Wanted man arrested for drunken driving, violating stay-at-home order, cops say

LaPorte County Sheriff's Department stock
LaPorte County Sheriff’s DepartmentProvided

A wanted Michigan City man was arrested Sunday for alleged drunken driving and violating the governor’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order, according to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office. 

Wilbert Bureau Jr., 61, faces three counts of operating while intoxicated — including one that is a level felony 6 for having a prior OWI on his record. The other two OWI charges are class C misdemeanors, the sheriff’s office said.

Wilbert also faces charges of violating Gov. Eric Holcomb’s no-travel order during the coronavirus pandemic, a class B misdemeanor. 

The office said LaPorte Sheriff’s Deputy Austin Epple was eastbound on U.S. 20 west of the Ind. 2 interchange at 11:43 a.m. Sunday.

There, he saw a vehicle driving eastbound on U.S. 20 pass Epple’s fully marked squad car at a speed above the posted limit, police said. 

While traveling behind the vehicle, Epple checked his squad car computer to find the license plate was expired and the registered owner — Bureau — had a suspended driver’s license, police said.

Epple initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 6500 East block of Ind. 2. It was then that Bureau was identified as the driver, who had an active warrant, police said. 

Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Phillips arrived to assist with the roadside investigation. Capt. Derek Allen said Bureau was allegedly found to be driving under the influence. 

Bureau was taken into custody and eventually transported to the LaPorte County Jail for the latest offense and an outstanding, unrelated warrant in a domestic violence case, police said. 

Bureau remained housed in the jail Monday and is being held without bond, police said. https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/wanted-man-arrested-for-drunken-driving-violating-stay-at-home-order-cops-say/article_f8f40f3e-9fcf-5057-a431-7d3ff86bfdea.html

Police: Impaired driver crashes into Beloit building, causes ‘extensive damage’

Police: Impaired driver crashes into Beloit building, causes ‘extensive damage’

(Source: Beloit Police Dept.)

BELOIT, Wis. (WMTV)– A Beloit building was severely damaged after a vehicle crashed into it early Monday morning.

Beloit police say Erin Groves was driving while intoxicated and crashed into the building at the corner of Broad and State Streets at 1:15 a.m.

The 36-year-old allegedly ran away from the crash site and police say she was found in a doorway on West Grand Avenue. The Rockford woman was taken to a hospital for her injuries.

She was arrested for operating while intoxicated –second offense, operating while revoked, unreasonable and imprudent speed, hit and run, failure to keep vehicle under control, possession of THC, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police said the building had ‘extensive damage’ including flooding on the first floor, exterior damage, and a bent gas line that did not rupture. https://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Police-Impaired-driver-crashes-into-Beloit-building-causes-extensive-damage-569984671.html

Washington Co. officials make 3 weekend OWI arrests, including driver who was ‘completely naked’

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) — Washington County officials say they responded to three OWI incidents over the weekend of April 25-26.

According to a police report, a Washington County deputy stopped a car driving in and out of a ditch and traveling down the middle of an interstate in the Town of Addison around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. 

The female driver was completely naked with a male passenger slouched down in the passenger seat, holding a marijuana pipe.

The driver told the responding deputy that she had left her house to bring the passenger to his home in Juneau and “had not thought to put clothes on.” She said she was doing it for “the thrill of it.”

The 29-year-old woman was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and the passenger was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

While this incident was being investigated, a citizen called 911 to report a vehicle that had struck several construction barrels. 

The vehicle was stopped by a deputy on I-41 and a 28-year-old Fond du Lac man was arrested for 3rd offense operating while intoxicated as well as possession of fentanyl, possession of cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Washington County deputies also arrested a 29-year-old Neosho man Sunday afternoon, for operating while intoxicated 2nd offense after he crashed his vehicle with his 7-year-old daughter in the car. The incident occurred on County Highway 0 near State Highway 83 in the Town of Erin. The man was also arrested for possession of fentanyl and drug paraphernalia. Authorities say there were no major injuries as a result of the crash. 

“We want the community to know that our officers are out actively pursuing those that choose to endanger the lives of others by driving impaired,” Sheriff Martin Schulteis said. “These examples illustrate people showing an utter disregard for human life. We are thankful that no one was injured however the consequences could have been tragic. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with observant citizens will continue to aggressively pursue justice on the roadways.” https://cbs58.com/news/washington-co-officials-make-3-weekend-owi-arrests-including-driver-who-was-completely-naked

Ohio Supreme Court denies Marshall’s appeal

William T. Marshall 

The Ohio Supreme Court has denied the request to reinstate the law license of former Scioto County Common Pleas Judge William T. Marshall.

