Woman dies after U.S. 40 crash, driver flees scene

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BOWLING GREEN TOWNSHIP – One driver was killed and the other driver fled the scene following a two-vehicle accident Tuesday on U.S. 40, near Brownsville.

Police continued searching for several hours for a man who fled on foot following the accident. The man, who was driving a Dodge Ram truck, fled on foot, then received a ride, and was later dropped off.

Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Aaron Vollmer said the man is believed to be a white male, with a medium build, about 5-foot-5 or 5-6, and 25 years old, with tattoos on his left arm. He could be in the Zanesville area.

The hit-skip accident occurred about 2 p.m. on U.S. 40, west of Brownsville, in Bowling Green Township. A woman driving a Honda Accord was killed. Her identity has not been released.

The truck, eastbound on U.S. 40, went left of center and hit the westbound Honda head on, according to the patrol.

https://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/2018/07/31/woman-dies-after-u-s-40-crash-driver-flees-scene/875340002/

Iowa football: Offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs arrested on OWI charge

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IOWA CITY, Ia. — Iowa sophomore offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, 1st offense.

Police records show Wirfs was stopped at around 1:43 a.m. Sunday in the 600 block of south Riverside Drive in Iowa City. Wirfs, 19, was later booked into the Johnson County Jail around 3:37 a.m. and was released at 10 a.m. Sunday.

According to the arrest report, Wirfs and two other passengers were on Wirfs’ Yamaha Zuma — a popular motor scooter among Iowa athletes — when police pulled the party over because “passengers laughing and yelling” drew attention to vehicle.

Police said they observed Wirfs with a bar wristband on, the odor of ingested alcohol and glassy/watery eyes. Wirfs admitted to consuming “a couple of alcohol beverages throughout the night,” according to the report.

He failed the field sobriety test with a .129 blood alcohol level, according to the report.

“While we are currently gathering additional facts, I am disappointed in Tristan’s decision-making based on the information that’s already been confirmed,” Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said in a release.

“He is subject to the rules and regulations of the UI Student Athlete Code of Conduct, and the rules and regulations of coach Kirk Ferentz and his program.”

One of the top-ranked recruits in Iowa’s 2017 class, Wirfs played 10 games during his freshman season and started the last eight. He was listed as the starting right tackle on Iowa’s two-deep depth chart released during Big Ten media days.

With a suspension of some length inevitably coming, the Hawkeyes will have to shuffle their offensive line a bit to start the season. Iowa opens fall camp this week, with its Sept. 1 season-opener against Northern Illinois nearly a month away.

Wirfs is the second Iowa lineman who was recently arrested. Defensive tackle Brady Reiff was booked on a public intoxication charge in the early hours of July 21. He has been suspended for the season-opener.

https://www.press-citizen.com/story/sports/college/iowa/football/2018/07/29/iowa-football-offensive-lineman-tristan-wirfs-arrested-owi-charge/858919002/

Judge sides with Albuquerque mother in fight against DWI program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For more than 10 years, the city of Albuquerque has been seizing cars from drunk drivers and selling them whether the driver owned the vehicle or not.

A federal judge has ruled those seizures are illegal.

in part, the federal judge ruled in favor of a mother calling the Albuquerque Police Department’s DWI seizure program “unconstitutional.”

Arlene Harjo has been fighting the city for the last two years after her car was taken when she wasn’t the one driving it. Harjo’s car was seized after her son borrowed her car, was pulled over and arrested for a DWI.

Harjo filed a lawsuit to get her car back and hopefully see an end to the city’s program.

In the suit, she stated the city’s program was nothing but a money maker for the city. She claims Albuquerque attorneys have “latitude when setting financial consequences” associated with each vehicle seizure.

In 2016, the year Harjo’s car was seized, the city’s program brought in nearly a half-million dollars.

Since 2005, APD has seized thousands of cars and it’s a practice that has been criticized for years. Drivers’ cars are taken after a second DWI arrest, or if they’re caught driving on a revoked license, and most often they’re sold at auction

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge James Browning ruled in favor of Harjo saying in part, “forfeiture personnel have an unconstitutional institutional incentive to prosecute forfeitures” and that the program violates a car owner’s due process.

In April, Mayor Tim Keller asked city council to update the city ordinance to require a conviction before anyone’s car is permanently taken.

