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county board approves nearly $12 million in sheriff, hospital settlements


cook county taxpayers are on the hook for a $4.75 million payout to a man who sued sheriff tom dart and other county officials after suffering debilitating brain injuries that his guardian said were caused by improper care at the cook county jail.about $2.8 million will go to michael joseph borys, with the rest going to his attorneys for fees and expenses after county commissioners approved the legal settlement wednesday.borys in october 2014 fell from a top bunk in a jail dorm after experiencing a seizure. as a result of his injuries, borys’ “cognitive functioning is very limited and he is permanently blind in one eye,” according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf by his father.borys, 33, had been brought to the jail after a misdemeanor battery arrest, according to the suit. he had a histor






cook county to approve $3.25 million for woman sexually assaulted by two men in


cook county commissioners on wednesday are poised to approve a $3.25 million payout to a woman who was sexually assaulted by two men also awaiting court appearances at a south suburban courthouse last spring.the payment is being made before the victim, a 52-year-old woman, has even filed a lawsuit against the county.the attacks took place may 2 at the markham courthouse. county sheriff’s deputies placed the two men in a separate holding cell from the woman, but the cell that held them and other men did not have a toilet. each of the two men asked separately to use the toilet, and both were let into the woman’s cell, where the attacks took place one after another, prosecutors have alleged.hamidullah tribble, 22, of chicago, and nelon drake, 29, of dolton, each have been charged with crimina






lake county, ind., may issue $8m bond for legal settlements, including for famil


the lake county council is considering an $8.2 million bond to cover settlements in lawsuits, with nearly $5 million of that going to the families of two inmates who died in the jail.the proposed bond covers the judgments in 10 cases, nine of which involve the lake county sheriff's department and the jail, according to the bond documents. two of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of two inmates who died in the lake county jail, gregory smith and adekunle odumabo, will cost taxpayers almost $5 million.the county settled the smith case and agreed to pay his family $2.75 million, according to the bond documents, and odumabo's estate will receive $2.2 million from the settlement.commissioners' attorney john dull said the bond would cover the settlements in the cases."the settlements were negotiated






winnebago county sheriff laying off 64 reserve deputies


rockford, ill. (ap) — the sheriff in northern illinois’ winnebago county says budget cuts mean he will lay off 64 reserve deputies on oct. 20.the rockford register star reports that sheriff gary caruana says the reserve deputies were informed wednesday. meanwhile jail superintendent bob redmond said ten correctional officers were told their last day will be oct. 26. the layoffs come about two weeks after the winnebago county board approved a budget that includes cuts to cover a projected $6.8 million budget shortfall. the sheriff’s department will receive about $4.3 million less under the budget.the reserve deputies provide security at the winnebago county courthouse and other county facilities. the sheriff says he’ll pull nine deputies from other departments to help replace the reserve de






el camino hospital board restructures by adding two appointed positions – the me


the el camino healthcare district board of directors gave itself a shakeup monday when it opted to add two appointed positions, thus creating equal representation between elected and appointed members.the board voted unanimously to restructure its makeup and rescind its ceo’s ability to vote on matters. the decision was a compromise to balance power between elected and appointed members.the board now has five elected members and five appointed. since 2012, the board had three appointed members, five directors elected by the public and a voting hospital ceo hired by the board.the board could have voted to keep its makeup the same or add two appointed hospital directors and reduce the number of elected directors to three. those scenarios would have kept the ceo as a voting member.according t






sheriff says 3 survive plane crash into virginia home


middlesex, va. (ap) — a virginia sheriff says three people have been treated and released from a hospital after the small plane they were in crashed into a home.middlesex county sheriff david bushey tells tv station wwbt the single-engine plane took off just before 9 a.m. saturday from an airport in topping, about an hour east of richmond. two adults and a juvenile were on board.the station reports the pilot lost control, flew between two trees, and crashed into the home in middlesex county.no one was home at the time of the crash. a photo of the scene showed extensive damage.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.bushey says the people on board the plane were taken to a hospital and have since been released.___information from: wwbt-tv, http://www.wwbt.com/






