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Monday, September 24, 2018

Police Blotter

Ex-Oregon WR facing life in prison for alleged armed robbery

Jalen Hall once had a promising future ahead of him when Oregon signed him as one of the top wide receiver recruits in the country, but the 19-year-old is now facing the possibility of going to prison for a very long time.

Hall was kicked off the Oregon football team earlier this month following an arrest, and TMZ reports that he is facing several charges related to an armed robbery. Law enforcement officials say Hall and another man, Milard Hill, took part in a home invasion robbery in Norwalk, Calif., on Sept. 10. Hall allegedly entered the home with a semi-automatic handgun and threatened three people before leaving with jewelry and other valuables.

Hall has been charged with three counts of home invasion robbery, two counts of kidnapping to commit robbery and one count of first-degree burglary. If convicted of all the charges, he could face life in prison.

A star at Long Beach Poly High School prior to committing to Oregon, Hall was ranked the No. 22 overall receiver in the country for the Class of 2018 by 247 Sports.

Ex-Cowboys RB Joseph Randle arrested for rape

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Former Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle has found himself in trouble with the law once again, and the latest allegations he is facing are the most serious.

According to jail records obtained by TMZ, Randle was arrested for rape early Friday morning in Sedgwick County, Kansas. Details surrounding the arrest are unclear, but the 26-year-old was being held without bond.

Randle, a former fifth-round pick, has not played since 2015, and his legal troubles have a lot to do with that. The former Oklahoma State star has been arrested numerous times in the past few years, including an incident where he allegedly hit people with his car over a drinking game gone wrong. Prior to that, Randle was accused of threatening to kill a deputy who denied him a phone call while he was in custody.

Cowboys TE Rico Gathers arrested for marijuana possession

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Rico Gathers is not making the best impressions on cut-down day for the Dallas Cowboys.

The tight end was arrested and charged with marijuana possession on Friday night. He had fewer than two ounces of marijuana on him according to a report and posted bond on Saturday.

Gathers, a 2016 6th-round pick out of Baylor, was competing at tight end for the Cowboys but lagging on the depth chart. The former college basketball player had two catches for 12 yards in the Cowboys’ fourth preseason game.

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones previously indicated that Gathers had a good shot at making the roster.

It’s unclear how this arrest might affect his status.

Vanderbilt DB suspended after alleged assault on police officer

Vanderbilt will be short at least one defensive back for its season-opening game against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, as sophomore defensive back Zaire Jones has been suspended in the wake of an arrest.

According to a Vanderbilt University Police Department arrest affidavit obtained by The Tennesseean, Jones has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an Aug. 23 incident in Nashville in which he allegedly hit an off-duty police officer with his car. The affidavit states that Jones was stopped by an off-duty officer who had his badge and firearm clearly visible as Jones was attempting to drive around a traffic barricade. When the officer, Charles Harrison, tried to figure out what Jones was doing, the 20-year-old “refused to completely stop and struck Harrison on the left knee with the front left corner of Jones’ vehicle.”

Jones did not stop his vehicle and drove off to park somewhere else, where police arrested him for aggravated assault. He was booked and later released on $10,000 bond.

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason told the media on Tuesday that Jones will not play Saturday for “disciplinary reasons.” The defensive back appeared in 11 of 12 games last year and started one, and he was expected to have a full-time starting position this season.

Texas Tech RB Da’Leon Ward arrested on felony theft charges

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One of Texas Tech’s top running backs finds himself in legal trouble ahead of the upcoming season.

Da’Leon Ward was arrested on felony theft charges on Tuesday, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams. Ward was booked into Lubbock County Jail on charges of theft for an amount between $2,500-$30,000.

Williams says the arrest stems from an investigation into cell phone thefts going back to November.

Ward had a strong freshman season for Tech in 2016, but he redshirted last year after suffering a leg injury. The redshirt season was also intended for Ward to improve his academics and maturity.

Ward rushed for 428 yards and three touchdowns as a freshman. He was expected to compete with Tre King for carries this season.

Suspended LSU football player was arrested for sexual assault on minor

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LSU offensive lineman Ed Ingram was recently suspended for an undisclosed violation of team policy, and it was revealed on Tuesday that the sophomore is in serious legal trouble.

Brooks Kubena of The Advocate has learned that Ingram was arrested on two counts of aggravated sexual assault in Dallas County on Aug. 2, which was the day before LSU began preseason camp. The victim in the case is a minor, and LSU said the incident took place before Ingram joined the program. He committed on Feb. 1, 2017.

The DeSoto Police Department confirmed to The Advocate that it received a report from Child Protective Services on Aug. 22, 2017. It is not clear exactly when the incident took place, as state confidentiality laws prevent CPS from releasing any details about it.

Court documents obtained by The Advocate show that Ingram was released on $40,000 bond on Aug. 4 on conditions that he is not to leave the state of Texas and is prohibited from having communication with the victim or contact with any minor.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron said on Aug. 3 that Ingram had been suspended for breaking “a policy set in place with the university.” The LSU Athletic Department Code of Conduct states that any athlete who receives felony charges “will be immediately suspended.”

Ingram started 12 games for LSU at right guard last season and was expected to be a full-time starter in 2018.

Nets’ Kenneth Faried arrested for possession of marijuana

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One of the Brooklyn Nets’ newest additions has found himself in trouble with the law, as big man Kenneth Faried was arrested over the weekend on drug-related charges.

According to a report from TMZ, Faried was found to be in possession of more than two ounces of marijuana when he was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint on Sunday. A spokesperson for Southampton Town Police Dept. in New York said the officer at the scene observed that a “strong odor of marijuana was emanating from the inside of the vehicle.” Faried was arrested for a misdemeanor of fourth-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, while the two other people in his vehicle received citations.

As TMZ notes, Faried could face up to a year in jail if he’s convicted.

Faried, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Denver Nuggets, was traded to the Nets last month as part of a deal for Isaiah Whitehead. The 28-year-old had previously spoken about how he enjoyed being the subject of trade rumors.

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