Morgan County Arrest Reports July 24-30

Published 10:48 am Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Jamarque Rahntez Torain, 41, failure to appear, probation violation, public intoxication 

Amber L. Orr, 39, failure to appear, theft 

Thomas Michael Turner, 36, illegal possession of prescription drugs, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia 

Gerry Wayne Ray, 61, public intoxication 

Talmadge Jerome Ellison, 60, bond revoked, driving while license suspended, driving under the influence (alcohol), no liability insurance 

Michael J. Sweaza, 42, failure to appear 

Kaysi Wynn McCulloch, 26, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, bond revoked, failure to appear 

Timothy Jackson Knowlton, 24, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Douglas Edward Lowery Jr., 26, public intoxication, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, theft, giving false name/address to law enforcement office, failure to appear 

Heather Nicole Kerby, 27, bond revoked

Austin Lee Durbin, 25, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, driving under the influence (combined substance) 

Eloy Rodriguez, 43, failure to appear 

Ronnie Regina Millar, 39, failure to appear, probation violation 

Jerry Douglas Naramore, 39, probation violation 

George Stephen Dietz III, 23, theft, trespass, probation violation, obstruction 

Markelle Diquan Griffin, 27, family offense–non-support child, failure to appear 

Amanda Leanne Hargrove, 41, domestic violence, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest 

Willie Jermaine Swoope, 46, public intoxication 

Robert Earl Coleman Jr., 39, driving under the influence, running a red light, no liability insurance, driving while licenses suspended, open container (alcohol) in vehicle 

Curtis Zachary Hawley, 29, trespass 

Domingo Franciso, 32, operating vehicle without insurance, open container (alcohol) in vehicle, driving while license suspended, driving under the influence  

Johnathan Hill, 28, domestic violence 

Christopher John Ingram, 35, domestic violence  

Joshua Ray Leeth, 25, negotiating worthless instrument 

Terence Jermaine Smith, 29, giving false name/address to law enforcement officer 

Frankie Junior Ballard, 45, warrant 

Delton Lee Garrison, 48, theft 

Randy Torres, 44, forged instrument, theft 

James Larry Payne Smith, 45, obstruction 

Chandler Blake Jones, 21, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, promoting prison contraband, probation violation 

Jessica Amanda Adams, 29, public intoxication 

Mata Jose Rios, 38, driving without license, improper lane usage, driving under the influence (alcohol) 

Decarlos Raymone Swoopes, 40, possession of marijuana 

Darton Cooks, 34, resisting arrest 

Michael Gwenn Sapp, 32, public intoxication 

Marti Jerome Pearson, 44, failure to appear 

Christy Nicole Guess, 48, failure to appear 

Nicholas Charles Langley, 36, failure to appear 

Christine Ann Collier, 42, probation violation 

Sammy Jay Stout, 47, failure to appear 

James William Garrison, 56, DUI 

Jessie Lee Ballenger Jr., 29, warrant 

Justin Chad Oakes, 42, pending, warrant 

Hector Arec Lemus Guerra, 29, dangerous drugs, drug trafficking 

Wesly Ryan Nappier, 31, failure to appear 

Ricky Turrentine, 51, methamphetamine–sell/distribute, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Jose Martin Portilla-Lopez, 23, domestic violence 

Melissa Gay-Puttman Nix, 42, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Korte Pierre Watkins, 29, parole violation, possession of child pornography, sex offense 

Roymone Leandre Davis, 34, assault 

Tyson Tylor Holland, 31, domestic violence, theft 

Armadeus Devon Polk, 31, improper lane usage, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs 

Keith Allen Pendergrass, 29, domestic violence 

Britney Clarissa Smith, 31, alias writ of arrest, probation violation 

Austin David Wiley, 27, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Zachary Caleb Tyner, 28, probation violation 

William Eugene Bendall, 36, public intoxication, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, dangerous drugs, methamphetamine 

Jurdy Wayne Hughes Jr., 33, failure to appear, burglary 

Terrance Shaquille Ellison, 26, assault, murder 

Lauren Elizabeth Cunningham, 34, bond revoked 

Brandon Ross Stover, 39, probation violation 

Nicholas Royland Drinkard, 22, carrying brass knuckles/sling shot, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Anthony Wayne Murphree, 55, resisting arrest 

