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Cleveland Browns News & Rumors 6/10: OTAs, Remorse, and 4PM Early-Bird Buffets

ByBARRY MCBRIDE Jun 10, 7:34 AM

The media was allowed in to see OTAs and talk to a couple of players yesterday, and we accordingly have a flood of content in today’s newswire. Plus, of course, there was fallout from the Callie Brownson OVI arrest, which generated more articles than anything else.

I’m not sure how I feel about a full newswire. On one hand, it takes quite a while to find and then link a flood of articles by hand. On the other, I’m not writing about some player’s kid playing field hockey or whatever keeps me busy most days during the Summer. So, I guess we should accept today’s smorgasbord of Browns articles as a plus.

You know, as a soon-to-be-senior citizen, I should familiarize myself more with the word “smorgasbord”. You rarely see them advertised. It’s like a buffet, I guess, just sort of Swedish, and we seniors like our buffets. My wife recently had an auspicious birthday and I spent most of the day alerting her to the nearest local buffets and their early bird Senior hours. There’s also Golden Corral, another true winner. Either way, I’m sure there’s lukewarm meatloaf at 4PM in our happily married future.

I should probably note at this point that my wife is a patient woman, as 30+ years putting up with me will attest. That patience is good from the perspective of not having to dodge thrown objects when I abuse the fact that she’s two months older than me, but it’s a disadvantage when noting that patient people are really good at plotting revenge. A dish best served lukewarm. At a buffet.

Then again, that’s nothing you have to worry about unless I suddenly get my comeuppance. Which I will. Here’s the Newswire… https://247sports.com/nfl/cleveland-browns/LongFormArticle/cleveland-browns-news-rumors-callie-brownson-greedy-williams-john-johnson-166368204/#166368204_1

Man flees police, gets charged with 7th OWI, Dane County Sheriff’s Office says

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AMount Horeb man was tentatively charged with his seventh OWI after fleeing law enforcement in his car and then on foot in Dane County Tuesday evening, according to the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. 

A Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy tried to stop a speeding vehicle around 10:20 p.m. in Madison at Highway 12 and Millpond Road.

The driver, John Prochaska, 50, sped away, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The deputy initially gave chase but terminated the pursuit after less than two miles. 

Prochaska slowed down when he reached Cottage Grove and pulled over on the shoulder of Highway 12 at Highway BN. The Sheriff’s Office said he ran from the vehicle and left a female passenger behind. 

A deputy chased after Prochaska on foot and arrested him. He was taken to the Dane County Jail. 

Prochaska also had two outstanding warrants from Columbia County and Rock County for possession of drug paraphernalia, intimidating a victim and a parole violation.  https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime-and-courts/mount-horeb-man-flees-police-gets-charged-with-7th-owi-dane-county-sheriffs-office-says/article_15ca3618-136c-533e-b0a2-92aa4b04d29f.html

‘Melrose Place’ actress Amy Locane resentenced to 8 years in prison for fatal DWI crash

SOMERVILLE – Former “Melrose Place” actress Amy Locane was resentenced to eight years in prison Thursday for a drunk-driving crash that killed a woman in Montgomery, New Jersey in 2010.

Locane was given eight years for second-degree vehicular homicide and 18 months for fourth-degree assault by auto, which will be served concurrently with the eight-year sentence.

Under the No Early Release Act, Locane must serve six years, nine months and 22 days in prison before becoming eligible for parole. She was also ordered to serve three years’ probation after her release.- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-6-0/html/r-sf-flx.html

The sentence was handed down by Somerset County Superior Court Judge Angela Borkowski. It was the fourth time Locane, 48, was sentenced for the crash that killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman.

Fred Seeman, a New York attorney, was driving with his wife around 9 p.m. on June 27, 2010 and turning into the driveway of their weekend home when Locane struck their vehicle while going about 20 mph over the 35 mph speed limit.

According to Borkowski, Locane was at several parties earlier that day drinking wine and believed her then-husband was going to drive her home. But when her husband drove home with their children without her, Locane decided to drive drunk, Borkowski said.

Defendant Amy Locane at her resentencing for a fatal 2010 auto accident inside Judge Kevin Shanahan's courtroom at the Somerset County Superior Courthouse in Somerville on February 15, 2019. Alexandra Pais/ for the Courier News
Defendant Amy Locane at her resentencing for a fatal 2010 auto accident inside Judge Kevin Shanahan’s courtroom at the Somerset County Superior Courthouse in Somerville on February 15, 2019. Alexandra Pais/ for the Courier News

“The fact that you are still trying to place partial blame on others without accepting full responsibility for what happened that day supports the finding that the risk is present that you will commit another offense,” Borkowski said.

