Driver accused of smoking pot before taking bus full of students on field trip: CHELMSFORD, MA (WHDH) – A bus driver has been arrested on several charges after police said he operated a school bus while under the influence of drugs.School administrators called officers Tuesday after high school students reported a strange odor on a bus they were boarding for a field trip, Chelmsford police said. A teacher notified a principal, who reportedly smelled marijuana after boarding the bus.Police said about 50 Students were taken off the bus and officers determined that the bus driver, 63-year-old Ali Mahfuz, of Nashua, New Hampshire, was under the influence of marijuana.Mahfuz was charged with operating under the influence, negligent operation, and reckless endangerment.Mahfuz told 7News that the students would have been in danger if he had driven the school bus. Police said he had just finished a route for Greater Lowell Technical High School before arriving in Chelmsford.Police officials said that they were “astonished” by Mahfuz’s “lack of common sense” and poor decision making.The bus driver that employs Mahfuz , North Reading Transportation, Inc., is cooperating with authorities.A new bus driver was sent to the school to take the students on the field trip.Mahfuz was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Lowell District Court. Prosecutors say Mahfuz admitted to smoking marijuana.He was released on personal recognizance.
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Greenfield superintendent charged with OVI; case pending: Greenfield Village Exempted Schools Superintendent Joe Wills was charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence last month in Clinton County.Clinton County Municipal Court records indicate Wills was charged at 11:28 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, by the Ohio Highway Patrol. He was also cited for speeding. He was arraigned on Feb. 22. A final pretrial hearing is set for April 26, according to court documents.Wills is represented by Cincinnati defense attorney Edward Perry, who has filed a jury demand, a request for a bill of particulars and discovery, a motion to preserve all evidence, including audio and video evidence, and an appeal of license suspension, according to court documents. A dispatcher with the Ohio Highway Patrol post in Wilmington said Saturday that the local post could not provide information on the traffic stop, and that all requests had to go through the patrol’s public affairs office in Columbus, contrary to The Times-Gazette’s usual experience seeking information from the patrol.Wills has been superintendent at Greenfield since 2013. He came to that post after serving since 2005 as the personnel director for the Southern Ohio Educational Service Center/Adams County Ohio Valley School District. Prior to that, Wills served at Lynchburg-Clay Local School District as a physical education teacher. As varsity basketball coach, Wills led the Mustangs to the final four in the state tournament in 1993. Within the L-C district, Wills moved on to athletic director and then assistant principal before becoming the principal of the middle school.Reached Saturday, Wills said he did not want to comment while the case is pending.
Source: Times Gazette | Greenfield superintendent charged with OVI; case pending
Semitrailer driver faces DWI after crash Wreck closed road for 3 hours : A semitrailer driver was drunk last week when he drove his truck into a phone box and guide rail, state police said. Michael Anderson, 54, of Clinton, North Carolina, faces one count of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, according to a police report. A breath test showed his blood alcohol content to be 0.13 percent after the crash, above the legallimit of 0.08, state police said.
The incident happened just after 7:30 p.m. on March 21 on Route 30A, near Ingersoll Road in Glen.
The semitrailer struck the box and rail after it drifted onto the west shoulder of the road, state police said.
The crash closed 30A for about three hours, until heavy duty tow trucks could remove the vehicle and clean up spilled fuel, state police said. Anderson was ordered held on bail and is due back in court next month.
Source: Semitrailer driver faces DWI after crash | The Daily Gazette
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Springfield middle school teacher arrested on DUII, drug charges: SPRINGFIELD — A middle school teacher was arrested on charges of drunken driving and cocaine possession Friday night, according to Springfield police.Jennifer Lee Crouch, a teacher at Briggs Middle School in Springfield, was with a group of people in the Cinemark 17 Theatre in Springfield about 10:20 p.m. Friday when Springfield police investigated a complaint of “intoxicated and disorderly” people at the theater, according to a news release sent Saturday night by Springfield police Sgt. Keith Seanor.The group, which reportedly included Crouch, was escorted from the theater and warned not to drive for the rest of the evening, Seanor said.Despite the warning, police later saw Crouch driving from the Shoppes at Gateway, where the theater is, and pulled her over, Seanor said in the news release.After a field test, police arrested Crouch and booked her into the Lane County Jail on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and cocaine possession. The cocaine possession charge is a class C felony that carries a maximum potential penalty of a $125,000 fine and up to five years in prison.Seanor also said that evidence seized at the scene will be tested on the suspicion that it is Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, also known as LSD.Crouch was not among the inmates listed on the jail roster Sunday afternoon.Jenna McCulley, a spokeswoman for the Springfield School District, said Sunday that police informed the district about the charges Saturday and that Crouch since has been placed on admininstrative leave with pay pending resolution of the charges against her.Crouch has been employed at Briggs Middle School since 2013. She is an eighth-grade teacher focused on language arts and social studies.
