Alleged student sex ‘lookout’ gets house arrest for DUI

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Brian Hampel leaves court after being sentenced to house arrest on a driving under the influence charge Wednesday.

WILKES-BARRE — The former Wilkes-Barre Area School District teacher who was accused of covering up a fellow teacher’s student sex scandal was sentenced Wednesday to house arrest after pleading guilty in his fifth drunken driving case.

Brian D. Hampel, 48, of 25 Harris Pond Road, Sweet Valley, was arrested after police saw him run a stop sign in Harveys Lake early the morning of Feb. 4. Prosecutors say he blew a 0.246 percent on a field breath test — more than three times the legal limit for driving.

Court records show Hampel pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence in exchange for prosecutors dropping additional charges against him.

During the sentencing hearing, Senior Deputy Attorney General Bernard Anderson noted that a court-ordered evaluation determined Hampel has a “pathological drinking problem.”

Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy sentenced Hampel to six months in the Intermediate Punishment Program, which allows offenders to remain out of prison but under strict guidelines and conditions. Hampel will be required to serve the first 30 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, pay a $1,000 fine and perform 15 hours of community service.

He will also lose his driver’s license for a year and be required to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Hampel declined to comment as he left court.

The case represented Hampel’s fifth DUI case in Luzerne County, but for sentencing purposes it counted as his first because the other cases took place more than 10 years ago.

Court records indicate that in Hampel’s first case, stemming from an arrest in February 2002, he entered the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. The other three cases, all stemming from arrests in 2004, ended with Hampel pleading guilty to driving under the influence charges, according to court records.

Hampel gained notoriety in January 2015 during the student-sex trial of former administrator Stephen Stahl, a fellow teacher who was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a minor at the school in 2004.

Prosecutors at Stahl’s trial claimed Hampel served as a “lookout” while Stahl had sex with the 16-year-old girl in a classroom during school hours. Hampel denied the accusations when he testified.

The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board fired Hampel in September 2016, a month before he was charged with corruption of minors for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage student and providing kegs of beer for underage drinking parties.

But a county judge dismissed the case in May 2017 after defense attorney Al Flora Jr. argued the alleged victim — an unidentified girl — had never reported inappropriate contact and that the statute of limitations had already expired in any case.

Hampel in turn filed a federal malicious prosecution lawsuit alleging Luzerne County detectives arrested him without probable cause in an effort to “destroy his career and reputation.”

That lawsuit is still pending.

Star Arrested for DUI

'90 Day Fiance' Star Angela Deem Arrested for DUI as She Claims to Be Single: See Her Mugshot

90 Day Fiancé star Angela Deem was arrested for DUI and several other charges as she claimed to be single, Us Weekly can confirm.

According to a booking report obtained by Us, Deem was taken into custody in Montgomery County, Georgia, on September 2. The 52-year-old was arrested on charges of driving under the influence – refusal, driving without license on person and speeding in excess of maximum limits.

Angela was pulled over for allegedly driving 60 miles per hour in an area with a 35 miles per hour speed limit. The police officer noticed an alcohol smell coming from the car, at which point the TLC personality allegedly claimed her backseat passenger was responsible. However, the authority was informed by a sergeant at another police department that the driver allegedly said she wouldn’t drive because she’d had several drinks. She was arrested after she failed a field sobriety test.

'90 Day Fiance' Star Angela Deem Arrested for DUI as She Claims Her Martial Status Is Single
Angela Deem Montgomery County Sheriff Office

The vehicle was turned over to the backseat passenger, the owner of the car, after he passed a sobriety test. Angela allegedly claimed she feared the officer, called him racist and noted that his brother once dated her daughter. The reality star was allegedly uncooperative following her arrest.

Angela also alleged on her booking report that she is single. The Georgia grandmother pursued a relationship with Michael Ilesanmi on season 2 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days after she met him on Facebook and traveled to Nigeria to meet him.

Before starring on 90 Day Fiancé, Angela appeared on Maury twice. She accused her daughter, Scottie, in February 2015 of cheating on her boyfriend with a man whom she claimed was the father of Scottie’s child. She questioned her other grandchild’s paternity when the family made another visit to the show in November 2016.

