Courtesy of: http://www.newser.com/story/201907/all-coloradans-may-get-pot-tax-refund.html
Colorado’s marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents’ pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before it has to give some back. That means Coloradans may each get their own cut of the $50 million in recreational pot taxes collected in the first year of legal weed. It’s a situation so bizarre that it’s gotten Republicans and Democrats, for once, to agree on a tax issue.
Even some pot shoppers are surprised Colorado may not keep the taxes that were promised to go toward school construction when voters legalized marijuana in 2012. “I have no problem paying taxes if they’re going to schools,” says one shopper, though another, a 50-year-old carpenter, says taxes that add 30% or more to the price of pot, depending on the jurisdiction, are too steep. “I don’t care if they write me a check, or refund it in my taxes, or just give me a free joint next time I come in. The taxes are too high, and they should give it back,” he says. The governor’s budget writers predict the pot refunds could amount to $30.5 million, or about $7.63 per adult in Colorado, although lawmakers still have to decide whether the refunds will go to everybody or just marijuana buyers.
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File this one under the category of things best not posted on Facebook.
A 22-year-old Mineral Wells man is behind bars after allegedly posting on his Facebook page that he had more than a dozen warrants out for his arrest.
“So, I have 16 warrants out right now. Lol they know where I’m at tho so, it must not be TOO bad,” Eddie Smith’s Facebook page read on Jan. 20.
That same day, a concerned citizen sent a Facebook message to the Mineral Wells Police Officers Association. Sure enough, investigators looked into the claim and found Smith was wanted on 14 city warrants, according to detective Nick Wells.
We got to digging, came up with a good address and we went out and paid him a visit,” Wells said. “… It’s one of those things where you can poke fun at a lot of things. Don’t poke fun at us. We’ll take care of it.”
The warrants, some from three years ago, ranged from traffic citations like an expired inspection sticker and no insurance to petty theft and totaled more than $1,200 in fines.
Unable to pay his fines or make bond, Smith was ordered by a municipal judge to serve 51 days in jail, Wells said. He was being held Monday in the Palo Pinto County Jail.
Police Chief Dean Sullivan said his department welcomes such bragging on Facebook.
“The NFL calls it ‘unsportsmanlike conduct — excessive celebration,’ a 15-yard penalty,” Sullivan said. “We’ll just call it ‘genius’ and leave it at that.”
Courtesy of http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/01/pa_man_applying_to_become_stat.html
The Pennsylvania State Police have a rigorous application process, which includes a polygraph pretest. Recently, a Crawford County man applying to become a state trooper apparently failed his polygraph so spectacularly, not only didn’t he get the job, he ended up under arrest, instead.
The Associated Press reports that 29-year-old Joseph Adam White, of Hartstown, was at the Meadville barracks for his police cadet lie detector exam when he admitted having sex with an underage girl four years ago during the polygraph pretest.
The story doesn’t detail how the subject came up. Only that White allegedly told the examiner that he had had consensual sex and other contact with the girl in 2011. She is now 19.
Police tell AP they charged White on Thursday with four counts of unlawful sexual contact with a minor and 10 counts of corruption of minors after interviewing the woman and corroborating that information.
Needless to say, he won’t be getting an interview.
Courtesy of: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/georgia-inmates-forced-wear-hot-pink-jumpsuits/njtpr/
Inmates at a Georgia jail are now wearing pink jumpsuits.
The Grovetown jail in Columbia County started making male inmates wear pink this week.
A police sergeant said he’s heard from inmates that they already hate the color and never want to come back. And that’s exactly what they were hoping for.
“A lot of them have said, ‘I’m not coming back because I’m not wearing pink again,’” said Sgt. Cameron Brown with the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.
Drivers can also see the inmates in pink when the men pick up litter on roads.
Pink uniforms are not the only change at the Grovetown jail. The jail has also added several more security cameras.
Courtesy of: http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_27310306/coon-rapids-man-faces-meth-charges-after-reporting
A 60-year-old Coon Rapids man has been charged with methamphetamine possession after police say he called to report there might be dead people in his house.
Dale Allen Oakland has been charged with second-degree controlled substance. He faces up to 25 years in prison and a maximum of $500,000 in fines if convicted.
Authorities say Oakland called police on Dec. 17 to report that there could have been dead bodies in his home. Coon Rapids officers say Oakland answered the door when they arrived armed with a l, a 12-inch knife and a long wooden stick with a spear fastened to it.
KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/1KFoWUL ) reports Oakland eventually put the weapons down and the officers searched his home. A criminal complaint alleges police found nearly 16 grams of meth.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Oakland has an attorney.
Courtesy of: http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/13/justice/boy-arrested-gum-theft/index.html
(CNN)Police in Idaho arrested a 9-year-old boy who failed to appear in court. His crime, they say? Stealing a pack of gum.
The petty theft actually took place over the summer, but a Post Falls officer made the arrest last week, Police Chief Scott Haug said.
“A local judge issued an arrest warrant for a 9-year-old for failure to appear in court,” he told CNN. “Our officer located the child sometime last week, transported the child to the detention facility. The child was not handcuffed and was treated very well.”
Even so, the police chief called the arrest warrant for the child “odd” and said “it is a most unusual circumstance.”
The arrest warrant was issued after the boy missed two court appearances, Haug said. The chief said he thinks the court appearances were missed because the boy’s mother was having difficulty finding transportation.
