Archive for the Category ◊ Criminal ◊

• Monday, January 16th, 2012

A Clarksville man convicted of driving under the influence on at least three occasions was sent to prison for injuring a woman in a DUI related wreck in the spring of 2011.

Gary Wayne Wallace, 46, previously entered an open guilty plea to one count of vehicular assault.

On Wednesday, Judge John Gasaway sentenced Wallace to two years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

On April 9, 2011 Wallace, while under the influence of alcohol, drove his vehicle into the rear end of one car and then into oncoming traffic, striking another car and injuring the driver, Tina Reeves.

Wallace had previous DUI convictions in 1994, 1998 and 2001.

Mother arraigned
A Clarksville mother indicted by the December term of grand jury and charged with attempting to kill her 8-month old son was arraigned in circuit court this week.

Yvette A. Slee, 20, is accused of trying to kill her infant child by purposefully placing a plastic bag over his head and suffocating him.

According to the indictment, on March 3, 2011, Slee allegedly placed the bag over the infant’s head, causing him to suffer severe generalized non-specific cerebral dysfunction.

Slee, charged with attempted first degree murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse, was arraigned via video in Gasaway’s court on Tuesday. A settlement date was set for June 13.

She is currently in the Montgomery County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

The following people were indicted in the December 2011 term of grand jury and indicted in Gasaway’s court on Tuesday:

• Aaron M. McGougan, 25, is charged with solicitation of a minor. According to the indictment, on June 24, 2011 by electronic communication, McGougan allegedly solicited a 15-year-old to engage in sexual activity.

• Ricky Jackson, 50, is charged with arson on allegations he set a home on fire for the second time. According to the indictment on Oct. 6, 2011 Jackson allegedly set fire to a Hayes Street home. Jackson was on probation at the time for previously setting fire to the home in April 201. The home was being remodeled.
Jackson allegedly broke into the shed at 24 Hayes St., took a full 5-gallon gas can from the shed, broke out the window of the front door of the residence, owned by his estranged wife, and went inside, according to a previous article.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 16th, 2012

State police say a man riding in a car stopped for a DUI arrest would have gone home free and clear if he’d waited for a friend to come pick him up from the police station.

But instead, state troopers say, the man wandered out of the Berlin barracks, peed on a sign by the side of Route 50, and swung fists at officers who approached him.

So in the end, police said, Colby Lane Wolfensberger, 32, of Salisbury was arrested and charged with destroying property, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

The incident happened at about 4 a.m. on Jan. 15, according to a Maryland State Police news release. Wolfensberger was a passenger in a car whose driver was arrested for drunk driving.

Police saw Wolfensberger was inebriated too, they say, but they were content to drive him back to the barracks on Route 50 and wait for a ride. When he got there, police said, he “he became combative, cursing civilians and Troopers,” and they thought he would damage parked cars.

When Wolfensberger left the building, wandered close to the highway and kicked and urinated on a sign, police said, they went to stop him, which is when he swung at them. After a struggle — with one police officer receiving minor injuries — he was taken into custody and charged with DUI , police said.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 16th, 2012

Recology driver featured last week on “Dirty Jobs.”

Yuba-Sutter represent!

— Cory James Larsen

I love “Dirty Jobs.” I cannot wait to see it. I think I could do a dirty job. Worms and stuff don’t brother me.

— Dorothy Forbes

Great work Laura! We’re proud of you and celebrating your “Dirty Jobs” premier at the Yuba County Facebook page.

— John Fleming

Way to go A-D to know when Mike Rowe was going to be in the area.

— Alyne Cameron

Pizza delivery driver beats up would-be robber, deputies say.

Girl Power! You Rock!

— Tammy Burgeson

Now this is the kind of story I like to hear about. Way to go girl!

— Jennifer Viviano

Sometimes you have to stand up to these thugs! Way to go whoever you are!

— David Camp

Now that’s how you do it! Good to see that other women will fight back. That’ll teach them! Now they can go tell all their buddies how a lady knocked the crud out of them when they tried to rob her!

— Tammy Walden Hodges

Driver leads CHP on high-speed chase in Yuba County.

We saw the end of this on Plumas Arboga Rd. on our way home from Lincoln Monday! We wondered why there where 5 or 6 police cars there for just 1 car!

— Patti Miller

I was driving on 70 when this was happening. It was like watching Fast and Furious all over again.

— Leanne Ridley

They went by me on Arboga Road right over the levee heading towards Sleep Train, but by then she was probably doing 40 mph. I noticed her tire was flat. Three chasing her and one more just a bit farther behind. Glad I didn’t come across that when whe was doing 110mph!

