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Youth Football Coach Faces New Charges

A youth football coach who made national headlines in 2011 when he was caught on tape attacking a referee is in trouble again – this time for allegedly obstructing an investigation into a Newtown shooting.

A youth football coach caught on tape attacking a referee last year is now facing charges for obstructing an investigation unrelated to the attack.

Sarasota Police arrested Timothy Howard, 39, of 1348 14th St. for allegedly giving false information to an officer, police said. He also was charged with tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The charges are related to a Dec. 11, 2011, Newtown shooting that injured three people. Four people were shot — three with life-threatening injuries — in a parking lot near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way and North Washington Boulevard.

Police said Howard allegedly removed a firearm from the scene and then obstructed the investigation by providing false information to the investigating officers.

Capt. Paul Sutton told The Herald-Tribune that Howard is not being charged with the shooting:

"... but [Howard] was working as a bouncer at Club Manhattan when patrons leaving the club were shot outside. After roughly 50 shots were fired, Sutton said Howard removed a gun from the scene and repeatedly lied about it to officers before his story unraveled and he finally admitted what happened.

“To take a gun from the scene, that obstructed our investigation,” Sutton said. “We had three people whose lives were in jeopardy in that shooting.”

Police already charged Rashad Steen and Bobby Sharpe with attempted murder and Darrenton Trebbles, 17, faces three counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery with a firearm for the triple shooting.

Howard has at least two previous felony convictions in Florida. 

One of Howard's previous arrest was battery on a sports official. That arrest occurred after a video showed coaches and football players confronting an official during a game at Riverview High School. 

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