Monday, January 26, 2009

Jonathan Dekker - Obstruction of Justice

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jonathan Dekker was arrested early Saturday, January 24th, 2009 and charged with obstruction of justice.

Dekker, who injured his knee in August and spent the season on injured reserve, was released on $1,000 bond, police said.

Police said they responded to a complaint at 3:30 a.m. near Old Town Alexandria. When they arrived, police said, Dekker tried to flee but was apprehended.

Police did not provide details of the complaint. A hearing is scheduled for Feb. 2.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Dekker played three games for the Steelers in 2007. He was signed by the Steelers in 2006 as a free agent from Princeton and spent that season on the practice squad.

Pittsburgh plays Arizona in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1.

Anna Ayala - Wendys

AKA Anna Dalia Ayala

Born: December 22nd, 1965

Gender: Female

Race or Ethnicity: Hispanic

Sexual orientation: Straight

Occupation: Criminal, Hoaxer
Nationality: United States

Executive summary: Wendy's chili-finger woman

Anna Ayala attracted nationwide attention after a chili meal she received from a Wendy's franchise (1405 Monterey Highway, San Jose, CA) on 22 March 2005 allegedly contained a human finger. On Good Morning America she claimed to have bitten into the 1.5 inch fingertip. Having chomped something unchompable, she spat the object out, complained to management, and brought the matter to the attention of American media. She told Good Morning America: "Just knowing that there was a human remain in my mouth[...] It is disgusting. It is tearing me apart inside."
Her finger story had all the right elements: ick factor, fast food contamination and the mystery of the finger itself. Wendy's offered a reward of $50,000 for information about the source of the finger, later doubling it. At one point, Sandy Allman, a Nevada woman, came forward and suggested the fingertip belonged to her, lost during a tiger attack. It was not hers, instead turning out to have belonged to a coworker of Ayala's husband at a paving company. The unfortunate victim, Brian Paul Rossiter, lost the digit on the job when his hand was caught in a truck lift mechanism.

The San Jose Police Department investigated the "chain of custody" of the chili, back to its base ingredients. All digits accounted for, police worked with their Nevada counterparts and searched Ayala's Las Vegas home on April 8th. Ayala described the search to the San Francisco Chronicle: "They put guns to us and handcuffed us and threw us to the ground in front of all my neighbors... They treated us like trash, like terrorists. It's the worst nightmare." Ayala dropped her lawsuit around this time and stopped speaking to the press.
Publicity surrounding this spectacle has brought unfortunate scrutiny on Anna Ayala herself. In an earlier case, she claimed to have been awarded $30,000 from El Pollo Loco, another chain, after her daughter allegedly became sick after a meal. Pollo Loco denies that story. But on 22 April, Ayala was arrested in Las Vegas on an further unrelated charge of real estate fraud, in a matter concerning $11,000 over the sale of a mobile home that the woman did not actually own.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Foxy Brown

Rapper Foxy Brown was arrested in Florida in February of 2007 for battery and obstruction of justice.
Foxy, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was booked by Pembroke Pines Police Department after a disturbance at a beauty supply shop.
According to the police Report, Brown threw hair glue at a beauty shop employee and later swatted an officer. Foxy was in the bathroom applying product to her hair when an employee told her the business was closed. She refused to leave the establishment. Brown then spat on the employee as he called 911, staining his shirt. When a police officer approached, he tried to get the rapper to return to the store for questioning, but Foxy swatted his hand away and started swinging her arms in a struggle with the officer, who had to "use a takedown maneuver to gain control" of Brown, according to the report. Per the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Foxy was held on $1,500 bail on two offenses.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Leif Garret

LOS ANGELES, California -- Seventies teen idol Leif Garrett was being held without bail after authorities said he was suspected of carrying narcotics and not having a subway ticket.Garrett, 44, was arrested by sheriff's deputies in January 2006 on the platform of the Pershing Square Red Line station when he didn't have a ticket, authorities said. Deputies found suspected narcotics during a search, officials said.He has not been charged and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, according to the sheriff's Web site.Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, said Garrett was being held without bail because he had violated the terms of his probation for a previous offense. He pleaded guilty in March to attempted possession of cocaine-based narcotics and was placed on probation, Gibbons said.A judge last month issued a bench warrant for his arrest for an unspecified reason, she said.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Robert Blake

LOS ANGELES, California -- Actor Robert Blake and his bodyguard were arrested in April 2002 for the killing of Blake's wife, who was found shot in the head nearly one year ago in their car outside a restaurant where they had just eaten, authorities said.

