Every day 100's of people are
injured, raped or killed across the country as a
result from alcohol. Below on this page
are just a FEW of the 100,000's of stories in the
news throughout just the past year; reporting on
the harms on your body caused by alcohol and the death and
distruction alcohol has caused on people's lives and
society. Some of these stories are just sick what people
do under the influence of alcohol, while others are just
sad that someone had to lose their life because of
something so stupid. Every two weeks or so I will
update this page and include the stories I collected from
the previous two weeks. Another good website to
see the latest alcohol related news stories is
which is updated with current news stories to the
Speed, alcohol possible factors in crash
Speed and alcohol may have caused a "horrific"
crash that left one person dead and three others seriously
injured near Tai Tapu, southwest of Christchurch.
A Nissan Silvia two-door saloon carrying two
women and two men, all in their early 20s and from
Christchurch, crashed into a concrete wall near Macartneys Rd,
while travelling south on State Highway 75 about 10.45pm
The male driver died at the scene.
The three passengers were taken to hospital
with serious injuries, including burns.
Selwyn Sergeant Danny Harker said it appeared
the driver had lost control on a straight stretch of road and
crossed over the centre-line before hitting a concrete wall.
"The vehicle appears to have immediately
exploded into flames and been torn apart."
One passenger was thrown out of the rear
window while other parts of the car were "flung some distance"
from the impact.
Harker described the scene as "a particularly
The serious crash unit and disaster victim
identification teams attended the crash.
Harker said a full investigation was under
way, but early indications were that speed and alcohol may
have been factors in the crash.
A hospital spokeswoman said the three
passengers were all in intensive care in Christchurch
All three are seriously injured, but are in
stable conditions this afternoon.
The road reopened about 4am, but the scene
remains cordoned off.
The driver was expected to be named later
today after family overseas had been notified.
Three dead, two injured in Fitchburg crash
FITCHBURG — Three people were killed and two others
were injured Saturday in a crash on Lacy Road in Fitchburg,
Fitchburg police Sgt. Don Bomkamp said all five were
male and believed to be young adults.
Alcohol and speed are believed to be factors in the
crash that was reported at 5:09 p.m., Bomkamp
All five were in a vehicle that was traveling east on
Lacy Road at a high rate of speed that failed to stop at a
stop sign at Syene Road, Bomkamp said. The vehicle then hit
railroad tracks, went into the air and struck a utility pole,
Four people were ejected from the vehicle, he said.
Three died at the scene.
One person was taken by helicopter to a local hospital
with serious injuries, he said. Another was taken to a
hospital by ambulance with non-life-threatening
One of those injured fled the scene and was found a
couple blocks away, Bomkamp said.
Witnesses said the five had been at McGaw Park prior to
the crash, he said.
Alcohol fatality taught his friends nothing?
He better not be waking up dead: Witnesses who
were with Chris Skinner before he died testify in court (Feb.
Mike McEntee and Alex Standen, now both 19,
testified they have not changed their binge-drinking habits
since Chris Skinner’s death two years ago.
It’s unbelievable. Not only did they lose a
friend in tragic circumstances but it doesn’t seem to have
made any difference to their way of thinking and drinking.
They said high school kids will do what they will do. Maybe
some do, but thankfully not all kids follow this trend and
luckily most them have parents that help them make the right
decisions so they survive the turmoil of the teen years.
Why was there no one there for Mike and Alex?
In the case of the Barons, they had the responsibility in
their home to keep these kids safe and might have prevented
the horrific outcome.
To Mike and Alex, you are not teens now, you
are young men. You’ve seen first-hand what the terrible
consequences of drinking can be to a friend. Please don’t
think you are immune to the effects. You are too old for your
parents to keep track of now.
You are college age now but you say talking to
high school kids about the dangers of binge drinking would
make you feel like a hypocrite. That is truly sad. It appears
you have learned absolutely nothing from the death of your
friend Chris. Time to remember.
Vincennes University student from Bargersville dies after
A Vincennes University student from Johnson
County has died following an off-campus incident, university
officials said Friday.
Duane Chattin, university spokesman,
identified the student as William A. Torrance, 18,
According to a Vincennes Police Department
news release, Torrance had attended a fraternity pledge
ceremony Thursday night at a residence off campus.
After the ceremony, minors and persons of
legal drinking age began consuming alcohol, the release said.
About 9 a.m. Friday, Torrance was found in distress, and 911
was called. Emergency responders arrived quickly, but Torrance
was pronounced dead.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the
death, police said.
Chattin said Torrance was a freshman welding
Speed, alcohol were factors in crash
that killed 3 Marines
February 15, 2012 | 5:37pm
Alcohol and unsafe speed were the main
contributors to an early morning crash that left three Marines
dead and a fourth in critical condition, the Orange County
Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday.
The crash occurred at 2:05 a.m. Tuesday, when
a Dodge Stratus struck a tree in the center divider of Golden
Lantern in Dana Point. Jim Amormino, a spokesman with the
Sheriff’s Department, said the driver was under the influence
of alcohol and driving over the posted speed limit of 40 mph.
"The car was almost wrapped around the tree,"
Amormino said. The men had to be cut out of their
"We don’t have an exact speed yet," he said.
"We do know it was over the speed limit and certainly unsafe
for the conditions."
All four Marines were stationed at Camp
Pendleton. Two passengers were killed instantly and a third
died later at Mission Hospital. The driver remains in critical
Amormino did not say whether the passengers
also were under the influence of alcohol. Toxicology results
are expected in several weeks.
The names of the dead Marines have been
withheld pending notification of family members.
The Dana Point crash was the second fatal
traffic accident in Southern California involving enlisted
Marines this week.
Mom allegedly helped teen buy alcohol
before fatal DUI crash
January 12, 2012 |
An Alameda mom who allegedly helped a
teenage girl buy alcohol just hours before the youth was
killed in a drunk-driving crash has been arrested in
connection with the fatal accident, state officials reported
Amelia Chin, 51, is accused of accompanying
the 17-year-old girl to the Good N Rich Daily Market in South
San Francisco last February and standing by as Margaret Qaqish
bought beer and wine coolers, the state Department of
Alcoholic Beverage Control reported.
Qaqish was killed early the next morning when
the car in which she was riding crashed on southbound
Highway 101 in Brisbane.
The driver had a blood alcohol level of .15 --
roughly double the legal limit, according to the San Francisco
The group of friends was "talking loudly about
what radio station to listen to," and the driver didn't
realize that traffic in front of him had stopped, said San
Mateo County Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe.
Qaqish, who was sitting in the middle of the
rear seat, was thrown forward when the car slid into another
vehicle. A senior at Baden High School in South San Francisco,
Qaqish died at a hospital just a week before her 18th
The 18-year-old driver, Sean Quintero, is
now facing felony drunk-driving charges.
Chin is the mother of one of Qaquish' friends,
the ABC reported.
The clerk at the market,
Abduhl Azeem Buksh, 45, was also arrested in connection with
the fatal crash. ABC said it is now seeking additional
disciplinary action against Buksh and his wife, who own the
Buksh's attorney, John Forsyth, disputed the
state's description of what happened, saying that although
Qaqish was in the store, surveillance video shows his client
actually sold the alcohol to
Alcohol suspected in crash that killed elderly woman
Investigators say William McClendon, 44,
drove his Nissan Murano into the path of a Lincoln Towncar
operated by Helen Sauerbier, 84, of Pinellas Park at Gandy
Boulevard and 35th Street.
Pinellas Park, Florida -- Charges are expected to be
filed against a St. Petersburg man who crashed his car into
another Wednesday afternoon, killing an 84-year-old woman.
Investigators say William McClendon, 44, drove
his Nissan Murano into the path of a Lincoln Towncar operated
by Helen Sauerbier, 84, of Pinellas Park at Gandy Boulevard
and 35th Street.
She was pronounced dead at the scene,
police said, and McClendon was taken to the hospital with non
Investigators said McClendon was operating the
car on a suspended driver's license and they believe that he
may have been drinking.
All eastbound lanes of Gandy Blvd. were shut
down for several hours as authorities investigated the
Charges are pending.
NM police point to alcohol
in fatal head-on crash
Posted: Jan 02, 2012 4:08 PM CST
Updated: Jan 02, 2012 4:08 PM
LYBROOK, N.M. (AP) - New
Mexico State Police say alcohol was apparently a factor in a
head-on crash that killed three people and injured several
others on New Year's Day.
The crash happened Sunday
evening on U.S. 550 in northwestern New Mexico. Four vehicles
State Police Lt. Robert
McDonald says 54-year-old Agnes Lopez of Cuba, N.M., was
traveling southbound in the northbound lane when she collided
with another vehicle.
Lopez and her passenger,
70-year-old Cecilia Martinez, were killed. A third passenger
was seriously hurt.
A passenger in the other
vehicle, Delphine Woody of Farmington, was also killed. Her
daughter was injured.
Police say passengers in
the other two vehicles were treated and released at the
numerous open and full containers of alcohol in Lopez's
Alcohol appears to be factor
in Grays Harbor fatal
Updated 10:27 a.m., Sunday,
January 1, 2012 \OAKVILLE, Wash. (AP) — The Grays Harbor
County undersheriff says alcohol appears to be a factor in a
crash that killed three on a logging road near Oakville on New
Undersheriff Rick Scott says
three of the people inside the car — a 52-year-old male
driver, a 26-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman — were
pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, a 49-year-old
woman, was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center.
Scott says alcohol appears to be a factor in
Documents: Firefighter's blood alcohol content reportedly
three times the legal limit in fatal crash (with
Monday, December 19, 2011; Last Updated: Monday,
December 19, 2011 6:41 PM EST
By LAUREN SIEVERT Press Staff
MIDDLETOWN — A South District firefighter charged with
manslaughter and driving under the influence in connection to
a fatal car crash in July had a blood alcohol level more than
three times the legal limit, documents show.
at the intersection of Highland Avenue and South Main Street
killed 20-year-old Alexander Martinez, of Meriden, on July
Stephen Tyrseck, 36, 9R Mountain Road, Durham,
whose blood alcohol level was .269 at the time of the crash,
is facing charges of second-degree manslaughter with a motor
vehicle, misconduct with a motor vehicle, negligent homicide
with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, operating while under
the influence of liquor, speeding and failure to drive right.
The legal blood alcohol level limit for driving is
The story of Tyrseck’s arrest was first reported
by Killingworth-Durham-Middlefield Patch on
Tyrseck turned himself in on Dec. 15, within
a few hours of his attorney being notified there was a warrant
out for his arrest, Middletown police said.
to court documents, Tyrseck was driving in his a 2008 Ford
F350, along South Main Street near the intersection of
Highland Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on July 24 when he struck a
2002 Honda Civic, killing Martinez, who was a passenger in the
Martinez was ejected from the vehicle during the
collision and landed 38 feet away from the point of impact. He
was pronounced dead at the scene, having sustained multiple
blunt traumatic injuries, according to police. The three other
passengers in the car were taken to Hartford Hospital for
non-life threatening injuries.
Police said Tyrseck
appeared intoxicated at the scene, slurring his words and
stumbling around, and he failed field sobriety checks,
according to court documents. Tyrseck admitted to police that
he had consumed “five or six Bud Light Beers several hours
ago,” according to the warrant.
A witness saw Tyrseck
coming out of Hair of the Dog Saloon, where he had been
drinking for a few hours. The witness told police that she
observed Tyrseck stumbling, walking side-to-side and falling
onto the sides of buildings. The witness then observed Tyrseck
get into his truck and drive off, and the witness called
police to inform them that the man was driving and appeared
under the influence, according to the warrant. The driver of
the Honda Civic — 23-year-old Jedidiah B. Roesler, 23, 82
Wilcox Road, Meriden, had a blood alcohol level of .182, more
than double the legal limit, according to the
Roesler reportedly told police that he made a
left turn at the intersection, saw the oncoming car’s lights,
but thought he had more than enough time to make it through
the intersection safely. While making the turn, Roesler’s car
was struck on the right-hand side, spun around and came to a
stop a short distance from where it was hit.
from the scene said the truck was speeding, swerving between
lanes, and that the truck did not attempt to brake before the
crash. Using the truck’s power control module, police
determined that Tyrseck had been traveling at a speed of 71
mph at the time of the crash, according to court records. One
second before the crash, Tyrseck hit the brakes, police said.
The posted speed limit is 35 mph.
Tyrseck is scheduled to appear in court
on Dec. 28.
Mother arrested after passing out from drinking alcohol at
amusement park as her children played on rides
'Heavily intoxicated' mother told police officers she
thought the children were at home
Knife wounds in Alcohol Related Incident in Mountain
MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, Alaska-The Alaska
State Troopers in Saint Mary's received a call reporting a
stabbing in Mountain Village on Sunday. But, severe weather
conditions with high winds and blizzard conditions prevented
any travel to the village. On Monday, when the conditions
eased enough to allow travel to the community, troopers were
able to convene an investigation into the stabbing incident.
The investigation revealed that three individuals belonging to
the same household had all sustained knife wounds during an
of the three had sustained wounds of a serious enough nature,
that it was determined that they needed to be transported
to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Center in Bethel.
Troopers have not released any names
at this time as they have not yet determined the aggressor in
the incident. According to the troopers release, they believe
that all of the individuals had been highly intoxicated from
drinking home-brew and were blacked out during the
Trooper investigation is continuing.
Upriver around 70 miles from the
Bering Sea, Mountain Village is located on the north banks of
the Yukon River at the base of Azachorok Mountain, the first
mountain encountered as one travels up the river from the
coast. Mountain Village has a population of approximately
813. The village is connected to Saint Mary's by a 17 mile
Tulpehocken man sentenced in death
David L. Peters Jr.
pleads guilty to fatally shooting Janiel D. Keeney and
is sentenced to four to 23 months in county
Tulpehocken Township man was sentenced Thursday in Berks
County Court to four to 23 months in the county jail for
fatally shooting his girlfriend May 22 while both were
under the influence of alcohol and synthetic
David L. Peters Jr., 32, pleaded
guilty to involuntary manslaughter for the fatal
shooting of Janel D. Keeney, 26, in the residence they
shared in the 500 block of Godfrey Street in
Ludgate allowed Peters, who is free
on bail, to begin his sentence Dec. 29. Ludgate also
ordered Peters to serve three years of
Keeney died of a gunshot wound to the
Peters said he was deeply
“I’ve been blessed with wonderful family
and friends,” he said. “I am fully prepared to face the
Ludgate said that handling a gun
while using drugs and alcohol is not a good
“I’m confident that involuntary
manslaughter is appropriate,” Ludgate
Assistant District Attorney David Golberg
asked for a sentence of six months to a year followed by
three years of probation.
Golberg said Peters
drank alcohol and smoked Cloud 9, synthetic marijuana,
before he shot Keeney.
Golberg said the slaying
was reckless and negligent. He said Peters was showing
the gun to Keeney when it went off.
happened because of the use of alcohol and drugs,”
Peters’ lawyer, Jerry K. Russo of
Harrisburg, said Peters is remorseful and asked for a
sentence of probation or house arrest.
tragedy took place after a day of drinking alcohol and
smoking Cloud 9,” Russo said. “He is taking every step
to put this matter behind him.”
Russo said the
victim’s family does not oppose
Golberg said the victim’s family was
unavailable to attend the sentencing.
Hiver, the mother’s of Peter’s child, Carley, 9, of
Lebanon County, said Peters is a great father.
“He spends time with her every week,” Hiver
said. “We go to all of her sports
Peter’s other family members and work
friends told Ludgate that Peters was a considerate,
Cloud 9 and other designer
drugs — often mislabeled as bath salts, herbal incense
or potpourri — were sold legally in retail outlets in
Pennsylvania and many other states at the
But a new
law that took effect in August puts the drugs in the
same category as marijuana, cocaine and heroin.
Penalties range from probation to lengthy jail terms.
Peters said he had been drinking
beer, smoking synthetic marijuan and shooting pool since
about 11 a.m.
After his friends left the house,
Peters ordered a pizza to be delivered. While he was
eating in the living room, Keeney asked to see his
got the gun from the bedroom. He went to clear the
weapon’s chamber but forgot to remove the ammunition
magazine. The gun discharged and a bullet stuck Keeney
in the head.
Boozy brawl at Donburn
Primary School Christmas Twilight Picnic
Witnesses claim the school father had
been drinking and "roughed up" a local man at the concert.
Picture: Thinkstock Source:
TOO much festive spirit is being blamed for a boozy brawl at a
school Christmas carol concert, leading to calls for a
crackdown on the consumption of alcohol at school events.
An angry parent allegedly assaulted a
disabled man last Friday at the Donburn Primary School
Christmas Twilight Picnic at about 8.30pm.
Witnesses claim the school father had
been drinking and "roughed up" the local man who was also
attending the event.
Shane Varcoe, executive director of
the Dalgarno Institute, which promotes alternatives to alcohol
use, questioned the need for alcohol to be consumed at a
school carols night.
"What in our culture says it is OK to
bring alcohol to this kind of event?" Mr Varcoe said.
"It is very disturbing. Why not
ban alcohol at these events? You go to carols to enjoy a
family event so why do you need to bring alcohol at all?"
Education Minister Martin Dixon has
promised to investigate the events.
School principal Kevin Sertori denied
alcohol was involved in the attack, but a school mother who
attended the picnic said the entire event was a "really boozy
"It's very much a family affair, but
as the night wore on the champagne corks were popping and
parents were drinking," the parent said.
Parents are horrified that school
children in Santa suits at the picnic witnessed the
A school mother, who does not want to be
identified, said the victim, who had been severely injured in
a car accident many years ago, regularly hangs around the
local shops and the school.
"He is harmless, everyone knows him,"
was attacked by a school father who "grabbed him by the collar
and pushed him," the school mother said.
She said another man tried to come to
the disabled man's aid, "but he was told he had better butt
out or he'd be next. It's quite devastating for the children
who had to witness the violence."
She said the Christmas picnic was a
family event attended by many children.
"The alcohol was not supplied by the
school, but they allowed it to be brought on to school
grounds," she said.
Blake Anderson Breaks Back: 'Workaholics'
Star Injured In Party Prank
In a ridiculous example of life imitating art, Blake Anderson of
'Workaholics' -- the scripted Comedy Central series
about a group of hard-partying twenty-somethings juggling
office life with an ambitious regimen of drugs and alcohol --
landed himself in the hospital with a broken back when a stunt
he tried to pull went horribly wrong. At a party at his Los
Angeles home on Saturday, Anderson, presumably trying to dunk
a ping-pong ball during a beer-pong game, jumped from his roof
and landed on the table, fracturing his spine.
The 'Workaholics' star updated fans about his condition on
his Twitter account. On Dec. 18, he tweeted, "See
y'all in two weeks ... Broke Back Mountain." Later that night,
he tweeted at rapper Tyler the
Creator, who apparently attended the party: "I got
the pain killers flowing I'm all GOOD." Last night, Anderson
tweeted he was having
surgery and asked fans to keep him "in your hearts
Comedy Central renewed
'Workaholics' for its third season in October. The
network has yet to comment on whether Anderson's injury may
Police pepper-spray rowdy Air Jordan
shoppers at Seattle mall
SEATTLE -- The release of Nike's new Air Jordan basketball
shoes caused a frenzy at stores across the nation Friday as
scuffles broke out and police were brought in to stamp out
unrest that nearly turned into riots in some places.
Shoppers stood in long lines through the night to get their
hands on a retro version of one of the most popular models of
Air Jordans ever made. The fights were reminiscent of violence
that broke out in the early 1990s on streets across America as
the shoes became popular targets for thieves.
The frenzy over Air Jordans has been dangerous in the past.
Some people were mugged or even killed for early versions of
the shoe, created by Nike Inc. in 1985.
In Tukwila, Murphy said the crowd was on the verge of a
riot and would have gotten even more out of hand if the police
"It was not a nice, orderly group of shoppers," Murphy
said. "There were a lot of hostile and disorderly people."
About 25 officers from Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Seattle and
King County responded. Murphy said they smelled marijuana and
found alcohol containers at the scene.
The Southcenter mall's stores sold out of the Air Jordan 11
Retro Concords, and all but about 50 people got their Nikes,
Shoppers described the scene as chaotic and at times
Carlisa Williams said she joined the crowd at the
Southcenter for the experience and ended up buying two pairs
of shoes -- one for her and one for her brother. But she said
she'll never do anything like it again.
"I don't understand why they're so important to people,"
Williams told KING-TV. "They're just shoes at the end of the
day. It's not worth risking your life over."
FHP: Woman dies in alcohol-related
On: Dec 19 2011 02:26:33 PM EST
PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -
A 42-year-old woman died in a
single-vehicle crash in Putnam County on Sunday night,
according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
State troopers said Kristin Pelfrey
was a passenger in a van driven by 50-year-old Ricky Cullen.
The two were heading east on Sisco Road, just east of Burleigh
Road at 9:50 p.m.
Troopers said Cullen was driving where
the road curves sharply to the left at a high speed. They said
he was going 68 mph in a 45 mph zone.
Troopers said Cullen drove off the
road and onto the shoulder, then over-corrected to the left
and rotated counter-clockwise.
The van overturned four to five times,
throwing Pelfrey and Cullen out the windows.
Troopers said speed and alcohol were
factors in the crash. Neither Pelfrey nor Cullen were wearing
a seat belt.
Charges are pending, troopers
Police: Raleigh woman
had high blood alcohol content when she hit, killed another
Credit: Wake County Jail
By: NBC17 Staff| NBC17.com Published: December 23, 2011 Updated: December 23, 2011 -
A Raleigh woman who crashed into a man and killed him early
Sunday morning may have had four times the legal limit for
blood alcohol level content, according to police reports.
Elizabeth Lorene Stevens, 21, appeared in court Friday
morning. She had been charged Thursday with felony death by
vehicle, the Raleigh Police said. According to her release
report, she had "a potential .32" on her blood test. The legal
limit in North Carolina is .08.
Stevens posted bond, which was set at $100,000, using her
father's house as collateral.
Stevens’ Jeep SUV hit the 2008 Hyundai driven by Dewahn
Tyler, 32. The accident happened shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday
at the intersection of Lynn and Lead Mine roads.
Tyler's funeral was Friday.
"She should be held accountable for anything that
happened," said Aryel Page, Tyler's sister. "I mean you always
hope that justice will be served."
Another sister, Skyler Page, said, "She took somebody so
special, to all of us, so special."
Stevens is also charged with failure to stop for a steady
red light, and exceeding 45 mphin a 45 mph mph, police
The traffic report puts her speed at 77 mph and said there
were no tire impressions before impact.
She already had been charged with driving while impaired
and driving while impaired with a provisional license
Police said he was fatally injured in the car crash
about 1 a.m. at the intersection of Lynn and Lead Mine
Page said Tyler had four children. His oldest turned 12 on
Stevens' record states she has failed to appear in
court twice for speeding violations. She posted bond Thursday
at 12:30 p.m.
Her attorney, Roger Smith Jr., could not be reached for
BCSO: Alcohol Contributed to Crash that
Killed Hilton Head Teen
By: Tuquyen Mach| WSAV-TV Published: December 16, 2011 Updated:
December 16, 2011 - 3:47 PM
Investigators said Friday that alcohol
was a contributing factor in a crash that killed a 17 year-old
Hilton Head Island girl and injured several other teens last
The single car crash happened November
17 on Indigo Run Plantation. The driver, Kendall Walton, died
as a result of injuries suffered in the crash. Four other
teens were hurt.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office
said evidence from the crash site lead investigators to
believe alcohol may have been the cause of the wreck. In
accordance with South Carolina state law, the sheriff's office
initiated an investigation into how the alcohol was
Investigators determined Kendall
Walton had bought alcoholic beverages on three separate
occasions before the accident. The sheriff's office found
video surveillance footage showing Walton purchasing liquor at
Island Liquors on November 12, 14, and 16.
Investigators said the identification
Walton presented to the clerk represented her to be age
A driver’s license recovered among
Walton’s property belonged to Savanna Clary of Bluffton.
Investigators interviewed Clary, who said she lost the license
about a year and half earlier. Clary said she had no
affiliation with Walton and did not know how it ended up in
Investigators concluded Walton bought
the alcohol that was located in her vehicle on November 17 and
did so with a South Carolina license that did not belong to
her but portrayed her to be 21.
Authorities said no criminal or
administrative charges will be filed.
Man stabbed to death
in alcohol-fueled fight in Conroe
An alcohol-fueled squabble in Conroe
escalated into a stabbing late Saturday that claimed the life
of a man, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s
The victim, Thomas Morris, suffered
stab wounds to his chest and abdomen, investigators said. His
body was sent to the Montgomery County Forensic Center for
The suspect, David Edward Mcglinchey,
32, was treated for a cut on his hand at an area hospital and
transported to the Montgomery County Jail, reports show. He
has been charged with murder.
Investigators with the sheriff’s
office and Texas Rangers are investigating the killing, and
the motive was unclear Sunday.
reports that the victim was stabbed 60
times and that the suspect claimed self-defense.
The information could not be
immediately collaborated, however.
“I cannot confirm,” Lt. Dan Norris of
the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office stated in an e-mail.
“Incident remains under investigation.”
Investigators said that both men had
been consuming alcohol.
Driver in fatal crash indicted
By Tara Becker — Daily
Gazette, Sterling, Ill.
Created: Tuesday, December 20,
2011 9:52 a.m. CST
A $200,000 arrest warrant was issued
for Chad E. Morse, 40, who also was indicted on three counts
of reckless homicide and two counts of misdemeanor DUI
The most serious charge, aggravated
DUI, is punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison. Reckless
homicide carries 2 to 5 years.
As of Monday night, Morse was not yet
in custody. His attorney, William Detrick of Moline, could not
be reached for comment.
Joan Nitsch, of Creola, Ala., is the
mother of the victim, Brad E. Nitsch of Rock Falls.
She said Monday that her family has
“faith that justice would be served for our son.”
She said that although she is happy
about the indictment, it won’t bring Brad back. “We’re never
going to get over it,” Nitsch said. “It’s always going to be
this big empty hole in our heart.”
According to police:
Brad Nitsch was standing in the 700
block of Avenue D, on the east side of the road, around 11:30
p.m. on Nov. 26 when he was struck by a northbound SUV driven
The SUV then hit a utility pole
head-on, rolled and lodged between the front porch and two
trees at 703 Ave. D. Nitsch’s body was found in the yard,
south of the SUV.
Morse had two passengers: his
girlfriend, Nicole Leal, 25, and Kari Folkers, 45, both of
Rock Falls. All were taken to CGH Medical Center in Sterling
and treated for injuries, police said.
According to the indictment, Morse’s
blood-alcohol level was 0.08 percent or higher at the time of
Morse also was “driving at a speed
that was greater than was reasonable and proper with regard to
the existing roadway conditions and the safety of persons on
or about the roadway” when he hit Nitsch, the indictment
30-year-old San Franciscan killed in
By Bonnie Eslinger
Posted: 12/19/2011 06:27:29 PM
Updated: 12/19/2011 10:27:23 PM PST
Alcohol may have been a
factor in a fatal traffic collision early Monday morning in
Redwood City that took the life of a 30-year-old San Francisco
Officers were notified of the accident
at approximately 1:18 a.m. The driver was identified by the
San Mateo County Coroner's Office as Steven Raj, 30, of San
Raj died after his black 2006 Honda
veered off southbound Interstate Highway 280 near the Farm
Hill Boulevard off-ramp and hit a tree, according to
California Highway Patrol officer Art Montiel. Raj was ejected
from his vehicle and landed on the off-ramp, where he was
struck by an oncoming silver Chevrolet driven by a 41-year-old
Redwood City man.
Raj, who was pronounced dead at the
scene, may have been drinking before the accident, Montiel
"It appears he may have been under the
influence, but we won't be sure until the toxicology reports
come back," he said.
During the investigation, the Farm
Hill Boulevard off-ramp was closed for about two
Officer: Woman killed in crash had left
A woman who died when the pickup she
was driving flipped over on U.S. 31 South on Saturday night
had been involved in another wreck just moments before and
kept going, Decatur police said.
Police also elaborated on their
earlier statement that they believe alcohol contributed to the
crash that killed Mary Chambers, 67, of Crane Hill.
“We are waiting on test results, but
we have reason to believe it was involved,” said officer James
Spence, a traffic homicide investigator.
“There was a strong odor of an
alcoholic beverage coming from her and from the vehicle.”
Spence said officers did not find any
alcohol in the vehicle and are still investigating Chambers’
activities before the crash.
Chambers, southbound on U.S. 31 in a
red 1998 Chevrolet S-10, had left the scene of another
collision, in which she ran a red light at Cedar Lake Road
Southeast and hit an eastbound vehicle, Spence said.
“She didn’t cause a whole lot of
damage,” Spence said. “She barely clipped the end of it.”
About 1½ miles farther south, at about
8:23 p.m., Chambers’ pickup left the highway and flipped
several times, striking several vehicles in the parking lot of
Midsouth Motors, police said.
Chambers was thrown from the vehicle
and killed instantly, Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn
Alcohol 'a contributing factor' in
Harford fatal crash Sunday, police say
Maryland State Police say "consumption
of alcoholic beverages is believed to have been a contributing
factor" in a fatal head-on collision in northern Harford
County early Sunday morning.
Donald Vangosen, 41, of Fawn Grove,
Pa, died at the scene from injuries suffered in the crash on
Route 23 (Norrisville Road) just south of Harford Creamery
Road near Norrisville, according to state police.
Troopers from the Maryland State
Police Bel Air Barrack D in Bel Air responded to Norrisville
Road for a reported serious motor vehicle collision just after
5 a.m. Sunday.
The preliminary investigation by
troopers revealed Mr. Vangosen was traveling southbound on
Norrisville Road in a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier. At the same
time, a 2007 Nissan Xterra being operated by Charles Creaney,
22, of Bel Air, was northbound on Norrisville Road.
Troopers determined the Nissan Xterra
crossed the center line of the roadway for unknown reasons,
striking the Chevrolet Cavalier head-on, according to a state
police news release issued Monday morning.
Mr. Vangosen was the sole occupant of
the Chevrolet Cavalier. Creaney and his passenger, 19-year-old
Kimberly Martin of Bel Air, were transported to York Hospital
by Norrisville Volunteer Fire Company ambulances for treatment
of non life-threatening injuries.
High blood-alcohol level in teen driver in
Posted: 12/07/2011 01:00:00 AM
The Denver Post
The driver of an SUV that crashed in
Wheat Ridge on Nov. 6, killing him and another teen and
critically injuring two others, had a blood-alcohol content
well above the legal limit, according to the Jefferson County
Tyler Lovell, 18, was behind the wheel
when the vehicle tumbled off the road in the early morning and
crashed into a tree. An autopsy found his blood-alcohol level
to be 0.228g/100ml, nearly triple the legal limit of .08.
Both Lovell, of unincorporated
Jefferson County, and front-seat passenger Rain Walsh, 17, of
Lakewood died of blunt-force trauma in the wreck. Back-seat
passengers Andre Lang and Steven Miskimon, both 19 and from
Lakewood, were injured.
Three adults face potential charges in
connection with a party in which the teens drank
PHILADELPHIA — Three men who fatally
attacked a man outside a Philadelphia Phillies game in a brawl
police say was sparked by a spilled drink have been sentenced
to prison terms.
Thirty-year-old Francis Kirchner,
37-year-old Charles Bowers and 48-year-old James Groves each
pleaded guilty in October to voluntary manslaughter and
criminal conspiracy in the July 2009 death of David Sale
Kirchner was sentenced Tuesday to
consecutive terms totaling nine to 18 years. Bowers got
consecutive terms totaling five to 10 years. Groves was
sentenced to concurrent terms of two to four years.
Authorities say the 22-year-old Sale
and his friends were at a bar attached to the Phillies stadium
when they had an altercation with the defendants. Both groups
were kicked out of the bar. The confrontation escalated in the
The Phillies were playing the St.
Police: Alcohol, high speeds led to fatal
Posted: Dec 30, 2011
9:05 AM CST Updated:
Dec 30, 2011 9:05 AM CST
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP)
- Kentucky State Police say alcohol and speeds of near 140 mph
contributed to a fatal wreck that killed three teens in
Frankfort in April.
that an Audi driven by 18-year-old Nick Jacoby on April 1 may
have overcorrected and spun out of control after having
reached speeds between 139 and 145 mph. Two other
18-year-olds, Ben Laslie and Allen Williams, were also
An accident report,
obtained through an open records request by The State Journal,
says Jacoby's blood alcohol level "would have a significant
impact on his judgment and driving ability".
The Audi hit an
embankment, causing it to go airborne and roll into several
trees. Police found the car engulfed in flames.
attorney for Jacoby's family, declined comment on KSP's
Coroner: Clemson Sophomore Died of
The 19-year-old Mt.
Pleasant native had alcohol levels of .267
The death of a
19-year-old Clemson sophomore that shook the campus in
November was caused by alcohol poisoning, officials said.
Tyler J. Karolczyk had
a blood-alcohol level of .267 at the time of his death,
according to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley.
"This boy was
intolerant to alcohol, he wasn't a heavy drinker," Kelley
said. "And that's like 3 times the the level of the legal
Karolczyk had been
drinking during a Friday night party at his off-campus
aprartment at 116 Smoke Rise Lane in Central and it is unknown
how many students were involved, Pickens County Assistant
Sheriff Tim Morgan said.
"There's been a lot of
block parties there," Morgan said. "The way those houses are
all packed in there parties just spill out all over."
Morgan said the case
remains under investigation and detectives are waiting until
students return from winter break to resume questioning.
Police: Alcohol played role in Janesville
JANESVILLE - Four Janesville men were
stabbed during a fight outside bars in the city's downtown
area early this morning, according to the Janesville Police
All four victims were transported to
Mercy Hospital for treatment, police said. Three victims were
released, but one remained in the intensive care unit with
non-life threatening injuries, said Lt. Tim Hiers, of the
Janesville Police Department.
As of 9:30 a.m. today, no charges
had been filed and no arrests had been made, Hiers said.
Police were working to piece together "multiple descriptions
of what happened," given by victims, witnesses and bar staff
members, he said.
So far, the process has been
complicated by the fact that "most people, if not everyone,
had been drinking," Hiers said. Several victims, despite
suffering stab wounds, told police they never saw a knife,
According to police, at 1:52 a.m.,
officers were dispatched to 16 N. Parker Drive where 15
individuals were observed fighting. The fight was between two
groups leaving a downtown bar area.
Hiers declined to comment on what
specific bars the individuals had been previously patronizing,
but did say it appeared those involved in the fight had been
at several bars, no just one.
Most downtown bars have surveillance
video technology, he said.
One man had been stabbed in his arms,
another had been stabbed in his neck, Hiers said. One of the
victims had also reportedly suffered blunt force trauma
injuries to his head.
Alcohol involved in Big Horn County crash
that killed 4
Alcohol played a role in a head-on
crash that killed four people and injured one person Thursday
evening in Big Horn County, the Montana Highway Patrol said on
None of those who died was wearing a
seat belt, while the injured person was wearing a seat belt,
the patrol said. It is not known if speed also was a factor in
The accident happened at 5:40 p.m. on
the East Frontage Road along Interstate 90 near Dunmore on the
Crow Reservation, MHP said.
A 2006 Dodge Durango was disabled and
stopped in the northbound lane when a southbound 2000 Ford
Mustang moved into the northbound lane and hit the Dodge
head-on, MHP said.
The driver of the Mustang, a
41-year-old Marva Knows His Gun, of Hardin, died at the Indian
Health Service in Crow Agency. Her son, 17-year-old Frankie
Knows His Gun, Jr., and another passenger, 19-year-old Corma
Jefferson Fire Bear, from Crow Agency, both died at the scene,
said Big Horn County Coroner Terry Bullis.
The driver of the Dodge, a 25-year-old
man from Crow Agency, was injured and taken to the hospital in
Hardin. His passenger, 27-year-old Vincent Fighter-Davies,
from Crow Agency, died at the hospital in Crow Agency.
Bullis said all four died from
injuries sustained in the crash.
16-year-old Canucks fan roughed up at
Posted on: December 30,
2011 10:41 am
Edited on: December 30, 2011 2:30
violence in sports is becoming a bigger problem all the time.
It's sad but true.
At a recent game in San Jose between
the host Sharks and the visiting Canucks, 16-year-old Maggie
Herger, who four years ago had surgery to remove a brain
tumor, was left concussed by another fan at the game. Herger
says that she was hit in the head by a drunken Sharks fan who
had been bothering her and her sister during the game after a
San Jose goal.
The girls said they did just that,
keeping to themselves as they rooted for the Canucks and
took smiling pictures that appeared destined for a happy
digital photo album. But one intoxicated woman wearing a
Sharks jersey, who appeared to be in her 40s, kept bumping
into the teens and yelling curses at them, the two sisters
Then, as the fans jumped up to
celebrate a second period Sharks goal, the sisters said, the
woman behind them brought down both her hands and smacked
Maggie in the back of her head "really hard," forcing Maggie
to fall forward and leaving her dazed.
Her sister then rushed to an usher.
Maya said she heard the woman tell the usher "she's a
Canucks fan," but that she "didn't mean to" hurt her.
"I was just really surprised,"
Maggie said. "I didn't think people acted like that."
She later found out from doctors
that she had suffered a slight concussion, leaving her head
"spinning" a day later and her neck and head still hurting.
She was bedridden, nauseous and on pain
Biker drunk when he perished --------------------
By Jeff Long Tribune staff reporter
motorcyclist who lay dying in a cornfield last month as
rescuers scrambled to locate him while he talked by cell phone
to an emergency dispatcher was too drunk to drive and not
wearing a helmet, a coroner's jury heard Wednesday.
The jury ruled
that Kurt Regnier's July 9 death was accidental. An autopsy
several hours after the crash showed a blood-alcohol content
of 0.12 percent. The legal limit to drive is 0.08.
unable to say how long it was after his 1:28 a.m. call to 911
that Regnier died.
A motorist spotted his 2003
Harley-Davidson at 5:37 a.m., and Regnier, 47, of Capron in
Boone County, was pronounced dead at the scene about 5:50
Officials have said that neither
Regnier's phone nor McHenry County's 911 system were equipped
with technology that could have helped pinpoint his
second call picked up by Boone County dispatchers at 1:36 a.m.
also could not be traced.
McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Matt
Matusek told the coroner's jury that it did not appear that
Regnier was speeding on the level, dry, unmarked stretch of
Dunham Road southwest of Harvard.
"He wasn't flying by any means," Matusek
said, estimating that Regnier was within the 55 m.p.h. speed
limit, but was not wearing a helmet.
returning home from NASCAR races in Joliet.
in car crash that left 2 teens dead --------------------
LAKE -- A Crystal Lake woman who supplied alcohol to two
teenagers who later died in a car crash pleaded guilty this
week to two misdemeanor charges, officials said Wednesday.
(Nice, 2 people are dead and she gets a misdermeanor
Jessica Ochal, 22, will begin serving
three weekends in the county jail on Sept. 8, said McHenry
County State's Atty. Lou Bianchi. With her trial on the
charges scheduled to begin next week, she pleaded guilty
Tuesday to two counts of unlawful delivery of alcohol to a
Prosecutors sought jail time because "two
people are dead," Bianchi said.
The crash shortly after midnight Feb. 19
killed Jeffrey Mills-Micek, 17, and Scott Scheckel, 16, both
of Crystal Lake. The Prairie Ridge High School students
attended a party where Ochal provided beer, officials say.
-- A Lincoln Park health club fitness instructor charged with
sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl at the club was ordered
held on $40,000 bail Wednesday.
Thomas Rahim, 21, of the 1200 block of
West Pratt Boulevard, appeared before Cook County Criminal
Court Judge Raymond Myles charged with aggravated criminal
On Sunday, Rahim, who worked at the
Lakeshore Athletic Club, approached the girl and her
14-year-old female friend as they played basketball, said
Assistant Cook County State's Atty. Brad Giglio.
Rahim then went
to a liquor store to buy alcohol and returned to the club
where he, another employee and the two girls went to a rooftop
club known as the Red Room, Giglio said.
That same day,
the girl told her parents that Rahim attacked her. He was
arrested later that evening, according to a Chicago police
Firefighter could be fired for
alleged on-the-job intoxication --------------------
23, 2006, 12:56 PM CDT
KOKOMO, Ind. -- A firefighter who was
allegedly drunken, loud and abusive while on emergency medical
runs might be fired for violating department rules.
Chief Dave Duncan on Tuesday brought formal charges that
allege John J. Iseminger was drunk on duty the night of June
9, testing above the legal limit for alcohol.
The Kokomo Board
of Public Works & Safety will hear the case Sept. 19.
president of Firefighters Local 396, had no comment on the
case Tuesday, but said the union will help the 18-year veteran
of the department fight the charges.
remains on duty with the department while the charges are
There was no answer Wednesday at a number
listed for John Iseminger in Kokomo to obtain comment.
In addition to a
charge of performing duties while under the influence of
alcohol, Iseminger is also charged with conduct unbecoming an
officer. He also faces allegations he violated state laws
governing conduct by a public employee.
In his written
report to the board of works, Duncan said Iseminger took part
in emergency runs June 9 while under the influence and that
after one run, "medics complained that a firefighter was loud,
abusive and smelled of alcohol."
who swung, killed kitten spared jail
By Edith Bevan
August 25, 2006
A MAN who
swung a kitten by its tail and slammed it repeatedly on to a
road as his friends laughed was yesterday given a one-year
good behaviour bond.
Jamie Stephen Thorley, 23, of Doonside
in Sydney's west, could have faced a jail sentence of up to
two years for the brutal attack which killed the
three-month-old kitten on May 31 this year.
But instead Parramatta Local Court
Magistrate Geraldine Beattie made Thorley agree to be of good
behaviour for one year after being found guilty of aggravated
animal cruelty, resisting police arrest and malicious damage.
The RSPCA said yesterday they were
concerned that the good behaviour bond would send the wrong
message to the community.
RSPCA chief inspector David
O'Shannessy said the attack had been particularly cruel.
"The sentence is disappointing from
the point of view that this animal died as a consequence of
the attack," Mr O'Shannessy said.
"It would have been a fairly horrific
way to die and the fact that similar offences in similar
months have met with more severe penalties in the form of
"We're certainly happy in other
matters where custodial sentences have been given - our
concern is a sentence such as this could be misconstrued by
members of the public.
"Animal cruelty to defenceless animals
The court had heard Thorley was drunk
when he picked up the kitten on Delany St, Doonside. He
stroked it at first before swinging it by its tail over his
head and repeatedly slamming it into the road.
Thorley and the friends he was with
laughed as the attack unfolded.
Thorley told the court he had no
recollection of the event because he had mixed 350ml of rum
with his schizophrenia medication that day.
When the attack took place Thorley was
supposed to be facing Wyong Local Court answering charges of
break and enter and stealing a car.
Under NSW's tough new animal cruelty
laws, an aggravated matter carries with it a maximum two-year
In a test case of the new laws, a
45-year-old Blackett man was jailed for a year in June after
torturing and trying to drown a kitten.
sentenced to 24 years for fatal DUI --------------------
Borgardt Special to the Tribune
August 31, 2006,
7:00 PM CDT
30-year-old Lyons man was sentenced to 24 years in prison
Thursday for the drunken driving crash that killed three
members of a Chicago family three years ago on a McCook
overpass near Interstate Highway 55.
Jaime Guzman of
the 8700 block of West Ogden Avenue pleaded for leniency
before Cook County Judge Kerry Kennedy imposed sentence on the
reckless homicide conviction in the Bridgeview Courthouse.
But Kennedy had
little sympathy for Guzman, who was driving a sport-utility
vehicle the wrong way on Illinois Highway 171 at about 3 a.m.
on Sept. 7, 2003, when it slammed into a mini-van carrying
Luis Velazquez, 44, his wife, Norma, 34, and their two
children. The couple died, as did their 5-year-old son, Diego.
A daughter survived.
Valeria Velazquez, now 7, was in
Kennedy's courtroom with several relatives on Thursday.
"You have shown
no remorse," the judge said. "You had a choice to drink that
night and you decided to. There are consequences for your
Guzman's vehicle was traveling north in
the southbound lanes of the highway, also known as 1st Avenue,
at more than 50 m.p.h. when it crashed into the Velazquez
charge filed in motorcycle crash --------------------
August 29, 2006
ZION -- A Zion
man was charged Monday with driving under the influence and
reckless homicide in connection with a crash that killed a
motorcyclist early Sunday.
Lake County Circuit Judge Valerie
Ceckowski ordered Margarito Morales-Ramirez, 24, held in lieu
of $100,000 bail.
Zion police said Michael Moll, 49, of
Zion was killed just before 3 a.m. Sunday when his motorcycle
was struck by an oncoming Chevrolet Cavalier driven by
Morales-Ramirez near the intersection of 30th Street and Lewis
was pronounced dead at the scene, said Coroner Richard
Morales-Ramirez, of the 2400 block of
Lewis Avenue, was treated for minor injuries. Tests indicated
his blood-alcohol level was 0.16. The legal limit is 0.08.
teen killed, girlfriend hurt in collision --------------------
Wischnowsky Tribune staff reporter
Bears tickets in hand, Nick Jannotti said goodbye to his mom
Friday afternoon, then hopped into his car, taking off from
West Chicago with his girlfriend bound for Soldier Field.
wouldn't make it back home.
After Friday night's preseason game and
apparently spending part of the night and next morning in the
city with friends, state police said, Jannotti, 18, driving
his 2002 Cadillac Catera, slammed into the back of a
semitrailer about 6:20 a.m. Saturday. He was traveling west on
Interstate Highway 290 near Elk Grove Village, about 300 feet
from the Biesterfield Road exit, police said.
Jannotti, a 2006
Bartlett High School graduate, was pronounced dead around 10
a.m. at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove village,
His girlfriend, also a Bartlett graduate,
now a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was
taken to the hospital with injuries that were not
"She came away pretty unscathed," said
Jannotti's father, John. "She was lucky."
The driver of
the semi wasn't seriously injured and declined medical
treatment, police said. No citations were issued, police
Illinois State Police Sgt. Theodore
Whittier said alcohol appears to have been a factor. He said
Jannotti was speeding at the time of the crash.
sentenced in drunken driving accident that killed 2 --------------------
25, 2006, 12:03 PM CDT
INDIANAPOLIS -- A man convicted in a
drunken driving crash that killed two people, including the
father of the groom, as they left a wedding reception was
sentenced Friday to 52 years in prison.
32, expressed remorse for the first time to the families of
the two men killed and a woman injured in the August 2005
Marion County jurors last week needed
just 25 minutes to convict Pedraza in the crash that killed
the father of the groom, Tom Youngstafel, 45, of Burlington,
Ky., and Joe Gehler, 30, of Union, Ky. Gehler's longtime
girlfriend, Emily Kelly, 30, was injured.
Pedraza had a
blood-alcohol content about three times the legal limit for
motorists to drive in Indiana when he ran a red light and
smashed into a sport utility vehicle leaving the reception at
the Indianapolis Zoo.
convicted of two counts of operating a vehicle while
intoxicated causing death and two counts of operating a
vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. He
was found to be a habitual offender because of two prior
convictions for drunken driving, in November 2001 and October
testified in favor of more prison time for Pedraza.
this nightmare for me," said Kelly, who spoke along with
Gehler's mother and Youngstafel's wife and two sons. "When you
killed Joe, you took my life. I will do whatever it takes to
never let you forget that."
Vikings release Koren
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports
Writer August 26, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Wide receiver
Koren Robinson was among eight players cut
by the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, 10 days after
he was charged with drunken driving and fleeing police.
Robinson, who made his first
trip to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner last season and
signed a three-year, $12.7 million contract extension in
March, was one of the Vikings' few bright spots last
Former coach Mike Tice convinced
Robinson to sign with the team following a stint in an
alcohol treatment facility in North Carolina, and the
player rewarded Tice's faith with one of the best
seasons of his up-and-down five-year career.
But as soon as things started
looking up for the oft-troubled Robinson, he was back in
His blue BMW sedan was caught on
radar going more than 100 mph in a 55 mph zone on the
night of Aug. 15, as he tried to get from the Twin
Cities back to the team's training camp headquarters in
Mankato for curfew.
When police tried to pull him over,
Robinson refused to stop, police said. Robinson was
arrested by police about 10 miles away in Mankato, and
the criminal complaint said a field test measured
Robinson's blood-alcohol content at 0.11 percent.
Man hit by pickup mirror may lose
eye By Gene Haschak Daily Herald Staff Writer
A 22-year-old St. Charles pedestrian was
hit early Tuesday by a man accused of drunken driving, South
Elgin police said.
As a result, the man might lose sight in
one eye, police said.
Steve Lapradd of 35W354 Bonfield Ave.,
St. Charles, was walking along Route 25 in South Elgin at
12:30æa.m. when he was hit in the face by the passenger-side
mirror of a northbound 2003 Ford pickup driven by John A.
Martin III, 40, of 1423 S. Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, police
Martin was found wandering near the
accident scene on Route 25 about 900 feet north of Middle
Street, police said.
Martin failed three sobriety tests and
said he had been drinking at the Royal Fox Golf Club in St.
Charles, police said.
Martin was charged with aggravated
driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to yield the
right of way to a pedestrian and no insurance, according to
In addition to the severe contusion to
his left eye, Lapradd suffered a broken nose, lacerations to
his face and arm and a chipped tooth. He was taken to
Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva.
Martin was taken to the Kane County jail,
where he posted a $1,500 bond. He was released with a
preliminary court date on Sept. 14 at the Kane County Judicial
cites second NCC hazing incident By Melissa Jenco Daily Herald Staff Writer
The 2005 North Central College baseball
team’s freshman “initiation” was not an isolated case at the
school, a former player said Thursday.
The team also was disciplined this spring
after taking part in similar antics that included some players
wearing diapers and others having alcohol poured down their
throats at a freshman initiation party.
Officials at the Naperville school said
Wednesday they were launching an investigation into the 2005
incidents, which were captured in more than 100 pictures
posted in an online album titled “Frosh Initiation
Some of the photos showed players having
alcohol poured in their mouths from as many as six liquor
bottles at one time. Others showed team members playing
baseball in their underwear and still others showed players
wearing women’s lingerie.
When questioned about the 2005 incident
Wednesday, Laurie Hamen, vice president for enrollment
management and student affairs, said she was unaware of any
other hazing incidents at North Central.
“I would never say it never happens,” she
said. “It hasn’t been reported to us.”
When asked to confirm reports of a second
incident with the team, Hamen said she could not discuss
judicial incidents involving students.
School officials saw pictures of the 2006
party on the Internet just days later, he said, and coaches
punished the team by making them do extra running at practice
and temporarily stripping some players of their captain
status. (What a freaking joke
for beating up the wrong teens BY CHRISTY GUTOWSKI Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer
Armed with baseball bats and a
"vigilante" vengeance, Ryan R. Thomas went back with friends
to the Naperville neighborhood where he had lost a fight over
a traffic dispute.
Too bad he couldn't remember with whom he
On Thursday, DuPage Circuit Judge Michael
Burke sentenced Thomas to five years in prison for beating up
three teens who just left a Naperville junior police program
and had nothing to do with the original fight.
Thomas, 25, pleaded guilty six months ago
to felony armed violence for the brutal Nov. 9, 2002, attack.
In return, prosecutors dropped more serious attempted murder
The three teens were standing outside one
of their homes on the 300 block of Cedarbrook Road when Thomas
and several friends attacked them with baseball bats.
One victim escaped into his house after
suffering one blow to his back. He called 911 while the other
two, still outside, tried in vain to protect themselves from
the armed mob.
"I thought I was going to die," said one
of the victims, a Naperville man, now 20, who was the most
seriously injured. "I was thinking, 'What did I do?' I did
nothing to deserve this beating."
He was in the hospital for five days and
endured two surgeries. The three teens' injuries included a
dislocated shoulder, cuts, black eyes, bruises and a broken
nose and arm.
They recovered physically, but the teens
said their emotional scars linger. They complained of anger,
distrust, depression and a nagging fear of future attacks.
As part of a civil settlement, Thomas'
family paid two of them $70,000 each for medical bills. His
guilty plea March 6 spared them an emotional trial. He also
"There are no words to describe how sorry
I am," he said, looking straight at the victims. "The things
that happened that night were completely out of character for
Nearly four years ago, the Naperville man
got into a traffic dispute at Bailey Road and Washington
Street. He admitted following the other motorist home to
Cedarbrook, where a fight ensued. Another man jumped into the
melee. Thomas, who took a kick to the nose, left, but not
without making a threat to return and kill them.
He did come back, this time with a gaggle
of friends toting baseball bats. Police tracked Thomas down
after conducting several interviews and matching his DNA to
dandruff found inside a hat left at the scene.
He did not have a prior criminal record.
Thomas was free on bond for the attack in May 2005 when police
stopped his car and discovered "hundreds" of pounds of
marijuana and at least $100,000 cash.
Authorities said he cooperated with an
ensuing federal investigation and, in exchange for his help,
drug agents did not pursue criminal charges.
Prosecutors David Johnston and Paul
Marchese said Thomas doesn't deserve another break. They also
questioned the sincerity of his remorse.
"He doesn't care about these innocent
victims," Johnston said. "The defendant is the boogeyman to
these young boys. He is a monster to them, and what he did
that night was monstrous."
Authorities did not uncover any other
evidence of violence in Thomas' past. Defense attorneys Todd
Pugh and Tom Breen said Thomas stopped the attack after
realizing he had the wrong guys.
His attorneys asked the judge for
leniency. They presented two dozen letters from family and
friends who describe Thomas as a thoughtful, trustworthy man
Thomas has been in jail since his plea
six months ago. He is a model inmate, Pugh said, and has
participated in classes for anger, religion, computers and job
"Ryan Thomas is not a bully and he is not
a thug," Pugh said. "They can call him every name they want,
but he is not a violent person but for that night."
Prosecutors argued Thomas was eligible
for consecutive terms of up to 14 years, but the judge
disagreed. The defendant faced either probation or three to
seven years behind bars.
In meting out the punishment, Judge
Michael Burke called Thomas "the leader of what can only be
described as an alcohol-and-testosterone-fueled vigilante
Thomas must serve half the five-year
sentence before he is eligible for parole. Another man also is
facing charges for the attack. His case is pending. Police
were unable to build strong enough cases to arrest the others.
anger, alcohol fueled threat Immigration issues prompted e-mail
Pamela Dickman The Daily
A Berthoud man has admitted sending an
e-mail threatening Sen. Ken Salazar
and his family — a hate-filled message he said was prompted by
alcohol and anger over illegal
immigrants taking jobs away from him. Joseph James King pleaded guilty Aug. 25
to a federal charge of threatening
the senator in an e-mail sent May 5, which is Cinco de
could be sent to prison when a U.S. District Court judge
sentences him Nov. 17.
On May 23,
Salazar’s chief of staff contacted the FBI after the senator’s staff read a threatening
e-mail, according to court documents.
repeatedly calls Salazar a derogatory term referring to sexual preference and a “rat” who
supports illegal immigrants, according to the plea agreement document
filed in U.S. District Court in
stick a knife in my back, and I will cut your (expletive)
THROAT and that of your family,” the
e-mail states, according to the plea document.
Another line of the e-mail begins with an
expletive and continues, “I would say
go back to (derogatory term for Mexico) but please stay some
day I want to beat you half to death
and your wife twice as much.”
