Woman charged for allegedly running over man on baseball field

A woman in Maine has been charged with manslaughter after she hit a man while driving out of control onto a baseball field during a little league game Friday evening.

Carol Sharrow, of Sanford, Maine, allegedly blew through a gate and drove onto the field at Goodall Park, sending players and bystanders scattering for safety, police said. The woman turned around right in the middle of the field and drove back through the gate when she struck 68-year-old Douglas Parkhurst, according to police.

Parkhurst was rushed to the hospital, but died en route.

Police in Sanford, Maine, had chained the gate shut where a driver busted through and hit a man, killing him, at baseball game on Friday, June 1, 2018.

Surreal video showed the woman careening across the baseball diamond while parents and fans shouted for her to get off the field. A second cellphone video showed people rushing to Parkhurt’s aid in the parking lot after he was hit.

Witnesses told Portland ABC affiliate WMTW that Parkhurst was attempting to push children out of the way and close the main gate to prevent the woman from fleeing when he was struck.

“I pitched to one batter and then I heard, like, rubber burning and everyone looked up and then I heard screaming,” said Zachary McMurtry, who was playing in the game. McMurtry’s friend, Makena Murphy, captured the woman driving erratically across the diamond.

Police said Sharrow, 51, has two previous convictions for driving under the influence. She was convicted of aggravated driving under the influence in New Hampshire in 2002 and was charged with operating under the influence by York County Sheriff’s Office, in Maine, at an uncertain date, WMTW reported.

Maine State Police and the Sanford Police Department are continuing to investigate the incident. Sharrow is being held at York County Jail.

Sanford is just 18 miles inland from Kennebunkport and about 35 miles south of Portland.


Ex-parole board member denies he used position to get out of DUI

COLUMBUS – A fired parole board member – accused of using his official position in a failed effort to get out of a drunken driving charge – denied to 10 Investigates that he abused his authority and is expected to go to on trial later this month.

But others disagree with Michael H. Jackson.

They include a state trooper, a judge and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – the agency who fired him.

And they point to dash camera video as proof.

Jackson, who served on the parole board from 2013 to 2018, was fired from his job in February of this year, according to a copy of his termination letter obtained by 10 Investigates.

The letter states: “You are being removed for violating the standards of employee conduct: Rule 16-Misusing official position for personal gain.” The letter goes on to state, “you attempted to use your official position with the parole board and ODRC to influence the arresting officer…”

Jackson, who is charged with OVI and other traffic violations, was arrested on November 12, 2017. He is scheduled to go to trial on June 18.

Dash camera video recorded by Ohio State Highway Patrol – and obtained by 10 Investigates – shows Jackson referenced his job with the state at least three times while Trooper Steven Mahl was conducting a traffic stop in east Franklin County.

Jackson initially refused to take a field sobriety test but after learning he was going to be placed under arrest, he agreed.

Mahl said: “I’ve asked you, you said you didn’t want to do any test.”

Jackson: “Well because I’m…because I work for the governor’s office they are always telling me don’t do that kind of stuff, try to just get out of it and see if you can go home. I’m right here at the house.”

A spokesman for Governor John Kasich denied knowing Jackson in an emailed response to 10 Investigates. The statement went on to say Jackson’s “comments are false and ridiculous. Moreover, the only guidance we have on drinking and driving is to follow the law and not to do it.”

Earlier in the traffic stop, dash camera video shows Jackson showed Mahl his badge. Mahl can be heard asking: “Where’s that badge come back to Mike?”

Jackson says: “Adult Parole Authority.”

Mahl: “The Parole Authority?”

Mahl then asks Jackson how much he’d had to drink that night. That portion of the audio from that dash camera provided to 10 Investigates was redacted. But during an April court hearing, Mahl testified that Jackson admitted to consuming between two to three drinks before getting behind the wheel of his Ford F-150.

Earlier in the traffic stop, the dash camera video shows Mahl asks Jackson to step out of his truck. At that point, Jackson says: “Really?” And again references that “I’m with state parole.”

Jackson hung up on a 10 Investigates reporter Friday, but during a brief interview before his most recent court appearance in late April, Jackson denied abusing his position, despite dash camera video that shows he referenced his position with the trooper.

