Former Miami Dolphins player arrested in Columbus

February 6, 2013 

Coming down from your Super Bowl or national signing day high?

Football runs through our veins here in the South, but after reading the comprehensive list of locals who have played in the National Football League, one reporter matched a name with a cop brief.

A former Kendrick High standout and Miami Dolphins player was arrested for possession of marijuana Tuesday after attempting to pick up a prostitute near 25th Avenue and Cusseta Road, according to a police report.

Police were patrolling near Cusseta Road about 1 a.m. when an officer saw Donald Bessilieu, 57, stop to pick up a known prostitute that flagged him down, officials said. The officer also noticed Bessilieu's vehicle had no tag.

Bessilieu played safety for the Miami Dolphins between 1979 and 1981 after playing college ball for Georgia Tech. He went on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1982, and later played for the Los Angeles Raiders in 1983 and 1985.

During a search, officers allegedly discovered marijuana in Bessilieu's possession. He was charged with possession of Schedule II drugs and taken to the Muscogee County Jail.

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How do you transition from that?

We'll let Sandy handle it.

Sandy, a 9-year-old golden retriever, was honored at Columbus Council Tuesday night on the occasion of her retirement as a drug detection dog for the Columbus Police Department.

After hearing a resolution read in her honor, Sandy, with a tennis ball in her teeth of course, made the rounds at the horseshoe platform where councilors, the mayor, the city manager and the city attorney sat.

As she approached each person's position, she stood on hind legs and received a pat on the head, all the way around the table.

Enjoy your retirement, Sandy.

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We can be your hero, baby.

Calm down, we're not testing Valentine's Day pickup lines. It was simply an attempt to secure your attention as we discuss online rumors about a possible free Enrique Iglesias concert at Fort Benning's Wetherby Field. The singer is known for hits like "Hero," "Bailamos" and "I Like It."

Earlier this week, the Fort Benning Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation posted this cryptic

statement on its Facebook page: "Who started the rumor that Enrique Iglesias will perform a free concert at Wetherby Field in the spring? Shhh!"

As the comments rolled in, the voice behind the page encouraged people to register for MWR updates online "so you'll be the first to know when we verify this rumor."

We're excitedly waiting for confirmation while indulging in conversation hearts and the elusive "Rhythm Divine."

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Know what's divine?

Spelling the spelling bee winner's name incorrectly.

Seems it has been a problem at the Muscogee County School District's spelling bee.

This year's winner, Pooja Prabakaran, won the honor Wednesday. Unfortunately her last name was misspelled on the program and her name tag.

What's a spelling bee without some errors?

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