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New Orleans rapper B.G. was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday on gun and conspiracy charges.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said the former Hot Boy faces two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
If convicted, B.G., real name Christopher Dorsey, could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the gun charges and up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge.
The charges stem from a 2009 traffic stop, where officers recovered three guns, two of the guns were reported stolen.
B.G. was arrested along with two others, Demounde Pollard and Jerod Fedison.
According to reports, B.G. conspired to obstruct justice by “inducing Demounde Pollard to sign a false affidavit attesting that Dorsey did not possess three firearms on Nov. 3, 2009.”
Letten stated that, both Pollard and Fedison have pleaded guilty in the case and are awaiting sentencing.
GARLAND, Texas — Police in a Dallas suburb say Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has turned himself in on a warrant accusing him of firing a gun at his sister’s boyfriend. Garland police said Talib was released after posting a $25,000 bond Wednesday. Police say they believe Talib and his mother, Okolo Talib, shot at the man March 21. The man was not injured. Authorities had issued arrest warrants for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for Talib and his mother.
An Ivy League-bound teen who wanted a new car, pistol-whipped her mother and pointed a gun at her head when she refused to buy the ride, authorities said.
Rachel Anne Hachero, 17, had demanded her mother co-sign for a used Nissan 305Z and threatened to kill her when she said no, said Florida police.
The next day, Hachero came home with a 9 mm handgun, hit her mother on the head with it and put the barrel to her temple, insisting they go to the dealership together, The Naples Daily News reported.
With the gun in her purse, Hachero drove her mother to the lot in Fort Myers, Fla., where she agreed to sign for the car.
Hachero is an honor student at a prestigious local high school and had been written up in the local papers for her exemplary record as a student.
One report said she had been accepted to several Ivy League schools on scholarship.
Hachero’s mother later searched her daughter’s purse and discovered the gun alongside drugs and paraphernalia and called 911, authorities said.
When she was arrested Thursday, police determined the gun had been stolen from a port authority employee’s house.
Hachero’s mother declined to press charges, but deputies arrested her anyway and she was placed in juvenile detention.
USA Today: Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia.
The conviction puts his NBA future in some doubt.
Arenas, 28, was charged yesterday with a single count. As part of the plea deal, his lawyer said, prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence at the low end of the guidelines, which is no more than six months in jail. Sentencing is set for March 26.
The prosecutor offered details of what led to the charge, which grew out of a dispute with a teammate over a card game on the Wizards’ flight home from Phoenix on Dec. 19, the Associated Press writes:
The three-time All-Star has previously acknowledged storing four unloaded guns in his locker at the Verizon Center, saying he wanted to keep them away from his young children and didn’t know it was a violation of the city’s strict gun laws. He says he took them out of the locker Dec. 21 in a “misguided effort to play a joke” on a teammate.
The charge was made hours after the teammate, Javaris Crittenton, had his Northern Virginia apartment searched by police looking for a silver- or chrome-colored semiautomatic handgun with a black handle. The search warrant indicated police were investigating crimes that include brandishing a weapon. No evidence was seized, according to court documents, and Crittenton has not been charged.
Possessing a gun at an NBA arena violates the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Commissioner David Stern has suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay pending the outcome of the case.
No official comment so far from the Wizards or the NBA.
Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was charged Thursday with felony gun possession, a crime that carries a maximum five years in jail and a fine, authorities said.
The charge was announced Thursday afternoon by the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District.
Arenas’s attorney and prosecutors had been negotiating a plea deal during the day and it was not immediately clear whether the filing of charges was a part of the deal. Court officials said they had been told to prepare to have Arenas in Superior Court on Friday.
The U.S. Attorney’s office alleged that on Dec. 21, Arenas “did carry, openly and concealed on or about his person, in a place other than his dwelling place, place of business or on other land possessed by him, a pistol, without license issued pursuant to law.”
The guns became an issue after Arenas and Wizards teammate Javaris Crittenton got into an argument after a card game and Crittenton allegedly said he should shoot Arenas in his surgically repaired left knee, sources have said. Days later on Dec. 21, after a practice at Verizon Center, Arenas placed the guns on a chair next to Crittenton’s locker with a note that said “pick one.”
A grand jury began hearing testimony in the case on Jan. 5. But it was not immediately clear whether Thursday’s charges came from the grand jury or directly from prosecutors.
Arenas’s attorney, Kenneth L. Wainstein, could not immediately be located and prosecutors so far have not commented
Also Thursday, D.C. and Arlington police searched Crittenton’s home looking for the gun he reportedly used in the locker room confrontation with Arenas, according to sources familiar with the investigation and court papers.
