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  • Court ruling orders interlocks for drug-impaired drivers

    09/21/2012 2:16:19 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 24 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 9/20/12 | Barry Massey
    People convicted of driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs must have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicles as required by New Mexico’s drunken driving law, although the devices don’t detect the use of drugs, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
  • Mayor's views of president point of contention in city meeting

    03/16/2012 6:13:34 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 14 replies
    Clovis (NM) News Journal ^ | March 15, 2012 | Kevin Wilson
    Clovis citizens and commissioners debated new Mayor David Lansford’s views on President Obama, and whether they matter for the city going forward. The chairman of the city’s planning and zoning committee, Brent “Bud” DaBell, resigned Wednesday regarding the matter and said his time might be better spent pursuing a recall of Lansford. District 3 Commissioner Bobby Sandoval noted the nationwide attention Clovis has received, and his support for a possible recall of Lansford, in comments that touched off an hour-long debate. He noted concerns that Lansford’s positions would hurt relationships with other communities and federal agencies.
  • Ranger zaps off-leash dog walker with shock weapon

    01/31/2012 4:06:26 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 27 replies
    January 31, 2012 ^ | Jill Tucker
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  • Polk County Deputy Violated Policy in DUI Cases

    12/31/2009 6:46:40 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 5 replies · 473+ views
    Lakeland Florida News Ledger ^ | 12/27/09 | Jason Geary
    DUI Charges Against 54 Dropped Prosecutors say a Polk County sheriff's deputy may have taken shortcuts in handling investigations. By Jason Geary THE LEDGER Prosecutors have abandoned charges against 54 people accused of driving under the influence, citing concerns about a deputy's shortcuts in writing reports and conducting blood alcohol tests. Deputy Tex Thomas has made about 124 arrests for DUI since he began working last year for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. In a deposition, Thomas spoke about preparing reports by cutting-and-pasting words from previous DUI reports as a "template" rather than starting with a blank page. Prosecutors also...
  • 14 People Charged With Illegally Purchasing 77M Cigarettes

    11/05/2009 7:47:43 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 55 replies · 1,962+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/5/09 | Associated Press
    FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Fourteen people have been charged with illegally purchasing 77 million contraband cigarettes from undercover agents in Virginia and smuggling the cigarettes to New York. Two are also accused of paying an agent posing as a hit man to kill a husband and wife whom they believed had stolen from them. The indictments handed up Thursday in federal court in Alexandria are the culmination of a yearlong investigation. Authorities say the smuggling ring paid $8 million plus guns and drugs to the undercover agents for the cigarettes. Cigarette smuggling has increased in recent years as high taxes...
  • Brewery's Nanny State beer swipe

    10/03/2009 6:17:31 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 18 replies · 764+ views
    BBC News - Scotland ^ | 9/28/09 | BBC Staff
    A brewery has launched a low alcohol beer called Nanny State after being branded irresponsible for creating the UK's "strongest beer". Scottish brewer BrewDog, of Fraserburgh, was criticised for Tokyo* which has an alcohol content of 18.2%. Campaigners welcomed the 1.1% alcohol Nanny State but said the name showed a lack of appreciation of the problem The 3,000 limited edition bottles of Tokyo* contained six units of alcohol - twice the recommended daily limit. The company had insisted the £9.99 high strength beer would help tackle the country's binge-drinking culture, because customers would drink it in smaller quantities. The name...
  • Driving while immobile

    03/27/2009 6:42:38 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 33 replies · 956+ views
    MNDAILY.COM ^ | 03/25/2009 | EDITORIAL BOARD
    That Daryl Fleck , 55, may not have intended to drive when he was found sleeping drunk in the driver’s seat of his vehicle, parked in his home lot at 11:30 p.m. “is immaterial,” Judge Terri Stoneburner argued in a Minnesota Appeals Court decision that upheld Fleck’s drunk driving conviction. Under Minnesota’s Driving While Impaired statute, 169A.20, it is illegal for any person with a blood-alcohol concentration in excess of .08 to “drive, operate, or be in physical control of any motor vehicle.” Stoneburner argues in accordance with State v. Starfield : “Physical control is meant to cover situations where...
  • Suspects refuse to give blood in DUI crackdown in Palm Beach County