— Nan Sinkey

What else is new in California. It wouldn’t be normal unless there is a chase somewhere. lol

— Gwen Brooks

Dr. Ifeanyi Charles Igwegbe has vowed to fight his DUI offense.

The fact that he was a doctor and was driving intoxicated should have gotten him a tougher sentence.

— Kathy Kilgore

He was on his way to work? That explains the care given at Rideout. Sorry Doc… having an education doesn’t make you exempt from the law.

— Shondra Spray DuPree

The fact he was on his way to do surgery when he got the DUI scares me a bit. 30 Days & 5yrs prob that’s it he should have got more. I really hope he lost his licence to practice.

— Ken Davis

He believes he should be “pardoned because of his status as a doctor,” court records state. I once held my breath for 5 minutes. Does this mean I am exempt from paying parking tickets?

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 16th, 2012

The Dothan Police Department arrested the following people and charged them with a felony crime. None of them have been convicted. Information was provided by the Dothan Police Department.

Jan. 12

- John Henry McKenzie Jr., 43, of Lagrand Drive, third-degree burglary.

- Zane Kallie Dawson, 16, of Dothan, second-degree robbery and first-degree receiving stolen property.

Jan. 13 – Justin Elliott Hawkins, 27, of Cabot Street, unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Jan. 15 – Eddie Norman Dubose, 19, of Grandvilla Drive, Dothan, aggravated child abuse.


Jan. 13 – Lee Marshal Danzey, 41, of County Road 61, Columbia. DUI

Jan. 14 – Brian Andrew Cowick, 34, of Olathe, Kan. DUI

Jan. 14 – Hilario Artemic Cortez-Meza, 28, of Hodgesville Road, Dothan.DUI

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 16th, 2012

Georgia’s House Bill 464 (which would implement drug testing for welfaare recipients) has received some national attention from civil rights groups, but now one of the bill’s key proponents is receiving attention from local traffic cops. Representative Kip Smith was arrested early Friday morning for driving around Atlanta with a BAC of .091, overthe state limit of .08. During the arrest, Smith apparently dropped in the fact that he was a state representative and also claimed he’d only had one beer that evening, 45 minutes earlier. When the officer requested that Smith take a breathalyzer test, Smith initially resisted and tried to convince the officer to take him to a hospital to be tested. The officer explained that you are only tested at a clinic or hospital after being arrested and Smith was not yet under arrest. According to the officer’s report, Smith “seemed to be having a difficult time understanding what I [the officer] was trying to explain to him.”

While Smith has not yet been found guilty of the DUI, it is ironic to see someone who is extremely concerned about drug use among welfare recipients run into some DUI related problems of his own. Smith and other supporters of H.B. 464 have argued that drug testing would prevent state money from going to drug abusers and potentially ease budget concerns by reducing welfare costs. Many members have opposed the bill on grounds of a violation of privacy, which was exemplified by Scott Holcomb’s H.B. 677, which would require Georgia politicians to undergo the same drug testing as the welfare recipients, since politicians are also receiving state funds. Neither bill has yet been voted in.

Although the irony of Smith’s arrest is enjoyable, there is another major problem with drug testing of welfare recipients that has not received enough press: the cost. A similar program in Florida and a proposed program in Rhode Island have both proven to be more expensive for the states, both in the short and long term. Basically, since the welfare recipients can’t afford to pay for the drug tests themselves (welfare recipients tend to not have a lot of extra money lying around), the state volunteers to either pay for the test or reimburse tests negative for illegal substances. While welfare recipients have been shown in some studies to exhibit higher rates of illicit drug use than the national average, it’s still nowhere near a majority of program members, which means almost all of those state funded tests are doing absolutely nothing. The few members that are eliminated by testing simply don’t generate enough savings to make the program cost neutral.

Category: Criminal
• Monday, January 16th, 2012|head

A man who drove his truck through a snowbank and into a fence outside Pauline’s Quick Stop on Vermont 105 in Sheldon at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday stands accused of DUI of alcohol — his alleged third offense, Vermont State Trooper John Bruzzi said.

State Police, following up on a tip from an off-duty U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent, responded to the crash and determined Daniel Chadwick, 58, of Sheldon had a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent, Bruzzi said.

Chadwick told police he had two drinks prior to the crash, and had bought beer from the store to bring with him ice fishing, according to the trooper. Police arrested Chadwick and cited him to appear Jan. 30 in Vermont Superior Court in St. Albans on suspicion of DUI .

