WMMS' Rover pleads guilty to misdemeanors, sentenced

CLEVELAND -- Shane "Rover" French, 38, of Avon, has pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges during a pre-trial this afternoon in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

The WMMS radio host pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor charges -- inducing panic, disorderly conduct, criminal damaging and fireworks violations.

He was immediately sentenced to one year of probation, 180 days in jail (suspended), a $750 fine and restitution.

French was to go to trial at 9 a.m. May 20.

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French was represented by attorney Larry Zukerman.

French was arrested July 5 and arraigned Oct. 16 on charges of resisting arrest, vandalism, criminal damaging, assault, inducing panic attempted felonious assault, assault of a police officer and unauthorized possession/sale/discharge of fireworks, among other charges.

French, known as "Rover" of "Rover's Morning Glory" show on WMMS FM/100.7, was arrested for allegedly shoving an off-duty police officer.

French and Michael Toomey, also charged, are accused of shooting fireworks at an off-duty police officer, shoving him and running away when he tried to arrest them, according to Cleveland Police, at 3:40 a.m. on Whiskey Island near Olde River Yacht Club July 5.

Off-duty Cleveland Police officer Steven Kinas told police he was on his boat in the area, saw fireworks and found French and another man "highly intoxicated." They refused to stop shooting fireworks, Kinas told officers, and instead shot fireworks in his direction.

French allegedly grabbed Kinas' shirt with both hands after Kinas identified himself as an officer. French started pushing Kinas, the police report states, and the other man did as well.


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