Archive for ◊ July, 2011 ◊

• Thursday, July 28th, 2011–Portland-Officer-Sentenced/

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Portland police officer who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DUI and reckless driving avoided jail time.

John Patrick Shadron was sentenced Friday by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Michael McShane to two years’ probation and 120 hours of community service. He’ll also have his license suspended for a year and 90 days, but his lawyer says he’s seeking a hardship permit to drive to work.

The Oregonian reports Shadron has been assigned to the bureau’s telephone reporting unit since his DUI arrest in November. He rear-ended a pickup truck at a stoplight in Gresham, injuring the driver, and also hit a car. Under a civil compromise with the other drivers, Shadron and his insurer agreed to pay nearly $118,000 for injuries and property damage.

Category: Criminal
• Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Here is a list of recent incidents in Middletown and Edgmont townships reported by the Pennsylvania State Police-Media Barracks. Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents is asked to call police at 484-840-1000. If arrests or charges are mentioned, they do not indicate guilt or a conviction.

Car Crash—Route 202 near Spring Hill Road at 4:32 p.m on July 26. The operator of a Ford Explorer attempted an illegal U-Turn in the right hand lane of Route 202 heading northbound, State Police said. The Explorer struck a Chevrolet Silverado as it reentered the lane, State Police said.

Theft from Motor Vehicle—Granite Run Mall parking lot between 9 p.m. July 25 to 12:30 a.m. July 26. An unknown actor gained access to the victim’s vehicle by unknown means, State Police said. The actor removed an iPod and an unsecured firearm from the victims vehicle, State Police said.

Disorderly Conduct—Glen Riddle Road in Middletown Township between 12:00 a.m. and 4:54 p.m. on July 25. An unknown actor damaged the victim’s mailbox, State Police said.

Theft from Motor Vehicle—Darlington Park in Middletown Township between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on July 25. Unknown actor(s) smashed the victim’s passenger side front window and removed a purse containing car and house keys, State Police said.

Attempted Burglary—Saint Sharbel Catholic Church, 3679 Providence Rd. Edgmont Township between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on July 24. An unknown actor broke into the rectory by breaking the front window, then fleeing through a rear door, State Police said.

Retail Theft—Kohl’s Department Store, 1067 West Baltimore Pike at 7:30 p.m. on July 23. An accused individual removed several items of unknown value without paying and placed them in a late model tan Oldsmobile, then fled in an unknown direction, State Police said.

Car Crash—State Highway 352 near the entrance to Granite Run Mall at 9:28 a.m. on July 23. A Chrysler Town&Country attempted to turn left into the entrance of the Granite Run Mall failing to yield proper right-of-way to a southbound traveling Hyundai Elantra and struck the vehicle, State Police said.

DUI—Granite Run Mall at 2:15 a.m. on July 23. Jane Marie Voorhees, 55, of Aston, Pa. was arrested for DUI, State Police said.

Retail Theft—JC Penny’s Middleton Township at 9:05 p.m. on July 22. An unnamed 32-year-old woman from Chadds Ford, Pa. was arrested after stealing miscellaneous items from the store, State Police said. The subsequent search of her person revealed several controlled substances and paraphernalia in her purse, State Police said.

DUI Crash—Riddle Hospital parking lot at 3:45 p.m. on July 22. Carlton Barr of Glenn Mills, Pa. drove into the back of another vehicle and was found to be under the influence of alcohol and/or other controlled substances, and was put under arrest, State Police said.

Criminal Mischief—Darlington Park between 1:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on July 21. Unknown persons damaged vehicle tires.

Burglary—Howarth Road between 8:15 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on July 20. Unknown persons broke through a rear basement, glass door and used the opening as an entry point to gain access inside the house, State Police said. The persons kicked in the door to the first floor and removed various jewelry pieces from a jewelry chest in the victim’s bedroom dresser and cabinet, State Police said.

Theft-Fraud-Forgery—unknown time and place. Unknown persons cashed three check’s victim’s account in the amount of $4,477.03, State Police said. The victim informed his bank of the fraudulent transaction and is now being investigated by the TD Bank Fraud Department, State Police said.

Category: Criminal
• Thursday, July 28th, 2011

CHARLESTON S.C. (WCIV) — It’s a family that’s still in shock over the loss of their loved one.

Charleston Police say 72-year-old Eleanor Caperton died, after she was hit by a DUI driver, who was going the wrong way on the interstate.

Caperton loved her family, liked to go on girls’ weekends and take cruises. She was driving home from her second job, just after midnight Sunday morning, when officers say she was hit by 19-year-old Samuel McCauley. We’re told he was driving east in the westbound lane of Interstate 26, and he was drunk.