Locane was represented by Somerville-based attorney James Wronko, who is now her boyfriend, according to Borkowski. The judge said the relationship does not present a conflict of interest because Wronko only represented Locane during her resentencings, not her trial.

Wronko asked Borkowski to sentence Locane to two years in prison.

“This is a strange a situation because Ms. Locane has literally served a sentence,” he said. “Your Honor has to look at who Ms. Locane was 10 years ago and her progression to who she is today.”

Somerset County Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Murphy represented the state.

Locane’s last sentencing was in February 2019 when she was sentenced to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Kevin Shanahan.

It was the fourth sentencing for Locane, the former actress who starred with Johnny Depp in “Cry-Baby” and came after an appellate court agreed with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office that retired Judge Robert Reed’s sentence should be modified.

Locane previously had been sentenced to three years in state prison on charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office appealed the sentence. An appellate court decision called Locane’s sentencing “excessively lenient.” The appellate court ordered that she return to Superior Court for a new sentencing.

The appellate court ruled that the third sentencing must be performed by a new judge because Reed, who presided over the trial and the first two sentencings, did not follow the appellate court’s ruling after the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office successfully appealed the first sentencing as being too lenient.

Reed, who presided over the trial, refused to modify his sentence during Locane’s second resentencing.

Locane went to prison in 2013 and was released on June 12, 2015. She was unsuccessful in the appeal of her conviction.

Since being released from the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township in Hunterdon County, Locane, who says she hasn’t consumed alcohol since the fatal crash, has begun speaking to youth about the dangers of alcohol.

On Thursday, she was again led out of a courtroom in handcuffs, headed back to Edna Mahan. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/melrose-place-actress-amy-locane-105954470.html

Trooper invited woman back to his home in exchange for dropping DUI charge, SC cops say

A former state trooper in South Carolina is accused of inviting a woman over instead of booking her at the county jail after he arrested on her on suspicion of a DUI.

Donovan Jordan Hadley, 25, was arrested Wednesday and charged with misconduct in office, the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release. SLED agents booked Hadley at the Newberry County Detention Center — the same jail where the alleged misconduct occurred.

Surveillance footage from the detention center and Hadley’s car camera reportedly captured the events from last summer.

According to an arrest warrant, Hadley arrested a woman on a DUI charge and took her to the Newberry County Detention Center on July 26. Newberry is about an hour northwest of Columbia.

But instead of booking her, SLED agents said he “asked if she would like to go back to his house.”

She reportedly declined the offer, and Hadley drove the woman to her cousin’s house “where he hugged her and complimented her appearance,” officials said.

According to the warrant, the trooper later texted the woman and offered to dismiss the DUI charge and give her license back if she came to his house.

The S.C. Highway Patrol subsequently asked SLED to investigate the incident. https://news.yahoo.com/trooper-invited-woman-back-home-221744049.html

Drunk Driving Fatalities Up 9% During the Pandemic

A total of 38,680 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, the largest projected increase since 2007 and a 7% jump in overall traffic deaths as compared to 2019. - Photo via Pexels.com/energepic.com.
A total of 38,680 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, the largest projected increase since 2007 and a 7% jump in overall traffic deaths as compared to 2019.Photo via Pexels.com/energepic.com.

Deaths due to drunk driving collisions increased by 9% in 2020 compared to 2019 despite the fact the vehicle miles traveled fell by 13% due to COVID-19, according to new data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Safety advocates likes Mothers Against Drink Driving (MADD) say the new data confirms that even as people drove less during the pandemic, they were more likely to use alcohol and, as a result, more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.  

A total of 38,680 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020, the largest projected increase since 2007 and a 7% jump in overall traffic deaths as compared to 2019. Yet data shows that vehicle miles traveled decreased by more than 430 billion miles.

Moreover, NHTSA’s analysis indicates impaired driving, speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt were the primary contributors to the overall spike in roadway deaths in 2020. The projections show significant increases during the last half of 2020 compared to those same months in 2019.

MADD says the new data gives Congress even more impetus to pass the RIDE Act in the Senate and the HALT Act in the House that would ultimately require drunk driving prevention technology in all new vehicles. 

MADD has identified 241 available technologies that, if in use today, would virtually end drunk driving and save many lives. In fact, a 2020 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates more than 9,400 drunk driving deaths could be prevented each year when drunk driving prevention technology is made standard on every new car.  

Every day, 28 people are killed in drunk driving-related collisions — that’s one person every 52 minutes. In 2019, there were 10,142 drunk driving fatalities nationwide. https://www.automotive-fleet.com/10145069/drunk-driving-fatalities-up-9-during-the-pandemic