Man sentenced in September crash that killed friend

John J. Stephenson
John J. Stephenson
 A Fort Wayne man who was drunk when he crashed an off-road vehicle last September, resulting in an Ohio man’s death, was sentenced to prison.
John J. Stephenson, of the 1100 block of Branstrator Road, was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court to serve eight years of a 12-year prison sentence, with four years on probation, for causing death while operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration greater than .15 percent, a Level 4 felony. His driver’s license also is suspended for five years.

Four related charges of operating while intoxicated were dismissed.

Stephenson pleaded guilty last month, admitting he was driving an off-road vehicle with his passenger, 21-year-old Alex M. “Tank” Tetzloff of Sandusky, Ohio, at about 2 a.m. Sept. 23 in the 8800 block of Kress Road, south of Airport Expressway near Branstrator Road, when the John Deere Gator veered off the southwest Allen County road and flipped, killing Tetzloff, according to the probable-cause affidavit.

Police said the vehicle sped into a ditch before it flipped.

Tetzloff, who died of blunt-force trauma due to the crash, was the 25th traffic fatality in Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2016. Stephenson was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. They were not wearing helmets, but wore seatbelts, police reported.

Becky Tetzloff addressed the court on Friday, saying, “We are frozen in time … because you decided to drink, drive and kill again.”

Stephenson faced similar charges and received prison time after he struck a family’s station wagon Oct. 27, 1994 on Winchester Road near Bluffton Road, resulting in the Oct. 31 death of 6-year-old Daniel Frost. His parents, Walter and Ellen Frost, as well as their 12-year-old son, Matthew, were injured in the accident.

In that accident,  Frost had come to a stop near the intersection when Stephenson’s westbound truck struck the vehicle from behind. Stephenson then turned around and sped off in the opposite direction. A passer-by saw the accident and followed the truck. The passer-by called police on his car phone and gave a description of the truck and the direction in which it was heading. The passer-by continued to follow Stephenson after he abandoned the truck and fled on foot. Police placed him under arrest.

In March 1995, Stephenson was sentenced to serve six years of an eight-year sentence for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing a death, with the remaining two years to be served on probation, and two years of probation for failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death, that was served consecutively. He was ordered to take part in an alcohol abuse deterrent program.

Stephenson has prior convictions for OWI and multiple traffic violations, although he said Friday he had successfully abstained from drinking for 7 1/2 years.

Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck ordered Stephenson to pay restitution in the amount of $13,552.05 to the Tetzloff family for funeral expenses.

Source: Man sentenced in September crash that killed friend – News-Sentinel.com

Walks Into a Bar… Sexy Lincoln

An older man walks into a bar wearing a stovepipe hat, a waistcoat and a phony beard. He sits down at a bar and orders a drink. As the bartender sets it down, he asks, “Going to a party?”  “Yeah, a costume party,” the man answers, “I’m supposed to come dressed as my love life.””But you look like Abe Lincoln,” protests the bartender.”That’s right. My last four scores were seven years ago.”

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From Jail, Judge Astacio Fires Attorney Ed Fiandach in DWI Case

From Jail, Judge Astacio Fires Attorney Ed Fiandach in DWI CaseBy Spectrum News StaffTuesday, June 27, 2017 at 10:46 AM CDT0:00/0:52 Related StoriesFour More Weeks Behind Bars for Jailed JudgeUpdated 06/08/2017 02:45 PM WATCH: Judge Says ‘You Are Self-Sabotaging Any Chance You Had’06/05/2017 03:15 PMROCHESTER, N.Y. — Jailed Rochester City Court Judge, Leticia Astacio has fired her attorney, for real this time. Ed Fiandach’s office confirms he received a fax notifying him that she has retained attorney Mark Young. This comes a few weeks after Fiandach was told by Astacio’s sister that he was fired. Astacio retracked, saying her sister over stepped her boundaries.Astacio remains jailed in Livingston County after rejecting a judge’s offer to plead guilty to violating the terms of her DWI sentence. Astacio was convicted of DWI last August and was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, meaning she couldn’t drink alcohol. She’s accused of violating those conditions several times. She’ll remained jailed on no bail until at least July 6th when she’s due back in court.

Source: From Jail, Judge Astacio Fires Attorney Ed Fiandach in DWI Case

Georgia State University police chief charged with DUI

The police chief of Georgia’s largest university is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol following a June 18 traffic stop.

Georgia State University Police Chief Joseph Spillane was stopped by the Fayetteville Police Department. Local media report he’s also charged with having an open container of alcohol and failing to maintain his lane.

Video shows Spillane repeatedly told officers he was a police chief. “I’m cool. I’m safe to drive. I’m the chief of police,” Spillane says at one point.

Spillane tells WXIA-TV that he may have had one drink at a friend’s house. However, he says he doesn’t believe he was under the influence of alcohol while driving.

Spillane is free on $2,000 bail and on paid leave from Georgia State pending the case’s outcome.

Canada briefs – January 27 – Red Deer Advocate

Canada briefs – January 27The RCMP are investigating a strange incident in which a man was found handcuffed to a telephone pole in his underwear Tuesday morning near Nanaimo, B.C.ADVOCATE STAFFThu Jan 27th, 2011 4:37pmCANADA & WORLD Man in underwear found handcuffed to telephone poleThe RCMP are investigating a strange incident in which a man was found handcuffed to a telephone pole in his underwear Tuesday morning near Nanaimo, B.C.The 24-year-old man was suffering mild hypothermia when police freed him in the town of Lanzville. He told them he’d been abducted and beaten by a group of men who later handcuffed him to the pole, stripped him down to his boxers and stole his wallet.Police say the man won’t tell them who his attackers were or what the motive was.

Source: Canada briefs – January 27 – Red Deer Advocate

MAN EATS UNDERWEAR TO BEAT BREATHALYZER

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Man Eats Underwear to beat breathalyzer

Red Deer (Alberta, Canada) Advocate:
MAN EATS UNDERWEAR TO BEAT BREATHALYZER

STETTLER — An 18-year old Stettler man tried to eat his underwear in the hope that the cotton fabric would absorb alcohol before he took a breathalyzer test, provincial court heard this week.

David Zurfluh was subsequently acquitted of a charge of impaired driving because he blew .08, the legal limit. But the testimony broke up people in Judge David MacNaughton’s provincial court here Thursday afternoon.

Mr. Zurfluh was collared by RCMP Const. Bill Robinson after he ran from his vehicle, which had been seen weaving down the highway. While sitting in the back of the patrol car, Mr. Zurfluh tried to eat his shorts, Const. Robinson told the court.

Mr. Zurfluh said he ripped the crotch out of his shorts, stuffed the fabric in his mouth and then spit it out. A class of law students from William E. Hay Composite High, in court as observers, was removed by the teacher when testimony enlivened the proceedings. The Grade 11 and 12 students had difficulty maintaining composure. “People were leaving the courtroom with tears in their eyes, trying not to laugh,” said RCMP Const. Peter McFarlane.

 

6 cows killed, deputy hurt in suspected drunk driving crash

BISHOP, Texas – Authorities say six cows were killed and a South Texas deputy was injured during a suspected drunk driving accident.KRIS-TV reports an unidentified driver was traveling on a road around 1 a.m. Saturday when she crashed into a group of cows.Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Marco Everett says a Nueces County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was leading the cows off the roadway they had wandered onto was injured.The deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries.Everett says investigators believe the driver fell asleep just before the accident in Bishop, located about 40 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.Authorities are investigating the accident as a possible drunk driving incident but no charges have yet been filed in the case.

Source: 6 cows killed, deputy hurt in suspected drunk driving crash