Charles Barkley, former NBA star for the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns, was arrested early this morning for suspicion of drunk driving.
Barkley was pulled over by local members of a law enforcement task force after running a stop sign. He refused to take a breath test, but submitted to a blood test, the results of which are not yet available.
After being processed and cited, he was released and left the Old Town area scene, one of the trendy areas of the Phoenix metro area, in a taxi.
After Barkley’s arrest, Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler stated that “there was nothing unusual about how he was taken into custody” and “was treated exactly like we treat anybody else.”
Andre “Bad Moon” Risen was arrested on Tuesday in San Antionio after causing a scene in a local hotel around 2am after learning the bar was closed.
When police arrived at the hotel, Risen and a friend were discovered to be so intoxicated the posed a potential threat to themselves and others. The pair were taken to a local jail for the night to sober up and were charged $85 before being released.
Early Tuesday morning, December 30th, Doug Wilson of “Trading Spaces” fame was arrested by police in Decatur, Illinois.
Wilson failed to yield to an emergency vehicle and was later pulled over by said vehicle, which happened to be a police car. Wilson was charged with multiple crimes including aggravated DUI, driving on a suspended license and illegal transportation of alcohol.
Wilson was released later that day on a $1000 bond after being jailed.
S. Epatha Merkerson, who starred for several years on Law and Order as Lt. Anita Van Buren, is being sued by The Gersh Agency for fees associated with representing her.
In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, The Gersh Agency claims that Merkerson owes them 10% commission for her casting on Law and Order as part of an oral agreement. The agency is seeking at leaset $223,000, which stems from Merkerson’s $2,229,084 earned during her L&O stint.
Danielle Sapia, who has found marginal fame with recent apprearances on “True Blood” and previously on “Dirt” has filed for divorce from Gregg Adam Gellman.
Sapia is currently not seeking spousal support, and the pair do not have any children.
Burress is currently dealing with the weapons possession charges in New York, but he may be speeding toward additional charges in a completely unrelated case.
A lawsuit has been filed in Florida by Alise Smith, who alleges that Burress rear-ended her car back in May. She claims she suffered back and neck injuries from the car accident. The suit is seeking $15,000 for lost wages, medical bills and vehicle damages.
What could prove to be an additional issue for Burress is that Smith claims she has proof that Burress was driving without insurance, as he did not pay his premiums and the insurance lapsed three days before the May 16th accident.
Actor Lillo Brancato Jr, who starred in a few early episodes of The Sopranos and co-starred alongside Robert DeNiro in A Bronx Tale, has been found guilty on charges of attempted burglary.
The criminal case stems back to 2005, when Brancato and his friend Steven Armento broke into a man’s home looking for Valium. Brancato said during his trial that the home’s owner gave them permission to stop by whenever they wanted some pills.
The criminal activity took a tragic turn when during the break-in Daniel Enchautegui, a cop that lived next door, came by to investigate. Armento shot the off-duty cop in the chest, who died at the scene. Enchautegui shot both Brancato and Armento several times before dying. Armento was found guilty of murder in November, and was sentenced to life in prison.
While Brancato was found guilty of attempted burglary, he was acquitted on two other burglary counts and a murder charge. Brancato could face up to 15 years for the attempted burglary charge.
Ed McMahon, who probably wishes he had been won a Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes check, will get to keep his home for now.
McMahon’s mansion, which fell into foreclosure earlier this year, will get to stay in the house now that Orange County based Foreclosure Trackers company has negotiated a new mortgage loan for the former king of late night sidekicks so that he can continue to make payments and keep a roof over his head.
Now if this can only be replicated a couple hundred thousand times for the rest of America.
The corporation FremantleMedia, who are the creators of the hit television show American Idol, are suing the owners of a Texas gentleman’s club for their amateur night competition they’ve dubbed “Stripper Idol”.
The the club’s website, Palazio Men’s Club plays on the singing competition reality show’s name in addition to altering the recognizable neon cursive script trademarked logo.
The lawsuit not only aims at stopping copyright infringement, but also seeks the profits derived from the club’s event for potential damage to the show’s image and fees for filing the suit in the first place.
Lampros, the club’s owner, says “I don’t feel they have any grounds to sue. This is just our way of enticing people to come out and have a good time and contribute to the economic crisis that is going on.” There is currently no official word from the defense.
Vince Young, who plays football for the Tennessee Titans, is currently in a copyright dispute over his nickname In-Vince-Able / Invinceable and his initials VY. Turns out, a day after winning the 2006 Rose Bowl, both were trademarked by three astute entrepreneurs – one of which is former Astros baseball player Enos Cabell – and Young wants them back.
Young has filed the lawsuit primarily to get back the two trademarked terms, since Young can not currently use the terms with potential promotional deals including one with Reebok.
The defendants have yet to make any official statement on the lawsuit.