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tjintx

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Two Idiot Dads Fight Each Other Over Their Daughters' Softball Team (NSFW Language) - Mandatory

When the truth just doesn't sink in.....


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The news story:

Two South Jersey men were charged following a fight at a youth softball game in which one man allegedly drove from New Jersey to Maryland to confront parents on a travel softball team following a text message exchange.

Michael Barbella, 48, Ventnor, and Michael John Duffy, 45, Mays Landing, were charged with second degree assault, disorderly conduct and affray, according to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.

The fight took place outside the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center on July 15 and was caught on video.

In the video, Barbella approaches Duffy and begins an argument, apparently centered around Barbella’s daughter no longer being on the team. Duffy tells Barbella the reason she’s not on the team anymore is because of you, to which Barbella responds “She’s not on the team anymore because I don’t want her to be.”

The two continue to argue until Duffy says “You’re not going away until someone punches you.” A fight then breaks out between the two.

When police arrived on the scene, Barbella was being attended to by EMS.

Police learned that Barbella drove to the game from New Jersey to confront Duffy and other parents of players on the travel softball team.

Police were shown text messages allegedly sent by Barbella earlier in the day in which he challenged Duffy to a fight.

Barbella was detained in lieu of $20,000 bail. Duffy was released on his own recognizance.​
 
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An irate softball mom got a pair of shiny bracelets for a Mother's Day gift from local police Sunday - handcuffs.
Kingston resident Diana Lattin, 50, was arrested and is facing a misdemeanor charge after Saugerties police say they got a 911 call reporting a fight between parents at the Cantine Sports Complex during a girls youth softball game at about 4:47 p.m.

Witnesses told police that Lattin became out of control during the game, spitting at coaches and pushing other parents, police say. When another parent wrapped her arms around Lattin to try to restrain her, Lattin broke free by biting her then pulled a handful of hair from her head as she continued to fight, police say

Diana Lattin's husband David Lattin, reached at home Monday afternoon, said his wife has been falsely accused.

The husband said that their daughter was "getting the shaft" on the softball team because of her ability and his wife was protecting her interests. He said the incident happened at a game between the Dutchess Debs and the Ulster Fillies.

Lattin was is charged with third-degree attempted assault. She was arraigned, given a stay-away order for the other parent and released.
 

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HANDLER, Okla. —Dispatch: "Lincoln County 911."
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Caller: "We've got a parent that just pulled a gun at a softball game! He's leaving the Chandler softball field right now!"

That frantic 911 call came just minutes after a girls' little league softball game ended in Chandler Tuesday.

Video: Man accused of pointing gun at people during little league softball game

When one Davenport player didn’t get put in during a game in Chandler, police said her grandfather wasn’t happy.

They said Troy Gibbs, 45, started fighting with the Davenport coach and other parents.

He then went to his car and came back again to yell at the coach. Police said when another parent stepped in, Gibbs pulled out a gun and pointed it in his face and at children in the parking lot.

“We have our few arguments, disagreements, here and there at these games that we respond to, but we’ve never had nothing of this magnitude,” Chandler Police Chief Matthew Mattheyer said.

“Davenport and Chandler have always had a little thing about rivals, but our girls after the game did the walk-through, clapped their hands, good game,” president of the Chandler Softball Association Kari Hulsey said.

“I think the next morning is when it really hit that, you know, the things that could have happened,” Hulsey said.

Hulsey said Gibbs almost hit her when he tore out of the complex trying to get away.

KOCO 5 News tried to get his side of the story, but he never returned our call.

Police said Gibbs said he was sorry, but the apology comes too late.

“The damage has been done,” Mattheyer said.

“This is not behavior that’s acceptable to any of us -- Davenport, or Chandler, or any of the softball leagues in Lincoln County,” Hulsey said. "This is far, far away from what we teach our girls.”

Gibbs was arrested and is facing charges of pointing a firearm and disturbing the peace, but police said he could be facing even more charges in the future.
 

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Another entrant into the "Discuss Fastpitch Stupid Parents Hall of Shame": Gary Melson!

As some background, Coach Curs has been successfully coaching youth sports. She regularly produces good teams.


When a little league coach turned to shut down a heckler at a girls' basketball game, she knew he was an off-duty police officer, but she never imagined she'd end up facing years of jail time. Now Jessica Curs, the 31-year-old mother and veteran youth league coach, is crying foul, and the local police department is firing back.

Her first interview about the incident appeared Monday on KTXA TV in Dallas, and the following day Alvarado police chief Brad Anderson posted a scathing 1,100-word Facebook post (since deleted, see full text below) criticizing KTXA, defending his captain and offering a very different narrative.

Here's what they agree on: In mid-February, Curs was coaching a 4th grade girls' basketball game for the Burleson Youth Association against Alvarado. Burleson and Alvarado, two small cities, about 10 miles apart and south of Fort Worth, are classic rivals with a history of uncordial relations, especially in youth sports.

Alvarado police captain Gary Melson was keeping score.

Curs said Melson was sitting directly behind her, on the side of the court reserved for only coaches, the score keeper and the school monitor. Melson, in a T-shirt and jeans, heckled her throughout the game, the coach said.

With two minutes left in the game a foul was called, and Curs said Melson offered a snide comment.

"That's when I turned around. What I wanted to say was 'quit being a dipsh-t,' but all I said was quit being a dip ..." she said. "No one heard it except for him and me."

But in his Facebook post, Chief Anderson wrote "Curs screamed out a profanity, namely using the word 'dick' in front of bleachers full of parents and kids. This action caused numerous parents to rise to their feet and began confronting Curs, complaining and demanding action from APD Capt. Melson." He reiterated that claim in an interview with the Chronicle.

