Archive for ◊ January, 2011 ◊

• Monday, January 31st, 2011

Newly elected Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven will have his No. 28 jersey retired by the Minnesota Twins in July.

The Twins announced yesterday they plan to hold Bert Blyleven Day when Minnesota hosts the Texas Rangers on July 16.

He’ll be the sixth Twins player with his number retired, joining Harmon Killebrew (No. 3), Rod Carew (No. 29), Tony Oliva (No. 6), Kent Hrbek (No. 14) and Kirby Puckett (No. 34).

Blyleven ranks first on the Twins’ career list in complete games (141), shutouts (29) and strikeouts (2,035) and is second in wins (149) and innings pitched (2,5662/3).

He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1970 for Minnesota. In 22 seasons, he also played for Cleveland, California, Pittsburgh and Texas.

KENNEDY CITED FOR DUI: Former St. Louis Cardinals player Adam Kennedy, who signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners this month, was contrite yesterday after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on an Orange County, Calif., freeway.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Kennedy was arrested Wednesday night on State Route 73 near Newport Beach and received a misdemeanor citation.

In a phone interview with The Associated Press yesterday afternoon, Kennedy said he was leaving dinner with some friends around 7 p.m. Wednesday night. He said he was originally pulled over for speeding, which turned into a DUI arrest.

Kennedy said he was slightly above the legal limit but that it was “not acceptable to be driving in that situation.”

“It’s not a great way to start off with a new organization,” he said.

The 35-year-old Kennedy — who had stints with the Cardinals in 1999 and 2007-08 — has been invited to the Mariners’ major league camp after spending last season with the Washington Nationals. He was on the Angels’ World Series-winning team in 2002 and was the ALCS MVP that season.

STRAWBERRY MAKING EMPIRE RUN FOR CANCER: Darryl Strawberry will run to the top of the Empire State Building to raise money for cancer research.

The former baseball slugger will race up 1,576 steps and 86 floors to the Observatory on Tuesday with about 100 other participants as part of the Empire State Building Run-Up. They’re raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

A former New York Mets and Yankees player, Strawberry was drawn to the foundation after he suffered from colon cancer. Multiple myeloma is a white blood cell cancer.

U2 CONCERT SHIFTS MARINERS-MARLINS TO SEATTLE: A three-game series between the Florida Marlins and Mariners from June 24-26 has been moved from Miami to Seattle because of a U2 concert.

Major League Baseball said yesterday the change was made because of the scheduling conflict at Sun Life Stadium. U2 is scheduled to play at the stadium on June 29, and the Marlins must vacate the stadium to allow setup time for the concert.

Florida will remain the home team and will bat last, and the series will be played under NL rules, without a designated hitter.

The Marlins are scheduled to move into their own retractable-roof ballpark in 2012.

CUBS REACH MINOR LEAGUE DEALS WITH LOOPER, OJEDA: Right-hander Braden Looper and infielder Augie Ojeda have agreed to minor league contracts with the Chicago Cubs and have been invited to spring training.

The Cubs open camp for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 13 in Mesa, Ariz.

The 36-year-old Looper last pitched in 2009 with Milwaukee. That season, he went 14-7 with a 5.22 ERA and led the league in home runs allowed and earned runs allowed. He is 72-65 with 103 saves in 12 seasons with St. Louis, Florida, the New York Mets and the Brewers.

Ojeda batted .190 in 59 games for Arizona last season. The 36-year-old played with the Cubs from 2000-2003.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 31st, 2011

Privacy activists, take note: Huntington Beach, California decided not to post the names of suspected Huntington Beach DUI drunk drivers on the local police department’s Facebook page.

Yesterday, the Huntington Beach city council voted against a proposal to use public shaming on the social network to try to deter drunk drivers, according to the Orange County Register. Arguments against doing so included claims that it might not be effective in slowing down arrests for driving under intoxication, worries that bad publicity that might deter tourism and concerns for possible embarrassment of drivers’ family members.

