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gov. chris christie won't face misconduct charge in bridge scandal


newark, n.j. – new jersey gov. chris christie won’t be charged with official misconduct over his role in the politically motivated traffic jams near the george washington bridge in 2013, a county prosecutor decided.the bergen county prosecutor’s office said in a letter that it wouldn’t pursue a citizen’s complaint for a “simple, but compelling” reason — the “charge cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”bill brennan, a retired firefighter, claimed that christie should have done more to stop the traffic jams that led to convictions of three of the governor’s allies in federal court.brennan filed a citizen’s complaint in the middle of the trial of two christie allies last fall, leading a municipal judge, roy mcgeady, to say that probable cause existed for the county prosecutor’s office






florida sheriff investigating killing of mother and daughter


north lauderdale, fla. — the broward county sheriff's office is investigating the killing of a mother and daughter.deputies were called to a home shortly before dawn on urday after they received reports of s s being fired.authorities said that they found a and a woman. the was pronounced dead at the scene, while the woman died after being taken to the hospital.the sheriff's office so far has not released many details on the incident that occurred in this compact city located in the center of broward county, about 15 miles northwest of fort lauderdale.a release states that detectives are trying collect accounts and evidence to determine how the shooting happened and who might be responsible. the sheriff's office does not have a suspect in custody.






underground fires, toxins in unfunded cleanup of old mines


preston county, w.va. — an underground coal mine fire still smolders in northern west virginia, releasing smoke from gashes in a hillside only a stone's throw from some houses.state officials say the fire, which may have started by arson, lightning or a forest fire, had burned low for several years before bursting into flames last july in rural preston county.the growing fire moved the mine to the top of cleanup list in west virginia, which has some of the worst old mine problems in the country.state officials expect to spend $5 million this year to put it out. it's in a mine abandoned before 1977, among 3,400 old sites still posing health and safety threats with fixes estimated to cost $4.5 billion.






li man s in shoulder by police faces additional charges


advertisement | advertise on newsdaymichael shear, 34, arrives for arraignment at suffolk county court in riverhead on friday, jan. 27, 2017. shear was arrested and s by police earlier this month after fleeing a traffic stop and reportedly dragging an officer in pursuit. he now faces additional ault and drunken driving charges in suffolk county. (credit: james carbone) a man who was arrested and s by police earlier this month after fleeing a traffic stop and reportedly dragging an officer in pursuit was arraigned friday on additional ault and drunken driving charges in suffolk county.the holtsville resident was s in the shoulder by a yet unidentified suffolk police officer in medford, after the stop in patchogue led to a pursuit of about 3 1⁄2...






84-year old west chicago woman killed in crash


an 84-year-old west chicago woman died following a sunday morning crash just south of cedar lake.the lake county coroner's office said in a press release a medicolegal death investigation team was dispatched at 6:37 a.m. sunday to 151st street and wicker avenue in hanover township.there, julia hansen of the 300 block of e. pomeroy street was pronounced dead from blunt force trauma injuries. the manner of death was listed as accident, according to the coroner's report.the lake county sheriff's department, cedar lake fire department, lake dale fire department and tri creek fire department also responded.further information was not immediately available.carrie napoleon is a freelance reporter for the post-tribune.






did santa clara county workers donate those christmas toys to the poor?


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);after santa clara county employees took home dozens of toys donated as christmas gifts for the poor, top officials insisted the workers would give them to charity.but a month later, the county executive’s office refuses to account for what happened to the $200 motorized buggies and scooters that county workers signed receipts for by name. reporting by this news organization suggests many county employees never were told to donate them, and at least some of the needy who hoped to receive the gifts got nothing.a top aide takes responsibility only for botching the distribution.“it was a breakdown,” said steve preminger, the special istant to county executive jeff smith who oversaw the toy distribution. “this whole thing has blown up and become so






