Truck WAUSAU (WAOW) -A 27-year-old man was arrested Friday morning after he crashed a truck into a Wausau home’s gas meter just before midnight Thursday, according to Wausau Police.Officials say the driver, Jacob Jackson, left a bar on 3rd Ave. in his girlfriend’s truck.He was heading northbound on S. First Avenue when he hit a parked car, pushing it a few hundred yards down the road. Authorities say, Jackson’s truck hit a gas meter on the side of a home, but only caused cosmetic damage.The home’s owner, along with a few other people kept Jackson on scene until law enforcement arrived.”We convinced him to get in the driveway, tried taking off, so we held him on the ground until police got here,” said Allen Eckes, the home’s owner.Jackson was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.Officials say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.Jackson arrested for his second OWI, misdemeanor bail jumping, and he was issued multiple traffic citations. He was booked in the Marathon County Jail on Friday morning, and later released. No charges have been filed.
Deputies: Merkel arrested after driving woman to site of prostitution bustby WHAMMerkel.PNGAAVictor, N.Y. – A woman convicted in the crash that killed a Fairport teacher in 2012 is facing new charges in Victor.Megan Merkel, 28, was convicted of DWI and traffic charges in connection with the death of Heather Boyum, She is now accused by Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies of driving with a revoked license.Thursday, deputies and Canandaigua Police arrested Maria Platten, 24, of Rochester after they say she agreed to have sex with an undercover officer. Deputies said Merkel was seen driving Platten to the hotel. They later determined her license had been revoked.Merkel has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Deputies say she was in possession of crack cocaine.Platten was charged with prostitution and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.The full criminal complaint can be read here:
The Mesa City Council ousted Ryan Winkle from the board Thursday for violating the city’s charter following a DUI charge.
The unanimous decision came after three hours of witness testimony and back-and-forth between lawyers.
The council decided during the disciplinary hearingthat Winkle broke the board’s code of ethics and demonstrated a lack of fitness for office when police say he drove drunk in the early hours of May 7.
Winkle struggled to withhold tears while talking with the media after the vote.
“I love Mesa,” he said, eyes puffy.
A city spokesman said the council has 30 days to fill Winkle’s seat.
Winkle, 38, was a first-time councilman, who took office just four months prior to his DUI arrest. He runs a community-development consulting firm, and is highly involved in downtown revitalization and the city’s Asian business district.
He said his work with those causes won’t change. He just won’t have the councilman title any longer.
“It’s not the end of my story,” he said.
Thursday’s hearing, although not a trial, had all of the characteristics of one.
The city hired an outside attorney, Charles Wirken, to oversee the proceedings. Wirken called witnesses, reviewed police documents and aired body-camera footage to show council members how Winkle acted in the moments following his arrest.
Winkle’s attorney, Tim La Sota, objected to many of Wirken’s maneuvers.
He said he didn’t understand why the lawyer had to bring in two police officers and a forensic scientist as witnesses when there was no objection over what occurred. Winkle had admitted to driving drunk, pleaded guilty in a court of law and had already served jail time, La Sota said.
But the council, acting as the judge and jury, allowed Wirken to continue.
A city staffer and Winkle also testified.
Most of the testimony focused on details of Winkle’s behavior that have widely been reported, like his lies to police officers and refusal to take an initial breath-test.
But the testimony did reveal a few other previously undisclosed details.
Most notably, Winkle said Mayor John Giles asked him to resign several times after his arrest.
Winkle also told the council that the day leading up to his arrest, he attended five community events. He drank at three of them, he said.
Winkle dropped off his son at his in-laws’ home in Scottsdale prior to attending the last event of the day: the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Black and White Ball. It was the first time his son would stay somewhere overnight without Winkle or his wife, he said.
By the time he arrived at the ball, he said he did not plan to stay long. But after a few people brought him drinks, he decided to stay.
“Once (the drinks) kept on coming, now I feel like I can let loose a little bit after so many months and years of really running hard,” Winkle said.
He said he could not remember how much he drank that night.
A forensic scientist used a calculator to estimate how much Winkle drank.
She based the formula on his gender, 180 pounds of weight and a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent.
The result: The ethanol in his bloodstream was the equivalent of 10.7 “standard drinks,” like a 12-ounce beer with 4 percent alcohol, she said.
City staffer weighs in
Things got testy when Mesa Public Information Officer Randy Policar shared his story of Winkle’s conduct in the days following his arrest.
Policar said he was unaware of Winkle’s arrest until a reporter from The Arizona Republic called to ask him about it. When he talked to Winkle, the councilman downplayed the arrest and suggested it would be good for him because he could be a “keynote speaker” at DUI recovery events, Policar said.
