Woman charged with OUI, throwing kittens into pond

A woman has been charged with repeatedly throwing two kittens into a pond in Phippsburg.

A woman has been charged with repeatedly throwing two kittens into a pond in Phippsburg. Photo courtesy of Phippsburg Police Department via Sun Journal

PHIPPSBURG — A 51 year old woman was arrested by Phippsburg police on July 4 and charged with throwing two kittens into the water at Center Pond.

Justine Lovig, of Phippsburg, was charged with cruelty to animals, operating under the influence and violating conditions of release.

Police responded to a report at Parker Head Road at 1:17 p.m. that a woman was throwing two kittens into the water at the public swimming hole, Phippsburg Police Chief John Skroski said.

Skroski said there were about 10 people at Center Pond when the incident happened.

When he arrived, Officer Zach Thomas saw Lovig come out of the water with two kittens, which were shaking, and take them to a car. She put the kittens in a shirt and, “she was feeding them an egg salad sandwich,” Skroski said.

One witness told police the woman took leashes off the cats and threw them from the access stairs into the water. She then put them back on leashes and dragged them across the hot pavement to the car.

Woman charged with throwing kittens into Phippsburg pond

County corrections officer charged with OVI, menacing

Crawford County corrections officer charged with OVI, menacing

GALION A Crawford County corrections officer was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated, aggravated menacing and having weapons under disability, according to court documents.

Jason Tupps, a more-than-20-year employee with Crawford County, was arrested July 9 in Galion according to documents from the Galion Police Department.

According to the dispatch activity blotter from Galion police, Tupps reported a woman rammed his vehicle and tried to run away. He reported holding her at gun point.

According to court documents, Tupps refused to take a DUI test.

“Officer Tupps is not guilty of the charges against him,” said Tupps’ lawyer Adam Stone. “We have serious questions about the manner in which this case was handled by the Galion Police Department and are investigating those issues presently.”

Tupps will be back in court for a scheduled appearance July 24.


Woman arrested for OWI, allegedly kicked two deputies in the face


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A Dousman woman has been arrested after allegedly driving drunk and punching two deputies in the face.

Deputies responded to  911 call of a woman traveling eastbound on I-94 near the Zoo Interchange, deviating lanes and tailgating.

It happened around 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Deputies stopped the driver who smelled of alcohol and was slurring her speech.

The woman blew a .21 and was arrested for OWI. During her arrest, she allegedly became combative and was kicking deputies as she was placed in the squad car. According to a release, the woman caused minor facial injuries to two deputies.

Andrea Morrison, 32, of Dousman faces charges of Battery to Law Enforcement and Resisting, Obstructing.

Morrison is currently on extended supervision for a child neglect case.

If convicted, she faces up to 24 years in prison.


Maurice Hooker arrested for drunken driving, handgun possession

Newly crowned junior welterweight world titleholder Maurice Hooker was arrested for drunken driving early Tuesday in his hometown of Dallas.

Hooker, 28, was pulled over by police for speeding at 1:50 a.m. CT, and while he was being followed by a Dallas police car, he crashed into a squad car ahead of him that was being used to redirect traffic in a construction area, according to the police report, as reported by the Dallas Morning News. The police car following Hooker collided with another unoccupied police car at the construction site and two officers were hospitalized, one with a broken arm.

Hooker, whose brother was a passenger, refused a blood alcohol level test, triggering a misdemeanor driving-while-intoxicated charge. Hooker was also charged with misdemeanor unlawful possession of a handgun. He posted bond on both charges.

“We’re checking the facts, but Maurice has his attorney in Dallas trying to sort through the police paperwork to see exactly what happened,” Dino Duva of Roc Nation Sports, which promotes Hooker, told ESPN on Thursday. “I don’t want to say too much but Maurice disputes whether he was even intoxicated. They are still doing an investigation and he did a blood test.”

As for the gun charge, Duva said Hooker has a license to carry the legal weapon but that once he refused the blood alcohol test and was charged it “nullifies the gun license until you are convicted or not.”

On June 9, Hooker (24-0-3, 16 KOs) won a split decision over former lightweight world titlist Terry Flanagan (33-1, 13 KOs) to gain a vacant 140-pound world title in Flanagan’s hometown of Manchester, England.

Hooker, who turned down an invitation to compete in the eight-man World Boxing Super Series tournament which begins in the fall, is next due to face Alex Saucedo in a mandatory title defense, which Duva has been negotiating with Saucedo promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank. Duva and Arum are working on a deal for the fight to headline a Top Rank Boxing on ESPN card this fall in the Dallas area, because one of the stipulations that Top Rank agreed to was not to place the fight in Saucedo’s home state of Oklahoma.

“Maurice is completely ready, willing and able to do the Saucedo fight,” Duva said. “Bob and I have exchanged paperwork on the contracts but we’re not there yet.”

Duva and Arum are hoping to make a two-fight deal under which Hooker would fight Saucedo (28-0, 18 KOs), 24, of Oklahoma City, this fall, and if Hooker wins he would get a chance to face Jose Ramirez (22-0, 16 KOs) in a title-unification fight in early 2019. Ramirez first will make his first title defense against Antonio Orozco on Sept. 14 and would have to retain his title.


Man arrested for DUI says he wasn’t drinking while driving, just at ‘stop signs

VERO BEACH, Fla. – A man arrested on suspicion of DUI in Florida had a creative, if ineffective defense.

During the June 27 arrest, 69-year-old Earle Stevens told officers he hadn’t been drinking and driving – he’d only been drinking at “stop signs,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Treasure Coast News.

Police received a 911 call after a McDonald’s drive-thru customer in Vero Beach complained of a driver behind her repeatedly bumping her car.

Indian River County sheriff’s deputies found Stevens still behind the wheel, an open bottle of booze stuffed in a paper bag on the seat next to him, according to the affidavit.

Deputies said Stevens smelled of alcohol and told them he was feeling “pretty good.”

Stevens, who said he has never had a Florida driver’s license, allegedly told deputies that he’d only sip Jim Beam at “stop signs.”

According to the affidavit, “He further explained that he was not drinking while the car was moving and only when he stopped for stop signs and traffic signals.”

Stevens, who told officers he’d also been busted twice for driving under the influence in Missouri, according to the paper, was booked on charges of DUI and driving without a license.

Man arrested for DUI says he wasn’t drinking while driving, just at ‘stop signs’