Josephine Jakaj, 27, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of prescription drugs 

Ashley Nicole Coggin, 34, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Kaleb Robinson, 21, domestic violence 

Rondall Earl Johnson, 69, sex offense, lewd act in public 

Apiffany Tremaine Smith, 33, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, dangerous drugs 

Robert Sanchez Hawkins, 32, driving under the influence 

James Adam Butler, 44, tinted windows, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, possession of dangerous drugs 

Tremaine D. Williams, 32, dangerous drugs 

Jessica Lynn Crain, 38, public intoxication, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Mark Allen Evans, 48, failure to appear 

Brandon Lee, McNeal, 34, failure to appear 

Jimmy Ray Stillwell, 31, domestic violence, failure to appear 

Jeremy Jerell Hayes Jr., 23, bond revoked, failure to appear, buying/receiving stolen property 

Tevin Okeith Stover, 28, stolen property, probation violation, methamphetamine possession 

Brandon Ross Stover, 39, probation violation 

Dylan Reed Woodruff, 28, driving under the influence 

Andy Mosley, 40, switched tag, driving while license suspended, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Sara Lee Anne Lavender, 43, failure to appear, possession of amphetamine 

Jarvis Tyrese Hayes, 22, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, interference with domestic violence emergency call, probation violation, possession of gun without permit, driving under the influence, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, driving while license suspended, reckless driving, attempting to elude a police officer 

Marvin Russell Orr, 27, public intoxication, illegal possession of prescription drugs 

Melanie Lea Hanna, 47, driving under the influence, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, driving while license suspended 

Zackary Valmer Phillips, 39, driving under the influence 

Otis Hollis, 54, domestic violence 

Serenity Rhae Thompson, shooting into occupied building 

Ariel Leigh Barnett, 33, contempt of court 

Christopher Works, 39, carrying brass knuckles/sling shot, possession of marijuana 

Delton Lee Garrison, 48, bond revoked, theft 

Thomas Lee Ogle, 68, operating vehicle with expired tag, operating without insurance, obstructed windshield, failure to appear 

David Veuablu Howard, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence 

JV Kelley, 31, failure to appear, probation violation

Tabitha Frieda Harbin, 28, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, with intent to deliver/sell and involving firearm, chemical endangerment 

Richard Carlton Whitaker, 41, driving under the influence 

Steven Quinn Martin, failure to appear 

Tommie Jacquelyn Culp, 43, driving under the influence, obstruction government operations, resisting arrest 

Antonio Raphael Mosley, 31, driving on wrong side of road, failure to dim lights, speed above 45 miles per hour, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, aggravated assault police officer, dangerous drug possession, promoting prison contraband 

Josephine Jakaj, 27, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, drug trafficking, possession of dangerous drugs 

Darius Marquise, 27, operating vehicle with expired tag, failure to stop, improper lights, driving under the influence 

Micah Samuel Gath Cockell, 43, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia 

Marcus Leshun Willard, 47, driving while suspended, ignition interlock devices 

Phillip James Demonia, 34, illegal possession of prescription drugs 

Laura Lee Louisiana, 47, failure to appear, contempt of court 

Chasity Nicole Johnson, 31, improper lane change, failure to appear, disorderly conduct, dangerous drugs, promoting prison contraband, illegal possession of prescription drugs 

Marquis Devone Ausbon, 26, unlawful possession drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana 

Tia Lee, 21, driving under the influence (alcohol)

State police: Woman had cannabis in her system at time of fatal crash

PITTSTON — A Wilkes-Barre woman had cannabis in her system when she crashed her vehicle, killing a passenger while traveling on Interstate 81 more than a year ago, according to recently filed court records.

Jayda Latriece Barber, 27, of Griffith Lane, was charged by state police at Wilkes-Barre with accidents involving death, driving under the influence and other offenses in connection to the July 14, 2020, crash that killed Zyier Spruell, 18, of Plymouth.

Charges were filed at the office of District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz in Pittston and mailed to Barber.

According to the criminal complaint:

Barber was traveling north on I-81 when she lost control her of 1997 BMW just past the Oak Street Bridge in Pittston Township.