Investigators traced the e-mail to King’s
computer in Berthoud, and King
admitted sending it, according to the plea document. He told
an FBI agent he was drunk and upset
over national immigration events when he sent the e-mail, according to the
reportedly said he works as a roofer and was upset because he
thinks illegal immigrants are taking
his work, something he said he sees every day, the court document states.
State student pleads guilty to fatal crash
Iowa - An Iowa state student has pleaded guilty to a car crash
that killed a fellow student last
December following an on-campus party. Shanda Munn of Lawler admitted in court
Friday that she was driving impaired
in the early morning hours of Dec. 2 after consuming several
drinks at the party. Police said her
car struck 20-year-old Kelly Laughery
while she was walking along a street. Laughery was found around 4:30 a.m. on the side of the
street and was pronounced dead at an
Ames hospital. Munn, a 20-year-old
sophomore at the time, was charged in her death two months later. During the court hearing Friday, Munn
pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide,
a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years
in prison, plus fines. She originally
was charged with a more serious form
of vehicular homicide, which would have carried a maximum
sentence of 25 years in prison. As part of a plea agreement, Story County
prosecutors dropped a charge of
leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, which would
have added another possible two years
in prison. In exchange, Munn must cooperate with prosecutors if charges are
brought against the people who
supplied the alcohol that she consumed. Laughery's parents, Douglas and Pamela
Laughery, have filed a wrongful-death
lawsuit against Munn and four other Iowa State students they say were responsible for their
daughter's death. The Laugherys contend the other students hosted the keg
party Munn attended. The four are
identified in the lawsuit as Jody George, Nicholas Tonelli,
Tony Galante and Kelly Campbell. Members of Laughery family declined to
comment on the plea agreement Friday. Story
County prosecutors would not say whether they will pursue
charges against those who supplied
former police chief to spend 30 months in prison --------------------
September 9, 2006, 2:36 PM CDT
-- The son of a former City of Pewaukee police chief was
sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a car
accident that killed a 21-year-old woman.
26, of Hartland was found guilty of homicide by negligent
operation of a vehicle for a fatal crash in June 2005 that
killed Erin Gutknecht.
"I have to give the community a message
that we cannot, cannot, and will not, tolerate criminally
negligent behavior," Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph
Ramirez said Friday before sentencing Stone, son of former
Police Chief Denny Stone.
After a night of barhopping, Michael
Stone was driving early the morning of June 12, 2005, when he
swerved off the road and collided with trees.
was riding in the rear storage area of the vehicle with Joseph
Froehlich of Sussex, suffered head injuries and was pronounced
dead at the scene.
Killed in Head-On Crash With Dad --------------------
September 5, 2006, 11:04 PM CDT
PEMBINE, Wis. --
A man drove into oncoming traffic and struck his father's car,
killing himself and seriously injuring his father in
northeastern Wisconsin, the sheriff's department said Tuesday.
31, was driving east when he crossed the center line early
Monday and hit a westbound vehicle driven by his 53-year-old
father, Kerry Ehlert. Both were alone in their vehicles.
girlfriend had called the father to the son's home to assist
at a family disturbance, Marinette County Sheriff Mike Kessler
said in a statement.
The son died on the scene and the father
underwent surgery at a Green Bay hospital. He was listed in
fair condition Tuesday, hospital spokesman Jim Reck said.
speed contributed to the accident, the sheriff said.
Arrested After Ohio State's Win --------------------
September 10, 2006, 9:55 PM CDT
-- An Ohio State University student accused of driving his car
into three people, injuring them slightly, was among several
people arrested during a raucous celebration of the No.
1-ranked Buckeye's win over No. 2 Texas.
There were about
40 fires reported, with couches and mattresses set ablaze, in
student neighborhoods Saturday night, said Columbus police
Sgt. David Howson, whose department arrested about 17 people,
five of them on arson charges. A trash bin also was set on
fire, burning two nearby cars, he said.
Chief Kevin O'Connor said he was treated for bumps and bruises
after he and two others were struck by a car that came through
a temporary command post set up in the driveway of a student
The two others, Ohio State assistant vice
president for student affairs Barbara Rich and her husband,
were treated early Sunday at Ohio State University Medical
Center for minor injuries.
The driver of the car, George Karadimas,
22, a student at the school, has been charged with vehicular
assault, said Ohio State Assistant Chief Rick Amweg. He
declined to comment on whether alcohol was involved.
being held in a Franklin County jail and is scheduled to
appear in court Monday morning for an arraignment, said
sheriff's deputy Travis Carter.
Most students haven't returned to campus
because fall classes don't start until Sept. 20, Howson said.
Still, police concentrated their patrols on the campus area
"This happens on big games, so we were
prepared for it," Howson said.
The 24-7 victory kept the Buckeyes (2-0)
in perfect position for a run to a college football national
title. Texas, which saw its 21-game winning streak snapped, is
the defending national champion.
School bus driver charged with drunken
September 5, 2006, 11:48 PM CDT
NEW ALBANY, Ind.
-- School district officials suspended a bus driver following
her weekend arrest on a charge of being drunk while
transporting 13 cheerleaders and their coach.
team from New Albany High School was on a bus returning Friday
night from a football game against Jennings County in North
Vernon when the team's coach became concerned because the
driver seemed confused and was driving erratically, said Tony
Bennett, assistant to the superintendent for operations for
the New Albany-Floyd County schools.
persuaded the driver, Sylvia Cooke, to exit from Interstate 65
and stop at a gas station near Uniontown and state police were
called, he said.
Cooke, 60, was arrested on a drunken
driving charge after a test found she had a blood-alcohol
level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit
to drive of 0.08 percent, according to state police.
She was released
Saturday from the Jackson County Jail on $700 bond. Cooke
could not be located for comment as no home telephone number
is listed in her name.
Bennett said Tuesday that Cooke, who had
driven a daily bus route for New Albany High School for the
past 18 months, has been suspended while the school district
investigates her arrest.
"(Cooke) placed the safety of our
students in jeopardy," Bennett said. "We're very disappointed
because the primary role of a bus driver is to transport
Bennett said the school district knew of
no other driving incidents or accidents by Cooke.
McHenry County crashes kill 2 --------------------
September 6, 2006
Two people were
killed over the Labor Day weekend in McHenry County crashes,
one of them a fiery collision involving a pickup truck, police
Jesus Rivera, 40, of McHenry was killed
in a crash before 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of
Illinois Highway 120 in rural McHenry Township, authorities
Rivera's blood-alcohol level was 0.25,
said McHenry County sheriff's Sgt. Karen Groves, three times
the legal limit in Illinois.
Rivera was headed west when he struck the
rear of a vehicle in front of him and lost control, crossing
the median and hitting another vehicle, police said.
A passenger in
Rivera's car, Jose Alfredo Barradas-Rosales, was arrested by
sheriff's police on unrelated warrants for DUI and failure to
appear in court, Groves said.
Also, Corey J. Bain, 20, of West Dundee
was killed just before 1 a.m. Monday when he failed to stop
his pickup at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a truck
at Illinois Highway 23 and Carls Road in unincorporated Riley
Township, Groves said.
The pickup burst into flames, and Bain
was pronounced dead at the scene, Groves said.
Drunken-driving charge in fatal crash --------------------
September 6, 2006
A Palos Park man
was charged with drunken driving and speeding Tuesday in a
weekend crash that killed an off-duty Chicago police
Wojciech Sikon, 20, of the 10700 block of
Grandview Drive was charged with a misdemeanor count of
driving under the influence and cited with failure to reduce
speed in the Sunday morning crash that killed Officer Timothy
Harts, said Chicago Police Officer JoAnn Taylor.
occurred at about 3:40 a.m. in the 6700 block of South Cicero
Avenue. Sikon was driving north on Cicero at a high rate of
speed when his vehicle slammed into Harts' vehicle, which was
making a left turn onto Marquette Road, Taylor said.
spun and slammed into a utility pole, ejecting him.
Harts, 29, of
the 3900 block of West 104th Street was pronounced dead at
about 7:50 a.m. Sunday in Advocate Christ Medical Center in
Oak Lawn, the Cook County medical examiner's office said.
Sikon and his
male passenger suffered minor injuries and were treated at
Advocate Christ, Taylor said.
sentence for DUI death --------------------
Man got break at first, but violated
By Art Barnum Tribune staff reporter
mother of a Naperville teen killed in a 2001 car crash stormed
from a DuPage courtroom Wednesday after a judge sentenced Sean
McNees, the intoxicated driver, to 6 years in prison.
said McNees, now 21, deserved a longer prison term for abusing
alcohol and drugs while on probation for the reckless homicide
of her daughter, Stacey, 17.
Weeping, Jamie Blundell expressed outrage
in a 15-minute statement after the sentencing.
"My kid is dead,
and [McNees'] mother is bawling," she said. "They have no
respect and understanding. They should be crying for my
husband, Ted Blundell, said, "We aren't going to argue with
the judge's ruling, but we expected a [longer] sentence. ...
We didn't believe there was any sincerity coming from [McNees]
McNees was 16 when he smashed his car
into a tree, killing passenger Stacey Blundell. He had been
drinking and smoking marijuana, authorities said.
After he was
convicted, the Blundells asked Judge George Bakalis to show
mercy, saying they thought sending McNees to prison would be
Bakalis gave McNees probation, six months
in the County Jail and ordered him to pay restitution. But
since then, McNees has been accused three times of violating
the terms of his probation, including his arrest in May 2005
on charges he was driving under the influence of alcohol on a
revoked license. Those accusations led to his resentencing.
will," McNees said while gazing at his parents in the front
row of the Wheaton courtroom.
The McNeeses did not speak to the
Blundells while leaving the courtroom and declined to comment
about the sentence.
Assistant DuPage State's Atty. Michael
Pawl had sought the maximum 14-year sentence while defense
attorney Joseph Laraia argued for probation.
Bakalis said he
could not take into account McNees' probation violations in
resentencing him on the reckless homicide charge. And he said
a first-time reckless homicide conviction likely would not
yield a sentence of more than 6 years.
"If I gave
McNees the maximum 14 years, I would be quickly reversed" on
appeal, Bakalis said.
McNees will serve about 85 percent of the
6-year term, or about 5 years and one month. Because he has
been held in the County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail since
his 2005 arrest, McNees should be released from prison in
about three years, Bakalis said.
Jamie Blundell said she was sorry she
stormed out of the courtroom. "The impact of knowing he's
still alive and my daughter's dead got to me."
Illinois assistant coach--now with the Detroit Lions--was
arrested twice in the last two weeks, once for allegedly
driving drunk and once for driving in the nude, according to
the Detroit Free Press. Joe Cullen, whom first-year head coach
Rod Marinelli hired from Illinois, coaches the defensive line.
Cullen, 38, posted bond in both misdemeanor cases and was
still coaching the Lions at practice Wednesday, the paper
reported. In the latter incident, a Dearborn police ticket
describes the coach as "driving on a public street without any
clothes on. (NUDE)." The team released a statement from Cullen
apologizing and said Cullen has requested treatment. The
nudity incident happened Aug. 24, the night before the Lions
flew to Oakland for a game against the Raiders. The Lions said
alcohol was involved. Police again arrested Cullen on Sept. 1,
the night after the Lions lost their final exhibition game to
the Bills at Ford Field. Records show Cullen had a blood
alcohol content of .12.
charged with DUI in biker's death --------------------
Dardick Tribune staff reporter
2006, 6:45 PM CDT
A Joliet man was charged with three
counts of aggravated driving under the influence Thursday, a
day after he was accused of causing a crash that took the life
of a motorcyclist.
Jesse G. King, 22, of the 2200 block of
Douglas Street was arrested Wednesday after the 9:24 p.m.
crash that led to the death of Joseph Kingsmill, 45, of
Joliet. Kingsmill was declared dead in Provena St. Joseph
Medical Center in Joliet less than an hour after the crash.
King was driving
a car south on Larkin Avenue at Jefferson Street when he
crossed the median, sideswiped a northbound car and then hit
the northbound motorcycle ridden by Kingsmill, said Joliet
Deputy Police Chief Patrick Kerr.
Kingsmill, who was not wearing a helmet,
suffered massive head injuries, Kerr said. No one else was
injured in the crash, he added.
According to the charges filed against
him, King's blood-alcohol level topped .08 percent, the legal
limit in Illinois, at the time of the accident. He also had
unspecified drugs in his system, the charges allege.
A judge ordered
King, whom police also charged with possession of less than 10
grams of marijuana, held in lieu of $250,000 bail Thursday
afternoon. If convicted, King would face up to 14 years in
Illinois man's night of killing still a
suicide still shake Wyoming city
By Liam Ford Tribune staff reporter
police released more details of a double homicide-suicide in
Laramie, Wyo., that involved a young man raised in South
Beloit, Ill., experienced investigators said a motive may
never be known.
Forensic evidence and witness interviews
after the July attack have provided a timeline of how Justin
Geiger, 20, of Rockton, stabbed Adam Towler to death, attacked
his roommate then fatally shot Amber Carlson before turning
the gun on himself, authorities said.
investigators said they have unearthed no clear motive to
explain why Geiger killed Towler, 20, and Carlson, 19.
this as if we were going to try to prosecute
someone--motivation was a critical piece," said Laramie Police
Cmdr. Dale Stalder. "From everything we've been able to
determine at this point in the investigation, we can't point
to anything that triggered the event."
week, police had not released information laying out the order
in which the attacks occurred.
Geiger, Carlson and Geiger's 19-year-old
roommate who was stabbed in the attack were students at the
University of Wyoming who met as freshmen last school year.
Geiger grew up
in South Beloit, and Carlson was from Denver. Towler's father
is head of the chemical and petroleum engineering department
at the university. Towler was home for the summer taking
classes as he prepared to transfer to Georgetown University
from Emory University in the fall.
Family members have not spoken to the
media since just after the incident. The Tribune is not naming
Geiger's roommate because he was sexually assaulted.
The rampage took
place early in the morning of July 16, after a small drinking
party at a one-story frame home close to the university campus
in Laramie. Geiger rented the house with several roommates.
About six or
seven people had attended the party, and autopsy results
indicated the victims and Geiger had all consumed alcohol,
By the time Geiger attacked Towler
shortly before 2 a.m., most of the guests had left, leaving
only those who became involved in the attacks.
Towler multiple times, fatally injuring him, then attacked his
roommate, sexually assaulting him and giving him superficial
stab wounds, police said.
Police believe the sexual assault was "a
crime of power and control and violence" and not one of sex,
The roommate fled the house and shouted
for help, alerting people in the quiet residential
neighborhood, who called police.
It was at that point that Carlson walked
into the room where Geiger had killed Towler; Geiger shot her
once in the head, killing her, then put the rifle to his own
head, police said.
The multiple homicides shook the small
city of Laramie and raised questions among the students'
friends and acquaintances about what could have caused Geiger,
known as a close friend of Carlson's, to attack the others.
university officials said talk of the killings has quieted in
recent weeks, some residents said each mention in the media
brings a new round of questions.
In the days after the incident, Stalder
said that police considered it their responsibility to
determine "what started this" to help provide closure for the
families. But officials said they are still stymied in their
attempts to explain the slayings, and some with experience
with homicide investigations said a motive may never be
look at a bloodstain pattern analyst who will look at where
the blood is. And that will tell you where the shooter was
from the victim, whether or not there was struggle, things
like that," said Gary Rini, a Cleveland-based forensics
consultant who has worked for the Denver and Naperville Police
"When you're talking about motive--that
goes into a whole other realm."
Determining an exact motive can be
difficult even when the attacker is still alive, said Douglas
Godfrey, a former prosecutor and a professor at Chicago-Kent
College of Law.
"One, it's very hard to look into men's
minds, it's very hard to figure out what they're thinking.
Second, people often work from mixed motives," Godfrey
Kling is a clinical professor of law at Chicago-Kent and a
defense lawyer for 35 years. Forensic evidence can nail down
what happened and who was responsible, but he added: "Why it
happened, it can never tell you."
So for now, it appears police know who
was responsible for the killings, but not why.
"That's not to
say that next week or next month, or a year or two years from
now, something might come to light that will tell us, `This is
what that trigger was,'" Stalder said.
Indiana woman killed in crash on Dale
Hollow Lake --------------------
2006, 10:30 AM CDT
CELINA, Tenn. -- An Indiana woman died
over the weekend when a boat she was riding in crashed on Dale
Hollow Lake in Tennessee, officials said.
45, of Martinsville, Ind., was found under the boat after it
struck an exposed gravel bar and flipped early Saturday, said
Glenn Moates, an investigator with the Tennessee Wildlife
Two others among the eight people on
board the 18-foot ski boat were taken to a hospital for
examination, then released.
The boat's operator, Mike Kirkman, 40,
also of Martinsville, was arrested and charged with boating
under the influence and violating the state implied consent
law -- meaning he refused a blood-alcohol test, Moates said.
occurred shortly after midnight Saturday and did not involve
any other boats.
Dale Hollow Lake is on the
Tennessee-Kentucky border, about 75 miles east-northeast of
arrested in fatal crash at Yellowstone National Park --------------------
September 8, 2006, 5:47 PM CDT
NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. -- Federal authorities have arrested a
Michigan man who was driving a pickup truck involved in a
fatal crash in the park earlier this week.
Skippergosh, 27, of Mount Pleasant, Mich., was being held in
federal custody, awaiting a court appearance next week before
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Cole.
Skippergosh was driving a pickup truck late Wednesday night
that went out of control and crashed on the park road between
Gardiner, Mont., and Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo., killing the
passenger, 27-year-old Meghann R. Williams, also of Mount
Authorities said the vehicle skidded more
than 160 feet, struck a guardrail, then vaulted 45 feet down
Park Service officials said in a news
release that alcohol was believed to be a factor in the crash,
although the specific charges against Skippergosh would not be
disclosed until his initial court appearance.
injured in the crash and was arrested after his release
Thursday night from a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Friend died in
wreck; another teen linked to separate fatality
July 27, 2006
A Carpentersville teenager sobbed
Wednesday as prosecutors charged him as an adult with
aggravated drunken driving and reckless homicide in a
Barrington crash that killed his friend.
Police also were
investigating another crash involving a teenage driver that
killed a Carpentersville man Tuesday in McHenry County, but
authorities said it didn't appear that the teen was at
Barrington accident, Ramiro Granados-Dominguez, 16, admitted
he drank four to six beers before Monday's crash, authorities
said. He had a blood-alcohol content of 0.119 after the 12:45
a.m. wreck that killed passenger Saul Jimenez, 21, also of
Carpentersville, prosecutors said. The legal limit in Illinois
Granados-Dominguez was "driving at a very
high rate of speed when the accident occurred," said Cook
County Assistant State's Atty. Lynn Palac. "The car ended up
in a ditch."
Jimenez was thrown from the vehicle,
second passenger, Jacquelyn Pereznegron, 18, of Algonquin, was
in a drug-induced coma Wednesday in Advocate Good Shepherd
Hospital in Barrington with a punctured lung and broken femur,
"Jacquelyn's condition is very serious,"
Granados-Dominguez is a Dundee-Crown High
School junior and works for his uncle part time as a roofer,
said his lawyer, Dwight Adams, who said he would try to get
the case moved to Juvenile Court.
Granados-Dominguez broke two vertebrae in
the crash and wore a body brace in court. He sobbed quietly
during the hearing in the Rolling Meadows courthouse, which
was attended by his parents and other family members.
sentences man to 16 years for crash that killed
23, 2006, 10:10 PM CDT
INDIANAPOLIS -- A man who admitted he was
drunk when he crashed into a van, killing a 22-month-old boy,
was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
50, sobbed Friday as he apologized to Max Boncosky's relatives
for the September 2005 drunken-driving crash that killed the
During the hearing, Grelle pleaded guilty
to driving while intoxicated causing death and drunken driving
causing serious bodily injury.
Marion Superior Court Judge Sheila
Carlisle sentenced Grelle to 16 years, with four years
suspended, and ordered him to serve two years of probation
after his release.
Carlisle questioned whether Grelle felt
true remorse for the boy's death and expressed disbelief that
he continued to drink even after bonding out of jail following
the fatal crash.
Last September, Grelle was traveling in
excess of 80 mph on Indianapolis' north side when his vehicle
slammed into the back of a sport utility vehicle waiting to
make a turn.
Max Boncosky died of head injuries, while
his father, David Boncosky; mother, Kelly Boncosky; and
4-year-old brother, Connor, all were injured.
A test showed
Grelle had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the
state's threshold for drunken driving.
charged with DUI in hit-run that killed boy --------------------
July 23, 2006
WEST SIDE -- A Chicago woman was charged
Friday in connection with the death of a 6-year-old boy who
was injured in a hit-and-run accident in April, police
Richardson, 37, of the 2800 block of West Fulton Street, was
charged with aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an
accident in the April 30 accident.
The boy, Dontrell Martin, of the 7400
block of North Sheridan Road, died of his injuries July 14.
struck by a sport-utility vehicle driven by Richardson at
about 4:20 p.m. while walking with his sister in the 200 block
of North Pulaski Road, police said.
for Clues in Stabbing
Springfield police are
investigating a stabbing on the city’s north side Friday night. Around 6:30 p.m., officers were called to
a home at 1601 N. Grant Ave. Police
say a 35 year old woman called to say she had stabbed her boyfriend and he needed immediate medical
When they arrived at the scene, officers
found a 53 year old man with a stab
wound to the center of his back.
"At this point, we don`t know what led up
to this incident. Alcohol seems to be
a significant factor as normal,” said Lt. Kevin Routh, of the Springfield Police Dept.
Police call the
victim’s injuries critical, but not life threatening.
The woman was
taken away in handcuffs for questioning.
arrested in Delhi
DELHI: Three pranksters were arrested on Friday for breaching
security by driving into Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh’s residential
compound, police said. Two air hostesses and a man, who said they were ‘playing a joke’, were
arrested on charges of criminal trespass and impersonation.
the women was said to have told security guards she was the
prime minister’s niece.
in their 20s, created a huge stir late on Thursday as they rode a luxury car past the first security
cordon into the sprawling complex in
view of television crews who were outside to cover a cabinet
When turned away at the next
security check, the woman at the wheel blew kisses at TV cameras and her
companions smiled. The car was stopped a short distance and questioned
by TV reporters.
Newspapers said the three
pranksters were drunk.
The women said they just wanted to
meet the prime minister and had thought they could seek an appointment
with him at the gate.
Air Sahara sacked the two air
hostesses after the prank was shown repeatedly on television.
Minister Singh is on the hit list of many militant groups fighting Indian rule in occupied Kashmir
and the northeast.
in Buffalo Grove crash --------------------
Wischnowsky Tribune staff reporter
August 5, 2006,
8:57 PM CDT
woman was killed early Saturday morning in a single-car
accident in northwest suburban Buffalo Grove, after she veered
onto a median and lost control of the vehicle, which then
struck a tree, police said.
About 3:45 a.m., Priscilla Chan, 21, of
Buffalo Grove, was traveling westbound on the 1000 block of
Deerfield Parkway when she drove her 1995 Acura Integra
partially up on onto the center median and swerved sideways
before the car hit a tree on the north side of the street,
Chan, who was wearing a seat belt, was
pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other passengers
in the car, and alcohol appears to have played
a role in the crash, police said.
DUI charges in Gilberts crash --------------------
August 5, 2006
EAST DUNDEE --
An East Dundee man charged with driving under the influence
and endangering the life of a child had a blood-alcohol level
nearly five times the legal limit when he crashed into a truck
Thursday in Gilberts, police said Friday.
James T. Becker,
44, of the 400 block of Springcrest Road, was driving a car
with his daughter, 11, and son, 14, west on Illinois Highway
72 at Tyrrell Road shortly before 10 a.m. when he hit a truck
stopped at the intersection, said Police Cpl. Todd Block.
about a half-mile to an industrial park. "There was a strong
odor of alcohol coming from his breath," Block said.
Becker and the
children, who live with their mother in Lake County, were
taken to Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin where
preliminary tests indicated he had a blood-alcohol content of
0.39, Block said. The legal limit in Illinois is .08.
Becker has a
previous DUI conviction, Block said.
Motorcyclist killed on Edens --------------------
Wischnowsky and Jason Meisner Tribune
August 4, 2006, 6:05 PM CDT
An Arizona man
was killed early today when the high-speed motorcycle he was
driving slammed into a guardrail on the Edens Expressway in
Skokie, state police said.
Krystian Marzec, 23, of Phoenix, was
pronounced dead at 4:45 a.m. from multiple injuries in an
accident, a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's
About 1:05 a.m., Marzec was alone on his
bike in the northbound lanes of the Edens (Interstate 94) when
he lost control just before the Old Orchard Road exit,
Illinois State Police Trooper Ivan Bukaczyk said.
Marzec and his
bike skidded into a guardrail separating the exit ramp from
the expressway. The bike then flipped, landing about 100 feet
away on the entrance ramp that leads back onto the expressway
from Old Orchard Road, Bukaczyk said.
was severed in two from the impact with the guardrail, police
said. No other vehicles were involved in the accident.
crash, both ramps at Old Orchard Road were closed for several
hours while police investigated the accident. Officials
believe speed was a factor in the crash, but the exact cause
remained under investigation.
The model of Marzec's bike was not
available this afternoon, but police described it as a blue
sport motorcycle. According to a sales representative with a
motorsports dealership in Chicago, sport motorcycles can reach
maximum speeds ranging from 90 to 200 mph.
to have played a role in the accident, Bukaczyk said. The
crash was still under investigation Friday night.
charged with DUI in passenger's death --------------------
August 4, 2006
DES PLAINES -- A
Des Plaines man was charged Thursday with aggravated driving
under the influence of alcohol after his car crashed into a
tree last month, injuring him and killing a passenger.
Zachary A. Legg,
20, of the 1600 block of East Oakton Street, was released on a
personal recognizance bond after a hearing in the Skokie
branch of Cook County Circuit Court. He was charged with one
count of aggravated driving under the influence and four
counts of DUI, according to Des Plaines police.
Police said that
about 3:55 a.m. July 22, Legg lost control of his car, which
jumped a curb and hit a tree in the 1300 block of South White
Street in the northwest suburb.
The passenger, Christopher T. Jost, 21,
of the 1400 block of Campbell Avenue, Des Plaines, was
pronounced dead at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park
plead no contest in fatal golf cart crash --------------------
2, 2006, 11:36 AM CDT
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The drivers of two
souped-up golf carts that collided in a deadly accident will
be sentenced Sept. 5 after pleading no contest to counts of
drunken driving causing death.
By entering their pleas, Mathew Krimmel
and Scott Soltys, both 43, avoided a trial that was to have
started Tuesday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
his plea on July 21 and Soltys on July 28, the court said
Police say Krimmel, of Marshall, and
Soltys, of Grand Rapids, had blood-alcohol levels above the
legal driving limit of .08 percent when the modified golf
carts they were operating collided on a rural Robinson
Township road early on May 8, 2005, causing Krimmel's vehicle
Teresa Fergison, 42, of Grand Haven
Township, a passenger in the cart that flipped, died later
County prosecutors said the case was
unusual because it involved vehicles that normally do not
operate on roads.
"It would have been interesting on how
that would have played out" at trial, assistant prosecutor
Greg Babbitt told The Grand Rapids Press.
Babbitt said the
plea deals called for the prosecution to recommend no state
prison sentence but allow the judge to determine any county
jail time. A plea of no contest is not an admission of guilt
but is treated as such during sentencing.
dies after boating accident in Forest County --------------------
1, 2006, 5:46 AM CDT
CRANDON, Wis. -- A 57-year-old man died
following a boating accident in the Town of Hiles, the Forest
County Sheriff's Department said.
The department said Monday it received a
call early Sunday about the accident on Pine Lake.
According to the
report, Kenneth J. DeBruin, of Combined Locks, fell out of the
boat and his arm hit the propeller. DeBruin was brought to
shore by a friend and taken to a local hospital, the
department said. He was transferred to Appleton Medical
Center, where he died as a result of his injuries.
said it is still investigating the case, along with the county
medical examiner and the Wisconsin Department of Natural
Alcohol most likely played a role in the
accident, the sheriff's department said.
tell of drinking, rape, killing --------------------
aired at hearing on Iraq case
By Louise Roug Tribune newspapers
August 7, 2006,
10:17 PM CDT
BAGHDAD -- U.S. soldiers played cards and
drank whiskey at a checkpoint as they devised a plan to rape
and kill a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and slay her family, one of
the accused told investigators. After the alleged attack, one
of the soldiers grilled chicken wings, according to the
testimony at a military hearing Monday.
The second day
of the hearing in Baghdad brought other disturbing testimony
from agents investigating the March 12 deaths in Mahmoudiya.
The accusations have enraged Iraqis and led to demands by
Iraqi officials to investigate the case.
Barker, 23, told investigators in sworn statements that he and
Sgt. Paul Cortez, 23, took turns sexually assaulting the
14-year-old, and that former Pfc. Steven Green, 21, also raped
the girl before killing the teen and her mother, father and
5-year-old sister, military investigator Benjamin Bierce
fourth soldier, Pfc. Jesse Spielman, 21, was inside the house
while another, Pfc. Bryan Howard, 19, was keeping watch
elsewhere, according to Barker's statement to
The military proceeding, known as an
Article 32 hearing, is similar to a civilian grand jury
session. Testimony in the first two days focused on the
prosecution's case. After hearing from prosecutors and defense
attorneys, an investigating officer will determine whether
there is enough evidence to bring the four soldiers before a
court-martial on charges of rape and murder.
A fifth soldier
from the same unit, Sgt. Anthony Yribe, is charged with
failing to report the attack but is not alleged to have been a
Green was honorably discharged in May
because of a "personality disorder," according to court
documents; he was arrested in North Carolina in late June. He
will be tried in federal civil court.
Bierce, Barker wrote in his sworn testimony that he, Cortez,
Spielman and Green had been playing rummy and drinking Iraqi
moonshine mixed with an energy drink on the day of the
"While they were playing cards and
drinking Iraqi whiskey, the idea came to go to the Iraqi
house, rape a woman and murder her family," said another
military special agent, Gary Griesmyer, who interviewed
Cortez said in his sworn statement that
Barker and Green raped the girl, according to Griesmyer.
Cortez acknowledged holding the girl down when Barker began to
rape her, Griesmyer said. The girl was crying and speaking in
Arabic and Barker told her to "shut up" after raping her,
According to Barker's statements, the men
had practiced hitting golf balls near the checkpoint after
finishing their card game. Green persistently said he wanted
to go and kill some Iraqis, and asked Barker if he thought
Cortez would go along with it. He also directly asked Cortez
who, in turn, asked Barker what he thought. Barker, in his
testimony, wrote that his answer was "it's up to you," Bierce
According to the testimony, the men then
changed into black thermal underwear and black ski masks.
Cortez gave the radio to Howard, who was supposed to be on the
lookout. Arriving at the house, Cortez pushed the girl to the
floor and raped her as she struggled, Bierce testified.
Barker told the
agents that Green came back into the living room, where the
girl was pinned to the floor. Referring to her family, Green
told his fellow soldiers: "They're all dead. I just killed
then put down the AK-47 he was holding and raped the girl
while Cortez held her down, Bierce testified. Afterward, Green
shot the girl several times before Barker took a lamp and
poured kerosene on her body, the investigator said.
After the men
got back to the checkpoint, Barker wrote that he began to
grill chicken wings.
Pfc. Justin Watt, whose testimony
prompted the investigation, told the tribunal earlier Monday
that he became suspicious of his friends and, through
conversations with Yribe and Howard, began piecing together
Watt also described how fighting in the
area south of Baghdad known as the "Triangle of Death" had
taken a toll on the soldiers.
He described how one Iraqi man had
approached two soldiers with an outstretched hand, as if to
shake their hands. Instead, the man pulled a gun and shot and
killed both men.
Watt reported his suspicions to a combat
stress team in Mahmoudiya. His superiors in the chain of
command "were extremely skeptical" about the allegations at
first, he said.
Watt also testified that before the
massacre he heard Green say, "I want to kill and hurt a lot of
Driver Kills Motorcyclist, Sparks 7 Miles
(CBS 13) A
drunk driver faces serious charges after killing a
motorcyclist and setting a series of grass fires.
along Highway 49 south of the town of El Dorado Sunday
Officers say 48-year-old Tamara Sue
Wilson was driving drunk on Highway 49 when she drove into the
opposite lane, hit a motorcyclist head on killing him. That
motociyclist has been identified as Gregory Clyde Shannon of
Sheriff's depuites day Wilson did not
stop after hitting Shannon eventhough one of her front tires
came off. They say she continued on for another 7 miles
sending sparks into dry brush along the way, starting 9 grass
fires spread quickly and destroying 3 homes, and forcing the
evacuation of a dozen others.
Wilson is now facing charges of vehicular
manslaughter, felony drunk driving, and charges for starting
Beating trial begins for ex-police
altercation `dishonored badge;' defense calls him hero
Marrazzo Special to the Tribune
Richmond police officer "dishonored his badge" by
participating in an attack last year that severely injured a
Wisconsin man, a prosecutor said Tuesday as the former
officer's trial got under way in McHenry County Circuit
Quilici, 34, who resigned in May 2005 from the Richmond Police
Department, is facing charges of aggravated battery, official
misconduct, obstruction of justice and mob action.
He and three
other people are accused of attacking Ryan Hallett, 27, of
Twin Lakes, Wis., outside a tavern near Fox Lake on Feb. 20,
2005. Quilici is the first of the four to stand trial.
In her opening
statement, Nichole Owens, chief of the criminal division for
the McHenry County state's attorney office, told jurors that
Quilici, who was off-duty at the time, kicked Hallett in the
face with a boot, crushing his right eye socket.
She also said
Quilici told Hallett that he would have shot him if he had had
"He betrayed the community," Owens said.
"He dishonored his badge."
Vincent Solano, Quilici's lawyer, told
jurors that Hallett started the fight.
testified that he had gone to the tavern around 3 a.m. to meet
a friend. When he arrived, his friend was quarreling with
Ronald Pilati, 34, a Spring Grove police officer who also has
Pilati is on administrative leave while
charges against him are pending. The others charged in the
beating are Jerome M. Volstad of McHenry, a former police
officer in Richmond and Lincolnshire, and Jessica Thelen, of
Hallett said he attempted to calm his
friend and asked Pilati and his group to ignore him.
As he was
leaving, Hallett said he exchanged words with Quilici and the
others. Hallett said the three men surrounded him and started
punching and kicking him. During the beating, Volstad
handcuffed his hands behind his back, Hallett said. He said he
blacked out after a kick to his face.
"I just remember
waking up cold and wet," he said.
Hallett has had two operations to
reattach his eyelid, repair a tear duct and insert a permanent
plastic plate around his right eye.
Owens said the
Fox Lake Police Department never investigated the incident.
The Illinois State Police began an investigation after Hallett
filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit.
officers interviewed Hallett at the tavern that evening, Owens
said Quilici was present.
"The defendant set the tone that night,
and told three witnesses, `Keep your mouth shut,'" Owens
said Hallett had been drinking and had a blood-alcohol level
twice the legal limit, which is 0.08. He said Hallett held a
pocketknife to Thelen's throat and pulled her hair, which
provoked the altercation.
$50,000 bail set for man who crashed into
July 20, 2006
COOK COUNTY -- A Des Plaines man was
ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail
Wednesday after he crashed his SUV into a building Tuesday,
23, of the 9000 block of Washington Street, was charged late Tuesday with two counts of felony
driving under the influence and appeared at a hearing Wednesday in the
Skokie branch of Cook County Circuit Court.
also issued six traffic citations, including failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, said
sheriff's spokeswoman Penny Mateck.
control of his Ford Explorer and jumped a curb on Golf Road at David Place around 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday before crashing into a two-story brick building at the Courtland Square
condos, in unincorporated Cook County between Des Plaines and Niles, she
Killed by Drunken Driver --------------------
19, 2006, 11:28 PM CDT
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. -- A woman who
authorities said was driving with a suspended license when she fatally struck
a 79-year-old priest was ordered held on $100,000 bail Wednesday.
blood-alcohol reading was 0.28, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08, at the time of her
arrest, said Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District
Karen Fisher, 42, of East Hampton, was
driving a minivan Tuesday when she
struck William Costello, said police Chief Todd Sarris. She
was charged with driving while
intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and leaving the
scene of an accident.
license charge stems from an arrest on April 1 in which Fisher's blood-alcohol level was 0.31,
Telephone messages left with her attorney
were not immediately returned Wednesday.
Costello, a monsignor who retired in
1998, had lived at the St. Anne Church rectory in Garden City for the
past eight years, said a spokesman for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Complaint: Man who crashed into
clinic was angry at doctor --------------------
19, 2006, 11:09 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A man who crashed his
minivan into a medical clinic and
then went on a damage rampage inside was trying to find a
doctor he blames for endangering his
life by refusing to run an HIV test on him in 1988, a criminal complaint says.
Fitzgerald, diagnosed with AIDS eight years later, was charged
in La Crosse County Circuit Court
Wednesday with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, criminal damage to
property and failure to comply with an officer's attempt to take him into
Prosecutors said Fitzgerald, 50, of
Dubuque, Iowa, did more than $300,000
damage to the Franciscan Skemp Clinic early Friday by driving
into the glass front of the building
and vandalizing offices and examination rooms, including the family practice area where the doctor
According to the criminal complaint, he
was intoxicated from alcohol and
prescription drugs while driving in the area, and he nearly
hit a nurse who was walking toward
the clinic after parking her car. The nurse told police Fitzgerald stopped, told her to call
police and said he was angry at the
Records showed that Fitzgerald filed a
malpractice lawsuit in 1998 against
two doctors, claiming he should have had the HIV test in 1988
but he wasn't tested until 1995, when
a test showed he had AIDS. He argued his prognosis would have been more positive if he had
gotten the diagnosis sooner.
The lawsuit was later dismissed. Among
other things, the defense argued Fitzgerald could not prove harm.
Mulroy ordered Fitzgerald held on a $50,000 cash bond. He continued the case to July 26 after
Fitzgerald said he wanted to get an attorney.
ROCKTON, Ill. -- People who knew Justin
Geiger in this northern Illinois town
expressed shock and surprise Wednesday that Wyoming police say
he was responsible for a double
murder-suicide and a knife attack on a fourth person last weekend.
Geiger, 19, died
from a rifle blast to the head early Sunday morning at a house he shared with other students
near the University of Wyoming, Commander Dale A. Stalder of the Laramie Police
Department said Wednesday.
Before turning the rifle on himself,
police say they believe Geiger shot
and killed Amber N. Carlson, 19, of Denver, and also killed
Adam Towler, 20, of Laramie, with a
say Geiger used the knife to wound another man, Anthony
Klochak, 19, of Chardon, Ohio.
Klochak survived the attack, fled the residence and has been cooperating with the police
Geiger, Carlson and Klochak were all UW
students; Towler had attended Emory
University and planned to transfer to Georgetown University in
"We don't know an exact motive yet,"
Stalder said Wednesday. He said alcohol was involved in the incident, but
said he didn't have information about blood-alcohol levels of any of the
Geiger graduated last year from Hononegah
High School in Rockton, a town of
about 6,000 on the Illinois-Wisconsin state line. He had just
completed his freshman year at UW,
where he majored in marketing.
DUI suspect put victim in car, police
July 16, 2006
CHICAGO -- A
Chicago man was ordered held on $250,000 bail Friday in the death of a woman who prosecutors said
was struck and killed by the car he was driving. Police discovered the woman in
the suspect's car after he was in a second accident shortly afterward,
Pedro Perez, 36, of the 6000 block of
West Gunnison Street appeared in Cook
County Bond Court, charged with reckless homicide and
aggravated driving under the
Assistant Cook County State's Atty.
Jennifer Bagby said Perez was driving
in the 4700 block of West Wabansia Avenue about 7 a.m.
Wednesday when his car struck
Michelle Chaney, 37. Perez pulled his car over and put the
injured woman in the back seat and
continued driving, authorities said. In the 2500 block of North Central Avenue, his car and another
car collided, injuring another person, authorities said. A police report
said Perez told officers that the woman in his car was a friend and he was
driving her home.
Perez later said he was driving the woman
to a hospital, according to authorities. Chaney was pronounced dead
at Illinois Masonic Medical Center at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Man arrested in officer's house while
retrieving pants --------------------
July 15, 2006,
3:45 PM CDT
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- An 18-year-old man was
charged with felony burglary and
property damage after he returned to the site of an
unauthorized party at a police
officer's house when he forgot a pair of pants.
Eric D. Hening
was caught at the home of Officer Timothy Patton when he returned the night after Patton's son
threw a party that included underage alcohol consumption without his father's
Authorities are investigating after a
police-issued handgun, seven other
firearms, ammunition, speed loaders, high-powered radios and
several Sheboygan Police Department
uniform shirts were taken during the party.
Hening has only
been charged with theft of a shirt and misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and
obstructing an officer.
A sheriff's department deputy found
Hening wearing the inside-out police
department shirt while he was hiding in the shower of an
upstairs bathroom, a criminal
Hening was also photographed wearing the
shirt for his mug shot before officers realized he was wearing it,
Hening told police he returned because he
needed to retrieve a pair of pants,
the complaint said. Hening said he leaned a ladder against the
locked home and entered a
for seventh drunken driving offenses, threatens
19, 2006, 11:50 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -- A man threatened to kill
a sheriff's deputy who busted him for his alleged seventh
drunken driving offense, according to court documents.
Sheriff's Deputy Eric Stacey stopped Brian C. Kuhn in the town
of Blooming Grove Sunday. Kuhn was doing 60 mph in a 45-mph
zone, a criminal complaint said.
Kuhn, 41, of Stoughton, told Stacey he'd
been drinking. He asked the deputy for a break because he has
six prior drunken driving convictions.
When the deputy
refused, Kuhn grew angry and called him a "pig." After Kuhn
failed his sobriety tests, Kuhn threatened to kill Stacey and
his family, the complaint said.
"You picked the wrong (expletive)," Kuhn
said, according to the complaint.
Kuhn was charged Friday with operating
under the influence. He also has been ticketed for having an
open alcohol container in his car and speeding.
Teen indicted in crash that killed
COUNTY -- A Carpentersville teenager was indicted Friday on
reckless homicide and aggravated DUI charges in a Barrington
car crash that killed his friend and seriously injured another
passenger, prosecutors said.
Ramiro Granados-Dominguez, 16, was
charged as an adult after the July 24 wreck that killed Saul
Jimenez, 21, also of Carpentersville. The indictment was
announced during a hearing in the Rolling Meadows branch of
Cook County Circuit Court.
Granados-Dominguez said he drank four to
six beers before the one-car rollover crash, authorities
Handcuffs': Osment Charged in DUI --------------------
18, 2006, 2:22 PM CDT
GLENDALE, Calif. -- Teen actor Haley Joel
Osment, who suffered a broken rib last month when his car
struck a mailbox, faces up to six months in jail on charges
that he was driving drunk and possessing marijuana,
Osment's blood-alcohol level after the
July 20 crash was measured at .16 percent, twice the legal
limit, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles
County district attorney's office.
actor was charged Thursday with misdemeanor counts of driving
under the influence, marijuana possession and driving under
the influence with the special allegation of having a
blood-alcohol content of .15 percent or higher. He also faces
a vehicle code infraction of being under the age of 21 and
driving with a blood-alcohol level of .05 percent or greater.
scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 19 in Glendale Superior Court.
will work with authorities to arrange a time for the star of
such films as "The Sixth Sense" and "Pay it Forward" to
surrender, Robison said. The district attorney plans to
request that bail be set at $15,000.
spokesman and family friend Marvin Levy said Thursday the
family would have "no comment at this time" on the charges.
Levy said Wednesday that Osment has recovered from injuries
that landed him in the hospital and is preparing to attend
college in the fall.
The actor recently finished work on the
film "Home of the Giants."
"He's fine. The injuries were slight, not
serious," Levy said.
Authorities said Osment was driving home
alone about 1 a.m. when his 1995 Saturn hit a mailbox and
Father upset over authorities'
organ-donation warning --------------------
18, 2006, 11:58 AM CDT
FLINT, Mich. -- The father of a
24-year-old woman who died in a car crash is angry after
officials told him donating his daughter's organs might stop
authorities from charging the driver accused of causing the
family of Kimberly Marie Smith of Flint eventually donated her
liver and kidneys, which officials say were transplanted into
But Smith's father, Charles Smith of
Marysville, said he was told that donating Kimberly's organs
could prevent building a criminal case when state law
specifically requires county medical examiners to help make
organ donation possible.
"First I'm going to bury my daughter,"
Smith told The Flint Journal before visitation began Wednesday
at a funeral home. "Then I'll be talking to the lawyers about
this. No one else should have to go through what I've gone
Kimberly Smith, a mother of two, was a
passenger in a Jeep Liberty driven by her boyfriend, Wayne
Waldrop, 39, when they were struck by a Ford Expedition on
Aug. 10 in Genesee County's Flint Township. Her brain stem had
been severed and she was left brain dead, doctors said.
Police said at
the time that the driver of the Ford had failed to stop at a
blinking red light at the intersection and that alcohol was
likely a factor in the crash. The case remains under
investigation and no charges have been filed.
in intensive care at Genesys Regional Medical Center.
The family says
they were approached about donating Kimberly Smith's organs
and they agreed.
But shortly afterward, the family says an
officer called and said authorities might not be able to
prosecute the case if her organs were donated. They say Flint
Township police wanted them to reconsider the donation.
Police Sgt. Gene Dubuc said there have been other cases in
Genesee County when organ donation created difficulties in a
case. He said prosecutors instructed police to make the family
aware that the donation could create difficulties for the
medical examiner in determining the cause of death.
problems, police officers and a deputy medical examiner
attended the organ harvesting and videotaped it so that they
could testify that the harvested organs were not damaged and
had nothing to do with Kimberly Smith's death. Dubuc said he
was confident the solution would prevent any potential
problems in the case.
boy arrested after plowing into 11 cars
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A
14-year-old boy has been arrested in Redondo Beach for drunk
driving, hit-and-run and evading police after plowing into
nearly a dozen cars in a mall parking structure. Cops say he
tossed beer bottles out of his car as he tried to flee.
The teen, whose
name was not released, was arrested Friday afternoon at the
South Bay Galleria.
The string of accidents began when the
boy, believed to be driving his mother's car, hit a vehicle on
the top floor of a parking garage and fled.
As he tried to
exit the structure police say he hit 10 more cars and began
jettisoning the beer bottles.
attacked elderly Loveland woman to serve 12 years in
The Associated Press August 19, 2006
With her silver hair piled neatly atop
her head, a 79-year-old Loveland woman asked a judge to help
her feel safe by sentencing her attacker to prison for a very
have no malice against him,” she said Friday of former friend
Michael Robertson, 25.
“I’m sorry he had to do something to ruin
his life, but I pray you give him the maximum so I can live to
90 in peace.”
Eighth Judicial District Judge Jolene
Blair agreed that Robertson should spend many years behind
bars for violently attacking a vulnerable woman in the place
she should feel most safe.
The judge sent Robertson to prison for 12
years for second-degree burglary and 18 months for
third-degree assault of an at-risk person. The sentences will
run at the same time.
Robertson had denied all accusations
until a jury convicted him June 27.
On Friday, he
admitted his guilt. He looked directly at his victim and said,
“I am truly sorry for what happened, and I do understand I
have to be punished.”
The Loveland woman, who is two months shy
of 80, lives alone outside Loveland on a ranch where she
raises cattle and chickens. She had hired Robertson, a man she
met through a church friend, to help her around her
considered him a friend, she said, until she saw him coming up
the stairs to her bedroom with an evil look in his eye on Dec.
11, 2004. He grabbed her by her thermal nightshirt, ripping
the entire front, before she escaped by biting his ear and
feared he was going to kill her and said she considers the
fact he did not a miracle.
For nearly two years, Robertson denied
that he was the attacker. After three trials, he was convicted
of assault and burglary and acquitted of attempted sexual
After court Friday, she said she was
relieved the ordeal was over and Robertson was headed to
prison for the next 10 years (the 12-year sentence minus the
nearly two years he already served).
sentencing, Robertson’s mother and stepfather asked Blair for
leniency and said the attack was out of character and spurred
Death in Galesburg fire ruled an
2006, 10:37 AM CDT
GALESBURG, Ill. -- A Knox County
coroner's jury ruled as accidental the death of a man
whose body was found in a burned-out downtown building here,
but authorities say they still don't
know why he was in the building or what caused the fire.
debris found the body of 23-year-old Michael Olson about three weeks after a Jan. 23 fire that
leveled the former O.T. Johnson department store, a nearly 150-year-old
building that was once one of the state's largest department stores outside
Olson had been drinking at a tavern near
the building and was last seen about
a half-hour before firefighters were called to the scene,
investigators told the coroner's jury
Thursday. Toxicology reports showed Olson's blood-alcohol level was .138, nearly
double the standard for driving under the influence in Illinois.
Knox County Coroner Mark Thomas said
Olson died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.
say Olson's body was found about 32 feet inside the building Firefighters were only able to
enter about 15 feet into the building before falling debris forced them out.
The building later collapsed from intense heat.
Man with 2
prosthetic legs, deaf man brawl after meeting in a bar --------------------
2006, 10:32 AM CDT
VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Two men who had
driven around several towns for hours
after meeting in a bar ended up fighting after one of the men
couldn't communicate directions
clearly to the driver.
Kent Hisey, 52, of Portage, became
frustrated by the difficulty of James
Mills, who is deaf, in communicating directions, Valparaiso
police said. They had driven from the
Playboy Lounge in New Chicago to Portage, then Hobart -- where the 46-year-old Mills lives --
and finally to Valparaiso -- communities spread across two northwest Indiana
counties about 30 miles southeast of Chicago.
Hisey, who has two prosthetic legs,
stopped his car at the Porter County
Airport, got out and used his walker to go around to the
passenger side, where he grabbed
Mills to pull him from the car, police said.
pushed Hisey to the ground, causing him to hit his head.
Paramedics arrived Thursday about 1:30
a.m. to treat Hisey's lacerations and
take him to Porter Hospital. Police wrote a note to Mills
informing him he was being arrested
on a battery charge.
Officers conducted a field sobriety test
on Hisey. His blood-alcohol level
registered 0.16 percent. Under Indiana law, the threshold for
drunken driving is 0.08 percent.
Both Hisey and
Mills were taken to the Porter County Jail, where they were being held Friday morning.
guilty of lesser charge in slaying --------------------
shot outside club in 2000
By Rita Hoover Special to the Tribune
May 5, 2006
A man who
admitted fleeing to Mexico after fatally shooting a 20-year-old Aurora man in 2000 avoided a
first-degree murder conviction Wednesday when a jury returned a verdict of second-degree
murder, authorities said Thursday.
Guadalupe R. Alvarado, 35, of Melrose
Park, who said he acted in self-defense when he shot Mersed Valles
in the early hours of Sept. 17, 2000, outside an Aurora nightclub, could
potentially get probation for the crime.
A jury took less
than four hours to return a verdict in the case at the end of a three-day trial before Kane
County Circuit Judge Grant Wegner.
Alvarado will return to court Thursday to
begin the sentencing phase.
Kane County Assistant State's Atty. Greg
Sams said he was "very disappointed"
with the lesser conviction.
The second-degree charge carries a
sentence of 4 to 20 years, of which only half must be served. Alvarado will
also get credit for the more than three years he has spent awaiting trial, Sams
was a shock to the victim's family," said Sams, who said
Alvarado admitted the shooting was
motivated by jealousy. "Truly this was a first-degree murder case or nothing at all," Sams
who was hit by four bullets from a 9 mm revolver outside The
Alamo, 2445 Church Rd., in Aurora,
was pronounced dead at Provena Mercy Medical Center less than an hour after the 2 a.m.
Alvarado, who testified through an
interpreter, said he and his girlfriend had been harassed repeatedly
throughout the evening by Valles and his group of friends, who tried to pull her onto
the dance floor.
Toxicology results showed Valles'
blood-alcohol content was 0.226 at the time he died.
Once the bar
closed and the crowd dispersed to the parking lot, Alvarado said, Valles and at least three
other men approached his truck and verbally threatened him.
"These men were
getting up close to the truck," while other vehicles intentionally blocked his exit, Alvarado
afraid. I felt blocked in and I didn't know what to do," Alvarado told jurors.
home after the incident and testified that he hid the gun the next day. He left for Mexico
shortly afterward, he said, because he was afraid. He was
arrested in Utah in 2003, when police learned of a warrant for
Crosse man drowns after fleeing train-truck crash --------------------
2006, 2:25 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A man drowned in the
Black River after he fled from a
truck-train crash, an autopsy found.
body was found in the river three days after he disappeared in a marsh after the
autopsy of the 21-year-old La Crosse man also showed he had a
blood-alcohol concentration twice the
legal limit for driving, said La Crosse County Chief Medical Examiner John Steers.
Police say driver drunk in fatal
May 14, 2006, 8:33 PM CDT
A woman was
killed Sunday morning in an auto collision on the Far South
Side in which the driver of other
vehicle was driving drunk, police said.
The woman, 51,
was headed west on 115th Street at State Street about 5:30 a.m. when the car she was driving
was struck by a van heading north on State, Officer Kristina Schuler said.
The driver of
the van ran a red light into the intersection and hit the victim's car, which spun out of control
and slammed into a light pole, Schuler said.
The woman, identified as Benita Martin,
of the 11400 block of South Eggleston
Avenue, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak
Lawn, where she was pronounced dead
about 9:30 a.m., according to a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The driver of
the van was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He was identified as Eduardo
Morales, 28, of the 5700 block of South Talman Avenue. Results of a blood-alcohol
test on Morales were not immediately available, Schuler said.
fiery crash named, alcohol a factor --------------------
2006, 5:02 PM CDT
REEDSVILLE, Wis. -- A Manitowoc man had a
blood-alcohol level nearly three
times the legal limit when he collided head-on with a
semitrailer truck and died on Friday,
Norward L. Pearson, 34, was severely
burned and died of massive head, internal and thermal inhalation injuries,
said Manitowoc Deputy Coroner Mark L. Busse. Pearson's car burst into flames
following the collision on U.S. 10 Friday.
The Fond Du Lac County Medical Examiner's
Office confirmed Pearson's identity
through an autopsy on Saturday. There were no indications a
medical condition contributed to the
accident, Busse said. Alcohol was considered to be a major contributing factor, he said in a
news release. More detailed toxicology tests are expected to follow
in at least six weeks.
Sgt. Brian Nack of the Manitowoc County
Sheriff's Department quoted witnesses
as saying the car was swerving into the opposite lane prior to
Pearson was alone in the car. The truck
driver suffered bumps and bruises and
was taken to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah for
ESPN pulls plug on Sutcliffe for 1
announcer for `bad judgment'
By Teddy Greenstein Tribune sports media reporter
May 13, 2006
self-described "bad judgment" has cost him an assignment at ESPN.
source said ESPN has removed Sutcliffe from Monday night's telecast of the Red Sox-Orioles game.
Steve Phillips will replace him.
Sutcliffe, who calls one game per week
for the network, is expected back in
the booth May 22 for the Yankees-Red Sox game.
didn't know whether the one-game suspension would be paid or
Sutcliffe, who won the National League Cy
Young Award after going 16-1 for the
1984 Cubs, gave a rambling, slurred interview during the local
broadcast of Wednesday's
Shortly after announcers Matt Vasgersian
and Mark "Mud" Grant invited him into
the booth, Sutcliffe began a meandering story about his
daughter and George Clooney's efforts
to provide humanitarian aid in Africa.
microphone eventually was cut off, apologized Thursday in a statement, saying he "exercised bad
judgment" by going on the air.