Blake, 69, handcuffed and wearing a white shirt and green baseball cap, was taken into custody at his sister's home in the gated Hidden Hills community where he has been staying with his young daughter, Rosie, who is almost 2 years old.
Police would not disclose the specific charge against Blake, but said it involved the killing of his wife of six months, Bonny Lee Bakley, 44.

The star of the 1970s detective series "Baretta" was led away from the home in a white unmarked sheriff's car and driven away.

Police also confirmed the arrest of Blake bodyguard Earle Caldwell in connection with the killing. He was taken into custody a short while earlier in Burbank by officers who handcuffed him while he lay sprawled in the middle of the street.
Cary Goldstein, the attorney for the late Bakley and members of her family, said he was pleased with the arrest.

"After thousands and thousands of hours of investigation by the LAPD, they have concluded that Robert Blake and Earle Caldwell are responsible for the death of Bonny Bakley," he told CNN.
"The police followed the lead and apparently it all fell into place. They have the evidence with which to do this," Goldstein said. "They're going to put on a thorough, competent case because they're not going to risk losing this."

The victim's sister, Margerry Bakley, said family members were "pleased with the LAPD and saddened just the same. We still lost Bonny and have not seen Rose."

Blake's attorney, Harland Braun, said his client was surprised after being informed officers were headed toward his home in the Hidden Hills gated community. He said he expects a court arraignment by Monday.

Braun said he was awaiting Blake's arrival at Parker Center, the police headquarters in downtown Los Angeles where he would await his client's arrival at the homicide division.
"I am really surprised. I got a call from the police just before they got to his house to have me call Robert and alert him that they were coming," Braun told CNN. "He was shocked, but I just said, 'Remain calm, come on out and cooperate.'"

He said Blake was trying to make arrangements for his young daughter's care. Braun said Blake's grown daughter from a different marriage would look after Rosie.

Blake, who portrayed a killer in the movie based on Truman Capote's classic "In Cold Blood," had told police his wife was in the car after the two had eaten together May 4 in a Studio City restaurant. He told police he went back into the restaurant to retrieve his gun, and when he returned to the car he found his wife shot in the head.

Blake, who has had very little to say about the case, had been the focus of the police investigation. He was interviewed as a witness to the crime, and his home was searched at least twice by police.

At his wife's funeral in late May 2001, Blake walked to the casket, placed his right hand on it and bowed his head. Someone handed him a white rose from the floral arrangement atop the casket.
"I stand before God to make this pledge," he said just before the casket was lowered, "As long as I have breath, I will do everything to make my daughter Rosie's life the best I can."
In the weeks after the slaying, Blake bodyguard and personal assistant Caldwell told CNN the possibility that the actor may have been responsible for his wife's death "never even crossed my mind."

Caldwell said he and Blake did not discuss the killing: "We look at the sky, we watch the birds, we don't talk about it."

Although Blake said he entered the restaurant to retrieve his gun, Joe Restivo, a co-owner of the restaurant Vitello's, told CNN Blake appeared to have retrieved nothing from the restaurant, but that he came in, drank two glasses of water and left. Restivo said Blake appeared flustered.
The story also swirled controversy last year because Blake's attorney went on the offensive, raising questions about Bakley's past, releasing recordings of her phone conversations to the news media and detailing her interest in celebrities.

Braun said the couple had a troubled relationship and that Blake had only married Bakley because she became pregnant with his daughter. Still, Braun dismissed the suggestion that Blake was responsible for the crime.

"The fact that someone might have a marginal motive to get rid of someone doesn't mean they killed them," Braun said last year.

At the time, the attorney for Bakley, Goldstein, criticized such tactics.

"This was the mother of his child and the first thing he did was put himself out there and trashed her," Goldstein said. "I think it's a disgusting thing to do."

Goldstein also criticized Blake's account of the events surrounding the killing as not credible. "It doesn't make sense," he said. "It's rather preposterous to me."