Source: Springfield middle school teacher arrested on DUII, drug charges | Local | Eugene, Oregon
Prince George’s officer crashes cruiser in second DUI-related incident in five years, police say By Lynh Bui March 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM A Prince George’s County police officer has been charged with driving under the influence after he crashed his cruiser into a tractor-trailer Thursday morning and briefly left the scene, authorities said. It’s the second time that Officer Christopher A. Brown has been charged with driving under the influence, police said. In 2012, he was charged with driving under the influence.
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Most Northern Colorado felony DUI offenders avoid prison: Pablo Pena jumped behind the wheel of his ex-girlfriend’s Chevy Impala and sped away from pump No. 2 at a Fort Collins-area gas station, dragging the woman across the pavement after she became caught on the car.She was unable to enter the vehicle and struggled to break free before going to the ground and hitting her head. She told police that she and Pena had been arguing over whether the car was safe enough to drive to Greeley. It was about 9:30 p.m. on a Thursday in January.Juan Pena (Photo: Larimer County Sheriff’s Office)When law enforcement caught up to Pena 30 minutes later in Eaton, he reeked of alcohol. His eyes were bloodshot. A half-empty bottle of Corona sat in a nearby cup holder.The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputy leading the case soon discovered 11 driving under the influence charges on Pena’s criminal record — he admitted to having seven convictions out of New Mexico alone, court records show.Pena was charged with a Class 4 felony under Colorado’s recently modified DUI law that makes prison a possibility for habitual drunken drivers. Thirty-five days later, Eighth Judicial District Judge Gregory Lammons sentenced Pena to the maximum penalty of six years in prison.Pena’s is the first and only of 71 resolved felony DUI cases in Larimer County to result in the maximum possible prison sentence since Colorado’s felony DUI law took effect Aug. 5, 2015, according to a Coloradoan review of sentencing records.His case is an outlier in a county where 85 percent of habitual drunken drivers convicted under the new law avoid prison altogether.While 48 cases resulted in a sentence involving some form of incarceration, most habitual offenders served jail sentences of less than six months. Only 10 felony DUI cases prosecuted in Larimer County ended with an offender spending time in prison.
Source: Most Northern Colorado felony DUI offenders avoid prison
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THOMPSON – The driver of a vehicle that struck a telephone pole Wednesday on East Thompson Road was charged by state police with operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol.According to Troop D, the vehicle driven by Roger Spencer Staley, 54, of Thompson, left the road at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evening and struck the telephone pole. State police say Staley failed field sobriety tests and was arrested without incident.Staley was issued a $500 bond and is to appear April 4 at Danielson
Source: Driver who struck pole in Thompson under the influence, police say – News – The Bulletin – Norwich, CT
New U.S. Census Category Proposed For People Of Middle Eastern, North African DescentListen· 4:034:03QueueDownloadEmbedTranscriptFacebookTwitterGoogle+EmailOctober 25, 20164:23 PM ETHeard on All Things Considered KAT CHOWTwitterThe U.S. Census Bureau may add a new category to its 2020 form for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. The category — called “MENA” for short — encompasses a broad range of identities.ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:The U.S. Census is poised to add a new ethnic category to its 2020 survey. And it’s a big one. It’s for people of Middle Eastern or North African descent. In the past, if your family roots were in Egypt, say, or Iran, it wasn’t clear which box you checked. As Kat Chow of NPR’s Code Switch team reports, the census is heeding the calls of thousands of Americans who want to check a box that describes them.
Source: New U.S. Census Category Proposed For People Of Middle Eastern, North African Descent : NPR
I have been checking other for most of my life. I have never found a form that had a box for ‘Swedish’.
Man charged with running over, killing NYC emergency medical technician :A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder after allegedly commandeering a New York City ambulance and running over a fire department emergency medical technician, killing her and injuring another.
Jose Gonzalez was also charged with grand larceny and operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs,
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