Monday, 08 May 2017 17:28

Maine softball catcher Harvey charged with assault ahead of playoffs

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ORONO - University of Maine softball catcher Rachel Harvey, arguably one of the Black Bears' most dangerous hitters, is facing charges just ahead of the America East playoffs following an incident Saturday night.

 

Orono police said Harvey and her father William were charged with assault and disorderly conduct Saturday evening around 10:45 when they were involved in a physical altercation with other patrons at the Orono House of Pizza. Police said an investigation into the incident is still ongoing, though both Rachel and William were each issued a court summons for the charges. The two were not arrested. Specific details of the incident were not made available because everything is still under police investigation, though no other patrons were charged following the altercation. Police also said the incident was not a domestic dispute.

 

The school released a statement Monday afternoon saying both Harvey and teammate Annie Kennedy had been involved in "separate altercations" and would be suspended from the squad. It reads as followed:

 

"The University of Maine has been informed that two student-athletes were allegedly involved in separate altercations this weekend at a local business.

 

As of May 8, Annie Kennedy and Rachel Harvey have been interimly suspended from the University of Maine softball team based on alleged violations of the student-athlete code of conduct. UMaine's Student Conduct Office in the Division of Student Life is conducting an investigation.

 

UMaine does not comment on student conduct proceedings."

 

Harvey has been one of the strongest bats in the Black Bears' lineup this year, sporting a .311 average with two home runs and 20 runs batted in. The Southington, Connecticut-native was a member of the America East All-Second Team last season after she hit .345 with 51 hits and five homers.

 

The circumstances around Kennedy's suspension are unclear at this time.

 

The Black Bears are the No. 2 seed in the America East playoffs, which get underway Wednesday. The team will play its first game Thursday against the winner of No. 3 Stony Brook and No. 6 Hartford.

 

This article has been updated from its original form to include information regarding the suspension and comment from the university.

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Jon Alba joined ABC 7 and FOX 22 in September of 2015 to serve as sports director and anchor. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where he served as general manager of the school's television station Q30 Television for two years.

During his tenure, Q30 was named "College Television Station of the Year" by the College Media Association in 2014, and picked up additional national award recognition as well. Jon has been acknowledged by the Society of Professional Journalists for his commitment to sports journalism, including his investigative work while covering Quinnipiac Athletics.

Prior to moving to Maine, Jon was a lifelong resident of New Jersey. There, he formed a passion for covering sports, knowing since age 5 he wanted to tell stories for a living.

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