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Stoneburner one of two Buckeyes arrested

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This has not been a good week off the field for either side of The Rivalry.

On Thursday, Michigan defensive lineman Will Campbell was arraigned on two charges — one a “felony” — that stemmed from an early-morning Dukes of Hazzard recreation back in April.  Now, the other half of The Game has been hit by a legal issue as well.

According to both and the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner has been arrested and charged with obstructing official business.  The arrest occurred sometime Saturday and was made by the Shawnee Hills (Ohio) police, the television station reported.

There are no details available yet as to what led to the arrest.  Per the Ohio Revised Code, “obstructing official business” is defined as follows:

(A) No person, without privilege to do so and with purpose to prevent, obstruct, or delay the performance by a public official of any authorized act within the public official’s official capacity, shall do any act that hampers or impedes a public official in the performance of the public official’s lawful duties.

(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of obstructing official business. Except as otherwise provided in this division, obstructing official business is a misdemeanor of the second degree. If a violation of this section creates a risk of physical harm to any person, obstructing official business is a felony of the fifth degree.

As a redshirt junior last season, Stoneburner led the Buckeyes in receiving touchdowns with seven, including three in a season-opening win over Akron.  He also finished third on the team in receptions (14) and receiving yards (193).

Coming out of the first spring practice under Urban Meyer, Stoneburner was listed as the starter at tight end.

UPDATED 8:08 p.m. ET: As it turns out, Stoneburner was one of two Buckeyes arrested for the same “incident”.

According to, offensive lineman Jack Mewhort was charged with the same offense as Stoneburner.  A third male who is not connected to the OSU football program was also charged.

And what exactly did this incident involve?  Apparently, peeing & fleeing:

Police told 10TV News that two officers saw the three men who they believed were urinating between buildings. The officers attempted to talk with them but they ran away.

Two of them were captured while they were crouched in between vehicles, police said. The third person was found hiding in nearby woods after officers threatened to use a police dog.


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21 Responses to “Stoneburner one of two Buckeyes arrested”
  1. overratedgators says: Jun 2, 2012 3:58 PM

    “Obstructing official business”. Never heard of that one. Guess he was blocking the doorway to Dunkin’ Donuts.

  2. John Taylor says: Jun 2, 2012 4:04 PM

    @overratedgators: Just for you, I added the official definition of the charge. :-)

  3. fhuizar says: Jun 2, 2012 4:05 PM

    Lets the Urban Meyer jail count continue at Ohio.

  4. dublinalum says: Jun 2, 2012 4:15 PM

    Shawnee Hills what a joke, a police department that goes and makes/tries to find trouble… I guarantee it’s something obsured! Hey Shawnee police get a life and go after criminals not people having fun at the Bogey

  5. clevelandschronic2 says: Jun 2, 2012 4:47 PM

    All u trolls that continue to bash meyer over arrests. Last time i checked he isnt tucking his players into bed each night or holding their hands wen they go out. This is more about kids being kids than its is about meyer. Hows michigan doin with those arrests. And ND how they doin with theres. I bet all the arrests were meyers fault too. Hey i bet global warming, the economy and the wars are his fault too. I bet he had something to do with 9-11 too. U trolls try and spin everything that happens at florida still on urban. Its all his fault the players get arrested and its the players who won all those national titles not urban. U losers need to grow up and realize he cant control what the players do in there free time. U cant live anyone elses lives let alone control them 24/7.

  6. huskerzfan says: Jun 2, 2012 5:12 PM

    @ clevelandschronic2:

    I don’t see it as trolling. History and facts do tell a story.

    Nebraska just had Alfonzo Dennard arrested and charged with striking a police officer all of a week before the NFL draft. A mistake that likely cost him a 2nd or 3rd round selection in the NFL draft while he nearly dropped completely out of the draft when being selected in the 7th round. While police in Lincoln, NE are often accused of being ‘after’ players on the football team, there is nobody in Nebraska making any excuses for Dennard.

    Nebraksa also went through the whole Lawrence Phillips debacle. We certainly aren’t making any excuses for that garbage of a human being either.