That brings the coastal community back to square one of a very tough issue:  Huntington Beach has the third largest drunk driving rate in California for a city of its size;  and 31 percent of vehicle-related deaths in the state involve intoxicated drivers. Addressing the problem through public shaming on Facebook has created a lot of controversy for the city, and much anger has been directed at the proposal’s creator,  Councilman Devin Dwyer.  He’d wanted to post on the social network the names and photos of habitual drunken drivers — but how does one define habitual?

Dwyer’s idea wouldn’t have resulted in the city’s first-ever publicized DUIs. The local newspaper, the  Huntington Beach Independent, used to publish these arrests but stopped doing so after a change in management.  Meanwhile, the city’s police department continues to post all arrest information on its website, thereby achieving some amount of the intended public shaming that some believe may help reduce crime.

However, that doesn’t appear to suffice because the city has averaged 1,700 Huntington Beach DUI arrests annually over the past three years, despite local police professing to have one of the country’s toughest strategies for catching offenders. Huntington Beach still has a serious problem with intoxicated drivers, according to an official report submitted to the city council this summer.

Perhaps the city could still leverage Facebook to combat drunk driving, without having to resort to shaming individuals. Viral campaigns encouraging people to post status updates about the DUI problem might be one way to achieve this.

What do you think Huntington Beach could do via social media to help reduce intoxicated driving accidents in the area? Would you feel inspired to change your habits by a campaign on Facebook?

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 31st, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. — A woman who worked at a Perkins restaurant in Central Florida and claimed that she had an affair with Tiger Woods has been sentenced to a year in jail for DUI.

Mindy Lawton was sentenced Friday to a year in the Orange County Jail and five years of probation after pleading no contest to a 2008 DUI charge.

In 2009, Lawton told the tabloid “News of the World” that her affair with the then-world’s No. 1 golfer ended shortly before the birth of Woods’ daughter, Sam, in 2007.

“I met Tiger in 2006 when I was working at Perkins as a manager,” Lawton said.

Lawton went into graphic detail about her alleged relationship with Woods.

The New York Post also reported that Lawton claims Woods took his wife, Elin, into the Windermere Perkins, where Lawton was working.

Claims of affairs involving Woods came to light after he crashed his SUV outside his Isleworth home the day after Thanksgiving in 2009. He later apologized for his “trangressions.”

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Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 31st, 2011

A former Los Angeles County deputy was convicted Thursday of filing a false police report against her ex-husband and firing a gun in her Westminster home that endangered nearby children, after already having two Orange County DUI convictions, authorities said.

Patricia Margaret Bojorquez, 43, was sentenced to one year in  jail and five years of probation, the Orange County district attorney’s office said. She was off duty at the time of the crimes.

Prosecutors said Bojorquez falsely reported to  Huntington Beach police that her ex-husband was sexually assaulting a 13-year-old female relative. She lied about the incident because she was upset over custody issues, the district attorney’s office said.

Bojorquez is on probation for two Orange County DUI convictions , the district attorney’s office said.

In the shooting incident, the bullet pierced a window and hurtled toward a frontyard where children were playing, prosecutors said. They allege that Bojorquez showed disregard for the safety of the youngsters, who were directly in the line of fire. Her brother and fiance were in the home at the time of the shooting and called police.

Bojorquez left the department in June, authorities said.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 31st, 2011

Jail records confirm a report that Mariners infielder Adam Kennedy was arrested for an Orange County  DUI on Wednesday night in Orange County.

TMZ reports that Kennedy was booked into a nearby jail after being arrested around 9 p.m. Orange County jail records show he was released at 6:24 a.m on Thursday.

According to the records, Kennedy’s Orange County DUI court date is set for Feb. 24.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Thursday morning he had not seen the report and therefore had no comment on the arrest.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 31st, 2011,0,750895.story

Friday night will not be a good time to test your luck at DUI  at least not in Orange County.

Police officers, deputy sheriffs and state troopers from across the county will be out in force from 9 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Saturday conducting roving Orange County DUI saturation patrols.

The emphasis will be on the east side of county, although officers will also be patrolling central and west Orange County as well, Maitland police Sgt. Louis Grindle said.

