Attorney: PSU players weren't home when police arrived

PHILIPSBURG — The four Penn State football players who live at 4103 Nittany Apartments weren’t home when police responded to a call for a loud party and saw marijuana in the kitchen, says attorney Tony De Boef.

University police entered the apartment about 11 p.m. April 25, the night of the Blue-White football scrimmage, after they heard the apartment’s fire alarm sounding and got no response knocking on the front door.

An officer saw marijuana “in plain view” in the kitchen and applied for a warrant from District Judge Allen Sinclair.The return on the warrant — an inventory of what police found — was received by the judge’s office Tuesday.

It says police found marijuana residue and hollowed cigars in the kitchen, and a “multicolor smoking pipe” in a bedroom on a television stand.

The warrant was served about 1 a.m. April 26 on one player, who De Boef says was called to the apartment to deal with the incident.

“I can tell you that they were not home,” De Boef said. “Like a lot of students on campus, they leave their doors unlocked and there were some friends visiting for the Blue-White game. They actually had not been there for several hours.”

Because the warrant’s return had not been received by the district judge’s office, the warrant hadn’t been sent to the county Prothonotary’s Office.

The CDT found a copy of the application in the district judge’s office Monday after receiving a tip.

“... We are waiting for all the facts to be gathered before we have any further comment,” Penn State athletics spokesman Jeff Nelson said Tuesday.

University police spokesman Tyrone Parham said the investigation is continuing.

Sara Ganim can be reached at 231-4616.