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Man charged with possession of suspected OxyContin

A Rome man has been jailed after being stopped by Rome police around 10 p.m. Saturday night.According to Floyd County Jail reports:Remy Mervyn Johnson, 26, of 24 Woodcreek Way was arrested by Rome police Saturday night at the intersection of U.S. 411 and Turner McCall Boulevard.Johnson was charged with felony possession of a Schedule II controlled substance, suspected OxyContin and a series of misdemeanors for having undisclosed pills not in an original container, two counts of seat belt violation regarding restraints for children, failing to maintain his lane, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, and three counts of endangering a child by DUI. Three young children were in the car.

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Kirsty Gallacher Charged With Drink Driving

Kirsty Gallacher has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.
As reported by The Sun, Kirsty was pulled over by the police at 11.30am on Saturday (12 August), when officers noticed that the TV personality was driving “erratically”.

A police spokesperson told the newspaper: “ Kirsty Gallacher, aged 41, was charged last night with one count of driving a motor vehicle when alcohol level was above the legal limit.”

According to Thames Valley Police, the former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star has since been bailed, and will appear at Slough Magistrates Court on Monday 4 September.

Kirsty Gallacher© Provided by Huffington Post Kirsty GallacherThe Sun claimed that Kirsty was driving from Virginia Water in Surrey to pick up her two sons in Eton, where their father, former rugby player Paul Sampson, lives.

Representatives for Kirsty declined to comment when approached by HuffPost UK.

Best known for hosting shows including ‘Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’, ‘The Games’ and Sky’s ill-fated reboot of ‘Gladiators’, Kirsty returned to Sky Sports as a presenter in 2010, having first got her presenting big on the channel in 1998.

More recently, she competed in the 2015 series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, when she was partnered with Brendan Cole.

The two eventually finished in 11th place, following a dance-off with Jamelia and her professional partner Tristan MacManus.

A year later, Kirsty was revealed to be suffering from “extreme exhaustion and a viral infection”, after being rushed to hospital when some Sky Sports viewers commented that she’d been slurring her speech during a live broadcast.

Libertyville police: Man sitting in car found with LSD


Wei Yang Li, 69, was charged Aug. 1 with domestic battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Brigit C. Cahill, 21, of the 700 block of Eton Court, Libertyville, was charged July 31 with domestic battery


Abishek Das, 20, of the 1000 block of Lilac Court, Libertyville, was charged Aug. 3 with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. According to police reports, while clearing a burglar alarm at a restaurant in the 2000 block of Shell Drive, officers noticed Das in a nearby vehicle that was activated but in park. Upon approaching him, police say they noticed a strong odor of marijuana and chose to search his vehicle, finding marijuana, LSD and accompanying paraphernalia.


Jessica Nicole Orozco, 23, of the 1800 block of Watercolor Place, Grayslake, was charged July 26 with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to police reports, officers at 5:25 a.m. saw Orozco driving outside her lane of traffic near Milwaukee Avenue and Peterson Road and later determined she was impaired. Orozco was scheduled in court Aug. 11.

Maura M. Kennedy, 50, of the 100 block of Homewood Avenue, Libertyville, was charged July 22 with driving under the influence of alcohol. According to police reports, Kennedy sideswiped a car in a parking lot in the 200 block of South Milwaukee Avenue and gave her home address to the victim, who then relayed it to responding officers. Police say they went to Kennedy’s home and found her damaged car and observed signs of impairment while talking to Kennedy. Police say she later failed field sobriety tests. Kennedy was scheduled in court Aug. 11.

West Virginia WR Marcus Simms Arrested for DUI, Driving with Revoked License

Authorities from the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department arrested West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Marcus Simms for allegedly driving under the influence Sunday morning, the Daily Athenaeum’s John Lowe and Chris Jackson reported.Simms was also driving with a revoked license.Officers had pulled Simms over for a broken taillight and arrested him after he failed sobriety tests. The Twitter account WV Jails shared his mugshot following his arrest:Simms is entering his sophomore year with the Mountaineers. He saw limited time in nine games as a freshman in 2016. He caught six passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.Simms’ best game came in West Virginia’s 49-19 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones. He had three receptions for 76 yards and scored in the second quarter to give the Mountaineers a 21-13 lead.

