Archive for ◊ November, 2011 ◊

Author:
• Monday, November 28th, 2011

http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/article/20111128/NEWS01/111280318

Visalia police arrested one person on suspicion of driving under the influence at a DUI checkpoint conducted late Saturday and early Sunday at Court Street and Race Avenue.

Police checked 168 vehicles and five people were given field sobriety tests, which resulted in the arrest of Ruperto Lopez, 39, of Visalia on suspicion of DUI.

Police also issued two citations for unlicensed driving and one for driving on a suspended license.

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Monday, November 28th, 2011

http://wheaton.patch.com/articles/police-report-dui-license-arrests

Police arrested a Wheaton man for  DUI of alcohol and speeding Sunday, Nov. 13. Kelly Reich, 31, of 2 Wheaton Center, drove a silver 2004 Pontiac Grand Am near the Apartments of Wheaton Center around 1 a.m. when police stopped him. He was booked at the Wheaton Police Department and released later that morning.

Police arrested an Elburn man for driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding Friday, Nov. 11. Daniel Cross, 28, drove a silver 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo near the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Road around 1:15 a.m. when police stopped him. He was booked at the Wheaton Police Department and released later that morning.

Police arrested an Addison man on a warrant for failure to appear for illegal consumption of alcohol Tuesday, Nov. 15. Kevin Gallagher, 22, was arrested at the Wheaton Police Department around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and released later that night.

Police arrested a  DUI 31-year-old Bolingbrook woman for driving on a suspended license, illegal use of a license and following too closely Wednesday, Nov. 16. She drove a 2011 bronze Chevy Malibu near the intersection of Leask Lane and Robinwood Court when police stopped her. She was released on the scene.

Patch reports on law enforcement activity in our town, using information provided by official agencies. Persons charged with a crime, or issued a citation for violation of a local ordinance, are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. If you or a family member are charged with a crime or cited for a violation, and the charge or citation are subsequently adjudicated, we encourage you to notify the editor of this Patch site and we will do follow-up reporting on the case.

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Monday, November 28th, 2011

http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2011/11/28/ambler_gazette/news/doc4ed2c3a57f90a726823720.txt

A Horsham man has pleaded not guilty to charges he allegedly was speeding and DUIwhen he caused a one-vehicle crash that claimed the lives of two of his four passenger friends.

Connor James McNicholas, 20, of the 1100 block of Brynhill Court, waived his arraignment in Montgomery County Court Nov. 25 and pleaded not guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol, homicide by vehicle, DUI, recklessly endangering other persons, unsworn falsification to authorities, reckless driving, careless driving and speeding in connection with the 1:19 a.m. Aug. 6 crash on Witmer Road in the area of Wade Avenue in Horsham.

By waiving his arraignment, McNicholas did not have to appear before a judge for a formal reading of the charges lodged against him. McNicholas, who was 19 at the time of the crash, will now be scheduled for trial on the charges.

McNicholas, who is represented by Chester defense lawyer Peter J. Scuderi, remains free on $500,000 bail while awaiting trial.

Killed in the crash were passengers Edward Taylor Coombs, 19, of Horsham, who was seated in the middle rear seat, and Robert Walker Nagel, 19, of Ambler, who was in the front passenger seat. Autopsies determined the two teenagers, who were pronounced dead at the scene, died from head injuries sustained in the crash.

At the time of the crash, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman alleged, “This is yet another case where the combination of teenagers, alcohol and speed tend to be a very deadly combination.”

McNicholas allegedly was traveling between 97 and 103 mph leading up to the crash and was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.117 percent, which is more than five times the legal DUI limit of 0.02 percent for persons under 21, according to court papers. The legal blood-alcohol content for adult drivers is 0.08 percent.

Authorities alleged a group of teenage boys attended a party at which alcohol was consumed and five boys left the party together, McNicholas driving his four friends home.

Two other occupants, Darryl Neville Jr., 18, of Darby, Delaware County, the right rear seat passenger, and Timothy Kurpiel, 19, of Horsham, the left rear seat passenger, were treated for non-life threatening injuries at Abington Memorial Hospital after the crash, along with McNicholas.

