Utah governor says he will approve strictest DUI limit in US
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s governor has announced he will sign legislation giving the state the strictest DUI threshold in the country.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert on Thursday said he plans to approve the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit to .05 percent from .08 percent.
Restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry had urged him to veto the bill, arguing it would hurt Utah’s image and punish responsible adults who drink instead of catching drivers who are actually impaired.
Supporters of the legislation argue that impairment begins with the first drink and anyone consuming alcohol should not get behind the wheel.
The National Transportation Safety Board has encouraged states to adopt a .05 percent limit.
Utah’s new threshold would take effect on Dec. 30, 2018, just before New Year’s Eve.
4 dead in Sacramento home, suspect detained in San Francisco
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Police said they found four people dead in a Sacramento home early Thursday, and the mayor’s office said at least two are children.
A suspect likely known to the victims was being held in San Francisco, said Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Bryce Heinlein.
The four victims were found when police broke into the home after a relative reported that something might be wrong. Police were not immediately identifying the victims, including their genders and ages, Heinlein said.
Kelly Fong Rivas, a deputy chief of staff for Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, said police told officials that two were children but had not provided other details.
Steinberg called the crime horrifying and extremely tragic in a statement praising police for quickly making an arrest.
Judge: Charleston church survivors’ lawsuits can keep going
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A judge says Charleston church shooting survivors can continue pursuing lawsuits accusing the FBI of negligence they say enabled Dylann Roof to buy the gun used in the attack.
U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled Thursday.
The FBI had sought to dismiss lawsuits filed by lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five slain inside Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.
The complaints argue Roof’s prior drug arrest would have shown up and that the bureau would have denied his purchase of a .45-caliber handgun if the nation’s top law enforcement agency had done its job.
Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon told The Associated Press a clerk entered incorrect information for Roof’s prior arrest, which prevented an FBI examiner from finding the details.
Chicago cop faces new charges in shooting of black teen
CHICAGO (AP) — A grand jury added 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm to the first-degree murder charges against a white Chicago police officer accused in the fatal shooting of a black 17-year-old.
A special prosecutor and attorneys for former Officer Jason Van Dyke didn’t discuss the new indictment announced during at a Thursday hearing.
Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014.
The new indictment brings to 23 the number of felony counts against Van Dyke. He faces six counts of first-degree murder, one count of official misconduct and now 16 aggravated battery counts.
Van Dyke was charged in 2015 at the same time the city — on a judge’s orders — released video of the shooting.
Dog pulled from
California fire revived
after 20 minutes
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — California firefighters who spent 20 minutes performing mouth-to-snout resuscitation on a dog they rescued from a burning apartment are being hailed as heroes.
The dog’s owner, 35-year-old Crystal Lamirande, had just returned to her Santa Monica apartment Tuesday when a neighbor yelled there was a fire.
Lamirande says she frantically tried to save her dog, a 10-year-old Bichon Frise/Shih Tzu named Nalu (NAH’-loo). But she says the smoke was too thick.
Moments later as firefighters arrived, she told them about Nalu. They quickly got the fire under control and pulled the lifeless dog from a bedroom.
Firefighter Andrew Klein spent 20 minutes bringing the dog back to life as her tearful owner watched. Lamirande says the pooch spent the next 24 hours in an oxygen chamber and is doing well.