Ex-Fever player released on bond

Kristin M. Kraemer, Herald staff writerFebruary 27, 2009 

A former Tri-Cities Fever player was released from jail Thursday while awaiting trial on two separate attacks involving law enforcement officers.

Michael Rayfield Hodges "bonded out" of the Franklin County jail, according to a statewide automated notification service for when an inmate's status changes.

His bail had been modified by the court two days earlier to $5,000 on each of the two cases.

Hodges, 26, is charged in Franklin County Superior Court with first-degree assault and two counts of third-degree assault. The cases have not yet been joined, but both are now set for trial April 22.

Prosecutor Steve Lowe said Hodges is not to use any drugs while he is out of custody before the case is resolved.

Hodges was in a so-called "roid rage" in November when he allegedly forced his way into the Tri-Cities Airport's secured boarding area and hit a Port of Pasco officer, then days later bit off the fingertip of a corrections officer and punched another officer in the face, according to a state psychiatrist's report in the court file.

The lineman who played eight Fever games last year reportedly used steroids during the most recent football season "in order to build himself up," the report said.

Hodges told a psychiatrist he only remembers getting out of his car at the airport, then blacked out. He also said he has no memory of the jail struggle and didn't know about it until his lawyer told him.

As a part of his conditions of release, Hodges also is not allowed to leave Benton and Franklin counties. His family is in California, where he lived before moving to the Tri-Cities for football.

Pasco woman denies she was drug source

A Pasco woman whose home was searched in a lengthy undercover operation has pleaded innocent to charges she was a source for drugs.

Maria Alicia Marez, 56, faces trial May 13 on one count of possessing marijuana with intent to deliver.

For more than a month, police worked with the Pasco School District to investigate and ultimately break up an "open-air marketplace for seeing and consuming narcotics" near Pasco High School.

Marez's home was identified as allegedly being connected to the operation.

When officers searched the 1714 N. 14th Ave. apartment Feb. 18, they found a Tupperware container with four prepackaged plastic bags of marijuana, court documents said. The pot was packaged the same way as pot bought Feb. 5 by undercover officers at the home, documents said.

Investigators also allegedly seized dozens of similar plastic baggies and a scale during the search, and two prescription bottles with the labels removed.

A dozen teens and adults were arrested as a result of the ongoing investigation.

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