October 8th thru October 14th in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Sunday October 14th, 2018State Supreme Court justice, charged with DWI
State Supreme Court Justice William Rebolini has a court date Nov. 7 after his arrest on drunken-driving charges Sept. 30 in Riverhead Town.
Rebolini, 61, of Huntington, was arrested at 8:06 p.m. on Route 105 after being observed and stopped by a Riverhead police officer, according to Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration.
“The officer saw that the judge appeared intoxicated,” said Chalfen, who added there was no accident and no other drivers were involved. Rebolini's driver's license was suspended because he declined to take a breathalyzer test, Chalfen said.
Rebolini pleaded not guilty at his arraignment early on Oct. 1 by Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith, and was released on his own recognizance. At a hearing in Riverhead Town Justice Court on Tuesday, the case was adjourned to Nov. 7.
Steve O’Brien, Rebolini’s attorney, said he is seeking discovery material from prosecutors but declined to comment further.
Chalfen said Rebolini “has taken off some vacation time to deal with the matter.”
Rebolini is a former Democratic Huntington Town Board member who served as a District Court judge from 1993 to 2003. He won a second 14-year term on the Supreme Court last year.
Saturday, October 13th, 2018Witness describes moment suspected DUI driver retrieved gun from bush, shot at officers
No officers were injured
UPDATE: Moments after a suspected DUI driver was shot by police officers, a witness rushed to the scene to help.
"It is very weird because nobody expects that you'll be in a wreck and they will start shooting," said the witness who did not want to be identified.
Police say they were called out to the scene for routine car accident between three vehicles. When officers arrived they found one of the drivers believed to have been intoxicated but refusing to complete a sobriety test.
Police say that is when the driver rushed to a nearby bush and grabbed a gun before shooting around at officers.
"It is a car accident, a normal car accident and the owner of one of the vehicles tells me she had to hide because a guy pulled a gun and shot at Metro," the witness said.
Police have not released the identity of the suspect but will hold a routine press conference in 72 hours.
ORIGINAL: A man is dead after Las Vegas police said he shot at officers near Rainbow Boulevard and Gary Avenue Wednesday morning.
Interactive Map: Shootings involving Las Vegas valley officers in 2018
Las Vegas police responded to a three-vehicle crash around 7:15 a.m. and determined one of the drivers involved appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He refused a sobriety test and ran off, retrieving a gun he hid earlier in a nearby bush.
Friday October 12th, 2018'Little Women' reality star gets 16 years behind bars for DUI death
Four-foot-tall reality TV star Melissa Hancock will be getting her own personal spinoff — set in a jail cell, after pleading guilty to the drunk-diving death of a New Jersey man.
Daniel Dill, 29, was killed Nov. 4, 2017, while driving in Virginia Beach to pick up his wife from a birthday party. En route to picking her up, Hancock — who copped to chugging between two and four mixed drinks at a nightclub earlier in the evening — was on the road when she crashed into Dill head-on.
Earlier this year, she pleaded guilty to aggravated involuntary manslaughter, reported NJ Advance Media. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Hancock, 26, to a 16-year prison term.
While she previously had offered apologies to Dill’s family for her tragic mistake, the victims still mourning father was in mo mood to hear excuses.
“It’s just totally destroyed the entire family,” said Christopher Dill, who was preparing to drive from his New Jersey home to the Virginia courthouse. “He’s a clean-cut guy dong the right thing, making the right choices, volunteering to be the designated driver. … It’s brutal. I can’t wrap my head around it.”
At the accident scene, cops noted Hancock’s eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and the smell of alcohol was present on her body. A blood-alcohol content test revealed she was more than twice over the legal limit.
Hancock had a recurring role on the second season of “Little Women: Atlanta,” a Lifetime series that chronicled to lives of little people living in Georgia.
Dill had been a Coast Guard information systems technician at the time of his death.
Thursday, October 11th, 2018Caught on Video: Candidate for Judge arrested for driving under the influence
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) - 7 Action News has obtained Royal Oak Police video showing the arrest of a candidate for judge back on September 8 at 10:44 in the morning.
Julie Anne McDonald is running unopposed for Circuit Court Judge in Oakland County.
She’s also facing a charge of operating under the influence of liquor in Royal Oak.
The video shows her driving on 11 Mile and turning north onto Woodward.
Police reports state she was driving 54 in a 45 mph zone.
The video also shows she was pulled over, given roadside sobriety tests, a breath test and placed in handcuffs.
She blew .102 BAC during the stop and later at the station .08 which is the legal limit.
