Morning Host Rover Indicted By Grand Jury Over Fireworks Incident
October 3, 2013
CCM+E Rock WMMS/Cleveland morning host Rover (real name: Shane French) is facing 13 felony and misdemeanor charges. On Wednesday, a grand jury indicted French on charges such as panic, assault, criminal damaging and resisting arrest, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The charges stem from an incident over July 4th weekend, where French aimed fireworks at an off-duty police officer, then allegedly shoved him and ran off to avoid arrest. A boat and SUV were also reportedly damaged in the incident. Rover's Morning Glory sidekick Michael "Chocolate Charlie" Toomey is also facing 11 charges from the same incident, according to the Plain Dealer and WKYC-TV.
The officer says he had asked French to stop shooting fireworks off his boat, but instead aimed the fireworks at the officer instead. When the off-duty officer came to put out the fuse French and Toomey (who were allegedly intoxicated at the time) were using to light fireworks, he says they got into a shoving match and resisted arrest.
WKYC-TV reports that French discussed the incident on-air on his morning show earlier today, saying the charges were "trumped up" and believes they were filed in retaliation to his plans to file a complaint against the officer. You can also watch a video of French making an official statement about the incident on-air here.
French and Toomey are slated to be arraigned on October 16.