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December 18, 2014 Updates

Former Phoenix Suns forward Richard Dumas has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft after being accused of stealing merchandise from an exchange store. Maricopa County prosecutors say 45-year-old Dumas entered his plea Thursday. He's scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20. Contra Costa Times

December 13, 2014 Updates

A Carson City woman has been ordered to prison in a basketball ticket scheme that authorities say targeted professional athletes and sports agents. The Nevada Attorney General's office said 39-year-old Megan Klein was sentenced to 2 ½ to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to identity theft. Las Vegas Sun

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December 12, 2014 Updates
December 11, 2014 Updates

Maricopa County prosecutors say 45-year-old Dumas entered his plea Thursday. He's scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20. Authorities say Dumas stole about $800 worth of merchandise from the Luke Air Force Base's exchange store while working with a janitorial service in 2012. ESPN.com

December 8, 2014 Updates

Prosecutors in Las Vegas might be swayed by findings of a defense investigation into a man's claim that Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin attacked him in a Las Vegas Strip nightclub eight weeks ago, a lawyer suggested Monday. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem William Jansen gave defense attorney Richard Schonfeld until Jan. 12 to talk with the district attorney about the claim by Daniel Schuman of the Los Angeles area. Schuman alleges Griffin grabbed him, took his cellphone and slapped him after he took a photo of Griffin and Clippers teammates early Oct. 19 at Tao nightclub at the Venetian resort. Boston Herald

December 4, 2014 Updates

Richard Schonfeld, the defense attorney representing Blake Griffin in the Clippers star’s battery case, said Thursday his firm was concluding an independent investigation that it would submit to the Clark County district attorney’s office. Schonfeld would not elaborate on what that investigation had uncovered. Griffin faces one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in October at a Las Vegas nightclub. The case alleges that Griffin squeezed the hand and shoulder and/or slapped Daniel Schuman in the face during an altercation involving the use of a camera at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian resort. Los Angeles Times

Griffin will not be required to appear at his first court date Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Schonfeld said he would ask the court to set a status conference that would likely be scheduled within 30 days. Los Angeles Times

According to Nevada law, misdemeanor battery carries a range of possible penalties, including six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine or community service in lieu of jail time. Schonfeld declined to say how he thought the case would play out. “I’m not going to comment on what I think the ultimate disposition will be,” Schonfeld. Los Angeles Times

On Thursday, Philadelphia police arrested the man believed to have killed Wayne Ellington Sr., 57, father of Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. According to the Associated Press, 34-year old Philadelphia resident Carl White has been charged with murder. Ellington Sr. was shot in the head on Nov. 9 and found in the driver's seat of a 2001 Oldsmobile in Philadelphia. He was pronounced dead almost three hours later at a local hospital. His son learned of the death after the Lakers' first victory of the season, over the Charlotte Hornets at Staples Center. Ellington Jr. took a leave of absence to be with his family, but has since returned to the team. Los Angeles Times

Richard Schonfeld, the defense attorney representing Blake Griffin in the Clippers star’s battery case, said Thursday his firm was concluding an independent investigation that it would submit to the Clark County district attorney’s office. Los Angeles Times

Griffin faces one count of misdemeanor battery in connection with an incident in October at a Las Vegas nightclub. The case alleges that Griffin squeezed the hand and shoulder and/or slapped Daniel Schuman in the face during an altercation involving the use of a camera at Tao nightclub inside the Venetian resort. Griffin will not be required to appear at his first court date Monday at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. Schonfeld said he would ask the court to set a status conference that would likely be scheduled within 30 days. Los Angeles Times

November 27, 2014 Updates

A $20,000 bench warrant was issued Wednesday morning for former Sonic Robert Swift after he failed to show up in King County Superior Court for his arraignment on a firearms charge. Swift, 29, was charged Nov. 12 withunlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun in connection with an October raid of a Kirkland home where Swift was living with his roommate, accused heroin and meth dealer Trugve “Trigg” Bjorkstam, court records show. Bjorkstam, 54, was charged with drug offenses in both state and federal court. Seattle Times

November 26, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Star Paul George has amicably settled his once-searing paternity battle with New York beauty Daniela Rajic over their 7-month-old daughter, Olivia. The injured 24-year-old Indiana Pacers star — who earns about $18 million a year — and ex-stripper Rajic on Tuesday reached a “joint parenting agreement” and child-support settlement over Olivia, Page Six has exclusively learned. New York Post

November 25, 2014 Updates

A former securities broker that regulators said took part in a multi-million dollar fraud against professional athletes must pay $2 million to former NBA player Sam Young, an arbitration panel ruled on Monday. Young's professional basketball career has included stints with the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. He was among dozens of investors who lost money after buying privately issued securities sold by the now defunct Washington, D.C.-based brokerage, Success Trade Securities. Reuters

November 22, 2014 Updates

Euroleague Basketball and its clubs, players and coaches throughout the continent join the world family of sports this weekend in mourning the death of a visiting fan to Istanbul on Friday and in condemning the senseless violence that took his life. The 25-year-old stabbing victim, Marko Ivkovic, had travelled from Belgrade to support Crvena Zvezda Telekom in its road game against Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul. The incident, which took place before his arrival to the arena, is under investigation of the Turkish authorities. Euroleague Basketball has requested that both clubs and the Turkish authorities investigating the crime make available all the information about the incident and will evaluate any measures to be taken. Euroleague.net

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