Barber’s vehicle spun into the grassy median where it flipped and rolled an unknown number of times coming to rest against a guide rail for the southbound lanes.

Spruell was ejected from the vehicle as it rolled. He died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

Another passenger in the vehicle, Santalena Lundy, 26, of Wilkes-Barre, suffered severe injuries.

State police in the complaint say the vehicle had a strong odor of marijuana.

Two bags of marijuana and sealed packages of marijuana-laced cookies were found inside the vehicle, the complaint says.

Search warrants were served to retrieve Barber’s blood for testing, which allegedly showed levels of THC Delta 9 in her system at the time of the crash.

Barber also is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving a vehicle without insurance, speeding, driving without a license, reckless driving, careless driving and disregard traffic lane.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 2.

In an unrelated case, Barber was arrested by the state Office of Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics and Investigation on March 29 on felony drug trafficking offenses in Wilkes-Barre. She remains free on $50,000 unsecured bail on the drug trafficking case, according to court records.

DASH CAM VIDEO: Collier deputy trails off-duty LCSO commander suspected of drunk driving

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — The Collier County Sheriff’s Office released dash cam video of the moment a commander with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.

The video shows the deputy follow Mark Shelly’s Jeep for several minutes back in March.

As the Collier deputy walks up to Shelly, who was behind the wheel, the video cuts out. That portion of the recording is exempt from release, due to Shelley’s position in law enforcement.

Shelly was accused of driving under the influence, but earlier this week pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

Shelly’s attorney entered the plea since Shelly wasn’t present. Shelly hasn’t been convicted of the charge, but it will go on his record. He is required to pay a $250 fine, court costs, and the cost of prosecution within 90 days.

Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said that since commander Shelly’s criminal case is completed, the matter will be reviewed internally for policy violations.

The 42-year-old commander was pulled over in March for making an illegal u-turn and swerving in and out of his lane of traffic, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. He told deputies he ran off the road momentarily because he was texting his wife and trying to follow a GPS, according to the arrest report.

Shelly also said that he was at Mercado in Naples before the traffic stop, but denied drinking alcohol, deputies said.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office commander failed field sobriety exercises and refused to take a breathalyzer test, deputies said.

Two lawsuits accuse Bluffton cops of false DUI arrests with BAC under legal limit

Nicky Maxey, running for Bluffton Town Council, dropped out of the race after two weeks.

Two lawsuits filed in Beaufort County Wednesday accuse the Bluffton Police Department of wrongfully arresting two drivers for driving under the influence despite their blood-alcohol concentration levels being below the legal limit.

The plaintiffs — Colton Maxey, son of a well-known Bluffton real estate agent, and Shelby Ledbetter, former May River High School band director — were arrested for DUIs in two separate traffic stops in 2019. They’re both suing the town of Bluffton for gross negligence, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and false arrest.

Maxey and Ledbetter are represented by attorneys Justin Bamberg and Todd Rutherford, both S.C. representatives.

The two lawsuits also claim that the Bluffton Police Department has wrongfully arrested other drivers for DUIs in the past, but do not reference specific cases. Bluffton officials knew about the problem, but failed to take action, according to the suit.

Bluffton “had increasingly arrested more people for DUI while at the same time also had an ever-increasing percentage of DUI charges dropped post-arrest. [Bluffton] created a special DUI enforcement unit that contributed to the increase in false DUI arrests,” says the suit, which was first reported by FITSNews.

Called Wednesday, Nickey Maxey, Colton’s father, said he doesn’t want anybody else to go through what happened to his son.

“Nobody who’s innocent is supposed to go to jail. That’s just wrong,” he said. “It crushed my son. Now he’s terrorized. It scared him to death.”

Reached by phone on Wednesday, Ledbetter hung up on a reporter and did not respond to a subsequent text.

A spokesperson for the town of Bluffton did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.

Lt. Christian Gonzales, spokesperson for the Bluffton Police Department said, “any arrest we made for DUI would have had the probable cause for that arrest,” adding that this could be established based on traffic infractions and field sobriety tests. He referred questions about other allegedly wrongful DUI arrests to the town’s attorney.

Two years ago, The Island Packet reported that Bluffton drivers charged with first-offense DUIs weren’t convicted in more than 80% of cases, making Bluffton home to the lowest DUI conviction rate in Beaufort County that year.

