Sacramento restaurant creates cocktail for beloved bartender killed by drunk driver

Navarrete was driving home after working a Friday night shift around at Zocalo’s University Village location around 12:30 a.m. when he was hit at the intersection of El Camino Avenue and Evergreen Street.

The driver who allegedly hit Navarrete is 38-year-old Xoury Soukouang. He has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and is currently booked at the Sacramento County Jail on $350,000 jail.

Navarrete’s friends and co-workers remember their friend as a hard-working, loving person with the most infectious smile.

“He was the light of everyone’s life. He literally lit up the bar,” Jewel Carbone, who manages Zocalo-UV, said.

Nestor Jimenez, who worked with Navarrete for more than six years, said he had the best smile “hands down.”

“Best smile of all three Zocalos,” he said. “No one competes with that.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Navarrete’s funeral expenses.

In addition, Zocalo has created a cocktail in his honor called “La Sonrisa,” which means “the smile” in Spanish. It will be sold at all three Zocalo locations this week. Proceeds will go to Navarrete’s family.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state police have charged two motorists with driving under the influence after two separate wrong-way crashes within hours of each other on Saturday night and Sunday morning. No one was seriously injured in the crashes.

The first crash was reported at 7:20 p.m. Saturday on Route 4 in East Greenwich, after a driver going north in the high-speed southbound lane crashed into a car going south.

Corey Stott Miller, 28, of 276 Weeden St., Pawtucket — the driver going in the wrong direction, according to the state police — was charged with driving under the influence, first offense; driving to endanger, resulting in physical injury; and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Miller was treated at Kent County Hospital for minor injuries while the driver and a passenger in the car struck by Miller’s vehicle were treated at South County Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

The second crash was reported at 2 a.m. Sunday when the state police received numerous 911 calls for a wrong-way driver going south in the northbound lanes of Route 95. The driver sideswiped a car as it crossed into Warwick and then crashed near Jefferson Boulevard, the state police said.

The driver, Cameron Wambolt, 25, of 306 Washington St., West Warwick, was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or greater and driving to endanger, resulting in physical injury.

Wambolt was not injured in the crash, but two people in the car hit by Wambolt’s vehicle were treated at Rhode Island Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

In a third, unrelated incident, Tommy Price, 43, of 110B Columbia Heights Rd., Charlestown, was stopped by state police on Route 95 in Warwick Saturday night and charged with driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

“There is simply no excuse for anyone to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” state police superintendent Col. Ann C. Assumpico said in a statement. “We have zero tolerance for people who drive while impaired or those who operate their vehicles in a dangerous manner that endangers the lives of others.”

Troopers say car drove into ice cream shop

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating after a car crashed into a popular ice cream store.

Troopers reported to Katie’s Korner in Hubbard, across the street from Love’s gas station.

Highway Patrol says a small car crashed into the side of the building, causing some damage.

They say the cause of the crash is still unknown but one man was arrested with an OVI.

There were no reported injuries.

Alleged drunk driver crashes car just hours after buying it

A 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer was left unrecognizable after a rollover crash on northbound I-94, just south of Highway 11 in Racine County Thursday night.

The driver, a 44-year-old Kenosha man, was uninjured.

“That’s miraculous when you look at the damage to the vehicle,” said Racine County Sheriff Richard Schmaling. “I thought for certain it would be a deceased individual.”

Schmaling says the driver’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and this isn’t his first offense.

“This was his third OWI,” Schmaling said. “His own statement confirms he was out drinking and celebrating.”

Celebrating the purchase of his new car. The man bought the Trailblazer just a few hours before crashing it.

The number of drivers with multiple OWI’s on Wisconsin roads is escalating.

Schmaling says Racine County law enforcement agencies recorded at least 750 OWI arrests last year.

“The Sheriff’s Office made a little more than half of those arrests,” he said. “So far, we’ve seen about a 20 percent increase in OWI arrests this year. I expect that to continue to go up with all the economic development here, meaning additional people coming into our community. “

With the construction of Foxconn nearby – and other new businesses and housing subdivisions – impaired driving can create a very dangerous mix.

“We’ve been working very closely with the Tavern League,” Schmaling said. “They’re very receptive to the Safe Ride Program. You have Lyft, Uber and a number of others. But it’s really going to take changing the mindset of people who continue to get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout the state continue to advocate for stronger penalties.

FDNY boss loses control of vehicle in Manhattan, busted for DWI

Steve Cassidy (l.) jumped the curb and nearly careened into two women on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St. around midnight, a witness said.© Joe Marino/New York Daily News Steve Cassidy (l.) jumped the curb and nearly careened into two women on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St. around midnight, a witness said.FDNY honcho Steve Cassidy was busted for DWI and cocaine possession after his city-owned car careened onto a busy Midtown sidewalk — narrowly missing two women, cops said.
Cassidy, a former head of the firefighters union and current vice chair of the FDNY pension fund, was arrested just before midnight Tuesday after his vehicle jumped the curb on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St., authorities said.

Witnesses said he tried to bolt from the accident scene but was stopped and held by a pair of pedestrians.

Cassidy remained in custody Wednesday awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on the booze and drug charges. Police recovered a cocaine-filled yellow envelope tucked inside his wallet, officials said.

Eyewitness Jakob Grabel watched an incoherent Cassidy lurch from his car and collapse to the ground after the accident.

He looked “bewildered and out of it,” recalled Grabel. “He got out of the car and tried to walk off but two good Samaritans stopped him. I called 911.

“He was mumbling gibberish, not speaking any proper English,” the student added.

Cassidy, 62, identified himself as a fire marshal to two witnesses, according to Grabel.

A source indicated Cassidy could face additional criminal charges for impersonating a fire marshal. There was no response for comment from the FDNY, and the fire union declined comment.

The officers were “calm and courteous” and at one point placed their hands on Cassidy’s back to keep him from stumbling, a video shot by Grabel showed.

“I think people from different backgrounds would have gotten cuffed easily,” said Grabel, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Cassidy, the father of two, is currently separated from his wife. According to a source, Cassidy was recovering from double knee surgery and taking prescription medicine before having a few drinks.

The mix of meds and alcohol may have contributed to his woozy state, the source said.

Nobody was injured in the accident, and police said Cassidy had no prior arrests. It was unclear where Cassidy was coming from or where he was headed when his vehicle went up on the sidewalk.

Cassidy also appeared to violate city conflict of interest laws that bar employees from using government cars for personal business.

In 2016, City and State named Cassidy one of the city’s 100 most powerful people.

Cassidy was the first Uniformed Firefighters Association head to be elected directly from a firehouse, according to his bio.

The UFA is the largest fire union in the U.S., with about 8,500 active and 15,000 retired members.

In 2016, he left the union post to become the lead trustee and vice-chairman of the FDNY Pension and Investments Board — a move that raised the hackles of union members who saw his new job as a betrayal of the rank-and-file.

Critics accused Cassidy of violating the so-called “turncoat provision” passed after previous union president Tom Von Essen became fire commissioner under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The provision barred union officials from going to work for the city for three years after stepping down from their union duties.

As union president, Cassidy pushed for compensation for firefighters and first responders who suffered from the environmental effects of the 9/11 attacks.

He advocated for separate acknowledgment of emergency responders on the 9/11 memorial — in opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who favored a random list of names.