McNicholas’ 2007 two-door Honda Civic was headed westbound on Witmer Road when the vehicle traveled off the roadway, struck a curb and entered the yard of a property in the 600 block of Wade Avenue, where it struck two trees before coming to rest, authorities alleged. The vehicle traveled about 405 feet from the initial point McNicholas lost control in a bend in the road to where it came to rest in the Wade Avenue yard, authorities alleged

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Monday, November 28th, 2011

http://durangoherald.com/article/20111127/NEWS01/711279969/0/s/October-DUI%E2%80%99s/DWAI%E2%80%99s

DUI Convictions

The following are convictions made in October 2011 for driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher or by prescription or illegal drugs. Unless otherwise indicated, all convicts were ordered to obtain and follow drug/alcohol evaluations, attend a victim-impact panel and to perform community service.

Suspensions of jail time (in parentheses) are awarded if all other requirements of the sentence are completed within one year. Dollar amounts not otherwise specified are court costs defendants were ordered to pay.

Jeremy A. Blair, 2508 Delwood Ave., Durango. 12 days La Plata County Jail, 48 hours public service, $82.40 restitution, $2,498.50 fine.

Juanita Grant-Araujo, 2515 Columbine Drive, Durango. 12 days La Plata County Jail, 48 hours public service, $13.72 restitution, $2,498.50 fine.

Gerard F. Henry, 14145 N. 92nd St., No. 1111, Scottsdale, Ariz. 12 days La Plata County Jail, 48 hours public service, $81.90 restitution, $2,298.50 fine.

Dakota E. Hufford, 16312 Oaktree Terrace, Oregon City, Ore. 20 days La Plata County Jail, 48 hours public service, $13.72 restitution, $2,298.50 fine.

Riley J. Hultman, 190 Maple Lane, Durango. 25 days La Plata County Jail, 52 hours public service, $13.50 restitution, $2,498.50 fine.

Jerry H. Lansing, 62 E. Empire St., Cortez. 25 days La Plata County Jail, 52 hours public service, $2,498.50 fine.

Falina C. Maley, 138 County Road 5010, Bloomfield, N.M. 12 days La Plata County Jail, 48 hours public service, $81.90 restitution, $2,498.50 fine.

Sean M. McGarva, 1000 Geoglein Gulch Road No. 2146, Durango. 12 days La Plata County Jail, 48 hours public service, $81.90 restitution, $2,498.50 fine.

Lana R. Murphy, 240 East Fourth Ave. Apartment 244, Durango. 25 days La Plata County Jail (25 days suspended), 48 hours public service, $10.72 restitution, $1,698.50 fine.

Nicholas J. Pavlovich, 4110 Third Ave., No. 207, San Diego, Calif. 25 days La Plata County Jail (25 days suspended), 48 hours public service, $11.72 restitution, $1,098.50 fine.

Michael P. Ruby, 288 Animas View Drive, No. 101, Durango. 60 days La Plata County Jail, 75 hours public service, $12.72 restitution, $2,529.50 fine.

Adrian Smith, No. 18 County Road 6212, Kirtland, N.M. 25 days La Plata County Jail (25 days suspended), 48 hours public service, restitution to be determined, $1,098.50 fine.

Matthew K. Walling, No. 3 County Road 6257, Kirtland, N.M. 25 days La Plata County Jail, 52 hours public service, $80.90 restitution, $2,379.40 fine.

Sherry K. Yoakum, 1512 Martin Ave., Aztec, N.M. 10 days La Plata County Jail, 52 hours public service, $80.90 restitution, $2,298.50 fine.

DUI Convictions

The following are October 2011 convictions for driving while ability impaired with a blood-alcohol content between 0.05 percent and 0.08 percent or by prescription or illegal drugs. Unless otherwise indicated, all convicts were ordered to obtain and follow drug/alcohol evaluations, attend a victim-impact panel and to perform community service. Suspensions of jail time (in parentheses) are awarded if all other requirements of the sentence are completed within one year. Dollar amounts not otherwise specified are court costs defendants were ordered to pay.

Harrison H. Baker, 20310 U.S. Highway 160, Apartment No. A5, Durango. 15 days La Plata County Jail (15 days suspended), 24 hours public service, $7.50 restitution, $579.50 fine.

Jake E. Gallegos, 2555 C ¾ Road, Grand Junction. 365 days La Plata County Jail (185 days suspended), 80 hours public service, $754.50 fine.

Patrick A. Gott, 3519 West Second Ave., Durango. 15 days La Plata County Jail (15 days suspended), 24 hours public service, $165.90 restitution, $754.50 fine.

