ARRAIGNMENT postponed for Dennis Rodman

Thursday, August 9th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ The arraignment of former NBA player Dennis Rodman on charges he disturbed the peace with his 40th birthday celebration was postponed for the third time Wednesday.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Jamoa Moberly postponed the arraignment until Aug. 29 after Rodman's attorney filed a motion to dismiss the case.

Rodman, who played college basketball at Southeastern Oklahoma, did not appear in court. He faces four misdemeanor charges, which include disturbing the peace and various noise violations.

Police shut down Rodman's birthday party in May after he made a dramatic entrance on the beach outside his home via helicopter. The party, which featured live performances by two rock bands, prompted dozens of complaints.

Other gatherings at Rodman's home have resulted in more than 70 police visits and more than $3,000 in fines for noise violations.

Prompted in part by Rodman's alleged actions, the city of Newport Beach passed a tougher noise ordinance making it more difficult to play host to live entertainment in residential areas.

Rodman has said city officials were trying to run him out for the past several years.

In a separate case, Rodman was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 19 for speeding in his 47-foot boat after the Harbor Patrol clocked him doing more than 20 mph in a 5 mph zone.

He was cited and released on his own recognizance after he docked the boat at Josh Slocum's, a restaurant he has an ownership interest in, said sheriff's Sgt. John Whitman.