Kane County will have a “no-refusal” Black Wednesday

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From the Daily Herald:

Kane County will hold another “No Refusal” anti-drunk driving event Wednesday night, commonly referred to as “Black Wednesday.”

State’s Attorney Joe McMahon announced the event well in advance so people can arrange safe transportation if they are going to be out on what is considered by many as the biggest party night of the year.

“The night before Thanksgiving is a day we have selected a number of times,” McMahon said. “That tends to be a night where there is a lot of drinking and driving, unfortunately.”

During a “No Refusal” night, a judge and phlebotomist are on call as officers patrol for intoxicated drivers. If a person arrested on drunken driving charges refuses a breath or chemical test, police work with a prosecutor and ask a judge for a search warrant to get a chemical test.

Expediting the process can help authorities get a blood-alcohol concentration result before a driver sobers up. If a driver refuses, the sample may be taken by force and the driver could be charged with felony obstruction of justice.

Green Bay rookie RB Aaron Jones arrested for OWI-Drugs

From the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel:

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones was arrested in early October and faces several charges after a traffic stop in which he admitted to smoking marijuana.

Jones, 22, has pleaded not guilty to counts of speeding, driving without a valid license and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system, according to Wisconsin court records. The district attorney’s office for Brown County filed charges on Oct. 2, several days before Jones made his first start against the Dallas Cowboys.

The arrest and subsequent charges previously had been unreported.

…Jones was pulled over for speeding on Highway 172 in Ashwaubenon at 11:37 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, according to an incident report obtained by the Journal Sentinel. A state trooper clocked Jones’ vehicle traveling 79 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.

The report states the trooper smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle and observed Jones’ eyes to be red and bloodshot. Jones told the trooper he had woken up three hours earlier and smoked marijuana after eating breakfast. A search of the vehicle did not produce any narcotics or paraphernalia.

A second trooper arrived on the scene, and Jones was asked to participate in a standardized field sobriety test along the side of the highway. The report states Jones was assessed one “clue” for using his arms to balance during a walking test but had no issue standing on one leg or tracking an object with his eyes.

Jones was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay for a blood test. He was released from custody at 1:33 p.m. after Donatello Brown, a cornerback for the Packers, signed the responsibility agreement to care for an individual who has been operating a vehicle under the influence.

…This is not his first run-in with the law. Jones was arrested Feb. 10, 2016, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to a report in the El Paso Times. A deputy observed Jones’ car swerving out of its lane shortly after 1 a.m., and the Intoxilyzer test registered breath alcohol concentration levels of 0.15 and 0.139. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.

Jones, who played college football at the University of Texas at El Paso, eventually entered a pretrial diversion program that functions like probation but ends with the charge being dropped.

“By entering the program,” the newspaper reported, “Jones agrees to follow several probation-like conditions that include reporting to a probation officer, taking alcohol and drug tests, and attending several DWI-related classes and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panel.

“Unlike probation, if Jones successfully completes the program the driving while intoxicated charge will be dismissed.”

Wisconsin is a zero tolerance state, meaning that driving with any amount of marijuana in one’s blood system is an “operating while under the influence.”  Wisconsin Statute 346.63(1)(am)Illinois recently amended its DUI laws to set a legal limit of 5 ng of cannabis per ml of blood.

Read the entire story here:  http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2017/11/20/packers-running-back-aaron-jones-faces-marijuana-related-charge/880409001/

Kane County to end Electronic Home Monitoring

Oddly enough, at the same time that Cook County has been embracing Electronic Home Monitoring as a way to reduce its jail population, Kane County is taking the opposite tack.

From the Daily Herald:

Kane County has begun dismantling its electronic monitoring program that keeps tabs on criminal defendants who are not in jail, after the county board this week preliminarily approved a 2018 budget that cut all funding for the program.

Judges in the felony courtrooms Friday were telling defendants the electronic monitoring is no longer available, even though the new fiscal year doesn’t begin until Dec. 1.

Chief Judge Susan Clancy Boles told the board’s judicial and public safety committee Thursday that Court Services is also notifying all program participants, by mail, that they will have a hearing in the next 30 to 45 days to review the conditions of their bonds. Their monitoring devices will be removed at those hearings, she said. By Jan. 1, Court Services hopes to have collected all the monitors and shipped them back to the company that does the monitoring.

Sheriff Don Kramer told the committee he expects as many as 30 of the people could end up being jailed. That would put the jail over capacity, and he would likely have to board inmates at other counties’ jails.

…There are 102 people on electronic home monitoring and 75 on GPS. Of the total, 97 are in the community, and the rest are in jail because they haven’t posted the bond also required in their cases.

