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Mets’ former acting GM Zack Scott found not guilty of DWI

Zack Scott at Citi FIeld in front of orange wall in June 2021
Zack Scott at Citi FIeld in front of orange wall in June 2021

Former Mets acting GM Zack Scott was found not guilty on Thursday of DWI and not guilty of driving while ability impaired, and given $100 fines for each.

The Mets moved on from Scott in November, following his arrest in August and his placement on administrative leave by the team.

Scott released a statement after the verdict:

I am thankful for today’s verdict. Nonetheless, I regret choices I made on August 31, resulting in circumstances that led to my arrest.

Thank you to my attorneys, friends, professional associates, and most importantly, my family for supporting me through this process.

Professionally, I’m grateful to Sandy Alderson for the opportunity to lead baseball operations for the Mets and wish my former teammates nothing but the best going forward.

I believe this humbling experience will make me a better husband, father, son, friend, and leader, and I look forward to what the future holds.

Said Scott’s attorney, Bruce Bendish, in a statement:

Today, after hearing and seeing all the evidence against our client, a judge in the White Plains City Court acquitted Zack Scott of all criminal charges against him. We are grateful for the judge’s diligent attention and consideration of the evidence, and believe he arrived at the only conclusion possible. While we understand and appreciate the reasons why the police officers suspected that Mr. Scott was driving while intoxicated, and respect their decision to place him under arrest, the simple fact was that Mr. Scott was not intoxicated or impaired by alcohol that evening. Rather, the evidence showed conclusively that Mr. Scott’s ability to operate a car was in no way impaired by alcohol.

At the GM meetings, Alderson had explained the Mets’ decision to move on from Scott.

“Just the general uncertainty around the situation that he faced, and not knowing how that uncertainty would be resolved in December. I think we felt that it was just best for us and potentially for him as well that we made that decision. I’ve talked to him, wished him well. He’s a good man.”

Scott’s case had initially been adjourned to Dec. 8 before being moved to Jan. 6.

Asked if Scott could return to the organization if there was a positive outcome regarding his case, Alderson said no.

Alderson added that he felt Scott did an “excellent job” for the Mets when he was acting as GM.

Before his arrest, Scott had been a candidate to be named the full-time GM.

Scott, who was replaced by Billy Eppler, took over for Jared Porter, who was fired last January shortly after being hired as GM after it was revealed that Porter sent unwanted, sexually explicit text messages to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs. https://sports.yahoo.com/mets-former-acting-gm-zack-151531838.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

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Intoxicated man pulled over after driving with BBQ pit ablaze in truck, cops say

The 40-year-old was arrested after cops determined he was intoxicated. A Texas man accused of driving while intoxicated with a flaming barbecue pit in the bed of his pickup truck was arrested, authorities said. Deputies responded to a call of a truck on fire on Jan. 5 in Humble, according to a news release from Harris County Constable, Precinct 4. They found a 40-year-old man driving a truck with a lit barbecue pit in the back of his truck. The pit had created a “large fire,” the release said. https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article257106062.html

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Mom of woman who was killed in a car crash involving a Capitol riot suspect asks why the driver wasn’t in jail

Capitol rioter emily hernandez with a piece of Pelosi's sign
Emily Hernandez holding a sign from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on the day of the Capitol riot.US Department of Justice
  • Police accused Emily Hernandez of killing a woman in a drunk-driving accident while out on bond.
  • Hernandez was charged in relation with the riot, and has also been charged over the crash.
  • The victim’s mother asked why Hernandez was not in jail “with what she did to the government.”

The mother of a woman who was killed in a car crash, who police said was by a Capitol riot suspect, has asked why the driver was not already in jail.

Police accused the Capitol riot suspect Emily Hernandez of driving drunk and killing 32-year-old Victoria Wilson, a mother of two, in a car crash on Wednesday.

Hernandez, 22, was charged in relation to the January 6, 2021, riot and was out on bond at the time. Photos from the insurrection showed Hernandez holding a broken sign belonging to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

After the crash, Hernandez was charged with “driving while intoxicated resulting in death of another, driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury, excessive BAC” — Blood Alcohol Content — after the crash.