the latest: police shoot suspect in deadly car prowl


sammamish, wash. — the latest on a deadly car prowl in the seattle suburb of sammamish (all times local):9:15 a.m.authorities in suburban seattle say they have s and wounded a suspect in a deadly car prowl.the seattle times reports urday that (http://bit.ly/2keezlc) the king county sheriff's office tracked the suspect to an apartment late friday and opened fire when a man and a 16-year-old boy emerged and pointed handguns at deputies.the alleged suspect has been wanted since wednesday after running over a man who confronted him in sammamish.the man killed trying to stop the car prowl is the 22-year-old son of a seattle police officer.the alleged suspect is in critical condition at harborview medical center in seattle.his identity has not been released.the teen was arrested early urday.depu






fatal heroin overdoses prompt warning, n au police say


n au county police officials are alerting long islanders to a “bad batch” of heroin circulating in the atlantic city area called king of death that led to 10 suspected overdoses, 6 of them fatal, in one day this past week.a public safety announcement was initially issued by the atlantic city police on thursday about the overdoses — six fatal and four involving people who were revived using narcan — that took place between 4 and 10 p.m. wednesday.advertisement | advertise on newsdaybags made from folded wax paper that were stamped with a red crown and the words “king of death” were found at two scenes and are reportedly responsible for those two deaths, n au county police said in a public safety advisory released late friday.n au county police said in its officers are monitoring what it cal






officials point fingers over missing toys meant for low-income families


var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]);after santa clara county employees took home dozens of toys donated as christmas gifts for the poor, top officials insisted the workers would give them to charity.but a month later, the county executive’s office refuses to account for what happened to the $200 motorized buggies and scooters that county workers signed receipts for by name. reporting by this news organization suggests many county employees never were told to donate them, and at least some of the needy who hoped to receive the gifts got nothing.a top aide takes responsibility only for botching the distribution.“it was a breakdown,” said steve preminger, the special istant to county executive jeff smith who oversaw the toy distribution. “this whole thing has blown up and become so






3 found dead in burning kitsap county home; owner missing


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n au dem leaders back laura curran for county executive


n au democratic leaders will back legis. laura curran, a second-term county lawmaker from baldwin, as their nominee for county executive in november, although a primary appears likely.county democratic chairman jay jacobs, who will make the endorsement at a news conference monday, said long beach city manager jack schnirman, who had been mulling a run for county executive, will be the party’s pick for county comptroller. most populartwo other county executive candidates — george maragos, a republican-turned-democrat who is the current comptroller, and emb. charles lavine (d-glen gove) — plan to stay in the race, setting up a likely democratic primary in september.storymangano back at work, says he’s ‘at peace’more coveragecomplete coverage: n au county executive edward manganostorygop cand






miami mayor carlos gimenez concedes to trump’s immigration rules on sanctuary ci


miami-dade county mayor carlos gimenez’s decision to reverse the county’s policy immigration detainer requests from the u.s department of immigration and customs enforcement (ice) has given president trump his first big win on immigration since taking office.trump warned that federal funding for counties with “sanctuary cities” would be stopped if the federal laws were not followed.gimenez issued a memo stating the miami-dade would put a hold on undocumented inmates at the county jail if requested.“in light of the provisions of the executive order, i direct you and your staff to honor all immigration detainer requests received from the department of homeland security,” gimenez wrote in the brief memo.“i want to make sure we don’t put in jeopardy the millions of funds we get from the federa






what about corporate welfare for oil and gas companies?