The news has started a nightmare for Caperton’s niece, Gina Buchardt, who says she’s gone through a range of emotions.

“A lot of anger, a lot of anger, it wasn’t fair for someone to have to go that way,” Buchardt says.

Since the accident Buchardt says she’s often put herself in her aunt’s place.

“What she went through haunts me, I can’t quit thinking about it,” says Buchardt. “How scared she would have been, the fright, that instant gasp, the pain that might have only lasted for a few seconds, but excruciating considering her injuries. What might have went through her head, her children who she loved so much.”

Caperton had an extended family, including two sons, who have struggled with the news.

“To see a grown man drop to his knees and cry it breaks my heart.”

McCauley has been charged with reckless homicide and felony DUI, and was taken to the Charleston County jail, after being released from MUSC, Tuesday.

“This boy chose to break several laws, he chose to drink underage and he chose to get in the car and drive,” she says. “He wasn’t alone somebody could have helped him, someone should have stopped him.”

Investigators have not released McCauley’s blood alcohol content or where he entered the highway. A call to McCauley’s attorney was not returned as of 7:00 p.m. Wednesday.

Category: Criminal
• Thursday, July 28th, 2011

PHOENIX – The son of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s former right hand man was arrested for DUI.

Jeffrey Hendershott was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and failing to stay at an accident scene.

Hendershott is the son of David Hendershott, who stepped down from his post as Chief Deputy earlier this year after allegations of abuse and mismanagement.

David Hendershott was accused of using funds meant for a youth baseball team to take his family on a trip to Alaska, taking $18,000 from the Sheriff’s Posse Foundation and another $7,000 from a different fund.

The report also detailed a long history of berating fellow employees, and a long-standing “no controversy” rule created by Hendershott — where nobody was allowed to bring up controversial issues during staff meeting with the sheriff.

Hendershott acted as gatekeeper, controlling what the sheriff heard from his own staff.

“He twisted information and presented only information the way he wanted it presented. Not only has he failed in his job he has done a disservice to his agency and to his public,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

We understand Phoenix police made the DUI arrest, but it’s not clear where or when it took place.

Category: Criminal
• Thursday, July 28th, 2011

A Miami Beach police officer who severely injured two people while driving an ATV on the beach has been charged with a DUI in Miami Beach and reckless driving causing serious bodily injury.

Derick Kuilan, 30, was in uniform on July 3 with fellow Miami Beach police officer Rolando Gutierrez when they visited South Beach hotel club. The two officers were allegedly drinking and taking pictures with a group of women.

According to a Circuit Court affidavit, the five women were attending a bachelorette party and “did not believe [Kulian and Gutierrez] were real police officers” since “the behavior of both officers was so unprofessional.” After leaving the hotel club, DUI Kuilan and one of the women mounted an ATV for a ride along the beach. Two witenesses described Kuilan’s ATV as “driving fast on the sand” and without headlights in the pre-dawn hours. The two witnesses heard the ATV and caught a glimpse of it seconds before they heard “a loud impact” as the ATV struck a man and woman walking on the shore.

The woman remains hospitalized after suffering a broken femur and having her spleen removed. The man suffered a broken bone that required surgery. Both victims are 29 years old.

Kuilan and Gutierrez have been fired from the Miami Beach Police Department. Kulian was booked July 26 on four felony counts into the Miami-Dade County Jail before being released on $30,000 bail.

Category: Criminal
• Thursday, July 28th, 2011,0,2660335.story

A Leavenworth County judge has ordered a hearing on Monday on a motion to reconsider his sentencing of a seven time DUI defendant. It was a sentence that outraged many and prompted the prosecutor to speak to FOX 4. Those public statements, the judge says, amount to a motion to reconsider.

When FOX 4 asked Leavenworth County District Judge Gunnar Sundby’s office why he chose to sentence 27-year-old David Matthews to the minimum amount of time in jail, instead of the maximum one year behind bars, Judge Sundby set the hearing date to reconsider.The ruling had many scratching their heads.

“I wonder what’s going on in his mind, he knows the law, he’s the person that’s supposed to follow the law and dictate the law,”Mothers Against Drunk Driving Advocate Jeannie Davis said.

Jeannie Davis says there’s no reason a seven-time DUI offender shouldn’t get the stiffest penalty the law allows.

“I don’t know if he needs to spend the rest of his life in jail, he definitely needs some kind of a wake-up call, maybe years because he’s ultimately going to kill himself or kill somebody,” Davis said.