Wilson’s mom, Tonie Donaldson, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she thought Hernandez should still be in jail.

“Why is she still out?” she asked.

“With what she did to the government, why is she still walking the street?”

Donaldson also described her daughter as having a “heart of gold.”

Police said Wilson’s husband was hospitalized with serious injuries, and that the couple had been driving home from celebrating their wedding anniversary. https://news.yahoo.com/mom-woman-killed-car-crash-100338063.html?fr=sycsrp_catchall

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Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano Arrested for DWI After Car Crash

Mob Wives alum Renee Graziano—who has been open about her past battle with addiction—was arrested in NYC for operating a motor vehicle while visibly impaired by drugs.

Mob Wives star Renee Graziano was arrested for drug-related DWI in Staten Island.

On Tuesday, Jan. 4, the 52-year-old, who has battled substance addiction in the past, was driving a 2020 Nissan Murano when she allegedly lost control and collided with a parked and unoccupied 2020 Jeep Wrangler, NBC News reported, citing a NYPD spokesperson. The rep said that when officers went to speak to her, she displayed physical characteristics consistent with being under the influence and was subsequently taken into custody. She was also taken to hospital for blood testing.

Graziano was charged with a misdemeanor for operating a vehicle while visibly impaired by drugs, the NYPD confirmed to E! News. A spokesperson for the Office of the District Attorney of Richmond County said that while they have not filed any charges on their end, the case remains under investigation. Graziano’s reps had no immediate comment when reached by E! News.

Graziano has opened up about her struggles before, previously telling RadarOnline she had been to rehab for depression and addiction to prescription pain pills.Renee GrazianoSlaven Vlasic/Getty Images

“When I’ve gone to rehab, it’s been because I would get high to not feel, to suppress my feelings and get out of my own head,” she told RadarOnline in 2018, the same year she discussed her Xanax addiction on Marriage Boot Camp. “It has never been about partying, it’s been more about trying not to feel all of the physical and emotional pain from the abuse I’ve suffered.”

However, she hoped to use her platform for good.

“We cannot deny that depression and addiction don’t come hand in hand all over the world — and if me being a celebrity could stand up and show somebody a difference — maybe get two or three kids to try it — if we all put our heads together, it’s a blessing,” she shared with In Touch. “I don’t feel that I was cursed with the disease of addiction. I felt it was a blessing.” https://www.eonline.com/news/1315229/mob-wives-renee-graziano-arrested-for-dwi-after-car-crash

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Britney Spears’ Ex-Husband Jason Alexander Arrested for Stalking

Britney Spears Ex-Husband Jason Alexander Arrested for Stalking and Held for 30000 Bond
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Jason Alexander was arrested on Thursday, December 30, for allegedly violating a restraining order, Us Weekly exclusively confirms.

The 40-year-old is in Williamson County Jail in Franklin, Tennessee. He was charged with a violation of order of protection as well as aggravated stalking. His bond is set at $30,000.

A spokesperson for the Franklin Police Department tells Us that a court hearing is scheduled for February 17.

This is not Alexander’s first run-in with the law. He was arrested in January 2021 and charged with driving under the influence as well as unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession or casual exchange of a controlled substance. The following August, he was arrested at a Nashville airport for allegedly trespassing into the TSA’s “non-secure” area. The cases are still open.

Jason Alexander Mugshot
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Alexander first made headlines in 2004 when he was married to Britney Spears for 55 hours. The childhood friends said “I do” at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas after a long night of partying before the union was annulled a couple of days later. However, Alexander maintains that he didn’t want to split.

In the aftermath of Spears’ bombshell conservatorship testimony, Alexander accused the pop star’s team of forcing them to end the relationship.

“They told me if I would sign the contracts — the annulment — they would let me and Britney continue our relationship, and if we felt the same way in six months they would give us a proper marriage,” he claimed on the “Toxic: The Britney Spears Story” podcast in July 2021.

“So I had no reason to believe otherwise,” he continued. “I thought that’s what the truth was. They were allowing Britney and I to still have phone communication. So we were talking every day and I still believed the story I was told, that they were going to let us continue to talk and then we would have this marriage … in the future if we felt the same way.”