rj sangosti, the denver postan oil rig operates in weld county in january 2016.re: “rich, white welfare queens,” jan. 21 jon caldara column.jon caldara attempts to inflame our p ions over wealthy coloradans who get tax breaks for purchasing electric vehicles to the tune of $7.6 million, courtesy of taxpayers. fair enough. but that is a pittance compared to the corporate welfare for oil and gas companies that collectively receive billions of dollars in tax breaks and royalties while reaping billions in profits. why doesn’t this stick in caldara’s craw, too? nevertheless, subsidies also come in the form of pollution. if an industry pollutes our air, water and earth, without compen ion, then that amounts to a subsidy, too. we, the taxpayer, pay for that.tom sabel,lakewoodsubmit a letter to th






fatal crash on i-94 in st. paul is among at least three on minnesota roads


at least one person died urday afternoon in a crash on interstate 94 in st. paul, bringing the day’s death toll on minnesota roads to at least three, according to the state patrol.details were few urday night, but the patrol said the crash occurred in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near prior avenue at 2:36 p.m.earlier urday, two people died in separate one-vehicle crashes on icy roads in southern minnesota.an iowa man was killed when a pickup in which he was a p enger lost control on westbound interstate 94 in jay township, in martin county, went into the median and rolled over. charles e. bilek, 61, of clinton, iowa, was killed. he was wearing a seatbelt, the patrol said.bilek was in a vehicle driven by cynthia ann pleau, 60, of siren, wis., who suffered noncritical injuries, as did






controversial wisconsin sheriff to speak tonight in minneapolis


four-term milwaukee county sheriff david a. clarke jr., who delivered an emphatic address on law and order during the first day last year’s republican national convention, will speak in minneapolis urday night at an event hosted by the not-for-profit rightway minnesota.clarke is a popular commentator on issues involving law enforcement and the second amendment. he wields a combative twitter account that celebrates president donald trump and takes aim at “media elites” like the new york times and nbc news.“ladies and gentlemen, i would like to make something very clear — blue lives matter in america!” he said last july, opening his remarks at the 2016 rnc in cleveland to rousing applause from the crowd. clarke’s july 18 comments e one day after the ambush-style slayings of three baton rouge






3 people found dead inside washington state home after fire


bremerton, wash. — three people were found dead inside a kitsap county home that was engulfed in flames and authorities on urday searched for the homeowner, who was missing along with his truck, a sheriff's spokesman said.the deaths of the two men and a woman were cl ified as homicides, kitsap county deputy scott wilson said urday in a phone interview from the scene.authorities asked the public to be on the lookout for the homeowner, 43-year-old john derek careaga, and to call 911 if he shows up.he is believed to be driving a brown 2005 ford f-150 truck with washington state license plates ca9383b, wilson said.careaga is considered a missing person at this point in the investigation, wilson said.a 16-year-old boy, hunter schaap-jocsan, was found safe urday after at first being considered m






deputies shoot, wound suspect in car prowl that left seattle cop’s son dead


the wounded suspect is in critical condition at harborview medical center.king county sheriff’s deputies on friday night s and wounded a man suspected in the deadly carprowl at a sammamish park.deputies went to an apartment in the 21600 block of 29th avenue south in des moines where they believed the suspect was staying, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. deputies were outside when the suspect and a 16-year-old boy walked out around 10:30 p.m. friday.the man and the teen pulled out handguns when they saw the deputies and three deputies opened fire, striking the suspect, the sheriff’s office said. the teen fled and dropped his handgun, the sheriff’s office said.after a search, deputies determined the teen was inside a nearby apartment. the teen was finally convinced to walk out of






fatal crash on i-94 in st. paul is among at least three on minnesota roads


at least one person died urday afternoon in a crash on interstate 94 in st. paul, bringing the day’s death toll on minnesota roads to at least three, according to the state patrol.the 31-year-old minneapolis man killed in the crash was not wearing a seat belt and the car's air bag deployed, the state patrol said late urday. the man of the man, killed in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near prior avenue at 2:36 p.m., is to be released monday.the car, a 2017 hyundai elantra, left the road and rolled in the right shoulder of i-94, the patrol said.earlier urday, two people died in separate one-vehicle crashes on icy roads in southern minnesota.an iowa man was killed when a pickup in which he was a p enger lost control on westbound interstate 94 in jay township, in martin county, went into t






