Amish man accused of drinking and driving horse-drawn buggy ‘blames crash on one of seven children’

An Amish man accused of operating a horse-drawn carriage while under the influence has been arrested on 10 felony counts in Kentucky.

Police responded to a crash at an intersection in the home rule-class city of Smiths Grove — where residents are provided the ability to govern themselves as they see fit.

There they found Reuben Yoder, a 34-year-old man, who had allegedly side-swiped a vehicle while operating the horse and buggy with children in the carriage, whose ages ranged from 9 months to 12-years-old, the Bowling Green Daily News reported. Other reports said Mr Yoder was driving with seven children in total when the crash occurred.

The local paper reported that an arrest citation had accused Mr Yoder of appearing drunk, saying he “exhibited poor balance and stated he had consumed alcoholic beverages.”

The report also noted Mr Yoder had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and even blamed the accident on one of his own children.

“(Yoder) initially claimed one of his children was operating the buggy,” Wes Jenkins, assistant chief of the Smiths Grove police department, reportedly wrote in the citation. Mr Yoder’s children eventually identified him as the driver, the report said.

A representative for the city of Smiths Grove confirmed the reporting in a phone call with The Independent on Thursday, saying news about the crash had been covered on local television throughout the day.

Mr Yoder faces nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one count of first-degree criminal mischief and another count of operating a non-motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

Each charge comes with a possible five-year prison sentence.

He was arraigned yesterday by a Warren County judge who imposed a $2,500 (£1,972) surety bond.

The driver of the vehicle that was hit by Mr Yoder said she attempted to avoid the crash after spotting the buggy just before the incident occurred. She reportedly was not injured in the collision.

County treasurer charged with OVI following traffic stop

Ross County treasurer charged with OVI following traffic stop

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Ross County Treasurer Stephen A. Neal Jr. is charged with OVI after a traffic stop on June 2.

According to Chillicothe Gazette, Neal pleaded not guilty to the OVI charge and was expected in Chillicothe Municipal Court for a license suspension.

Chillicothe Law Director Sherri Rutherford told the Gazette the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper detected an odor after making the traffic stop after spotting Neal making several lane violations as he drove on Western Avenue before turning onto Limestone Boulevard. Neal also allegedly had bloodshot, glassy eyes and would not follow the troopers instruction and refused a breathalyzer test.

Neal had no comment regarding the case.

Neal was appointed county treasurer by the Ross County Democratic Party in December.

Woman injured jumping from moving truck

Husband charged with OWI after incident in flea market parking lot

Woman injured jumping from moving truck
Joseph Sobieski

La PORTE – A Michigan man is facing multiple drunken driving charges after his wife, a Michigan City resident, was injured while jumping from a moving vehicle outside a flea market north of La Porte, according to county police.

Joseph Sobieski, 53, of Galien, Michigan, pleaded not guilty at an initial hearing Monday after being charged with misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or more; OWI endangering a person; OWI with BAC of at least .08 percent; and OWI, according to court records.

According to a La Porte County Sheriff’s Department report, deputies were dispatched about 12:15 a.m. Sunday to the parking lot of the Wildwood Flea Market at 4938 W. U.S. 20 in La Porte, where a woman had jumped out of a moving vehicle and suffered a head injury.

The first deputy to arrive found the woman, a 42-year-old Michigan City resident, “lying on the ground with several subjects tending to her,” the report said.

She told police she had jumped out of the passenger seat of her black 2001 Dodge Ram, which was being driven by her husband, but did not say why, the report said. It also noted that there was an odor of alcoholic beverages on her breath.

The driver, identified as Sobieski, said he was driving the pickup in the parking lot of the flea market at about 2 mph when the woman “suddenly jumped out of the passenger seat and fell onto the asphalt, striking her head,” the report said.

He told police he did not know why she jumped out, but said “she has a drinking problem and does this kind of thing a lot,” according to the report.

A deputy also noticed an odor of alcoholic beverage on Sobieski’s breath, and noted that he was “extremely unsteady and was swaying back and forth and side to side” as they spoke. His “eyes were red and glassy and his speech was severely slurred,” the deputy said in the report.

Asked if he’d been drinking, Sobieski answered, “Yeah, we have been partying all day,” the report said.

Sobieski said he could not take all of the field sobriety tests because of an injury, but he failed the test he did take, according to the report. He also refused to submit to a portable breath test.