90 Day Fiance’s Angela Deem Arrested for DUI as She Claims She’s Single

Trooper arrested for DUI with loaded firearm 

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. – A trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was arrested on DUI and firearm charges.

Officials received a call early Tuesday morning of a vehicle sitting in the middle of State Highway 1 near County Road 3610 – near Ada.

When deputies responded to the scene, they found a man “slumped over in the vehicle” with the doors locked, engine running and windows rolled up.

Deputies worked to get the man’s attention, however when he woke up, he started driving eastbound, away from the deputies.

Around 3:40 a.m., deputies were able to get the man’s attention and stop the vehicle.

The Ada News reports that deputies identified the man as Lt. Bryan Hale, 47, who is assigned to OHP’s Troop W, Marine Enforcement Division.

They say he was hard to understand and seemed confused.

When deputies opened the door, they smelled a “strong odor of alcohol coming form the vehicle,” and found a loaded Sig Sauer P226 pistol in the door. Deputies say when they asked him if he had been drinking, he said “yes.”

“Records indicate Hale refused repeated requests from deputies to step out of the vehicle and to stop reaching between the seats, eventually leading them to conclude Hale would have to be physically removal from the vehicle. However, when deputies attempted to reach for Hale to get him out of the vehicle, he allegedly cursed at them, then stepped out of the vehicle, and continued to ignore commands.

Deputies say Hale used “the side of his vehicle for balance, and he appeared to be unsteady on his feet.”

Hale was uncooperative with deputies and refused to comply with commands while deputies conducted a pat-down search.

During the search they found a “large pocket knife” with “a lieutenant with OHP emblem on the handle.” Inside his vehicle, they also found a portable breath test machine and large flashlight.

When asked if he works in law enforcement, Hale said “yes,” and refused to tell deputies which agency he worked for.

Hale refused to take a blood test and refused to sign a DUI test refusal form.

He was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated and in lieu of a $300 bond on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Actor faces misdemeanor charges for drunk-driving arrest

Nearly three months after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and resisting arrest in Manhattan Beach, actor Vince Vaughn now faces three misdemeanor charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said on Friday, Sept. 7.

The 48-year-old actor was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, driving with a .08 or higher blood-alcohol content, and refusing to comply with a peace officer or to submit to an inspection, officials said.

Vaughn, known for his roles in films such as “Swingers” and “Wedding Crashers,” is scheduled to be arraigned at Torrance Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 10.

Said Alan Nierob, a spokesman for Vaughn: “There is no further statement relating to this matter at this time.”

The actor was stopped just past 12:30 a.m. on June 10 at a sobriety checkpoint at Artesia Boulevard and Prospect Avenue and allegedly refused to get out of his vehicle after officers asked him repeatedly to do so, officials said.

He was arrested and posted bail, getting released later that morning.

A passenger in Vaughn’s vehicle was also arrested for public intoxication and resisting, delaying or obstructing police, officials said.

If convicted on all counts, Vaughn could face nearly one year in county jail.

Actor Vince Vaughn faces misdemeanor charges for drunk-driving arrest in Manhattan Beach

Police: Woman who crashed into light pole, killing dog, charged with assault and driving under the influence


A woman was arrested Tuesday evening after Anchorage police say that, while driving under the influence, she ran into a light pole, which then fell, killing a dog and seriously injuring a young girl.

Officers were called to the intersection of Cleo Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway at 8:09 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the Anchorage Police Department said in a written statement.

Kathleen T. Dahl, 39, had reportedly been driving a 1991 Chevy pickup southbound on Lake Otis Parkway before the crash occurred. She was seen “speeding, swerving, and hitting the curb,” police said.


Charging documents say a man was out walking his dog along with his 10-year-old daughter when he saw Dahl’s truck getting close to the sidewalk.

At the corner of Cleo Avenue, Dahl “drove onto the sidewalk and hit a light pole,” police said. The man, fearing that he and his daughter would be hit, pushed the girl into the bushes, and he also landed in the bushes, charging documents say.

The pole fell over, hitting Dahl’s truck, the girl and dog. The girl suffered “very severe injuries” to her leg, charging documents say. The dog died at the scene. The girl was taken to a local hospital. Dahl wasn’t hurt.

