SVS player dismissed after charges
Kochville Township — A Saginaw Valley State University football player has been dismissed from the team after being charged with assaulting three former players at an off-campus apartment complex.
Joshua Nolen, 21, faces three charges, including assault with intent to commit murder, after the three students were injured at Campus Village at Cardinal Center early Sunday across from the school’s Kochville Township campus, The Saginaw News reported.
A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf during an arraignment on Wednesday. He was ordered held on $500,000 bond and a Feb. 10 preliminary hearing has been scheduled. The court said Wednesday that Nolen didn’t yet have a lawyer on record.
Jail records show that at the time of his arrest, Nolen was living at the apartment complex. Sheriff’s detective Sgt. David Kerns said their investigation found that Nolen arrived at a party and became upset at the three because he believed they lied to him when they said they did not have any more beer.
A fist fight ensued inside an apartment, Kerns said, and Nolen followed the three out of the apartment with a dull knife and stabbed one of them in the head. That person was treated and released at a hospital. Another of the injured students had a graze wound on his arm from a broken beer bottle, Kerns said.
Nolen’s dismissal from the Division II school’s team was effective immediately, athletic director Mike Watson said. The reserve defensive back from Westland completed his junior season in 2014, but had not seen game action since his redshirt freshman year in 2012, in part because of injuries.
The charge of assault with intent to commit murder carries a maximum penalty of life in prison with the possibility of parole.