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St. Paul Attorney Fatal Collision

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On March 10th in St. Paul, Minnesota, a search warrant was filed in Ramsey County District Court against renowned Twin Cities attorney, Peter H. Berge who hit a red Mini Cooper on Sixth Street near the entrance to Interstate 94. Police believe the collision was shortly before hit and killing 35-year-old senior product development engineer, Scott Spoo, at the intersection of Mississippi River Boulevard and Dayton Avenue in St. Paul while he was jogging inside a crosswalk. Spoo would later be pronounced dead at Hennepin County Medical Center about an hour after the accident.

Distractions by his cellphone or possibly under the influence of a substance other than alcohol were suspected after Berge struggled with field sobriety tests at the scene of the fatal crash around 4:40pm. Some fellow traffic ongoers had seen Berge driving erratically and swerving prior to the second accident. Blood was drawn for drug testing, but police are not expected to have results for months. A drug-recognition officer at the scene wrote in a search warrant that Peter H. Berge, 60, appeared “to be under the influence of one or more substances and is unsafe to drive a motor vehicle.”

Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman, said officers routinely ask people questions after crashes to determine if they have any medical problems that would interfere with field sobriety tests. Berge told an officer after the crash that he had “no physical defects, had not taken any medications or illicit substances, and had not consumed alcohol,” according to a search warrant affidavit.

The driver of the Mini Cooper had to flag Berge down to alert him that he struck the vehicle and to pull over to a safe location to exchange insurance information. During the insurance exchange, Berge also admitted to the driver of the Mini Cooper he had also struck a mailbox two weeks prior.

The search warrant application is seeking information as to whether Berge received any calls or text messages from his iPhone around the time of the fatal crash. During this search warrant, police will be searching for the event recorder, (better known as black-box) from attorney Berge’s car.

A week following the collision that cost Scott Spoo his life, friends said Berge had been diagnosed with malignant brain tumors. Berge’s oncologist recommended an aggressive treatment of radiation and chemotherapy. However, longtime friend does not believe that any medical issues contributed to either of Peter’s crashes that day.

12-Year-Old Boy Accused Of DUI After Dangerous Police Chase

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A 12-year-old boy is facing multiple charges after he allegedly led Austin, Texas, police on an intoxicated car chase that ended with his car slamming into a pole.

The child driver was left with only minor injuries despite two head-on crashes during Monday morning’s chase, police said at a press conference.

A patrol officer was first alerted to the problem around 7:35 a.m. when a car was seen dangerously weaving in and out of traffic. The responding officer tried to perform a traffic stop, but the vehicle allegedly sped off. Eventually it slammed head-on into another car, said Austin Police Department spokesman Ivan Ramos.

Instead of stopping, Officer Ramos said, the child driver continued on down the street. A few blocks later, the boy crashed into the pole, flipping his car. No one else was in the vehicle.

The boy was taken to a children’s hospital to be checked out.

“He’s being investigated right now for driving while intoxicated, failure to stop and render aid because of the crash he had with the other vehicle, and evading the police officers,” Ramos said.

The officer, who did not identify the boy because he is a minor, declined to comment on the child’s parents, saying not enough information was immediately available. He also declined to elaborate on the suggestion that the boy was drunk.

“We’re not going to say that there was possible alcohol involved unless there was possible alcohol involved,” he said.

The other people involved in the first crash escaped with minor injuries and did not require hospitalization, Ramos said.

Source: Huffington Post Crime

Occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge

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Government dissent is nothing new, however, on January 2, 2016, a group of individuals brought it to a whole new level.  The individuals were part of the militia movement in the United States.  The imprisonment of 2 Oregon ranchers prompted the occupation.  Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of Arson on federal land and were sentenced to serve 5 years.

Citizens United v. FEC

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Money in politics has been debated even more hotly this election year than any other. The people on either side of this issue have drawn lines in the sand regarding how money should be spent when it comes to electing our government officials. One side sees money in politics as a necessary evil.  The other side believes that money in politics should be banned completely.  Many believe that it is the buying and selling of American democracy.

George Zimmerman and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law

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On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot to death by neighborhood watch coordinator, George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman said that Martin was acting suspiciously and looked out of place in the gated community in which Martin was currently staying with family.  Zimmerman shot the unarmed teen, killing him.