June 10th thru June 16th in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Saturday, June 15th, 2019Ross County treasurer charged with OVI following traffic stop
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — Ross County Treasurer Stephen A. Neal Jr. is charged with OVI after a traffic stop on June 2.
According to Chillicothe Gazette, Neal pleaded not guilty to the OVI charge and was expected in Chillicothe Municipal Court for a license suspension.
Chillicothe Law Director Sherri Rutherford told the Gazette the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper detected an odor after making the traffic stop after spotting Neal making several lane violations as he drove on Western Avenue before turning onto Limestone Boulevard. Neal also allegedly had bloodshot, glassy eyes and would not follow the troopers instruction and refused a breathalyzer test.
Neal had no comment regarding the case.
Neal was appointed county treasurer by the Ross County Democratic Party in December.
Friday, June 14th, 2019Woman injured jumping from moving truck
Husband charged with OWI after incident in flea market parking lot
La PORTE – A Michigan man is facing multiple drunken driving charges after his wife, a Michigan City resident, was injured while jumping from a moving vehicle outside a flea market north of La Porte, according to county police.
Joseph Sobieski, 53, of Galien, Michigan, pleaded not guilty at an initial hearing Monday after being charged with misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or more; OWI endangering a person; OWI with BAC of at least .08 percent; and OWI, according to court records.
According to a La Porte County Sheriff's Department report, deputies were dispatched about 12:15 a.m. Sunday to the parking lot of the Wildwood Flea Market at 4938 W. U.S. 20 in La Porte, where a woman had jumped out of a moving vehicle and suffered a head injury.
The first deputy to arrive found the woman, a 42-year-old Michigan City resident, "lying on the ground with several subjects tending to her," the report said.
She told police she had jumped out of the passenger seat of her black 2001 Dodge Ram, which was being driven by her husband, but did not say why, the report said. It also noted that there was an odor of alcoholic beverages on her breath.
The driver, identified as Sobieski, said he was driving the pickup in the parking lot of the flea market at about 2 mph when the woman "suddenly jumped out of the passenger seat and fell onto the asphalt, striking her head," the report said.
He told police he did not know why she jumped out, but said "she has a drinking problem and does this kind of thing a lot," according to the report.
A deputy also noticed an odor of alcoholic beverage on Sobieski's breath, and noted that he was "extremely unsteady and was swaying back and forth and side to side" as they spoke. His "eyes were red and glassy and his speech was severely slurred," the deputy said in the report.
Asked if he'd been drinking, Sobieski answered, "Yeah, we have been partying all day," the report said.
Sobieski said he could not take all of the field sobriety tests because of an injury, but he failed the test he did take, according to the report. He also refused to submit to a portable breath test.
He was arrested, and a search of the truck turned up an empty beer can in the center console cupholder, the report said. Police also found a small amount of a green leafy substance in one of his pockets.
After a warrant was obtained, Sobieski was taken to La Porte Hospital for a blood draw, the report said. It showed a BAC of .188 percent.
He was then taken to the La Porte County Jail and charged. His next court hearing is scheduled for July 26 in La Porte Superior Court 4.
Thursday, June 13th, 2019Chicago police officer charged with DUI, reckless homicide in high-speed crash that left mother dead
A Chicago police officer is now facing reckless homicide and DUI charges after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a restaurant while racing at speeds of around 75 mph, killing a woman inside the business.
Terrance Finley, 24, was off-duty and had a blood alcohol level of .083 when he plowed into the side of Tony’s Philly Steak location early Sunday morning in the city’s Gresham neighborhood, prosecutors say. The officer, who had been on the job for two years, was trying to make a left turn onto a street when another car cut him off, causing him to swerve and lose control of his vehicle, they added.
"I expect our officers to adhere to a higher standard. I really do,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said following the accident, according to FOX32 Chicago. “When they don't then they'll be held accountable for it.”
Investigators told the station that Finley’s car was traveling around 75mph in a 30mph zone just before crashing into the restaurant.
NEW JERSEY POLICE OFFICER COULD GET LIFE SENTENCE AFTER DRIVER GUNNED DOWN DURING HIGH-SPEED CHASE
Marquita Reed, a 35-year-old registered nurse and mother, ended up getting pinned underneath his car when it came to a halt, and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital, authorities said. An autopsy revealed she died from multiple injuries suffered in the crash.