He was arrested, and a search of the truck turned up an empty beer can in the center console cupholder, the report said. Police also found a small amount of a green leafy substance in one of his pockets.

After a warrant was obtained, Sobieski was taken to La Porte Hospital for a blood draw, the report said. It showed a BAC of .188 percent.

He was then taken to the La Porte County Jail and charged. His next court hearing is scheduled for July 26 in La Porte Superior Court 4.

Chicago police officer charged with DUI, reckless homicide in high-speed crash that left mother dead

A Chicago police officer is now facing reckless homicide and DUI charges after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a restaurant while racing at speeds of around 75 mph, killing a woman inside the business.

Terrance Finley, 24, was off-duty and had a blood alcohol level of .083 when he plowed into the side of Tony’s Philly Steak location early Sunday morning in the city’s Gresham neighborhood, prosecutors say. The officer, who had been on the job for two years, was trying to make a left turn onto a street when another car cut him off, causing him to swerve and lose control of his vehicle, they added.

“I expect our officers to adhere to a higher standard. I really do,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said following the accident, according to FOX32 Chicago. “When they don’t then they’ll be held accountable for it.”

Investigators told the station that Finley’s car was traveling around 75mph in a 30mph zone just before crashing into the restaurant.  

Chicago Police Officer Terrance Finley, 24, is facing charges after a car driven by him crashed into a restaurant early Sunday morning, killing a woman inside, prosecutors say.

Chicago Police Officer Terrance Finley, 24, is facing charges after a car driven by him crashed into a restaurant early Sunday morning, killing a woman inside, prosecutors say.(Chicago Police Department)


Marquita Reed, a 35-year-old registered nurse and mother, ended up getting pinned underneath his car when it came to a halt, and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital, authorities said. An autopsy revealed she died from multiple injuries suffered in the crash.

“Basically she worked all the time and took care of her kids. That’s all she did,” her aunt, Lolita Gray, told FOX32.

A friend of Reed also was hit and suffered a leg injury, but is reported to be in good condition. 

Finley, who suffered a neck injury himself, is set to appear in court again July 3 after bonding out of the Cook County Jail Tuesday night. The driver who allegedly cut him off has not been located.

“He didn’t become a police officer to take a life. He feels horrible about this,” his attorney, Tim Grace, told reporters after a bail hearing earlier Tuesday. “He is coping with it. He is going to need some counseling obviously.”

Finley was caught on video walking out of jail with his head down Tuesday night, refusing to speak about the case.


A photo of Everett Palmer Jr.  Justice4Everett Facebook page

An Army veteran traveled to Pennsylvania last year to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant and died in police custody two days later. Afterwards his vital organs were removed during an autopsy, which concluded he’d been physically restrained and died from methamphetamine toxicity. Now, 14 months after his death, the family of Everett Palmer Jr. still doesn’t know why or how he died, and claim Palmer was killed while in police custody.

“The most frustrating part is my son being murdered and not having any answers to how he was murdered,” Rose Palmer, Everett’s mother, said during a press conference Tuesday in New York. “Since April 9, I have not had a good night sleep since I think about my child and the possible scenarios. It is torture. He didn’t deserve this. He went there to check on his license and he never made it out.”- Advertisement –

Palmer Jr. was born and raised in Queens, but lived in Sussex County in Seaford, Delaware. The 41-year-old father of two went to Pennsylvania on April 7, 2018 to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant from two years prior. He was booked and put in a single cell at York County Prison. On April 9, 2018, he was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m., according to the York County Coroner’s Office press release.

“The three things we’ve always asked is that a true and full and total accounting of what happened with my brother between April 7 and April 9,” Dwayne Palmer, Everett’s brother, told NY1. “To this day, we have not received any type of information in terms of what happened in that 48-hour period that caused the death of my brother.”

“The information we are receiving in piecemeal-style tells us Everett Palmer was tased, Everett Palmer was restrained, and it tells us there were outside factors… other persons involved in causing his death,” attorney Lee Merritt told CBS New York. CBS News reached out to Mr. Merritt’s office multiple times for comment but has not yet received word back.

According to autopsy results, released by the York County Coroner’s office in July 2018, Palmer’s manner of death is still undetermined. His family told CBS New York they’ve consistently asked the local authorities for updates for over a year without much progress.

