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Leaf charged in a second burglary; Former QB accused in theft of drugs

HELENA, Mont. -- Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was arrested again Monday, just days after he posted bail on similar charges that he burglarized a home and stole prescription drugs, authorities said.

Leaf was first arrested on Friday after police found oxycodone pills in his golf bag; an acquaintance later said Leaf stole them from his home. Then early Monday, three days after posting a $76,000 bond, he was arrested again on accusations that he broke into another home outside Great Falls, Central Montana Drug Task Force Commander Chris Hickman said.

The owners walked into the home Sunday afternoon to find a "tall man with an athletic build" inside, Hickman said. The man told the owners he had the wrong address and left.

The owners later discovered three bottles of prescription medication missing and phoned police. After describing his truck, his clothes and his "shiny black loafers," they picked Leaf out of a photo lineup.

A search of Leaf's home turned up 89 hydrocodone pills loose in the pocket of a bathrobe, police said. Authorities do not believe those were the same pills that were taken from the burglarized home, Hickman said.

"We don't know if he disposed of them or if he has a hiding place where he stores these things," Hickman said.

Leaf's attorney, Ken Olsen, did not respond to a call for comment. A call to Leaf's publicist was not returned.

Leaf tested positive for drugs at the time of his arrest Friday, according to a sworn statement filed by Hickman with Cascade County District Court.

"Leaf eventually admitted to stealing some Oxycodone pills from the associate whose name was on the empty prescription bottle," Hickman wrote in his statement.

Police obtained a warrant Monday and reviewed data from the GPS in Leaf's pickup truck, searching for information that would link Leaf to the burglaries.

"The navigational system shows that he was in that driveway yesterday afternoon during the time frame of the burglary," Hickman said.


Owen has new duties

The Buffalo Bills are adding to the duties of Mary Owen, the team's executive vice president of strategic planning, it was announced today. Owen will oversee the Bills' Community Relations department. She will work closely with Gretchen Geitter, vice president of community relations, in the team's efforts to support the region through its community outreach programs and philanthropy.

Owen currently oversees the Bills Toronto initiative in addition to serving as a senior adviser to ownership. She is a member of the NFL's International and Super Bowl Advisory committees. She also serves on the board of trustees for NFL Charities and as the executive director of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and president of the Buffalo Bills Youth Foundation. Owen is in her 15th year with the Bills.

The Bills also promoted Preston Teague to senior manager of community relations and youth football, and Allison Hojnowski to manager of community relations.

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