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  • Richmond Police Officer Who Brought Home 4 Pounds of Marijuana Won't Be Charged (California)

    12/19/2014 2:57:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | December 18, 2014 | n/a
    A Richmond police officer who took 4 pounds of marijuana home instead of filing it in the department's evidence locker will not be charged with a crime, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors said members of the Richmond Police Department learned in September that Officer Joe Avila had a large amount of marijuana at his house. At the request of the Police Department, the district attorney's office began investigating and searched Avila's home, where they found 4 pounds of marijuana. Prosecutors said Avila had responded to a call at a delivery service company in November 2013...
  • Kansas Court Declares Plastic Bags Suspicious

    12/17/2014 5:23:46 PM PST · by Ken H · 39 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | 12/17/2014 | n/a
    Kansas Court of Appeals upholds the search of a vehicle based solely on the presence of a ripped plastic baggie. The second highest court in Kansas declared last week that anyone driving with a torn plastic baggie is most likely involved in the drug trade and can be searched without a warrant. The state Court of Appeals came to this conclusion in upholding the conviction of Cameron Howard, who was found not with drugs but a lawfully purchased firearm. On September 15, 2011, Prairie Village Police Officer Chad Loughman pulled Howard over. In the car's cupholder, Officer Loughman spotted a...
  • Teen marijuana use declined this year, despite increased legalization

    12/17/2014 3:10:40 PM PST · by Ken H · 42 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | December 16, 2014 | Maria Santos
    A favorite argument of the anti-marijuana crowd is that legalization would send the wrong signal to the youth and make them think drugs are good for them. Except that, with increasing legalization across the country, that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, teen drug use decreased in 2014, according to a study by the University of Michigan and the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. The same year Colorado and Washington’s legalization was in full swing, while two states and the District of Columbia all passed some form of legalization. -snip- Also notable: according to the study, marijuana has gotten slightly more...
  • Bill Cosby accuser Tamara Green sues comedian for calling her a liar over drug, sex assault claims

    12/10/2014 7:11:32 PM PST · by Ken H · 69 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 10, 2014 | NANCY DILLON , SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    A woman who has for years accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her filed a defamation lawsuit Wednesday claiming the fallen funnyman sullied her “good name and reputation” when he branded her a liar. Tamara Green, 66, filed her claim in federal court in Massachusetts, alleging the comedian, through lawyers and publicists, negligently disregarded the truth and willfully induced “an evil opinion of her.” Green, a retired lawyer, said the "pattern" of public shaming started when she first stepped forward in 2005 with claims Cosby drugged and groped her in the 1970s after hiring her to help him...
  • Pima County may vote to refuse to hire smokers

    12/07/2014 8:57:08 PM PST · by Ken H · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | December 05, 2014 | Mariana Dale
    The Pima County Board of Supervisors will vote this month on whether to refuse to hire smokers and put a major pinch on the pocketbooks of those who already work there. The two-part policy would take effect in July 2015. It prevents the county from hiring smokers and slaps a 30 percent health insurance surcharge on employees who do smoke or use other tobacco products. -snip- “It’s not an attempt to punish anybody,” said Human Resources Director Allyn Bulzomi. “It’s an attempt to encourage people to be healthy.”
  • Hef on Cosby: 'The mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening'

    12/06/2014 3:34:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 170 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 06, 2014 | n/a
    Los Angeles police opened an investigation into a woman's claims that Bill Cosby molested her when she was 15 years old at the Playboy mansion, a department spokeswoman said. In response to the accusation, Hugh Hefner released the following statement about the comedian. “Bill Cosby has been a good friend for many years and the mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening. I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved.” The investigation was opened Friday after Judy Huth, who is suing Cosby for sexual battery, met with detectives for 90 minutes, Officer Jane Kim...
  • Male model claims he helped friend escape Bill Cosby’s apartment ("appeared to be drugged")

    12/04/2014 11:58:07 AM PST · by Ken H · 115 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 03, 2014 | Meg Wagner
    A male model saved his female friend from a disastrous 1984 night with Bill Cosby when, he claimed, he found her incoherent and "messed up" inside the star's Manhattan brownstone. Tony Hogue said he helped a booker at his modeling agency escape from the comedian's apartment after she appeared to be drugged that September. Both were visiting from Denver for Fashion Week. The unidentified woman later became one of 12 Jane Does in a 2005 sexual assault case against Cosby.
  • Another Oklahoma Cop Charged With Serial Sexual Assault

