September 16th thru September 22nd in the year Two Thousand and Nineteen
Saturday, September 21st, 2019Javier Burillo: Mexican property developer held over son's boating death
A Mexican property developer from one of the country's wealthiest families has been arrested after his 11-year-old son died during a boating trip.
Javier Burillo, 57, was held on suspicion of manslaughter and operating a boat under the influence, police in California said.
The boy and his older brother were allegedly thrown overboard by a wave and then struck by the boat.
Mr Burillo posted $1m (£800,000) bail on Monday, local media reported.
Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin said Mr Burillo and his family were
on a family trip on Sunday in waters near San Francisco when the boys,
11 and 27, were knocked overboard.
The boys were then allegedly hit by the vessel Mr Burillo was operating.
Mr Cronin said there was a "fair possibility that they were swept under"
or were hurt when their father turned the boat to rescue them.
"He was operating the boat, he had that choice, and the negligent part of it is the alcohol," Mr Cronin told reporters.
Search warrant being served at Belvedere home of hotel owner Javier Burillo. He faces manslaughter charges after boating accident that killed is 11 year old son. No word what police hope to find. #abc7now
The older son had cuts to his leg, but his younger sibling "sustained severe traumatic injuries", a police statement said.
The father took his two sons to the Corinthian Yacht Club, where his younger son was pronounced dead, police said. Mr Burillo contacted police on Sunday night and failed an alcohol breath test, local media reported.
Police arrested Mr Burillo at his home in Belvedere on charges of vehicular manslaughter with a vessel, willful harm or injury to a child and operating a boat while under the influence.
Mr Burillo is a part of the prominent Azcárraga family, who founded the Mexican television channel Televisa and broadcasts across Latin America.
He has been behind a number of hotel complexes and luxury restaurants in Mexico, reportedly including Las Ventanas al Paraiso, an exclusive resort complex in Baja California.
Friday, September 20th, 2019Police in Ohio pulled over two Amish for drinking while operating a horse and buggy.
Their vehicle was also outfitted with a stereo.
Deputies found a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra in the buggy, some of which had been opened.
Authorities are looking for the men, who fled the scene and left the vehicle — including the horse — behind.
The buggy was towed and the horse was taken to a temporary home.
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Rules are rules. You just can't drink and drive.
Two men in North Bloomfield, Ohio, learned that when authorities pulled them over for drinking and operating a horse and buggy, which the state considers a vehicle, KALB reported.
Police pulled over the vehicle when they noticed a case of beer on the roof and that the men driving were drinking out of open containers.
"It is a vehicle. It's on the roadway and the OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) laws do apply," Trumbull County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich told KALB "You're not allowed to drink and drive or operate a buggy."
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The officers found a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra on top of the buggy and say the men were drinking other alcohol while they drove, according to WAVY. KALB specifies that the bottles they were drinking contained spiked iced tea.
When the men were pulled over, a short chase ensued, police said. It concluded when the men fled into a wooded area, leaving the horse and buggy behind. Authorities had the buggy towed and the horse was taken to a temporary home, KALB reported.
Now, authorities are hoping the men will come forward.
"Maybe there's just that fear of the consequences and that would be a reality for them, that there are consequences," Dragovich said. "But I encourage him to come forward get their buggy and horse.
The sheriff's office said that a buggy is a vehicle — just like a car, so similar laws regarding drinking would apply. The men could face additional charges for refusing to comply when pulled over, KALB reported.
Thursday, September 19th, 2019Naked man with beer in hand evades police by vanishing in Region cornfield
HEBRON — A naked man was spotted running down a street in only a hat with a beer in hand prompting police, firefighters and a drone to search for him after he took cover among corn stalks.
At 6:24 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to requests to do a welfare check on a naked man seen running northbound on Indiana 55 in Hebron, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office police report.
Five officers came to the scene and spotted the naked man in question running up the road. Upon seeing police, the streaker ran into a ditch and then rushed across a highway. He then retreated into a cornfield in the 20100 block of Harrison Avenue, police said.
Upon seeing the streaker vanish into the corn, police called Lowell firefighters to bring a drone to the area to search for him. Both police and firefighters also checked the field.
Wednesday, September 18th, 2019Different man was driver in OWI homicide crash that killed Chicago man, Madison police say
A man who investigators thought was a passenger actually was the driver of the car that caused a fatal crash on East Washington Avenue on Aug. 8, Madison police said.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said police are recommending that Jason A. Natcone, 44, of Oregon, be charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and hit-and-run involving death.
Antoine K. Tempel, 32, of Madison, was arrested after the crash on tentative charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, hit-and-run causing death, third offense OWI and operating while revoked.
Tempel denied being the BMW driver, but investigators determined he was the driver, police said at the time.
However, further investigation concluded that Tempel was a passenger in the BMW and tentative charges against him have been dropped, DeSpain said.
Natcone is in the Dane County Jail for a suspected violation of his state Department of Corrections supervision. According to DOC records, he was last released from prison on extended supervision in March 2018 after serving a sentence for his seventh drunken driving conviction.
The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 8 on eastbound East Washington Avenue just short of the Yahara River bridge. Witnesses said a BMW convertible was traveling an estimated 80 to 100 mph when it rear-ended a Chevrolet HHR that was driving the speed limit in the middle lane of East Washington, police said.
Frederick Majer, 71, of Chicago, who was driving the compact SUV, was killed in the crash, while his 69-year-old wife was not seriously injured.
Three occupants of the BMW fled on foot after the crash, but Tempel and a female passenger returned “many minutes” later, DeSpain said in a statement at the time.
Tempel suffered a broken shoulder and cuts, while the female passenger suffered minor injuries. The third occupant did not return.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019Driving while stoned? Marijuana breathalyzers expected to hit the street in 2020
Police demonstrate the Alere DDS2, a saliva swab test some authorities are using to determine marijuana impairment, in May at the Capitol in Sacramento.
