Youth hockey player assaults ref at game, cops say
Posted: April 1, 2014 - 1:57pm

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — A youth hockey player from New York has been charged with assaulting a referee during a tournament near Pittsburgh.

The Beaver County Times reports Moon Township police charged 18-year-old Steven C. Smith, of Rochester, N.Y. with assault on a sports official and harassment for Sunday's incident at the Airport Ice Arena.

Smith was with the Monroe County (N.Y.) Eagles at an all-ages tournament when the referee called a penalty at the end of a game, which upset some fans.

Police say Smith was trying to leave the ice when a referee grabbed Smith's uniform collar. Smith allegedly turned and grabbed the referee's neck, before pushing him into the rink's boards and kicking the referee's feet out from under him.

Smith's team didn't return calls. He's being mailed a summons for a May 13 preliminary hearing.

The Latest

Front PagePolice: Drug mailed to inmate

Prisoner allegedly coaxed his mom to hide painkiller in card

Front PageMom: Son is falsely accused

Man who allegedly hurled baby across room was on drugs, woman admits, but he’d never hurt boy

Front PageStar Wars figured in fight, dad says

Danville man claims his son hit him first

Front PageTeen admits holdup try at Burger King

Defendant, 17, to serve six to 12 months

Front PageBloom fountain fix saves flowers

Officials turn off some water jets to avoid drowning donated plants