Twenty-Two Things You Didn’t Care If You Knew about John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

One: Andrew Hickenlooper, the great-grandfather of former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, was a general in the Union Army during the Civil War. He fought at the Battle of Shiloh, in the Vicksburg campaign, in the Atlanta campaign, and as part of General Sherman’s March to the Sea. In 1879, he was elected lieutenant governor of Ohio. Andrew Hickenlooper’s son, Smith Hickenlooper, fought in World War I and was a federal judge for ten years.

Two: Hickenlooper’s father, also named John but usually called by his nickname “Hick,” worked for more than a thousand consecutive days on an assembly line at the Wright aeronautical plant in Lockland, Ohio, during World War II. He went to Cornell and befriended author Kurt Vonnegut. Vonnegut became friends with the younger John Hickenlooper, and for a 2004 roast of the then-mayor of Denver, the famous author declared in a joke video that he was Hickenlooper’s real father.

Three: Hickenlooper’s father passed away at age 40, from intestinal cancer. The younger John Hickenlooper grew up and was accepted to Wesleyan University. At the end of his junior year, he went home and made plans with a friend to see a particular much-discussed movie. He arrived back at his house to find that his mother, Anne, had prepared a big dinner. Feeling guilty after failing to appreciate her efforts, Hickenlooper invited his mother to join him and his friend at the movies that night.

The movie they attended . . . was the X-rated Deep Throat.

Hickenlooper described the night in a 2016 interview: “I mean, the first scene was kinda raunchy. I looked at my mother, and I said, ‘I think we should leave.’ My mom says — you know, my mom grew up in the Depression. Once she paid for a ticket, she was gonna use it — ‘No, no. It’s okay. It’s okay.’” He said that on the ride home she declared, “It certainly was sharply in focus.”

Four: Hickenlooper finished his master’s degree in geology in 1980 — a period of life he calls “that decade I spent in college” in his autobiography, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. While dating an anthropology grad student who was studying South American witchcraft and “traveled just about everywhere with a small green and red parrot on her shoulder,” he attended a party thrown by her parents and hung out with Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s wife.

Five: Hickenlooper is a quirky man of odd habits. He moved to Colorado to take a job with Buckhorn Petroleum, where he was disappointed to find he spent 90 percent of his time “at a desk, poring over maps prepared by other geologists.” He wrote that during this time he “got into the habit of photocopying my correspondence before mailing it off. I figured if I kept an archive of the letters I sent, I would have them for reference when I received letters in response. This was long before email; now, we take records of ‘sends’ and ‘receives’ for granted. If you ask me, I was ahead of my time. I wrote letters and photocopied them this way for my first decade in Denver.”

Six: Upon being laid off in 1986, Hickenlooper had a year’s severance and bought a 1967 red Chevy Malibu convertible for $4,200. He drove out to visit his brother Sydney in Berkeley, Calif. His brother took him to the Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse, and the future governor instantly fell in love with brewing. “I thought to myself, I would have driven twenty minutes out of my way without thinking twice about it to have a beer or two like this,” he wrote in his autobiography. He and his partners were turned down by banks and other lenders 32 times, but the city of Denver gave him a $125,000 economic-development loan at 9 percent interest.

Seven: Around this time, after encouragement from a friend in Hollywood, Hickenlooper wrote a “spec script” — an unsolicited submitted screenplay — for ABC’s series Moonlighting. He was told the producers liked it, but it was never used. Years later, Hickenlooper did end up in Hollywood, in a different form. His cousin George Hickenlooper became a fairly successful director, creating Dogtown, The Man From Elysian Fields, Casino Jack (starring Kevin Spacey as the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff), and an Emmy-winning documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. The governor had several small cameos in Hickenlooper’s films, making him a member of the Screen Actors Guild; George Hickenlooper passed away in 2010.

Eight: In 1989, Hickenlooper was arrested for driving while impaired. He was sentenced to community service, and at his brewpub restaurant, they instituted a designated-driver program. As governor, he signed a law toughening the penalties for driving while intoxicated, signing the bill at a ceremony held at the headquarters of a breathalyzer manufacturer.

