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.

Boykin bros facing more chase charges

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Two siblings with long rap sheets could see them get a little lengthier after the latest run-in with local law enforcement, a vehicle pursuit in the early morning hours Monday that resulted in their arrests.

Early Monday morning, just after 12 a.m., deputies with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office observed Joshua Leon Boykin, 32, leaving Cherry Tree Lane operating a Chevrolet Tahoe and noticed his brother Jonathan Colanges Boykin, 34, in the passenger seat.

Jonathan Boykin was charged back in 2015 by Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities with driving while impaired (DWI) and other traffic offenses, a case that went to trial this past March. The state also sought a conviction on habitual DWI, which could bring a sentence of 10 years. Jonathan was out on bail during the trial and attended the first few days of his trial, but failed to show up for the remaining trial days, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith stated Tuesday.

The trial continued without Jonathan and he was found guilty by the jurors. Warrants were issued by the state for his arrest and sentencing, however sheriff’s authorities and other law enforcement agencies were unable to locate Jonathan in the months that followed.

That is, until Monday.

Upon seeing the Boykin brothers in the Tahoe, deputies activated their emergency equipment, but Joshua Boykin failed to yield for the deputies.

“A vehicle pursuit ensued and deputies were able to deploy stop sticks on the suspect vehicle, which deflated two of the vehicles tires,” Smith stated. “Despite having two flat tires, Joshua continued to flee in the vehicle from deputies.”

However, deputies deployed a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver, which stopped the Tahoe. The Boykin brothers fled on foot and after a short chase, both were apprehended by officers.

“During the arrest of Jonathan, he failed to comply with officers commands, fought with deputies and assaulted the officer,” Smith noted.

During the confrontation, he received a minor laceration to the head and was transported to Sampson Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department, where he was treated and released. One deputy also received a minor injury to the hand as a result.

It was discovered through the course of the investigation that the vehicle driven by Joshua Boykin was also stolen, reportedly taken from a family member on Lakewood School Road, Salemburg.

Joshua Boykin, whose address is listed as 2072 Claudes Drag Road, Roseboro, has been charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to stop at stop sign, failure to heed light or siren, reckless driving to endanger, injury to personal property, motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen motor vehicle and resisting public officer.

Jonathan Boykin, listed of the same Claudes Drag Road address, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting injury and resisting public officer. He was also served the orders for his arrest on charges of habitual impaired driving, misdemeanor flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, simple possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked, no operator’s license and non-support of child.

Joshua and Jonathan were placed under secured bonds of $25,000 and $13,500, respectively.

”Both of the individuals have a long history with law enforcement,” Smith stated.

According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Joshua Boykin served seven years in prison following a 2006 robbery in Sampson, for which he was convicted in 2008. He was released in 2015. He was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of firearm by felon, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.

Prior to that, he was convicted of assault on officer, driving while impaired and felony drug possession, all convictions coming in Sampson, NCDPS records note.

Jonathan Boykin has a slew of convictions dating back to 2001 in Sampson, Cumberland, Johnston and Bladen counties, court records show. He has convicted numerous times on charges of speeding to elude arrest, assault on officer and driving while impaired (including habitual impaired driving, his most recent conviction in Bladen in 2011).

He has also been convicted multiple times for reckless driving and related motor vehicle charges, simple assault and malicious conduct by prisoner.

Latest run-in with law officers leads to arrests

Police: Man who claimed to be passenger in fatal crash was actually the driver

A Zionsville man has been charged in the death of his friend a year and a half after he allegedly crashed his car and pretended his injured friend had been driving it.

Jack H. Kaplan, 22, Zionsville, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday after failing to turn himself in as agreed, said Ken Conley, Boone County Sheriff’s deputy and public information officer. Kaplan was booked into the Boone County Jail about 7 p.m. and was released on a bond of $25,005 within two hours.

Kaplan is accused of driving while intoxicated and wrecking his car, fatally injuring his passenger, 21-year-old James Dupler of Zionsville, on Oct. 20, 2016.

