DURHAM, N.C. — Authorities have dismissed charges against North Carolina basketball leading scorer P.J. Hairston from a traffic stop last month.
Hairston was arrested June 5 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license at a checkpoint in Durham. But according to the Durham County clerk of court’s office those charges were dismissed Friday after Hairston produced proof he had a driver’s license and had completed a drug assessment program.
Durham police also seized a 9mm handgun found outside the rental vehicle during the search, though spokeswoman Kammie Michael had said earlier this month that there were no plans to file additional charges in the case. Michael didn’t respond to an e-mail Monday asking whether authorities had linked that weapon to anyone.
RUTGERS: A report commissioned by Rutgers University after a scandal led to the ousting of its basketball coach and athletic director finds breakdowns in communication as the university learned about the coach’s physical and verbal abuse of players.
The report calls for the university’s board and central administration to take tighter control of the finances and communications of the athletics department.
University spokesman Greg Trevor says implementing the recommendations will be a top priority for the upcoming school year.
AUBURN: In Panama City Beach, Fla., former Auburn basketball player Korvotney Barber has died of an apparent drowning, authorities said Sunday.
A passerby found the 26-year-old’s body at 3:49 p.m. Sunday between Boardwalk Beach Resort Condominiums and Top of the Gulf condos, said Panama City Beach Cpl. Jason Gleason. He said police believe Barber drowned but his body has been released to the medical examiner to determine the exact cause of death.