Nine: One night at his brewery, Hickenlooper, then 42, was being teased by friends for being too busy to find a wife. He said — he insists, jokingly — he would pay $5,000 to the friend who introduced him to the woman he would marry, a “bride bounty.” The Denver media picked it up and Hickenlooper ended up on The Phil Donahue Show. The host introduced him as a representative of a group of people who “believe it’s very difficult to find the man or women of your dreams, especially in this day and age, so they’re willing to offer big bucks to the person who introduces them to the person they subsequently marry.” Hickenlooper married twice after that appearance; he married Helen Thorpe in 2002 and divorced in 2015, and married Robin Pringle in 2016. After his first engagement, he donated $5,000 to charity, to honor the “bounty.”

Ten: To celebrate the second anniversary of his brewpub and restaurant, Hickenlooper hosted a pig roast. The following year, he borrowed another half-dozen pigs and staged a “Running of the Pigs” in an alley behind the restaurant, a sillier, less dangerous version of Pamplona’s running of the bulls. He did this as an annual event for three years. When animal-rights activists complained, he put bonnets on the pigs to keep the sun out of their eyes. When they complained further, he renamed it the “Pleasuring of the Pigs” and promised that all of the animals would be treated with tender loving care. When the activists still complained, Hickenlooper switched to prairie dogs and called it “Prairie Preservation Day.”

Eleven: Hickenlooper’s first steps into public life came in 2000, when the owners of the NFL’s Denver Broncos were building a new stadium next to Mile High Stadium, their home since 1962. Voters had approved a small sales tax two years earlier to finance the new stadium, and then the question arose of what the new stadium should be called. Hickenlooper led the public fight against a name change, adamant that the new stadium should keep the “Mile High” moniker associated with the city and objected to selling the naming rights to a big company.

The team arranged for an unwieldly compromise, “Invesco Field at Mile High,” and then “Sports Authority Field at Mile High.” It is today called “Broncos Stadium at Mile High.”

Twelve: About two years after the stadium naming-rights fight, Hickenlooper decided to run for mayor. He hired the firm behind Jesse Ventura’s unorthodox gubernatorial campaign and ads, beginning a political career driven in large part by funny commercials. His introductory ad, “Suit,” made fun of himself for not having a mayor-worthy wardrobe. He concluded with the conservative declaration, “We have to find ways to get the job done for less money.” Another ad showed him making change for Denver citizens who needed to feed parking meters — meters he called “the fundamental nonsense of government.” Hickenlooper moved quicker than an obese, villainous parking-enforcement attendant and promised . . . “the kind of change people can get excited about.” Hickenlooper’s other campaign themes — openness to school vouchers, opposition to new taxes, and opposition to a smoking ban in restaurants — struck conservative notes.

The field had seven candidates, all officially “nonpartisan,” in a race that received national coverage as “a model of civility.” Some coverage joked that the city’s reporters already knew him well from enjoying beers at his brewpub.

Thirteen: As mayor, Hickenlooper seemed to crack the code on how to raise taxes, revealing that sufficiently entertaining ads with goofy humor could move a small majority of voters to vote yes on tax-levy referendums. In 2005, Hickenlooper jumped out of a plane to promote a state referendum that would reduce state-tax refunds and suspend the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which had passed in 1992. The referendum passed, 52 to 48 percent. In another commercial that same year, he put on a blue bear suit and danced around to successfully promote a referendum to increase taxes on hotel rooms.

Jon Caldara, the president of the Independence Institute, a free-market advocacy group in Colorado, told the New York Times that “he has tax-increase pixie dust. No politician that I’ve ever worked against has been so successful in selling tax and debt increases as John Hickenlooper.”

Fourteen: One of the highlights of Hickenlooper’s mayoral years was Denver’s hosting of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, an opportunity to spotlight the city’s thriving arts scene, increasing diversity, and revitalized neighborhoods with tens of thousands of visitors and media in town. But there was one preparation for visitors that fell flat. On the preceding Earth Day, Hickenlooper had “unveiled a newly cultivated daisy variety called the Denver daisy. He promised to distribute free seeds throughout the city and vowed that Denver would be ‘awash in color.’” (A corporate sponsor, KeyBank, covered the costs of the seeds.) Unfortunately, many citizens said they couldn’t get the flowers to grow; in a bit of irony, the blooming ambitions may have been stymied by the city’s water-conservation restrictions.

Fifteen: While introducing the hip-hop/rock band Flobots at a 2010 Denver music festival, then-mayor Hickenlooper waxed poetic about the joy of music with a message: “There’s rock and roll, and then there’s rock and roll. There is rock and roll that’s great music and there’s rock and roll that tries to change the world. It tries to address who you are as people, at the core of yourself, and what you do after you leave a concert. It tries to make the world a better place. That kind of rock and roll is my kind of rock and roll, and I think that kind of rock and roll is your kind of rock and roll!”

