Virginia Tech safety Devon Hunter, a graduate of Indian River High in Chesapeake, was arrested Sunday afternoon by the Christiansburg Police and charged with strangling another to cause wound or injury and simple assault against a family member, according to the Montgomery County Jail.
The strangulation charge is a felony, while the assault charge is a misdemeanor. Hunter, who was indefinitely suspended Monday from Tech’s football team, is being held in Montgomery County Jail without bond until a scheduled court appearance. He was arrested at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, according to the jail.
Under Tech’s conduct policies, athletes are immediately suspended from participation in all team events until felony charges are resolved. Athletes who are convicted of or plead guilty to or no contest to a felony charge will be dismissed from Tech’s athletic programs.
In Virginia, strangulation is a class 6 felony with maximum penalties upon conviction of one to five years in state prison and a fine up to $2,500. It could carry a penalty of up to a year in jail, and a fine up to $2,500.
Simple assault is a class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia, carrying a maximum penalty upon conviction of up to a year in jail.
Hunter’s arrest was first reported by the Roanoke Times.
Hunter, a 6-foot, 220-pound redshirt junior who was a projected starter at strong safety this season, didn’t “uphold the high standards we have for our student athletes,” according to a Monday release from Virginia Tech’s athletic department.
Tech coach Justin Fuente won’t comment on student conduct issues until the matter is resolved, according to the release. He also didn’t comment on Hunter’s arrest.
Last month, Fuente heaped praise on Hunter, who played in 10 games in 2017 as a highly touted true freshman, moved to the outside linebacker/nickel back position in the ’18 season and played in just four games before redshirting and returned last season to safety, where he backed up starter Reggie Floyd.
“There are guys that you just see them every day working and trying to lead and do the right thing and you just want them to have success so bad, and that’s how I feel about Devon right now,” Fuente said in August. “He just has been a great leader. He has great work ethic, a great attitude and has really come along to be a guy that people look up to in the locker room. Our kids have a tremendous amount of respect for him. Our coaches have a tremendous amount of respect for him. We can’t wait to get him out there and let him have some success, because he’s just been so great behind the scenes for so many years.”
Given how he lauded Hunter’s leadership in the preseason, Fuente confirmed Monday he was surprised and shocked regarding what led to Hunter’s current status with the team.
Hunter arrived at Tech considered by many recruiting analysts one of the nation’s top three safeties in the class of ’17. He was No. 2, behind only former Catholic High running back Khalan Laborn, in the Daily Press’ Fab 15 ranking of the state’s top recruits for the ’17 class.
Before committing to Tech, Hunter had more than 30 scholarship offers. He also considered offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina and Mississippi before choosing Tech.
With Hunter suspended, Tech might turn to redshirt senior Tyree Rodgers, redshirt freshman J.R. Walker or true freshman Keonta Jenkins to fill in as a starting safety alongside starting co-captain Divine Deablo. Rodgers started in 2018 against Notre Dame, Boston College and at Pittsburgh.
In addition to Hunter, Tech was already going to be without Caleb Farley in its secondary. He opted out of playing this season in August and planned to prepare for next year’s NFL draft, citing concerns related to the coronavirus for his decision.
Tech, which had to postpone its game against Virginia that was scheduled for this Saturday because of coronavirus issues on the Hokies’ football team, is slated to open its season Sept. 26 against North Carolina State.
LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron announced Wednesday, Sept. 9 he has suspended defensive end Ray Parker indefinitely from the team for violating team rules.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported Ray Parker, 20, whose full first name is Ramorien, was arrested early Wednesday morning on charges of battery and felony criminal damage to property.
According to deputies, Parker is accused of shoving a woman into a piece of furniture on LSU’s campus and damaging items by throwing them across the room.
He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
The defensive end was in his second year with the Tigers after redshirting as a true freshman in 2019, according to LSU Athletics.
Parker, of Ruston, La., played tight end at Ruston High School. He did not record any statistics during the 2019 season, according to LSU Athletics.