Bluffton received a $125,000 grant from the S.C. Department of Public Safety’s Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs in 2017 to add one officer to combat impaired driving.

The Bluffton Police Department were named Agency of the Year for DUI enforcement for departments with 26-50 employees, in March, 2019 by the S.C. Department of Public Safety. SCDPS

But, in 2019, the police department suspended the program 21 days after The Island Packet requested details about every DUI arrest made since January 2017, and on the heels of Maxey’s and Ledbetter’s high-profile arrests. The agency reassigned the program’s sole officer and said it needed to reevaluate its policies, procedures and personnel.

After the arrests of Ledbetter and Maxey, Bluffton officials said criticism of the two incidents was misguided. An officer’s decision to arrest during a DUI stop is based on an evaluation at that point in time, Bluffton Police Detective Zatch Pouchprom said in 2019. Field sobriety tests conducted on the roadside are the “heart and soul of the case,” he said.

Everything collected after a driver is placed under arrest, including breathalyzer and toxicology test results, are “evidentiary,” meaning they will be used to assess a defendant’s guilt or innocence in court, Pouchprom said.

“Once you’ve made that arrest, you don’t necessarily get to un-arrest,” said then-Bluffton Chief Chris Chapmond, even if a breathalyzer test indicates no intoxication. No blood alcohol content also does not mean other substances could be causing impairment, Chapmond said, pointing to the increased prevalence of drugged driving.

A prosecutor or officer’s decision to drop charges is just part of the “checks and balances” built into the system, he said.


Before Bluffton suspended its DUI program, Cpl. Baker Odom was the department’s sole DUI enforcement officer.

He arrested Ledbetter and Maxey in 2019.

In the early-morning hours of Oct. 19, 2019, Odom stopped Ledbetter’s vehicle and administered roadside sobriety tests before arresting her. A breath test performed at Bluffton police headquarters indicated a 0.04% blood-alcohol content, below the threshold for consideration as evidence in a DUI case, reported The Packet.

Ledbetter was later fired from her job by the Beaufort County Board of Education for what the school district said were unrelated reasons. In December 2019, her charges were dropped.

Two months before Ledbetter’s arrest, Odom arrested Maxey. The then-19-year-old was charged with DUI, but his breathalyzer test recorded a BAC of zero, according to previous reporting.

The Bluffton Police Department accused Maxey of being under the influence of marijuana, but a SLED-administered toxicology report and private drug screening indicated that there were no impairing substances in his system, the newspaper reported.

The day after his his son’s arrest, Nickey Maxey announced his run for Bluffton Town Council, calling local law enforcement “lacking.” He later dropped out of the race.

Editorial: Harry Griffin DUI case points to another problem with SC law

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Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin refused to take a field-sobriety test or a breathalyzer test when he was arrested on May 29 by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office. The charges were dropped this month because the arresting officer had left law enforcement. Provided

The most obvious thing to say about Charleston City Councilman Harry Griffin’s driving under the influence charge that was dropped last week is that he wasn’t exonerated. Whether he was a lucky DUI lottery winner or was unfairly stripped of the right to prove his innocence is something we’ll never know.

Fortunately, that’s not the most important thing about this case.

The most important thing about this case is that it highlights one more problem with South Carolina’s inebriation-friendly DUI law.

Mr. Griffin was arrested on May 29 when the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office stopped him at a sobriety checkpoint and smelled alcohol on his breath. After initially telling deputies he hadn’t been drinking, he said he had “only one” drink. Then he refused to take a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer test.

And as The Post and Courier’s Gregory Yee reports, the deputy who arrested him decided to get out of law enforcement before the case came to trial. Since Mr. Griffin’s refusal to take any sort of sobriety test meant the only evidence against him was the deputy’s video and testimony, the charge was dropped.

Unfortunately, this sort of thing is “a very common problem,” according to Steven Burritt, executive director of South Carolina Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Mr. Burritt told us that the high turnover rate among police officers in many S.C. agencies “creates a level of jeopardy for the cases they made that have not been adjudicated.”

Police are able to preserve most criminal cases, which rely on evidence beyond an officer’s observations, but other cases are usually dropped.