KRQE News 13 asked the city how the new ruling affects the current ordinance. Keller’s office sent the following statement:

“This ruling confirms our concerns with the past approach and the need to protect the constitutional rights of people in our community. At the Mayor’s direction, the City’s Legal department has been working to update the program, including limiting it to cases where there has been a conviction based on the new state law. The City’s legal team will analyze the impact the ruling will have. Meanwhile, APD is focusing efforts on effectively combating drunk driving by doubling the number of traffic stops and increasing DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols,” said Alicia Manzano, Communications Director for the Mayor’s Office.

https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/judge-sides-with-albuquerque-mother-in-fight-against-dwi-seizure-program/1335831477

Former WWE dies in jail cell, Tennessee officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Former WWE star Brian Lawler, the son of Jerry “The King” Lawler, died Sunday, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Brian Christopher Lawler, 46, had been held at the Hardeman County Jail on DUI-related charges and was found Saturday evening hanging in his cell.

“Corrections officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived,” the TBI said in a statement. “Lawler was transported to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis where he died Sunday afternoon.”

Mark Davidson, the 25th District Attorney General, requested that special agents with the TBI investigate, and the investigation remains ongoing.

Lawler’s death comes less than a month after he was arrested and charged on July 7 with DUI, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license in Hardeman County, which is about an hour east of Memphis.

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday that Lawler was being held on that case at the time of this incident.

Lawler spent several years in the WWE from 1997-2001. He was known as “Grandmaster Sexay” and was part of the Too Cool tag team with “Scotty 2 Hotty” that won the tag team championship in 2000.

Also Sunday, WWE announced that Josip Nikolai Peruzovic, a Hall of Famer who wrestled as Nikolai Volkoff for more than three decades, has died at 70.

Lawler’s pro wrestling career began in the United States Wrestling Association, where he performed as “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher.

“RIP Brian Christopher,” Hulk Hogan tweeted. “Thank you for always stealing the show my brother.”

Lawler spent two years on TNA’s roster before making appearances on the independent circuit for more than a decade. He returned to the WWE in 2014 for a brief Too Cool reunion appearance.

He was arrested in June on a charge of failure to pay an $800 bill with a friend at the Hampton Inn in downtown Memphis.

In February, he was hospitalized following a fight at an Indiana hotel room with former TNA wrestler Chase Stevens.

“WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away,” WWE said in a statement Sunday. “Lawler, who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, competed during the height of the Attitude Era. WWE extends its condolences to Lawler’s family, friends and fans.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2018/07/30/brian-lawler-wwe-wrestler-grandmaster-florida/862044002/

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DUI suspect shows up drunk arrested for violating bail

HOOKSETT, N.H. (WHDH) – A man accused of leaving the scene of a drunken driving crash in Hooksett, New Hampshire Wednesday was re-arrested Friday after police say he showed up drunk to complete the booking process, officials said.

Officers responding to a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of West River and Hackett Hill roads about 3:59 p.m. Wednesday spoke with witnesses who said the driver had been all over the road prior to the crash and fled the scene on Interstate 93 south, according to Hooksett police.

After stopping the damaged car on the highway, police say they arrested Barry Little, 35, of Allenstown, New Hampshire, after they determined he was under the influence of alcohol.

Little was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol,  conduct after an accident, operating after suspension and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

He was ordered released on $6,000 personal recognizance bail on the condition that he return to Hooksett Police Department to complete the booking process and not consume any alcohol until his Aug. 9 arraignment at 6th Circuit Hooksett District Court.

But when police say he showed up drunk to complete the booking process Friday, he was re-arrested on a charge of breach of bail conditions.

He was released on an additional $2,000 personal recognizance bail and given the same arraignment date.

Police: Drunken driving suspect shows up drunk to complete booking process, arrested for violating bail

Officers worked to keep Arizona’s waterways safe as part of Operation Dry Water

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PHOENIX — Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) officers made contact with hundreds of boaters the weekend before the Fourth of July as part of Operation Dry Water, a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on sober boating.

Alcohol is a top contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, and the initiative’s goal is to increase safety on Arizona’s lakes and rivers, and reduce the number of fatalities and injuries.