When asked by a 10 Investigates reporter if he was attempting to get out of the OVI arrest, Jackson said: “No, that’s not the case… now whether I was afraid or tongue-tied possibly, but that’s not the case.”

When asked directly by a reporter: “Are you saying you didn’t say that?”

Jackson said: “I’m saying that’s not what was intended. If that is what came out I am not certain.”

But Judge James O’Grady said during that April 25 hearing that he thought Jackson’s intentions were clear.

“To put forth, you know, I’m in law enforcement, I have a badge, I work for the governor, that is…it’s clear why that was done. I have no doubt in my mind. That was absolutely done to ‘we’re on the same side – gimme a break and let me go.’”

Calls and emails placed with Jackson’s attorney Thursday and Friday were not returned. A clerk tells 10 Investigates Jackson’s trial is still set for June 18.

Jackson becomes the third parole member to leave the parole board since February.

Two others – Richard Cholar Jr. and Andre Imbrogno – have also left the parole board in recent months. Cholar could not be reached.

Imbrogno, who remains with ODRC’s legal services division, declined to answer a reporter’s questions. He referred questions to an ODRC spokeswoman.

An ODRC spokeswoman did reply back to 10 Investigates saying that one board member had been re-assigned and the other’s term was not renewed. No further explanation was given.


OWI suspect puts on striptease while under arrest

WEST BEND — An OWI suspect in West Bend puts on a striptease for officers while he’s under arrest. The bizarre behavior was all caught on camera.

Officials say Craig Abel was placed in a holding cell at the West Bend Police Department after being arrested for allegedly crashing his vehicle into a house. That’s when he started to expose himself and make obscene gestures.

As soon as the handcuffs came off, so did Abel’s clothes.

The 46-year-old can be seen slapping his bare stomach and mooning the camera.

“It was just, I don’t know,” said Jeannine Waterson

The footage left Jeannine Waterson speechless knowing the reason behind Abel’s actions.

“I was just trying to get everything done, laundry put away, dishes in the dishwasher,” Waterson said. “And then all of a sudden I heard tires squealing and then a big crash and then the whole house shook.”

Just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning, May 26 police say Abel crashed his vehicle into a home on Julen Circle, then drove off. When Waterson got outside, she discovered it was her neighbor’s side of the duplex that had been hit.

“If it had hit two feet over, it would have hit their bedroom,” said Waterson.

Charlene and John Pedersen were out of town for the holiday weekend. They came home to a gaping hole in their garage and a lot of questions.

“It was a shock. I just felt like I got hit in the face,” said Charlene. “How could this have happened to us?”

Police say this is Abel’s sixth OWI offense. The victims hope the seemingly silly video of his behavior after the crime shines a light on the serious consequences of driving under the influence.

“They need to make the law tougher for drunk drivers. This is just getting ridiculous because so many people are getting hurt, killed,” said Waterson.

In addition to an OWI, hit-and-run, and probation violation charge, Abel was also charged with disorderly conduct for exposing himself in the holding cell — as well as obstructing an officer for allegedly giving police a false name upon his arrest.

OWI suspect puts on striptease while under arrest in West Bend

Man sues over fabricated field sobriety test


Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Ricky Steinert in a picture from the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page that promoted the agency’s participation in the program “Live PD.” Steinert, who resigned under a cloud last year, was chosen to be featured in the show

Ryan Heyd, whose DWI case was thrown out when a friend’s cellphone video contradicted what a deputy claimed a field sobriety test showed, is now suing in federal court over his 2016 arrest, claiming St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith and then-Deputy Ricky Steinert violated his civil rights.

The criminal case against Heyd was dismissed a year ago, after the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office discovered that Steinert fabricated information about Heyd’s field sobriety test.

On the police report, Steinert wrote that Heyd swayed, lost his balance and lost count during the test, but the video showed he did none of those things.

Steinert resigned from the Sheriff’s Office in the wake of an Internal Affairs investigation into the matter. According to the report on the investigation, he admitted cutting and pasting material from prior reports into his report on Heyd’s arrest.

The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, says that Steinert fabricated “facts” to justify the initial traffic stop on Heyd and also to support the claim that he did poorly on the field sobriety test.