“I do not feel that he had any shame or remorse, no,” Policar said.
Policar previously gave a sworn statement about Winkle’s desire to accuse police of making the situation seem worse than it was.
Winkle had never made those comments publicly.
Winkle and his lawyer vehemently denied Policar’s statements and criticized the city for asking one of its employees to “trash” Winkle in an affidavit.
In their closing statements, the two lawyers painted different pictures of Winkle’s behavior.
Wirken said Winkle’s lies to police and intentions of discrediting officers made a bad situation even worse.
“In this situation, the extreme DUI, which was really a super extreme DUI but it was pled down, is grave by itself. But the totality of circumstances are even worse.” Wirken said.
La Sota said that while Winkle’s misstep was severe, his crime did not involve violence and does not merit a severe discipline, like forfeiture of office.
“If we view this in its totality, it does not rise to the level of something that this body should remove a member for,” La Sota said. “This is a matter that should be left to the voters.”
He previously told council members that he did not believe the city charter allowed them to remove a fellow elected official over a misdemeanor DUI charge.
None of the council members spoke before casting their votes.
They voted unanimously, 6-0, to boot Winkle from his seat and quickly ended the meeting.
Then many of the council members and city staff hugged Winkle.
After the vote, Winkle’s mother shouted at the council members.
“He has done more for the city of Mesa than you all know. And you all know it,” Barbara Rae said.
She also accused Giles of bias in her son’s disciplinary hearing.
La Sota was visibly frustrated with the outcome. He said the city should not have paid about $50,000 for a law firm to bring a case against Winkle when “they obviously were going to dump him no matter what.”
“It was just a very expensive charade, and they should have just taken action and not wasted all this money … orchestrating a political hit on someone who pled guilty anyway,” he said.
After the vote, Winkle told reporters he could run for council again in 2018. But he’s not sure he will.
“I haven’t thought about it. Right now I’ve just been trying to get past this,” Winkle said.
He said he was disappointed in the council’s decision, but realized they were under a lot of political pressure to make a tough decision.
When asked if he thought the disciplinary process was fair, Winkle hesitated.
“I mean, you know, it’s as fair as it can be. It’s a highly pressurized thing,” he said.
In a statement released after the hearing, the council said, “It wasn’t a decision we came to lightly, but … we felt this was the appropriate course of action.”
“As elected officials we must hold ourselves to a higher standard of conduct to protect the integrity of the office and trust of the people we represent. We wish Ryan well and look forward to the future,” the statement said.
Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest, which we learned about a few hours ago, is — like all drunk driving incidents — a serious matter. The circumstances of his arrest, however, were . . . somewhat amusing? If that’s too much to say about a situation that could’ve resulted in someone’s injury or death, OK, that’s too much to say. But we can certainly say that the circumstances were . . . less than dignified.
According to Kevin Kietzman of Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City, Duffy was passed out, or at least asleep, in the drive-through at a Burger King. His foot was on the brake with the car in neutral. An employee reached into the car and put it in park and then they called the police. When Duffy heard the police sirens he woke up and rather clumsily tried to climb into the passenger seat and attempted to get one of the other customers nearby to climb into the driver’s seat, presumably to make it appear as though he wasn’t drunk behind the wheel. Needless to say the gambit was not successful. He did not have it his way at Burger King is what I’m saying.
Duffy is expected to go on 810 WHB this afternoon and read a statement, but he’s not going to take questions. That’s probably OK, because all of this sounds pretty self-explanatory by now.
In a shocking twist, Rebecca Gayheart’s sister was arrested at the same hospital where she would later die in one week later, Radaronline.com can exclusively reveal.See video for cashew queso dip recipe!On September 30, 2015, Rachel Gayheart was handcuffed and taken to jail after police discovered she had been driving under the influence. She was charged with “operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, failure to produce insurance card, and failure to provide license and maintain required insurance.”
The 38-year-old was a no show for her court date set on June 27, 2017. The judge found her guilty of Driving Under the Influence, and dismissed all other charges. A bench warrant was then set out for her arrest.Earlier this month, Rachel was cited and arrested for her failure to appear. Police can and cuffed her the following day on August 4 at Hazard ARH Hospital and she was transported to Perry County Jail in Kentucky.
“We transmitted her to the hospital… she died about three or four days later.”Rachel Gayheart died on August 11. According to several reports, the 90210 star has been an emotional wreck since her sister’s death, and friends are worried for her mental health.Last week Rebecca released a statement on Instagram. “My baby sister Rachel ‘ray’ has sadly passed away,” she wrote. “We buried her on the hilltop in Kentucky along with my grandparents and cousins. She was loved by everyone and had a wicked sense of humor and the most loving heart. Life has not been easy for you sis but now you can be peaceful.”
