Monday, August 22, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Crews clean up soggy toilet-papered river
Idaho State environment officials say crews finished removing massive rolls of unprocessed toilet paper that fell off a truck and were lodged for weeks in the upper Lochsa River.
Earlier attempts to pull out the paper was called off when it began disintegrating, creating an even bigger mess.
Department of Environmental official John Cardwell says teams yanked out the remnants last weekend when lower river flows made the work more manageable.
Crews wrapped the rolls with a reinforced mesh before they were pulled out by a tow truck.
The rolls landed in the water after the truck hauling the load along U.S. Highway 12 slid into the river. The driver was cited for inattentive driving.
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Police set-up nets 22 arrests
Police put up a sign in south Gainesville to let drivers know there was a checkpoint ahead, but what was really going on was a ruse.
There was no checkpoint, just several Gainesville Police Department officers watching for drivers who saw the sign and then turned around or who appeared to throw something out of their vehicles. Those vehicles were pulled over.
Police spent nearly eight hours on the detail near the intersection of South Main Street and 16th Avenue.
“This was a ruse detail,” said Lt. David Rowe. “Officers stopped 58 vehicles and most of the 22 arrests were for felony drug charges but there were also a few people arrested on warrants.”
Police said they planned the ruse because of drug and burglary complaints in the area.
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Police issued more than 100 citations at checkpoint
The Gainesville Police Department made four DUI arrests and issued more than 100 traffic citations during a roadside safety/DUI checkpoint reported Cpl. Tscharna Senn.
The checkpoint was conducted at 3300 W. University Ave. from 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and involved GPD’s traffic safety team and personnel from the Alachua County Sheriff’s office, Florida Highway Patrol, University of Florida Police and the Alachua Police Department.
In addition to the DUI arrests, police made one drug arrest and one warrant arrest. They issued 88 non-moving traffic citations, 17 moving traffic citations and six criminal traffic citations. Police also issued four warnings.

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