Curs called that "extremely inaccurate." Burleson Youth Association treasurer Paul Friedman said the association did an internal investigation after the incident. But since all the parents were sitting on the far side of the gym, none had any knowledge of what happened, he said.

Friedman said that only the referee, Andy Love, had some recollection of the spat.

"I turn to report my foul and I've got some guy standing on the edge of the gym floor grabbing a coach by the arm, trying to pull her off the court," Love told KTXA.

In spite of Chief Anderson's assertion that Curs "has a history of questionable behavior," Friedman said he's never received a complaint about her in the nine years he's manned the group's email account.

At the basketball game, Melson flashed his badge and ordered Curs to leave the gym and talk with him in the parking lot. So with two minutes left in the last game of an undefeated season, she forfeited the game on behalf of her team and followed Melson outside.

According to Chapter 14 of the Texas code of Criminal Procedure, an off-duty police officer who is outside his jurisdiction may detain or arrest someone if they cause "a breach of the peace."

As tears streamed from Curs' players in the parking lot, Melson called the Burleson police, but after a brief investigation decided not to press charges for disorderly conduct. That seemed like the end of it.

But two weeks later, Curs got a startling letter in the mail: a warrant for her arrest on charges of evading arrest. She turned herself in the next day, got booked, paid her bail, spent six hours in jail and was released. That seemed like the end of it.

In spite of urging from friends and community members to challenge the apparent injustice, Curs wanted to leave it behind her.

But on Friday, Curs' attorney Jonathan Michell told her that the district attorney would take up her case--that she would go to trial and could face up to three years behind bars.

So Curs called KTXA TV, which she said had been asking for an interview since the incident occurred, and consented to go on the record.

"Everyone has told me 'you need to do something about this, you can't let this guy get away with this," she said. "Finally I agreed. I'm not going to sit and let them do this to me."​
 
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Another entrant into the "Discuss Fastpitch Stupid Parents Hall of Shame": Gary Melson!

As some background, Coach Curs has been successfully coaching youth sports. She regularly produces good team.


When a little league coach turned to shut down a heckler at a girls' basketball game, she knew he was an off-duty police officer, but she never imagined she'd end up facing years of jail time. Now Jessica Curs, the 31-year-old mother and veteran youth league coach, is crying foul, and the local police department is firing back.

Her first interview about the incident appeared Monday on KTXA TV in Dallas, and the following day Alvarado police chief Brad Anderson posted a scathing 1,100-word Facebook post (since deleted, see full text below) criticizing KTXA, defending his captain and offering a very different narrative.

Here's what they agree on: In mid-February, Curs was coaching a 4th grade girls' basketball game for the Burleson Youth Association against Alvarado. Burleson and Alvarado, two small cities, about 10 miles apart and south of Fort Worth, are classic rivals with a history of uncordial relations, especially in youth sports.

Alvarado police captain Gary Melson was keeping score.

Curs said Melson was sitting directly behind her, on the side of the court reserved for only coaches, the score keeper and the school monitor. Melson, in a T-shirt and jeans, heckled her throughout the game, the coach said.

With two minutes left in the game a foul was called, and Curs said Melson offered a snide comment.

"That's when I turned around. What I wanted to say was 'quit being a dipsh-t,' but all I said was quit being a dip ..." she said. "No one heard it except for him and me."

But in his Facebook post, Chief Anderson wrote "Curs screamed out a profanity, namely using the word 'dick' in front of bleachers full of parents and kids. This action caused numerous parents to rise to their feet and began confronting Curs, complaining and demanding action from APD Capt. Melson." He reiterated that claim in an interview with the Chronicle.

Curs called that "extremely inaccurate." Burleson Youth Association treasurer Paul Friedman said the association did an internal investigation after the incident. But since all the parents were sitting on the far side of the gym, none had any knowledge of what happened, he said.

Friedman said that only the referee, Andy Love, had some recollection of the spat.

"I turn to report my foul and I've got some guy standing on the edge of the gym floor grabbing a coach by the arm, trying to pull her off the court," Love told KTXA.

In spite of Chief Anderson's assertion that Curs "has a history of questionable behavior," Friedman said he's never received a complaint about her in the nine years he's manned the group's email account.

At the basketball game, Melson flashed his badge and ordered Curs to leave the gym and talk with him in the parking lot. So with two minutes left in the last game of an undefeated season, she forfeited the game on behalf of her team and followed Melson outside.

According to Chapter 14 of the Texas code of Criminal Procedure, an off-duty police officer who is outside his jurisdiction may detain or arrest someone if they cause "a breach of the peace."

As tears streamed from Curs' players in the parking lot, Melson called the Burleson police, but after a brief investigation decided not to press charges for disorderly conduct. That seemed like the end of it.

But two weeks later, Curs got a startling letter in the mail: a warrant for her arrest on charges of evading arrest. She turned herself in the next day, got booked, paid her bail, spent six hours in jail and was released. That seemed like the end of it.

In spite of urging from friends and community members to challenge the apparent injustice, Curs wanted to leave it behind her.

But on Friday, Curs' attorney Jonathan Michell told her that the district attorney would take up her case--that she would go to trial and could face up to three years behind bars.

So Curs called KTXA TV, which she said had been asking for an interview since the incident occurred, and consented to go on the record.

"Everyone has told me 'you need to do something about this, you can't let this guy get away with this," she said. "Finally I agreed. I'm not going to sit and let them do this to me."​
Texas.....
 

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