Former Washington Redskins running back George Rogers, charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute in April, will enter a pre-trial intervention program in Columbia, S.C. He will have his record erased and avoid jail by performing community service.
Two days before leaving office as Solicitor last week, James Anders agreed to put Rogers, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1980 while playing for South Carolina, in the program.
Anders refused in September to put Rogers in the pre-trial program because Rogers had previously admitted being involved with drugs. Anders said he changed his mind last Monday after Richland County Sheriff Allen Sloan said Rogers deserved another chance because he had undergone drug rehabilitation two months ago. Also, Rogers has avoided trouble since his arrest and had no previous drug arrests.
Rogers will work with youths in a late-night basketball league, Sloan said. Rogers faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted. . . .
Former WBA heavyweight boxing champion Michael "Dynamite" Dokes, 32, was arrested Saturday for investigation of possession of cocaine, influence of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, destruction of evidence, speeding and failing to register with police as an ex-felon, said a Las Vegas police desk officer who declined to give his name.
Dokes was released after posting a $9,800 bond.
Dokes was stopped for allegedly speeding at 8:15 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 95. Told he was under arrest, Dokes "said he wasn't going" and began to run and allegedly tossed a bag containing a white substance from his pocket, the desk officer said. . . .
Pete Rose is due to report at Cincinnati's Heberle Elementary School today as a gym teacher's assistant, beginning to fulfill a judge's order to perform 1,000 hours of community service. The former Cincinnati Reds manager, baseball's all-time hits leader, is to work rotating assignments at Heberle and four other inner-city elementary schools until the end of the school year.
Rose, 49, will live for three months at a halfway house to which he was released Jan. 7 after five months in the federal prison camp in Marion, Ill.