warrants for Purvis were executed Friday by the Athens-Clarke County sheriff’s office, and Purvis turned himself into the jail later that night. He remains incarcerated on $16,000 in bonds.
BLOOMINGTON – Two members of last season’s IU football team, walk-on defensive backs Johnny Albomonte and Thomas Henderson, were both arrested on felony drug charges Friday.
According to a statement to IndyStar from Capt. Steve Kellams of the Bloomington Police Department, BPD’s special investigations unit executed an arrest warrant Friday at a Bloomington apartment.
“Detectives within the special investigations unit received and began an investigation regarding this residence,” Kellams said in an email. “Detectives purchased drugs on multiple occasions over the last month.”
Kellams said both Henderson and Albomonte were charged with dealing marijuana, a level 6 felony, and maintaining a common nuisance, also a level 6 felony.
Nine Florida Gators face at least 62 potential felony charges on accusations of credit card fraud.
Star receiver Antonio Callaway, starting running back Jordan Scarlett are the two biggest names facing potential felonies. The other seven: receiver Rick Wells, defensive lineman Jordan Smith, linebacker Ventrell Miller, linebacker James Houston, defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, defensive lineman Keivonnis Davis and offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort.
The State Attorney’s Office will decide whether to file formal charges.
The players are accused of using credit cards they did not own to add to their bookstore debit accounts. They then used the extra money to buy electronics, which some players sold. Telfort faces 30 potential charges, and Smith faces 18. The others face two apiece.
Smith, for example, used credit cards to add $3,570 to his account and then made three bookstore purchases for $3,272.79, according to the sworn complaints. He also paid his $1,450 outstanding balance to UF’s transportation and parking.
Smith will also face a separate complaint from the Gainesville Police Department, which will allege that he used a stolen credit card to pay for rent at The Woodlands Apartment complex, according to the complaint.
Two other notable parts of the complaints: When the bookstore first found out about the discrepancies, it contacted the athletic department and the compliance office first.
The Gainesville Police Department concluded its investigation into Jordan Smith on Wednesday and has recommended two fraud complaints and two for larceny grand theft, all third-degree felonies, for attempted to use another person’s credit card without consent.
According to a police report, Smith used the credit card number of a Virginia man on July 31 to pay a $1,007.82 debt he had with The Woodlands, a Gainesville apartment complex. The man said he did not give Smith permission to use his credit card information nor did he know Smith or how Smith obtained his credit card information.
Those are in addition to the 18 third-degree felony charges the University of Florida Police Department recommended in relation to on-campus credit card fraud. According to the UFPD sworn complaint, Smith took $5,020 and bought two 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops at the bookstore along with various headphones. He also paid $1,450 to UF Parking and Transportation.
Smith was one of nine players involved in the monthlong UFPD investigation, which was completed Monday. A total of 62 third-degree felony charges were recommended for the nine players in the investigation, with Smith having 18 of those potential charges and freshman offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort facing up to 30 charges.
Smith, along with the other eight players, have been suspended since before the season opener against Michigan and have not been part of team activities during the duration of the suspension. All nine players remain suspended while State Attorney’s Office reviews the case.