Morning Host Rover Pleads Not Guilty In Fireworks Scuffle
October 16, 2013
WMMS/Cleveland's Shane "Rover" French, host of Rover's Morning Glory, has pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an altercation with an off-duty police officer over July 4th weekend. The police allege that Rover was partying at a marina and, while intoxicated, aimed fireworks at an off-duty officer. Rover then shoved the officer and ran away in an effort to avoid being arrested, according to reports. He was indicted earlier this month on charges including inducing panic, assault, criminal damaging and resisting arrest. Rover's on-air sidekick, Michael "Chocolate Charlie" Toomey, also faces 11 charges relating to the incident and he also pleaded not guilty.
At today's arraignment, Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle continued Rover's original $5,000 bond and ordered him not to have contact with the victim, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The morning host said after his indictment that his attorneys had possession of surveillance video and had interviewed eyewitnesses in the case.
"I will tell you with 100 percent certainty that when all of these facts are brought to light that I will prevail in this matter and the truth will come out," Rover said, according to the Plain Dealer. "After that happens, I will take steps to make sure that this doesn't happen to anyone else."