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Police Blotter

Report: Fugitive David Ortiz shooting suspect killed in Dominican Republic

David Ortiz

A fugitive wanted as a suspect in the shooting of David Ortiz was reportedly shot and killed in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican newspaper Listin Diario reported that Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, known as “The Surgeon,” was shot and killed in the city of Santiago on Sunday, via Travis Andersen of the Boston Globe. Clase was pursued by gunmen in another car, though no further details on identities or motive were available.

Colonel Antonio Calvo Perez, spokesman for the Cibao Central Regional Directorate, confirmed that Clase was being sought as a suspect in the Ortiz case. Clase was alleged to be involved in the planning of the 2019 shooting.

The police investigation into the Ortiz shooting continues over two years after the former Boston Red Sox slugger was shot. A number of high-profile suspects were arrested as part of the investigation. Ortiz, who apparently was not the intended target of the attack, has made a full recovery after undergoing several surgeries in the wake of the shooting.

Michael Jordan’s son Jeffrey accused of felony assault

Jeffrey Jordan

Michael Jordan’s son, Jeffrey, has been accused of felony assault, according to a report.

TMZ Sports reports that Jeffrey suffered injuries while at a bar in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Friday night. Jeffrey apparently fell and hit his head while at the Casa Amigos bar in Scottsdale. TMZ Sports reports that Jordan became combative as security tried to drag him away to receive medical attention.

Scottsdale police officers happened to be nearby for another matter and were asked to come assist. They determined there was a medical issue not criminal issue, so an ambulance was called to take Jordan to the hospital.

At the hospital, Jordan is accused of assaulting the staff. A report for felony aggravated assault was taken, though Jordan has not been arrested or charged.

Jordan’s people told TMZ that the young man was confused and disoriented following his fall.

The case will be sent to the prosecutor’s office to determine if charges will be pressed.

Jeffrey works for Jordan Brand, which is an exclusive apparel division of Nike. He is Michael’s oldest son and played college basketball at Illinois and UCF.

Photo: A Syn/Flickr via CC BY-SA 2.0

Mark Few facing DUI charge after blowing more than legal limit

Mark Few

Gonzaga coach Mark Few is facing a DUI charge following an incident on Monday night.

Few was pulled over by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department in Dalton Gardensa, Idaho. Police received a report about someone speeding and driving erratically on the road.

According to the Spokesman-Review, Few showed signs of being drunk upon being pulled over. He refused to comply with field sobriety tests but did take a breathalyzer test.

Few blew a .119 and .120, which are more than the legal limit of 0.08.

Few, 58, has been the head basketball coach at Gonzaga since 1999. He has turned them into a powerhouse and has been named the Naismith Coach of the Year twice (2017, 2021). In both of those years, he took his teams to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost.

Mets acting GM Zack Scott charged with DUI after leaving owner’s house

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The New York Mets are dealing with another crisis, this time stemming from the actions of acting GM Zack Scott.

As first reported by Mike Puma, Craig McCarthy, and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon of the New York Post, Scott was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Tuesday. Scott was found asleep in his car at 4:17 a.m. in White Plains, and refused to give blood or submit to a breathalyzer test. Scott underwent a field sobriety test instead, which he failed.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Scott had been at the home of Mets owner Steve Cohen earlier that night. Cohen had been hosting a fundraiser for the team foundation, and both Scott and the players were present at the event.

Scott was charged and released and is due back in court on Thursday.

The Mets issued a statement saying they are “surprised and disappointed,” adding that Scott will not travel with the team on the next road trip.

Scott is serving as acting GM because Jared Porter was fired after only a month on the job over sexual harassment allegations. It has been a bad month for the Mets overall, including players essentially feuding with fans in public, and this really caps it all off.

Six Kentucky football players charged with first-degree burglary

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Six Kentucky Wildcats football players have been charged with first-degree burglary, according to WKYT in Kentucky.

The charges stem from a March 6 incident. Three individuals allegedly entered a private party at a residence uninvited and were asked to leave. The individuals were said to be upset and said they would be back. They allegedly returned with more people, including one who allegedly pointed a firearm at someone.

The six players who have been charged are Reuben “RJ” Adams, Robert “Jutahn” McClain, Andru Phillips, Earnest Sanders IV, Vito Tisdale and Joel Williams. Tisdale was identified as the player who allegedly had the gun.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops issued the following statement about the matter:

“I am aware of the situation that arose today. Out of respect for the legal process, I cannot comment on the charges. We have been aware of this matter since March, as we withheld the players from team activities while a student conduct review was held. Based on the outcome of the review, the players returned to activity in June. We are evaluating the current situation as we receive more information.”

Kentucky’s athletic department said it was evaluating things.

“The institution and athletics department take these matters very seriously. We are closely evaluating this issue before determining next steps.”

Kentucky is set to begin its season on Sept. 4 against Louisiana-Monroe.

Former Miami teammate charged with 2006 murder of Bryan Pata

Former Miami football player Bryan Pata was murdered in a shooting back in 2006, and it took police 15 years to make an arrest in the previously unsolved case.

Rashaun Jones, a former defensive back who was teammates with Pata at Miami, was arrested by Miami-Dade police on Thursday and charged with the murder of Pata, according to The Miami Herald. The 35-year-old had long been considered a suspect in the case, as he had once gotten into a physical altercation with Pata and dated Pata’s girlfriend.

