- Associated Press - Thursday, July 10, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man has been charged with attacking a referee at a youth basketball tournament in May.

The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (http://bit.ly/W0vKrr ) reports 32-year-old Renaldo Cooper, of State College, was coaching a team of seventh-graders at the Blue Thunder tournament in near Johnstown when the incident occurred May 18.

That’s when Richland Township police say Cooper struck an official in the left side of the face while arguing an intentional foul call near the end of a game.

Police say several people had to restrain Cooper, who was made to leave the building. His team forfeited.

It was not immediately clear whose team Cooper represented.

Online court records show Cooper was arraigned Wednesday and immediately waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His public defender didn’t immediately return a call Thursday.

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Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, http://www.tribune-democrat.com

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