A woman who declared herself a candidate for the Minneapolis City Council earlier this year was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol — for the second time this summer.Tiffini ForslundTiffini Marie Flynn Forslund, 51, was pulled over early Sunday morning in Mounds View for driving on the shoulder of the roadway over the fog line with the right turn signal on, according to a complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court.The officer identified Forslund by her license plate — with expired tabs — “hole-punched” driver’s license and expired insurance card, the complaint said. Her license had been revoked as well.Forslund was charged with second-degree refusal to submit to chemical test, third-degree operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol and driving after revocation.Earlier this summer, she was arrested after blowing a 0.09, just slightly over Minnesota’s 0.08 BAC. She had no DUIs prior to that.Forslund declared herself a Ward 6 candidate for Minneapolis City Council earlier this summer, running against current member Abdi Warsame. City campaign records show she had not filed for the seat by the Aug. 15 deadline, however.She could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.Forslund also works as the parental relations director for Children Against Court-Appointed Child Abuse-CA3, is a member of the Board of Directors at Investible Children, Kids at Risk Action, a children’s rights advocacy network.
MADISON, Wis. – A Madison woman was reportedly driving impaired Friday night when she struck a man on a motorcycle, injuring him, officials said.The Madison Police Department said 31-year-old Lily Garcia is facing charges of operating while intoxicated and causing injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Police said Garcia was turning left from East Washington Avenue onto Melvin Court at 9:47 p.m. as a motorcycle was driving fast and the two vehicles collided. According to the report, a nurse was among passersby who came to the aid of the injured 23-year-old Madison motorcyclist. Doctors said the biker might have died if he hadn’t received immediate medical treatment.Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said Garcia was cooperative and shaken by the crash.”She told officers she thought she had time to make the turn, which turned out not to be the case,” DeSpain said. The motorcyclist suffered significant injuries and remained in critical condition Monday morning, police said.
A teenager who crashed into a house at 107 MPH last month in Frankfort, Indiana, was high on opiates when she lost control of the car, police said. Seventeen-year-old Alia Sierra killed two sisters who were watching television on the couch in the home she smashed into. Eight-year old Callie Fullerton and her sister, 17-year-old Haleigh Fullerton were pronounced dead at the scene.
Sierra faced 10 felony charges in the case and was to be tried as an adult. The counts include reckless homicide, causing death while operating a motor vehicle with controlled substances in blood, causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury while operating a motor vehicle, criminal recklessness and criminal mischief.
A urine test taken after the crash revealed Sierra had opiates in her bloodstream, police confirmed. Four passengers were in the 2007 Honda Accord with Sierra, one of whom told authorities she asked Sierra to slow down. Sierra then hit a bump, the passenger said, and when she swerved to avoid hitting a tree, she crashed into the house instead. Authorities used an equation known as “Critical Speed Formula” to show that she had been driving at 107 MPH when she lost control of the car.
“I killed those kids, man,” Sierra told investigators when they arrived, according to an affidavit reviewed by People magazine.
The passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to WISH-TV. The girls’ mother inside the home was injured but was expected to recover fully.
“She destroyed our lives and she’ll have to face some consequences,” Todd Fullerton, the father of the two girls, said of Sierra, according to WTHR-TV. “Her life will go on and there will be another day for her. There won’t be another day for our girls.”
Sierra appeared in court Friday to enter a not guilty plea. Her lawyer requested that the case be moved back to juvenile court.
“You do everything that you can to keep your child safe,” prosecutor Christine Smith said Friday. “Your child is at home, they are in the living room, you know where they are and what they are doing and then within a matter of seconds, they are done. There is nothing that can bring that back for the family.”
The girls’ grandfather, Brad Fullerton, said the sister’s loved their quality time on the couch watching television together. He recalled what happened in the minutes after the crash to WTHR-TV.
“Saw the blast come out of the house,” he said. “Ran up. Bridget was already out on the driveway. We went in trying to pick the car up off the girls. We just couldn’t do it.”