oregon faces 90 percent reduction in federal timber money


salem, ore. (ap) — a u.s. forest service program that infused rural communities with millions to make up for lost timber revenue is drying up, and that means oregon will see a 90 percent reduction in the payments that have kept critical services afloat in many counties since environmental rules curtailed logging nearly 30 years ago.the salem statesman journal (http://stjr.nl/2k8hcvp) reported friday that the changes will impact more than 700 counties and 4,000 school districts in 41 states.the secure rural schools program was enacted in 2000 to help ease the financial blow after a dramatic reduction in logging in the 1990s.but the program has not been reauthorized and payments going forward will revert to a 1908 law that dedicates 25 percent of timber revenues to local governments.most rea






the drive: roadside memorials can create a delicate situation


you’ve seen them along the side of the road or maybe attached to utility poles — crosses, balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, p os and tributes — memorials left by well-wishers in memory of somebody who was killed in a car crash or perhaps at the hand of violence, marking the spot the person was last seen alive.roadside memorials can be an important part of the grieving process for family members and friends, the minnesota department of transportation recognizes, but they can also pose dangers for those who stop to view them or become a distraction to drivers. for that reason, memorials are prohibited on rights of way, meaning medians and shoulders of state highways.mndot’s kent barnard, who noted that it is illegal to stop on the freeway except in the case of an emergency or vehicle break






the drive: roadside memorials can create a delicate situation


you've seen them along the side of the road or maybe attached to utility poles — crosses, balloons, flowers, stuffed animals, p os and tributes — memorials left by well-wishers in memory of somebody who was killed in a car crash or perhaps at the hand of violence, marking the spot the person was last seen alive.roadside memorials can be an important part of the grieving process for family members and friends, the minnesota department of transportation recognizes, but they can also pose dangers for those who stop to view them or become a distraction to drivers. for that reason, memorials are prohibited on rights of way, meaning medians and shoulders of state highways.mndot's kent barnard, who noted that it is illegal to stop on the freeway except in the case of an emergency or vehicle break






essential politics: california politicians speak out against trump's actions on


a proposed california law seeks to ensure that a person who uses false documents to conceal their citizenship status faces the same punishment as a person who uses a fake driver's license. the legislation by  emblyman raul bocanegra (d-pacoima) would amend the penal code to make both crimes “wobblers," meaning prosecutors would have the discretion to charge suspects in such cases with either felony offenses or lower-level misdemeanors. under the proposal, the repercussions for defendants would be the same: if convicted of a misdemeanor, offenders would have to serve up to one year in county jail, while a felony conviction would mean up to 16 months in county jail, or two or three years in prison. a spokesman for bocangera said the measure was introduced as a proactive response to presi






decades-old slaying of righteous brothers singer's ex solved


los angeles -- investigators used a controversial dna testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of righteous brothers singer bill medley, the los angeles county sheriff’s department said.karen klaas was attacked jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in hermosa beach. the 32-year-old was ually aulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. she died a few days later at the hospital.the sheriff’s department said friday that the case “was solved through the use of familial dna, which identified the killer,” but provided no other details.the technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the person who may have committed the crime. law






air tour of u.s.border between arizona and the pacific


an aerial p o tour on jan. 26, 2017, of the u.s.-mexico border in california, from andrade on the east in imperial county to the pacific ocean, where the border fence ends in the water at playas de tijuana. the border barrier varies from stout concrete bollards and triple fence in some parts to nothing but air in the most rugged parts of the route through san diego and imperial counties.john gibbins






hill-murray comes back from an early deficit to bury dodge county 4-1


hill-murray's first line center, abigail boreen, has been doing this for a long time. it is her third year on varsity for the pioneers (18-4-1, 8-0) after becoming a mainstay in her freshman year where the coaching staff not only had enough faith in the young player to get a regular shift, but also to spend time on the power play."i learned a lot from the older kids," boreen said. "they showed me how to do it and were my role models. i just try to be like them."now the junior – who scored a goal and added two ists in urday afternoon's 4-1 victory over dodge county (12-9-1, 1-0) – has become one of the best players in the state."i think my size is a strength," boreen said. "i have a good s , have speed coming into the zone and have good vision on the ice."boreen showed off her speed and ska






rochester woman killed in rollover on icy road


a rochester woman died urday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy highway in southeastern minnesota’s dodge county and it rolled over.the 42-year-old woman was driving a 2011 ford ranger pickup west on hwy. 14, just east of dodge center, when the vehicle went out of control on the icy road and then rolled over, according to the minnesota state patrol. the accident happened just before 10 p.m.the victim’s name has not yet been released.