"Basically she worked all the time and took care of her kids. That's all she did,” her aunt, Lolita Gray.
A friend of Reed also was hit and suffered a leg injury, but is reported to be in good condition.
Finley, who suffered a neck injury himself, is set to appear in court again July 3 after bonding out of the Cook County Jail Tuesday night. The driver who allegedly cut him off has not been located.
“He didn’t become a police officer to take a life. He feels horrible about this,” his attorney, Tim Grace, told reporters after a bail hearing earlier Tuesday. “He is coping with it. He is going to need some counseling obviously.”
Finley was caught on video walking out of jail with his head down Tuesday night, refusing to speak about the case.
Wednesday, June 12th, 2019MISSING ORGANS FURTHER “MYSTERY” SURROUNDING ARMY VET’S DEATH IN PRISON
An Army veteran traveled to Pennsylvania last year to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant and died in police custody two days later. Afterwards his vital organs were removed during an autopsy, which concluded he’d been physically restrained and died from methamphetamine toxicity. Now, 14 months after his death, the family of Everett Palmer Jr. still doesn’t know why or how he died, and claim Palmer was killed while in police custody.
“The most frustrating part is my son being murdered and not having any answers to how he was murdered,” Rose Palmer, Everett’s mother, said during a press conference Tuesday in New York. “Since April 9, I have not had a good night sleep since I think about my child and the possible scenarios. It is torture. He didn’t deserve this. He went there to check on his license and he never made it out.”
Palmer Jr. was born and raised in Queens, but lived in Sussex County in Seaford, Delaware. The 41-year-old father of two went to Pennsylvania on April 7, 2018 to resolve an outstanding DUI warrant from two years prior. He was booked and put in a single cell at York County Prison. On April 9, 2018, he was pronounced dead at 5:45 a.m., according to the York County Coroner’s Office press release.
“The three things we’ve always asked is that a true and full and total accounting of what happened with my brother between April 7 and April 9,” Dwayne Palmer, Everett’s brother, told NY1. “To this day, we have not received any type of information in terms of what happened in that 48-hour period that caused the death of my brother.”
“The information we are receiving in piecemeal-style tells us Everett Palmer was tased, Everett Palmer was restrained, and it tells us there were outside factors… other persons involved in causing his death,” attorney Lee Merritt told CBS New York. CBS News reached out to Mr. Merritt’s office multiple times for comment but has not yet received word back.
According to autopsy results, released by the York County Coroner’s office in July 2018, Palmer’s manner of death is still undetermined. His family told CBS New York they’ve consistently asked the local authorities for updates for over a year without much progress.
Palmer’s family said his brain, heart, and throat were removed during an autopsy and never returned as part of the investigation. The coroner said that is normal procedure. During Tuesday’s press conference, Merritt said Palmer’s “missing organs are the center of the narrative.”
“There was no pre- or post-notification. They were removing organs from my brother’s body,” Dwayne Palmer told CBS New York.
Mark E. Walters, the York County Public Information Officer, disputes this accusation by Palmer’s family and their attorney.
“They were removed but they’re not missing,” Walters told CBS News, speaking of the organs. “This is part of the process. We know exactly where they are. This is part of the death investigation. It’s standard procedure.”
York County Coroner Pamela L. Gray told CBS News, “Organs are not returned sometimes with the body. It goes on every day in the country as evidence collection because the individual, the body, cannot speak for themselves anymore. While it’s graphic and someways very creepy, it is very much an ordinary process in trying to bring justice for our deceased individuals.”
Gray told CBS News, “In a death in custody, it’s not unusual to have the throat retained, especially when there’s been physical restraint.”
Everett Palmer Jr. was a U.S. Army veteran
“When someone dies in police custody, the state has a responsibility to provide as much clarity and transparency as humanly possible to the family,” Merritt told CBS New York.
Gray told CBS News Forensic Pathology Associates (FPA) of Allentown, PA conducted the autopsy. In a June 2019 statement, Gray’s office said FPA is “currently in possession of the heart, brain and throat” and that they conduced the autopsy “in accordance with the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) guidelines.”
In a statement to CBS News, the National Association of Medical Examiners said laws regarding organ removal vary from state to state. “NAME-accredited offices must have a policy about retention of any organs that considers law in the particular jurisdiction,” the group said.
