Search warrant for Aaron Hernandez’s apartment cited cocaine

Carlos-OrtizCarlos Ortiz, the 27-year-old associate who admitted he was with Aaron Hernandez the night Odin Lloyd was shot, is starting to sound like a valuable witness who has been cooperating with police as they continue to investigate the murder. In fact, a report from The Sun Chronicle on Wednesday morning revealed that Ortiz was interviewed by police on June 25th — the day before Hernandez was arrested.

Ortiz provided police with key information about Hernandez’s apartment in Franklin, Mass., where several pieces of evidence were seized during a search this week. One of them was reportedly a white sweatshirt that Hernandez may have been wearing the night of the murder. Ortiz claimed he left a cell phone at the apartment the night of the shooting, which officers believe they found during the search.

In addition to informing police about the apartment and his forgotten cell phone, Ortiz may have mentioned something about drugs. The Boston Herald obtained a copy of the documents relating to the search of the so-called “flop house,” and the warrant contains references to cocaine.

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Milton Bradley sentenced to nearly 3 years in jail for spousal abuse

Milton BradleyMilton Bradley was sentenced on Tuesday to nearly three years in jail for abusing his wife five times between 2011 and 2012.

Bradley was released by the Seattle Mariners in May 2011 and arrested later that year for allegedly swinging a bat at his wife. She obtained a restraining order against him after he also threatened her with a gun.

Bradley was convicted in June on nine misdemeanor charges and faced over seven years in prison. He was found guilty of:

    - four counts of spousal battery
    - two counts of criminal threats
    - one count of assault with a deadly weapon
    - one count of vandalism
    - one count of brandishing a deadly weapon

Bradley’s sentence calls for 960 days in jail (32 months), 400 hours of community service and five years of probation. Bradley also has to take an anger management class and complete a year of domestic violence counseling.

The former MLB player is going through a divorce with his wife of five years, with whom he has two children. The Associated Press says Bradley is appealing his sentence and currently free on $250,000 bond. He is due back in court next month.

According to the LA Daily News’ Susan Abram, Bradley said in a statement to the court that he’s never harmed anyone, but admits he has anger issues. He told reporters after his sentence that he has a lot of respect for the judge and courts.

Here’s a photo of Bradley outside the Van Nuys courthouse.

John Franco reportedly threw a baseball to intimidate agent after estate sale

John-FrancoFormer New York Mets pitcher John Franco may be 52 years old and retired from baseball, but that doesn’t mean he can no longer throw. According to court papers that were recently filed by a woman who was in charge of Franco’s and his wife’s estate sale last year, he can still bring plenty of heat.

The Staten Island Advance reported on Tuesday that Franco and his wife Rose are currently facing a lawsuit from a woman by the name of Wendy King. King oversaw an estate sale of the Francos’ mansion last year that grossed more than $70,000 on items such as a custom motorcycle, arcade machines and Mets memorabilia.

According to court documents, King told the Francos that the sale would have gone better if Rose had not “interfered with the sale of numerous items, including a piano.” The assertion infuriated both John and Rose, and King alleges that John shoved her away from a door when she tried to leave the estate. She also said Rose berated her and that John chucked an autographed baseball at the wall at one point in an attempt to intimidate her.

“John A. Franco acted like a bully, intending to intimidate a woman,” the filing stated.

The Francos claim they are owed more than $30,000, which King’s lawyer Jeffrey B. Gold said is “preposterous and based on warped thinking.” Wayne Lonstein, the Francos’ lawyer, called the estate sale a “three-ring circus” on Monday and said witnesses will attest that John and Rose did nothing wrong.

“I’ve spoken to credible witnesses, and I do not believe for one minute that John or Rose did anything approaching what these [suit] papers are apparently alleging,” Lonstein said. “I think this is about throwing mud on the wall and trying to dirty the Francos in the hope they’ll give up on their claims on the money they’re owed.”

It sounds like it’s about throwing a baseball at the wall, not mud. Or, at least, that’s the part we care about the most.

H/T Hardball Talk

Everything you need to know about the cases involving Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez PatriotsNew England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is in the news this week because of two serious issues. We’ll do our best to break down exactly what Hernandez is facing and why he is involved in both cases.