Police did not find the gun at his Arlington home in the 7:15 a.m. search, Crittenton’s lawyer and the court papers said.
Reached through e-mail, Crittenton’s lawyer, Peter White, said he was not available to talk, but offered this statement:
“I can confirm that a search warrant was executed on Mr. Crittenton’s apartment today, that Mr. Crittenton cooperated with the officers conducting the search, and that no evidence was found or seized by police.”
The police affidavit in support of the warrant was sealed Wednesday by an Arlington judge at the request of investigators, said Theophani Stamos, Arlington’s Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney.
According to the court papers, police were looking for a “silver/chrome-colored semiautomatic handgun with a black handle or similar/like artifact.”
They also were looking for ammunition, holsters, and “any photographs, video footage, or other media depicting the subject posing with a firearm.”
Since Arenas met with law enforcement , Wizards Coach Flip Saunders, team President Ernie Grunfeld and players Fabricio Oberto, Randy Foye, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, DeShawn Stevenson, JaVale McGee, Mike Miller and Andray Blatche have also spoken to authorities or the grand jury. Players Antawn Jamison, Mike James, Dominic McGuire, Earl Boykins and Nick Young say they have not been asked to be interviewed.
NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay Jan. 6. Stern said the gun incident, coupled with Arenas making light of the issue on his Twitter account and when he pretended he was shooting teammates in a pregame huddle, had led him to conclude “that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game.”
The incident, which is also being investigated by the NBA, has cast doubt on the future of Arenas’s career at a time when the 28-year-old guard was trying to regain his all-star form after missing the last two seasons following knee surgery.
The Wizards, who endorsed the suspension, have in the past week removed a banner with Arenas’s image on it that covered part of the Sixth Street facade of Verizon Center, stopped displaying Arenas’s No. 0 jersey and removed all references to him in the introductory video played before home games.
Arenas met Wednesday with Billy Hunter, the head of the NBA players union, to discuss his situation. Hunter said Tuesday he wanted to ensure that Arenas receives due process and doesn’t want the punishment to exceed the transgression.
“You don’t use a sledgehammer to drive a tack,” Hunter said. “Right now, we’re just waiting for the investigation to conclude and then we’ll see what level or degree of discipline the commissioner is talking about imposing. And once the commissioner makes his decision, that will determine what extent we get involved and don’t get involved.”
Actor/producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, right, and co-producer Randall Emmett talk about their movie “Gun” filming in Grand Rapids.
The movie business is booming in Grand Rapids — literally.
A little black powder, some sand to push the doors open, a bit of propane to cause a fire, earplugs for everyone in the vicinity and — whoomp! A police car explodes into flames inside the former Lear Corp. plant, 2150 Alpine Ave. NW, Sunday afternoon, where the action movie “Gun” was being filmed with star, producer and screenwriter Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.
A voice yells “Cut!” and two Walker firefighters extinguish the blaze. The sprinklers don’t go off, the set is secure and the scene is successfully captured on camera. Special effects supervisor Ken Gorrell was satisfied.
“We had one take, and that’s it,” he said, lighting a cigarette after completing the shot. “It looks like we don’t have to (add any effects in post-producton). Inside this building, everything filled in nicely.”
Fire erupts from a police car during an explosive scene from the movie “Gun” filmed at the former Lear plant on Alpine Avenue NW on Sunday afternoon. The movie starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Val Kilmer is being shot in various locations in Grand Rapids.
The big boom will be part of the climactic shootout sequence in the film, in which Jackson — best known as a multiplatinum-selling hip-hop star — Val Kilmer and John Larroquette (“Night Court”) play arms dealers. AnnaLynn McCord (“90210” and “Nip/Tuck”) stars as a manipulator of the big arms transaction, and James Remar (“Dexter”) portrays a cop trying to break up the smuggling ring.
“This is the final confrontation,” Jackson said, wearing a white shirt stained with fake blood, while seated inside a trailer next to producing partner Randall Emmett. “We’ve been shooting this scene for two days. There’s been a lot of action, and now we’re covering some of the details.”
Earlier on Sunday, Jackson was creating more noise, wielding a massive .50 caliber gun that weighs 85 lbs. Notably, it’s not the “Gun” of the title, which refers to his character’s two-hander Smith and Wesson pistol. The gunplay left an acrid smell lingering from the morning’s scenes, also filmed inside the chilly warehouse.
“It’s the big takedown today, the heat of the battle,” Remar said.
“We need the heat of the battle to keep us warm,” he joked.
