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Former Fitch football standout no longer at Notre Dame

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Former Austintown Fitch sports standout William Mahone is no longer enrolled at the University of Notre Dame, a spokesperson for the university football program confirmed on Tuesday.

Mahone had been on suspension from the Fighting Irish team since last month when he pleaded not guilty in Mahoning County Court in Austintown to charges disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism.

The former junior wide receiver returned to court Monday night. The judge set a July 23 trial date on the resisting arrest and disorderly conduct counts, and also scheduled a preliminary hearing that same day on the more serious charges of intimidation, assault on a police officer and vandalism.

According to a report filed by Austintown Township police, Mahone shouted racial slurs and obscenities at officers who were trying to arrest him on the 4500 block of Rita Avenue.

Police initially received reports of a fight going on at the address. When they arrived, they say that Mahone was head butting and punching vehicles, as well as attempting to fight several individuals. The report says that Mahone was highly intoxicated.

Police say that after having difficulty handcuffing Mahone, he continued fighting them, and was stunned two times by officers. One officer says Mahone butted him in the head.

The report says that Mahone repeatedly threatened the lives of the officers, at one point saying, "Bro, when I get out, I got a Glock 9 for your a-s." Glock is a pistol manufacturer based in Austria.

The 2012 Austintown graduate played both football and basketball for Fitch. He earned second-team 2011 Division I all-Ohio honors from Associated Press as linebacker, helping Fitch reach a 6-4 mark in 2011 after a 10-2 season in 2010, while playing as both running back and linebacker.

Mahone was captain of the football team as a senior in 2011, where he rushed 81 times as a senior for 700 yards and nine touchdowns, despite missing about half of senior season with ankle injury.

Mahone played basketball for Fitch as a standout three-point shooter, and was named co-MVP of the team following his senior season.

Mahone didn't see any action as a freshman in the 2012 Notre Dame season, but played in the Purdue and Michigan State games in 2012 as a sophomore.

 

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