According to the Hampton Roads division of VDOT, crews are seeing different conditions on the interstates, ranging from wet roads, slush and snow.
The eastern limits of Interstate 64 in Chesapeake near the Bowers Hill and Greenbrier areas and Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach are some of the areas seeing the most snowfall and accumulation, VDOT said.
Crews are also working to treat and clear roads in the areas of Franklin, Williamsburg and Accomac due to increased snowfall.
The Hampton Roads division of VDOT said more than 300 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders are actively engaged with addressing the winter weather in the area.
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said troopers are seeing an uptick in crashes and snow covering the roads.
VDOT crews have started plowing and clearing some roads where snow accumulation exceeds approximately two inches. VDOT said it will continue to monitor and treat roads with salt to break down ice and apply sand in critical spots to enhance traction for vehicles.
Since there’s a possibility of high winds, crews will also be on standby to assist with any downed trees, branches, and debris.
Transportation officials are strongly advising people to stay home and off the roads. Snow and freezing temperatures tonight and Saturday morning could result in refreezing of roads and icy conditions.
For those who do need to travel, Anaya suggested taking more time to get to your destination, slowing down your speed, and making sure your lights work.
UNION CITY, Ga. — Lanes are clearing on Interstate 85 in Fulton County after an accident shut down the interstate for hours.
The accident happened on the southbound lanes before Flat Shoals Road around 9:30 a.m.. Georgia Department of Transportation 511 said the crash involved multiple tractor-trailers.
Police and fire are on the scene working to clear the accident, but the lanes have reopened. The rest of the crash has been moved to the shoulder.
All lanes of I-85 southbound between the Perimeter (I-285) and Flat Shoals Rd. are closed due to a major accident. This closure is expected to be long duration (greater than 2 hours). Use alternate routes and avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/msO6gpcPPE
A 22-year-old man fatally shot Sunday in Puyallup during a traffic stop initiated by a Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputy has been identified.
The Pierce County medical examiner identified him as Moses Portillo, according to a news release from the Pierce County Force Investigation Team. Portillo was a rear passenger in a vehicle with two others who were pulled over at about 10 p.m. near 13400 Canyon Road East.
The deputy that pulled them over told South Sound 911 dispatch that a person in the vehicle had a firearm, and one minute later, the deputy advised that shots had been fired, according to PCFIT’s news release.
The Pierce County deputy involved in the traffic stop and shooting was placed on administrative leave, but that deputy has not yet been identified, and the language of the independent investigation team’s news release does not make it clear who fired gunshots.
Life-saving measures were started for Portillo, according to the release, but he died on the scene.
PCFIT was called to investigate, and a member of the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office investigative staff responded to assist in the investigation.
This story was originally published January 20, 2022 3:42 PM.
Peter Talbot covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. He started with The News Tribune in 2021. Before that, he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University. In college, he worked as an intern at NPR in Washington, D.C. He also interned for the Oregonian and the Tampa Bay Times.
According to data provided by Sam Cole, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) communications manager, 672 people were killed on Colorado roadways in 2021, up from 622 in 2020, the highest since 2002, when 743 people were killed.
“This is a crisis in our state,” said Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, during a Jan. 18 news conference. “This is a crisis we’re dealing with across the country, with increased traffic fatalities. I don’t use that term lightly, especially given the context of today, but look across this country, look across the things that we cover and find somewhere where we lose 700 people in a year and that doesn’t rise to the top of our concern.”
According to CDOT’s data, suspected fatalities involving an impaired driver were up 16 percent, with 246 in 2021 compared to 212 in 2020. While El Paso County leads the state in total fatalities at 77, that was a decrease from 85 in 2020. Adams County had the second highest number of deaths statewide with 66.
“Access to reduced traffic fatalities and traffic accidents have been a major focus for the Colorado Springs Police Department for many years,” said CSPD Chief Vince Niski. “CSPD utilizes several different strategies to impact driving behavior. We regularly partner with our state and local agencies to engage in statewide campaigns to reduce speeding and DUIs. We have traffic officers, DUI officers and motor unit officers dedicated to traffic safety, who target identified problem areas within Colorado Springs with traffic enforcement. Monthly, the patrol division commanders have their officers addressing traffic issues in the top action locations for their areas, as well as focusing on neighborhood complaints. We commit overtime dollars to traffic enforcement each year to ensure we have officers paying attention to our roadways.”
Of El Paso County’s 77 traffic deaths, 50 occurred in Colorado Springs. “Of those fatalities, 18 involved cars alone, 15 involved motorcycles, 15 involved pedestrians and 2 involved bicyclists,” said Niski. “These fatalities occurred at different locations across the city and involved all ages of people from all walks of life. The only commonality is none of them thought they would be involved in a crash that day in which somebody would die. We have too many citizens losing their lives in preventable crashes. While CSPD officers will continue to engage in targeted traffic enforcement of dangerous traffic behaviors, such as speed and reckless driving, driving under the influence and running red lights, this problem cannot be solved by law enforcement response alone. These tragic and senseless deaths affect everyone in our community and it will take a community response to change what is happening. As Coloradans we need to slow down, follow the rules of the road and drive safely.”
According to 2020 data provided by CSPD, 10 of the 25 most dangerous intersections in Colorado Springs are located in Southeast, and many are unregulated intersections without traffic lights. “Dangerous intersections change from year to year, we base all of our intersections on traffic data. It’s not just based on fatalities, it’s based on crashes as a whole — the number of crashes, the number of injury accidents,” said Niski. “We work very very closely with the Traffic Engineer’s office here in Colorado Springs. Our officers are very well trained and if they see an infrastructure issue, they reach out to the Traffic Engineer’s office, they bring it to their attention, but we don’t make those decisions. We’re not the ones that decide where stop signs go, where lights go. That’s the Traffic Engineer’s office and they do an outstanding job here, listening to our recommendations.”
