‘Rush­ing home to wife’ says speed­ing law­maker

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USA: An Ari­zona state law­maker was seen telling a sher­iff’s deputy he some­times drives as fast as 130mph-140mph (210kph225kph) af­ter he was pulled over for speed­ing, and the deputy said in a report later that the driver claimed to have leg­isla­tive im­mu­nity.

Paul Mosley was stopped on March 27 out­side of Parker, Ari­zona. The ru­ral area near the Cal­i­for­nia bor­der is in Mosley’s district and some 250km west of the state cap­i­tal in Phoenix.

A body cam­era video ob­tained by KLPZ and first pub­lished on its web­site, Park­erLiveOn­line.com, shows a La Paz County Sher­iff’s deputy warn­ing Mosley to slow down. Mosley was go­ing 97mph in a 55mph zone on state Route 95, the news out­let re­ported.

Mosley then says he some­times drives “130, 140, 120 [mph],” while try­ing to get home to sur­prise his wife. He says he doesn’t no­tice the speed be­cause of his ve­hi­cle’s nice wheels and sus­pen­sion.

The deputy’s writ­ten report said Mosley told him not to waste time on the in­ci­dent be­cause he has leg­isla­tive im­mu­nity, KLPZ re­ported.

“I don’t break the law be­cause I can, but be­cause, you know, I’m just try­ing to get home,” Mosley says in the video.

Mosely posted an apology on his Face­book page, re­fer­ring to the com­ments to the deputy as a joke.

“My de­sire to get home to see my fam­ily does not jus­tify how fast I was speed­ing nor my ref­er­ence to leg­isla­tive im­mu­nity when be­ing pulled over,” he said, adding that his com­ments to the deputy were in­ap­pro­pri­ate and showed bad judg­ment.

While the Ari­zona state con­sti­tu­tion does pro­vide for cer­tain kinds of leg­isla­tive im­mu­nity, it is gen­er­ally in­tended for ac­tions re­lated to leg­isla­tive acts, ac­cord­ing to a state man­ual. Mean­while, a doc­u­ment from Novem­ber 2002 shared by the House Rules Com­mit­tee says that speed­ing tickets — as well as vi­o­la­tions for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence — aren’t cov­ered.

The video does not show the deputy, who was not iden­ti­fied, is­su­ing a speed­ing ticket, but the in­ci­dent is un­der re­view by Cochise County At­tor­ney Brian McIntyre af­ter the La Paz County At­tor­ney Of­fice re­ferred the in­ci­dent to avoid a po­ten­tial con­flict of in­ter­est. McIntyre said in a state­ment a com­plaint has not yet been filed.

Twice un­lucky

USA: Po­lice say a man fell through the ceil­ing of a New Hamp­shire su­per­mar­ket, twice.

Au­thor­i­ties say of­fi­cers were re­spond­ing to the scene of a bank rob­bery in Dover on Thurs­day after­noon when they heard a com­mo­tion at the nearby Shaw’s su­per­mar­ket.

Po­lice say they found a 30year-old man’s legs hang­ing above the store’s seafood and deli sec­tion. Of­fi­cers cleared the store, and the man par­tially fell through the ceil­ing again above the store’s re­frig­er­ated meats.

Po­lice even­tu­ally con­vinced the man to come down, and he was ar­rested on charges of crim­i­nal mis­chief, tres­pass­ing and re­sist­ing ar­rest.

It is un­clear how the man got into the ceil­ing.

Po­lice say they ar­rested a dif­fer­ent man in con­nec­tion with the bank rob­bery later that evening.

Bird-snatcher

USA: A US park ranger con­fronted a woman seen snatch­ing birds at a his­toric square in Philadel­phia and plac­ing them alive in plas­tic bags, and she claimed she re­leased the birds af­ter catch­ing them.

Videos posted to In­sta­gram show the woman cap­tur­ing what ap­pear to be spar­rows as she and a man sit on a bench near In­de­pen­dence Hall.

The man ap­pears to toss food to a clus­ter of birds as the woman leans down and grabs one and puts it into a small plas­tic bag, which she ties off as the bird flaps around in­side.

Park Ser­vice spokes­woman Gina Gil­liam says that a ranger ap­proached the cou­ple over a com­plaint they were catch­ing birds.

The ranger ob­served empty plas­tic bags and told the cou­ple that trap­ping wildlife in the park is il­le­gal.

All in a name

USA: A Ver­mont state board plans to hear a man’s re­quest to change the name of Mount As­cut­ney be­cause it is a made-up name.

Hart­land res­i­dent Rob Hutchins says he re­cently dis­cov­ered that ‘As­cut­ney’ is made up and the orig­i­nal name of the sum­mit was Kaskade­nak, which means “wide moun­tain” in the Abe­naki lan­guage. Hutchins tells Ver­mont Pub­lic Ra­dio he al­ways thought the moun­tain’s name was a Na­tive Amer­i­can name but the cur­rent name doesn’t ac­tu­ally have any mean­ing.

Koasek Tra­di­tional Band of the Sov­er­eign Abe­naki Na­tion Chief Paul Bun­nell worked with Hutchins to help track down the proper spell­ing and pro­nun­ci­a­tion of Kaskade­nak.

The State of Ver­mont Board of Li­braries has statu­tory au­thor­ity to re­name moun­tains and has sched­uled a spe­cial hear­ing on July 17 to con­sider the name change.

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