Source: West Virginia WR Marcus Simms Arrested for DUI, Driving with Revoked License | Bleacher Report

72-year-old woman sentenced to prison for DUI crash that killed MMA fighter’s toddler son 

rA 72-year-old woman pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter Thursday in connection with a drunk driving crash that killed the toddler son of a mixed martial arts fighter, officials said.Donna Marie Higgins was immediately sentenced to six years in prison for smashing her car into the stroller of 15-month-old Liam Mikael Kowal in Hawthorne last year, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.FROM OUR PARTNERS:Trump on Charlottesville: ‘We have to heal the wounds of our country’Ad AdvertisementThe boy’s father, Swedish-born fighter Marcus Kowal, was in the courtroom for the sentencing, according to his Facebook page.“Welcome to the karma cafe. There are no menus. You will get served what you deserve,” read a picture Kowal posted Thursday morning, announcing his arrival at the Airport Courthouse.Paid Post WHAT’S THIS? eBook The importance of reporting for General CounselA Message from effactsThe transition from a reactive to proactive role with insightful reports for contracts, claims, entities and more.See More Marcus Kowal speaks to the media during a prior court hearing (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)Higgins was arrested Sept. 3, 2016, after police said she slammed her car into Liam’s stroller, which was being pushed in a crosswalk by his 15-year-old aunt, near Hawthorne Boulevard and 133rd Street.The boy did not have a pulse when police found him in his stroller at the crash scene. Liam’s aunt was also injured, police said.The Kowal family decided to take the boy off life support the next day.“About an hour ago, our baby was declared brain dead,” Kowal wrote on Facebook at the time. “He tried to fight so hard. He even died at one point but they brought him back. He’s a little fighter. His heart is still beating but his brain is no longer working.”Higgins was initially booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run and drunk driving charges, but prosecutors moved to charge her with vehicular manslaughter after the boy died.A longtime resident of Hawthorne, Higgins was driving to a local store on the day of the crash and has expressed extreme sorrow over the child’s death, according to her attorney, Richard A. Hutton.“What happened was a terrible accident,” he said. “She’s deeply remorseful, has taken full responsibility for her actions and is very sorry for the grief she caused everybody, in particular the parents.”Kowal has become active in campaigns against drunk driving since the fatal wreck, circulating a petition calling on legislators to toughen legal-limit laws that generally allow people to drive with a blood-alcohol content of less than .08%.“I’m glad we get the chance to speak to her directly and that she will be off the streets and behind bars. However, she’s so insignificant in the fight ahead that it’s just a small battle along the way,” Kowal wrote in a Wednesday post ahead of the hearing. “We won’t stop until there’s been significant change made in this country and around the world, so that others don’t have to lose their mothers, or fathers, or brothers, or sisters or especially, children.”

Source: 72-year-old woman sentenced to prison for DUI crash that killed MMA fighter’s toddler son – LA Times

Committee recommends against adding marijuana blood-level limit to OUI laws

A committee convened by the Maine Department of Public Safety says it doesn’t believe that Maine needs to set a limit for determining whether a motorist is impaired by marijuana. The recommendation is likely to stir debate among law enforcement officials and legislators as implementation of the voter-approved recreational marijuana law plods forward.Committee chair Scot Maddox said the state need not alter its operating under the influence law or create new blood-level limits for THC, the psychoactive component in marijuana. Instead, he said lawmakers should provide additional funding to train police officers, prosecutors and even judges to recognize marijuana impairment and its dangers while driving. He said there should also be a robust public education campaign.Sen. Mark Dion, a Portland Democrat and former police officer, said he’s surprised by the recommendation, as blood level tests for alcohol play a key role in OUI arrests and convictions.“If you blow a 1.5 on the breath test, it kind of validates the officer’s conclusions that you’re impaired, and there’s a lot of weight placed on that breath test. If someone is arrested for cannabis influence impairment, all we have is the confirmation that cannabis is present. And it doesn’t necessarily validate the observations of the officer,” he said.But Maddox, speaking before the Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee, said Maine’s current impairment law is sufficient — at least for now.“The basis of under the influence is irrelevant as far as the law is concerned. Whether you’re impaired because you’re drinking alcohol or whether you’re impaired because you’re taking prescription medications, or you’re impaired because you’re smoking marijuana, the difference is none, as far as the law is concerned,” Maddox said.He said that officers trained to identify marijuana impairment can still make an arrest and use a blood test to bolster their case for a conviction.Last year a bill that would have set a THC limit failed in the Legislature because there was disagreement over what would be an appropriate limit to determine impairment.The issue has dogged the more than two dozen states that have legalized marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes — or in Maine’s case, both. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, nearly 20 states have set limits on THC in the bloodstream while operating a vehicle.A number of studies have found that marijuana degrades a person’s ability to drive, but research on whether it causes accidents has been mixed. The same goes for studies determining the appropriate level of THC to determine driving impairment, in part because THC has been found to affect people differently.