What does this have to do with our driving under the influence law?

First, our DUI law incentivizes people to do what Mr. Griffin did and refuse to take a sobriety test.

A state law that should discourage this says drivers who refuse to submit to a test of their blood alcohol level automatically lose their license for six months, on the spot, even before a trial.

Unfortunately, this smart law has an insane provision that allows people to go down to the DMV and get a temporary license to drive while their permanent license is suspended. That’s right: It completely undercuts the intent of the law. That’s why more than 40% of people stopped for drunken driving in South Carolina now refuse to take a test. So the only evidence against them is the arresting officer’s word.

(The S.C. Senate passed a bill this year that requires people with suspended licenses to have an ignition-interlock device installed on their vehicles before they can get a temporary license. That wouldn’t take away the incentive to refuse the test, but it could stop people from driving drunk until their case eventually is heard. Unfortunately, the House refused to consider the bill.)

But even when people submit to a blood alcohol test, the cases are still dropped when arresting officers moves on unless their agencies send another officer to court to prosecute. And they usually don’t, because the many loopholes in our DUI law make convictions unlikely. Loopholes like, for instance, the one that makes it nearly impossible to win a conviction if the suspect wanders out of range of the officer’s dashcam for even a few seconds.

Precisely because all those loopholes make DUI cases so complicated, there’s a good chance that a trial will be delayed. That increases the chance that the officer will be gone by the time the case is tried.

The best way to fix this problem is for the Legislature to fix our DUI law: to change the mother-may-I dashcam video requirements and eliminate the incentives to refuse blood alcohol tests. It’s to provide funding so prosecutors rather than police try these highly technical cases; to provide funding for our courts so the wait for a jury trial isn’t so long; and to require better training for magistrates, who usually know much less about the law than the defense attorneys appearing before them.

All of that would make DUI cases seem more winnable to police and would make driving under the influence seem like a riskier choice to drivers.

But even absent legislative action, there are other steps that can help reduce the departed-officer problem — and a host of other problems with DUI cases.

Judges can be more skeptical about defense requests for trial delays. Most of us might have been unaware of the problem with departing officers, but MADD and other organizations have documented that the odds of winning a DUI conviction go down every day a trial is delayed. You can be sure that DUI attorneys know that, too.

And police agencies can send another officer to prosecute DUI cases when the arresting officer has moved on, and the agencies can ask (or require, through subpoenas) departed officers to return and testify in some cases.

This is about a lot more than holding the occasional politician accountable, or simply winning a conviction. It’s about saving lives.

One reason so many South Carolinians are injured and killed by drunken drivers is that our state doesn’t take drunken driving seriously enough. That’s mostly the fault of the Legislature, but even with the laws we have, everybody in the criminal justice system has an opportunity to recognize and treat drunken driving as the deadly crime that it is.

Brewery Surveillance Video Shows Trooper’s Actions Before Drunk Driving Crash in Southbury

NBC Universal, Inc.NBC Connecticut obtained video of a state trooper drinking at a bar before being involved in a crash that injured two women.

NBC Connecticut Investigates has obtained video from inside the bar where a Connecticut State trooper was drinking before a drunk driving crash.

Sgt. John McDonald was charged with driving drunk and injuring a Middlebury mother and daughter on September 25, 2019.

He pled no contest to the charges against him in May.

He’s currently serving probation and is still on the state payroll.

2:60State Trooper Pleads to Charges Connected To CrashA state trooper pleaded no contest Thursday to charges connected to a 2019 crash in Southbury that injured a mother and daughter.

The video gives a better look into what happened before the crash.

The surveillance video is from inside the Black Hog Brewing Company in Oxford where police say McDonald had been celebrating at a fellow trooper’s retirement party.

The state released the video through a Freedom of Information Act request now that McDonald has been convicted. Police cited this video as key evidence in McDonald’s arrest warrant.

State officials said McDonald left the hospital on his own before he could be breathalyzed.

From what investigators saw in this video, they wrote in the arrest warrant that, “McDonald consumed what appears to be at least eight (8) alcoholic beverages” between 2:19 p.m. and 5:13 p.m.

In the report, investigators said he’s later seen ordering what appears to be five more drinks, but it’s unclear what was done with them since he takes them outside.