Sixteen: In 2010, Hickenlooper ran for governor, and while Republicans were enjoying big wins in most parts of the country, the Colorado GOP was a disaster that year. Longtime Republican congressman Scott McInnis, the expected favorite for the gubernatorial nomination, faced accusations of plagiarism. Political neophyte Dan Maes won the nomination, and he was accused of exaggerating his “undercover” work with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He also contended that the Denver program promoting bicycle-riding was “part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty.” Another longtime GOP congressman, Tom Tancredo, chose to run as the Constitution Party’s nominee, splitting the right-of-center vote. Kenneth Bickers, chairman of the political-science department at the University of Colorado Boulder, characterized Hickenlooper’s first statewide bid as “winning without running.” “He didn’t travel the state heavily. He ran feel-good, clever commercials largely devoid of content.”

Continuing his tradition of goofy ads, Hickenlooper depicted himself as taking showers fully clothed, declaring, “I can’t stand negative ads. Every time I see one, I feel the need to take a shower.”

Seventeen: Hickenlooper was widely seen as a fan and close ally of President Obama’s, but he did offer one mild criticism of the 44th president. In a 2011 interview with the New York Times, Hickenlooper said the early push for Obamacare had been a mistake: “Rather than going to health care first, I would have gone, I think, to transportation infrastructure. Here’s something everybody cares about. Maybe we focus on that to build bridges.”

Eighteen: For a long time, Hickenlooper’s blunt talk, humorous humility, and amiable attitude worked wonders in Colorado politics. But he ran into trouble as his gubernatorial reelection bid approached. In 2013, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, Hickenlooper signed a package of gun-control measures, including private-sale background checks and a ban on large-capacity magazines and. The following year, while meeting with the county sheriffs of Colorado at their biannual meeting, Hickenlooper said he had signed a law barring high-capacity magazines only because one of his staffers had promised legislators he would. “If we’d known it was going to divide the state so intensely, I think we probably would’ve thought about it twice.”

Hickenlooper, expressing regret he hadn’t discussed the measures with the sheriffs before signing them, declared, “I think we screwed that up completely, and I think we did a disservice to you and a disservice to ourselves.”

Neither side was pleased; gun-control advocates saw the governor running away from a bill he signed into law, and Second Amendment advocates saw a man signing bills into law without careful consideration. Hickenlooper won his 2014 bid, but by a much smaller margin — 49.3 percent to Bob Beauprez’s 46 percent, compared to the margin of 51.1 percent to 36.4 percent over Tom Tancredo four years earlier.

Nineteen: Hickenlooper’s years as governor were an economic boom time for his state, but the rapid growth brought some new problems. The Denver Post summarized them: “As Hickenlooper prepares to leave office January 8, there are many Coloradans who can’t keep up with the cost of living. The state has no long-term transportation or infrastructure strategy. Funding for the state’s public schools is still among the lowest in the nation.” More than 93 percent of Coloradans have health insurance, but the costs are soaring. Colorado saw its economy thrive for the past eight years, like most other states; most would agree that the governor’s influence over that booming economy was limited.

For a governor who enjoys a reputation for being a centrist, he signed a lot of liberal priorities into law: the gun-control proposals mentioned above, renewable-energy requirements, new requirements that energy companies regularly inspect oil-field equipment for leaks, in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants, and allowing illegal immigrants to get Colorado driver’s licenses.

Twenty: He opposed legalizing marijuana but accepted the voters’ decision, and his administration implemented the taxes, regulations, and rules. In 2018, Hickenlooper noticed that crime rates were increasing and the black market for marijuana still existed. He said a return to the old ban on marijuana could be an option in the future. “Trust me, if the data was coming back and we saw spikes in violent crime, we saw spikes in overall crime, there would be a lot of people looking for that bottle and figuring out how we get the genie back in,” he said. “It doesn’t seem likely to me, but I’m not ruling it out.”

Twenty-one: Hickenlooper is dyslexic and suffers from prosopagnosia, or face blindness, a medical condition “that makes it difficult — and often impossible — to recognize or remember people’s faces, even if someone with the ailment has met them a handful of times.” He says he coped in the restaurant business and politics by acting happy to see everyone all the time.

