Cortland man pleads guilty to OVI crash that killed jogger

Brittany Szwedko was walking on the side of Ridge Road in Fowler Township when she was hit by Lauer last year.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man accused of hitting and killing 27-year-old Brittany Szwedko pleaded guilty to the fatal crash in a Trumbull County courtroom Monday morning.

Szwedko was training for a half marathon when police say Russell Lauer III hit her along Ridge Road in Fowler Township and took off. She later died as a result of her injuries.

Monday, the victim’s family heard the word they had been longing to hear — “guilty.” Szwedko’s mother, Mary Kay, said she’s happy to finally hear Lauer say it.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, and OVI.

“Emotionally, this is a tough case. I know that Brittany’s mother struggled with this case and it’s understandable,” said Assistant Prosecutor Mike Burnett.

Police said Lauer was extremely impaired behind the wheel, under the influence of alcohol and drugs, at the time of the crash in February of 2016.

Lauer left the scene but a witness followed him, eventually getting him to stop and holding him there until police arrived.

“We are thankful to that gentleman who doesn’t really want his name mentioned, but we are thankful to him for doing the right thing and stopping Mr. Lauer,” Burnett said.

Prosecutors said he has two prior convictions for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as a prior reckless operation charge and seven prior suspensions on his driving record.

They’ll be asking that Lauer serve eight years at sentencing — a hearing that will be scheduled at a later date.

This, as Szwedko’s family continues planning for her second memorial 5K in September.

Cortland man pleads guilty to OVI crash that killed jogger

Man sentenced in September crash that killed friend

John J. Stephenson
John J. Stephenson
 A Fort Wayne man who was drunk when he crashed an off-road vehicle last September, resulting in an Ohio man’s death, was sentenced to prison.
John J. Stephenson, of the 1100 block of Branstrator Road, was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court to serve eight years of a 12-year prison sentence, with four years on probation, for causing death while operating a motor vehicle with an alcohol concentration greater than .15 percent, a Level 4 felony. His driver’s license also is suspended for five years.

Four related charges of operating while intoxicated were dismissed.

Stephenson pleaded guilty last month, admitting he was driving an off-road vehicle with his passenger, 21-year-old Alex M. “Tank” Tetzloff of Sandusky, Ohio, at about 2 a.m. Sept. 23 in the 8800 block of Kress Road, south of Airport Expressway near Branstrator Road, when the John Deere Gator veered off the southwest Allen County road and flipped, killing Tetzloff, according to the probable-cause affidavit.

Police said the vehicle sped into a ditch before it flipped.

Tetzloff, who died of blunt-force trauma due to the crash, was the 25th traffic fatality in Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2016. Stephenson was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. They were not wearing helmets, but wore seatbelts, police reported.

Becky Tetzloff addressed the court on Friday, saying, “We are frozen in time … because you decided to drink, drive and kill again.”

Stephenson faced similar charges and received prison time after he struck a family’s station wagon Oct. 27, 1994 on Winchester Road near Bluffton Road, resulting in the Oct. 31 death of 6-year-old Daniel Frost. His parents, Walter and Ellen Frost, as well as their 12-year-old son, Matthew, were injured in the accident.

In that accident,  Frost had come to a stop near the intersection when Stephenson’s westbound truck struck the vehicle from behind. Stephenson then turned around and sped off in the opposite direction. A passer-by saw the accident and followed the truck. The passer-by called police on his car phone and gave a description of the truck and the direction in which it was heading. The passer-by continued to follow Stephenson after he abandoned the truck and fled on foot. Police placed him under arrest.

In March 1995, Stephenson was sentenced to serve six years of an eight-year sentence for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing a death, with the remaining two years to be served on probation, and two years of probation for failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury or death, that was served consecutively. He was ordered to take part in an alcohol abuse deterrent program.

Stephenson has prior convictions for OWI and multiple traffic violations, although he said Friday he had successfully abstained from drinking for 7 1/2 years.

Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck ordered Stephenson to pay restitution in the amount of $13,552.05 to the Tetzloff family for funeral expenses.

Source: Man sentenced in September crash that killed friend – News-Sentinel.com

From Jail, Judge Astacio Fires Attorney Ed Fiandach in DWI Case

From Jail, Judge Astacio Fires Attorney Ed Fiandach in DWI CaseBy Spectrum News StaffTuesday, June 27, 2017 at 10:46 AM CDT0:00/0:52 Related StoriesFour More Weeks Behind Bars for Jailed JudgeUpdated 06/08/2017 02:45 PM WATCH: Judge Says ‘You Are Self-Sabotaging Any Chance You Had’06/05/2017 03:15 PMROCHESTER, N.Y. — Jailed Rochester City Court Judge, Leticia Astacio has fired her attorney, for real this time. Ed Fiandach’s office confirms he received a fax notifying him that she has retained attorney Mark Young. This comes a few weeks after Fiandach was told by Astacio’s sister that he was fired. Astacio retracked, saying her sister over stepped her boundaries.Astacio remains jailed in Livingston County after rejecting a judge’s offer to plead guilty to violating the terms of her DWI sentence. Astacio was convicted of DWI last August and was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge, meaning she couldn’t drink alcohol. She’s accused of violating those conditions several times. She’ll remained jailed on no bail until at least July 6th when she’s due back in court.