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Heyd, who lives in Slidell, was illegally arrested in January 2016 and prosecuted through May 26, 2017, his last trial date, the suit says. His liberty was curtailed during that period because he had to take random drug tests and also was required to install an ignition interlock device on his car. Since he couldn’t afford that, the suit says, he was unable to drive.

The conditions of his bond forbade him from traveling out of state.

“This pretrial detention and curtailment of his liberty and personal freedom occurred as a result of the wrongful institution of legal process,” the suit says, calling it a violation of his right against illegal search and seizure and his right to due process.

His arrest and prosecution, without probable cause, were also malicious under state law, the suit says.

A spokesman for Smith, Capt. Scott Lee, said in an email late Friday that the sheriff had not yet been served with a copy of Heyd’s lawsuit and therefore could not comment on specific allegations in it.

However, he said, “Sheriff Smith would point out that the incident in question occurred under the prior administration of Jack Strain, and that Sheriff Smith has asked the Louisiana attorney general to investigate this matter regarding former deputy Steinert’s conduct.”

When questions first arose about Steinert’s actions, Smith said he did not believe that Steinert had broken the law.

“I’m convinced that this type of police activity has been going on for years,” said Gary Bizal, an attorney for Heyd. “It’s great that there are now video cameras that can catch these guys in their lies.”

But the camera in question belonged to Heyd’s friend. St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office deputies do not have body cameras or dashboard cameras.

Without the video, it would have been Heyd’s word against that of the deputy. And Heyd, a 30-year-old National Guard member, had a previous DWI on his record.

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Among other things, Steinert’s report said that Heyd lost his balance from the starting position three times before beginning a walk-and-turn test and missed four steps in all, stepping off the line.

But the video shows him walking heel to toe, arms at his sides, without wobbling.

His case was not the only one where evidence surfaced that Steinert, a former parish “deputy of the year” who made 117 arrests from 2015 until his departure last year, had fabricated results on field sobriety tests. An arrest report that Steinert wrote about Darren McFarland was identical to Heyd’s in key passages.

McFarland was found guilty of DWI despite blowing 0.063 on the breathalyzer, below the level where intoxication is presumed. Steinert was the only witness for the prosecution.

The DA’s Office later vacated McFarland’s conviction.

Former St. Tammany deputy fired from new agency after falsified DWI report allegations surface

Steinert, who was hired by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office after leaving St. Tammany, was fired from that job in March after the agency there learned about the circumstances of his departure from St. Tammany.

In case of St. Tammany deputy accused of lying on DWI, Louisiana AG asked to review

He was not criminally prosecuted for his alleged actions in St. Tammany, but following news coverage of the matter, Smith asked state Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office to review the case.


Man charged with DUI after woman thrown off erratic motorcycle

HAGERSTOWN, Md – A woman was taken to a trauma center with serious injuries Tuesday after she was thrown off an erratic motorcycle and her head hit the ground.

The driver of the motorcycle, Gregory Schoen, 38, was charged with DUI, according to Maryland State Police.

MSP said the Hagerstown station was notified at about 4:49 p.m. Tuesday that a female passenger, later identified as Kaleigh Barr, 29, had been thrown off a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Leitersburg Pike near Longmeadow Road and may have been run over.

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Police learned the man operating the motorcycle, Gregory Schoen, 38, had been seen speeding and passing vehicles at a high rate of speed while traveling south on Leitersburg Pike. A witness said Schoen was in the opposing lane of traffic passing vehicles when a vehicle began approaching him, and he quickly swerved back into his lane.

The maneuver caused Barr to be thrown off the motorcycle, police said. She struck her head on the pavement, causing her helmet to come off. She was not run over, as an initial report stated.

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Barr was seriously injured and flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She was released on Wednesday, police said.

After he completed field sobriety tests, police arrested Schoen for DUI. A breath test showed Schoen’s blood alcohol content was .10, police said. The state’s attorney may file additional charges against Schoen.


Man pleads guilty in drunk driving wreck that killed NOPD officer

Chau Nguyen pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in connection with a drunk driving wreck that killed New Orleans Police Officer Natasha Hunter in 2016.
Chau Nguyen pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in connection with a drunk driving wreck that killed New Orleans Police Officer Natasha Hunter in 2016.(courtesy of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office)

A man charged in a drunk driving wreck that killed New Orleans Police Officer Natasha Hunter in 2016 pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Tuesday (May 29), and will face up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year.