    03/11/2009 6:59:36 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 34 replies · 1,398+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | 3/1/09 | Dianna Cahn
    Surrounded by flashing red and blue lights, the man in red leather sandals lifted one foot off the ground and waited as the deputy kept time. Then, finding that the man had failed the sobriety test, the deputy pulled the man's hands behind his back and shackled them. The man stood in a strip mall parking lot where he pulled over after an undercover deputy noticed him swerving in and out of his lane on Military Trail and he struck the median, said Sheriff's Cpl. Scott Yoder, who assisted with the arrest. The undercover deputy charged the driver with cocaine...
  • Secret discipline of $150,000-a-year DUI judge 'could take two years'

    02/20/2009 6:29:17 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 25 replies · 1,239+ views
    Southtown Star (Chicago) ^ | January 25, 2009 | KIM JANSSEN
    She quietly pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was sentenced on the day President Obama was inaugurated. But it may be another two years before Cook County Judge Sheila McGinnis is disciplined by the authorities who oversee Illinois judges - if they discipline her, according to the executive director of the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board. McGinnis on Tuesday dodged a potential one-year jail term when she admitted drunkenly crashing her Chevrolet sport utility vehicle into the back of a family-of-four's minivan May 9 in Tinley Park. With the attention of the Southland and the world focused on Washington, D.C., Judge...
  • Undercover police kill North Park man’s pet on a complaint check

    12/24/2008 5:57:06 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 336 replies · 5,379+ views
    San Diego City Beat ^ | 12/09/2008 | Kelly Davis
    Mali, a 3-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, balances her front paws on Demarkus Peeples’ thighs, gives him a long look then returns to all fours and takes a walk around the front porch of the North Park house where she lives with her owner, Ross Meyer. She walks back over to Peeples and does it again. She’s got sparkly purple polish on her nails. Two days earlier, Peeples’ dog Egypt, also an American Staffordshire Terrier, was shot by San Diego police officers who say the dog came at them in a threatening manner. Egypt was hit three times—in the paw, lower...
  • MADD Volunteers Hit Road for DUI Enforcement

    09/02/2008 7:21:30 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 1 replies · 50+ views
    WSJ Marketwatch ^ | 8/27/08 | Don Murray-Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    MANATEE COUNTY, Fla., Aug 27, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- In a "first in the nation" pilot program developed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Manatee County Sheriff, Brad Steube, announced in a press conference earlier this week, that his sheriff's department was partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In a unique program that puts specially trained MADD observers on the road to observe traffic and report potential drunk drivers, MADD and the Sheriff's office are committed to saving lives and preventing injuries. "As part of the national Labor Day crackdown, Over the Limit, Under Arrest, MADD Florida and the Manatee County...
  • Mandatory In-Car Breathalyzers Coming?

    06/28/2008 7:30:35 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 45 replies · 170+ views
    National Motorists Association ^ | 6/23/08 | Eric Peters
    If you’re not a convicted drunk driver, should you still be required to have an in-car breathalyzer fitted (at your expense, ‘natch) to your next new vehicle? Apparently, some automakers — including GM and Toyota — think so. They and a few others are working together under the auspices of something called the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, which is a $10 million federal “research program” that is trying to develop just such technology for mass introduction a few years from now. At the moment, the only people who have to deal with (and pay for) in-car Breathalyzers are...
  • Heather Squires was arrested for DUI without drinking a drop of alcohol

    06/04/2008 6:12:59 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 110 replies · 1,005+ views
    Phoenix New Times ^ | May 29, 2008 | Sarah Fenske
    Heather Squires was the designated driver. Never exactly a fun thing, but a college buddy of her husband's was driving up from Tucson to celebrate his acceptance into law school. So when her husband, Jason, asked, Heather said yes. It's not safe to be the designated driver these days, either. At Chuy's in Tempe, Heather's brother and her husband and the soon-to-be-law-school student knocked off four pitchers of beer. Everybody was having a great time. Around 9:30 p.m., they decided to head home. So they piled into Jason Squires' new pickup truck. As planned, Heather drove. They didn't get very...
  • Blood draw required if breath test refused