Matthews’ most recent arrest came after he took his mom’s car on a 117-mile-an-hour ride before being stopped for driving drunk. He likely would have taken his own car, but his had an interlock ignition device that prevents a drunk driver from starting a vehicle.

On Tuesday, Judge Sundby reduced Matthews’ year sentence to the minimum sentence of three months. On Wednesday he filed an order for a hearing on the motion to reconsider. The order says after the review of the court file and matters submitted to the court that the court finds, “that apparently the state has objected publicly to this order” and that the court considers county attorney Todd Thompson’s public statements to be a motion to reconsider.

Thompson told FOX 4 on Tuesday that he supports longer jail sentences for convicted DUI offenders. Wednesday he told us he’s glad the judge is willing to take another look at the case.

Judge Sundby says because Matthews’ case is still pending, he can’t comment. Matthews spent the past year at the Shawnee County Jail on his sixth DUI conviction.

Category: Criminal
• Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

A federal grand jury indictment that accuses two former Richmond police officers of buying guns for minors, lying to investigators and tampering with evidence is the latest in a growing law enforcement scandal.

The indictment was filed in a federal courtroom in San Francisco Thursday against ex-cops Danny Harris Jr. and Raymond Thomas Jr. after an 11-month investigation. It says the pair forced two police Explorers, both under 21, to buy guns for them, then threatened the young men to prevent them from telling anyone about it.

Thomas and Harris then paid Concord private eye Christopher Butler $1,800 to set up a DUI arrest to sully the young mens’ reputation, the indictment says.

“The alleged goal of the sting operation was to have the minors arrested for drunk driving and illegal possession of the guns,” according to an FBI press release.

Prosecutors say Harris and Thomas OK’d the plan, in which a woman hired by the private eye would meet one of the Explorers and set up a date. (Read this April 5 Patch story for more details.)

“The plan was for the woman to encourage the minor to bring his gun to one of those meetings,” the FBI statement reads. “According to the indictment, the woman did meet the minor and they exchanged cell phone numbers. Through text messages, they set up a social engagement, and the woman asked the minor to bring his gun to the engagement.”

The scam involved having the minor drink with the woman at a San Ramon bar and then get arrested for DUI in Danville.

The defendants were ordered to appear in federal court in Oakland on Aug. 9 for an arraignment. Together they face a litany of charges punishable by decades in federal prison.

The alleged drunken driving sting is what links this case to a larger federal investigation into police corruption in the East Bay.

Butler, the private investigator allegedly hired by Harris and Thomas, was arrested in February and named in a case against several former police officers accused of stealing drugs from evidence lockers and selling it back to dealers.

Former Contra Costa County Narcotics Task Force head Norm Wielsch, ex-San Ramon Officer Lou Lombardi and ex-Danville Officer Stephen Tanabe face charges from both county and federal prosecutors.

Category: Criminal
• Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

A Palm Harbor motorcyclist and the driver that hit him in a DUI crash in April both were charged with driving under the influence Friday.

Motorcyclist Gregory Conklin and driver Lajune B. Castro were impaired when they collided at the intersection of Fisher and Curlew Road at 11:30 p.m. April 8, Pinellas County Sheriff’s said.

Conklin, of Palm Harbor, was driving his 1991 Harley Davidson eastbound on Curlew Road when he was hit by Castro, who made a u-turn in front of him.

Alcohol was a factor for both drivers, according to investigators.

Castro, 60, left the scene but was found in her red 2007 Pontiac coupe in a parking lot at US 19 and Curlew Road.

Conklin, 52, who was not wearing a helmet, was thrown 30 feet. He received multiple fractures in his left leg, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s.

Castro, of Clearwater, was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury, DUI crash with property damage and serious bodily injury, and cited for failure to yield to right of way.

Conklin was arrested and charged with felony DUI because it is is fourth offense, driving while his license is revoked and he was cited for no motorcycle endorsement.

Category: Criminal
• Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

A Loganville woman has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI and failure to maintain lane following an accident in Norcross Thursday that killed a 24-year-old woman.

According to a press release from the Gwinnett County Police Department, Chanae Woodards, 21, was headed east on Jimmy Carter Blvd, near Corley Road at about 4:30 a.m. Thursday when she swerved into the center lane hitting another vehicle, that was stopped in the turn lane, head on. The front passenger of the vehicle Woodards was driving, Starkesha Magee, 24, was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center where she later died as a result of her injuries. The rear passenger, Courtney Watts, 23, was also transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with minor injuries.