Jury awards quadriplegic $26 million --------------------
Ciokajlo Tribune staff reporter
May 24, 2006,
7:06 PM CDT
Cook County jury has awarded more than $26 million to a woman
who was rendered a quadriplegic after
a Cook County sheriff's officer's patrol car collided with her vehicle in the south
suburbs five years ago.
Sheriff Michael Sheahan on Wednesday
criticized the judge in the case, Richard Elrod, himself a former sheriff,
for barring the jury from hearing evidence that the woman had been drinking
before the crash.
County officials vowed to appeal the
verdict, which was reached late Tuesday, if the judge denies their
attempts to have the award reduced or for a new trial. If it stands, the verdict would be
one of the largest monetary awards resulting from a lawsuit against Cook
October, the county approved a $35 million medical malpractice
settlement for an incident at Oak
Forest Hospital. In 1999, the county agreed to pay $36 million to settle lawsuits
brought by the Ford Heights Four, men wrongfully convicted in a 1978 double
"We're exploring several post-trial
options, including asking the judge for a reduction in the verdict or a new
trial. Failing those, we will appeal," said John Gorman, spokesman for
the Cook County state's attorney's office.
On Friday, the
county reached a $5.75 million settlement with the family of Delia Grimmett, the passenger
in the vehicle who was killed in the crash.
Jurors awarded driver Margaret Petraski
$26.88 million, court records show.
In a written statement, Sheahan blasted
Elrod for refusing to allow evidence
into trial that Petraski had been drinking. According to
Sheahan, a blood test taken at a
hospital more than an hour after the crash showed
Petraski's blood-alcohol content was
0.116 percent, over the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.
58-year-old widow with two grown children, lives in a care facility and requires 24-hour care. She
cannot speak and is fed through a tube in her stomach.
her past and future medical expenses were established to be $11 million.
charged in fatal crash --------------------
May 24, 2006
A $100,000 bail was set Tuesday for a
17-year-old Hickory Hills teenager
charged with reckless homicide in connection with the weekend
traffic death of another youth.
prosecutors said Andrzej Kalata, of the 9300 block of South
79th Avenue, was driving between 85
and 95 m.p.h. along Archer Avenue near 95th Street when he lost control of his
car about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.
As the car skidded off the road in Palos
Township and struck several trees,
backseat passenger Andrzej Gil, 17, of Burbank was thrown from
the vehicle, prosecutors told Cook
County Circuit Judge Cynthia Brim during Kalata's bond hearing in the Bridgeview
courthouse. Gil was pronounced dead about an hour later in Advocate Christ Medical
Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Kalata and two
other teens in the car were injured, one of them critically. Kalata remained hospitalized Tuesday in
Advocate Christ Medical Center, said
Marcy Jensen, Cook County state's attorney's office
The critically injured passenger, a
17-year-old boy, remained hospitalized Tuesday in Loyola University
Medical Center in Maywood, where he was airlifted after the crash. The fourth
passenger was treated and released Saturday at LaGrange Memorial Hospital, according
to Cook County sheriff's police. That
youth, also 17, was the only one in the car wearing a seat
belt, police said.
Kalata told police he had been drinking
at a party before the crash, Jensen
said. Prosecutors did not disclose his blood-alcohol content,
Bail set at $1 million for driver in
fatal crash --------------------
May 23, 2006
McHENRY COUNTY -- A Huntley man remained
jailed in lieu of $1 million bail
Monday after he allegedly left the scene of a head-on crash
near Woodstock that killed a
Lorenzo Alvarez, 28, of Huntley, was
charged with aggravated driving under
the influence and leaving the scene of a fatal accident in the
Sunday crash that killed Jon M.
Fiala, 48, of the 12500 block of Grandview Lane in Huntley.
Alvarez fled on foot, but was arrested
after a search by several police departments and a helicopter, McHenry
County sheriff's police said.
Alvarez was driving a 1992 Dodge Shadow
south on Dean Street outside Woodstock, police said, when he crossed
the center line and struck the cycle. Fiala was pronounced dead at Centegra
Memorial Medical Center in Woodstock.
killed as car rolls on Indiana 46 in Bartholomew County --------------------
2006, 6:08 AM CDT
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Speed and alcohol were
involved in a crash that killed two
people on Indiana 46 near Columbus, a Bartholomew County
Sheriff's Deputy said.
Police said a
car being driven Max E. Craig II, 24, of North Vernon left the road and struck a tree. He and
his passenger, Ericka Shirley, 16, of Hope, both died of injuries suffered in
the crash about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Craig's blood-alcohol content was tested
at .15 percent, almost twice the
legal limit for drunken driving, Lt. Todd Noblitt said.
believed the car was traveling at about 91 mph when it crashed, he said.
airborne, striking a tree, and then the vehicle flipped," Noblitt said.
DUI suspect had 3 kids in car --------------------
May 22, 2006
A Chicago man accused of fighting police
while being arrested for allegedly
driving under the influence had three passengers in his car
under age 6, prosecutors said
Raymond Diez, 28, of the 2000 block of
North Avers Avenue is charged with
several misdemeanors, including DUI, court records show.
Diez refused to
get out of his car after being pulled over about 12:45 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of North
Kostner Avenue, authorities said. He then pushed officers and swung his arms
and legs as they tried to detain him,
Diez appeared in Bond Court on Sunday
before Judge Matthew Coghlan, who set
bail at $15,000.
Three children, ages 6 months, 18 months
and 5 years old, were inside the car,
Amish family still recovering from
May 21, 2006,
9:23 PM CDT
WASHINGTON, Ind. -- Family members are
waiting until two Amish girls are
released from the hospital to set a date for the funeral of
the girls' mother.
Edna Knepp, 41,
of Loogootee, died May 13 when a truck struck the family's horse-drawn buggy on a Daviess
Her husband, Enos Knepp, 40, who was
driving the buggy, and five of the couple's children were injured when the
crash threw them from the buggy.
Jo-Anna Knepp, 15, and her sister,
Judith, 14, are the only family members still hospitalized. They suffered
head, leg, hip and pelvic injuries and are beingtreated at Kosair Children's
Hospital in Louisville, Ky.
"We are hoping that even if we can just
have them home for the day, that
would be OK," said Marlisa Wagler, Edna Knepp's sister.
Enos Knepp, who
suffered cuts to his head, and oldest sons, Jason, Justin and Jonathon, all in their early
20s, are at the hospital, helping care for Judith and Jo-Anna. The boys were not
with the family when the accident occurred.
Wagler said the family is doing as well
as could be expected. Enos Knepp is
focusing on his children's recoveries and "probably doing
better than I would be doing," she
youngest Knepp children are staying with their grandparents in
Montgomery, a small community west of
Loogootee. Janelle, 6 months, suffered a broken arm and fractured pelvis, but her aunt
said the baby is recovering well. Both of 5-year-old Joshua's legs were broken,
and Joseph, 12, suffered two broken
ribs and a punctured lung.
"With three little kids all hurt like
that, we have a lot of family members
at my parents' house constantly up and helping them," Wagler
Knepps were heading home from a dinner with friends when their
buggy was rear-ended by a truck
driven by Carmen J. Swartzentruber, 23, of Odon. The accident occurred about 10 p.m. on a
county road about 40 miles southwest
Swartzentruber faces a series of drunk
driving charges and is being held at
the Daviess County Jail on $1 million bond. Police said he had
a blood-alcohol level of 0.24
percent, or three times the legal limit.
Swartzentruber has told them he did not see the Knepps' buggy.
Michigan State player imprisoned in sex
2006, 5:09 PM CDT
ADRIAN, Mich. -- A Michigan State
University football player was sentenced Thursday to two to 10 years in
prison for his role in a sexual assault that took place while he was in high
Corey was a track and football star at Tecumseh High School in
April 2002, when authorities said he
and a classmate, Anthony Sandoval, assaulted a 17-year-old girl in Sandoval's home.
Police said the
two athletes took the drug Ecstasy, gave tequila and half an Ecstasy tablet to the female
classmate and had sex with her over the next several hours.
acknowledged having sex with the girl but disputed that she
was unable to give her consent.
However, Lenawee County Circuit Judge Harvey Koselka said during Thursday's sentencing hearing
that the teen was incapacitated by the alcohol and drugs in her system and
was not capable of consenting to have
originally faced 13 criminal counts, including rape and drug
charges, relating to the incident.
Prosecutors dropped all but one of the charges when Corey agreed to plead guilty
in February to the Ecstasy charge and cooperate in their case against Matthew
Peterson, the former track coach at Tecumseh High.
The 2002 incident was unrelated to a
series of sex-and-alcohol parties Peterson hosted for students, including
minors, in the summer of 2003, authorities said. Peterson this month was sentenced to up
to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to four felony
Corey, 21, who had been projected as a
possible starting defensive back for
Michigan State this fall, was taken into custody immediately.
He was suspended from the team,
university spokesman Terry Denbow said in a statement released Thursday.
former track star at Tecumseh High, pleaded guilty to felonious assault in the 2002 incident.
He faces sentencing June 6.
Sentenced In Motorcyclist Death
POSTED: 6:26 pm PDT May 24,
2006 UPDATED: 7:12 pm PDT May 24,
who was drunk when her car crossed into oncoming traffic on
state Route 94, killing a
motorcyclist and his 12-year-old passenger, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 19
years in state prison. Ana Maria
Garibay, 36, was convicted April 5 of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter involving alcohol,
including allegations of hit-and-run
and great bodily injury.The defendant, a mother of four from
El Cajon, was also convicted of hit-and-run causing
injury or death, said Deputy District Attorney Kristian Trocha. The May 22, 2005, crash
near Jamul killed 57-year-old Dale Ellis Le Mere and Rudy Parra Carranza, who was
riding behind Le Mere on the motorcycle.
Le Mere was engaged to marry the boy's
mother, Patricia Gallaga. Trocha told
the jury that a witness saw Garibay driving erratically and
dialed 911 moments before the 5:25
p.m. crash. The witness said she saw Garibay zigzagging across
the road to prevent another car from passing her. After the crash, Garibay doused herself
with perfume, trying to conceal the
odor of alcohol on her breath, Trocha said. Defense attorney Paul Neuharth contended
that Le Mere caused the crash by
crossing the center line of the two-lane highway near Rancho
Jamul Drive. Trocha said Garibay's blood-alcohol level
was 0.12 percent three hours after
KILLING Teen dies after abductors
throw couple from moving car Richard Charan South Bureau
Monday, May 29th
lovers abducted by three men were thrown out of their hijacked
car moments before it crashed on
Saturday.Reshma Boodoo and Anil Singh, both 19, were fighting
back when they were pushed out the back seat, police believe.
Boodoo, of Lothians Road, Princes Town, hit the road and
tumbled into the bushes.
Both her arms were broken. She died
before paramedics arrived.
Singh, of Petite Cafe Village, Princes
Town, was listed in a critical condition at the Intensive Care Unit of
the San Fernando General Hospital last night. He has been unconscious since the crash.
The stolen car slammed head on into a pick-up truck, injuring
two men. The incident happened at around 6.30 p.m. on the
Tarouba Link Road, Palmyra Village.
investigated the case as an accident. However, witnesses told
of seeing three men climbing from the wrecked car and running
through a housing development under construction. One of the
witnesses told the Express: "I was sitting in my gallery when I see a car swerving around. I saw
some people in the car trying to push
the woman and the man out the car. Then the car crash into the
van. And some men ran in the
Police were also told that the injuries
suffered by the teenagers could not
have come from a collision. It took police two hours before a
search was mounted involving tracker dogs and a helicopter
using search lights.
Homes were searched by Guard and
Emergency branch and Crime Suppression Unit officers. No one was held. The car
was examined yesterday for forensic evidence. At Boodoo's
home, her parents, Suekeran and Lanifa Boodoo, said they were
not told about the abduction, only
about an accident.
Boodoo left home at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday
to go to the grocery. Instead, she
went to a bar in Princes Town where she met Singh. The two spent the evening together and
were last seen by a friend, Stasha
Sankar Murray, at a restaurant and bar in Marabella that evening. Murray
said: "She (Boodoo) was drinking. She was talking about wanting to have a party for her
birthday Wednesday. When they left
(the bar) she said she was going home because she said her friend waiting." It is unclear where the couple were
grabbed. Murray said both Boodoo and
Reshma were "like magnets for bandits" that evening. "Nice
car, plenty jewelry, bling phone," she said. Boodoo's father said his daughter had a
troubled past, but had changed over
the past three months. "As a father I
would do my best to caution her. Now
there is nothing we can do. We are helpless." Boodoo said he did not know Singh. Singh's family, who own a trucking
transport company, said they knew nothing of how he ended up critically
injured at the side of the road. "We
hear all the stories. But we wasn't there and he can't talk,"
said a sister. The driver of the pick-up truck, Neil
Rambharose, of Grant Street, Rousillac and passenger Ramraj Haitool,
of Iere Village, Princes Town were
discharged after treatment at hospital. They told police that Singh's car swerved
into their path. Police said they
found both Singh and Boodoo lying 25 feet off the road and the crashed vehicles in the bushes on
the opposite side further along the
road. Patrons at a bar heard the
impact and saw the men run from the scene
Report: Police find alcohol at
wreck site 05/29/06 By Matt Tuck, Rome News-Tribune Staff
Writer Respond to this story Email this story to a friend A Floyd County woman was taken to jail
after she wrecked her truck on Horseleg Creek Road early Sunday.
Rome police reports:
Shortly after midnight, Beverly Hope
Brown, 35, of 17 Pine Valley Road, was going north on Horseleg Creek Road in
a 1995 Dodge Ram. As the truck
rounded a curve at Creekside Way, it ran off the east shoulder
of the road and flipped onto the
driver’s side. Rome police officer Steve Cantrell broke the truck’s rear window,
and he and EMS workers pulled Brown
from the wreckage.
She was later taken to Floyd Medical
Center, where she was medically cleared before going to jail. She was
released from jail Sunday, posting
$2,320 bail, after being charged with having an open container
of alcohol in her car.
man behind bars after fatal crash during police chase
Calif. An Oakland man is behind bars after allegedly running a
red light during a police chase and
killing two people.
Police say they were trying to stop
33-year-old Amani Bolten's van last night during a crackdown on illegal
sideshow car rallies when he took off.The van plowed through a red light
and slammed into a Nissan in an East Oakland intersection, killing the
25-year-old driver and a passenger. A
second passenger is in critical condition at a local
hospital. Police say Bolten was drunk
and wanted for a parole violation. He
was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular
manslaughter, hit and run, and other
Man sues casino, alleging he was
allowed to bet while drunk --------------------
2006, 12:23 PM CDT
BRIDGEPORT, Ind. -- A Kentucky man is
suing Caesars Indiana, alleging that he was drunk when casino
employees offered him $75,000 in credit that he quickly
gambled away in a drunken blur of blackjack and craps.
officials sued Jimmy L. Vance, 64, in October for failing to
repay the $75,000. Vance's countersuit, filed last month,
claims he was drunk the night he accepted the credit and then
lost it gambling at the casino about 15 miles southwest of
"They kept serving me till I was
intoxicated. In fact, I don't remember losing all the money,"
said Vance, a developer from Corbin, Ky.
He maintains he
was visibly drunk the night of Sept. 22, 2004, and was
"induced" by Caesars employees to take several credit advances
while gambling that night.
His suit claims the casino is responsible
for his losses and violated state law by serving him alcohol
while he was drunk, impairing his ability to enter into a
Vance's lawyer, Larry Wilder, cited
"dram-shop" laws that make taverns liable for damages if they
serve an intoxicated customer who leaves the premises and
harms himself or others.
But when he has had too much to drink on
occasional trips to Atlantic City, he said casino bosses
refused to let him continue gambling.
For its part,
Caesars is seeking triple damages -- $225,000 -- plus 18
percent interest, court costs and legal fees from Vance for
the unpaid $75,000. Its lawyers have asked a judge to dismiss
"Vance is certainly not the first
unsuccessful gambler to want his money back," Caesars' lawyer
Gregory Taylor wrote.
Some drunken gamblers win and sober
gamblers lose big, Taylor noted, so it's impossible to
pinpoint Vance's intoxication as the cause of his losses.
Man's bond $600,000 in fatal DUI
May 31, 2006
CHICAGO -- A Chicago man was ordered held
in lieu of $600,000 bond Tuesday on charges he killed a
9-year-old girl and injured four others while driving
Eduardo Ambriz, 28, of the 4300 block of
South Artesian Avenue, was naked at the time, according to a
police report. He remained at Mt. Sinai Hospital, where he has
been since the accident Friday in the 3500 block of West
A Chicago police officer told Criminal
Court Judge Raymond Myles that Ambriz was in stable
Ambriz was charged with aggravated DUI
and driving without insurance after running a red light and
allegedly striking a car carrying Arasley Gonzalez, three
other children and Gonzalez's father, police said.
Ambriz had a blood alcohol level of .226, nearly three times
the legal limit.
Cops say teen died racing his
Fast car was a
gift for good grades
By Andrew L. Wang and Dan Gibbard Tribune staff reporters.
May 31, 2006
spent much of Memorial Day polishing the sports car he got for
being an honor roll student at Carmel High School in
evening, he was dead, killed while apparently racing his
brother at speeds witnesses said may have exceeded 100 m.p.h.,
a Lake County sheriff's spokesman said.
Meinken, 17, of
Green Oaks, and his brother, Chris, 21, were driving powerful
versions of 2006 Subaru Imprezas on Buckley Road in an
unincorporated area near Libertyville about 5:30 p.m. Monday
when Ryan collided with two cars and crashed into a wooded
area, Sgt. Christopher Thompson said.
The brothers had
gone to get gas for their cars and were returning home, said
their mother, Nancy McDonald-Meinken. She said she didn't know
if they were speeding but denied they had been drag-racing.
Ryan Meinken was
pronounced dead at the scene. Chris Meinken was not injured,
and the people in the other vehicles were taken to hospitals
for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Thompson
investigation of the accident may take up to two weeks, he
said. No charges had been filed Tuesday.
Ryan Meinken had a blood-alcohol level of
0.02 (that's all it takes is less than 1 drink), said
Lake County Coroner Richard Keller, below the legal limit of
0.08 for adults but above the state's zero-tolerance threshold
Witnesses said the two cars appeared to
be racing on a four-lane stretch of Illinois Highway 137, also
known as Buckley Road, when Ryan Meinken's car rear-ended a
Honda Accord carrying four people at Oak Grove Avenue. He then
spun into a Jeep Cherokee traveling in the opposite direction
before careering off the road.
It was unclear if he was wearing a seat
belt, Thompson said.
Police and local hospitals declined to
release the names of the people who were in the other cars or
information on their conditions.
Police charge ice cream truck driver with
drunken driving --------------------
May 31, 2006,
8:51 AM CDT
GOSHEN, Ind. -- Police say they found a
nearly empty pint bottle of vodka between the front seats of
an ice cream truck after they pulled over the driver for
swerving into the wrong lane.
Goshen Police Patrolman Jared Baer
spotted the yellow-and-white van in a subdivision, after
several motorists called Saturday to report the swerving
vehicle in the city about 25 miles southeast of South Bend,
The van was stopped, and the driver was
selling ice cream to children, so Baer waited until Dennis D.
Cogburn, 51, of Bowie, Texas, started up again.
Baer said he
followed the van and pulled it over after Cogburn failed to
signal turns and swerved into the wrong lane.
field sobriety tests and was arrested on a preliminary charge
of driving under the influence of alcohol.
having chest pains, so he was taken to a hospital, where a
test showed his blood-alcohol level was 0.24 percent, three
times the state's legal level to drive a car.
the ice cream van and found the nearly empty bottle of vodka,
Cogburn told police he's staying in a
South Bend motel, working for the ice cream company, but
planned to move back to Texas soon.
Woman sentenced to 4 years in
husband's death she claims was self-defense --------------------
By JIM SUHR Associated Press Writer
June 1, 2006,
1:36 AM CDT
CARLINVILLE, Ill. -- Colleen Hall says
she had no other choice than to go for her gun when her
husband, in another drunken rage that left much of their home
in ruin, grabbed their toddler grandson and began striding
toward their farm pond to drown the boy.
Daniel Hall had
had his fill of the 2-year-old boy's crying by that night last
August, and he never cared much for the kid anyway, Colleen
Hall recalled. So with no time to call police, she says, she
saved the boy by stopping her husband dead with five rounds
outside their rural Bunker Hill home.
Hall's sentencing hearing Wednesday, such testimony meant to
help decide her fate did little to sort out what happened --
or whether Daniel Hall really had to die.
Many of Daniel
Hall's kin pressed for prison, casting Colleen Hall as a
murderous 46-year-old queen of fiction about the dead man they
called caring. But the couple's three sons rallied around mom,
depicting her as a probation-deserving saint, of sorts, who
weathered three decades of assaults at the hands of a father
they termed an animal who had it coming.
prosecutors seeking a 10-year prison sentence and Colleen
Hall's defenders saying she should walk free, Macoupin County
Circuit Judge Patrick Londrigan reached the outcome that
satisfied no one -- four years in prison.
deprecate the seriousness of the offense," he declared, then
agreed with prosecutors that Colleen Hall had other
less-lethal options during her stormy relationship, perhaps
including just walking away.
Still, Londrigan credited her with her
time already jailed, meaning she could be free in nine months
if her lawyer's calculations are right.
weren't available afterward for comment. But one of the dead
man's brothers who testified for them Wednesday decried the
punishment as too lenient for a killer. "We're all going by
her story," Ron Hall said after earlier testifying he didn't
believe his sister-in-law's account.
"Was he really
headed down to the pond? Only Colleen knows," he testified.
"We will never know."
Colleen Hall pleaded guilty April 4 to
second-degree murder, punishable by probation to 15 years in
prison. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop counts of
first-degree murder and aggravated assault, as well as cap the
state's sentencing request at 10 years behind bars.
Most of the 10
witnesses who testified on Colleen Hall's behalf, including
her sons, described Daniel Hall as a Jekyll-and-Hyde type
whose dark side was a hair-trigger temper often set off by his
virtual daily abuse of alcohol.
Daniel Hall's blood-alcohol content the
night he died, an investigator said Wednesday, was .19, nearly
two and a half times the state's legal threshold for
"He was like the Incredible Hulk," his
outbursts fanned by beer, said Danny Hall, one of Hall's sons
and the 22-year-old father of the toddler he credits his mom
for saving. He called his mom's shooting of his father "the
perfect decision that day."
"She did what she had to do," he said.
countered one of Daniel Hall's other brothers. In a statement
read in court by prosecutor Jennifer Watson, Mike Hall said
his late brother had been "happy-go-lucky" and a "good man who
cared about his family."
"Only a cold person could have shot
Daniel five times," his statement read. "I think she should
accept responsibility for killing Daniel. I think she owes the
family that much."
But on Wednesday, Colleen Hall testified
she had little recourse but to kill her husband, the same man
she called her first love but who was physically abusive and a
drinker since before they married in 1978.
The night of the
shooting, she insisted, an argument over her failure to water
plants escalated into Daniel Hall's trying to force their
grandson into watching a porn movie, saying he wanted the boy
to become a serial killer and porn star.
Daniel Hall then
smashed the television set with a hammer and left the living
room in shambles before grabbing the boy and walking out
toward the pond to drown the child, Colleen Hall said.
confronted him with a gun, she says, Daniel Hall dropped the
boy and was shot during a struggle.
absolutely positive that he meant to cause (the grandson)
fatal harm," she testified.
The prosecutor wasn't buying it.
Hall was a citizen of the year or a bad man, he didn't deserve
to be shot," she told the judge. "We cannot allow society to
go around shooting people because they are mean."
Driver held in crash that killed
Cops say man
jumped bail for previous DUI
By George Houde Special to the Tribune
June 1, 2006
A man charged
with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI in this week's death
of a Hoffman Estates woman had been convicted of DUI last year
and was wanted for jumping bail on another DUI case,
authorities said Wednesday.
Javier Rico, 26, of the 6700 block of
Pine Tree Street, Hanover Park, was ordered held without bail
Wednesday by Cook County Circuit Judge Karen Thompson Tobin in
the Rolling Meadows courthouse. He was charged in the
collision that killed Patricia Henneken, 28.
left her home early Monday to run an errand at a nearby
pharmacy, said her husband, Matthew, who had been out of town
on a fishing trip.
"I talked to her [via cell phone] while
she was on the road," he said. "I told her there were a lot of
crazies out there and to be careful. I told her to
text-message me when she got home. But I never heard back from
leaving the Walgreens at 2560 Golf Rd., Patricia Henneken was
turning out of the parking lot onto Golf when her car was
broadsided by Rico's car, police said. Rico's car was
traveling from 70 to 100 m.p.h. and went through a red light
on Golf, police said.
Henneken, the mother of an 8-year-old
boy, was pronounced dead about 2 a.m. Monday in St. Alexius
Medical Center, Hoffman Estates. Rico was arrested at the
Rico, who was not hurt, had a
blood-alcohol level of 0.234, nearly three times the legal
limit, police said. Prosecutors said a bond forfeiture warrant
had been issued for Rico when he failed to appear after
posting bail on a DUI charge in March.
In 2005 Rico was
convicted of DUI and driving without a valid license,
prosecutors said. He received court supervision. Rico has
never held a valid Illinois driver's license and apparently is
an undocumented immigrant, prosecutors said.
a public defender for Rico, who told her through an
interpreter that he wanted to seek help from the Mexican
Consulate in Chicago.
Matthew Henneken said his wife's death
shocked her family. "This affects the lives of 100 people.
It's absolutely devastating," he said after the hearing. "She
was such a beautiful person. You couldn't ask for a better
wife and mother."
Henneken said he wasn't sure why his wife
went to Walgreens, which is less than a mile from their home.
Andrew, her son from a previous marriage, was at his father's
Henneken said police told him that
officers had gotten a report before the crash that Rico's car
had no headlights on. Police had almost caught up to the car
when the crash occurred, he said.
Rico is married and has a 1-year-old
child, authorities said.
Handcuffed Illinois teen steals, then
crashes squad car --------------------
2006, 1:27 PM CDT
PEKIN, Ill. -- A handcuffed teenager told
police he was just trying to get home and get to bed when he
stole and crashed a squad car after he was arrested for
leaving the scene of an earlier accident.
"We don't have a
lot of empty (jail) beds here, but we found one for him,"
Tazewell County Chief Deputy Dick Ganschow said.
17-year-old Joshua Hall of Manito was belted in the back seat
of the squad car when he somehow wriggled free, crawled
through a small sliding door into the front seat, then drove
away in handcuffs before crashing through two fence rows, a
gate and into a row of trees.
"This is the kind of thing that you can
joke about when it's over and no one ends up hurt, but this is
a very serious incident that could easily have ended badly,"
Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston told the Pekin Daily
was first arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an
accident and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor after
losing control of his car, crashing through an electric fence
and landing in a ditch early Thursday, police said.
He walked home,
where police found him and took him back to the crash scene.
had injured his hand in the crash, a deputy bandaged the wound
then cuffed Hall's hands in front of his body instead of
behind, Huston said. His hands were then secured in a leather
transport belt, the procedure when prisoners are cuffed that
the deputy got out of his car to retrieve Hall's insurance
card, the teenager slipped out of the transport belt and a
seat belt, squirmed through the tiny door and sped away,
"The weird thing is I've never known
anyone to go through one of those. The door is there to allow
communication. ... He's a pretty small person and had to be
pretty agile to do it," Huston said.
about a mile from his first accident, the 5-foot-7, 115-pound
teenager was arrested again on charges of escape, aggravated
possession of a converted vehicle, failure to wear a seat
belt, reckless driving and another count of leaving the scene
of an accident.
Hall was in Tazewell County Jail in lieu
of $25,000 bond Friday.
"We don't regard the deputy as negligent
in any way," Huston said. "He did everything he was supposed
Bartender sued over arm-wrestling
June 7, 2006
Alleging that he
tore a tendon during a barroom arm-wrestling match with a
former bartender of a Downers Grove Irish Pub, a man filed
suit Tuesday seeking $30,000 in damages plus court costs.
The suit claims
that a bartender of Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant,
identified as "Brad," approached Shawn Kabat, 38, and
"engaged" him in an arm-wrestling match in March 2005.
During the match
the bartender "threw himself" toward Kabat, severely injuring
Kabat's arm, according to the suit filed in Cook County
Kabat, who worked as an airline mechanic,
tore a biceps tendon and needed surgery, causing him to miss
work for about six months, the suit said.
alleged that the bartender was drunk at the time of the
arm-wrestling match, is suing the pub and its owner, Phil
Neither Kabat nor his lawyer could be
Suit claims adults let teens drink
before fatal crash --------------------
Napolitano Tribune staff reporter
June 6, 2006
The mother of a
young man left comatose after a car wreck that killed another
teen last month in Palos Township filed suit Monday against
the families who hosted a party where the car's driver
allegedly had been served alcohol.
The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit
Court, also names as a defendant Andrzej Kalata, 17, who was
driving the car when it crashed.
Kalata has been charged with reckless
homicide in the May 20 crash that killed Andrzej Gil, 17, of
Burbank. Prosecutors have said Kalata was speeding along
Archer Avenue near 95th Street when he lost control of his
car, striking several trees.
Gil was in the backseat and was thrown
from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead an hour after the
told police he had been drinking at a party before the crash,
according to Marcy Jensen, a spokeswoman for the Cook County
state's attorney's office.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of
17-year-old Daniel Garczek of Burbank, who remains
hospitalized with multiple injuries.
G. Grant Dixon
III, the mother's attorney, said Garczek lost his left leg
just below the knee. Doctors at Loyola University Medical
Center in Maywood tried to save the limb by performing surgery
to relieve the swelling, he said.
Garczek also suffered a shattered pelvis,
broken hip, femur, tibia and fibula and a lacerated bladder,
as well as other internal injuries. Dixon said the boy was in
a coma for about a week after the wreck and still goes in and
out of consciousness.
"It's frustrating that people would allow
these kids to drink at the house," he said. "They were
allowing a large group of kids to get drunk on their property.
In Illinois, if you do that, you are responsible for the
injuries caused when people get drunk."
Kulawiak, Zofia Kulawiak, Stanislaw Ziomek and Janina Ziomek
are named in the suit as the homeowners. Dixon said the two
couples may have used the house in the 1200 block of East
151st Street in Lockport as a second home, a quiet retreat set
far back in a wooded area.
Dixon believes at least one of the adults
was present during the party. Although he is unsure whether
any of the adults supplied the teens with alcohol, Dixon said
he believes they knew the party was in progress.
None of the
defendants could be reached for comment.
"The kids drank
at a location they wouldn't be able to drink at unless these
parents made it available," he said.
Penny Mateck, a
Cook County sheriff's office spokeswoman, said investigators
had not completed their accident reconstruction. "It's a very
extensive procedure," she said.
Gil's older brother, Rafal, 21, said he
didn't know if his family plans to sue. He said they have been
struggling since his brother's death, but have had help from
family and friends.
"It's a roller coaster of emotions,
feelings and memories," he said. "But we're holding
2 Men Drown Trying to Rescue Woman in
Jun 11th - 2:12pm
PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Two men drowned in Tampa Bay after
they jumped in to save the wife of one of them, who had fallen
off their boat, authorities said.
Hostutler and James Smith, both of the Tampa Bay area, were
not wearing life jackets Saturday afternoon in their attempt
to rescue Hostutler's wife, who survived, officials
storm caused strong currents that pushed the men away from
their 21-foot boat and complicated rescue efforts, said Joy
Hill, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife
another boat spotted Smith's wife yelling for help and pulled
the three from the water, Hill said. It was not known when the
men were pronounced dead.
Alcohol was a factor in the
accident, said Lt. Rick Feinberg of St. Petersburg Fire
boy 'kills three' By ALEX
TEENAGE driver has been charged over a crash that killed three
women pals, police said last
18-year-old was accused of a total of seven offences after the
accident on Saturday.
The women — best
friends Anne Riley, Carol Backshall and Jean Wigglesworth — died instantly in the
tragedy on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.
The three, in their 50s, had all been for
a day out in Sheerness when Carol’s
Peugeot was in collision with a Jaguar.
grandson Ricky escaped by being dropped off minutes earlier.
Police said the teenager had been charged
with three counts of causing death by
careless driving while drunk, aggravated vehicle taking, driving while unfit through drink,
driving without insurance and making off without paying for fuel.
Rebecca, 34, said: “Mum was a lovely person, everyone loved her.”
The driver faces Sittingbourne
Prospect Charged With Drunk Driving --------------------
16, 2006, 8:22 PM CDT
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Durham Bulls
shortstop B.J. Upton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002
amateur draft, was charged Friday with drunken driving.
The Tampa Bay
prospect was stopped by Chapel Hill police about 3:30 a.m. for
traveling 51 mph in a 30 mph zone, according to a police
report. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent. The
legal limit for drivers in North Carolina is 0.08.
released on a written promise to appear in court, the report
Devil Rays and B.J. Upton recognize the seriousness of this
matter," the major league team said in a statement. "We will
continue to monitor this situation as the judicial system runs
The 21-year-old player is batting .270
with five home runs in 66 games this season.
gets W to go with DUI --------------------
Oakland's Esteban Loaiza earned a win
Thursday after spending a night in jail as the Athletics beat
Seattle 9-6. The former White Sox pitcher, 2-3 with a 6.03 ERA
for the A's, faces drunken driving and speeding charges after
police clocked his Ferrari exceeding 120 m.p.h. on a freeway
near San Lorenzo at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. Loaiza failed a
sobriety test, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said, and
is scheduled to appear in court July 14.
players won't accept award --------------------
Al-issawi The Associated Press
June 15, 2006,
11:05 AM CDT
MUNICH, Germany -- Saudi players who are
chosen as FIFA's man of the match during their World Cup games
will refuse the award from sponsor Anheuser-Busch.
"It's a matter
of principle. No special meeting or decision needed to be
taken. Saudi players will not accept an award linked to the
maker of an alcoholic beverage," Abdullah al-Dabal, a senior
Saudi soccer federation official told The Associated Press.
He said as a
Muslim nation it was unacceptable for any of the Saudi players
to accept such an award. Saudi officials told organizers
before the Tunisia match Wednesday.
straightforward and they understood," al-Dabal said.
banned in conservative Saudi Arabia and anyone found in
possession of alcohol in the kingdom faces flogging.
"If any of our
players play well enough to deserve a man of the match award,
they will refuse to accept it. It's simple," al-Dabal said.
"Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam, and the players are
Saudis and represent that religion and that land."
The match ended
in a 2-2 draw and the man of the match award was given to
Tunisia's Ziad Jaziri.
"We met with the Saudi officials in the
routine team managers meeting ahead of the match, and the
Saudis made it clear that they wanted nothing to do with this
award because the sponsor is a famous beer manufacturer. FIFA
was already aware of the complexity of the issue, and everyone
involved accepted the decision because there was no other
choice," a FIFA official said on condition of anonymity
because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
He said that
FIFA was aware of the Saudi position as a Muslim leader.
activate common sense in this situation, but it is a given
that no Saudi player will be nominated for the award, simply
because we know for certain that they will refuse to accept
it," the FIFA official said.
agrees to move bus crash trial outside of Eau Claire --------------------
14, 2006, 11:30 AM CDT
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- The trial of a truck
driver accused in a crash that killed five people on a bus
will take place outside Eau Claire County, a judge decided
Eau Claire County Circuit Judge William
Gabler cited media coverage of the Oct. 16 crash in deciding
to move the trial to Hudson, about 60 miles west of Eau Claire
in St. Croix County.
"There is substantial doubt an impartial
jury can be properly chosen in Eau Claire County because of
past extensive and unremitting media coverage that is likely
to continue up to the commencement of trial," Gabler wrote in
Michael Kozlowski, 23, of Schererville,
Ind., has pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal charges related to
the crash on Interstate 94 near Osseo. His trial is expected
to start Dec. 6.
The accident occurred when a charter bus
slammed into Kozlowski's overturned semi. The bus was filled
with 44 students, teachers and chaperones from Chippewa Falls
High School returning from a marching band competition in
Whitewater. The crash killed five and injured 29.
attorney, Earl Gray of St. Paul, Minn., had asked the judge to
move the trial to St. Croix County because of media coverage
in Eau Claire County.
Eau Claire County District Attorney Rich
White said the judge's decision to do so won't significantly
hinder the prosecution's case, though it will complicate it.
the criminal complaint, Kozlowski stayed out late partying in
Indiana and eventually fell asleep at the wheel of his
semi-truck hauling grocery products to Minnesota, triggering
Kozlowski's truck went off onto the
interstate shoulder and went out of control when he pulled
back onto the highway about 2 a.m. The semi overturned and
jackknifed, blocking both lanes, the complaint said. The
charter bus plowed into the wreckage.
investigators he was going to pull his semi over to go to the
bathroom in the ditch, but he got too far off the shoulder
into some soft ground, the complaint said.
investigators he last drank alcohol about midnight Oct. 14 and
he got 10 hours of sleep before embarking on the 436-mile trip
to the Twin Cities about 8 p.m. Oct. 15, the complaint said.
were with Kozlowski at a tavern indicated he stayed up until
at least 5 a.m. Oct. 15, the complaint said.
Killed were band
director Douglas Greenhalgh, 48; his wife, Therese, 51; and
their granddaughter, Morgan Greenhalgh, 11. Also killed were
driver Paul Rasmus, 78, and student teacher Branden Atherton,
24, authorities said.
Kozlowski faces five felony counts of
homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, 16 felony counts
of reckless driving causing great bodily injury and 13
misdemeanor counts of reckless driving causing injury.
He faces more
than 100 years in prison if convicted of all the felony
best timing for Redick --------------------
DWI arrest could
drop ex-Duke guard to Bulls' slot at No. 16
Garcia, Tribune staff reporter. Tribune news services
contributed to this report
June 14, 2006
The fallout for
Duke's J.J. Redick over his arrest early Tuesday for drunken
driving probably will not be severe.
could hurt him. It could drop his stock for the upcoming NBA
draft all the way down to No. 16, a pick the Bulls own.
Redick is one of
several shooting guards the Bulls are eyeing. Until Tuesday it
didn't look like he would be available at 16.
probably would not prevent the Bulls from drafting Redick, a
team source said, but several NBA teams, including the Bulls,
will scrutinize the incident and likely question Redick's
few days ago, it was believed Redick had locked up a top-10
selection in the June 28 draft. He canceled Wednesday's
workout with the Orlando Magic, who have the 11th pick,
because of a sore back but there was speculation Redick had
secured a better spot in the draft.
afternoon, his mug shot was plastered on the Internet
alongside news of his arrest and questions about his draft
addition to drunken driving, he was charged with unlawful use
of highways for an illegal U-turn. He had turned around as he
neared a license checkpoint near Duke's campus, but police
caught up to him in the parking lot of an apartment
Redick, 21, had a blood-alcohol level of
0.11 percent, exceeding North Carolina's legal limit of 0.08.
According to the arresting officer's report, Redick had "very
glassy eyes" and his breath had a "strong odor of alcohol." He
was released on $1,000 bond and has a July 17 court
Vehicles crash into houses in city,
Gorner Tribune staff reporter
June 12, 2006,
7:38 PM CDT
vehicle crashed into the front of a Northwest Side house this
morning, sending the motorist to the hospital, Chicago police
the second similar incident today involving a vehicle and
house in the Chicago area.
A 19-year-old boy was driving a 1985
Toyota vehicle about 10:20 a.m. when it jumped the curb and
struck the side of the porch of a two-story home at 5934 W.
Byron St., Chicago. The Toyota then struck a vehicle parked in
the driveway, police Officer John Mirabelli said.
A stone pillar
that holds the porch together collapsed, causing the roof of
the porch to dangle, according to a neighbor, who asked not to
piece of the pillar cracked the windshield of the vehicle on
the driver's side," she said in a telephone interview. "He
crawled out of the vehicle, but staggered to his home on the
block. He could barely walk." The man was taken in "stable"
condition to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center,
Mirabelli said. No other injuries were reported.
There was no
apparent structural damage to the rest of the house, said Pete
Scales, a spokesman for the Chicago Department of
"The porch took the brunt of the damage,"
Scales said, adding that workers will have to do some
emergency shoring to stabilize the roof of the home.
25-year-old Mt. Prospect man was charged with aggravated
driving under the influence of alcohol, a felony, after he
crashed his car into a residence in the northwest suburb of
Elk Grove Village, police said.
Esteban Quintero was heading north in a
1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra on Arlington Heights Road from
Elk Grove Boulevard around 12:30 a.m. when his car left the
roadway, Elk Grove Village Police Sgt. Jeff Prior said.
The car cut
across two lawns, hit two trees and crashed through the side
of a garage at a home at 433 S. Arlington Heights Rd., Prior
said. Quintero was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in
the suburb, where he was treated and released.
He was the sole
occupant of the vehicle, and no other injuries were reported,
according to Chief David Miller of the Elk Grove Village Fire
Department. Neither Miller nor Prior knew whether anyone was
home during the crash. Prior said Quintero was wearing a
believe the seatbelt substantially reduced any injuries he
would've suffered," the sergeant said.
Quintero was also driving without a license or proof of
insurance. He appeared for a bond hearing in the Rolling
Meadows courthouse, where his bail was set at $25,000.
How experts stay young --------------------
Do health care
pros practice what they preach?
By Leslie Goldman Special to the Tribune
all seen them: the nurses smoking outside the hospital doors;
the overweight doctor; the
nutritionist with a borderline eating disorder. Sometimes, it seems, health professionals
prefer to adhere to a "Do as I say,
not as I do" routine.
But when it comes to healthy aging,
practicing what you preach is essential, and it seems that one of the
best tacks may be to protect ourselves from the very things that tend to shorten
life, said S. Jay Olshansky, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the
University of Illinois at Chicago.
His list: "I do not smoke, I don't drink
any alcohol, I stay out of the sun or
use sunblock and do my best to manage my weight."
Here are more
tips that some local health experts have incorporated into their lifestyle:
Morris, an epidemiologist with the Rush Center for Healthy Aging -- Preventing cognitive decline has
been a top priority. The picture right now, she said, is "What's good for the
heart is good for the mind. People who consume fish at least one a week reduce
the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease." So Morris makes sure to consume
fish a minimum of once a week but more typically three to four times.
Vitamins B and
E, in food form, not supplement, also play an important role in her diet.
"We do know that
B-12 is very important to the brain, and it's also a vitamin that, with age, you're less able
to absorb." Heartburn medications can impair one's ability to absorb B-12, so
consult your doctor. Foods rich in B-12 include fish, meat, milk and
Morris also is a fan of brain-protective
vitamin E, easy to obtain in green
leafy vegetables, nuts and oil. So she'll grab a handful of
nuts for a snack, and she eats a dark
green salad every day for lunch, topped with an oil-based dressing that enhances vitamin
absorption. Forget the fat-free philosophy; a shake of oil and vinegar
can do your thought processes well.
co-director of the Center for Research on Health and Aging at the Institute for Health
Research and Policy at UIC -- Daily exercise was mentioned by numerous experts on healthy
aging, including Prohaska. A devoted runner, he also plays tennis twice a week
and golfs. "Physical activity clearly can contribute to prevention of many
chronic illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease," he
said, adding that exercise can also improve mental health.
runner for more than 30 years, recently slashed his mileage to a mile a day and increased his
walking to a couple of miles "to protect my knees and hips so I will be able to
exercise for longer. One thing you don't want to have happen is to lose your
ability to exercise; it's the only equivalent to a fountain of youth."
weights, "because as we age, we lose more and more muscle, and we can maintain [it] by
weight-bearing exercise." This not only keeps bones strong, it improves balance, making
falls (and therefore fractures) less likely as one ages. Also, some international
studies show yoga, which Morris practices, helps older people enjoy life
on a day-to-day basis.
Colleen Lammel-Harmon, Illinois Dietetic
Association spokeswoman and registered dietitian -- "I could not do
my job if I did not practice what I preach." That means eating five to nine
servings of cancer-preventing fruits and vegetables daily. "People are overwhelmed
by that, but it's very easy. The average restaurant salad has four cups; there you
Lammel-Harmon fills her meals with
high-fiber carbohydrates, which are great sources of vitamin B, a must during
the aging process. Folate, especially, helps with stress and the
immune system. "With age, you need this to fight off disease. Same with vitamin C. You
cannot fight off disease if your immune system is not up to par."
change Olshansky favors: More than a year ago, he shifted from three main meals to five small meals
a day, based on the recommendation of a friend who studies Okinawans (elderly
Okinawans boast among the lowest mortalty rates).
The change, he
said, eliminated his heartburn and predinner food cravings, and "the weight started
dropping off." A typical breakfast for him now is a grapefruit, a handful of almonds and an
ounce of cheese.
Missing Soldier Died in Air Conditioner
'Accident' By RUSS BYNUM,
SAVANNAH, Ga. (April 29) - A Fort Benning
soldier missing 12 days before his
body was discovered in a downtown hotel died after he got caught in an industrial-sized air
conditioner, officials said Saturday.
maintenance worker at the DeSoto Hilton hotel found the man's
body Friday in an area accessible
through a maintenance door after guests complained of a foul odor in the
died after being struck by a large, spinning blower wheel,
said Lt. Mike Wilkins, a spokesman
for Savannah-Chatham County police.
"At this point,
it appears to be an accident," he said.
Saturday confirmed the identity of Spc. Robert Hornbeck, 23,
of Lapeer, Mich., who was last seen outside the hotel April
16 after a late night of bar-hopping
with an Army buddy. He answered his cell phone briefly after his father arrived
just after 3 a.m. to give him a ride.
He said, "Dad, I'm on the stairs," then the connection went
members spent nearly two weeks combing Savannah's historic district for him. They posted fliers with
Hornbeck's photo in store windows,
took out a full-page ad in the local paper and offered a $10,000 reward.
least we have closure and we can get him home and do the
proper things to honor him," said
Kirk Hornbeck, the soldier's uncle in Savannah.
Police had not determined how Hornbeck
got into the hotel maintenance area
or what he was doing there. He was not a guest at the hotel.
Blood toxicology tests were also
being performed. Hornbeck's
father had previously said he
suspects his son was intoxicated.
"I think maybe he'd in fact had too much
to drink," Kirk Hornbeck said. "He might've thought he was going out the
right door to the outside and got
turned around inside the building and ended up in the wrong
RESPECT * Rector slams
drunk yobs for smashing church's historic stained glass windows * The
cost of specialist repairs will run into several thousand
pounds * Police reviewing CCTV footage
and have good idea of what the culprits look like A CHURCH
rector has blasted drunken louts who smashed irreplaceable stained glass windows with beer bottles
and stones. Arriving at St
Wilfrid's Church in Church Road, Haywards Heath, on Sunday afternoon, Father Ray Smith
discovered five windows on the west side of the church had been damaged. Several had missing or cracked shards of
glass, while others had gaping holes
where a beer bottle had been hurled at them. Father Ray initially thought there had
been a break-in. He told the Mid Sussex Times: "I've never seen anything
like this here to this extent before. "I
discovered the windows before Evensong so I'm pretty sure it
happened between 2 and 6pm on Sunday.
I'm annoyed people have no respect
for what is a historic building. They are made of old glass
and really repairing them isn't the
issue; it's the fact that it's historic glass." The cost
of repairing the windows, which were designed by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones in the
1860s and 70s, is expected to run into several thousands of pounds and each
window will have to be taken to a
specialist workshop. Father Ray said
the secluded area behind the church where the windows are is a popular gathering space. He
said: "I don't mind people going there. They just need to treat it with
respect, bearing in mind people's
loved ones are buried there." He added
that the church would now look into installing security grills
in the windows, something he had
tried to avoid because it made the area less welcoming. Police officers continue to collect
evidence and are viewing CCTV footage
from town cameras to identify the vandals. Father Ray commented: "The police have a good idea
of what those responsible look like
and they are following up leads. When they find out who it
was, the culprit will be presented
with a big bill."
Killer says: I'm sorry Apr 7 2006
By Ben Griffin, Crime Reporter
THE teenage killer who stamped a man to
death in a Coventry street broke down
in court and wept as he apologized to his victim's family.
"I didn't intend
to kill Mr Kamdar, or anyone. I didn't know I was capable of doing it.
"All I feel is
guilt and remorse, and I don't like it.
"I would like to
say sorry to his friends and family."
told the jury at Birmingham Crown Court he was ashamed of what he has done and his trial was
adjourned for 15 minutes while he composed himself .
admitted killing 23-year-old Rushi Kamdar in Walsgrave Road,
Stoke, in September.
Mr Kamdar, who
was on his way to buy ice cream when he was attacked, died of head injuries in hospital on
September 10, five days after the assault.
Mozid admits manslaughter but denies
murder, saying he was drunk he did not know what he was doing.
On the day of
the attack, Mozid, had appeared before Coventry magistrates charged with criminal damage
to car door mirrors in Coventry.
After leaving court downed bottles of
lager and vodka with friends in Gosford Park and Hillfields.
Asked about the
attack, he said: "All I can remember is throwing a couple of punches and kicking him and
It is alleged the attack was motivated by
robbery and racism, based, the
prosecution said, on Mozid's assumption Mr Kamdar, who lived
in Swan Lane, was Kosovan.
QC, prosecuting, said: "I suggest to you the reason you didn't tell police the truth about that
is you knew perfectly well you had
been responsible for a brutal attack that left a man lying in
the street gravely injured."
police: Parish man drove drunk on campus Friday, April 07, 2006 A Parish man
was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after he drove the wrong way down a one-way street
on the State University College at
Oswego campus, Oswego State police said.
Louis E. Cutrie,
51, of 202 county Route 58, also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation
and ticketed on a charge of driving
the wrong way on a one-way street.
He was sent to the Oswego County Jail
Michigan teen on spring break dies in
highway crash --------------------
18, 2006, 5:20 PM CDT
ST. CLOUD, Fla. -- A Michigan teen on
spring break died in a head-on highway collision early Tuesday that
injured several friends riding with him, officials said.
Christopher Mareel, 18, swerved into oncoming traffic on U.S.
192 about 5:30 a.m., hitting a
was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital while several
friends -- Gyldert Mufaraj, Justin Feutz and Michael
Meade, all 18 -- were taken to area
Mufaraj was in critical condition.
Another friend, Cordero Austin, 18, was lying in the back seat and uninjured
in the crash. The truck driver, Jeffery Gustafson, 40, was in stable condition,
the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The students were from St. Clair Shores,
Mich., where they attend Lake Shore
were investigating the crash as being alcohol-related after
about 20 beer bottles were found
inside the van.
Man allegedly shot by Proof dies of
gunshot wound --------------------
KARUSH Associated Press Writer
April 18, 2006,
12:02 PM CDT
DETROIT -- The man who police say was
shot by rapper Proof died Tuesday,
hours before mourners began filing into a Detroit church to
pay their respects to Proof, who was
killed in the altercation at an after-hours club.
prosecutors moved to shut down the club by filing a civil nuisance complaint.
Proof, whose real name was Deshaun Holton, shot Keith Bender, 35, in the head just before he
was shot and killed at the CCC, a nightclub on Eight Mile Road, the border between
Detroit and its northern suburbs.
Bender's cousin, Mario Etheridge, is
suspected of shooting Proof and has
been charged with carrying a concealed weapon and discharging
a firearm in a building. Etheridge,
28, has pleaded not guilty and was released Sunday after posting a $7,000 bond.
continuing their investigation into the deaths.
Bender, who had
been in critical condition since the April 11 incident, died early Tuesday, said Wende Berry, a
spokeswoman for St. John Hospital and
Prosecutors filed a civil lawsuit in
Wayne County Circuit Court against the owners of the CCC club, which they said illegally sold alcohol
after 2 a.m. and had been
the scene of another shooting and other crimes.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy said her office took the action as a way
to quickly shut down the club. Police
raids on after-hours clubs have dropped following cuts in vice squad staffing,
see our actions today as a form of the prevention of
homicides," she said. Among the
previous incidents at the CCC that Worthy cited were an Oct.
8 shooting in which a man was struck
in the hand and a December raid in which marijuana and weapons were
police had been to the club just two nights before the April
11 shooting and found 40 to 50
patrons drinking alcohol at 3 a.m. Michigan law prohibits establishments
from serving liquor after 2 a.m.
man caused 5-vehicle crash, left scene --------------------
-- A Highland Park man was charged with a felony after causing
a multiple-vehicle crash in Glenview
this month, police said Monday. Cornelio Sanchez, 25, of the 1600 block
of McGovern Street, Highland Park,
was arrested Saturday and charged with a felony for leaving
the scene of a personal injury
accident, a misdemeanor for failure to give aid and
information and with driving without
a valid driver's license, Glenview Police Cmdr. Frank Stankowicz said Monday. He said Sanchez was also cited for
illegally transporting open
alcohol, not providing proof of insurance and
disobeying a red light.
Stankowicz said Sanchez was the driver of
an Eagle Talon that ran a red light
and caused a five-vehicle crash at Pfingsten and Willow Roads
on April 5. Sanchez ran away, he
said, but left his passenger, who was injured, trapped in the vehicle.
and two drivers were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Stankowicz said.
investigators were able to track down Sanchez through interviews and information from the
vehicle he was driving.
Third Purdue fraternity suspended for
14, 2006, 10:07 AM CDT
LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue University has
suspended a fraternity -- the third
this year -- the school
said because members stripped a drunk fellow member down to his boxer shorts, bound
him in duct tape and left him outside in subzero weather.
of Delta Tau Delta -- already on probation for hazing violations --bought the
man drinks until he was ill and left him nearly naked in front of his girlfriend's sorority
house, the Office of the Dean of Students said.
associate dean of students, said the hazing happened after the victim decided to give his
girlfriend his Greek letter charm as a sign they are a couple.
executive vice president of the Delta Tau Delta national organization, said the fraternity's own
investigation agreed with Purdue's
findings. It suspended some members and expelled others as a
Earlier this year, Purdue University
suspended Sigma Phi Epsilon for violating hazing
rules after a pledge was hospitalized for drinking too much at
a party. The university said members provided
alcohol to minors, who were encouraged to play drinking games and
consume dangerous amounts of alcohol in a short time during a
Also this year, Purdue suspended the
Delta Chi fraternity, which was already on probation, after officials
determined a game of tag was hazing. Fraternity members required pledges to
participate in an indoor game of tag that led to pushing and damage to the house,
the university found. The game continued even though chapter advisers
had asked the fraternity to discontinue it, Purdue officials said.
dragged under pickup truck --------------------
13, 2006, 6:38 PM CDT
LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The driver of a pickup
truck was drunk and had cocaine in
his system when he struck and dragged a man nearly
three-quarters of a mile, prosecutors
C. Ginn, 36, of Dayton, suffered severe head trauma and other
injuries when the truck hit a mo-ped
he was driving Tuesday night. He was in critical condition Thursday at Methodist
Hospital in Indianapolis, hospital spokesman Gene Ford said.
driver, Kenneth S. Alford Jr., 35, of Lafayette, made an initial court appearance Thursday on
charges of driving
while intoxicated causing serious
injury and leaving the scene of crash with serious
Magistrate Norris Wang found probable
cause for Alford to remain jailed under $25,000 bond until Tuesday while
police continue to investigate the crash.