    05/25/2008 6:54:39 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 61 replies · 160+ views ^ | 5/21/08 | nonamementionedtheyareshamed
    Anyone who refuses to submit to a blood-alcohol breath test this weekend will be required to have his or her blood drawn, authorities said Tuesday in reminding residents of a new program scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Friday. District Attorney Susan Reed said the ‘No Refusal Accepted' program is scheduled to continue through 7 a.m. Tuesday. A registered nurse will be on duty both at the San Antonio magistrate's office and the detention center to draw blood from anyone arrested on suspicion of drunken driving who refused at the scene to take a breath test. Prosecutors will assist with...
  • It took less than one drink to get Shannon Wilcutt busted for felony DUI

    04/02/2008 7:19:51 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 35 replies · 31+ views
    Phoenix New Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | Sarah Fenske
    The businessman was meeting with clients for lunch at Mimi's Café when he noticed the woman. Sitting a few tables over with her 4-year-old boy, she seemed groggy — yet she was drinking a mimosa. (snip)Turns out, those glasses of white wine were actually water. Wilcutt was groggy because she'd just had dental surgery. She'd thought a mimosa might be soothing, but when it stung her sutures, she pushed it away half-finished.
  • Tube inserted into man who refused to give urine sample

    03/07/2008 7:04:04 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 79 replies · 1,861+ views (Seattle Press Intelligencer) ^ | 3/4/08 | Associated Press Staff
    KELSO, Wash. -- When a man who was suspected of drunken driving in Longview refused to give blood and urine samples he was taken to a hospital. His lawyer says he was held down kicking and screaming for a blood draw. And a tube was inserted into his bladder to withdraw the urine. He sued Cowlitz County. A settlement was reached Friday in which he was paid $15,000, without authorities admitting they did anything wrong. The 37-year-old man, Matthew Clifford Arthur, was on probation at the time of the arrest in November and was required to undergo screening for drugs...
  • Hoboken SWAT Team: We Were Forced To Go To Hooters

    03/02/2008 6:30:03 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 64 replies · 1,495+ views
    WCBS-TV ^ | 2/29/06 | Jay Dow
    Jay Dow HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBS) ― The racy photos of cops cavorting with Hooters waitresses rocked the Hoboken Police Department. Now, officers face disciplinary charges after a scathing report on their conduct was released. The photos embarrassed and brought unwanted attention to the Hoboken police. Officers of the disbanded SWAT team and their chief are seen in the photos having a ball during Mardi Gras, and with Hooters waitresses during the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Retiring Hoboken patrolman John Camile told CBS 2 HD he's moving on with a bit of a heavy heart. "You feel that weight that people...
  • DUI bill dies, no doubt from embarrassment

    02/18/2008 6:15:04 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 67 replies · 162+ views
    Yakima Herald,com ^ | 2/15/08 | Yakima Herald Editorial Board (at link)
    Finally, common sense prevails in dealing with the state's laws on driving under the influence of liquor and drugs. A bill steeped in election-year, get-tough-on-crime grandstanding has quietly gone to the burial ground for bad bills in the state Legislature. It failed to make it out of the Senate Transportation Committee before Tuesday's deadline. Senate Bill 6402 would have required people convicted of a DUI infraction to put fluorescent-yellow license plates on their cars for one year after having their driving privileges restored. Who knows why overreaching bills even get a hearing in Olympia, as this one did last week...
  • Loaded Gun Slips Through Airport Security

    01/24/2008 7:46:00 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 18 replies · 165+ views
    CNN ^ | 1/23/08 | CNN Staff
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A passenger who went through an airport security checkpoint -- before remembering that he had a loaded gun -- is facing charges after going back to report his error, authorities said. Travelers go through security at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Gregory Scott Hinkle, 53, of Davis, West Virginia, went through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport about 7:30 a.m. Sunday, an airport spokeswoman said. After the traveler evidently recalled having the gun, he returned to the checkpoint and disclosed the weapon, authorities said. The TSA contacted airport police, who charged the...
  • Laws against reason

