Former Elementary School Principal Faces Drunk Driving Charges

RAYNHAM (CBS) – A former Taunton elementary school principal faces multiple charges, including drunk driving, after a police pursuit in Raynham on Tuesday.

According to police, Rose Schwartz, 44, of Lakeville, allegedly struck a guardrail on Route 138 and then fled from police at what they say was 110 miles per hour.

Rose Schwartz. (Photo credit: Raynham Police Department)

Police said they received a call at about 6:15 p.m. about a person in an SUV driving erratically and swerving in the road. A police officer responded to the scene and noticed the SUV’s front bumper dragging on the pavement. When the officer signaled for Schwartz to stop, she allegedly sped away. The officer pursued her for three-quarters of a mile until she stopped.  According to police, Schwarts had to be asked to get out of the vehicle several times.

A portion of the vehicle’s bumper was found on Bay Street in Taunton, where police believe Schwartz may have struck a guardrail.

Schwartz faces charges that include operating under the influence, speeding, failure to stop for police and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Schwartz was the principal of Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School in Taunton, but has since been removed from her position, the superintendent of schools confirmed.

“In keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel matters, I can only confirm at this time that Mrs. Schwartz has been removed from the position of Principal of Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School. As always, Taunton Public Schools will continue to proceed in the best interest of the students of the Chamberlain Elementary School and all decisions and plans that are made now and in the future will be made with this priority in mind.  We are confident that the students, staff and families of the school will continue to receive the same high-quality education, services and support that Chamberlain Elementary School is known for providing,” Taunton School District Superintendent John J. Cabral said.

Deputy is arrested, loses job after being charged with DWI

Christopher Kibler (Wake County Sheriff's Office photo)

CARY, N.C. — A Chatham County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired after he was arrested Friday for driving while impaired.

Rik Stevens, agency legal advisor for the sheriff’s office, reports that Christopher Kibler was involved in a single-vehicle crash at 5:09 p.m. while driving a patrol vehicle in the area of Spruce Street and Chapel Hill Road in Cary. Kibler was off duty at the time of the crash and Stevens said in an email he was not operating the vehicle for work.

The vehicle was damaged but there was no reported injuries.

Kibler was charged with one count of driving while impaired, one count of driving an emergency vehicle while impaired, one count of transporting an open container of alcoholic beverage, and one count of failure to maintain lane.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone right now with a lot of the changes and hardship we are experiencing as a society, and none of us is immune from making poor decisions,” Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson said. “Still, we expect the best from our employees and we have to set the standard. 

“We hate to part ways with Mr. Kibler, but the integrity of the agency requires us to make the right decisions, even if they’re the hard ones.”

Arrest, fine or shame: What people who break coronavirus stay-at-home orders face

Arrest, fine or shame: What people who break coronavirus stay-at-home orders face

As the number of coronavirus cases mounts across the United States, so, too, have the stay-at-home orders issued by state and local governments.

But how are they enforced?

Many police departments have said they’ll trust community members to voluntarily comply. Others are using enforcement measures such as citations or adding charges for violating an order when making an arrest for a more serious crime.

In Hawaii, at least two people were arrested after the the governor issued a statewide stay-at-home order on Monday, the Star Adviser reported. Another 70 people were issued citations.

Most of the citations came from public parks after people ignored a police warning, according to the Star Adviser.

A 43-year-old woman was also arrested for violating a protective order related to a child custody dispute.

Carissa Glende was taken into custody after she “threw a rock at a window and started an argument with the home’s occupants,” West Hawaii Today reported.

“It’s not that we went out looking for it, but because this person was arrested for another crime and they’re out where they’re not supposed to be, we added that as a second charge,” Hawaii island Police Chief Paul Ferreira said, according to the Star Adviser.

Two men in Ohio were also arrested this week after the governor issued a stay-at-home order on March 22.

Eric Bates was caught shoplifting from a store in Avon, Fox8 reported. Police charged him with theft, obstructing, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating governor’s orders.

A driver and passenger in Bucyrus were charged with violating the governor’s orders after a traffic stop, the Crawford Source reported. The pair face also face felony drug possession charges.