    09/23/2014 11:54:45 PM PDT · by Ken H · 12 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Oklahoma law enforcement seems to have something of a sexual assault problem. On Tuesday, Tulsa County Deputy Gerald Nuckolls, 26, was arrested amid accusations that he sexually assaulted two women while on duty. Though Nuckolls hasn't been formally charged yet, authorities say he admitted to coercing some six other women into sexual acts. On Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrested state trooper Eric Roberts, 42, on complaints that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted three women while on duty. The department began investigating Roberts in July after a woman reported being pulled over by Roberts and then raped. And in August,...
  • Police chief: Legalize marijuana, use tax revenue to fund drug treatment [Madison WI]

    09/16/2014 3:01:44 PM PDT · by Ken H · 57 replies
    Wisconsin State journal ^ | September 14, 2014 | Nico Savidge
    Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs. The comments came during an interview with the State Journal Wednesday about data showing African-Americans in Madison were arrested or cited for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate of whites in the city. Koval called efforts to enforce laws against marijuana an “abject failure,” and said the same about the broader war on drugs. “We’ve done such an abysmal job using marijuana as a centerpiece of drug enforcement,...
  • JAPAN TSUNAMI 3/11: You see from START to END ('spooky being' at 11m 10s)

    09/04/2014 6:10:33 AM PDT · by Ken H · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | Aug 13, 2013 | Zak Zaurus
    Some of the most incredible footage of the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. Check out the ghostly image at 11m 10s. It's in the lower left quadrant of the screen. One of the witnesses says, 'Did you see that spooky being'? At least that was the translation.
  • States with Legal Marijuana See 25 Percent Fewer Prescription Painkiller Deaths [Medical Marijuana]

    08/26/2014 11:04:45 PM PDT · by Ken H · 56 replies
    Healthline News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Nina Lincoff
    One unexpected benefit of medical marijuana legislation appears to be a decrease in painkiller overdoses, perhaps because some chronic pain patients are turning to cannabis instead of powerful opioid drugs. In states with laws legalizing medical marijuana, new research shows there are nearly 25 percent fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. Opioid painkiller overdoses are a growing problem nationwide. More than 16,500 Americans died of opioid drug overdoses in 2010, and the numbers continue to rise. Although a casual relationship hasn’t been proven, there appears to be a significant association between marijuana legislation and a fall in overdose deaths. Researchers from...
  • Kentucky: Lawsuit Restored Against Cop Caught Lying About Traffic Stop

    08/26/2014 3:21:59 PM PDT · by Ken H · 29 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | 8/26/2014 | n/a
    Video catches Kentucky State Trooper harassing motorist. US Court of Appeals rules cop can be sued for false arrest. Videotape proved essential for Freddie Gregory, a motorist falsely accused of traffic violations by a high-ranking Kentucky State Police trooper. The US Court of Appeals on Friday allowed Gregory to pursue false arrest charges against Lieutenant Phillip Burnett. Since February 2009, Lieutenant Burnett had stopped Gregory on three occasions under what the motorist considered to be bogus circumstances. The 53-year-old decided to install a video camera to document the harassment. The device was ready on April 4, 2009, when Gregory decided...
  • Caught On Tape: Violent, Unprovoked Attack Inside Frankford Business (Philly)

    08/20/2014 5:59:31 PM PDT · by Ken H · 17 replies
    CBS Local Philadelphia ^ | Aug 20, 2014 | n/a
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After being refused a light for his cigarette, a suspect snapped and attacked the man who refused him and the entire incident was caught on tape. The frightening incident happened at about 11:30 p.m. on August 12th inside the Lucky Garden Chinese restaurant in the 4600 block of Frankford Avenue.
  • Colorado Teens Smoking Less Pot Since Legalization

    08/08/2014 5:54:05 PM PDT · by Ken H · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 08, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    Teen marijuana use has fallen in Colorado since the state legalized the drug in 2012, according to a new report, bucking a nationwide trend of overall increases in teen use. “Thirty-day marijuana use fell from 22 percent in 2011 to 20 percent in 2013, and lifetime use declined from 39 percent to 37 percent during the same two years,” according to an emailed press release from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Colorado legalized marijuana for adults in 2012 and statewide retail sales of the drug — which is still illegal under federal law — began in January....
  • US Supreme Court To Rule On Cops Who Get Law Wrong (traffic stops)