Palmer’s family said his brain, heart, and throat were removed during an autopsy and never returned as part of the investigation. The coroner said that is normal procedure. During Tuesday’s press conference, Merritt said Palmer’s “missing organs are the center of the narrative.”

“There was no pre- or post-notification. They were removing organs from my brother’s body,” Dwayne Palmer told CBS New York.

Mark E. Walters, the York County Public Information Officer, disputes this accusation by Palmer’s family and their attorney.

“They were removed but they’re not missing,” Walters told CBS News, speaking of the organs. “This is part of the process. We know exactly where they are. This is part of the death investigation. It’s standard procedure.”

York County Coroner Pamela L. Gray told CBS News, “Organs are not returned sometimes with the body. It goes on every day in the country as evidence collection because the individual, the body, cannot speak for themselves anymore. While it’s graphic and someways very creepy, it is very much an ordinary process in trying to bring justice for our deceased individuals.”

Gray told CBS News, “In a death in custody, it’s not unusual to have the throat retained, especially when there’s been physical restraint.”

Everett Palmer Jr. was a U.S. Army veteran Justice4Everett Facebook page

“When someone dies in police custody, the state has a responsibility to provide as much clarity and transparency as humanly possible to the family,” Merritt told CBS New York.

Gray told CBS News Forensic Pathology Associates (FPA) of Allentown, PA conducted the autopsy. In a June 2019 statement, Gray’s office said FPA is “currently in possession of the heart, brain and throat” and that they conduced the autopsy “in accordance with the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) guidelines.”

In a statement to CBS News, the National Association of Medical Examiners  said laws regarding organ removal vary from state to state. “NAME-accredited  offices must have a policy about retention of any organs that considers law in the particular jurisdiction,” the group said.

Forensic Pathology Associates did not respond to CBS News’ request for comment and referred all inquiries to Health Network Labs. CBS News reached out to Health Network Labs, but have yet to receive word back.

A press release by Gray’s office said the coroner’s office, FPA, and Mr. Palmer’s immediate family and legal counsel “have been in regular discussions since shortly after Everett Palmer Jr.’s death.”

But the initial July 2018 coroner’s report creates a confusing narrative, one that has fueled Palmer’s family’s suspicions. It states after being taken into custody, Palmer “became agitated,” and that officers had to restrain Palmer from hitting his head against his cell door. It then cited his cause of death as complications from “an excited state” with “methamphetamine toxicity” during “physical restraint.” It also adds “probable sickling red cell disorder” as a contributory factor in his death. The manner of his death is left undetermined.

“My son was a perfectly healthy young man, and my son is not going to bang his head on a cell,” Palmer’s mother said in an interview with The Washington Post. “My son was not a troublemaker, not at all, he was a very gentle, kind man.”

Dwayne Palmer told The Washington Post that Everett was a personal trainer in excellent health, and that while the family were carriers for sickle-cell anemia, his brother did not have it. Gray told CBS News that she’d been told Palmer was in excellent health, and said regarding the mention of the cell disorder as contributory factor, that “the doctor must’ve felt strongly enough if he wanted to mention it.”

“They just threw drugs into that report that we consider disrespectful without any context,” Merritt said during the Tuesday press conference. “That should set off red flags. If he was found with drugs, then there should be a full investigation on how he got those drugs.”

Gray, the York County Coroner, stands by the conclusions made in the autopsy report. First, she said the multi-page autopsy report written by Forensic Pathology Associates was given to the Palmer family last August. “They’ve had it the entire time,” she said. Gray told CBS News that the family was provided the report and that she called them personally to tell them of the results of the FPA’s autopsy report.

Gray also confirmed the methamphetamine in Everett Palmer Jr.’s system is “well demonstrated in the multi-page (autopsy) report.”

“It does show he had methamphetamine toxicity and it was above therapeutic levels and the physician thought it was toxicity or he wouldn’t have written it,” she told CBS News.

As for the conclusion that Palmer was physically retrained and hit his head on his cell, Gray added, “We actually saw video that he had been hitting his head and we saw where they tried to bring him under control.”

Palmer’s family wants to know who is responsible and who will be held accountable. York County Public Information Officer Mark E. Walters confirmed to CBS News that Pennsylvania State Police and the York County District Attorney’s Office are both investigating Palmer’s death.