rochester woman killed in rollover on icy road


a rochester woman died urday morning when she lost control of her vehicle on an icy highway in southeastern minnesota’s dodge county and it rolled over.the 42-year-old woman was driving a 2011 ford ranger pickup west on hwy. 14, just east of dodge center, when the vehicle went out of control on the icy road and then rolled over, according to the minnesota state patrol. the accident happened just before 10 a.m.the victim’s name has not been released.






decades-old slaying of righteous brothers singer’s ex solved


los angeles (ap) — investigators used a controversial dna testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of righteous brothers singer bill medley, the los angeles county sheriff’s department said.karen klaas was attacked jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in hermosa beach. the 32-year-old was ually aulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. she died a few days later at the hospital.the sheriff’s department said friday that the case “was solved through the use of familial dna, which identified the killer,” but provided no other details.the technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the person who may have committed the crime.






jeffco development is inevitable, so why oppose a sensible option?


john aguilar, the denver postprotesters against a plan to rezone space near dinosaur ridge hold a sign on jan. 17 outside the jefferson county government building in golden.if the utopian side of me had its way, i would stop every construction site in its tracks. just leave the land alone, don’t block my views, give me some space to breathe.but the sensible side of me says, hopefully someone would stop me. hopefully someone would say, we just can’t do that. not when somebody has lawfully bought the land. not when the venture won’t manifestly debase our lives. not when an economy has to grow if it’s not to die.that’s why the jefferson county commissioners — already having decided to alter the impact of a controversial commercial development proposed near an area off c-470 known as dinosaur






corrections officer recruit sold cocaine to undercover cop, police say


advertisement | advertise on newsdayauthorities arrested a new york city corrections officer recruit from west babylon for possession and sale of drugs, n au county police said urday. rushauney r. stephenson, 24, of es street, sold cocaine to an undercover detective twice in under an hour before he was arrested on friday while at the correctional academy located at the john jay college of criminal justice in manhattan,...






decades-old slaying of righteous bros. singer's ex-wife is finally solved


los angeles — investigators used a controversial dna testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of righteous brothers singer bill medley, the los angeles county sheriff's department said.karen klaas was attacked jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in hermosa beach. the 32-year-old was ually aulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. she died a few days later at the hospital.the sheriff's department said friday that the case "was solved through the use of familial dna, which identified the killer," but provided no other details. file karen klaas and bill medley, when they were married. the technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely r






three s in large-scale altercation at waukegan motel early urday


two teens and an adult were s but are expected to survive following an altercation at a waukegan motel early urday morning that drew a response from numerous police departments, according to authorities.a man from zion was s in the back of the head and the hip, while two male teens, one from gurnee and one from zion, each suffered a guns wound to the leg, according to waukegan police.waukegan police commander joe florip said all three victims are expected to make a full recovery. the names of the teens are not being released because they are juveniles.the wounded adult was wanted on a warrant from the lake county sheriff's office for fleeing a police officer and ault, and a warrant through the illinois department of corrections for armed robbery, florip said.the adult's name is not being r






woman fatally injured after vehicle crashes into car wash in lincoln square


a woman died urday after a vehicle crashed through a car wash on the north side in the lincoln square neighborhood.about 9:50 a.m., a 56-year-old man drove a volkswagon golf through a closed overhead door of a car wash in the 5400 block of north damen avenue, police said.a woman who was inside was struck by the door and the vehicle, and ended up pinned between both.the victim was extricated by firefighters, taken to st. francis hospital in evanston and pronounced dead at 10:27 a.m., according to the cook county medical examiner's office and police.the driver stayed at the scene, and the major accident investigation unit was investigating.






