Fugitive of the Week wanted on driving while impaired by drugs charges

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — This week’s Fugitive of the Week is wanted on two felony county court bench warrants for driving while impaied by drugs.

Carrie Phalen, also known as Carrie Riccardi and Carrie Mayhoefer, was arrested twice in 2017 on charges of driving while impaired by drugs.

Her first arrest in July 2017 was by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s office after a volunteer fireman observed her swerving all over the road. When Phalen pulled into a gas station, the volunteer fireman pinned her vehicle in until authorities arrived.

Phalen’s second arrest came in October 2017 by the New York State Police on the same charges.

Phalen was placed on probation, which was violated in January of 2018.

Phalen is described at 5’3” and 103 pounds with blond hair and green eyes.

If you know of her whereabouts, give the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Tip Line a call at (315) 435-3032. https://www.localsyr.com/news/local-news/fugitive-of-the-week-wanted-on-driving-while-impaired-by-drugs-charges/

Emotions run high during jury selection for alleged drunk driver in fatal Darien hit-and-run accident

Prospective jurors expressed how difficult it may be to remain fair and impartial during jury selection today in Genesee County Court for the trial of 48-year-old Jennifer L. Serrano (booking photo above).

The Irving, Chautauqua County, resident is accused of driving while intoxicated and killing 18-year-old Connor Arthur Lynskey, of Hinckley, in a fatal hit-and-run accident Aug. 11 on Sumner Road in Darien.

After a tense selection process today, 12 jurors and four alternates were chosen to be impaneled.

Defense attorney Frank LoTempio was overpowered by the voices of multiple juror candidates when he asked a group of 18 prospective jurors whether their personal emotions would interfere with their deliberations.

A few potential jurors admitted they did not feel comfortable swearing under oath to remain objective due to the highly sensitive nature of the case. Particularly, candidates were unsettled by the expert testimony that defense counsel is anticipated to bring forward. It may allege Lynskey was intoxicated, and either walking or running in the lane of traffic when he was struck.

Lynskey had attended a Jason Aldean country music concert with friends and family at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center before he was killed. After the concert, the group started on foot back to its campsite at Darien Lakes State Park campground.

The Genesee County Sheriff’s Office report of the accident indicated Lynskey had decided to run ahead to catch up with a friend. 

When family members and friends returned to the campsite, they realized Lynskey was missing.

Law enforcement searched the area that night, but did not find him. His body was discovered the next morning in a ditch by the side of the road.

That same night he went missing, Serrano had been stopped by a deputy and charged with driving while under the influence.

The alleged hit-and-run may have occurred approximately 30 minutes before her DWI arrest. By following leads, investigators identified her as a suspect in the fatal accident.

Some juror candidates said they could not justify drinking and driving under any circumstances, if that is in fact the cause of the fatal accident. Others said they would struggle to fulfill their roles as fact-finders due to parenthood or connections with loved ones who have been affected by drunk driving before.

Judge Charles Zambito intervened in the tense discussion by reminding prospective jurors that to prove Serrano guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, they must rely on evidence that indicates she drove while intoxicated and, as a result, operated her vehicle in a manner that caused Lynskey’s death. 

Serrano is also charged with leaving the scene of personal injury accident without reporting it and aggravated unlicensed operation of her vehicle.

Reportedly, Serrano may have driven on Aug. 12 while aware that her New York driver’s license was revoked by authorities, based on her refusal to submit to a chemical test.

She faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

Above all, Zambito urged jurors to set aside feelings while reaching a verdict, in his words, “based on laws and facts.”

Opening arguments will begin at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday in Genesee County Court. https://www.thebatavian.com/lauren-leone/emotions-run-high-during-jury-selection-for-alleged-drunk-driver-in-fatal-darien-hit

Court security officer charged in fatal ATV crash

KSP said 43-year-old Mario Chavez-Canela of Monterey was arrested after a passenger on an ATV he was driving died in a crash.Author: Associated PressPublished: 3:01 PM EDT June 23, 2019Updated: 3:01 PM EDT June 23, 2019

MONTEREY, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a Kentucky court security officer has been arrested after a passenger on an ATV he was driving died in a crash.

Kentucky State Trooper Steven Dykes says in a news release 43-year-old Mario Chavez-Canela of Monterey was arrested in Owen County on Friday on charges of second-degree assault and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It wasn’t immediately known whether Chavez-Canela has an attorney.