Kyle King of the District Attorney’s office declined comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

On a June 9 post on the Justice4Everett Facebook page, Merritt wrote: “Everything that happened during the course of those two days has been hidden. There are no reports. No video has been produced. No one has offered a valid explanation for what caused his death. The fact that is body was returned to his family without his heart, brain and throat is less about a claim of ‘organ harvesting’ and more about the furtherance of the unnecessary mystery surrounding his death. We want answers and we will keep pushing until we get them.”

Gray clarified told CBS News that there was no consent needed to remover Palmer’s organs.

“The body is the coroner’s jurisdiction,” she said. “Because the body is part of the evidence and the investigation, the coroner or medical examiner has jurisdiction over that body. They are the ones who can order the autopsy without family consent.”

Woman flees on foot after traffic stop by police, faces numerous charges including OUI alcohol and drugs

6-8-19 — Monson— A 31-year-old Connecticut woman, who fled police on Route 32 early Saturday after she was stopped on Route 32 for speeding, faces numerous charges including operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs. (Monson police / Facebook)
6-8-19 — Monson— A 31-year-old Connecticut woman, who fled police on Route 32 early Saturday after she was stopped on Route 32 for speeding, faces numerous charges including operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs. (Monson police / Facebook)

MONSON — A 31-year-old Connecticut woman, who fled police on Route 32 early Saturday after she was stopped on Route 32 for speeding, faces numerous charges including operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The incident began about 1 a.m. when Officer Tyler Wilk saw the suspect, southbound, speeding towards the downtown area, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

Western Mass News reported the woman got out of her vehicle after the stop and fled on foot. A state trooper was summoned to help for the suspect and she was found a short time later.

Police have not yet released the woman’s name. She is from Wilmington, Conn.

She was charged with drunken driving (2nd offense), operating under the include of drugs, operating with a suspended license (subsequent offense), negligent operation, open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, speeding, possession of heroin (subsequent offense), possession of a Class E drug and resisting arrest.

Police were assisted by a Palmer officer trained in the recognition of drug impairment. Western Mass News is television partner to The Republican.

Drunken driving trial of Brockton senator expected to begin Tuesday

State Sen. Michael Brady, D-Brockton, is scheduled to face a trial on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol on Tuesday at Quincy District Court, after the lawmaker was pulled over and arrested last year in Weymouth.

BROCKTON – In March last year, the Democratic state senator from Brockton was pulled over in Weymouth, arrested and charged with operating his car under the influence of alcohol, after police said he was observed swerving all over Route 18 by an off-duty Uber driver.

He went on to fight for re-election, defeating a little known Republican challenger.

Now, he’s fighting the OUI case against him.

State Sen. Michael Brady, D-Brockton, is scheduled to face a trial on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol on Tuesday at Quincy District Court, after the lawmaker was pulled over and arrested by Weymouth police on March 24, 2018. Brady, 57, who pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, will be given the option of a trial by judge or jury of his peers.

This is the second time Brady faced a charge of operating under the influence, following a December 1998 crash, also in Weymouth, when the then-city councilor was described by police as an “extremely intoxicated” driver who allegedly admitted to drinking “lots of beers” at a Quincy bar beforehand. Without an explanation available in records obtained in an Enterprise review of the case, that 1998 charge was mysteriously quashed in a closed door hearing that was held shortly after police said Brady crashed his white Pontiac Fiero through a utility pole.

The Enterprise reached out to Brady for comment on Monday, but he declined to talk publicly about the case. His attorney, the Hingham-based Jack Diamond, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“As you may know per discussion with my attorney, I can not discuss the upcoming case,” said Brady, in an email to The Enterprise.

David Traub, a spokesperson for the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, declined to comment on the prosecution, only stating that the OUI case will be tried just like any other, and that the “only difference” is the amount of attention it’s getting.

In addition to the OUI charge against him, Brady faced criticism from political opponents over his alleged behavior during the March 2018 traffic stop, when Weymouth police said the senator at one point pulled out his Massachusetts government identification card “and stated he was a state senator,″ according to a police report. Terry MacCormack, a MassGOP spokesperson, called that a “deeply disturbing” attempt “to leverage the influence of his taxpayer-funded public office when facing arrest.”

In the aftermath of his arrest and initial court arraignment, Brady issued an apology and entered alcohol abuse treatment, while stating that he was following his lawyer’s advice and did not wish to comment on the specifics of the OUI case while it plays out in court.

