Why Amy Locane, Star of ‘Melrose Place,’ Is Going Back to Prison

Former Melrose Place actress Amy Locane has been sentenced to prison for a fatal 2010 drunk-driving crash in New Jersey which she already served some time for.

However, a judge has now ruled that her initial sentence was too lenient following an agreement with prosecutors, in a surprising news development.

The crash killed 60-year-old Helene Seeman and severely injured Seeman’s husband but Locane, 48, has refused to accept culpability, AP reports.

State Superior Court Judge Angela Borkowski has sentenced Locane to eight years in state prison, factoring in time already served, two years.

Locane went to prison in February 2013, serving nearly two and a half years of a three-year sentence on charges of vehicular homicide and assault.

Locane was convicted on several counts including vehicular manslaughter, and faced a sentencing range of five to 10 years on the most serious count. The state initially sought a seven-year sentence, but a trial judge sentenced her to three years in 2013. An appeals court ruled he misapplied the law, but the same judge declined to give her additional time, at a resentencing.

A different judge sentenced her to five years last year, but an appeals court ruled he didn’t follow guidelines it had set and ordered yet another sentencing.

Locane had consumed several drinks before she headed home on the night of the accident, according to witnesses.

The crash occurred when the actress collided with the Seemans’ car as it turned into their driveway in Montgomery Township, near Princeton.

Locane has said that she was distracted by a third motorist who honked at her, but Mr. Seemans said she was deflecting blame and she showed “contempt for this court and the jury that rendered the verdict.”

Borkowsk said: “You made a conscious decision to drink that day and continued to drink, recognizing at the onset that you needed a ride but didn’t obtain one. If you hadn’t gotten behind the wheel of your vehicle on this night, the incident never would have happened.”

Wronko deemed the sentence “outrageous,” and said his client had “always taken full responsibility.” He also said sentencing Locane again would violate double jeopardy protections as she had already served her sentence.

“She has been out of prison for five years. She did everything they asked, and went above and beyond,” Wronko said in a statement to People. “She’s apologized at every sentencing proceeding.”

Locane has 45 days to appeal her sentence.

The Cry Baby actress spoke about her sentencing to NJ Advance Media, saying serving more time would be detrimental to the progress she has made since leaving prison.

“I had worked so hard since 2010 on my sobriety, on adjusting to life in prison, on being released from prison, on acclimating to my children’s lives, and to parole that having to go back would seriously interrupt, if not destroy, any progress I had made in becoming human again,” she said. https://www.newsweek.com/why-melrose-place-star-amy-locane-going-back-prison-drunk-driving-1532932

Woman Charged With DUI After Vehicle Crosses Over Into Oncoming Traffic

A woman was busted by police in Fairfield County after she was caught by officers on patrol allegedly making questionable turns and swerving into the opposite lane.

Officers from the Darien Police Department on patrol shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 saw a vehicle make two turns in which the driver crossed over into the wrong lane both times, prompting a stop near the intersection of Post Road and Birch Road, according to police.

Police said that during the subsequent stop, the driver, Harrison, Maine resident Mindy McLaren had glassy, dilated eyes, and the odor of alcohol on her, which she admitted to consuming earlier in the evening.

McLaren proceeded to fail multiple Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and she was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and cited for failing to drive in the right lane at Darien Police Headquarters.

Following her arrest, McLaren was released after declining to take a breathalyzer test on $50 bond. She is scheduled to appear back in court on Monday, Sept. 21 to respond to the DUI charge.

Woman, 20, assaults officer during OVI arrest: Shaker Heights Police Blotter

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Shaker Heights police arrested a South Euclid man who was drunk when he crashed his car into a Chagrin Boulevard retaining wall.file photo

OVI: Kemper Road

At 11:35 p.m. Sept. 9, an officer watched as a car was driven through a red light. The car then proceeded to travel the wrong way down a one-way street. 

A traffic stop was conducted and it was found that the car’s driver, a Shaker Heights woman, 20, was impaired. The woman was charged with OVI. In addition, police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the woman’s car.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

As police arrested the woman, she became combative and assaulted an officer. The woman was taken to the hospital and refused sobriety testing.