Twenty-two: A state ethics commission is reviewing complaints from Frank McNulty, former Republican speaker of the Colorado House, alleging that while Hickenlooper was governor he accepted gifts in violation of a 2006 state constitutional amendment. The complaint listed private jet flights, hotel stays, luxury hotel accommodations, meals and gifts, and ride in a Maserati limousine. Hickenlooper says that all of his travel expenditures were properly reported and met state legal requirements and that the criticism is a political stunt. The state ethics commission dismissed three complaints raised by McNulty but is reviewing five others.;_ylt=AwrXnCc8XcBcil4AUgXQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTEyM2JtN2o4BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMyBHZ0aWQDQjc2MDlfMQRzZWMDc3I-

Driver of pickup that ‘seemed to fall out of the sky’ to be sentenced May 1

Samantha Davis, 28, pictured Friday, March 1, 2019, is standing trial on aggravated vehicular homicide charges after she is alleged to have been driving a pickup that plummeted from an overpass onto Interstate 71, crushing a car below and killing a woman and her daughter on Aug. 6, 2016. One of her attorneys, Philip Stephens, is at right.

Samantha Davis, 28, pictured Friday, March 1, 2019, is standing trial on aggravated vehicular homicide charges after she is alleged to have been driving a pickup that plummeted from an overpass onto Interstate 71, crushing a car below and killing a woman and her daughter on Aug. 6, 2016. One of her attorneys, Philip Stephens, is at right. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer)

The driver of a pickup that plummeted from an overpass, crushing a car on the highway below is now scheduled to be sentenced May 1.

The sentencing had been scheduled for Tuesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, but was moved. 

Samantha Davis, 28, was found guilty last month of two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide as well as drug possession charges.

A woman and her daughter were killed in the 2016 crash, which happened as they were driving on Interstate 75 to attend the University of Cincinnati’s graduation.

Davis’ attorney said a damaged tire on the rusting, 1995 Dodge Ram caused the crash. Jurors found that she had been driving recklessly.

Davis had prescription pain pills and a straw stashed in her clothing. Prosecutors said she was under the influence of the drugs at the time of the crash, but she denied it.

Davis, then a server at a Sharonville restaurant, was driving to work that morning when she apparently lost control of the pickup on the overpass leading from northbound Interstate 71 to Interstate 275 west. She was ejected from the pickup and it continued over the concrete barrier.

Sandra Tell, 67, and her daughter, 41-year-old Sabrina Miller, were driving from Wilmington to Clifton to pick up Miller’s daughter, who was graduating that day.

An eyewitness in a nearby car said the pickup seemed to fall out of the sky.

Davis, the mother of two children, faces a maximum of 18 years in prison. The case is before Judge Melba Marsh.

What Is The Number One Killer Of People Ages 5 to 29?

What is the ninth leading cause of death overall globally? (Photo: Getty Images)

What is the ninth leading cause of death overall globally? (Photo: Getty Images) GETTY

It is the leading cause of death among children and young adults around the world. It is the ninth leading cause of death overall globally. It resulted in about 1.35 million people dying in 2016 alone. It will probably become the seventh leading killer worldwide by 2030.

If you are currently a member of Generation Z, this is what you are at greatest risk of dying from: road traffic injuries. That’s because according to the 2018 Global Status on Road Safety from the World Health Organization (WHO), such injuries constitute the number one killer of those who are five to 29 years old. That’s why Bloomberg Philanthropies started its Initiative for Global Road Safety to address the road safety problem. 

Unless you are Aquaman or live in a very remote location, you probably regularly deal with road traffic in some way. Even if you are five years old and don’t have a real car or a driver’s license yet (by the way, you shouldn’t have either), you still have to worry about this major global problem. Pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists comprise over half of all traffic-related deaths. Breaking it down further, 26% of all road traffic deaths were pedestrians and cyclists, 28% were drivers of two- or three-wheeled vehicles, 29% were car occupants, and 17% were “unidentified road users.” Add to the deaths, the up to 50 million who survive road traffic accidents but suffer injuries each year.

Although getting run over by a pig or a cow is probably no picnic, the rise in road traffic injuries is certainly connected to the rise in automobile and other individual motorized vehicle usage around the world. Contrary to what you may see on the Flintstones, cars really have only been around for less than a century-and-a-half. But the growth in the number of motorized vehicles over a relatively short period of time has been remarkable. As the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates, in just a three-year period, 2010 to 2013, the number of registered vehicles around the world increased by 16%. It can be challenging to measure the total number of motorized vehicles since many vehicles may go unregistered and that’s not counting the DeLoreans that are time traveling. But there are estimates that over 1.2 billion cars are out there.

