Four players charged following scuffle

Updated: March 30, 2011, 6:45 PM ET
Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Police have charged four Penn State athletes -- two football players and two basketball players -- with disorderly conduct in connection with a scuffle at an off-campus apartment building last month.

State College police Lt. Keith Robb said Wednesday they were among seven suspects charged with the summary offense following the Feb. 26 fight. One person suffered "very minor injuries" and did not require treatment, Robb said.

Police identified four of those charged as Curtis Drake and Derrick Thomas, both 20; and Tre Bowman and Taran Buie, both 19. Drake and Thomas play football, while Bowman plays basketball.

Buie has been suspended from the basketball team since late December for an unrelated and unspecified violation of team rules.

Also charged were Penn State student Christopher Felter, 21, of State College; and two non-students from Susquehanna, Bryan Price, 23, and Craig Price, 21. It was unclear if the Prices were related.

Robb said summonses were to be mailed by a judge's office.

Authorities responded to a call of a fight in progress to the fourth floor of the Cedarbrook apartment building in downtown State College, Robb said. A university directory lists Felter as living on that floor.

About a week later, police asked for the public's help in identifying suspects after releasing surveillance photos showing a group of at least a half-dozen men walking down the hall.

There were no changes in the statuses of the players, including Buie, an athletic department spokesman said Wednesday.

Drake, a wide receiver, is out for spring practice after hurting his left leg in a non-c6259065ontact drill last week. He missed his entire sophomore season in 2010 after breaking the same leg last August.

Thomas started last season as the nickelback but played just four games following an unspecified off-field issue.

Bowman, a guard, played sparingly this year. Buie's half brother is senior Talor Battle, the school's all-time leading scorer who just finished his career by leading the Nittany Lions to the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade.

The scuffle occurred Saturday of "State Patty's Day" weekend in February, an unofficial holiday established by students five years ago, when St. Patrick's Day fell on spring break. But that's no longer the case, and school and community leaders have criticized the event as an excuse for excessive drinking and destructive behavior.

Authorities have made 241 arrests in connection with the weekend, including 17 suspects involved in fights, Robb said.


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