“Gun” began shooting Dec. 27, and principal photography will wrap Thursday. Budgeted at less than $3 million, the movie is a product of Emmett and Jackson’s Cheetah Vision Films partnership. They plan to shoot three films in Michigan in 2010 to take advantage of the state tax incentives. Emmett said they will debut the film at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Emmett and Jackson filmed “Caught in the Crossfire” locally last year with Grand Rapids-born director Brian Miller; it has not been released yet. Kilmer, who wrapped his “Gun” scenes on Thursday and left town, also starred in “The Chaos Experiment,” which shot locally in 2008 and is now available on DVD.
Jackson and Kilmer co-starred in the thriller “Streets of Blood,” released on DVD last year. Their relationship on that film’s set prompted Jackson to recruit the “Batman Forever” and “Top Gun” actor for “Gun.” Jackson also hand-picked director Jessy Terrero (“Soul Plane”) based on their previous music-video collaborations.
“He’s my biggest client in the video world,” Terrero said. “I knew him when no one knew who 50 Cent was.”
The soft-spoken Jackson talked in great detail about his involvement with the film from top to bottom: He wrote the script’s first draft, serves as its music director and even helped select cameras and cast members. He said he has been offered acting roles, but prefers to pursue “projects that have the level of artistic integrity I want to be associated with.”
Jackson is currently balancing his film work with his music career. He released his new album “Before I Self Destruct” in November, and will take part in concert tours between movies this year. The bonus DVD that comes with the album features a film Jackson directed himself.
“50 isn’t one of those actors who get producer credit but don’t really do anything,” said Emmett, who has produced dozens of films, including “Righteous Kill” and “88 Minutes.” “It’s exciting for me to work with someone as committed as he is.
“He brings his own mobile studio with him,” Emmett added. “He’ll have three-and-a-half minutes between takes, and you’ll see him in his trailer working on music. He makes everyone else feel lazy.”
Also working hard is McCord, who has flown back and forth between Los Angeles, where she’s still shooting “90210,” and Grand Rapids to film her scenes.
“This is the type of role I want — I love action films,” she said. “My agent sweet-talked the ‘90210’ producers so I could shoot both.
“I wanted to work with Curtis,” she added. “We have wonderful chemistry, and we’re having lots of fun together.”
The actress has had some down time in G.R., though; she drove go-carts at Craig’s Cruisers on a recent day off.
“I love it here,” she said. “Los Angeles is not based in reality. It’s nice to be somewhere that’s chill, and you’re not surrounded by a bunch of pretentious L.A. people.”
Actor James Remar, center, plays a cop in the movie “Gun” filmed in Grand Rapids. His son Jason, left, has a small part in the explosive scene shot in the former Lear plant on Alpine Avenue NW on Sunday afternoon.
Nola.com: B.G., a prominent local hip-hop artist, was arrested this week in eastern New Orleans and booked into jail on a felony gun charge, police said.
Rapper Christopher Dorsey, aka B.G., has a previous arrest record
New Orleans police arrested Christopher Dorsey, who raps under the moniker B.G., or Baby Gangsta, Tuesday night following a traffic stop in which officers recovered three guns, two of which were reported stolen, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
Dorsey, 29, was booked with illegal carrying of weapons. He appeared in magistrate court Thursday morning, but the status of his incarceration, such as bond information, was not listed Thursday night in electronic court records maintained by the Criminal Sheriff’s Office.
Police said Dorsey was arrested along with the two others in the vehicle, Demounde Pollard, 17, and Jerod Fedison, 28.
Officers from the NOPD’s 7th District halted the late-model Chevrolet Tahoe after watching it commit a traffic violation, police said. They seized the three weapons, along with loaded magazines and two extended magazine clips, according to a police news release.
Fedison and Dorsey were each booked with illegal carrying of a firearm, according to court records. Pollard was booked on multiple drug charges — including possession of hydrocodone, oxycodone and alprazolam — and two counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms, and a count of illegal carrying of a weapon.
Dorsey, who hails from Uptown, is a solo artist and a member of the Hot Boys ensemble, which boasts such big names as Li’l Wayne, Juvenile and Young Turk. He signed with Cash Money Records at the age of 13.
A former drug dealer who admitted to dabbling in heroin, he released an album several years ago with the Chopper City Boyz that debuted at No. 20 on a Billboard Chart. He also became chief executive officer of Chopper City Records, a Metairie-based label.
A spokeswoman for the label declined to comment on his arrest Thursday.
Dorsey has been arrested several times this year. He was arrested in New Orleans in June and booked into jail on drug charges. He is scheduled to appear in court next week on that case. He was also briefly held in jail this summer on an outstanding warrant from Texas, court records show, without indicating the nature of that case. The case was dropped a month later.
He was also arrested in March on drug charges in Jefferson Parish, according to court records. Prosecutors dismissed the case in August.