A review of court documents and police reports from around DeKalb County shows former Northern Illinois University football player Sam Hurd once pleaded guilty to battery and was evicted from a DeKalb apartment during his time at the school. Hurd, 26, was arrested on federal drug charges in December while a member of the Chicago Bears. According to a criminal complaint, Hurd told an undercover agent he wanted to purchase 5-10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to sell in the Chicago area. Hurd played for NIU’s football team from 2002-05. Court documents show a civil case filed in 2006 against Hurd and former roommates Shatone Powers and Jasper Turner, all of which were evicted for failure to pay rent; the judgment amount has yet to be paid. In August 2005, the three men entered into a lease agreement with Bisque Terrace Apartments for an apartment at 902 Ridge Drive in DeKalb. During the football season, the property manager was able to call then-NIU football coach Joe Novak to get his players to pay rent, said Susan Lawrence – who works for Autumn Creek Management, which leased the apartments. By spring, it became harder to get the money owed, she said. A bulk payment of $940.41, which was not paid, was due in February 2006, with $700 rent due on the first day of each month thereafter, according to the civil complaint filed in DeKalb County court March 3, 2006. The three men also owed $55 in late fees. Lawrence said she remembers the civil suit being “incredibly frustrating” to deal with in court, and that the three men were given ample time to hire campus legal counsel and pay the money owed. The three men didn’t show up for trial May 2, 2006, according to court documents. At that time, Circuit Judge Kurt Klein ordered Bisque Terrace Apartments to recover the rental property from Hurd, Powers and Turner. The roommates were served three eviction notices for not paying rent before the process went to a sheriff’s eviction, Lawrence said. They were given a final eviction notice May 2, 2006; the eviction was completed and their belongings placed on the street on the morning of May 11, 2006, according to court documents.
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