Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Ptolemy: Someone will probably think of a simpler explanation in a few thousand years, but the present understanding is that the chicken crosses the road because it is constrained to move on this here sphere, which in turn has its center on this one over here. The end result is that, except in the rare case of retrograde chicken motion, the chicken does indeed cross the road. https://www.physics.harvard.edu/academics/undergrad/chickenroad

Suspect heard on camera telling black officer: KKK ‘will burn your family’

KARMA ALLENFriday, February 15, 2019 01:31PMA Florida woman suspected of driving under the influence was heard on camera making racist threats toward a black police officer, according to body camera footage.

Police said the woman, identified as 53-year-old Julie Edwards, levied the threats last Friday night while being investigated for a DUI in Volusia County, Florida, about 50 miles northeast of Orlando, according to charging documents released this week.

Edwards allegedly threatened a Volusia County sheriff’s deputy “with a visit from the KKK, a cross burning in his yard and harm to him and his family,” the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. The woman is not seen in the footage, but can be heard making the threats.

While the arresting officer was completing paperwork, Edwards said she hoped to find the deputy, who is black, in a corner alone, according to body camera audio released by the sheriff’s office.

“Keep it up boy,” she said, according to the footage. “I will find you one day in a corner.”

When the deputy asked her if she was “making a threat to a law enforcement officer,” she responded, “I won’t find you. My KKK people will.

“You f—— with the wrong white people,” she said. “KKK’s got your a– boy.”

She said the Ku Klux Klan would be burning crosses on his property and said black people should’ve never been let out of slavery, according to the body camera footage.

“My KKK friends will burn your family. Should never be here in the first place,” she said.

She was charged with DUI, prior refusal to submit to testing, resisting an officer without violence and threats against a law enforcement officer, according to an arrest affidavit.

“Deputy King is of African-American descent and knows the history behind the KKK and the pain and torture they have caused and still cause to African-Americans today,” the affidavit said. “Deputy King does not know Edwards and does not know her capabilities and takes the threat to be serious. Edwards was additionally charged with threats against a law enforcement officer, 1st offense.”

Edwards was arrested on Feb. 8, and taken to the Volusia County Jail, but she was no longer in custody as of Thursday evening, court records show.

She is scheduled to appear in court on March 6. It’s unclear if she has retained an attorney. https://abc7chicago.com/suspect-heard-on-camera-telling-black-officer-kkk-will-burn-your-family/5140229/

Derby Town police uses Rajinikanth’s meme in Australia for drunk driving campaign

Derby Town police uses Rajinikanth’s meme in Australia for drunk driving campaign

The popularity and fan base of Megastar Rajinikanth is unmatched, be it in India or abroad. And an example of the same was recently seen when the Derby Town police in Australia used a Rajinikanth meme for their drunk driving campaign. The Derby Police officials tweeted a post on February 10, 2019 where they talked about a drunk driving case. Their campaign featured none other than megastar Rajinikanth. The breath analyser results of a particular drunk man driving a car were being used by the officials in the tweet.
Sharing a picture of a scene from the actor’s last film ‘2.0’ where Rajinikanth can be seen sitting along with his co-star Amy Jackson, the officials captioned the post as, ‘A male subject to a breath test by Derby Police this morning provided a reading that biologically shouldn’t even be possible. The male had a BAC of 0.341% which is like driving whilst under a surgical anaesthetic or being in a coma. Oh, and he has 2 prior life disqual’s 😉’


Needless to say, it was indeed a treat for the Rajinikanth fans.
Rajinikanth’s film ‘2.0’ was released on November 29, 2018. It also starred Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson and Sudhanshu Pandey in the lead roles. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/derby-town-police-uses-rajinikanths-meme-in-australia-for-drunk-driving-campaign/articleshow/68018602.cms

Judge pleads guilty to OVI: ‘I did make a serious error in judgment’

‘I have dedicated my career to upholding the law, and trying to make a positive difference in the world. Unfortunately, I’m human and have made a terrible error in judgment that I must accept the responsibility and the punishment for.’Author: WKYC StaffPublished: 8:04 AM EST February 15, 2019Updated: 9:29 AM EST February 15, 2019

KENT, Ohio — Portage County Common Pleas Judge Becky Doherty found herself on the other side of the gavel Friday morning as she pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Before the judge issued sentencing, Doherty offered the following statement: “I do apologize to the court, to the residents of Portage County, to the Brimfield Police Department. I did make a serious error in judgment. I am humbled by this experience.”

The sentencing judge took into account this was Doherty’s first-offense OVI when handing down the punishment as follows:

She was given a fine of $1,075 and 180 days in the Portage County Jail, but the judge suspended $700 of the fine and 177 days of the jail sentence if she meets the following requirements:

– No alcohol or drug-related offense for two years. 

– Complete a 72-hour DIP school within 90 days and follow their recommendations.

