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A woman arrested Dec. 23 for causing a disturbance on a plane flying between Tampa and Atlanta has at least one tie to Walton County.
Patricia Cornwall was arrested in November in Santa Rosa Beach and charged with driving under the influence. However a more recent arrest involving Cornwall has gone viral and garnered national headlines.
A report filed by the Atlanta Police Department following the plane incident said that passengers leaving Delta Flight 2790 reported that Cornwell had created a disturbance in the air that had caused injuries to fellow passengers and Delta employees.- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-10-0/html/r-sf-flx.html
A video shot by ATL Uncensored shows Cornwall on the plane, unmasked, engaged in a heated argument with a male passenger who is seated and also unmasked.
Video posted on Twitter by ATL Uncensored shows a woman standing over a fellow passenger, telling him to mask up while her own mask is pulled down below her chin.
“Sit down, Karen,” the man retorts amid a slew of profanities, shouts and insults from both parties. He holds up a water bottle, saying he is “eating and drinking,” when a flight attendant trying to defuse the situation tells the woman to put on her own mask.
The man is shown telling Cornwall, “You’ve got your mask down, b****,” and Cornwall appears to slap him, then spit on him when he repeats the slur.
Following the slap, the man says several times that Cornwall will be arrested when the plane lands.
Police had responded to Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, gate A11 in response to a disturbance call involving an unruly passenger, the APD report said.
“The officers then relocated with Ms. Cornwall to the domestic Atlanta Police precinct where FBI agents responded and took custody of Ms. Cornwall. Nothing further to report at this time,” the report said.
The arrest report filed by a trooper with the Florida Highway Patrol in November, lists Cornwall’s home address as Los Angeles, California. She was arrested at Montclair Avenue in Walton County on Nov. 10, though, after being involved in an accident at shortly after 3 a.m.
The officer reported a strong odor of alcohol on Cornwall’s breath and she denied having been in an accident.
“I had observed the defendant to have slurred speech as well as her face was flushed,” the report said.
Cornwall was also charged with careless driving and failure to present a driver’s license upon request. She has been ordered to appear in court on Jan. 5.
Reports say she could face charges including assault and battery in the aftermath of the airplane incident. It is also unlawful to interfere with the duties of a flight attendant.
According to national media reports on the incident, Cornwall has previously been an NFL cheerleader and an actress on the television show “Baywatch.”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Nearly twenty years after Caitlin Patrick saw her dad locked away for DUI manslaughter, she lost her sister, killed by an accused drunk driver.
Her sister’s name is Nora Cooney. WCTV talked with Patrick just a month after the September crash on US 319 in Grady County. Court records show a Tallahassee woman is accused of driving the wrong way.
Now, Nora’s family is opening up about a shocking detail of their own past. Nora’s father, George Krikorian, is serving life in prison. He was convicted of three counts of DUI manslaughter, stemming from a 2002 Palm Beach County crash that killed three and orphaned a child.
“I didn’t understand it, I think. I just knew my dad was gone,” Patrick said.
She says her dad’s sins were always on her mind.
“Part of me has always been scared that I was going to get hit by the drunk driver,” she said. “It almost felt like that’s a secret fear that you’re going to have to pay for your parent’s mistakes, and then you get that phone call that it happened to your sister, it was really earth shattering, because that was my fear, that it was going to happen to me because my father did it.”
Patrick said Nora was Krikorian’s only daughter that remained close in the years after his conviction. They said he was angry to learn how his daughter died.
“I think he blames himself,” Patrick said.
Aisling Cooney is the middle child, and described Nora as her “closest family member.”
“I just want her with me, it’s hard to accept she’s not going to be,” she said.
Talking with WCTV from her Seattle home, she reflected on what made Nora so special.
“She would do anything for the people she loved, and she often had to,” she said.
With her father out of the picture, Cooney said her mother struggled to parent. The family slid into poverty.
“We lost our house, my mom changed our last name. We moved schools,” she said.
Cooney says Nora dropped out of high school. Pursuing a college education seemed unattainable for years.
But at the time of her death, Nora had nearly reached that once-unthinkable goal, studying at Florida State with hopes of perhaps becoming a private investigator.
FSU awarded the family Nora’s degree posthumously.
“She really worked hard for it and deserved it, but she’ll never get to see it,” Cooney said.
WCTV reached out to the woman who lost both parents in the 2002 crash that landed Krikorian in prison, sharing the details of Nora’s crash. She now works as a therapist in South Florida.
In an email, she wrote “my family and I were very dismayed to hear about this tragedy and loss of innocent life.” https://www.wctv.tv/2021/12/29/one-household-two-very-different-dui-tragedies-tallahassee-shares-drunk-drivings-devastating-toll/
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YORK, Maine — Police offered praise and thanks to a tow truck driver whose shouted warning allowed a patrolman to narrowly escape being struck by a car drifting toward the side of Route 1.
On Oct. 23, Patrolman Jonathan Rogers had pulled over a vehicle for an alleged illegal license plate and had called in a tow truck to take the vehicle away.