OVI: Chagrin Boulevard

At 11:15 p.m. Sept. 6, police were called to 19708 Chagrin Blvd., where a car had been driven into a retaining wall. Officers found that the car’s driver, a South Euclid man, 42, was intoxicated. The man was arrested for OVI and taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Warrant arrest: South Woodland Road

At 11:05 a.m. Sept. 8, an officer stopped a car after its driver ran a red light. It was then discovered that the driver, a Maple Heights man, 22, was wanted on theft and traffic warrants issued by Solon police.https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Police cited the man for driving through a red light, arrested him and turned him over to Solon police.

Theft: Traver Road

At 4:20 p.m. Sept. 9, police were called to a home where a bicycle had been stolen. Police were able to track the bike and found it in the possession of a boy, 14. The boy was arrested and charged with theft. https://www.cleveland.com/community/2020/09/woman-20-assaults-officer-as-she-is-arrested-for-ovi-shaker-heights-police-blotter.html

Art lecturer charged for narcotic possession after erratic driving on interstate

RACINE — Racine County Sheriff’s deputies reported finding narcotic drugs in the pockets of an art lecturer from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside who was pulled over after allegedly driving erratically and speeding on the interstate.

Benjamin Grant, 40, of Milwaukee, has been charged with a felony count of possession of narcotic drugs and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Grant is an associate lecturer for UW-Parkside’s Art Department, according to the university’s website, and teaches introduction to design and drawing classes, as well as two higher-level courses. A spokesman for UW-Parkside confirmed that Grant is still employed by the university.

According to a criminal complaint:

At 7:35 a.m. on Wednesday, an officer was on patrol when dispatch advised of a reckless driver located on Interstate 94 that was “weaving all over the roadway.” As the officer made his way to I-94, dispatch advised the vehicle had nearly hit a semi-truck and was tailgating the vehicle in front of it. The car, later found to have been being driven by Grant, was going around 90 mph and other vehicles were attempting to move out of its way.

The vehicle exited the interstate on Highway KR and almost struck construction barriers while continuing to drive at high speeds. The vehicle then drove past a total of five construction road barricades in a closed road area, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported. Officers stopped the vehicle on Highway 31 near its intersection with KR.

The man driving the vehicle, identified as Grant, told officers was headed to work at UW-Parkside from his house in Milwaukee. He said he had been an art professor there for three years, according to the complaint. Grant said he was attempting to follow his GPS while driving.

Grant was arrested for OWI after field sobriety tests were performed and then was taken to the hospital for a blood draw. When an officer searched Grant, “a small, green glass vial with an eye dropper” was found, according to the complaint.

The criminal complaint stated that Grant told deputies the vial contained Clonazepam, a medication used for seizures. Deputies reported they also found one orange, oval shaped pill located in Grant’s front pocket. It was identified as a form of Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine, a medication used for ADHD, thus making it a schedule II narcotic drug.

Grant stated he wasn’t aware of the pill in his pocket and that his friend had worn the pants he was currently wearing earlier. He claimed to have a prescription for the Clonazepam, which “he advised he crushed and filtered so the binder was removed and then mixed it with a solution of DSMO,” another chemical compound that makes it easier for the body to absorb other medications. According to law enforcement, Grant said stated “he can volumetric dose himself with smaller than the prescribed doses due to him struggling with his memory.” He also denied having used alcohol or other drugs.

Grant was given a $1,000 cash bond in Racine County Circuit court on Thursday.

A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 17 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave., online court records indicate. He remained in custody as of 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the Racine County Jail. https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/uw-parkside-art-lecturer-charged-for-narcotic-possession-after-erratic-driving-on-interstate/article_d96f6b90-142f-5376-8a20-5828e1c224a1.html

Police: Driver who struck pedestrian faces DWI charge

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HOUSTON – Police say a driver is facing charges of driving while intoxicated after he struck a pedestrian who was attempting to cross a Houston freeway.

