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Denver now cracking down on marijuana tour buses

Undercover Denver police officers stopped two buses on Friday. Officers cited 31 people who were smoking during the ride on My420 and Colorado Cannabis tour buses.

The city of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses said this week that marijuana tour buses are operating illegally, despite the drug’s legality in Colorado.

Undercover Denver police officers stopped two buses on Friday. Officers cited 31 people who were smoking during the ride on My420 and Colorado Cannabis tour buses.

One person was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Eric Escudero with the Department of Excise and Licenses told 9NEWS his office has sent letters to the tour companies warning them that they are not operating within the law.

Escudero also said there’s also no legal way under current rules for these tours to become legal.

Jay Casillas, a spokesperson for the Denver Police Department, said enforcement of the laws on pot buses was complaint-driven. He did not say how many complaints they’ve received.

According to its website, My 420 Tours is “at the forefront of cannabis tourism, offering visitors a glimpse into the cutting-edge world of cannabis legalization and marijuana news in Colorado and beyond.”

Its site also says the company has been around since 2013 and offers not just tours, but cannabis vacations, complete with “420-friendly hotels” with prices that start at $1,295.

Colorado Cannabis tours range from $29 to $99. As of this writing, the website appeared to still be accepting reservations.

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9-1-1 dispatcher killed by suspected impaired driver

CHANDLER, AZ – Chandler police say one of their department’s 9-1-1 dispatchers was killed by a suspected impaired driver on Sunday.

The woman has been identified as 58-year-old Cathy Coppes.

According to police, the crash happened just after 10:30 a.m. on US-89 near milepost 432, approximately 20 miles north of Flagstaff.

Police say Coppes was operating a motorcycle and traveling southbound when a northbound vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, crossed the center line and struck her head on.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coppes started her career with the Chandler Police Department in April 2002. She is survived by her husband, police said.

“She was a valued member of the Communications Staff and was instrumental in training and developing new employees,” police said in a news release.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash, a 42-year-old man, was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

He was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Troopers say Coppes was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The investigation of the crash remains ongoing, and impairment has not been ruled out, according to DPS.

Woman arrested in connection with using her vehicle to strike man

A 31-year-old Council Bluffs woman was arrested early Friday in connection with a man being struck by her vehicle outside a Bluffs motel.

Council Bluffs police said they were dispatched around 1:50 a.m. to the American Inn near South 24th Street and Interstates 29/80 over an assault. Police said the woman had also crashed her vehicle into the 36-year-old Bluffs man’s vehicle, pushing it into the motel and causing minor damage.

The woman fled from the scene in her vehicle, police said. Later, officers stopped her vehicle and took her into custody.

Police said she was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, aggravated assault-domestic abuse, eluding arrest and first-degree criminal mischief.

 

Man going to get cigarettes for his girlfriend ends up wrestling police officer and going to jail

FAIRFIELD —A Fairfield police officer wrestled a Hamilton man — who said he was going to UDF to get cigarettes for his girlfriend — to the ground after he fled police during a short car chase.

Kenneth Robert Ramsey, 34, was allegedly speeding just before 3 a.m. May 31 on Wessel Drive heading toward the Fairfield YMCA.

“The vehicle was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” according to a police report that estimated the car’s speed at 60 mph.

The vehicle then turned right on Bibury Road without stopping at the stop sign. Then the driver accelerated even faster, according to the report.

“I had my accelerator all the way to the floor and was still not gaining much ground on the Toyota,” according to the police report. “I estimated the vehicle was traveling at a speed of 76 MPH before the vehicle slammed on the brakes and turned east on Broadview.”

The officer had caught up to the vehicle at this time and activated his overhead lights and then shined his spotlight on the driver as he opened the door to exit the vehicle. The officer ordered Ramsey to stop, but he ran into a nearby backyard, according to the police report.

“He attempted to get into the back door of the home, but I grabbed him and told him to get down,” according to the report. “(Ramsey) refused to get on the ground.”

The officer eventually wrestled Ramsey to the ground. After the officer placed handcuffs on Ramsey, he “was yelling about seeing a supervisor and was yelling about the validity of the arrest,” according to the report.

Ramsey was transported to the Fairfield Police Department, where police said he told them he “drank a lot in the day but stopped at about 6 p.m.”

Ramsey allegedly registered a 0.228 percent breath test. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.

Ramsey was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, resisting arrest, reckless operation and driving under suspension. He also had an outstanding warrant through the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for child support.

He was then transported to the Butler County Jail.

Ramsey was found guilty in Fairfield Municipal Court on the OVI, resisting arrest and reckless operations charges. He received credit for serving seven days in jail and was placed on two years reporting probation.

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Council member charged with OWI

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CEDAR FALLS — Cedar Falls City Council member Mark Miller has been accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

In the early hours of June 2, Miller was pulled over near the 1100 block of West 18th Street.

A breath test done after Miller was arrested showed a blood alcohol level of .215, according to the police report. He refused a preliminary breath test and stopped midway through a field sobriety test, the report stated.

The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol and wrote that Miller’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and Miller admitted to drinking a short time before the stop, the report said.

Miller was arrested and transported to the University of Northern Iowa Police Department.

“I’m fully willing to deal with the consequences of it,” Miller said.

Miller has represented the First Ward in the Cedar Falls City Council since Jan. 1, 2014.

“I hope the council and the rest of the community will support me, and I hope I have the opportunity to stay on the council and continue doing what I’m doing,” he said.