In a 12-second dashcam video of the incident released by YPD, tow operator Jack Lowe, who was preparing to tow the vehicle, shouted, “Watch it! Watch it!” as a car drifted toward Patrolman Rogers, allowing him to leap out of the way at the last second.
The car missed him by inches.
“Go get him,” Lowe shouted as Rogers raced back to his cruiser to follow the car that nearly hit him.
On Dec. 22, York Police presented Lowe with a plaque of appreciation bearing his name to thank him for his actions.
After pulling over the car that nearly struck him, Rogers conducted a roadside investigation, which led to the arrest of the driver, a 27-year-old Saco resident, for allegedly operating under the influence with a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit of 0.08%, according to a YPD statement.
“Without Jack warning K-9 Officer Rogers, this could have turned into a tragic event,” police posted on social media.
After the driver was processed at YPD headquarters and bailed out on the OUI charge, police issued an additional summons for improperly passing an emergency vehicle using lights. The driver was fined $326 for improper passing of an emergency vehicle using lights, according to a post from YPD.
When an emergency vehicle is using its emergency lights on the side of the road, Maine law requires drivers to move to a non-adjacent lane before passing, unless it is impossible or unsafe to do so. When a driver must pass in an adjacent lane, the law requires them to pass “at a careful and prudent speed.” https://news.yahoo.com/tow-truck-operator-credited-preventing-100245183.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall
Tipp City’s deputy chief of police resigned Wednesday evening after she was placed on leave amid impaired driving allegations.https://4c9bae91c71289294853a0766ad85045.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Stephanie Slepicka, 43, was stopped in Troy early Wednesday in her personal vehicle while she was off duty, said Tipp City Police Chief Greg Adkins.
In a statement released Thursday, the police chief said he spoke with Slepicka regarding the incident.
“She was remorseful for the events that transpired, and she showed professionalism for the community and department in her decision to resign,” the statement read. “I appreciate her years of service to the community and wish her all the best.
The chief earlier Wednesday evening referred further questions about the stop to the Troy Police Department, but issued the following statement:
“Following an initial review of materials provided by the Troy Police Department regarding Tipp City Police Department Deputy Chief of Police Stephanie Slepicka’s alleged violation of operating a vehicle impaired and possession of weapons while intoxicated, there is sufficient evidence to support a thorough administrative investigation into the matter. Effective immediately, Deputy Chief Slepicka is on paid administrative leave. She will remain on paid administrative leave until the inquiry is completed and the level of disciplinary action taken against her is decided.
Slepicka nearly struck a West Milton police cruiser at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday while driving a Dodge Ram 2500 the wrong way on West Market Street, according to a Troy police report.
Officer Chance Setters said he was on the way back to West Milton, headed west on West Market Street crossing Barnhart Road when he spotted the Ram driving on the wrong side of the road and median toward him.
“To avoid the truck I had to hard brake and swerve right toward the ditch,” Setters stated.
The officer then flagged down Troy police officer Cody Compton, who was driving in his direction, and told him about the wrong-way driver.
Compton drove east on West Market Street to try to find the truck and saw it go over the Interstate 75 overpass, in the correct direction, before the officer had to stop for a red light.
However, once the light turned green Compton said he saw headlights coming toward him, traveling on the wrong side of the road.
“The Dodge Ram continued straight toward me as I activated my overhead lights. The Dodge Ram swerved to my left to avoid hitting me and continued eastbound on the wrong side of the road,” Compton stated.
After turning around and following the truck for a short time the driver, identified as Slepicka, stopped.
Compton described her speech to be slurred, her eyes glassy and “she had delayed responses to questions and was not making sense with some answers,” the report stated.
She was placed under arrest on suspicion of OVI and issued a citation for driving on the wrong side of the road. She also was charged with possessing a weapon while intoxicated and improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle after police said they found a loaded pistol and three magazines in her purse.
Slepicka was sworn in July 19 to the deputy chief role, according to Tipp City council meeting records. https://www.daytondailynews.com/local/tipp-city-deputy-police-chief-on-paid-leave-accused-of-ovi/GIJBD3WMT5GYBMA4PDVUNWU2EI/
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Criminal charges have been filed against former Livingston County Undersheriff Jeffrey Warder more than two months after he was arrested for driving under the influence.
Warder was arrested Oct. 26 after a Michigan State Police trooper pulled him over on D-19.
“The trooper noted he looked intoxicated and could smell alcohol in the car,” the Michigan Attorney General’s Office said in a press release.
According to officials, Warder consented to a breath test on scene, which resulted in a preliminary blood alcohol content of 0.123.
A blood test was later drawn and reflected a blood alcohol content of 0.133, according to the release.
Warder resigned from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 1 following his arrest. A special prosecutor was requested by the Livingston County Prosecutor’s Office to handle the case.
He faces one count of operating while intoxicated and one count of alcohol- open container in a vehicle. Both are misdemeanors punishable between 90-93 days in jail and/or community service.
Warder is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 19. https://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2021/12/22/ex-livingston-county-undersheriff-charged-owi/8994714002/