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, January 11th, 2012,0,7446535.story

A Costa Mesa man was arrested for DUI after reportedly crashing his vehicle into a home early Friday morning in the 1500 block of Glenneyre Street.

After police receive a report of the crash at 12:43 a.m., Cameron Tyler Bigelow, 18, was arrested on suspicion of DUI . Both he and his male passenger were transported to Mission Hospital Mission Viejo with moderate injuries.

Bigelow had a laceration on the back of his head, and staples were required to close the wound. He also had a laceration on his right knee that required stapling and suffered a sprained neck and back.

The passenger reportedly sustained a broken right leg, sprained neck and back ,and severe trauma to his right eyeball, according to Laguna Beach police Sgt. Louise Callus.

The home had damage to its patio, entranceway and a corner of its exterior, according to police. The damages are estimated at $3,000.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

For 20 minutes Nevada Highway Patrol troopers pursued a swerving Dodge truck hauling a trailer Tuesday afternoon traveling northbound on U.S. 95.

When the 74-year-old Northern Nevada man driving the truck pulled over near the Craig Road exit he was arrested on suspicion of DUI, said Trooper Loy Hixson.

Units were called to the scene just before 5 p.m. and closed off the area of U.S. 95 near Craig Road for about 20 minutes, Hixon said.

No injuries and no other cars were involved in the DUI incident, he said. The highway has been reopened to traffic.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

A red 1993 Chevrolet truck – Washington license plate No. A05994P – and a trailer – Washington license plate No. 7933UY – were reported stolen in the 800 block of North Tower Avenue at 5 p.m. Tuesday.


• Kindal Powell, 24, of Rochester, was arrested for alleged fourth-degree assault at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of North Diamond Street.


• Scott J. Gross, 37, of Centralia, was booked at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on suspicion of   DUI on North Gold Street at East Maple Street.

Drug Possession

• Tanner Z.R. Russell, 20, of Centralia, was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of South King Street.

Shed Break-In

• A shed was reported broken into in the 100 block of Jefferson Street; reported at 10 a.m. Tuesday.


• A fraudulent check for $86 was written on a disabled man’s account in the 500 block of Hamilton Avenue; reported at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Credit Card Fraud

• Fraudulent use of a credit card was reported at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 1900 block of Van Wormer Street.

Chehalis Police Department


• Jordan C. Yocom, 28, of Centralia, was booked on an outstanding warrant at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday after he was arrested for alleged shoplifting at Walmart.

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office

Stolen Bike

• A bike was reported stolen Tuesday in the 1000 block of Boistfort Road in Boistfort. A 43-year-old male said he had left a bike at the church on Jan. 3 and it was stolen.

Harrison Avenue Crash

• At 2:22 p.m. Tuesday in the 3300 block of Harrison Avenue in Centralia, a 1998 Dodge Stratus, driven by a 52-year-old Centralia man, collided with a 1996 Honda Civic, driven by a 28-year-old Olympia man, who complained of neck pain and was transported to Providence Centralia Hospital. The 52-year-old man was cited for improper lane usage.

Lewis County Jail

Inmate population in the main facility as of early this morning: 196 inmates; 153 are men and 43 are women. None are work-release inmates. Fifty-nine are contract bed inmates from outside agencies. None are on electronic home monitoring and none are day-reporting. In the past 24 hours, as of early this morning, 14 people were booked into the jail and 18 were released.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

State police on Monday released information on a high-speed chase on Dec. 31 that began on Interstate 81 and ended with a near collision on the Central Scranton Expressway and an Archbald man in custody for suspicion of  DUI .

Keith Mancia, 29, of Archbald, sped past a state police cruiser about 12:30 p.m. on I-81 south at mile marker 186.5 and proceeded to jump from lane to lane and drive faster, reaching speeds of 100 mph, after the trooper activated the lights and sirens on his cruiser, according to a news release.

Mr. Mancia took the exit onto the Central Scranton Expressway and continued to speed until he lost control of the car on a curve and slid down an embankment into the expressway’s southbound lanes, just missing another vehicle, according to the release.

The trooper then pulled his cruiser over to Mr. Mancia’s car, commanded him out of the vehicle and took him into custody on suspicion of DUI , according to the release.

Mr. Mancia was then taken to Regional Hospital of Scranton to have blood taken for testing, according to the release.

State police said charges against Mr. Mancia were pending the results of those tests.

Category: Criminal
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