The trouble is the rise and spread of such vehicles have been so rapid that many of the existing surrounding systems haven’t been able to keep pace. Or in many cases, the wrong systems were in place in the first place. This is true all around the world, but especially in many low- and middle-income countries. To address these systems, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Initiative for Global Road Safety first looked at what may be contributing to these problems and how best to address them. This included collecting and analyzing lots of data on road safety. As Kelly Henning, MD, who leads the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Health program, explained, “Down to the city level, all the work that we do is data driven. This meant increasing the surveillance that is occurring and the strength of data.“

Drunk, high pedestrians becoming more of a problem. Here’s Fresno’s solution


Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp talk about a program that will put those with substance abuse problems in touch with mentors at the Fresno Rescue Mission.BY JIM GUYUP NEXT×Play VideoDuration 1:36Seeking new solution for substance abusers at risk of death in FresnoFresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp talk about a program that will put those with substance abuse problems in touch with mentors at the Fresno Rescue Mission. BY JIM GUY

Citing a rise in deaths of pedestrians under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or both, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp Thursday announced an expanded partnership with the Fresno Rescue Mission to help potential victims gain sobriety.

Dyer cited the deaths of 30 pedestrians in Fresno in 2018, at least 19 of whom were under the influence when they were killed, as evidence that more efforts are needed. 

Smittcamp said the passage of Proposition 47, which turned many drug offenses from felonies into misdemeanors, is driving a need to find new approaches to reaching chronic abusers of alcohol, methamphetamine, opioids and other drugs.

Ann Arbor councilman faces criticism for hiding drunken driving arrest

From left, Mayor Christopher Taylor, City Administrator Howard Lazarus and Council Members Zachary Ackerman and Julie Grand at the Ann Arbor City Council meeting on April 1, 2019. Ackerman spoke out publicly about his Jan. 2 drunken driving arrest and his alcohol addiction.
Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor NewsFrom left, Mayor Christopher Taylor, City Administrator Howard Lazarus and Council Members Zachary Ackerman and Julie Grand at the Ann Arbor City Council meeting on April 1, 2019. Ackerman spoke out publicly about his Jan. 2 drunken driving arrest and his alcohol addiction.

ANN ARBOR, MI – An Ann Arbor councilman serving a year of probation for drunken driving says he’s not resigning, despite one of his colleagues arguing he should step down for hiding his arrest.

Zachary Ackerman, D-3rd Ward, was sentenced Feb. 20 for driving under the influence in Novi. Police said his blood-alcohol level was measured at more than twice the legal limit after he rear-ended another vehicle Jan. 2.

“Fortunately, we were in start-stop traffic at low speeds and no one was hurt,” Ackerman said at a council meeting this month. “Despite no injury, let me be very clear, drunk driving is a serious and dangerous issue. It was completely irresponsible of me to get behind the wheel that day.”

Ackerman chose not to publicly disclose his arrest until contacted by The Ann Arbor News/MLive about it in March, calling it a private health matter for which he has sought treatment.

He has since publicly apologized and said he’s been diagnosed with severe alcohol dependency and is in recovery.

But some of his City Council colleagues aren’t letting him off the hook easily and have continued to criticize and question his actions.

Some council members say they’re troubled Ackerman hid from them and the public for months the fact that he committed a crime and was going through the criminal justice system in Oakland County, all while he played a lead role in helping choose which residents get to serve on Ann Arbor’s new police oversight commission.

Ackerman served on a four-person nominating committee that put forward 11 names for council consideration in March.

Council Member Elizabeth Nelson, D-4th Ward, recently shared her concerns about that in a 1,345-word blog post, accusing Ackerman of “concealing serious conflicts of interest.”

“I cannot fathom how stressful it must have been for anyone to function for three months hoping that this huge bomb wouldn’t drop,” said Nelson, who thinks Ackerman should resign.

In her blog post, Nelson argued Ackerman played a “special role” in the commission appointment process as people with “connections to police and the justice system” sought spots.

Nelson, who was once reported to police for sending fake city notices to her neighbors, falsely stated in her blog post that a prosecutor was among those up for appointment.