Forensic Pathology Associates did not respond to CBS News’ request for comment and referred all inquiries to Health Network Labs. CBS News reached out to Health Network Labs, but have yet to receive word back.
A press release by Gray’s office said the coroner’s office, FPA, and Mr. Palmer’s immediate family and legal counsel “have been in regular discussions since shortly after Everett Palmer Jr.’s death.”
But the initial July 2018 coroner’s report creates a confusing narrative, one that has fueled Palmer’s family’s suspicions. It states after being taken into custody, Palmer “became agitated,” and that officers had to restrain Palmer from hitting his head against his cell door. It then cited his cause of death as complications from “an excited state” with “methamphetamine toxicity” during “physical restraint.” It also adds “probable sickling red cell disorder” as a contributory factor in his death. The manner of his death is left undetermined.
“My son was a perfectly healthy young man, and my son is not going to bang his head on a cell,” Palmer’s mother said in an interview with The Washington Post. “My son was not a troublemaker, not at all, he was a very gentle, kind man.”
Dwayne Palmer told The Washington Post that Everett was a personal trainer in excellent health, and that while the family were carriers for sickle-cell anemia, his brother did not have it. Gray told CBS News that she’d been told Palmer was in excellent health, and said regarding the mention of the cell disorder as contributory factor, that “the doctor must’ve felt strongly enough if he wanted to mention it.”
“They just threw drugs into that report that we consider disrespectful without any context,” Merritt said during the Tuesday press conference. “That should set off red flags. If he was found with drugs, then there should be a full investigation on how he got those drugs.”
Gray, the York County Coroner, stands by the conclusions made in the autopsy report. First, she said the multi-page autopsy report written by Forensic Pathology Associates was given to the Palmer family last August. “They’ve had it the entire time,” she said. Gray told CBS News that the family was provided the report and that she called them personally to tell them of the results of the FPA’s autopsy report.
Gray also confirmed the methamphetamine in Everett Palmer Jr.’s system is “well demonstrated in the multi-page (autopsy) report.”
“It does show he had methamphetamine toxicity and it was above therapeutic levels and the physician thought it was toxicity or he wouldn’t have written it,” she told CBS News.
As for the conclusion that Palmer was physically retrained and hit his head on his cell, Gray added, “We actually saw video that he had been hitting his head and we saw where they tried to bring him under control.”
Palmer’s family wants to know who is responsible and who will be held accountable. York County Public Information Officer Mark E. Walters confirmed to CBS News that Pennsylvania State Police and the York County District Attorney’s Office are both investigating Palmer’s death.
Kyle King of the District Attorney’s office declined comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
On a June 9 post on the Justice4Everett Facebook page, Merritt wrote: “Everything that happened during the course of those two days has been hidden. There are no reports. No video has been produced. No one has offered a valid explanation for what caused his death. The fact that is body was returned to his family without his heart, brain and throat is less about a claim of ‘organ harvesting’ and more about the furtherance of the unnecessary mystery surrounding his death. We want answers and we will keep pushing until we get them.”
Gray clarified told CBS News that there was no consent needed to remover Palmer’s organs.
“The body is the coroner’s jurisdiction,” she said. “Because the body is part of the evidence and the investigation, the coroner or medical examiner has jurisdiction over that body. They are the ones who can order the autopsy without family consent.”
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019Drunken NHS doctor faces being struck off after throwing coffee over an airport Duty Free saleswoman, biting a policeman and attacking her own husband
sin Hamilton (pictured today in Manchester) unleashed a series of drunken outbursts and faces being struck off at a medical tribunal
A violent NHS doctor who unleashed a series of public, drunken attacks over a period of three years faces being struck off.
Dr Roisin Hamilton attacked police, airport staff and her own husband over a three-year period and was charged with misconduct after she was repeatedly arrested.
The 38-year-old threw hot coffee over a Duty Free worker and vomited after getting drunk on vodka when her plane was delayed by three hours.
One of the haematology expert's violent outbursts forced her estranged husband to shut himself in her family home away from the mother of two.
Hamilton even bit a police officer after colleagues stopped her driving away from a hospital while drunk.
Her latest outburst occurred when police had to arrest Hamilton for being drunk and abusive during a store opening at a shopping mall in Northern Ireland. As they detained her, Hamilton dug her finger nail into one officer's arm and shouted: 'F*** you!' before repeatedly punching a WPC sat next to her in a patrol car.