Source: Committee recommends against adding marijuana blood-level limit to OUI laws — Politics — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Is Skylar Richardson getting off too easy? – Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -The aggravated murder case against a teenage mother accused of killing and burying her own newborn infant in her backyard is exploding on social media.Some people already calling Brooke “Skylar” Richardson, 18, the next Casey Anthony, saying she is being treated too well by the justice system. A Warren County judge issued a gag order Thursday after Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell confirmed what we knew two weeks ago: the baby was, in fact, a girl.There’s a growing movement on Facebook to fight for justice for that baby girl lost.Supporters of that movement are calling her “Baby Carlisle,”  though Fornshell says court officials now refer to her as “Baby Jane Doe”.They’re planning to be vocal, to picket and protest.Some people tell us they’re worried. They are urging pushing for others to write the prosecutor and the judge so that fragile life was not lost in vain.Social media is exploding, and people are paying attention to the numbers and to other cases, saying Richardson is already getting preferential treatment, starting with a low bond and home confinement.”I think it was a kick in Fornshell’s face,” one woman told us. “When he asked for a million dollar bond and she got out on $50,000.””I literally have nightmares every night,” the woman told us, in somewhat graphic detail. “All I can do is pray, because the only person that matters in this whole case, is that precious baby girl.””The Kinsley Kinnard case, I want to say the mother of that case was $250,000, the boyfriend was $1 million. You just had the Franklin lawyer case, I believe it was burglary, he had a $100,000 bond,” another man told us. But keeping her baby, Fornshell said in a news conference last week, was never an option.”That was something that was simply not going to be accepted in that household, at least by Skylar and her mother,” said Fornshell.The baby girl he said, was murdered, then burned in the family fire pit and buried in the back yard, gory details, which are tearing people in the county apart.”But we have all these people, because she’s a blond, pretty cheerleader, with mommy and daddy’s money, oh poor, poor pitiful Brooke, she was just afraid of her mom. No!,” the woman was emphatic. “She was an adult!”A group is planning to picket and protest outside Skylar’s next pre-trial hearing, calling for justice for Baby Jane Doe.They said, with a gag order in place, it’s time for the community now, to be the voice for that little baby girl.We did some extensive background searching on the family, and here’s what we’ve found out so far:The teen’s father, Scott Richardson, has no criminal history aside from traffic violations and an OVI back in 2005.He was, however, briefly a member of the Carlisle Village Council in 2011, winning a seat vacated by another council member.This was disputed by rival Terry Johnson and after the Ohio Supreme Court heard the case, Richardson had to step down. for the teen’s mother, Kim Richardson, who was seen in her daughter’s second court appearance wearing sunglasses in court, a search of her background provided no criminal information.Their daughter faces life in prison.She is charged with aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter, gross abuse of a corpse,tampering with evidence and child endangering.She was a pretty and popular cheerleader now accused of a hideous crime, killing, burning & burying her baby in the backyard.She has no criminal past and with no means beyond her family, is why some suspect the judge let her out on a $50,000 bond.And by all accounts, this family concerned about keeping up appearances, has a mountain of legal obstacles ahead.“Skylar and her family, particularly her mother, we pretty obsessed with external appearances and how things appeared to the outside world,” Fornshell said.

Source: Is Skylar Richardson getting off too easy? – Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Ex-lawyer with 2008 conviction gets probation for DWI

Ex-lawyer with 2008 conviction gets probation, suspended jail sentence in DWI

Carlos Fierro

Carlos Fierro, who spent more than three years in prison for killing a Santa Fe pedestrian with his car after a night of heavy drinking, on Tuesday received a suspended jail sentence and probation for his arrest last year on a drunken-driving charge.

Although Fierro had the vehicular homicide conviction on his record, his latest case was treated as a first-time DWI offense, a misdemeanor.

