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Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:21 a.m.

Maxwell transferred to Alachua County Jail

  • Former Florida and NBA star Vernon Maxwell was transferred to Alachua County Jail on Monday on an outstanding warrant for his arrest on a federal charge of failure to pay child support.
    Maxwell was arrested as a fugitive in Seattle on Jan. 12. Terms of Maxwell's felony charge for failure to pay child support in April of 2004 was for him not to leave the Alachua County borders.
    Maxwell was held at the King County Jail in Seattle, officials confirmed last week. He waived extradition rights.
    A warrant was issued for Maxwell's arrest when he failed to appear for a case management hearing regarding the charge on Dec. 9. According to child support records, Maxwell has not made a direct payment to Myra Jenkins of Gainesville since May of 2001. Jenkins is due more than $230,000 in back child support for the 16-year-old son that she had with Maxwell.
    Maxwell played at Florida from 1985-88 and went on to a 13-year NBA career, helping the Houston Rockets win NBA titles in 1994 and 1995.
    -Kevin Brockway

    Saints jump three spots in latest NJCAA poll

  • The Santa Fe CC men's basketball team remained the No. 1-ranked junior college team in the state while jumping to No. 4 in the latest poll by the National Junior College Athletics Association.
    The Saints (20-0, 2-0 MFC), coming off an 85-77 win over Central Florida CC last Wednesday, were a unanimous choice as the state's top team and received one first place vote in the national poll.
    "I'm very proud of our guys and happy that our program is earning recognition on the national level," SFCC coach Chris Mowry said. "Hopefully we can continue to play at this level and keep this program in a position to achieve some great things."
    The Saints put their perfect record and 20-game winning streak on the line tonight when Daytona Beach CC (14-8, 1-2 Mid-Florida Conference) comes to Gainesville for a doubleheader at the SFCC gym. The Saints are one win away from tying the program record of 21 consecutive wins set by the 1995-96 Saints, who reached a high national ranking of number six in the nation in January of 1996.
    Meanwhile the SFCC women's team will attempt to break a four-game losing streak when they take on the DBCC women today. SFCC (5-12, 0-4 MFC) lost to DBCC earlier this month.
    The women's game will tip off at 6 p.m., with the men at 8. Admission is $2 for the general public and $1 for senior citizens and children under 12. Faculty, staff and students of SFCC are admitted free with a valid ID.

    Avs forward claimed to be ex-teammate

  • FORT LAUDERDALE - Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Worrell identified himself as another NHL player and former teammate when he was arrested last month on a traffic violation, according to a police report.
    Worrell was driving an SUV owned by Andreas Lilja when he was pulled over Dec. 6 in Pompano Beach for driving with an expired tag, according to an arrest report from the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
    Worrell, who is 6-foot-7 and black, repeatedly identified himself as Lilja, a 6-foot-3 Swede who is white, Deputy Lionel Davis wrote in his report.
    ''After asking the defendant several times his name, Worrell continued to deliberately falsify and obstruct my investigation,'' Davis wrote. The officer said he cleared up the misidentification when he found Worrell's passport in the SUV.
    The two were teammates with the Florida Panthers in 2002-03.
    Worrell was charged with driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors.
    Worrell is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. He lives in Coral Springs.
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