Source: From Jail, Judge Astacio Fires Attorney Ed Fiandach in DWI Case

Georgia State University police chief charged with DUI

The police chief of Georgia’s largest university is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol following a June 18 traffic stop.

Georgia State University Police Chief Joseph Spillane was stopped by the Fayetteville Police Department. Local media report he’s also charged with having an open container of alcohol and failing to maintain his lane.

Video shows Spillane repeatedly told officers he was a police chief. “I’m cool. I’m safe to drive. I’m the chief of police,” Spillane says at one point.

Spillane tells WXIA-TV that he may have had one drink at a friend’s house. However, he says he doesn’t believe he was under the influence of alcohol while driving.

Spillane is free on $2,000 bail and on paid leave from Georgia State pending the case’s outcome.

Canada briefs – January 27 – Red Deer Advocate

Canada briefs – January 27The RCMP are investigating a strange incident in which a man was found handcuffed to a telephone pole in his underwear Tuesday morning near Nanaimo, B.C.ADVOCATE STAFFThu Jan 27th, 2011 4:37pmCANADA & WORLD Man in underwear found handcuffed to telephone poleThe RCMP are investigating a strange incident in which a man was found handcuffed to a telephone pole in his underwear Tuesday morning near Nanaimo, B.C.The 24-year-old man was suffering mild hypothermia when police freed him in the town of Lanzville. He told them he’d been abducted and beaten by a group of men who later handcuffed him to the pole, stripped him down to his boxers and stole his wallet.Police say the man won’t tell them who his attackers were or what the motive was.

Source: Canada briefs – January 27 – Red Deer Advocate

6 cows killed, deputy hurt in suspected drunk driving crash

BISHOP, Texas – Authorities say six cows were killed and a South Texas deputy was injured during a suspected drunk driving accident.KRIS-TV reports an unidentified driver was traveling on a road around 1 a.m. Saturday when she crashed into a group of cows.Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Marco Everett says a Nueces County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was leading the cows off the roadway they had wandered onto was injured.The deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries.Everett says investigators believe the driver fell asleep just before the accident in Bishop, located about 40 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.Authorities are investigating the accident as a possible drunk driving incident but no charges have yet been filed in the case.

Source: 6 cows killed, deputy hurt in suspected drunk driving crash

Woman arrested after speeding 100 mph through three counties

 HART COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) — A high-speed chase through parts of three Kentucky counties ended with a Louisville woman’s arrest.Police say they had to use stop sticks to force Sharon Buckland, 52, to come to a stop after she reportedly drove more than 100 miles-per-hour and nearly hit several vehicles in downtown Elizabethtown – putting officers lives in danger.After speeding through Meade and Hardin Counties Buckland was arrested in Hart County early Sunday morning.Her charges include fleeing and evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, speeding in exceess of 100 miles-per-hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs.Police say Buckland admitted to taking Hydrocodone and Xanax.One citation says she apologized for her alleged actions.Another citation says Buckland told police her father told her to “drive it like you stole it.”Police said Buckland drove without her headlights illuminated during the pursuit, which happened between 12:30 and 1:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Source: Woman arrested in Hart County after speeding 100 mph through three counties

The Heat started last weekend and continues through this one. Stay safe out there!

DUI crackdown across Colorado this weekend

KUSA – Agencies around Colorado are ramping up patrols this weekend in an effort to catch drunk drivers.

From June 16 through June 26, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are conducting their Heat is OnSummer Blitz DUI enforcement period.

They say June, July and August recorded the highest number of monthly road fatalities involving impaired drivers last year.

“Historically, summer in Colorado is marked by an increase in impaired driving arrests,” Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT said in a release. “Working with CSP and law enforcement partners, our goal is to keep Coloradans safe by removing impaired drivers and eliminating alcohol-related deaths on our roads this summer.”

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Drivers can expect to see additional patrols, checkpoints and extra officers on the road looking for impaired drivers. A total of 83 different law enforcement agencies in Colorado are participating.

The Heat is On enforcement is expected to return again from June 30 to July 5.

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Packers NT Letroy Guion arrested in Hawaii

Letroy Guion has been arrested for the second time in two years.

 

Letroy Guion is not having a great 2017.On Wednesday morning, the Green Bay Packers nose tackle was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant in Waikiki, Hawaii according to KHON TV. He was pulled over by police at 4 a.m. and he failed a breathalyzer test.

This is not the first time Guion had a run-in with the law. Back in 2015, Guion was arrested for possession of a firearm and marijuana.

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The NFL has already punished Guion for an unrelated incident. Back in March, Guion was suspended by the NFL for four games this season for a violation of performance enhancing drugs. He was suspended the first three games in 2015 for his arrest.

Last year, Guion started 15 games and recorded 30 tackles with seven tackles for loss. He has two years left on his contract.

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