“Meanwhile, in private, CM Ackerman was negotiating with police and prosecutors, pleading guilty to a lesser charge than the crime he actually committed, and accepting a more lenient sentence for that much lesser charge,” she wrote. “He has chosen not to reveal any of the people involved in helping him achieve this outcome.”

Nelson’s original post did not mention Ackerman’s criminal case played out in a different community.

She has since updated it to note the case took place in Novi and that she was mistaken in her remark about a prosecutor. Rather, it was a public defender who was appointed to the commission.

Ackerman offered a public rebuttal to Nelson at a recent council meeting, arguing there was no conspiracy with regard to the police oversight commission appointments.

“I was arrested in and prosecuted by the city of Novi. It is unlikely that the Novi city attorney is aware of or takes issue with Ann Arbor’s police oversight commission,” he said. “As a first offender, my entire experience in court felt fairly transactional.”

Contrary to how Ackerman interpreted her blog post, Nelson maintains she never meant to imply that anyone from either Ann Arbor or Novi city government put any pressure on Ackerman to influence the commission appointments.

Nelson said she’s concerned Ackerman concealed a crime, conviction and sentencing while doing council work related to law enforcement.

While he wasn’t legally required to reveal anything, it would have been the right thing to do, she said, calling it ironic that “a young white man seems to have privately enjoyed advantages in our justice system, while publicly acting with authority to theoretically correct that unfair advantage.”

Ackerman was originally charged under the state’s “super drunk” law, but later pleaded to a lesser misdemeanor charge.

“I considered this a private part of my life because these events were a wakeup call,” he said.

Ackerman said his drinking became dangerous last November, but it wasn’t until Jan. 2 that he realized it.

“Immediately after my arrest and on my own accord, I sought resources to better understand and address my own issue,” he said.

“The University of Michigan assessed and diagnosed me and ultimately referred me to outpatient treatment at St. Joe’s. Through the months of January and February, I benefited from the terrific work of mental health professionals and support groups.”

He called it unfortunate to see the disconnect between Nelson’s reaction and how other community members have responded.

“I have been overwhelmed by the number of phone calls, emails, text messages, and even words on the street from people wishing me well and encouraging me to keep serving,” Ackerman said.

Some council members have asked whether state law requires the governor to remove Ackerman from office.

It states the governor “shall remove” any elected city official when there’s evidence they have been guilty of “habitual drunkenness” or “convicted of being drunk.”

Council Member Jack Eaton, D-4th Ward, recently sent the city attorney an email to inquire whether that applies.

If the governor is to remove every alcoholic legislator in the state, Ackerman said, “I hope she will not start with the ones who are honest, the ones in recovery.”

“If any of you at this table sincerely believe my actions are grounds for dismissal, please make that conversation about me, not about addiction or its treatment,” he told his colleagues. “A health condition is never grounds for being fired.”

City Attorney Stephen Postema declined to comment on the implications of the state law or Nelson’s conflict-of-interest claims.

Council Member Ali Ramlawi, D-5th Ward, suggested during this week’s council meeting that Ackerman benefited from “socioeconomic privilege” in getting a reduced sentence.

Ramlawi did not call for Ackerman’s resignation.

“I think it’s up to him,” Ramlawi said, adding 3rd Ward voters also can decide whether he’s fit for the job.

Ackerman was first elected in 2015 while still a University of Michigan student. He’s up for reelection next year.

Council Member Kathy Griswold, D-2nd Ward, agreed that Ackerman’s position on the council is a matter for voters to decide.

“I believe that Zach is extremely vulnerable right now and I think he should take care of himself and we should all be supportive of him, but I can’t condone drunk driving,” Griswold said.

Council Member Jeff Hayner, D-1st Ward, wore a unicorn pin at a recent council meeting, explaining that it was a tribute to his wife’s parents, who were killed by a drunk driver in 2008.

“She was deprived of her family. My children were deprived of their grandparents,” Hayner said.

Hayner said he had an inkling something was up when Ackerman started missing meetings, and he thinks the situation should have been fully explained.

Crimes committed by public servants should require timely reporting to the public, Hayner said. Council members are now talking about instituting such a policy.

“None of this is going to do anything to reduce the pain felt by those of us affected by drunk driving,” Hayner said.

Ackerman said he takes the issue incredibly seriously and he hopes to stay sober for decades to come.

“I’d like to thank the Ann Arbor recovery community for your support and assistance as I continue to come to grips with this. I could not be where I am right now without your help,” he said, drawing applause from residents in the crowd at the council’s April 1 meeting.