According to the police report, police asked her, “If you had your kids in the car would you be driving right now?”
She replied, “no,”
Another video inside the police car shows her telling police she is a candidate for office, but police say they can’t help her. She then says out loud; "this is going to f— me up really bad.”
The video and police reports show she called her attorney during the traffic stop and at the police station.
She had told police she had been drinking the night before, four vodka and soda mixed drinks between 5 and 10 pm.
We got this statement Oakland County Chief Circuit Court Judge Shalina Kumar:
This matter has not yet been resolved, but we continue to monitor the situation as it progresses. As always, elected officials are expected to live up to the highest standards of professional and personal conduct. Any impact on her qualifications for office will be determined when the matter is concluded.
McDonald is the daughter of retired Oakland County Judge John McDonald and currently works as a staff attorney in Wayne County.
She is due back in court in Royal Oak on October 17. She has pleaded not guilty.
Wednesday, October 10th, 2018The tragic limo accident was preventable
Twenty people lost their lives in a tragic limousine crash in upstate New York on Saturday. As the nation pauses to remember the victims, we rightly start the conversation about what could have prevented this crash.
However, we need to remember that on any given day, more than 100 people die on our roadways, and while these deaths do not make headline news, they are no less important. We accept them as the cost of mobility, but they are all preventable.
Tragically, the factors that may have contributed to this crash -- speed and lack of occupant restraint use -- are incredibly common. Compound these common factors with an improperly licensed driver who was operating a vehicle that failed an inspection just last month, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted Monday, and we create a perfect storm.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will conduct a thorough investigation to identify each contributing factor, and the Board will make recommendations to improve the safety of limousine riders. Notably, we do not yet know all the facts surrounding the crash and the tragic deaths of the victims.
When it comes to stretch limousine construction and oversight, there is an element of Frankenstein involved. Many of these vehicles are modified after original construction. States have different regulations, requirements and capabilities, and there is no one-stop shop for consumers to determine whether a limousine they are riding in is safe.
Limo crash witness heard loud bang, screaming
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We need to close these gaps if we want to ensure the integrity of the vehicles, but equally important is consistency in qualifying drivers, who are tasked with chauffeuring people who, in many cases, opted for a limousine because they did not want to drive impaired.
The National Safety Council strongly encourages people to arrange alternative transportation like limousines if they know they will be celebrating. Alcohol-involved crashes continue to claim nearly 10,000 lives each year, and no amount of alcohol is safe to drink if you are planning to drive. That said, we cannot undercut a good safety choice with a poor one. Operators should provide occupant restraints for every seating position, and if you are in a limousine -- or a ride share vehicle of any kind -- it is imperative to buckle up, even in the back seat.
In many cases, lack of restraint use may not be a choice. Some limousines may not have seat belts available. While the vehicle carrying 18 passengers on Saturday was a 2001 Ford Excursion, "over-the-road" buses were required to have seat belts on all new construction beginning in 2016, and passenger cars have been required to have three-point seat belts in all seating positions for many years. This represents yet another gap in safety.
Newlyweds were among deceased in limo crash
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Seat belts are the cheapest and most effective tool we have to save lives on the road, so no vehicle should operate without them. And it is the responsibility of passengers to use them. Passengers report a nearly 20 percent drop off in rear seat belt use when riding in a ride-share vehicle or taxi, according to a 2017 NSC public opinion survey.
Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that the risk of serious injury goes up eight-fold for unrestrained passengers in the back, while over 40% of all occupant fatalities continue to be unbelted.
New York, in particular, has notable passenger protection gaps in its laws. Despite being the first state to pass a mandatory seat belt law, New York still doesn't require all passengers to wear them. New York earned a C for road safety on the 2017 National Safety Council State of Safety report, in part because it does not require adults to buckle up in the back seat.
We cannot let tragedies like the one in Schoharie pass us by without doing something about it. Limousines can be a smart way for us to travel and a great choice for people who are celebrating. But there are risks we can and should address. Today many are outraged, but the key is turning that indignation into action tomorrow.
Tuesday, October 9TH, 2018Drunk birds are causing havoc in a Minnesota town.
Police in Gilbert, Minn., are warning residents about a group of youthful residents unable to handle their alcohol. They’ve been drifting around town looking disoriented, narrowly avoiding getting hit by cars.
But these aren’t teenagers getting drunk. Instead, it’s the local bird population.
“The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be ‘under the influence’ flying into windows, cars and acting confused,” Police Chief Ty Techar wrote in a statement Tuesday. An early frost meant that berries had fermented earlier than usual, he explained, and birds were eating them and getting drunk.
