More Arrests Made In Howard's Rock Vandalism Case - August 16, 2013
Clemson University officials say two additional arrests have been made in connection with the Howard's Rock vandalism that took place in June.
According to a news release from the University, Michael J. Rogers, 46, of Pisgah Forest, and Alden James Gainey, 17, of Brevard, are both charged with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice.
Both were released on $7,500 bonds Friday.
The arrests come after the iconic rock that football players rub before they run down the hill before each home football game at Death Valley was cracked and stolen.
A police report states that an officer responded to Clemson Memorial Stadium on June 3 after two employee's found the rock damaged.
Micah Rogers, 18, of Pisgah Forest was later charged with malicious injury to real property and trespassing.
NC Teen Arrested In Howard's Rock Vandalism Case - June 28, 2013
A teenager from North Carolina has been arrested in connection with the vandalism of an iconic rock at Clemson University.
Investigators held a news conference Friday to announce the 18-year-old's arrest. Micah Rogers, of Pisgah Forest, is charged with malicious injury to real property and trespassing.
Rogers' arrest comes after Howard's Rock, the rock that players rub before each home football game, was vandalized earlier this month.
When asked if Rogers had any affiliation with the school, investigators said he had a Clemson tiger paw on his truck and had Clemson memorabilia in his home.
Rogers was released on bond.
"On behalf of the athletic department and the football coaches and players, I want to thank the Clemson University Police Department, the State Law Enforcement Division and the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor's Office for acting in a swift, thorough manner with regards to the vandalism to Howard's Rock," said Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich. "We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this case."
The broken portion of the rock has not yet been recovered. The investigation continues.
Surveillance Of Suspected Vehicle Used In Howard's Rock Vandalism Released - June 20, 2013
Clemson University Police released surveillance images of a vehicle thought to be connected with the vandalism of an iconic rock earlier this month.
According to a news release, video caught the truck coming and going from the east side of Clemson Memorial Stadium on Sunday, June 2 when Howard's Rock was broken.
A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest. The money was raised by the athletic department.
If you have any information about the incident, call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Clemson's Iconic Howard's Rock Vandalized - June 12, 2013
The iconic rock that Clemson football players rub before they run down the hill before each home football game at Death Valley has been vandalized.
In a prepared statement released by Clemson University's Sports Information Department, Howard's Rock, the longstanding fixture brought to popularity by legendary Clemson football coach Frank Howard, was vandalized sometime between June 2 and June 3. According to the university, a small portion of the rock was broken off its pedestal after vandals broke the casing that protects the artifact.
"We take vandalism, especially of such an important part of our history, very seriously," said Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. "Police are investigating."
A police report obtained from the university stated that a officer responded to Clemson Memorial Stadium on June 3 after two employee's found the rock damaged. The report states that the officer observed the plexiglass cover was missing from Howard's Rock and a large piece of the rock was missing.
The officer stated in the report that he found the plexiglass cover sitting on the ground near the gate to the stadium. The employee's told the officer that they did not touch the pedestal, but they did pick up several pieces of the rock and part of the lock from the case.
The officer took pictures of the damage and a partial fingerprint was recovered from the rock. A stadium employee took possession of the damaged lock and pieces of the rock. Athletic Department officials told the police officer that football campers had their pictures made at the rock on June 2, but the photo session ended at 4 pm.
Clemson University Police Chief Johnson Link says security will be stepped up at Memorial Stadium after the incident. They are adding more security cameras and upgrading the ones they currently have.
The estimated damage to the rock is $500, but the total damage is still pending, the report states. There was no damage to the pedestal that supports the rock.
Even the unofficial Howard's Rock Twitter account tweeted about the incident by stating, "I have a headache."
Howard's Rock has been a tradition during Clemson home football games since the late 1960's. Originally given to Howard, he used it as a doorstop until he decided to get rid of it. A booster took the rock and put it on the pedestal at the entrance to Memorial Stadium.
A few weeks after doing so, the Tigers pulled off an improbable 18-point comeback win over Virginia, which prompted Howard to deem the rock a good luck charm. He would later say, "If you are not going to give me 110 percent, keep your filthy hands off my rock."
If anyone has any information about the vandalism, they are asked to call the Clemson University Police Department at (864) 656-2222.
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