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City OKs liquor licenses despite business owner’s DUI

Despite a recent DUI and liquor license violation in Chicago, a Glenview businessman on Monday received approval of new liquor licenses for a store he’s taking over in Arlington Heights.

Shishir Patel will receive village-issued Class B and T licenses, which respectively permit the package retail sale of alcohol and in-store tastings for his store at 135 S. Arlington Heights Road. Currently Cardinal Wine & Spirits, the shop will be renamed Lyons Beverage Depot after the upcoming change in ownership.

Village trustees and Mayor Tom Hayes, who doubles as local liquor control commissioner, grilled Patel Monday night about his April 16, 2020, DUI and a 2018 violation of Chicago’s liquor ordinances when an employee of one of his stores sold alcohol to a minor during an undercover police department sting. But following a 20-minute committee of the whole interview of Patel, the board voted 7-0 to award him the new liquor licenses.

“Mr. Patel, you understand why we would have concerns over a DUI and a recent liquor license violation at another establishment for someone who’s seeking to own and operate a liquor store in the village of Arlington Heights,” Hayes said. “And so we want to make sure that you’re reflecting the values that we represent here in this community and that we can trust you to operate your business in compliance with our local liquor laws here.”

Patel said he understood.

He said he entered a guilty plea for the 2020 DUI, which was related to a traffic accident, and is halfway through serving one year of probation. He also completed court-ordered DUI classes.

Under Arlington Heights village code, a DUI charge or conviction is not an automatic disqualifier to receive a liquor license, but any felony is.

Patel explained that the 2018 liquor license violation involved a new employee on his fourth day. The underage sale occurred during a busy late afternoon weekend, he signing up you agree to our terms of service

“We’ve heard that story from a number of people in Arlington Heights as well,” Hayes said. “You understand that those aren’t excuses.”

“I totally understand,” Patel responded.

Patel paid a $1,000 fine and said he fired the employee the next day.

He said he plans to sell one of his two stores in Chicago and will spend most of his time managing the store in Arlington Heights.

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Leaving home with Covid symptoms ‘should be as unacceptable as drink-driving’

A senior public health official has said leaving home with Covid-19 symptoms should become as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.Coronavirus vaccination (Damien Storan/PA)© Damien Storan Coronavirus vaccination (Damien Storan/PA)

Professor Philip Nolan warned of the dangers of mixing with others while having flu-like symptoms, urging people to err on the side of caution.

Prof Nolan, who chairs the Nphet Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said that while rising Covid-19 cases are a cause for concern, it is not a time for emergency measures.

He said indicators show case numbers have “quite suddenly” gone in the wrong direction.Professor Philip Nolan (Brian Lawless/PA)© Provided by PA Media Professor Philip Nolan (Brian Lawless/PA)

“They have gone in the wrong direction at a particular rate. We are not sure what that rate is or for how long it will last,” Prof Nolan added.

“But I have no reason to believe we are in the territory of being concerned about the disease rapidly escalating out of control.”

He said the disease is spreading at a slow to moderate pace.

The vast majority of remaining Covid-19 restrictions are due to be lifted on October 22, with many in the night-time industry making plans to reopen.

Prof Nolan said experts will assess another week of data to understand where and why the disease is spreading.

“Let’s understand where it’s really going and why it is going there and then what measured response do we have to have to that,” he told RTE.

“This is a time for concern, it’s a time to think about our individual and collective behaviours. It doesn’t seem to me to be the time for some kind of emergency action like we would have needed back in October or January.”

He said the number of unvaccinated people in hospital with the disease is a “real concern\

“Unvaccinated people are catching the disease, they are getting severe outcomes and spreading the disease, but the disease is also spreading subtly through the vaccinated population,” he added.

“I am appealing to people, let’s work together to vaccinate everybody who we can persuade to take the vaccine.

“Leaving your home with Covid-like or flu-like symptoms has to become socially unacceptable in the way that drink-driving has become socially unacceptable.

“It is dangerous now for people to mix where one of them has any kind of symptom, and we need to err on the side of caution here. You are better staying at home and working from home if you have anything that suggests you have this disease.

“You could infect that unvaccinated person.”

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said Covid-19 could have many twists and turns.

Asked whether plans to reopen nightclubs next week could be postponed due to the rising case numbers, the Taoiseach said the scale of the spread will be assessed over the coming days.Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)© Provided by PA Media Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)

“I do accept, in terms of nightclubs, that there are some sectors in the economy that this creates huge challenges, of course it does, because people have been looking forward to a further relaxation of measures.

“But again, it’s Covid that is the problem here. We’ve got to take sensible decisions in relation to what the latest evidence is.”

He also said not every dining and drinking venue is sticking to vaccination certificate rules.

Mr Martin urged those in the hospitality sector to implement the system, and indicated that the use of Covid certificates could be extended beyond next week.

“There are some evidences coming back that not all establishments are doing and that would help a lot, even if existing sectors just continued on with applying the vaccination cert protocol before people are allowed in,” Mr Martin added.

“I think that’s something we need to redouble down on across the board.

A further 1,627 cases of Covid-19 were notified in Ireland on Thursday. There were 415 Covid-positive patients in hospital, 70 of whom were in ICU.

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn warned the growth rate of the epidemic has accelerated in recent days.

“All indicators of Covid-19 are pointing towards a deteriorating disease trajectory nationally,” he said.

“We are seeing an increase in incidence in all age groups, including older age groups. The national incidence is now 415/100,000.

“As a result, we are seeing an impact on our hospital system, with an average of 50 people being admitted to hospital per day (up from 35 per day at the end of September) and five admissions to intensive care per day.”

Dr Glynn urged people to follow public health advice.