    12/31/2007 6:43:08 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 28 replies · 75+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | December 26, 2007 | Jennifer Rosen
    In Fairbanks, Alaska, it's illegal to serve liquor to a moose. By contrast, in Ohio it's legal to serve booze to a fish, but not if you get it drunk. Ever since the repeal of Prohibition, alcohol laws in this country have been a bit nutty. Take the business of bars. Some states mandate sitting, while others require standing at the bar to drink. Texans may take up to but not more than three sips of beer while standing. Some jurisdictions require the interior of public drinking establishments to be visible from the street; others specifically prohibit that. In Iowa...
  • Texas: Forced DUI Blood Draws Expand

    12/28/2007 7:07:11 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 443 replies · 1,628+ views
    Texas Police News ^ | 12/26/07 | Texas Police News
    More Texas jurisdictions are turning to forced blood draws to convict those suspected of DUI. Jurisdictions within Texas are expanding programs where police use force to draw blood from motorists accused of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Last week, El Paso announced it had joined Harris and Wilson Counties in a "no refusal" program specifically designed to streamline the blood drawing process. It works as follows. An accused motorist is arrested and taken downtown. While being videotaped, he will be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test with officers specifically avoiding any mention that blood will be taken...
  • ID police academy 'mortified' by PTSD slogan

    12/26/2007 7:38:23 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 48 replies · 137+ views
    KIFI TV ^ | 12/25/07 | Associated Press starr
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Are Idaho police academy graduates trying to cause Posttraumatic Stress Disorder? That's the message on the latest class's graduation programs, and it's got leaders of the Idaho Police Officer Standards and Training Academy doing damage control. The program read, "Don't suffer from PTSD, go out and cause it." Jeff Black, who heads up the academy in Meridian, Idaho, where the latest class graduated December 14th, says, "That's not something we encourage or condone. We were mortified it was in there." Apparently, each academy class chooses its own slogan. This is the one that the latest class...
  • Smoking ban 'unenforceable'

    12/22/2007 6:11:08 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 52 replies · 264+ views
    Jackson County Examiner ^ | December 19, 2007 | Toriano L. Porter |
    A lawyer for the owner of the Player's Club Bar and Grill in Independence has challenged in court the enforceability of the city's Clean Indoor Air Act ordinance and won. John Carnes, an Independence attorney for Player's Club owner Jennifer Brashear, got Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Bushur to overturn two clean air citations given to Brashear. Municipal judges in Independence had found Brashear guilty of violating the city's health code by allowing patrons of the lounge to smoke on two separate occasions. "There are some holes in that ordinance that basically makes it unenforceable," Carnes said. "It's an...
  • Government Power Grabs: 'Predicting' 2008

    12/18/2007 5:31:54 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 15 replies · 104+ views ^ | December 17, 2007 | Radley Balko
    As the end of the year approaches, it's time for another column of government overreach predictions for the New Year. What outrageous, beyond-parody grabs at power and erosions of civil liberties will transpire in 2008? My predictions:(Snip)Too over-the top? Too paranoid? As you may have guessed from clicking the embedded links (of if you read either of my two prior year-end columns ), none of the bullet points above were actual predictions. Each of the above already happened in the past 12 months, in 2007. Each year, government at all levels encroaches a bit more on our personal, economic, and...
  • Please Welcome My New Grandson

    12/08/2007 4:47:32 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 30 replies · 54+ views
    elkfersupper | 12/8/07 | elkfersupper
    Please join me in welcoming my new Grandson to the world.He is named Slade Owen (elkfersupper). He was born this morning at 5:20 AM, weighing in at 8 lbs., 13-1/2 ounces and measuring 21 inches.He is priveleged to be born to Jacob and Taylour, is fortunate to be the brother of Gunner Isaac (similar configuration); and will no doubt be proud to be the the grandson of Mary, Robb Treva and myself.I hope I live long enough to convey to him my love of this country and liberty.
  • CBS 46 Investigates: Cops Over The Limit

