VOL. 132 | NO. 159 | Friday, August 11, 2017
Zach Randolph Arrested In Los Angeles, Faces Pot Charge
LOS ANGELES — Veteran NBA star forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday, Aug. 10.
Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado.
“The charges are false and misleading,” Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re looking at all options to resolve this matter.”
Police on patrol observed a crowd drinking, smoking pot, blasting music and blocking streets at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts, Preciado said.
Officers called for backup when the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks.
Five police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires. No officers were hurt.
Officers also arrested Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict, Preciado said. She didn’t know if Walton has an attorney.
Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Preciado said.
Randolph, a 16-year NBA veteran, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with the Sacramento Kings in July. Representatives for the Kings did not immediately return calls seeking comment Thursday.
The two-time NBA All-Star played for Michigan State University before being drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph also played for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.
– Christopher Weber, The Associated Press
FedEx Files $3 Million In Building Permits
FedEx Corp. has filed a pair of building permit applications for two separate sites in Memphis totaling $3 million.
The first permit for $1.8 million calls for modifications to an existing vehicle repair facility at 3318 Winchester Road.
The second permit, this one for $1.2 million, calls for a pre-engineered metal building to be constructed at the FedEx Hub to be used as a quick repair facility for ground vehicles.
Arthur Yeates and Ben Allen with A2H were listed as the architect and engineer on both permits.
– Patrick Lantrip
Football Tigers to Scrimmage At Lambuth in Jackson Aug. 12
For the second consecutive season under coach Mike Norvell, the University of Memphis football team has packed up and moved to the University of Memphis-Lambuth Campus for a three-day getaway up Interstate 40 in Jackson, Tennessee.
Memphis was to continue its normal practice schedule on Thursday and Friday morning, but there will be several team-building exercises taking place when they aren’t on the field.
“I like changing up their routine. That’s something we talk about,” Norvell said. “Especially starting as early as we have. Guys get to go be on a different field, a different surface and a different atmosphere. We have to go create our own intensity and maximize every day.”
Memphis is near the midway point of fall camp. The Tigers open the season on Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
During the stay at Lambuth, the team will hear from a motivational guest speaker one night and spend another night around the campfire learning more about each other.
“I think those three days last year were phenomenal for the relationships,” Norvell said. “Some of these guys have been together for four or five years and didn’t know some of the stories, some of the upbringings and some of the journeys.”
The Tigers will wrap up the week with an open scrimmage on Saturday at the Lambuth Campus football field at 10 a.m.
– Don Wade
Adler Re-Elected Chairman Of SCORE Memphis
William Adler has been re-elected chapter chairman of SCORE Memphis for a second term, the business service organization has announced.
Adler will continue to coordinate community outreach, recruiting and the chapter’s small business mentoring and workshop programs.
Adler’s return as chapter chair will continue to “have a very positive impact on SCORE Memphis,” SCORE’s CEO Kenneth Yancey said in a release.
“Adler has shown dedication to the Memphis and Mid-South business community,” Yancey said. “He will ensure the superior level of service that SCORE Memphis offers to Mid-South area businesses.”
Adler heads up the local office of The Entrepreneur’s Source, and has more than 25 years of executive management experience with area small businesses.
Other officers elected to serve at SCORE Memphis include: Joe McDonald, vice chairman; Beverly Anderson, treasurer; and Janet Cherry, secretary.
SCORE is a nonprofit association founded in 1964 that is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. It has a network of more than 350 offices and 11,000 volunteers around the country, and is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, so SCORE is able to deliver services at no charge or for a very low cost.
For more information, visit www.memphis.score.org or contact the SCORE Memphis office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 1701, at 901-544-0557.
– Daily News staff
Memphis Grizzlies Seek Public Address Announcers
The Memphis Grizzlies are accepting submissions for two public address announcers for the 2017-18 season – one with the Memphis Grizzlies and one with their NBA Developmental League, or Gatorade League, team the Memphis Hustle. The selected candidates will serve as the in-arena voice of the respective organizations for all 2017-2018 home games and will be responsible for announcing team rosters, in-game scoring and fouls, and other prepared scripts and game information.
The ideal candidate can accurately voice written scripts in a high-pressure, live game setting as well as take direction from game producers to engage the crowd through fan prompts. Enthusiasm, passion and knowledge for NBA basketball are a must. Professional voice, public address, television or radio broadcasting experience is preferred. The ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends is required.
Interested candidates must fill out the web submission form at http://on.nba.com/2umDwS2 that includes a resume, YouTube link and MP3 file attachment. Submissions must be sent by Friday, Aug. 25. After all submissions are reviewed, select finalists will be contacted to participate in a private, live audition at a later date.
– Don Wade
Brooks Museum To Mark Solar Eclipse
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will mark the solar eclipse Aug. 21 in the plaza of the Overton Park museum.
The public is invited to the outdoor gathering from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free eclipse glasses will be provided while supplies last and there will be two food trucks Attendees are invited to create their own drawings and images of the event. The museum itself will not be open during the party. Those coming to the plaza should bring their own lawn chairs.
– Bill Dries