A test after the crash found that Alford
had a blood-alcohol content of 0.11
percent, city police Lt. Jeanette Bennett said. The state's
legal limit to drive is 0.08
Witnesses told police officers Alford had
been speeding and ran some red
lights, Bennett said.
Cop: Duke accuser `passed-out
group challenges value of police transmission
Ordine Tribune Newspapers: Baltimore
officer described the woman who allegedly was raped by Duke
lacrosse players as "just passed-out
drunk," according to a recording of a radio transmission obtained Thursday by the
The officer's observation came shortly
after a grocery-store security guard
had called 911 to report a woman who would not get out of
someone else's car in the parking
conversation between the officer and a dispatcher took place
about 1:30 a.m. March 14.
woman, an exotic dancer and student at nearby North Carolina Central, said she had been
sexually assaulted and beaten about midnight at an off-campus lacrosse team party.
called in the code for an intoxicated person, and the dispatcher asked if medical assistance
The officer responded: "She's breathing and appears to be fine.
She's not in distress. She's just
The president of a national anti-sexual
assault organization said it is hard
to draw conclusions from that observation.
"Rape is trauma,
and it's one of the most traumatic events someone can go through, so people react in very
different ways, both physically and emotionally," said Scott Berkowitz,
president of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.
issue is not whether she was drunk, but rather, whether she was raped."
No charges have
been filed, but Durham District Atty. Mike Nifong has said he believes a crime was committed.
Earlier this week he vowed to continue the investigation despite DNA test
results that failed to link any of the lacrosse team members to the alleged
discussing the DNA results Monday, defense attorneys urged
Nifong to drop the investigation but
also have said that the district attorney could ask a grand jury to issue indictments as soon
as Monday. Experts in forensic science have said the absence of DNA
evidence may make prosecution more difficult but not impossible.
There has been
no official word, however, on whether Nifong intends to present the allegations Monday.
Defense lawyers have said time-stamped
photos taken by the players show that
the accuser was drunk and already had suffered some injuries
when she arrived at the house.
Drunken driver collides with semi,
April 13, 2006
woman died Tuesday after her sport-utility vehicle apparently crossed the center line and
hit a tractor-trailer on U.S. Highway 20 near Brier Hill Road in unincorporated
Hampshire Township, police said Wednesday.
Prescott, 49, was pronounced dead at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin shortly after the crash
at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Lt. Al Swanson of the Kane County sheriff's office.
Prescott's blood-alcohol level was 0.29
percent, several times more than the
0.08 legal limit, said sheriff's police Lt. Don
Prescott was driving west on U.S. 20 when
her vehicle crossed into the eastbound lanes and struck the
tractor-trailer, Swanson said.
Prescott was thrown from her SUV as it
The truck driver wasn't injured,
Alcohol reported in crash that killed 2
Keilman Tribune staff reporter
McHenry County teen who was at the wheel during a car crash
that fatally injured him and another
boy had alcohol in his system, a coroner said Wednesday.
blood-alcohol level for Jeffrey Mills-Micek, 17, was recorded
at 0.06 percent, , said Winnebago
County Coroner Sue Fiduccia.
midnight Feb. 19, Mills-Micek was driving an Acura TL on Red
Barn Road just north of Crystal Lake.
Scott Scheckel, 16, whose father owned the car, was a passenger. Police say
Mills-Micek had been drinking earlier at a nearby party.
Acura approached a jog in the road at an estimated speed of 70
to 80 m.p.h.--well above the 30
m.p.h. limit--Mills-Micek lost control, and the car slid sideways into a tree,
authorities said. The crash was so severe that rescue workers needed an hour to cut
Mills-Micek from the wreckage.
Scheckel was flown to Advocate Lutheran
General Hospital in Park Ridge, and
he later died of his injuries. Another helicopter took
Mills-Micek to OSF St. Anthony
Medical Center in Rockford, where he entered surgery at 4
According to the coroner's report,
surgeons soon determined that he would not survive his devastating head
and pelvic injuries. They stopped the surgery at 5:20 a.m. so that
Mills-Micek's family could be with him in his final moments. Five
minutes later, he was pronounced dead.
Jessica Ochal, 21, who allegedly held the
party, was charged with unlawful
delivery of alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor. Police said she
bought a keg of beer to celebrate the
birthday of somebody under age 21.
prison sentence in DUI crash fatal to 2 --------------------
April 12, 2006
-- A Glendale Heights man who prosecutors
said had a blood-alcohol level more
than four times the legal limit when he was involved in a fatal crash last summer was
sentenced Tuesday to 18 years in prison.
Blancas, 31, of the 700 block of Cynthia Lane, wept during
a sentencing hearing in the Rolling
Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court.
Blancas had pleaded guilty in February to
reckless homicide and aggravated
driving under the influence charges from the July crash in Elk
Grove Village that killed Zeni Grina,
63, and her mother, Ofelia Lao, 100.
Prosecutors said Blancas' blood-alcohol
level was .345 and that police had
found an unopened six pack of beer in his car. The legal limit
in Illinois is .08.
Fecarotta Jr. noted that Blancas had been sentenced to court supervision after a drunken-driving
arrest in 2003.
defendant did not learn from that experience," Fecarotta said.
"When you get behind the wheel with a
[blood-alcohol level] four times the legal limit at rush hour, it's not an
Prosecutors said Blancas was driving a
sport-utility vehicle when he went
through a red light at Oakton Avenue and Busse Road. The SUV
collided broadside with a compact car
driven by Grina. Lao was in the back seat.
climbs into squad car, arrested for public
4, 2006, 1:07 PM CDT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A 20-year-old woman
who climbed into the back seat of a
parked squad car was arrested for public intoxication by an
officer who opened the door to let
her out, police said.
Two men told Officer Brandon Lopossa at
the back door of Bloomington police
headquarters early Friday that they saw a woman climb into a
squad car. Lopossa checked the
vehicles in the parking lot and saw a woman with her hands and face pressed against the window of
one of the cars.
He opened the door to let the woman out.
She did not know the back doors of
squad cars cannot be opened from the inside, the report
said she appeared to be "very intoxicated."
Lauren Yoder in the back of another squad car and took her to Bloomington Hospital for a checkup
because of her "high level of intoxication,"the report
pleaded guilty to charges of public intoxication and illegal
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Harley rider hit and
28, 2006, 8:57 PM CDT
Charles woman was charged with DUI in a crash that killed a
motorcyclist late Thursday on North
Avenue in Glendale Heights, police said Friday.
C. Shirkey, 49, of St. Charles, was westbound on North Avenue
west of Glen Ellyn Road shortly
before midnight when a Honda CRV driven by Kimberly A. Flad, 50, of the 200 block of
Sedgewick Circle, St. Charles, apparently struck the back or side of his motorcyle,
said Glendale Heights Police Cmdr. Thomas Bialas.
Shirkey fell to
the pavement but both the motorcycle and Flad's vehicle crossed the median into the eastbound
lanes, Bialas said. Shirkey was not wearing a helmet, he said.
Flad was charged with three counts of
driving while under the influence of
alcohol, including a count of DUI resulting in death, and also
with failure to reduce speed to avoid
Police said Shirkey had been riding a
maroon 2000 Harley-Davidson Road King
Man convicted of killing snowmobiler in
northern Wisconsin --------------------
28, 2006, 11:16 AM CDT
HURLEY, Wis. -- A man has been found guilty of killing a
snowmobiler while drunken driving on
a frozen lake in northern Wisconsin.
deliberated for six hours before deciding Andrew Zaleski, 25,
of Kimball, Wis., was guilty of
homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and homicide by use of a vehicle with an
alcohol concentration more than .08. The decision came down
Zaleski could face a penalty of up to 25
years in prison for the Jan. 8, 2005
death of Richard Ernest, 27, of Glidden.
snowmobile collided with a truck driven by Zaleski on Island
Lake, authorities said.
Zaleski and a
group of friends had been drinking the night of Jan. 7, 2005. They were on the lake doing
doughnuts when Ernest's snowmobile hit Zaleski's truck, according to a witness.
Ernest's cousin, Phillip Ernest, of
Chelsea, testified he and Richard Ernest also had been drinking. He said
the two got separated before crossing Island Lake on their snowmobiles.
Natural Resources conservation warden John Windt said speed, alcohol, and failure to
yield on the part of both vehicles contributed to the accident.
During closing arguments, Iron County
District Attorney Marty Lipske said
Zaleski should not have chosen to drive drunk that night after
drinking for five hours.
Zaleski's public defender Fred Bourg told
the jury there was no indication the
snowmobile tried to stop and both men failed to yield.
Dead at 66
because he drank:
Philip Walden --------------------
1940 - 2006
Records founder launched Allman Brothers
talented, instinctive music man' managed Otis Redding
Philip Walden, whose Macon, Ga.-based
Capricorn Records launched the Allman
Brothers Band and became known as "the citadel of Southern
rock" in the 1970s, has died. He was
Walden died Sunday at his home in Atlanta after a long battle
with cancer, said his daughter,
In a career that began when he started
managing Otis Redding and booking
shows for other R&B artists in the late 1950s, Mr. Walden
launched Capricorn Records in
Capricorn earned a reputation as the
South's most successful independent
record label in the 1970s, with acts including the Allman
Brothers Band and the Marshall Tucker
Band. The label's roster also included artists such as Wet Willie, Elvin Bishop and the Dixie
was there at the beginning, and we could not have accomplished
what we have without him," Gregg
Allman and the other members of the Allman Brothers Band said in a statement
life and career were a roller coaster in which his music empire collapsed in the late 1970s, he
overcame problems with cocaine and alcohol in the 1980s and finally
re-entered the record business with a revived Capricorn Records in the early 1990s.
Relatives prepared traditional Laotian
food Monday for a stream of visitors
who mourned the deaths of two young men killed in a weekend
car crash that critically injured a
from a local Buddhist temple honored one of the victims,
Anousack Simanivanh, at ceremonies
performed at his home Monday on Elgin's east side.
Killed were Anousack and Lamkhan
Phommaleuth, both 20, of Elgin. The two, friends since high school, were
pronounced dead about 4:30 a.m. Sunday after the car driven by Anousack went off
Illinois Highway 31, hit a sign, slammed into several trees and slid into
a ravine just south of Big Timber Road, Elgin police Sgt. Tom Olson said.
appeared to be traveling at a high rate of speed and a number
of trees came down on top of it,"
Kane County Coroner Chuck West said.
Empty beer bottles were discovered in the
car, and Anousack and Lamkhan were
not wearing seat belts, authorities said.
Officials said tests that might determine
whether alcohol was involved in the
crash would not be available for at least a week.
injured 15-year-old boy was discovered outside the car when
police arrived, and authorities
declined to identify him.
Anousack and Lamkhan were friends and
2004 graduates of Elgin High School,
family member said.
night, the two friends had been celebrating the birthday of Senganan's cousin in Elgin until early
Sunday, Senganan said. The men picked
up the 15-year-old after leaving the party, he
Trial underway for German mom accused of
killing nine newborns
FRANKFURT AN DER
ODER, Germany (AP) — A woman suspected of killing nine of her newborn babies went on trial
Thursday in a case that shocked Germans and fuelled calls for tighter
protection for minors.
Sabine Hilschinz was arrested after
police discovered the remains of the
nine infants last July buried in flower pots and a fish tank
in the garden of her parents’ home in
a village near the Polish border.
Hilschinz, 40, faces eight charges of
manslaughter. She could be imprisoned
for up to 15 years if convicted.
The death of a ninth child is covered by
a statute of limitations.
Defence lawyer Matthias Schoeneburg told
the court Thursday that his client
did not wish to testify. Presiding Judge Matthias Fuchs
instead read out an account of her
testimony at a hearing after her arrest.
Hilschinz told a judge that she could remember properly only two of the births because, in the
other cases, she got
drunk when she went into labour.
already had three children, and my husband didn’t want any
more children," she said, according
to the transcript. She added that "I always hoped my husband would notice the
pregnancies of his own accord."
She said she had drowned her sorrows over
the dead babies in alcohol, and had
not got herself sterilized because she feared a gynecologist
would notice traces of the births.
Sobbing teenager convicted of
murder 'I hope you're
happy now,' 17-year-old says to parents whose son he killed
HAYLEY MICK After
a jury found him guilty yesterday of murdering Tanner Hopkins,
a Toronto teenager sobbed for an hour
in his mother's lap.
When guards led him handcuffed from the
prisoner's box, he said to her, "I
And then the 17-year-old turned to the
parents of his victim, Charryn and
Robert Hopkins, and said, "I hope you're happy now."
brought an end to the two-week trial of the youth, who had admitted to killing Mr. Hopkins, 18, but
pleaded not guilty to second-degree
12-member jury took one day to reach their verdict .
court, Dr. Hopkins, a Toronto dentist, told reporters that the decision brought him no happiness.
"This is a sad
day for everybody," he said.
"This is just one more sad day for us in
a string of sad days."
and his wife had been at a Christmas party in Orillia when a snowstorm stopped them from returning
home to York Mills. Their son was
stabbed to death on Dec. 11, 2004, as he tried to eject a
group of teens who had arrived
uninvited and refused to leave a party being held by his younger brother, Cameron, at the
In court yesterday, the accused began
weeping even before the jury filed in
and took their seats. He began with a sniffle, then a sob, and
he continued moaning after he was
pronounced guilty, and the jurors were dismissed.
He held his
mother for almost an hour before Madam Justice Susanne Goodman of the Superior Court denied his
lawyer's request he remain on bail
until his sentencing, which is scheduled for May. 19.
"This is a very
serious case and there is no doubt that there is going to be a period of detention," Judge
The maximum youth sentence for
second-degree murder is seven years, split into four years in custody and
three years in the community, with supervision.
Bill Parker, the lawyer for the accused,
said afterward that he was "shocked"
by the conviction, and would advise his client to appeal.
"There's no way
in hell there should be a second-degree finding based on the evidence," he said.
Through most of the trial, the accused
sat slumped over a table behind Mr.
Parker with his head bowed. He claimed that he picked up a
knife from the ground and
accidentally plunged it into Mr. Hopkins when he was pushed from behind.
recollection of that night -- patchy and blurred by alcohol,
he said -- did not explain the
stabbing injuries Mr. Hopkins received: two in the back, one cut to the calf.
friend of the accused was also cut on the buttock as he
scuffled on the lawn with Mr.
Hopkins. The jury also heard how the accused tried to cast blame on his friend when police
interviewed him 24 hours after the killing.
In court, much of the evidence came down
to the testimony of the accused,
versus the testimony of the victim's younger brother.
now 18, told the jury how the accused chased him with a knife, shouting threats, then turned
back and stabbed Mr. Hopkins three
of the other teen witnesses -- there were about a half-dozen
called by Crown prosecutors Maria
Speyer and Laurie Gonet -- said they saw the stabbing, or heard shouts,
asserting it was either too dark, or they were too drunk to remember specific
one said he saw the accused slip a knife up his sleeve in the
Hopkins's home, and another saw him
brandishing a knife outside.
On the first day of trial, she felt pain
when the word "murdered" was read
before her son's name.
And it never got easier: seeing police
photos of his battered face; hearing
the scientific account of the knife wounds that cut short his
life; or bumping into the accused,
who was free on bail, in the halls of
For her, the guilty finding was the only
acceptable one. For Dr. Hopkins, no
verdict would help because, as he put it, "I've already lost."
Even now that their legal journey is
over, the Hopkins say they have had
difficulty healing since the day their son was murdered.
just as bad as it ever was," Dr. Hopkins said. "You just constantly get reminded of things that
keep throwing you back again."
Cameron switched to a private school, too
distressed by the notoriety of the
killing to continue at York Mills Collegiate.
Mrs. Hopkins has
so far been unable to finish her doctorate in education, which was nearing completion
when her son was killed.
Dr. Hopkins said his work has been a
lucky distraction, but there are days
when only his family can keep him going.
But they can
still smile and laugh to remember Tanner Hopkins's love of films, such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off
and Scarface, or his love of hockey,
snowboarding and cooking.
Their brick bungalow, their home for 20
years, is still their sanctuary.
Tanner's bedroom remains as it did the day he died: his mirror cluttered with ticket stubs and
photos of his girlfriend, Sarah. His
family visit there often, to remember him.
Tanner grew up," Mrs. Hopkins explained. "There's this one aberration that never should have
Probe into officer's crash looks at
alcohol Friday, April
28, 2006 The Associated Press Albany - The
investigation into the fatal car crash of a decorated city police detective will examine whether he
was drinking alcohol before he went
on duty early Wednesday, according to the Albany police
Kenneth Wilcox, 39, had begun his
overnight shift as a homicide detective when his unmarked police car
crashed about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on
Interstate 90 in Albany. The car hit a guard rail, crossed into the median and slammed into a
concrete barrier, police said. He was
pronounced dead at a hospital an hour later.
hadsaid the results of blood toxicology tests will take four to six weeks to complete. However,
law enforcement officials told the
Albany Times Union on Thursday that a hospital test showed
Wilcox had a blood-alcohol level of
0.03 percent (see impaired at
just .03), Police Chief James Tuffey issued a
statement Wednesday acknowledging internal affairs detectives retraced
Wilcox's movements before the crash.
"Understanding the sensitive nature of
this investigation, if it is
determined that alcohol was a factor in the accident, an
integral part of the internal
investigation will focus on the environment of that alcohol consumption and police
department standard operating procedures relative to his on-duty
work," he said.
Part of the probe will focus on whether
Wilcox checked in with other officers
or supervisors when he reported for work, Tuffey said.
The Times Union
reported that Wilcox and Aaron R. Dare, his business associate in an Albany real-estate firm,
had spent seven hours at Noche Lounge, an upscale Albany nightclub,
before leaving about 11 p.m. Tuesday
carrying an empty cognac bottle. Others in the bar told the
newspaper they drank expensive cognac
Man sentenced in hit-and-run death of
22, 2006, 9:37 PM CST
OSHKOSH, Wis -- A repeat drunken driver
convicted in the hit-and-run death of an assistant football
coach from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh was sentenced
Wednesday to 25 years in prison.
Justin Butler, 26, of Oshkosh, will also
spend 25 years under extended supervision under the sentence
handed down by Judge Tom Gritton of Winnebago County Circuit
plea deal, Butler had pleaded guilty to charges of homicide by
intoxicated use of a vehicle and hit and run resulting in
death in the accident a year ago that killed 27-year-old Joe
Butler's extensive record includes three
previous drunken driving convictions and 20 traffic offenses,
authorities said. He has 17 past convictions related to drugs
Winnebago County District Attorney
William Lennon said the case was particularly disturbing
because Butler had so many chances to change his behavior when
sent to jail on seven previous occasions.
``How could you
not get it, unless you didn't want to get it?'' Lennon
sentencing, friends and relatives recalled the life of
Mostofi, who had nearly completed a master's degree and was
planning to attend law school.
His mother, Judy Mostofi, said she hopes
Butler never has the ability to put anyone else's life at
did not deserve to die, and our family didn't deserve to be
sentenced to hell on Earth,'' she said.
complaint said Butler hit a minivan on U.S. 41 early on the
morning of March 5, 2005. The collision sent the minivan
across three lanes of traffic and into a cement wall. Butler
drove away but a semitrailer truck and Mostofi's car also
became involved in the crash, resulting in fatal injuries to
Butler, arrested later in Oshkosh, told
police he fled because he had been drinking and he didn't have
a driver's license, the complaint said. Copyright (c) 2006, The Associated
Drifter gets 20 years for killing his
Houde Special to the Tribune
homeless drifter was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison
for killing a Prospect Heights man who had befriended him.
Taylor, 43, pleaded guilty to murdering Michael Sieben in a
hearing before Cook County Circuit Judge John Scotillo in
Rolling Meadows. In custody since his arrest in December 2003,
Taylor will have to serve 100 percent of the sentence,
according to Assistant State's Atty. Cathy Nauheimer.
Taylor stayed in
homeless shelters and at Sieben's home on Thomas Street. On
Dec. 7 Sieben and Taylor had been drinking with a third man
when the two quarreled. Taylor struck Sieben, causing him to
fall, then beat him to death. Sieben had skull fractures, a
broken arm and leg, and stab and blunt force wounds,
Taylor put Sieben's body on his bed, and
it was not discovered until several days later when police
found Sieben's dog roaming the area and traced the animal's
had fled in Sieben's sport-utility vehicle, leaving it in a
parking lot at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital when he
tried to check into the psychiatric unit at the Park Ridge
facility, authorities said. Taylor ended up at Read Mental
Health Center in Chicago, and police arrested him there after
finding the car. The third man was to have been a prosecution
witness but died of natural causes before testifying.
Sieben's family, including his parents, attended the hearing
and some of them wept as Nauheimer described the slaying.
Sieben, a mechanic, was 48.
In a victim impact statement, Sieben's
sister, Marilyn McIntosh of Pompano Beach, Fla., described how
the murder affected the family.
"We no longer have Mick, the auto
mechanic guru who gave us help and advice on our cars,"
McIntosh said. "His death runs through our minds like a TV
show, but this was no TV show. He was viciously and cruelly
murdered. We all miss him very much."
Husband charged in fatal
March 23, 2006
A felony arrest
warrant was issued Wednesday for a Geneva man on charges of
reckless homicide and aggravated drunken driving in a one-car
crash last month that killed his wife.
Assistant State's Atty. Steve Sims said prosecutors were in
contact with an attorney for Chad Minalga, 47, of the 800
block of North Lincoln Avenue following his release Tuesday
from a physical rehabilitation facility in Wheaton.
charged with causing the death of his wife, Laverne, 29, who
was pronounced dead at Delnor Hospital following the Feb. 17
crash in St. Charles. She was front-seat passenger in the
severely injured Minalga and his wife had to be pried from
their car after it hit a tree in the 700 block of 3rd
coroner's inquest Wednesday, a Kane County jury ruled the
woman's death was a reckless homicide.
Joseph Grady set bond for Minalga at $500,000, according to
According to St. Charles police
investigators, Minalga's blood-alcohol level exceeded .08.
four felony counts, the most serious of which, if convicted,
could bring a sentence ranging from probation to up to 14
years in prison.
Police Eye Drugs, Alcohol in Holloway
23, 2006, 9:20 PM CST
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Aruban police
are reportedly looking into the possibility that the
disappearance of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway could be linked
to alcohol or drugs, according to a report Thursday by CBS.
have come forward who say the then 18-year-old Holloway had
drugs in her possession and was drinking heavily on May 30,
the day she disappeared, Gerald Dompig, deputy chief of police
for Aruba, told CBS television's "48 Hours Mystery" program,
which released a partial transcript of the interview on
"We feel strongly that she probably went
into shock or something happened to her system with all the
alcohol -- maybe on top of that, other drugs, which either she
took or they gave her -- and that she ... just collapsed," he
said in the interview, scheduled for broadcast on Saturday.
may have ensued after the death, he said. Dompig specified
that witnesses did not see Holloway taking drugs, only that
she had them in her possession.
"After 10 months of investigation,
including hearing many witnesses, we have strong indications
that Natalee has died," Dompig told The Associated Press.
Dompig said she
could have either died in a nonviolent manner, by her going
into shock or that she collapsed due to her body's reaction to
effects from alcohol or drugs, or she was killed.
last seen leaving a bar with Dutch national Joran van der
Sloot and Surinamese brothers Deepak and Satish Kalpoe. No one
has been charged in her disappearance -- though Dompig told AP
that the three remain suspects -- and the investigation has
produced a number of false leads.
Dompig said searches for her body in sand
dunes along the island's northern tip, at a beach close to the
Marriott Resort -- where van der Sloot said he last left
Holloway -- and a salt pond near the hotel, were ongoing and
will continue in the coming weeks.
priority is to find forensic evidence," he told AP, noting
searches were based on tips.
Man Charged With DUI After
A 55-year-old Des Plaines man is facing a
charge of driving while under the
influence after a car he was driving rammed into and through
the front window and wall of a vision
care center at 1070 Oakton St. Tuesday evening, Mar. 14.
Police Chief Jim Prandini, when Thomas Buda, 2107 Craig Dr. was leaving the McDonald's Restaurant
drive-through across from the vision care center, he somehow drove across
Oakton Street, jumped the street curb into the building. As he was leaving the
McDonald's his car hit a garbage can
and proceeded across the four lanes of heavy Oakton Street
people inside the vision care building were slightly injured,
Buda was charged
with driving under the influence and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. He is
scheduled to appear in Skokie court on Apr. 11.
Outcome of video rape case no cause for
The festivity was sickening.
“I feel great,”
Adrian Missbrenner declared in Saturday’s Daily Herald headline.
Judging by the
teary eyes, hand-slapping, waves to the cameras and ear-to-ear grins, you would have thought
Missbrenner’s family was celebrating
an Olympic gold medal and not the end of a rape trial.
The only thing
missing was Missbrenner shouting, “I’m going to Disney World!”
What was there to celebrate?
That a Cook
County jury had found no crime in the fact that he
participated in repulsive group sex
with a 16-year-old drunken Naperville girl? That it had been videotaped like a
birthday party? That the unconscious teenager was defiled with a cigarette, a
condom, spit and magic markers?
There is no disputing any of that.
Missbrenner admitted his actions. He
just maintained that the 16-year-old girl was a willing
participant — and the jury bought
words, on Dec. 7, 2002, Missbrenner and his friends just took “a few liberties with one of their
female party guests,” to quote a line
from the movie “Animal House.” For God’s sake, Missbrenner was just “a child” himself at the time of
the drunken sex, as one of his
straight-faced lawyers actually described him shortly after being charged.
prosecutors have lost this case? At the time of the
incident, the Naperville girl was 16.
Under Illinois law, a 16-year-old cannot consent to have sex with an adult.
Period. The law is intended to prevent
adults from taking advantage of children.
almost 18. You have to wonder whether the sex, booze and videotape party had taken place on
March 27, 2003 — the day after Missbrenner turned 18 — he would have
been considered “more” of an adult.
What if he was 19 or 20? Would the jury have considered the girl a minor under his control?
justice has finally prevailed,” said Missbrenner’s father, Damir, after the verdict.
By that he meant
the jury determined the girl consented to having sex with his son and the others. Maybe
she was indeed a willing participant. But state law says that a 16-year old
girl is legally incapable of consenting to have sex with anybody. What
happened to her protection under the
the lightening-quick not guilty verdict was announced
Friday, Missbrenner’s mother,
Dobrilla, said her son’s behavior wasn’t “nice” and she had been stunned to find out he
engaged in “group sex and drinking.”
It must have been especially jarring considering she and her husband were home the evening it
occurred, in another wing of the
Missbrenner said she just wanted to hug her son.
hugged him for nine months,” she said.
I wonder when
the girl her son was accused of assaulting will be able to hug a man without flinching?
acquits man of murder By Christy Gutowski Daily Herald Legal Affairs Writer
died hours after being beaten with a flashlight while unconscious and lying face down outside
an Addison burrito joint.
His parents, Arthur and Pamela, came to
the DuPage County courthouse demanding
justice for their son’s death.
They left Wednesday disappointed.
justice,” said Arthur Artman, whose anger seethed. “My son was bludgeoned to death. Who’s
A jury acquitted Troy Kindt, of Glen
Ellyn, of murder, aggravated battery
and obstruction of justice for a June 12, 2004, fight over a parking space that left Artman dead at
24 and his older brother, Anthony,
Members did convict the 35-year-old
former stockbroker of mob action, a
felony punishable by up to three years in prison. Jurors
deliberated for nearly 12 hours over
two days and were sequestered overnight before reaching a verdict.
It’s rare for a
DuPage County jury to acquit for murder. Bruce Keintz was found innocent in 2003 of his adopted
baby’s death in Lombard. Noe Franco
was acquitted in 1992 of a Bensenville gang shooting.
Kindt into immediate custody Wednesday to await sentencing later this year. He had been free on a $3
His former friend, Louis Battistoni, 31,
of Elmhurst will be paroled in August
for his role in the fight outside El Burrito Tapatio.
Battistoni received a three-year term
after admitting guilt to two lesser felonies.
He and Kindt blamed each other for
inflicting the fatal blows. Kindt denied harming Nick, who he said came at
him with something in his hand. A
knife was found nearby.
The defendant’s parents, Tom and
Jacquelyn Kindt, declined comment. So
did the jury foreman.
Attorney Brian Telander attributed the
murder acquittal to the conflicting testimony of Anthony Artman and
Battistoni, as well as the lack of DNA
testing in the case.
“The case just made no sense,” said
Telander, who with attorney Don
Angelini defended Kindt. “They charged the wrong guy.”
who arrived after his brother, said he saw Kindt charge at Nick, grab him by the throat
and bang his head into a steel wall.
Artman said he grabbed the flashlight from inside his truck and ran to help his brother. He struck
Kindt once, but Battistoni overpowered
him. Artman, of Roselle, said he was hit twice in the back of the head, likely by Kindt, since
Battistoni was in his view.
Patrons at the
restaurant did not witness the violence. The flashlight was absent of fingerprints. All four men
had been drinking alcohol. Everyone
had a motive to lie.
Prosecutors Robert Berlin and Josh Dieden
told jurors that if they looked at the
brothers’ horrific injuries there’s no way Kindt is telling the truth that he never harmed
Nick and only exchanged punches with
Anthony after being attacked. They argued it was clear two
men were responsible for the
DuPage State’s Attorney Joseph Birkett
said jurors likely acquitted because
they knew Battistoni got a three-year deal.
“I was afraid of
this, but sometimes to get the truth out you have to call people who were involved in the
criminal activity,” he said.
Kindt, now a convicted felon, isn’t out
of legal trouble yet. Birkett said he
also may pursue felony witness tampering charges since
Kindt’s friend testified he telephoned
Battistoni at the defendant’s urging.
The Artmans also filed a lawsuit. Even if
they win, however, Arthur Artman said
it doesn’t change their sad reality.
bring my son back,” he said. “Where is the justice for my family?”
months before his twins, Nick Jr. and Ally, were
Police allege man drove while
Sunday, March 19, 206
BETHLEHEM | An Allentown man was charged
with driving under the influence Friday after telling police
he had been drinking and should be arrested.
Police said an officer stopped Eric M.
Snyder on Drury Lane near Rockingham Drive after a witness
reported a truck driving erratically.
When the officer asked Snyder for his
license, Snyder said he had been drinking and a DUI charge
would be inevitable, so the officer should just arrest him.
Police said the officer smelled alcohol
on Snyder's breath. Snyder, 30, initially refused to perform a
field sobriety test, but after being handcuffed he consented,
A breath test showed Snyder's
blood-alcohol content was 0.17 percent, more than double the
state's legal driving limit of 0.08 percent, police said.
Snyder was taken to the Northampton
County DUI center, police said. Snyder will be mailed a
summons for driving under the influence and careless driving.
A driver and a pedestrian from the
same bar meet with a fatal result.
Knightdale, NC -- Police say James
Warren was trying to do the right thing, and it cost him
Warren went to a bar in Knightdale
on Friday night to watch the NCAA tournament. Police
say, when it was time to go, he realized he'd had too
much to drink, so he started walking to meet his wife.
passed out on the side of the road. A Wake County deputy
and a passing motorist stopped to check on him. But at
that point, police say, a man who had been drinking at
the same bar came driving by, hit the deputy's cruiser
and sent it rolling over Warren, killing him.
have charged Samuel Morris of Wendell with felony death
by vehicle while driving drunk.
Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI
after fatal accident
12:32 p.m. March 19, 2006
OCEANSIDE – A man
crossing a street was killed and a woman was arrested
Sunday for alleged drunk driving after a traffic
accident, an Oceanside police officer said.
The victim, 37-year-old Juan David
Cristobal of Oceanside, was struck by the car just after
midnight as he crossed Mission Avenue near Mesa Drive,
said Officer Ken Newsom.
An officer found an
injured Cristobal in the roadway, and a witness said he
saw the crash, Newsom said.
The driver, a 43-year-old Oceanside
woman whose name was not released, fled after the
collision but returned minutes later, and was arrested
on suspicion of driving under the influence, Newsom
Cristobal died at the scene, the
may have been drunk, but police say owner was for sure
McCarthy Tribune staff
March 16, 2006, 9:01 PM CST
warning signs and weaving an erratic path through parked
school buses, an Island Lake woman drove up on the
sidewalk to the front door of an elementary school just
before dismissal, officials said Thursday.
picking up her 10-year-old son and with her 3-year-old
daughter also in the car, Diane Marcotte, 49, smelled of
alcohol and failed several sobriety tests Monday
afternoon, police said.
Then officers noticed Chico, an
erratic-acting Chihuahua, in the back seat.
officer got real close to the little pooch and
determined there was a strong odor of alcohol about the
dog," said Island Lake Police Chief John Fellmann. "The
dog proceeded to throw up in the car."
Chico recovered from what officials said appeared to be
a hangover, Marcotte, of the 800 block of Plymouth Lane,
was charged with driving under the influence and child
endangerment, both misdemeanors.
told police that she entered the bus area because she
was in a rush, her puppy was having a seizure and she
needed to get to the veterinarian immediately.
refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was taken into
custody, police said. Released on $1,000 bail, she also
was cited for a fire-lane violation, police said. If
convicted, she could face up to a year in jail and a
$2,500 fine, authorities said.
from McHenry County Animal Control said she could also
face charges of animal cruelty.
could not be reached for comment Thursday.
initial reports indicate the Chihuahua may have imbibed
tequila, the findings aren't complete, animal control
manager Jerry Rivard said.
"Our officer got there, and
basically the dog fell out of the car," Rivard said.
"The dog smelled like alcohol. ... He couldn't stand up.
It was like a drunken stupor."
incident left school administrators at Cotton Creek
Elementary School baffled and prompted the district
superintendent to review traffic-safety regulations at
"The school has been open since
1995, and in all the years this has never happened,"
District 118 Supt. Daniel Coles said. "We were very
concerned about the kids and the staff."
ignored "Do Not Enter" signs when she parked on the
sidewalk in front of the school entrance, Coles said.
personnel called police because the school's
approximately 600 pupils, from pre-kindergarten to 4th
grade, were about to be dismissed.
children were left with school administrators, and their
father picked them up later that afternoon, officials
cheerleader attack By Gene Haschak Daily Herald Staff Writer
46-year-old South Elgin man was Friday was sentenced to
18 months of probation, a $250
fine and 60 hours of community service and was ordered to have no contact with
witnesses on charges he assaulted two 11-year-old cheerleaders last
The cheerleaders were celebrating
the homecoming of their football team and at about 10:30 p.m. Sept.
23 strew toilet paper in the yard of Michael Ledford, thinking it was
the yard of a football player.
was found guilty on Feb. 8 of throwing one cheerleader
down seven concrete steps and
pushing another into the railing on his porch.
There were about 20 cheerleaders in
the yard in all and about 10 adult chaperones.
sentencing hearing Friday at Elgin Branch Court
lacked much of the drama that
occurred during the trial. There were no staredowns between Ledford and the mothers of
the cheerleaders, no nervous girls testifying, no shouting of, “You
knocked them down like bowling pins.” Only one cheerleading mom was in
The prosecutor asked for 18 months
of probation, three weekends in
jail, anger management classes, a fine of $300 to $500
and that Ledford have no contact
with the witnesses.
“Mr. Ledford came out of his home
with alcohol on his breath and profanities coming from his mouth,”
said Assistant Kane County State’s Attorney Avery Johnson. “All of the
cheerleaders there were crying, upset and traumatized, and it will
be on their minds for the rest of their lives.”
attorney, Richard W. Robinson, said his client, who
has no criminal history, was in
his home at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 23 when the cheerleaders and their chaperones
came into his yard.
“He was at home antagonizing no one
when these people descended on
him,” he said.
In rendering his decision, Kane
County Judge Timothy McCann admonished Ledford.
concerned about someone coming to your door in the
future selling cookies, or
trick-or-treating on Halloween, or even your reaction to strangers,” the judge said.
Fatal wreck blamed on alcohol,
students killed near Crystal Lake
By Jeff Long and Richard Wronski Tribune staff reporters
Alcohol was a factor in a weekend
crash that killed two Prairie Ridge High School
students, close friends for years, whose speeding car
slammed into a tree near Crystal Lake, police said
"If I could, I would take pictures
of this accident and any other one like it into the
schools and show it to every kid," said Deputy Ron Page
of the McHenry County sheriff's police. "They need to
understand alcohol kills."
The teens' car crashed early Sunday
in the 3000 block of Red Barn Road, north of Crystal
Lake and not far from where the teens lived. There were
indications that both had been drinking, and authorities
were investigating reports that they had attended a
party in the Crystal Lake area before the crash, Page
Dead are the driver, Jeffrey P.
Mills, 17, of the 5200 block of Granite Court, in
unincorporated McHenry County, near Crystal Lake, and
his passenger, Scott W. Scheckel, 16, of the 3800 block
of Acacia Drive, Crystal Lake. Both were airlifted to
hospitals, where they died of their injuries.
a senior at Prairie Ridge in Crystal Lake and planned to
study architecture in the fall at the Illinois Institute
of Technology in Chicago, family members said. Scheckel
was a junior and an honor roll student, said his father,
"I just think it was some young
people who didn't know what their limits were," his
father said. "Maybe they didn't react right. These were
good kids. It's a tragedy."
Mills' brother, Joseph, 26, of
Elgin, said he had never known his sibling to drink
alcohol. But if what police say is true, he has advice
for other teens:
"Just, hopefully, people will stop
and think a little bit more about their actions."
was traveling north "well in excess of 55 m.p.h." on a
two-lane residential street with a 30 m.p.h. speed limit
when it left the road, Page said.
not reveal the location of the party they reportedly
attended or say whether adults had furnished alcohol for
the teens before the crash. He also would not say how
police know that both teens had been drinking. He said
that information is part of the investigation.
in the area all know about this party," Page said.
the temperature at the time of the crash was a degree
below zero, and the weather was clear and dry.
factors contributed," Page said. "Alcohol and excessive
Rescuers extricated the teens from
the wreckage, police said.
"It was a massive impact," Page
Alcohol To Blame For Fatal Highway Crash
One person is dead after a fatal
two-car crash that happened early Thursday morning on
John Scott Highway.
The driver of one of the cars is
behind bars, and the Ohio Highway Patrol said both
drivers were drunk.
The accident happened just before 2
a.m. at the bottom of the John Scott connector in
between the Route 22 East and West on-ramps.
Troopers said a Ford Sport Tracker,
the at-fault vehicle, was heading northbound down the
hill, while a pickup truck was heading southbound up the
The driver was the only person in
the Sport Tracker, and three people, including the
driver, were inside the pickup.
The OHP said the driver of the
Sport Tracker went left of center to crash into the
pickup. Troopers said the vehicle actually traveled so
far left of center that the passenger sides of both
vehicles were the biggest points of impact.
The far-right passenger in the
pickup was killed.
To add to the fatality, troopers
said, both drivers were drunk.
All of the men involved were
transported for treatment. The three in the pickup were
taken to UPMC in Pittsburgh, where Justin Jenkins, 23,
of Colliers, was pronounced dead.
The driver of the Sport Tracker,
Timothy Morris, 38, of Wintersville, was cited for
aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the
Jeffrey Rawson, 25, of Colliers,
who was driving the pickup, was not cited for the crash,
but is facing DUI charges.
He and his twin brother, Jason, of
Weirton, are recovering at UPMC and are expected to make
a full recovery.
Morris is being held in the
Jefferson County Jail on $15,000
Drunken Inter fans cause a
Around 20 Inter Milan supporters disrupted a
Transavia flight headed for Amsterdam's Schipol airport,
ahead of their team's Champions League last 16 first leg
clash against Ajax on Wednesday, according to the ANP agency.
Drunken fans insulted the cabin
crew and two Milanese refused to sit down and continued
to walk around the cabin while the pilot was preparing
The cabin crew had to try to calm
down the rest of the group before a landing could be
In Amsterdam, Dutch mounted police
stopped the group and arrested the two supporters who
refused to be seated. They were finally allowed to enter
the country after paying a fine of 250 euros.
“People are only refused permission
to embark when they arrive at the take-off lounge in a
drunken state,” said a Transavia steward.
“In Milan, there was no reason to
refuse them entry.”
The supporters became drunk during
the flight on alcohol they had brought with them onto
the plane. – AFP
killed in car crash after police chase --------------------
February 27, 2006
A Chicago man died Sunday morning when the car he was
riding in crashed after a chase with police had ended,
Chicago police had been chasing the
vehicle about 2:25 a.m. after receiving reports that
either the 20-year-old driver or one of his three
passengers had been flashing a handgun at passing
motorists, a police spokeswoman said.
was called off in the interest of public safety after
the driver caused a minor traffic accident on the 3400
block of South Pulaski Road, the spokeswoman said.
vehicle soon crashed into a wall at 4500 South Pulaski,
killing passenger Luis Vasquez, 19, of 4000 block of
West 61st Street. The unidentified driver was taken to
Mt. Sinai Hospital and was listed in good condition. The
two other passengers refused medical treatment.
appears to have played a role in this incident," the
Man pleads guilty in 2 crash
driver plowed into woman, daughter
Houde Special to the Tribune
Zeni Grina had been the "spark
plug" of a large blended family before she and her
100-year-old mother were killed last summer when their
car was demolished in a collision caused by an
"I had the most unusual 14 years
after we got married," said Anthony Grina, recalling his
wife's warmth and zest for life. "I would have liked
On Thursday, Grina, 74, was in a
suburban courtroom as the driver of the sport-utility
vehicle that killed his wife and mother-in-law pleaded
guilty to charges of reckless homicide and aggravated
driving under the influence.
J. Refugio Blancas, 31, a factory
worker from Glendale Heights, went through a red light
at the intersection of Busse and Elmhurst Roads July 5
in Elk Grove Village and collided broadside with a car
driven by Zeni Grina, 63, prosecutors said.
were Grina and Ofelia Lao.
"We lost quite a lot--a wife, a
mother, a stepmother, and a grandmother and a
step-grandmother," said Anthony Grina after Blancas
entered his guilty plea at a hearing before Judge Thomas
Fecarotta Jr. in the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook
County Circuit Court.
Tests showed that Blancas had a
blood-alcohol level of 0.345, more than four times the
legal limit, at the time of the crash, which occurred
about 5 p.m. Witnesses said he appeared to be
Blancas, who received minor
injuries, told investigators he had been drinking beer
and did not see the green compact sedan waiting to make
a turn. The women died of multiple injuries, authorities
Fecarotta set sentencing for April
Grina said his wife was a
remarkable woman who had emigrated from Cuba in the
1960s. They met at Kraft Inc. in Glenview where they
worked, and they got married in 1991, after each had
lost a spouse to cancer.
He had four sons, she had three.
Grina said his second wife was a mother to his sons as
well as her own.
Zeni's parents--her mother was
Cuban, her father was Chinese--also had immigrated to
the U.S. and had been living in Miami.
husband died, Lao moved in with Grina and his wife.
never have known she was 100," he said. "She would sweep
the driveway in the mornings. I told her she didn't have
to do it, but she wanted to."
women were running errands when they were struck.
Guerra, Zeni Grina's youngest son, said the family was
relieved by the guilty plea.
"We're glad we're spared a long
trial," said Guerra, 40, of Des Plaines. "I hope the
judge takes into account the time of day, the alcohol
and the speeding."
Is beer or wine making you
by Lynn Grieger, R.D.,
inspires a variety of dietary questions: How
many calories in a pint of lager? Does red wine
have more calories than white? Let’s weigh in on
how alcohol affects weight loss
Alcohol and body weight The calories in alcohol
add up to increased body
fat, so consider these points
the next time you have that extra drink:
People who are
overweight actually gain
weight more easily when they
alcohol tend to be stored in the gut.
Calorie content of common
alcoholic beverages Although alcohol itself
doesn’t contain fat, it is packed with calories.
And when you add in mixers – juice, sugar and
other ingredients – the calories really can add
beer actually has the same calories as alcoholic
beer: 148 calories in a pint. If you drink a
light beer – like Bud Light – you’ll only take
in around 99 calories per pint.
Wine: Dry wine contains
fewer calories than sweeter wine. For example, a
glass of dry wine has about 106 calories and a
glass of sweet dessert wine has a whopping 226
calories. If you drink a glass of wine before
dinner, another glass with dinner and a sweet
wine for dessert, you've added more than 400
calories to your meal.
You'll be glad to
hear that champagne contains the same amount of
calories as other dry wines, 106 calories per
hard stuff: The calories in gin, rum, vodka
or whiskey depends on the proof, which is twice
the percentage of alcohol. For example, 90 proof
vodka contains 45 per cent alcohol; 100 proof
contains 50 per cent alcohol. And it’s easy to
guess which has more calories: The higher the
proof, the higher the calories. Here’s the
Double shot 80 proof
contains 97 calories
Double shot 90 proof
contains 110 calories
Double shot 100
proof contains 124 calories
Calorie content of
other types of liquor varies greatly. Watch the
really sweet stuff, though. A serving of
schnapps has 108 calories, and crème de menthe
will set you back 186 calories.
Obviously, the larger the drink the higher the
calorie content. If your favourite watering hole
serves pond-sized margaritas, you can easily
drink more than 400 calories (without the crisps
Adding it all up One beer every night adds
1,036 additional calories per week, or 15 pounds
to your stomach per year. No wonder they call it
a beer belly. Three glasses of dry wine a week
will cost you 318 calories, or an additional
three miles on the treadmill just
to walk off the extra calories. If you’re
watching your weight, try this advice:
Remember that the
calories from alcohol add up quickly, and they
go straight to the fat in your abdomen
Most people eat
high-calorie snacks when they drink alcohol, a
double whammy in terms of weight
Suddenly, water with
a twist of lemon never looked so good.
DWI charge in fatal crash
Friend arrested after early
morning accident kills Colonie man
COLONIE -- A 20-year-old
man died early Sunday when an SUV driven by his
longtime friend, who police say was drunk,
struck a tree off Lincoln Avenue.
Anson M. Breen was
declared dead at the scene near Petra Lane.
Thomas LaFore, 20, of Loudonville, was charged
with driving while intoxicated and issued an
appearance ticket. More charges are pending.
LaFore was taken to Albany Medical Center
Hospital with internal injuries, police said. He
was in critical condition Sunday morning, police
spokeswoman said no information about LaFore was
available Sunday night.
Snowy roads and
alcohol conspired to send the northbound 2001
Nissan SUV sliding off Lincoln Avenue, police
said. The pair wore seat belts, but Breen's side
hit the tree first, authorities said.
Police at the scene
reported a "strong odor" of alcohol from LaFore
and noted his "impaired motor skills," the
arrest report said.
Buddies since middle
school, the two had been "out for the night,
like kids do," grandmother Kay Breen of Colonie
said by phone.
Breen attended South
Colonie schools, was a supervisor for UPS in
Latham and lived on Lincoln Avenue, not far from
his parents' house, she said.
Authorities reached the
scene around 4:08 a.m. Colonie Village
firefighters removed Breen from the car.
Seminarian pleads guilty in
fatal crash --------------------
Barbara Bell Special to
March 1, 2006
former student at University of St. Mary of the
Lake seminary in Mundelein admitted Tuesday that
he was driving a car at a high speed while drunk
when it hit a tree on the campus last fall,
killing two seminarians and injuring another.
Robert Spaulding, 27,
pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless
homicide and one count of aggravated driving
under the influence in a plea deal that could
send him to prison for up to 10 years. In a plea
deal, six counts of aggravated DUI were dropped,
said Lake County Assistant State's Atty. Suzanne
Willett. If Spaulding had been convicted of the
original charges, he could have faced 28 years
in prison, Willett said.
"The defendant did admit he
was driving," Willett told Lake County Circuit
Judge Victoria Rossetti.
Sept. 15 Spaulding was driving an Oldsmobile
Aurora between 43 and 70 m.p.h. in a 25 m.p.h.
zone on campus when the car hit a tree, Willett
said. Killed in the crash were seminarians Jared
Cheek, 23, of St. Marys, Kan., and Matthew
Molnar, 28, of Overland, Kan. Both were riding
in the back seat.
Another seminarian, Mark
Rowlands, 36, who owned the car, was in the
front passenger seat and broke his arm, Willett
said. He was charged with aggravated unlawful
use of a weapon, aggravated false impersonation
of a person and false impersonation of a
Rowlands also is accused of
telling police that he was a representative of a
Sheriff's Department in Ohio. Before entering
the seminary, Rowlands was a sheriff's captain
in Fairfield, Ohio. Rowlands, who is living in
Glen Ellyn, has pleaded not guilty. His trial is
set for April 3.
The Plot Thickens in
Ferrari Crash --------------------
A gun's magazine found near
the wreckage may be connected to the accident,
and a Scottish bank says it might own the
By Richard Winton and David
Pierson Times Staff
February 28, 2006
The mystery deepened Monday
in the case of the puzzling crash last week of a
$1-million Ferrari Enzo on Pacific Coast Highway
Sheriff's detectives said
Monday that they believe a gun's magazine
discovered near the wreckage is connected to the
crash, and they plan to interview an unnamed
person who they believe was in the car with
Swedish game machine entrepreneur Stefan
The crash has also garnered
the attention of a leading Scottish bank, which
has informed sheriff's investigators that it may
own the destroyed car. At the same time,
detectives are trying to figure out why another
exotic car in Eriksson's extensive collection, a
Mercedes SLR, was listed as stolen by Scotland
Yard in London, said Sheriff's Sgt. Phil
The totaled Ferrari was one
of two Enzos that Eriksson brought into the
United States from England along with the
Mercedes SLR, Brooks said. But detectives
concluded that the totaled vehicle did not have
appropriate papers and was not "street legal"
for driving in California, he said.
Detectives have been trying
for nearly a week to sort out what exactly
happened last Tuesday morning when Eriksson's
Enzo — one of only 400 ever made
— smashed into a telephone pole,
totaling the car. Eriksson told deputies that he
was the passenger and that a man he knew only as
"Dietrich" was behind the wheel. But detectives
have been openly skeptical of the story, noting
that Eriksson had a bloody lip and that the only
blood they found in the car was on the
driver's-side air bag.
Brooks said detectives have
called in Eriksson for another interview.
Eriksson has declined through the security guard
at his gated Bel-Air estate to comment. An
attorney who has previously represented Eriksson
in civil matters, Ashley Posner, also declined
to comment Monday.
But some city leaders in
Malibu, where the crash has been the talk of the
town, were less circumspect.
"The guy should have had an
IQ test," said Malibu Mayor Pro Tem Ken
Kearsley, who has been following the coverage of
the crash with a half-grin. The driver's IQ
"couldn't come up above 60 if he was doing 120
on PCH," Kearsley said.
But in fact, Brooks said
Monday, the car was traveling 162 mph when it
crashed, far faster than the 120 mph originally
believed. The Ferrari, with just a few inches of
undercarriage clearance, hit a bump at a crest
in the road, sending the vehicle airborne and
into the power pole, Brooks said.
Brooks said they are
investigating whether someone else may have been
present and are trying to determine whether the
recovered gun component is connected to the
case. He declined to say more about the find or
elaborate on the status of the Scottish bank and
Scotland Yard in the case.
The question of whether
Eriksson was the driver is key to the case,
Brooks said. Eriksson's blood-alcohol level was
0.09%, higher than the legal limit for operating
a motor vehicle.
Sheriff's officials are
still trying to confirm witness reports that the
Ferrari might have been drag racing with another
car, and officials aren't sure if that's what
Crash kills Joliet teen;
another critically hurt --------------------
Tonya Maxwell Tribune
February 28, 2006
accident early Sunday was so violent that police
still have not been able to determine which of
two best friends was driving the 1996 Buick
Skylark that flipped over after it struck a
light post and came to rest against a house in
Hermes Phillips, 19, who
was ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced
dead at a local hospital about 30 minutes after
the single-car wreck at West McDonough and South
Pleasant Streets, according to police and the
Will County coroner's office.
His friend, Eric Woods Jr.,
also 19, had to be extricated from the car,
Police Lt. Dennis Goron said. Woods was in
critical condition late Monday in Provena St.
Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, police said.
Phillips, who police said
had a .22 blood alcohol level, nearly three
times the legal limit of .08, was pronounced
dead at 1:16 a.m. Police said they have not
determined if Woods had been drinking.
Witnesses told police that
the car was speeding, going faster than the
posted 30 m.p.h. limit, Goron said. The
driver-side door slammed into the light post,
nearly splitting the car in two, he said.
"The biggest task is
identifying the driver," Goron said. "We will
speak with Mr. Woods when he is able and see if
his statement can help us in that area."
Woods was heavily sedated
Monday, said his father, Eric Sr. His jaw is
broken and his face is swollen, particularly
along the forehead. Doctors are working to make
sure his brain doesn't swell, he said.
father never wants to see his child look like
that," he said.
The teens, neighbors on the
800 block of 2nd Avenue, Joliet, have been
jokesters, akin to a Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin
team, since they were 4 years old, Woods
The younger Woods is a
father of three, while Phillips has a fraternal
twin brother, among other siblings, Woods said.
Most of Phillips' closest relatives have moved
from Joliet, he said.Phillips was practically
another son in the Woods household, said Eric
Woods Jr.'s mother, Betty. Phillips called her
`mom,', and she remembered him in the house
Friday, asking, "Mom, what are you going to
Geneva man’s death ruled an
accident By Tona Kunz Daily Herald Staff
A shortcut along the
railroad tracks took the life of a Geneva man and highlighted the fact
that the tracks are dangerous — even if
you’re not walking in
the center of them.
Keith Hajek, 41, was killed
at 11 p.m. Jan. 11 when a metal pin holding a push guard, used
to remove snow and debris, from the front of a freight train struck
him in the back of the head, according to a coroner’s report released
at an inquest Wednesday.
Hajek was walking just east
of South Third Street in Geneva on the railroad ties that extend
outside the track rails, witnesses told police. The metal pin
extended slightly past the train cars and
parallel to the area
Hajek was walking.
In the foggy night, the
train’s engineer told police he didn’t see Hajek until he was about
300 feet away. He sounded the horn, but in the five seconds it took
for the train traveling 38 mph to reach
Hajek, he never looked
back or moved, Geneva Police Det. Kurt Metallo
A Kane County coroner’s
jury ruled the death an accident.
Officials concluded that
Hajek wasn’t trying to kill himself because he didn’t walk on the
center of the tracks where he was sure to get hit. The electrician and
father of one had been in a good mood that day and paid up his car
insurance less than eight hours before the accident.
bartender at the Caboose restaurant and bar near
the Geneva train depot
said Hajek was taking a common shortcut along
the tracks to his home
on Ridge Lane, Metallo said.
the time of the accident, Hajek’s blood alcohol
content was .25 and he
had marijuana in his system, according to the
Friends and bartenders have
said Hajek was drinking elsewhere before he stopped into the Caboose
to talk with friends for about 90
Alcohol beverage industry
targeting women to drink more BY DEBORAH
BALL AND VANESSA O'CONNELL The Wall Street
a recent Friday night in London, Alison Wildig
hit several bars with a
few girlfriends. She says she drank a bottle of
red wine, two cocktails,
a shot of vodka and a glass of Baileys Irish
British women like Wildig
and her friends are leading a rise in drinking among young women
across the industrial world - a trend that is troubling public-health
leaders and spurring sales for the alcoholic beverage industry. Although
British women drink more than their
the rest of the world, including the U.S., also
has seen a big rise,
according to consumer-goods research firm
British and American women between the legal
drinking age and 24
drank 33 percent more alcoholic drinks by volume
in 2004 than they did
five years earlier, Datamonitor said in a report
Behind the increase: Young
women today are starting families later and have more disposable
income than ever before. They also look up to cocktail-toting
pop-culture icons like Carrie Bradshaw of
"Sex and the City."
