CHESHIRE – A Doolittle Elementary School visual arts teacher is on administrative leave after being accused of assaulting several police officers in Simsbury. Police said they responded Nov. 30 to a report of a possibly intoxicated person sitting in a vehicle outside The Riverview, a banquet facility, and encountered the teacher, 40-year-old Byron Pierce. Pierce’s arrest photo appears to show bruises and a cut above his left eye. He was charged with three counts of assault of an officer, interfering and breach of peace. Police reported minor “non-life threatening “ injuries, but no details about what occurred. “We were notified earlier today that he was involved in a police incident last weekend in another town,” Schools Superintendent Jeffrey Solan said in a letter sent to parents Thursday. There was no answer at a phone number listed for Pierce on Friday. An attorney who had represented him, James Pickett of Rocky Hill, did not respond to a message … [Read more...] about Updated: Middlebury man, a Cheshire teacher, arrested in Simsbury had prior scrapes with law enforcement; placed on administrative leave
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For two decades, domestic counterterrorism strategy has ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism. In the atmosphere of willful indifference, a virulent movement has grown and metastasized. By JANET REITMANNOV. 3, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story The first indication to Lt. Dan Stout that law enforcement’s handling of white supremacy was broken came in September 2017, as he was sitting in an emergency-operations center in Gainesville, Fla., preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma and watching what felt like his thousandth YouTube video of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. Jesus Christ, he thought, studying the footage in which crowds of angry men, who had gathered to attend or protest the Unite the Right rally, set upon one another with sticks and flagpole spears and flame throwers and God knows what else. A black man held an aerosol can, igniting the spray, and in retaliation, a white man picked … [Read more...] about U.S. Law Enforcement Failed to See the Threat of White Nationalism. Now They Don’t Know How to Stop It.
DICKINSON – Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, state Senator Kelly Michael Armstrong, quietly pleaded guilty in June to texting while driving in Stark County, according to North Dakota Court records. The traffic citation came 17 years after Armstrong was convicted of driving under the influence in Virginia.A records search of Armstrong’s criminal history revealed a 2001 administrative appeal – Kelly Michael Armstrong vs. David Sprynczynatyk, director of the North Dakota Department of Transportation – where Armstrong attempted to appeal a decision made by the North Dakota Department of Transportation to suspend his driver’s license for 91 days. Case number 08-01-C-02124 is an administrative appeal that is typically relative to a companion DUI case. In this instance, the North Dakota Department of Transportation suspended Armstrong’s driving privileges for 91 days in light of a driving under the influence conviction in Virginia. In a civil filing … [Read more...] about GOP Congressional candidate instrumental in tougher DUI laws, convicted of DUI in 2001
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