Chau Nguyen, 35, who had been out of jail since posting bond four months after the wreck, was remanded to the sheriff’s office following his plea, according to court records.

Authorities said on June 5, 2016, Nguyen’s four-door Acura sedan hit the back of Hunter’s marked patrol car that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 10 near the Esplanade Avenue exit. She was investigating a crash when her car was hit around 2:30 a.m., and her vehicle’s emergency lights were flashing.

NOPD Officer Natasha Hunter

Hunter suffered traumatic head injuries in the crash, and died two days later.

Nguyen, who was in pharmacy school at the time of the wreck, also was injured in the crash. Prosecutors said he failed field sobriety tests and admitted to drinking alcohol at a casino prior to driving.

His blood-alcohol concentration measured at 0.16 after the crash, according to the district attorney’s office.

Hunter, 32, joined the New Orleans Police Department in December 2004. She was the mother of a 5-year-old girl.


Ilie Nastase arrested twice in a day, accused of DUI

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former tennis player Ilie Nastase was arrested twice in the space of six hours in his native Romania on Friday, first on suspicion of driving a car while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for going through a red light on a scooter.

Nastase had a level of 0.55 mg of alcohol per liter, Bucharest chief police traffic officer Victor Gilceava said, an offense that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.

Police initially stopped the 71-year-old Nastase around 4.45 a.m. while he was driving. They said he was visibly drunk. Gilceava said officers had to block Nastase’s vehicle as he failed to stop.

The former U.S. and French Open champion refused to take a breathalyzer and officers removed him from the vehicle and handcuffed him.

He was later released as police opened a criminal investigation against him for drunken driving and failing to take a breathalyzer test.


Nastase admitted that he had drunk beer but claimed police had manhandled him and thrown him to the ground during his first arrest.

The second time he was apprehended, he was filmed mocking police officers and accusing them of acting like the communist-era militia. Nastase got in a police car and placed a police helmet on his head during that second arrest.


Star Used To Getting Special Treatment In Legal Matters

Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel is currently under investigation by the Charleston Police after he was accused of rape by his children’s former nanny, and he has also been accused of paying off another sexual assault victim $200k after a Tinder date. Lastly, a third woman who dated him says that Ravenel and his current girlfriend have been cyber stalking her, and legal action is in the works.

But Thomas Ravenel continues business as usual and doesn’t seem concerned. The former South Carolina Treasurer has lived in Charleston most of his life and has largely gone unscathed except for the matter of the federal government charges against him in 2007 for purchasing cocaine and sharing it with friends, says CBS. For this, Ravenel spent 10 months in federal prison and then spent the next several years on probation.

Ravenel complained that he was treated unfairly by the feds and that he got the same punishment as his drug dealer. With his political career behind him, he started on the Bravo show Southern Charmwhere he casually joked about his cocaine charges, saying that he was not a drug user, he just “liked the way it smelled.”

Perhaps it’s because Ravenel has always enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Charleston Police, and he trusts them to be fair to him. Back in 2010, there was an ATV accident at Thomas’ Edisto Island home, Brookland Plantation says the Post and Courier. Ravenel called it a “freak accident” when a friend lost his leg when an ATV rolled, pinning Kenneth M. “Marty” Boissoneault’s leg underneath. Ravenel was driving the four-wheeled Kawasaki Mule when it unexpectedly flipped, and neither man was wearing a seatbelt. Ravenel fell on his friend and was unhurt, but Boissoneault was airlifted and taken to the hospital where his leg was amputated.

Ravenel explained that the tires of the ATV must have gotten snared in the grass and that they were only doing approximately 10 miles per hour. Maj. John Clark of the Charleston County Sheriff’s office made a statement for the Post and Courier saying that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the matter, but legal action by Boissoneault claimed that both men were intoxicated at the time of the tragic accident.

But South Carolina Lawyers Weekly tells a different story, as the plaintiff, Kenneth Boissoneault (now deceased) successfully settled with Thomas Ravenel for $2.2 million. Charleston lawyer David Yarborough made what is called a Tyger River demand on Ravenel’s insurance company, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, and rather than go to court on the matter, the parties settled for $2.2 million. Yarborough thought that Ravenel and the insurance company would prefer to settle for the amount listed than risk a much larger amount in court.