A month after their annulment, Alexander alleged, the “Overprotected” singer’s phone number was changed, leaving him no way to contact her.

The two eventually got back in touch. “We stay in contact pretty regularly in the last few months,” the Louisiana native exclusively told Us in August 2020 at a protest for #FreeBritney, the movement Spears credited with ending her 13-year conservatorship in late 2021.

After her brief marriage to Alexander, Spears went on to marry Kevin Federline later in 2004. The pair divorced in 2007 and share two sons, Preston Federline, 16, and Jayden James, 15. The Grammy winner has been dating Sam Asghari since 2016, and they announced their engagement in September 2021. https://www.aol.com/britney-spears-ex-husband-jason-170701809.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9yLnNlYXJjaC55YWhvby5jb20vX3lsdD1Bd3JYbkNKOW50Vmh5QnNBWDBmUXRETUQ7X3lsdT1ZMjlzYndObmNURUVjRzl6QXpFRWRuUnBaQU1FYzJWakEzTnkvUlY9Mi9SRT0xNjQxNDE4NDk0L1JPPTEwL1JVPWh0dHBzJTNhJTJmJTJmd3d3LmFvbC5jb20lMmZicml0bmV5LXNwZWFycy1leC1odXNiYW5kLWphc29uLTE3MDcwMTgwOS5odG1sL1JLPTIvUlM9RVhISGhNTEFqV25LSDk5bC4zRUVBVmx5S2hnLQ&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAADCg0M6fUuYfTYK7p5nMlJ3QGy2yARhlUo62XKETdYNfU_enaJpD322qIX80VAP-uXwwnDwWrNKcLMrX-6fFr2VNGdYzrXjYyMcGQk-hLYbqKwaUhJFuE2q7dW3TBjeOZKuZgUD_hLFLH–xcIBSH0GEJNhkSEzbF4U92ara0ub9

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Rep. Aaron Coleman hasn’t been charged as DA awaits case file and test results

Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, was booked into the Douglas County jail at 1 a.m. Nov. 27, jail records showed, and accused of misdemeanor driving under the influence. Coleman was released on a $250 bond.
Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, was booked into the Douglas County jail at 1 a.m. Nov. 27, jail records showed, and accused of misdemeanor driving under the influence. Coleman was released on a $250 bond.

Kansas state Rep. Aaron Coleman hasn’t been charged with a crime a month after his arrest by state troopers along I-70 near Lawrence, which could help him get diversion in a separate domestic battery case.

The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested Coleman, D-Kansas City, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, speeding and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Coleman, age 21, bonded out after his Nov. 27 arrest, and a court hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. By Monday, the court calendar showed no such hearing, and the court administrator confirmed Coleman wouldn’t have a hearing as scheduled.-

“No case materials for any such incident have been presented to the District Attorney’s Office,” said Jill Jess, a spokesperson for the office, when asked about the cancelation.

Technical Trooper Donald Hughes, the KHP’s regional spokesperson, said he didn’t have any information on Coleman’s case and directed inquires to the agency’s primary public information officer, who is out of office until Jan. 6.

District attorney awaiting KBI results

Lt. Candice Breshears has previously said Coleman was arrested around 1 a.m. the Saturday after Thanksgiving near Exit 202 of the Kansas Turnpike. A trooper attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle, but the driver didn’t stop until exiting the interstate and pulling into a parking lot. There, the trooper “observed signs of possible impairment.”

A “no charge” letter was filed Monday in Douglas County District Court in connection to the DUI allegation against Coleman. The document was released Tuesday by a court clerk.

“At this time results are pending from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation in the ongoing investigation of the above-named individual,” wrote Assistant District Attorney Ted Baird. “A complaint will not be filed by the District Attorney’s Office against the above-named individual on this date pending the results of that testing.”

It is not uncommon for an individual who is arrested to post bond and get a court appearance date, Jess said. If prosecutors don’t file charges by that date, they must notify the court.

“In some matters, the District Attorney’s Office is awaiting case materials and is not in a position to make a charging decision by the date given to the individual who posted bond,” Jess said.

“In such instances, the State elects not to file charges at that time, but may do so later once the materials have been received from the relevant law enforcement agency/agencies.”