    11/27/2007 7:02:45 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 21 replies · 927+ views
    WGCL-TV, Atlanta, GA ^ | 11/21/07 | WGCL - Atlanta Staff
    Investigative reporter Wendy Saltzman discovered more than 100 law enforcement officers have been arrested in Georgia for driving under the influence. Her investigation found some of them asked for favors, some wrecked department cars, and some were given special treatment. "I think that is outrageous frankly," said police psychologist Dr. Anthony Stone. "I can't imagine their being fit for duty, because almost by definition they have a drinking problem," Stone said. Habersham County Sheriff’s Captain Freddie Chapman has been arrested 4 times on alcohol related charges spanning back to an underage alcohol violation in 1988. His offenses also include three...
  • Feds still pursue $3.3 million

    11/22/2007 4:17:13 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 10 replies · 137+ views
    Casper (Wyoming) Star Tribune ^ | 11/11/07 | JARED MILLER
    CHEYENNE -- A state trooper lost his job last week for “flagrant and inappropriate” methods he used during an April 7 bust that netted $3.3 million. But that hasn't slowed efforts by the U.S. attorney's office to seek forfeiture of the cash in civil court. Wyoming U.S. attorney spokesman John Powell said it's unclear whether Peech's actions will be a factor in the case, or how they might influence a judge's decision. “We're not going to stop pursuing the forfeiture action at this time,” Powell said. The decision to press forward with the forfeiture has heightened questions about the dismissal...
  • Park ranger gets seven years for fatal shooting

    10/19/2007 7:13:59 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 139 replies · 196+ views
    KOB-TV-Albuquerque, NM ^ | 10/19/07 | KOB TV Staff
    A former ranger at Elephant Butte State Park will spend a year on electronic monitoring for fatally shooting a man who refused to pay his permit fee. District Attorney Scot Key says that Clyde Woods was sentenced Wednesday in state district court in Truth or Consequences to six years for voluntary manslaughter and given a seventh year for because of a firearm enhancement. Key says, though, that all but one year was suspended. Woods will spend the remaining year under house arrest with an ankle bracelet and GPS locator. Woods was charged with shooting Bruce Teschner on the evening of...
  • MADD plans to go on patrol for DUIs

    10/01/2007 6:37:03 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 211 replies · 466+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ( ^ | September 29, 2007 | ABBIE VANSICKLE
    TAMPA - Had a few drinks before getting behind the wheel? Think again. That harmless-looking minivan in the rearview mirror might be the neighbors on patrol. That's how Mothers Against Drunk Driving pitched its latest plan to get impaired drivers off the roads. Called the Traffic Observation Program, the pilot program is slated to begin in Hillsborough County and may become a statewide initiative, according to Don Murray, Florida's executive director for MADD. The plan: Recruit 20 volunteers armed with donated cell phones and send them out in the middle of the night to watch for telltale signs of drunk...
  • Judge strikes down breath tests for pedestrians

    09/29/2007 6:03:59 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 47 replies · 106+ views
    WZZM TV ^ | 9/26/07 | AP Staff
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A federal judge says forcing non-drivers in Michigan to submit to preliminary breath tests without a search warrant is unconsitutional. U.S. District Judge David Lawson issued an injunction Wednesday blocking enforcement of a state law that penalizes pedestrians under 21 who refuse such a test. The American Civil Liberties Union says Michigan is the only state in the country that requires pedestrians to submit to a breath test without a warrant. The ACLU filed suit on behalf of four college students who had to blow into portable breath testers. Defendants in the case include the Michigan...
  • Judge tells breath-test maker to release code

    08/26/2007 6:56:14 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 69 replies · 1,676+ views
    Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune ^ | 8/15/07? | TODD RUGER
    SARASOTA -- The company that manufactures the state's drunken-driving breath-test machines must turn over the computer code that runs the machines or face stiff fines, a county judge has ruled. Defense attorneys have argued that having their experts examine the Intoxilyzer 8000's "source code" is the only way to ensure the machines correctly calculate a driver's blood-alcohol content. The Intoxilyzer 8000's first glitch was discovered in April, a month after it was implemented, when state officials realized it failed in certain situations. The state then upgraded the software in machines across the state. In Manatee and Sarasota counties, more than...
  • New Mexico MADD chapter moves offices Downtown to better monitor DWI cases

