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Don’t Vomit & Drive

Police arrested Michael Bello in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on St. Patrick’s Day, after he allegedly drove under the influence and vomited out the window simultaneously, WGAL reports. Bello caught the attention of police after swerving and driving on the wrong side of the road.

“The driver was to be vomiting out of the car and swerving into oncoming traffic,” police said. “The vehicle was stopped by police on Millersville Road at Charlestown Road. Bello was taken into custody and a chemical test of his breath confirmed he was Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.”

If that wasn’t enough, Bello’s mugshot is of him screaming into the camera.

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Taser Accident

Don’t get Tased yourself, bro!

Police in Everett, Washington, say an off-duty deputy was shocked with his own Taser after he confronted a man breaking into an Arlington airport hangar on Sunday, reports The Daily Herald.

On Saturday afternoon, an unnamed 43-year-old Snohomish County sheriff’s sergeant reported to Arlington police that two of his motorcycles and an aviation headset were stolen from the hangar he uses at the municipal airport. So, he decided to spend the night there, in case the burglar returned to steal another motorcycle, according to court papers.

The officer was not in uniform, but he was carrying his department-issued Taser when he heard a noise around 5:30 am. The sergeant confronted a man as he was breaking in and reportedly identified himself as a police officer.

The officer fired his Taser, knocking the man to the ground, but the man got up and attacked him. The deputy said he punched the man in the face with the Taser. But the man wrestled away the stun gun and then shot the deputy with it, according to court papers.

The suspect was later arrested, and police booked him into Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree burglary, felony assault of a police officer and attempting to elude police. The officer’s name was redacted from court papers because he was considered the victim of a crime.


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Homer Simpson Pulled Over?

A driver in England gave a fake driver’s license to an officer at a traffic stop. The license featured Home Simpson. The license had an image of Homer where the driver’s photo would be and featured the name “Homer Simpson” at the top.


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Plan Ahead for a Safe St Patrick’s Day Weekend

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, festivals and celebrations are likely to see larger-than-normal crowds, with more vehicles and pedestrians on the roadways.

AAA, in partnership with Budweiser, urges everyone to have a plan for celebrating responsibly and getting home safely from events that involve alcohol. From 2012 to 2016, 269 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For anyone who needs a safe ride home, the Tow to Go program is available from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18 at 6 a.m.

“Heading out to celebrate without a plan for getting home safely can be a recipe for disaster,” said Nick Jarmusz, Wisconsin director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Too many lives are lost in alcohol-involved crashes, and we want to make sure everyone gets home to their loved ones this weekend.”

The following guidelines apply to the Tow to Go program:

Tow to Go Service Areas  Phone Number
Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only)  (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
  • Confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 miles
  • The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home
  • Free and available to AAA members and non-members
  • Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions
  • Visit for dates and availability throughout 2018
  • If you are hosting a party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation to learn more.

“The Tow to Go program saves lives,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of AAA’s partnership with Anheuser-Busch, and together we have built a unique program that provides safe rides home to hundreds of drivers every year.”

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and Midwest. It is designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home on celebratory holidays. The program is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides Tow to Go to help keep all motorists safe from the dangers of impaired driving.

“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Katja Zastrow, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”

Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been cosponsors of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.

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Teacher accidentally fires gun in school during gun safety lesson

This lesson did not go according to plan.

A teacher at Seaside High School in California accidentally fired a gun at the ceiling Tuesday, while teaching students about gun safety, KSBW 8 reports. Three children were injured from bullet debris, but no one was seriously injured.

Dennis Alexander told his Administration of Justice class that he wanted to see if the gun was loaded, as the gun went off.

At the time, no one checked to see if the students were injured. Instead, the school day went on as normal. It wasn’t until Fermin Gonzales’ son came home from school with an injury that the news broke.

“He’s shaken up, but he’s going to be OK,” Gonzales said. “I’m just pretty upset that no one told us anything and we had to call the police ourselves to report it.”

Tomorrow’s lesson should be about the power of irony.