sheriff says 3 survive plane crash into virginia home


middlesex, va. — authorities say a small plane crashed into a home in virginia and the three people on board survived with minor injuries.no one was home at the time of the crash. middlesex county sheriff david bushey tells wwbt the single-engine plane took off just before 9 a.m. saturday from an airport in topping, about an hour east of richmond. two adults and a juvenile were on board.the station reports the pilot lost control, flew between two trees, and crashed into the home in middlesex county.a photo of the scene showed extensive damage.bushey says the people on board the plane were taken to a hospital and have since been released.






cost to taxpayers for settling sheriff's deputy misconduct claims soaring, toppe


in one case, los angeles county paid more than $6 million to a woman who had been raped by a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.in another, it took more than $7 million to resolve multiple lawsuits after deputies in west hollywood mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one and seriously wounding the other.those payouts from 2016 helped drive a dramatic increase in the cost of resolving legal claims against the l.a. county sheriff’s department during the last five years, according to records reviewed by the times.the county’s annual payouts have jumped from $5.6 million to nearly $51 million over that time.the judgments and settlements often involved allegations of serious misconduct against law enforcement officers, including sexual assault, excessive force, shooting unarmed suspects an






hennepin county board approves purchase of landmark thrivent financial building


the hennepin county board expanded its downtown minneapolis footprint on tuesday with the purchase of the thrivent financial building.in addition to the $55 million thrivent purchase, approved on a 5-2 vote, the board also approved an $11.5 million deal for 332 parking stalls at a nearby property that is slated for mixed-use development.the 17-story dark pink building, at 625 4th av. s. near the county’s government center, is expected to be filled mostly by employees of the family justice center and hennepin county medical center (hcmc).commissioners mike opat and jeff johnson have vigorously opposed the deal and voted against the purchase. they argued the county didn’t need more space and that it couldn’t afford such a costly expenditure.“i think this is a bad deal,” said opat. “it’s a di






edward mangano plans end to borrowing for nassau tax settlements


advertisement | advertise on newsdaynassau county executive edward mangano is seen on dec. 16, 2016. (credit: howard schnapp) nassau county executive edward mangano says he will end the decades-old practice of borrowing to pay for property tax settlements a year earlier than expected after the county finished 2016 with an $80 million budgetary surplus.but adam barsky, chairman of the nassau interim finance authority, a state monitoring board in control of the county’s finances, disputed the idea that the county...






hennepin county board approves purchase of landmark thrivent financial building


the hennepin county board grew its downtown minneapolis footprint on tuesday with the purchase of the thrivent financial building.in addition to the $55 million thrivent purchase, approved on a 5-2 vote, the board also approved an $11.5 million deal for 332 parking stalls at a nearby property that is slated for mixed-use development.the 17-story dark pink landmark building, at 625 4th av. s. near the county’s government center, is expected to be filled mostly by employees of the family justice center and hennepin county medical center (hcmc).commissioners mike opat and jeff johnson have vigorously opposed the deal and voted against the purchase. they argued the county didn’t need more space and that it couldn’t afford such a costly expenditure.“i think this is a bad deal,” said opat. “it’s






appointed washington county sheriff will run for election


dan starry, the appointed sheriff in washington county, announced this week he will campaign for an elected term.when bill hutton retired last spring, he recommended to county commissioners that they appoint starry, his chief deputy at the time. starry will fill the position until voters elect him, or someone else, to a four-year term in november 2018.starry, 46, has spent his entire career with the washington county sheriff's office, beginning in 1993. he has held every rank, including commander, has been a k-9 officer and participated on the swat team. he currently is an executive board member for north central high intensity drug trafficking area program, member of the minnesota violent crime coordinated council, and serves on the united way of washington county east board.starry overse