To the residents of the 3rd Ward, he said, “It’s the greatest honor of my life to represent you and I’m excited to continue doing so.”

Disbarred Las Vegas lawyer charged with DUI, probation violation

Defense lawyer Brian Bloomfield is taken into custody March 7, 2016, at the conclusion of a sen ...

Defense lawyer Brian Bloomfield is taken into custody March 7, 2016, at the conclusion of a sentencing hearing at the Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Avenue, for his role in a courthouse counseling scheme that provided the Las Vegas Justice Court with falsified certificates of completion on behalf of his clients, largely prostitutes, who were ordered to undergo counseling and/or perform community service. “I’ve made terrible decisions,” said Bloomfield, “and lost everything in my life.”

A former Las Vegas attorney, disbarred for his role in defrauding the court system, is being held without bail after he was charged with DUI this week.

Brian Bloomfield, 43, faces charges of driving under the influence of liquor and/or drugs, failure to drive in a travel lane and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, along with a probation violation.

Prosecutors could seek to revoke Bloomfield’s five-year probation for a forgery conviction, which was handed down along with a 90-day jail sentence in early 2016. That means he could be sent to prison for 19 to 48 months. After his sentence, Bloomfield spent most of his jail sentence on house arrest.

One of the conditions of Bloomfield’s probation was to “stay out of trouble.” He is due in court early next month, according to online court records, on the probation violation charge, for which he is being held without bail. Details of his arrest were not immediately available.

Prosecutors said Bloomfield was involved in a courthouse scheme to provide clients, mostly prostitutes, with phony certificates of completion for court-ordered counseling and community service to resolve misdemeanor cases.

Bloomfield, who was disbarred for life in March 2016, admitted that he filed or helped file forged records in 91 cases that falsely claimed a client had completed counseling or community service.

Another lawyer, Vicki Greco, also was given five years of probation last year for her role in the case.

Greco pleaded guilty in May to one count each of burglary, forgery and offering a false instrument for filing or record, each felonies, with a gross misdemeanor count of destroying evidence.

Prosecutors had argued that Bloomfield lied under oath at a bar disciplinary hearing, and accused him of trying to disrupt the forgery investigation of Greco, a friend.

A lesser defendant in the case, former counseling service owner Steven Brox, was ordered to serve two to five years in prison.

Bloomfield’s wife, Amber McDearmon pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor charge of destruction of evidence and was credited in her sentence for the one day she spent in jail, avoiding any further time behind bars.

Robert Chiodini, a former juvenile probation officer, also pleaded guilty a gross misdemeanor conspiracy charge and two felonies — forgery and offering a false instrument for filing or record — and is still awaiting sentencing.

Milwaukee man suspected of drunk driving told officers his name was ‘Fonzie’

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A Milwaukee man suspected of drunk driving allegedly told Wauwatosa Officers that he was ‘Fonzie.’

Officers say Mark Frank didn’t make room for a separate traffic stop on Mayfair Road.

Frank was pulled over and police say he lied about his identity.

Officers asked him to step out of his minivan but he allegedly took off.

Police chased Frank and with the help of a Good Samaritan, they found him hiding behind a hot tub in someone’s backyard.

He was arrested and identified through a fingerprint scan.

Frank is now facing charges of Obstructing an Officer, Attempting to Flee or Elude an Officer, and OWI – 3rd Offense.

Woman accused of driving drunk to Mass. police station to pick up friend

A woman has been arrested on Cape Cod for driving drunk while attempting to pick up a friend at the police station.

The Cape Cod Times reports 43-year-old Kelly Lamay of Eastham pleaded not guilty to operating under the influence and negligent operation of a motor vehicle Friday in Orleans District Court.

Police say Lamay showed up drunk to the Provincetown police station early Friday morning as she picked up a friend who had been arrested for public intoxication.

Officers say Lamay registered twice the legal limit for blood alcohol percentage on two breath tests and failed four field sobriety tests. The department requires the tests before releasing anyone to protective custody.

Lamay is due back in court in May. It couldn’t be determined if she has a lawyer.

Police: OVI dad leads officers on chase with daughter in car

WESTWOOD, OH (FOX19) – A Westwood father faces several charges after police say he fled and drove under the influence of alcohol with his 7-year-old daughter in the car.

Terron Cornelison, 27, is held without bond at the Hamilton County jail on several charges including child endangering.