    08/04/2014 11:32:56 AM PDT · by Ken H · 93 replies
    the Newspaper ^ | 08/04/2014 | n/a
    Oral arguments set for US Supreme Court to decide whether a traffic stop is invalid when the police officer is wrong about the law. Is a police officer's traffic stop valid if he is wrong about the law? The US Supreme Court announced it would take up that question when it returns in October to hear the case of Nicholas Brady Heien. On April 29, 2009, Surry County Sheriff's Sergeant Matt Darisse was on Interstate 77 when he saw a Ford Escort hit the brakes, and the right-side light did not illuminate. Sergeant Darisse decided to pull over the Ford,...
  • 6 Philadelphia Narcotics Officers Stole Half a Million Dollars From Suspects: Feds

    07/31/2014 8:37:10 PM PDT · by Ken H · 25 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | July 31, 2014 | Vince Lattanzio and Dan Stamm
    Federal agents arrested six Philadelphia Police narcotics officers as part of an ongoing corruption probe and accused the group of swiping more than half a million dollars' worth of money, drugs and other items over a period of years. “Unfortunately, a very small percentage of police officers continue to toss their oath aside and act like the very criminals they have sworn to bring to justice,” said U.S Attorney Zane David Memeger. The U.S. Attorney's Office unsealed the 26-count indictment Wednesday of the two-year joint investigation between the police department, FBI and U.S. Attorney's office. The officers, who have served...
  • Six-year-old girl watches in horror as police 'shoot dead her dog Apollo in her front yard

    07/28/2014 11:08:42 AM PDT · by Ken H · 128 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | July 28, 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A six-year-old girl watched in horror as police gunned down her one-year-old dog as it stood in their front yard, her family has said. The girl's mother, Nicole Echlin, said their shepherd-mix Apollo, whom they have had since he was a puppy, got out of their yard in Hometown near Chicago, Illinois on Friday afternoon. After they chased him around the neighborhood, he returned to the yard and was standing on the lawn when police arrived and pulled out their guns, Echlin told the Chicago Tribune. 'He started showing his teeth - that's when the officer shot him,' Echlin, 27,...
  • Repeal Prohibition, Again (New York Times: Let States Decide on Marijuana)

    07/27/2014 5:18:10 PM PDT · by Ken H · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/26/2014 | NYT Editorial Board
    -snip- There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level. We considered whether it would be best for Washington to hold back while the states continued experimenting with legalizing medicinal uses of marijuana, reducing penalties, or even...
  • Texas Motorist Wins $77,500 After Traffic Cops Steal Cash

    07/23/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by Ken H · 79 replies
    the Newspaper ^ | 07/23/2014 | n/a
    Estelline, Texas settles with innocent, elderly motorist who had her cash seized during a traffic stop. Police in Estelline, Texas are sorry they ever pulled over Laura Dutton. The 64- year-old woman was stopped on November 28, 2012 as she was returning from a trip to Amarillo on US Highway 287. Police Officer Jayson Fry, the city's lone officer, was manning a speed trap a few feet away from the sign marking the speed limit drop when she passed through Estelline. Officer Fry says she was doing 61 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. He pulled her over, issued a...
  • Indiana: Motorist Sues After Officer Takes Forced Urine Sample

    05/27/2014 10:54:59 AM PDT · by Ken H · 58 replies ^ | 05/27/2014 | n/a
    Cops use catheter in invasive procedure against Indiana motorist whose blood alcohol level was below the legal limit. A motorist whose blood alcohol level was below the legal limit earlier this month filed a $11 million federal lawsuit against Schererville, Indiana for allowing its police force to use a catheter to forcibly obtain a urine sample from him two years ago. On May 20, 2012, William D. Clark and Alyssa Madson were driving through Schererville on US 30. At around 11pm, Officer Matthew Djukic hit the lights on his squad car and pulled Clark for allegedly speeding. Smelling alcohol, Officer...
  • Medical marijuana high in the polls for Florida voters (88% support)

    05/07/2014 3:35:04 PM PDT · by Ken H · 26 replies
    Biz Journals ^ | May 06, 2014 | Jim Saunders
    A poll released Monday shows that 88 percent of Florida voters support allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes, bolstering the arguments of advocates who have placed a constitutional amendment on the November ballot seeking legalization. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, indicates widespread support across political and demographic lines — Republicans and Democrats, men and women, young and old — for legal medical marijuana if it is prescribed by physicians. The constitutional amendment needs approval from 60 percent of voters to pass.
  • Legalizing Medical Marijuana Doesn't Raise Teen Pot Use, Study Says