money for homeless services should go to the homeless, not sheriff’s deputies


on tuesday, the los angeles county board of supervisors is expected to vote on the allocation of more than a billion dollars to fund much-needed services for homeless people over the next three fiscal years. the funds, generated by the measure h sales tax increase, will go toward rapidly housing for homeless people, preventing others from falling into homelessness, expanding outreach to the homeless and other services. one thing the money should not fund is law enforcement.the l.a. county sheriff’s department had wanted $1 million to create a sheriff’s homeless outreach services team of six deputies, one sergeant and one lieutenant to expand what is currently being done by two deputies and one lieutenant dealing with homeless people on the street. the measure h planning group was divided o






chisago county board reverses self, approves muslim cemetery


lindstrom, minn. — the chisago county board has granted a cemetery permit to a group of bosnian muslims, reversing its prior decision to deny it.the board voted 4-0 to approve the cemetery permit wednesday, after the board's attorney warned the county would face religious discrimination claims.the islamic community of bosniaks of minnesota wants to build the cemetery south of lindstrom.the board initially denied the group's permit in december, even though the county's planning commission recommended the project and the county's staff was in support.but on march 1 the u.s. justice department said it was investigating. the group had also threatened litigation.jaylani hussein, executive director of the minnesota chapter of the council on american-islamic relations, says he's happy to see a po






hennepin county sheriff pushing new human trafficking initiative


hennepin county sheriff rich stanek has tried for months to cajole the county board into funding a new human trafficking initiative.he wants to add two detectives and an analyst at a cost of more than $200,000 who will focus on the labor-intensive cases that often cross local and state jurisdictions.while he praised the board for its plan to hire dozens of child protection workers that should help on the prevention and intervention side of the issue, the commitment to law enforcement's role has lagged, stanek said.on tuesday, the board will vote to approve paying half of salaries for the new positions, as well as a job in the county attorney's office that will work only trafficking cases, said commissioner marion greene. the board and the sheriff's office had very positive back and forth n






hennepin county sheriff pushing new human trafficking initiative


hennepin county's effort to combat human trafficking is taking a new turn as board members look to add two detectives and an analyst who will focus on complex cases that often cross local and state jurisdictions.the board will vote on tuesday to approve paying about $100,000 for its share of the salaries for the new positions, as well as a job in the county attorney's office that will work only trafficking cases, said commissioner marion greene.the proposal comes after lengthy negotiations between the board and the sheriff's office, she said."we are strongly committed to helping the county's most vulnerable children, and have had a really strong response in helping victims and survivors," she said. "but we need to be more proactive in the public safety response. we are really pleased the s






chicago school board approves $5.6 billion budget


chicago (ap) — the chicago board of education has approved a $5.6 billion budget that includes roughly $225 million in tax hikes and authorization of more than $1 billion in debt.the budget passed wednesday also authorizes an additional $2.5 million for consultants, including several linked to schools ceo forrest claypool, and $38 million more for chicago’s charter schools.cps now is authorized to spend up to $28 million on services such as audits and facilities analysis.chief financial officer gail ward told the board private consultants have helped the district save about $87 million out of about $200 million in savings the district has claimed it achieve.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.demonstrators outside the board meeting demanded the resignation of claypool






douglas county sheriff's deputy shoots suspect


a douglas county sheriff’s deputy trying to help a motorist friday evening fired at the driver after he got out of his vehicle with an assault rifle, authorities said.“suspect produced a weapon, the deputy gave commands, feared for his life and deployed his weapon,” the sheriff’s office posted in a tweet friday night.the douglas county sheriff’s office said the officer-involved shooting occurred on county line road, just east of santa fe boulevard.the man who was shot was taken to a hospital. no one from the sheriff’s office was injured in the incident, the agency wrote on twitter, and there is no status on the suspect’s injuries.authorities said friday evening that no other suspects are at large and there is no risk to the public.






