City of Conway officials say they will no longer associate with Central Arkansas Sports Management after the company's owner was arrested for a second time on meth charges last month.
While city officials and the United States Specialty Sports Association have dropped all contracts with CASM, area tournament schedules will not be affected, Conway Parks and Recreation Director Steve Ibbotston said.
"We have been assured by the state [USSSA] director that whatever tournaments were scheduled and all teams that have signed up prior to this will automatically be enrolled to our new [organizer]," he told the Log Cabin on Wednesday.
Taking CASM's place will be Central Arkansas Sports Events, he said.
The decision to drop CASM from anything related to local sports came after the president and owner of CASM was arrested on drug charges in Pulaski County last month. An official announcement regarding CASM's firing was issued Feb. 1, one day after the Log Cabin reported Rusty Imhoff was again facing drug charges.
Online records show James “Rusty” Randall Imhoff, 55, of Sherwood was arrested following a traffic stop Jan. 11 during the early morning hours. The traffic stop led to four felony charges and one traffic citation: possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver, a Class D felony; possession of meth cocaine with purpose to deliver, a Class B felony; manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class C felony; possession of drug (meth cocaine) paraphernalia, a Class D felony; and a citation for reportedly speeding more than 15 miles over the speed limit.
The man who once led local minor league baseball and softball tournaments has pleaded not guilty to the allegations against him and is currently scheduled to appear at 9 a.m. April 1 in Pulaski County District Court for a review hearing.
Records also show Imhoff faces a felony possession of meth cocaine charge and a misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge stemming from an unrelated incident on Oct. 19.
Imhoff is currently scheduled to appear for a plea and arraignment before a circuit judge on Monday regarding the charges that stem from the October incident.
USSSA officials said have said they knew of the October traffic stop that led to charges against Imhoff but did not drop him at the time because he led organizers to believe drugs found in his vehicle were not his.
"We were fully aware of what happened in October," one administrator wrote in a comment on a Facebook thread earlier this week. "we were told by Rusty that he was pulled over for a simple driving violation and the person he was with had the drugs and all charges against him would be dropped. It was the off season and no events were even planned until after his hearing."
When the Pulaski County man was arrested a second time for similar charges, he was fired.
"Rusty was with us for 15 years, we were not going to condemn him for something he said he didn't do," the online message reads. "We had [three] months before the season started to figure this out and do what was best for all parties. He was then arrested for the same thing and was immediately fired."
The CASM website shows to be "temporarily closed" and all related links to the site have been deactivated.