    04/25/2014 11:39:44 AM PDT · by Ken H · 27 replies
    U.S News and World Report ^ | April 25, 2014 | Robert Preidt
    FRIDAY, April 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American teens' use of marijuana doesn't increase when states approve the drug for medical use, a new study finds. "Any time a state considers legalizing medical marijuana, there are concerns from the public about an increase in drug use among teens," principal investigator Dr. Esther Choo, an attending physician in the department of emergency medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, said in a hospital news release. Choo's team examined 20 years of data from states that do and don't permit medical marijuana use. They found that legalizing medical marijuana did not lead to increased...
  • Happy Sixth Birthday, Trig Paxson Van Palin!

    04/18/2014 3:57:38 AM PDT · by Ken H · 20 replies
    FR ^ | April 18, 2014 | Vanity
  • Sheriff's Deputy Accidentally Shoots Himself (Trying to shoot dog)

    04/17/2014 2:52:23 PM PDT · by Ken H · 56 replies
    KCAL ^ | April 16, 2014 | Tony Shin
    A Riverside County [California] Sheriff's deputy endured some scary moments after coming face to face with a pit bull before accidentally shooting himself. Investigators say he opened fire in self-defense, but NBC4 heard a different story from the dog's owner.
  • UVa student sues state, ABC agents for $40 million

    03/26/2014 10:44:06 PM PDT · by Ken H · 42 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | March 26, 2014 | Frank Green
    A University of Virginia student charged last year with assaulting Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents attempting to stop her for underage possession beer that turned out to be sparkling water has filed a $40 million lawsuit against the state and seven agents. Among other things, Elizabeth K. Daly’s 47-page suit, filed Tuesday in Richmond Circuit Court, alleges malicious prosecution, failure to train ABC agents appropriately, and six counts of assault and battery.
  • Sanctity of Life (S. 583, the Life at Conception Act - Paul goes nuclear on abortion

    03/14/2014 4:35:02 AM PDT · by Ken H · 3 replies
    Office of Sen. Rand Paul ^ | March 14, 2014 | Senator Rand Paul
    I am 100% pro-life. I believe life begins at conception and that abortion takes the life of an innocent human being. It is the duty of our government to protect this life as a right guaranteed under the Constitution. For this reason, I introduced S. 583, the Life at Conception Act on March 14, 2013. This bill would extend the Constitutional protection of life to the unborn from the time of conception. It is unconscionable that government would facilitate the taking of innocent life. I have stated many times that I will always support legislation that would end abortion or...
  • Parents Hail Small Victory for Justina Pelletier as Tufts Doctors Take Charge

    03/06/2014 12:11:48 AM PST · by Ken H · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 04, 2014 | Susan Donaldson James
    Justina Pelletier, the sick teenager who for the last year has been the center of a custody tug of war between her parents and the state of Massachusetts, will get treatment with her original doctors at Tufts Medical Center, a family court judge has ruled. Her parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., have argued that their 15-year-old daughter suffers from the physical effects of mitochondrial disease and has not been medically treated since Boston Children's Hospital diagnosed her with somatoform disorder in February 2013. The hospital had accused the parents of medical child abuse and Justina has...
  • Alaska primed to become third state to legalize retail marijuana

    02/08/2014 3:31:13 AM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 06, 2014 | Valerie Richardson
    Alaska is poised to become the third state to legalize retail marijuana after pro-pot advocates this week cleared the signature hurdle to place an initiative on the August ballot. The Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska hit 31,593 valid signatures Tuesday, well above the 30,169 signatures required to place the measure before voters. The initiative is expected to appear on the Aug. 19 primary ballot once a final count is certified by the state. -snip- A newly released survey shows the idea already has significant public support. A Public Policy Polling survey posted Wednesday found 55 percent of...
  • Arundel police officer kills family's dog during search (Maryland)