    Part of bringing in kids to play for your university is also a character evaluation that goes beyond their football or academic merits.

    Quit making excuses and expect better character and behavior from your student-athletes.

    Everybody has their bad apples. You should at least own up to them and expect better decisions and choices from your players and coaches in the future.

  7. kozbee says: Jun 2, 2012 5:19 PM

    @ cleveland

    remembering back a couple seasons ago wasn`t it the Buckeyes that were the bashers when Meyer was a Gator.Well all of a sudden Buckeyes just love him lol.Hope its not bitter to get that what those gave gator fans for years.

  8. overratedgators says: Jun 2, 2012 5:35 PM

    Thanks, JT. Read it. Of course, I still say my fact pattern is plausible…

  9. sevendusting says: Jun 2, 2012 7:35 PM

    I can’t say the kid did nothing wrong, but I can speak to the cash cow that is the Shawnee Hills Police Department as I spent quite a bit of time in the area as a youth. Imagine a “village” p.d., (if the area is even big enough for that status) that patrols a few residential streets and a small strip of roadway traveled by zoo-goers, golfers and the uber-rich. Their sole function is generating money by setting up speed traps in the 25 mph zones, waiting outside the Bogey Inn (local watering hole) until close to entrap a few patrons or busting a renegade teen walking across the dam with a lit cigarette. Again, I can’t say the boy didn’t screw up a little but it seems quite plausible that this is merely trumped up charges for stepping on somebody’s toes being blown out of proportion by PAY haters and the media. It seems like the charge is similar, if not lesser than, obstructing justice, which can be handed down for not ratting on a buddy or giving incorrect info. Doesn’t seem that serious in the grand scheme.

  10. rickrock6661982 says: Jun 2, 2012 7:45 PM

    Looks like the Urban Meyer era is starting off as expected

    Eat your heart out, Tressel

  11. cbass59 says: Jun 2, 2012 8:32 PM

    Yes rickrock6661982, Urban Meyer is responsible for 2 players peeing in public. Fire him now!

  12. bertenheim says: Jun 2, 2012 8:42 PM

    This isn’t worth it. Let it go and keep your powder dry.

  13. jmb795 says: Jun 2, 2012 9:34 PM

    Honeymoon’s over Urb.

  14. zurnvs says: Jun 2, 2012 10:44 PM

    Don’t f—ing run from the Popo.

  15. cbass59 says: Jun 2, 2012 11:12 PM


    You’re really comparing Phillips to Stoneburner. Phillips beat his girlfriend. Stoneburner pee’d in public. All men pee in public. This is not a serious crime. Get some perspective.

    Unless you have never pee’d in public, you should not be negatively commenting on this. And to compare that to beating a woman, is disrespectful. Go apologize to your mother.

  16. kupski says: Jun 3, 2012 12:56 AM

    Talk about HAWKING for a scoop on a school LOL

    How ridiculous that they were arrested for peeing lol.. as you know NONE of us have ever did that at a bar late at night lol…….

    What a waste of fish wrap..

  17. 78lion says: Jun 3, 2012 7:09 AM

    “Nebraksa also went through the whole Lawrence Phillips debacle. We certainly aren’t making any excuses for that garbage of a human being either.”

    You should be done by now. There were enough excuses to fill a lifetime while he had eligibility.

  18. chefklm says: Jun 3, 2012 8:15 AM


    If I were you I’d be drinking a big glass of shut the hell up. Not only has PSUcks had it’s share of criminals, I also know that the Nebraska football staff & administration didn’t run a pedophile ring.

  19. stuartscottsgooglyeye says: Jun 3, 2012 8:45 AM

    Dukes of Hazzard slide across the hood of a car and peeing in an alley. These players are out of control. [sarcasm – for those who are horrible at detecting it].

  20. thetooloftools says: Jun 3, 2012 10:51 PM

    A Piss and Run. Throw them in prison. WTF. Make em’ get a mop and clean it up. Heck, at Penn State the local police would have cleaned it up for the players when JOE was in charge.

  21. 1buckeye76 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:47 PM

    Gotta love The Memorial Tournament. Shawnee Hills is located just outside of Dublin, where the Memorial was being played.

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