Meanwhile, the world's
largest drinks companies, hungry for new sources of revenue in a
business that is growing just 1 percent or so a year overall, have
encouraged the trend. They are heavily
promoting a new range of
concoctions - especially vodka- and
liqueur-based mixed drinks - aimed largely at
The rise in 'alcopop'
Anheuser-Busch Cos., the
U.S.' biggest beer maker, next month plans to roll out Peels, a line
of fizzy, alcoholic fruit drinks in such flavors as strawberry with
passion fruit and cranberry with peach. The St. Louis company
recently invited editors at some of the
nation's top women's
magazines for free manicures and facials at a
Manhattan spa, where
they sampled the drinks.
The products are backed by
a barrage of ads aimed at women. In the past two years, Diageo PLC,
Pernod-Ricard SA and Mark Anthony Group, the maker of Mike's Hard
Lemonade, all have run commercials on the top U.S. cable programs
among 18- to 24-year-old women, according to Nielsen Monitor-Plus.
Promoting alcohol to women
is even more intense in the United Kingdom. In the past two years, 81
new versions of premixed bottled drinks such as Smirnoff Ice and
Bacardi Breezers have hit U.K. shelves,
including a diet version
of Bacardi Breezers launched last summer.
"alcopops," because they resemble alcohol-spiked
soda pop, the drinks
first took off in the U.K. in the early 1990s
before becoming a
worldwide hit for the industry.
With the rise in drinking
among young women, doctors have chronicled an increase in health
problems and police report an increase in
crime, both attacks on
women and women getting into drunken fights.
U.K. police report an
"exponential leap" in disorderly behavior by
drunken women in the
past five years. "In the traditional pub fight
in the past, they would
have been holding their partners back," says
Chris Allison, the head
of licensing issues for Britain's Association
of Chief Police
Officers. "Now they are mirroring the behavior
A growing problem
most rich countries, including the U.S., overall
alcohol consumption is
stagnating, as aging baby boomers pay more
attention to their health. Consumers are drinking
roughly the same amount of alcohol but have switched to higher-quality
products, like premium vodkas or fine wines.
The U.K., where a drinking
culture is deeply ingrained, is seeing a different trend.
According to government figures, only about 8 percent of Britons
abstain completely from alcohol, compared
with 45 percent of
Americans. Alcohol consumption in the U.K.
increased 5 percent from
1999 to 2004, according to consumer research
group Mintel. Per capita
consumption in the U.S. edged up just 1
percent in the same
period, according to Euromonitor.
Concern about the rise of
drinking in the U.K. has mounted in recent years as the
government gradually relaxed rules that
restricted the number of
pubs and forced them to close at 11 p.m. The
allowing pubs to remain open later would end the
practice of downing
drinks quickly when faced with last call.
Critics contend that the
move will only increase the loutish behavior of
drunken pub patrons that
now is a common complaint in many city
Indeed, some British comedy
clubs started requiring a "behavior bond" of about $175 for
bachelor parties a few years ago, says Juliet Ralph, a manager at London
events planner Awesome Events. If the men disrupted the show, they
didn't get the money back. Recently, some venues have also started
demanding the bonds for bachelorette parties.
"People used to be more
wary of the guys initially, but now they know that girls can drink
just as much as the men," Ralph says.
Britain, 17 percent of women age 16 to 24
reported in a 1992 survey that they had
exceeded the daily recommended limit of
during the previous week - the equivalent of
about two small shots of
hard liquor. By 2002, that figure had risen to
33 percent, according to
a government survey.
'It's what we do'
There aren't comparable
government studies in the U.S. Datamonitor found that British and
American women in 2004 drank a third more
alcoholic beverage by
volume than they did five years earlier.
While getting ready to go
out on a recent Saturday night, Claire Mooney, a 23-year-old
insurance broker in London, says she and
three female friends
each drank four or five beer-size bottles of
Smirnoff Ice, which
contains vodka in the U.K. That was pretty
typical, she says,
adding that she often would have an additional
seven or eight drinks at
the pub. "Sometimes we overdo it, but it's what
we do to have fun,"
In Manhattan, Dwyer
Paulsen, 24, and her friends often "pregame," their term for drinking
enough beer at home to get buzzed before they go out to a bar. Paulsen,
an editorial assistant, recently competed in a beer-pong tournament
at a local bar that offered a $5,000 prize. The game involves men and
women throwing ping-pong balls across a table into each other's
half-filled cups of beer. When an opponent sinks a ball, the loser has
to drink the beer.
"That's how we can relate
to guys," Paulsen says. "We can play football or baseball with guys, but
we aren't going to be at the same level competitively. Playing a
drinking game, it's more skill and not
The trend is worrying to
the American Medical Association, which sees health risks from
increased drinking such as sexually
brain damage, cancer and heart problems.
Club boot preceded fatal
Adam Kovac Daily Herald
A Wayne man charged in a
deadly drunken driving crash near Elgin was kicked out of a DuPage
County strip club after he vomited in the
bathroom about a half
hour before the wreck, court documents say.
Before he drove up Route 25
en route to the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin on Jan. 4, John
Homatas shared a fifth of vodka — about 26 ounces — with at least two
friends at the West Chicago-area club, according to a search
warrant filed by Kane County Sheriff’s
Homatas, 24, was seriously
injured in the crash and is expected to be released today from
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, his attorney, Gary
Johnson, said Tuesday.
emergency hearing on the case is set for this
afternoon, when an Ogle
County judge will determine if bail should be
set, First Assistant State’s Attorney Clint Hull
April M. Simmons, 27, of
Yorkville, and her 8¨-month-old fetus, a girl later named Addison,
and John A. Chiariello, 25, of St. Charles, were killed in the 11:28
p.m. crash on Route 25 near Kenyon Road.
Because Simmons is related
to a Kane County judge, Kathleen Kauffmann, an associate judge in Ogle
County, will preside over the charges to avoid a conflict of
interest, Chief Judge Don Hudson said.
Homatas faces up to 28
years in prison if convicted of the most serious offenses, which
include aggravated driving under the
influence of alcohol,
reckless homicide and reckless homicide of an
Homatas, with Chiariello in
the passenger seat, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee north on
Route 25 when he hit Simmons’ Chevrolet Tahoe head on, causing both SUV’s
to catch fire, police say.
Detectives were led to the
strip club, off Route 64, after an orange wristband used to admit
patrons was found on Chiariello, according to a request to search the
A friend told police
Homatas and Chiariello went to the club about 9 p.m. and left two hours
later, after Homatas was ejected for vomiting in the bathroom, the
In the documents, Homatas
told his friend he and Chiariello were headed to the Grand
Victoria, where Simmons worked as a
supervisor. She was
driving home when she was killed.
Homatas has several
speeding tickets on his driving record but
had a valid license at
the time of the crash.
Officer: Teen irate prior
to fatal crash
Published: March 3, 2006
Arnold man charged in the 2004 deaths of two
teens in a White Pines auto accident was driving
drunk and in a fit of rage, a California Highway Patrol officer
Testimony in Anthony Mann's
preliminary hearing began yesterday in Calaveras County Superior
Court and was expected to resume this
At the hearing's
conclusion, Judge Douglas Mewhinney will decide
if there is enough
evidence for Mann to stand trial.
Mann is charged with two
felony counts of vehicular manslaughter. Though Mann was 17 at the
time of the accident, he is being prosecuted as an adult.
Killed in the May 11, 2004,
Blagen Road accident were Mann's brother, Ernest Mann, 16, and
friend, Steven Ferrari, 17.
Two other passengers,
Nicholas Tuana, then 16, and Anthony Linebaugh,
then 17, were injured.
All the teens were from Arnold.
During questioning by
Deputy District Attorney Daniel McConnell, CHP
Officer Charles Parsons
described the CHP investigation that concluded
Mann, now 19, was
driving the car when it crashed.
The investigation was
difficult because the car's driver and
alleged to be Anthony Mann and Linebaugh,
refused to say who was
driving, Parsons said.
Parsons said Tuana told him
in an August 2005 interview the boys were celebrating Anthony Mann's
birthday and decided to drink beer and smoke marijuana the afternoon of
The car went off the road,
crashed into some trees and landed sideways in a ravine.
Prior to the crash, Anthony
Mann became irate when a bottle of liquor, allegedly stolen from an
Arnold liquor store, was broken, Parsons testified.
Tuana told Parsons that
Mann began driving fast and erratically. The passengers yelled at him to
slow down just before the car crashed, Parsons testified.
inventory of the car turned up several items,
including a broken liquor bottle, a marijuana
pipe, a backpack and one tennis shoe.
Several friends of Anthony
Mann gathered for yesterday's hearing and whispered and gripped hands
when Mann was brought into the courtroom wearing a jail-issued
orange jumpsuit and with his hands shackled.
Some wept as they listened
Mann sat quietly through
Mann faces 12 years in
prison if convicted. He remains in county jail
in lieu of $335,000
Midway runway no place for
Officials not sure how man
managed to get past security
Gary Washburn and Dave Wischnowsky Tribune staff reporters
March 8, 2006
neighborhood man who later told police he had
been drinking breached security at Midway
Airport, apparently walking off the street,
through a checkpoint and onto the airfield,
officials acknowledged Tuesday.
portion of the airfield was shut down during the
incident Sunday, and a plane approaching for
landing was ordered to go around after the
intruder was spotted by a pilot on the ground,
said Wendy Abrams, a spokeswoman for the city's
The man was on the field
for about six minutes before being apprehended,
Abrams said. Officials said he was tearing off
The federal government and
the city spend millions of dollars a year on
security at the Southwest Side field, and
exactly how the man was able to escape detection
is under investigation.
"This is a serious matter,"
said Lara Uselding, a spokeswoman for the
Transportation Security Administration. "The TSA
is working closely with the Department of
Aviation to look into the security vulnerability
and rectify the situation."
The man, identified by
police as Mark Mechniek, 22, of the 5400 block
of South Laramie Avenue, allegedly walked
through an airfield gate staffed by a Department
of Aviation security officer at 4:17 p.m.
"My understanding is that a
vehicle was passing through" the gate at the
time the intruder walked through, Abrams said.
Whether the vehicle obscured the view of the
security officer on duty, allowing the man to
enter unnoticed, is one under investigation, she
Mechniek allegedly was
spotted between Runway 4 Left and Runway 4 Right
by a Southwest Airlines pilot who was holding to
cross 4 Right. He apparently was seen at about
the same time by control tower personnel, said
Tony Molinaro, a spokesman for the Federal
Officials ordered the
partial closure of the field.
Controllers instructed an
incoming ATA jet to break off its landing
approach, and the plane came in after the
incident, Abrams said. She was unable to say how
close the pilot was to touchdown when he got the
message to go around.
Meanwhile, Chicago police
and Aviation Department security personnel took
Mechniek into custody by 4:23 p.m. near the
intersection of Runway 22 Left and a taxiway.
"The offender appeared to
have been drinking," said Monique Bond, a police
spokeswoman. "The offender stated he had been
drinking." He did not indicate why he went on
the field, she said.
The runway was reopened at
4:25 p.m., and the FAA was notified, according
"We are looking into it to
see what the security issues could have been,"
said Molinaro. "It is way too early to judge if
it is a big issue or not. What we look at is
what were the security measures, how did the
person get through" and what action should be
taken to prevent a similar incident.
The security officer posted
at the gate, hired by the city in 2001, was put
on paid administrative leave pending the
conclusion of the investigation, Abrams said.
"We view all incidents
regarding unauthorized individuals gaining
access to secured areas of the airport very
seriously," Abrams said. But "we believe this
was an isolated event, and we think this
gentleman was not malicious" in his intent.
The entrance where Mechniek
allegedly walked through, one of three airfield
checkpoints, is set back from 55th Street near
55th's intersection with Laramie. It has a
sliding chain link gate fence about 20 feet high
and a guard shack.
The checkpoint typically is
staffed by one officer, Abrams said.
Signs on the approach to
the entrance warn that it is "restricted area"
and a big red sign at the checkpoint reads that
those seeking entry, "must display personal ID,
vehicle ID and are subject to search."
Food trucks, airline
vehicles and other service vehicles use the
entrance, Abrams said.
security officer stood outside the guard shack
Tuesday evening, and a police squad car was
Mechniek was charged with
reckless conduct and criminal trespass to
airport property, Bond said. He is in FBI
custody and has an April 10 court date.
cousin, Teresa Cison, 22, said that Mechniek, a
Polish immigrant, lives with an aunt just down
the street from the airport.
Asked if he was drinking on
Sunday, Cison said, "I think so."
Translating for her aunt,
who does not speak English, Cison said she last
saw Mechniek Sunday morning before she went to
In June of 2004, airfield
security at O'Hare International Airport was
breached when a mentally disturbed woman climbed
over a razor-topped fence, got behind the wheel
of an unattended baggage cart and briefly drove
around the airfield.
Airport workers intercepted
the woman after she drove across a runway in a
ride that officials said lasted several
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona
forward Hassan Adams was suspended Monday by
coach Lute Olson for the Pac-10 tournament after
the senior was arrested on suspicion of drunken
driving during the weekend.
Adams, the team's leading
scorer, issued a statement through the
university apologizing to the coaches,
university and the Wildcats' fans.
accept the coach's decision to be suspended from
the Pac-10 tournament," the 21-year-old said. "I
wish the team well and hope for its success. I'm
looking forward to participating in the NCAA
tournament if Arizona is invited."
The Wildcats (18-11, 11-7)
play Stanford (15-12, 11-7) in the Pac-10
tournament quarterfinals Thursday at the Staples
Center in Los Angeles.
Tucson police pulled over a
car driven by Adams for speeding early Sunday
and said they noticed signs he was intoxicated.
Police said two
breathalyzer tests showed a blood-alcohol level
of 0.12 percent. The legal limit in Arizona is
Adams had missed a 3-point
attempt in the final shot of the Wildcats' 70-67
home loss to Washington on Saturday.
Adams is averaging 17.3
points per game this season, third in the Pac-10
behind Cal's Leon Powe (20.0) and Washington's
Brandon Roy (19.6). Adams also leads the
conference in steals with 2.69 per game.
24-year-old Joliet man dies
after I-80 accident --------------------
March 6, 2006
MINOOKA -- A Joliet man
riding in the back seat of a car was killed
following a traffic accident Sunday.
Juan Munoz-Corona, 24, of
the 300 block of Youngs Avenue was thrown from
the car and pronounced dead at the scene about
an hour after the accident at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The crash occurred on Interstate Highway 80
about 2 miles east of Minooka.
Driver David De La
Rosa-Mosqueda, 26, was eastbound on I-80 when he
lost control and overturned in the center
median, police said.
De La Rosa-Mosqueda, who
was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Provena
St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet with minor
De La Rosa-Mosqueda, of the
400 block of Landau Avenue in Joliet, was
charged with driving under the influence.
Man found dead after
telling couple not to
PENANG: It was 4am and
the noise of the couple quarrelling woke him
Lim Ka Liang, 57, an
odd-job worker, got out of his room and advised
the couple to stop quarrelling.
The 28-year-old husband did
not take the advice too kindly. He rushed
downstairs to confront Lim.
Lim was found dead with
head injuries in the air well of the house in
Lebuh Muntri here. The couple fled the
George Town OCPD Asst Comm
Hamzah Md Jamil said investigations showed that
the suspect had moved into the house six months
ago with his Thai wife.
“Lim, who rented a room on
the ground floor, had advised the suspect, who
was apparently drunk, not to make noise.
“Enraged, the suspect
rushed down from his room upstairs and hit Lim’s
head with a blunt object,” he said adding that a
screwdriver, believed to be the murder weapon,
was recovered at the scene.
Chino Teens Charged As
Adults In Alleged 'Ditch Party'
9:05 a.m. PST March 8,
CHINO, Calif. - Four local
high school boys, two of them 17 and two of them
18 years old, will be charged as adults in the
alleged rape of two 15-year-old girls who
attended a "ditch party" last Thursday. A ditch
party is when kids "ditch" school and meet
somewhere, NBC4's Beverly White
Chino police were contacted
by someone at the party, and investigators went
to the scene while the party was still going on.
Investigators said the teens at the party were
drinking alcohol. "We were contacted by a sister
of somebody that was at the party," Michelle Van
der Linden said. "The sister had asked that she
come and pick her up, and when she got to the
party her sister broke down in tears and said
that there was something very bad going on back
in the house."
The suspects were
identified as Antoni James, 18; Jorge Gonzalez,
18; David Sanchez, 17; and Luis Munoz, 17. The
suspects and victims all attended Chino High
students at the high school were being counseled
about the incident. "There were 3,000 students
in school that day at Chino High School," school
district spokesman Julie Gobin said. "This is a
small group of students. When something happens
to our students, it affects all of us."
A 17-year-old boy told
White he was at the party and was worried about
his friends who are accused of rape.
"I just regret not getting
out of there and not calling the police when the
girls were all drunk," the teen said.
White said other
party-goers provided key evidence.
"There were video clips
taken via cell phone," Van der Linden said.
"They are being investigated."
If the four teens charged
with rape are convicted, they could face nine
years in prison. A conviction for penetration
with a foreign object could add another eight
years, White said.
Dead teen's mom sues man
tied to beer party --------------------
Brendan McCarthy Tribune
March 9, 2006
The mother of a Hebron
teenager who died last fall of injuries from an
earlier car crash has filed a wrongful-death
lawsuit against a man accused of purchasing the
beer served to her daughter and other teens.
The suit was filed Tuesday
in McHenry County Circuit Court on behalf of
Sherri Smith, the mother of Jamie Lynn Smith,
who was 18.
The McHenry West High
School senior and honor roll student was
seriously injured when her car hit a telephone
pole March 17 on Illinois Highway 47 in
unincorporated McHenry County near Hebron.
She was intoxicated when
she left a party at which beer was served,
according to the suit filed by Jay Orlowski, a
lawyer for her mother.
Jamie Lynn Smith died in
The suit alleges that
Edward Jungmann, 22, of the 300 block of South
Crystal Lake Road, McHenry, supplied alcohol to
Jenna Christopherson, 18, who served it to Smith
and others at a St. Patrick's Day party.
Christopherson is being
dropped from the civil suit because she was 17
and considered a minor at the time of the
incident, Orlowski said.
After Smith's death,
Jungmann and Christopherson, of the 600 block of
Kensington Drive, McHenry, were indicted on
felony charges of supplying alcohol.
Jungmann and Christopherson
are scheduled to appear Thursday for a status
hearing in McHenry Circuit Court. A spokeswoman
for the state's attorney's office said the
felony charges would be reduced to
A state law that took
effect Jan. 1, 2004, allows the family of a
minor who is injured or killed in an
alcohol-related incident to seek civil damages
from people who provide alcohol or allow
underage drinkers to consume it.
Smith's suit alleges that
Jungmann purchased a 30-pack and two cases of
beer for the party. Jungmann knew that Smith and
her friends were underage and that Smith would
become impaired, Orlowski said.
Alcohol charges for party
Crystal Lake woman served 2
teens killed in crash, cops say
Brendan McCarthy Tribune
March 10, 2006
Crystal Lake woman was charged Thursday with
providing alcohol to minors, including two teens
who died in a crash last month after leaving her
Jeffrey Mills, 17, had been
drinking at a party hosted by Jessica Ochal, 21,
at her home in the 4300 block of Derby Lane,
said Capt. Glenn Olson of the McHenry County
Ochal was charged Thursday
with seven counts of unlawful delivery of
alcohol to a minor, a misdemeanor, Olson said.
She is free on $3,000 bail and is to appear in
court April 7.
Mills, of McHenry County,
and his passenger, Scott Scheckel, 16, of
Crystal Lake, died Feb. 19 of crash injuries.
Olson said others involved
in providing alcohol at the party may be
Ochal bought a keg of beer
for the party, a birthday celebration for
someone under 21, Olson said. He said Ochal's
parents were not home at the time of party.
Police said it is unclear
if or how Mills and Scheckel knew Ochal.
Scheckel's mother, Sue, said Thursday that she
had never met or heard of Ochal.
"As far as I know my son
did not know her at all," she said. "I honestly
don't know what their relationship was."
Mills' family declined to
Police said speed and
alcohol were factors when the car went off the
road and into a tree in the 3000 block of Red
Barn Road, north of Crystal Lake, not far from
where the teens lived.
The car was traveling
between 70 and 80 m.p.h. when it crashed on the
two-lane residential street, which has a 30
m.p.h. speed limit, Olson said.
Scheckel was a junior honor
roll student at Prairie Ridge High School in
Crystal Lake. Mills was a senior and planned to
study architecture at Illinois Institute of
Technology in Chicago, family members said after
Mills had a clean driving
record and a valid license, according to the
Illinois secretary of state's office.
More than 30 people, most
between ages 16 and 21, attended the party at
Ochal's house, said Olson, who added that
Prairie Ridge students and their parents have
helped police "fill in a lot of the blanks in
Surgeon Arrested After
Alleged Drunken Fit --------------------
March 9, 2006, 3:49 PM
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The
chief of neurosurgery at Highland Hospital was
wrestled to an operating room floor by deputies
and arrested after allegedly throwing a drunken
fit when a nurse refused to let him operate,
Federico Castro-Moure, 45,
was arrested Monday night on suspicion of being
under the influence of alcohol and interfering
with the duty of officers, said Alameda County
sheriff's Lt. Jim Knudson.
belligerent after insisting on operating on a
man who broke his ankles and fractured his spine
in a two-story fall, according to the sheriff's
Two other surgeons had
determined the injuries were not
life-threatening, but Castro-Moure insisted the
man would die if he did not receive immediate
attention, the report said.
"threw a fit" and began yelling and cursing at
staff when they told him equipment for the
procedure needed to be transferred from another
hospital, according to the report. When the
surgical instruments arrived, a nurse refused to
allow Castro-Moure to operate until they could
Castro-Moure threatened the
nurse by punching his fist in his hand. He took
a swing at deputies after they were called to
"Do you know that I am a
(expletive) doctor, and I'm going to do what I
want," he said, according to a witness.
was booked into Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in
Oakland and was released several hours later in
lieu of $4,000 bail, a jail official said
Castro-Moure was placed on
leave while the hospital investigates the
matter, hospital spokesman David Cone said.
Drinking Fueled Ala. Church
JAY REEVES Associated
March 10, 2006, 8:25 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Three
college students suspected of a string of
Alabama church fires had been out
drinking when they began their spree,
Benjamin Nathan Moseley and
Russell Lee DeBusk Jr., both 19-year-old theater
students at Birmingham-Southern College, were
arrested this week along with 20-year-old
Matthew Lee Cloyd, who was studying pre-med at
the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Throughout the monthlong
investigation, authorities said alcohol could
have led to a warped bravado that sparked the
arsons, and initial interviews with the suspects
bore out the theory, according to one officer.
However, deputy state fire
marshal Ed Paulk, who was involved in the
investigation, said he believes alcohol was
a direct factor.
"We were told by official
sources ... that seemingly some drinking, some
night hunting, was ultimately what led to all of
this," said Randy Youngblood, the campus police
chief at Birmingham-Southern College.
federal judge postponed a hearing set for Friday
to determine whether to grant bond for three
college students accused of setting fires that
damaged or destroyed nine rural churches in
Alabama on Feb. 3 and Feb. 7.
a brief docket note, U.S. Magistrate Judge
Robert R. Armstrong said he was delaying the
hearing until Wednesday at the request of
The move meant the three
will remain jailed at least until next week on
federal charges of conspiracy and setting fire
to one of the churches, Ashby Baptist. If
convicted, each count carries a mandatory
minimum sentence of five years in prison.
Additional charges are possible, authorities
Federal and state
authorities have not commented on a possible
motive, beyond evidence that an apparent prank
spun out of control. Defense attorneys have not
commented either, but say the fires were not
crimes of hate.
Cloyd is the son of a
doctor, and DeBusk attended college on a theater
scholarship after being voted "most dramatic" by
his high school classmates in 2004. Moseley was
president of his high school's student council,
and his father is an elected constable.
Court documents show Cloyd
told a witness this week that he and Moseley
"had done something stupid" and that they set a
church ablaze "as a joke." Accompanied by
DeBusk, they eventually torched five churches
that night in Bibb County after seeing the first
fire trucks, according to the document, a sworn
statement by a federal agent.
"After they lit the first
two fires, it became spontaneous," said ATF
regional head Jim Cavanaugh. "Excitement, thrill
was the motive."
Moseley told police he and
Cloyd set four more fires in west Alabama four
days later "as a diversion to throw
investigators off," but the plan didn't work,
the agent said in the document.
Friends of the three
suspects have described behavior that turned
from goofy pranks to vandalism after at least
one of the young men, Cloyd, began drinking more
heavily last fall. Cloyd mentioned alcohol in a
Web message on Facebook.com to Moseley earlier
this year when he said it was "time to reconvene
the season of evil."
DeBusk reportedly invited a
friend to go "demon hunting" last year and
claimed to be a Satanist, but the trip did not
amount to much other than a night of drinking,
"All it ended up being was
us playing guitar in the woods while a few of
them got drunk," Jeremy Burgess, DeBusk's
roommate, told The Birmingham News. "I didn't
think anything of it."
Vietnam bans alcohol in
karaoke bars as part of campaign
against so-called 'social evils'
The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam ? Karaoke
bars in Vietnam will no longer be allowed to sell or have alcohol on
their premises as part of the country's continued campaign against
so-called 'social evils,' a government official said Friday.
Under a decree that took
effect Thursday, karaoke bars, along with discotheques, will also be
required to close down at midnight, said Le Anh Tuyen, director of the
Legal Department at the Ministry of Culture and Information.
"The decree will definitely
help reduce negative activities in karaoke bars and discotheques," he
Karaoke establishments and
discos frequently facilitate prostitution and drug usage.
Friday's Thanh Nien (Young
People) newspaper quoted Phan An Sa, chief inspector at the Ministry
of Culture and Information as saying authorities have discovered
600 people using the drug ecstasy and 60 women offering striptease
dances to customers at karaoke bars and discos over the past nine
Karaoke was introduced into
Vietnam in the late 1980s and mushroomed in the late 1990s, with more
than 10,000 establishments licensed to operate in the country,
Car crash claims three
Monday, February 20th
Anil Ramjass went
celebrating his 17th birthday with friends on
Saturday night and was the only one to survive
when the group's car crashed near the Mosquito
Creek, La Romaine.
The car spun off the
road, struck and uprooted a towering tree and
split in two.
Dead on the scene
were the driver Imran Hasmatally, 19, of St
Johns Trace, South Oropouche, and Joseph Ivan,
16, of Market Street, Fyzabad.
A third youth, Ravi
Sieunarine, 18, of Market Street, Fyzabad, died
before he could get to the hospital.
Ramjass was listed
in critical condition at the San Fernando
The deadly crash,
which occurred at around 11.10 p.m. happened
only an hour after the friends were stopped in a
roadblock set up by police trying to limit the
Police said the
crash was caused by a combination of speed and
The same lethal
mixture was responsible for a crash three months
ago on the Mosquito Creek that killed five men.
All four friends
told different stories on where they were headed
The Hyundai Accent
that Hasmatally was driving belonged to his
brother, Ariff, 21.
Ariff said his
brother "asked to borrow the car. He said he
going to check a friend to play some pool. I
don't know where he end up, and pick up Ravi and
two other fellas".
Ariff said his dead
brother "call on the phone about 10 p.m., and
said he in a roadblock and wanted to know where
the insurance (certificate). He didn't call
At the same timer,
Hasmatally's girlfriend of three years, Amanda
Lutchman, said she kept trying to call him on
his cell phone.
She said: "I always
called every hour. After midnight, I start to
get worried. I know he normally home by then."
Lutchman said when
she finally got through to her boyfriend's cell,
a police officer answered and told her to get to
She found him at the
Dhanrajie Ivan, 51, said she was told by her son
that the gang were headed to the Chutney Brass
fete at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre.
His brother, Jason
Ivan, 28, said "my brother was a victim of
innocence. He would not really venture out. He
was out of school and doing a welding course.
That is want he wanted to be. Our father,
Ezekiel, taking this hard. Ravi was the last
child, spoilt child, best child".
Ivan was three days
away from his birthday when he died.
A few houses away at
the home of Sieunarine's parents, relatives sat
Sieunarine, 50, said his son left home at 8.30
p.m., "saying he going somewhere Gulf
Knicks' Davis Ejected After Going Into
Stands During OT
Buzzer-Beater Gives Chicago Wild Win Over New
By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP
CHICAGO (Jan. 18) - Knicks forward
Antonio Davis climbed into the stands out of concern forhis
wife and was ejected without further trouble Wednesday night
during the Chicago Bulls' 106-104 overtime victory against New
Ben Gordon hit a game-winning jumper at
the buzzer and scored 32 points for the Bulls, but Davis' dash
over the scorer's table and into the stands during a timeout
in overtime - evoking memories of last season's brawl in
Detroit - became the flash point of an already wild
"I witnessed my wife being threatened by
a man that I learned later to be intoxicated," Davis said in a
statement issued after the game. "I saw him touch her, and I
know I should not have acted the way I did, but I would have
felt terrible if I didn't react. There was no time to call
security. It happened too quickly."
Davis ascended about 10 rows of seats to
reach his wife in the stands. There was no physical
confrontation after he got there, but several people were
pointing and shouting for a few moments before security
Davis, president of the NBA players'
association, appeared calm throughout and walked away
willingly as soon as security arrived. He returned to the
bench and took his seat before being ejected. The game resumed
after about a five-minute delay.
United Center security remained in the
stands for a few minutes more, where other fans appeared to be
explaining what they had seen. Guards in suits and yellow
jackets then escorted a group of people from the
Knicks coach Larry Brown said Davis went
into the stands because he saw his wife "falling
Brown was coaching the Pistons in
November 2004 when an ugly fight broke out in the stands
between fans and Indiana Pacers players during a Detroit home
game. A black eye for the NBA, the brawl led to criminal
charges and lengthy suspensions for Ron Artest, Jermaine
O'Neal and Stephen Jackson.
But Brown was adamant that this situation
should be viewed differently.
"Come on, that's his wife," Brown said.
"That's entirely different. I was worried about Kendra. That's
why he went in the stands, he saw her falling back.
"That thing that happened in the stands
had nothing to do with the two teams. That's a man concerned
about his family."
2 killed when SUV hits semi on South
passenger in serious condition
By Andrew L. Wang Tribune staff reporter
police are investigating whether the driver of a sport-utility
vehicle was drunk early Wednesday when he slammed into the
rear of a parked semitrailer and truck on the South Side,
killing two passengers.
The accident occurred about 1:45 a.m. in
the 4000 block of South Western Avenue, Police Officer Laura
Juan Villareal, 28, of the 3500 block of
South 54th Avenue, Cicero, and Cesar Moreno, 26, of the 900
block of South Claremont Avenue, Chicago, were killed,
according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
The SUV was
southbound on Western Avenue when the driver lost control and
the vehicle struck the back of the truck, which was parked
along the street, Kubiak said.
A third passenger, who had been in the
back seat of the SUV, was taken in serious condition to Mt.
Sinai Hospital, and the driver was in serious condition at
Stroger Hospital, police said.
Kubiak said police were investigating the
accident as a DUI. No charges had been filed.
In a crash
Wednesday afternoon, a Chicago Fire Department battalion
chief's SUV was struck en route to a West Side fire, officials
was heading south on Pulaski Road at 4:50 p.m. when a car
heading west on West Congress Parkway struck the side of the
chief's SUV, sending it into a pole, said Larry Langford, a
Fire Department spokesman.
The chief's SUV had its siren and
emergency lights on and had a green light as it passed through
the intersection, Langford said. The car had swerved around
stopped cars on Congress and ran a red light, he said.
collision, the offender stopped the car, removed the license
plates and ran," Langford said. He said the car was left in
The chief was taken to Advocate Lutheran
General Hospital in Park Ridge in good condition. In an
accident Tuesday night on the Southeast Side, a motorist was
killed and another injured when two cars collided on a bridge
over the Calumet River, police said.
The driver who
was killed was identified as Delval Desavieu, 49, according to
the medical examiner's office. Records show Desavieu's address
in the 14300 block of South Manistee Avenue in Burnham.
Shortly before 8
p.m., Desavieu was driving west in the 1800 block of East
130th Street when his car hit the side of a bridge, veered
into the eastbound lanes and hit another car, police said.
The driver of
the other car was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in
Oak Lawn in stable condition, police said.
On the South
Side, two Chicago police officers were injured when their
squad car hit a tree and caromed into Alpha Temple Missionary
Baptist Church, 6701 S. Emerald Ave., at about 10:45 p.m.
Tuesday while the officers were pursuing a motorist for a
traffic violation, police said. The officers were cut off by
another vehicle. They were in stable condition at Christ
Medical Center Wednesday.
---------- Off-duty cop put on leave after crash
that killed 1 --------------------
By Andrew L.
Wang Tribune staff reporter
off-duty Chicago police officer has been stripped of his
police powers following a fatal two-car accident in Indiana
late Monday that involved alcohol, officials said.
Berlanga, 25, a three-year veteran of the force, has been
placed on paid administrative leave, said police spokeswoman
William Alvarez, 28, of Griffith, Ind.,
was killed, according to a statement released Tuesday by the
Highland, Ind., Police Department. Alvarez was in the back
seat of a car driven by a 23-year-old Gary woman. A
23-year-old passenger in the front seat was injured.
driving south on Indianapolis Boulevard in Highland just
before midnight when his car collided with the other car as it
was turning left, according to the statement.
could face drunken driving charges, Highland police said.
Police Department is waiting for results of an investigation
by Highland authorities and Chicago internal affairs before
deciding whether to take further action against Berlanga, Bond
Highland police said both drivers and the
injured passenger are being treated at local hospitals.
Berlanga was driving his personal vehicle. She said he most
recently served in the Calumet Area gun unit.
mom of 2-year-old ejected from SUV --------------------
13, 2006, 2:30 PM CST
CROWN POINT, Ind. -- A toddler's mother
and another woman face felony charges in the death of a
2-year-old girl, who authorities say was ejected from a
speeding SUV into a river en route home from a birthday
driver, Donna Amos, 33, was arrested Thursday and charged week
with one felony count of reckless homicide and misdemeanor
counts of criminal recklessness, reckless driving, false
informing and driving with a suspended license.
Police on Friday
arrested the girl's mother, Jacqueline Charmain Green, 23, at
her mother's Gary home Friday. Green was charged with three
felony counts of neglect of a dependent and a misdemeanor of
false informing for allegedly lying to police.
Both women were
being held at the Gary Police Department to await transfer to
the Lake County Jail, Indiana State Police Detective 1st Sgt.
Brenda Kaczmarek said Friday.
Amos was driving home from a birthday
party June 27 when the SUV went out of control and rolled over
on an Indiana Toll Road ramp, according to a probable cause
After the SUV struck a bridge wall,
2-year-old Jatima Green was ejected into the Grand Calumet
River, which runs parallel to the toll road. A passing truck
driver jumped into the river but was unable to rescue her,
police said. Divers found her body two days later. An autopsy
showed she died from drowning and head trauma.
Amos Thursday. She was being held at the Gary Police
Department to await transfer to the Lake County Jail, Indiana
State Police Detective 1st Sgt. Brenda Kaczmarek said
and Green initially told police Green was driving and that a
truck struck the SUV, causing it to go out of control.
said they determined Amos was driving between 55 mph and 65
mph in a 30-mph zone, causing the vehicle to flip. There was
no evidence of a collision with a truck, reports said.
Amos and Green
also initially told police that the toddler was wearing a
restraint, but later investigations revealed she was not. Amos
later acknowledged the girl was not in a child-restraint seat,
the affidavit said.
Investigators said they determined Amos
was the driver from the settings of the driver's seat and
Police initially thought Green was the
driver, so they did not test Amos' blood alcohol content. Amos
later acknowledged drinking earlier in the day, Kaczmarek
said. Officers also did not test Green before she was taken to
the hospital to be treated for minor injuries, Kaczmarek
toddler also had 0.047 percent ethanol, commonly called grain
alcohol, in her system, investigators said. Ethanol is used as
a fuel and gasoline additive, a solvent in the manufacture of
varnishes and perfumes, as a preservative for biological
specimens, in many medicines and as a disinfectant.
Arrested woman takes squad car, cops
January 21, 2006
CHICAGO -- A
West Side woman was arrested Friday morning after allegedly
driving off in the squad car of the officer who had just
arrested her for driving under the influence, police said.
Armour, 22, of the 5000 block of West Grand Avenue was charged
with one felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle and a
misdemeanor count of escape from police, said Police Officer
JoAnn Taylor. Armour also was cited for driving under the
influence, obstructing traffic and driving left of center,
A Town Hall District officer stopped
Armour about 11:30 a.m. for driving on the wrong side of the
road in the 400 block of West Fullerton Parkway, police said.
While the officer was moving Armour's car from the center of
the road, Armour slipped out of her handcuffs, got into the
front seat of the police car and drove off.
The squad car
was left in an alley in the 2700 block of North Halsted
Street, police said. Armour was arrested a short time later at
a residence in the 2900 block of North Clark Street, Taylor
'Midnight Hour' Singer Wilson Pickett
POSTED: 2:34 pm PST January 19,
UPDATED: 5:27 am PST January 20,
RESTON, Va. -- The man who sang the
classic hits "Mustang Sally" and "In The Midnight Hour" has
Wilson Pickett died of a heart attack
Thursday, according to his management company.
He was 64.
Chris Tuthill of the management company
Talent Source said Pickett had been suffering from health
problems for the past year.
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame since 1991, Pickett became a star with his soulful hits
in the 1960s.
Born March 18, 1941, in Prattville, Ala.,
Pickett got his start singing gospel music in church. After
moving to Detroit as a teen, he joined the group the Falcons,
which scored the hit "I Found a Love" with Pickett on lead
vocals in 1962.
As a solo artist, Pickett's fiery tune
"In the Midnight Hour" made the top 25 on the Billboard pop
charts in 1965, and "Mustang Sally" did the same the following
year. Pickett recorded the tunes on the legendary Stax Records
label in in Memphis.
Pickett was often known by his nickname
"Wicked Pickett" and as much for his intense singing as for
his often volatile nature off the stage.
That was evident in the 1990's when he
faced a couple of court cases because of alcohol-fueled
In 1991, Pickett was arrested in his
hometown of Englewood, N.J., after repeatedly driving over the
lawn of his neighbor, who was the town's mayor.
He was also accused of threatening the
mayor, a charge that was dropped after Pickett agreed to do a
free charity concert.
He later drew a one-year jail term for a
drunken driving incident. In that one, he hit an 86-year-old
pedestrian, seriously injuring him.
Pickett was one of the soul legends
featured in the 2002 documentary "Only the Strong Survive." In
an interview with NBC 4 @ The Movies' Tim Lammers about the
film's release on DVD, Pickett, who performed throughout his
later years, shared the secret to his longevity.
"When I was out there performing, I did
the best that I could," Pickett said. "I ate right and tried
to keep away from things that would be harmful to me. That's
why I can say I'm among the number of artists in 'Only the
Strong Survive,' because sometimes you have to be as strong to
stay away from things that you know are going to take you
Pickett's other hits included "Land of
1,000 Dances," which turned up in such films as "The Full
Monty" and "Forrest Gump."
As an actor, Pickett had cameos in "Blues
Brothers 2000" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club
Threat Spurs Removal of
Austrian is held after an e-mail
describing intent to destroy Klimt works owed to an L.A.
By Diane Haithman, Times Staff Writer
Five multimillion-dollar paintings by
Gustav Klimt have been removed from the Austrian National
Gallery in Vienna following a threat to destroy them.
paintings include "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I," one of
the artist's celebrated "gold" paintings and estimated to be
worth as much as $120 million.
The five paintings made headlines this
week when it was announced that an Austrian arbitration panel
had ordered the Austrian government to return the works to Los
Angeles resident Maria Altmann, 89, niece and heir of the
original Jewish owner who was driven from Vienna and stripped
of his property by the Nazis in 1938. The paintings had been
held by the Austrian museum for more than 50 years.
attorney, E. Randol Schoenberg, told the Los Angeles Times on
Friday that he had received an e-mail Wednesday from someone
who said he planned to destroy the paintings in order for
"hungry people to get bread" — apparently objecting to the
idea that the Austrian government might use public funds to
buy the paintings back from Altmann.
forwarded the e-mail to the country's Interior Ministry and
Later Friday, police said they had
arrested a 50-year-old man from Lower Austria province who was
tracked down through his Internet provider.
Ministry spokesman Rudolf Gollia said the man, who was not
identified, had confessed to e-mailing the threats.
"Now that the
immediate threat for the paintings has been eliminated, it is
up to the museum to decide whether the paintings will be
exhibited again," Gollia said.
Schoenberg said that Austrian officials
informed him Friday that the man had been apprehended. "The
other reports from Austria say that the guy claims he was
drunk when he wrote it," the attorney added.
said that museum officials had indicated to him that the
paintings may be rehung Monday while the museum was closed and
back on public view Tuesday.
Since the decision to return the artworks
to Altmann was announced, Schoenberg said, "there have
apparently been throngs of people going to visit the
paintings. Maybe they are not used to that. They'll be
rethinking their security before putting it back up, I
Culture Minister Elisabeth Gehrer said
Austria was exploring ways to keep at least the two best-known
pictures, "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" and "Portrait of
Adele Bloch-Bauer II," in the country. But she has also said
the government cannot afford to buy back the paintings.
Two killed in
By Jannise Johnson,
Staff Writer Inland Valley Daily
MONTCLAIR -- Kara Rose Adella Maes was
just beginning a new phase of early adulthood.
The 22-year-old Chino resident had a new
job, a new car and had just enrolled in college, said her
sister Angela Maes.
She's no longer alive to enjoy it.
Kara Maes and her friend Sergio Lopez,
23, of Ontario, were killed Saturday in an early morning
collision with a Hummer, according to Montclair police.
"She was 22 years old, she was filled
with life," Angela Maes said Saturday evening at the
intersection where the collision occurred. "She was strong,
she was responsible, she loved with all her soul. She had no
enemies. She had a brand new future to look forward to."
Montclair police responded to a call of a
traffic collision from OnStar service at 1:51 a.m. at San
Bernardino Street and Central Avenue, said Montclair police
Sgt. Tim Grinstead.
When officers arrived, they found Maes
and Lopez dead inside the 2005 Nissan Altima belonging to
Maes, Grinstead said.
There was no immediate information on
whether the driver of the Hummer, 23-year-old Yvonne Sinclair,
of Montclair, was injured. Sinclair was arrested after
officers determined she was under the influence of alcohol,
said a police statement.
Sinclair was later booked and released,
Grinstead said. The District Attorney's Office will decide
later if Sinclair will be charged, he said.
The preliminary investigation found the
Hummer struck the passenger side of the Altima as Maes
attempted to turn left onto San Bernardino, a police statement
The Nissan was traveling south on Central
as the Hummer traveled north at the time of the collision, a
police statement said. Montclair police are continuing their
investigation to determine the speed each vehicle was
traveling at the time of the collision.
"The door of the Nissan was embedded into
the Hummer," Grinstead said.
A preliminary investigation puts Maes at
fault for the collision, even though Sinclair was found to be
under the influence.
Contact information for Sinclair could
not be located.
Annette Escobedo of Ontario a friend of
the Maes family was driving in front of Maes when the
collision occurred. She fervently disputed that Maes was at
fault as she stood in front of candles set up at the site of
Escobedo said both she and Maes had
plenty of time to turn left on the green light when the two
vehicles attempted the turn.
"As I turned and got onto the driveway of
the 7-Eleven, I heard the impact," Escobedo said. "I glanced
back behind me, and that's when I saw the Hummer dragging the
car, and I knew it had hit her."
The Hummer came to rest with its rear end
crashed through the wall of a local beauty salon.
The collision is still under
investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is
asked to call the Montclair Police Department at (909)
Minister calls for more powers to control
street parties as . . .
AN eight-year-old child's toys were
destroyed and a neighbourhood terrorised after teenage drunks
took to the street in Cranbrook during a weekend rampage.
The incident involved a gathering of
about 60 teenagers in Cordelia Avenue about 10.30pm on
"My mum woke me up and the big kids were
there and they jumped the fence," the child said.
"They stole my toys ... they destroyed my
The group smashed beer bottles and
scattered mail throughout the street.
One resident watched a youth urinate on a
fence while another was asked if they could use her toilet.
"I have kids so I said 'no way'," She
A police car and a paddywagon had to be
called in to move the drunks on.
It is believed the youths came from an
out-of-control party in nearby Poinciana St and were content
to just drink in the street.
"They were wandering up and down the
street . . . there didn't seem to be another party and there
was no music," one concerned resident said.
"They were taking photos of each other."
The Townsville Bulletin received txt
messages yesterday from residents of the area fed up with
One told of an elderly couple who were
left cleaning up smashed glass and rubbish from teens who had
congregated in their yard.
This street party followed incidents in
nearby Vincent in which underage drinking in Cambridge Park
had residents living in fear.
Police Minister Judy Spence yesterday
launched a campaign to extend controversial police move-on
powers to all public spaces.
The law exists in Townsville in certain
areas, such as the mall and The Strand, but Ms Spence said
introducing the powers would enable police to quickly scatter
massive crowds in a bid to stamp out alcohol-fuelled violence.
She singled out teenage parties as one of
the major problems facing police.
The proposal has received the full
support of Premier Peter Beattie.
Ms Spence said police could only order
people to move elsewhere in areas such as school centres,
automatic teller machines and war memorials, as well as other
areas that local governments had applied for.
"Councils have had to spend considerable
time in making submissions for move-on powers, including
publicly advertising the proposed notified area and in some
cases seeking legal advice," Ms Spence said.
"Move-on powers for all public places in
Queensland will eliminate unnecessary red tape for local
councils, as it would mean they would no longer have to make
formal applications in order to have problem areas notified."
Ms Spence said the proposed legislation
would be presented for cabinet's consideration within the
first half of this year.
The proposal has been criticised by civil
Townsville councillor Jenny Hill
yesterday stressed the importance of registering parties with
"If these kids have come from a party or
have been refused entry, registering your party with the
police is the only way you can stop them meeting in places
like this," Cr Hill said.
"In these times the kids use SMS
messaging to spread the word and young parents do the right
thing keeping gatecrashers out."
Police: Aunt Intoxicated; 11-Year Old
Niece Behind The Wheel Jan 24, 2006, 04:29 PM CST
She's still five years away from getting
her driver's license, but she's already been pulled over by
police. The young Kentucky girl is in trouble with her mom,
her aunt is in trouble with the law.
Casey Sorrell Says she drove her aunt,
Marilyn Catlett all around the Nance Community in Pulaski
County. Her aunt is facing charges, because police say the
woman was drunk while her niece was behind the wheel.
Sorrell says she had to sit on pillows to
see over the wheel. Police say the received calls of an
erratic driver, when an officer pulled the car over the found
the 11-year old behind the wheel and the aunt in the passenger
Sorrell's mother says she noticed a shot
glass in the car. Police say Catlett was intoxicated.
Catlett declined to talk on camera but
she says she's sorry and ashamed this happened. She says
things can be blown way out of proportion and she says it's
yet to be proven that alcohol was involved.
Sullivan says her daughter is grounded
and won't be driving again until she's much, much older.
Catlett has been charged with unlawful
transaction with a minor, first degree wanton endangerment and
endangering the welfare of a minor.
Motorcyclist Shot, Killed By Sheriff's
SAN DIEGO -- Authorities have
released the name of a man shot and killed by a deputy after
allegedly grabbing the deputy's baton and attacking him with
Kenneth Drinkard, 42, of Jamul, was
pronounced dead shortly shortly after shooting, according to
medical examiner's investigator James Buckley.
The deadly encounter took place at 18500
Deer Valley Road in Dulzura at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, San
Diego County sheriff's Lt. Scott Rossall said.
The incident began when the deputy pulled
the driver over on a motorcycle on Deer Valley Road and
smelled alcohol on him, Rossall said.
When the deputy called for assistance
from the California Highway Patrol, the man began to yell,
then fled on foot, he said.
After a short foot pursuit, Drinkard got
a hold of the deputy's baton during a struggle and ignored
commands to drop it, Rossall said. He then attacked the deputy
with the baton, and the deputy opened fire, killing him,
Drinkard's girlfriend showed up after the
shooting and was outraged.
Man's body found in Prospect Heights
Meisner Tribune staff reporter
2006, 1:08 PM CST
A body found this morning floating in the
retention pond of a northwest suburban condominium complex has
been identified as that of a 41-year-old resident of the
property who disappeared nearly a month ago.
of Lake Run Condominiums, at 16 E. Old Willow Rd., Prospect
Heights, called police about 8:30 a.m. after spotting the body
in a large pond that separates two buildings of the complex,
Prospect Heights Fire Chief Donald Gould said.
responded with a dive team and pulled a fully clothed body out
of the water, Gould said. He said the man was dead at the
looked like he had been in the water awhile," Gould said.
identified the body as that of James Zis, police said.
Zis had been
reported missing Jan. 2, and Prospect Heights Police Chief
Bruce Morris said his body had no obvious signs of foul play.
Investigators were awaiting an autopsy report that would
determine a cause of death.
The man had a documented history of
substance abuse problems, police told WGN-Ch. 9.
previously been picked up for a DUI. The family stated he had
a continuing problem with alcohol. He was unemployed at this
time," Morris said. "The initial report indicates he was
drinking at the time he disappeared."
Zis may have passed out and fallen in the pond, WGN reported.
The man's body did not emerge until today, possibly because
the pond has been frozen over since late December.
Driver gets 7 years for crash that killed
February 1, 2006
A Schaumburg man
accused of driving under the influence in a crash last year
that killed a former Chicago police officer was sentenced
Tuesday to 7 years in prison.
John M. Thorpe, 26, of the first block of
Margate Court had pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to reckless homicide
in the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court.
The crash in January 2005 at Higgins and West Frontage Roads
in Schaumburg killed James H. Faust, 68, of Hoffman
Thorpe had been drinking in Chicago
before the crash, had a blood alcohol level of 0.134 and
tested positive for cocaine, said Mike Andre, an assistant
state's attorney. Authorities said Thorpe's pickup truck ran a
red light and hit the sport-utility vehicle driven by
lost a father and a great friend," said Faust's son, John, 39.
"This man who has killed the head of our family has no respect
During sentencing, Judge John Scotillo
noted Thorpe's numerous traffic offenses and violations of
probation for petty crimes.
"His past indicated he was an accident
waiting to happen," Scotillo said.
ATHENS — Lewis Rockwell Fish — the
popular 19-year-old University of Georgia freshman found dead
in his dorm room Jan. 22 — died from a toxic combination of
cocaine, heroin and alcohol, UGA police said
Police released the results of Fish's
autopsy and issued arrest warrants for three of his Sigma
Alpha Epsilon fraternity brothers and four other friends for
alcohol- and drug-related offenses on the night Fish died.
Police did not charge anyone directly with a role in Fish's
death. They also did not spell out the full chain of events on
the night he died.
Thomas Stuart Carpenter, 19, a Georgia
College & State University student who was with Fish in
the hours before his death, will be charged with felony
possession of heroin, UGA police Chief Jimmy Williamson said.
Carpenter has hired an attorney and has refused to answer
further questions, Williamson said.
News that heroin was involved in the
student's death shocked many in the UGA community.
Meredith McKinney, a junior majoring in
advertising, said she doesn't know anyone who has tried heroin
"That is very scary stuff," she said. "I
can't even believe that."
Heroin use among UGA students is "very,
very rare," said Erin English, an alcohol and drug health
educator at UGA's health center. Fewer than 1 percent of
students polled said they had tried heroin, as opposed to 3
percent who had tried cocaine and 3.6 percent who had said
they tried amphetamines, she said. "The biggest issue on this
campus is by far alcohol," she said.
The other charges stem from an
alcohol-fueled party at a private residence on Riverhill Drive
in Athens, where Carpenter and Fish headed after hanging out
in Fish's dorm room in Russell Hall on campus, police said.
Police searched the residence last week.
Williamson said Wednesday that the event
held at the house was a typical college keg party where
"everybody knew everybody."
UGA students Mark Eric Olsen, 19; Michael
Ian Crocker, 20; Jordan Dugan Redella, 20; and Grayson Hall
Gordon, 19, all of Atlanta, face misdemeanor marijuana
charges, police said.
Olsen, Crocker and Redella will be
charged with furnishing alcohol to persons under age 21 and
underage possession of alcohol, both misdemeanors, Williamson
Redella and Gordon will be charged with
possession of fraudulent identification, a misdemeanor.
Redella also will be charged with using his fake ID to buy
Williamson said the businesses that sold
the alcohol for the party followed procedures and will not
The students charged are from some of
Atlanta's toniest neighborhoods. Most attended private high
Olsen, Croker and Gordon are all members
of Fish's fraternity, according to SAE national spokesman
Two other non-UGA students are also
William Chapin Cowan, 19, a Gainesville
State College student, will be charged with possession of
marijuana, underage possession of alcohol and furnishing
alcohol to persons under age 21, Williamson said.
Gene Whitner Milner, a former UGA student
who is not enrolled this semester, will be charged with
possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related
objects. According to Athens-Clarke County property records,
Milner and his dad, Gene W. Milner of Atlanta, own the
Riverhill Drive house where the party took place.
The UGA students may also face
disciplinary charges from the university, UGA spokesman Tom
The national chapter of SAE is also
looking into the matter, Weghorst said Wednesday, but he said
the party was not a fraternity-sponsored event.
All across the country, we talk about the
dangers of alcohol and drugs," he said.
Fish was dead in his room at Russell Hall
when police and paramedics arrived just after
8:30 a.m. on Jan. 22. Carpenter, who was
visiting Fish for the weekend, told police he had noticed Fish
in distress around 8 a.m. and had gone to the desk at Russell
Hall for help.
Illnesses ail student body By: Lisette Metz
It's a number greater than five times the
number of students at Truman. It's a
number greater than twice the population of Kirksville.
It's 33,046 -
the number of adolescents that die each year, according to the National Center for Health
Ken Cheyne, adolescent medicine
specialist at Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, said the term
'adolescent,' when used in medicine, applies to people up to the age of 22 -
which means most traditional college
students qualify as adolescents.
"The top three causes of death in the
adolescent age group are accidents,
suicide and homicide," Cheyne said. "Of the accidents that kill college students, a great majority
are alcohol-related in some way.
While it may not seem like a leading factor in some, the
impaired judgment it causes can play
a huge role. Because most college students are, for most intents and purposes,
healthy, communicable illnesses are much farther down the list. The one
majorly mentionable - and definitely
preventable one - is meningitis."
Missouri requires all college students
either to have a meningitis vaccination or sign a statement invoking
their right to risk their own health,
according to the Missouri Department of Public Health Web
site. Each fall, meningitis vaccines
are available to students on campus.
Cheyne also said
that although many things threaten the lives of college students in an immediate way, the
decisions a student makes during
adolescence can have serious health consequences later in
you're a young adult, you think you are going to live
forever," Cheyne said. "You don't
think about what you're doing and their effects later in life."