Raymond L. McNabb, 300 Russell Blvd., No. A-1, Thornton. 15 days La Plata County Jail (15 days suspended), 24 hours public service, $74.50 restitution, $754.50 fine.

Carlos I. Ortiz, 18 Huckleberry, Durango. 15 days La Plata County Jail (15 days suspended), 24 hours public service, $10.72 restitution, $754.50 fine.

Charles M. Young, 9027 Longmont, Dallas, Texas. 10 days La Plata County Jail, 52 hours public service, $8 restitution, $1,929.50 fine.

Deferred Judgments

The following cases of driving while ability impaired with a blood-alcohol content between 0.05 percent and 0.08 percent or by prescription or illegal drugs were granted deferred judgments and sentences in October 2011. A deferred judgment is not a conviction. It is a sentence typically put off (deferred) for a specific period of time, typically a year. If the defendant complies with each of the conditions of the deferred sentence within the allotted time period, the defendant’s record is cleared of this charge. Orders typically require no violations of the law during the period of the order, except for traffic infractions, attend a victim-impact panel and alcohol education class. Dollar amounts not otherwise specified are court costs defendants were ordered to pay.

Walter A. Dahlstrom, 80 Oxford Place, Durango. 24 hours public service, $74.50 restitution, $549.50 fine.

Tianna M. Thomas, 1927 Highland Ave., Durango. 24 hours public service, $8.50 restitution, $549.50 fine.

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Monday, November 28th, 2011

http://www.cbs47.tv/news/local/story/Two-Killed-in-Suspected-DUI-Crash/sz4FTKRob0GOeIdTsdtgIA.cspx

Clovis Police are investigating a suspected DUI driving crash that killed a man and a woman early Sunday morning.  It happened at 2 a-m near the intersection of Minnewawa and Barstow.

Officers arrested Larry Garcia.  The DUI 29-year old from Clovis was allegedly drunk when his pickup collided with a car carrying two people.

According to the Fresno County Coroner, 34-year old Keith Smith of Clovis and 31-year old Jessica Matthes of Sacramento were the man and woman killed.

Investigators say the two were in a car going westbound on Barstow when it collided with a pickup that was headed north on Minnewawa.  Smith, who was driving the car, died instantly.  His passenger Matthes was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Police want this tragedy to serve as a reminder to take responsibility.  With Christmas around the corner, more holiday parties are being held, which means you will face several opportunities to drink.

“We’re just encouraging people that if you have anything to drink think twice before getting behind the wheel.  Call a friend, stay the night at a friend’s house, call a cab, do anything, but don’t get on the streets and drive,” said Kristina Hershberger of Clovis Police.

The suspected drunk driver, Larry Garcia, escaped with just minor injuries.  He now faces two charges of vehicular manslaughter.

Investigators are still trying to piece this crash back together, so they have not definitively ruled who was at fault.

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Monday, November 28th, 2011

http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2011/11/26/news/doc4ed1c3c44f151986145556.txt

Connecticut state police officials announced they responded to more than 3,900 calls for service since troopers began extra holiday patrols Nov. 23.

In a written statement issued by Lt. J. Paul Vance, the additional enforcement continued through Nov. 27 and thus far has netted 431 speeding arrests, 61 seat belt arrests, 13 DUI arrests and 805 other hazardous moving violations.

Sobriety checkpoints and targeted DUI patrols will be in place over the entire weekend. State Police will continue this preventive enforcement effort until the end of the Holiday season. Troopers patrol all roads and highways across Connecticut and will focus on drunk driving violations and target aggressive drivers.

Troopers have investigated 211 accidents, 20 with injuries. One fatality has been reported in Farmington when a New York woman was killed after her car cross the center line on Route 6 and collided head on with a car driven by a Farmington woman.

Last year Troopers handed out 2,255 speeding tickets, 151 seat belt violations, 3,411 hazardous moving violations and made 80 DUI arrests. Troopers responded to 391 accidents, 57 with injuries and 1 fatality.

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/21/2513376/man-gets-15-years-for-fatal-dui.html

A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced 15 years in prison for a fatal DUI crash.

The St. Petersburg Timesreports that a Hillsborough County judge gave Ryan Carll the maximum for DUI manslaughter on Monday.