And just before 7 p.m. that night, McDonald almost walks into a table before he exits, as is seen in the surveillance video and referred to in the arrest warrant.

Just before 7:30 p.m., police received 911 calls reporting the crash.

McDonald will be on probation for two years and the operating under the influence charge with be wiped from his record when he completes an alcohol education program.

The two women injured in the crash filed a lawsuit against McDonald that’s still pending.

McDonald’s lawyer in that civil case said his client is sorry for the pain and stress he has caused the family.

McDonald has been on desk duty since he was suspended in 2019 and is still awaiting a disciplinary hearing, almost three months after his conviction.

State Police said that disposition is pending his administrative investigation and must be done by the Office of Labor Relations in conjunction with the collective bargaining agreement.

Police/Fire: Out-to-towner charged in rollover that tied up beach traffic

This crash near the intersection of Concord and Thompson streets tied up Wingaersheek Beach traffic for a long period of time Tuesday afternoon until the vehicle could be towed. A Westford woman, who police say was the driver, faces a drunken driving charge.  

Gloucester police arrested a Westford woman on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and other charges following a rollover crash Tuesday afternoon at Concord and Thompson streets.

Rachel Ann Healy, 39, of Bay Drive in Westford, also was charged with marked lane violations, speeding and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

The crash, which occurred around 3:30 p.m., tied up Wingaersheek Beach traffic for a long period of time until the vehicle could be righted and towed. 

Healy reportedly told police she’d had “one-and-a-half beers,” and reported no injuries. 

According to the police report, Healy confirmed to responding officers that she was the driver of the rolled-over vehicle and she had been trying to “get to the ocean.”

“There appeared to be a gray 2017 Kia Sportage that had also been struck which was parked and unoccupied on the side of the road,” Officer Alexander Aiello stated in his report. “The parked vehicle had moderate damage to the front driver’s side and appeared to have been pushed into the fence at 77 Concord St. and caused minor damage to the fence.”

Aiello wrote in his report that Healy’s speech was slurred and her eyes red and glassy. Aiello also stated Healy had trouble keeping her balance.

Police said they found a cooler of beer in Healy’s SUV after it was righted by a Tally’s Towing crew.

Healy failed all four field sobriety tests administered, police said She was arrested and transported to the police station for booking.

— Times Staff

‘In other news taken from the logs of Cape Ann’s police and fire departments:


Tuesday, July 20

11:49 p.m.: After receiving multiple calls from across the Annisquam River reporting a disturbance at Wingaersheek Beach, police responded and reported a search of the area was unsuccessful.

9:11 a.m.: Police said they will cite a 59-year-old Gloucester man for operating a moped after the suspension of his driver’s license after a crash on Cherry Street.

The operator, who was transported to Beverly Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, told police he was traveling south on Cherry Street when he struck the curb and sidewalk and was thrown from the moped. The moped crashed into nearby shrubs.


Wednesday, July 21

2:26 a.m.: Medical emergency on Rowe Point. The person was transported by ambulance to Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. 

12:25 a.m.: Officers dismissed a group of students partying by the southern woods on Jerden’s Lane. 

Tuesday, July 20

9:11 p.m.: A driver on South Street received a verbal warning for a marked lanes violation. 

8:32 p.m.: A Mt. Pleasant Street resident reported his or her condo had been falsely put up for sale on Craigslist. Officers advised the person to contact Craigslist and report the false ad. 

5:35 p.m.: Report of a broken car window on Forest Street. Officers found a rock inside the car and small point of impact on the window. No foul play is suspected at this time. 

1:55 p.m.: Report of a truck backing into a car on Breakwater Avenue. No injuries were reported and the car sustained minor damage. Information was exchanged between the two drivers. 

Bad bacteria: Officers dismissed a group of swimmers from Old Garden and Front beaches at 12:15 and 12:39 p.m., respectively. The Board of Health has temporarily banned swimming at the two beaches due to high levels of bacteria. 

11:27 a.m.: Report of an irate customer arguing with employees at Lattof Farm Kitchen on Main Street. The customer reportedly grabbed some products, threw a handful of cash at the employees and drove off. The cash was enough to cover what the customer took. Employees gave police the customer’s license plate number and requested a no-trespassing order against the individual. Officers were unable to make contact with the customer. 