He said that
college students are notorious for starting habits that will harm their health later in life,
such as tobacco use and alcohol use. Another notable
health hazard is obesity.
"Obesity can start with that 'freshman
15' and become a downward spiral of
not exercising or eating right," Cheyne said.
frequently are reminded of the risks of smoking from television and radio public service
announcements, surgeon general's warning labels and awareness programs in
schools. Now obesity also is becoming
a hot-button media item. But college students expose themselves to other major health risks,
"After smoking and obesity, risky sexual
behaviors are another thing that can
cause major lifelong consequences," Cheyne said. "They are also often alcohol-influenced. Herpes can
be contracted, and there is no known
cure for that. In females, genital warts, what are actually
known as human papilloma virus, can
be contracted from risky sexual behaviors and is a major cause of
cervical cancer later in life."
With much educational and media focus on
sexual health since the beginning of
the AIDS epidemic, most college students are aware that they need to use protection against
sexually transmitted infections. However, many students fail to consider
the other dimensions of safe sex,
"Think about other kinds of sexual
responsibility besides using protection against STIs and pregnancy,"
Cheyne said. "Sleeping with someone
you wouldn't have lunch with the next day isn't usually the
psychological effects of many parts of college life, such as sexual decisions, are
beingconsidered a health risk as well.
The severity of
mental health issues among college students since 1990 has increased dramatically, according to
a Feb. 2, 2003, press release from
the American Psychological Association. Also, the number of
students seeking treatment for
depression, substance abuse and sexual assault has increased, according to the
This issue is further complicated and can
become a health risk as more and more
teens are medicated for psychological issues. The Food and Drug Administration issued a public
health advisory Oct. 15, 2004, warning adolescent users of
antidepressant medications about a recently discovered tendency of users to have an
increase in suicidal thoughts and
behaviors - exactly what these medications try to prevent.
in a National College Health Survey last year, we found out that, while the news is not so good
overall, Truman students are generally 'more happy' than the national
norm," said Bryan Krylowicz, director
of University Counseling Services.
Krylowicz also said that, compared to
their non-student peers, college students tended to be happier. He said he
recommends that students have a
balanced perspective on life and keep a supportive social
network to help with life's day to
"It's like reverse peer pressure," said
Krylowicz. "If you surround yourself
with people who make you happy, you will be a happier
While the increase in college students
with mental health issues may seem to
be a cause for concern, it is not the only aspect of health
care that college-age people should
consider. A small percentage of people in this age group suffer from
Although most people appropriately
associate heart disease with obesity and age, one out of every 500 people
suffers from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to the American
Heart Association Web site.
HCM was the heart condition that suddenly
took the life of Truman student
Travis Turco in December, and it is the leading cause of heart-related death in people younger
than 30, according to the Web site.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks heart disease as the fifth-leading cause of
death in adolescents. Death from this
condition can occur in adolescents with no history of heart
trouble or symptoms at all but also
can be controlled if detected early.
according to the HCM Association Web site.
Krogmann, a health science major and hopeful future doctor, said she never has actually
considered all the risks that healthy
college students face.
"I know that suicide takes a lot of
college students' lives, but [I] never really considered what a huge
number of college students die from accidents, and heart disease seems really
surprising too," Krogmann said.
Both Cheyne and
Krylowicz said that part of staying alive is staying aware: aware of personal health and
personal choices that will influence
Febuary 02, 2006 Second crash death Driver had gone wrong way on I-84, caused
By Oliver Mackson Times Herald-Record firstname.lastname@example.org Newburgh - A man who drove the wrong way
into traffic on I-84 died on Monday,
state police said, making him the second person to be killed
in the Dec. 9 collision.
Vanwagenen Jr., 32, of Maybrook, was airlifted to Westchester
Medical Center immediately after the
collision that claimed the life of 18-year-old Anthony G. Garrison of
Bloomingburg. Vanwagenen could have faced a vehicular manslaughter charge,
but succumbed to his injuries Monday
afternoon, said Senior Investigator Neil Moscato.
"We were not
able to speak to him" about the collision, Moscato said yesterday. "We've been told, all along,
that he was in a coma and he never
An investigation showed that Vanwagenen
was driving east in the westbound
lanes of the highway on a Friday night. The collision happened at 10:15 p.m., about five hours
after the conclusion of a holiday
party at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Dutchess County,
where Vanwagenen had worked as a
correction officer since 1999.
There was food served at the party, and
there was also a keg of beer and
three one-gallon boxes of wine, all bought by the workers.
State police said an investigation
showed Vanwagenen might have stopped at a local bar after the party.
blood-alcohol level was over the 0.08 percent that's the
threshold for driving while
intoxicated in New York, but state police declined to give the exact reading.
Department of Correctional Services is conducting its own investigation of the events leading to
the fatal crash, a spokesman said
'Laughing' led to students being
punched POLICE are investigating
assaults against two Spanish students in High Street, Canterbury, at around 8.15pm on
Monday, January 30.
The pair, 14 and 15 year-old girls, were
with friends when the offender cycled
up to them, apparently drunk.
Police spokesman Michael Ivatt said: "The
offender accused the group of laughing at him before he punched the
attacker is described as a white man, aged around 19, and
wearing a black hooded top. The
victims received slight injuries during the assault.
Anyone who can assist police is asked to
contact Canterbury Police on 01227
Super Bowl party alternatives, without
alcohol or the possibility of witnessing a halftime wardrobe
malfunction, are being planned by several area churches.
Churches are providing a place where
families or youth groups can watch the game in an environment
devoid of negative influences such as drinking or
Instead, they will emphasize the positive
aspects of the game, pray that no one gets hurt on the playing
field and provide their own halftime entertainment.
Steelers meet the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL scheduled
at 6 p.m. Sunday.
At Greene Valley Church of God near Rices
Landing, a large-screen television, sound system and tailgate
food, such as hot dogs and curly fries, will help provide a
"you-are-there" atmosphere, said Jon Williams, son of Pastor
While the church is opening the event to
the public, it will cut away from the broadcast at halftime.
Instead of the Rolling Stones, the youth of the church will
present a drama and the pastor will present a mini-sermon.
Not only does
that eliminate the possibility of seeing something in poor
taste on live TV, but Williams said it also gives them the
opportunity to promote the church as a place for family and
Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungee will
make a DVD appearance at Bentleyville Presbyterian Church for
its Super Bowl party.
Dungee and other members of the team will
provide a Christian message to be shown after the first half
for students from sixth grade to senior high.
testimony will be shown at South Hills Assembly of God Church
in Bethel Park. With its three giant screens, pool table and
game room, Pastor Spencer Duncan said Sunday's event serves as
an outreach for junior and senior high youth and their
"It's a safe place to have fun and watch
the game, and we have a message for halftime," he said.
hall of St. Hilary Church in Washington will be decorated in
black and gold for the game.
That morning, the Rev. Tom O'Neil,
pastor, will don his "terrible stole," made when Terry
Bradshaw was the Steelers quarterback. At the end of Mass, he
will offer prayers that no one on either team gets hurt, that
the players do their best and that God uses their talents.
A buffet will be
served, and parishioners are preparing such foods as haluski,
kielbasa, hot sausage and chili.
"It's just a real celebration," O'Neil
said. "It brings people together in the parish."
Church in Washington, which earlier purchased the Uptown
Theatre, is opening the facility to the public. There, said
Pastor Ed Charlton, people can watch the biggest game on the
Man gets 60 days in jail for sex act with
The Ocean Breeze
resident must also register with state officials as
Friday, February 03, 2006
By FRANK DONNELLY
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER
An Ocean Breeze man will spend 60 days in
jail -- and must register as a sex offender -- after admitting
yesterday he had oral sex with a developmentally disabled
teen-age girl he met on a city bus.
"I did big mistake," Zbigniew Stryla said
in heavily accented English, as he accepted a plea agreement
with prosecutors in state Supreme Court, St. George.
Garbed in a white turtleneck sweater and
dark pants, the defendant, who turns 49 on Sunday, pleaded
guilty to a felony count of criminal sexual act (formerly
classified as sodomy) -- the top charge against him. The
victim is 15 years old.
Under state law, it is illegal for a
person 21 years or older to engage in oral sex with someone
younger than 17 unless they are wed to each other.
Assistant District Attorney L.B. Eisen
told the court that prosecutors cut the deal after "extensive
communication" with the victim and her mother.
She said the agreement would spare the
girl the ordeal of testifying at trial and added there was no
penetration or force involved. She also said Stryla apparently
The defendant could have faced a maximum
of one and a third to four years in prison if convicted at
The incident occurred on New Year's Day
between 3 and 6 p.m. in the defendant's apartment.
According to court records, Stryla told
police he met the girl on the S51 bus. His Slater Boulevard
home is off the Capodanno Boulevard leg of the bus route.
Stryla asked the girl, whose name is
being withheld, to go home with him. She said she wanted to
eat pizza, but the defendant said he was too drunk to fetch
Stryla told police he touched and kissed
the girl, even though he knew she was 15. Until yesterday, he
had denied having oral sex with her.
In addition to jail, Stryla will be
sentenced to 10 years' probation. He also must register with
state authorities as a sexual offender.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 23.
Racing car crashed into LA clinic
injuring 13 people Los
Angeles, Feb 04: A car racing at speeds up to 90 mph through a
South Los Angeles business district
crashed into a health clinic filled with patients Friday, injuring 13 people
- a half-dozen critically, authorities said.
police, the black Nissan ZX was racing erratically with a white Lincoln Town Car when the two
collided, sending the Nissan hurtling
into the entrance of the first-floor clinic. The Lincoln drove
The midmorning crash left behind a
chaotic scene of shrieking people, shattered glass and confusion. Dozens of
firefighters and police rushed to the
scene, and victims were treated on the street outside. The Nissan came to rest within the clinic,
its tail lights and trunk visible
from the street.
Amani Eldessouky, a doctor who works in a
clinic across the street, said she
saw a woman whose legs had been severed, another woman who lost one leg, and a man bleeding
profusely from the head.
"It was a terrible scene. I wanted to
start shaking," Eldessouky said.
Ten of the injured, including two
children, were taken to five hospitals. Six victims were in critical
condition, said Fire Department Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas.
were treated and released.
"You just saw bones and blood all over,"
said Ana Rodriguez, a medical assistant at the other clinic.
the driver of the Nissan, Ijumaa Owens, 33, of Los Angeles, was not believed to be under the
influence of alcohol or narcotics,
said police Lt. Paul Vernon. Owens was taken into custody.
A deputy police
chief initially had said there was involvement of alcohol or narcotics or both. Vernon said
the Nissan driver could face felony
reckless driving charges, at least, and vehicular manslaughter
if any of the victims died. The
occupants of the Town Car were being sought for felony hit and run, he
said witnesses saw the two cars racing south on Vermont
Avenue, the Town Car in the outermost
of three lanes and the Nissan in the lane nearest the curb, when both tried to move
into the middle lane.
"At that point the Lincoln Town Car
clipped into the Nissan; the Nissan veered into this medical clinic," Vernon
50 firefighters responded to the crash, treating victims in a
triage area set up on the street
outside the three-story building, which has apartments on the floors above
Former SF postal worker arrested after
allegedly making threats
The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO -- A former postal worker
was arrested on federal charges after he allegedly threatened
to kill his one-time colleagues, postal authorities said.
Kennelly, 52, is accused of calling a Postal Service
processing and distribution center in San Francisco last week
and vowing to duplicate a suicidal rampage involving another
former postal worker two days earlier in Santa Barbara County
that killed eight people, postal authorities said Monday.
charges of threatening a federal official.
In the Santa
Barbara case, former postal worker Jennifer San Marco, 44,
opened fire at a mail processing center in Goleta, near the UC
Santa Barbara campus, killing six postal workers.
Police said San
Marco also shot and killed a neighbor and later killed
am gonna make what happened in Santa Barbara happen here. I
know what it is like to get fired," Kennelly allegedly said in
the call, U.S. Postal Inspector Marius Greenspan wrote in an
affidavit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San
Kennelly was fired from the distribution
center in 2002 for chronic absenteeism and had a history of
calling the post office drunk and "ranting and raving,"
Greenspan wrote. He identified himself by name during the
call, authorities said.
Kennelly admitted to making the telephone
call but denied making threats against postal employees,
The affidavit said Kennelly had arrests
dating to 1975 for carrying a concealed weapon, obstructing
police, sexual battery and drunken driving.
He was arrested
at his home and police confiscated a dozen .38-caliber
bullets, authorities said. No weapons were found.
February 7, 2006
Spears has been attacked by a drunk stag party in LA.
star had to be rescued by her husband, Kevin Federline,
as the couple headed home after a night out.
onlooker told Britain's Daily Star newspaper: "It turned
nasty when Kevin went to look for their car. That's when
the stag party spotted Britney.
started saying they were her homies and at first Britney
was really sweet and said, 'Wow, they're saying they're
The witness added: "They were
obviously very drunk and jealous of her success and it
got frightening real quick.
"They were yelling, 'Give us some
of your money' and lunging at her."
When Kevin heard the noise he
rushed back and yelled at the group telling them to
leave, which they did.
Meanwhile, Britney's cameo
appearance in Will & Grace has been axed - after it
sparked outrage among Christian campaigners.
princess was set to play an uptight Bible-basher who
hosts a TV cooking slot named Cruci-fixin's on the OUT
The American Family Association -
which wanted viewers to boycott US TV network NBC - said
on its website: "NBC does not treat Jews, Muslims or
other religions with such disrespect. Yet the network
demonstrates a deep hostility toward followers of
Athletes held out over Web
Maxwell Tribune staff
February 7, 2006
members of the Andrew High School girls basketball team
were barred from Monday evening's game after school
officials suspended them from athletics based on Web
site photos showing them drinking alcohol.
spokesman declined to say how many athletes were
disciplined or the nature of the suspensions.
230 spokesman Jim Sibley said the students were barred
from competition after officials with the Tinley Park
school received an anonymous email pointing them to Web
galleries showing the students with alcohol.
declined to disclose the Web site. But photo galleries
at Webshots.com appear to show teenage gatherings or
Thunderbolt basketball group photos. In one, two girls
proudly hold a bottle of Jagermeister, while in another,
two girls chug Corona.
The students were disciplined
because of a contract they sign with the school that, in
part, can ban them from activities should they use
Most schools in Illinois have
similar contracts, said Rich Piatchek, Andrew athletic
director, who also is president of the Illinois Athletic
Directors Association. He declined comment on the
suspensions but said there have been four or five
similar cases statewide in the past several months.
"This is a
sensitive issue right now. There's a lot of uproar about
it. Kids believe that when something says `my space,'
it's private," he said, referring to the popular blog
spot myspace.com. "It's sort of an anomaly. It says it's
`my space.' But it's not."
In another district's case,
Piatchek said the athletic director learned of pictures
showing an athlete drinking, though the images were 18
months old. He didn't know if a statute of limitations
applies. Piatchek said athletic directors would take up
such issues when they meet in May.
said, school officials must take appropriate action when
"We understand kids make mistakes.
We want to help them. Drinking is wrong, and it's not
what we want our student athletes engaging in," Piatchek
Pam Jones, the mother of a player
who was not suspended, said at Monday's game that it was
unfortunate the girls made the mistake.
Man killed in drunk driver
collision Feb 6, 2006, 12:06 PM
A man is dead Monday morning after
being hit by a suspected drunk driver. Police say it
happened just before 3 AM on Grand Canyon near Peccole
They say a truck was heading
southbound on Grand Canyon when it veered in front of an
oncoming Toyota; the two vehicles collided.
The driver of the Toyota was taken
to UMC where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Alcohol
is suspected on part of the pick-up driver.
Student dies in crash
The driver, 18, remains in critical
condition and faces DUI charges after the single-car
a 19-year-old Temple sophomore, was killed early
Friday morning after the car she was riding in hit
a concrete barrier on the Ben Franklin Bridge,
The driver, Dreamah Koll, 18,
also a Temple student, will be charged with
driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle
and involuntary manslaughter, police said after an
The two friends were
traveling westbound on the Ben Franklin Bridge
around 3 a.m. when Koll's Honda hit a concrete
Deprill was ejected from the
car and pronounced dead at the scene, according to
Koll was driving while
intoxicated, police said. Koll was transported to
Jefferson University Hospital where she remains in
'Drunks dump rubbish near
Feb 7 2006
HOUSEHOLDERS in an Epsom town
centre cul-de-sac are furious that a railway
embankment alongside the road is being used as a
dumping ground by drunks.
Beer cans, bottles, fast-food
containers and even bin liners full of rubbish are
being thrown over the fence by drinkers moving out
of the town centre into Horsley Close.
The close and neighbouring
Hazon Way are off Waterloo Road where two
fast-food shops are popular with youngsters who
have drunk heavily in High Street pubs and then
buy pizzas and curries.
Janet Burgess of Horsley
Close said: "They congregate at the corner of the
close, carry on drinking and eating and then they
throw all the rubbish over the fence onto the
"It is unsightly and
un-healthy because it will attract
both roads are upset after losing their claim to
the local Government ombudsman that they were not
sufficiently consulted by Epsom and Ewell Council
before a planning application for a big flat
development overlooking their homes was approved.
The flats are part of the
Epsom Station redevelopment and will overlook the
close, cutting out light from all the houses -
but, after a long investigation Chris Upjohn
ombudsman investigator decided that the local
authority had met all the consultation
However, he has given them to
the end of January to make further comments before
making his final decision and a number of letters
have now gone to his central London
A letter to Mrs Burgess,
protest organiser, said the council was only
required to publish a site notice and newspaper
advertisement and that it had done so.
At the centre of the
protesters' argument was failure to send
notification to properties in Horsley
Mr Upjohn's letter read : "In
addition to required publicity the council did
notify addresses in Wellington Road and the High
Street, but it did not send letters to Horsley
"Government guidance is that
notification be sent to adjacent properties and
clearly what was 'adjacent' in this case was not
as clear cut as it would be where someone is
seeking permission for a house extension," he
Said Mrs Burgess this week:
"We are very angry and we are also angry that our
environment is being abused by all this
"One lady even had the drunks
urinating on her dog."
The railway embankment is the
responsibility of Network Rail and a spokesman
said a meeting was being held with the council to
discuss issues in the Epsom area and litter would
Binge drinking at U takes
big jump Mary
Jane Smetanka, Star Tribune
Binge drinking rates among
undergraduates on the University of Minnesota's Twin
Cities campus have taken the biggest yearly jump since
the school started doing surveys 14 years ago.
45 percent of students ages 18 to 24, and more than half
of men that age, reported in a 2005 survey that they had
five or more drinks in a row within the past two weeks.
Less than 40 percent of undergraduates reported
high-risk drinking the year before.
numbers mirror national figures that show more students
are drinking more often, said Dr. Ed Ehlinger, director
of Boynton Health Service on the Twin Cities campus. The
trend flies in the face of concerted efforts both here
and nationwide to stem the tide of student drinking
through advertising campaigns, classes on alcohol use
and campus crackdowns on alcohol violations.
you're looking at 45 percent of students binge drinking
on a campus of 50,000 people, that's a lot of people
drinking," Ehlinger said. "Access is pretty easy,
alcohol is cheap, and we have a new generation of
students. All of those factors play a role."
will present the numbers to a Board of Regents committee
later this week. The bump in drinking rates among Twin
Cities students follows several years in which monthly
alcohol use had dropped or evened out and high-risk
drinking rates had been fairly stable.
concerned because ... people die," Ehlinger said.
"Students with alcohol levels suffer death and
injury in car accidents, accidents, sexual assault. Lots
of students are at risk."
At least five college students in
Minnesota and western Wisconsin have died in
alcohol-related incidents since 2001.
student, St. Cloud State University junior Scot Baek
Radel, 21, has been missing since Thursday after missing
a meeting with friends at a downtown bar.
of dollars have been spent fighting alcohol on college
campuses, with little result, Ehlinger said. A list of
dozens of programs, organizations and publications on
the U's four campuses fills seven pages with small type.
But the social pressures are overwhelming, Ehlinger
"Look at the Super Bowl -- the
first advertisement was a Budweiser ad," he said. "We
link alcohol with sports, with youth, with good times
and sexual attractiveness, with humor. ... It's so
powerful that the stuff we can do with our limited
budgets and narrow focuses can't do that much."
Tuominen, a 21-year-old senior at the University of
Minnesota, said students haven't had an opportunity to
enjoy the outdoors this winter because of a lack of
snow, giving them more reason to drink. Tuominen is
taking 22 credits this semester and says he likes to
relax with friends on the weekend, when they usually
"We drink the same all the time,"
he said. "Basically, it's a time to crash after
David Steinbrink, a 28-year-old
senior at the University of Minnesota, said he stopped
drinking three years ago because of the negative impact
it had on his life.
A new sense of freedom leads to
student's drinking, he said. "Drinking is something that
adults do," he said. "Now you can get away with it."
Twin Cities data show binge drinking rates spiking,
overall drinking rates went up only slightly from 2004.
Slightly more than 75 percent of undergraduates reported
drinking alcohol in the previous month, considerably
less than the 91 percent of students who reported
drinking in 1979.
Ehlinger would like to see alcohol
prices increase, which he said could discourage
drinking. And attitudes that drinking is an expected
part of college life need to change, he said. It doesn't
help that the Upper Midwest has the highest overall
binge-drinking rates in the nation.
Web-based course for parents of Twin Cities students on
alcohol issues has proved popular, as have voluntary
courses on alcohol for students. Ehlinger hopes that a
statewide effort to combat alcohol abuse on campuses may
emerge from a first-ever Minnesota survey of 17 colleges
and universities. That 2005 survey, released last fall,
revealed a wide range of drinking behavior at those
schools, which were not identified.
is cited in crash that killed man, pregnant woman
Presecky Tribune staff
February 9, 2006
County coroner's jury Wednesday blamed a Wayne man for
the deaths last month of a pregnant Yorkville woman and
a St. Charles man, killed in a fiery collision.
said John D. Homatas, 24, of Wayne caused the Jan. 4
crash that killed his passenger, John Chiariello, 25,
and April Simmons, 27, who was eight months' pregnant.
Homatas, who was seriously injured and remains
hospitalized, faces 10 felony charges related to the
late-night collision of Illinois Highway 25 near Kenyon
Road near South Elgin.
Homatas is charged with four counts
of reckless homicide, two counts of reckless homicide of
an unborn child and four counts of aggravated driving
under the influence of alcohol.
emergency obstetrics team at Sherman Hospital in Elgin,
where Simmons was taken after the accident, was prepared
to deliver the 5-pound, 15-ounce baby girl by Caesarean
section "but the decision was made that it was not a
possibility," Coroner Charles West told the jury.
results of an autopsy revealed that a torn, placenta,
"as a direct result of the accident," caused the fetus'
death, he said.
"There was no trauma to the fetus
itself," said West. "The baby died shortly after the
mother died at the scene. Every effort was made to save
the unborn baby."
About 20 family members and friends
of Simmons and Chiariello families attended the inquests
but declined to comment afterward.
results of toxicology tests on Chiariello showed he had
a blood-alcohol content exceeding .08 percent, according
Although he declined to specify
Homatas' blood-alcohol content following the crash, a
Kane County sheriff's investigator testified it also
exceeded the limit for driving.
Brian McCarty said a driver passed by Homatas just
before the fiery accident told police the man's
northbound sport-utility vehicle was speeding and
crossed into the southbound lanes.
Based on a
data recorder recovered from Simmons' SUV, McCarty told
the jury she was not speeding.
tests on Simmons were negative for drugs or alcohol,
driver 'four times drink limit'
A BUS driver who crashed his
double decker into a shelter is alleged to have been four times the
legal alcohol limit at the time, police said today. The 38-year-old First Bus driver is
alleged to have failed a breath test following the incident in
Dalkeith, Midlothian, on Saturday. Police said the bus he
was driving ploughed into a shelter in Easthouses Road, Easthouses,
at around 10pm, showering waiting passengers with glass. At least one passenger on the bus
suffered a bump to the head, Lothian and Borders Police said. The driver has been cautioned, charged
with drink-driving and is due to appear in court in January. Chief Inspector Kenny Buchanan said: "It
is inconceivable that this man put the lives of his passengers and
other road users at risk. "It was extremely lucky
that no-one was seriously hurt in either the bus shelter or on the
bus. "There is no way that man could not have
known he was over the limit. It was a very reckless act." During the second week of the force's
campaign to combat drink-driving, a total of 25 motorists failed breath tests -
compared to 27 for the same period last year.
man delays 200 passengers
200 British holidaymakers were on their way home after a drunk and
abusive man caused their plane to be diverted.
the passengers on board the flight from Cancun, Mexico, had to help
cabin crew restrain the man as he began throwing punches.
abusive after drinking his own alcohol and getting into an argument
with the person sitting next to him.
spokesman for Thomsonfly said 232 passengers were forced off the
flight when the captain decided to divert it to Sanford airport in
767 had been due to land at Manchester Airport on Sunday but will
now land at Birmingham on Monday.
"A passenger apparently had had too much to drink and was drinking
his own alcohol. He got into an argument with the passenger sitting
next to him and got quite aggressive.
to the toilet and started a bit of fuss and started to smash the
toilet up. Three crew, with the help of some passengers, managed to
control the gent and keep him down.
captain took the decision for the safety of all passengers to take
the aircraft into Sanford."
police then met the plane and escorted the man off.
spokesman added: "I don't know what has happened to him since but
several customers who witnessed the incident have given reports to
Kirkland man charged in fatal car
STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES
A Kirkland man was charged with vehicular
homicide Thursday over a car crash that killed a Bothell woman who
had become a competitive horseback rider after becoming
Prosecutors say William M. Jergesen, 43,
was legally drunk when he crossed the center line on Northeast
Woodinville-Duvall Road and struck a Subaru station wagon head-on,
killing Margaret "Margo" O'Callaghan and her dog, Eddie.
O'Callaghan, 60, took up horseback riding
at the Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville when she
became paralyzed on her right side after suffering a series of
strokes at age 29.
She competed nationally and
internationally in dressage, an event that requires the rider and
horse to complete certain moves in perfect harmony.
No cure for hangovers 23/12/2005
Pills, potions and kebabs officially do not
cure hangovers, scientists have said.
Researchers from the universities of Exeter and
Plymouth found in a study of eight popular hangover cures that the
only way to avoid the nausea and headaches associated with drinking
too much is to abstain from alcohol.
The authors of the study, which appears in the
British Medical Journal (BMJ), concluded: "No compelling evidence
exists to suggest that any conventional or complementary
intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol
most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol induced hangover
is to practice abstinence."
The team led by Dr Max Pittler looked at a wide
variety of popular hangover cures including eggs, green tea,
exercise, bloody Marys and pizza.
Dr Pittler said hangovers in the UK cost
business around £2 billion in lost wages every year.
The researchers warned
that while common hangover symptoms included light-headedness,
nausea and impaired memory, people who drank were not just at
risk from feeling bad.
They said that people who consumed any
amount of alcohol still increased their risk of dying through
Pittler and his team also suggested that increased alcohol
consumption over the holiday period could lead to a 0.4 per cent
rise in fatal alcohol poisoning for every one per cent increase in
the sale of spirits.
violence with alcohol Stockholm, Sweden | December 25, 2005
12:01:13 AM IST
A study at Sweden's Karolinska Institute
of 133 violent offenders shows 58 percent had consumed alcohol
within 24 hours before the violent act.
A large majority of the offenders were men
with psychiatric diagnoses and most of the victims were known to the
Researchers at the Stockholm medical
school said a 13.2-fold increase in the risk of violence was found
within 24 hours of alcohol consumption. The relative risk of
violence was based on comparison with each individual's usual
frequency of alcohol use during the previous year, in a
Use of other drugs, such as
benzodiazepines and antidepressants in regular doses, was associated
with a decreased risk of violence. Contrary to other studies the
risk for criminal violence was not increased if the consumption of
alcohol was combined with benzodiazepines.
Alcohol seems to have the largest
triggering effect on violence compared to other substances we
investigated, said Ulrika Haggard-Grann of the Karolinska Institute
This suggests treatment for individuals at risk for violence should
be focused on decreasing their alcohol consumption.
Woman charged in fatal crash --------------------
By Jamie Francisco Tribune staff reporter
December 26, 2005
Bail was set at
$80,000 Sunday for a Homewood woman charged with aggravated drunken driving in a crash that killed her
younger sister and her sister's friend two
days before Christmas.
Yolanda Rivera, 29, of the 18200 block of
Kedzie Avenue appeared Sunday in a bond
hearing before Judge Reginald Baker at the Markham courthouse, said
Deputy Chief Jim Gannon of the Homewood
Rivera's sister Jasmine and passenger Nicole
Barr, both 23, were killed about 9 p.m.
Friday when Rivera lost control of the pickup truck she was driving
and slammed it into a tree, authorities
occurred in the 18000 block of Riegel Road. Rivera's blood alcohol
content was 0.21, Gannon said. The legal
limit is 0.08.
separate incident in Chicago, a female driver in her 30s was killed
and two women were injured in a crash early
Sunday in the West Town neighborhood, authorities said.
The crash occurred 1:40 a.m. on the 2000 block
of West Chicago Avenue when the female
driver of a 1991 Chevrolet Prizm traveling south on Damen Avenue ran
a stoplight and hit a 1998 Jeep Cherokee
heading west on Chicago Avenue, a police spokesman said.
The two female passengers, one from each
vehicle, were taken in stable condition to
Cook County's Stroger Hospital, the spokesman said.
The driver of the Jeep
Cherokee, Michael Cabrera, 25, of the 2200 block of West Ohio Street in Chicago, who was not taken to a
hospital, was cited with driving under the
influence, not carrying a license, no insurance and failure to
reduce speed, the spokesman said.
over drunken toddler --------------------
Items compiled from
Tribune news services
December 29, 2005
PATCHOGUE, NEW YORK -- A 37-year-old man was
arraigned Wednesday on child-endangerment
charges after one of two toddlers he was baby-sitting was found drunk, authorities said.
sheriff's deputies investigating a family court case peered through the window of a Patchogue home Tuesday
and said they saw Juan Reyes passed out
with the children wandering around.
They roused Reyes, who was the only adult at
home with the two toddlers, ages 2 and 3,
according to the sheriff's office. The deputies said Reyes appeared
The deputies also said the 2-year-old was
having difficulty standing, had bloodshot
eyes and smelled of alcohol. Tests at a hospital found he was
At the time of incident, the children's parents
were at a hospital, where the mother was
pleaded not guilty.
'Santa' Arrested After Beating Street
By Associated Press
December 28, 2005,
7:01 AM CST
SAPULPA, Okla. -- Police here know whether this
particular Santa Claus has been naughty or
nice. An officer responding to a call Christmas morning of a disturbance on the city's east side found James
Lahl dressed as Santa Claus and hitting a
street sign, according to a report.
Lahl, 53, had pulled a no parking sign from the
ground and was beating another street sign
with it, police allege.
As Officer Derrick Clayton approached the
not-so-jolly St. Nick, he detected a strong
odor of alcohol, and took Lahl into custody on a complaint of
destruction of city property and public
intoxication, according to the report.
Lahl, wearing a suit, hat, beard and gloves,
remained in the Creek County jail on
reach Lahl for comment were unsuccessful.
after car rams tree in Markham --------------------
December 28, 2005
A Country Club Hills man was killed Tuesday
when the car he was riding in slammed into
a tree on a residential street in Markham.
Danzel Brandon, 21, of
the 3800 block of 178th Place, was pronounced dead by the Cook County medical examiner's office about
Deputy Police Chief Jim Knapp said Brandon was a front-seat
passenger in a 1998 Ford Taurus when the
driver lost control and hit a tree in the 16100 block of Sussex Avenue about 3:50 a.m.
Knapp said alcohol was
likely a factor in the accident. The driver, a 21-year-old Hazel Crest man, was taken to St.
James Hospital and Health Centers in
Olympia Fields to be treated for head injuries that were not
considered life-threatening, Knapp said.
Kenneth Jackson, 21, of Hazel Crest was taken to St. James for injuries to his lower body, Knapp said.
He said the accident
was still under investigation.
Driver trying to pass dies in crash near
December 28, 2005
McHENRY COUNTY -- A man from unincorporated
McHenry died Saturday after he lost control
of his vehicle and it slid into oncoming traffic, authorities
24, of 34726 Mudjekeewis Terrace was eastbound on Big Hollow Road
near Hiawatha Trail near McHenry at about
1:30 p.m. when he apparently lost control
of his car while trying to pass another eastbound vehicle, said Sgt.
Christopher Thompson of the Lake County
Hanes' car slid into the westbound lane, hit
another car and caused it to collide with
another vehicle, Thompson said. The other drivers were not seriously injured, he said.
Hanes was taken to
Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry, where he was pronounced dead, McHenry County coroner's
Hanes was not wearing a seatbelt and evidence
suggests that alcohol may have been
involved, Thompson said.
Norman Vaughan - Another person living to be
100 that never drank!
Part of famed trek to
Adm. Richard Byrd in his 1928 expedition
December 26, 2005
ANCHORAGE -- Norman Vaughan, a dog handler and
driver in Adm. Richard Byrd's 1928
expedition to the South Pole, died Friday just a few days after
Mr. Vaughan died at Providence Alaska Medical
Center surrounded by family and friends,
said nursing supervisor Martha George.
He was well enough Dec. 17 to enjoy a birthday
celebration at the hospital attended by
more than 100 friends and hospital workers. His actual birthday was
Mr. Vaughan's motto was "Dream big and dare to
fail." Days before his 89th birthday he and
his wife, Carolyn Muegge-Vaughan, returned to Antarctica and climbed to the summit of 10,320-foot Mt.
Vaughan, the mountain Byrd named in his honor.
"It was the climax of our dream," he said in a
2005 interview at his Anchorage home. "We
had to risk failure to get there."
Mr. Vaughan sought adventure his entire
included finishing the 1,100 mile-Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race six
times after age 70. At age 96, he carried
the Olympic torch in Juneau, passing the
flame from a wheelchair, 70 years after he competed in the Olympics
as a sled dog racer.
Mr. Vaughan wanted to
climb Mt. Vaughan again to celebrate his 100th birthday, but the expedition fell short of money. He
planned to sip champagne at the summit--the
first taste of alcohol for the lifetime abstainer.
Mr. Vaughan left
Harvard University to join Byrd on his expedition, which included creation of the first settlement in
Antarctica and the first air flight over
the South Pole.
was part of a crew that drove dog teams 1,500 miles across the
frozen continent to collect geological
samples and other scientific data.
caused University freshman's death
Travis County's chief medical
examiner has ruled that acute alcohol poisoning caused the
death of a University of Texas freshman whose body was found
at a fraternity house, a newspaper reported Dec. 15.
The body of
Phanta "Jack" Phoummarath, an 18-year-old pre-computer science
major from Houston, was discovered Saturday at the Lambda Phi
Epsilon house near campus.
Dr. Roberto Bayardo told the Houston
Chronicle he expected to receive toxicology test results on
Friday but had already made his ruling. He did not immediately
return a telephone call placed by The Associated Press.
The Daily Texan
reported this week that Phoummarath was celebrating his
initiation into the fraternity. The Asian American-interest
fraternity's president has declined comment because the
university is still investigating the incident and has
temporarily suspended the chapter.
Wider ban on alcohol sales not likely
BY MARK PURDY
San Jose Mercury News
Go with me on this one.
Pretend that today, the
movie-theater owners of America announce a dramatic policy
Pretend that from this moment
forward, in parking lots outside cineplexes, people will be
encouraged to arrive early, tailgate and consume alcoholic
Pretend that beer and wine will be
served at concession stands throughout every film, two drinks
to a customer, even if the customer has already had four or
Pretend this is true. All of
Do you think that some drunk
filmgoers might start yelling obscene and obnoxious remarks at
the screen, provoking arguments with other drunk
Do you think that by the last reel
of "King Kong," some drunk rooting for the big ape might pick
a fight with a drunk who's rooting for the airplanes?
Yes. I am thinking the answer to
both questions is yes.
But of course, that's only a pretend
scenario. We would never allow that to happen at movie
theaters in America.
Why, then, do we allow it to happen
at football games?
Monday night, the New York Jets
didn't allow it. You probably heard.
Alcohol sales were banned at Giants
Stadium for the Jets' game against New England. Jets officials
said the precaution was taken for "safety" reasons. Last
month, at another Jets night game, nine people were arrested
after various incidents. Two people were stabbed outside a
men's room. A state trooper broke his leg while trying to
eject a bottle-tossing fan.
In the wake of this ugliness,
someone finally connected the dots: Beer. Evening kickoff.
Beer. Lots of pregame tailgating. Beer. A losing home team,
with ticked-off fans. Beer. Gee, maybe it's not a good
And so, for one of the rare times in
NFL history, no alcohol was sold Monday. Amazingly, no one
seemed to mind that much. A fan named John Speranza pointed
out to the New York Daily News: "If you're not drinking, you
remember more." And the crowd was indeed more civil.
It made me wonder: Why isn't there a
booze ban at every NFL game?
Well, we all know why, don't we?
It's because too much money is made from beer sales. The big
breweries have significant advertising "relationships" with
the league. Plus, it's part of the pro football culture -
American sports culture, really - for fans to enjoy a few
brews before and during the action.
Traveling around the country this
season, I have noticed that excessive drinking in certain NFL
locales (hello, Philly and New England) has reached a new
level. A generation of fans seems to now believe it's almost
The topic is relevant here this week
because Saturday night happens to be New Year's Eve. And the
Raiders happen to have a home game with a 5 p.m.
Raiders executive Amy Trask said
Tuesday that the team isn't blind to the situation. The
decision was made not to open the tailgating lots early. But a
ban on alcohol sales was not considered. In an ideal
world, of course, NFL executives such as Trask would not have
to spend valuable time dealing with this stuff. But since the
league is locked into its loud, boisterous marriage with
alcohol, there really is no other choice.
So. Good luck to the Raiders stadium
personnel this weekend. And here's hoping other NFL teams
follow the same route to keeping the booze beast under
Because if they don't, you know what
A lot more people will be skipping
football games and going to the
believes it has ID for bones --------------------
near tracks may be lost man, wife says
By M. Daniel Gibbard and Andrew L. Wang Tribune staff reporters
January 3, 2006
As Chicago police
recovered a set of bones found near railroad tracks on the Southwest Side Monday, friends and family of a
missing man gathered nearby, certain their
mystery had been solved.
"It's him," said Carol Mattson, whose husband,
Arthur, disappeared five months ago from
their home in the 3500 block of West 77th Place. "I know it's him. I
knew he was still in the neighborhood."
Police were called to
the tracks near 7700 S. Central Park Ave. about 9:30 a.m. by someone who spotted what appeared to be
human remains, police spokesman John Mirabelli said. The Cook County medical
examiner's office will determine if the bones are human and handle the identification,
at the medical examiner's office reported receiving the remains but
said no autopsy had been conducted yet.
But family and friends
were certain the remains were those of Mattson, who lives less than 100 yards from where the bones were
disappeared Aug. 9 while highly intoxicated, his wife said. He was
an alcoholic who also battled depression,
she said, and had been hospitalized just
the night before.
"He was in bad shape," she said.
Bill Judd, a family
friend, said he had helped search the train tracks from 77th Place to 79th Street, where Mattson's regular
tavern was located.
"We must have missed him by 20 feet," said
Judd, who recalled that the brush around
the tracks was thick at that time of year.
Patrick Houlihan, a
family friend, helped pass out fliers with Mattson's picture after he disappeared. He believes police did
not try hard enough in their search.
"He didn't have a car,
and he didn't go anywhere but from his house to the tavern," Houlihan said.
Woman, unborn baby die in
say alcohol played role in fatal late-night collision By Scott
Wong, STAFF WRITER Inside Bay Area
- Police on Monday said alcohol was a factor in a Jan. 1 crash that
killed a pregnant Union City woman and her unborn child, and injured
Kimberly Ann Dickson, 36, who was eight
months pregnant, died at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley within
an hour of the Sunday night accident, Officer John Flynn said.
The accident happened along Mission
Boulevard at the Mowry Avenue intersection shortly after 11 p.m. A
1987 Toyota Camry driven by Fremont resident Diana Mora, 36,
collided with a 1984 Chevy Blazer II driven by Union City resident
Ricardo Padilla, 26, as he tried to turn left on Mission.
Dickson was sitting in the front passenger
seat of Padilla's vehicle at the time of the crash. The collision
was so severe that the Blazer "flipped over and came to rest on its
side," police said.
Dickson was one of more than two dozen
traffic fatalities reported statewide during the New Year's weekend.
The California Highway Patrol said at least 27 people were killed
onlocal and CHP-patrolled roadways between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m.
That is up from 21 traffic deaths during
the same period a year ago.
CHP officers arrested 1,070 people for
driving under the influence this holi-
day weekend. DUI arrests were up nearly 15
percent from last year's total of 933.
Alcohol was a factor in the Fremont crash,
but toxicology reports will not be available for about 30 days,
police said. The reporting officer could not be reached Monday, and
a watch commander said it was unclear which driver had been under
the influence of alcohol.
Padilla had been traveling southbound on
Mission and pulled into the left turn pocket at the Mowry
intersection so he could turn into the driveway of Frontier Hotel.
When his vehicle crossed the northbound lanes of Mission, the
passenger side of the Blazer was struck by Mora's car.
Mora also was transported to Eden Medical
Center, and Padilla was taken to San Jose Medical Center. Both were
treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Wednesday January 4, 2006
New Year boozing turns sour for family
Boozing and partying
in a rural longhouse during the New Year celebrations have resulted in embarrassing
consequences for a family here.
The boozing sparked off a major
misunderstanding among the longhouse folks in Bakong, which resulted in a 100km journey to
lodge a police report that a grandmother,
in her late seventies, had been gang-raped.
The claim, however,
turned out to be untrue but it was found that the grandmother could have been sexually harassed
woman's daughter had lodged a report at the Miri Central Police Station that her sick mother had been raped on
housewife, in her 40s, alleged that her mother was raped by two
longhouse youths who had gotten drunk after
a drinking spree.
Police sent a team to investigate the report
but found that the aged woman had not been
raped as claimed.
Miri Acting CID Chief Asst Supt Kaderi Said
said yesterday the misunderstanding arose
at the longhouse after the youths got tipsy and
There was no rape. No one has been arrested; he
however, declined to reveal what had actually transpired that led to
the woman claiming that her mother had been
here have referred the case to the Marudi police station & the
district police station nearest to
source said there was a possibility that the two youths might have
"disturbed"; the old woman while they were
was no rape, the youths might have done "something naughty"; to her that might have outraged her
modesty, he added.
Rescuers search lake for
missing man 1/3/2006 8:17 AM By: Associated
VIDEO Missing Man
Jeff Kish told
authorities he believes his brother hit his head and fell
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --
About 50 rescue workers searched unsuccessfully Monday for a man who
apparently fell off a houseboat on New Year's Day.
Authorities planned to
continue looking Tuesday for Steven Kish, 30, a landscaper and
volunteer firefighter from Lancaster County, Pa., who was moving to
Mooresville. Jeff Kish said he, his older brother and several
friends were aboard a houseboat about 330 yards from shore Sunday
when Steven went to the deck to smoke a cigarette about 8 p.m.
Eight boats filled with
about 50 rescue workers scoured Lake Norman on Monday. After about 10 to 15
minutes, the rest of the party noticed he was missing and called
911. Jeff Kish, who said his brother had drunk a few beers, believes
he fell overboard.
He said his brother was an athletic swimmer who
had received training in water rescue techniques in Pennsylvania but
was wearing boots and bulky winter clothes Sunday.
Rescue workers began
searching for Kish late Sunday and kept looking until around
midnight, said Kyle Voris of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
They searched again Monday, with about eight boats and roughly 50
searchers from various Lake Norman area fire, rescue, police and
emergency agencies helping.
Jeff Kish said his brother bought a house in
Mooresville on Dec. 24, and the two had been renovating it during
Young yobs are making our lives a
Jan 3 2006
A GROUP of Coventry
neighbours today revealed how drunken teenagers - some as
young as 13 - are making life hell in their street.
Next door neighbours
Colin Goode and Adam McQuillan told of a shocking catalogue of
antisocial behaviour plaguing people living in Three Spires
Families have to put
up with rowdy gangs smashing bottles, fighting, clambering
over cars and urinating in public.
The youths have also
been accused of graffiti, swearing, and indecent
Mr Goode and Mr
Mcquillan say they are fed up with the nuisance and want to
"claim back young troublemakers.
Mr Goode, aged
32, who is married and has a four-year-old son, has
lived in the street trouble-free for eight years.
But he said
bad behaviour over the past six months had made
residents' lives a misery.
He said: "You
spend every night curtain-twitching and watching your
them once and told them to stop smashing bottles but as
soon as my back was turned they put two fingers up at
they leave behind, empty beer cans and smashed bottles,
does your head in more than anything else."
youths as young as 13 drink alcohol before committing
is understood to have put his house up for sale because
of the problems.
aged 40, who is self-employed, said: "The cops move them
on, but it's the nuisance of them hanging around.
Sometimes there's up to 30 of them."
they have been cracking down on the sale of alcohol to
youngsters in the area.
officers were prepared to serve antisocial behaviour
orders on ringleaders of youths causing problems in the
Alcohol Ads Fuel Young
TUESDAY, Jan. 3 (HealthDay News) --
The more ads young people see about alcohol, the more they
That's the conclusion of a study by
researchers at the University of Connecticut, published in the
January issue of Archives of
Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Of approximately 1,900 study
participants between the ages of 15 and 26 who were
interviewed at least one time and up to four times between
1999 and 2001, those who reported viewing more alcohol
advertisements on average also reported drinking more
Each additional ad viewed per month
increased the number of drinks consumed by 1 percent. The same
percentage increase applied to underage drinkers (those
younger than age 21) as well, the researchers said.
The study authors also analyzed
youth drinking in relation to advertising dollars spent. They
purchased information about total alcohol sales in each state
and found that young people drank 3 percent more per month for
each additional dollar spent per capita in their advertising
Young adults in markets where
alcohol companies spent $10 or more per person per month in
advertising increased their drinking more over time, reaching
a peak of 50 drinks per month by age 25, the study
The alcohol industry is not bound by
federal restrictions on advertising but is subject to
voluntary codes dictating that 70 percent of the audience for
their advertisements be adults older than age 21. The study
authors reported that these ads still appear frequently in
media aimed at young people.
The survey contradicts claims by the
alcohol industry "that advertising is unrelated to youth
drinking amounts: that advertising at best causes brand
switching, only affects those older than the legal drinking
age or is effectively countered by current educational
efforts," the researchers said in the report. "Alcohol
advertising was a contributing factor to youth drinking
quantities over time."
Woman hit by car
dies of injuries
decision on charges yet for remorseful driver , FROM
STAFF REPORTS Inside Bay Area
OAKLAND - A woman has died from injuries
suffered when she was hit by a car early New Year's Day.
A decision whether to charge the
driver has not yet been made pending further investigation,
authorities said Tuesday.
Police said the remorseful driver,
Illugi Thordarson, 29, who police said had been drinking,
admitted to officers at the scene he hit the woman. But both
he and his passenger said she ran out into the street in front
of his car, police said.
The woman killed was identified as
Patricia Sue Sperl, 46, a saleswoman who police said had
addresses in both Oakland and Berkeley.
Sperl was hit by Thordarson's 1994
Nissan Sentra about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of
Shattuck Avenue and Poirier Street, not far from Bushrod Park.
She died at noon Monday at Highland Hospital
Oakland.Thordarson, who was driving south on Shattuck, told
police he was a disc jockey, had worked some New Year's Eve
parties and was on his way to another.
Traffic Officer Wing Wong said
Tuesday that Sperl apparently was crossing Shattuck - police
are unsure in what direction - when she was hit. Just half of
the street has a marked crosswalk.
Wong said Thordarson "reeked of
alcohol." A field test showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.15,
and a later test put it at 0.13.
But Wong said a champagne bottle was
found near Sperl, leading police to believe she may have been
Thordarson was arrested on suspicion
of driving under the influence and causing injuries. He later
made $23,000 bail.
Wong said police are seeking more
witnesses, especially residents in the area who may have seen
Sperl before she was hit.
The death was Oakland's first
traffic fatality of 2006.
In 2005 there were 25
traffic-related deaths, including 10 pedestrians. In 2004
there were 29 traffic-related deaths, including nine
Woman cited in
crash that killed mom-to-be
Fremont resident faces DUI charge, though
whether she caused accident New Year's Day is
undetermined By Ben Aguirre Jr., STAFF WRITER Inside Bay Area
FREMONT - A 36-year-old woman has been
cited for suspicion of drunken driving in connection with a
crash that killed a woman and her unborn son Sunday, but it
remains undetermined if she caused the collision.
Police officers Wednesday cited
Diana Mora of Fremont on a misdemeanor count of driving under
the influence while operating a vehicle, Officer John Flynn
"We highly suspect she was under the
influence," Flynn said. "But we're still awaiting the
toxicology reports" to determine her blood-alcohol level.
As officers wait for results, they
are continuing to investigate what caused the crash. If Mora
is found to be at fault, she could face two counts of
vehicular manslaughter, Flynn said.
Union City resident Kimberly Ann
Dickson, 36, was killed shortly after 11 p.m. New Year's Day
when the 1994 Chevy Blazer II she was riding in flipped over
after a collision with Mora's 1987 Toyota Camry, Flynn said.
Dickson was eight months pregnant.
Initial reports indicate that Union
City resident Ricardo Padilla, 26, was driving his Blazer
south on Mission Boulevard and making a left turn at Mowry
Avenue when his SUV collided with Mora's car.
Mora was headed northbound on
Mission when her Camry hit the passenger side of the Blazer,
where Dickson was seated, Flynn said.
The SUV flipped onto its side, where
it remained until emergency crews arrived. Mora, Padilla and
Dickson were taken to local trauma centers, but Dickson died
The collision was the Fremont area's
second fatal crash during a 17-day DUI enforcement effort.
Union City resident Asuncion Somera,
82, was killed Christmas Day when a 2003 Mercury Mountaineer
plowed into the bus stop he was sitting at near Dyer Street
and Alvarado Boulevard.
The driver, Charles Lynell Love, 25,
of Union City, has been charged with a felony count of gross
vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence.
Aside from the two fatal crashes,
area authorities made 119 DUI arrests - 64 in Fremont, 36 in
Newark and 19 in Union City.
Say Newlyweds Argued on Cruise
Man Disappeared From a Royal Caribbean
Ship in the Mediterranean
By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, AP
(Jan. 6) - A man who disappeared from his honeymoon cruise
last summer argued in the ship's bar with his wife, who kicked
him in the groin hours before he vanished, two witnesses said
The witnesses told
The Associated Press the FBI has interviewed them about the
July 5 disappearance of George Allen Smith IV of
"I was very
surprised by their behavior, that a honeymoon couple would act
that way," said Margarita Chaves, a 29-year-old teacher from
from a Royal Caribbean ship in the Mediterranean Sea between
Turkey and Greece. Blood stains were found running from the
balcony of Smith's cabin to life boats. No one has been
charged and no body has been recovered.
Jennifer Hagel-Smith of Cromwell, was found sleeping on a
floor in a corridor far from the couple's cabin the night he
vanished, the cruise line said Wednesday.
her attorney say she was unconscious and has no recollection
of what happened. Hagel-Smith said she passed an FBI polygraph
test. Federal authorities have said she has cooperated with
the accounts that she kicked her husband "ridiculous" and
epitome of what I've had to deal with," Hagel-Smith said.
"That's not something I would do to my husband."
Chaves said she
was in the bar with her friends when another group introduced
them to Smith and his wife. She said the couple was heavily
intoxicated and Hagel-Smith was leaning on a male
"We were afraid a
fight was going to start," Chaves said. "She was flirting with
Dominick Mazza, a
24-year-old auditor from New Jersey, said Hagel-Smith was
leaning on him because she was drunk, but he did not believe
she was flirting.
Smith then began
calling his wife names, the witnesses agreed.
"She kind of
pushed him away lightly and suddenly stood up and kicked him
in the private and stumbled out of the bar," Mazza said.
Smith "bent over
for quite a while," Mazza said. "You could tell he was in
pain. I thought the kick was hard. That was not fooling
Chaves said Smith
eventually returned to drinking with a group of men. She said
the group was drinking absinthe, a highly potent drink.
"His pupils were
dilated," Chaves said. "I'll never forget that look in his
Hagel-Smith's attorney, said the accounts are not relevant to
attorney for Smith's family, said the argument might explain
why Hagel-Smith left the bar and was later found in the
Chicago man dies in fistfight --------------------
Ryan Tribune staff
December 11, 2005, 6:15 AM CST
Investigators are expected to perform an
autopsy today on a Chicago man who died Saturday shortly after falling and
hitting his head on the pavement during a fistfight with another man, officials
Charges are expected to be filed against
the other man, 22, who was still being questioned by police early today about
the altercation, said police spokesman David Banks.
fight outside a South Side liquor store, Bruce Wordlaw, 41, of
the 7500 block of South Coles
Avenue, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center
in Oak Lawn and pronounced dead
at 5:56 p.m., said police and the Cook County medical examiner's office.
and the other man were fighting outside the store around 5
p.m. when the 22-year-old
punched Wordlaw in the face, said police spokesman David
Banks. Wordlaw then fell to the
ground and struck his head on the pavement.
It was not
immediately known what the two men were arguing about, Banks
said. Copyright (c) 2005,
- Study: Teenagers Influenced by Liquor Ads
by Jim Kouri,
new study of more than 3,000 teens reports that underage persons who
saw frequent ads for alcoholic
beverages in stores and magazines were more likely to start drinking than those who did not.
The study was
conducted by Rand Health in South Dakota and was sponsored by
the National Institute of Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism. The report also indicated that teens who had already tried alcohol were
more likely to increase their consumption when viewing ads in magazines or
concessions at music and sporting events.
"The more we can combat the pro-alcohol and
drug information in our society the less likely we're going to have to treat
individuals down the road for substance abuse," comments Gary Smith, Executive Director
of Narconon Arrowhead, "Prevention is
The media attention of college binge drinking
deaths on campuses last year also sparked the University of Florida to take
action. Officials at the University instructed a country band that was scheduled to
perform on campus to drop all promotions for their alcoholic beverage sponsor
out of concern for student binge drinking, despite costing them more than
$12,000 per night in revenue according to the Independent Florida Alligator
The American Medical Association also released
an article admonishing NASCAR for allowing hard liquor sponsorships, which place
ads prominently on cars viewed by millions of teens. They also conducted a survey
and found that 63% of Americans feel
that marketing liquor on race cars sends the wrong message to young
people regarding drinking and
The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration reports that there were over 2,300 alcohol-related fatalities in the year
2000 involving young people between the ages of 15 and 20. This accounted for more
than one third of the total number for
While the Rand study of teenagers in South
Dakota didn't find conclusive evidence
of the effect of alcohol advertising on television, a report
issued last year by the Center on
Alcohol Marketing and Youth stated there was an increase of 90,000 alcohol ads on television
compared to just two years prior. The
study also indicated that 23 percent of the ads were more likely to
be seen by youth than adults.
