The Times West Virginian

Bob Herzel

July 15, 2014

WVU player arrested in Delaware case

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood has been arrested by university police and is being held at North Central Regional Jail awaiting extradition on a felony warrant out of Delaware.

Smallwood, a 20-year-old sophomore out of Wilmington, Delaware, was arrested as a fugitive from justice. He was wanted for witness intimidation, a felony in Delaware.

If it is simple intimidation of witness, it is a Class D felony and carries a penalty of up to eight years in prison; if aggravate intimidation of a witness, it becomes a Class B felony that carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison.

WVU police chief Bob Roberts said early Tuesday afternoon they had received a phone call from the Wilmington police department asking if he could make arrangements for them to come to town to interview Mr. Smallwood, which they did.

“We were able to locate Mr. Smallwood and he came voluntarily into our station. After completing the interview they had a warrant for witness intimidation,” Roberts said.

“They wanted us to get a warrant for a fugitive from justice, which we did. We took him to magistrate where he was arraigned. They did an extradition hearing and he was then taken to the regional jail, and to my knowledge he is still there.”

Roberts said the warrant gave Delaware up to 30 days to do the extradition and that he believed Smallwood would remain in North Central Regional Jail until the extradition was executed.

According to Wilmington police Cpl. Mark Ivy in a story in the Wilmington News-Journal, Smallwood attempted to get a witness to recant statements implicating a friend of his charged with first-degree murder.

The fatal shooting occurred April 14, 2012, in the 2700 block of West Fourth Street. Wilmington resident Manuel Oliveras, 51, was fatally shot about 9 p.m. in the front courtyard of a row home near Greenhill Avenue and West Fourth Street.

Zakee Lloyd, then 19, of the 300 block of East 24th Street in Wilmington, was arrested Jan. 8, 2013, charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial.

On multiple occasions in March and May 2013, Ivey said, Smallwood “called to try to get a witness to come and make a false statement to police recanting previous statements” that implicated Lloyd.

Police did not disclose how Smallwood was identified in the alleged witness tampering attempt or how the matter came to authorities’ attention.

West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen issued the following statement:

“I have been briefed on the situation regarding Wendell Smallwood. We are looking into the matter and will take action at the appropriate time.”

Smallwood is expected to be a key cog in the Mountaineer offense this year. He is listed as the No. 2 running back behind Dreamius Smith in the post-spring depth chart, but due to his versatility he is being counted upon to wear many hats, serving both as a running back and receiver.

He rushed for 221 yards and one touchdown as a true freshman last season while catching 11 passes for 132 yards. He also returned 30 kickoffs, averaging 18 yards a return.

The coaching staff spent last season grooming Smallwood to become the replacement for All-Big 12 performer Charles Sims, following him around to watch how he worked and approached the job.

1
Text Only
Bob Herzel
  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides plenty of optimism

    This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.
    This is a time of year when no one has lost a game, not even Charlie Weis at Kansas, and it’s a time of year when opinions are more plentiful than tattoos in an NFL locker room.

    July 27, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs White to follow in former receivers’ footsteps

    A year ago Clint Trickett took a lot of grief as the once potent West Virginia offense came unraveled, but there is more that than meets the eye.
    The criticism was not unfounded, of course, although behind each incomplete pass there was the pain Trickett was suffering through to throw it, his rotator cuff in need of surgery.

    July 26, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: O’Toole joins long list of eccentric WVU kickers, punters

    The star of the Big 12’s annual football media day wasn’t a star at all.
    He intrigued the media far more than Bob Stoops, the coach of preseason favorite Oklahoma, and more than Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, the preseason player of the year.

    July 25, 2014

  • WVU, N.C. State to meet in football

    Following a trend of creating non-conference games against regional opponents, West Virginia University has reached agreement with North Carolina State to play a home-and-home football series in 2018 and 2019.
    The Mountaineers are scheduled to play N.C. State in Raleigh on Sept. 15, 2018, and then play host to the Wolfpack on Sept. 14, 2019.

    July 24, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Cheating pays’ remark should draw attention

    When Bob Bowlsby, the outspoken commissioner of the Big 12, presented his opening-day picture of the future of college sports in Dallas for the annual media day gathering, his bleak comments were not unexpected.

    July 24, 2014

  • Holgorsen’s program hits turning point

    You can almost sense, as you watch West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen sit before the gathered Big 12 media contingent answering questions in the Omni Hotel in Arlington, Texas, that he senses his program has reached a turning point.

    July 23, 2014

  • Big 12 Media Days Foo_time(1).jpg Trickett’s play key factor for Mountaineers’ success

     In the end, it comes down to the quarterback.
    Always has with Dana Holgorsen, always will.
    Quarterback is the offense with the West Virginia University coach. When he does well, the team wins – almost always.
    When he does poorly, the team doesn’t stand much of a chance.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Saban, family happy at Alabama

    Alabama football coach Nick Saban, whose team opens the season against West Virginia in Atlanta on Aug. 30, denied receiving or turning down this offseason an offer of $100 million to coach Texas, indicating he planned to finish his career as coach of the Crimson Tide.

    July 18, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: ‘Quarterback child prodigy’ comes to WVU amidst very high expectations

    Has West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen finally put the arrow he needs in his quiver with the commitment received Wednesday from high school quarterback David Sills, who is a rather extraordinary story and may also just be a rather extraordinary quarterback?

    July 18, 2014

  • WVU kicker Molinari ‘All-American boy’

    West Virginia kicker Mike Molinari may not be an All-American but he is an All-American boy.
    He was honored for that on Wednesday when the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced the West Virginia redshirt senior kicker/punter Michael Molinari is a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.

    July 16, 2014

House Ads
Featured Ads