Archive for ◊ October, 2011 ◊

• Monday, October 31st, 2011

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011

0800    Citizen assist via telephone.

0900    Alarm at 1550 block Valley Glen Dr.

1115    911 Hang Up area of 1000 block Newgate Way.

1150    Citizen assist at the PD.

1225    Suspicious person at 400 block Ellesmere Dr.

1230    Vicious dog at Watson Ranch Way & Dawson Dr. Loose pitt bull scaring the neighbors.

1255    Alarm at 700 block N. First St.

1330    Assist Other Agency for Dixon Fire Department for person down at 300 W. Walnut St.  Medical only.

1335    Assist Other Agency for Dixon Fire Department at 1400 block Ferrero Dr.

1345    Wireless 911 HU at Hall Park.

1347    Threats at 2000 block Kingston Dr.

1540    Flag down at the PD parking lot.

1605    911 HU at 400 block Morse Ct.

1610    911 HU at 300 block N. Lincoln St.

1625    Graffiti at Rehrmann Dr. & Evans Rd.

1705    Suspicious vehicle at Regency Parkway & Madden Dr.

1750    Grand Theft in the 1000 block of Vaughn Rd.

1850    Telephone request.

1915    Loud party @ Madden Ct / Madden Dr.

1920    Area check of Regency Pkwy / Mast Ct.

2040    Loud party @ 1300 block Rose Way.

2050    Juvenile problem @ S. First St / Valley Glen Dr.

2130    Assist Other Agency / CHP @ I-80 overpass for SR113 with traffic control for an injury collision that closed the overpass.

2140    Assault @ Patwin Park, Pheasant Run / West H Street.

2240    Suspicious person @ 1400 block Ary Ln.

2245    Alarm @ 100 block E. Dorset Dr.

2245    Citizen assist @ 700 block West B St.

2255    Loud party @ 600 block Priddy Dr.

2345    Loud party @ 2000 block Regency Pkwy.

2350    Barking dog @ 500 block Devonshire Dr.

2400    Verbal dispute @ N. Almond / West B Sts.

Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

0030    Loud party @ 600 block Cypress St.

0035    Alarm @ 900 block East A St.

0055    Loud party recall @ 600 block Cypress St.

0155    Traffic stop @ Morgan Ln / Harth Ct resulted in arrest of Adrian Diaz (25) for DUI.  He was cited and released from the PD.  A gray 2007 Civic was towed and stored.

0210    Verbal dispute @ 1200 block Stratford Ave.

0310    Traffic stop on w/b I-80 onramp from Pitt School Rd.

0320    Verbal dispute in the 400 blk of East C Street.

0400    Petty theft @ 200 block E. Dorset Drive.

0400    Attempted robbery 1400 Ary Ln.  Reporting Party was uncooperative with Dispatch and then refused to speak with responding officers.

0410    Prowler @ 500 block East D St.

0821    245PC 200 block of W. Cherry Street. Victim was transported to the hospital with a large laceration to the right side of his forehead and a broken ankle.

1000    10-61flagdown at the PD regarding a lost wallet.

1005    Follow up via10-21.

1040    Theft of gas at 100 block Doyle Lane. Extra patrol requested.

1105    Lost Wallet at the Dixon May Fair, RP found it herself.

1150    10-61 at the PD for a  DUI vehicle release.

1155    415 juveniles in the area of Palmer Court and Alexander Drive.

1235    459 vehicle 700 block Nancy Drive.

1310    10-61 at the PD for a vehicle release.

1410    10-33 at 2800 West A Street. Canceled en route.

1430    10-56 attempt at 400 block of West Chestnut Street. Victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of overdose.

1700    911 Hang up 400 Block west Chestnut Street.

1811    H&S complaint at Sierra Drive.

1844    Broken vehicle window 600 block Yachtsman Ct.

1849    Dog barking loud in the 500 blk Devonshire Drive.

1900    Dog barking loud in the 200 blk Sanborn Ln.

2121    10-21 request ref to H&S.