Boone County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team investigators believe Kaplan removed Dupler from the passenger seat and left him on the ground next to the driver’s side after crashing into a tree. Kaplan is accused of then sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle to await help.

Kaplan called his father, David Kaplan, instead of 911 and waited for his father to arrive at the crash and to call police, according to court records. Emergency responders said they found Kaplan in his father’s vehicle and Dupler on the ground near the driver’s side of the Explorer at County Road 300 South (also called 146th Street), just west of U.S. 421.

In all, Jack Kaplan was at the site nearly an hour before help arrived, police said. It took 26 minutes from the time he called his father to when his father called 911. Investigators estimate father and son had about 20 minutes alone at the crash site before emergency responders arrived within seven minutes of the father’s call, police said.

The younger Kaplan told police he and Dupler had been at an Indianapolis sports bar to watch a baseball game and had food, beer and a shot of alcohol, and then went to Marsh after that for snacks. Police concluded that Dupler bought bourbon at Marsh and both men had a swig before leaving the store grounds.

Kaplan told police he thought he was too drunk to drive and insisted that Dupler drive from the Marsh store.

Dupler was taken to St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, a trauma center. He died there, an estimated 2½ hours after the crash. The attending physician’s assessment said Dupler had several injuries, including a non-survivable traumatic head injury.

The elder Kaplan said he would drive his son to St. Vincent, but police later found them at Indiana University Health North Hospital in Indianapolis. The younger Kaplan was treated for an abrasion and small lacerations and released, according to court records.

The younger Kaplan’s attending physician noted, “Interestingly, father declined EMS transport and brought patient to this facility, a non-trauma hospital, despite patient’s apparent loss of consciousness.”

The passenger side of the vehicle was the most severely damaged, according to Boone County Sheriff’s Cpt. Mike Beard’s report. The doctor who performed Dupler’s autopsy concluded that the right side of his head and scalp were injured and his injuries indicated that he was on the passenger side of the vehicle when it crashed.

The doctor reported that Dupler was rendered unconscious by the crash and remained unconscious until lifesaving attempts ceased. She said it was “highly unlikely” that based on Dupler’s injuries he would have been able to free himself from the vehicle.

Investigators collected DNA samples from Dupler, Jack Kaplan and the Ford Explorer. DNA linked Jack Kaplan to the driver’s seat, driver’s headrest and steering wheel and excluded Dupler from those items. DNA also linked both occupants to the passenger side headliner.

The investigation took a long time because of waiting for DNA results and poring over the facts, Conley said, adding, “It took a lot of legwork.”

Boone County Deputy Prosecutor Brandon Knight filed the following charges against Jack Kaplan on Wednesday: failure to remain at the scene of an accident, reckless homicide, failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death, causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death when operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, obstruction of justice, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more and public intoxication.

His initial hearing is scheduled for May 23.

“I want to extend my heartfelt sorrow to the Dupler family for their loss,” Sheriff Mike Nielsen said in a statement. “This is a sad and tragic event where no one wins in the end. But Mr. Kaplan will have his day in court, and hopefully the truth will prevail.”

Dupler’s family released the following statement: “Our family would like to sincerely thank the tireless efforts of the Boone County investigative team in finding the truth and honoring James’ memory. There is hope in Jesus, and a measure of peace in knowing the truth. We would also like to thank our family, friends and Trader’s Point Christian Church for their love and continued prayers of support.”

Man arrested in boat crash that killed his 3 friends

An Overland Park man has been arrested after a deadly boat crash early Saturday morning at Lake of the Ozarks killed three of his friends and injured one other.

All five adults are from Johnson County.

Hayden Frazier, 22, of Overland Park, was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated related to the death of another person and serious physical injury, as well as negligent operation of a vessel.

Frazier, who was driving the boat, was held at the Camden County jail Saturday. On Sunday, jail officials said he had been released. Prosecutors in Camden County, which encompasses part of the lake area, have not said if charges will be filed.

An earlier version of this story said Frazier had been charged. He was arrested on the above charges.

