Woodland Man Jailed Over Alleged Death Threats Against Pedroia Family

3:54 PM, Apr 11, 2009   |    comments
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WOODLAND, CA - A Woodland man was arrested after allegedly making death threats against the family of Boston Red Sox star and Woodland native Dustin Pedroia, Woodland police said Saturday.

The incident happened just days after the 2008 American League Most Valuable Player called his hometown a "dump" in a published interview.

Woodland police officers arrested 47-year-old Kenneth Samuels of Woodland in connection with the calls placed to the Pedroia's family business at Valley Tire Center on West Main Street Friday, Woodland police Sgt. Heath Parsons said.

Parsons said in the calls, Samuels made specific threats against the slugger's family, saying the Pedroia males would be shot and killed.

Officers were able to identify Samuels with help from AT&T and Samuels was booked into the Yolo County Jail, Parsons said.

The threats came just days after Pedroia created an uproar by slamming his hometown in an interview.

In the latest issue of Boston Magazine, Pedroia, the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year, called Woodland "a dump. You can quote me on that I don't give a (expletive)."

"Everyone wants to get out of there," Pedroia said. "You don't want to stay in Woodland. What do you want to stay in Woodland for? The place sucks."

Pedroia later said the quote was taken out of context.

Pedroia wouldn't specify what led to his hard feelings against Woodland, however, Pedroia's brother Brett was arrested on child molestation charges in Woodland earlier this year. Brett Pedroia has pleaded not guilty.



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