The statement says 73-year-old passenger Patricia Karsner of Owenton was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Owen County Sheriff’s Office requested that state police take over the investigation.

The State Journal reports Chavez-Canela had rejoined the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office as a security officer earlier this year. He had been fired in August 2016 by a previous sheriff after a DUI arrest in Shelby County. https://www.whas11.com/article/news/crime/kentucky-court-security-officer-charged-in-fatal-atv-crash/417-8e0c4f28-581e-4b6c-86d6-fe785b7b0745

Former York County judge facing DUI charge

York attorney Tom Kelley

York attorney Tom Kelley (Photo: The York Dispatch)

A prominent local attorney and former York County Common Pleas judge is facing a drunken driving charge after being pulled over in York City last month for allegedly speeding.

Thomas H. Kelley, 55, of the 100 block of East Philadelphia Street, will be charged with the misdemeanors of driving under the influence and DUI/highest rate of alcohol, as well as the summary offense of driving at an unsafe speed, according to court records.

His preliminary hearing before District Judge Linda Williams is set for Aug. 13. Kelley was sent a summons by mail and will be arraigned and have bail set at the time of the hearing, court records indicate.

Kelley, in a statement, said he was publicly apologizing “to the citizens of York, the police, my clients, the Legal community, and last, but not least, my friends and family.”

The statement, in which Kelley wrote that he’s deeply regretful, continues:

“My clients often make mistakes for which they can be forgiven. After 30 years in the Legal field I should have learned from theirs — failing to do so is sheer lunacy.

“Real proof of my shame and remorse will be to never let something like this happen again.”

According to charging documents filed Tuesday, June 18, York City Police pulled over Kelley about 9 p.m. May 29 in the 200 block of North George Street for driving at an unsafe speed.

An officer heard Kelley’s Mercedes-Benz accelerate, then saw it traveling at a high rate of speed, heading westbound toward the Philadelphia Street intersection, documents state.

Speed not ‘prudent’: The road was wet, police said, and the speed at which Kelley was driving “was greater than reasonable and prudent under these conditions as the area is heavily traveled by pedestrian traffic who cross the street regularly,” according to charging documents. https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/crime/2019/06/21/former-york-county-judge-facing-dui-charge-expresses-deep-regret/1525611001/

Police say man was sexually assaulted while under influence of GHB HIDE CAPTION Jennifer Johnson

A Northport woman has been charged with sexually torturing a man who was under the influence of GHB.

Jennifer Marie Johnson, 36, was arrested May 10 by Northport police officers who believe she was driving a stolen car. While searching her phone, the officers found videos that showed Johnson sexually assaulting the victim, according to court records.

The investigators used data from the video and determined the incident occurred around 7 a.m. March 19 at a residence on Hargrove Road East near Curry Road. They identified and spoke with the victim, who is in his mid-20s. Officers learned he was under the influence of GHB at the time.

“The victim was physically helpless at the time of the assault,” an investigator with the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit wrote in a report. “The victim was also bound with duct tape around his mouth, wrists and ankles.”

The investigator said Johnson assaulted the victim with a sex toy.

Johnson can be heard laughing and joking throughout the videos, and at one point said, “If you scoop out and talk about stealing my homeboy’s truck, this is definitely what I’m going to do to you,” the investigator wrote.

The victim did not regain consciousness at any point during the recordings, she said.

GHB, or Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid is used by some people for its euphoric effects, but is also used as a “date rape” drug because victims black out and can’t remember what happened to them. “Scooping out” refers to losing consciousness while on the drug.

Johnson was arrested in May after NPD officers pulled her over while she was driving a 2013 Honda Civic reported stolen in Jefferson County. She told the officer officers she works as a prostitute and traded her 1998 Ford Mustang for the Civic and $500 cash. The officers charged her with first-degree receiving stolen property after determining the Mustang only had a resale value of $1,000 to $3,500, saying she should have known the car, worth between $10,000 to $13,000, was stolen because of the difference in the cars’ values.

She was already in jail on the stolen vehicle charge when she was charged with sexual torture and abuse. She is still being held with bond set at $80,000. https://www.tuscaloosanews.com/news/20190620/police-say-man-was-sexually-assaulted-while-under-influence-of-ghb