Judge Frees Abuser to Kill Girlfriend:
A Las Vegas judge is facing criticism after failing to lock up a domestic abuse defendant who went on to kill his girlfriend and himself two days after her ruling. Fox News reports
that Justice of the Peace Melanie Tobiasson, who has run domestic violence courts for nearly four years, claims she had no indication Travis Spitler, 40, would fatally shoot Christina Franklin, 28, outside their children's day care, despite the fact that Franklin had informed the judge two days before her death that Spitler had punched and kicked her in front of their children just after Christmas, threatening to kill her. Rather than lock Spitler up, Tobiasson ordered him to have no contact with Franklin and denied revocation of his bail. Two days later, Spitler showed up at the day care and fatal shot Franklin and injured his two children (ages three and four), before turning the gun on himself. Kansas Detective Fatally Shot by Parolee:
A Kansas City, KS, detective shot by a parolee near the Kansas Speedway on Monday afternoon died from his injuries. Tony Rizzo, Glenn E. Rice, Laura Bauer and Robert A. Cronkleton of the KC Star report
that nine-year veteran detective Brad Lancaster, 39, was shot several times by Curtis Ayers, 28, after responding to a report of a suspicious person. Following an exchange of gunfire, Ayers fled in Lancaster's vehicle before abandoning it and carjacking another vehicle with two children inside, who were unharmed. Ayers then carjacked yet another vehicle before crashing it, after which he shot another driver in an attempt to take her vehicle, but she managed to drive away with survivable injuries. Ayers was shot and captured while trying to flee on foot and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Ayers was released on parole in early January after serving time for child abandonment, fleeing a police officer, and interference with a law enforcement officer. He was also prosecuted for domestic battery and making a terroristic threat. Lancaster's killing marks the first death of a Kansas City, KS, police officer in the line of duty since 1998.Blood Testing for Driving on Pot Questioned:
The legal tests adopted by six states to determine levels of impairment of drivers under the influence of marijuana have no scientific basis and should be scrapped, according to AAA's safety foundation. The AP reports
that a study commissioned by the foundation found that it's not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC that can reliably determine impairment because it is far more complex than a test for blood alcohol content. The study says that THC, the chemical in marijuana that makes people high, can linger in frequent marijuana users long after using the drug, and additionally, there is no science that shows drivers become impaired at specific levels of THC in the blood. The foundation recommends replacing the laws in Colorado, Nevada, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Washington with ones that rely on specifically trained police officers to determine a driver's impairment, backed up by a THC test. Studies show that driving under the influence of marijuana doubles the risk of a crash, and another study found that drivers in fatal crashes who had recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized it for recreational use in December 2012. At least three states, and possibly as many as 11, will vote this fall on legislation to legalize marijuana for either recreational or medical use, or both.