man charged in aurora crash flees hospital


a 38-year-old aurora man charged with a slew of felonies in connection with a monday pursuit and crash has fled the hospital where he was receiving treatment.the afternoon pursuit, initiated by a kane county sheriff's deputy, ended with the chased car crashing into a pole in aurora.the passenger in the car, a 37-year-old aurora man, was taken to rush-copley medical center in aurora with potentially life-threatening injuries and has not been charged, according to the sheriff's office.the driver, billy j. cole jr., of the 2000 block of greyhawk, aurora, ran from the car and through a nearby cemetery, where officers eventually caught him and got him into handcuffs, said sheriff's spokesman lt. patrick gengler.on tuesday, cole again eluded authorities by leaving the hospital where he was taken






hennepin sheriff's office to start using body cameras in 2018


the hennepin county board gave sheriff rich stanek the green light tuesday to move forward with a body camera program, clearing the way for deputies on the sheriff’s swat team to begin using them at the start of the year.while the board has no direct control over the sheriff’s office or its policies, it had delayed closing the public comment session that’s required under state law to be held before a law enforcement agency can proceed with body cameras.the board rescheduled the initial session in august after the three people who showed up complained that the draft policy for camera usage hadn’t been adequately publicized. then last month, the board raised a number of concerns with the policy and adjourned without officially ending the hearing.but the board finally closed the hearing tuesd






douglas county sheriff's deputy shoots suspect


the douglas county sheriff’s office is investigating what it says was an officer-involved shooting on county line road, just east of santa fe boulevard, friday evening.a suspect who was shot by a deputy was taken to a hospital. no one from the sheriff’s office was injured in the incident, the agency wrote in a tweet, and there is no status on the suspect.authorities said friday evening that no other suspects are at large and there is no risk to the public.






ramsey county sheriff out nearly $200k after missing paperwork deadline


the ramsey county sheriff's office lost nearly $200,000 in state funds after being fined for missing a deadline for paperwork.sheriff jack serier assured county and city leaders the fine would have no impact, but a potential political rival who once held serier's seat was skeptical.the issue came to light when vadnais heights mayor bob fletcher, a former sheriff, asked the minnesota department of revenue about the matter and later raised it with the ramsey county board of commissioners on monday, compelling serier to divulge that his office knew of the fine in august.serier wrote to commissioners on monday explaining that his office was eligible to receive $1.9 million from the department of revenue, but instead received $1.7 million because an employee submitted their "police state aid fo






hennepin county adds staff in effort to fight human trafficking


hennepin county’s effort to combat human trafficking is taking a new turn as board members look to add two detectives and an analyst who will focus on complex cases that often cross local and state jurisdictions.the board will vote on tuesday to approve paying about $100,000 for its share of the salaries for the new positions, as well as a job in the county attorney’s office that will work only trafficking cases, said commissioner marion greene.the proposal comes after lengthy negotiations between the board and the sheriff’s office, she said.“we are strongly committed to helping the county’s most vulnerable children, and have had a really strong response in helping victims and survivors,” she said. “but we need to be more proactive in the public safety response. we are really pleased the s






hennepin county adds staff in effort to fight human trafficking


hennepin county's effort to combat human trafficking is taking a new turn as board members look to add two detectives and an analyst who will focus on complex cases that often cross local and state jurisdictions.the board will vote on tuesday to approve paying about $100,000 for its share of the salaries for the new positions, as well as a job in the county attorney's office that will work only trafficking cases, said commissioner marion greene.the proposal comes after lengthy negotiations between the board and the sheriff's office, she said."we are strongly committed to helping the county's most vulnerable children, and have had a really strong response in helping victims and survivors," she said. "but we need to be more proactive in the public safety response. we are really pleased the s






wisconsin board approves foxconn contract


wisconsin’s efforts to bring a foxconn technology group plant to the state surmounted a crucial hurdle wednesday, overcoming recent concerns the deal may be in trouble.the board of the wisconsin economic development corporation approved a contract that would provide a $3 billion incentive package to the taiwanese firm if it invests $10 billion to create a 20-million square foot campus in racine county that could ultimately employ up to 13,000 workers....






