Courts to be closed due to sub-zero weather

Cook County has announced that courts will be closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019 and Thursday, January 31, 2019 due to expected sub-zero degree temperatures.  The only exception will be bond court at 26th Street and 555 W. Harrison.

This link will take you to Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ order, which includes information concerning rescheduled court dates.

Other courts have officially announced that they will be closed Wednesday, including the Federal Court in Chicago and state courts in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties.  You can find information about court closures here:  http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/

 

Darren McFadden arrested for DUI after falling asleep in Drive-Thru lane

From KFSM:

Former Arkansas and Dallas Cowboys running back Darren McFadden was reportedly arrested for driving drunk at a Texas Whataburger, according to our affilate CBS 11 out of Dallas.

The tabloid website TMZ first broke the story on Monday (Jan. 21) reporting that McFadden, 31, was asleep around midnight behind the wheel of a 2019 GMC Yukon in the drive-thru at the Whataburger on West University Drive.

CBS 11 says that McFadden resisted officers during the arrest, and it’s being reported that his drivers side and passenger windows were smashed during the incident.

McFadden is free on a $2,000 bond and faces charges of DWI and resisting arrest, according to Collin County jail records.

Earlier this month, McFadden was announced as an inductee for the 2019 National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame.

 

Chicago traffic stops increased three-fold in two years

From the Chicago Tribune:

Pedestrian stops by Chicago police officers plummeted in number beginning in 2016 after a new state law and an agreement between the ACLU and the Police Department required officers to more thoroughly document and justify the encounters to ease concerns about racial profiling and constitutional violations…

But a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says that at the same time pedestrian stops fell so sharply, Chicago police dramatically increased how often they pulled over motorists.

The number of traffic stops more than tripled, rising from 85,965 in 2015 to 187,133 in 2016, then jumping to 285,067 in 2017, the ACLU said.

The latest report also found that Chicago police stopped African-American motorists at a disproportionately higher rate than whites, Hispanics and Asians…

Multiple Chicago police officers who talked to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said they believe many officers now prefer to pull drivers over rather than stop pedestrians. The documentation they must fill out for traffic stops is much simpler than the lengthy, detailed reports required for pedestrian stops as a result of the department’s agreement with the ACLU, they said.

Police have the authority to pull over drivers who commit traffic violations, but even if a ticket isn’t issued, officers are still required to document the motorist’s race and other identifiers. These so-called blue cards, though, take far less time to fill out than the reports for pedestrian stops, the officers said.

Read the entire article here:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-police-traffic-stops-20190111-story.html

Meghan Markle’s brother arrested for DUI

From Fox News:

Meghan Markle‘s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. was arrested for a DUI on Friday, Fox News can confirm.

According to Oregon State Police, the 52-year-old was “stopped for speeding and officers noticed that he was visibly intoxicated.”

Per authorities, Thomas had a blood alcohol content of .11%  and was issued a citation for a DUI. He was arrested and taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center. Thomas’ green Chevy Silverado was also towed.

Read the entire story here:  https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/meghan-markles-half-brother-thomas-arrested-for-dui

 

NY Jets tight end Chris Herndon pleads guilty to DUI

From Bleacher Report:

New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon has had his driver’s license revoked for 90 days after pleading guilty to driving under the influence, according to TMZ Sports.

Per that report:

“The 22-year-old smashed into another car on the I-80 highway in New Jersey on June 2 after witnesses say he was speeding at more than 100 mph. The police footage, obtained by TMZ Sports, shows Herndon’s 2018 Nissan Armada flipped on its side and badly damaged. Miraculously, both Herndon and the other driver—a 76-year-old man—escaped without any major injuries.”

He reportedly failed both a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test.

TMZ noted that Herndon’s sentence included completing 12 hours of an “intoxicated driver education program” and $639 in fees and fines. It was unclear if Herndon pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, however.

Former NBA Center Felton Spencer charged with DUI

From USA Today:

Former NBA and University of Louisville basketball player Felton Spencer was arrested early Sunday morning in Oldham County (Kentucky) and charged with driving under the influence.

Spencer, 51, was found asleep in the driver’s seat of his 2006 Ford Expedition around 2:28 a.m. at a gas station in Prospect, Kentucky, according to Oldham County Police’s arrest citation.

Police said Spencer had a plastic cup with ice in it in his hand. When police woke him, he told them he had come from his house and fallen asleep at the gas station and that the cup contained Crown Royal. Spencer also said he had consumed three glasses of Crown Royal, according to police.

Spencer “was unsteady on his feet and had glassy eyes” and “smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage,” the arrest citation said.  During a field sobriety test, Spencer tried to use the police cruiser for balance, police said, and the test was stopped for Spencer’s safety.

He refused a breath test, saying he would not take one without his attorney present.

The 7-foot-1 Spencer played for Louisville from 1986-90, going on to become the sixth pick in the 1990 NBA draft. He played for six different NBA teams in a career that lasted through 2002.

Two Chicago Branch Court locations have closed

As of yesterday, January 7, 2019, two Chicago Branch Courts have been officially closed.  The courthouses were located at Belmont and Western and at 51st Street and Wentworth.

Misdemeanor cases from Belmont and Western (Branch 29), will now be heard at Branch 23, located at Grand and Central.

Felony cases from Belmont and Western (Branch 45), will now be heard at the Second Municipal District Courthouse located at 5600 Old Orchard Road in Skokie.

Cases that were previously heard at 51st and Wentworth will be divided up between the Branch courthouses located at 3150 W. Flournoy (Flournoy and Kedzie) and at 727 E. 111th Street.  If you are not sure which courthouse to go to, call the criminal court clerk at (312) 603-4641.