Read the entire story here:  http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20171013/kane-county-courts-start-dismantling-electronic-monitoring

Cook County pays out 3.25 million to woman assaulted in Markham lockup

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Nine officers of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office are still on the payroll even though the county unanimously voted Wednesday to pay $3.25 million to a woman who was sexually assaulted on their watch in the lockup at the Markham Courthouse.

Cara Smith, chief policy adviser to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, said Wednesday that the office is seeking to terminate the officers, a decision that was made after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office of Professional Review. The office was investigating how the woman came to be locked in a small cell with two men — and why none of the deputies assigned to the courtroom at the time noticed the assault as it was taking place.

…Last June, Hamidullah Tribble, 21, and Nelon Drake, 23, were charged with sexually assaulting the female inmate on May 2 in a holding cell adjacent to a courtroom in the south suburban courthouse.

Investigators with the sheriff’s office found that Tribble, “under the guise that he needed to use the toilet,” had sheriff’s officers escort him from his cell to another one nearby that had a bathroom — where the victim was located at the time. It was in the bathroom that Tribble allegedly committed the sexual assault.

Once Tribble was returned to his cell, Drake, who was held in the same one, also told sheriff’s officers he had to use the bathroom, records show. He was taken to the same one, where the woman remained. Once inside, “he had [the victim] perform an act of oral sex on him.”

…The Office of Professional Review found that the four named officers violated several sheriff’s office policies and standards. The complaints against them — all of which were sustained — cited: Inattention to duty, failure to follow policy and procedure, failure to report an incident, neglect of duty, falsifying a report, conduct unbecoming and being less than truthful, records show.

Read the whole story here:  https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/sheriff-moves-to-fire-9-officers-after-sex-assault-of-inmate-in-lockup/amp/?utm_source=Chicago%20Sun-Times&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1960368_morningedition111617&ID=1960368_morningedition111617&dm_i=2JCP,160MO,7FJHLL,3MOXE,1

More details about “Little Women” star charged in fatal DUI crash

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the victim in the fatal crash was a 29 year old Coast Guardsman, Daniel Dill.

From the Journal-Constitution:

On his wife’s 27th birthday, Daniel Dill was acting as designated driver for her and her friends and was on his way to pick them up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, around 2 a.m. when Hancock, 25, allegedly hit his car head-on while driving on the wrong side of the interstate. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a major spinal cord injury, brain swelling, internal injuries and broken bones.

After doctors revealed his prognosis, Dill’s family made the decision to withdraw care, and he passed away just after midnight on Sunday. Meanwhile, police arrested and charged Hancock with DUI maiming, but the charge may be upgraded to DUI manslaughter, according to a spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney.

Hancock, who was featured on the reality TV series in Season 2, reportedly told a state trooper that she had consumed four mixed drinks at a club an hour before driving. Her blood alcohol content was 0.112 two hours later, and she stands at just 4 feet tall. She was granted a $15,000 bond at a court hearing and was ordered to wear a GPS device that also tracks alcohol intake.

“Little Women” Reality Star arrested for Fatal DUI crash

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From TMZ:

Melissa Hancock — who’s been featured on “Little Women: Atlanta” — was allegedly driving the car that killed a man in a head-on crash and she’s been arrested for DUI.

Virginia State Police say Hancock collided head-on with a 29-year-old male driver Saturday morning while going the wrong way on a one-way street. Cops were called to the scene after 2 AM and arrested Hancock. The man died later at the hospital.

Hancock’s been charged with DUI/maiming and driving the wrong way. She’s reportedly being held without bail in a Virginia Beach jail.

18 year old “Shameless” actor arrested for DUI

From Huffington Post:

Actor Ethan Cutkosky, who plays reformed troublemaker Carl Gallagher on “Shameless,” was arrested last week for suspicion of driving under the influence, TMZ and CBS Los Angeles have reported.

The incident came just days before the premiere of the Showtime series’ new season.

Cutkosky, 18, was pulled over on Thursday in Los Angeles after police noticed his orange BMW began straddling lanes and was arrested after failing to pass a roadside sobriety test. He was released from jail on $5,000 bail with a court appearance scheduled later in the month, per CBS.

…TMZ notes that Cutkosky apparently admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the night after police noticed a smell coming from the vehicle.

Authorities are currently awaiting the results of a blood test to draw up charges.

Working as an actor since he was 7 years old, Cutkosky has starred on the critically acclaimed Showtime series over eight seasons, growing up on screen with the rest of the Gallagher kids. Most notably, the show stars William H. Macy as the family’s alcoholic father and Emmy Rossum as the eldest sister trying to keep the clan above water.

Cutkosky’s character enrolled in a military academy last season after leaving behind a life of crime.