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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Police Blotter

USC WR arrested for domestic violence for second time in five months

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Joseph Lewis was one of the highest-rated wide receiver recruits in the country when he joined USC last year, but his career is in danger of falling apart before it ever got started now that he has once again been arrested for domestic violence.

According to a report from TMZ, Lewis was taken into custody on Wednesday night following a physical altercation with a woman. The victim reportedly fled the home where the incident took place and called police, and police came to the house and arrested Lewis. The 18-year-old’s bail has been set at $100,000.

To make matters worse, Lewis was suspended from all football activities back in February following a separate domestic violence incident. He ultimately pled no contest and was given 36 months probation, so he could be in serious legal trouble if found guilty this time. Given the statement USC issued after the first arrest, it would not be a surprise if Lewis is dismissed from the team.

Lewis, the No. 31 overall recruit in his 2016 high school class, caught just four passes for 39 yards with the Trojans last season. He was expected to take on a much bigger role as a sophomore.

Tennessee DL suspended in wake of domestic assault arrest

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The University of Tennessee announced on Monday that defensive lineman Ryan Thaxton has been suspended after he was arrested over the weekend and charged with domestic assault and false imprisonment of his girlfriend.

According to court records obtained by the Knoxville News Sentinel, Thaxton was accused of pushing his girlfriend toward his dorm room when she refused to accompany him. He then allegedly carried her inside the room and blocked the door to prevent her from leaving while an argument took place.

Thaxton, a second-year defensive lineman who did not play in 2017, has been suspended while authorities and the university investigate the incident.

“We are aware of the incident,” Tennessee football spokesman Zach Stipe said in a statement. “The student-athlete has been suspended from all team activities while law enforcement and the university investigates.”

Thaxton is scheduled to be arraigned on both charges on July 23.

Charles Oakley arrested for allegedly cheating at Vegas casino

Charles Oakley

Charles Oakley reportedly tried to pull a fast one at a Las Vegas casino earlier this month, and the former NBA star is now facing charges because of it.

According to a report from TMZ, Oakley was arrested at the Cosmopolitan casino on July 8 after officials from the Nevada Gaming Board say he was “suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling game after the outcome was known.” While it’s unclear which game Oakley was playing, a source told TMZ the former New York Knick attempted to take back a $100 chip on a hand he knew he had lost. After getting confirmation via security footage, casino police arrested Oakley.

Oakley was taken into custody and charged with committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. The charge carries a possible prison sentence of one to six years if he is convicted, though a source close to Oakley told TMZ the issue is “insignificant” and will be resolved quickly.

Oakley, of course, has been in the news over the past year or so for his toxic relationship with the Knicks’ current ownership group. He is suing the team over an incident in which he was removed from a game at Madison Square Garden.

Kellen Winslow court case takes interesting twist

Kellen Winslow appeared in court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing, and his case took an interesting twist when three women could not identify the former NFL tight end as the man who committed crimes against them.

Winslow is facing charges of kidnapping and raping two women in addition to allegations of indecent exposure. According to FOX 5 in San Diego, a woman described as Jane Doe 1 said an African-American man picked her up when she was hitchhiking and gave her an ultimatum before sexually assaulting her.

“He said, ‘I’m gonna f— you or I’m gonna kill you,” the woman recalled. “He goes, ‘I don’t care who’s gonna watch. I’m gonna kill you.’ … I just thought he was going to shoot me or something. I don’t know. I can’t tell you why I didn’t run or I didn’t scream. I was that scared.”

The woman was asked if she recognized Winslow, who was sitting in court, as the man who attacked her, but she could not identify him.

Another woman, a 71-year-old identified as Jane Doe 4, said she encountered a trespasser on June 8 in the back of her mobile home but never felt the man was going to harm her. When she learned of Winslow’s arrest on a newscast later that evening and realized he was the same man who had been trespassing, she called the police at the urging of a friend. Like Jane Doe 1, she could not identify Winslow as the suspect in court on Wednesday.

A third woman was also unable to identify Winslow as the man who dropped his shorts and exposed himself to her on her property back in May.

Winslow is facing a long list of charges and is being held without bail. In the past he has typically had facial hair and not worn eyeglasses, so the look he was sporting in court Wednesday was certainly a new one.

Report: Billy Knight was facing child sex abuse charges

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Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight died on Sunday after filming a suicide video he released earlier in the day, and some details surrounding the matter are emerging.

According to TMZ Sports, Knight was arrested on June 14 in Phoenix, Ariz. for alleged child sex abuse. He was being charged with “multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse and molestation of a child.” The alleged victim was only nine years old.

Knight, who was facing six felonies, apparently decided to end his life instead.

In his video posted to YouTube, Knight said “I just want to say that I’ve lived a life of sin. I lied, I cheated, and I stole. From many people. I was a taker. That’s why my life ended up where it is now.”

Brandon Browner faces life in prison after attempted murder charge

Brandon Browner

Former NFL player Brandon Browner is facing life in prison after being charged with attempted murder in a case involving his ex-girlfriend.

Browner was arrested on Sunday after allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in La Verne, Calif. and beating her up. He allegedly “chased the victim, dragged her and then smothered her in a carpet.” He also stole a Rolex before fleeing, though he did get arrested.

Browner is being charged with one count of attempted murder, first-degree residential robbery, first-degree burglary, person present, and false imprisonment, according to TMZ Sports. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to a child.

Browner, 33, played in the NFL from 2011-2015. He was a member of the Seattle Seahawks for three seasons, including 2011 when he had six interceptions and was a key member of the “Legion of Boom.”

Browner was arrested last year for allegedly making criminal threats against a woman. He was arrested a month later for cocaine. He failed multiple PED tests during his playing career.

Ex-Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew arrested after allegedly punching police officer

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Former Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has not been able to find work since he was released in 2016, and some off-field trouble he got into early Monday morning could all but put an end to his playing career.

According to a report from Shelly Bradbury of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pettigrew was arrested for allegedly punching a police officer in the chest following a dispute with a limousine driver. The incident began when Pettigrew refused to pay a $97 fare for a ride he got to a hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. The driver ended up walking into the lobby of the hotel to call police after Pettigrew started arguing with him, and he left after officers explained that he could recoup his money in court once a report was filed.

Police say Pettigrew appeared visibly intoxicated, and he got physical with one officer before being threatened with a Taser and arrested. Here’s more:

Mr. Pettigrew refused to identify himself to officers, saying that he knew his constitutional rights. He was upset and kept getting close to the officers, according to the complaint. While “aggressively arguing” with police, Mr. Pettigrew then became “more upset” and moved toward the officers again.

Mr. Pettigrew punched Officer Patrick Fornadel three times in the chest, according to the complaint.

The officers drew their Tasers and ordered Mr. Pettigrew to step back and put his hands behind his back. Mr. Pettigrew then allowed himself to be handcuffed, and the officers did not fire the Tasers.

The police report goes on to state that Pettigrew was placed in a restraint chair when he was brought to a local jail because he refused to listen to orders. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft of services and public drunkenness.

Pettigrew, 33, was drafted with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The former Oklahoma State star’s best NFL season was in 2011, when he caught 83 passes for 777 yards and five touchdowns.

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