Monday, July 19, 2010

Joe Montana's Son Nate Among 11 Notre Dame Athletes Arrested

The son of former Notre Dame standout Joe Montana was among 11 Fighting Irish athletes arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage drinking at a party Friday night.

A total of 44 people were arrested after city police responded to a call about a fight near a roadway and discovered the party, said St. Joseph County Police assistant chief Bill Redman.

Two non-athletes face a misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to minors. The arrests were handled by state excise police, who didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on Saturday.

The most recognizable athletes arrested were Nate Montana, a walk-on who was the backup to starter Dayne Crist coming out of the spring, and Tim Abromaitis, the second leading scorer on the Irish basketball team at 16.1 points a game last season.

Montana spent last season as a backup at Pasadena City (Calif.) College. Several incoming freshmen are expected to compete with him for the No. 2 spot when practice begins next month.

The other athletes arrested were wide receivers Robby Toma and Tai-ler Jones, linebacker Steve Filer, kicker Nick Tausch, cornerback Lo Wood, and offensive linemen Chris Watt and Tate Nichols; incoming freshman point guard Eric Atkins; and incoming hockey goalie Steven Summerhays.

Most of those arrested had been released on $150 bond, Redman said. They are scheduled to make court appearances July 30.

If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he was aware of the arrests and was gathering information.

"If there is any team-related discipline to be issued, it would be handled internally," he said.

Bernie Cafarelli, Notre Dame's sports information director, said basketball coach Mike Brey also would handle any punishment internally.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mary Kennedy Faces DUI Charges

The wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. faces a court date next week on a drunk driving charge, the latest in a string of events that began when Kennedy filed for divorce, according to records from Westchester County.

Records from the Westchester County Clerk show that Kennedy filed for divorce from his wife, Mary Kennedy, on May 12.

The next evening, according to police records, Bedford police responded to a 911 call. When police arrived at the Kennedy residence they found the couple in an argument over taking their four children to a carnival at St. Patrick's School.

According to a "domestic incident" report filed by the officer on the scene, "Mr. Kennedy stated that his wife was intoxicated and was acting irrational so he took the children to the carnival to remove them from the situation."

No one was injured, the report said.

Two days later, Mary Kennedy was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Bedford Police Lt. Jeff Dickans told CNN that Mary was arrested around 9:15 p.m. on May 15. Dickans said that Bedford police officer Patricia McGraw saw Kennedy's 2004 Volvo swerving onto the curb of Greenwich Road in Bedford and asked her to pull over.

Kennedy had slurred speech, and a blood-alcohol-content above 0.08 percent, the legal limit in New York. She was charged with driving while intoxicated.

"The DUI is pending and we're hopeful that we'll be able to resolve it in the future," her lawyer, Kerry Lawrence, told CNN.

She is due to appear in Town Court on July 22. Lawrence declined to comment on the divorce filing.

Reached through his assistant, Mary Beth Postman, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. also declined to comment on the divorce.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lindsay Lohan Could End Up Serving Less Than a Week in Jail

In December 2006, Nicole Richie was sentenced to four days in prison for driving under the influence of drugs when she was nabbed traveling in the wrong direction on the Ventura Freeway. On July 27th, Richie checked herself into the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood California to serve her sentence, but was released after a mere 82 minutes in the big house, or less than 2 percent of her sentence.

Party pal Paris Hilton was less fortunate than Richie, but she still danced a delicate tango around her mandated 2007 sentence of 45 days in jail for parole violation. After attending the MTV Movie Awards, Hilton checked herself into Century on June 3, 2007. Four days later Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca signed an order reassigning Hilton to house arrest with electronic monitoring claiming prison overcrowding. Baca received public outrage for the suspended sentence and on June 8, Hilton was ordered back to jail by Judge Michael Sauer.

Upon hearing her sentence, Hilton became tearful and yelled, “It’s not right.” Hilton ended up spending 23 days, or about 30 percent of her sentence in jail.

So how much of the 90-day sentence for probation violations can Lindsay Lohan expect to spend in the Los Angeles penal system?

Following the hearing, the Los Angeles Sheriff spokesman Steve Whitmore said an inmate in Lohan's situation (a woman sent to jail for nonviolent crimes, not a celebrity) generally serves about 25 percent of their sentence, which in this case would be approximately 23 days.

Lindsay Lohan has made some drastic improvements in her appearance since her May hearing.

"A person [of] such notoriety will be kept away from the general population," Whitmore said outside of courthouse.

But Lindsay’s time behind bars could be significantly less than that.

“Luckily for Lindsay, she could get significant jail time shaved off the judge's sentence. Depending on jail overcrowding conditions, which is a common occurrence in Los Angeles County, the Department of Corrections can shave anywhere from 75 percent, even up to 90 percent off her 90-day sentence for a non-violent misdemeanor," Criminal Defense Attorney Stacy Schneider told Fox411. "With extra jail time credits also applied, I am betting she will serve about a week or less."