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Trial conferences set for former NFL player from Brooksville


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CRYSTAL RIVER - Former Hernando County substitute teacher, coach, and ex-NFL player Ricky Feacher is scheduled to appear in Citrus County Court on Aug., 26 for a pre-trial conference on charges of fleeing to elude an officer.

The Citrus County Clerk of Courts Office also said Wednesday that Feacher, 59, is expected to appear for a trial conference Sept. 3.

Feacher was charged April 9 with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and fleeing to elude an officer.

Assistant State Attorney Jeffrey Foster dismissed the drug charges in Citrus County court April 25, saying the items were located outside of Feacher's vehicle, and could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be in Feacher's possession.

According to a drug investigation report, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office tried unsuccessfully to gather fingerprints from the items.

A K-9 Unit found a pack of cigarettes on the ground outside Feacher's driver-side door containing cocaine, marijuana, and cut straws with white residue suspected of being cocaine.

A half-full whiskey bottle was found in Feacher's driver-side door, and another empty whiskey bottle was found on the passenger seat, according to the report.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Heather Yates said the sheriff's office investigation concerning drug charges against Feacher has since been closed.

Court records show Feacher's driver's license was revoked for the fleeing to elude an officer charge, and that he was charged again June 26 for unknowingly operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

Feacher was hired as a substitute teacher with the Hernando County School District on Feb. 16, 2012.

Last year, Feacher was an assistant football coach at Weeki Wachee High School, and was recently hired as a paraprofessional at Eastside Elementary.

However, Feacher was arrested and his employment terminated one day prior to beginning work in the new position.

Feacher is a 1972 graduate of Hernando High School who was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

He played nine seasons in the NFL from 1976-84, primarily for the Cleveland Browns.

Feacher also worked in management for the Browns following his retirement as a player, eventually rising to the position of director of player development, until the franchise moved to Baltimore in 1996.

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