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Glen Campbell

PHOENIX — Country singer Glen Campbell, whose hits included "Rhinestone Cowboy," struck another car while driving drunk and left the scene, then later kneed a police officer while demanding to see the police chief, authorities said Tuesday.
Singer Glen Campbell stands for his booking photo at the Madison Street Jail in Phoenix in November of 2003.

He was freed on $2,000 bail on charges of extreme drunken driving and hit and run. He also was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

Campbell, 67, was arrested Monday at his home after a collision at a Phoenix intersection in which nobody was hurt, police Sgt. Randy Force said. A witness had followed the car, called police on a cell phone and directed them to a home in the Biltmore area, Force said.

"Officers contacted the driver of that BMW who was Glen Campbell," he said. "Based on his appearance and demeanor, they believed he was intoxicated and took him into custody."

Departmental policy prevents authorities from releasing the results of blood-alcohol tests, Force said, but extreme drunken driving applies when results are above 0.15%. The legal limit for drivers in Arizona is 0.08%.

He posted bail on the charges of suspicion of extreme drunken driving and hit and run. While being processed at a police station, police said Campbell — minutes away from being released to waiting friends and family — became angry and kneed Sgt. Bill Niles in the thigh. Niles was not hurt.

That prompted police to arrest him again, on suspicion of assault. He was taken to jail and appeared in Superior Court just before midnight. A court commissioner, Steve Kupiszewski, placed him on supervised release, requiring him to check in periodically with court monitors, who could test him for alcohol and drugs.

"There was a lot of, 'Do you know who I am. I'm Glen Campbell' ... I shouldn't be locked up like this.' He asked to speak to the chief of police," Niles said.

Moments before his appearance in front of Kupiszewski, Campbell, wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks polo shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, seemed relaxed.

"There's a first time for everything," Campbell told his lawyer, Larry Debus.

The other car involved in the collision was driven by Charles Root, 31, a waiter. Root said police took him to a house where he identified a man standing in a yard as the person who hit him. Later, he was told it was the singer.

"It didn't look like him at all. He had on a ball cap and was wearing shorts and a T-shirt," Root told the East Valley Tribune.

A publicist for Campbell could not be reached for comment late Monday.
Campbell, who has lived in Arizona for 22 years and has no prior convictions, was hugely successful in the 1960s and early '70s with a string of hits on the pop and country charts, including "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Galveston," "Gentle on My Mind," "Wichita Lineman" and the Grammy-winning "By the Time I Get to Phoenix."
He was the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year for 1968 and had his own television show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," from 1969 to 1972. He also was a top session guitarist.
Force said that while in jail, Campbell could be heard singing 'Rhinestone Cowboy'.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

US Senator Larry Craig

On August 27, 2007 the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call revealed that Craig had been arrested for homosexual lewd conduct in the men's restroom at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on June 11, 2007, and entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct on August 8, 2007.
As a result of the controversy surrounding his arrest and subsequent guilty plea, Senator Craig announced his intention to resign from the Senate at a news conference on September 1, 2007, which was to become effective on September 30, 2007. After failing to withdraw his guilty plea, on October 4, 2007, Craig released a statement refusing to resign as senator for Idaho. Craig was not a candidate for re-election in 2008.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Noelle Bush

Noelle Lucila Bush graduated from Tallahassee Community College in 2000. On January 29, 2002, according to a police report, she attempted to “fraudulently obtain a prescription” at a Walgreens Drug Store located in Tallahassee, Florida.
The attending officer, Mark E. Dent of the Tallahassee Police Deparmtent, ascertained that Bush had telephoned the pharmacy using the name “Noelle Scidmore” in an attempt to obtain Xanax, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders. As a result of her arrest, Bush was ordered by a judge to attend a rehabilitation program at the Center for Drug-Free Living in Orlando, Florida.
During her time at the facility, Bush was found in contempt of court after being found in possession of two grams of cocaine, and was sentenced to 10 days in jail. In August 2003, Jeb Bush and his wife Columba attended their daughter's final court appearance. Upon completion of her rehabilitation program, the governor's press office released a statement on his behalf. “Columba and I are pleased that our daughter Noelle has completed this step, and grateful for the treatment she's received ... . She has worked hard to get here. We are proud of her efforts and love her very much.” Regarding her treatment, Noelle Bush herself told the court “It's been quite a challenge, and I'm grateful.