Niski noted that in 2021 a number of fatalities involved pedestrians just south of Downtown. “The majority of our fatality accidents happened just south of here, of the [Police Operations Center] at Las Vegas [Street] and Nevada [Avenue],” said Niski. “We have a lot of transient people that are crossing the roadways without paying attention, so when we talk about traffic crashes being the driver’s responsibility, it’s also the pedestrian’s responsibility. Every fatality we had last year that involved a pedestrian, the pedestrian was either crossing against a light, crossing mid-block in the dark, wasn’t wearing reflective clothing. There was a part they had to play in that accident themselves and we’re asking everyone to pay attention to their surroundings, be cognizant of your surroundings and make sure you’re traveling and following the rules of the road.”
Both Niski and Packard urged drivers to exercise caution while driving. “This comes down to the quality of life for the people that live here in Colorado,” said Packard.
“We allocate tremendous resources into maintaining a safe and reliable statewide travel system,” said John Lorme, director of maintenance and operations for CDOT. “However, the most important resource is the driver, and that’s where we see safety falter. Drivers making poor decisions — whether it’s speeding, being on their phones, or not buckling up — cause more than 90% of the fatal crashes on our roadways.”
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say a standards review has concluded that two Dayton officers did not violate departmental policy when they pulled a driver who said he was disabled from his car during a drug-related traffic stop last fall.
The Dayton Daily News reports that the department’s professional standards bureau used a third party to investigate whether officer’s actions during the Sept. 30 traffic stop involving Clifford Owensby aligned with the department’s policy at the time.
Owensby, who said he does not have use of his legs, said he felt helpless when he was removed from the car to the ground and handcuffed before being placed in the back of a police cruiser. Police said the officers were part of a narcotics investigation and saw the car leaving a suspected drug house. Due to that and the driver’s “felony drug and weapon history,” a K-9 team was summoned for a “free air sniff” that, under department policy, required occupants to leave the vehicle for their safety and that of the dog, police said.
Chief Kamran Afzal said last week that both the request for a free-air canine sniff and the traffic stop didn’t violate departmental policy, but both officers violated a policy regarding the muting of body cameras and one made a comment deemed unprofessional. They received a training memo regarding the violations.
The department is reviewing its policy to ensure that it is in accord with the Americans with Disability Act and will seek improvements in officer training and education as well as in building trust within the community, Afzal said.
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Honolulu police said a 66-year-old pedestrian has died following a crash in Kalihi on Friday night.
Authorities said the crash happened at 11 p.m. at the intersection of Nimitz Highway and Sand Island Access Road.
Officials said a 48-year-old motorist was traveling westbound when he struck the 66-year-old man, who was crossing the highway in a marked crosswalk. Police said he was walking while the “Do Not Walk Sign” was up.
Following the crash, the pedestrian was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver was not injured as a result of the collision.
Police said speed, drugs, or alcohol do not appear to be contributing factors.
This is the first traffic fatality on Oahu this year, as compared to three at this same time in 2021.
An investigation remains ongoing.
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Starmer says Johnson isn’t fit for office in wake of party revelations
Boris Johnson is not fit for office and “mired in deceit and deception,” according to Labour’s leader.
Sir Keir Starmer made a speech at the Fabian Society in London on Saturday morning. The focus of the speech is health, but he used it to criticise the embattled Prime Minister.
The opposition leader said Boris Johnson is “not fit for office”.
“We all need the security of knowing that the NHS is there for us when we need it. That will be what my contract will offer and I can’t stress how badly it is needed. Rather than concentrating on getting through the pandemic and bringing down waiting lists, this self indulgent Tory Party is having a fight about a leader who they should have known from the start is not fit for office.
“Boris Johnson is too preoccupied defending his rule breaking and as day follows night, when it comes to the National Health Service, you could never trust the Tories on the NHS. We are witnessing every day, the broken spectacle of a Prime Minister mired in deceit and deception and unable to lead. But whilst the Tories bicker and fight each other on WhatsApp, I want to look to the future because the NHS faces new challenges.”
A late-June sentencing date has been set for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell after her conviction last month on sex trafficking charges
By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press
January 15, 2022, 2:10 AM
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NEW YORK — A late-June sentencing date was set Friday for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell after her conviction last month on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy relating to the recruitment of teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.
U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan announced the June 28 date even as she waits to resolve defense claims that a new trial should be ordered after a juror’s public admissions after the verdict about his childhood sexual abuse.
The juror, who has never been fully publicly identified, told media outlets last week that he told other jurors during a week of deliberations that he was sexually abused as a child and used what he learned about the subject to persuade others to convict Maxwell.
Defense lawyers say the revelations warrant a new trial. The juror has retained a lawyer. And Nathan said she’ll rule at a future date what will happen as a result of the revelations.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted after a month-long trial in which prosecutors maintained that she recruited and groomed teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004. Maxwell once had a romantic relationship with Epstein, but later became his employee at his five residences, including a Manhattan mansion and a large estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein, 66, took his own life at a Manhattan federal jail in August 2019 as he awaited a trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued at trial that she was made into a scapegoat by federal prosecutors after his death.
Prosecutors say that they’ll drop perjury charges against Maxwell if she is sentenced on schedule.