Reedsburg woman accused of delivering heroin, police say

REEDSBURG, Wis. – A Reedsburg woman was arrested after a two-month drug investigation, according to a release from Reedsburg police.Police said they stopped and arrested Jessica L. Rogers, 31, after she made a heroin sale in Lake Delton. Officers also searched her home.Rogers was arrested on suspicion of possession of heroin, delivery of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a drug trafficking place and operating while under the influence of a controlled substance.

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Attorney Ed Fiandach almost fired from Judge Leticia Astacio case

Judge Astacio declined an offer to plead guilty. She will remain in the Monroe County Jail without bail until a scheduled hearing Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (June 5, 2017) Tina MacIntyre-Yee Max Schulte

Around the time she was being served her first breakfast behind bars, Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio made news Tuesday when her lawyer announced that he had been fired.

By dinner time, her lawyer, Ed Fiandach, was back on the case.

Fiandach said early in the day that he was dismissed via a text message from Astacio’s sister late Monday night and that he learned of the development when he looked at his phone Tuesday morning.

But Fiandach confirmed late Tuesday that he would remain Astacio’s counsel and said the embattled judge told him during a jailhouse meeting that her sister had fired him without her permission.

“She said her family was upset that she was in jail and said, ‘My sister was acting without my authority,’ ” Fiandach said.

News that Fiandach would keep the job was first reported by WROC-TV News 8.

Firing an attorney in a criminal matter is not as simple an undertaking as sending a text message. The task requires the defendant, in this case Astacio, to sign a form requesting a change of counsel and that the form be approved by the presiding judge.

More: Judge Leticia Astacio goes to jail

Editorial: Astacio case shows need to reform how New York disciplines judges

None of that happened in this case, but that did not stop Fiandach from telling reporters throughout the day that he had been fired. He expressed disappointment over the development and said he shared a “personal connection” with Astacio.

Fiandach, a high-profile lawyer who specializes in DWI defense, recalled once trying a case in front of Astacio and her calling him to the bench to tell him, “I’m only here because of you.”

He said she went on to explain that a lecture he gave years earlier to her class at Irondequoit High School, when she was a student there, inspired her to become a lawyer.

“I really liked her,” Fiandach said. “I’ve been in this long enough to know that anybody on any given night can get a DWI. I worried about her losing her job.”

Astacio, who is being held in jail without bail, was initially slated to return to court Thursday for a hearing on a charge that she violated a condition of her sentence in her drunken driving case by failing to take a urine test for alcohol in her system.

She is now expected to appear in court Wednesday morning for a bail request hearing.

No written application for bail had been filed as of late Tuesday, but Ontario County Judge William Kocher, who was appointed to rule on any such application, is slated to hold court in Rochester at 9:30 a.m. and Fiandach said he would make an oral argument for Astacio to be released on bail.

The relationship between Astacio and Fiandach has been the source of much public speculation throughout her legal drama, as she continuously pushed the boundaries of the justice system and he invariably offered a spirited defense.

More: Judge Astacio will return to ‘work’ after serving time

More: Leticia Astacio joins small list of New York judges who have been jailed

The speculation rose to a fevered pitch in recent days, as Astacio’s behavior grew more erratic and Fiandach posted on his Facebook page what were perceived by commenters to be thinly veiled musings on developments in her case.

Last week, on the same day a bench warrant was issued for Astacio’s arrest for her failing to appear in court and her claim to be living in a monastery in Thailand became public, Fiandach wrote on Facebook: “…Um, I had an, uh, interesting day.”

Asked recently by a reporter whether he would consider dropping her case, Fiandach replied the ethics of his profession forbade him from doing so.

The juxtaposition between client and lawyer was perhaps never more evident throughout the case than Monday, when Astacio was arrested and marched out of the courthouse in handcuffs with Fiandach by her side.

Astacio beamed for the cameras and giggled audibly when she was escorted into the elevator away from the media circus. Throughout it all, Fiandach wore a dour look that seemed to say, “Not again.”

That night, he wrote on Facebook: “… another rough day.”


DUI driver falls asleep at busy N.J. traffic intersection

A drunken Hackettstown driver fell asleep for two cycles of a traffic signal at a busy town intersection, police said.

Charged is 43-year-old Francisco Abad.

A witness reported Abad asleep at the wheel at 11:50 p.m. Sunday at Grand Avenue and Route 46. The witness then followed Abad as he began driving away, nearly hitting two parked cars, police said.

Pickup Truck Crashes Into House, Killing 1

Authorities say a man died and a woman was injured when an 18-year-old drunk driving suspect crashed into the bedroom of a home in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite.

June 2, 2017, at 4:41 p.m

The Associated Press

In this Thursday, June 1, 2017, image taken from video by KDFW-FOX 4, a first responder checks out the scene after the driver of a pickup truck crashed into the bedroom of a home in Mesquite, Texas. Authorities say a man died and a woman was injured in the crash. The driver, Steven Tutt, was arrested on an intoxication manslaughter charge. Neither Tutt nor his passenger was injured in the crash.

MESQUITE, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a man died and a woman was injured when an 18-year-old drunk driving suspect crashed into the bedroom of a home in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite.

Mesquite police say the driver of the pickup truck crashed into the house Thursday night. The driver, Steven Tutt, was arrested on an intoxication manslaughter charge. He remained in jail Friday morning. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

Police say said 42-year-old Jose Reyes died from injuries sustained in the crash. Police say 43-year-old Yesenia Vasquez was taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Police say neither Tutt nor his 24-year-old passenger was injured in the crash. The passenger was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.


Source: Pickup Truck Crashes Into House, Killing 1 in Dallas Suburb | Texas News | US News

A man and his pet giraffe walk into a bar… 

A man and his pet giraffe walk into a bar and start drinking. As the night goes on, they get drunk, and the giraffe finally passes out. The man decides to go home.As he’s leaving, the man is approached by the barkeeper who says, “Hey, you’re not gonna leave that lyin’ here, are ya?””Hmph,” says the man. “That’s not a lion — it’s a giraffe.”

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Former Police Chief Nabbed on DUI Charge

Police arrested former Police Chief Alfred Fiore on a charge of operating under the influence following a minor motor vehicle accident, police said today. Image
Alfred Fiore: free on $250 bond. Westport police photo

Police said on Friday at about 11 p.m., officers responded to a report of a minor accident on Compo Road South.

“Operator Alfred Fiore smelled of an alcoholic beverage,” said Lt. David Farrell. “After being given the standard field sobriety tests, he was taken into custody and transported to Police Headquarters.”

He said Fiore, 61, refused to submit to the breath test and was released on a $250 bond for a court date of June 5. A 33-year member of the department, Fiore served as chief from 2004 to 2011.


Source: Former Police Chief Nabbed on DUI Charge – – Westport, Connecticut