Rip Torn

Rip Torn -- Rip ties one on and sews up another DUI arrest.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Al Gore III

The son of former Vice President Al Gore was arrested early Wednesday, July 4th, 2007 in Orange County on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs, the latest in a series of incidents with law enforcement agencies in recent years.

Albert Gore III was taken into custody about 2:15 a.m. after Orange County sheriff’s deputies stopped him for driving about 100 mph on the southbound Interstate 5 in Laguna Niguel.

When deputies approached the Toyota Prius at the Crown Valley Parkway exit, they detected the “strong odor of marijuana,” said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department. A search of the car found marijuana and prescription drugs Vicodin, Valium, Xanax and Adderall, an amphetamine used to treat attention deficit disorder, Amormino said.

Gore was booked into Orange County Jail on four charges, including possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of the drugs without a prescription. He was released on $20,000 bail about 12 hours later.

Gore, 24, was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana in Bethesda, Md., in 2003 and later was ordered to participate in a substance abuse program. In September 2002, military police ticketed Gore for driving under the influence near Ft. Myer, Va., a military base outside Washington.

In August 2000, he was ticketed by the North Carolina Highway Patrol after being clocked driving 97 mph in a 55-mph zone. In an agreement with prosecutors, a reckless driving charge was dropped. Gore was fined $125 and his driving privileges were suspended in that state.

The only son of Al and Tipper Gore, he suffered severe injuries in April 1989 after running into the street and being hit by a car. The 6-year-old had just been to a Baltimore Orioles game with his father. He spent almost a month in the hospital.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Cedric Benson

Before the start of the 2008 NFL Season for the Chicago Bears, Cedric Benson was arrested for allegedly operating a boat while intoxicated and resisting arrest. The incident occurred on May 3rd, 2008 near Austin, Texas by the Lower Colorado River Authority during a late night safety inspection. The official police report cited that Benson had failed a field sobriety test, and became hostile towards the police. The officers arrested Benson, and proceeded to use pepper-spray after he forcefully resisted arrest. Benson was later detained for the night, and released in the morning after paying a bail of $10,000-$14,000 dollars for boating while intoxicated and an additional $4,500 dollar charge for resisting arrest.

Benson has since refuted the charges against him, and stated he requested to take a follow-up field sobriety test on land after failing the initial one. Benson has further accused the officers of abusing him, stating, “I’m not handcuffed. I’m not under arrest. I’m not threatening him. I’m not pushing him. I’m not touching him. And he sprays me right in the eye.” He also asserts that officers continuously struck his ankles and feet to prevent him from walking properly. A female passenger on Benson's boat also claims to have witnessed the abuse and called her father out of fear for Benson's safety. Her fiance, also on the boat, may have dozens of pictures confirming Benson's account.

Upon hearing about the incident, Bears’ head coach Lovie Smith stated, “I haven’t had a chance to speak with Cedric yet, but anytime we’re talking about one of our players getting arrested, you’re disappointed in it,” and added “What we’re going to do from here, I’ll go back and try to get as much information as I possibly can and go from there.” If found guilty, Benson’s charges can be penalized with up to six months in jail and a $4,000 dollar fine
Here's Cedric again...arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated...While returning from a restaurant with his girlfriend, police claim that Benson drove through a red light, and failed a field sobriety test. Police claim he later refused to take a breathe or blood test to determine his blood alcohol level. Police proceeded to detain Benson, and later released him on bond. Benson has denied the police officers' allegations, and insisted that he 'aced' the field test. Bears general manager jerry Angelo commented, “It’s unfortunate. Disappointment is too much an often used word when we’re talking about Cedric. The No. 1 lesson for every player is protect your job. We’re all held accountable for our actions. I’m not going to say any more than that until we know for sure what the facts are.” On the following Monday, Benson was waived from the Bears. Angelo commented on the release, stating ”Cedric displayed a pattern of behavior we will not tolerate... As I said this past weekend, you have to protect your job. Everyone in this organization is held accountable for their actions."