2200    Loud music in the 200 blk West H Street.

2230    Recall in the 200 blk West H Street.  Band had stopped and everyone was inside.

2236    Dog barking in the area of Hillview and Pitt School.

2248    Motorist assist at Ford Way/N. 1st St.

Monday, Oct. 31, 2011

0009    Report of loud J’s in the 1000 blk Fielder Ct.

0029    Motorist assist, Calmace Dr / N. Almond St.

0034    Missing Person report from the 1300 block of West H Street.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, October 31st, 2011

A 22-year-old Napa man was jailed early Monday morning for DUI , vehicle pursuit and driving with a suspended license, according to a shift activity log released by the City of Napa Police Department:

On 10/31/11 about 0026 hours an NPD Officer attempted to make a vehicle stop on the suspect, Todd Sousa, 22 years old, of Napa, after the Officer observed him spin his tires in the intersection of Lincoln Avenue/Main Street.

The Officer observed other driving which led the Officer to believe (Sousa) was driving under the influence.

The Officer initiated a traffic stop and Sousa attempted to evade the officer in the vehicle.

During the pursuit, Sousa collided with a curb which caused a tire to go flat.

Sousa eventually pulled over in the 3400 block of Baxter Ave. and was arrested.

He displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication and had a suspended driver’s license for a prior DUI conviction.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, October 31st, 2011

Several changes to laws affecting Oklahoma motorists will take effect on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is urging drivers to be aware.

“Aaron’s Law,” named for Aaron Zents, a teen killed in 2009 by a DUI driver who ran a red light, requires the revocation of driving privilege for drivers convicted of several offenses. These offenses include the failure to stop or to remain stopped for a school bus loading or unloading children.

Under Oklahoma law, drivers are required to stop for school buses that are taking on or discharging children and displaying the red flashing loading signals. This includes drivers traveling the same direction as the bus or approaching from another direction. The new law also states that a person convicted of reckless driving without regard for the safety of others, or for failure to obey any traffic control device when the failure results in great bodily injury of another person, will have his or her driver license revoked.

This law increases the fine for negligent homicide from $100 to not less than $1,000.  It also provides that any person convicted of negligent homicide will be required to attend a driver improvement or defensive driving course.

Aaron’s Law states that if the person has been previously convicted for any traffic offense in the preceding 3 years, the fine will be enhanced to double the original amount.

The “Erin Elizabeth Swezey Act” will require the words “Interlock Required” on the driver license or ID card of a person who is under an order for an ignition interlock device. It also increases the length of time an ignition interlock device is required for DUI offenders and increases penalties.

The new law requires first-time offenders with a BAC of 0.15 percent or higher, or those who refuse a chemical test, to install an ignition interlock device for 18 months after the period of license revocation ends or until reinstatement, whichever is longer.

The act also clamps down on repeat DUI offenders, requiring second-time offenders to install an ignition interlock device for three years after the period of license revocation ends or reinstatement, whichever is longer. Third or subsequent DUI offenders must install an ignition interlock device for a period of five years after the period of license revocation ends or until reinstatement, whichever is longer.

Erin Elizabeth Swezey was an Oklahoma University student who was killed by a drunk driver in 2009.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, October 31st, 2011

The Modesto Police Department will conduct two DUI driver’s license checkpoints and a DUI saturation patrol.

The checkpoints are set for Friday and Nov. 12, from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. The driving-under-the-influence patrol is Nov. 11, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Police remind residents that if they are planning a gathering with alcohol to include a designated driver. A DUI arrest can cost $10,000, jail time and loss of your license.

These enforcement efforts are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, October 31st, 2011

A 37-year-old Dade City man convicted of DUI manslaughter in 2006 was arrested Saturday on a new charge of driving under the influence, Tampa police said.

Lamon Eugene Allen was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Saturday at 29th Street and 33rd Avenue.

His blood-alcohol level was 0.184 and 0.168 – more than twice the legal limit, according to the Hillsborough County jail website. In Florida, a driver is presumed impaired with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or greater.

Allen was also charged with violating probation for DUI manslaughter.

In November 2005 at Brandon Boulevard and U.S. 301, Allen crashed his 1997 Oldsmobile into a Suzuki motorcycle, killing 48-year-old rider Leroy Anthony Mitchell of Valrico, Hillsborough County deputies said.

Allen had a blood-alcohol level of 0.117, deputies said.

In December 2006, Allen was sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years of probation, and his drivers’ license was to be revoked for three years, jail records show.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, October 31st, 2011

More then 64 people were arrested in a set of DUI checkpoints overnight.

