Guilty Plea In DUI-Related Death Of MLK Sculptor

MCDONOUGH, GA — A man has pled guilty in the DUI-related death of Andy Davis, who sculpted the statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the grounds of the state capitol in Atlanta. On Wednesday, Corey Sease of McDonough, pled guilty to three counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of driving under the influence and one count of reckless driving. He will be sentenced in Henry County Superior Court later this month.

Davis also sculpted the Patrick Henry statue in McDonough’s square.

Davis was waiting at the light at Jodeco Road and the I-75 ramp on July 11, 2015 when Sease’s truck struck his motorcycle. Davis, 56, later died. Sease, who was 20, had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of the wreck.

King’s statue in Atlanta was dedicated in August 2017, with King’s family, as well as Gov. Nathan Deal and members of both Congress and the Georgia General Assembly attending. The statue was unveiled on the 54th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

US Marines leader in Australia replaced over alcohol charge

ARWIN, Australia (AP) — The commander of more than 1,500 U.S. Marines in northern Australia was relieved of his duties after police caught him driving under the influence of alcohol, the Marine Corps said Monday.

Col. James Schnelle, 48, pleaded guilty in the Darwin Local Court on Monday to driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.102 percent after his breath was tested by police in the early hours of Sept. 30. The reading was more than double the legal limit in Australia of 0.05 percent.

The commander of the Marine Rotational Force in Darwin was “relieved of his duties on Sept. 30 due to a loss of trust and confidence,” U.S. Marines First Lt. David Mancilla said in a statement.

Schnelle later issued a statement saying “one extremely poor personal decision” should not overshadow the significant accomplishments made by the latest Marines rotation.

“A solid foundation is established; at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels, the future is ripe for continued growth,” Schnelle said.

Lt. Col. Jeramy Brady will be officer-in-charge for the duration of the rotation, Mancilla said.

Schnelle’ driver’s license was suspended for six months, and he was fined 500 Australian dollars ($353).

Magistrate Greg Cavanagh did not record a conviction because of Schnelle’s good character and lack of previous offenses. Magistrates have discretion to spare first offenders from having a police record under exceptional circumstances.

Schnelle had been drinking in a bar in Darwin’s Mitchell Street nightclub precinct and was driving to his nearby home when he was pulled over for a random breath test.

He reported to both the Hawaii-based commander of Marine Forces Pacific, Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta, and the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. Eric Smith, about four hours later. They called him back “to relieve him of his command,” Schnelle’s lawyer told the court.

U.S. military forces have been stationed in Darwin through a Marine Rotational Force since 2012 as part of the President Barack Obama administration’s pivot to Asia. The numbers are to eventually rise to 2,500 Marines.

Darwin-based Marines are subject to curfews and are restricted to taking leave in small groups to reduce the risk of social disruption in the city, which has a population of 140,000.

The largest contingent of Marines arrived in Darwin for six months in April. Marines First Lt. Jose Uriarte said on Tuesday that the 1,587 Marines are due to leave Darwin this month, but he would not give a date for security reasons.

Motorist Waves To Cops, Gets Arrested On DUI Charge

Motorist Waves To Cops, Gets Arrested On DUI Charge: Darien PD

DARIEN, CT — A 44-year-old Darien woman was arrested on a charging of driving under the influence at about 1 a.m. on Sunday on Old Farm Road after she allegedly pulled up along side police officers and waved to them, according to Darien police.

The incident occurred near Locust Hill Road when the driver, later identified as Alison McFerran, of Sunswyck Road, was spotted by officers driving a white sedan “at an extremely slow rate of speed,” wrote Darien police in a statement.

“Officers observed as the vehicle pulled alongside a marked patrol unit parked on the side of the road and stopped. Officers, believing the vehicle may be attempting to make contact with them, began to approach the vehicle. As they got close, the vehicle suddenly drove from the scene. Unsure as to why the vehicle was driving in such a peculiar manner, officers caught up to it as it drove down the road, stopping it in the area of Tokeneke School.”

