Woman charged after allegedly crashing car into hydrant with child in car

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – A woman involved in a crash on Ohio Street in Bangor Tuesday morning is now accused of endangering her child by driving after using drugs.

Police say around 9:30 a.m., 32-year-old Melanie Smith of Bangor went off the road, striking mailboxes and a fire hydrant. 

Police say her three year old child was in the back of the car.

According to a police report, not only was the hydrant struck but also it was dragged a considerable distance down the road, and was stuck in the front of the car.

Police say Smith told them she was tired but police say after evaluating her they believe she had been using drugs.

She is being charged with operating under the influence and child endangerment.

The Bangor Water District tells us they will work to replace that hydrant in the coming days.

Police add that they encourage anyone struggling with drug addiction to reach out for help.

You can call 211 for information of available resources in your area. https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Woman-charged-after-allegedly-crashing-car-into-hydrant-with-child-in-car–566982271.html

State trooper charged with OVI outside bar drops evidence fight


An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper facing OVI charges has dropped efforts to suppress evidence in his arrest.

David G. Shockey has voluntarily withdrawn his motion to stop evidence from being submitted in his arrest July 23 after a crash outside a West Carrollton bar, Miamisburg Municipal Court records show.

Attorneys for Shockey, 44, wanted to suppress the arrest and the defendant’s comments “for reasons the officer lacked reasonable suspicion upon which to stop, detain or arrest” him, a July 26 court motion states.

The motion stated the arresting officer did not give Shockey a sobriety test or his Miranda warnings prior to being detained. The one-page document filed Dec. 9 to drop that request did not specify reasons for that action.

The 20-year trooper was cited for OVI, failure to control and hit-skip on private property in connection to the crash, West Carrollton police records show. His attorneys entered not guilty pleas, court records state.

A hearing had been scheduled in mid-November but did not go forward, according to the clerk of courts office. The clerk’s office said Judge Robert Rettich III has restricted online access to court records.

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Documents obtained by this news organization through public records request do not indicate that hearing has been rescheduled. Court records show Shockey waived his right to have the case heard “within the specified time period.”

Shockey was placed on leave without pay after the charges, the state patrol said. He was reinstated fewer than two weeks later after he was granted limited driving privileges by Rettich, court records show.

On July 23, police responded to Sparky’s Lounge off Ohio 725 around 2:45 p.m. after receiving the report of a crash. Witnesses told police Shockey had left the scene in his white Ford F-150 after he was accused of striking a maroon Jaguar, a report showed.

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Police investigated, saw an F-150 enter the parking lot and the truck had damage and “red/maroon transfer paint” on it, records show.

The driver of the pickup, later identified as Shockey, walked toward police with his shorts unbuttoned and unzipped, the report stated.

“There was a very strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” police wrote in the report. “Shockey’s speech was mumbled and slurred. His eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He was unsteady on his feet.” https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/ohio-state-trooper-charged-with-ovi-outside-bar-drops-evidence-fight/65E9curi95pzi86Yh5fGQN/

Man facing 7th OWI, deputy reported man said he had a shot of Jack Daniels ‘right before’ arrest

UNION GROVE — A Union Grove man is facing a seventh OWI charge after the man told the arresting Racine County Sheriff’s deputy he had taken a shot of Jack Daniels “right before” he was pulled over.

Robert L. Lewins, 61, of the the 1700 block of New Street, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with a felony count of operating while intoxicated and a misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle with a revoked license.

At 11:49 p.m. Sunday, a Racine County sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in the Village of Union Grove when he stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation, according to a Racine County Sheriff’s Office news release.

The driver, later identified as Lewins, told the deputy he did not have his driver’s license on him. When asked why he was driving without a license, Lewins said “he decided to go out for a while,” and stated that he was coming from a nearby bar.

The deputy reportedly smelled intoxicants coming from Lewins. Deputies said Lewins reportedly showed signs of impairment, including slurred speech and glossed over eyes.

Lewins was unable to complete any of the field sobriety tests and refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to a criminal complaint. When asked why he refused, Lewins said he “drank more than he should have.” He told the officer that he had two Genuine Draft beers, three shots of Jack Daniels and stated he had the last shot “right before” being pulled over.

Lewins has six prior OWI convictions. As of Monday, he was still being held in Racine County Jail and has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while revoked and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave. https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-facing-th-owi-deputy-reported-man-said-he-had/article_ae66a362-0704-56c8-9481-0ab37d73aa65.html

Erasmo Castro resigns amid DWI arrest and state representative campaign

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Erasmo Castro has officially resigned from his position as a Brownsville Independent School Board Trustee.

In his resignation letter, Erasmo states that he is grateful to the community and is opting to deal with a personal situation, the DWI allegation that Local 23 has reported on. 

Castro goes on to list his accomplishments during his time on the board which includes, helping to expand the PreK 3 program, working to improve cafeteria menus, taking measures to ensure the stability of the district’s competitive future, offering salary increases to staff, and various other accomplishments.

Erasmo Castro is currently campaigning to represent District 38 as a Republican candidate. 

Below is the full resignation letter: 

Dear Board Secretary, Superintendent and BISD Trustees:

Please be advised that I Erasmo Castro hereby resign as Brownsville Independent School Board Trustee effective immediately. 

‪I am grateful to my community for entrusting me with your vote of confidence. I am opting to deal with personal situation which has unfortunately become a distraction to the amazing things happening at BISD. 

I have had to take a step back from serving my spiritual family because of my well publicized personal situation. It is my hope to restore the balance that is everything for me. 

‪I am proud of all I have accomplished during my time on the Board. Helped expand our PreK 3 program, worked to improve our cafeteria menus, took measures to ensure the stability of our districts competitive future, was able to offer salary increase to our amazing staff, promoted the amazing programs offered at the district, became our talented (students and personnel) district’s cheerleader, became a voice for those who because of retaliation labored in fear, exposed corruption and brought awareness as to the wheeling and dealings of self serving Board Members; true transparency.

‪I will continue to serve my community as a public citizen until the day, hopefully in the near future, that I ask for your support. 

I have been, am now and will continue to be your humble servant.

Most Sincerely, 

Erasmo Castro, BISD Trustee

BISD has since responded to Castro’s resignation letter stating, “The Brownsville Independent School District received a letter of resignation from Erasmo Castro from his position as Board Member, Place 2. The district wishes to express its gratitude to Erasmo Castro for his service to the students and personnel of BISD.”

DUI Suspect Arrested After Crashing Into Home

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Police say a DUI suspect is under arrest after they slammed their car into a South Natomas home late Thursday night.

The crash happened on Normington Drive.

There was some minor structural damage to the home, officers say, but no one was hurt in the crash.

Police have arrested the suspect on DUI charges.

The driver’s name has not been released at this point. https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2020/01/10/south-natomas-dui-home-crash/