Driver of truck with immigrants who died had legal issues in Colorado

By Claire Galofaro and Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press A long-haul truck driver arrested for driving a tractor-trailer so hot and so crammed with immigrants that 10 people died had his license to drive commercial trucks rescinded three months earlier. Florida disqualified James Matthew Bradley Jr.’s commercial driving privileges on April 12 after he failed to provide the state with a current medical card, which federal law requires commercial drivers to submit to show they are physically fit for the road. Alexis Bakofsky, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, said it would have been illegal for him to have had an additional license… Read More

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A veteran cannabis farmer mourns the passing of a more paranoid, more profitable way of life

Tim Blake has been pursued by police, arrested, jailed, ripped off in the fields by thuggish neighbors and hogtied by Hell’s Angels. Naturally, he is one of Mendocino County’s most upstanding citizens. Blake is a longtime cannabis grower and entrepreneur. His Healing Harvest farm produces top-quality product, and he owns Area 101, an iconic dispensary and gathering spot just off Highway 101 near tiny Laytonville, about three hours north of San Francisco. Nearly 15 years ago, Blake founded the Emerald Cup, a post-harvest celebration and county fair-style contest that draws thousands of cannabis aficionados to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds each December. At the very first contest, the first- and third-place… Read More

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Nevada alcohol distributors can’t halt weed flow, says judge

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Nevada judge denied a request from a group of alcohol distributors to stop recently approved emergency regulations that allow the state to license some retailers to transport marijuana from growers to storefronts. Carson City District Judge James Todd Russell heard arguments Monday and then cited the state’s position that the rules are protecting state tax revenue, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Nevada regulators earlier this month approved the rules to speed up licensing for pot distributors, a sticking point that launched a legal battle and threatened the flow of supplies after dozens of retailers started selling recreational marijuana on July 1. Nevada’s law is unique… Read More

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Police: Officers kill man carrying knife, ax in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — Officers fatally shot a man who was making threats as he walked around Virginia’s capital city with an ax and a long knife, wearing nothing but a kilt and combat-style boots, police and witnesses said. Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham told reporters that his officers encountered the man after receiving complaints from several locations around town Tuesday morning. The chief said they tried to get him to drop his weapons, using “de-escalation techniques” and deploying a Taser, but he wouldn’t comply. The police chief said his officers then shot the man, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. Durham said one officer was hit in what appears… Read More

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New Justice Department rules intensify crackdown on sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department says it won’t give cities some law enforcement grant money unless they give federal immigration authorities access to jails and alert them when someone facing deportation will be released from local custody. Attorney General Jeff Sessions unrolled the new conditions Tuesday, escalating his promised crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities. Under old rules, cities seeking grant money needed only to show that they weren’t prohibiting local law enforcement from communicating with immigration authorities. READ MORE: DOJ questions whether some sanctuary cities are complying with immigration law Police use the money for everything from bulletproof vests to body cameras. Sessions unveiled the policy amid speculation about whether… Read More

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