Authorities say Carll, then 25, was going about 80 mph in April 2009 when he crashed into another car at a red light. That car’s driver, 37-year-old Tina Harrison, died a short time later at a nearby hospital, and a passenger was injured. Authorities say Carll had mixed prescription pain killers with alcohol while partying that night.

At the time of the DUI collision, Carll was out of jail on bail after authorities say he beat and threatened his fiancee with a gun.

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

http://www.laramieboomerang.com/articles/2011/11/22/news/doc4ecb2f7bb67f4410640580.txt

A Laramie man was sentenced Monday in 2nd Judicial District Court to up to two years in prison for his third conviction of felony drunken driving.

Jeremy Avos Wilson, 30, was sentenced to 22-24 months in prison for his fifth drunken driving conviction in nine years and his sixth DUI since July 2001.

In Wyoming, it is a felony to plead guilty to or to be convicted of drunken driving four or more times in a 10-year period.

Wilson was arrested for his sixth DUI on Aug. 28, when he was free on bond while awaiting an Aug. 31 sentencing for his fifth DUI.

Wilson’s attorney, public defender Randy Hiller, asked the court to impose the sentence concurrent to the Aug. 31 sentence of 18-24 months.

E. Kurt Britzius, an Albany County deputy prosecutor, asked for a consecutive sentence so Wilson would have enough time to complete the prison’s Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU), a program that operates as a modified therapeutic community separate from the rest of the inmate population.

“For the Intensive Treatment Unit, you do need at least two years,” Britzius said. “That (consecutive sentences) will give him just enough time to complete treatment.”

District Judge Jeffrey Donnell ordered Wilson to serve the 22-24-month sentence consecutive to the 18-24-month sentence he received for his fifth DUI.

If Wilson earns good-time credit in prison, he would serve only about two years, which is the minimum time for the prison’s Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) to have any lasting effect, Donnell said.

“Two years on the top end is simply not enough to do anything by way of treatment,” he told Wilson. “If you’ve got 18-24 months to serve, that isn’t long enough to get you into the program. By the time you get credit for the time you’ve already served, by the time you get credit for good time and special-good time in Torrington … there just isn’t time to do it. So you go up there and basically waste your time.

“There’s no question you need to spend your time in the ITU,” Donnell added. “The only way that’s going to happen is if you’ve got consecutive sentences.”

Wilson said he is eager to enroll in ITU while in prison so he can address his alcoholism and get his life back on track.

“I’m looking forward to doing that,” he said.

According to Britzius, Wilson was in a Dodge Ram pickup truck when he was stopped by a Laramie Police Department officer for driving 41 mph in a 30 mph zone in downtown Laramie at 11:10 a.m. on Aug. 28.

“Upon approaching the defendant’s driver-side window, (LPD Det. Justin Johnson) he observed an open can of beer in the console area,” Britzius said. “Mr. Wilson claimed it was from the night before when he had been out late drinking.”

Johnson also noticed that Wilson had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol.

Britzius said Wilson refused to perform the standardized field sobriety test and a breath test.

Later, Wilson agreed to take a blood test, which revealed his blood-alcohol content was 0.13, which is more than 1.5 times the legal limit of 0.08.

Britzius noted that Wilson was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving several days before he was to be sentenced for felony DUI in an unrelated case.

When asked why he was drinking while free on bond, Wilson said he wanted to get drunk one last time before he was sent to prison.

“I went out with some friends the night before (on Aug. 27),” Wilson said. “The next morning, I was hungry. So, I was going to get something to eat when I was pulled over.”

Wilson was convicted of or pleaded guilty to DUI in July 2001 and on July 5, 2002, and July 1, 2004, in Laramie Municipal Court.

Wilson then was convicted of or pleaded guilty to felony DUI in 2nd Judicial District Court on Nov. 16, 2005; May 24, 2011; and Monday.

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/11/22/prweb8984656.DTL

A recent article published byDrunk Driving vs. Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths in U.S. Cities, addresses the fact that cities with the highest rates of DUI offenders are not, for the most part, the cities with the highest mortality rates when it comes to alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

The author cites a CBS publication which lists the 10 U.S. cities with the highest number of insurance applicants with alcohol-related offenses on their driving records. These statistics came from Insurance.com, which claims to have examined insurance companies in the country’s 20 biggest cities. Boston, however, was not included. The following cities were determined to have the highest rate of DUIs per capita:

San Diego, Calif.
San Jose, Calif.
Charlotte, N.C.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Columbus, Ohio
Indianapolis, Ind.
Los Angeles, Calif.
San Francisco, Calif.
Austin, Texas
Jacksonville, Fla.