The crash occurred in the 900 block of the Gulf Freeway around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Police say the pedestrian was attempting to cross the freeway when he was struck by a gray Nissan Morano traveling in the northbound lanes. He died at the scene.

According to HPD, the 24-year-old driver remained at the scene and told officers he had been drinking and smoking marijuana.

Following an examination by DWI Task Force officers and after consulting with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, police say the driver was arrested and is facing charges of driving while intoxicated. https://www.fox26houston.com/news/police-driver-who-struck-pedestrian-on-gulf-freeway-faces-dwi-charge

Larimer County DUI Recovery Court marks 10th anniversary

Larimer County DUI Recovery Court marks 10th anniversary

The Larimer County DUI Recovery Court recently marked its 10th anniversary of providing participants with substance use disorder treatment and intensive monitoring as an alternative to incarceration.

The first participant entered the DUI Recovery Court program in July 2010. Since then, 120 people have successfully graduated from the program, which generally takes 20 to 30 months to complete.  The program, which serves people convicted of felony DUI whose DUI behavior can be traced to a clinical substance use disorder, currently has 19 participants. Participants access comprehensive treatment while continuing to live and work in the community. They are held accountable through a sentence that combines an initial term of work release, intensive probation supervision and biweekly or monthly court reviews, during which they speak with presiding Magistrate Matthew Zehe about their progress in treatment and on other program goals.

“This program works from the concept that recovery from substance use disorder, along with structures built on compassion and support to help participants stay true to their recovery, will accomplish resilient sobriety for our participants and safety for our community,” Magistrate Zehe said.  “After 10 years, the program is pleased to look back and see how successfully that vision played out.”

The DUI Recovery Court is a collaborative effort managed by program coordinator Harry McCrystal and representatives from the Probation Department, Larimer County Criminal Justice Services Division, Creative Counseling Services, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, and the private criminal defense bar. The team also has included representation from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Loveland and Colorado State University police departments. The team provides supervision and treatment services to participants, recommends appropriate court responses to compliance issues, and maintains program planning and development.

“I am awestruck looking back at the 10 years of dedication and hard work shown by this program’s team,” said team member Nathan Hansen, who represents the private criminal defense bar. “Actively participating in the individualized rehabilitation and rebuilding of so many lives in this community is a tremendous privilege. This program saves lives and should be celebrated.”

In August 2017, the program became the first DUI court to receive state accreditation in recognition of its adherence to evidence-based best practices for problem-solving courts. It is one of 76 problem-solving courts in Colorado, including adult and juvenile drug courts, family/dependency and neglect drug courts, DUI courts, adult and juvenile mental health courts, veteran trauma courts and truancy courts.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the program will defer a celebration of its anniversary until after pandemic conditions have eased. https://www.eptrail.com/2020/09/14/larimer-county-dui-recovery-court-marks-10th-anniversary/

Eyewitness says drunk driver did not stop after running over man

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) – Investigators say a woman arrested in a fatal drunk driving incident admitted to consuming a six-pack of beer before getting behind the wheel.

Shanyell Cherish Headswift, 32, of Fargo was charged with vehicular homicide and lying to detectives, according to court records.

Yet, Headswift may have escaped if it wasn’t for a Good Samaritan who chased her vehicle down.

L.A. Sture said he was walking his dog at around 1 a.m. Friday near the intersection of 42nd St S and 10 Ave. He remembers seeing a man walking a few seconds before he heard a crash, causing his heart to sink. 

“You know I said, ‘sir, I don’t know if you can hear me. But you’ve been in an accident and there’s an ambulance on the way. I’ll stay here with you,’” Sture said. 

Sture said his first instinct was to rush in and help the man who was lying along 42nd St S bleeding heavily. 

“He didn’t respond at all. He was perfectly still, but I still just wanted to stay there with him,” Sture said. 

Police identified the victim as 39-year-old Peter McKenney of Alexandria, Minnesota.

Sture said that Headswift kept driving her car and did not stop for McKenney. 

He reportedly ran after the car so he could get a good look at the license plate. Headswift eventually stopped near the light. 