The Missouri Highway patrol identified all five occupants in an incident report released Saturday evening. The three deceased are: Joseph LeMark, 23, and Daniel Lewis, 24, both of Overland Park, and Hailey Hochanadel, 21, of Olathe.

Frazier and Ashley Lamb, 21, of Olathe, were injured.

The five were in a 1991 Regal Runabout boat when it struck a rock bluff in the main channel at mile marker 47.5 in Camden County, according to the patrol’s boating incident report. At the point of collision, which was across from Simmons Point, Frazier, LeMark and Hochanadel were ejected.

“The driver (Frazier) re-entered the vessel and paddled to a dock across the channel,” the report stated. He paddled a half mile, according to Sgt. Scott White, spokesman for the patrol’s Troop F, which covers the lake.

Lewis was found inside the boat and pronounced dead at the scene. LeMark was located just after 8:30 a.m. and divers found Hochanadel at 11:15 a.m.

Lamb was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield. The patrol report described her injuries as serious. Frazier was taken to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach with moderate injuries.

A neighbor near the crash site called the patrol around 1:45 a.m., White said.

“As to the circumstances leading up to (the crash), we just don’t know yet,” White said.

The preliminary investigation indicated that none of the people on the boat was wearing a life vest. Missouri law doesn’t require occupants to do so, only to have one readily accessible for each person on the boat.

The peak boating season at the lake begins Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. Saturday is the first day of a week set aside to promote safe boating.

“Without a doubt this is a tragic start to National Safe Boating Week and the summer,” White said.

A search in The Star’s archives shows this may be one of the deadliest boating accidents in recent history at Lake of the Ozarks. A Lee’s Summit police officer and two Kansas City firefighters, who were later found to be legally drunk, died in a boating accident there in April 1997.

Between 2011-16, an average of 16 people died annually from boating accidents in Missouri, according to the 2017 Missouri Boating Statistics & Drownings report. In 2016, the latest numbers available, there were four fatalities at Lake of the Ozarks.

Chief: Discipline in police drunken-driving case may happen soon

Daniel Coppola Photo: Schenectady Police Department

SCHENECTADY — Police Chief Eric Clifford said the city patrolman facing drunken driving charges stemming from Sunday’s motor vehicle crash may face disciplinary charges early next week.

But Clifford on Friday said even when the internal probe wraps up he may hold off on a decision pending how a judge rules on whether to suspend Officer Daniel Coppola driver’s license, which he needs to do his job.

“It’s possible he could  go on (disciplinary) charges Monday, and if we make a decision by Monday, we may actually move faster than these court proceedings, which is really the new way of doing things,” the chief said, referring to to the state law that now determines police discipline with Public Safety Commissioner Michael Eidens in charge. “This situation is not going to be taken lightly and I will hold him accountable.”

At the same time, Clifford said it speaks to integrity of Coppola, 23, that he called in the wreck to police after being hit by a motorist, who police say was driving without a license at the time of the crash at 4:14 a.m. Sunday at Broadway and Liberty Street in Schenectady. It’s unclear if that driver has been charged.

“He does not have a history of discipline,” said Clifford of Coppola, noting that will be among the many factors he will weigh when deciding on discipline.

Court documents indicate Coppola’s eyes were glassy, his speech was deliberate, and he smelled of alcohol. He failed  standardized field sobriety tests to stand on one leg and the horizontal gaze nystagmus but passed the walk and turn test.

Copolla, who had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent, pleaded not guilty Thursday in City Court to two counts of driving while intoxicated. He is due back in court June 7.

In New York, the legal threshold to be charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, is 0.08 percent.

The court filings indicate that Coppola was read his Miranda rights at around 5:20 a.m. and was charged with DWI. Roughly about 20 minutes later at 5:42 a.m., he was placed under observation, as the law requires. The subsequent breath test, where his blood alcohol content came in at 0.12 percent, was given at 6:21 a.m.

Asked about the police handling of the matter, Clifford said everything was done by the book.

“The two-hour time frame doesn’t stand out as a problem and is not outside the boundary of reasonableness,” he said.