Cincinnati police said they arrested Cornelison early Sunday after a brief chase on Boudinot Avenue.

When police caught up with his black, 2009 Honda Civic near his apartment on Westbrook Drive at 1:38 a.m. Sunday, they said Cornelison was “visibly impaired” and “belligerent.”

He refused to take a chemical test and operated a vehicle under the influence of alcohol with his 7 (year-old) daughter in the vehicle, police wrote in court records.

In addition to child endangering, Cornelison also is charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol; refusal of chemical test, failure to reinstate license and driving under a suspended license, records state.

He’s also facing a robbery charge, police say.

Before the police chase, Cornelison threatened and injured an off-duty officer, and attempted to take the officer’s cell phone, police said.

The officer got their phone back, and that’s when Cornelison took off, records show.

He was arrested less than a mile down the road.

‘You guys could have took me home’: Body cam footage of Racine police sergeant’s arrest for alleged OWI, hit-and-run crash released

Samuel Stulo initial appearance
Racine Police Sgt. Samuel Stulo, left, makes his initial court appearance at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., on Feb., 11, with his attorney, Patrick Cafferty. Stulo is charged with felony hit-and-run causing injury and misdemeanors for causing injury while operating under the influence and causing injury while operating with a prohibited blood-alcohol content stemming from a Dec. 17 crash.

RACINE — Nearly six hours of body cam footage of the arrest of a Racine police sergeant accused of OWI and hit-and-run causing injury was released last week, after The Journal Times made an open records request with the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

The footage shows Racine police Sgt. Samuel Stulo speaking with a Racine County Sheriff’s deputy after the crash, with a visibly swollen chin and raspy voice saying he got punched in the throat.

Stulo admits going to a local bar for “two or three beers,” and said he wasn’t sure if he hit a car because he was on his phone. “I don’t know if I hit it (the car),” Stulo says. “I was on my phone, you know how we are, looking at our phones.”

The video shows Stulo attempting various field sobriety tests. According to a Racine County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Stulo failed the field sobriety test after he reportedly crashed his truck into a parked car on State Street, injuring a woman just before 8 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Footage shows Stulo explain to deputies that he has a bad hip and back, which is why he can’t perform well on the tests. “You guys are setting me up to fail,” Stulo says in the video.

“This is what we do for everybody,” a deputy replies.

“I’m not everybody,” Stulo responds.

When a deputy presents a portable Breathalyzer, Stulo says “I’m not doing that.” He then asks for a lawyer and is arrested. “You guys could have took me home,” Stulo said, as he is put into the back of a deputy squad car. “I would have took the accident and moved on.”

On Friday, Stulo appeared in court for a status conference. Stulo’s attorney Patrick Cafferty asked for another status hearing in a few weeks. Stulo will appear again on April 26 at the Law Enforcement Center. No trial date has been set in the case.

Squad car footage

Footage from the squad car shows Stulo repeatedly asking for a lawyer and stating that he failed his field sobriety testing due to medical issues.

“All you guys had to do was just let my wife take me home, man,” Stulo said. “It’s not going to stick with my back and my hip problems. It’s not going to stick. I got so much medical documentation, it’s not going to stick.”

When the deputy asked if he could perform a blood draw, Stulo said he would not do anything without speaking with a lawyer first. “I’m not consenting to s**t,” Stulo is heard saying. “I’m not consenting to nothing.”

The deputy took this as a refusal and then obtained a search warrant to take Stulo’s blood.

Nearly two hours after the crash, Stulo’s blood-alcohol content was later found to be 0.182 percent, more than two times the legal limit, state records show.

The Journal Times received the results through an open records request filed with the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, which conducts blood-alcohol tests for the state.

“I just lost everything … I respect what you guys are doing, but I just lost it all,” Stulo said.

At the hospital

The footage also shows deputies taking Stulo into the hospital. As he is being led in, Stulo continues to ask to walk on his own and for a lawyer. “You really want to do this, huh?” Stulo said.

At one point, Stulo appears to become agitated and ask deputies to get off of him. “I’ve done nothing wrong. I don’t want to feel like a f***ing criminal, man,” Stulo said.

Off camera, a Racine County Sheriff’s Office deputy is heard saying: “You know what it’s like when we are in this position. You understand where we are coming from. We don’t want to make this difficult for you. Chill out.”

As Stulo sits waiting for his blood to be drawn, he says “All I know is my wife was there and I could have went home.”

“But you caused injury,” a deputy replies.