man charged in aurora crash flees hospital


a 38-year-old aurora man charged with a slew of felonies in connection with a monday pursuit and crash has fled the hospital where he was receiving treatment.the afternoon pursuit, initiated by a kane county sheriff's deputy, ended with the chased car crashing into a pole in aurora.the passenger in the car, a 37-year-old aurora man, was taken to rush-copley medical center in aurora with potentially life-threatening injuries and has not been charged, according to the sheriff's office.the driver, billy j. cole jr., of the 2000 block of greyhawk, aurora, ran from the car and through a nearby cemetery, where officers eventually caught him and got him into handcuffs, said sheriff's spokesman lt. patrick gengler.on tuesday, cole again allegedly eluded authorities by leaving the hospital where he






hennepin sheriff can finally move forward with body cameras


the hennepin county board gave sheriff rich stanek the green light tuesday to move forward with a body camera program, clearing the way for deputies on the sheriff's swat team to begin using them at the start of the year.while the board has no direct control over the sheriff's office or its policies, it had delayed closing the public comment session that's required under state law to be held before a law enforcement agency can proceed with body cameras.the board rescheduled the initial session in august after the three people who showed up complained that the draft policy for camera usage hadn't been adequately publicized. then last month, the board raised a number of concerns with the policy and adjourned without officially ending the hearing.but the board finally closed the hearing tuesd






kane inmate grabs gun, holds geneva hospital employee hostage: cops


a kane county jail inmate being treated at a geneva hospital grabbed the gun of a corrections officer guarding him and took a hospital employee hostage, a kane county sheriff's spokesman said.the inmate, whose name has not been released, was taken to northwestern medicine delnor hospital for treatment, said sheriff's spokesman lt. patrick gengler. while there, he grabbed the gun of the kane county correctional officer who was chaperoning him.the hostage situation started about 12:30 p.m., according to geneva police. the inmate was still holding the gun on a female hospital employee and keeping her hostage about 4 p.m.both inmate and hostage were in a room in the lower level of the hospital, not far from the hospital's emergency treatment area, gengler said. although there was a lockdown at






pot growers allegedly tried to bribe sheriff with $1 million


a brother and sister organizing a pot-trafficking operation tried to bribe siskiyou county's sheriff with $1 million, u.s. attorney officials said.        






l.a. county to pay $4 million to families of couple killed in 2013 crash with sp


the los angeles county board of supervisors has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the families of a couple killed four years ago when a sheriff’s deputy raced into a palmdale intersection and struck their car, records show.sara paynter and robert delgadillo were killed in december 2013 when the ford explorer they were riding in was struck by a los angeles county sheriff’s department cruiser that had moments earlier been traveling at about 83 mph, according to a district attorney’s memo. the posted speed limit was 50 mph.the deputy, kamal jannah, was not responding to an emergency call and did not have his lights or siren on at the time of the wreck, according to a report released by the county.paynter, 20, of van nuys, and delgadillo, 31, of palmdale, w






kane inmate grabs gun, holds geneva hospital employee hostage: cops


a kane county jail inmate being treated at a geneva hospital grabbed the gun of a corrections officer guarding him and took a hospital employee hostage, a kane county sheriff's spokesman said.the inmate, whose name has not been released, was taken to northwestern medicine delnor hospital for treatment, said sheriff's spokesman lt. patrick gengler. while there, he grabbed the gun of the kane county correctional officer who was chaperoning him.the hostage situation started about 12:30 p.m., according to geneva police. the inmate was still holding the gun on a female hospital employee and keeping her hostage about 4 p.m.both inmate and hostage were in a room in the lower level of the hospital, not far from the hospital's emergency treatment area, gengler said. although there was a lockdown at






