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Alleged assault earns former Canes player a weekend in jail

Posted October 9, 2015

— Aaron Ward, who played for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2001 to 2006, was arrested Friday in Cary and charged with assault on a female.

Ward, 42, is now an analyst for TSN in Canada but lives in Cary. He was arrested at his home at 112 Ronsard Lane.

According to police, Ward's wife called 911 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m.

Ward also faces a charge of interfering with emergency communication. According to the warrant for his arrest, he took away his wife's phone.

As news of Ward's arrest spread, a spokesperson for TSN released a statement.

"We are aware of the situation and the seriousness of the charges. As a result, Aaron Ward will not appear on-air until further notice," the statement said.

Because of the nature of his charges, Ward will spend a mandatory 48 hours in the Wake County jail. Anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge is held for 48 hours before bail is set.


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  • Les Toolish Oct 10, 2015
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    Kristin Byrne, it's too bad you don't care about whether or no Mr. Ward is falsely accused. It happens with disturbing frequency The police know it, social scientists (who are not allowed to study it formally) know it, the judges know it, and most self-realized women know it. It is long-past time to address this problem as a public health and social justice issue for men. Unfortunately, you cannot yet be counted among those who can be described as self-realized. May women who care more about justice for men be responsible for future.

  • Kristin Byrne Oct 10, 2015
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    Go crawl back in your hole. You blaming this on a woman's period is pathetic. I'm pretty sure that you know neither party personally and are just making inflammatory comments because you're a troll.

  • Greg Smith Oct 9, 2015
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    To the penalty box Aaron.

  • Wayne Douglas III Oct 9, 2015
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  • Deborrah Newton Oct 9, 2015
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    Please stop repeating bad information. There is no "48 hour hold". In a DV case, a district court judge (not a Magistrate) is required to set the bond conditions. However, IF you are arrested after 5pm on a Friday, and therefore no district court session within 48 hours, a Magistrate can set a bond so that you are not held longer than 48 hours. IF you are arrested during the week, you must be immediately brought to the next available District Court judge. PLEASE STOP CALLING THIS A 48 HOUR HOLD.

  • Catherine Sartain Oct 9, 2015
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    There is no such thing as innocent until proven guilty in the state of NC.

  • Mike Hill Oct 9, 2015
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    48 hours in jail without a hearing, what happened to innocent until proven guilty. All Hail the totalatarian state, the leftie socialist, Hitler would be proud