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Flatbed driver was drunk when he caused Interstate wreck

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WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) – A tractor trailer driver was driving under the influence when he caused a crash that closed Interstate 91 north in Wallingford on Wednesday night, according to state police.

Troopers charged Dennis Goncalves Medeiros, 46, of New Haven, with operating under the influence of alcohol, along with other charges.

I-91 north was closed between exit 12 and 13 due to the crash. 

The crash was reported around 7 p.m.

Troopers said Medeiros was behind the wheel of a flatbed tractor trailer that swerved across all three lanes of the highway.

Medeiros’ vehicle made contact with a metal guardrail next to the left median, which led to him losing a left rear tire. He then again swerved across the three lanes and hit the wire-rope guardrail on right shoulder.

Because of both collisions, metal beams strapped to the flatbed portion of the tractor trailer spilled onto the highway.

The highway was closed for about two hours so the debris could be cleared.

No one was hurt.

Medeiros was given a field sobriety test, which troopers said he failed.

Investigators learned that Medeiros had a juvenile passenger in the vehicle with him at the time.

He was additionally charged with risk of injury to a child and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Medeiros was released on a $1,500 non-surety bond and given a court date of Nov. 5 in Meriden.

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Police: Impaired man driving stolen car led police on pursuit through Mass., NH

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (WHDH) – An impaired man driving a stolen car led police on a pursuit through Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Tuesday night, police said.

A trooper located a stolen car out of Boston along Interstate 95 northbound in Hampton, New Hampshire around 10 p.m. after the vehicle led police on a pursuit through Newton, New Hampshire, and Amesbury, Massachusetts before the pursuit was called off, according to New Hampshire state police.

The trooper initiated another pursuit with the vehicle into Brentwood, New Hampshire, in which state police say the Nissan was traveling at excessive rates of speed and was being operated in an erratic manner.

The vehicle continued into Epping, New Hampshire, where another trooper used tire deflation devices to flatten the tires of the Nissan.

The Nissan continued for a short distance before coming to a stop.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle, identified as Braulio Matis, 31, of Cambridge, was taken into custody on charges of receiving stolen property, reckless conduct, disobeying an officer, three counts of aggravated driving under the influence of liquor or drugs, and operating without a valid license, state police said.

He is slated to be arraigned Wednesday in Rockingham Superior Court.

The Nissan was impounded pending application for a search warrant and state police say additional charges may be forthcoming.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Detroit-area pastor charged with trying to kill 2 Arenac County Sheriff’s deputies with his vehicle

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A Arenac County Sheriff’s patrol vehicle, bearing the damage it sustained when Detroit-area pastor David A. Jones allegedly crashed into it head-on on Oct. 6, 2021.

STANDISH, MI — A Detroit-area pastor — on probation for his eighth drunken driving conviction — is accused of trying to kill two Arenac County Sheriff’s deputies.

About 1:09 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, deputies went to the Forward Convenience Store at 1990 Brock Road in Moffatt Township in response to a report of a Jeep Compass idling at a gas pump. The person who had called Arenac County Central Dispatch indicated the Jeep’s driver was possibly intoxicated or having a medical emergency, said Undersheriff Don McIntyre.

Two deputies made contact with the Jeep’s driver, identified as 57-year-old David A. Jones.

“While they spoke with him, he refused to comply or roll his window down,” McIntyre said. “During their investigation, it became apparent the driver was most likely intoxicated.”

As deputies tried talking to Jones, he drove into the roadway, crossed M-33, and continued into the lot of the Mobil gas station at 2003 M-33, striking the building, McIntyre said. Deputies followed Jones by driving their patrol SUV over to the second gas station’s lot, McIntyre said.

“After striking the building, (Jones) turned his motor vehicle around toward the patrol car and accelerated, hitting them head-on as their vehicle was parked on the edge of the parking lot,” McIntyre said.

Both deputies were in the patrol SUV when the collision occurred. Neither was injured, however.

After the impact, the deputies broke the Jeep’s windows and pulled Jones out, McIntyre said. Jones likewise was not physically injured in the crash.

Jones did not submit to a preliminary Breathalyzer test. Deputies obtained a warrant for a sample of Jones’ blood to be taken and analyzed. The results of that analysis are pending, the undersheriff said.

“Throughout encounter, deputies reported the man to be noncompliant and pretty much refusing any direction from start to finish,” McIntyre said.

Jones is a pastor at Hilton Oaks Baptist Church, located at 2950 Hilton Road in Ferndale. A video of one of his sermons is on the church’s Facebook page, having been posted April 25.

McIntyre said it is unknown why Jones was in Arenac County.

“We are unable to determine what his connection is,” he said. “I don’t know why he ended up here.”

Jones on Oct. 7 was arraigned in Arenac County District Court on two counts each of attempted murder and assaulting, resisting, or obstructing police and single counts of third-degree fleeing and eluding police, malicious destruction of police property, malicious destruction of a building less than $200, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving with an open intoxicant, and driving while license suspended. The arraigning judge set Jones’ bond at $1 million.

Attempted murder is punishable by up to life imprisonment.

Jones was on probation at the time of his latest alleged offense and has been sent to prison at least four times. He also has at least eight drunken driving-related convictions.

In 1994, an Oakland County judge sentenced Jones to five to 20 years in prison on a convicted of armed robbery. Jones was also sent to prison in 2000, 2007, and 2012 on drug and drunken driving-related convictions, according to Michigan Department of Corrections records.

Most recently, an Oakland County judge on Aug. 3 sentenced Jones to two years’ probation on a conviction of third-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Jones is to appear for a preliminary examination at 1 p.m. on Oct. 26.