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December 16, 2013

Two teens arrested at basketball game

Two people were arrested at a varsity boys basketball game at Coahulla Creek High School Friday night after officials said trouble ensued when a fan refused to leave after being thrown out of the game for going on the court.

Jeremiah McCall Panter, 18, 870 Norton Bridge Road, Chatsworth, was charged Friday by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office with disorderly conduct. According to an incident report, a sheriff’s officer at the game saw Panter “run out onto the court and flex his muscles” while wearing a red and white striped bodysuit. A game official asked the officer to escort him from the premises.

Officer Brian Dyer wrote in his report that Panter stiffened his arm, pulled away and used vulgar language while Dyer and another deputy tried to escort him out. Finally, Dyer took Panter to the floor and pushed his head down until he could get handcuffs on him, the report states.

Maj. John Gibson said Johnathan Lee Tanner Cockburn, 18, 1890 Richard Bennett Road, Crandall, was also charged with disorderly conduct after he “interfered” with the officers trying to escort Panter out of the game. Efforts to reach Cockburn and Panter were unsuccessful. Coahulla Creek played North Murray Friday night.

Cockburn and Panter were the only two arrested, but Gibson said another 20 to 25 people followed the action out into the foyer area outside the gym, apparently upset at what was happening.

Gibson said no one was hurt. Once Cockburn and Panter were taken to jail, they seemed “remorseful and apologetic,” he said.

“Some people, their emotions get caught up in sports activities,” Gibson said.

While some emotion is fine, Gibson said the two men had become “combative and hostile” towards officers.

“That type of behavior just won’t be tolerated,” he said.

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