Tuesday, July 20

12:55 p.m.: Report of a car with a blown-out tire on Route 128 northbound. Officers checked the area and were unable to locate the car in question. 


Wednesday, July 21

6:48 a.m.: A driver on Southern Avenue received a citation for speeding. 

Tuesday, July 20

10:20 p.m.: A driver on Eastern Avenue received a verbal warning for speeding. 

9:22 p.m.: Report of a carbon monoxide alarm at a John Wise Avenue home. Firefighters detected carbon monoxide coming from a stove that was accidentally left on. The home was ventilated and firefighters cleared a short while later. 

Medical emergencies: The rescue squad responded at Willow Court at 12:15 p.m. and on Gregory Island Road at 12:39 p.m. Both were transported by ambulance to a hospital.

Woman arrested for OVI after crashing into Kettering home

East Dorothy Lane car into house

KETTERING — A woman was arrested on suspicion of OVI after police said she crashed into a house on East Dorothy Lane overnight.

The woman crashed into the house in the 600 block of East Dorothy around 11 p.m. Monday and then left the scene.

Officers ended up finding her and the damaged car at the Speedway on the corner of East Dorothy and Oakmont Avenue.

The car was described as having heavy damage to the front of it.

The woman involved in the crash was not immediately identified.

Man gets lifetime ban from driving, prison time for latest in series of OWI convictions

At his sentencing this week, the judge told Michael Hess it did not appear that he was able to learn from his mistakes.

“For most people, going to prison is enough to stop them, but it hasn’t been for you,” Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Jason Rossell told Hess. “That makes you a public health risk.”

Hess, 48, of Salem Lakes, had originally been charged in October 2019 with operating while intoxicated-eighth offense, and for driving on a revoked license. He was arrested after another driver called 911 to report a reckless driver. According to statements in court, his blood alcohol content at the time of his arrest was 0.34

While Hess has been convicted of OWI seven times in the past, two of those convictions are under appeal, so he was sentenced Wednesday on a conviction for OWI-fifth offense. He is currently in prison in Racine serving a sentence on one of his past convictions because his probation was revoked with the 2019 arrest.

Between his past OWI convictions, Rossell said, it appeared that Hess had served six years behind bars.

“That didn’t cross your mind (when he got behind the wheel to drive again),” Rossell said. “That’s scary.”

Defense attorney Hilary Edwards said Hess had previously been improperly sentenced to terms of incarceration that exceeded the maximum allowed under Wisconsin sentencing guidelines, and asked that to be taken into account in his most recent case.

“I don’t intentionally go out trying to hurt anyone,” Hess told Rossell. “I like to think I’m not a menace to society.”Top 5 industries with in-demand careers that are hiring RIGHT NOW (which is best for you?)Play Video

Hess said his current release date for his previous prison sentence is in April 2022, but said because of his appeals he may be released earlier. He said he was anxious to be released from prison, saying that there was rampant drug abuse in the Racine Correctional Institution where he is housed. “I can’t deal with that, I’m too old,” he said. “It’s like living in a nut house.”

Rossell sentenced Hess to 3 years 6 months in prison followed by five years of extended supervision. The sentence is to run concurrently with his existing prison sentence, and he will receive 635 days of credit for time served.

He said Hess would have a lifetime ban from driving.

Left side of car involved in crash completely gone, driver sent to the hospital with serious injuries

Crash on Platte Avenue 7/23/2021
Crash on Platte Avenue 7/23/2021(KKTV)

By Kasia KerridgePublished: Jul. 23, 2021 at 5:18 AM MDT|Updated: 2 hours ago

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – A suspected DUI driver crashed into a tree in front of a home near downtown Colorado Springs, which closed Platte Avenue for several hours. The road reopened just before 5 a.m. Friday.

Colorado Springs officers responded to the crash on Platte Avenue between Prospect and Institute around 1 a.m. Friday. Police believed the driver initially crashed into a median, drove for about a block and then ultimately crashed into a tree in front of a home.

Officers told 11 News on scene that alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash. The driver had critical injuries.

11 News saw the entire left side of the car was gone, and the front end was completely smashed in.