No one was injured in the latest incident, but Fierro in 2008 had failed to stop after his car mowed down 46-year-old William Tenorio on Guadalupe Street after Fierro had been drinking in bars with a state police officer who was a member of then-Gov. Bill Richardson’s security detail.

District Attorney Marco Serna said Tuesday that despite the fact that Fierro had killed a man while driving drunk in the past, the prosecutor’s office was unable to charge Fierro as a repeat DWI offender because the charge he was convicted of in the earlier case — homicide by vehicle — was not technically a DWI.

Serna said the prosecutor in the earlier case was able to get the conviction based partly on proving that Fierro had been drunk that night, making his behavior reckless. But Serna said it wouldn’t have made sense to also charge the lesser offense of DWI because the charges would have been merged to prevent creating a double-jeopardy situation where Fierro could potentially have been punished twice for the same act.

Serna said he researched case law on the issue and couldn’t find any cases where a district attorney had charged both crimes.

After Fierro served his sentence for vehicular homicide, the former lawyer and congressional staffer moved to California.

While visiting New Mexico over Memorial Day weekend in 2016, he was pulled over in Española and arrested on suspicion of DWI by a New Mexico State Police officer who said he saw Fierro toss a cigarette out his car window and make an irregular lane change. The officer said Fierro had been weaving, smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot eyes. The arrest report said Fierro refused to take a breath-alcohol test and asked the officer to give him a “break.”

Fierro’s lawyer argued in pretrial motions that the traffic stop wasn’t justified and that Fierro was targeted because of his history. After those motions were denied, Fierro pleaded guilty and Santa Fe County Magistrate David Segura sentenced him to 90 days in jail but suspended all but four days, time Fierro had already served.

Fierro appealed the conviction less than a week later, but state District Judge T. Glenn Ellington denied the appeal.

Fierro did not appear for Tuesday’s sentencing hearing before Segura. His public defender, Hans Erickson, said an administrative error prevented him from notifying Fierro of the hearing until the last minute, at which point arranging travel from California would have been prohibitively expensive. The lawyer asked Segura to continue the case, allow Fierro to appear by phone or waive his appearance and impose the sentence in Fierro’s absence.

Assistant District Attorney Ihsan Ahmed opposed allowing Fierro to appear by phone or be sentenced without being present, arguing that “given Mr. Fierro’s history,” it would be in the best interest of the public for him to appear in person to be sentenced.

Erikson argued that prosecutors were taking a hard line because of Fierro’s notoriety.

“He’s a high-profile guy,” Erikson said of Fierro. “The state wouldn’t have taken this position if he was just a guy off the street.”

Serna disputed that characterization after the hearing, saying that regardless of who the defendant is, it has “much more impact” when guilty defendants hear their disposition and sentence read out by a judge.

Segura sided with the defense and imposed the same exact sentence he had pronounced before Fierro’s appeal: 90 days in jail with 86 days suspended, a year of unsupervised probation, 24 hours of community service and installation of an ignition interlock on his vehicle for a year. That sentence is in keeping with penalties for a first-time DWI offense.

Following DUI charge, suburban high school football coach sidelined for season

Richmond-Burton High School football coach Patrick Elder won’t be on the sideline this season after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, but for now still has his job as athletic director, school officials said Friday.

Superintendent Tom Lind said Elder, 44, was not placed on leave at the McHenry County school after he was arrested and charged with DUI on July 15, but he will not be coaching. Lind declined further comment on Elder’s job status.

A Spring Grove police officer spotted Elder’s vehicle swerving and crossing the center line of Illinois Highway 173 just east of Clark Road, according to Spring Grove police Chief Thomas Sanders.

The officer reported a strong smell of alcohol on Elder’s breath and said he was slurring his speech and had red eyes. The officer said Elder, a Spring Grove resident, was unable to keep his balance during the field sobriety test and would not to take a breathalyzer test.

Elder posted $100 and his driver’s license and bonded out of Spring Grove jail. He is set to appear in McHenry County court Aug. 14.

According to local authorities and court records, Elder was convicted of DUI in 1992 and 1995 in downstate McLean County. For the 1995 conviction, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 24 months of probation.

McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally said a third DUI conviction could bring a penalty ranging from probation to a maximum of seven years in prison.

The Illinois secretary of state’s office said Elder’s license will be suspended for a year for not doing the breathalyzer. If he is convicted of DUI, he could lose it for a decade.

