Reed's charges are dismissed

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A city magistrate Monday dismissed remaining charges against Steelers kicker Jeff Reed, citing his completion of community service.

Reed had been charged with four counts stemming from an incident outside McFadden's Bar on the North Side after a game Oct. 18 against the Cleveland Browns. Police said Reed interfered with them and tried to fight them as they cited teammate Matt Spaeth for urinating in a parking lot.

It was the second of two public incidents last year. Reed paid a $543 fine for a ruckus in February at a Westmoreland County convenience store.

District Judge Richard King previously threw out resisting arrest and simple assault charges for the parking lot incident. He then gave the kicker six weeks to complete 40 hours of community service.

"By Jeff's own admission, this has had an impact on him," defense attorney Robert DelGreco Jr. said after the hearing.

The kicker, who turned 31 Friday, had declined comment, but said later he will make the Salvation Army "my main interest," joining several other Steelers players who have adopted the agency.

Salvation Army Maj. Robert J. Reel spoke on Reed's behalf, saying the player enthusiastically worked for the agency.

"He was humbled by this whole situation," Reel said. "When he came in he said he wasn't there because he was a celebrity, and 'I'm not here to sign autographs. I'm here because I messed up.'"

Reed's 40 hours of service were performed over five days at The Salvation Army Allegheny Valley Worship and Service Center in Brackenridge.

The major said Reed helped prepare and serve meals for 50 children. He delivered a motivational speech, and he participated in a small football clinic.

Reed also spent time at the agency's Family Caring Center, a homeless shelter for families in East Liberty, and other outlets operated by the Salvation Army, Reel said.

King dismissed the remaining charges of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

Jim McKinnon: or 412-263-1939.


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