Drivers suspected of being high on pot may soon face the same type of roadside breath test cops use to catch drunken drivers, as several firms prepare new devices for the street.
Hound Labs of Oakland expects to have a marijuana breathalyzer ready by the second half of 2020, according to Mike Lynn, a medical doctor and co-founder of Hound Labs. Another firm, SannTek of Canada, also is racing to have a product ready in that timeline.
Both developers also see uses for the devices on job sites to ensure workplace safety.
Convicting drivers who officers believe just finished smoking weed before getting behind the wheel has been problematic for prosecutors and police since marijuana became popular in the 1960s. At the same time, establishing just when a driver smoked the weed has made it difficult for a defense attorney to argue that his client should not be charged, because he smoked the day before.
Hound Labs says its test will show whether a motorist smoked marijuana within a three-hour window before driving. That, Hound Labs’ Lynn asserted, is the time frame when drivers are most impaired. He cited statistics indicating that 14.8 million Americans have used marijuana within an hour of starting a car.
SannTek’s Noah Debrincat, a nanotechnology engineer from the University of Waterloo in Canada, said his device also can identify a driver who has gotten high within three hours of driving.
Lynn said he expects the Hound Labs device will also be used in the workplace, where employers can ensure that workers are not high on the job, and employees won’t face sanctions if they partied the day before.
Debrincat said there is demand for the breathalyzer in jobs like truck driving and construction, where workers are operating heavy machinery.
“I actually do see it as benefiting all parties” in the workplace, he said. Presently, most employers rely on urine tests, designed 30 years ago. Those tests can show that an employee smoked weed as much as a month ago, but don’t establish that they are high on a test day.
Lynn, who also serves as a reserve deputy for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, has worked in Level One trauma centers, and also argues that that the THC tester will make things more fair for both sides. He began work on the tester six years ago.
HOW FIELD TESTS ARE DONE NOW
Without a field test for marijuana, police who make traffic stops in Fresno and most other California cities currently rely heavily on Drug Recognition Officers to check drivers who appear to be impaired but aren’t showing signs of being drunk. The officers undergo special training to spot marijuana users as well as others who have consumed both illegal and legal drugs before driving.
That usually means the driver is taken to a hospital for what police call a “blood draw” to determine what’s in their system. It’s expensive and time-consuming for officers and the driver.
DRE officers also spend a lot of time in court, where they testify as expert witnesses.
Debrincat noted that some police agencies now use a swab test to collect saliva samples from drivers in a field test. But he said he doubts that kind of procedure is popular with police in the field.
Developing the breath test has been “amazingly challenging science,” but building a device to do it has grown exponentially more important as more and more jurisdictions legalize both medical and recreational marijuana use, Lynn said.
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Building the device is difficult because an intoxicating amount of THC in the human body is a billion times less than the amount of alcohol in an impaired driver, Lynn said.
“We had to completely create the device. It’s like looking for (a certain) 25 grains of sand on a beach a mile long,” Lynn said.
Hound Labs relied extensively on help from the University of California at San Francisco for the research, he added. Assisting was pathologist Dr. Kara Lynch, an expert in looking at small samples of molecules in breath.
Nanotechnologists like Debrincat are involved in the study and the manipulation of atoms and molecules.
POLICE ‘DON’T WANT TO BE THE FIRST’
Police agencies are still largely on the sidelines in terms of plans to purchase the devices.
Madera Police Chief Dino Lawson said he’s taking a wait-and-see approach.
“I think it’s interesting technology, but we don’t want to be the first to jump on it,” he said. “Absolutely, there’s a need for it. I hope they perfect it.”
Janelle Dunham, public information officer for the CHP, said, “The California Highway Patrol is always interested in testing and evaluating new and emerging technology.”
Duration -:-Marijuana forum: Is there a breathalyzer for marijuana?
During the Modesto Bee's "Bee Amplified" forum on marijuana, panelists discussed whether there are safety measures for driving under the influence.
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Monday, September 16th, 2019Drunken driver rear-ends DPS vehicle, runs into ATM
SAN ANTONIO - A man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after hitting a DPS trooper's vehicle from behind and trying to drive away, according to police.
Officers responded to the scene at the corner of East Southcross and Clark streets around 10:45 p.m. Saturday. They say the driver of a pickup truck rear-ended the trooper's vehicle, then tried to drive away. But instead of getting away, he drove right into a bank ATM.
Police tested the man for driving while intoxicated, and said he showed signs of impairment. He could also face charges for attempting to drive away.
The DPS trooper was not seriously injured in the crash.
Perez, of the West Side Austin neighborhood, was cutting off traffic as she sped northbound, police said. She was pulled over near 31st Street.
When an officer smelled alcohol on her breath, the officer asked her to step out of the car and she almost fell to the ground, police said.
Perez gave the officer a fake name and said she was driving back from a Bedford Park club, where she works, police said. She failed a sobriety test and blew a 0.12% blood alcohol level, police said.
Fingerprinting at the police station confirmed Perez’s real name, police said. Investigators learned that Perez has six alias names, five alias dates of birth and four alias addresses, according to police.
Perez had two separate driver’s licenses, both revoked, and an active drunk driving warrant in Cook County, police said.
“Fingerprints don’t lie,” Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in the statement. “She was able to beat the system for a while by changing her name and birth dates to get licenses that were valid until she was arrested once again.”
He said Perez has not had a valid driver’s license since 2012.
Perez is charged with aggravated felony drunk driving, aggravated felony drugged driving, aggravated felony revoked driver’s license and several traffic violations, police said.
In a bail hearing, a Cook County judge released Perez on her own recognizance, police said.