“High-profile DUI saturation patrol operations have been a valuable took to law enforcement,” Grindle said. “The object of this operation is to safely remove suspected   Orange County  DUI offenders and criminal traffic violators from the highways by mobile high-visibility traffic enforcement tactics.”

The Maitland Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office are hosting the operation, which will operate out of the parking lot at the Maitland Police Department. A mobile blood-alcohol testing unit will be parked there to test suspected drunken drivers who are stopped during the operation.

Category: Criminal
• Friday, January 28th, 2011

A taxi driver was arraigned yesterday on DUI charges after he allegedly drove into a snowbank in Boston’s Brighton section during the snowstorm and then contended he had arrived on a snow.

The State Police said in a statement that the driver, identified as Tyler A. Bryan, 25, of East Somerville, also said two comedians would win his release and stood with his fingers in his ears, humming so he could block out the sound of troopers as they booked him.

State Police said Trooper Paul Conneely found a vehicle from Green Taxi stuck in a snow bank on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton about 5:20 a.m.

Bryan was behind the wheel of the vehicle, exhibiting signs of being drunk, police said.

Bryan insisted he was a passenger, and then said he was just a pedestrian walking past the scene, police said. He later said he had arrived in a snowmobile.

Conneely told Bryan he was under arrest, and during the ride to the Brighton barracks, police said, Bryan swore and said that Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke were going to take care of him.

Bryan was arraigned in Brighton Municipal Court on charges of DUI and refusing to identify himself to police. He was released him on his own recognizance and ordered not to operate a motor vehicle or consume alcohol while his case is pending.

Category: Criminal
• Friday, January 28th, 2011

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A South Florida teen was sentenced to six years in prison for a DUI crash that left a pizza delivery man dead.

Nineteen-year-old Beruch Zegeye was sentenced Thursday. The prison term is to be followed by seven years probation.

Zegeye had pleaded guilty in Palm Beach County to driving under the influence manslaughter and other charges.

He had no plea deal and faced up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities say Zegeye was DUI when he left a party in September 2008 and crashed into 45-year-old Paul Krommendyk, who was working his second job as a Domino’s Pizza delivery man.

A reconstruction of the crash determined that Zegeye was traveling about 80 miles per hour when he struck Krommendyk’s car. The delivery man was killed instantly

Category: Criminal
• Friday, January 28th, 2011

Adam Kennedy cited for DUI • Adam Kennedy, who played for the Cardinals in 1999, 2007 and 2008, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of  DUI in Newport Beach, Calif., and released from custody the next morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department jail website.

The infielder signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners this month. (AP)

Cubs reach minor league deals with Looper, Ojeda • Pitcher Braden Looper and infielder Augie Ojeda agreed to minor league contracts with the Chicago Cubs and have been invited to spring training. Looper last pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009 after three seasons with the Cardinals. Ojeda played for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. (AP)

Cantu gets contract with Padres • The San Diego Padres reached agreement on an $850,000, one-year contract with infielder Jorge Cantu, who split the 2010 season between the Florida Marlins and Texas Rangers. (AP)

Rays installing new playing surface • The Tampa Bay Rays are installing new AstroTurf at Tropicana Field and expect the job to completed for the April 1 home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, team officials said. (AP)

Category: Criminal
• Friday, January 28th, 2011–schoolbusdui,0,2459855.story

A judge has sentenced suburban Chicago bus driver to probation after she pleaded guilty to DUI while transporting dozens of students home from school.

Cook County Judge John Scotillo sentenced 55-year-old Betty Burden to 30 months of probation Wednesday. The judge ordered her to perform 480 hours of community service and pay a $1,720 fine. She’ll also have to comply with any recommendations for alcohol treatment.

Burden was driving students in Mount Prospect Elementary District 57 when she was accused of being intoxicated last March. Prosecutors say she admitted downing several vodka drinks before getting behind the wheel and her blood alcohol level was 0.226 percent.

The legal  DUI limit in Illinois is 0.08 for regular drivers, but the state has a zero-tolerance policy for school bus drivers.

Category: Criminal
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