Monday, December 26, 2011

New City Drinking Law Targets Parents

Starting next month, Mercer Island parents will be held responsible for underage drinking at their homes even if they are out of town and unaware it is happening.

The recently passed "social host" ordinance, believed to be the first of its kind in the state, will take effect Jan. 13. The measure imposes a $250 fine on those who own, rent or lease property where teenage drinking has occurred.

It is already illegal for adults to provide alcohol to minors or for parents to let their underage children drink. The new ordinance takes the idea of parent responsibility a step further.

The ordinance, based on similar measures in Northern California, could inspire other Washington cities to follow suit, said Stacey Rhodes, a spokeswoman for Washington state Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

That process included more than two years of work, a City council member said. He added that he and his colleagues were pushed to act by the city's Communities That Care project, which works to prevent young people from using alcohol, drugs and tobacco.

Parents and teenagers in the affluent community of 23,000 expressed varying opinions about the ordinance.

Allie Ritcey, a junior at Mercer Island High School, said she agrees with the intent of the measure but isn't sure it's fair for parents to be held responsible for things their kids and their kids' friends do without their knowledge. Teenagers are old enough to be accountable for their own actions, she said.

The 16-year-old also argued it's safer to drink at a parent's home than "in some old parking lot somewhere," because drinking and driving is less likely.

"It's not something that I think is ever going to go away completely, so you might as well be really safe doing it so nobody gets hurt," she said.

Maryellen Johnson, who has children in middle and elementary schools on Mercer Island, disagreed.

"It's a fallacy to think that children are safe because they're drinking in one's home," said Johnson, who contended the fine imposed by the ordinance is not high enough. "They also get in a car and drive somewhere. And they're at risk not only to themselves but to others."

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"If you were out of the country and something happened and you got held responsible, I bet it wouldn't ever happen again," she said.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Seahawk Player Arrested for DUI

Seahawks defensive end Raheem Brock has been charged with DUI in King County after his arrest more than a year ago. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 21. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, contact your Seattle DUI Lawyer immediately.

Brock, who is in his second season in Seattle, was pulled over just before 3 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2011, early on a Saturday morning. He traveled with the team to Arizona for a game later that day.

According to a police report of the incident, Brock declined to take field-sobriety tests, but did submit to a portable breathalyzer, which measured his blood alcohol content at .133, according to the report. The legal limit in Washington is .08.

Brock, a 10th-year NFL player from Temple, was arrested by the Washington State Patrol and taken to the University of Washington Police Department.

According to the report, he asked the officer, "You guys don't take care of your athletes out here?" The officer told Brock he had been arrested and would be processed like everyone else. A breath test at the station measured his BAC at .115 and .111, according to the report.

Brock's car was impounded, but he was not booked into jail. He was taken to his residence in Bellevue, cited and released, according to the report.

Brock did not immediately inform the Seahawks of his arrest. He played in the game at Arizona the following day. News of his arrest was first reported while the game was under way, which was when the team first heard of the incident.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg, indicated via email the charge shouldn't have taken so long to file. The cause for the delay was unclear, but it appeared the file was misplaced for a time.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Man Publishes Fake Obituary

Authorities in northwestern Pennsylvania say a man published an obituary for his living mother in a ploy to get paid bereavement time off from work.

Relatives called The Jeffersonian Democrat newspaper in Brookville after the obit appeared to report the woman was actually alive and well. The woman herself then visited the paper.

Brookville police charged 45-year-old Scott Bennett on Tuesday with disorderly conduct.

Democrat editor Randy Bartley says he accepted the obituary in good faith after being unable to confirm the funeral arrangements at press time. He told The Derrick newspaper on Friday that the woman was very understanding.
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Police Chief Ken Dworek says Bennett wrote up the memorial notice because he didn't want to get fired for taking time off.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Yakima County Prosecutor Busted for DUI!

Kittitas County prosecutors charged Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty with drunken driving last Thursday in Yakima County District Court.

It has been widely reported that he is scheduled to appear in court on the gross misdemeanor charge on Dec. 12 before a judge visiting from Kittitas County, which agreed to handle the case. The Seattle DUI Lawyers at SQ Attorneys specialize in DUI defense. If you find yourself in a situation where you are facing DUI charges contact the Seattle DUI Attorneys at SQ Attorneys immediately.

Hagarty was arrested by a Washington State trooper on Nov. 15 after a minor rear-end collision at Selah. He provided breath-test samples of 0.106 and 0.109, slightly over the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The 61-year-old Hagarty has been the Yakima prosecutor for three years. He issued an apology the day after his arrest but has since refused comment.

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