don omodt, longest-serving sheriff in hennepin co., dies at 89


don omodt, hennepin county’s longest-serving sheriff, died on friday, the sheriff’s office announced. he was 89.omodt served as hennepin county sheriff for seven terms, from 1967 to 1994.before his career with the sheriff’s office, omodt served in the airborne division of the u.s. army. he was a special agent with the fbi and an assistant hennepin county attorney.many current employees of the sheriff’s office joined under omodt’s leadership, according to the sheriff’s office.






don omodt, longest-serving sheriff in hennepin co., dies at 89


don omodt, hennepin county's longest-serving sheriff, died on friday, the sheriff's office announced. he was 89.omodt served as hennepin county sheriff for seven terms, from 1967 to 1994.before his career with the sheriff's office, omodt served in the airborne division of the u.s. army. he was a special agent with the fbi and an assistant hennepin county attorney.many current employees of the sheriff's office joined under omodt's leadership, according to the sheriff's office.






man who fled aurora hospital was out on bond on attempted murder, dui charges


an aurora man who eluded authorities by leaving a hospital tuesday was out on bond on unrelated attempted murder and aggravated drunk driving charges, records show.police said billy j. cole jr., 38, crashed a car that was not his as he fled kane county sheriff's deputies monday in aurora.after his initial capture monday by kane county deputies, cole was taken to rush-copley medical center by ambulance, not squad car.left unguarded, and not yet facing charges for the pursuit or crash, cole apparently walked out of the hospital, the sheriff's office learned at about 2:30 p.m. tuesday.law enforcement officials are still looking for him, spokesman lt. patrick gengler said wednesday.the sheriff's office did not have anyone stationed at the hospital, and it was their understanding cole was likel






man who fled aurora hospital was out on bond on attempted murder, dui charges


an aurora man who eluded authorities by leaving a hospital tuesday was out on bond on unrelated attempted murder and aggravated drunk driving charges, records show.police said billy j. cole jr., 38, crashed a car that was not his as he fled kane county sheriff's deputies monday in aurora.after his initial capture monday by kane county deputies, cole was taken to rush-copley medical center by ambulance, not squad car.left unguarded, and not yet facing charges for the pursuit or crash, cole apparently walked out of the hospital, the sheriff's office learned at about 2:30 p.m. tuesday.law enforcement officials are still looking for him, spokesman lt. patrick gengler said wednesday.the sheriff's office did not have anyone stationed at the hospital, and it was their understanding cole was likel






pilot of world war i replica airplane killed in san luis obispo county crash


the pilot of a world war i replica airplane was killed when he crashed into a field in paso robles on sunday morning, authorities said.the single engine biplane is believed to have taken off from a private airstrip before crashing a few miles away in the 8300 block of highway 46 east about 9:10 a.m., according to a statement from the san luis obispo county sheriff’s office.the sheriff’s office did not release the name of the pilot, an adult male, pending notification of his family. no one else was on board the aircraft.the national transportation safety board and the federal aviation administration are investigating the cause of the crash.a sheriff's deputy inspects the wreckage of a world war i replica airplane that crashed in paso roblsan luis obispo county sheriff's officea sheriff's de






private space station coming soon? company aiming for 2020 launch


work is underway to establish the world's first private, international commercial space station, a complex that would serve a global community of sovereign and private astronauts.  the builders of the axiom international commercial space station aim to enlarge the landscape of low-earth orbit, to create what they view as a "historic shift" in human spaceflight.  making a space outpost available to nations, organizations and individuals could help make living and working in earth orbit commonplace and support the exploration of deep space, axiom representatives said. [6 private deep space habitats paving the way to mars]upon retirement of the iss, the axiom module will be joined by additional elements that together will function as the axiom international commercial space station.credit: a