‘Rushing home to wife’ says speeding lawmaker
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.
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.
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.