The Utah Highway Patrol reports 64 people statewide were arrested in DUI checkpoints located throughout the state.

25 of those arrests were in the Salt Lake Valley.

The Centerville police department report their DUI numbers are down this year stating that only 2 DUI drivers were arrested at their checkpoint.  Lt. Paul Childs of the Centerville Police Department says they had four open container citations,three minor in possession citations and one car even tried to avoid the Checkpoint.

Category: Criminal
• Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

A University of Miami student who prosecutors say had a blood alcohol level nearly triple the legal limit was slapped Monday with a DUI manslaughter charge for the fatal wreck that claimed the life of a grandmother.

Ivanna Victoria Villanueva, 19, was formally charged Monday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

Coral Gables police say that on Oct. 3, Villanueva plowed her 2011 Audio Q5 into a Ford Focus driven by Eyder Ayala, 68, at the intersection of LeJeune Road and Majorca Avenue just after 4:30 a.m.

The crash immediately killed Ayala, a mother of five and grandmother of seven. She was a longtime manager at a local McDonald’s.

Coral Gables police at first, charged Villanueva with vehicular homicide.

On Monday, prosecutors added the DUI manslaughter charge — which carries a 15-year maximum prison sentence — as well as a third-degree felony count of possessing a false drivers license. Prosecutors earlier said that Villanueva had several fake IDs which she used to get into the swank LIV nightclub in Miami Beach.

A toxicology report released by the prosecutors shows that shortly after the crash, her blood alcohol level was .231. The legal limit is .08.

Villanueva, a UM sophomore, played varsity lacrosse and soccer at Palmer Trinity High. She has pleaded not guilty and is under house arrest pending trial.

“This is a tragic case all around, and the Villanueva family would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the Ayala family,” said David O. Markus, her attorney.

The Ayala family is also suing Villanueva and her father, who owns the Audi, for negligence.

Category: Criminal
• Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The driver of a low-fare MegaBus will be fired if the DUI charges brought against him over the weekend result in a conviction, the company CEO told WKYC Monday afternoon.

MegaBus makes several daily stops in Cleveland and Akron, and serves as many as 80 local passengers each trip.

Carl Smiley, 52, of Chicago was arrested by Iowa State Police on Interstate 80 Friday night on a Chicago to Iowa run. The bus was reportedly weaving and swaying, and some of the 70 passengers on board thought it was the wind.

However, when Smiley was pulled over, troopers said he smelled of alcohol, admitted to drinking, and failed a roadside sobriety test.

“We have zero tolerance for such actions,” Dale Moser, CEO of parent company Coach USA, told WKYC by phone on Monday. “The driver has been suspended, and will be fired if he is convicted.”

Smiley has been driving for MegaBus about year, but had a previous drunk driving conviction. Moser told WKYC it occurred more than 36 months ago, and that MegaBus was aware of it. He said Smiley had successfully obtained a clean commercial drivers license in Illinois.

“We take the safety of our passengers and employees as a top priority,” Moser said. “This was an isolated incident and we will be very diligent that nothing like it happens again.”

Chicago-bound passengers boarding a MegaBus in downtown Cleveland Monday afternoon were generally unaware of what had happened on the Chicago-Iowa run Friday night, but were not concerned about their safety.

“That’s crazy, being drunk driving the bus,” said one.

“I didn’t know that, but I have to travel anyway,” said another.

Moser did confirm that another MegaBus driver was stopped in Michigan for a DUI more than 3 years ago. The legal alcohol limit for a commercial bus driver in most states is much lower than for other drivers.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, October 24th, 2011

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to launch a high visibility DUI safety campaign with a goal of making travel in the county safer through increased awareness of violations attributed to careless drivers.

In the months ahead, sheriff’s deputies will focus on reducing serious injury crashes and those involving the loss of life. Sheriff Jim Ruth has given his commitment to making roads safer, and through the Sheriff’s Lifesaver Program patrol personnel will be vigilant for moving violations including driving impaired, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.

Sheriff Ruth announced the program today following several weeks of planning and preparation. In the announcement, he stressed the department’s “strong commitment to reducing fatalities” and asked the public to become a safety partner with the sheriff’s office. One way to show your support of these efforts is to examine your own driving to identify habits that can and do cause accidents.
“This is something that we can’t do by ourselves. The sheriff’s office will need the support and cooperation of everyone working together to save lives,” Sheriff Ruth said.