Benson was later ordered by a County Judge to put a built-in ignition interlock breathalyzer in his car. He was also told to start drug counseling classes. Benson was cleared of all charges in September, after appearing before two grand juries in Travis County.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Andy Dick

Comedian Andy Dick in 2008 after being arrested for suspicion of drug possession and sexual battery.
In 2005, Dick stirred controversy in Edmonton, Alberta, at Yuk Yuk's comedy club when he dropped his pants and exposed his genitals to the audience. Amid the uproar, he was ushered off the stage and the second night was cancelled.

On December 2, 2006, he angered an audience at the Improv Club in Los Angeles by shouting "You're all a bunch of niggers!" following an improvised set with comedian Ian Bagg. This was a direct reference to Michael Richards' use of the same epithet to insult hecklers two weeks earlier. He later issued an apology through his publicist:
"I chose to make a joke about a subject that is not funny, in an attempt to make light of a serious subject, I have offended a lot of people, and I am sorry for my insensitivity. I wish to apologize to Ian, to the club and its patrons and to anyone who was hurt or offended by my remark."

On February 2, 2007, he was forcibly removed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, after repeatedly touching guest Ivanka Trump without her permission. After Dick rubbed Trump's legs and touched her hair, Jimmy Kimmel begged him to behave himself. When Dick asked Trump to "give him a big, fat, sloppy kiss right on the lips" and grabbed her arm, Kimmel called in two security guards. Kimmel and the guards dragged an uncooperative Dick off-set.
On May 2, 2007, he made another appearance on Kimmel, which began by showing the clip of him being dragged out of his previous appearance, and then wheeled out, Hannibal Lecter-style, on a dolly. Although he exchanged some dialogue and playful "touching" with Kimmel's other guest, Danica Patrick, the show passed without incident.

In July 2007 at the Laugh Factory comedy club in Los Angeles, Dick was in an altercation with former NewsRadio costar, who claims that, a year earlier, Dick had approached him at a restaurant and said, "I put the Phil Hartman hex on you; you're the next one to die." Lovitz has alleged that Dick gave cocaine to Hartman's wife Brynn, a recovering addict, causing her to relapse and eventually leading to her mental breakdown some five months later. She shot Hartman in their home, then committed suicide.

In August 2007, Dick was cited by Columbus, Ohio, police for urinating on a sidewalk and a building. During his weekend in Columbus he was reported to be intoxicated during his standup performances and groped patrons at a comedy club. Upon his return to Los Angeles, LA County deputies were called to his residence to respond to a complaint that Dick was throwing beer bottles into his neighbor's yard.

On August 29, 2007, Dick slapped a reporter in the face outside a Los Angeles nightclub.

On July 16, 2008, Dick was arrested in Murrieta, California on suspicion of drug possession and sexual battery. He was arrested for allegedly grabbing and pulling down a 17-year-old girl's tank top and bra, thereby exposing her breasts. During a search of his person, police report finding a small quantity of marijuana and one Xanax tablet (for which Dick did not have a prescription) in his front pants pocket.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

John Daly

In this photo provided by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office, professional golfer John Daly is shown. Daly was taken into custody Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, by Winston-Salem police after he was found drunk outside a Hooters restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C. While at the restaurant, police said Daly "appeared extremely intoxicated and uncooperative," refused repeatedly to be taken to the hospital and was asked to leave the restaurant by several workers. Daly was taken to the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center for a 24-hour stay, until he was sober.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mary Delgado

This photo provided by the Val Verde County Sheriff's Office in Texas shows one-time NFL cheerleader and reality TV bride-to-be Mary Delgado, who was arrested in a Del Rio, Texas, bar Nov 16, 2008. after refusing to leave. She was charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest, and released about an hour later. Delgado, accepted a televised proposal from "The Bachelor" -- professional bass fisherman Byron Velvick -- in 2004.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Update: Ron White

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- A Vero Beach judge has found comedian Ron White guilty of minor drug charges.

The "Blue Collar Comedy Tour" veteran won't serve any jail time under a decision filed Tuesday. White's attorney worked out a plea deal with prosecutors in November. He will serve six months probation, pay fines and fees and have his driver license suspended for two years.
White was arrested after flying into Vero Beach on a private plane in September. Police reports show he was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, valued at $10, and drug paraphernalia.