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Before You Cut Your Neighbor’s Tree


pexels-photo-926815.jpegIt is a common occurrence: You look out your window and all you see is your neighbor’s tree dropping branches and nuts and bark all over your yard. Or, you can’t see anything at all because of that tree. Or, you are certain that large branches of that tree will eventually fall onto your garage. Before you take the chain saw into your own hands and cut off the offending limbs, you will want to know some tidbits to keep you out of “neighbor jail” – and possibly real jail.

Does a tree’s limbs or trunk crossing the property line give you the right to prune it?

Yes? No? Both Yes and No? It all depends on where you live. Check with your town, city, county and state municipalities for regulations about trees and property lines. In some areas, you are entitled to prune the parts of a tree overhanging your yard as long as the work does not damage the tree.

But why don’t you first ask your neighbor if he, she or they mind if you go ahead and have it pruned? They might actually appreciate it.

Should I just cut it straight up over the property line?

While that might seem to be a good way to shear a boundary hedge, large trees rarely respond well to inter-nodal (random) pruning cuts on their branches. This type of indiscriminate pruning invites diseases and insect pests that could eventually kill the tree entirely. Then you’re at risk of not only non-compliance to a municipal ordinance (see above), but to the ill-feelings this action will certainly develop in your neighbor.

How about if I just have my lawn person cut the tree back?

If you have your heart set on cutting back your neighbor’s overhanging tree branches, your best bet would be to have a qualified tree care provider perform the work. Tree care providers who are members of professional associations, are insured and who have certified personnel performing the work will know the local laws regarding which types of trees can be cut, and to what extent. Plus, they have the right equipment and training to perform the work correctly and safely. Finally, if your neighbor does have concerns, having it done by a professional might put them more at ease.

Steps to take

Step 1 – Find out who actually owns the tree and where the property line is. Can you be certain that, just because it appears to be on your side of the fence, the fence is on the actual property line? How many times has that fence line been moved? If the tree is large and mature or particularly valuable, you would benefit from having the property surveyed to make certain of ownership.

Step 2 – Have a qualified tree care provider write up work specifications on exactly how the tree should be cut back. It is usually a bit more complex than simply stating, “cut limbs back to property line.” The work order must reference the ANSI A300 tree pruning standards to assure the procedures being proposed take into consideration the tree’s future health. Oh, and check to see that your tree care provider has a copy of their current liability insurance policy on hand. Check their references as well – why not?

Step 3 – This is probably the most important step when dealing with trees on a property line: If at all possible, get the tree owner’s written consent to the work being prescribed. Cutting a neighbor’s trees without that neighbor’s knowledge or consent will only lead to un-neighborly disputes that might lead you to court. If the pruning makes a drastic difference in the tree’s appearance or health or your tree care provider needs to access your neighbor’s property, the tree owner must be made aware of this action and sign off on it. Ignoring this step, or telling your tree care professional to “go ahead, it’s OK,” is actually not OK.

Find a Professional

A professional arborist can assess your landscape and work with you to determine the best care for your trees. Contact the Tree Care Industry Association, a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938. TCIA has more than 2,300 member tree care firms and affiliated companies who recognize stringent safety and performance standards and who are required to carry liability insurance. TCIA also has the nation’s only Accreditation program that helps consumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: adherence to industry standards for quality and safety; maintenance of trained, professional staff; and dedication to ethics and quality in business practices. For more, visit or

An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the “Locate Your Local TCIA Member Companies” program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-733-2622 or by doing a ZIP Code search on

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MPPA Benefit Show

EricDiamond-2018-03-24.jpgThe Manitowoc Professional Police Association wants to remind everyone that the 2018 Benefit Campaign is coming to an end.  We will be hosting our annual benefit Concert on Saturday March 24th, 2018 at the Capital Civic Centre, featuring Eric Diamond, The ULTIMATE tribute to NEAL DIAMOND. Eric Diamond will be performing many of the Neal Diamond’s hits! See attached memo for additional details.

If you haven’t been contacted and would like to obtain tickets for the show please Encore Music Productions at (920) 683-1142

As in the past, any support in the way of a ticket or ad purchase will be greatly appreciated by the Manitowoc Professional Police Association.

For more information about the event or to make a donation you may call Encore Music Productions (920) 683-1142 or Manitowoc Police Detective Erik Kowalski (Show Chairman) at (920) 374-0468.