The lifesaver campaign’s foundation will utilize a combination of education and high visibility enforcement to spread its message.

One way deputies enforce traffic laws is through traffic stops. This allows them to point out the driver’s mistake and explain how to improve and become a safer driver. In conducting traffic stops deputies can issue a citation, or issue the driver a verbal or written warning.

While the sheriff’s office does not like writing a lot of citations, flagrant violations usually result in the offender receiving a court citation. Statistics show that overall only a small percentage of traffic stops result in charges.

In planning for the program Sheriff Ruth has re-emphasized a directive he gave to his deputies’ the day he took office. He told his staff he expects nothing less than to treat citizens with courtesy and respect and in return to expect the same response.

As lifesaver kicks off, Sheriff Ruth will be assisted in coordination of the program by Traffic Unit Lt. W.G. Campbell.

Lt. Campbell reported approximately 30 to 40 percent of the fatal DUI crashes the sheriff’s office investigates involve the use of alcohol and a similar number can be attributed to speeding as a contributing factor.

He said, “These are two factors we need to work on. Statistics compiled by the traffic unit show we have had 11 fatalities this year in traffic accidents. Added to reports for each year since 2002 reveals 143 people have been killed in traffic crashes in Bradley County over the last eight and-a-half years.

Sheriff Ruth said, “Our goal is to reduce these crashes and any loss of life is unacceptable.”

The largest number of fatalities was 23 in 2002. The following year the traffic unit was formed and fatalities dropped to 14.

Through traffic stops deputies have been able to solve other crimes and identify many individuals with pending criminal charges.

The sheriff emphasized the county’s population growth and addition of new retail businesses has caused traffic congestion to increase.

Around the upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s the Lifesaver program will focus more on impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints are planned in different locations.

Lt. Campbell said motorists should expect an increased presence by the sheriff’s office in coming weeks.

11 fatalities that have occurred this year compares to 17 for all of 2010.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, October 24th, 2011

Four million Americans admit DUI when they’ve had too much to drink, a CDC survey finds.

Just counting those who admit drunken driving — certainly an underestimate of the true number — alcohol-impaired drivers were on the road an estimated 112 million times last year.

That’s down 30% from 2006, but not down far enough for CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH.

“Each of those drunk driving episodes could have resulted in the injury or death of a fellow driver or of a kid biking to school. This is unacceptable,” Frieden said at a news conference. “One out of three fatal motor vehicle crashes is related to drunk driving: nearly 11,000 such deaths each year.”

Who’s driving drunk? The CDC survey found that:

  • 81% of drunk drivers are men.
  • 85% of drunk drivers are binge drinkers.
  • 1 in 3 drunk drivers are young men aged 21 to 34.
  • People who don’t always wear seatbelts are four times more likely to drive drunk.
  • People from the Midwest report more drunk driving than people from the South, West, or Northeast.

Among states, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Massachusetts rank first, second, and third, respectively, in most drunk driving. New York, New Mexico, and New Jersey rank first, second, and third, respectively, in least drunk driving. (Note: figures are not available for Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.)

The decline in drunk driving is a bit confusing, Frieden says, as Americans are drinking as much as ever. He suggests that the recession may be keeping drinkers at home and off the road. And he urges states to take stronger actions against drunk driving.

“There are other countries around the world that have taken drunk driving more seriously, and their rates of fatal crashes are half or two-thirds lower than ours,” Frieden says. “They drink just as much and drive just as fast as we do. But this is a huge threat to everyone who uses the road, with tragic consequences.”

In particular, the CDC urges states to take two actions:

  • Increase sobriety checkpoints, at which police stop cars and determine whether drivers have been drinking.
  • Pass laws requiring anyone convicted of drunk driving to install ignition interlock programs that require drivers to pass a breath test before the car will start.

How much will these programs cost? The CDC points to data from the government-funded Children’s Safety Network:

  • Each DUI checkpoint costs about $12,000 but saves $82,000 in medical costs (trauma care, disability care, etc.) and societal costs (lost earnings, property damage, etc.).
Category: Criminal
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