    07/28/2007 6:00:54 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 25 replies · 723+ views
    Albuquerque Tribune ^ | 7/26/07 | Christopher Sanchez
    The New Mexico chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving has plenty to celebrate. The organization on July 25 held a grand opening for its new headquarters Downtown and received a $400,000 grant from the state Traffic Safety Bureau to monitor DWI cases in six counties, including Bernalillo, said Terry Huertaz, executive director of MADD New Mexico. The organization will hire five full-time court monitors to track DWI cases at random and to gather data for an annual report, Huertaz said. "We're hoping our presence in the court will be a positive thing. We're not there to find something corrupt, but...
  • Federal Gas Taxes Fund Seatbelt Roadblocks

    05/23/2007 7:50:43 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 76 replies · 2,037+ views ^ | 5/23/07 | staff
    More than $30 million in federal gas tax funding is being spent setting up roadblocks to ticket motorists who neglect or choose not to wear a seatbelt. More than $30 million in federal gas tax dollars will be spent between now and June 3 to encourage local and state police to set up ticketing roadblocks under a program called "Click it or Ticket." Orchestrated by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Click it or Ticket offers local law enforcement officers overtime pay to stop and search motorists at random locations. Officers will then issue an expensive citation to anyone who...
  • Help Hillary Select Her Campaign Theme Song

    05/17/2007 12:42:10 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 99 replies · 1,874+ views
    "Listen to the following nine songs and choose your favorite. Or if you have your own suggestion, write in a song and artist in the space provided."
  • Police arrest 91-year-old storm victim

    04/05/2007 7:00:02 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 55 replies · 1,006+ views
    Clovis (NM) News Journal ^ | 4/2/07 | Sharna Johnson
    A 91-year-old Clovis man has been arrested for hitting a police officer with a vehicle at a checkpoint for a tornado-damaged neighborhood, according to police and court records. Clinton McDaniel was returning to his home the morning after a March 23 tornado destroyed about 100 Clovis homes and businesses to retrieve an oxygen tank needed for breathing, according to McDaniel’s attorney, Daniel Lindsey. McDaniel had left his home earlier in the day to have breakfast with his son. Lindsey said his client panicked when police refused to let him return to his home. McDaniel was charged Thursday with aggravated assault....
  • Elderly Woman Killed; 3 APD Officers Wounded In Shootout

    11/22/2006 7:06:38 AM PST · by elkfersupper · 110 replies · 2,427+ views
    WSB-TV (Atlanta) ^ | 11/21/06 | WSB-TV Staff
    Three Atlanta police officers were shot and wounded and an elderly woman killed at a house in northwest Atlanta Tuesday night. The woman, identified by relatives as 92-year old Kathryn Johnson, opened fire on the officers from the narcotics division at a house at 933 Neal Street, according to officials. Authorities say they received a tip of drug activity taking place at the home and officers were headed to the house with a search warrant. The woman's niece, Sarah Dozier, says that she bought her aunt a gun to protect herself and that her aunt had a permit for the...
  • MP’s Bill (Canada) will establish new impaired driving law at 0.05% BAC level

    11/10/2006 6:29:02 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 35 replies · 902+ views
    CCN Mathews ^ | 10/31/06 | MADD Canada
    A Private Members Bill to set a new 0.05% BAC legal limit for drinking and driving was introduced today by Kelowna British Columbia MP Ron Cannan. MADD Canada supports the MP's initiative because it will 'significantly reduce the numbers of Canadians being killed and injured in impaired driving crashes.' Mr. Cannan's Bill would introduce a new 0.05% BAC offence to complement the existing Criminal Code impaired driving offences. The new measures would differ from the current 0.08% BAC offence in three significant ways. First, the 0.05% BAC offence streamlines procedures and contains ticketing provisions. Second, the proposed offence contains lower...
  • School safety drill upsets some parents