1,700 volunteers hit the street to count, interview homeless


bundled in jackets and carrying clipboards and flashlights, a record number of volunteers took to the streets throughout san diego county early friday morning in an annual effort aimed at learning more about the area’s homeless.“did we get these people?” asked bernie miles as he pointed to a cluster of sleeping bags against a wall near the san diego civic concourse on c street.miles, his wife tina and chris baltazar are members of episcopal community services and were among 1,700 people countywide who volunteered for the annual point-in-time count organized by the san diego regional task force on the homeless.“we’ll have an idea of what we’re dealing with in terms of numbers,” said miles, adding that volunteering is an alternative to “just driving by and seeing people and not caring.”the e






miami partners with civiq to become first smart-city ecosystem in u.s.


why it matters to you technology is playing a greater and greater role in city infrastructure, with miami becoming the first u.s. city to adopt a smart ecosystem model.you may know miami for its beaches, but the florida city wants you to know it for its smarts. earlier this week, the coastal metropolis announced a new partnership with civiq smartscapes to launch the first fully interconnected smart city ecosystem in the u.s.and best of all, the landmark tech deal will come at no net cost to taxpayers, the mayor’s office says. civiq, a company that specializes in smart communications infrastructure in public spaces, aims to deliver the best “citizen mobility experience” to the people of miami, engaging citizens and providing access to city services.over the course of the next three months,






authorities: drunk teen crashes into pole in w. wis.; p enger killed


a drunken teenager crashed his car into a utility pole late at night western wisconsin, killing one of his three p engers, authorities said.the wreck occurred about 1:45 a.m. sunday on 170th avenue at 112th street in the town of new richmond, according to the st. croix county sheriff's office.jordan m. tulgren, 19, of new richmond, died in the crash, the sheriff's office said. two other p engers were hospitalized with injuries: kevante d. crutchfield, 21, of idabel, okla.,; and tianna n. mcdermott, 18, of baldwin, wis.the driver, dalton r. mundle, 18, of new richmond, was hospitalized for his injuries and then arrested on suspicion of committing homicide while driving while intoxicated.






decades-old slaying of righteous brothers singer's ex solved


investigators used a controversial dna testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of righteous brothers singer bill medley, the los angeles county sheriff's department said. karen klaas was attacked jan. 30, 1976 as she returned to her home in hermosa beach. the 32-year-old was ually aulted, strangled with her pantyhose and never regained consciousness. she died a few days later at the hospital. the sheriff's department said friday that the case "was solved through the use of familial dna, which identified the killer," but provided no other details.most read entertainment news this hour the technique, which has raised ethical issues in the forensics community, allows investigators to search law enforcement databases to identify likely relatives of the person who may hav






nfl, legal future for bengals' jones under review


cincinnati — bengals cornerback adam "pacman" jones is trying to prove to the people who will determine his future that he's making up for his latest mistakes in a career marked by legal troubles.his team, the nfl and a county prosecutor all have decisions to make about how to discipline jones, who is getting treatment for alcohol and anger issues as he stands accused of scuffling with a security guard and police and spitting on a jail nurse. authorities say the confrontation started when jones started pounding on doors at a el near the bengals' stadium.one factor to consider is cincinnati police video released this week that shows jones swearing at police after his jan. 3 arrest on charges including ault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business. the video prompted apologies f






man punches auxiliary bishop during m at newark church


newark, n.j. — an auxiliary bishop with the archdiocese of newark has been attacked during m .es county authorities say the attack occurred urday at cathedral basilica of the sacred heart during an event honoring baseball hall of famer roberto clemente.they say 48-year-old newark resident charles miller was in a pew when he got up, went to the altar and punched the rev. manuel cruz in the mouth. cruz was treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries that aren't considered serious.miller was charged with ault. authorities declined comment on a possible motive for the attack.the m marked the recent anniversary clemente's death on new year's eve in 1972. he was killed in a plane crash while trying to bring supplies to the earthquake-ravaged country of nicaragua.