North Texas quarterbacks coach Tate Wallis was arrested and charged with two counts of misconduct in Denton County on Thursday. The university has placed him on administrative leave.
Wallis was charged with two counts of improper relationship between an educator and student, a felony charge in Texas. He posted a bond of $20,000 and was released the same day.
The alleged incidents took place during Fall 2019, when Wallis served as offensive coordinator at nearby Argyle. Wallis was hired at North Texas a month after the second alleged incident.
“We have been made aware of charges brought against a member of our football coaching staff for a matter unrelated to his employment with the university,” North Texas said in a statement. “The employee has been placed on administrative leave and will not be allowed on campus or to participate in any job related duties while on leave. We have initiated a review of the available information and we will take appropriate action following completion of the review.”
Previously, Wallis coached at North Forney for two years. Notably, Wallis served as wide receivers coach on Art Briles’ staff at Baylor before Briles was fired in 2016. He spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons at North Forney before serving as coordinator at Argyle from 2018-19.
North Texas faces off against Houston Baptist on Saturday in the season opener. The Mean Green have yet to name a starting quarterback. Seth Littrell will take over playcalling duties for the first time as a head coach.
Three Penn State football players were charged Monday after university police officers said they found marijuana and LSD in the trio’s on-campus apartment.
Officers responded about 3:40 p.m. Aug. 2 to sophomore running back Devyn Ford and redshirt freshman offensive linemen Sal Wormley and Caedan Wallace’s apartment for a fire alarm, Penn State police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed Monday.
Police found marijuana “all over the floor” and detected a “very potent” smell of burned weed coming from the apartment, an officer wrote.
Marijuana, a grinder and two tabs of LSD were found in Ford’s room; weed was found in Wormley’s room; and a glass pipe with marijuana residue was found in Wallace’s room, police wrote.
A defense lawyer was not listed for either Ford, Wormley or Wallace.
The university’s athletics department is aware of the charges, a spokesperson wrote in a statement.
“These alleged actions do not reflect the values and standards of our program and will be addressed,” the athletics department said. “We will not comment any further as this is an ongoing legal matter.”
Ford, 19, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Wormley, 19, was charged with one misdemeanor count each of possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Wallace, 20, was charged with one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Each has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 30.
Robert Mahone, a Boise State running back, has been suspended indefinitely after he was arrested Monday and charged with domestic battery or assault in the presence of a child.
Mahone, a redshirt senior, is facing a misdemeanor charge, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. A team spokesperson confirmed Monday evening that the football player has been suspended from all team activities.At around 5:15 p.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to a home near North Allumbaugh Street and West Fairview Avenue
Robert Mahone, a redshirt senior, is facing a misdemeanor charge, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. A team spokesperson confirmed Monday evening that the football player has been suspended from all team activities.
At around 5:15 p.m. Monday, officers were dispatched to a home near North Allumbaugh Street and West Fairview Avenue after being notified of a possible domestic disturbance and that a child was present, according to a Boise Police Department spokesperson.
Officers arrived and located a suspect, identified by authorities as Mahone. After an investigation, police arrested Mahone on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge. He was booked into the Ada County Jail at around 6:30 p.m.
Mahone appeared in front of Magistrate Judge Adam Kimball on Tuesday afternoon via video call from the Ada County Jail. Mahone allegedly was a part of a verbal altercation that turned physical, according to Janice Beller, deputy city attorney for the Boise City Prosecutor’s Office.
Beller alleged during the Tuesday hearing that Mahone pushed the victim into a closet before forcefully pushing the same person to the ground and damaging an item in the home. Beller also alleged that there is a “history of unreported violence” between Mahone and the victim, and it was reported in a 911 call made to police that Mahone allegedly has a handgun.
Kimball allowed Mahone to be released on his own recognizance, but ordered a no-contact order be put in place between Mahone and the vicitm in the case. It was not immediately clear when he will be released from jail custody, but Mahone’s next court date is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Sept. 9.
