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Police arrest 37 at Colfax Ave. party, raid local bars

Kaitlynn Riely and Jenn Metz | Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Police arrested 37 people and ticketed one juvenile late Saturday and early Sunday morning at a house on the 700 block of Colfax Ave. in South Bend, Sgt. William Redman of the St. Joseph County Police said Monday in a press release.

In addition to breaking up the party at Colfax Ave., police raided at least three local South Bend bars, including the Linebacker Lounge at 1631 South Bend Ave., Club Landing at 1717 Lincoln Way East and Inferno Bar and Grill at 1150 Mishawaka Ave, according to Lt. Tim Cleveland of the Indiana State Excise Police.

The charges for those arrested at Colfax Ave. included 31 for minor consumption, three for possession of false ID, two for false informing, six for maintaining a common nuisance, one charge of possession of drug paraphernalia and three for resisting arrest. At least 17 of those arrested were student-athletes at Notre Dame.

Junior tight end Will Yeatman and freshman center Mike Golic Jr. were among those arrested at Colfax Ave. Yeatman was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor, false informing and resisting arrest. Golic was charged with consumption of alcohol by a minor, according to the release

Yeatman could face additional charges because he was previously arrested for drunk driving in January. He entered a year-long probationary period and pleaded guilty to drunken driving and reckless driving, according to the AP. His plea agreement said if Yeatman did not commit any other crimes, the drunken-driving charge would be dropped, according to the AP.

Yeatman was suspended from Notre Dame athletics for spring 2008. He also plays attack for the men’s lacrosse team.

Golic’s father, Mike Sr., played defensive line for Notre Dame and later for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. He is now the host of “Mike & Mike in the Morning” on ESPN Radio.

Irish Football coach Charlie Weis said he was made aware of the situation early Sunday afternoon. He said in a statement that he is “currently looking into the matter.”

Police originally said that members of the Notre Dame soccer team were arrested on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. However, none of the names on the list of those arrested matched names on the men’s or women’s soccer rosters on und.com.

Women’s basketball player Brittany Mallory was charged with minor consumption. Irish coach Muffet McGraw told the AP the matter is being addressed “internally and accordance with our team rules and procedures.”

Multiple members of the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams were also arrested. Notre Dame Sports Information Director Bernie Cafarelli told The Observer that both men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Corrigan and women’s coach Tracy Coyne were unavailable for comment.

Redman said the St. Joseph County Police Reserves were working with the Indiana State Excise Police, the Indiana State Police and the Stop Underage Drinking and Sales task force of the St. Joseph County Police Department this weekend. The multi-agency group was targeting local bars that the Excise police had received complaints about, when an officer drove by a house on Colfax Ave. and “observed what appeared to be several underage people drinking,” Redman said in the release.

The South Bend Police Department (SBPD) was called to the residence at this point, Redman said. Capt. Phil Trent of SBPD did not return repeated Observer phone calls Monday.

Redman said in the release that officers found several underage people drinking alcohol around the home.

“A total of three empty kegs of beer were found at the home along with hundreds of empty beer cans and drinking cups both inside and outside the residence,” Redman said in the release.

People at the home “began to scatter,” he said, and many hid in the house. The police officers obtained permission to enter the house from the students renting it.

“Once inside the home, officers found people hiding under beds, in closets, the attic and in the basement,” the release said.

Redman said the arrest reports will be sent to the Prosecutor’s Office for review and formal charges. He could not be reached for additional comment.

Eight Indiana State Excise police officers participated in making the arrests, Cleveland told The Observer Monday.

The Excise police were participating in a planned detail of several establishments in the South Bend area, Cleveland said, and assisted in the Colfax house arrests.

Cleveland did not have a complete list, but he said the Excise police went to the Linebacker, Club Landing and Inferno Bar and Grill on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

“I don’t have reports on any of them, but we went to those places because we had complaints,” Cleveland said. “It can be a different complaint for each separate location.” Generally, the complaints are regarding minors consuming on the premises and after hours sales to intoxicated patrons, he said.

Cleveland did not know at press time whether any arrests had been made at the establishments.

Bill Brink and Chris Hine contributed to this report.