In Indiana, a 20-year-old was arrested for allegedly drunk driving Thursday night during a statewide stay-at-home order, Fox59 reported.

The governor’s order went into effect on March 24 at 11:59 p.m.

Joseph Baker was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, minor consuming alcohol and disobeying a declaration of disaster emergency, according to Fox59.

Meanwhile, officials in Colorado have taken a different approach.

According to the Loveland Reporter-Herald, residents would only face criminal charges “after all other measures to gain compliance have failed.”

Instead, officials in Colorado’s public safety department and Attorney General’s office recommended using social media or local media outlets to apply public pressure.

“If public shaming fails… then authorities should seek civil remedies before filing criminal charges — which likely would result in a citation, rather than a physical arrest, as authorities try to keep jail populations to a minimum during the pandemic,” the Reporter-Herald reported.

Woman sent to prison for parole violation

Crawford County NowMary Essick (right) appeared in Crawford County Common Pleas Court Wednesday with her attorney, Grant Garverick. Essick pleaded guilty to violating her parole and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

BUCYRUS — A Shelby woman pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of her community control Monday afternoon in Crawford County Common Pleas Court.

Mary Essick, 33, of Shelby was placed on community control in 2019 after she pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony punishable with up to one year in prison.

According to probation officer Eric Bohach, Essick was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired on April 30. On May 5, Essick was found unresponsive, causing emergency medical personnel to administer Narcan to revive her. Essick admitted to using heroin that day.

Common Pleas Court Judge Sean Leuthold accepted a general admission to the violations on Essick’s behalf.

Leuthold sentenced Essick to a flat eight months in prison and she will receive credit for jail time served. Leuthold said he would not oppose transitional control if the prison requested it.

In other court action, Stacy Cox, 52, of Galion, pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of her community control. Cox was placed on community control in 2019 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs, each fifth-degree felonies and each punishable with up to one year in prison.

According to probation officer Kylie Sinclair, Cox tested positive for phentermine, meth, cocaine, fentanyl, and morphine during a routine drug test.

Leuthold sentenced Cox to six months in prison on each count for a total of 12 months in prison. She will receive credit for jail time served. Leuthold said he would not oppose transitional control if the prison requested it.

Jesse Tuten, 32, of Nevada pleaded guilty to one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony punishable with up to 18 months in prison.

In a plea negotiation, Tuten was sentenced to five years of community control. He is to complete anger management and domestic violence assessments and all follow up treatment and is to have no contact with the victim.

Tuten’s attorney, Andrew Motter, addressed the court about the victim’s repeated attempts to have contact with his client,

“We would ask the prosecution to send the victim a letter informing her not to contact my client and to follow the procedures through the court to be able to have contact with Mr. Tuten,” Motter said.

Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Hoovler told the court he would send a letter to the victim advising her of court procedure to get permission to have contact with Tuten.

A West Bend man is cited for striking, killing a Saukville woman on the side of the highway

Matthew Anderson

Matthew Anderson (Photo: Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office)

A West Bend man was cited for first-offense operating while intoxicated-causing death after he struck an 82-year-old woman along the side of a Town of Saukville highway on Saturday, according to a report.

The crash was reported to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office around 3:35 p.m. on County Highway Y, about one-third of a mile north of St. Augustine Road.

According to the sheriff’s office:

Matthew Anderson, 34, of West Bend, was driving a pickup truck south on Highway Y when he drifted over the center line and into the northbound ditch line, killing Marlene Braun of the Town of Saukville.

Braun was trimming grass near the ditch line.

Anderson’s truck continued on to strike a power pole, breaking it off. Anderson was transported to a hospital for minor injuries and subsequently arrested.

The traffic citation against Anderson carries a $937 fine.

Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said it could be a while before he decides whether to add more charges. He said he’ll wait on results of a blood analysis, a crash reconstruction and phone records that would show whether Anderson was texting at the time. 

Crash reconstructions often take months to complete, even before the coronavirus pandemic.

Depending on what the investigation shows, Anderson could face negligent, drunken, drugged or distracted driving-related homicide charges.