White, who didn't appear in court, has said previously that a former employee angry over not getting a severance tipped off Florida police that he was carrying marijuana.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Chris Cagle and Jennifer Tant

Country singer Chris Cagle and girlfriend Jennifer Tant after their arrest in 2008 on domestic assault charges following a drunken fight at the couple's home.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Walter Jacobson

June 18, 2008 - Former Chicago television news anchor Walter Jacobson in 2008 after his arrest on a charge of drunken driving.
In February 1977, Jacobson failed to make WBBM's 10 p.m. newscast because he was being booked at a police station, charged with making an illegal left turn and driving on a suspended license. A few weeks later, Jacobson was pulled over and charged with driving at night with defective headlights.

In a landmark case in media law, Jacobson and CBS were found guilty by a federal jury in Chicago in November 1985 of libeling the Brown & Williamson tobacco company in a November 1981 expose in which Jacobson accused the cigarette manufacturer of marketing cigarettes to children and teens. The next month, the jury awarded Brown & Williamson $5.1 million, with Jacobson personally liable for $50,000. An appeals court ultimately cut the award to $3 million, but let Jacobson's share stand. "I feel some outrage, some fury as well as disappointment. I am outraged at the cigarette industry for trying to intimidate the press. I don`t feel intimidated," Jacobson told the Chicago Tribune in an article that appeared on December 6, 1985.

In September 1997, Jacobson was arrested and charged with grabbing a restaurant owner in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood who wouldn't answer his questions about homeless people interfering with businesses in the neighborhood. Jacobson ultimately was acquitted of misdemeanor battery, trespass and disorderly conduct charges a few months later.

In May 2004, Jacobson was arrested in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood and charged with driving under the influence, running a stop sign and obstructing traffic after he allegedly double-parked his 2004 Saab outside a Lincoln Park pizzeria and was seen by police "stumbling" out of the shop. Jacobson ultimately passed the Breathalyzer test, and the DUI charge was dropped. He was sentenced to four months' supervision and was fined $450, and also agreed to undergo evaluation of his use of alcohol.

On June 18, 2008, Jacobson was arrested near his home in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood for DUI charges after failing a field sobriety and Breathalyzer test.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Rip Torn

LITCHFIELD, Conn. – Actor Rip Torn has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving charges in Connecticut, nearly two years after being fined and losing his license for similar charges in New York.
The 77-year-old Salisbury resident appeared in Bantam Superior Court on Monday. He pleaded not guilty to illegal operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane.

State police say a trooper stopped Torn on Dec. 14 on Route 44 shortly after he had left the White Hart Inn in Salisbury, a town of about 4,000 people in the northwestern corner of the state that borders New York and Massachusetts.

Police say Torn was driving in the breakdown lane in his 1994 Subaru with a Christmas tree tied to the top.

He failed part of a field sobriety exam, then gave up after saying the ground wasn't level enough, state police said. He also refused to take a breathalyzer test and used profanity while in the trooper's cruiser, police said.

Torn, who won an Emmy for his role on "The Larry Sanders Show," is set to return to court Jan. 28.

His attorney, A. Thomas Waterfall of Torrington, told The Register Citizen newspaper: "All I can tell you is that we will review the reports, and Mr. Torn and I will meet to discuss his defense options. At this point, I don't know what they are yet."

Monday, January 5, 2009

Vanilla Ice

Rapper Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, is shown in his 2008 mugshot after his arrest on a battery charge.

On April 10, 2008, Van Winkle was arrested in Palm Beach County on a battery charge for allegedly kicking and hitting Laura. He was released the following day after Laura declared that her husband had only pushed her. In court, the couple's neighbor, Frank Morales, stated that it was merely a verbal argument. According to the police report, Van Winkle had told police that his wife is bipolar and tends to get irrational and argumentative, despite being on medication. Van Winkle was ordered by a Florida court to stay away from his wife following his arrest, and to only communicate with his children only if Morales accompanied him. The judge told Van Winkle that he could only contact his wife via telephone.

On April 29th, 2008, his lawyers, Bradford Cohen and Joseph LoRusso, were able to get the entire case dropped, after providing the state attorney with evidence that conflicted with what was originally reported. Van Winkle released the following statement on his website: "I love my wife and my family. We have been together for fourteen years. Every now and then there is a bump in the road just like in most relationships; unfortunately mine is made public, and the media has a way of twisting things around. Don't believe what you hear. When I got out, we hugged and made up. We just want the whole thing to go away. My family means the world to me, and I would never hurt anyone."

