Pair Of College Football Players Charged In Statue Theft

first_imgA general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini.CHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 16: A general view of Memorial Stadium as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Two Illinois football players are in trouble with the law for theft. The object that they allegedly took is a pretty peculiar one. The two members of the Illini are accused of taking a $5,000 deer statue from a local park.James Marchese and Drew Murtaugh are both linebackers for Lovie Smith’s team. The pair admitted to “relocating” a steel wire sculpture called “Startled” to the roof of their apartment complex. It has now been returned and reinstalled at Scott Park.Each player has been charged with theft of an item between $500 and $10,000. The penalty for that offense ranges from probation to a two-to-five year prison sentence.The players claim that they found the statue on the ground. From The News-Gazette:Marchese told police that he and Murtaugh were walking home April 29 when they saw the statue lying on the ground and took it to the roof of their building. Murtaugh gave the same basic statement, according to a police report.Illinois football has not made a decision on the status of the two players.The two will be back in court in a few weeks. More, from the report:Marchese and Murtaugh appeared with an attorney Friday and asked Judge John Kennedy for a probable-cause hearing. They are due back in court June 12.Kent Brown, UI director of sports information, said head football coach Lovie Smith is aware of the criminal charges against the pair but no action regarding their positions on the team has been taken.Marchese played in 12 games for Illinois last year, starting two. He finished with 18 total tackles, and was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree last year.Murtagh was also an Academic All-Big Ten player last season. After redshirting in 2016, he did not appear in the stat book last season for Illinois.[The News-Gazette]last_img read more

McIlhenny Co names greatgrandson of Tabasco founder as CEO

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Louisiana-based McIlhenny Co., which produces Tabasco sauce, has named the great-great-grandson of Tabasco creator Edmund McIlhenny as its new president and chief executive officer.News outlets report Monday that Harold Osborn will take over the company, popularly known for creating the Tabasco brand and distributing Tabasco Pepper Sauce.The Acadiana Advocate reports Osborn worked on Southern Louisiana’s Avery Island and in the Avery Island salt mine for the McIlhenny Co. when he was younger. Avery Island was the birthplace of Tabasco Pepper Sauce, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places last year.The newspaper says McIlhenny Co. was founded in 1868, making it one of the U.S.’s oldest family-owned companies.The Associated Press read more

Two policemen interdicted

A female police constable and another policeman have been interdicted after a suspect had fled police custody in Madampe today.The police said that the suspect had fled when he was taken to the Chilaw court over a heroin case. The police DIG in charge of the Chilaw police division investigated the incident and ordered the two police constables to be interdicted.The DIG had said that the police constables had failed in their duty and so were interdicted pending further investigations. Meanwhile the suspect who fled police custody was arrested at his house. (Colombo Gazette) read more