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Buju Banton found guilty of cocaine and gun charges

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

After 11 hours deliberation a federal jury returned their verdict on the fate of Grammy winner reggae singer Banton.  He was found guilty of three of the four charges he faced.

The Jamaican reggae singer, won his Grammy just last week for best reggae album for “Before the Dawn.”

He was found guilty on Tuesday of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and using the wires to facilitate a drug trafficking offense. He was acquitted of attempted possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Wildly popular in his native Jamaica, his trial was based on accusations that he conspired with two other men in setting up a drug deal in December of 2009.  The courtroom was packed with supporters that included other well known reggae artists.

Prosecutors argued that Banton portrayed himself as a broker of drug deals in several conversations with a confidential informant.  Defense attorneys countered that he was simply a “big talker” trying to impress.

This was Banton’s second trial. A jury deadlocked in his first trial last year.

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Second Death in Disney-Developed Community

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Just days after the Disney Development community of Celebration reported its first ever homicide Florida police are investigating another death according to authorities.

According to CBS affiliate WKMG, Craig Foushee, 52, barricaded himself in his home on Thursday afternoon for more than 14 hours before killing himself after Foushee allegedly shot at deputies several times although fortunately no deputies were injured.  The deputies did not return fire because they could not get a clear shot.

Foushee was inside home alone, and officials closed streets in the area for hours while negotiating with him.  Authorities evacuated nearby homes, and public schools in Celebration were put on lockdown.

Deputies set out tear gas ater more than 14 hours of negotiations  and used a robot to ensure that it was safe to enter the home.  When they gained access they found Foushee dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain said there was no connection between Foushee and Matteo P. Giovanditto, who was found dead by a local resident in his Celebration condominium Monday.

A Facebook profile with Foushee’s name and hometown of Celebration, Fla. showed him describing his daughters as “my treasures.” In April, he allegedly posted that he “went from being married to single.”

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Titans select Hun School’s Myron Rolle in the sixth round

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

By Jenny Vrentas/The Star-Ledger

April 24, 2010, 3:22PM


Dave Martin/Associated PressMyron Rolle catches a pass during Senior Bowl practice in January.Where in this year’s Draft Myron Rolle would be selected was a point of major debate this spring. The answer is in the sixth round.

After taking a year off from football to study at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, the former Florida State safety was selected by the Titans with the last pick of the sixth round, 207th overall.

“I had just taken a nap because I was waiting so long today,” Rolle said. “I had just gotten up, I saw the 615 area code, and they said ‘Myron, are you ready to be a Titan?’ I said, ‘Absolutely.’ ”

Raised in Galloway Township native and a graduate of The Hun School, Rolle earned Associated Press third-team all-America honors in 2008. Rolle studied at Oxford and continued to pursue his goal of becoming a neurologist, but the decision led to some in NFL circles questioning his commitment to football.

“It’s not really so much to prove people wrong, it’s to maximize my own ability and potential,” Rolle said. “I’m athletic, tough and physical, and obviously I have a little bit of intelligence. Now it’s time to put away any enmity toward people in the league and be positive, focus on being competitive and successful. This has been my dream since I was 6.”

Bergen Catholic grad and Stanford tight end Jim Dray was picked by the Cardinals in the seventh round (233rd overall), one pick before the Cowboys took Dumont’s Sean Lissemore, a defensive tackle from William & Mary. Former Rutgers linebacker Ryan D’Imperio was taken 237th overall by the Vikings.

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