Last season, Mahone turned himself into police over an unpaid speeding ticket but faced no discipline from the team.
His daughter, Jorja, was born in July 2019. Mahone is originally from Atlanta.
Mahone, who played his high school ball in Prosper, Texas, appeared in 13 games and made seven starts last fall for Boise State. He has appeared in 39 games since 2017.
Malik Heath, Mississippi State wide receiver, was arrested in Winston County on Wednesday on five different charges according to documents obtained by the Clarion Ledger.
Malik Heath was pulled over by Mississippi Highway Patrol for speeding 20 miles per hour over the limit. He was also driving without a license and without insurance, driving with improper equipment and driving under the influence (DUI).
Heath, 20, was booked at Winston-Choctaw Regional Correctional Facility at 4:29 p.m. and was released at 8:30 p.m on $3,000 bond. Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach issued the Clarion Ledger the following statement Wednesday night:
“We’re aware of the situation. We’re gathering more information from the proper authorities and don’t have further comment at this time.”
Heath is a first-time offender of DUI and was fined the maximum of $1,000. According to Mississippi drunk driving laws, first-time offenders are also required to attend and complete an alcohol safety education program. His license will be suspended for 30 to 90 days, and ignition interlock will be required for 90 days after the suspension period.
Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma defensive lineman, was arrested early Wednesday morning on a complaint of driving under the influence.
According to a police report, an officer spotted a Jeep Wrangler make an improper turn onto Boyd Street from University Boulevard around 2 a.m. Wednesday. The vehicle executed a wide right turn and drifted into the inside lane of Boyd Street.
The officer made contact with the driver – identified as Redmond, a redshirt sophomore from Midwest City – who the report stated had watery, bloodshot eyes. According to the police report, the officer also detected an odor of alcohol on Redmond’s breath.
Redmond told the officer he was driving from Campus Corner and admitted that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages consisting of two Crown and Cokes, according to the report. Redmond agreed to take a field sobriety test, and the report stated the officer arrested him based on his performance during the test, his admission to drinking alcohol and physical signs of intoxication.
According to the police report, Redmond agreed to take a breath test at the Cleveland County Detention Center. Both Intoxilyzer results returned as a 0.10, the report states.
Redmond was booked into the jail around 3:30 a.m.
During the 2019 season, Redmond recorded 23 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 13 games.
Sam Williams, a member of the Ole Miss football team was arrested on Friday and is facing a felony charge. Senior linebacker Sam Williams was booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center on Friday at 9:34 a.m. and released at 2:42 p.m. later that day. There is only one charge listed, sexual battery, and Williams was issued a $25,000 bond.
No other information regarding the charge was provided by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.
On Monday, the Oxford Police Department sent out a statement regarding Williams’ arrest stating, “Due to the nature of the case, we will not be releasing any further information.”
A statement provided by an Ole Miss spokesman updated Williams’ status with the team, stating the Montgomery, Ala. native had been suspended indefinitely.
“We have suspended Sam Williams indefinitely from all team activities,” the statement read. “We take these charges very seriously and will allow the legal system to run its course before making further determinations on his status in our program.”
Williams spent two seasons at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville before coming to Ole Miss in 2019. In his one season with the Rebels, Williams played in all 12 games and recorded 37 total tackles and had six sacks and one interception.
Emmitt Gooden, arguably the Tennessee Volunteers best returning defensive lineman has been dismissed from the team after he was arrested on Thursday for felony domestic assault.
Emmitt Gooden is accused of hitting his girlfriend in the head with a glass jar candle during an argument, according to online police records. His girlfriend sustained lacerations on her left eyebrow and the corner of her left eye that required sutures at the University of Tennessee medical center.
The senior from Brownsville transferred to Tennessee from Independence community college where he was featured on the Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U.” Gooden playing in all 12 games last season ranking third on the team with 7 tackles for loss.