Eric Sills, an Albany-based attorney, said Friday that “with certain exceptions, the ‘two-hour rule’ provides that the police must administer a chemical ( blood or breath) test to a DWI suspect within two hours of the time of the person’s arrest.

He also  stressed that that it is common for the defendant to leave the arraignment with their driver’s license.

“Although a driver’s license is technically supposed to be suspended pending prosecution at arraignment, the defendant has the right to a pre-suspension hearing, as well as the right to an adjournment to prepare for the hearing,” Sills said.

Clifford said he didn’t know but he suspects that Lt. Wesley McGhee, the supervisor on duty the night of the incident, didn’t respond but had to be called to the scene, which might also have prevented Coppola from getting the Breathlyzer test earlier.

“I don’t know if it caused a delay but it could have,” said Clifford.

As part of Thursday’s proceeding, City Court Judge Teneka Frost ruled she couldn’t suspend Coppola’s license, which normally happens when somebody is arraigned on a DWI charge, because a certified copy of the breath test was not contained in the court files.

Clifford said Friday that the department provided a copy of the breath test signed by the officer, “which is typically acceptable” and that an police officer would have had to drive to Albany to get the certified state copy.

“We provided everything that we normally provide, which has historically been accepted by the judge, but (the judge) didn’t feel it was appropriate,” said Clifford.

Court papers indicate that Coppola, 23, told the responding officer that he was driving home from Union Inn after having two beers.

Attorney Andrew Safranko, who is representing Coppola, said his client, is remorseful and has  cooperated fully with authorities during the probe.

“He apologizes to the chief and the members of the department  for casting a negative light on the department,” said Safranko.  “He’s a young man, loves loves being a police officer, and apologizes for getting in this situation at all.”

For now, Coppola, who is 23 with two years on the force, remains on desk duty, watching prisoners and taking police reports, Clifford said.

Coppola is the stepson of Schenectady County Sheriff Dominic Dagostino.

Over the years, several police officers in Schenectady and Albany have run afoul of the law after drinking and get behind the wheel of a car, in some  cases striking parked cars and other stationary objects.

Man accused of throwing drugs out of window during police pursuit

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — A Petersburg man has been arrested after police say he failed to stop during a traffic stop and threw drugs out of his car window during the subsequent police pursuit.

The incident happened Tuesday beginning with an attempted traffic stop in Colonial Heights and a police pursuit that traveled through Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Petersburg.

A Colonial Heights police officer initiated a traffic stop for an equipment violation as well as suspected drunk driving on the driver of a 1998 Chevrolet pick-up truck in the area of Boulevard and Lakeview.

The driver, later identified as 27-year-old Timothy Charles-Nicholas Gray, failed to stop for the officer and a vehicle pursuit ensued, according to police.

Timothy Charles-Nicholas Gray

Police say Gray, who was the lone occupant of the vehicle, led officers into Chesterfield County, where Chesterfield Police joined the pursuit.

While traveling through the Ettrick area, police say Gray threw several bags of suspected narcotics out of the window.

The pursuit also traveled through Dinwiddie County and then into the City of Petersburg, where the pursuit ended after the suspect crashed into another vehicle in the 1900 Block of West Washington Street.

Gray and two occupants from the victim vehicle were transported to Southside Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Charges pending for Gray include, Felony eluding, driving on a suspended license, defective equipment, Driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine.

Police say he may also be charged with crimes in Chesterfield and Petersburg related to the incident.

Gray with be transported to Riverside Regional Jail once released from the hospital.

Grandfather drives drunk with toddler in backseat

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A 52-year-old man is accused of endangering the life of his 20-month-old granddaughter by driving “super drunk” with the toddler in the back seat of his car.

Shortly after 8 p.m. May 3, Wyandotte police spotted the man in the area of Fort Street and Goddard, as he failed to signal a right turn and then was paced traveling at speeds in excess of 35 mph in a marked 25 mph zone.

Police stopped the driver near the Burger King restaurant on Fort Street in Lincoln Park.

The officer noted that the man’s eyes were bloodshot and glossy, and the odor of intoxicants emitted from his breath.