“I want to apologize to the Weymouth police, my constituents, my friends and colleagues in the Legislature for any embarrassment and distraction that this incident causes,” Brady said last year. “I know that as a senator, I am held to a higher standard, and I will abide by the advice of my counsel as this matter is adjudicated by our judiciary. I am grateful for the fairness, integrity and transparency of that process.”

If found guilty, according to Massachusetts law, Brady could be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000, or by imprisonment for not more than 2 1/2 years, or both.

Brady could also be facing repercussions from his colleagues on Beacon Hill. Brady may be referred to the Senate’s Committee on Ethics for a potential reprimand or recommendation for discipline, from stripping his leadership positions, to a suspension, all the way up to an expulsion from the Legislature, with a final decision in the hands of the full Senate.

The last time a state lawmaker was convicted of a serious crime was in 2014, when former representative Carlos Henriquez was sentenced to six months behind bars for assaulting a former girlfriend. In a rare move, the House of Representatives voted to expel Henriquez.

Brady became the state senator representing Brockton in a special election held in the fall of 2015, when he defeated Republican Geoff Diehl to fill the seat once held by former longtime Brockton lawmaker Thomas Kennedy, following his death earlier that year. Before that, Brady was a state representative for Brockton for about seven years, following more than a decade as an elected member of the Brockton City Council.

Despite the OUI charge looming over him, Brady was easily re-elected last fall, coasting over Brockton Republican candidate Scott Hall, by a 37,494-18,879 margin. Brady, whose 2nd Plymouth and Bristol District also includes towns like Hanson, Hanover, Halifax and Whitman, along with East Bridgewater and Plympton, said at the time that he appreciates all the constituents who’ve had his back.

“I’ve had tremendous support and faith from the residents,” said Brady, speaking after his re-election. “It overwhelms me.”

Man arrested for driving 107 mph in Interstate construction zone

Matthew McClure

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. — A Noblesville man was arrested after entering an I-69 construction zone at 107 mph just after 1 a.m. Friday morning, according to Indiana State Police (ISP).

Police clocked Matthew McClure, 37, driving his SUV at 107 mph in a 70 mph speed zone before entering a reduced speed construction zone at the 219 mile marker.

McClure was taken to Madison County Jail and charged with Operating While Intoxicated Endangering, with a B.A.C .15% or higher and Reckless Driving.

ISP is encouraging motorists to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.

Intoxicated man driving lawnmower runs over 3-year-old

HAWKEYE, Iowa (KCRG) – A 3-year-old girl in Fayette County was taken to the hospital with serious injuries after she was run over by a lawnmower. 

According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, it happened around 8:45 p.m. in the town of Hawkeye, on East Burger Street. 

Authorities said 23-year-old Tanner Miller, of Hawkeye, was mowing at the home when he backed over the child. Deputies said Miller was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

The child was flown to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Intoxicated driver may have been taking too many anti-anxiety drugs, police say

PORTAGE — Police say potential abuse of a prescription anti-anxiety medication may be behind the arrest Wednesday night of a 28-year-old Gary man on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Responding to reports of a Chevy Silverado driving into oncoming traffic and nearly striking a utility pole, police said they spotted the vehicle shortly before 10 p.m. at the intersection of Central Avenue and Willowdale Road.

The vehicle slammed on its brake in the middle of intersection after seeing the squad car and remained several seconds before driving away and being stopped, police said.

The driver, identified as Joseph Meece, spilled all the cards from his wallet while searching for a license and was unable after several attempts to retrieve the cards, police said.

“Mr. Meece then advised with a slowed, thick-tongued speech his license was suspended,” police said.

Police noted his pupils were constricted to pinpoints. While Meece denied drinking, he told police he had taken the anti-anxiety medications Clonazepam and Venlafaxine that day, and Latuda, which is reportedly used to treat schizophrenia.

Police said Meece reported taking more of the Clonazepam than prescribed and the medication “clearly states not to operate any type of vehicle while using this pill.”

“Mr. Meece advised he knew but did not believe his driving was affected too much by it,” police said.

After nearly falling over after exiting his vehicle, police said Meece failed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody on preliminary charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Police said they found the Clonazepam bottle provided by Meece was short nearly 21 pills according to the directions and time frame of the prescription.