MADISON (WKOW) — A Madison Police officer has been charged with first offense drunken driving, with a child under the age of sixteen in her car, but remains on the job, and on patrol.A criminal complaint against 41-year old Kelly Hoeft states her blood alcohol level after her arrest June 1 was .27, more than three times Wisconsin’s legal limit for drinking and driving.First offense drunken driving is a non-criminal offense, equivalent to a traffic ticket. But first offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a misdemeanor crime if a child under the age of 16 is a passenger. Court records state Hoeft’s passenger in a mini-van was five years old.The complaint also states Hoeft’s driving was erratic, according to a witness who called 911.”The caller reported that a vehicle had just plowed through the intersection of McKenna Blvd and Raymond Road and had taken out a couple of road signs in the median,” according to the complaint.The complaint states Hoeft refused to take a field sobriety test, but told responding officers about her consumption of alcohol. ” ‘I’ve definitely been drinking’,” the court record quotes Hoeft as telling investigators.Hoeft refused to come to the door when a 27 News reporter went to her Madison home, seeking comment on the case. Hoeft’s attorney, Sarvan Singh, also has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.Until recently, Hoeft was assigned to a special police unit, with the responsibility for making safety presentations to fourth and fifth grade children.Police Chief Koval said Hoeft has been removed from that duty, but remains on the job, and on patrol, behind the wheel of police vehicles. Koval notes Hoeft remains legally able to drive with an occupational driver’s license as her criminal case is pending. Koval also said there’s no work leave for Hoeft. “An officer’s employment status while a case progresses is made on a case-by-case basis,” Koval states.Hoeft was not booked into the Dane County jail at the time of her arrest. Arrests for first offense OWI do not require booking, with those arrested able to be released to a responsible party. But Hoeft’s arrest was for a crime, as a result of the child’s presence as a passenger.”There was nothing done in this case that would occasion the suggestion of preferential treatment,” Koval states. Available, online court records indicate Hoeft has no, previous criminal history.There’s no information available yet as to how long Hoeft has been a Madison Police officer.Koval said an investigation into whether the off-duty officer violated any employment rules or policies will take place after the criminal case is completed. Hoeft’s next court date is next month.Here is Chief Koval’s statement: “On 6/1/17, MPD officers, as well as a street supervisor (sergeant) responded to a traffic complaint regarding a hit-and-run vehicle which had struck some road signs and was driving erratically. Subsequent investigation led officers to the offending vehicle and driver, who was then placed under arrest for operating while impaired (first offense with a passenger under 16 years of age), operating with a prohibited alcohol content, and hit-and-run. The driver is a current Madison Police Officer (Kelly Hoeft) awaiting final adjudication of the charges that have been filed.Once MPD learned of the arrest of Hoeft, the information was turned over immediately to MPD’s Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Unit to conduct an internal investigation. That investigation has continued and is awaiting resolution of the criminal case before actively proceeding. A determination was also made that Officer Hoeft would not remain in her assignment (Safety Education), and that she would be reassigned to Patrol, provided that she was able to obtain an occupational driver’s license (which she did obtain).Madison Police Department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) dictate that in cases of officer involvement in felonies or serious misconduct, the Chief, the PSIA Lieutenant, and the officer’s Commanding Officer must be provided a timely notification. This occurred in the immediate case. One must also remember that fundamental due process also applies to off-duty police officers; one cannot/should not be “sanctioned” unless/until a court decision would warrant such a step. An officer’s employment status while a case progresses is made on a case-by-case basis, taking a broad view of the circumstances.As Chief, I must be concerned with ensuring the public’s confidence that those who are entrusted to serving our community understand that there is an expectation of being held to a higher standard. When an officer makes a bad decision off-duty, it reflects poorly on all of us. I have spoken with this officer and I know how she deeply regrets what this incident has meant to both her personal reputation as well as tha
Michael Spencer, 59, of Kalamazoo, has been charged with four felony counts: reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating with a suspended or revoked license causing serious injury and a third offense of operating with any presence of drugs.
Spencer remains hospitalized and has not yet been arraigned, Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Scott Brower said.
Spencer’s Pontiac was traveling at 102 mph just prior to the impact with the bus, according to data from the crash retrieval system.
The Pontiac was eastbound on West Michigan Avenue when it crashed into the front of the bus, which was westbound on Oakland Drive and heading west across West Michigan Avenue. The impact pushed the bus several feet and the car was buried in the bus, a public safety officer who witnessed the crash said in a report.
Spencer’s vehicle appeared to have run off the road to the left, went airborne and turned slightly on its side. It crashed into a street light pole and then a road sign, the officer wrote.
Spencer never activated the braking system before colliding with the bus, according to police.
The crash caused the bus driver, LaShon Diallo, to be pinned in the driver’s seat and severely injured. Other Metro Transit drivers have raised more than $2,300 for her recovery through the fundraising site GoFundMe.
Spencer’s record included four previous operating while intoxicated convictions, police have said.