    10/30/2006 5:53:28 PM PST · by elkfersupper · 29 replies · 631+ views
    YAHOO! News ^ | 10/28/06 | Associated Press Staff
    WYOMING, Mich. - A school safety drill that included police officers in riot gear with weapons has caused concern among some parents who say it was too realistic and frightened some students. Police in the western Michigan community of Wyoming entered two classrooms at Lee Middle and High School on Thursday and announced there was a threat to the school, The Grand Rapids Press reported. Students, who were unaware police were conducting a drill, were taken from the classroom into the halls, patted down by officers and asked what they had in their pockets, the newspaper said. "Some of these...
  • Legalize Drunk Driving

    10/05/2006 7:44:07 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 62 replies · 1,129+ views
    Ludwig Von Mises Institute ^ | 10/3/06 | Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
    In November 2000, Clinton signed a bill passed by Congress that ordered the states to adopt new, more onerous drunk-driving standards or face a loss of highway funds. That's right: the old highway extortion trick. Sure enough, states passed new, tighter laws against Driving Under the Influence, responding as expected to the feds' ransom note. The feds have declared that a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent and above is criminal and must be severely punished. The National Restaurant Association is exactly right that this is absurdly low. The overwhelming majority of accidents related to drunk driving involve repeat offenders with...
  • Deputies seize $88,000 in cash in traffic stop

    09/28/2006 5:44:38 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 104 replies · 1,208+ views
    Lexington Dispatch ^ | 9/27/06 | SEAN JAREM
    Two men traveling south on Interstate 85 southwest of Lexington Tuesday told Davidson County sheriff's deputies that the $88,000 in cash they had hidden in their car was to buy a house in Atlanta. Officers with the sheriff office's Interstate Criminal Enforcement unit didn't believe the story after a drug-sniffing dog found a strong odor of narcotics inside the car. No drugs were found, and the two men weren't charged with a crime, but officers did keep the money, citing a federal drug assets seizure and forfeiture law. Deputies first stopped the car for following too closely to another vehicle,...
  • Some Reflections on What, if Anything, “Are We Safer?” Might Mean

    09/13/2006 5:34:17 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 9 replies · 205+ views
    Cato Unbound ^ | 9/11/06 | John Mueller
    With the fifth anniversary of 9/11, a central question repeatedly asked is whether that country has become safer from international terrorism or not. I have never quite understood precisely what this question means, but let me explore six possibilities. 1. Is the likelihood that an individual American will be killed by international terrorists higher or lower than before 9/11? This is a tricky concept to deal with because the number of Americans killed within the United States by international terrorists in the five years since 9/11 is the same as the number killed in the five years before: zero. Although...
  • MADD against lowering DUI level

    09/10/2006 7:02:22 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 274 replies · 4,359+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | 9/4/06 | Associated Press
    A public advocacy group wants tougher laws for drinking and driving. But even Mothers Against Drunk Driving – long known for its efforts to keep boozy drivers off the road – said the proposal could do more harm than good. The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation has proposed lowering the legal blood-alcohol limit from .08 percent - the current standard – to .05 percent. The change, the group said, would save lives on the road. But Mothers Against Drunk Driving is opposed, fearing a backlash could erode legal gains. "Do you know how hard it was to get it...
  • Fighting Terror Five Years Later

    09/05/2006 7:50:07 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 29 replies · 471+ views ^ | 9/4/06 | Radley Balko
    The fatal flaw in the "war on terror" has always been its open-endedness. The president of the United States is never going to sit down on a battleship to sign a peace treaty with terrorism. So when we give the government special, allegedly temporary powers to fight terrorism, we're essentially handing over that power permanently. And of course, it's likely that even if we were to defeat Al Qaeda for good, there will be more terrorists attacks, be it from other Islamic fundamentalist groups or from homegrown terrorists like Timothy McVeigh. But as we approach the five-year anniversary of Sept....
  • Court overturns ruling in DUI case

    09/01/2006 8:37:33 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 44 replies · 1,137+ views ^ | 8/24/06 | PETE SHELLEM
    It was a case that prompted the president judge of Commonwealth Court to upbraid some judges for ignoring the constitution in the name of stopping drunk driving. At issue: If a police officer outside his jurisdiction stops a vehicle and the driver refuses to take an alcohol breath t est, can the license of the driver be suspended for a year? The answer is no, according to a ruling this week by the state Supreme Court. Police have grounds to make arrests outside of their jurisdiction when they see a "felony, misdemeanor, breach of peace or any other act which...
  • Crop Cops Take to the Sky