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Carmelo Anthony

April 14, 2008
NBA forward Carmelo Anthony in 2008 after he pulled over while driving erratically on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Since entering the NBA, Anthony has been the subject of numerous controversies. In 2004, he was cited for marijuana possession, after inspectors at Denver International Airport found marijuana in his backpack. Charges were later dropped after Anthony’s friend, James Cunningham, of St Louis, signed an affidavit taking responsibility for the marijuana. That same year, Anthony appeared in a video entitled, Stop Snitchin', which warned that residents of Baltimore who collaborated with the police would face violence. Anthony later distanced himself from this video. In 2006, Anthony’s friend, Tyler Brandon Smith, was pulled over in Anthony’s vehicle and cited for marijuana possession and three traffic violations. Later that year, he was involved in the infamous Knicks-Nuggets brawl during a game at Madison Square Garden. He was suspended 15 games as a result.

On April 14, 2008, Anthony was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, after being pulled over on southbound Interstate 25 at 20th Street in Denver for weaving through lanes and not dimming his lights. Police spokesperson Detective Sharon Hahn said Anthony, who was alone in the car, failed a series of sobriety tests. He was ticketed and then released at police headquarters to a "sober responsible party." A court date was set for May 14. The Nuggets suspended Anthony for two games due to the arrest. On June 24, 2008, Anthony pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while ability-impaired. The original sentence of driving while under the influence was dropped, and he was subsequently sentenced to one year of probation, 24 hours of community service and $1,000 in court costs and fines.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Bai Ling

February 14, 2008
Chinese actress Bai Ling was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in 2008 for shoplifting.
On Thursday, February 14th, 2008 Bai Ling was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport for shoplifting two magazines and a package of batteries. It was an "emotionally crazy" day, Ling explained to E! News. She was coping with the "huge problem of breaking up [before] Valentine's Day...wrong boyfriend." She also wrote on her blog after the incident: "Life happens to you either you liked it or not, sometimes I feel you have to be so brave to stand in front of the World, and just hope that people will have a tender heart toward you." On March 5th, 2008 she pled guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace. She was then fined US$200 (US$700 when totaling the fine and penalties) for the action at the airport.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Kumari Fulbright

Former beauty queen and calendar model Kumari Fulbright was arrested in 2008, accused of kidnapping, biting and threatening a former boyfriend with a handgun....a picture says a thousand words...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Casey Anthony

Casey Anthony is the mother of Florida toddler Caylee Anthony, who went missing in mid-June, 2008. The body of Caylee Anthony was found on December 11, 2008, near the home of her grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony. The identity of the body was confirmed on December 19, 2008, and the medical examiner determined that the cause of death was a homicide.

Chain of events:

Caylee Anthony had been missing since June 9th, 2008.

On July 24th, 2008, Cindy Anthony, Casey's mother and Caylee's Grandmother reported Caylee missing.

Cindy Anthony told 911 dispatcher that Casey Anthony's car smelled like a dead body had been in it.

Casey was arrested July 16, 2008.

Casey was granted bail hearing on July 22, 2008.

Anthony's bond was set at $500,000.

Formally charged with felony child neglect and filing a false statement on August 5, 2008.

On August 27, 2008, lab results confirmed that a human body had been in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car.

Friends consider her a habitual liar.

A judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation for her.

Was also arrested for forgery on August 29, 2008 in an unrelated case.

Indicted on murder charges October 14, 2008.

Body of Caylee Anthony's found near the home of Casey Anthony's parents on December 11, 2008 by utility worker Roy Kronk.
Identity of Caylee Anthony confirmed by medical examiner Dr G on December 19, 2008.

Matt Dillon

NEWBURY, Vt. -- Actor Matt Dillon was pulled over Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 by Vermont state police for excessive speeding.

Dillon, 44, of New York, was clocked at 106 mph traveling on Interstate 91 north in the town of Newbury, near the New Hampshire border, police said. He was driving a rented 2009 Chevrolet Impala in an area where the posted speed limit was 65 mph.

Dillon was photographed, fingerprinted and released with a citation to appear at Orange County Court, police said.

Dillon is well known for his acting career with roles in "Crash" and most recently in "You, Me and Dupree."