Pata was shot in the back of the head outside his apartment complex near the Miami campus on Nov. 7, 2006. He had practiced with the Hurricanes earlier that day. There were no direct witnesses to the shooting.

Pata, a former defensive end, was a rising star before he was murdered. He was expected to be drafted early in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Rey Maualuga drove through yards, slammed car into tree

Rey Maualuga

Former NFL linebacker and USC star Rey Maualuga was arrested earlier this week for driving while intoxicated among other charges. Given what led to the arrest, Maualuga is fortunate he did not suffer or inflict any serious injuries or worse.

Maualuga was arrested on Wednesday in Villa Hills, Ky., and charged with DUI, criminal mischief first degree and criminal mischief third degree. Police were called after Maualuga drove his white Mercedes through multiple yards and took out several mailboxes. He then smashed into a parked car and sandwiched it between his car and a tree. TMZ shared several photos that showed the aftermath.

One of the photos showed that the airbags in Maualuga’s car were deployed. The incident occurred during daylight hours, so it is truly fortunate that no one happened to be standing in walking down the street or in their front yard.

The arrest was the second in just over a year for Maualuga. He was previously arrested by Villa Hills Police in July 2020 for driving drunk and reckless driving. The 34-year-old also had a DUI arrest in 2010.

Maualuga last played in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins in 2017. He was waived after he was arrested for battery midway through the season. Maualuga allegedly grabbed a nightclub employee by the throat in that incident after he was confronted about an unpaid bar tab.

Maualuga was a star at USC before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 38th overall pick in 2008. He spent eight seasons in Cincy before playing less than a full year with the Dolphins.

Photo: Flickr/Jeffrey Beall via CC-by-SA-2.0

Rey Maualuga arrested for DUI, criminal mischief

Rey Maualuga

Former NFL linebacker and USC star Rey Maualuga has added another line or two to his rap sheet.

Maualuga was arrested on Wednesday night in Kentucky on several charges, according to police records that were reviewed by TMZ. While the details surrounding the arrest are unclear, Maualuga was charged with driving while under the influence, criminal mischief first degree and criminal mischief third degree. The 34-year-old was arrested by the Villa Hills Police Department and booked into Kenton County Jail.

The arrest was the second in just over a year for Maualuga. He was previously arrested by Villa Hills Police in July 2020 for driving drunk and reckless driving. Maualuga also had a DUI arrest in 2010.

Maualuga last played in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins in 2017. He was waived after he was arrested for battery midway through the season. Maualuga allegedly grabbed a nightclub employee by the throat in that incident after he was confronted about an unpaid bar tab.

Maualuga was a star at USC before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 38th overall pick in 2008. He spent eight seasons in Cincy before playing less than a full year with the Dolphins.

Photo: Flickr/Jeffrey Beall via CC-by-SA-2.0

Bru McCoy suspended by USC following domestic violence arrest

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Bru McCoy was once a highly rated prospect, but the USC wide receiver has hit another roadblock in his quest to become a household name.

Keely Eure of USCFootball.com reported on Monday that McCoy has been suspended from the USC football team following an arrest roughly a week ago. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told the publication that McCoy was arrested on July 24 and charged with intimate partner violence with injury. He was released on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 24.

USC confirmed that McCoy has been suspended.

“USC does not condone violence of any kind,” the athletic department said in a statement. “We are aware of the situation, and USC’s Office for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX is reviewing it. Because of federal student privacy laws, we are unable to share additional information at this time. The student-athlete has been temporarily removed from team activities.”

According to TMZ, the incident that led to McCoy’s arrest took place near USC’s campus.

McCoy was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school and ranked in the top-10 nationally. He enrolled at USC in January 2019, but he decided to leave a few weeks later and transfer to Texas after Kliff Kingsbury ended his brief tenure as the Trojans’ offensive coordinator. McCoy was with the Longhorns for just five months before he transferred back to USC, as he reportedly did not feel comfortable at Texas.

McCoy caught 21 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns last season with the Trojans. Given the serious nature of the charge and that his court date isn’t until November, it’s possible he may not play at all in 2021.

Saints’ Deonte Harris likely to be suspended after DUI arrest

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The New Orleans Saints could be without their most dangerous return man at the start of the season, as wide receiver Deonte Harris is facing a suspension over a recent arrest.

According to court records obtained by Amie Just of NOLA.com, Harris was arrested in Towson, Md., on July 16 for suspicion of driving while under the influence. He was also issued several citations including negligent driving, reckless driving, failure to obey traffic control device instructions, and exceeding the speed limit. Police say Harris was stopped for driving 77 mph in a 55-mph zone.

The NFL typically hands down a two-game suspension for a player’s first DUI offense. While the league is still investigating the incident, a two-game ban seems likely for Harris.

Harris was named a Pro Bowler and All-Pro in his rookie season two years ago after he led the NFL punt returns, combined returns and punt return yards. He missed some time due to injury last year.

The Saints were dealt a major blow recently when star wide receiver Michael Thomas had to undergo ankle surgery. He is expected to miss several games at the start of the season. If Harris is suspended, that will make New Orleans even thinner at the wide receiver position.