    02/04/2014 5:16:16 AM PST · by Ken H · 92 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | February 02, 2014 | Colin Campbell and Tim Swift
    Chief promises full investigation after Chesapeake Bay Retriever is shot twice in front yard An Anne Arundel County police officer shot and killed a family's dog Saturday while investigating a burglary, officials said. Police said the officer — a one-year veteran of the force who was not identified — was canvassing a neighborhood looking for witnesses around 4 p.m. Saturday.When the officer went to a home in 900 block of Lombardee Circle in Glen Burnie the dog — a male Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Vern — "confronted" the officer in the front yard, police said. The officer then fired his...
  • Indiana police chief running for sheriff accidentally shoots himself for SECOND time in career

    01/21/2014 6:58:42 PM PST · by Ken H · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 21, 2014 | LUKE GARRATT
    Police Chief David Counceller's 40-caliber Glock handgun accidentally discharged last Saturday while he was at Wulff's gun shop examining a handgun similar to the one he carries - he shot himself in the leg. Counceller, 60, who was off duty at the time, said: 'I need to pay more attention. I know what the dangers are. It was pure carelessness on my part.' -snip- But he said he sees the accident as an opportunity in his run ahead of May's primary. He said: 'If anyone says this could never happen to them, they’re mistaken.' 'You have to keep your guard...
  • Rare footage From World War 11 (color)

    01/18/2014 5:59:48 PM PST · by Ken H · 44 replies
    uvideo100 ^ | unknown | n/a
    Footage showing surrendering troops to US Army. southern Bohemia, Czechoslovakia 1945. Isn't strange that some Germans still carry weapons when surrendering plus a few shots from Prague.
  • Children who watch too much TV may have 'damaged brain structures'

    01/12/2014 12:34:54 AM PST · by Ken H · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2014 | Robin Yapp
    Watching too much television can change the structure of a child's brain in a damaging way, according to a new study. Researchers found that the more time a child spent viewing TV, the more profound the brain alterations appeared to be. The Japanese study looked at 276 children aged between five and 18, who watched between zero and four hours TV per day, with the average being about two hours MRI brain scans showed children who spent the most hours in front of the box had greater amounts of grey matter in regions around the frontopolar cortex - the area...
  • Colorado’s Pot Shops Say They’ll Be Sold Out Any Day Now

    01/04/2014 9:02:25 PM PST · by Ken H · 143 replies
    Time ^ | January 04, 2014 | Brad Tuttle
    A few days into the experiment, the new world of legal recreational marijuana sales in Colorado appears to be a big success—so much so that pot shops are finding it impossible to keep up with demand. According to the Denver Post, at least 37 stores in Colorado were licensed to sell recreational pot to anyone 21 or over as of New Year’s Day. The Associated Press and others reported long lines outside Denver pot shops, with some eager customers forced to wait three to five hours before getting a chance to go inside, step up to the counter, and make...
  • Indianapolis murder rate exceeds Chicago

    12/30/2013 8:40:15 PM PST · by Ken H · 59 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | 12/29/2013 | Chris Proffitt
    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis homicide officers were investigating three unrelated deaths this weekend as the city's murder rate continued to rise. The deaths, which occurred within just hours of one another, pushed total murders for the year to 124. Police say there have been another 16 justifiable homicides on top of that. -snip- An RTV6 analysis of the city's 2013 murder rate compared to Chicago's shows that Indy has seen approximately 10 percent more homicides per capita than the Windy City. Chicago, with a population of more than 2.7 million, has reported 409 murders and justifiable homicides this year, according to...
  • 2013: Fewest Police Deaths by Firearms Since 1887

    12/30/2013 5:26:01 PM PST · by Ken H · 30 replies
    KEYE TV ^ | December 30, 2013 | n/a
    The number of law-enforcement officers killed by firearms in 2013 fell to levels not seen since the 19th century, according to a report released Monday. The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959. According to the report, 111 federal, state, local, tribal and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide this past year, compared to 121 in 2012. Forty-six officers were killed in traffic related accidents, and 33 were killed by firearms. The...
  • North Texas Drivers Stopped at Roadblock Asked for Saliva, Blood

    11/19/2013 2:31:36 PM PST · by Ken H · 234 replies
    NBCDFW ^ | November 19, 2013 | Scott Gordon
    Some drivers along a busy Fort Worth street on Friday were stopped at police roadblock and directed into a parking lot, where they were asked by federal contractors for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood. It was part of a government research study aimed at determining the number of drunken or drug-impaired drivers. "It just doesn't seem right that you can be forced off the road when you're not doing anything wrong," said Kim Cope, who said she was on her lunch break when she was forced to pull over at the roadblock on Beach Street in North...
  • The Drift toward Despotism (Mark Steyn)

