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Unruliness marks Rays-Yankees opener

ST. PETERSBURG — Yet another emotionally charged game with the Yankees at Tropicana Field involved some impropriety.

A couple sitting in better seats than they bought and disturbing season ticket holders were ejected late in the game Monday, and a drunken man escalated a disorderly-intoxication charge across the street at Ferg's Sports Bar when he grabbed an off-duty police officer working security.

Nathaniel Lee Roberts, 24, of 7940 Pinegrove Court in Sarasota, punched a bouncer removing him from the eatery after numerous patron complaints, police said. He then struck and grabbed the safety vest of Officer Ryan Hildson when he intervened. Roberts is being held at Pinellas County Jail on $5,100 bail.

Earlier, Jaime A. Buccheri, 32, was charged with trespassing when she refused to leave Tropicana Field after an eighth-inning ejection.

Rays ushers received numerous complaints in the fourth inning about Buccheri and a man cursing at and pouring beer on season ticket holders in Section 104, police said. Ushers spoke with Buccheri, a Connecticut resident who listed a local address at 345 Pinellas Bayway S, and companion David Casamona before moving them to their proper seats. Buccheri was ejected when ushers reported that she and Casamona had moved back to the same area of Section 104 in the eighth inning.

Buccheri was released on $250 bond.

Unruliness marks Rays-Yankees opener 07/28/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 12:11pm]
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