Leading off today:
As we do all too frequently, let's begin with the police blotter.
Assistant coach suspended: Poughkeepsie assistant boys basketball coach Tom Mullins was fired Monday -- and that could be the least of his troubles as the clock ticks down on 2014, The Times Herald-Record reported Monday.
Mullins, a volunteer assistant, was dismissed for repeatedly yelling obscenities and bumping a referee during a non-league game at Goshen last week, the paper reported, and referee Ed Incle, who took the brunt of the abuse, has filed a report with the Village of Goshen police.
"The (police) asked me if I wanted (Mullins) arrested and I said, 'Yes,'" Incle told the paper. "Attacks on referees have become a growing epidemic and some officials have been killed in other states. It's gone way too far. These are high school games and they take it way too seriously. I don't expect to be assaulted on the court. I was the victim of battery and I could file a civil suit."
The Orange County Basketball Officials Association (OCBOA) filed a report on behalf of Incle, 55, a retired NYPD captain.
Incle alleges Mullins screamed obscenities and bumped him at least five times after he assessed him two technical fouls for an automatic ejection in the fourth quarter of Poughkeepsie's 51-46 win over Goshen. Mullins was escorted out of the gym by a police officer assigned to the game, the paper reported.
According to Incle, as Mullins was leaving the gym, he yelled to him, "I will see you outside."
Chad Kelly arrested: Chad Kelly, the New York State Sportswriters Association's Class AA player of the year in 2011 as a Buffalo St. Joe's senior quarterback, was arrested early Sunday after police say he fought with bouncers trying to kick him out of a Buffalo bar and later scuffled with police, The Buffalo News reported.
Kelly refused to leave the Encore bar about 3:15 a.m. and punched a bouncer in the face, Buffalo police said. Kelly continued to fight with two bouncers and stated "I'm going to go to my car and get my AK-47 and spray this place," according to a report. Police responding to that alleged threat stopped a pickup truck in which Kelly was a passenger and made the arrest.
The attorney representing Kelly, 20, said a cellphone video shows someone grabbing Kelly's neck outside the bar, but that person's face cannot be readily identified.
"The video clearly shows someone grabbing Chad first," attorney Thomas J. Eoannou said.
Kelly was arraigned Sunday in Buffalo City Court and released without bail. He faces charges including third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespass and second-degree obstructing governmental administration, the paper reported. All the charges are misdemeanors or violations.
Kelly, the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, last week accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Mississippi in the fall. He starred at the junior college level this fall after having been thrown off the Clemson University roster last spring. In his junior year at St. Joe's, Kelly became the first quarterback in state history to throw for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards.
Another key win: Archbishop Molloy is off and flying in girls basketball, moving to 7-0 after a pair of significant