You can watch the full court hearing HERE:

Doherty was given 10 days with no driving privileges before she can apply to drive for work, medical appointments, the DIP program and four hours per week “for necessities.”Sign up for the daily Top 3 NewsletterThis email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning.

Following the court hearing, Doherty briefly spoke with reporters.

“I have felt so blessed to be in a position of trust, and I regret that I violated that trust. I have dedicated my career to upholding the law, and trying to make a positive difference in the world. Unfortunately, I’m human and have made a terrible error in judgment that I must accept the responsibility and the punishment for. Today, I plead guilty to the charge of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in Kent Municipal Court. As a judge, I make decisions every day that I pray will be the most thoughtful and fair for all concerned. I am humbled by, and will learn from this experience. I’m confident that it will make me a better judge and resident of our community.”

According to the Record-Courier, Doherty was found Sunday night after she drove an SUV off the side of the road an into a ditch on Route 43. https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/portage-county/portage-county-judge-becky-doherty-pleads-guilty-to-ovi-i-did-make-a-serious-error-in-judgment/95-09038161-edfc-4da4-8466-12676f00531d

Judge pleads guilty to drunk driving, says experience will make her better

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – A Franklin County judge has pleaded guilty to an OVI charge Thursday morning.

Franklin County Domestic Relations Judge Monica Hawkins was quiet and composed in court as she sat not behind the bench, but at the defendant’s table.

Pickerington Police arrested Hawkins on Jan. 31 and charged her with Operating a Vehicle while Impaired.

Hawkins was back at work hearing cases the following Monday. Her attorney Brad Koffel said she had suffered a concussion prior to her arrest and couldn’t remember much of the night. That concussion was not discussed in court Thursday, however.Advertisement – Story continues below

Koffel said the experience was embarrassing and humbling for Hawkins.

“She is an officer of the court, she is an elected judge and she takes her responsibility very seriously. She let herself down when she (put) the events in motion when she consumed some alcohol a few hours prior to this,” he said.

Hawkins was fined $375 and given a one-year driving suspension with privileges to and from work, medical counseling appointments and child activities. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 87 of them suspended and must complete the remaining three days in a residential drivers intervention program.

Last week, police added a charge of Obstructing Official Business, after police said Hawkins had to be physically restrained to draw her blood after a judge issued a court order. That charge was dropped in exchange for her guilty OVI plea.

Hawkins’ attorney released a statement six days after her arrest, saying “Monica Hawkins is recovering from multiple injuries sustained hours prior to her arrest from which she has no recollection. She suffered a serious concussion and has bruising on her face, head and torso. She has very little recall of the entire evening. We are still investigating the several unaccounted for hours leading up to her arrest. The behavior exhibited on the video is bizarre and completely uncharacteristic of her 54 years of life. She is extremely grateful that the other motorist called for assistance and no other motorists were involved.”

An emotional Hawkins did not answer questions after the hearing, only saying, “this has been horrible, but it will make me a better judge.”

The Lancaster Law Director’s Office said its sentence recommendation is the standard offer for a first offense without extenuating circumstances. They said they didn’t treat Hawkins any differently than they would any other defendant.

As for Hawkins’ seat on the bench, the Ohio Supreme Court says “nothing disqualifies someone from serving on the bench during dependency of criminal charges unless it is a felony indictment.” https://www.10tv.com/article/franklin-county-judge-pleads-guilty-ovi-charge-1-year-driving-suspension

OWI Victim Impact Panel: Breaking through to drunken drivers

Racine County OWI Victim Impact Panel
Scott Stevens of Burlington shares his history of drinking and driving during an OWI Victim Impact Panel on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Yorkville.ADAM ROGAN, adam.rogan@journaltimes.com

YORKVILLE — Some of the people in the packed conference room last week had graying hair or none at all. Others appeared just barely old enough to legally drink. Few of them were smiling or chatting as they waited. But they all had one thing in common: an OWI charge.

All 30 of them were waiting for an OWI Victim Impact Panel to begin Thursday at Racine County’s Ives Grove Office Complex on Washington Avenue. It was the third such event in the last 13 months, sponsored by Racine County-funded JusticePoint Court Alternatives Program.

The night featured four speakers — three of them victims of OWI crashes, one of them a man with seven OWI convictions on his record. Each shared their experiences, hoping to deter those facing criminal charges from making further mistakes.

Sitting in that room, as stories were shared, those in attendance had no option but to listen.

What is this?

JusticePoint Program Director Terra Roberts explained that most of the people in the conference room had pending charges. Still, some had already been convicted, but were referred to the panel by their defense attorneys, hoping that the convicted person’s good-faith attendance could lead to a lighter sentence.

Although the victim-impact panel is new here, the format is popular across the country and in surrounding municipalities, Roberts explained.

Roberts used to help run a victim-impact panel in Indiana. When she came to work in Racine County, she said: “We need one” here.

The first Racine County panel was held in February 2018 after receiving county approval the summer before.

“It’s important to hear the long-lasting impact they can have on a victim’s life,” said Racine County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Tanck-Adams.