While more than
10 million youth between the ages of 12 and 20 have
reported drinking alcohol in the past
month, there are some youths joining the fight against substance abuse. The Kansas City
InfoZine online reported last month that area young people part of Youth with
Vision filmed three public service announcements for the Missouri Division of
Alcohol and Drug Abuse. The prevention
ads are part of the "Alcohol.Is It Worth It?" program.
arrests as violence
Seven people have been injured, cars and
shops trashed, and rock and flares hurled at police in a second
consecutive night of mob violence in Sydney.
Eleven men were arrested as a new wave of
unrest hit the city overnight in apparent reprisal attacks for
Sunday's race riot at Cronulla, where alcohol-fuelled mobs chased
and bashed people of Middle Eastern appearance.
The trouble began last night when a group
of 200 mostly Muslim men gathered at Lakemba Mosque, in Sydney's
south-west, apparently after rumours that an attack on the building
Rocks and flares were thrown at police
trying to disperse the group, and a female constable was injured
when a projectile struck her leg.
Police were also hit with projectiles as a
crowd of about 100 people gathered for a second night in
Brighton-le-Sands, in Sydney's south.
Two police cars were damaged and rubbish
bins were thrown at shopfronts as officers attempted to control the
A family was forced to move out of their
apartment after their five-month-old son narrowly escaped being
injured when a bottle was thrown through their apartment window,
shattering the glass.
At Cronulla, about 50 men arrived in cars
last night before rampaging through the beach community, smashing
car windows and shopfronts with baseball bats.
Gunshots were heard near the Northies
Hotel, opposite north Cronulla beach, where some of the worst
violence was seen on Sunday.
Meanwhile, more than 30 molotov cocktails
and crates of rocks were found during a rooftop search at south
Maroubra, not far from where a mob smashed car windows on
Cricket bats, rocks and iron bars were
also confiscated by police monitoring about 100 people who gathered
near Maroubra beach.
Six people were arrested at Cronulla and
on the Kingsway, in nearby Caringbah, after shops and vehicles were
Two men and three youths were arrested at
Maroubra beach after police discovered a replica pistol in the
Police said the injured included a Bexley
couple attacked as they left a restaurant in Caringbah about 10pm
A 35-year-old Lansvale man suffered head
injuries and severe facial bruising after being attacked at a youth
hostel at Caringbah. He was taken to Sutherland hospital in a stable
A 45-year-old Cronulla man suffered broken
ribs and head injuries when he was attacked as he put his rubbish
bin out on the street.
A 51-year-old Woolwooware man suffered a
broken arm after he was attacked with a baseball bat at
Details of the seventh person's injuries
could not be confirmed.
Police are braced for further violence
after new text messages, including one declaring war between
Sydney's Middle Eastern youths and Australians, began
The new messages follow a round of similar
ones sent last week, calling for retaliation after an attack on surf
lifesavers at Cronulla on December 3.
One of the new messages congratulates
Australians for the fight they put up against the Lebanese at
Cronulla during Sunday's riots, and called for more attacks.
"We'll show them! It's on again Sunday," a
newspaper reported the message said.
Another warned of retaliation from the
Middle Eastern groups.
"The Aussies will feel the full force of
the Arabs as one - 'brothers in arms' unite now..." it read.
Another called for "straight up WAR. The
leb's/wogs won't stand for this."
Police have formed a task force to try to
prevent a repeat of Sunday's riots, which have been condemned by NSW
Premier Morris Iemma.
The man suspected of driving drunk and
killing two young girls is expected in court Monday.
happened on the Gulf Freeway at Monroe.
The accident happened early Saturday
morning on the Gulf Freeway at Monroe.
Thomas Roy Kennedy, 21, faces two charges
Police said his actions either ended or
forever changed the lives of a group of young people, including that
of a 12-year-old who was sitting in the backseat of the car.
Janet Ruvacalba was killed instantly when
Kennedy's truck slammed into the back of the car.
The car Ruvacalba was in had pulled over
into the right emergency lane because it was out of gas.
"We called everywhere, and no one told us
anything," said brother Hector Ruvacalba. "And finally we found out
that my sister had ."
Another girl in the backseat, 14-year-old
Megan Lawery, died.
"You don't know what you robbed me of or
other people," said Megan's dad, Jon. "You know, she never got a
chance to drive a car, go on a real date, go to college."
The other three people in the car were
injured,! two of them critically.
Most of the passengers went to the same
Clear Creek ISD school, who said they will have extra counselors on
hand to help students who are going through a lot of grief.
Man, 25, Stabs
Kinsman to Death From
Chinedu Eze in Abakiliki, 01.07.2006 Tragedy struck at Amaizu community in Afikpo
North local Government Area of Ebonyi State, when a young man
stabbed his kinsman to death as the police shot and killed two
youths among the demonstrators, who demanded that the murder suspect
should be released to them, as he ran to the police for protection
after the murder. According to an
eyewitness account, the murder suspect, Enyinnaya Ezeali, a 25-year
old student of Ebonyi State University stabbed and killed Mr. Eze
Egwu, a commercial motorcycle operator after a
disagreement. Trouble started when the
suspect was said to have inadvertently urinated on the deceased
where he was lying down along the road, as a member of the vigilante
group that kept watch during the Yuletide and he was angered and
subsequently challenged Ezeani, which resulted to a
scuffle. Ezeani, who was said to be
drunk went back to the house after they were separated, and only to
return few minutes later with a dagger and stabbed the unsuspecting
Egwu at different parts of his body, where he was still lying
down. Other members of the vigilante
who realized what happened after the deceased had collapsed rushed
him to a hospital, where he finally gave up the ghost. Realising that he had killed somebody, the
suspect sneaked through the crowd that had started gathering and ran
to the Afikpo police station, where he gave himself up to the
police. The following morning, youths
and elders of the community gathered together and went to the police
station, demanding from the divisional police officer (DPO), CSP
Gozie Malizu, the release of the suspect, so that punishment be
meted to him according to the custom of the people for killing his
kinsman, but the DPO refused and the youths went on rampage,
destroying vehicles and buildings at the police station. In their effort to quell the crisis, police
shot and killed two other persons, including the driver of the
ambulance conveying the corps of the deceased. In addition to the destruction at the police
station, the enraged demonstrators also destroyed vehicles owned by
the relations and neighbours of the suspect, destroyed their house
and household property and that of their neighbours as
The Ebonyi State Police Command confirmed the
incident, but said that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)
was still investigating the matter. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr.
Godwin Wekwa, told THISDAY that there was a preliminary report, but
he was yet to be copied and however, confirmed that the murder
suspect had been moved from Afikpo police station to the police
Command in Abakaliki, stating that the number of casualties during
the crisis have not been officially confirmed. He also explained that the routine arrest of
the people of Amaizu community, which had continued since the time
of the incident on January 3, 2006 till the time of filing this
report, was an action backed by law, saying that those arrested
would be screened to ascertain the actual culprits, while those who
were not part of the incident would be released. THISDAY also gathered at the weekend that
police have indiscriminately arrested more than five tipper loads of
people and Amaizi community has been deserted, as policemen go there
in the morning and evening to arrest people who are taken to the
police station for detention and interrogation. The Amaizu community has remained a ghost town
since the incident, as those who wanted to avoid arrest have fled
the town in droves to other parts of the state and beyond.
Indiana truck driver charged with homicide in
bus crash --------------------
By ROBERT IMRIE The Associated Press
January 12, 2006,
11:33 AM CST
CLAIRE, Wis. -- An Indiana semi-truck driver was charged Thursday
with five homicide counts in a crash three
months ago that killed five and injured others on a bus carrying high school band students
home from a weekend competition.
Michael John Kozlowski, 23, of Schererville,
Ind., faces five felony counts of homicide
by negligent operation of a vehicle as well as 11 felony counts of
reckless driving causing great bodily
injury and nine misdemeanor counts of reckless driving causing injury.
Kozlowski stayed out
late partying before he took off from Indiana on the day of the crash, and drove erratically after getting
into Wisconsin, eventually falling asleep,
leading to the crash, prosecutors contended.
The crash occurred
Oct. 16 after Kozlowski drove his semi off onto the shoulder of Interstate 94 and lost control when he
pulled back onto the highway.
``Two witnesses to the defendant's driving
behavior prior to this collision provide
information consistent with a conclusion that the defendant's semi
left the interstate when he fell asleep
that morning,'' the complaint filed by Eau Claire County District Attorney Richard White
attorney said the complaint alleges criminal negligence over two days.
``The charges reflect the injuries to every one
of the people we know about on the bus who
sustained injuries,'' White said.
``His conduct and negligence was a significant
factor in the deaths. His driving was
erratic. He weaved at times. His speed was erratic.''
The complaint said
information from Kozlowski's global positioning system indicated he traveled to an Indiana tavern Oct.
14 to attend a going away party for a
co-worker. Witnesses said Kozlowski was at the tavern until closing
time early Oct. 15, according to the
complaint said witnesses told investigators Kozlowski was drinking
``hard stuff'' at the Indiana tavern, but
there is no mention in the complaint on whether he was legally drunk at the time of the
accident. White declined to discuss results
of any blood-alcohol test that may have been done on him.
Friends who were with
Kozlowski at the tavern indicated he stayed up until at least 5 a.m. Oct. 15, the complaint said.
Kozlowski's cell phone
records show outgoing calls were made that day at 10:57 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 12:07 p.m., 3:22 p.m. and
5:04 p.m., according to the complaint.
White said no other
criminal charges would be filed against anyone or the bus company in the case.
Earl Gray of St. Paul, Minn., did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.
The maximum penalty
for Kozlowski on each of the homicide charges is 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, while be faces up to
3 1/2 years in prison and fines of up to
$10,000 on each of the felony reckless driving counts and up to a
year in jail and $2,000 fine on each
The driver has not been arrested and his
attorney told prosecutors Kozlowski would
voluntarily make an initial court appearance Jan. 31.
Gene Burke, whose
15-year-old son Ryan was injured in the crash, said the band students' physical wounds were healing but they
struggle every day with the emotional
would have been really disappointed had there been no charges,'' he
said. ``I am satisfied. Yes,
charter bus, filled with 44 students, teachers and chaperones from
Chippewa Falls High School, plowed into the
semi trailer that had overturned and jackknifed on the highway, blocking both lanes,
the Wisconsin State Patrol said.
The crash happened about 2 a.m. just north of
Osseo as the bus returned from a band
competition in Whitewater.
An investigation found possible problems with
the brakes on the bus, according to the
National Transportation Safety Board. A lack of skid marks on the
interstate, though, may indicate the bus
driver did not have time to stop, the agency said.
Killed were band director Douglas Greenhalgh,
48; his wife, Therese, 51; and their
granddaughter, Morgan Greenhalgh, 11. Also killed were driver Paul
Rasmus, 78, and student teacher Brandon
Atherton, 24, authorities said.
Freight train hits, kills pedestrian
January 12, 2006
GENEVA -- A Union Pacific freight train fatally
struck a 41-year-old Geneva man early
Wednesday, police said.
Keith Hajek had been walking eastbound on the
north side of the railroad tracks near
Second Street when he was struck from behind by an eastbound train
about 12:45 a.m., said Geneva Police Lt.
train's engineer saw Hajek about 500 feet ahead of him and tried
blowing his horn and applying the train's
emergency brakes. But he was unable to avoid the man, Frega said. The train was traveling about
35 m.p.h., Frega said.
"We don't know if he thought the train was on
the other side of the track or what," Frega
said. Police believe alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.
Friends of Hajek told police they had been
drinking with him at a local bar before he
left to walk home. Hajek was a lifelong resident of Geneva and had a
teenage daughter, he said. The incident is
under investigation, Frega said.
Driver charged in deaths of 2 adults, unborn
By William Presecky Tribune staff reporter
January 11, 2006, 2:11
24-year-old west suburban man was charged today with driving drunk
last week when his Jeep collided head-on
with another vehicle, killing a passenger in his SUV as well as a woman who was nine months
pregnant in the other vehicle.
John D. Homatas, of Wayne, was charged with 10
felony criminal counts in connection with
the Jan. 4 crash on Illinois Highway 25 near South Elgin, Kane County State's Atty. John Barsanti announced at
a news conference at the county Judicial
Center in St. Charles.
If convicted of the most serious charge --
aggravated driving under the influence in
the deaths of two or more people -- the severely injured Homatas,
who is in a drug-induced coma at Advocate
Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, could be sentenced up to 28 years in prison.
Though his first court
appearance is set for Feb. 2 in Kane County Circuit Court, Homatas is not expected to appear in
person because of the extent of his injuries, Barsanti said.
April M. Simmons, 27,
of Yorkville, and her 36-week fetus died in the crash. John Chiariello, 25, of St. Charles, a
passenger in Homatas' Jeep, also was killed.
Homatas is charged with four counts of reckless
homicide, two counts of reckless homicide
of an unborn child and four counts of aggravated driving under the
influence of alcohol, authorities said.
Barsanti said Homatas'
blood-alcohol content exceeded the legal limit needed to trigger a drunk driving charge. He declined to
late-night accident occurred on a dark, rural stretch of two-lane
Illinois 25 just north of Kenyon Road in
unincorporated Elgin Township.
As part of the ongoing investigation of the
accident, Kane County Undersheriff Mike
Anderson said police have interviewed the driver of one of the
vehicles that Homatas' SUV is alleged to
have passed just before the crash.
Police are asking that the driver of a second
vehicle Homatas is believed to have passed
just before the collision to come forward with any information that
could assist their investigation, Anderson
were based in part on evidence gathered by police through a search
warrant and interviews at a gentleman's
club in West Chicago, authorities said. They declined go into details about the warrant
or what investigators were told.
Homatas is believed to have been at the club
before the accident.
Other interviews are pending, Anderson said.
Homatas has a history
of speeding violations. According to DuPage County court records, he pleaded guilty to speeding eight
times since 1998: once in 1998; twice in
1999; twice in 2000; once in 2002 and twice in 2003. He also pleaded
guilty to running a red light in Rolling
Meadows in 2002.
six of the speeding cases -- three of which court records show he
was driving almost 20 miles over the speed
limit -- Homatas received court supervision, which kept the tickets from affecting his
But two tickets -- one in 1998 and one in 1999
-- resulted in convictions, according to
Ruth Riley, a spokeswoman with the secretary of state's office. Because he was under 21 at the time and had two
convictions within two years, his license
was automatically suspended for three months, she said.
Homatas had a valid
driver's license at the time of the crash.
Simmons had no
violations on her driving record, Riley said.
Ryan Freel Arrested in Tampa --------------------
By Associated Press
January 8, 2006, 9:47
-- Cincinnati Reds utility player Ryan Freel was arrested on an alcohol-related charge at a pool hall early
Sunday, police said.
Police were called to a pool hall in Tampa at
3:35 a.m. and arrested the 29-year-old
Freel, of Jacksonville, on a misdemeanor disorderly intoxication charge. He was released from Hillsborough
County Jail on Sunday morning after posting
Freel's second arrest in nine months. In April, he was arrested in
Bellevue, Ky., on the night the baseball
season started. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence
of alcohol, careless driving and having an
open container in a motor vehicle.
On May 10, he pleaded guilty to a charge of
driving under the influence of alcohol, and
in exchange for his plea, the other charges were dropped. A judge
also suspended Freel's driver's license for
90 days and assessed fines and court costs
totaling $600. He was required to undergo alcohol evaluation and treatment.
Freel signed a $3 million, two-year contract
with the Reds on Dec. 20. He batted .271
with four homers and 21 RBIs in 103 games last season. He also stole
36 bases and scored 69 runs.
Reds spokesman Rob
Butcher said the team does not have all the information about Freel's arrest and therefore could not comment.
Copyright (c) 2006, The Associated Press
Here is an
example how drinking kills you and take decades off your
life... > > > LONDON --
George Best, one of the most dazzling players in soccer > history who also reveled in a drinking,
playboy lifestyle, died >
Friday hospital officials said. He was 59. > > Best, who
starred in the 1960s and 1970s for Manchester United and > Northern Ireland, had a liver transplant
three years ago because > alcohol
destroyed his liver. > > He appeared close to death last month when
doctors discovered internal > bleeding.
He had been readmitted to intensive care a week ago with a > lung infection and was put on life
support. His condition deteriorated >
sharply Thursday. > > "After a long fight, Mr. George Best
died this afternoon in the > intensive
care unit at Cromwell Hospital," the hospital said in a > statement. > > Best was told never to drink again after
his liver transplant, but he > went back
to his old ways and was regularly seen at pubs. > >
"Unfortunately there is no solution to alcohol, you can't make it go
> away," Best wrote in a recent update
to his second autobiography > "Blessed."
"Drink is the only opponent I've been unable to beat." > > Denis Law, a
former Manchester United teammate, was at Best's bedside > all night. > > "From 1964 to 1969, he was the best player
in the country," Law said. > "It's sad
as hell, but I don't think we saw the best of him. I think > he went on the blink at a time when he
could have got even better." > > Slightly built but with amazing balance
and devastating speed, Best > would run
at defenders and leave them tackling thin air. Sometimes he > would embarrass them further by going back
to beat them again. > > Later in his career he moved to the
Scottish club Hibernian but was > fired
when he failed to show for two games because of drinking binges. > > In 1984, he
served two months in jail for drunken driving. In 2004, he > was banned from driving for 20 months
after another conviction. In > 2000,
Best collapsed from serious liver damage. He was hospitalized > with pneumonia in 2001. > > Best had a
reputation as someone who could not be relied on to keep > appointments either as a player, TV soccer
analyst or after-dinner > speaker. His
private life was splashed across the British tabloids, > and he seemed to enjoy the attention. > > "I spent a
lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars," he once said. > "The rest I just squandered." > > In 1983, his
playing career over, Best was hit over the head with a > beer glass in a London pub hours after he
appeared in bankruptcy court > for
failing to pay back taxes. Just before Christmas the following > year, Best was jailed for three months for
drunken driving, assaulting > a
policeman and jumping bail. > > In 1990, Best appeared wildly drunk on a
live TV show, uttering > expletives and
embarrassing the host. But, with his second wife, Alex > Pursey, standing by, he contained his
drinking enough to regularly > appear on
an afternoon soccer program, giving his analysis. > > The drinking
caught up with him again when he was rushed to a London > hospital. Doctors told him even one more
glass of wine could kill him. > In the
hospital for a month, Best promised his wife he wouldn't drink > again. It was one more promise he couldn't
keep. > > In
2004, Alex Best was granted a divorce after nine years of marriage,
> citing her husband's adultery. Best
had a son, Calum, from a four-year >
marriage to his first wife, Angie. > > Best will be buried next to his mother,
Ann, in Belfast, Northern > Ireland on
Dec. 2, said his agent, Phil Hughes.=
Halfway man held
after fatal accident > >
Published Saturday November 12, 2005 > > By DYLAN DARLING > > A man
involved in a crash that killed a Klamath Falls man and son has > been accused of criminally negligent
homicide and drunken driving. > > Gerald “Joe” G. Arant, 67, of Klamath
Falls, and his son, Mark J. > Arant, 42,
of Ontario died Thursday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Baker > City. > > Anthony J. Del Curto, 50, of Halfway, was
held at the Baker County > jail in Baker
City. Del Curto was not using his seat belt, but > received only minor injuries in the crash,
Oregon State Police said. > > Lt. Gregg Hastings of the OSP said police
would not release Del > Curto's
blood-alcohol content because it is evidence. He said the DUII > charge fit what investigators found at the
scene. > >
“There is sufficient evidence that would substantiate that charge,”
he > said. > > Criminally
negligent homicide is a felony in Oregon and carries a > maximum sentence of five years in prison.
A typical sentence is three > years.
(what a fucking joke) > > The crash happened at about 2:40 p.m.
Thursday. Hastings gave these >
details: > >
Del Curto's pickup was headed west on Highway 86 near Halfway, a
town > of about 300 that sits 55 miles
east of Baker City, close to Hells >
Canyon. Del Curto was going slowly. > > Following the Del Curto pickup was Joe
Arant in his Chevrolet pickup. > Arant
was towing a horse trailer with three horses. The Arants were > returning from an elk hunting trip. > > Arant tried
to pass Del Curto's pickup on a straight stretch. Del > Curto's pickup drifted across the center
line and sideswiped Arant's > pickup. > > The impact
caused both drivers to lose control and go off the highway > toward East Pine Creek. The Dodge pickup
came to rest on its side. The >
Chevrolet pickup came to rest upside down in the creek. > > Officers were
able to get Joe Arant from his pickup quickly, but a > rancher in a truck had to pull the pickup
out of the chilly water of > the creek
before they could get to Mark Arant. > > Both Arants had their seat belts on. The
three horses in the trailer > received
minor injuries. > > A passenger in the Del Curto's Dodge
pickup, James E. Nixon, 55, of > Monroe,
was not using his seat belt and was not injured in the crash. > > OSHKOSH, Wis. - A 4-month-old girl died when
her inebriated mother > fell asleep on
top of her while breast-feeding, prosecutors said. > >
Lorinda Hawkins told police she fell asleep about 15 minutes after
she > started breast-feeding the baby
Feb. 23 because of her intoxication, a >
criminal complaint said. When she woke up about an hour later, the
> baby was pale and wasn't breathing,
the complaint said. > > Hawkins was charged Friday with one count
of child neglect causing a > death. If
convicted as a repeat felony offender, she could be > sentenced to 29 years in prison and fined
$100,000. > >
Defense lawyer Steven Smits asked for Hawkins' release on signature
> bond so she could enter substance
abuse treatment, but she remained >
jailed late Friday on $7,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was
scheduled > Nov. 17. > > The
27-year-old — who was on probation for child neglect — had > consumed six double-shot alcoholic
beverages at a bowling alley, the >
complaint said. A toxicologist estimated her blood alcohol level > ranged from .15 to .27 percent. > > Her husband
drove Hawkins and their 4-year-old daughter to the bowling > alley and later brought them home, then
went out drinking himself, > according
to the complaint. The baby was unresponsive when he returned > an hour later, the complaint said. > > Hawkins was
on probation for neglect of the same child, and was > prohibited from drinking alcohol and from
having unsupervised contact > with all
four of her children at once, court documents show. > > Man accused of killing wife, stepson in
Bremerton caught in N.M. > > 11/11/2005 > > Associated Press > > A man accused
of fatally shooting his wife and stepson in Washington > state > has
been arrested at the University of New Mexico, apparently after > seeking aid for minor stab wounds, police
said. > > A
routine National Crime Information Computer check Thursday showed
> Bryan >
Christopher Matsen, 35, was wanted on a Washington state warrant > accusing > him
of two counts of first-degree murder, and he was taken into
custody > without incident shortly after
1 a.m., university police Lt. Pat Davis >
said. > > "We
believe Mr. Matsen himself actually made the 911 call requesting > assistance," Davis said. > > Matsen was
taken to a hospital, where he was being guarded by UNM > police > as
investigators tried to determine how and why he was stabbed. > > After being
released from the hospital, Matsen will be taken to the > Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention
Center and the case will be > presented
to the district attorney's office for extradition > proceedings, >
Davis said. > > The bodies of Evelyn Matsen, 34, and her
son, Wahren Agonoy, 13, were > found in
their home Sunday near Bremerton, Wash. > > They had been
killed Friday, the same day Matsen was arrested for being > drunk in his car aboard a ferry to
Edmonds, Wash., a suburb north of >
Seattle. > >
Edmonds police cited him for being in control of a car while under
the > influence of alcohol and found a
loaded 12-gauge shotgun in the trunk >
but > had no way of knowing it might have
been used in two slayings 25 miles >
away. > >
Matsen was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation because of
> suicidal >
statements he made while being booked, then was released by the > hospital >
after refusing to be evaluated, officials said. > > Kitsap County
sheriff's deputy Scott Wilson said Tuesday that > detectives >
believe the killings occurred between the time a neighbor saw the
boy > returning home from school Friday
and when Matsen was arrested at > about
5 > p.m. in Edmonds. > > Wilson said
he could not fault Edmonds police for the way they handled > the > case. > > The bodies
were found after one of Evelyn Matsen's co-workers at > aBremerton assisted-living home called 911
to say she had not shown up > forwork
Sunday and had been having problems with her husband. > > > By LAURIE FOX / The Dallas Morning News > > Parents of
several Carroll High School varsity cheerleaders have > accused >
school district officials of not fully investigating complaints that
> five >
squad members were drinking alcohol during last Friday's football
game. > > Several parents and squad members said
five Carroll High School > cheerleaders
appeared visibly drunk on the field while in uniform and > performed stunts while intoxicated,
jeopardizing the safety of the >
24-member squad. > > "There's not one of us who doesn't feel
angry about this," one > cheerleader > said of her teammates' alleged drinking.
"We're disgusted, and we feel >
disrespected." > > Three students and four parents of
cheerleaders who spoke about the >
incident asked that their names not be used for fear of
retribution. > > > "Everyone in
school is talking about it only because they're mad that > no > one got
caught," one student said Wednesday > > The complaints have prompted cheerleading
sponsor Suzanna Hughes to > require that
the girls carry their belongings in a clear or mesh bag > and > not bring
their own water bottles at this week's playoff football game > at > Texas
Stadium, according to some cheerleaders and their parents. > > Ms. Hughes
could not be reached for comment. > > Some cheerleaders said they met with Ms.
Hughes on Monday and Tuesday > to > talk about the issue, seeking changes
within their own ranks. They said >
almost all of the cheerleaders voiced concerns about drinking on
the > squad. > > Several
parents said all of the cheerleaders were aware of the drinking > and thought some girls did everything they
could to point it out. > > "They need to be commended for just
walking those few feet and telling >
the > officer about this in front of all
those people," one parent said of >
those > who reported the incident. Three
witnesses said they separately >
reported > the incident to a Southlake
police officer at the game but thought >
their > concerns were not taken
seriously. They also said they're upset that > the > incident
was not pursued further by school administrators on Monday. > > The girls and
their parents said they gave officials what they thought > was > enough
information that drinking occurred before the game – and was > going > to
occur again at halftime – to warrant a more thorough
investigation. > > Several cheerleaders and their parents
said five senior cheerleaders > brought
vodka to the stadium – concealed under jackets and in duffle > bags > – and
consumed some before the game. > > The girls also said their teammates
clustered into a bathroom stall at >
halftime to down shots of alcohol but dropped the shot glass on the
> floor, >
shattering it, alerting others in the bathroom. > > Several
cheerleaders said they could smell the alcohol on their > teammates' >
breath and observed them swaying on the field, stumbling, reaching
for > balance and slurring their
words. > >
During the first half of the game, some cheerleaders sought out
their > parents in the stands to relay
their concerns. One wanted to go home >
rather than perform with the group. Another refused to take part in
the > impressive aerial acrobatics the
group performs for fear of getting >
hurt. > >
"Performing like that in front of the entire city of Southlake is > unacceptable," a parent said. "They can
make whatever choices they're > going to
make on their own time, but don't do it in a Carroll High > School >
uniform." > >
A parent said she spoke with a Carroll Senior High School
assistant > principal on Monday but was
told that the issue was hearsay and that > nothing could be done about it. > > "We did not
get satisfaction from their investigation of this," the > parent >
said. > >
Principal Danny Presley said Wednesday that the school is consistent
> with >
handling all complaints. "We investigate and deal with all > situations," he > said. > > Some parents said they wanted the girls to
know that they did the right > thing
reporting the issue. > > "We raised these girls to stand up for
what they believe in," one > parent > said. > > Several said they were galvanized by the
mandatory drug and alcohol > awareness
classes that they had to take because their children were > enrolled in extracurricular activities. > > North Carolina man executed for murders of
mother, stepfather (This is what should happen to everyone who
drinks and kills another person) > >
RALEIGH, N.C. A man who killed his mother and stepfather has been
put > to death in North Carolina. > > Steven McHone
was executed by lethal injection early this morning. > > The
35-year-old man didn't give a last statement but appeared to say > "I'm so sorry" to his half brother Wesley
Adams Junior. > > Adams supported the execution, saying in a
statement that "justice was >
upheld." > >
During a 1990 argument with his mother over money, McHone chased her
> around the yard and shot her in the
back of the head. His stepfather > then
took the gun away, but McHone found another gun and killed him. > > > > > Football Player Suspended
Monday November 07, 2005 10:06pm Posted By: Theresa
Acker > > > Columbia, SC
- A South Carolina football player charged with driving > drunk is suspended indefinitely from the
team. > >
Police say 21-year-old Scott Morgan was asleep behind the wheel of
his > car at a downtown Columbia
intersection about four Sunday morning. > > Officers said
his foot was on the brake and the car was in drive. > > Six
Chattanooga football players charged with raping student after
an October party > > BILL POOVEY >
Associated Press Writer > CHATTANOOGA,
Tenn. — Six football players at the University of > Tennessee at Chattanooga have been charged
with taking turns raping a > drunken
student after a party, a university spokesman said Tuesday. > > The charges
stem from what the woman said was a gang rape on Oct. 21 > at the apartment of one of the players. > > District
Attorney Bill Cox declined to comment. An attorney for the > players, Jerry Summers, did not return
telephone messages seeking > comment
about the charges. Summers previously said the sexual activity > was consensual. > > Last week,
the 18-year-old female student told The Associated Press, > which does not identify alleged victims of
sexual assault, that there > was no
consensual sex. > > Police said the woman told investigators
she got drunk at a party and > became
separated from her friends. When the party began to break up > about 2:30 a.m., she said, she was taken
to the apartment, where seven > to 10
men took turns having sex with her. She said she objected and > hit them, but they forced themselves on
her. > >
Campus police chief Mac McNeely said the female student's
drunkenness > was a factor in bringing
charges. > >
The allegations did not come to light until a week later, when coach
> Rodney Allison suspended those
charged. > >
Chancellor Roger Brown said he initially was told the players were
> being punished for a curfew violation
and he did not find out about > the rape
report until days later. > > Brown described that delay as
"administrative error," but said he was > satisfied the investigation was handled
properly by campus police. > > The six charged are Muhammad Ahmad
Abdus-Salaam, Lironne Davis, DeJuan >
Payne, Cori Stukes, Terrence Thomas and Larry White, university > spokesman Chuck Cantrell said > > Sisters'
Lesbian Sex Fantasies & Drugs Lead To Mom's Murder > by Gregg Bonnell, Canadian Press > > Posted: November 9, 2005 9:00 pm
ET > >
(Brampton, Ontario) Two teenage sisters accused of drowning
their > mother in the bathtub three
years ago exploited her weakness for >
alcohol in planning and carrying out the alleged murder, court heard
> Tuesday through chilling videotaped
evidence. > >
Nearly a year after her mother's death in January 2003, the younger
> sister recounted the events of that
night to a family friend, unaware > the
conversation was being surreptitiously videotaped by police. > > ``I was the
one who mixed our mom's drinks that day,'' says the > younger of the two girls, neither of whom
can be identified because > they were
teenagers when the crime occurred. > > Their 44-year-old mother had taken pain
relievers containing codeine > the night
she died, but it wasn't added to her drinks, the girl says > on the recording, one of three taped
conversations played Tuesday in >
court. > >
``We didn't put anything in (her drink). She took (the codeine) > herself . . .once we told her to. She was
already too drunk to know.'' > > It's alleged the sisters, who were 15 and
16 at the time, planned > their mother's
death by making sure she was drunk and drugged before > she took a bath at the family home in
Mississauga, Ont., a suburb west > of
Toronto. > >
Both sisters have pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree
murder. > >
``We used her weak points against her,'' the girl says on the tape
as > she tells her friend that were
better off without her. > > ``It was kind of like a building rage . .
.that was just mounting our > whole
life,'' she says. ``If you look at it one way, I don't regret it > because now (our little brother) has . .
.a better chance. If you look > at it
another way, I'm completely devastated.'' > > On the night
of the drowning, the younger brother was staying with his > father, who had been separated from the
mother for some time. > > The tapes chronicling the girl's
admissions came on the heels of >
similar evidence presented Monday in which the older sister
described > in detail how she held her
mother's head under the water for a full > four minutes. > > She also
recounted a number of incidents involving her mother, > including driving while drunk with the
kids in the car, threatening to > plunge
the car off a bridge and her habit of masturbating naked in > plain view of the children while
intoxicated. > > Taking the stand as the Crown's first
witness, the family friend who > worked
with police to capture the conversations said he was > ``shocked'' when the younger sister
outlined her role in the death. > > On the tape, the 21-year-old friend asks
the younger sister if she > helped push
her mother's head under the water. > > ``No,'' comes the reply. ``There just
isn't enough room (in the > bathroom)
for another person to be helping . . .I was, like, two feet > behind.'' > > At one point, the friend asks if the two
sisters planned the crime. > > ``Yeah, we're not stupid,'' the girl
replies. ``If we were stupid we > would
have gotten caught.'' The girl then goes on to say the codeine > was supplied by her boyfriend. > > The defense
went to lengths to portray the sisters as teenagers prone > to telling lies and tall tales, citing
remarks the girls make on the >
videotapes about lesbian fantasies, their desire to skydive and
their > own drug and alcohol abuse. > > Neither the
44-year-old mother nor her daughters can be identified > under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The
sisters, now 18 and 19, are > free on
bail, living under house arrest and doing volunteer work in > the community. > > During the
trial, the girls have sat side by side, frequently > whispering to each other while paying rapt
attention to the > videotapes. On
Monday, they both wore dress shirts and men's ties. On > Tuesday, it was sweaters and casual
pants. > >
Under cross examination, the family friend recalled how the older
> sister talked about suicide only weeks
before her mother's death. > > The friend testified he understood the
girl to be saying not that she > was
thinking of killing herself, but that she would rather take her > own life than grow old. He didn't consider
her to be at imminent risk > of
suicide. > >
The mother's drowning death was initially ruled accidental. It was
> only after the family friend came
forward with allegations the older >
sister confessed the crime to him that police reopened the case. > > Police
outfitted a Ford Focus to videotape the interior, and on > several occasions the friend took the
sisters out for a drive in the > hopes
of eliciting a confession. > > The Crown is expected to call some 30
witnesses during the trial. A > court
order prohibits publishing the witnesses' names. > > The trial is
scheduled to resume Monday. > > PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT TUESDAY > STAFF >
11/08/2005 > > A driver who told police he had been
drinking alcohol struck and > severely
injured a 74-year-old man who was crossing a street in Tyler > on Tuesday night, police said. > > > Leon Fields, who was walking across the
2300 block of West Erwin > Street, had
head injuries and was in a coma at East Texas Medical > Center, said Sgt. Tom Deal of the Tyler
Police Department. > > Deal said the driver was turning his
pickup out of a nearby shopping > center
parking lot when he struck Fields. > > Police were administering a blood alcohol
test to determine if the > driver was
legally intoxicated, Deal said. No charges had been filed. > > > Franklin Park man guilty of setting a body
on fire >
-------------------- > > > November 9,
2005 > >
LOMBARD -- A Franklin Park man pleaded guilty Tuesday to the > mutilation of a > body after he started a fire in a Lombard
trash bin to hide his > involvement
in > the January 2004 drug overdose death
of a River Grove woman. > > Richard Atkinson, 50, pleaded guilty to
the mutilation of human > remains for > burning the body of a friend, Shauna
Rosales, 29, after she overdosed > on
alcohol > and drugs. Atkinson, who was
previously found unfit to stand trial, >
entered a > plea of guilty but mentally
ill. His attorney said he was unstable at > the time > of
the woman's death, but not so ill as to not understand the > difference between > right and wrong. > > DuPage County
Assistant State's Atty. Liam Brennan said that Atkinson > confessed > to
the crime, saying he did drugs and drank with the woman in his
home. > > > Woman's bail $250,000 in alleged DUI
-------------------- > > > November 8,
2005 > >
CHICAGO -- A 24-year-old Chicago woman was ordered held in lieu of
> $250,000 bail > Monday in the weekend death of a man she
allegedly ran down on Western >
Avenue > while driving drunk. > > Ebonie
Johnson, of the 2700 block of West 83rd Street, is charged with > aggravated DUI in the death of 51-year-old
Francisco Pantoja, who was > struck
and > killed early Sunday as he crossed
the street in the 5600 block of > South
Western. > >
Assistant State's Atty. Maria McCarthy said Johnson's blood-alcohol
> level was >
more than twice the legal limit. Johnson struck a light pole after
> hitting >
Pantoja, who lived in the 3500 block of South Rockwell Street. She
was > still >
behind the wheel when police arrived, McCarthy said. > > Johnson
remained hospitalized, but Criminal Court Judge Kevin Sheehan > set bail > in
her absence. > > Panthers Cheerleaders Charged After Bar
Arrest > > TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 7) - A
Carolina Panthers cheerleader was charged > Monday with giving police a false name
when she and another > cheerleader were
arrested at a bar where witnesses told police the > woman had sex in a restroom. > > Renee Thomas,
20, of Pittsboro, N.C., and Angela Keathley, 26, of > Belmont, N.C., were taken to Hillsborough
County Jail early Sunday > after an
incident at a club in Tampa's Channelside district. > > Thomas was
charged with battery after allegedly striking a bar patron > when she was leaving the restroom, then
landed in even more trouble > after
police said she gave officers a driver's license belonging to > another Panthers cheerleader who was not
in Tampa. > >
Thomas, who made the trip to Florida for Sunday's game between the
> Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was
released from jail on $500 bail > before
police learned she was not the person she claimed to be. > > Providing
police with a false name is a misdemeanor. However, Thomas > was charged with giving a false name and
causing harm to another - a >
third-degree felony punishable by probation or a jail term of 1 to 5
> years, said police spokeswoman Laura
McElroy. > >
Meanwhile, detectives are trying to determine how Thomas gained > possession of the driver's license of the
third cheerleader. > > Keathley, charged with disorderly conduct
and resisting arrest, was > released on
$750 bail about an hour before the Panthers played the > Bucs at Raymond James Stadium. The
cheerleaders were not in town to >
perform at the game. > > Witnesses told police the women were
having sex in a stall, angering > other
patrons waiting in line to get into the restroom. > > > 11/07/05 16:12 EST
1 killed, 3 injured after car, SUV collide > -------------------- > > Girl killed,
boyfriend injured in collision > > By Hal Dardick > Tribune staff reporter > > October 25,
2005 > >
Samantha Prescott was a good girl who made "one wrong choice," and
it > cost the > Lockport Township High School sophomore
her life, her mother said > Monday. > > Prescott, 15,
of Crest Hill was supposed to be staying with a > girlfriend Friday > night, her mother said. Instead, "she
sneaked out with her boyfriend," > and
they > got into a car driven by a
24-year-old acquaintance who police said > was drunk. > > The car went through a red light and
crashed into a sport-utility > vehicle
at > Weber and Caton Farm roads, said
Crest Hill Police Lt. Dwayne >
Wilkerson. > >
Prescott was killed, and her boyfriend, Gregory Raymond, 17, also of
> Crest Hill, > was left in critical condition with a head
injury and collapsed lungs, > said > Samantha's mother, Allison. > > Matthew
Richardson, the car's driver, was charged with four counts of > aggravated >
driving under the influence of alcohol, said Lee Michaels, spokesman
> for Will >
County State's Atty. James Glasgow. > > Richardson of the 1600 block of North
Prairie Avenue in unincorporated >
Plainfield Township, also was charged with disobeying a > traffic-control device > and failure to reduce speed to avoid an
accident, Wilkerson said. > Richardson
was > in critical condition Monday at
Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in >
Joliet, > Michaels said. > > He is
expected to be taken into custody upon release from the > hospital, and his > bail was set Monday at $500,000, Michaels
said. If convicted of the > most
serious > charges, Richardson would face
up to 14 years in prison. > > He has been charged in the past with
unlawful use of weapons, domestic >
battery > and traffic offenses, according
to Will County Circuit Court records. > > Prescott, a
back-seat passenger in Richardson's car, died of multiple > injuries > at
the scene of the crash, which happen about 10:15 p.m. Friday. > > The group was
on their way from Raymond's house to Richardson's house, > the > girl's
mother said. > > Raymond was airlifted to Loyola University
Medical Center in Maywood. > The SUV > driver, 48, was taken to Provena St.
Joseph. His condition was not >
available. > > Woman
faces DUI charge in fatal head-on collision >
-------------------- > > > October 27,
2005 > >
McHENRY COUNTY -- Bail was set at $500,000 Wednesday for a > Marengo-area woman > charged with aggravated DUI in connection
with a head-on crash that > killed a > Gilberts man. > > McHenry
County sheriff's police said Linda M. Mead, 49, of > unincorporated > Marengo was drunk Tuesday when her
sport-utility vehicle crossed the >
center line > of U.S. Highway 20 near
Harmony Road and collided with a car. The > driver of the >
car, Richard L. Seyller, 60, was killed. > BIRTHDAY ENDED IN ASSAULT ON PARTNER > Date : 25.10.05 > > A
24-year-old man who assaulted his girlfriend was told by a district
> judge that his behaviour was 'selfish,
self-centred, thoughtless and >
criminal'. Michael Broughton, of Uxbridge Drive, Ernesettle, twice
> grabbed his partner around the throat
in a row after they had been out >
celebrating her birthday on July 31. > > He also threw an object at her which hit
her on the face, district > judge Paul
Farmer heard at the city's magistrates court. > > Broughton, a
warehouseman who was said to have under the influence > of alcohol, pleaded guilty in court
to assault. > > Mr Farmer read probation office reports
which had been prepared on >
Broughton. > >
He said nowhere in the report had Broughton accepted his > responsibility for the assault, although
his solicitor, Steve Cox, > said
Broughton now expressed remorse. > > Broughton was ordered to carry out 120
hours' unpaid work in the > community,
given a 90-day curfew to stay indoors from 8pm to 6am on > Fridays and Saturdays and told to pay £150
compensation to his former > girlfriend
plus £43 costs to the court. > > Blood-alcohol in crash far over limit,
cops say >
-------------------- > > > October 28,
2005 > >
McHENRY COUNTY -- A Marengo-area woman blamed for a crash that
killed > a Gilberts > man had a blood-alcohol level nearly three
times the legal limit, > prosecutors > said Thursday. > > Linda M.
Mead, 49, remained jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail Thursday. > She was >
charged with aggravated driving under the influence after the wreck
> Tuesday >
morning in a rural area west of Huntley. > > Mead was
convicted three times in 1984 and 1985 on DUI charges in Cook > County, > said
McHenry County Assistant State's Atty. Robert Beaderstadt. Her > license had >
been suspended until 1999, Beaderstadt said. > > The crash
Tuesday happened about 11:10 a.m. on U.S. Highway 20 near > Harmony >
Road. > >
Police said Mead crossed the center line, striking a car driven by
> Richard >
Seyller, 60. Seyller was pronounced dead at an Elgin hospital later
in > the day. > >
El Sobrante man charged in woman's
death got domestic violence >
counseling >> > (10-26) 10:14 PDT Richmond,
Calif. (AP) -- > > An El Sobrante man whose
ex-girlfriend's body was found in the >
trunk of > his car already had eight
felony convictions for stalking and attacking > her, and had received domestic violence
counseling two days before the > woman
disappeared, authorities said. > > Scott McAlpin, 24, was
arrested Oct. 23 in the Marin Headlands, > across the >
Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. National Park Service
officers > found him drunk near his
parked car. They found Anastasia Melnitchenko, > 22, in the trunk. > >
McAlpin already was on probation after eight felony convictions in
> two >
separate cases for stalking, threatening and attacking Melnitchenko
on > several occasions from 2001 to 2004.
Part of his sentence in the most > recent
case was that he attend a yearlong domestic violence prevention > program. > > On Oct. 19, he attended a
weekly session of a program in Richmond > run by >
Priority Male Center for Positive Peaceful Living. > >
The center's director, Deborah Burkes, told the San Francisco > Chronicle >
Tuesday that McAlpin had been participating in the weekly sessions
for > six >
months and "was doing satisfactorily." > >
She would not reveal his state of mind at last week's session, > citing >
confidentiality rules. But authorities said McAlpin had been in a
foul > mood after being jailed the night
before for failing to show up for a >
court-ordered evaluation before a judge. > >
A probation officer told a judge Oct. 19 that McAlpin had been > verbally >
abusive toward her. She wanted him to serve 10 days of work
cleaning > roadways. Prosecutors wanted
him held for additional evaluation. > > But the judge released
McAlpin, citing a positive report he had > received >
previously. > > Melnitchenko, a Ukrainian
native and recent immigrant, met McAlpin > in 2001 > over
the Internet and dated him briefly. > > Prosecutor Leslie Cogan said
in court documents the "pursuit of Ms. >
Melnitchenko left her emotionally scarred." > >
A friend and former co-worker agreed. > >
"She was afraid to go out, she was afraid to go out on walks. She
> was >
afraid to sleep, she was afraid he would break her windows and come
in > for >
her," Larisa Timchenko told the Chronicle. > > Gilberts driver killed in collision on
U.S. 20 >
-------------------- > > > October 26,
2005 > >
McHENRY COUNTY -- A Gilberts man was killed Tuesday morning when his
> car >
collided head-on with a sport-utility vehicle on U.S. Highway 20
near > Harmony > Road in unincorporated McHenry County. > > McHenry
County sheriff's police said the driver of the SUV was drunk > and crossed >
the center line. Charged with aggravated driving under the influence
> was Linda >
M. Mead, 49, of the 18000 block of Pinon Trail, in unincorporated
> McHenry County > near Marengo, police said. > > The victim,
Richard L. Seyller, 60, was pronounced dead at Provena St. > Joseph >
Hospital in Elgin. Police said Seyller was driving his 1993 Mercury
> Grand >
Marquis northbound on U.S. 20 when his car collided with Mead's > southbound 1995 > Ford Explorer. > > A passenger
in Seyller's vehicle, Ibarra Gricelda, 41, of South Elgin, > was > reported
in stable condition at Provena St. Joseph, police said. > > > Man Arrested After
Tussle With Ex-Olympian Harding
Figure Skater-Turned-Boxer Had Cut Over Right Eye, Abrasion on
Cheek > VANCOUVER, Wash. (Oct. 25) -
Tonya Harding tussled in her home with a > man she described as her boyfriend,
prompting an emergency call by the >
figure skater-turned-boxer and an arrest of the man. > Christopher Nolan was charged with assault
and pleaded not guilty > Monday. He told
deputies Harding threw him down and bit his finger > when he said she had too much to drink on
Sunday. The 27-year-old > Nolan was
ordered to stay away from Harding and to avoid alcohol. > Harding had a small cut over her right eye
and an abrasion on her left > cheek. > Initially, Harding called 911 and said she
was attacked by two masked > men who
came to her home and assaulted her before she could escape. > Nolan said he and Harding were
roommates. > The 34-year-old Harding was
banned for life from competitive figure > skating after her former husband hired a
hitman to club rival Nancy > Kerrigan
with a baton as Kerrigan left the ice during practice at the > 1994 U.S. championships in Detroit. > The attack prevented Kerrigan from
competing, but she recovered to win > a
silver medal at the 1994 Olympics weeks later. Harding finished out
> of the running. > More recently, Harding has tried her hand
at pro boxing to mixed > reviews. > > Woman drank from wine bottle as she
drove > > 21.10.05 9.00am > > A
woman drinking from a wine bottle as she drove with her two-year-old
> daughter had to be forced off the road
by a truck driver. > > The 44-year-old learner driver left her
Waiuku home near Pukekohe > south of
Auckland to drive to Hamilton. > > She missed the Hamilton turn off and one
and a half hours south of > Hamilton at
Mahoenui a truck driver forced her to stop when he saw her > drinking from a wine bottle. > > The truck
driver told police he feared she would kill herself and her > daughter as well as other people on the
road if she carried on > driving. > > Fifteen-year
police veteran Sergeant Lex Soepnel from Otorohanga > police, said she was very, very drunk and
incoherent but she could > speak enough
to accuse police of picking on her. > > Two empty wine bottles were in the car,
she was drinking from a third > as she
drove, and she had a fourth which Mr Soepnel said he had no > doubt would have been opened. > > Her car was
nearly out of petrol and Mr Soepnel said had she not > crashed, her car would have run out of
petrol in the remote Awakino > Gorge
with little prospect of help. > > The woman had a breath alcohol level
almost three times the legal > limit.
She faced drink driving charges but had also been given several > instant fines relating to her licence. > > Child Youth
and Family would also be told because her daughter was in > the car, he said. > > Mr Soepnel
said it was unbelievable that people still decided to get > that drunk and drive, particularly with a
child in the car. > > "It is truly amazing they would put them
at such risk. There was no > remorse, no
explanation, just 'why are you picking on me'," he said. > > "It is mind
boggling with all the press releases and everything that > is going on with drunk driving that you
get someone at that level, > especially
driving on the open road and state highway with an innocent > child." > > He said drivers worried about the
behaviour of other drivers should > call
*555 and tell police. > > Guilty plea by
ex-cop in 2 DUI deaths > -------------------- > > 6- to 28-year
sentence possible in Tinley crash > > By Carmen Greco Jr > Special to the Tribune > > October 22,
2005 > > A
former Chicago police officer pleaded guilty Friday to charges of
> driving >
drunk and causing a crash that killed two teenagers in Tinley Park
> earlier this > year. > > Jason Casper, 24, was off duty Feb. 12
when he ran a red light at > 159th
Street > and Harlem Avenue and hit the
car in which Mohammed Shuaibi, 17, and >
Ahmad > Shaban, 16, were passengers. Both
youths died of their injuries. > > Casper's guilty plea to charges of
reckless homicide and aggravated >
drunken > driving was "blind," meaning
there was no agreement on sentencing, set > for Dec. > 9,
by Cook County Circuit Judge David Sterba. > > "He should
have pleaded guilty a long time ago," Shuaibi's uncle, > Massoui >
Shuaibi, tearfully said after the hearing. "He's guilty. Why did it
> take this >
long?" > >
Casper faces 6 to 28 years in prison and will be required to serve
85 > percent of > the term he's given. > > Casper, who
was fired from his police job, had a blood-alcohol content > more than >
twice the state's legal limit at the time of the accident, which
also > seriously > injured the driver and front-seat
passenger of the automobile in which >
Shuaibi > and Shaban were rear-seat
passengers. > > "There's a lesson for anyone who's been
watching this case," said Terry >
Gillespie, Casper's attorney. "Drunken driving destroys lives. He
was > a young > man in his 20s who, like a lot of people
his age, went out and drank > too
much." > >
Tears flowed on both sides as Assistant State's Atty. Peter Troy > recounted the >
night of the accident. > > Casper was driving more than 90 m.p.h.
eastbound on 159th when he ran > the
red > light and hit the car, which was
traveling north on Harlem and was in >
the middle > of the intersection on a
green light, Troy said. > > Gillespie said Casper never wanted to take
the case to trial and is > ready to > take responsibility for the accident. "He
will be in jail a long time, > and > that's hard for anyone, especially someone
who was a police officer," > the > attorney said.
Halloween: a wasted night > By Travis Sherer > October 28, 2005 > I've got a good costume idea for 80
percent of Western students. > How about
going sober? If you really want to try being someone > different, that is. > Because there is a huge difference between
people who do and do not > drink, and
I'm not talking about personality. >
Nowadays, any holiday is an excuse to drink. This is the problem. > Don't get me wrong; I like the slutty
costumes as much as the next > guy. You
don't have to be drunk to appreciate a naughty nurse outfit, > but the holiday is not even about the
traditional scandalous costume >
anymore. > So leave it to an opinionated
man such as myself to put a damper on >
your so-called holiday, but I must give you the typical nondrinker's
> account of Halloween. > All day I'll have to convince myself to
show up at a party because > this time
will be different, this time the party will be so > interesting I will stay the whole
night. > Before I continue, can I throw
out the euphemisms such as "go out" and > "have a good time" and just call them what
they are at this age? > Getting
butt-housed. > Although it's
not intentional, you just don't get invited to anything > because nobody wants a sober guy around to
remind them how stupid > everyone is
acting. > But that's OK because my friend
will invite me to a party and then I >
am happy once again, thinking it will be different. > Once class is finished, I will again be
reminded of how different I am > whilst
walking home because an old friend will start talking to me > about how wasted he got last Halloween and
how shitty he felt the > following
morning. > What can I say to that? I
don't have any similar stories, and even if > I did it would be the exact same story.
You drank, puked and passed > out in no
discernible order. It's always the same, but it never fails. > I mean, how many times can all of you hear
and say the same fucking > story? > But walking into a party where everyone
else drinks is like walking > into a
three-hour inside joke between nearly 100 people and you're the > only one that's not in on it. Maybe that's
why they keep laughing at > shit that
isn't funny. > Let's face it, college
students don't go to parties or bars to meet > new people. Anyone who tells you otherwise
is lying. > If you go to a bar, the music
is so loud you can't hear anything >
anyone has to say. And if you go to a party in Bellingham, everybody
> else is too drunk to talk to you. > Which reminds me how much of a joy talking
to drunken people is. > Aside from all of
those stupid questions such as, "Are you sure you're > having a good time?" and "Do you hate
me?," you constantly deal with > that
drunken stare they do. > So I'll decide
to leave after an hour because nobody is left with any > substance anymore because everybody is
yelling and nobody knows why. > At first
you will all be sorry to see me go, but I know if I don't > leave now, your camaraderie will not
linger. > You can threaten to drive all
you want; you're not getting into my >
car. This is one guy who does not care enough about you because you
> don't even care enough about yourself,
or anyone else. > Just because I'm
responsible enough to get myself home in one piece > should I be responsible for you as
well? > I'm not even going to take your
keys from you - they're your keys. >
Being drunk is an acceptable excuse for unruly behavior ranging from
> hung-over rudeness the next morning to
cheating on your mate. > For some reason
being stupid the night before is an excuse for doing > something stupid the next day when really
it's just a cover. > I
haven't even mentioned the little-kid syndrome either. > Normally, when I meet someone new I don't
tell them about my drinking > preference
because I get that "they'd still make you" look and then > tell me that my lifestyle is OK, as if I'm
searching for approval. > In other words,
I'm treated like a child because I don't willingly > ingest a lethal toxin. Also, while you
drinkers may not say it > directly,
every other activity is secondary to getting trashed. Why do > the things you could do before you could
easily obtain alcohol? > Activities such
as going to movies and going bowling are for kids - > unless you prefunk. > How different is Halloween going to be
from your typical Monday night? > The
only difference is your clothes. > So
I'll drive home because everybody saw through my real costume of > "the normal college student" and found
that sober guy everyone forgot > to
invite. > > George Clooney drunk and loses
cool > Posted Nov
4, 2005, 6:31 PM ET > > > Hollywood
star George Clooney was drunk and in a fight with a security > guard outside a West End club. > > George
Clooney lost his cool after using a back exit door to bypass > the paparazzi, but that went dangerously
wrong, leaving him stranded > in an
alley at 2am. At the same time, the club security staff walked > off, and uninterested in his plight.