Incidents around town involving intoxicated birds appear to be more prevalent than in past years, Techar added, because many have not yet migrated south. “It appears that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal,” he wrote. “Generally, younger birds’ livers cannot handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.”
He concluded: “There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds as they should sober up within a short period of time.”
A number of Gilbert residents commented on the Facebook post and thanked the police department for explaining why the birds had been acting so strangely. One woman wrote that she had found three dead birds on her deck recently, while another described quickly slamming on her brakes when a bird flew directly into her windshield. “This explains why I have hit 7 birds with my car this week,” commented another.
“I was going to say something . . . but I thought I was crazy!!!” wrote one resident. “This has been happening to me!” She added, “I know this post is a joke . . . but seriously . . . 2 birds dove into my windshield both on the way to work and on the way home . . . I was wondering what was going on.”
Another commenter joked, “There goes the chance of any bird from Northern MN ever being on the Supreme Court.”
The police news release ended with a suggestion that residents of the small northern Minnesota town call if they see “Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy” or “Tweety acting as if 10 feet tall and getting into confrontations with cats.”
Jokes aside, however, birds really can get intoxicated by eating fermented berries. A group of California scientists who performed necropsies on several flocks of cedar waxwings that had collided with hard surfaces found that all of them had recently gorged on overripe berries. “Flying under the influence of ethanol” had led to the birds’ deaths, they concluded in a 2012 study published in the Journal of Ornithology.
Obviously, birds can’t exactly take a breathalyzer test. Matthew Dodder, a self-described “bird guy” with four decades of birding experience who leads classes in Palo Alto, Calif., told The Washington Post that the key giveaway to tell whether birds are drunk is their goofy behavior.
“They’ll be flying kind of erratically,” he said. “We typically see them flying lower than usual through traffic. They’re just careless and they’re not looking for cars or other obstacles.”
Certain bird species, such as robins, cedar waxwings and thrushes, are the most prone to drunken antics since they eat more berries than other species such as warblers and flycatchers that primarily eat insects. And as they prepare to fly south for winter, they may overindulge in an attempt to store up fat for the journey, Dodder said. The birds go from bush to bush trying to find more berries, their balance getting progressively worse.
“They just get sloppy and clumsy,” Dodder said. “They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion.”
In Portland, Ore., the Audubon Society operates what’s essentially a drunk tank for birds. “We get in birds into our Wildlife Care Center in the fall that are drunk on fermenting berries,” Bob Sallinger, the conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland, wrote in an email. “Sometimes they are picked up after crashing into windows. Others are just found disoriented on the ground. We will hold them in captivity until they sober up and then set them free.”
The same thing happens in Canada’s Yukon Territory, where animal welfare officials will gently place intoxicated birds in small hamster cages until they’re ready to fly again a few hours later.
As humorous as it might sound, binging on berries can be deadly for birds. Portland has seen multiple incidents in the past decade where between 30 and 50 robins have suddenly turned up dead because of suspected alcohol poisoning. In 2011, police were called to investigate the suspicious deaths of 12 blackbirds at an elementary school in Britain, but a necropsy revealed the birds had not been the victims of foul play and instead may have just eaten too many fermented rowan berries.
Because intoxicated birds also have a tendency of smashing into things, the Audubon Society recommends putting decals on windows and other large reflective surfaces. And if you do come across a drunk bird that has survived a collision, Dodder recommends contacting an animal rescue or wildlife rehabilitation center.
“Sometimes, they just need a bit of time in a quiet setting to recover,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Gilbert, police are asking residents to call if they spot Woodstock pushing Snoopy off the doghouse for no apparent reason, Big Bird operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe manner, or the Roadrunner darting in and out of traffic on Main Street. Or, they suggested, any birds making a late-night run to Taco Bell.
Monday, October 8th, 2018Woman charged after police find her passed out in car with children crying in back seat
MASSILLON, Ohio - A Massillon woman has been charged after police say they found her passed out behind the wheel with her two small children in the back seat, according to CantonRep.com.
Diane Triplett, 38, was charged with possession of cocaine, aggravated drug possession, operating a vehicle while impaired and endangering children, police officials confirmed.
According to CantonRep.com, police found two wrappers inside the car that contained drugs. Triplett's children were crying in the back seat when officers arrived at the car.
Triplett is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday at 8:45 a.m.
Belleperche, 69, of Chesterton was charged Sept. 21 with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
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