• Ex-Coach Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Teen Players

    by Mike Gangloff April 2017

    A former Giles County basketball coach pleaded guilty Wednesday to using his phone to ask teen girls for nude pictures of themselves.

  • Hidden Camera Sparks Investigation into HS AD

    by Olivia Hitchcock and Andrew Marra April 2017

    The discovery of a hidden camera believed to be set up to film a child secretly for more than a year sparked an investigation into the popular athletic director at Palm Beach Gardens High School, recently obtained police records indicate.

  • Football Player Charged with Sexual Assault

    by Bridget Knight April 2017

    Rodney Roshunn Higgins Jr., 19, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was arrested Monday as part of an investigation into a sexual assault report from MSU's Killingsworth Hall Sunday.

  • BHSU Brings Lawsuit Against Synthetic Turf Contractor

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., has commissioned Kiefer USA of Lindenhurst, Ill., to replace the synthetic turf at Lyle Hare Stadium before the 2017 football season.

  • Ex-NFL Agent Pleads Guilty to Athlete Inducement

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    Monday afternoon, a list of three-year-old felony charges were resolved when former NFL agent Terry Watson pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina’s sports agent law. An initial investigation was launched in 2010 by the office of the Secretary of State, following up on an NCAA probe into the UNC football program.

  • Missouri Playgrounds Caught Up in Church-State Debate

    by The Bismarck Tribune April 2017

    Missouri's Department of Natural Resources runs the Scrap Tire Program. It enables playgrounds to replace gravel and dirt with a rubber protective surface that is kinder to the knees of the devout and heathens alike. The department refused the church's request for a $20,000 grant, citing this from the state constitution: "No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion." Trinity Lutheran says the state is abridging its First Amendment right to the "free exercise" of religion and denying the 14th Amendment guarantee of "equal protection of the laws."

  • HS Athletic Director Target of Exploitation Investigation

    by Andrew Marra, Olivia Hitchcock and Jodie Wagner April 2017

    Palm Beach Gardens High School's longtime athletic director has been removed from the school after becoming a subject of a child sexual-exploitation investigation, according to school district officials and court records.

  • Council Approves Controversial Rec Plan After Debate

    by Aleese Kopf April 2017

    Many residents made perhaps their last-ditch effort Wednesday to stop plans to build a new recreation center this summer. They were unsuccessful. The Town Council voted 3-2 to approve eight variances and a site plan review needed to build a new 17,000-square-foot center at 340 Seaview Ave. The vote came after more than four hours of discussion and debate about the proposal. It was essentially the final public hearing in a debate about the controversial project that has been ongoing for more than a year. Council members say they've received "massive" amounts of emails, letters and phone calls from residents both for and against the project over the last several months.

  • Four Fired, One Suspended in HS Recruiting Probe

    by Courtney Cameron April 2017

    At a Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, a Patterson (N.J.) Eastside athletic director and two coaches were terminated following a series of investigations into the school’s recruiting practices.

  • Man Charged for Filming Girls Hockey Team in Locker Room

    by Pat Reavy April 2017

    A West Jordan man accused of using his phone to secretly film a young girls hockey team in a locker room has been charged with multiple counts of voyeurism.