    11/08/2013 3:03:00 PM PST · by Ken H · 19 replies
    NRO ^ | November 08, 2013 | Mark Steyn
    Too many of our rulers and their enforcers reflexively see the citizenry as a threat. At a time when over 4 million people have had their health insurance canceled, it’s good to know that some Americans can still access prompt medical treatment, even if they don’t want it. David Eckert was pulled over by police in Deming, N.M., for failing to come to a complete halt at a stop sign in the Walmart parking lot. He was asked to step out of the vehicle, and waited on the sidewalk. Officers decided that they didn’t like the tight clench of his...
  • Jail guards ignore 22-year-old inmate’s dairy allergy, killing him (Snohomish County, WA)

    11/07/2013 3:21:48 PM PST · by Ken H · 33 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 07, 2013 | Robby Soave
    A 22-year-old man serving a short jail stint for pot possession died after corrections staff neglected his intense dairy allergy and seemingly ignored his frantic pleas for medical assistance, according to videos obtained by a local news channel. Michael Saffioti was sentenced to jail time for skipping a court appearance relating to a marijuana possession charge. According to Saffioti’s mother, his extreme allergies gave him constant anxiety, and smoking pot helped calm his nerves. Video footage from the Snohomish County Jail in Washington seems to show Saffioti questioning a prison guard about the contents of his breakfast on the morning...
  • W. Ind. police dog bites boy during demonstration (Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week )

    10/25/2013 9:27:27 PM PDT · by Ken H · 22 replies
    Indy Chanel - WRTV ^ | 10/22/2013 | Derrik Thomas
    BRAZIL, Ind. - A western Indiana police department's search dog is off the job after biting an 11-year-old boy's leg during a demonstration inside the county courthouse. Brazil police chief Clint McQueen says the boy suffered puncture wounds to his calf when the dog bit him during a mock drug search being done for elementary school students as part of a Red Ribbon Awareness week kick-off event at the Clay County Courthouse. Judge J. Blaine Akers arranged for K-9 teams to carry out a simulated drug raid, to educate a group of fifth-graders about drug awareness. A small amount of...
  • Hero cop, who sat next to the first lady, charged with rape

    05/19/2013 11:49:38 AM PDT · by Ken H · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | May 19, 2013 | Ben Brumfield
    A former "top cop," who had the honor of sitting next to first lady Michelle Obama during a televised presidential speech four years ago, is facing rape allegations. Richard DeCoatsworth left a party with two women on Thursday, according to authorities. The women called authorities and said once they arrived at a second, undisclosed location, the retired officer pulled a gun on them, the Philadelphia Police Department said in a statement. He allegedly forced them "to engage in the use of narcotics and to engage in sexual acts," the statement said. He was charged with rape on Saturday.

    04/24/2013 1:22:35 AM PDT · by Ken H · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said on Tuesday that law enforcement may have known in advance about the Boston Marathon suspects’ bombing plans. Speaking to local Atlanta Channel 2 Action News, Chambliss said, “There now appears that may have been some evidence that was obtained by one of the law enforcement agencies that did not get shared in a way that it could have been. If that turns out to be the case, then we have to determine whether or not that would have made a difference.”
  • R.I. law now says it's not a crime to possess small amounts of marijuana

    04/01/2013 9:23:49 PM PDT · by Ken H · 21 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | April 1, 2013 | W. Zachary Malinowski
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - - As of midnight, Rhode Island became the 15th state to decriminalize non-medical marijuana possession, meaning that anyone caught with up to one ounce will get a $150 ticket instead of facing a misdemeanor criminal charge. The softened penalty is the state's latest move to regulate use of a drug that has become more acceptable. The ball began rolling in 2006, when the General Assembly passed a law establishing a state medical-marijuana program, allowing patients to grow their own cannabis or get it from caregivers, or growers, certified by the state.
  • Navy Veteran Shot & Wounded By Police While Testing Shotgun In Backyard

    03/31/2013 6:56:34 PM PDT · by Ken H · 105 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | March 29, 2013 | Mike Schuh
    BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A 24-year-old Navy veteran is in intensive care after being shot by city police Thursday night. His family tells WJZ that he was testing out a shotgun after being the victim of a home invasion. Mike Schuh spoke exclusively to the man’s father. Police say officers responded to reports of shots fired Thursday night outside a home in the 8700-block of Danville Avenue. “They went to the rear of the location to investigate. They encountered an individual that was armed with a shotgun. During the course of that encounter, one of our officers discharged, striking the suspect,” said Sgt....
  • Police continue to search for suspect in deadly north side home invasion (Indianapolis)