When officers asked McFerran why she was driving slowly and had stopped next to the police vehicle, she “indicated she was trying to wave hello to the officers.”

As officers spoke to “they detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage
emanating from her person,” and McFerran admitted to consuming alcohol.

She subsequently failed Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and was taken into custody.

“McFerran agreed to submit to breathalyzer testing, but failed to comply with the
instructions for providing the sample,” wrote Darien police.

She was released after posting a $250 bond, and she is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on Dec. 12.;_ylt=AwrXnCBDVxpcCSgAcxHQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByMXM3OWtoBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM4BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–

Katie Price charged with drink driving after crashing Range Rover

Photo credit: Channel 5
Photo credit: Channel 5

Katie Price has been charged with being drunk while in charge of a motor vehicle, following her arrest in October.

The reality star was reported to have been coming from the birthday party of ex-boyfriend Kris Boyson on October 10 when she crashed her pink Range Rover in south London.

She was charged by postal requisition last week, and will now appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

Photo credit: Quest Red
Photo credit: Quest Red

According to The Sun, Price crashed her car in Woolwich and was found in the vehicle by police, subsequently being given a breath test. She was reportedly held by police officers and spent the night in jail, before being released on Wednesday afternoon.

“At approximately 2am, British Transport Police officers came across a car showing signs of damage stationary at the roadside in Shooters Hill Road, Woolwich,” a Met Police spokesperson said at the time.

“A 40-year-old woman who was inside the car was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. She was taken to a south London police station.”

Photo credit: ITV
Photo credit: ITV

Earlier this year, Price checked into rehab after being diagnosed with co-morbid post-traumatic stress disorder following a consultation at the Priory.

After the news broke, her fellow stars on Loose Women sent their best wishes for her recovery, Ruth Langsford saying: “Obviously we don’t have all of the details of what’s going on, but we would obviously like to send our very best wishes.”

“It’s anything that you’ve been through that is considered traumatic to you,” Mel B added. “I’ve only admitted that I’ve suffered from PTSD and it’s an ongoing thing.

“And I commend her for saying that out loud, because it’s difficult in the public eye.”

Son of Police Captain and State Rep Charged In DUI Crash

He was arrested Tuesday on a warrant charging him in connection with a Nov. 3 crash which closed an intersection for nearly five hours.

Son of Enfield Captain and State Rep Charged In DUI Crash

ENFIELD, CT — Following an in-depth investigation, police arrested a local man Tuesday in connection with a Nov. 3 crash which cracked a utility pole and caused closure of an intersection for about five hours.

Wesley C. Hall, 27, was served with a warrant Tuesday afternoon, charging him with operating under the influence, reckless driving and failure to use seat belt. He was released on a $2,500 nonsurety bond.

Hall is the son of Enfield Police Department Capt. Fred Hall and his wife Carol, who is the 59th District representative in the General Assembly.

The crash took place at the corner of Park and North streets in Hazardville around 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. Hall’s vehicle cracked a utility pole, necessitating power to be shut off in the area before he could get out of the vehicle, Chief Alaric Fox said.

A search warrant was executed at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford on Nov. 8, revealing Hall’s blood alcohol content level was 0.21, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, Fox said.Subscribe

Hall has had brushes with the law in the past, most notably his involvement in a raging fire which destroyed the 150-year-old Somersville Mill on June 2, 2012. In that incident, Hall and two friends climbed into a broken window at the abandoned mill and walked around for 45 minutes to an hour, drinking beer and carelessly discarding cigarette butts without stamping them out, according to a state police affidavit.

After Hall and his friends departed the building, a fast-moving fire engulfed the 150,000-square-foot former textile mill, which was built in 1860. 

The three were charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree criminal trespass and third-degree criminal mischief. Arson charges were not filed because the trio had no intent to start a fire, the affidavit states.

In late Dec. 2012, all three were granted accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation for non-violent first-time offenders, which led to dismissal of all charges following completion of the program.