Hernandez, 23, was a star high school player in Bristol, Conn., before moving on to Florida from 2007-2009. He was drafted in the fourth-round by the Patriots in 2010 and reportedly slipped in the draft because of failed drug tests in college. He has caught 175 passes for 1,956 yards and 18 touchdowns in 38 career games for the Pats and has been limited by injuries.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Hernandez was questioned by police in a homicide case.

A 27-year-old man named Odin Lloyd was found dead by a jogger in North Attleboro, Mass., on Monday. Lloyd’s body was found about a mile from Hernandez’s home, and a report said the possible connection between Hernandez and the case was a rental car found near the body that was in the tight end’s name. Hernandez supposedly was being uncooperative in the police’s attempt to investigate the case. He reportedly has not been ruled out as a suspect, though SI says Hernandez is not believed to be a suspect.

Lloyd was a player for the Boston Bandits, a semi-pro football league. The Boston Globe says a neighbor told them it was known that Lloyd would hand out with Patriots players. WBZ in Boston also reported that Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez’s girlfriend.

On Wednesday, TMZ brought up another case involving Hernandez that appears to be unrelated to the homicide.

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Josh Brent tests positive for marijuana while awaiting manslaughter trial

Josh BrentDallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent tested positive for marijuana following a court hearing last month, the Associated Press reports. Brent, you will recall, killed his teammate Jerry Brown after crashing his car on Dec. 8 while allegedly driving drunk.

The positive test for marijuana came up because prosecutors were attempting to get Brent’s bond revoked due to problems with alcohol monitoring. Though the judge declined the motion, he did order a urine test after the May 24 hearing, which Brent failed.

“Given the defendant’s prior alcohol-related contacts and the severity of the charge in this case, it is the State’s belief that the defendant continues to pose a threat to the community,” prosecutors said in the motion.

[Related: Cowboys reportedly were partying at club before fatal car crash]

Brent is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of intoxicated manslaughter.

So the obvious thing to ask here is how dumb can Brent be? He’s already in enough trouble as is and now he goes out and tests positive for weed? But it’s not so simple to just question his lack of intelligence.

First off, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a man with poor enough judgment to drive while extremely drunk would also smoke weed while awaiting trial. People who make bad decisions just make bad decisions. Also, he must be pretty stressed out knowing that he’s facing 20 years in jail. Smoking weed in response seems logical for a guy like that. I’m with the prosecutors in thinking he should have his bond revoked, though I know that will never happen.

Jose Canseco on rape allegation: She had her clothes off when we left the club

Jose Canseco just cannot manage to stay quiet about the rape allegation for which he is a suspect.

Earlier on Wednesday, Canseco tweeted about a sexual assault allegation he is facing. He mentioned the accuser’s name and shared a photo of her. He even shared the location for where she goes to the gym. He deleted most of those tweets, though he did leave up one that mentions the woman’s name. Las Vegas police confirmed to LBS that Canseco is a suspect in the case and that they are investigating the accusation.

Even though he deleted some tweets because he probably realized it was best to stay quiet about the case, Canseco got back to defending himself over Twitter a few hours later.

Jose Canseco rape tweet

Canseco may have provided some intimate details, but it’s obvious he’s trying to tell us the encounter between the two was consensual. He then continued to advocate having both him and his accuser take a lie detector test:

It will be interesting to see what the police decide to do after investigating. Canseco might not even get charged with anything.

MMA fighter Waylon Lowe sues sex shop, claims penis gel ‘permanently disfigured’ his genitals

Waylon-Lowe-UFCFormer UFC fighter and current WSOP lightweight Waylon Lowe has suffered his fair share of injuries in the octagon, but none of them were worse than the one he says he suffered during sex last September. Needless to say, he probably wont ever be using desensitizing penis gel again.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Lowe filed a lawsuit against a sex shop in Philadelphia called The Mood on May 14. It was at that shop that the 32-year-old says he bought a product called Kama Sutra Pleasure Balm Prolonging Gel. Lowe says the gel, which is designed to decrease sensitivity and improve sexual performance, left his genitals “permanently disfigured” and resulted in “catastrophic and permanent damage.”

“This is a very private, but very significant loss for a man who is very vital in so many other aspects,” Lowe’s attorney Thomas R. Kline said. “This is a man who literally makes his living avoiding injury; he knows how to protect himself. Yet he wasn’t provided with the most basic, simple instructions to protect himself from this product. If it could happen to him, it could happen to anyone.”

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