Witnesses took Dahl’s keys from the pickup, police said. Dahl stayed at the crash site. Officers “could smell alcohol coming from her,” police wrote.

Dahl “performed poorly” in three standardized field sobriety tests, court documents say. About an hour after the crash, Dahl blew a breath alcohol content of 0.355.

Dahl told officers she was stumbling because she had cancer that hadn’t been diagnosed. She later admitted to drinking four shots of whiskey, according to charging documents.

Dahl was then taken the Anchorage jail. She was charged with first-degree assault, as well as second- and third-degree assault, operating under the influence, and reckless endangerment, court documents say.

Dahl faces an additional charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after correctional officers found cocaine in her jacket pocket while she was being processed.

Dahl was in custody at the Anchorage jail on Wednesday. Her initial court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Five injured, one cited with OVI after two-vehicle crash in Dayton

One person was cited with OVI early Saturday morning after a two-vehicle crash, according to Dayton Sgt. Locke.

According to the preliminary investigation, the driver of the red vehicle was at fault. He was also cited.

One person was entrapped and five others were injured from the crash on N. Main Street and Fairview Avenue.

They were all taken to area-hospitals with minor injuries, and are all in stable condition.

A two-vehicle accident occurred early Saturday morning on N. Main Street and Fairview Avenue.

Crews responded around 1:25 a.m to the crash with possible entrapment, per initial reports.

We are working to learn more.

Mayor’s son, assistant city attorney, arrested on suspicion of OWI

Evan Broderick with father Thomas Broderick Jr.

ANDERSON — Assistant Anderson City Attorney Evan Broderick, the son of Mayor Thomas Broderick Jr., was arrested on possible charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated Wednesday night by Edgewood Police.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said Thursday that Broderick, 36, 1200 block of Winding Way, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. in the Wendy’s restaurant parking lot at Nichol and Raible avenues.

Because of the city’s nepotism policy, any disciplinary action taken against Broderick will be determined by Anderson City Attorney Tim Lanane, as Broderick’s immediate supervisor, and Tom Brown, director of human resources.

Lanane said Broderick has voluntarily admitted himself for treatment and has been placed on indefinite suspension as assistant city attorney without pay.

OWI arrest not Broderick’s first brush with law

Lanane said the city is following the procedure outlined in the personnel handbook that deals with city employees charged with a crime.

“We’re still gathering all the facts,” Lanane said. “We continue to gather information.”

Edgewood Police Chief Andrew Ellingwood said officers were responding to a vehicle that struck a utility pole at Eighth Street and Raible Avenue. He said the Anderson Police Department is handling that part of the investigation.

Ellingwood said Edgewood officers followed a trail of automobile parts and fluids to the Wendy’s parking lot at the same time dispatch indicated a witness to the incident said the car involved was in the parking lot.

“(Broderick) was uncooperative,” Ellingwood said. “He was threatening to sue everyone.”

Ellingwood said Broderick allegedly smelled of alcohol when officers arrived at the parking lot and refused to take a breathalyzer test. He said a warrant was obtained for a blood draw.

“He (Broderick) was verbally uncooperative with the officers, nurses during the blood draw and the jail staff,” Ellingwood said.

Broderick was released from the Madison County Detention Center Thursday morning after posting a $5,000 bond.

Cummings said he expects to file criminal charges against Broderick in one of the Madison County Circuit Court divisions rather than in the Edgewood Court.

He said Broderick, who declined to comment, is facing possible charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Broderick was appointed an assistant city attorney in January 2016 as part of the city’s legal team headed up by Lanane.

He also served as an assistant city attorney for Lanane from 2008 to 2011 during the administration of Democratic Mayor Kris Ockomon.

Broderick also serves as a public defender in the Madison County court system.

Jeff Lockwood, chief administrator for the public defender’s office, said Broderick was still a county employee as of Thursday.

“I will have to contact the rest of the Public Defender Board,” he said. “It may be that he will be suspended at some point.”

This is not the first time that Broderick has been involved with law enforcement agencies.

In 2001, he was was charged with misdemeanor battery in Florida. Thomas Broderick Jr. wrote the Florida prosecutor and had the case deferred.

Broderick was arrested in 2003 in Delaware County on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and his father discussed the matter with the prosecutor and the administrator of the deferral program to resolve the case without prosecution.

