College Basketball Star Gets Arrested after Large Weekend Party
HARRISONBURG -- Rayshawn Goins, a James Madison University basketball star, is facing two misdemeanor charges from an incident this weekend.
Police officers responded to a call of a large party on the 800 block of Port Republic Road on Sunday at 12:30 a.m.
When officers arrived, private security personnel said the party was too big. Officers asked everyone to leave. According to police, as the officers attempted to disperse more than 200 people from the party, Goins began yelling obscenities at the officers and enticing the crowd. Officers asked him to leave several times and he was taken away by friends.
Because police knew who Goins was and officers were concerned for the safety of the public if the crowd turned riotous, they decided not to arrest Goins at that time.
Later Sunday evening, the Harrisonburg Police Department charged Goins with disorderly conduct and knowingly attempting to intimidate or impede law-enforcement. Both are misdemeanors.
Fans React to Dukes Playing against LIU in NCAA Tournament
James Madison University's Men's basketball fans are excited about the team participating in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.
The team will play against Long Island University-Brooklyn in Ohio on Wednesday.
JMU alum Jonathan Paulo said he has been waiting for the Dukes to make it to the tournament since 1996, which is the year Paulo was a freshman.
He said this year at mid-season, he knew the team would go far.
"I'm not too surprised. I didn't wanna say it because I didn't wanna jinx it, but In my head, I kinda knew we were gonna make it this far," said Paulo.
He said the Dukes can still go far in the NCAA.
"I just like our chances we have a good team. We have a lot of experience, a lot of seniors, a lot of athleticism. When you have athletic guys on the court, you have a good chance to get a victory," said Paulo.
Fan James Hickey said he doesn't doubt the players will give their best.
"If they play like they played on Monday night on the Championship game. They'll give anybody a handful," said Hickey.
However, Hickey does not like the fact that the Dukes will be part of the eight teams playing in what is called the "first four" games. These teams were guaranteed a spot in the NCAA, but they don't have a slot in the round of 64.
" We're a conference champion. We should be in the round of 64. We shouldn't have a hurdle in front of us," said Hickey.
Hickey who has been following the team since he was a student in the 1980's said the Dukes have come a long way.
"How could you not be excited, it has been an awfully long time," said Hickey.
Hickey said he didn't think the team would make it this far but he decided to support it by going to its games.
"We took a leap of faith and they went all the way," said Hickey.
Paulo said he hopes many fans support the purple team in Ohio, if he is not able to make it.
"I'm sure whatever purpling out we can do in Dayton, Ohio. We'll try to get that done," said Paulo.
He said Dukes' fans are usually loyal to their team.
"When you're a JMU Duke is kinda something for life," said Paulo.
Dave's Taverna Owner Faces Charges
HARRISONBURG, VA -- David Miller, owner of Dave's Taverna in Harrisonburg, is facing two charges in Rockingham County General District Court, according to court documents.
The incident happened earlier this year.
Miller is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident with an injury.
He's also charged with failing to stop for a school bus.
According to court documents, Miller said he was heading to an appointment and drove down the wrong side of the road.
He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Miller turned himself in to face the charges.
A court date is set for mid-April in Rockingham County General District Court.