Woodards and the driver of the car she ran into, Frank Twum, 20, were both transported to North Fulton Hospital with minor injuries.

Woodards was arrested for DUI on her release from the hospital and charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane. According to jail records, Woodards, whose address is listed as 4152 Rock Lane, Loganville, bonded out the same day on a $34,700 security bond.

Category: Criminal
• Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Like the rest of the state of California, traffic fatalities in the California Highway Patrol’s Mojave response area, which includes the Indian Wells and Searles valleys, have declined.
According to CHP statistics, fatalities in the Mojave response area from 2005-10 decreased from 27 in 2005 to eight last year. There have been six fatalities so far in 2011. The highest total during that period was 29 in 2007.
Ridgecrest Police Sgt. Mike Myers said there have been two fatalities in the city in 2010 and two so far this year.
CHP Mojave Outreach Officer Ed Smith said a combination of factors contributed to this reduction in fatalities.
“There is certainly an economic factor in this equation,” he said. “As fuel prices increase, there is less traffic on the road. In addition to less traffic, the vehicles that are traveling, are traveling at a slower speed to conserve fuel, meaning fewer high-speed collisions.”
Another factor is the increase in safety features found in newer vehicles.
“From the perspective of law enforcement, statewide there have been education and enforcement efforts focused on the usage of seatbelts/child restraints, motorcycle safety, and the importance of having a designated driver,” Smith said.
For the fifth consecutive year, California saw a decline in overall traffic deaths in 2010.
According to federal government figures, total vehicle fatalities dropped 11.9 percent, from 3,081 in 2009 to 2,715 in 2010. Since the latest high of 4,333 in 2005, the 2010 figures show a total decline of 37.3 percent.
California continues with double-digit percentage decreases even as the nation shows signs of leveling, with some states showing increases. Early national estimates show an overall decline of approximately 3 percent.
“California and its people can be proud of these gains,” said California Office of Traffic Safety Director Christopher J. Murphy in a press release. “A tremendous effort has been put forth by traffic safety organizations, but in the end, it’s the motoring public that made the difference.  They are the ones who need to keep this momentum going.”
The 2010 figures are the lowest for the state since 1944, when one-tenth the number of vehicles traveled one-sixteenth the number of miles. While the economy has some effect, officials also point to high visibility enforcement, sobriety checkpoints, multiple public awareness campaigns, safer car construction, better road design, and faster emergency medical services as factors.
“Well-managed traffic safety campaigns by law enforcement throughout the state targeting dangerous driver behavior is a factor in the continued reduction of traffic-related deaths and injuries,” said California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Through the behavioral changes of the motoring public, like buckling up, designating a non-drinking driver and eliminating distractions, progress is made daily resulting in lives saved.”
Under a shared vision of Toward Zero Deaths – Every 1 Counts, state and local agencies and organizations have been developing and implementing the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan since 2006. OTS, CHP, California Department of Transportation, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration, county and local governments, as well as individuals and community organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving have been actively pursuing work on over 150 specific actions contained within the plan.
So that 2012 will continue the gains, the Office of Traffic Safety today announced $76 million from federal funding to support 213 traffic-safety grants to state and local agencies for the grant year that begins Oct. 1. The new grants are a combination of time-tested, successful programs and emerging efforts, some tackling new problems.
Major emphasis will be given to combating drunk driving with sobriety checkpoints, help for special DUI prosecutors, and targeted probation department staffing and warrant enforcement in efforts directed at the worst of the worst drunk driving offenders.
There will be an expansion of educational and awareness programs for youth like Every 15 Minutes, Impact Teen Drivers, Real DUI Trials in Schools, Smart Start, and other programs for high school students just starting their driving careers. A new peer-to-peer project, Teens in the Driver’s Seat, will be launched in communities and schools throughout the state.
Two new areas, distracted driving and drugged driving, are seeing increases and will receive special emphasis. The distracted-driving effort began in April and will expand next year. The incidence of drugs alone and in combination with alcohol in fatal crashes has been rising steadily for the last five years.  New grants will fund increases in drug recognition training, special district attorneys dedicated to drugged driving cases, and new laboratory drug testing equipment.
Wanting to keep the trend of fatalities in every major category moving downward, grants have been awarded in the other program areas of motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian safety, putting the latest life saving technology in the hands of emergency responders, and continuing to push for using technology to ease access, gain speed and increase flexibility in data input and usage.
“The drop in fatalities that we have seen in the last five years means that thousands of Californians are with their families today instead of being a traffic statistic,” said Murphy. “But we cannot let up. There are still thousands whose needless tragedies should have been prevented.”

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