    08/30/2006 7:10:20 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 67 replies · 1,104+ views
    NPR (sorry about that) ^ | 8/28/06 | Daniel Charles
    Farmers may seem like trustworthy people, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking no chances. It's spending tens of millions of dollars to create an enormous computerized map of every farmer's field in America. The program is intended to make sure farmers are doing what's required to earn their government subsidies. It's an enormous task, keeping track of those subsidies. They add up to billions of dollars each year and they go to more than half a million farmers, scattered from Maine to California. Some farmers receive payments for protecting streams and wetlands; others, for growing specific crops. In...
  • What's the Right Way to Give Field Sobriety Tests?

    08/29/2006 8:05:49 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 53 replies · 665+ views
    DUI Blog ^ | 8/29/06 | Lawrence Taylor / USDOT
    In most DUI investigations, the main evidence in determining whether there is probable cause to arrest is a battery of "field sobriety tests". Of course, if the officer administers the test incorrectly (as is commonly the case), the results are invalid -- and an innocent person may be arrested. So what is the correct way to give the tests and interpret them? It's all laid out online (pdf) in the 165-page DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student Manual (2004 edition), published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (USDOT) and widely used for training by law enforcement agencies...
  • Eyesight test is about road safety, say police

    08/25/2006 9:02:53 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 10 replies · 811+ views ^ | 8/25/06 | Tryst Williams
    POLICE yesterday insisted a drive to check motorists' eyesight was not a precursor to a speed camera-style blitz of fines. Health staff and officers from Gwent Police carried out the one-day survey of drivers' eyesight near Abergavenny in what is believed to the first operation of its kind in the UK. More than 500 car drivers and motorcyclists took part in the roadside research, which is hoped will yield vital information to improve road safety. Inspector Glyn Fernquest, who led the policing at yesterday's survey, said, "There are big things made about speed but there are other contributory factors [in...
  • It's Now Easier To Buy A Shotgun In NC Than A Keg Of Beer

    08/24/2006 5:27:19 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 190 replies · 4,495+ views
    Raleigh Chronicle ^ | 8/23/06 | Elliott West
    In the state's continuing war against the consumption of alcohol, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley signed a new law on Monday that will not only make it harder to buy kegs of beer, but will also diminish the legal rights of defendants to challenge illegally or incorrectly obtained evidence by the state in regards to driving under the influence charges. The new law also makes it a crime to have any alcohol in the system of anyone under 21 years of age and allows police officers to demand a chemical test of citizens under 21, whether or not they are...
  • Holy Smoke: Burning incense, candles pollute air in churches

    08/23/2006 7:21:50 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 68 replies · 1,386+ views
    Science News ^ | 8/19/06 | Ben Harder
    Incense and candles release substantial quantities of pollutants that may harm health, a detailed new study of air quality in a Roman Catholic church suggests. Even brief exposure to contaminated air during a religious service could be harmful to some people, says atmospheric scientist Stephan Weber of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Essen, Germany. A previous study in the Netherlands indicated that the pollutants in smoke from incense and candles may be more toxic than fine-particle pollution from sources such as vehicle engines. Numerous studies have examined the health effects of combustion by-products from major outdoor sources, such as automobiles...
  • Farmington lawyer sues city over DWI arrest

    08/12/2006 7:53:21 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 98 replies · 1,742+ views
    KOB TV ^ | 8/12/06 | AP Staff
    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A Farmington attorney who was arrested for drunken driving, a charge eventually dropped by police, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city and Officer John Ahlm. Victor Titus claims he was arrested without probable cause and to humiliate and embarrass him. City Attorney Jay Burnham disagrees with Titus’ characterization. He says the officer didn’t violate any police department policies. Titus was charged with DWI and running a red light after being stopped last October 31. A breath test indicated Titus’ blood-alcohol level was 0.02 percent. The state’s presumed level of intoxication is 0.08 percent....