Mass. General surgeon charged with driving drunk, striking pedestrians

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities have charged a prominent Massachusetts doctor with driving drunk, striking three pedestrians in a crosswalk and then leaving the scene.

Dr. Michael Watkins, a vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, was released on $1,500 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and operating under the influence.

Prosecutors say the 64-year-old Watkins struck the victims just before midnight Friday in Boston’s South End. One victim told police the driver stopped, honked his horn and then accelerated, hitting the pedestrians. They are all expected to survive.

Watkins’ attorney said in court that his client was not beeping at the pedestrians, but at another car blocking the crosswalk and his blood-alcohol measurement was barely above the legal limit to drive.

Police captain suspended

NILES – Police Capt. Rob Miketa has been suspended one week after being convicted of a charge of reckless operation in Warren Municipal Court.

Miketa, who origninaly faced a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired that stemmed from a Sept. 21, 2018, traffic stop, will serve the suspension May 27 to June 2, according to Niles police Chief Jay Holland.

Miketa, who has no prior disciplinary record with the department, waived his appeal rights, according to the chief, who found the captain broke departmental rules over code of conduct and obeying laws and ordinances.

He was stopped by a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol just before 2:30 a.m. on North Road for speed. Miketa refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Miketa on Wednesday pleaded no contest to the lesser charge in Warren Municipal Court.

Van crashes into school bus; no injuries reported

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KENOSHA — A van’s driver was cited after reportedly crashing into an occupied school bus in Kenosha County. 

At 6:37 a.m. Thursday, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Kansasville Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of highways 142 and 75 for a crash involving a school bus and a van, according to a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The school bus was transporting two students from Westosha Central High School in Paddock Lake. 

A  Dousman Transport Company school bus was traveling south on Highway 75, making a left turn onto Highway 142, when a Grand Caravan traveling north on Highway 75 stopped at the stop sign for Highway 142 and continued through the intersection as the school bus was finishing its turn.

‘Not gonna lie I’m drunk’: Mother arrested after crashing car with children inside


A Wisconsin mother was arrested and charged Friday after police say her blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when she drove her SUV off the road — with three children inside, according to WLUK.

WFRV reported that Monica Mencheski, 32, faces nine counts, including three counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety and three counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated – third offense.

WFRV reported that, according to police records, Mencheski has been convicted of two prior operating while intoxicated penalties dating back to 2014.

In the May 10 incident, a criminal complaint said that officers got information about children being involved in a crash in a Ashwaubenon neighborhood.

Police said the vehicle was off the roadway and drove between two houses, hit a tree and continued through a yard, hitting a utility pole and ultimately getting wedged on a rock.

“Monica had the appearance of being highly intoxicated,” police said in the complaint, according to WBAY. “Her speech was extremely slurred and a very strong odor of alcohol was coming from her as she yelled and screamed about her children.”

Authorities said when they asked Mencheski to perform field sobriety tests, she responded, “I am too fat and wobbly to do this,” “I am too drunk” and “Not gonna lie. I’m drunk,” according to the complaint. WBAY reported that police said Mencheski could not list the name or ages of her children, who were not hurt in the incident.

According to WBAY, police said Mencheski’s blood alcohol level on a preliminary breath test was 0.24%, three times the 0.08% legal limit. Police also found a glass pipe in Mencheski’s SUV, which tested positive for marijuana.

Brown County Assistant District Attorney told WFRV that Mencheski was also charged with one count of bail jumping, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of operating motor vehicle with a revoked license.

Mencheski’s bond was set at $5,000, WBAY reported. She is due back in court May 29.

FC Cincinnati suspend Fanendo Adi after being charged with impaired driving

Relief for FC Cincinnati as MLS clear Fanendo Adi of substance abuse

FC Cincinnati have suspended Fanendo Adi from club activities after he was caught by police to be ‘Operating a Vehicle while Impaired’ [OVI].

Adi has missed his side’s last two games in the American top-flight after suffering an injury in an encounter against his former team Portland Timbers at the Nippert Stadium

In the early hours of Sunday before Cincinnati conceded a 2-0 defeat to Philadelphia Union, the 28-year-old was pulled over by police for speed violation.

According to reports, court documents show that the player is accused of traveling 102mph in a 65-mph zone in Butler County, north of Cincinnati and he was subsequently given a breathalyzer test during the traffic stop which showed his blood-alcohol level to be .124 with the legal blood-alcohol limit in Ohio set at .08.

The Nigerian forward is set to be investigated by officials at the Major League Soccer’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program before he could return to help his team who are fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

“Early Sunday morning, Fanendo Adi was stopped for speeding and cited for Operating a Vehicle While Impaired (“OVI”) by the Ohio State Highway Patrol,” read the club statement.

“FC Cincinnati takes these matters very seriously and upon learning of the incident, immediately reached out to Major League Soccer and local authorities.

“Per the MLS CBA, Fanendo will be assessed through Major League Soccer’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program.

“He will be unavailable for all team activities until the assessment is complete and he has been cleared to return by SABH program doctors. In addition, MLS will undertake an independent review of the circumstances surrounding Fanendo’s citation, working closely with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“The club will have no further comment until that investigation is complete.”

Adi joined FC Cincinnati as their first designated player in July 2018 and he is yet to open his goal account for the 2019 Major League Soccer season after playing three games.