authorities: drunk teen crashes into pole in w. wis.; p enger killed


a drunken teenager crashed his car into a utility pole late at night in western wisconsin, killing one of his three p engers, authorities said.the wreck occurred about 1:45 a.m. sunday on 170th avenue at 112th street in the town of new richmond, according to the st. croix county sheriff's office.jordan m. tulgren, 19, of new richmond, died in the crash, the sheriff's office said. two other p engers were hospitalized with injuries: kevante d. crutchfield, 21, of idabel, okla.,; and tianna n. mcdermott, 18, of baldwin, wis.the driver, dalton r. mundle, 18, of new richmond, was hospitalized for his injuries and then arrested on suspicion of committing homicide while driving while intoxicated.paul walsh






san jose vice-mayor: a cursed post


when san jose mayor sam liccardo selected councilwoman magdalena carrasco recently as his vice-mayor, political gossips noted that he p ed over a couple of other contenders.though he didn’t voice unhappiness publicly, it was widely umed that councilman johnny khamis hoped to get the job. councilman chappie jones was also seen as a contender.neither man should have worried too much about not getting the post. the truth is that a quiet curse goes with the san jose vice-mayor’s job, a curse that often handicaps political ascent.the last council member to serve as vice-mayor and later become mayor was susan hammer, who was vice mayor under tom mcenery from 1985 to 1987 and was elected mayor in 1990.the last council member to be vice-mayor at the time she ascended to mayor was janet gray hayes,






1,700 volunteers hit the street to count, interview homeless


bundled in jackets and carrying clipboards and flashlights, a record number of volunteers took to the streets throughout san diego county early friday morning in an annual effort aimed at learning more about the area’s homeless.“did we get these people?” asked bernie miles as he pointed to a cluster of sleeping bags against a wall near the san diego civic concourse on c street.miles, his wife tina and chris baltazar are members of episcopal community services and were among 1,700 people countywide who volunteered for the annual point-in-time count organized by the san diego regional task force on the homeless.“we’ll have an idea of what we’re dealing with in terms of numbers,” said miles, adding that volunteering is an alternative to “just driving by and seeing people and not caring.”the e






prosecutors won't pursue misconduct charge against christie


ensack, n.j. — new jersey prosecutors said friday they will not pursue a criminal misconduct case against republican gov. chris christie in the george washington bridge lane-closing scandal.bergen county istant prosecutor john higgins said in a letter to superior court judge bonnie mizdol that the state does not believe it can prove official misconduct beyond a reasonable doubt and will not be bringing charges.the letter deals a blow to the misconduct case stemming from a complaint filed by former teaneck firefighter william brennan, who has declared himself a democratic candidate for governor. a municipal court judge is set to hear arguments for the second time in a probable cause hearing next month.brennan's complaint says that christie violated the state's misconduct law when he failed






2 arrested for trying to make fraudulent apple store purchases, police say


two people who attempted to gain access to user accounts and make unauthorized purchases at the apple store in deer park were arrested friday night by the lake county sheriff's office, sgt. christopher covelli said.alexander j. soto, 25, of yonkers, n.y., and diamand d. reid, 22, of roseville, mich., were charged with burglary and identity theft, covelli said. soto also faces a charge of retail theft.the two were arrested in separate incidents about two hours apart, and "it appears they were part of the same crew," he said. the sheriff's office was contacted by apple store employees in each case.based on information from the investigation, it's believed soto and reid are connected to a group of seven people arrested last july, all from new york, believed to be part of a "criminal enterpris






und instructor, student pilot ok after emergency landing


crookston, minn. — a university of north dakota instructor pilot and a student pilot are ok after engine failure forced their airplane to make an emergency landing in northwestern minnesota.the polk county sheriff's office and other authorities responded just after 6:30 p.m. friday after the 2008 single-engine cessna landed south of crookston.authorities say the plane was about 900 feet in the air when the engine failed. the two pilots then made an emergency landing into a plowed field.twenty-two-year-old instructor pilot joseph gromek and 21-year-old student pilot collin bates, both of grand forks, north dakota, were found outside of the plane and unhurt. they were the only people in the plane, which was lightly damaged.the plane was released to und's aviation department.






