July 3rd-July 9th in the year Two Thousand and Seventeen
Sunday, July 9th, 2017Jacksonville HS teacher charged with DWI
A Jacksonville High School teacher has been charged with a DWI after she allegedly blew 0.19 over the holiday weekend.Laura Ashley Beard, 26, of Davis Street in Jacksonville was arrested Sunday by the Highway Patrol and charged with driving while impaired and civil revocation of her driver’s license.When the Highway Patrol pulled Beard over on Ramsey Road near Waterstone Lane in Jacksonville at 2:10 a.m., there was a strong odor of alcohol, according to the findings report in the court documents.Beard allegedly admitted to the trooper that she’d drank two beers before driving; she’s accused of having a blood alcohol level of 0.19, according to the breathalyzer test results listed in her court file.Her license is now attached to the inside of her court folder.Beard was set with a $500 bond and court documents stated she could be released to a sober and responsible adult.When asked if she’d like to make a comment, Beard said she wanted to call her boss first. Her lawyer, Bob Warlick, then reached out to The Daily News and said he was advising her not to comment at this time.Beard is listed as a 10th grade English teacher with Jacksonville High School on the school’s website.MORE VIDEO:Earlier today took a visit to Grainger Stadium in Kinston, home of the Down East Wood Ducks.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:01/Duration Time 0:13Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%FullscreenAutoplay ToggleShe’s an AVID elective teacher who graduated from the high school herself in 2009 and earned her teaching degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, according to the website.“She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and is thankful to be working back in Onslow County, especially at the greatest high school in Jacksonville!” according to her teacher’s page on the school’s website.Suzie Ulbrich, the public information officer for Onslow County Schools, said Beard was still an employee of the schools as of late Thursday.“Repercussions vary depending upon circumstances — it can range from a letter of reprimand to termination,” Ulbrich replied when asked about the school’s policies for DWI charges.The policies also require employees to divulge information about an arrest to their supervisor within five days of the incident, Ulbrich said, adding that whether the school knew about the arrest prior to The Daily News asking about it was not a matter of public record.Beard’s next court date is scheduled for Sept. 5, according to N.C. Courts.
Saturday, July 8th, 2017Sheriff's captain retires weeks after arrest on DWI charge
WESTFIELD -- A captain with the Union County Sheriff's Department retired just weeks after he was charged with drunk driving.
William Bukowski, 49, allegedly crashed a department SUV into a parked pick-up truck. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and careless driving for the collision at 9:53 p.m. on East Dudley Avenue in Westfield on April 9. The incident sent a previously parked Chevy Colorado careening across a road and onto a front lawn.
At the scene of the crash, Bukowski told police a deer had run into the street in front of his county-owned Chevy Tahoe, causing him to strike the truck to avoid the animal, according to the police report.
"Through the course of the investigation (Bukowski) was determined to be operating the (Tahoe) while impaired due to alcohol," police said in the report.
Bukowski, of Whitehouse Station, was arrested and later released to a sober adult, officials said.
Bukowski's attorney, Joseph Spagnoli, said his client has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case was transferred from Westfield to Mountainside Municipal Court to avoid a conflict of interest. Westfield municipal court Judge Brenda Coppla Cuba is also the presiding municipal court judge for the county, and as such, presides over first appearances at the Union County jail where sheriff's officer operate in the court.
A court date is set for July 20.
Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan, when asked about Bukowski, issued a statement saying his department 'takes this incident and its potential devastating consequences with extreme concern."
"First and foremost, we are grateful no one was injured," Cryan said. "Upon notification of the incident, all proper procedures and protocols were followed. Captain Bukowski never returned to work and retired at the end of June," he said.
He said all 250 officers in the department were retrained on alcohol awareness for both themselves and what to look for in co-workers.
Friday, July 7th, 2017Rio Grande City lawyer charged with DWI, drug possession
EDINBURG — A Rio Grande City lawyer faces state drug and driving while intoxicated charges after he was pulled over Monday night in Edinburg after running a red light.
Juan Eduardo Garcia was booked in the Hidalgo County jail on the afternoon of July 4 on one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of possession of a controlled substance.
He was released later that day on a $7,500 personal recognizance bond, jail records state.
Garcia was stopped by Edinburg Police around 8:50 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Jackson and Trenton Roads.
During the traffic stop Garcia admitted he made a mistake running the red light and had one beer earlier in the day, according to the criminal complaint.
The officer noted that Garcia showed signs of intoxication such as “red blood watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol.”
Garcia refused to submit to a blood-alcohol level test.
The officer also discovered what appeared to be a white powdery substance on a dollar bill inside his wallet, an allegation Garcia denies.
“I don’t believe they have any substance,” Garcia said in a telephone interview Thursday. “The prescription will hold up.”
The 41-year-old attorney did not elaborate on what the prescription was, however, the substance, which weighed 1 gram, later tested for cocaine, the complaint states.
Garcia has been a licensed lawyer in Texas since 2005 and specializes in criminal defense.
“I’m a little bit disappointed on this whole issue,” he said.
If convicted of the most serious charge, possession of a controlled substance, Garcia faces between two to 10 years in prison.
Thursday, July 6th, 2017Distiller disputes LePage’s argument that ‘nips’ are behind increase in drunken driving
Drunken-driving convictions are on the rise in Maine at the same time sales
of miniature liquor bottles are skyrocketing, but the LePage administration
and a major distiller disagree about whether the so-called nips are
responsible for the increase in OUIs.
The issue is central to a debate about banning the sale of nips in Maine,
which could affect jobs at a Lewiston bottling plant and cost the state tens
of millions of dollars in revenue in years to come.