The mother of two doctor struggled so violently she had to be put in handcuffs and leg restraints before being placed in a cell to sober up.
She has blamed her outbursts on chronic alcohol addiction arising from diagnosed anxiety and depression. Hamilton said she was 'mortified and ashamed' of her actions and said they 'did not represent her as a person' in a statement heard by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester.
Hamilton, of Bearsden, East Dumbartonshire, was suspended from medical practise in October over the three incidents and her crashing her car while almost five times the alcohol limit.
The incidents began in June 2015 after the Aberdeen and Glasgow hospitals completed a Masters Degree in Haematopathology.
Colleagues saw her drunkenly approaching her car and persuaded her to hand over the keys before Hamilton bit a police officer's finger as he asked to take a breath test.
She paid a £980 fine and was banned from driving for a year after admitting failing to provide a breath specimen and assault on police.
But the next year officers arrested her as after she stumbled through Glasgow airport's Duty Free area while waiting for a flight to rehab in Northern Ireland.
Staff offered to help, only for her to vomit on the floor and throw scalding coffee onto the foot of an employee.
She then screamed 'f*** off, I'll kill you' and 'f*** off you f***ing b****', while lashing out with her hands and legs after workers erected a privacy screen to shield her from view.
The doctor vomited and then threw hot coffee over a staff member at Glasgow airport's Duty Free shop as she waited for a flight to a rehab centre
Hamilton hit, kicked and scratched her husband in a drunken rage as he threw her out of their home. She threw a desk organiser at the house and police arrested her again.
In January 2017 Hamilton was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 compensation for threatening behaviour and assault - but the following August police arrested her again for drink-driving on Jubilee Park, Armagh, after she crashed a fence and wheelie bin, while pedestrians were in the vicinity.
She had 161 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit being 35mg.
Hamilton pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and fined £300 fine and disqualified from driving for 18 months in September 2017.
The latest incident took place at 3pm on February 3 2018 when Hamilton was seen in a drunken condition at the Quays Shopping Centre in Newry.
Police called an ambulance as she sat unresponsive after security staff held her for causing a disturbance, General Medical Council lawyer Susanna Kitzing said.
She swore, shouted and lashed out at paramedics with her arms and verbally abused officers as elderly people and children looked on, Ms Kitzing added.
Hamilton tried to break out of a police vehicle and officers arrested her for disorderly behaviour, she said.
'She was described as acting in an erratic manner, her pupils were dilated and officers believed she was under the influence of a substance,' the lawyer said. The doctor dug her nails into an officer who was searching her and said: 'F*** you.'
As she sat in the police vehicle, she punched an officer in the right arm several times, the tribunal heard.
'The officer said Dr Hamilton became increasingly aggressive and hence they were forced to remove her from the vehicle and restrain her on the ground,' the lawyer said. 'As they were removing her from the car, Dr Hamilton kicked out at the legs of the officers several times.
Officers placed her in leg restraints before they put Hamilton back in the police vehicle, she added, then said 'thank you' as officers cautioned her before they put her in a cell to calm down.
Hamilton - who has voluntarily not worked since 2015 and is now divorced - admitted disorderly behaviour and assault on police in March 2018. The majority of her hearing is expected to be held in private. The case continues.
Monday, June `10th`, 2019
Connecticut woman flees on foot after traffic stop by Monson police, faces numerous charges including OUI alcohol and drugs
MONSON — A 31-year-old Connecticut woman, who fled police on Route 32 early Saturday after she was stopped on Route 32 for speeding, faces numerous charges including operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The incident began about 1 a.m. when Officer Tyler Wilk saw the suspect, southbound, speeding towards the downtown area, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
Western Mass News reported the woman got out of her vehicle after the stop and fled on foot. A state trooper was summoned to help for the suspect and she was found a short time later.
Police have not yet released the woman’s name. She is from Wilmington, Conn.
She was charged with drunken driving (2nd offense), operating under the include of drugs, operating with a suspended license (subsequent offense), negligent operation, open container of alcohol in motor vehicle, speeding, possession of heroin (subsequent offense), possession of a Class E drug and resisting arrest.
Police were assisted by a Palmer officer trained in the recognition of drug impairment. Western Mass News is television partner to The Republican.