Lind said Elder has been with the district for 11 years and would have gone through a background check when he was hired. But Lind, who is in his first year as superintendent, said he didn’t know what that check revealed or how the district weighed that information.

Richmond-Burton High School is located in Richmond, a town just south of the Wisconsin border.


Marijuana DUIs Are Still Too Subjective Say Cops. Why No BreathTest?

Scientists Still Seek A Reliable DUI Test For MarijuanaListen· 5:245:24QueueDownloadEmbedTranscriptFacebookTwitterGoogle+EmailJuly 30, 20177:14 AM ETHeard on All Things ConsideredRAE ELLEN BICHELLAlthough consuming cannabis is legal in Colorado and several other states, driving while under the influence of the drug is not.Nick Pedersen/Getty ImagesThis spring, 16 state patrol officers from Colorado and Wyoming took a couple days off their usual work schedule to do something special. They assembled in a hotel conference room in Denver. As instructed, they wore street clothes for their first assignment: going shopping at nearby marijuana dispensaries.”It’s a brave new world,” said instructor Chris Halsor, referring to the years since Colorado legalized recreational marijuana.There are now more marijuana dispensaries in Colorado than there are Starbucks shops, said Halsor, a Denver lawyer and former prosecutor. And though consuming cannabis is legal across the state, driving under its influence is not.The cops in that conference room, with their buzz cuts and Mountain Dew, are all part of the force charged with keeping the roads safe. But first, they needed a formal pot education — to learn how to identify various marijuana products and paraphernalia when they pull over a driver they suspect is under the influence.Here’s the rub: Despite the increasingly legal use of cannabis in many states, cops still don’t have the equivalent of a reliable alcohol breathalyzer or blood test — a chemically based way of estimating what the drug is doing in the brain. Though a blood test exists that can detect some of marijuana’s components, there is no widely accepted, standardized amount in the breath or blood that gives police or courts or anyone else a good sense of who is impaired.Yessenia Hinojos, a budtender at a Denver cannabis dispensary called The Green Solution, describes marijuana strains to A.J. Tarantino (left) and Philip Gurley. Both men are officers with Colorado State Patrol.Rae Ellen Bichell/NPRA number of scientists nationally are working hard to create just such a chemical test and standard — something to replace the behavioral indicators that cops have to base their judgments on now.”We like to know the human error and the limitations of the human opinion,” said Tara Lovestead, a chemical engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colo., who is working on setting standards for what a marijuana detection test might require.It’s actually really hard for Lovestead to do this kind of research because she works in a federal lab; federally, cannabis is considered a Schedule 1 substance, “a drug with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” So even though Lovestead is in Colorado, getting hold of a sample for research purposes is just as hard as getting hold of heroin.”We cannot use the stuff down the street,” she said.Aside from being a bureaucratic mess, coming up with a standardized blood or breath test is also a really tricky chemistry problem because of the properties of the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis: delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.In states like Colorado, there is a THC blood test that law enforcement can use to show “presumed” impairment. If a person has more than 5 nanograms of delta-9-THC per milliliter of blood, a court or jury can infer that they are impaired, according to Colorado law (this is called “permissible inference” in legalese).SHOTS – HEALTH NEWSHigh On The Highway: Scientists Try To Build A Marijuana Breath TestBut Lovestead and others maintain that, scientifically speaking, that cutoff doesn’t actually mean anything.”We just don’t know whether or not that means they’re still intoxicated, or impaired or not,” she said. “There’s no quantitative measure that could stand up in a court of law.”Turns out it can be a lot harder to chemically determine from a blood or breath test that someone is high than to determine from such a test that they’re drunk.Ethanol, the chemical in alcoholic drinks that dulls thinking and reflexes is small and dissolves in water. Because humans are mostly water, it gets distributed fairly quickly and easily throughout the body and is usually cleared within a matter of hours. But THC, the main chemical in cannabis that produces some of the same symptoms, dissolves in fat. That means the length of time it lingers in the body can differ from person to person even more than alcohol — influenced by things like gender, amount of body fat, frequency of use, and the method and type of cannabis product consumed.In one study, researchers had 30 frequent marijuana users stay at a research facility for a month without any access to drugs of any sort and repeatedly tested their blood for evidence of cannabis.”And it shocked everyone, including ourselves, that we could measure, in some of these individuals, THC in the blood for 30 days,” says Marilyn Huestis, a toxicologist with the University of Maryland S

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