Four stories

“My story is probably just a drop in the bucket,” Mount Pleasant resident Jackie Brochhausen said.

She’s spoken at several events like this. Usually, Brochhausen said that she’s joined by family members of victims, since so many victims of OWI crashes haven’t survived.

Brochhausen admits that she’s lucky. As a junior in high school, a truck crashed into her Mercury Topaz head-on near Lake Geneva 22 years ago. Her first night in the hospital, she said that doctors were explaining to her parents what they planned to do in the morning “if she wakes up” — not “when she wakes up.”

She spent the next several months in a wheelchair because three bones in one of her legs were severely broken — more than an inch of her tibia (shin bone) was ripped out of her leg and was never found. Surgeries, and hours upon hours of physical therapy, repaired it.

“It was really hard work just to walk again,” she said.

For the driver of the other vehicle, his injuries were less severe than those suffered by Brockenhauser. He ended up serving 3½ years in prison out of a 5-year sentence for OWI. A friend who was in the car with Brockenhauser ended up losing a cross-country scholarship because of the injuries sustained in the crash.

“I’m pretty sure my mother will never forgive this man,” Brockenhauser told her attentive audience.

Rob Korhonen and his 26-year-old daughter Stacey Zarda weren’t so lucky. He was killed by a drunk driver leaving a car show in July 2017. And Zarda, who has children, suffered irreparable brain injuries. On Thursday, their story was told by Kathleen Rytman, Korhonen’s sister-in-law and Zarda’s aunt.

The perpetrator, Billie Jo McSherry, received a 15-year sentence last July for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. It was a repeat drunken-driving conviction for McSherry. That bothers Rytman — that McSherry had not learned from past mistakes, leading to the death of Korhonen.

At McSherry’s sentencing, Portage County Judge Robert Shannon called her actions “selfish and very reckless,” according to media reports.

McSherry has a daughter of her own. Rytman pointed out that that young girl is now an inadvertent victim of the crash, since she won’t be able to be raised by her imprisoned mother.

That was one of the emphases of Thursday’s event — that the damage caused in OWI crashes has a ripple effect, and isn’t contained to those involved in the crash.

Rytman’s family has since started advocating for tougher punishments for drunken-driving offenses, particularly first-time OWIs, an endeavor shared by Dan Peterson of Caledonia.

Peterson lost his 31-year-old son in a crash on Father’s Day, 2015, caused by a man who was out on probation driving with a blood-alcohol level of .207. The man, Ramone Campbell, 32, was later sentenced to 70 years in prison.

“An accident is an ‘oops.’ This wasn’t an ‘oops.’ This was an ‘I don’t give a (expletive),” Peterson said of Campbell’s actions. “When you make this kind of mistake, it’s permanent.”

Peterson’s son — James, a 31-year-old Army veteran — left behind children and a wife. Peterson has had to become more present in their lives to fill in the void left by his son’s death.

He picks up his grandkids from school often and works as a handyman around their house, “because they don’t have a dad to do that,” Peterson said.

“Tonight I just want to warn you … to get you to understand,” he told the audience.

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Peterson believes that if OWI punishments were stricter from the outset, then maybe so many Wisconsin drivers wouldn’t keep driving while drunk — and then maybe his son would still be alive.

State Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, and state Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, have proposed making first-time offenses a guaranteed misdemeanor with 30 days in jail and a $500 fine, up from the current maximum of $300 and no guaranteed jail time.

Peterson wants a stiffer punishment, but he thinks it’s a start.

“I know in Wisconsin, you get quite a few breaks. I’m working to change that,” Peterson said. “We’ve got to do something.”

The other side

Scott Stevens of Burlington is a self-professed alcoholic, although he said he hasn’t had a drink in eight years. He’s written five books about addiction in that time.

Stevens agreed with Peterson’s perspective, saying his first OWI arrest was a “slap on the wrist” and made little impact in changing his actions.

“I was sitting in the same chairs you were sitting in and I could’ve changed,” he said.

Years later, he was arrested four times in six weeks — all related to drinking and driving. He was convicted and became a felon, going to prison twice. He now has been found guilty of OWI seven times in Wisconsin.

“That was not an accident … Those were acts of selfishness,” he said. “I didn’t physically injure anyone, but I created a lot of victims.”

Stevens told the audience that “you are not the victim,” that he believes their punishments are well deserved and nothing to feel pity about. He implored listeners to give credence to the stories shared by the other speakers. Stevens didn’t do that years ago, leading him further into drinking before getting sober.

“If these stories didn’t impact you,” he said, “then you have no soul.”

“An accident is an ‘oops.’ This wasn’t an ‘oops.’ This was an ‘I don’t give a (expletive) … when you make this kind of mistake, it’s permanent.” Dan Peterson, whose son died in a drunken-driving crash. https://journaltimes.com/news/local/owi-victim-impact-panel-breaking-through-to-drunken-drivers/article_1bcdd089-043d-5e32-afcc-3cbe6853cd0b.html