Possible diversion

The lack of charges, at least for now, may help Coleman get diversion in a separate case.

Coleman is facing criminal charges in a domestic battery case in Johnson County. The young lawmaker is accused of hitting and spitting on his brother during an altercation and threatening his grandfather. Overland Park police arrested him after the incident.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors argued last week that Coleman is no longer eligible for diversion, the Associated Press reported. The defense attorney said he didn’t know what had changed to prevent diversion.

A warrant was issued to revoke his bond in the Johnson County case after his arrest in Douglas County. A judge set a Jan. 7 hearing to consider the issue and hear results of a mental health evaluation.

‘He should resign’

House Speaker Ron Ryckman, Gov. Laura Kelly and House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer all called on Coleman to resign following his DUI arrest.

“I want to reiterate what I have said in the past: It is clear Representative Coleman is in dire need of help,” Sawyer previously said. “For the sake of the state of Kansas, his constituents, and himself, he should resign and concentrate on getting the help he badly needs. The stress of the legislature is not a healthy environment for someone in this mental state.”

A group of Democratic lawmakers filed a complaint against Coleman, seeking formal discipline after the arrest, which was his second in as many months. The six women in his own party argued that he “puts state employees, legislators, and visitors to the Capitol at risk and makes it unsafe for him to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives.”

Coleman has already been banned from the Kansas Department of Labor headquarters in Topeka after the agency said in October he allegedly attempted to trespass and spoke to security in a “loud and demanding tone.”

An ex-girlfriend has previously accused Coleman of physically assaulting and threatening to kill her. For a time, Coleman was also the subject of a restraining order from a staffer of a political rival. He called for a “hit” to be taken out on the governor.

Coleman has admitted to cyberbullying and revenge porn while in middle school.

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Legal and scientific experts sharply question proposed crackdown on drugged driving

Critics say bill would roll back marijuana legalization, undermine judicial independence

Marijuana in a jar.
Marijuana in a jar.LANE TURNER/GLOBE STAFF/FILE

Governor Charlie Baker is putting new pressure on the Massachusetts Legislature to finally pass his proposed crackdown on drugged driving, instead of letting the measure — initially filed in 2019 — again die in committee.

During a recent legislative hearing, a number of his administration’s highest-ranking public safety officials urged lawmakers to advance the bill, arguing it would save lives by making it easier for police and prosecutors to detect, arrest, and convict drivers high on marijuana and other substances.

But as state legislators chew on their testimony, prominent experts are stepping forward to warn the plan is fundamentally flawed.

They say it risks sweeping up law-abiding drivers by forcing courts to consider the results of a questionable roadside impairment evaluation — and automatically suspending the licenses of those who refuse to participate in follow-up blood tests. Critics also question whether the Legislature has the power to require that judges accept the testimony of police officers trained in the technique, which in the absence of reliable “pot breathalyzer” technology leans heavily on their subjective observations. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/01/02/marijuana/legal-scientific-experts-sharply-question-proposed-crackdown-drugged-driving/

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‘Delta Karen’: Woman arrested after mask disturbance on plane has charges in County too

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.

A ground crew member guides a Delta passenger jet into the terminal at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.  As of October of this year, the airport has seen a total of 1.76 million passengers, breaking the previous record of 1.67 million for all of 2019.
A ground crew member guides a Delta passenger jet into the terminal at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. As of October of this year, the airport has seen a total of 1.76 million passengers, breaking the previous record of 1.67 million for all of 2019.

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.”

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One household, two very different DUI tragedies: family shares drunk driving’s devastating toll

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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Tow truck operator credited with preventing ‘tragic event’ as erratic driver nearly strikes patrolman

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.

A man who saved York police officer Jonathan Rogers from being hit by a car in October was awarded a plaque of appreciation Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 in York, Maine.
A man who saved York police officer Jonathan Rogers from being hit by a car in October was awarded a plaque of appreciation Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 in York, Maine.

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.

A man who saved York police officer Jonathan Rogers from being hit by a car in October was awarded a plaque Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 in York, Maine.
A man who saved York police officer Jonathan Rogers from being hit by a car in October was awarded a plaque Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021 in York, Maine.

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