This year’s weekend of enhanced enforcement took place June 29 to July 1, in advance of the Fourth of July, which fell on a Wednesday. During that time, AZGFD officers stopped 81 boats and discussed safe boating with 366 people. Three arrests were made for operating watercraft under the influence, and 13 citations were written for issues like not having a sufficient number of life jackets or an expired boat registration. In addition, officers issued 46 warnings.

The patrols took place at Lake Havasu and Lake Pleasant with 32 AZGFD officers participating in the effort.

“Operation Dry Water is an important initiative because it promotes safety, not only on Arizona’s waterways but also lakes and rivers nationwide,” said Tim Baumgarten, AZGFD’s boating law administrator. “Anything that brings attention to the important issue of designating a sober operator is a good investment of the department’s time and resources.”

AZGFD has been participating in Operation Dry Water since the initiative began in 2009. AZGFD partners with local agencies on the effort, which is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and U.S. Coast Guard.

Although the legal limit for operating a boat in Arizona is .08 blood-alcohol content, an operator is in violation of the law and may be prosecuted for operating a watercraft while impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol and/or drugs.

When hailed by an officer on the water, the process is similar to being pulled over while driving a vehicle. Here’s what to expect:

  • The operator must stop his or her boat immediately and allow the officer to pull up alongside it.
  • The officer will ask to see the boat registration, and the operator should be prepared to demonstrate that the required safety gear is available.
  • There must be a serviceable, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket available for each person on board, and children 12 and under must be wearing a life jacket.
  • Boats 16 feet in length and longer are required to have a Type IV throwable flotation device on board that’s easily accessible.
  • The operator also must be able to present the required number of fire extinguishers, which depends on the boat’s features like having an inboard engine or permanently installed fuel tanks.
  • Officers will ask the operator if he or she has had any alcoholic beverages that day and will follow up with additional questions as needed.

“Our officers are committed to increasing safety on Arizona’s waterways in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries that occur each year,” Baumgarten said. “The goal is ensure that everyone has a great day on the water and returns home safely.”

For more information on boating safety or to sign up for a boating education course, visit www.azgfd.gov/boating.

NY Gov. pardons illegal immigrants facing deportation for crimes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pardoned several illegal immigrants Monday in order to help them avoid deportation.

The New York Democrat, who is up for re-election this year, pardoned seven people who had minor criminal convictions, ranging from petty larceny to drug possession, his office said.

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And with the pardons, Cuomo didn’t miss the opportunity to take a dig at the Trump administration and its “zero-tolerance” immigration policies that left thousands of minors separated from their families after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

“At a time when President Trump and the Federal government are waging a war on our immigrant communities, New York stands firm in our belief that our diversity is our greatest strength,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“While President Trump engages in policies that rip children out of the arms of their mothers and tries to ramp up the deportation of New Yorkers to advance his political agenda of hate and division, we will protect our immigrant communities,” Cuomo continued. “With the Statue of Liberty in our harbor, New York will always stand against the hate coming out of Washington and instead serve as a beacon of hope and opportunity for all.”

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Cuomo pardoned seven illegal immigrants who had minor criminal convictions.  (AP)

The separation of minors from their parents was swiftly and harshly criticized by many on both sides of the aisle. After the national outrage, Trump signed an executive order in June allowing families to remain together in detention. The administration is still working on reuniting those who have been separated; nearly 1,200 were reunited by this week.

According to the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, a 2017 executive order from Trump expanded the agency’s focus to include removing immigrants who have been convicted or charged with a criminal offense, among other things.

Frank Barker, 43, was among those pardoned Monday, according to the governor’s office. He was convicted for criminal possession of stolen property and controlled substances and identity theft which stemmed from a drug addiction.

Also pardoned are: Jose Rafael Cruz, 53, who was convicted of a sale of a controlled substance; Ludames De La Cruz, 53, who was convicted for an attempted sale of a controlled substance; Elpidio Rodriguez, 57, who was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated; Tamar Samuda, 35, who was convicted nearly two decades ago for low-level assault and petit larceny; Marino Soto, 43, who was convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance; and Carlos Suarez, 41, who was convicted for petit larceny.

Cuomo faces a primary challenger in Cynthia Nixon, an actress and progressive activist who has been credited with pushing the governor to the left in the race.

During the campaign, Nixon has called for the abolishment of ICE. Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for Nixon, told Newsday that while Cuomo’s pardoning was good, Nixon would do more to “end the deportation pipeline” by allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro’s campaign accused Cuomo of political grandstanding with the pardons.