Amazingly, according to a Louisiana State University research paper, The Population Consumption Model, Alcohol Control Practices and Alcohol-Related Traffic Fatalities, 90 percent of these cities are not among the top ten U.S. cities with the most alcohol-related traffic deaths. In fact, the results were much different. The authors, Deborah A Cohen, Karen Mason and Richard Scribner, determined the following cities to have the highest rates of DUI-related deaths in the country; the figures represent DUI deaths for every 100,000 people:

Dallas, Texas – 10.23
Kansas City, Mo. – 10.10
Albuquerque, N.M. – 8.62
Nashville-Davidson, Tenn. – 8.47
Detroit, Mich. – 8.22
Phoenix, Ariz. – 8.14
St. Louis, Mo. – 7.92
Chattanooga, Tenn. – 7.92
Newark, N.J. – 7.55
Tampa, Fla. – 7.55

These results, which paint a different picture than CBS’s publication, are shocking, but Cohen, Mason and Scribner insist that the numbers make sense. According to Drunk Driving vs. Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths in U.S. Cities, mortality rates for alcohol-related traffic accidents are heavily influenced by state and local laws and regulations.

Drunk Driving vs. Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths in U.S. Cities also discusses two viewpoints, also called models, for looking at alcohol-related deaths: the “medical disease” model and the “population consumption” model. The medical disease model is based on the assumption that drinking problems are enhanced but not caused by environmental and psychological factors, but the population consumption model assumes that environmental factors, such as regulations and punishment, play the biggest role in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.

The authors of the Louisiana State University study came to the conclusion that the primary causes of higher mortality rates are alcohol access, enforcement, deterrence measures and the severity of punitive action in any given city or state. For example, Salt Lake City Utah, which boasts the lowest DUI rate in the country, might have limited access to alcohol, stiffer punishments and more thorough alcohol enforcement than Dallas, Texas.

Depending on the city, state or county, punishments for DUI vary greatly, and communities often reserve the right to make them more stringent. Cities, counties and states with more lenient laws, less enforcement and easy access to alcohol are the ones with the highest death tolls. To rectify the problem, the article suggests stiffer punishments for offenders, more stringent licensing requirements and limited access to alcohol.

Category: Criminal
Author:
• Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/nov/22/actors-son-pleads-guilty-dui-causing-injury/

Griffin O’Neal, son of actor Ryan O’Neal, admitted Tuesday that he  DUI of drugs in August and caused a head-on traffic collision in San Pasqual that injured another motorist.

O’Neal, 47, pleaded guilty to two felony charges: driving under the influence and possession of a firearm by a felon. He also admitted he has a previous strike on his record for shooting into an occupied vehicle in Los Angeles in 1992.

As a result of the plea, his other charges were dismissed.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Eugenia Eyherabide scheduled a sentencing hearing for Jan. 12, when O’Neal faces a possible sentence of up to four years in prison.

The actor’s son, who lives in North County and is free on bail, stood in court Tuesday with the assistance of a cane. He said he was on medication for treatment of a bone disease.

When questioned by the judge, O’Neal said initially that he was not sure whether his previous conviction was a strike. Moments later he said: “I’m crystal clear right now.”

Deputy District Attorney Vanessa DuVall has said that O’Neal was on drugs Aug. 2, when he veered into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle. The other motorist suffered head and back injuries.

Toxicology tests revealed that O’Neal had amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana and Xanax in his blood at the time of the collision. He was on probation for a previous DUI at the time.

Rock cocaine and loaded weapons were found in the vehicle O’Neal had been driving.

Defense lawyer Heather Boxeth said at a previous hearing that her client had been trying to help his brother who had “relapsed again.”

His half-brother, Redmond O’Neal, was arrested in Santa Monica the same day of the crash after police allegedly found heroin in his car during a traffic stop, the Associated Press reported.

Redmond O’Neal is the son of Ryan O’Neal and the late actress Farrah Fawcett.

Category: Criminal
Viagra Cialis Levitra Kamagra tretinoin cream accutane buy viagra payday loans