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Hudson QB Austin Smith and WR Dontaie Collins dismissed from team permanently (updated 6 p.m.)

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Tue. September 28, 2010 | Bryan Burns

Hudson quarterback Austin Smith and receiver Dontaie Collins have been kicked off the team for good, according to Hudson coach Justin Fenton, even after prosecutors decided last week not to file charges against the duo after they were arrested in an attempted robbery at a home on Peppermill Drive in the Beacon Woods subdivision on July 29.

Smith had been reinstated last week and was allowed to practice with the Cobras but was dismissed from the team shortly afterward for a violation of team rules. He was not on Hudson’s sideline for the Cobras' 25-21 loss to Fivay on Friday.

When asked if he cared to elaborate on what team rules Smith broke, Fenton said “Not particularly.”

Collins was never reinstated and, along with Smith, has been dismissed as well. According to Hudson athletic director Andy Schmitz, Collins' dismissal was also a result of a violation of team rules.

On July 29, sheriff's investigators said Smith and Collins were invited to a home on Peppermill Drive in Beacon Woods to play video games with two teens there. While one teen was in the bathroom, a report said, Collins grabbed $3,000 cash from a dresser and ran away. As Smith tried to get away, the two teens held him while an adult in the home, Deborah Belfus, grabbed her .38 caliber revolver. She fired twice, hitting Smith once in the leg as he ran out.

Deputies caught up to Smith and Collins, as well as a third man they said was the getaway driver, at Collins' home in Colony Lakes the next morning. Reginald Cotman, 19, was waiting for the other two in a car around the corner, but his charge also was dropped.

Assistant State Attorney Mike Halkitis said the incident didn't warrant prosecution. Belfus was never charged in the shooting because there was no indication she purposely fired at anyone.

Times staff writer Molly Moorhead contributed to this report.

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