Clooney then blew his top. > > A witness stated that the security guard
was walking down the alley > and Clooney
screamed at him to come back, and then said, "I am going > to [censored] have you!" > > Clooney then
took a run at the guard and a pushing match started, with > his ex-girlfriend Lisa Snowdon getting
involved. Witnesses said that > Clooney
went up to the security guard while Lisa was screaming at him, > "George, George, come here!" She then
grabbed his hand and tried to > pull him
away. A Jeep pulled up and that's when Clooney was sholved in > the vehicle as it sped away. > > Witnesses
said they were shocked, and didn't expect George Clooney to > start a fight with a security guard. > > The
44-year-old star had been in London to promote his latest film, > Good Night, And Good Luck. Clooney had
spoken to reporters as he > arrived for
the premiere of the film which he directed, cowrote and > starred in. > > Snowdon, 31,
a model and TV presenter, had made a surprise visit to > the West End premiere. Earlier in the
evening, Clooney had said he was >
"really happy" she came to see him, but said he was flying back to
Los > Angeles within hours. > > > Terrapins
suspended for bar fight > -------------------- > > > November 5, 2005 > > Three
Maryland players were suspended one game by the school for their > involvement in a fight at an off-campus
bar this week. > > A fourth player will be suspended at least
one game for underage > drinking at > another off-campus bar. > > The suspended
players were not identified. Athletic department > officials cited > the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act as their reason for not >
disclosing > the names. > > In all more
than a dozen players were found to have violated team > rules on >
Monday night and Tuesday morning. The violations included breaking
the > team's > 11:30 p.m. weekday curfew and consuming
alcohol. > >
"This wasn't very easy for me," said coach Ralph Friedgen, who > conducted his own > investigation into the bar fight and
uncovered the additional > violations.
"It's > one of the more difficult things
I've done since I've been here. I did >
what I > felt had to be done. The message
had to be sent that this kind of >
behavior will > not be tolerated." > > More
charges could be coming in hay ride crash > > Published: Tuesday, November 1st,
> By MEG KINNARD, >
> COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - More charges could
be filed in the hay ride > crash that > killed a toddler and three adults, police
said Tuesday. > > Franklin Jones Jr., the driver of the
tractor pulling a flatbed > trailer that
was > hit from behind by an 18-wheeler,
could be charged for operating a >
trailer > without appropriate lighting,
state Highway Patrol Trooper Sonny >
Collins said. > > The trailer involved in Sunday's crash
near a crossroads between > Marion
and > Dillon off U.S. Highway 501 didn't
have rear lights, police said. > > 'If you're pulling a vehicle, you must
have at least one illuminated > light
or > some type or reflector visible for
500 feet,' Collins said. 'This is > just
the > beginning of this investigation.
... Certainly charges could be >
coming.' > >
The driver of the 18-wheeler that slammed into the trailer was
charged > Monday > with felony driving under the influence.
If convicted, 51-year-old > Jake
Davis > Jr. of Florence, could receive up
to 25 years in prison for each of > the
four > people who died, Collins said. He
also could face up to 15 years for >
each 'great > bodily injury' suffered. > > 'Once the
investigation is over, we will determine how many counts > will be >
issued here,' said Collins, who wouldn't release Davis'
blood-alcohol > level. 'If > they release it all, it may not be
released until trial.' > > Authorities identified those killed as
Jerry Wayne Jones, 31; Shiwanna >
Lowery, > 15; Freddie Lynn Jones, 24; and
2-year-old Javon Jones. > > Collins said a reconstruction team was at
the crash site Tuesday. > 'We're > probably talking 3 weeks to 4 weeks before
a report is given,' Collins > said. > 'This is a complex crash. This is nothing
they can just go out and put >
together > in a couple of hours.' > > The John
Deere tractor involved typically has a top speed of about 25 > mph. The >
speed limit on Dudley Road where the crash occurred is 55 mph. There
> are 'no >
street lights or anything like that' in that area, Collins said. > > One private
hay ride operator said she takes many safety precautions > when she >
offers hay rides to the public. > > Diann Harmon, who has been offering hay
rides for 20 years at Harmon > Farms
in > Lexington, said she has liability
insurance in case of an accident, >
although > there have been none on her
75-acre property. > > 'We don't take our hay rides out on the
roads,' Harmon said. 'And we > don't
allow > vehicles on the trails where the
hay rides are.' > > Harmon said her hay ride trailers have
lights and safety chains across > the
back. > > 'We
take a lot of precautions on our hay rides,' Harmon said. 'You've
> got to >
take precautions when you mess with the public. You just never know
> what people > are going to do.' > > Another
deadly automobile crash occurred near the site of Sunday's > crash less >
than two weeks ago. On Oct. 23, according to Collins, five people
were > killed in > nearby Horry County when the driver of a
Chevrolet Blazer ran a stop > sign
and > pulled in front of another
vehicle. > >
Collins said no charges have been filed in that case because > authorities are not > certain who was driving the Blazer.
Authorities suspect someone in > that
vehicle > was using alcohol. > > 1 dead, 1 hurt after
Madison bash >
-------------------- > > The Associated Press > > November 1,
2005, 10:11 AM CST > > MADISON -- A 19-year-old Illinois man
remained hospitalized in critical >
condition Monday after falling down stairs at an apartment building
> during >
Madison's annual Halloween Party over the weekend, authorities
said. > Police said the man was found
Saturday and was in town for the >
celebration that > attracted tens of
thousands of partygoers Friday and Saturday nights. > The crowd >
grew to nearly 100,000 Saturday night before it was finally broken
up > by police > in the early morning hours Sunday. > In a separate incident, a 22-year-old man,
also from Illinois, died at > a > hospital early Sunday after friends found
him in an apartment > downtown,
police > said. Neither man's name had
been released Monday. > Police Chief
Noble Wray told reporters the injury to the 19-year-old > was related >
to the party, but he was not willing to draw that line yet with the
> fatality, >
according to George Twigg, spokesman for Mayor Dave Cieslewicz who
> also appeared > at the news conference. > An autopsy performed Monday on the
22-year-old indicated no > significant
trauma > or injury, Dane County Chief
Deputy Coroner Kurt Karbusicky said in a > release. > He
said a ruling on the cause and manner of death wouldn't be issued
> until >
toxicology test results are available. >
Wray and Cieslewicz have both been critical of the annual State
Street > bash and > have questioned whether it should
continue. > This year's event drew more
people than last year and police had to > use pepper spray to disperse the crowd, as
they had a year ago. > Police made 447
arrests, mostly for alcohol-related incidents. > > Man held in crash that killed 2 in
-------------------- > > By Jo Napolitano > Tribune staff reporter > > November 2,
2005 > > A
30-year-old Chicago man accused of killing two people in a two-car
> crash in >
Harvey had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit at
> the time of > the Saturday morning wreck, authorities
said. > >
Brennam Beard of the 7300 block of South Aberdeen Street was charged
> with one >
count of aggravated driving under the influence and two counts of
> reckless >
homicide, said Cook County state's attorney spokesman Tom Stanton.
> Beard's bail > was set at $150,000 Tuesday in a hearing
in the Markham courthouse. > > Stanton said Beard's blood alcohol level
was .19 and investigators > found an > empty bottle of vodka in his car. The
legal limit in Illinois is .08. > > Beard was driving an Infiniti westbound on
147th Street at about 3 > a.m. when
his > car crossed into the eastbound
lanes and struck a minivan at a high >
speed near > Robey Avenue, Stanton said.
Beard's car spun several times. > > A passenger in his vehicle, Henry Mims,
27, of Chicago was pronounced > dead
at > the scene, and a passenger in the
other car, Stephanie Davis, 32, of >
Harvey died > later in a local hospital,
Stanton said. Davis had three children, he > added. > > A Cook County medical examiner's office
spokeswoman said both victims > died
of > multiple injuries and that both
deaths were ruled accidental. > > The driver of the minivan suffered a
broken hip, leg, nose, shoulder > and
arm and > several cuts and abrasions on
her head and face, Stanton said. Her >
name has not > been released. > > Fan who took ball from Favre pleads
innocent > By JOE
KAY, AP Sports Writer > October 31,
2005 > CINCINNATI (AP) -- The fan who ran
out of the stands and snatched a >
football from Brett Favre's hand pleaded innocent to a variety of
> charges at his arraignment Monday,
while the Bengals promised not to > let
it happen again. > Gregory Gall, 31, of
Cincinnati, is accused of resisting arrest, > trespass and disorderly conduct while
intoxicated. He was released on > his
own recognizance following his appearance in Municipal Court. > The Bengals are reviewing their security
measures to prevent a repeat > of Gall's
run on the field, which interrupted the final minute of > Cincinnati's 21-14 victory over the Green
Bay Packers. > NFL spokesman Greg Aiello
said Monday that the league doesn't get > involved in team security issues. > ``It's a local matter,'' he said. ``If
there's any questions, we can > assist
them. But it appears to be an isolated incident, and the > Bengals are reviewing it.'' > Favre drove the Packers to the Cincinnati
28 in the final minute and > took a snap
from center when Gall ran onto the field, prompting > officials to blow the play dead. > Gall approached Favre from behind,
snatched the ball from his throwing >
hand and ran to the other end of the field with security guards in
> pursuit. He was finally tackled and
taken from the field. > The five-minute
delay gave the Bengals time to regroup. They sacked > Favre on the next play, and the clock ran
out after Favre faked a > spike and
wound up running downfield. He flipped the ball forward > illegally as the game ended. > Several Packers complained about security,
noting that the fan could > have hurt
Favre. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis acknowledged after the > game that the delay broke the Packers'
momentum, and joked that the > team
would pay the fan $20. > A day later,
Lewis said fans must be kept off the field. > ``That's the first fear you have --
there's a guy running clean at > Brett
Favre,'' Lewis said Monday. ``That's why you can't allow that to > occur. Our people that handle security
feel very badly about it and > will take
steps (so) that kind of thing never happens here again at > Paul Brown Stadium.'' > Sports leagues have struggled with the
question of how to prevent fans > from
going on the field. In September 2002, a father and his son ran > onto the field during a Chicago White Sox
game and attacked Kansas > City first
base coach Tom Gamboa. > A fan went onto
the field at halftime of the Patriots' Super Bowl win > over Carolina two years ago, briefly
delaying the second-half kickoff. > The
NFL required all 32 teams to conduct pat-downs of fans entering > their stadiums before games this season.
Local government officials > initially
balked, but the pat-downs were conducted before each of the > last two Bengals home games. > > >
Upstate Highways Take 5 Lives Over Weekend > > 2 Cyclists Hit, Killed On 28 Bypass > POSTED: 11:43 pm EDT October 28, 2005 > UPDATED: 8:08 pm EST October 30, 2005 > Email This Story | Print This
Story > ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. -- An
Anderson cyclist died after a wreck on the > 28 Bypass just off of Clemson Boulevard
early Sunday morning, police > said. > Cameron Chapman, 28, was riding his
bicycle home from work when the > driver
of an Isuzu hit him, police said. > The
driver of the Isuzu, Charles Spearman, is being held by the South
> Carolina Highway Patrol in connection
with the case. > Another cyclist died
after a wreck on Saturday night on Highway 81 > south at the 28 Bypass.Nathaniel Wayne
Whitfield, 50, of Anderson, > drove his
bicycle in front of a car and was hit, police said. > Whitfield had a blood alcohol level that
was four times the legal > limit, police
said. > He was taken to the hospital
where he later died. > > Arrests mar Mexican derby > > > Almost
300 people were arrested after violent clashes at the end of > the Mexican Apertura tournament derby
which America won 2-1 at Pumas. > > The game, recognised as "high risk" by
authorities, saw fans of both > sides -
many of them drunk - fight, destroy cars and damage buses > after the game. > > A Secretary
of Public Security spokesman confirmed that policemen were > hurt in the disturbances. > > Pumas
condemned the violent acts of their fans and America's and > called on supporters who love football to
reject provocation. > > Woman Accused
of DUI, Dragging Police Officer > October 31st, 2005 @ 7:32am > SOUTH JORDAN, Utah (AP) -- A Murray woman
was arrested over the > weekend after
she allegedly dragged a police officer with her car. > South Jordan Police Sergeant Dan Starks
says officer Sam Winkler was > NOT
seriously injured in the incident. >
Starks says Winkler and another officer were responding to a minor
> traffic accident early Sunday morning
on the southbound I-15 onramp at > 7200
South. That's when police noticed a nearby parked car up the > ramp. > Starks
says Winkler approached her to see if she had been involved in > the accident, but instead found she had
been drinking. Police say the > woman
and her boyfriend, who had been driving, apparently gotten into > a fight. Starks says the boyfriend had
pulled over and walked away, > leaving
the woman and her 18-month-old child in the car. > Winkler told the woman NOT to drive. But
when he went to pull the keys > out of
the ignition, the woman started driving. Police say the officer > was dragged about 30 yards at no more than
ten miles-per-hour. > Police say the
woman did eventually stop the car. She now faces > several charges > > Arrests made in two fatal weekend
crashes > October
31, 2005 > BOSTON --Two drivers were
arrested in apparent drunken driving crashes > that killed a pedestrian in Methuen and
passenger in Boston. > Article Tools > > Police
said John F. Comeau III, 21, of Methuen, was drunk when he hit > two pedestrians with his pickup truck on a
Methuen Street before dawn > Sunday,
then drove off. > Joshua C. Colon, 23, of
Lawrence, was pronounced dead at a Lowell > hospital, and the other man was
hospitalized in Boston. > Comeau was
later arrested at his home and charged with operating a > motor vehicle while under the influence of
alcohol, police said. > In Boston, a car
smashed into a wall early Sunday after the driver > tried to make a left turn at an Interstate
93 off-ramp near the > Massachusetts
Avenue exit, police said. > A passenger,
Erin Holmes, 24, of Penacook, N.H., was pronounced dead > at a hospital. The driver and another
passenger were treated for >
injuries. > Police said the driver,
Jessica Oliver, 23, of Warner, N.H., was > expected to face charges including causing
serious injury while > drunken driving,
speeding and running a red light.=
> Hundreds arrested during Madison Halloween
> MADISON, Wis. Police in Madison,
Wisconsin, have used pepper spray to >
break up crowds of revelers at the end of an annual weekend
Halloween > bash. > Hundreds of people were arrested over the
two day event, most for >
alcohol-related offenses. One officer said the local detoxification
> center was filled to capacity. > At times, the crowd was estimated at
nearly 100-thousand >
victim lives to tell her tale > Woman is awarded $53 million, has
yet to see a penny of money > > By Kristin Bender, STAFF WRITER > > > BERKELEY — The last thing Theresa Johnson
remembers about that fateful > day five
years ago was putting on her blue Federal Express uniform and > heading out the door. > > It was
mid-July, and Johnson had just returned to South Berkeley from > a weekend trip with friends to Las Vegas.
It was a rare weekend off > from her two
jobs — an overnight shift as a package handler at FedEx > in Oakland and a sales job at a Lane
Bryant clothing store in > Emeryville,
where she had just been promoted to manager. > > But vacation
was over, and the time came to return to the grind. > Shortly before 2 a.m., Johnson got up from
a nap, dressed in her work > jumpsuit
and climbed into her Mazda 626, parked outside her mother's > Harmon Street home. > > She doesn't
remember what the weather was like, whether she sang with > the radio or whom she passed in
thedarkened streets of Berkeley before >
she was hit and nearly killed by a drunken driver named Tyrone
Hazel. > > In
some ways, Johnson was lucky. She didn't die. > > Last year,
more than 16,650 people were killed in alcohol-related > collisions, according to the National
Commission Against Drunk > Driving. Many
more were injured. > > Though Johnson survived, neither her life
nor Hazel's will ever be the > same. For
her pain and suffering, which included a crushed pelvis and > punctured lungs, an Alameda County
Superior Court earlier this year >
awarded her a > > $53 million verdict. > > It is one of
the largest amounts won by the victim of a drunken driver > in history, according to legal experts. It
was also called one of the > 25 largest
cases of 2004 by VerdictSearch, a resource for cases of > note in the legal profession. > > Johnson has
not yet seen any money from the case, which is being > appealed by Hazel. Still, the victory was
an important step in putting > the
incident behind her, she said. > > "Going to trial allowed her to have her
story told," said Albany > attorney
Robert Cheasty, who represented her and worked pro bono. "It > spoke volumes about validating her life.
Somebody said, 'Yes your life > is
important.'" > > Johnson said she doesn't expect to see
payments from Hazel. > > "He'll be going to work, but I'll probably
never get nothing," she > said during a
recent interview at her mother's home. "But I'm not > worried about it." > > "She got the
most precious thing — her life," explained her mother, > Beverly McConico. > > A victim of
circumstances > > It was 2 a.m. July 15, 2000, when the
lives of Johnson, then 30, and > Hazel,
then 22, intersected. Johnson was headed to work at the Federal > Express terminal at Oakland International
Airport. Hazel said he was > speeding to
a family emergency after a night of playing cards and > drinking. Authorities said Hazel was
driving an estimated 60 to 80 mph > in
his 1984 black Camaro southbound on Market Street in Oakland when
> he approached Johnson's car from
behind. > >
She was preparing to turn left onto 52nd Street, but Hazel attempted
> to pass her car, crossing the double
yellow line and driving on the > wrong
side of Market, authorities said. He broadsided Johnson's car, > sending it hurtling > > 185 feet
south down Market Street, according to authorities. > > Hazel's
Camaro hit Johnson's car so hard that her side door was pushed > in three feet, crushing her pelvis and
puncturing her lungs in the > process,
Cheasty said. > > "I don't remember any of it," Johnson
said. "The last thing I remember > is
getting up and putting on my uniform for work." > > When Johnson
finally woke a few days later at Highland Hospital in > Oakland, she had undergone a 14-hour
emergency pelvic surgery — the > first
of what would be four major surgeries. The first surgery on July > 17, 2000, was to save her life. > > On the brink
of death > >
Doctors had placed a metal plate in her pelvis and reconstructed
both > of the sacroiliac joints. All the
soft tissue had been destroyed, > making
it one of the most difficult reconstructions the surgical team > had ever seen, Cheasty said. Even after
surgery, Johnson was on the > brink of
death, and her family gathered in the intensive care unit to > say good-bye. > > "I never
thought I would see the woman walk again," Cheasty said. > > Five years
later, Johnson is walking, albeit with a cane and a lot of > difficulty and pain. Her four surgeries
have included a left hip > replacement.
The nerves and muscles in her left leg are severed. She > said it feels like there are pounds of
bricks sitting on her leg every > minute
of the day. To fight it, she swallows fistfuls of pain > medications and gets weekly pain blocker
injections. > > Her second operation was to further repair
the sacroiliac joint. Later > she was
hospitalized at Alta Bates Medical Center for a severe > infection following a blood clot in her
leg from the collision. She > also spent
two more stints at Alta Bates following two surgeries on > her hip. > > "I don't have a lot of control of my left
leg," she said. "The worst > pain is the
nerve pain in the leg, but the (doctor) said this is > basically as good as it's going to
get." > >
Hazel, who was convicted of drunken driving with great bodily
injury, > served roughly 10 months in a
work furlough program and had his >
license suspended following the crime. > > Johnson said
he got off too easy. > > "I think it should have been a harder
sentence ... to make him realize > he
affected someone else's life. ... He will never really understand
> it." > > These days, she's working part time in a
medical office and slowly > working
toward an associate's degree at Contra Costa Community College > in San Pablo. "That is what is keeping me
going," she said. > > Johnson also works with Cheasty to spread
her message: Please don't > drink and
drive. > > "We
are really eager to get the word out. We think that people who > drive and drink need to be held
accountable," Cheasty said. > > She has also become involved with Mothers
Against Drunk Drivers, > which,
according to California Executive Director Paula Birdsong, > applauded the court's action as a "wake-up
call to those who drink and > drive." > > Man Killed as Drunken Driver Causes 2
Crashes, Police Say > By MICHAEL WILSON > Published: October 17, 2005 > > > A drunken driver caused two hit-and-run
accidents, one of them fatal, > in
Queens early yesterday, the police said, then fled in another car
> and later told the authorities that he
had been the victim of a >
carjacking. > When the officers took his
statement almost three hours later, the > driver, identified as Anand Hazare, 29, of
Stockton, N.J., appeared to > be drunk,
according to the police. He was later charged with driving > while intoxicated, the police said, and
other charges were pending. > > Shortly before 3 a.m. yesterday, Mr.
Hazare was driving his gray > Mitsubishi
Eclipse west on Linden Boulevard in Ozone Park when he > struck a pedestrian at Lefferts Boulevard,
the police said. The > pedestrian, whom
the police did not identify, was in stable condition > yesterday at Jamaica Hospital Medical
Center, the police said. > > Mr. Hazare left the scene of the accident,
the police said, and a > short time
later, his car struck another vehicle, a Chevrolet > Suburban, at Linden and 124th Street, five
blocks west of the first > accident. The
force of the impact caused a passenger to be ejected > from the back seat of the Suburban. That
passenger was identified by > the police
as Shivanand Patraju, 21, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mr. > Patraju died later at Jamaica Hospital
Medical Center, the police > said. The
driver of the Suburban, Shastri Soogrim, 19, of Richmond > Hill, Queens, and two of his other
passengers suffered minor injuries. > > Mr. Soogrim said yesterday that Mr.
Patraju, his friend since > childhood,
grew up in Queens and moved to Florida with his family two > years ago. He had been staying at Mr.
Soogrim's home during a return > visit
that began a couple of weeks ago. > > Mr. Soogrim said that Mr. Patraju was
planning to study audio > engineering at
a college in North Carolina. > > "I saw the other car when it was too
late," Mr. Soogrim said. "He was >
coming so fast. I tried to speed up to avoid having him hit me, but
to > no avail. > > "We spun
around. Shiva wasn't there. I thought he was on the floor. He > was laid out face down in front of the
truck." > >
Mr. Soogrim said that he and the front-seat passenger were wearing
> seat belts, but said that the
passengers in the back seat were not. > > "The guy who
hit us was walking around like nothing happened," Mr. > Soogrim said. "He was walking around
talking on his cellphone, and > then a
few minutes later he was gone. He didn't say anything to us." > > Mr. Hazare
was picked up by a friend who was driving a silver sedan, > the police said, but left behind his
identification in the Eclipse. > > Mr. Hazare was arrested after he called
the police at 5:30 a.m., from > an
apartment in the South Richmond Hill section of Queens, to report a
> carjacking. > > Police: Man caused $6,000 damage to
jail > East Allen
resident also tried to punch official, authorities say. > > By Nicole
Radzievich > Of The Morning Call > > An East Allen
Township man caused $6,000 in damage by setting off the > sprinklers in his jail cell Friday night
after a routine traffic stop > turned
into a crime spree, Bethlehem police said. > > The incident
began after > > 9 p.m. when a city police officer pulled
over Brian Troxell, 29, of > 5281
Hillside Road for allegedly not using a turn signal at E. Third > and Webster streets. > > According to
police, the following events took place: > > Troxell asked
the officer whether he was pulled over because his > license is suspended and then told the
officer that he had been > arrested
twice for driving under the influence. > > After
smelling alcohol and learning that Troxell was coming back from > an Allentown bar, the officer gave Troxell
a preliminary breath test > that
registered a blood-alcohol ratio of 0.14 percent. Police took > Troxell to headquarters for processing.
Police described Troxell as > agitated
and belligerent. > > A Northampton County deputy sheriff took
custody of Troxell for > processing, but
Troxell refused to submit a sample for the alcohol > test. The deputy sheriff ordered Troxell
to stand up so he could be > escorted to
the waiting room, and Troxell didn't comply. > > When the
deputy sheriff went to tug Troxell's collar, Troxell bolted > to his feet, clenched his right fist and
tried to hit the deputy > sheriff. Other
officers subdued Troxell and took him to a holding > cell. > > On closed-circuit television, city police
watched Troxell climb the > cell door
and disappear out of view of the monitor. Officers went to > check on him and saw that the sprinkler
head was torn from the ceiling > and
water was flowing into the cellblock. > > According to
city officials, $6,000 worth of damage was done to the > floors, sprinkler system and television
system. > >
District Justice Gay Elwell of Easton arraigned Troxell on charges
of > incapable of safe driving,
aggravated assault, institutional >
vandalism, criminal mischief and traffic summary offenses. He was
> committed to Northampton County Prison
on $75,000 bail. > > The
latest in booze-themed kids apparel > -------------------- > > By Patrick
Moore > >
October 16, 2005 > > If you've seen recent advertisements for
J.C. Penney, you may think > that the
hot trend for back-to-school fashions is the alcoholic look. > > With "novelty
tees" sporting the logos of major liquor brands, the > clothes raise questions about corporate
responsibility. More > importantly,
though, the appearance of such clothing in a country so > protective of its children indicates that
Americans have become numb > to the
constant barrage of advertising and media images. The United > States has become Logoland. > > Back to
school with whiskey > > J.C. Penney catalogs for back-to-school
clothes were sent out > nationally as an
insert in Sunday newspapers. Alongside the photo of a > model, who appears to be junior high or
high school age, is a spread > of
T-shirts emblazoned with logos for Jack Daniel's, Budweiser, Miller
> Lite and Guinness. Although they are
described as "men's novelty > tees," the
shirts appear in a section devoted to "young men's, boys' > and girls'" fashions. Similar T-shirts are
also being sold at Target > and several
other stores that do a brisk business in back-to-school > fashions. > > Jack Daniel's, an 80-proof whiskey, seems
to be particularly focused > on the
family market with an online "music studio," games and a large > selection of apparel. For several years,
the company sponsored a > promotion at
the family restaurant T.G.I. Friday's, with an entire > section of the menu devoted to recipes
featuring Jack Daniel's. While > the
10-year-olds ordering a Jack Burger were unlikely to catch a buzz,
> there was still something unsettling
about watching children peruse > the
whiskey-infused selections. > > Other American corporations have also been
using alcohol as a > marketing tool.
Abercrombie & Fitch, whose customers are primarily > teenagers and young adults, recently
promoted shirts printed with > slogans
such as "Bad girls chug. Good girls drink quickly" and "Candy > is dandy. But liquor is quicker." > > A study
presented at this year's annual meeting of the Pediatric > Academic Societies found that "promotional
items are related to early > onset
drinking." The authors of the study urged the alcohol industry > to stop marketing to children through the
use of promotional items in > the same
way that the tobacco industry did a decade ago. That this > type of marketing reaches children is
beyond dispute. Studies have > shown
that children age 6 to 17 are more familiar with ads from > Budweiser than those promoting Pepsi,
Barbie, Snickers or Nike. > > Protecting children? > > The great
irony of the "protect the children" campaigns put forward by > conservatives is that they are more
concerned with the sexuality of >
SpongeBob and Tinkie Winkie than the relentless promotion of
violence > and alcohol to kids. It seems
that, for cultural conservatives, the >
physical survival of children is less important than their sexual
> chastity. After all, the ultraviolent
video game "Grand Theft Auto" > was
tolerated for years until it was discovered that advanced players
> were able to unlock hidden sexual
scenes. > >
Interestingly, conservative pundits never protest advertising that
> positions masculinity as the ultimate
aspiration. And what could be > more
masculine than a shot of Jack Daniel's before heading out with > your semiautomatic? > > This is not
simply a theoretical discussion. Alcohol does have a > devastating impact on adolescents. The
Marin Institute in Northern > California
reports that children who drink by 7th grade are "more > likely to report academic problems,
substance abuse and delinquent >
behavior." Even more shocking, young people who drink by 15 are four
> times more likely to develop
alcoholism later in life. Perhaps the >
most "sobering" statistic is that more than 1,700 college students
in > the United States are killed each
year in alcohol-related accidents. >
Driver crashes car into Water Tower Place > -------------------- > > Tribune staff
reports > >
October 16, 2005, 7:19 AM CDT > > A drunk driver early today crashed into a
traffic light and a tree on > Michigan
Avenue before sailing into the revolving doors of Lord & > Taylor at Water Tower Place, police
said. > > The
23-year-old man, who suffered abrasions on his face, was in good > condition at Northwestern Memorial
Hospital, but likely faces drunk >
driving charges, said police spokesman David Banks. > > The one-car
accident occurred at 3:20 a.m. in the 800 block of North > Michigan Avenue. The vehicle struck a
traffic signal, a tree and a > small
planter before it flipped onto its side and slid into the > revolving doors, Banks said. >
Some Vikings Investigated After Reports of Lewd
Party > No Criminal Charges Have Been
Filed From Alleged Incidents on Charter > Cruises > By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP
Sports > >
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (Oct. 12) - Investigators are looking into a
party > attended by several Minnesota
Vikings players that allegedly involved > drunkenness, nudity and visible sexual
activity on a pair of charter > cruises
last week. > >
No criminal charges had been filed as of Wednesday, and it could
take > a couple of weeks before
investigators finish interviewing people who > were on the boats, said Sgt. Haans Vitek
of the Hennepin County > Sheriff's
Office. A police report was filed Sunday. > > "It doesn't
make things any simpler," coach Mike Tice said Wednesday, > "and quite frankly I'm not happy about
it." > >
victim dies, charges brought against students > By Steve Britt > Published: Thursday, October 13, 2005 An SIUE student faces prison time if
convicted of three felony charges >
leveled against him by Madison County prosecutors. > > The Madison
County State's Attorney charged Jeffrey Graham, 25, > Tuesday with reckless homicide and two
counts of aggravated driving > under the
influence. > >
If convicted, Graham may face three to 14 years for each count of
> aggravated DUI. Reckless homicide is a
Class Three felony with a > potential
penalty of two to five years. > > Charges stem from Sept. 16 when Graham
allegedly struck Gregory J. > Hamil with
his Dodge Intrepid in the parking lot of Rusty's Restaurant > in Edwardsville. > > Hamil, of
Edwardsville, died Saturday at St. Louis University > Hospital. He was 49. > > Graham was
initially charged with aggravated driving under the > influence of alcohol. Prosecutors dropped
the charge nearly two weeks > ago. > > "We didn't
want him (Graham) to plead to a lesser charge when a more > serious charge would be available,"
Madison County State's Attorney >
spokeswoman Stephanie Smith said Oct. 4. > > Hamil
remained in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Louis University > Hospital until his death. > > According to
Smith, Graham is not in custody. His bail is set at > $75,000. >
> > > Alcohol: U of O
students taken to hospital > KMTR-TV > > Eugene (KMTR)
- Some students at the University of Oregon needed to be > medically transported from their residence
halls over the weekend > because of the
amount of alcohol they consumed. > > Student affairs officials say they can't
tell us exactly how many > students were
involved, only that it was more than one. > > As U. of O.
students stood on line Monday for tickets to Saturday's > game against the University of Washington,
we asked them how prevalent > binge
drinking is. > > The majority of students we spoke with
said they see drinking possibly >
every night and at least every weekend. > > "That's where
you consume a bunch of alcohol and that's about it, > right? There's a lot of that going on
here, definitely," said Matt > Hammond,
a UO senior. > > According to Marc Palotai, a freshman,
some students don't know when > to stop.
"Binge drinking, of course, there's a lot going on," said > Palotai, "I saw two ambulances come in
[this weekend] and I heard > about a
person who had actually alcohol O.D. and ended up going to the > hospital." > > While directors of Student Life couldn't
tell us how many students > needed to be
taken by ambulance to the hospital because of the amount > of alcohol they consumed, they could tell
us the number was not > unusual for this
time of year. > > Laura Blake Jones, the Associate Dean of
Students and Director of > Student Life,
said, "Drinking among students is the number one killer > of college students on college campuses
across the country and it's a > very
serious problem that we work very proactively at." > > But just how
much are students drinking on any given night? "I would > say around five or six beers a night,
maybe even more," said freshman > Casey
Brooks. > > "I
see people carry around fifths of this, and fifths of that, > probably like, within a night--if you're
talking beer--somebody will > consume a
12-pack, an 18-pack of beer," said Hammond. In Monday's > edition of the Daily Emerald, U of O's
student newspaper. > > Students can be evaluated and treated for
alcohol abuse at the > University's
Counseling Center on campus.The center also provides > students with a self-help page on the
2 seriously injured
in head-on crash; 2nd youth dies from Friday
crash > > By DAWN SHACKELFORD — police/court
reporter > >
WESTVILLE — Two Westville residents were seriously injured in an > accident early Monday morning on CR-1100W,
south of CR-600S, in > Westville. > > According to
the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, at around 12:16 > a.m. Conrad Neely, 22, of 11199 W. Ind. 2,
Lot 72, Westville, was > northbound on
CR-1100W when his 1990 Buick crossed the center line. > His car struck a vehicle head-on driven by
Kerri Ann O’Kelly, 23, of > 7387S
CR-1150W, Westville. > > Both drivers were trapped in their
vehicles — as was a passenger in >
O’Kelly’s car, Aaron Pavlin, 26, of 2181 Jackson St., Portage — and
> had to be extricated. > > According to
the report, Pavlin told deputies Neely was driving north > at a high rate of speed. Pavlin told
O’Kelly to slow down and get over > to
the side of the road to give Neely room, but the next thing he > remembered Neely’s headlights were coming
at them as his vehicle > crossed into
the path of O’Kelly’s 2003 Pontiac. > > Pavlin called 911 from his cell phone. The
Westville Volunteer Fire > Department
and LaPorte EMS responded. > > All three were taken to Porter Memorial
Hospital. As of 8:15 this > morning,
O’Kelly was listed in critical condition, suffering from > multiple fractures, and Neely was listed
in critical but stable > condition, also
suffering from multiple fractures. Pavlin appeared to > be shaken by the incident but not badly
hurt, according to the report, > and was
no longer in Porter Hospital this morning. > > According to
the police report, Neely’s blood alcohol content was .20 > percent, more than twice the legal limit
to drive in Indiana of .08 > percent. > > Neely’s
record showed a prior operating-while-intoxicated conviction > in February of this year, meaning he faces
the possibility of being > charged with
OWI as a Class C felony for causing serious injury with a > prior conviction, as well as other
charges. > > > Quit Smoking To Be Smarter > >
Smokers often say that smoking a cigarette helps them concentrate
and > feel more alert. But years of
tobacco use may have the opposite >
effect, dimming the speed and accuracy of a person's thinking
ability > and bringing down their IQ,
according to a new study led by University > of Michigan researchers. > > The
association between long-term smoking and diminished mental > proficiency in 172 alcoholic and
non-alcoholic men was a surprising >
finding from a study that set out to examine alcohols effect on
the > brain and thinking skills. > > While the
researchers confirmed previous findings that alcohol is > associated with thinking problems and
lower IQ, their analysis also > revealed
that long-term smoking is too. The effect on memory, > problem-solving and IQ was most pronounced
among those who had smoked > for years.
Among the alcoholic men, smoking was associated with > diminished thinking ability even after
alcohol and drug use were > accounted
for. > > The
findings are the first to suggest a direct relationship between > smoking and neurocognitive function among
men with alcoholism. And, > the results
suggest that smoking is associated with diminished > thinking ability even among men without
alcohol. > >
The new findings, released online before publication by the journal
> Drug and Alcohol Dependence, were made
by a team from the U-M Medical >
School's Addiction Research Center, or UMARC, and their colleagues
at > the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
and Michigan State University. > > Lead author Jennifer Glass, Ph.D., a
research assistant professor in > the
U-M Department of Psychiatry, cautions that the findings need to > be duplicated by other studies before any
conclusions are made about > smoking's
effect on the brain, or before the findings can be > considered relevant to women. > > But, she
says, the findings should prompt alcohol researchers to > re-examine their data for any impact from
smoking - a factor that is > not
usually taken into account in studies of alcohol's effects on the
> brain, despite the fact that 50
percent to 80 percent of alcoholics >
smoke. Meanwhile, the U-M-led team is launching a study that will
> examine the issue in adolescents, and
plans to test the 172 men again >
soon. > > "We
can't say that we've found a cause-and-effect relationship between
> smoking and decreased thinking
ability, or neurocognitive >
proficiency," says Glass. "But we hope our findings of an
association > will lead to further
examination of this important issue. Perhaps it > will help give smokers one more reason to
quit, and encourage quitting > smoking
among those who are also try to quit drinking." > > Many
alcohol-recovery programs don't emphasize quitting smoking, even > though smoking can be a social and
possibly chemical "cue" associated >
with alcohol consumption. > > Glass notes that her team's paper is being
published, coincidentally, > at the same
time as a paper from a team at the University of > California, San Francisco, in which brain
scans showed that alcoholics > who smoke
have lower brain volume than alcoholics who don't smoke. > > Taken
together with previous epidemiological studies, the two new > papers feed a growing body of evidence for
a link between long-term > smoking and
thinking ability, says Robert Zucker, Ph.D., professor of > Psychology in the U-M Departments of
Psychiatry and Psychology, and >
director of the UMARC. Zucker is senior author on the new paper led
by > Glass. > > "The exact
mechanism for smoking's impact on the brain's higher > functions is still unclear, but may
involve both neurochemical effects > and
damage to the blood vessels that supply the brain," Zucker says. > "This is consistent with other findings
that people with > cardiovascular
disease and lung disease tend to have reduced > neurocognitive function." > > The data for
the new paper by Glass, Zucker and their colleagues at > U-M and Michigan State University, come
from an ongoing longitudinal, > or
long-term, project that uses interviews and standardized research
> questionnaires to look at mental and
physical health issues in > families,
measured every three years. > > The study, which has run for more than
fifteen years and recently was > funded
for another five, is supported by the National Institute of > Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, part of the
National Institutes of > Health. The new
work that will explore these relationships further in > youth is being funded by the National
Institute on Drug Abuse, also a > part
of the NIH. > > In their ninth year in the study,
participants completed the MicroCog >
Assessment of Cognitive Function, a well-established standard
battery > of tests that assess
short-term memory, immediate and delayed story > recall, verbal analogies, mathematical
reasoning and visual-spatial >
processing. > > Scores for each test, and a global
proficiency score, are based on the >
speed and accuracy of a person's responses, adjusted for age and > education level. The participants also
took a short form of the > standard IQ
test, and their scores were adjusted for age. > > Forty of the
men who drank at the time of the test, though none had > been drinking within an hour of the tests.
Twenty-four of these men > also were
smokers. The study also included 63 men who had had > alcoholism earlier in life, 29 of whom
smoked; and 69 men who had >
never drank, 13 of whom smoked. All smokers were allowed to
smoke at > will during the testing
session, so none were in a nicotine-deprived > state when they took the neurocognitive
tests. > >
Glass and her colleagues analyzed the participants' scores using two
> standard measures of drinking and
smoking behavior. > > Across the board, both smoking and
drinking showed an effect: Higher >
pack-years and LAPS scores were both significantly associated with
> lower global cognitive proficiency
scores and IQ. > > This finding, Glass says, means that
alcoholism researchers who have >
consistently found evidence of cognitive deficits among
alcoholics - > but who have not
taken smoking into account in their analysis - may > actually be seeing a combined effect of
smoking and alcohol > consumption among
alcoholic study participants who smoke. Further > analyses of these data, with smoking
separated out as a variable just > as
hard drug use is often separated, is needed, she says. - ANN ARBOR,
> Mich. > > > Grandmother avoids homicide charges
after running over boy with car > Oct 12, 2005, 07:54
AM CDT > > > > CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- A grandmother
who failed a breathalyzer > test after
running over her grandson will not face vehicular homicide > charges. > > Shirley Kness of Cedar Rapids will instead
face traffic charges after > she backed
over and killed six-year-old Zachary Ryan in April. > > Since the
alcohol breath test is not admissible in court, police say > there is not enough evidence to charge
Kness with homicide. > > Kness' daughter Cassie Riha was hoping her
mother would be charged for > her son's
death. Riha says Kness has a history of drunken driving and > she wants her off the road. > > The
grandmother has at least three previous drunken driving > convictions and has been charged twice
more since April with > alcohol-related
crimes. > >
Those charges are pending. > > Soberness now a way of life > By Brian
O'Malley/Associate Verge Editor >
Published: Thursday, October 6, 2005 > > There are
many moments in life that stand out. Many moments you plan > and prepare for, and other moments you
know will happen, so you simply > let
them. > > The
first time one attempts to drink and get drunk could be an > important day for that person. > > For me, that
day never came. I expected it to and I put it on a to-do > list in the back of my head, but, for some
reason, I never got around > to it. > > I'm now in my
fifth year in college and I still haven't drank. > > Early in high
school, I went to parties and said "no" when people > offered me a beer, or I simply held a
half-filled can of beer to stop > the
offers. > >
Then before I knew it, the soberness became part of who I am. > > When I tell
people I don't drink, they expect me to explain some > detailed reason or tell them a sad story.
But when it comes down to > it, my
reason really isn't that special. > > At the beginning of my realization that I
wasn't going to drink, I > thought it
would become a challenge in college. > > If anything, college made it easier. When
one of my friends has a > rough night of
drinking and gets sick or can't walk, my other friends, > for the most part, don't think twice about
it. But I remember it as > clear as day,
having been sober the whole time. That's when I think to > myself that it's not such a bad thing that
I never started drinking. > > > DeLand driver convicted in 2003 crash that
killed women > > Ludmilla Lelis > Sentinel Staff Writer > > October 8,
2005 > >
DeLAND -- A 23-year-old DeLand man was found guilty Friday of
driving > drunk when he caused a crash
that killed two women in 2003. > > Johnny Lee Grubbs Jr. could face 15 years
in prison for each of the > two counts
of DUI manslaughter. He was also convicted of vehicular > homicide, a felony carrying a potential
five-year prison term. He will > be
sentenced at a later date. > > Grubbs stood stoically while the verdict
was read and then called out > to his
family, "I love y'all," as he was handcuffed. His father, > Johnny Grubbs Sr., replied, "Love you too,
man." > > Iona
Smith, 43, of DeLand, and her 23-year-old niece, Kamaine Gillian > Smith, were killed when Grubbs' car struck
their car at 8:23 p.m. Dec. > 27, 2003.
Another family member, 47-year-old Norman Smith, also was > injured. > > According to the trial evidence, Iona
Smith had stopped at a stop sign > on
West Euclid Avenue, then drove through the intersection at South > Adelle Avenue when Grubbs' car smashed
into the passenger side of her > car. > > The impact
propelled her car to move 106 feet and eventually break > through a metal fence at the Euclid
Learning Center. > > Grubbs had been driving 75 mph down
Adelle, where the speed limit is > 30
mph, and his blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was more
> than twice the legal driving limit,
according to court testimony. > > During his own testimony, Grubbs admitted
he had a couple of gin and > orange
juice drinks at a block party on the night of the crash, with > as much as 6 ounces of 80-proof liquor.
However, he denied he was > speeding and
said that he didn't see headlights from Smith's car at > the Euclid intersection. > > "We were just
bopping to the music," he said during his testimony > Friday. "It was close because I had no
time to react. > > "Then boom, just everything happened," he
said. > > He
also admitted that his trial testimony differed from what he > originally told police investigators,
explaining, "I was in a state of >
shock. At the time [of the police interview], I was just giving him
> any answer." > > His attorney,
John A. Stanton, tried to convince jurors that what > happened that night was simply an
accident. > >
"He did not cause this accident. He was simply involved in this > accident," Stanton said Friday. > > However, the
violent death the Smiths suffered resembled injuries that > a medical examiner compared to that of a
plane-crash victim, Assistant > State
Attorney Colleen Taylor told jurors during closing arguments > Friday. > > "There is no possibility the defendant was
traveling 30 mph down that > road,"
Taylor said. She reminded the jury of how far Smith's car was > pushed sideways and added, "That takes a
tremendous amount of force." > > Mark Montgomery, a former toxicology
professor at the University of > South
Florida in Tampa, testified Thursday that Grubbs would have had > a 0.18 blood-alcohol level when the crash
happened. He calculated that > based on
a blood sample taken after the accident, which showed that > Grubbs' blood-alcohol level was 0.12 at
11:30 p.m., nearly three hours > after
the crash. The legal driving limit is a blood-alcohol content of > 0.08. > > Another witness, Florida Highway Patrol
Cpl. Alan Conklin, did a >
reconstruction of the crash and testified Thursday that Grubbs had
> been driving 75 mph on Adelle. > > From his
review, Conklin estimated that Grubbs hit the brakes less > than a second before the crash happened,
so at impact, his car speed > was 55
mph. > > "If
the defendant was going the legal speed, we would not be here > today," Conk- lin testified during the
trial. "It would not have >
occurred." > > > Hit-And-Run Driver Hits Blind Woman Kills
Guide Dog > > POSTED: 8:49 am EDT October 7,
2005 > >
CARRBORO, N.C. -- A blind woman was injured and her guide dog
killed > as they waited for a bus after
a drunken driver drove over a curb and >
hit them, then left the scene, police said. > > Danielle
Iredale, 22, a student at the University of North Carolina at > Chapel Hill, was in fair condition
Thursday at UNC Hospitals after > being
hit just before 9 a.m. Wednesday. > > Her dog was found dead at the scene. > > Stephen
Coffee, 27, of Carrboro was being held under $25,000 bond, > charged with felony harming an animal,
felony hit and run, reckless > driving,
driving while a license is revoked, driving while > intoxicated, resisting arrest and injury
to property. > > A breath test, police said, showed
Coffee's blood alcohol level at > 0.16
percent, twice the legal limit for drinking and driving. > > UNC student
Marija Kurtovic, who said she and Iredale frequently ride > the bus together, was standing beside
Iredale when the car came over > the
curb. She was able to jump out of the way, but Iredale, who was > wearing head phones, had no way to know a
car was headed toward her, > she
said. > > "He
did not even turn the wheel until he hit her,'' Kurtovic said of > the driver. "You have no idea how light
the hit looked. (But) she was > like a
doll, thrown up into the air. When he hit her, then he drove > back onto the road.'' > > Police said
they found a car that matched descriptions given by > witnesses parked in front of an apartment
nearby. The car was warm to > the touch,
as if it had been recently driven, and dog fur was found on > the front left side, they said. > > A search of
court records showed that in 1996, Coffee was charged in > Brunswick County with DWI, possession of
alcohol by a minor and > reckless
driving. In 1998, he was charged with DWI again in the same > county and his license was revoked. > > Hodges
Privette, who drives a Chapel Hill Transit bus, said many of > the bus drivers knew Iredale because she
and her dog used the bus > system to get
around town. > > "She always had the dog with her, and he
laid up under her seat and > didn't
move,'' Privette said. "That dog could pull her up out of the > seat, take her right out of that bus and
take her right where she > needed to
go.'' > > Angoon
considers lifting alcohol ban (Yea what a great idea so more > people can be killed and more problems can
occur) > CLOSE VOTE: Absentee
ballots will decide whether village goes "damp." > > By SEAN
COCKERHAM > Anchorage Daily News > > Published:
October 8, 2005 > Last Modified: October
8, 2005 at 02:58 AM > > JUNEAU -- The Southeast Alaska village of
Angoon voted two to one in > 1988 to ban
alcohol after booze was blamed for death and despair among > its residents. > > But times
change and the town's former police chief is leading a > charge to legalize it. Angoon was almost
evenly split on legalization > in a vote
this week, with 87 for it and 86 against. The question will > be decided on Monday. That's when the city
clerk is scheduled to count > the 25
absentee ballots that came in to her office. > > It's an
emotional issue in the predominately Tlingit Indian town of > about 480 people. > > "I get a lot
of glares from people," said Jess Daniels, who sponsored > the petition that got the alcohol question
on the ballot. "But glares > don't hurt
me." > >
Daniels' proposal is for the town to become "damp." That means
people > would be allowed to drink
alcohol in Angoon but it would still be > against the law to sell it there. > > Angoon is one
of two towns in Southeast Alaska where booze is banned. > The other is Metlakatla, which is Alaska's
only federally designated > Indian
reservation. It's much more common to prohibit alcohol in the > villages of Interior and Western Alaska.
There are 32 villages in the > state
that ban possession and 99 more that outlaw sales, according to > the Alcohol Beverage Control Board. > > Angoon
alcohol petition sponsor Daniels said he hasn't had a drink in > more than 17 years. > > Daniels said
he is pushing the measure because the alcohol ban is a > fiction. There has always been lots of
bootleg booze in Angoon, he > said.
People usually get busted only when someone turns them in over > an unrelated grudge. > > "I was just
tired of people's rights being violated," Daniels said. > "You've got people who don't sell booze
but they may want to have a > drink.
When they get caught, they have a record. That's senseless." > > Angoon, the
only community on Admiralty Island, is located 55 miles > southwest of Juneau. Admiralty Island is
best known for having more > than 1,000
bears, or about one per square mile. > > Locals go to Juneau or Sitka and bring
alcohol back with them on the > state
ferry. It's easier to avoid detection than bringing it by small > plane into a Western Alaska village.
Still, the illegal bootleg booze > in
Angoon isn't cheap; the going rate for a bottle of whiskey is $50
> and beer costs $60 a case, several
locals reported. > > Ed Kookesh of Angoon is a supporter of
legalizing booze. He said > everyone in
town shouldn't be restricted because of some bad past > experiences with alcohol in the
village. > >
But Angoon's fire chief and emergency services captain, Randall > Gamble, said alcohol has killed a lot of
people in town over the > years. The
focus should be on stopping the bootleggers, he said, not > on legalizing the booze. > > "When someone
dies from alcohol the bootleggers lay off," Gamble said. > "But they go back to normal after a
while." > >
Alberta Saleem of Angoon said her worry is that legalization would
> make alcohol cheaper in town. That
means people ---- including the > youths
in town ---- will just buy more and abuse it, she said. > > "I think it
is going to hurt our community," she said. "I haven't seen > any good come out of alcohol."
> Trains held
up by drunk walking on track > > > 07 October 2005 > GRIZELDA GRAHAM > > Trains were
held up when a drunken man, who had downed 40 pints of beer > during a 24-hour drinking binge, walked
along the railway track between > Norwich
and Great Yarmouth. > > Nicholas Lassman, a convicted sex offender
who said he had moved to > Yarmouth to
make a new start, had earlier assaulted a conductor who > found > him
asleep in a train's toilet. He was jailed for 24 weeks when he > appeared before Norwich Magistrates'
Court. Lassman, 35, of North Quay, >
Yarmouth, admitted assault, threatening behaviour, trespassing on
the > railway and being a sex offender
failing to notify police of a change >
of > address. > > Mr Ivory said
that early on Monday evening, Lassman got on a train at > Yarmouth. While he was collecting fares
and checking tickets, conductor > Paul
Freeman found Lassman asleep in a toilet. He woke him, asking to > see > his
ticket, but he did not seem to have one. > > When Lassman
tried to pull the emergency handle three times, Mr Freeman > pushed his hands away, asking him not to.
Lassman pushed Mr Freeman in > the > chest, causing him to fall against a
bulkhead. > >
Police were called, but Lassman got off the train at Cantley, where
he > was >
seen climbing across the lines to the opposite platform. When
signalman > Nicholas Lewis approached
Lassman, who appeared to be drunk, he asked > him > 'do you
want some?' and started swearing. > > Fearing for his safety, Mr Lewis locked
himself in his signal box and > dialled
999. > >
Police then arrived on the scene and took the defendant away. Later
> they >
discovered he was on the sex offenders' register. He had previously
> been >
jailed twice for failing to tell police where he was living. > > Rebecca
Wastall, for Lassman, said he was nearing the end of his seven > years on the sex offenders' register and
had moved to Yarmouth to make > a > new start. > > "He did not want his past coming back to
haunt him and chose to ignore > the > register on that occasion," said Mrs
Wastall. > > Man shot by police
'threatened to kill sister'. > > Oct 7
2005 > >
icWales > > > The sister of
a widower shot dead by police told a 999 operator her > brother was “raging drunk” and had
threatened to kill her, an inquest >
heard today. > > Frances Williams’s emergency call was
played to the jury hearing > evidence
about the death of Philip Prout, 53, who was killed outside > his house in Lewannick, near Launceston,
Cornwall, on May 4 last year. > > Out-of-breath and audibly panicked, she
told the operator: “He’s now >
threatening violence, he’s saying he’s going to top me if he sees
me. > My mother’s in a terrible
state.” > >
She went on to say she was “worried sick” about her Mrs Williams
also > said in her 999 call that she
thought the widower was “off his head” >
and feared he had been “trying to do away with” her mother by giving
> her a heart attack. > > She added:
“He’s not used a weapon in a threatening manner but he > usually has a shotgun in the corner of the
sitting room when he knows > I’m
coming.” > >
Mrs Williams, who had been staying in Cornwall for the Bank Holiday
> weekend, returned to her brother’s
house at about 8.30pm on May 3 > after
taking her elderly mother, May Prout, out for the day. > > They arrived
back to discover the television was on “unbearably loud” > and that Mr Prout was “raging drunk”, the
inquest heard. > > As Mrs Williams and Mrs Prout ate a salad
in a downstairs bedroom, the > widower
burst in and demanded to know who had been in his room. > > Mrs Williams
left the house and went across the road to fetch his > daughter Nicola Prout, 24, who had been
able to calm her father down > in the
past. > > The
pair returned to Mr Prout’s house, where they found his mother > standing in the open front door crying and
“terribly shaken”, Mrs > Williams said
in a statement. > > Mrs Prout stopped her daughter going
inside and told her: “You go > away,
you’re not safe. He’s been running around saying, ’If I see that > bitch, I’m going to top her’.” > > Mrs Williams
went to the village hall car park and called the police > on her mobile phone. > > Mr Prout, a
martial arts enthusiast who moved from Crawley, Sussex, to > Cornwall in 2003, was shot dead by a
police marksman after his > colleague’s
baton gun twice failed to fire. > > The widower was just yards from the
officers with a samurai sword > raised
above his head when the fatal shot was fired, the jury was told > earlier. > > The inquest in Plymouth is expected to
last up to five weeks, and > witnesses
due to give evidence include North Wales Police Chief > Constable Richard Brunstrom. > > > Rowing
club's death 'conspiracy' > > > An Oxford University rowing club engaged
in a conspiracy after the > death of a
student, a coroner has said. > > Lightweight Rowing Club members did not
tell investigators that head > coach
Leila Hudson had been drunk when Leo Blockley drowned, an > inquest heard. > > South
Manchester coroner John Pollard recorded a narrative verdict on > Mr Blockley, 21, of Ashton-under-Lyne. > > He had been
swept away by strong currents on the River Ebro in > Barcelona in December 2000. > > The first
inquest into the post graduate maths student's death had > recorded a verdict of accidental death
after blaming freak weather > conditions
which had caused a wave to swamp his boat. > >>
There was what might be called a conspiracy... that they would not
> make known that the head coach had
been suffering the effects of >
alcohol. > >
But it was overturned by the High Court after Mr Blockley's parents
> uncovered new information relating to
safety. > > Mr
Pollard said club members had "regarded the reputation of the > rowing club as of greater importance than
the death of a young man who > had
drowned in a club activity". > > "There was what might be called a
conspiracy or also more accurately > an
agreement by a number of senior officers in the [club] that they > would not make known that the head coach
had been suffering the > effects of
alcohol at the time of the death," he added. > > He said the
team members had not co-operated fully with university > investigator Richard Hartley. > > "Mr Hartley
did not carry out a full and searching investigation into > the background to this death. He was kept
in the dark," added Mr > Pollard. > > CALL TO HALT VIOLENCE AT
FAIR > More News |
Back to home page > > 18:00 - 06 October 2005 > A group of Axbridge Square residents is
calling for action to prevent > violent
incidents in the town during the annual Blackberry Fair. > > Two teenagers
received knife wounds in a fight which took place on the > Friday night of the event, and locals say
that the atmosphere before > the fight
in the square was "ugly and threatening". > > It followed
more disturbances at the 2004 fair when teenagers got > drunk and created chaos, smashing windows
and fighting. > > On both occasions teenagers aged under 18
years who were gathering in > the square
were reported to have obtained alcohol. > > Residents say
that they called police before the fair started, and > again an hour before the knife incident,
to request a police presence > to deter
trouble - but they were simply told that police would attend > as and when they could. > > The Friday
night of the fair saw police stretched to the limit with > incidents across the Burnham-on-Sea
sector. > >
Sgt Paul Knowles at Cheddar Police station said that there had been
an > intention to maintain a police
presence at the fair all evening. > > However, officers had to be called aw