Investigation Into Baseball Throwing Case Closed

The criminal investigation into an incident involving Northside High School's baseball team is now closed, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

On Tuesday, 17-year-old Zachary Boyd, a senior at Northside, was charged in connection with a baseball being thrown out a bus window that injured a driver in another vehicle.

Although WITN received reports more than one player was involved, authorities say based on information they collected, appropriate charges have been handed out at this time, and the investigation is closed.

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There's been an arrest in the case of a baseball being thrown out of a high school activity bus in Beaufort County.

Zachary Boyd of Pinetown has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and injury to personal property. The 17-year-old Northside High School baseball player turned himself in to authorities today.

Deputies say the assault happened on May 4th on Highway 264 near Everette's Crossroads.

A tractor trailer's windshield was struck by the baseball that was thrown from the school activity bus which was carrying the school's baseball team back from a game.

Deputies say the ball partially penetrated the driver's compartment, causing glass to cut the driver's hand and face.

Boyd was released on a custody order.

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WITN continues to follow the case of the Northside High School baseball team in Beaufort County.

As WITN first reported Wednesday, the team's season was cancelled after school officials say baseballs were thrown from an activity bus in May. One truck driver says he was hit.

There are no charges filed in the baseball incident, and the sheriff's office says it continues to investigate. No players have been identified as being involved.

Thursday, WITN requested and received from the Beaufort County School System a roster of the Northside High School baseball team.

The varsity baseball team roster list we received included the name Zachary Boyd.

WITN has confirmed a student was arrested at Northside High School on January 30, 2009. That student's name is listed on the arrest report as Zachary Jay Boyd, age 17 of Pinetown.

Because of privacy regulations, the school system can't release much information. Officials could, however, confirm for WITN News that Zachary Jay Boyd is a senior at Northside High School and was on the baseball team.

The arrest report lists the charges against Boyd as obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft. Online court records show a court date scheduled for Zachary Jay Boyd for June 9, 2009. The charges listed online show two felonies (obtaining property by false pretense and identity theft.) as well as a misdemeanor charge of resisting a public officer.

The incident report in the case reports the victim's credit card number was used.

We asked Beaufort County school officials about their guidelines for students charged with crimes playing sports. Officials say their district follows the NC High School Athletic Association guidelines for "eligibility in this matter."

WITN was directed to the association's website for more information.

The association's website does not list being charged with a crime as impacting a student's eligibility to play sports.

The "Felony Policy" as listed on the association's website follows:

Any student who is subject to the NCHSAA eight semester rule who

(1) is convicted of a crime classified as a felony under North Carolina or federal law,
(2) is adjudicated delinquent for an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult,
is not eligible to participate in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association sports program. Such ineligibility shall be immediate and shall prohibit participation in the NCHSAA sports program from the date of conviction or adjudication of delinquency through the end of the student's high school career. Appellate or other post-conviction review of the conviction or adjudication of delinquency does not affect the student's immediate ineligibility.

Note: "Convicted" and "conviction," for the purpose of this policy, includes the entry of (a) a plea of guilty; or (b) a plea of no contest, nolo contendere, or the equivalent; or (c) a verdict or finding of guilty by a jury, judge, magistrate, or other duly constituted, established, and recognized adjudicating body, tribunal, or official, either civilian or military. A person is "convicted" or "adjudicated delinquent" for the purposes of this policy, in North Carolina state courts, the courts of the United States, another state, the armed services of the United States, or another country.

You can read the complete policy by clicking on the related link below.

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There's no more baseball at one Beaufort County high school after players are accused of throwing baseballs out of a school activity bus.

The school superintendent has cancelled the remainder of Northside High School baseball team's season.

The school system says several players were engaged in throwing baseballs out of the windows of the bus on May 4th.

The sheriff's office says they're investigating and that one person received minor injuries. No charges have been filed so far in the case.

"I am very disappointed in the thoughtless misbehavior of these young men and I am also disappointed with the team as a whole (players and coaches) in not taking appropriate, responsible action to prevent this inexcusable incident from occurring," says interim superintendent William Rivenbark.

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