In 2007, he was arrested in Pendleton on a misdemeanor public intoxication charge in which his father, who was prosecutor at the time, determined not to file criminal charges.

A Marion County Superior Court in 2013 expunged and sealed Broderick’s criminal records.

Top court weighs whether Judge is sorry

Astacio sat silently in the front row of the audience as attorney Robert Julian made his final plea to save her $187,200-a-year job during a 21-minute hearing in front of the Court of Appeals in Albany, which will ultimately determine whether the city judge will remain on the bench.

Julian was peppered with questions from the court’s seven judges about whether Astacio has shown enough contrition for the actions that led the state Commission on Judicial Conduct to recommend removing her from her position, most notably a 2016 drunken driving conviction and two subsequent violations of the terms of her sentence.

“We argue that Judge Astacio should not be removed from the bench,” Julian said. “She is remorseful.”

Facts of the case

The main facts of Astacio’s case are not in dispute.

She was sentenced to a conditional discharge in August 2016 and ordered not to use alcohol for a year. An ignition interlock device was installed on her car.

In October of that year, she violated the terms of her sentence by trying to start her car after drinking. The next month, she was stripped of her judicial duties and hasn’t heard a case since.

In May 2017, she was ordered to submit a urine test after her ignition interlock system again detected alcohol. She failed to appear at a court hearing, with her attorney at the time revealing that she was in Thailand and wasn’t due to return until August.

What was in dispute Wednesday, however, was whether Astacio had shown appropriate contrition for her actions and whether the public has lost confidence in her ability to do her job.

“She apologized to the commission nine times,” Julian told the court.

More: Judge Astacio case timeline: From 2014 election to DWI arrest and removal

Passing blame?

Edward Lindner, an attorney for the Commission on Judicial Conduct, argued that Astacio had repeatedly tried to pass blame on to others.

When she apologized for being hostile with State Police during her arrest, she claimed the troopers provoked her, Lindner said. In the most recent court filings, Astacio claimed her aunt was going to drive in October 2016, not her.

In April, the commission recommended Astacio’s removal from the bench.

Judge Leslie Stein asked Lindner whether the fact that Astacio’s case has drawn considerable attention from the news media should make a difference when weighing whether the public still has confidence in Astacio.

“When a judge commits crimes that are newsworthy, it affects the public confidence,” Lindner said.

Julian argued that court precedent says Astacio should be censured rather than removed entirely.

That punishment would allow her to keep her judgeship through the rest of her term; she was elected to a 10-year term in 2014.

Judge Eugene Fahey honed in on whether it would have made a difference with the public if Astacio had admitted to alcoholism and participated in an Alcoholics Anonymous program.

He asked Lindner if it would have convinced the Commission on Judicial Conduct to ease its recommended punishment.

“I think that this may be a case that even if there had been contrition, it may not be enough,” Lindner said.

Julian told the court Astacio has a “mild alcohol abuse disorder,” but declined to call it alcoholism.

“Ultimately, the diagnosis of alcoholism is a diagnosis made by health care professionals and medical people,” Julian told reporters after the hearing.

LAPD sergeant and commander face charges in alleged DUI incident

GLENDALE — A Los Angeles police sergeant is set to be arraigned Wednesday on DUI charges stemming from his April 27 arrest in Glendale, along with an LAPD commander charged with public intoxication involving the same incident.

Sgt. James Kelly, now 47, was charged last Friday with one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content, along with an allegation that his blood alcohol concentration was 0.20 percent or more.

LAPD Cmdr. Nicole Mehringer, 47, is charged with one misdemeanor count of public intoxication. She is also set to be arraigned Wednesday at the Glendale courthouse.

The two — who were both assigned to the LAPD’s Employee Relations Group — were arrested early April 27 by Glendale police near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard. They were released from custody later that morning.

“Both have been relieved of duty without pay pending disciplinary action,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement released shortly after the charges were announced.

Then-LAPD Chief Charlie Beck previously released a statement in which he said he had “been briefed on the circumstances of these arrests and am extremely concerned about the allegations.” He said then that the LAPD had initiated personnel investigations that “can result in serious consequences.”

LAPD sergeant and commander face charges in alleged DUI incident in Glendale