your business is legal, but you can't use banks. welcome to the cannabis all-cas


after decades as a corporate operations executive, julia gosnell decided it was time to become her own boss.“it’s now or never,” she told me in the family room of her comfortable east bay home as her pomeranian, chichi,   in her lap.“this is my last good decade of working,” said gosnell, 54.she and a good friend had often joked about getting into the cannabis business. she’d been a medical cannabis patient for years, smoking pot for the anxiety she felt over the health of her youngest daughter, who has autism and epilepsy. “i had a choice: take valium every day or imbibe. i decided cannabis was the healthier route.”last march, she and her partner, kary radestock, a sales rep, launched hippo premium packaging. they develop containers, logos, bags, labels, boxes and custom-printed jars. they






minnesota ironman bicycle ride expects to move to waconia


the 51st minnesota ironman bicycle ride is slated to move this spring from washington county to waconia — despite the fact that the ride has yet to be approved by the waconia city council.“this has been worked on for months,” said susan arntz, waconia’s city administrator, “and last week is the first time i’ve ever heard of it. this is a 3,000-person event that they’re bringing to our community, and i just received it last friday.”but event organizers hope to rectify that oversight soon, spokesman russ lowthian said.“we didn’t talk to the right people,” he said. “we’ve been working with the waconia chamber of commerce, and everybody umed the city itself would know about it. shame on us and shame on [the chamber].”registration for the ride opens wednesday, but the event won’t go before the






20-year-old city councilman dies after car wreck in idaho


wilder, idaho — a 20-year-old city councilman who was one of the youngest people ever elected in idaho, has died after being involved in a car accident.the idaho press-tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2kerye8) that city councilman ismael fernandez died friday in a collision on highway 19 in canyon county.fernandez was just a 19-year-old freshman at the college of idaho when he was elected in 2015 to the four-member wilder city council. his win made national headlines.fernandez was also part of idaho's first all-latino city council.wilder has about 1,500 residents and is in southwestern idaho near the oregon border.idaho state police say fernandez was traveling west on highway 19 when he crossed the center line and crashed into a truck hauling beets.fernandez died at saint alphonsus regional






off-duty officer among 14 wounded in city shootings


an off-duty cook county officer was one of three people who were wounded in a shooting early urday in the city's gold coast neighborhood, officials said.the shooting happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 1200 block of north state street. police did not release any other details about what led to the shooting.  sophia ansari, spokeswoman for the cook county sheriff's office, said an off-duty cook county courts deputy was wounded in the shooting. she was told the officer was going to be fine. she did not have additional information about the officer's involvement in the shooting, and she said the investigation was being handled by chicago police. an adult man was grazed in the head, and he was listed in good condition at northwestern memorial hospital, chicago police said. a second man was s in th






nfl, legal future for bengals’ jones under review


cincinnati (ap) — bengals cornerback adam “pacman” jones is trying to prove to the people who will determine his future that he’s making up for his latest mistakes in a career marked by legal troubles.his team, the nfl and a county prosecutor all have decisions to make about how to discipline jones, who is getting treatment for alcohol and anger issues as he stands accused of scuffling with a security guard and police and spitting on a jail nurse. authorities say the confrontation started when jones started pounding on doors at a el near the bengals’ stadium.one factor to consider is cincinnati police video released this week that shows jones swearing at police after his jan. 3 arrest on charges including ault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business. the video prompted apolog