Sture said he saw someone get out of the vehicle and run away on foot. When officers arrived, Headswift was in the driver’s seat, according to court documents 

“There’s no swerving. There was no like screeching of the brakes or anything like that. It’s like the car….[she] hit him and then [she] kept going for about half a block before [she] even started slowing down,” Sture said. 

According to court documents, Headswift admitted to drinking a six-pack and a couple of “shooters.”

She apparently had poor balance and a strong odor of alcohol. 

Investigators said Headswift first told police she was the only person in the vehicle, however, later admitted there was a man in the passenger seat. https://www.valleynewslive.com/2020/09/11/eyewitness-says-drunk-driver-did-not-stop-after-running-over-man-in-fargo/

Police: Arkansas teen plowed into cemetery while driving under the influence of drugs

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. — A teenager in Blytheville, Arkansas is facing a long list of charges after a series of car crashes. Police say the young man plowed through a cemetery after a hit and run accident.

That accident happened Monday afternoon at the intersection of North Division and West Highway 18. Investigators say the 17-year-old ran a red light and turned into oncoming traffic before hitting Willie Westmoreland’s vehicle head on. 

 “He just boom! And then he backed up and I thought he was going to get out and look at the damage,” Westmoreland said.

But police say he just kept going down North Division where he hopped a curb and plowed through the cemetery. Investigators say the collision was so violent the engine from his Toyota Camry flew out of the car.  

The cemetery says 37 gravesites were damaged including 17 headstones and some of the gravesites were damaged by battery acid and oil that leaked from the vehicle. 

Police believe the teen was on drugs when he got behind the wheel. He was checked out at the hospital, but investigators haven’t said how badly he was hurt. Westmoreland says he’s knees are sore but none of his bones were broken.

The teen is charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and leaving the scene of an accident. 

Police say these are the third and fourth crashes he’s been involved in since August. They haven’t said if they believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the others, and after previous wrecks and pending charges, it’s unclear if he was still eligible to drive.

“I don’t hold no grudges against him and I hope he get better and after this kind of straighten his life up,” Westmoreland said.

Westmoreland’s wife Rosie feels bad for all those families with damaged graves.

“Those tombstones are not cheap,” she said.

After four accidents, WREG is still trying to determine if the teen has a license to drive. According to the cemetery’s owner, the teen’s mother is working with their insurance company to compensate the families with damaged graves. https://wreg.com/news/police-arkansas-teen-plowed-into-cemetery-while-driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs/

Man arrested after firing gun in tavern, leading police on chase

Kenosha Police arrested a 32-year-old man accused of firing a handgun while at a local tavern in the 1400 block of 52nd Street before leading authorities on a chase that ended with them deploying road spikes to stop him in Somers early Sunday.

The Kenosha man, who was not immediately identified, was transported to the Kenosha County Jail awaiting a court appearance on multiple charges of recklessly endangering safety for displaying and firing the weapon, felony fleeing and eluding, carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and operating a vehicle while intoxicated-second offense.

At about 2:20 a.m., police responded to a weapons call for a man with gun at La Botana Bar & Grille, 1400 52nd St. According to Lt. Tim Schaal, the man had argued with patrons inside the bar and fired the weapon. No one was injured, he said.

“The male suspect was in the bar when he got into an argument with some of the patrons. At one point in the argument, he pulled out a gun and started pointing it at a female,” he said. “He did fire it, not at her, but into the ground.”

As officers arrived, the man left the bar in a truck and when they spotted him, they attempted to stop him, Schaal said. The man did not stop.

The vehicle eventually came to rest in a ditch in the 800 block of Sheridan Road.

Police and sheriff’s department law enforcement officers surrounded the vehicle. Authorities used an electronic control device to subdue him when he didn’t comply with their orders for him to exit, he said. Following a search of the man, they found a 9 mm handgun. https://www.kenoshanews.com/news/man-arrested-after-firing-gun-in-tavern-leading-police-on-chase/article_b378fe3f-3be2-5220-8259-d19a50c91188.html