PTC man wanted after youth football tirade

Thu, 09/20/2007 - 3:21pm
By: John Munford

A Peachtree City man is wanted on several criminal charges revolving around a tirade at a Packers youth football game Saturday, Sept. 8, and fleeing from a police officer at Riley Field two days later.

Gerren Gamble Smith, 39, is charged with four counts of disorderly conduct after he used abusive, vulgar and profane language “in the presence of numerous persons under the age of 14 ... who were attempting to engage in a Peachtree City youth football game,” according to one of the arrest warrants. Smith was upset that his son wasn’t running the ball enough, police were told by witnesses.

No physical threats were made during the confrontation between Smith and his son’s coach, police said. But according to the incident report, a witness told police that Smith placed his hands on the coach’s chest “in a threatening manner.”

Four victims told police several days after the incident that they were in fear of their well-being during Smith’s tirade Saturday, leading to the four disorderly conduct charges, police said in an incident report on the matter.

“They stated that the offender was nose to nose with each victim at different times making threats, and sometimes poking the victims in the chest,” the report stated.

Smith is also charged with obstructing a police officer after he drove off from Riley Field Sept. 10 although the officer told him to come back so he could be issued a criminal trespassing warning, the warrant said. Smith was also driving with a suspended license and is charged with hitting a fence and barricade with his 2007 Ford Expedition before he left the area, police said.

The officer was attempting to serve a criminal trespassing warning because football association officials had decided to ban Smith from the fields in light of Saturday’s incident, police said.

Before Smith drove off from the officer Monday, he provided the officer a copy of his Louisiana driver’s license, and told the officer he was a Katrina evacuee, police said. Smith left the officer, saying he was going to move his truck from a handicapped parking space, and the officer told him to return after moving the vehicle, police said.

When he drove off, Smith left his son at football practice, and the boy’s mother came to pick the child up, the officer said in the incident report.

“I attempted to speak with the wife, unidentified, however she was extremely confrontational and refused to speak about the incident stating this entire incident was ‘discrimination,’” the officer wrote.

Smith was indicted Sept. 11 by a Fayette County grand jury on charges stemming from a domestic dispute at his home in the Harmony Village apartment complex earlier this year, according to court records.

Smith faces one felony count of making terroristic threats for threatening to beat his wife, three counts of disorderly conduct and one count of obstruction of a police officer after he locked himself in a bedroom after officers announced they were going to arrest him on outstanding warrants, police said.

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Submitted by IMNSHO on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 5:24am.

He was arrested yesterday. All you Packers football parents can enjoy your games in peace now.

Submitted by petty on Mon, 10/05/2009 - 3:44am.

good to hear that he was already arrested. I feel bad for the family.

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Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 09/21/2007 - 2:25pm.

This is a prime example of what I'm talking about. When caught breaking the law, play the race card.

I thought you only had thirty days to change or update your drivers license? Is that law only for whites? I thought we also have an ordinance the prohibits cussing in public? Maybe that is off the books now.

Outstanding warrants?? Huh, another fine product from LA.(and crimony village) Didn't this family get the message they are rebuilding....go back.

What is the fine for parking in a handicap parking spot? Is that something else you can get away with if you play the race card?

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 7:44am.

LEt me tell you something. I.... um.... well... You should.... Awe fegetaboutit. I got nuthin for this one. It would be easier to make excuses for Ojay. And I'm not about to try that one either.

Kevin "Hack" King

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 3:55pm.

I'm glad the police got him. This is so sad for the kid. Sounds like he is a great kid stuck with goofy parents.

I know being poor is stressful, but he just made things worse for his family. I think you lose section 8 money if you get in trouble with the law.

I feel bad for the kid it looks like he is the only adult in the family.

I blame the mayor of New Orleans for the problems with katrina. He had buses available but didn't use them or urge his people to leave. Then he gets re-elected go figure.

Have a good one I have to get back to work.

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Submitted by wulfman on Sun, 09/23/2007 - 7:31am.

He’s a typical bully.

Going around threatening people and when the cops show up.

Runs in the bathroom and hides like a coward.

He needs to be put in jail and find out what happens to cowards that run their mouths and try to hide in the bathroom.

He would be someone’s girlfriend real quick.

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 8:08am.

But let's not stretch to the "blame George Bush for Katrina thing." Yoou have better ammo than that don't you?

History 101:

No one says our president is responsible for a hurricane

The overwhelming global opinion and, I dare say, fact is that our president after Katrina was the opposite of Rudy Giuliani after 9-11
His staff had to make a DVD for him two days later before he decided to leave the ranch and motivate his nation. He complemented incompetence (Good Job Brownie) and lost a lot of credibility in the process. I'll cut you a deal: I'll admit Ojay is guilty twice if you stop trying to pretend that the "decider" actually showed leadership post Katrina. Deal?

Kevin "Hack" King

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Submitted by hutch866 on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 10:12am.

I freely admit the FEMA and Bush both dropped the ball with Katrina, but what I don't understand is why no one ever comments on the job the state and New Orleans did in the same mess. Why didn't Louisiana do more for the city? Why didn't the state order a mandatory evacuation let alone the city. The blame should be spread around not just heaped on the feds. I think George showed as much leadership as the city and state did {more's the pity}.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 2:36pm.

I fully agree with you on the number of people who dropped the ball in N'Awlens. If someone tried to say Mayor Nagin or the Governor did a good job with Katrina prep, I'd call them out too. My point is that this post has nothing to do with George Bush. It has to do with the unacceptable behavior of a particular PT Packer parent. In a way, I kind of wish I had been one of those parents with a finger in their face. I stupidly live for those opportunities, but they never seem to come around. Maybe if I was a 110 pound soccer mom clowns like this would be more willing to show their foolish sides. Cheers matey!!!!!

Kevin "Hack" King

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Submitted by hutch866 on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 2:44pm.

I took his reference to Bush as sarcasm, I also can't believe they reelected Nagin after that. I also think if he'd put that finger in my face, it would have been a long time before he'd have been able to pick his nose with it. Try to be in town for the Star's Mill-FCHS game, it would be the perfect time to meet after the Tigers lay that defeat on ya'll.

I yam what I yam...Popeye

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Mon, 09/24/2007 - 2:58pm.

They, smartly, only show their butts when they sense the advantage; wusses.
November is a long time off, but we will definitely be there. I won't be wearing my t-shirt with a noose on it. It seems to be a bad time for that one.

Nagin and Marion Berry. What the heck? Voters can be idiots some time, man!

Kevin "Hack" King

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Submitted by bad_ptc on Fri, 09/21/2007 - 11:40pm.

he did nothing wrong and is in great need of our support. All of our support, not any specific color support.

Calm down Davis's Mom, the child is NOT the problem.

We, the green, white, yellow, red, glow in the dark, all of us, should be able to have some modicum of retribution against this sperm donor.

No doubt another example of "Affirmative Action" in in-action.

Where's Al when you need him?

Submitted by volley819 on Fri, 09/21/2007 - 1:47pm.

absolutely a Katrina complex - everything that happens to him is someone elses fault. Blame whitey for his sorry life. His wife is no different, yet sadly she has to endure his abuse as well. He has no place in society until he can take responsibility for his own actions. Throw him in jail, and take away all his federal relief money.

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