The 33-year-old lives in St. Petersburg. A message left at a phone number listed for his address was not immediately returned.
A spokesman for Bright House Networks would not comment on the arrest but said King was a part-time employee, not full time.
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AUSTIN, Texas – A new legislative proposal would allow first-time drunken drivers in Texas to be acquitted if they complete supervision and treatment, a move supporters say would reduce court backlogs and shift the judicial system's focus to punishing repeat DWI offenders.
Rep. Todd Smith, R-Euless, filed the proposal that would allow for deferred adjudication for first-time DWI offenders. Repetition of the offense would become grounds to increase future punishments.
The bill, which has supporters including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, prosecutors and defense attorneys, would be a change from the state's stance that all drunken drivers should face fines and jail. In the mid-1980s, deferred adjudication for such offenses was abolished in the state. Opponents at the time, including MADD, had argued that the form of probation was being accepted for repeat offenders.
"It's a needed change," said Richard Alpert, a Tarrant Countyprosecutor. "It's not like they are getting a free DWI, but a type of probation that would not technically be a conviction. If they don't reoffend, they can say they have not been convicted. But if they do reoffend, it can be used to enhance their punishment."
Supporters say that by routing cases out of courtrooms, the plan could ease court backlogs. Also, they say, it could improve efforts to track and punish repeat DWI offenders and remove the threat of jail that makes some first-timers refuse guilty pleas.
"Generally we do not support deferred adjudication bills, but we are going to support this one," Bill Lewis, public policy liaison for the Irving-based nonprofit group MADD, told the Austin American-Statesman. "Right now, we are hearing that many cases are not getting prosecuted for DWI but for a bogus charge. We hope the practice of reducing charges will be reduced if this bill does indeed pass."
Supporters of the bill also say it could give prosecutors a new negotiating tool.
Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley said that the plan would still require supervision of the defendant and could enforce fines and allow a judge to impose jail time as a condition of probation.
"This would be a first step to putting some sanity in that system as long as people make sure to retain it only for the true first-time offender," Bradley said.
While the proposal has been in front of the Legislature before, Alpert said there is plenty of support this time.
"I think there is some momentum for this," Alpert said. "It would give people who want to take responsibility an incentive to plead guilty, as opposed to setting these cases for trial. We have too many cases on the docket."
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com
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“Consumers might mistakenly assume that these beverages are safe because they are widely sold,” said David Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “In fact, there is good reason to believe that these caffeinated alcohol drinks pose significant risks to consumer health and safety. Consumers – particularly young, inexperienced drinkers – may not realize how much alcohol they have consumed because caffeine can mask the sense of intoxication.” The FTC letters strongly urge the companies to review the way they are marketing their caffeinated alcohol drinks and to “take swift and appropriate steps to protect consumers.” The FTC has instructed the companies to notify the agency within 15 days of the actions they have taken.
All four companies responded to the request and either have removed or in the process of removing products from the shelves. The Alcohol beverages are Joose, Four Loko,Core High Gravity, Core Spiked, and El Jefe carbonated malt beverages and Moonshot.
DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic Marijuana Agency Will Study Whether To Permanently Control Five Substances
NOV 24 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals(JWH-018,JWH-073,JWH-200,CP-47,497, andcannabicyclohexanol) used to make “fake pot” products. Except as authorized by law, this action will make possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the U.S. for at least one year while the DEA and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) further study whether these chemicals and products should be permanently controlled.
A Notice of Intent to Temporarily Control was published in the Federal Register today to alert the public to this action. After no fewer than 30 days, DEA will publish in the Federal Register a Final Rule to Temporarily Control these chemicals for at least 12 months with the possibility of a six-month extension. They will be designated as Schedule I substances, the most restrictive category, which is reserved for unsafe, highly abused substances with no medical usage.
Over the past year, smokable herbal blends marketed as being “legal” and providing a marijuana-like high, have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults. These products consist of plant material that has been coated with research chemicals that mimic THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and are sold at a variety of retail outlets, in head shops and over the Internet. These chemicals, however, have not been approved by the FDA for human consumption and there is no oversight of the manufacturing process. Brands such as “Spice,” “K2,” “Blaze,” and “Red X Dawn” are labeled as incense to mask their intended purpose.
Since 2009, DEA has received an increasing number of reports from poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement regarding these products. Fifteen states have already taken action to control one or more of these chemicals. The Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 amends the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to allow the DEA Administrator to emergency schedule an abused, harmful, non-medical substance in order to avoid an imminent public health crisis while the formal rule-making procedures described in the CSAare being conducted.
Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Legislative Conference February 16, 2011 Austin, Texas
The Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP) and the Association of Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), along with the Texas Summit Committee for Prevention will be sponsoring the 2011 Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Legislative Conference. Please join us for this substance abuse focused legislative conference in Austin on February 16th, 2011.
The conference offers 4.5 CEUs and more importantly an opportunity for your voice to be heard. Registration is required and you must register by 2/7/2011. Please visit www.taap.org for more information and convenient on-line registration. We sincerely hope that you will join us in bringing this vital message of hope to the Texas Legislature.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
St. David's Episcopal Church, Austin
Exciting Workshops including sessions on: Substance Abuse Funding Substance Abuse Bills - 82nd Legislative Session Strategies for Prevention Legislative Advocacy
Lunch with an Elected Official
The opportunity to experience legislative advocacy firsthand
Join us for the TAAP General Membership Meeting Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 5:30 PM TAAP State Offices 1005 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701 Basement Level, Room B-10 Including nominations for open board member positions Open to all TAAP members Visit www.taap.org for more information
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