“If we had known that, we could have helped sooner with transportation,” he said.
Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh said he now regrets what happened to the boy.
“After reviewing the file today, I have concluded that my office’s request to have an arrest warrant issued was a mistake under the circumstances,”McHugh told USA Today on Monday. ”
McHugh said the boy did not go to jail and was released Friday — the same day he was arrested.
“I regret this having taken place and will do everything in my power to avoid this type of mistake in the future.”
Haug said he was not sure whether the mother will face any charges.
Courtesy of: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/brief-inmate-in-cell-breaks-fire-sprinkler-floods-miami-courtrooms/ar-AA7WcTp
A Miami-Dade jail inmate was charged Thursday after police said he broke a fire-alarm sprinkler inside Miami-Dade’s criminal courthouse, causing flooding that damaged at least three courtrooms during the frantic morning calender calls.
Acacio Carreira, 32, was charged with obstructing a fire-extinguishing equipment.
He was in custody awaiting trial for a burglary. On Wednesday morning, Carreira was inside a holding cell while awaiting an appearance before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Miguel de la O when he set off the fire alarm, police said.
Miami-Dade police say he wasn’t hard to identify – Carreira was the only one in the holding cell behind courtroom 4-7.
The flooding forced officials to suspended hearings in some courtrooms, and moved some proceedings to other rooms. The county had to hire clean-up crews to dry out the courtrooms, although it was unknown exactly how much it’ll cost taxpayers.
courtesy of http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30694512
A man in the US state of Massachusetts has avoided jail for failing to pay court fees by leaving a pair of $85 (£55.94) Nike trainers as a bail bond.
Judge Douglas Stoddart accepted the unusual deposit after offering Jason Duval, charged with drug offences, the chance to “be creative”.
The charges date back to 2012, and Duval, 39, said he was unable to pay after going through a costly divorce.
Duval was originally charged in 2012 with two counts of possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class C substance and driving to endanger.He can recoup the shoes by paying $100 or doing 10 hours of community service.
He said he was unable to pay $450 in court fees that would have seen the case dropped.
Facing a few days in jail as a result, the defendant explained that his finances were in a parlous state following expensive divorce proceedings. Judge Stoddart of Framingham District Court in Massachusetts said he did not trust Duval enough to release him without bail. But he offered him a lifeline, telling the defendant: “If you can come up with a creative idea to convince me you’ll come back, I’ll work with you. Upon presentation of the brand new trainers, which Duval said were a Christmas gift, the judge appeared satisfied, announcing: “OK, we’ll take them.”
Courtesy of: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/16/colo-sex-assault-twin/3615975/
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A judge says an Army artillery officer linked by DNA to a string of sexual assaults on young girls will be allowed to blame his twin brother at trial for attacks in two states.
District Judge David Shakes ruled Friday it would be “inappropriate” to bar 1st Lt. Aaron Lucas’ attorneys from presenting his identical twin as an alternate suspect given the siblings’ shared DNA, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette (http://bit.ly/1agdX2C).
“Whether it’s persuasive or not — that’s not my role,” the judge said. “It’s the role of the jury.”
In criminal prosecutions, DNA is widely considered a smoking gun, but only in the absence of an identical twin.
Karen Steinhauser, a criminal defense attorney and adjunct law professor at the University of Denver, told The Associated Press such an argument is rare.
“I have never seen it, ever,” she said. “The only time I have seen it was on ‘Law and Order: SVU,’” the television show.
Steinhauser is not involved in the case.
In an Oct. 22 court filing, Lucas’ attorneys said investigators picked the wrong sibling after discovering a DNA link to an unsolved attack on a young girl in Madison, Ala., in 2007, and another in Texarkana, Texas, in 2009.
The Fort Carson, Colo., officer has denied luring or trying to lure 11 girls into his vehicle in Colorado between 2009 and 2012. His attorneys have said the Alabama and Texas cases involve his twin brother, Brian Frederick Lucas, who the defense says has lived in both states.
Brian Lucas, who has not been charged in any of the cases, could not be reached for comment Saturday but investigators have said he has denied involvement in the alleged crimes.
Aaron Lucas’ attorneys say an unidentified third man is responsible for the Colorado assaults.
Investigators say that a DNA test linked Aaron Lucas to the abduction of an 8-year-old girl in Colorado Springs and that he also matched biological material recovered in the Alabama and Texas cases. The Colorado judge has ruled that the out-of-state evidence will be allowed at trial.
Lucas is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 26. His attorneys did not return a message left by The Associated Press on Saturday.
The Department of Driver Services is offering new online services that could save you a trip to the DMV.
Customers can check their driving reinstatement eligibility, view, print or email a list of their specific reinstatement requirements and pay fees, DDS Commissioner Rob Mikell said Tuesday.
“A high priority has been to improve the license reinstatement process which is the most time consuming transaction for our DDS team members and customers,” Mikell said in a release. “Not only will this online service save time for many who need to reinstate a license, but it should directly impact our service levels at all customer service centers.”
The DDS processes more than 200,000 license reinstatements per year, according to the release, and offering the process online should decrease wait times at service centers statewide.
In order to access the services, a customer must have a license that is suspended, revoked or canceled, have their Georgia’s driver’s license number and have or create a DDS online account.
To access the services, visit the DDS website atwww.dds.ga.gov.