“Everything Andrew Cuomo does is for his own political benefit, regardless of whether it’s right, wrong or dangerous to the public,” spokeswoman Katherine Delgado told Newsday. “In this case, it’s all about trying to out-liberal Cynthia Nixon for the September primary.”

Cuomo has pardoned 34 people since taking office, according to a news release.

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Designated driver faces impaired driving charge

BAY VILLAGE, Ohio — Drunken driving, Obsorn Road: Shortly before 1 a.m. July 14, an officer suspected that a driver was impaired and stopped his Subaru on Osborn west of Forest Drive.

In addition to the driver, there were three passengers in the car.

The driver, who stated that he was the designated driver, failed sobriety tests and was arrested for operating a vehicle while impaired. The three passengers were released at the scene.

The 25-year old Cleveland man was processed at the station before being released on personal bond to a sober adult.

The Bay Village Police Department noted in a press release that designated drivers should abstain from alcohol.

Argument, Knickerbocker Road: A resident called police at about 9:50 p.m. July 11 to report that a man and woman were having a verbal argument.

The caller stated that at one point, the woman had been on the hood of the vehicle involved.

When officers arrived, they found a 23-year old Westlake man and a 21-year North Royalton woman standing next to a silver Audi. They both agreed that there had been some yelling related to their recent breakup. The woman claimed that her ex-boyfriend had slapped her and bitten her thumb, according to police. When he had tried to leave, she had gotten onto the hood of the Audi in order to detain him.

Officers found no evidence of physical injury. Pictures and information for a report are to be forwarded to the prosecutor, according to police.

Impaired driving, Winsor Drive: Officers responded at about 1:50 p.m. July 12 to the area of Winsor and Bayview for a report of a verbal dispute.

The caller stated that it was between the occupants of two vehicles last seen heading east on Winsor toward Bassett. The first arriving officer found a Mercedes stopped on Bassett near Foote.

As the officer positioned his patrol car behind the Mercedes, he saw the driver and two passengers exit the vehicle and begin pushing it into a driveway. Other officers pulled up to assist, and as they approached the driver, he took off running.

Police eventually found him hiding in a brush area behind a home on Applewood. When asked why he ran, the 30-year from Ravenna said it was because he was driving under suspension. He also had warrants from two separate law enforcement agencies, according to police.

While police processed the man at the station for operating a vehicle while impaired and other charges, the man asked officers numerous times to take off their badges so he could fight them, according to police. He was held for video arraignment with Rocky River Municipal Court.

https://www.cleveland.com/bay-village/index.ssf/2018/07/designated_driver_faces_impair.html

Mom who let daughter drive from her lap sentenced to jail

SHEBOYGAN – A Sheboygan woman will spend 40 days in jail after prosecutors accused her this year of letting her 12-year-old daughter drive an SUV from her lap on the Interstate after drinking with her coworkers.

Amanda Jean Hauke, 41, was also given probation and ordered to pay fines after she pleaded no-contest recently to two child neglect charges and a charge of first-offense operating while intoxicated with a minor in the vehicle, all misdemeanors.

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Sheboygan County sheriff’s officials stopped the SUV in March after a witness reported watching a juvenile drive along Interstate 43. When officers pulled the vehicle over, Hauke was behind the wheel, though the 12-year-old girl in the back seat told deputies she’d operated the vehicle from her mother’s lap. Hauke also later said she’d let her daughter do so.

Hauke told officials she’d had several glasses of wine with a coworker earlier that afternoon. A preliminary breath test indicated her blood alcohol level was 0.126, higher than the 0.08 legal limit for driving, and a subsequent blood test gave a reading of 0.112 percent, prosecutors noted in charging documents earlier this year.

Sheboygan County Judge L. Edward Stengel sentenced Hauke to jail and ordered an alcohol assessment on the OWI charge. The state is expected to revoke her license for 14 months, and Hauke was ordered to pay fines and other court costs related to the charge.

The judge stayed a jail sentence on the child neglect charges, imposing instead two years of probation, during which Hauke can’t have alcohol or be at bars.

Stengel also dismissed a misdemeanor for first-offense operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration with a minor in the vehicle, and approved a deferred conviction agreement on the most serious charge: a felony for second-degree recklessly endangering safety.