A toddler was in a car seat, in the rear of the vehicle behind the front passenger seat. The man said the child was his 20-month-old granddaughter.

In response to the officer’s question, the man said “I haven’t drank today.”

According to information provided by the Law Enforcement Information Network and Michigan Secretary of State, the man had one prior conviction for operating while intoxicated and had a few active warrants.

The officer told the man to get out of the car. He again asked him if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages.

“I had one earlier, but it was about 2 o’clock when I stopped drinking,” the man said. However, he later changed his story to say he had two drinks, then a few minutes later admitted to having three drinks.

Two additional officers arrived at the scene to offer their assistance.

In one of the field sobriety tests, police asked the man to recite the alphabet, starting with the letter “C” and ending at “M.” He started at “A” and ended at “Z,” then sang “Now I know my A, Z, M’s.”

After failing additional field sobriety tests, a preliminary breath test indicated his blood-alcohol content was 0.26.

Woman asked deputy for directions. She forgot about the drugs in her car.

The Loudon County Sheriff's Office (W. Va.) found around six pounds of marijuana and 200 grams of THC oil in a woman's car.

Mac Miller arrested for DUI

Mac Miller has allegedly been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.


The 26-year-old rapper is believed to have been drinking before he got behind the wheel of his 2016 G-Wagon, which he allegedly crashed into a power pole in the San Fernando Valley at around 1am on Thursday (17.05.18).

According to TMZ, Mac – whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick – and two passengers who were in the car at the time allegedly fled the scene on foot.

It has been claimed that an eyewitness called police and told them which direction the group had gone, and when cops arrived on the scene, they ran the plates on the vehicle at retrieved Mac’s address.

The publication reports that when police arrived at the home of the ‘My Favorite Part’ rapper, he allegedly “confessed to driving drunk and fleeing the scene.”

A law enforcement source is quoted by TMZ as saying: “He was the most polite and nice intoxicated person we’ve ever seen.”

Mac was allegedly taken to jail, where his bail was believed to be $15,000, and was released from the facility later on Thursday.

The alleged incident comes after the rapper recently split with his girlfriend of two years Ariana Grande, who took to Instagram earlier this month to voice her “endless support” for her former beau.

Posting a picture of the pair on her Instagram story last week, the 24-year-old singer wrote: “Hi! This is one of my best friends in the whole world and favorite people on the planet Malcolm McCormick. I respect and adore him endlessly and am grateful to have him in my life in any form, at all times regardless of how our relationship changes or what the universe holds for each of us! (sic)

“Unconditional love is not selfish. It is wanting the best for that person even if at the moment, it’s not you. I can’t wait to know and support you forever and I’m so proud of you!! (sic)”

Police: Taxi driver pulled over near strip club was under influence of marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Police pulled over a taxi driver who they say was under the influence of marijuana early Monday morning.

Police say 61-year-old John Jelley of Eugene was driving the taxi on Mohawk Boulevard without headlights or tail lights on with a customer in the car.

Springfield Police say the taxi was taking the customer from the Sweet Illusions Strip Club when the officer stopped the vehicle.

Police say the driver showed signs of impairment when speaking to the officer.

“The officer contacted the driver and subsequent investigation determined that the driver was driving on intoxicants, specifically marijuana,” said Sgt. Brian Humphreys.

According to police, there was a distinct smell of burnt marijuana in the taxi.

In a search of the vehicle, police say they found marijuana paraphernalia.

Jelley was arrested and sent to the Springfield municipal jail.

Police stress to drivers that operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. They say don’t get into a car with someone you think may be impaired.

“Driving is a divided attention task and when you start to impair that it makes the task dangerous,” said Sgt. Humphreys. “So a lot of the things that officers look for, with impaired driving can stem from the use of narcotics, and stem from the use of marijuana–prescription drugs there is a lot of things, that can impair our ability to drive safely above and beyond just the use of alcohol.”

According to police, Jelley called another taxi driver to take the customer home.

Jelley is charged with DUII and reckless driving.