    03/15/2013 8:09:01 PM PDT · by Ken H · 36 replies
    Fox59 ^ | March 15, 2013 | Dan Spehler
    The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a deadly home invasion that left a north side homeowner dead in his garage. Police said Thomas Tefft, 67, and his wife were drinking coffee when they heard someone enter the back of the home. Officers said the woman heard a gunshot and called 911 around 6:30 a.m. Police said she had to lock herself in a room in fear for her safety. “The suspect came in through the patio door,” said IMPD officer Michael Hewitt. “The wife of the victim grabbed her cell phone and ran into a back room, and she...
  • Cops’ firing for drugs reversed; Report slams testing

    03/07/2013 2:23:06 PM PST · by Ken H · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 07, 2013 | n/a
    Six Boston cops fired after testing positive for cocaine have been ordered reinstated — with back pay — after a state board struck down hair tests as unreliable in a bombshell ruling that could have a far-reaching impact on how city workers are drug-tested. In a stunning, 134-page ruling, the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission this week ordered the six cops back on the job, finding that “the present state of hair testing for drugs of abuse ... does not meet the standard of reliability necessary to be routinely used” to fire someone.
  • Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul Join Forces to Legalize Hemp

    03/04/2013 4:59:25 PM PST · by Ken H · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | March 04, 2012 | Matthew Hurtt
    The push to legalize domestic hemp production is gaining steam. Supporters of industrial hemp gained a powerful ally in Washington several weeks ago when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined fellow Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul and Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) as a co-sponsor of S.359, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013. The House companion, sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), has 28 co-sponsors. The bills would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp, the domestic production of which has been illegal since 1970. Though manufacturing hemp is currently just as illegal...
  • Chicago Police Want 12 Percent Pay Raise (and more benefits)

    02/07/2013 1:11:37 PM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | Feb 07, 2013 | n/a
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Contract demands by Chicago police officers include much higher pay and something you might not have imagined. Chicago police are reportedly proposing in negotiations that their pay increase by 12 percent over two years. The union also wants officers to get extra money because they are required to live in the city. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the union is proposing a residency stipend of $3,000 per officer. ...
  • Gun ban said to include handguns, shotguns (Feinstein's 'The AWB of 2013')

    01/24/2013 2:18:37 AM PST · by Ken H · 82 replies
    UPI ^ | January 24, 2013 | n/a
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- A retooled U.S. assault-weapons ban to be introduced Thursday was to include handguns and shotguns in addition to rifles, The Washington Times reported. The bill, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., titled "The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013," was also expected to decrease the number of military-style features a gun may have before it's considered an assault weapon to one from two, the newspaper said. -snip- Feinstein's bill would also create a national gun registry for the government to track lawful gun owners, the Times said. Magazines, or ammunition storage and feeding devices within or attached...
  • Commerce City Police Officer Charged With Animal Cruelty For Killing Dog

    12/29/2012 5:50:22 PM PST · by Ken H · 27 replies
    CBS4 Denver ^ | December 20, 2012 | n/a
    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4)- The Commerce City Police officer who shot and killed a family dog last month has been charged with animal cruelty. The shooting happened Nov. 24 when officers received a call of a dog running unattended in the neighborhood. When officers tried to catch the dog, Chloe, they had trouble. They used a taser and tried a neck harness. Police Officer Robert Price then fired five shots, killing Chloe. The incident was caught on video.
  • Judge: George Zimmerman entitled to Trayvon Martin's school records

    10/19/2012 3:24:14 PM PDT · by Ken H · 37 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 4:06 p.m. EDT, October 19, 2012 | Rene Stutzman and Jeff Weiner
    George Zimmerman's attorneys can subpoena Trayvon Martin's schools for his discipline records, a judge ruled today, but must keep anything they obtain private. "I think that you're entitled to those records," Circuit Judge Debra Nelson said at a hearing this afternoon at the Seminole County Courthouse. The wide-ranging hearing ended about 3 p.m. after about an hour and a half of argument. Another hearing was set for next week. The judge also granted Zimmerman's request to subpoena Trayvon's social media records, as well as those of a girl who says she was on the phone with him before the shooting.