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October 2016 Archives

Man sentenced to prison for driving a tractor while drunk

A 35-year-old resident of Lowville has been sentenced for charges related to driving a tractor through a town while intoxicated. The Upstate New York man received a prison term of 1 1/3 to 4 years. After he is released, he must serve five years of probation. He was also assessed $750 in court-related costs and a $1,000 fine. His driver's license has also been revoked for a term of one year.

Ignition interlock devices in New York

The state of New York has an ignition interlock device requirement for people who are convicted of driving while intoxicated. While attached to a vehicle's ignition system, an ignition interlock device provides an interface that can measure the driver's blood alcohol content. A car that is fitted with an ignition interlock device will only start if the driver can provide a breath sample that proves that there has not been any alcohol consumed.

Drug possession charges filling jails and prisons

A report that looked at drug charges in New York, Texas, Florida and Louisiana is disturbing and points to the need for considering decriminalization of drug possession. It was released on Oct. 12 by the Human Rights Commission and the American Civil Liberties Union.

2 charged with assault after firefighter dies in explosion

On Oct. 4, New York prosecutors announced that two men would face criminal charges for a home explosion that killed a Bronx firefighter. The men will likely face first-degree assault charges for the death of a 44-year-old firefighter and second-degree assault charges for injuring a lieutenant. Prosecutors said that the men will not at this time be charged with murder or manslaughter, but that could change as the investigation develops.

2 reasons sexual assault data is wrong and why NYers should care

Sexual assault data is far from accurate. Data from 2011, for example, finds reports of sexual assault or rape cases that range from 244,000 to 2 million. A recent piece by National Public Radio (NPR) discussed this disparity, noting that the two most common reasons behind the discrepancies are variable definitions for these legal terms and the evolving nature of the law.

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