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Police Chief Receives Complaints After Officers Saved Man From Overdosing

CHICAGO (CBS) — The police chief in Riverside said he received angry calls after his officers revived a man who probably would have died of a heroin overdose over the weekend. Police Chief Tom Weitzel said his officers have had a few saves using the opioid-overdose antidote, but this was a first.
narcan Police Chief Receives Complaints After Officers Saved Man From Overdosing

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On Monday, the day after the most recent case he received three calls – two males and one female. “They did not identify themselves as residents, or not residents, but they were very angry and they wanted to know why I would expense dollars, time and effort to have my officers safe ‘drug addicts.’ And I was just amazed that I received these phones calls and they were very angry,” Weitzel said. First he said grant money pays for it and he said ethically, if a police officer can save a life – and they are almost always there before paramedics – they absolutely should. “It was actually very angry and I thought to myself, I tried to get a word in. I told the one gentleman, ‘if this was your son or daughter, or even a family member or relative, you would not be calling me and you would not be speaking like this.’ They wanted me to direct my officers to stop carrying the Narcan. They were very clear – we should not be doing it, we should not be saving what they determined to be ‘drug addicts.’ And they kept using that word, ‘drug addict,’” Weitzel said. He said there is no politics in saving lives and thinks it’s absurd that people complained.

Police: Drunken Man Drives On Sidewalk During Traffic Stop

CHICAGO (CBS) — A drunken driver’s vehicle jumped the curb and stopped on the sidewalk during a traffic stop Saturday night in west suburban Riverside, police said. Someone called 911 about 8:45 p.m. to report a drunk driver “who was all over the roadways,” traveling south on Harlem near 26th, according to Riverside police. The driver had been moving through multiple jurisdictions and the caller was subsequently transferred from department to department. The vehicle was spotted by a Riverside officer and stopped in the 3800 block of South Harlem, police said. When the officer made the stop, the driver, identified as 62-year-old Andrzej Szacilowski, pulled over to the right and drove over the curb and onto the sidewalk, police said.
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Andrzej Szacilowski (Source: Riverside Police)

The officer noticed the driver had bloodshot and glassy eyes, and smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Szacilowski’s breath and mouth, police said. Szacilowski also had a “very difficult time communicating with the officer.” Szacilowski failed standard field sobriety testing at the scene, police said. Szacilowski, who lives in the Dunning neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest Side, has been charged with two counts of drunk driving, illegal lane usage, driving on the sidewalk and improper lane usage due to weaving, police said. (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2017. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Police Chief Says Prosecutors Went Easy On Repeat DUI Offender

(CBS) – A suburban police chief is blasting Cook County prosecutors for not throwing the book at a drunken motorist who has been found asleep at the wheel in traffic – twice in the past four years. A Riverside Police officer early Monday came across a stalled vehicle at Harlem Avenue at the Burlington Northern Railroad crossing. The officer found the driver slumped over the wheel, with the car running, a news release from Riverside police says. The driver, 33-year-old Ruben Quintana of Stickney, had to be shaken awake by the officer, the news release said. Quintana allegedly told the officer he consumed “cranberry and vodka throughout the entire night” at a bar and flunked a field sobriety test. Quintana was arrested for driving while intoxicated. It turns out, Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel says, the motorist was stopped by one of his officers in 2013 for the exact same offense: being asleep at the wheel, in traffic, while intoxicated. To boot, Weitzel says, Quintana had a third DUI-related offense, in 2011, this one in Kansas. The motorist has not had a valid driver’s license since 2014, Weitzel said. Cook County prosecutors declined to approve a felony DUI charge for the latest offense, he says. Quintana, instead, was charged with with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper parking on a roadway, driving with no valid driver’s license and no vehicle insurance, police said. “To think that Mr. Quintana had been arrested by my agency in 2013 for the exact same crime involving the exact same circumstances where he had passed out behind the wheel in the middle of traffic is really inconceivable,” Weitzel said. “Taking into consideration he had an out-of-state Kansas DUI conviction, I do not understand why the Cook County State’s Attorney did not enhance the charge to a felony drunk driving.”  Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has said her office would prioritize cases based on limited resources. Weitzel argues prosecutors should follow criminal statutes.

Man Arrested For Shining Lasers At Law Enforcement Aircraft

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of shining lasers at sheriff’s department aircraft in Southern California.

Riverside County officials say deputies serving a search warrant at a residence in Menifee this week found several laser devices.

George Tucker could face a charge of discharging a laser at an aircraft. It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

The Press-Enterprise reported Saturday that the 56-year-old was held on $10,000 bail.

Investigators say sheriff’s aviation pilots were affected during a May 2 incident, and additional laser strikes occurred since then.

Pointing lasers toward aircraft is a state and federal crime. The light can temporarily blind the pilot.

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Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com

Wildfire Near UC Riverside Prompts Evacuations

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a wildfire near the University of California, Riverside that came dangerously close to homes, prompting an evacuation order.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the fire broke out near a city street Sunday afternoon and quickly burned uphill into Box Springs Mountains, which includes a reserve managed by the university.

Aerial footage from a news helicopter shows the flames burning close to homes with retardant on their rooftops. Authorities issued evacuation orders for a neighborhood east of the mountain in Moreno Valley.

About 150 firefighters, aided by water-dropping aircraft, are battling the blaze, which has scorched 1,000 acres, or 1.5 square miles. Fire officials say it is 30 percent contained.

‘In Central California, a 300-acre wildfire burning near the town of Wawona has forced the closure of a popular trail in Yosemite National Park.

Relative IDs 2 victims Of Riverside Plane Crash

Relative IDs 2 victims Of Riverside Plane Crash

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man has said his 22-year-old sister was killed and his mother survived when a small plane crashed into homes in Southern California.

Brandon Fareles of San Jose said his mother, Sylvia, called him before Monday’s flight and said she was worried about the rainy weather late Tuesday.

The crash of the Cessna killed a man, a woman and a teenager, and…

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1 Southern California Plane Crash Survivor Has Critical Burns, 1 Stable

1 Southern California Plane Crash Survivor Has Critical Burns, 1 Stable

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – Police say one survivor of a deadly plane crash in a Southern California neighborhood is hospitalized with critical burns and the other is in stable condition.

Three people on the plane died when the twin-engine Cessna slammed into two homes and caught fire Monday in Riverside east of Los Angeles.

Officer Ryan Railsback says the survivors are both adult women.

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Witness: San Jose-Bound Plane Nosedived Into Homes In Deadly Crash

Witness: San Jose-Bound Plane Nosedived Into Homes In Deadly Crash

RIVERSIDE (AP) — Three people died and two were injured when a small plane carrying them home from a cheerleading competition nose-dived into two Southern California homes and sparked a major fire, authorities and witnesses said.

A husband, wife and three teenagers were on the plane that had just taken off from Riverside Municipal Airport at 4:40 p.m. Monday intending to return to San Jose…

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Witness: San Jose-Bound Plane Nosedived Into Homes In Deadly Crash

Witness: San Jose-Bound Plane Nosedived Into Homes In Deadly Crash

RIVERSIDE (AP) — Three people died and two were injured when a small plane carrying them home from a cheerleading competition nose-dived into two Southern California homes and sparked a major fire, authorities and witnesses said.

A husband, wife and three teenagers were on the plane that had just taken off from Riverside Municipal Airport at 4:40 p.m. Monday intending to return to San Jose…

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