Marshall, who applied for reinstatement for his license Feb. 21, 2020, was denied Monday by the court after the judge was suspended for six months due to inappropriate conduct.

According to the complaint, in September 2016, Marshall’s then 17-year-old daughter, identified in court records as A.M., was stopped in Scioto County by Patrol Sergeant David Stuart. A.M. immediately identified herself as the daughter of “Judge Marshall.” During the stop, she called her father and handed Stuart the phone. Stuart informed Marshall, he stopped his daughter for speeding and that she was 14 mph over the speed limit and was driving with expired tags. Marshall disputed that the tags were expired. Stuart issued A.M. a speeding ticket and gave her a warning for the expired tags.

According to the complaint filed, the traffic case was assigned to a juvenile court magistrate. Shortly after the assignment, Marshall attempted to discuss his daughter’s ticket with an assistant county prosecutor, who was in his courtroom on an unrelated matter. Marshall told the prosecutor that he did not like Stuart.

Three months after the case, the Office of the Disciplinary Counsel filed a complaint with the Board of Professional Conduct charging Marshall with misconduct arising from his conduct in his daughter’s traffic case. The parties entered a “consent-to-discipline” agreement and stipulated that Marshall violated several judicial-conduct rules, including failing to act at all times in a manner that promotes public confidence in the judiciary, abusing the prestige of judicial office, and exhibiting bias or prejudice in the performance of his judicial duties.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel recommended that Marshall be suspended for six months and noted that he had retired from the bench. The Supreme Court adopted the board’s recommendation.

Marshall was ordered to immediately cease and desist from the practice of law in any form and was forbidden to appear on behalf of another before any court, judge, commission, board, administrative agency or other public authority.

In January 2013, according to court documents, Marshall hit an embankment and overturned his vehicle. He pleaded guilty two months later to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. The trial court sentenced him to 90 days in jail, with 87 days suspended, and probation, plus a $550 fine and court costs.

The Office of the Disciplinary Counsel, which filed the charges in the case, and Judge Marshall agreed that his conduct damaged public confidence in the judiciary’s integrity, violating judicial conduct rules. They also agreed to certain facts and the proposed sanction of a public reprimand.

The reprimand consisted of court documents stating Marshall was not following judiciary rules and misrepresenting the judiciary system.

The Ohio Supreme Court approved the board’s conclusions and the public reprimand in a unanimous, per Curiam opinion. https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/news/48590/ohio-supreme-court-denies-marshalls-appeal

‘Stay At Home’: Coronavirus Cancels Annual 4/20 Celebration In Denver


DENVER (CBS4) — Monday is 4/20, but the annual festival to celebrate all things marijuana has been cancelled because of the coronavirus. Law enforcement and organizations such as MADD are asking people to stay home this year.

Denver’s Civic Center Park, where the Mile High 420 Festival was planned to take place, is fenced off this year. The founder of the 4/20 event combined efforts with Denver’s Chief of Police to put out a video, asking people to stay home this year.

“We understand that you may want to celebrate some form of independence but we are not independent from this virus that does not discriminate,” said Miguel Lopez, founder of the Denver 420 rally.

“If you want to celebrate we ask that you find alternatives to coming downtown and celebrating,” said Chief Paul Pazen, with the Denver Police Department.

Every year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving team up with the Colorado State Patrol to spread a safety campaign about the dangers of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and having a safe ride home surrounding the unofficial cannabis holiday. This year however, the message is a little different.

“We thought, you know, the best thing to do is just join in with a public health messaging from the governor and say you know what, stay at home if you’re able to,“ explained Fran Lanzer, the State Executive Director of MADD. “You don’t need to be going out partying. Everybody should be staying at home.”

Troopers say they are still seeing DUI accidents and arrests on our roadways, despite the fact that people should be staying home. Troopers will be out on Monday, looking for impaired drivers.

The hope is on 4/20, people who choose to celebrate, will do so responsibly during the pandemic.

“There is never an excuse to drive impaired, but this weekend especially, there is no reason we should have even one impaired caused injury or fatal crash,” explained Chief Col. Matthew Packard, with Colorado State Patrol, in their campaign video posted online.

Lanzer said the goal is to have zero DUI arrests, zero DUI crashes, and zero COVID-19 community spread. They’re encouraging those who choose to celebrate to do so safely, without getting behind the wheel and putting others at risk.

“We really want everyone to do their part, do your part for our communities and keep our road safe,” he said.

The Law Firm of Bachus & Schanker, Uber and Native Roots also join MADD Colorado in asking everyone do their part to save lives on our roads and in our communities.

MADD not only works to spread awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence, but has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors. If you or someone you know needs assistance after a crash, you can get help through the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/04/20/coronavirus-cancels-420-marijuana-celebration-denver/