Wednesday, July 5th, 2017Nevada launches sales of legal recreational marijuana
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada became the fifth state in the U.S. with stores selling marijuana for recreational purposes, opening a market early Saturday that is eventually expected to outpace any other in the nation thanks to the millions of tourists who flock to Las Vegas.People began purchasing marijuana shortly after midnight, just months after voters approved legalization in November and marking the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales in the country.
Hundreds of people lined up at Essence Cannabis Dispensary on the Las Vegas Strip. People were excited and well-behaved as a lone security guard looked on. A valet was available to park the cars of customers.
A cheer erupted when the doors opened.
Those 21 and older with a valid ID can buy up to an ounce of pot. Tourists are expected to make nearly two of every three recreational pot purchases in Nevada, but people can only use the drug in a private home.
It remains illegal to light up in public areas, including the Las Vegas Strip, casinos, bars, restaurants, parks, convention centers and concert halls — places frequently visited by tourists. Violators face a $600 fine.
And driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal.
Despite the limits on where people can get high and restrictions on where the industry can advertise, dispensaries worked furiously to prepare for the launch. They stamped labels on pot products, stocked up their shelves, added security and checkout stations, and announced specials.
Desert Grown Farms hired about 60 additional employees. Workers in scrubs, hair nets and surgical masks slapped stickers on sealed jars this week as others checked on marijuana plants or carefully weighed buds.
“It would be a good problem to have if I couldn’t meet my demand,” said CEO Armen Yemenidjian, whose Desert Grown Farms owns the only dispensary that is selling recreational pot on the Las Vegas Strip, across the street from the Stratosphere hotel.
Some dispensaries took to social media to spread the word or tried to draw in buyers with special events. Some planned to give away free marijuana to their first 100 customers or throw parties with barbecues and food trucks later in the afternoon.
Some facilities are in strip malls, while others, in stereotypical Las Vegas fashion, are in neighborhoods shared by strip clubs.
Nevada joins Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in allowing adults to buy the drug that’s still banned by the federal government.
Tuesday, July 4th, 2017MTV condemns Teen Mom star Ryan Edwards
after scene of him driving under the influence
MTV has responded after audiences watched Ryan Edwards drive impaired on the most recent episode of Teen Mom OG.
When viewers tuned in on Monday, they witnessed Edwards at the steering wheel with fiancée Mackenzie Standifer in the passenger seat on the way to their elopement. But instead of seeing the happy couple beaming with joy en route to their nuptials, audiences watched Standifer question his sobriety.
Following an outpour of criticism on social media questioning MTV about why it did not intervene, the network has issued a statement.
“MTV does not condone driving under the influence,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “Ryan’s erratic behavior was due to actions that he took without anyone’s prior knowledge.”
On Monday’s episode, as Edwards was behind the wheel, Standifer looked visibly worried and tight-lipped. Keeping on eye on him, she had to tap him several times to get him to focus on the road; his eyes visibly looked dazed and slightly shut. At one point, she took the wheel in her hand from the passenger seat to straighten their car on the road.
Turning toward the cameras placed inside the vehicle, she began to shut them off. Although the cameras were turned off, the audio continued to roll and caught what she asked her soon-to-be husband.
“Did you take Xanax again?” she was heard asking.
“Um, I don’t … I don’t have any,” he responded with a mumble.
“You did,” she stated.
“I put that on my kid’s life,” he answered, denying he took any form of drugs or medication. (Edwards shares 7-year-old son Bentley with Teen Mom OG star Maci Bookout.)
While watching the episode, one Twitter user wrote, “@MTV you guys need to hold Ryan Edwards responsible for driving while intoxicated. @TeenMomog.”
“WHEN RYAN EDWARDS FROM TEEN MOM KILLS A FAMILY WHILE MTV KNOWINGLY LETS HIM DRIVE INTOXICATED ON DRUGS WHILE THEY FILM IT, THEY WONT CARE,” another Twitter user tweeted.
Monday, July 3rd, 2017Stephanie Davis has been arrested
The 24-year-old actress has reportedly been detained by police on suspicion of Grievously Bodily Harm (GBH) after she allegedly attacked her on-off boyfriend Jeremy McConnell during a late night spat at a hotel, according to the Mirror Online.
The alleged argument comes just a week after the 28-year-old Irish hunk - who spent six weeks in rehab earlier this year - fell off the wagon again and was seen sleeping rough on a park bench following a boozy night out in London.
A source said at the time: "Jeremy was in high spirits when he arrived and started drinking. He didn't seem to care who saw him and knocked back a lot of booze.
"He was pretty worse for wear by the end of the night.
"It's sad really because most of the people around knew he was clean and had been trying to stay sober. But it seemed nothing would stop him having a few drinks."
His relapse at the end of last month came shortly after he had a blazing row with the former 'Hollyoaks' star at her home in Liverpool but admitted recently that it was his fault because he can't control his drink and is terrified of losing the brunette beauty.
He said: "It was totally my fault and there are no excuses for what I did. I relapsed. When I pick up a drink or put up a tweet it's self-sabotage, it's self-harming.
"When I sense fear I tend to strike out instead of being able to deal with things.
"I'm very insecure. I'm scared of people leaving me. If I felt like Steph was going to leave me I would do something out of anger, like in the past. There's no excuse, but a lot of my behaviour is irrational and I am working hard to change that."
The 'Beauty School Cop Out' star's friends and management are now desperately trying to get him to return to rehab in order to beat his demons once and for all.
Stephanie and Jeremy met last January while taking part in 'Celebrity Big Brother' but their controversial relationship came crashing down just weeks after they left the abode when they locked horns and had a scrap during a holiday away.
The pretty star then found out she was pregnant with her now five-month-old son Caben-Albi but Jeremy refused to believe he belonged to him until he was born.
After a paternity test confirmed he was the little one's biological father, the pair decided to give things another go for the sake of their child.
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