Kenneth Boissoneault had already suffered economic losses at the time of the settlement, and the loss of his lower right leg (right tibia-fibula open fractures resulting in a below-the-knee amputation) was going to limit his future earnings, says Yarborough.

“He had a 30 percent whole-person impairment rating and he was going to have to wear a prosthetic device for the rest of his life. In a case of clear liability, which we believed this was, with potential for punitive exposure, the damages clearly could have exceeded the available policy limits.”

But the matter in the case that stood out in the negligence matter according to Yarborough was negligence on the part of Boissoneault and Ravenel, as both men had been drinking at the time of the accident, despite what the Charleston County officials had said.

“There was one problem for the plaintiff: Evidence that he and the defendant had been drinking alcohol on the day of the rollover.”

The plaintiff said that Ravenel had made the turn too suddenly which led to the rollover, but Yarborough said that an impaired driver was the reason for the rollover, even if the plaintiff had also been drinking.

“It cut both ways because the driver, obviously, should not have been operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. We believed that a jury would or could potentially bring back an actual damages verdict that exceeded the available policy limits as well as a punitive damages verdict that would have put the defendant’s assets at great risk.”

Ravenel agreed to pay the plaintiff’s estate but did not ultimately face any charges from Charleston County Police for operating an ATV while drinking, and all matters were settled out of court.


Woman facing 3rd OWI was passed out with child in vehicle in court parking lot

MONROE, Wis. – A woman is facing a repeat impaired driving charge after she was unconscious Thursday morning in the Green County Justice Center parking lot with a child in the vehicle, officials said. 

The Green County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the justice center in Monroe for a report of a woman who was passed out at 10:15 a.m.

Tangy M. Grant, 30, of New Glarus, was arrested on suspicion of third-offense operating while under the influence of drugs with a passenger under the age of 16 and possession of a Schedule II narcotic, according to the report. Grant was taken to jail on the charges along with a probation hold through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.


Semi driver crashes into school bus

Semi truck and school bus crash

The driver of a semitrailer that crashed into a school bus Wednesday on Interstate 39/90/94 near DeForest injuring 20 people faces tentative charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing injury by vehicle, a Columbia County official said.

On Thursday, the State Patrol identified the semitrailer driver as 42-year-old Wayne Edward Murphy, of Indianapolis. He was taken to Columbia County Jail, an official said, and has no known prior OWI convictions.

One child remained in critical condition Thursday with injuries that were not considered life-threatening at UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital, UW Health spokeswoman Lisa Brunette said. Another child was listed in good condition at the Children’s Hospital, Brunette said.

Eleven other patients from Wednesday’s crash were treated at UW Health facilities.

The bus, operated by Lakeside Buses of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, was carrying about 30 people from Hope Christian School in Milwaukee when the driver pulled over on the shoulder near mile marker 122 in Columbia County due to mechanical problems.

The bus was rear-ended by the semitrailer, a 2016 Freightliner Power Unit, around 10:15 a.m. on the northbound side of the Interstate.

Ted Dahl, the owner of Dahl Trucking, which employed Murphy, said he has worked for the company for “quite some time” and that he would be off the road until the investigation is completed.

“At this point in time, all of our thoughts and prayers go to those kids and their parents and families,” Dahl said.

Several calls to Hope Christian Schools, which has multiple campuses throughout Milwaukee, were not returned Thursday.

In a Facebook post Wednesday, the school said the students were from the Semper campus and were on a year-end field trip.

The driver of the bus was 51-year-old Yvonne Gayton, of Milwaukee, according to the State Patrol, which initially erroneously named a 67-year-old Madison retiree on Thursday as the driver of the school bus.

Officials from Lakeside Buses said they are working closely with the State Patrol as the investigation into the crash continues.

“We look forward to their speedy recovery and return to HOPE Christian School: Semper for the end of the school year,” Lakeside Buses said in a statement.

At SSM Health’s Sun Prairie Emergency Center, 11 patients — three adults and eight children — were treated for minor injuries that included scrapes, bruises and broken bones, said SSM Health spokesperson Kim Sveum.